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My 5's Explained

This list seems to change every once in a while, but here's are my top 12 albums of all time, at this moment. Critique away.
1Between the Buried and Me

This album is the culmination of BtBaM's deathcore past and their
progressive tendencies to create a sprawling epic concept album. I actually
listen to Alaska more b/c of "Selkies" but as an album, Colors is the album
the band will always be compared to.
2Dc Talk
Jesus Freak

While Christian music has a somewhat-deserved poor reputation, this
album really got me into what music can and should be. Ditching their silly
rap/rock routine, the band focused on creating anthemic Christian rock and
succeeded in spades, and really revolutionized the Christian scene along
with it.
3Devil Sold His Soul
Blessed & Cursed

The band that actually got me into post-metal defines how "screaming
music" can be epic and beautiful. The lyrics are fantastic and contribute the
felling that this album is less a listen and more of an experience.
4Dream Theater

Yes, this is the band that really got me into prog, and while I listen more to
Train of Thought (as do many metalheads), Awake doesn't have cringe-
worthy moments like Portnoy trying to scream; plus, every song fits well
here, even the awkward 80s rocker "Lie".
El Cielo

Is there anything that hasn't already been said about this album? Like
Blessed & Cursed, this album is truly an experience, but the kicker here is
the sonic range. Marrying the heaviness from Leimotif with their now-
signature progressive sound, this album is the band's benchmark, and why
so many of us HATED Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy...
6Fair To Midland
Arrows and Anchors

While I hate to 5 something so new, this album is perfect. It takes a radio-
rock background (read riffs and catchy choruses) and adds banjos,
keyboards, epic melodies, progressive sounds but standard song
structures, and quality lyrics that stick in your head. "I could be kicking the
bucket, but you should know I never had very good aim." Combining El
Cielo with Karnivool yielded great results for FTM.
7Kanye West
The College Dropout

This is the album that not only got me into hip-hop but has stood as my
benchmark for a rap album. "Jesus Walks" is an obvious favorite, but every
song on the album showcases Kanye's love affair with soul and why Kanye
is arguably the best hip-hop producer of our time. It also put midwest hip-
hop to the forefront.

The best southern hip-hop album of all time. Everyone knows about "Ms.
Jackson" but the album is a psychedelic blast of fun on every listen. Who in
their right minds writes a hook of "Bombs of Baghdad" then makes it work?
OK Computer

I admit I'm not a huge Radiohead fan, but this album got me when I gave in
last year. It's a haunting album that has aged very well.
10The Mars Volta
Frances the Mute

I'm a bit of a Volta fanboy, but I like most of their albums after this, but love
Frances and De-loused. While the latter still retained much of the post-
hardcore sound of the members' previous band, Frances goes headfirst into
progressive territory, with a salsa-inspired track half in Spanish, a lost
Zepplin track, not to mention the title track that wasn't even released with
the disc. This is a fantastic album from start to finish and is why people are
still buying the trash that Omar releases on a weekly basis.

While I fell in love with the band on The Artist and The Ambulance, this
album hooked me. The transformation was jarring at first, but it resulted in
one of my top 3 albums. "For Miles" is probably my favorite song of all time.
Define the Great Line

Much like Thrice, this band made a transformation between albums, with
Underoath creating a darker, heavier, more mature work that is, in my
opinion, the pinnacle of what is now post-hardcore.
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