Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Albums 75-51

75. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Because it still puts a smile on my face the way I did when I first heard it, six years ago.
Recommended tracks: "A Day in the Life", "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"

74. The Beach Boys - Wild Honey
It may not be the most substantial album, but it does exactly what it intends to do: entertain (and it does it well).
Recommended tracks: "Wild Honey", "Here Comes the Night", "Aren't You Glad"

73. Television - Marquee Moon
Just because it's not higher on my list, don't think I don't respect it: Marquee Moon is still one of the best rock albums of all time.
Recommended tracks: "Marquee Moon", "Guiding Light", "See No Evil"

72. Elliott Smith - XO
Since last year, I realized that beyond a few highlights, the album was merely very good, but oh my God, are those highlights ("Bottle Up and Explode!" and the title track, especially) staggering or what?
Recommended tracks: "Waltz #2 (XO)", "Bottle Up and Explode!", "Sweet Adeline"

71. Blur - Think Tank
The songs are different and uniquely textured, but the more I listen to Think Tank, I think the band is hurting for Graham Coxon after all.
Recommended tracks: "Out of Time", "Sweet Song", "Gene by Gene"

70. Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
I haven't had a breakup lately for A Ghost Is Born to provide the emotional catharsis for, but I still like it.
Recommended tracks: "Spiders (Kidsmoke)", "At Least That's What You Said", "The Late Greats"

69. The Beatles - Abbey Road
I still love the album, but maybe it *is* over-produced after all...
Recommended tracks: "You Never Give Me Your Money", "Here Comes the Sun", "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"

68. Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Just one enormously sugary yet intelligent pop hit after another.
Recommended tracks: "Funny Little Frog", "Another Sunny Day", "To Be Myself Completely"

67. U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
Great first half, but it fizzles out a little at the end.
Recommended tracks: "Beautiful Day", "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of", "In a Little While"

66. Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady
The title of "Best Driving Record" is theirs to lose.
Recommended tracks: "Ever Fallen in Love?", "What Do I Get?", "I Don't Mind"

65. Weezer - Weezer
I guess I simply gave in and admitted that their debut is amazing from start to finish.
Recommended tracks: "Only in Dreams", "Buddy Holly", "No One Else"

64. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
More stone-cold classic songs than most musicians can muster in a career.
Recommended tracks: "Casimir Pulaski Day", "Chicago", The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts!"

63. R.E.M. - Reckoning
"So. Central Rain" is beautiful, and the rest of the record is memorable, too.
Recommended tracks: "So. Central Rain", "Pretty Persuasion", "Harborcoat"

62. Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
I'm a cuckoo.
Recommended tracks: "I'm a Cuckoo", "Wrapped Up in Books", "Piazza, New York Catcher"

61. Blur - Parklife
Cliched as it may sound, this is probably the band's best record from start to finish.
Recommended tracks: "Girls and Boys", "Trouble in the Message Centre", "This Is a Low"

60. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Armed Forces
Expertly crafted melodies that burrow into my head until I'm quietly humming songs like "Two Little Hitlers" at work.
Recommended tracks: "Oliver's Army", "Accidents Will Happen", "Goon Squad"

59. Blur - 13
Good sound throughout, but "Coffee and TV" and "Tender" are the band's two finest songs, single-handedly elevating this album to classic status.
Recommended tracks: "Coffee and TV", "Tender", "Swamp Song"

58. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
Great melodies and harmonies, as the band unveils its garage rock phase.
Recommended tracks: "Saint Simon", "Gone for Good", "Pink Bullets"

57. Radiohead - Kid A
I can always turn to this album when I'm feeling down, and it's a contender for Album of the Decade (as cliched as that may sound).
Recommended tracks: "The National Anthem", "How to Disappear Completely", "Motion Picture Soundtrack"

56. Gordon Lightfoot - Gord's Gold
I love this guy and this out-of-print compilation proves why.
Recommended tracks: "Song for a Winter's Night", "Carefree Highway", "Summer Side of Life"

55. New Order - Technique
This may very well be the best-realized depiction of the sound New Order were striving for all through the '80s.
Recommended tracks: "Run", "Vanishing Point", "Round and Round"

54. Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers
All these songs have tremendous sentimental value, and this record will always be close to my heart.
Recommended tracks: "Mexican Wine", "Little Red Light", "Valley Winter Song"

53. The Beatles - Revolver
I can't deny the brilliance, as much as I may try.
Recommended tracks: "Good Day Sunshine", "For No One", "Taxman"

52. Weezer - Pinkerton
This album, as opposed to #70, is huge guitar catharsis that I can enjoy anytime.
Recommended tracks: "The Good Life", "Tired of Sex", "Across the Sea"

51. R.E.M. - Monster
"I Don't Sleep, I Dream", "I Took Your Name" and "You" may be mediocre at best, but the other nine are beautiful and brilliant.
Recommended tracks: "Strange Currencies", "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?", "Let Me In"

5 Comments:

At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Emily said...

Sufjan's Illinoise should be so much higher...or a lower number I mean. It's like 3 or 4 if i had to make my own list.

 
At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is interesting (not surprising, mind). wheres the rest of the list? glad to see reckoning, GORDON and marquee moon (i assume you bought this album and it was the reissue and you've heard little johnny jewel?). i tried to do this once, but never got around to finishing the blurbs. maybe this weekend. - chris

 
At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh and you are 100% right on re:technique, but your baffilingly (sp?) high rating of monster cancels the new order insight out.

 
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At 8:25 AM, Blogger Mac said...

damn yo! why did I never finish updating this list??

 

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