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    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008 edited
    This is pretty simple: What albums do you absolutely love? Which ones can you return to over and over and never get tired of listening to? Why do you love them?

    I know this question could generate some long answers, so let’s limit it to 5 albums. (Even I’m going to have a tough time working with a mere 5.) They don’t necessarily have to be in any order, but if you want to rank ’em, feel free. Whitechapelists seem to have some wildly varying tastes from what I can tell, so I think this will be an interesting thread.

    I’ll get it started:

    1. Pearl Jam, Ten. They’re my all-time favourite band, and as much as I love all their music, Ten still stands out. Sometimes nothing whips me into a frenzy like hearing “Even Flow,” but it was “Black” that really burned into me. It was a total teen-angst-sniff-Eddie-understands moment.

    2. Faith No More, The Real Thing. The diversity of the sound is what I like best on here. This is an album that mixes jazz, classical, rap and metal. I’m never bored when I’m listening to this one. This is the album that got me into all things Mike Patton.

    3. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. I was listening to this on the way to work this morning, which is what prompted me to start this discussion. There’s not a bad song on here. I love the way this album flows – the softer moments are well placed amongst the heavier stuff. And it’s mostly about sex – ain’t nothing wrong with that.

    4. Digital Underground, Sex Packets. Gotta give a little love to Digi. Had I not embraced this album, I doubt I would’ve gotten into old school funk as much as I did. They sample heavily from George Clinton. And it’s another album obsessed with sex. (What, I was 13 when this came out.)

    5. Type O Negative, October Rust. Absolutely perfect on a chilly, foggy autumn morning. It sounds like encroaching doom. This is also a good album for me to sing along with when I’m sick – it’s the only time I can sort-of match Peter Steele’s vocals without bottoming out.

    Hmm. Seems that most of these came out in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when I was a teenager. I wonder if there’s something about the music you listen to when you’re 15 that makes it stick with you forever?

    (edited to put this in the right category. whoops.)
    • CommentAuthorLittle_E
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    You do know that you have unleashed a monster that will consume us all, don't you? Anyway;

    1. The Prodigy- Fat of the Land: Hard, dark, fast and always teasing with new little flashes. Hot.

    I wanted to say bloodsugar too, but I wont.

    2. Nina Simone- Gold: beautiful, just beautiful. I'm not generally a fan of greatest hits albums, but this has a nice cross section of her music that flows well. Good for a proper listen or chill.

    3. Alice Cooper- Killer: I love it! Halo of Flies is truly insane. Rest is great too.

    4. Rage Against the Machine (first album): You either love it or hate it, and either way there's no need to explain why.

    5. Sneaker Pimps- Becoming X (the first release, none of the horrid remixes): Great chilled music, stunning female vocals.
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    Rage Against The Machine: Self Titled

    Radiohead: The Bends

    Cat Stevens: Teaser and the Firecat

    John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band

    Deltron: 3030
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    Hey, great topic!

    I'm going to go with:

    1. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing... Shadow has been my favorite for a long time, and this album is still his masterpiece IMO.

    2. Pearl Jam - Ten A definitive rock album to me, with great guitar, lyrics, energy, etc.

    3. Phish - Billy Breathes Some of Phish's best work. Pretty melodies and an overall theme that flows through the whole disc.

    4. Lamb - Fear of Fours Their strongest effort, ranging from rage to depression in Lou Rhodes' sultry voice.

    5. Boy Hits Car - Self-titled A little known band with a great rock sound. Love the energy and the lyrics.
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    The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed

    Gorillaz - Demon Days

    The Pillows - Little Busters

    Blur - Blur

    Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
    • CommentAuthorWilf
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    Only 5? Hmmm...

    In no particular order:

    1) Guns n Roses - Appetite For Destruction. - Never fails to pick me up, this one (Mr. Brownstone in particular).

    2)The Wildhearts - Earth vs The Wildhearts - The first (and pretty much best) album by my personal fave band. They've been described as sounding like Cheap Trick covering Metallica, but that doesn't do justice to this mini-masterpiece. This album could put a corpse in a good mood!

    3)Pink Floyd - Momentary Lapse Of Reason - The first Floyd album I ever heard, playing while I smoked my first ever joint. Yes, Dark Side, Wish You Were Here and The Wall are arguably better albums, but for some reason this is the one that really does it for me.

    4)Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning - Only 3 years old, I know, but I keep finding myself coming back to this album, and I can't see it getting old any time soon. A Harvest-era Neil Young sound, but with post-9/11 anger spilling out the seams. Some genuine shiver-down-the-spine moments on here.

    5)Black Sabbath - Paranoid - War Pigs? Iron Man? Paranoid? Planet Caravan? Enough said, I think. Seminal rock album that still sounds fucking awesome today.

    Dammit - Is that 5 already?
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    Sublime: Self titled

    Simon and Garfunkel: The Best of Simon and Garfunkel (1999)

    Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks

    Tom Waits: Rain Dogs

    The Kinks: Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneyground, Part One
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    Velvet Underground-Live MCMXCIII: This was my high school album. It was my first deep exposure rock and roll. Even as a reunion and a live album it's just fantastic. Of course I love the rest of their discography, but there's something really grand about this album for me.

    Nickel Creek-This Side: Pretty much a perfect piece of acoustic bluegrass/country/progressive...whatever. Nickel Creek is Nickel Creek and there's more raw talent in one of the bandmates than in every contestant to ever line up for American Idol ever.

    Ashley MacIsaac-Hi, How are you Today?: MacIsaac is a fucking madman. He wails on the fiddle, breaks "irish" music and makes it into rock, but not in a way that feels like he's aping the Pogues or trying to be the Rock and roll Clancy Bros either. "Sleepy Maggie" is irresistible

    UNKLE-Psyence Fiction: Just a groovy, moody album. It's 9 years old but it still has a ring of future on it.

    Mozart's Requiem: A monument to human genius. Simple as that. When I doubt that our species has accomplished very much of value, I can slap this on.
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    Ooooh, music thread! I love music threads!

    CMX - Vainajala
    The first CMX album that I bought for myself. I had listened to them on and off at my friend's house, but I had never gotten so much into them as I did when I heard Surunmurhaaja (lit. "murderer of sorrow"). There's not a bad song on this album: it's perfectly balanced with soft melancholy ballads, upbeat rock songs and heavier, more prog-influenced blues rock pieces.

    David Bowie - Low
    Although I think of Scary Monsters and Heathen as my absolute favourites from Bowie's entire catalogue, it's Low that captured and broke my heart. I can't really describe the album in words, but it's something really important to me.

    Maj Karma - Ääri
    Another band to which one of my friends introduced me. Although they have recorded several good albums, I think this one is the best they've ever been. With songs such as Eetteripyörretango (lit. "the ether vortex tango") and Salassa kuin murhat (lit. "in secrecy, like murders"), the entire album managed to not only catch my ear but also serve as a soundtrack for an entire winter back in 2003.

    Massive Attack - Mezzanine
    I remember sitting in the living-room in my parents' house as a kid and watching the music video for Teardrop again and again and again...

    Tool - Lateralus
    Tool as a band grew on me very slowly. I think my friend Hanna spent three months playing their music to me before I finally got hooked. Ever since then, I've listened to them, and especially to Lateralus, whenever I can.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS - THE BOATMAN'S CALL because it makes me cry.
    JOHN COLTRANE - A LOVE SUPREME for the uncanny telepathic chemistry between the musicians.
    THE CURE - DISINTEGRATION because it makes me feel like I'm in hibernation. In a positive way.
    CURTIS MAYFIELD - SUPERFLY is a perfect mix of organic grooves, sweet melodies and righteous anger.
    METALLICA - MASTER OF PUPPETS because when I listen to Metal, I don't want self-doubt and philosophy; I want sea monsters and war and insane asylums.
    I could go on all day, but...
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    Concrete Blonde - Live in Brazil: Because I love Concrete Blonde and this 2 disc live album features a fantastic version of "Tomorrow, Wendy", which may be my favorite song by one of my favorite bands.

    Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska: it wasn't my first Springsteen album (that would be Born in the USA), but I had no idea what I was going to be hearing when I bought this one. I thought it would be more Springsteen goodness like Born in the USA or The River and instead it's a dark look at the heart of America and what happens when things go wrong.

    Fairport Convention - Red & Gold: My first exposure to Fairport thanks to my friend David. He was wearing a Fairport Convention t-shirt and, being as we were/are sci-fi geeks I asked "where was the Fairport Convention" .... oh shut up, you'd have done the same thing. But anyway, he lent me the CD and I became a full-fledged fan and I can listen to this album on heavy rotation.

    Jimmy Buffet - Songs You Know By Heart: yes, it's a greatest hits album, but it's not officially summer for me until I start playing this CD in the car. And in the winter, it helps you get through the cold.

    Warren Zevon - Learning to Flinch: What can I say, I totally dig every track on this CD. I'd bought it because I really liked Mr. Bad Example at the time, and then I found out that this guy was really fantastic.
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
    Wu-Tang Clan - 36 Chambers
    The Beatles - Revolver
    TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
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    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    The Doors: LA Woman
    REM: Monster
    New Fast Automatic Daffodils: Pigeonhole
    Tricky: Maxinquaye
    The Dogs D'Amour: Errol Flynn
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008 edited
    Just five? What is this, High Fidelity? Well, might as well give it a shot...

    Tool - Lateralus One of the few albums I have on both CD and vinyl

    Bright Eyes - Lifted, or: The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground. Breakout album, and the songs on it are lush and grand in a way that a 20-year-old kid shouldn't be able to make them.

    Metallica - ...And Justice for All. One could argue all day about the best Metallica album. This is the one that I probably listen to the most nowadays.

    Radiohead - Kid A. Probably their weirdest record, but it's still got some hooky bits on it. In fact, I think I might have throw it on right now.

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Let Love In. Is it just me, or does Nick Cave sound extra drunk on this record?

    Runners-up (read: things that could very well be number 5):
    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    The Beatles - The Beatles
    U2 - Pop or The Joshua Tree
    Type O Negative - World Coming Down
    Rammstein - Mutter

    I tend to like the "popular" artists, but never, seemingly, their really popular albums.
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    Who's idea was this?

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    Radiohead - The Bends
    Led Zep - II
    - Adrenaline

    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    I won't commit to these being my favourite five, but they're definitely favourites:

    <strong>Elliott Smith - <em>From a Basement on the Hill </em>
    Guster - <em>Lost and Gone Forever</em>
    Aimee Mann - <em>Whatever</em>
    Nick Drake - <em>Five Leaves Left</em>
    Liz Phair - <em>whitechocolatespaceegg</em> </strong>
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    Really? Five Leaves Left? I've only ever heard Pink Moon, which I'm not sure makes my 5... I mean... *cough 15...

    Mos Def: Black on Both Sides
    Neutral Milk Hotel: In The Aeroplane Over the Sea
    Oasis: Morning Glory
    Eagles of Death Metal: Peace, Love, Death Metal
    The Clash: London Calling
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    <blockquote>Really? Five Leaves Left? I've only ever heard Pink Moon </blockquote> Has my favourite Nick Drake track, <em>Cello Song</em>.
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    Just five. Hmm.
    In no particular order, and off the top of my head...

    My Bloody Valentine: Loveless
    The White Stripes: Icky Thump
    The Beatles: Please Please Me
    David Bowie: Station to Station
    The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2008
    In no particular order... And as Z said, not committing to them being the absolute favorites, but they're close.

    My Morning Jacket - Z
    Brightblack Morning Light - Self Titled
    Desmond Dekker - The Magic Collection
    Easy*Star All-Stars - Radiodread
    Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days

    @ScottS - Concrete Blonde is so awesome... I love "Tomorrow, Wendy." Such a fantastic song.