My Favorite Albums

By r89756 r89756
updated over 4 years ago

A series of albums that have had a major impact on me since my first time hearing them. Some of them inspired me to start playing instruments others inspired me to be better at instruments I already know. These, are in my opinion the albums that have inspired me the most musically.

  1. Swans - The Seer

    The second release since the revival of the band swans in 2010 proves that it was definitely a good idea to make a revival. This album is long, aggressive, dark, progressive, and ruthless. Released in 2012, The Seer has a total of 11 tracks and clocks in at 1:59:13 long to give you an idea of how long the tracks are on this album. This catches the band just jamming out to these heavy dark and progressive jams. My personal favorite track is "Avatar" which is as I have called it a sort of miniature 8 minute epic. The album is bombastic in a twisted way.

  2. Swans - To Be Kind

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    The third release since the revival of the band Swans in 2010 proves that The Seer was not just good luck for an old band. This album is amazing. It clocks in at 2 hours and one minute long making it their second longest release right behind the epic Soundtracks For The Blind. This album takes repetitive and hypnotic rhythms as well as some noise influence that appears a lot stronger on this album rather than their previous release. This album shows that the band is still evolving and is still coming up with great and creative ideas. To Be Kind is still dark like all Swans albums but it is a unique kind of dark for the larger portion of the album. My personal favorite track is the second track the very disturbing and dark "Just A Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)" which is the third longest track on the album clocking in at 12 minutes long. Though, the fourth track "Bring The Sun/ Toussaint L'Ouverture" clocks in at a monstrous 34 minutes long. There are only ten tracks on this album and it is over two hours long which shows exactly how long the songs on this album are. It can be a very ruthless and unforgiving album but once you listen to it a few times it really starts to show how truly great it is. This album is definitely showing that Swans is not old news but instead that they're very alive and equally as powerful as where they left off with Soundtracks For The Blind back in 1996.

  3. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

    In 1998 Neutral Milk Hotel had already their first album "On Avery Island" which was needless to say, pretty damn good in its own right. But, they managed to follow that album up with their final album "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" which was needless to say, better than pretty damn good, I'd say it was pushing the lines of amazing. The album is filled with very uplifting instrumentation but has a lot of disturbing lyrical content. Jeff Mangum's voice is quite unique in the sense that it virtually has no gut to it. Some people like his voice other people can't stand it. Which makes this album only open to a special niche audience.

  4. Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven

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    To call this album a modern masterpiece would be an understatement. This is the third album by Montreal's Godspeed You Black Emperor! Released on October 9, 2000 This album features four songs of the apocalypse each one ranging right around 20 minutes in length. The album starts off with this big build up of instruments and keeps on building up for about 5 minutes and finally explodes into this euphoric wall of sound each instrument playing its own little melody. Later this album takes a rather deep and depressing turn leaving you in an emotional rollercoaster. Definitely an album worth listening to.

  5. King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson)

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    The seminal debut of progressive rock power house King Crimson released in October 1969 it became an instant classic. Though this was the only album to feature this lineup of the band guitarist Robert Fripp kept the band alive through every single decade since the 1960s and put out great albums continually and reinventing themselves with each album. Though this album to some shows it's age it mostly shows exactly what it is and that's a work of art. There are only five tracks on this album and that's enough for this album to show everything it's about each song completely different from the last whether it be the loud and aggressive "21st Century Schizoid Man" the soft and relaxed "I Talk To The Wind" the depressing and intense "Epitaph" the experimental and long "Moonchild" or the epic finale and title track "In The Court Of The Crimson King" each member shows off their prowess without stepping on the other members they manage to say a lot without doing much which is kinda the genius behind king crimson. This album is an example of a debut album at its finest.

  6. Swans - Soundtracks For The Blind

    The 1996 grand finale to the original Swans lineup is an album in the most grandiose spectrum imaginable. It's a 2:21:50 long testament to music of all sorts whether it be experimental, drone, post rock, post punk, electronic, techno, no wave, or even post punk this album virtually manages to cover every spectrum of music that Swans ever did and then adds some genres to that list. Be forewarned though, this is an exhausting and inaccessible listen to new comers. Songs like the nearly 16 minute long "Helpless Child" the sad 10 minute song "Animus" the epic 13 minute "The Sound" and the dark 10 minute "The Final Sacrifice" show some of Swans finest work ever. The song "Helpless Child" and "The Sound" definitely remind me of Godspeed You! Black Emperor except this came out before Godspeed had even started this style because this came out before their first general release. Swans manages to pioneer post rock as a genre and then never come back to it that's Swans for ya. Anyways, this is an epic album.

  7. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

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    Miles Davis hit it big with this major contribution to jazz fusion. Bitches Brew had it all an all star lineup of band members (I.e. John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, and Dave Holland.) it was different for its time and it was in a time when being different was just fine. This album was a pinnacle for success in experimental jazz needless to say.

  8. Swans - Children Of God

    Swans' fifth album shows the band taking their first step in a different direction. Where before they were playing aggressive industrial no wave music now they played goth rock, folk music, and sometimes even the softest sounding stuff imaginable with such sweet melodies. Songs like "New Mind", "In My Garden", "Our Love Lies", and "Sex, God, Sex" show why this album is considered one of Swans' best releases to date and this was released in 1987. This is also the first album where Michael Gira seems to be actually writing lyrics with some deep meaning to them. The general theme of this album is religion primarily, Christianity. Swans' takes on this role as the children of God and show the listener the darker side to worship. This album is very satirical in nature but is in no way mocking religion or putting it down rather showing this certain way of looking at it. It's truly genius the way they work this album and that is why I love it.

  9. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

    Being a super huge Coltrane fan I need to include multiple albums by Coltrane on My Favorite Albums. This album is a four part suite dedicated to John's love and devotion to God. It was released to the public in 1965 and received very good reviews from the masses. The album is not long, it clocks in at about 39 minutes so don't expect this album to be long winded. This album is a jam musicians paradise.

  10. Swans - Filth

    Swans' debut album was released in 1983, and is pure primal aggression at its finest. The album kicks off with no mercy or hesitation by throwing the song "Stay Here" right at us. Gira shouts flex your muscles loudly over and get again while the clatter of metal is heard through out the entire track. My personal favorite track is the song "Weakling" which was also the first song I ever heard off of this album. It features the repetition of the statement "This isn't real!" Over and over again while more percussion clatters its way through this song. Though, this album shows virtually no melody and only shows mind bending explosive rhythmic bangs this album manages to make that sound like a blast. This album is aggressive and scary and loud but it's all so much fun to listen to at the same time.

  11. The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) - The Velvet Underground & Nico

    The debut album by the velvet underground displays elements of experimental rock, proto punk, art rock, and psychedelic rock all in one. This album takes on some very real lyrical content that gives you an idea of what the city life is like. This album is a pioneer in punk rock music as well as experimental rock music. This album was the beginning of a very big thing.

  12. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue

    Miles Davis' seminal 1959 Kind Of Blue changed the face of cool jazz as we know it today. It molded straight jazz into something a lot more centimental and romantic sounding. This album had an all star lineup with Bill Evans and John Coltrane on it. Anyways, this album is one of the most influential albums to ever be released not only in jazz but in music in general.

  13. King Crimson - Larks' Tongues In Aspic

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    King Crimson's third lineup was my personal favorite because the first lineup was way too short lived. In late 1972 Robert Fripp got a new and improved lineup from his second lineup featuring vocalist/bassist Boz Burrell. This new lineup featured singer/bassist John Wetton drumming extraordinaire Bill Bruford violin and keyboard player David Cross and percussionist Jamie Muir who was in this album and only this album. This album was released on March 23, 1973 and was a big album at its time for two reasons. The experimental musicality and the heavy metal musicality on this album it's like a mixture of Rush and Black Sabbath. This album opens with the mysterious "Larks' tongues in aspic part one" which is wild and percussive. There are six songs on this album and the big song on this album is the cool "Easy Money" where Fripp shows his prowess on a rather smooth sounding guitar solo. This album isn't the one to start off with but is rewarding once you give it the chance.

  14. John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard Again!

    John Coltrane's 1966 return to the village vanguard is not as well known of a performance but is an influence to improvisers all around. By the latter part of John Coltrane's life he had got heavily into Avant-Garde Jazz, Jazz Fusion , and Free Jazz. This album displays his interpretation of Free Jazz. There are three tracks on this album the first one is the fifteen minute Naima which is spiritual but also intense at the same time the overblowing technique that both John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders use is impressive to say the least. The tone that Pharaoh Sanders uses on his Tenor saxophone isn't exactly something everyone can enjoy though. The second song is a six minute bass solo that is called introduction to my favorite things. And then the final track is a twenty minute version of my favorite things. This version of it is abstract and wild. Everything about it is just great to me.

  15. The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat

    White Light/White Heat is everything the velvet underground was on the debut except more extreme. They take a very inaccessible approach to this album something Lou Reed loves to do is scare people away with freaky stuff. (I.e. Metal Machine Music) this album is like a brick wall for listeners kinda like everything by swans is. Come to think of it...

  16. Swans - Cop

    Swans' second album is the pure aggression from the debut, Filth amplified to an almost unbearable level. This album takes the styles of Doom Metal, Industrial, Metal, No Wave, and Experimental music and fuses them to make an experience worth hanging on to. My personal favorite track on this album is the opening track "Half Life" which has just the most thunderous guitar line ever. This album is everything Filth is except far more extreme than that.

  17. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

    Kendrick Lamar's 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly is truly a unique release for modern Rap music. It shows a very politically, socially, and musically conscious Kendrick Lamar making an effort at spreading these messages that he has through his music not only way stronger than he was before but, in a way that is much more riveting than his previous album 2012's Good Kid m.A.A.d City. This album is a concept album in a way I guess in the fact that at the end of this album you find out this entire album was actually just a conversation he was having Tupac Shakur. Another genius thing Kendrick does with this album is the poem he recites over and over again through out the album. Each time he recites it he gets a little further into it and the sentence he ends on is the theme of the following track. It's truly genius and he takes elements of jazz and funk music and flavored them into this album to give it some more dimension to this already heavily dimensioned album.

  18. Soft Machine - Third

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    The third album by soft machine a Canterbury scene band who pioneered jazz-rock in the music scene. This album was the penultimate bow down for drummer Robert Wyatt and alto saxophonist Elton dean who left the band one album later. For being released on June 7, 1970 this album sounds quite ahead of its own time. Each song being between the lengths of 18 and 19 minutes long and is written in a way similar to "Ummagumma" by Pink Floyd where each member writes a piece on it though this album was quite more successful at this attempt. This album takes more than a few listens to get to appreciate this album especially the first track the edgy and experimental Facelift by bassist Hugh Hopper. This album is amazing once you give it a few tries.

  19. Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters

    In 1973 Herbie Hancock released his seminal album called "Head Hunters" on it contained four tracks that were four of the greatest tracks jazz-rock and funk-rock had to offer. This album consists of a few jam songs the shortest of which being six minutes long. So needless to say this album is long winded but all that time spent on it is nothing compared to the quality of the music.

  20. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland

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    In 1967 Jimi Hendrix had become an international superstar pretty much overnight after his Monterey pop festival performance in which he burned his Fender Stratocaster. Though that wasn't the first time he had lit his guitar on fire onstage this was the right place and right time for this sacrifice. He put out two albums in 1967 Are You Experienced? On May 18,1967 and Axis: Bold as Love on December 1, 1967. But by the spring of 1968 Hendrix had grown tired of his old songs. He started this recording like every other album but after multiple recordings trying to perfect songs that were already fine Chas Chandler his manager was done and left. Hendrix being his own manager started doing what he wanted in the studio. And in October of 1968 this album was brought to the public and became a staple of Hendrix's career and this was his final studio album put out in his lifetime for he died on September 18, 1970 leaving behind a legacy of amazing music like this album.

  21. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

    The sonically charged 2010 electronic jazz masterpiece, Cosmogramma by Flying Lotus is uniquely abstract in a way that most hip hop producers have never sounded before or after. The music is a series of small ideas put together to make the album one big conceptual masterpiece. You shouldn't listen to this album to hear full structured songs, you should listen to it to find some truly creative musical ideas. This album is definitely one of the best albums to be released in the last five years.

  22. J Dilla - Donuts

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    J Dilla's final release during his lifetime would prove a great success. This album is complete instrumentals. There is one track that passes two minutes on this album the rest are under two minutes so there are something like 30 tracks on this album but it clocks in at only around 45 minutes making it a pretty average sized album. This album takes beats that sound like certain phases in J Dilla's career each one is just a little idea in the grand spectrum that is this album. Every song is like a little brush stroke in a Van Gogh painting. The little ideas alone seem almost insignificant but when grouped together they start to make a cohesive idea that creates something truly beautiful. Unfortunately, this album came out and then just 3 days later J Dilla passed away but this album was his last album in his lifetime and what an album it is!

  23. Grateful Dead* - American Beauty

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    The fifth album by San Francisco based band The Grateful Dead. It embellishes folk and country music to many. Though, it keeps it's rock edge to it. Released on November 1, 1970 the album brought the Grateful Dead to the mainstream society for a good reason to its so jam packed with good songs it can't help but be admired by many. Recognized by many as one of the best rock albums ever it is definitely easy to understand why.

  24. Deafheaven - Sunbather

    Deafheaven's second release was dropped in 2013 and shows a band in the process of experimenting with fusion of genres. This takes influences of Post Punk, Shoegaze, Black Metal, Post Rock and even like some soft rock. Songs like the pounding opener "Dream House" and the title track "Sunbather" just go for it. While songs like "Irresistible" do virtually the polar opposite of that. I like this album because of its use of hard and soft, black and white, with the styles of the songs going from heavy to soft it's a very good contrast and the use of it is great. This album is also very much like Godspeed at times with the very cinematic approach to the music around it. All around, this album isn't for the black metal purists but is worth a listen otherwise.

  25. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

    Released in 1979, Joy Division was an English Post-Punk band led by vocalist Ian Curtis. The songs on this album are pretty dark lyrically speaking. Though most of the songs are pretty simple instrumentally speaking the band manages to keep the songs interesting by adding little tiny detail to make it a bit more interesting. The use of reverb is used quite well on this album. Where most artists will use reverb to hide their mistakes they use it as sort of a musical enhancement. Everything about this album seems to work so well. Ian's vocals though are not everyone's cup of tea. But that's what makes this band good is that not everyone can get into their music. All around this album is and should be considered a classic.