Experimental Music Love

January 11, 2008

101 Albums You Really Should Own: Part One

Filed under: Album Reviews,Features — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 1:23 am
A little guide for anyone out who is a fan of music, but also happend to be scared. Scared of the idea of buying music that isn’t good! It’s a worry we all face. Some of us daily. But to save you from letting your fingers rest wantonly over the latest balls up from Hadouken or whatever, here’s a list of 100 classics you really just cannot go wrong with. Starting with 10 of them. In alphabetical order and everything. Magic!
      Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)
      The most epic, enthralling, exhilrating audio experience of the decade. The spectacular use of a whole variety of instruments rarely seen in modern pop music, this caught people’s imaginations and showed them music should only be limited by imagination, not design. Shame Neon Bible was balls though. Choice cut – Rebellion (Lies).

        Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
        There are still factions of the music world that debate the worth of this Sheffield lot. No, they are not the second coming, and they won’t find a cure for cancer, and touching them won’t get you off that wheelchair, and their legacy will be nothing like that of The Beatles, The Smiths etc. But these are 13 songs that define and critique a generation like no other LP has ever done. Superb indie rock anthems perfomed by probably the most intuitive minds in music of the 2000s. Choice cut – A Certain Romance.

          Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
          With a voice like that, she could have sung a whole Razorlight album and still got in here. But this is an album packed with songs that show off Aretha’s talent to the full. Including ‘Respect’. Magic! Choice cut – Respect.

            At the Drive In – Relationship of Command (2000)
            The most ambitious and varied punk album there’s ever been, with the passion of Cedric Bixer Zavala’s vocal theatrics matched only by very few. Choice cut – Pattern Against User.

              Avalanches – Since I Left You (2000)

              The finest antipedian musical effort eve (well apart from Olivia Newton-John, natch). It takes some special minds to sift through the classic movies and songs that provide the perfect samples to create a wonderfully uplifting dance album such as this. Probably the most creative album on this list, with so many ideas on one record almost too hard to comprehend. Choice cut – Frontier Psychiatrist (also one of the 10 greatest songs ever).

                Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966)
                Much has been said of this already by people far more knowledgable and distinguished than me, but I don’t care. This is just a blissful record as Brian Wilson’s beautifully bizarre brain is laid out on a record that will last forever. Choice cut – God Only Knows (greatest song ever written).

                  Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (1989)
                  Hip hop’s finest token white guys, and this is their pinnacle. Maturing from the party hard attitude of their debut, this was the album that showed these boys could hold their own against hip hop’s finest, with impressively tight rapping and beats funkier than Stevie Wonder’s heart. Choice cut – Hey Ladies.

                    The Beatles – Revolver (1966)
                    For me, their finest work, and certainly one that completed their evolution from the boy band you couldn’t help but scream at to the most important and revolutionary band the pop world has ever seen. From Taxman to Tomorrow Never Knows, every song here is another shining example of why The Beatles are as deified as they are, with perfectly judged ballads next to glorious pop next to eastern mystique all emblazoned with that special Beatlesy aura. Choice cut – Eleanor Rigby (the second greatest song ever written).

                      The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
                      Their ‘other’ perfect album. The White Album was convulated and tried too hard, whereas Rubber Soul didn’t quite have the vision that the band were renowned for. This, however, is nearly as good as Revolver, and similarly full of awesome songs that span all aspects of the brain and the ear. Choice cut – A Day in the Life.

                        Beck – Odelay (1996)

                        Beck is a Scientologist, so, by definition, is a big old silly billy. Luckily, his twisted vision of how life should be lived is not evident in this little work of genius, being as it is one of the 90s most diverse and intelligent albums. His great idea of throwing every genre and instrument into the mix pays off with devastating effect to create an album that broke pretty much every musical boundary still in place in 1996. Choice cut – Where It’s At.


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