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The Best Albums of All Time Part 11

Some I'm already halfway through this. Due to the lack of wilingness in thinking about worthy articles, I'll just go on with this crap:

51. Metallica - Master of Puppets

This is THE trash metal album, in fact, this is THE metal album. Blending heavy rock with progressive movements, as well as amazing instrumentation and musicianship. You all now the title track is amazing, check the other ones out, they don't let down.

52. The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle

A couple of months ago I had in my mind, out of nowhere, the song that is shown rolling on the video. Given the fact that I don't usually listen to thsi psychodelic gem, I couldn't tell what was the reason. The reason, as it turned out, was that this album just rules. Groovy!

53. Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Uhm

Damn! Another jazz album... This just kind of let's me down not been able to appreciate this stuff, however, this album apparently is a great exposition of different jazz styles and subgenres. Might be the p…

Album Review - Broder Daniel - Forever

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It was pretty obvious to think, since the first week this project broke out, that in the weeks that went by, less and less people will be active on the project, posting and reviewing. I would have wish that eraserbrain would've being assigned for the first week. My suggestion of Aura failed to produce much positive response, as well did the selections of the weeks to come. The selection of Forever for week 10, can't help but make me think, that if this doesn't get an overall positive response, than nothing posted here ever will.

First of all, Forever is an album of "feeling" over musical quality. The production is poor, the singer's vocals are bad and there's a lot of recycling on the songwriting. However, there's something else to this album, and I believe that is "feeling", there is a sense of hard-work, perseverance, a wish to get things right and why not, beauty on the delivery of these songs. The album is noisy, came a little out of time…

Album Review - Led Zeppelin . Led Zeppelin

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It seems a long time since the last time I posted on the "Go Review that Album" thread. Actually it doesn't just seem to be, it actually was on mid-July 2009 when telephone_junkie asked me to review this album. Back then I had just bought Led Zeppelin from my second hand CDs store, I thought I ought to give it some more listens before I reviewed and then I forgot about this, or simply lost interest, so without further delay, here I go:

The image of the Hindenburg disaster occurring on May 6, 1937 might as well have a better place in history, not as the event which took the life of 36 people, as well as preventing you from flying on one of those (unless you work at the stadium for Good Year), but because not only it gave the name to one of rock's most influential bands, but also an image for it's debut record. But, does it deserve the praise and high regard it has collected over the years?

This 9 track album starts with "Good Times, Bad Times", one of the …

The Best Albums of All-Time Part 10

To keep the momentum, I'll just start:

46. David Bowie - Hunky Dory

I could very well say that through repeated listens, I have very well studied the Ziggy Stardust album, however, Hunky Dory is one I seldom listen to, except of course for the track selected, in any other way, I consider Hunky DOry to be a tribute album, where Bowie pays tribute to those from Dylan to Warhol.

47. Wu Tang-Clan - Enter the Wu Tang (36 CHambers)

As well as with Jazz, Rap/Hip Hop is not a genre I can talk much about, it is not my favorite, nor do I listen to it oftenly, so when hearing this, it just misses the point where I read it should be hitting. It's entertaining I will say, specially for me, the dialogue parts, and actually I can see the difference between this and the more commercial outputs on the media.

48. THe Stooges - Fun House

This is anothe album, which I for some reason have been keeping away for a while, not that I have any reason for it, but although I would need something more than one…

The Best Albums of All-Time Part 9

So I gave it a rest for a while, not only with the posting of this project, but also Bob Dylan's 3 disc bootleg set has held me up for a couple of days. Now I get back in action, although I have already decided to stop this when getting to the 100, in order to review my albums in a different order, starting by those released in 2010. So without further delay, here go albums from 41-45:


41. The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

The Stones greatness is only to be compared to that of the Beatles, and even the Fab Four 7 years together fall down in comparison to the lifetime of hard rocking the Stones have given us, with Sticky Fingers being arguably their best and most consistent album, including great bluesy songs, with great guitar parts (Brown Sugar, Can't You Hear Me Knockin')

42. King Crimson - Red

Where In the Court of the Crimson King is psychodelic nightmare crazyness, Red is progressive rock beauty. Truly, this songs move so naturally and yet seem so complex, but it ll fal…

Album Review - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

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It seems a long time since the last time I posted on the "Go Review that Album" thread. Actually it doesn't just seem to be, it actually was on mid-July 2009 when telephone_junkie asked me to review this album. Back then I had just bought Led Zeppelin from my second hand CDs store, I thought I ought to give it some more listens before I reviewed and then I forgot about this, or simply lost interest, so without further delay, here I go:

The image of the Hindenburg disaster occurring on May 6, 1937 might as well have a better place in history, not as the event which took the life of 36 people, as well as preventing you from flying on one of those (unless you work at the stadium for Good Year), but because not only it gave the name to one of rock's most influential bands, but also an image for it's debut record. But, does it deserve the praise and high regard it has collected over the years?

This 9 track album starts with "Good Times, Bad Times", one of the…

RIP Alex Chilton

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Yesterday night I thought I would feel guilty if I went to sleep without having paying tribute to the deceased Alex Chilton on my blog, however I finished watching Matchpoint around 1 in the morning, so turning on the computer wouldn't have been a smart decision. Anyways, even though I did felt a little sad and surprised when reading the news, Alex was 59, the fact is that Big Star has never been one of my bands. Due to reccomendations from my head site RYM, is that I got into adquiring their album Third/ Sister Lovers. I won't lie, I did try listening to this, and the fact is that it seemed to me way too depressing, to not call it boring. I have tried multiple times and I just haven't been able to digest it, however, I guess Alex's death will force me into not only giving another try to this, but also checking out some of their earlier discography (#1 Record & Radio City). Just last year, Big Star released a very well received compilation, which is available on Sp…

Album Review - Gorillaz- Plastic Beach

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It must have been around the beginning of the last decade. I was no more than 12 and I remember I went to sleep to a friend's house. It was the second time I slept on his house, and last time we had had a great time, singing along with my newly bought Hybrid Theory album. This time, I had also brought my latest acquisition, Gorillaz first album. I remember this because his mother said she liked that band, although I believe she meant this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2DJhXEPo9E

Probably that sleep over was not as memorable, since somehow I remember most of the songs on Hybrid Theory, still keep the album, and can even sing along to most of the songs, while Gorillaz I remember not else but the singles. In fact, I don't know what on earth happened to that album, and sincerely, I don't really care. Than came Demon Days, and I actually had a pair of friends who were fond of the album, however it took me time to even like the great singles "Feel Good Inc." and &quo…

Why so Serious?

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Just a couple of days ago, that I without looking to do it, gathered everyone around the house, to watch what has being one of the best and most popular movies of recent years. I'm talking about The Dark Knight. Already in 2005's Batman Begins, director Christopher Nolan was giving us a sign of the direction the Batman frnachise was going to, however this release burst all expectations, being packed with surprises, and of course, a show stealing support performance by Heath Ledger as the joker. Some might say his death months before the movie release benefitted the movie's critics and commercial success, however, I can't think of a more damaging situation than Heath's death.
When Batman finally catches the joker, saves him from dying, and his him upside down, many levels above the floor, Joker explains: "You will never kill me, and would never kill you, because we complete each other, and are destined to be in this forever". In fact, Nolan planned to go wi…

Okay, I tried Phish

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Not so much a while ago, that I decided to stop eating meat, however, some circumstances have brought me to awaraly and unawarely taste some meat over the past few days. A roll which claimed to be on the vegetarian foods, and which I even asked if it contained meat, next day, whatever was left had a picture of a rooster on it. Then I intentionally broke my diet by tasting some cookie dip which contained sausage, though the quantity was milligrammic. Last ocasion was last week, when there was nothing to eat but sausage soup, or soup with sausage, therefore I tried to remove it and just drink the soup with the vegetables, however, I went on to research, and apparently, the broth, whatever that is, is already in the soup, and therefore it counts as meat eating. During this research, I also happened to find out that the healthiest "vegetarian" food includes fish, so I have been contemplating adding it on my diet. TOday I did so. I just happened to feel like I wanted some of thos…

Album Review - Owen Pallett - Heartland

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4.5/5

I guess you can't really complain when it is just the second month of the year, your album listening count consists of 14 items, and you keep having problems choosing your favorite three. This is what 2010 looks like for me at the moment. Of course there have been some albums I kinda would have expected a little bit more *cough* Massive Attack *cough*, this are few in comparison to the nice chances I have taken into new music. Take a look at my top 7 albums, and they are my first listening of the respective artist, however as I rehear the albums again, it's the last one played which I believe is the best (I have this same effect with books).

So after listening to Owen Pallett's third studio album, I have just moved it to my top place of twenty-ten. The reason is simple. At first listen, I thought this was a little too weird for me, but after some more listens, I just can't understand how could I have thought about that. This is such an easy to like album, it is gre…

Album Review - Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

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4/5

It is not really unusual for there to come a time in the year when I suddenly start collecting (downloading) a lot of music, which most of the time I end up being unable to listen to them, even less to do this carefully. With a new year, I had the perfect excuse to try it again, and actually, since this year I am in Finland, working/studying in the mornings, I have a lot of time in the afternoon, which I can now and then dedicate only to music, plus the free rotating streams on the Spinner site have quite help me too.

It is indeed from there that I first heard this record. Annoyed by not having any of the records on my wishlist that week, I decided to try something which read interesting from its description. As you might probably have heard already, the main advertising attraction about this album, was that it was recorded on a bedroom in a Florida University. Taking that into account, this record wins more praise, however, Surfer Blood's debut stands on its own account. The pr…

You May Ask Yourself?

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Let's just say I am a little out of motivation to write elaborate entries on my Acer Aspire One Netbook, plus, I have been on holiday, so although I had pretty much a lot of time in my hands, I rather spend leisuring, really leisuring. So, maybe you might have recognized by the entry title, that I'm about to talk about The Talking Heads. Just as I did with Kraftwerk and Pavement in the past, I ahve now decided on this band which I have rediscovered with my listening of the best albums of all-time project.

It must have been a year or two ago, yes, it was 2008, 'cause I was discussing with a friend about Portishead's hyped third, and he said he didn't like the band ripping-off their name from Radiohead, which I, in my most snobbiest said "Actually, Radiohead took their name from a Talking HEADS song by that name". I won that discussion, since my friend had barely heard about David Byrne from a song which was included on some Windows version. My second memory…

The Best Albums of All-Time Part 8

I am starting to read the meaninglessness of my comments on each album, and how many of these works need repeated listens in order to be fully appreciated, however, I will still cling to my project as far as I can:

36. Leonard Cohen - The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Better known, or should I say, better unknown as the original author of Hallelujah, a song which has been covered by Jeff Buckley and others, Leonard demonstrates that he is more than one great song, giving us plenty of melancholy for us to delight on this album.

37. Talking Heads - Remain in the Light

If there is one band to have dominated my mind for this last few weeks, it most have been the Talking Heads. Although I own two of their albums, I didn't really appreciated fully this band until I heard this record again with this project. My first 5 stars re/discovery.

38. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

Tom Waits is more about the lyrics, a friend told me just the other day, I guess she was right, but the quality of sounds on this album se…