By popular demand, NVMP stretches our Top 5 Albums of All Time to our very first Top 10. To describe and define our musical selves, it was obvious that just 5 albums couldn’t cut it, thus presenting our continuation of the topic. Enjoy!
10. Page Avenue by Story of the Year – I’ve always been a big fan of SOTY, but their debut album defined them as a group and has some of their greatest songs to date. Aside from the hit singles “Anthem of Our Dying Day” and “Until the Day I Die”, I loved the songs “Swallow the Night” and “Sidewalks.” I was lucky enough to experience these songs on stage with the band at Warped Tour in 2004 and 2008, nothing beats that feeling!
10. Exile by Gary Numan– After a lackluster decade of overspending, sub-par attempts at appealing to audience taste and eventual bankruptcy, this album represents Gary Numan’s first real step towards the renewal of his musical direction, and life. Haunting synths and cold, robotic drum loops back a voice ringing with frustration, aggravation, and a renewed vigor.
10. Answer That and Stay Fashionable by AFI – I’m a huge AFI fan and I love all of their work. I put their first album on my list because it just makes me smile to know that they started off with simple punk tracks about wanting a mohawk and eating cereal all day long. It sort of encapsulates a moment in their early career when they were simpler, yet you can hear the potential they had for more. The evolution of A Fire Inside is brilliant, but I like to throw this one on from time to time and rock out.
10. Ten by Pearl Jam (1991) – Their most successful album to date, Pearl Jam’s debut release was a bombshell of a collection of music history altering gold. It took a year for the album to permeate across the musical mainstream, but by 1992, it was Billboard’s #2 album (back when Billboard was still a reliable source for determining what people are actually listening to). I’ve always considered this to be one of the many offerings of the grunge movement, especially when considering that Pearl Jam (originally called Mookie Blaylock) rose from the ashes of Seattle heavy hitter Mother Love Bone, the band that originally featured guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament. More often than not, when I feel the need for a Pearl Jam fix, the track will be off this disc.