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#1…Top 5 Albums of All Time! July 16, 2010

TNT’s #1
1. Something to Write Home About by The Get Up Kids – Without a doubt, this is my favorite album of all time because of the way it makes me feel.  I remember I had such a strong connection with this album when I played it for the first time.  From the guitar slide in the first seconds of “Holiday” (track 1) to the ending chord in “I’ll Catch You” (track 12), I’m hooked.  I reference this album as true ’emo’ music.  They’re not whining (in my opinion) or crying or pissing everyone off, their lyrics are EMOtional.  Take the hint you poser bands hiding under the tag ’emo’.  People are usually shocked when they ask “What’s your favorite band or album?” and I can answer the question.  It’s not an easy task for such a tremendous music lover like myself.

Angela’s #1
1. Dookie by Green Day – I chose this as my number one for a few reasons.  I can listen to this album over and over and it never gets stale.  I was in 4th grade when Dookie came out; I studied this album.  I listened to it religiously, studying the lyric sheet and committing each song to memory.  It’s directly responsible for my love affair with the band as well as my first introduction to punk rock.   I know American Idiot was phenomenal, but this one is a bit more personal…and it can get me through anything.  To this day, people still cite it as one of the top albums of the 90’s.

Klone’s #1
1. Master of Puppets by Metallica (1986) – One could argue that if its historical significance, or impact on the music world at large, when it comes to Metallica it would be about either their debut album Kill ‘Em All (1983), their mainstream break-through album Metallica (The Black Album) (1991) or their controversial transitional album Load (1996).  When one is arguing with true, die-hard fans, who are about Metallica for the music, for the feeling they get from listening to the songs and identifying with the themes and emotions being expressed, one cannot expect that argument to end anywhere but Master of Puppets (1986).  The final album featuring bassist phenom Cliff Burton (1962 – 1986), the collection of tracks could be considered the group’s true masterpiece, as well as their first gold record, selling over 500,000 copies when released.  From the opening bars of “Battery” through the last notes of “Damage, Inc.” this anthem laden album is an explosive powerhouse of thrash metal combined with serious melodic structure, giving rise to some of the most epic songs in Metallica’s library, without a single one less than 5 minutes.  Tracks worthy of special mention, since none of the songs on this album were radio singles or music videos at the time of the album’s release (though some tracks eventually made their way to the airwaves in the following decade): Track 2 – “Master of Puppets”, Track 4 – “Sanitarium (Welcome Home)”, and my personal favorite Metallica song of all time Track 7 – “Orion” (Instrumental).

Mark’s #1
1. ESCM by BT Easily one of the greatest dance albums in the past 20 years.  A truly diverse and ethereal album that appeals to the senses, in particularly mine.  It’s hard to believe that I ignored this album as ‘overlong nonsense’ when I first heard it.  But once I gave it a chance and experienced this masterpiece all the way through, I was
forever initiated into the sonic church that BT leads.  From the hip-hop/folk grooves of “Firewater”, to the piano led beauty of  “Flaming June” (my favorite tune), right through to the hidden symphonic segment of “Flaming June” at the end of the album.  I am forever hooked.

Dan’s #1
1. Return of Saturn by No Doubt – It didn’t have many radio hits, but No Doubt’s Return of Saturn is my favorite album of theirs.  Upbeat, downbeat, kooky, moody and whimsical, Return of Saturn bursts with personality and shows how the band grew from Tragic Kingdom.

Stigz’s #1
1. Dookie by Green Day – This album, a complete and utter classic, is responsible for my descent into the world of music.  I think the first time I heard this I was like 11 years old, and it’s been downhill from there.

 

#2…Top 5 Albums of All Time July 15, 2010

TNT’s #2
2. OkGo by OkGo – So many memories!  Everyone has that one band that they listened to before they became huge stars.  Well, OkGo was mine.  I remember seeing and meeting OkGo at Maxwell’s in Hoboken in high school, around Valentines Day, and we’re talking way before the treadmill video.  In my opinion, their self titled album is their best work, a masterpiece.  Every track flows into the next, so clever and memorable.  One tune will have you dancing or clapping along, like in “You’re So Damn Hot”, another will teach you life lessons, “The Fix Is In”, or bring you to a comatose state like in “Shortly Before The End”.  Oh No was a decent album, Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky was a travesty, OkGo is the way to go my friends.

Angela’s #2
2. The Wall by Pink Floyd – An album that truly defines what it means to be a concept album.  Track by track, flowing together cohesively, taking us along for the journey that would later be played out on-screen in the movie bearing the same name.  It’s another one of those albums that transcend time, labels, sounds, and genre’s.  It’s a work of sheer brilliance that has remained untouched since its inception.  Not only is the band and the album iconic, but also legendary.

Klone’s #2
2. (TIE) Dookie by Green Day (1994)/Weezer (a.k.a. The Blue Album) by Weezer (1994) – Unlike my usual justifications, heavily laden with facts about the albums and artists…facts that should pretty much speak for themselves as far as lending credo to the significance of the albums, and hence their inclusion on my list, but when it comes to these two albums…Dookie and Weezer (The Blue Album) I must elaborate differently.  These two albums pretty much defined my freshman year of high school, already a time when our minds are super impressionable, and social awkwardness forces us all to begin to decide/define who we are.  By September 1994, both albums had made their way to the airwaves, just in time for me to be walking into my first days of high school, and both albums accompanied me down those halls.  This was in the days way before iPods, when most people still had a Walkman (that’s right, cassettes…remember those?), and I had made the ultimate tape with all Dookie on Side A, and Weezer (The Blue Album) on Side B.  Ever since then, these two albums have been connected in my mind, and listening to them these days gives me instant flashbacks to a time when I was pretty much first discovering who I was.

Mark’s #2
2. Greatest Hits by The Police– My very first foray into the world of one of the world’s greatest and most unique rock bands.  Looking back on it, this album was a musical milestone for me, as my purchase of this album was my graduation from the world of MTV’s sugary-pop into the Police.  It’s hard to pin down exactly what it is about this album that I love.  Maybe it is Andy Summers’ classical guitar playing through dozens of effects pedals to create a one man symphony,  or Stewart Copeland’s psychotic poly rhythms, or maybe even Sting’s melodic but oddly punkish vocals.  Well, regardless of the reason, this group is a huge influence on me…they kick royal ass.

Dan’s #2
2. Liars by Lola Ray – Lola Ray has been featured in many of my Top 5 lists.  It’s hard to express how much I love this album to people who haven’t listened to Lola Ray’s music.  The music, lyrics and John Balicanta’s vocals all come together to create these musical stories about the good and bad of love and relationships.

Stigz’s #2
2. S.C.I.E.N.C.E by Incubus – One of the dopest albums I have ever purchased, and still to this day can leave it on repeat.  Tracks like “Idiot Box” and “New Skin” changed my life.  Lol.