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    Favourite album for every year since you were born

    So I have put together a list of my favourite album from each year I have been alive. I thought this would be an interesting way of talking about albums that have helped form our musical tastes over the years and also reminisce about awesome albums we have a joint love of. Anyway, here is the list and I have put a bit of commentary after it.

    1989: John Williamson - Warragul
    1990: Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mining
    1991: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
    1992: Eric Clapton - Unplugged
    1993: Midnight Oil - Earth, Sun & Moon
    1994: Nirvana - Unplugged
    1995: Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
    1996: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads
    1997: Foo Fighters - The Colour and The Shape
    1998: The Whitlams - Eternal Night Cap
    1999: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
    2000: Linkin Park - Hybird Theory
    2001: Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
    2002: The Mountain Goats - Tallahase
    2003: The White Stripes - Elephant
    2004: Jet - Get Born
    2005: Foo Fighters - In Your Honour
    2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
    2007: The White Stripes - Icky Thump
    2008: Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
    2009: Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
    2010: Angus & Julia Stone - Down The Way
    2011: Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
    2012: Mumford & Sons - Babel
    2013: The Arctic Monkeys - AM
    2014: Kingswood - Microsopic Wars
    2015: Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
    2016: Gang of Youths - Let Me Be Clear
    2017: The War on Drugs - A Greater Understanding


    I have kept a record of this since about 2010 but I recently went back and extended it to go backwards to 1989. I tried to make it a mix of albums I discovered later in life and albums I liked the year they were released. It was actually a pretty interesting exercise particularly for the very late 90s and early 00s which is when I first started listening to music independently of my parents and developed something of my own 'taste'. Albums like The Marshall Mathers LP or Hybird Theory where huge to me at the time but are no longer really styles of music I enjoy. There are other albums from those years I would now rank above them but those two stood out as albums I simply couldn't leave off because of how much I listened to them and loved them at the time. On the other hand there are albums like Tallahasee by The Mountain Goats (my favourite concept album ever), A Rush of Blood To The Head by Coldplay or later For Emma Forever Ago by Bon Iver that I wouldn't discover I loved until years after they were released.

    Of course this doesn't cover albums from before I was born that I love however my knowledge of albums from each year was pushed even going back to the early-mid 90s so I can't imagine I'll ever know enough full albums from the years before I was born to really say with any authority it is my favourite album from that year.

    Anyway, as I said I thought this could produce some interesting discussion or prompt you to listen to something you haven't before so let me know what you think and maybe down the line post your own one of these up. It is a fun process.
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    I tried to do this, I really did, but once I got to the 90s there was no way to choose just one.

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    1980: AC/DC - Back in Black
    81: Phil Collins - Face Value (soft spot for Phil since his music was used on Saturday Night Main Event)
    82: Michael Jackson - Thriller
    83: UB40 - Labour of Love
    84: Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
    85: a-ha - Hunting High and Low (only for one song, and one song only, Take on Me. Listen to it and you'll find out why if you're a wrestling fan.)
    86: Metelica - Masters of Puppets
    87: Roger - Unlimited!
    88: NWA - Straight Outta Compton
    89: Soul II Soul - Club Classics Vol. 1
    90: LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
    91: Nirvana - Nevermind
    92: Dr. Dre - The Chronic
    93: Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle
    94: Warren G - Regulate... The G Funk Era
    95: 2Pac - Me Against the World
    96: Makaveli - The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory97
    97: The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death (by default)
    98: DMX - Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (could pick either DMX album this year, both were amazing)
    99: Dr. Dre - 2001
    2000: Snoop Dogg - The Last Meal
    01: Nas - Stillmatic
    02: Eminem - The Eminem Show (A very hard year to pick for me)
    03: R. Kelly - Chocolate Factory
    04: Kanye West - College Dropout
    05: John Legend - Get Lifted
    06: Ne-Yo - In My Own Words
    07: Alicia Keys - As I Am
    08: Nas - Untitled
    09: Slaughterhouse - Slaughterhouse
    10: Bruno Mars - Doo-Wops & Hooligans
    11: Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne
    12: Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
    13: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (by default)
    14: J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hill Drive
    15: Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
    16: Bruno Mars - 24K Magic (damn kids)
    17: Kendrick Lamar - Damn
    18: Kid Cudi and Kanye West - Kids See Ghost

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    Some nice stuff on there, I'm guessing you are a pretty big hip hop fan from that list. I enjoy the odd rap album but it is certainly not generally my favourite genre. I love when a rapper just fires up and rants.

    A couple on there that did catch my eye: The Eminem Show which probably would have tied with Meteora by Linkin Park for my favourite album at the time. I still listen to that album every now and again, really enjoy Sing for The Moment and 'Till I Collapse has to be one of the all time best pump up song. I think I like the raw anger from the Marshall Mathers LP more but Eminem Show was probably where I feel he was at his most disciplined and refined. I did notice you put Marahsll Mathers LP 2 up there. Are there any particular songs off that you'd suggest?

    I also noticed Jay Z & Kanye, Watch The Throne. That is an incredible collaboration, there mere fact it happened is crazy but that it came out so good really cannot be overstated. It is basically the two biggest male performers, pop culture wise at least, of this century combining together.

    Also I have to give props to The Boss getting on there with Born in the USA, Phil Collins Face Value and ACDC Back in Black. They would go close to being on mine if I went abck that far.
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    Yeah, I'm much more into hip-hop than rock. But what I was half tempted to do was have two list, one which was "black" music, and one that was "white" music, because for many year I found myself between a rock album and a hip hop album. Like in 1994 it was between Smash by The Offspring, and Warren G. Now Warren G gets the nod because I listened to that cassette tape until it wore out (yep, owned both albums on tape), where as Smash I listened to when I was in the mood for rock. The 80's, I found myself more with rock, because hip-hop just didn't have as much good albums. AC/DC Back in Black is a GREAT album, Metalica we use to listen to all the time in the garage fixing bikes as teens, and Phil Collins and Bruce were like soundtracks to that weird period where you are too young to pick out your own music, but when you look back at that period those albums are what you remember. I had a hard time with 1985, and A-ha's Take Me Home just gives me such great memories when WWF had actual songs for their shows, (even Thriller for their syndicated show in 1984-1986). But yeah, I was so tempted to have two list because I really hated that I couldn't put on some albums that to me, I love, but it's just a different genre than I usually listen to, but I love them so much that I play them all the time.

    The Eminem Show is my favorite Eminem album. I know most like Marshall Mathers LP, and MMLP2 won one year, but that's because rap music sucked so bad.

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    I might sit down and try to figure this out, but going back to Ď82 is gonna be a pain. Props to LWO for going back that far already. Quick question, though for your 2011... as much as I love Watch The Throne, is have to give the nod to Bad Meets Evil: The Sequel. Just out of curiosity, how close was that on your list?

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    My issue won't be going back because most of my favourite stuff was from before I was born anyway. But I will struggle to cover the last 9-10 years... Not sure I even know many whole albums released in that period.

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    This would be really difficult if you were my grandmas age.

    I'm thinking about doing it but I've got the same problem as Prime, I've got a few albums that are recent but I'd just be repeating the same couple of artists for the past 10 years. 90s I'd be spoilt for choice though.

    Anyway, good idea...

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    Mmm I'll give this a try, but a few years will be by default (i.e. I only have/know one or two albums some of the years, they'll have an asterix...)

    *1990 - New Kids on the Block - NKOTB
    1991 - Dangerous - Michael Jackson
    1992 - Rage Against the Machine - RATM
    1993 - Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
    1994 - Definitely Maybe - Oasis (between that and Parklife - Blur, difficult choice)
    1995 - (What's the Story) Morning Glory - Oasis
    1996 - Spice - Spice Girls (I regret nothing...)
    1997 - The Fat Of The Land - Prodigy (first really difficult year for me, daft punk's debut album comes a close second)
    1998 - I've Been Expecting You - Robbie Williams
    *1999 - Made in Dublin (Live at Vicar Street) - Aslan and Rise - Gabrielle (I can't choose between them, sue me)
    2000 - Born To Do It - Craig David (Probably my favourite so far, Hot Shot - Shaggy deserves a mention though)
    2001 - Discovery - Daft Punk (Wow, what a hard year. Could have picked a dozen)
    2002 - The Eminem Show - Eminem
    2003 - Meteora - Linkin Park
    2004 - American Idiot - Green Day
    2005 - X&Y - Coldplay
    2006 - FutureSex/LoveSounds - Justin Timberlake
    2007 - Good Girl Gone Bad - Rihanna
    2008 - Year of the Gentleman - Ne-Yo
    2009 - The Fame Monster - Lady Gaga (Re-issue of The Fame, but 8 new tracks, 3 of which are massive)
    2010 - Loud - Rihanna (I fear there may be a few more Rihanna albums... she has too many hits!)
    *2011 - Born This Way - Lady Gaga (kind of by default, for some reason there's not many albums I know from this year)
    2012 - 18 Months - Calvin Harris (easily)
    2013 - Random Access Memories - Daft Punk (was it really that long ago!?)
    *2014 - x - Ed Sheeran (I'm noticing at this point I'm starting to struggle as I don't listen to much modern music)
    *2015 - Communion - Years & Years
    *2016 - 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
    *2017 - ų - Ed Sheeran
    *2018 (So far) - Speak Your Mind - Anne-Marie (blame the girlfriend on that one)


    So.... pretty mainstream. I would preface that by saying a lot of the music I listen to and like predates my life, so it's hard to do this (especially the last 6 or 7 years). The noughties were my teen years so I have much fonder memories, and a larger knowledgebase of albums released then. Only ended up with 2 Rihanna albums, but if we were counting individual songs I think she'd have a streak between 2007 and 2012 as it coincided with my clubbing days...

    That was fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by meandi View Post
    I might sit down and try to figure this out, but going back to ‘82 is gonna be a pain. Props to LWO for going back that far already. Quick question, though for your 2011... as much as I love Watch The Throne, is have to give the nod to Bad Meets Evil: The Sequel. Just out of curiosity, how close was that on your list?
    I would say this is VERY close. Like it was like hairs. I actually like the rapping on Bad Meets Evil better, I think it just came down to Kanye's production. I do have a huge soft spot for Royce as well. But I just found myself listening to WTT more. Can't explain it other than I guess Kanye.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prime Time View Post
    My issue won't be going back because most of my favourite stuff was from before I was born anyway. But I will struggle to cover the last 9-10 years... Not sure I even know many whole albums released in that period.
    Artist in the last 10 years have focused more on singles and getting on playlist on Spotify/iTunes rather than whole albums. 50 Cent said in 2007, people tripping off selling whole albums, when people are buying $4 for just snippet of a song for their ringtone. I think that statement was just the beginning of the change in the music industry. Drake proves you can "sell" millions of albums by having the same song streamed over and over again in Spotify. The art of the album is dying.

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    This took some time but here goes…

    1975: Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
    1976: Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder
    1977: Animals – Pink Floyd
    1978: Van Halen – Van Halen
    1979: The Wall – Pink Floyd
    1980: Back in Black – AC/DC
    1981: Greatest Hits – Queen
    1982: Thriller – Michael Jackson
    1983: Kill ‘Em All – Metallica
    1984: Ride the Lightning – Metallica
    1985: Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits
    1986: Tie: Master of Puppets – Metallica and Licensed to Ill – Beastie Boys
    1987: Appetite for Destruction – Guns N Roses
    1988: …And Justice for All – Metallica
    1989: The Real Thing – Faith No More
    1990: Facelift – Alice in Chains
    1991: Black Album – Metallica
    1992: Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine
    1993: Enter the Wu-Tang (Out from the 36 Chambers) – Wu Tang Clan
    1994: Tie: Division Bell – Pink Floyd and Jar of Flies – Alice in Chains
    1995: King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime – Faith No More
    1996: Sublime – Sublime
    1997: S.C.I.E.N.C.E. – Incubus
    1998: Devil Without a Cause – Kid Rock
    1999: S & M – Metallia, Slim Shady – Eminem is a close second
    2000: Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park
    2001: Toxicity – System of a Down
    2002: Saturate – Breaking Benjamin
    2003: Leave a Whisper – Shinedown
    2004: We Are Not Alone – Breaking Benjamin
    2005: Us and Them – Shinedown
    2006: Phobia – Breaking Benjamin
    2007: Minute to midnight – Linkin Park
    2008: Tie: Death Magnetic – Metallica and Sound of Madness – Shinedown
    2009: Dear Agony – Breaking Benjamin
    2010: A Thousand Suns – Linkin Park
    2011: This is Gonna Hurt – Sixx AM
    2012: Amaryllis – Shinedown
    2013: Sempiternal – Bring Me the Horizon
    2014: World on Fire – Slash
    2015: Threat to Survival – Shinedown and Dark Before Dawn – Breaking Benjamin
    2016: Hardwired…to Self Destruct – Metallica
    2017: Crooked Teeth – Papa Roach
    2018: Attention Attention – Shinedown

    Damn you young people, and from 1999 - 1993 there were about 6 albums per year that could have been the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powder View Post
    Damn you young people, and from 1999 - 1993 there were about 6 albums per year that could have been the best.
    I would say between 1988 to about 2002, you should be allowed 2... LOL... I just wanted to do 1 rock and 1 hip-hop for each year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LWO4Life View Post
    I would say this is VERY close. Like it was like hairs. I actually like the rapping on Bad Meets Evil better, I think it just came down to Kanye's production. I do have a huge soft spot for Royce as well. But I just found myself listening to WTT more. Can't explain it other than I guess Kanye.
    Thatís *almost how I feel. I think Watch The Throne has a few better songs overall, but Bad Meets Evil just flowed so well together. Like... Iíll pick out certain songs to listen to from WTT, but I can put on BME and listen to it from start to finish.

    ETA... I tried going through the years to pick my fav of each. After realizing that 1982 is Thriller (MJ), 1983 is War (U2), and 1984 is Ride The Lightning (Metallica)... I couldnít justify any picks from Ď85-Ď90 because I honestly canít remember that time frame. I know thereís certain songs I like, but I canít say what my favorite album is because I havenít listened to a complete album during those years. Ď91 obviously picks up with Nevermind (Nirvana). Ď92 is Rage Against The Machine self titled. Tool and Undertow win Ď93, but after that... thereís at least three albums per year that I canít decide on. For instance... Ď94 had Dookie (Green Day), Smash (The Offspring) and No Need To Argue (The Cranberries). I canít choose. Iím out of this little game. Music is too good to just choose one fav.
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    Oh yeah forgot I started this. Might as well share where I got to. No point carrying on beyond this point (I'd just be picking an album I'd heard a single from in a lot of cases) didn't narrow down each year completely and the occasional year is pretty much by default (including the first one) but it's better than not replying, I guess!

    1985: Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits
    1986: Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
    1987: Appetite for Destruction by Guns N’ Roses
    1988: Tracy Chapman
    1989: The Stone Roses/Neil Young, Freedom
    1990: Ragged Glory, by Neil Young
    1991: Ten by Pearl Jam
    1992: Dirt by Alice in Chains/Automatic for the People by REM/Amused to Death by Roger Waters
    1993: Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins/ Vs. by Pearl Jam
    1994: Dookie by Green Day/Monster by REM
    1995: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins/Blur, The Great Escape
    1996: Sheryl Crow
    1997: The Colour and the Shape by Foo Fighters
    1998: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
    1999: The Battle of Los Angeles by Rage Against the Machine
    2000: Holy Wood by Marilyn Manson
    2001: BRMC by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    2002: The Instigator by Rhett Miller
    2003: Elephant by The White Stripes/Absolution by Muse
    2004: Winning Days by The Vines/ Mouthful of Love by Young Heart Attack
    2005: Picaresque by The Decemberists
    2006: All Night Long by The Casanovas
    2007: Neon Bible by The Arcade Fire
    2008: Fleet Foxes / The Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow
    2009: The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists
    2010: Postcards from a Young Man by Manic Street Preachers
    2011: The King is Dead by The Decemberists
    2012: That’s Why God Made the Radio by The Beach Boys

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    Damn there are some great albums in there Pete, also some I did not expect. I have a lot of love for that first Fleet Foxes album too, it didn't come close to getting my album for that year by Mykonis and White Winter Hymnal still get regular play from me to this day.

    I also saw Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I was convinced by a good salesperson to buy Beat The Devils Tattoo and really enjoyed it, espevially Thr title track which is one of my favourite guitar riffs to play. I never really listened to any more of their stuff, I'll have to give that one a listen some day.

    Also loved seeing some Foo Fighters on there.
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    To be honest I don't know many albums from that year, certainly not off the top of my head. Some of them are pretty much by default while others had ten albums that could have been in the mix. I did like Fleet Foxes but that one is very much just because it just doesn't have much competition. Same with The King is Dead by The Decemberists. The other two take their place clearly on merit but that one I don't know all that well, but again, I didn't buy a lot so... yeah.#

    Maybe I need to widen my Foo Fighters project and listen to a lot more albums in the last 10-15 years, and then redo this....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirSam View Post
    2017: The War on Drugs - A Greater Understanding
    Sam, I'm giving this a listen, taking your list as a recommendation, and early indicators are that this is a belter.

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    I'm checking this out now and digging it so far... only thing I want to say is the title of the album is "A Deeper Understanding"...not "A Greater Understanding". At least from I see from Spotify. (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong... just want people to know where to go for some good jams.)

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    You are bang on meandi.

    I absolutely love love love The War on Drugs. They layer their music so tremendously, every time I listen to them I find little intricacies that I never noticed before and their guitar lines in particular are so damn catchy.

    That album is so packed to: Up All Night, Pain, Holding On, Strangest Thing and Thinking of a Place are all amongst my favourite songs from last year and the others are no slouches either.
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    Feel like expanding my listening. If anyone wants to recommend an album to me off their list that they think I might like or should know, let me know. That goes to anyone who has replied so far, or anyone who wants to have a go from now.

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    If you are feeling like Dad Rock then A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs, if you feel like a concept album Tallahassee by Thr Mountain Goats, if you feel like something quiet and sad then Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens.

    Throw one my way and I'll report back later tonight.
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    I prepared this ages ago and never posted it, so I will now. I am very into mid-late 90s hip hop and the remnants of those artists who are still active. I'm a huge early Metallica fan and surprised myself to find that the first Metallica album to make my list was Puppets, which contrary to popular opinion I find inferior to Lightning. Also turned heavily to indie rock in the 2000s when it seemed like year after year indie rock bands were putting out the most stylistically pleasing albums. Not going past 2014 and even that is a stretch.

    1979 London Calling - The Clash
    1980 Back in Black - ACDC
    1981 Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne
    1982 The Message - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5
    1983 Let's Dance - David Bowie; Speaking in Tongues - Talking Heads - Straight up TIE
    1984 Purple Rain - Prince; Born in the USA - Springsteen
    1985 Rum, Sodomy & the Lash - the Pogues
    1986 Master of Puppets - Metallica (has pained me to not have mentioned either of their first two albums so far)
    1987 Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses; Paid in Full - Eric B. & Rakim
    1988 And Justice for All - Metallica
    1989 Doolittle - the Pixies
    1990 People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm - A Tribe Calle Quest
    1991 Blue Lines - Massive Attack; Nevermind - Nirvana
    1992 Check Your Head - the Beastie Boys
    1993 Enter the 36 Chambers - Wu Tang Clan; Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest
    1994 Illmatic - Nas; Ready to Die - Biggie
    1995 What's the Story Morning Glory - Oasis
    1996 The Score - the Fugees
    1997 When I Was Born for the 7th Time - Cornershop (honorable mention - SO MUCH good hip hop from this year too)
    1998 Black Star - Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli)
    1999 Things Fall Apart - The Roots
    2000 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
    2001 Gorillaz - Gorillaz; Is This It - The Strokes; The Blueprint - Jay-Z
    2002 The Eminem Show - Eminem; Blazing Arrow - Blackalicious; Original Pirate Material - the Streets (hon mention)
    2003 Elephant - the White Stripes; Youth and Young Manhood - Kings of Leon
    2004 A Grand Don't Come for Free - the Streets;
    2005 Demon Days - Gorillaz
    2006 St. Elsewhere - Gnarls Barkley
    2007 War Elephant - Deer Tick
    2008 Ode to Sunshine - Delta Spirit
    2009 The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z
    2010 Recovery - Eminem
    2011 Bon Iver - Bon Iver
    2012 Blunderbuss - Jack White
    2013 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem
    2014 Run the Jewels 2 - Run the Jewels

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirSam View Post
    If you are feeling like Dad Rock then A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs, if you feel like a concept album Tallahassee by Thr Mountain Goats, if you feel like something quiet and sad then Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens.

    Throw one my way and I'll report back later tonight.

    Thanks for the recommendation Sam. Because I'd heard the first couple before (just once though) I checked out the Sufjan Stevens album.

    It's a nice sounding record. Pretty. In the first instance it reminded me of a guy called Joshua Radin but then it struck me that a better comparison might be an update on someone like Paul Simon, as there's definitely a hint of S&G in what he's doing. If I was going to be critical I'd say it's an album that you put on just to listen to the whole thing rather than also having that extra element of some really great songs as songs. To be honest, I don't know having heard it once that I could tell you the name of an individual track on there, I don't think I'd pick anything out individually to go on a playlist, say. But it wouldn't be the first album that didn't really have specifically memorable songs that was still a hell of a listen. I didn't think there was anything bad about it, no moment where it didn't work. Even making the criticism I've made (as gentle as that is) feels a little bit churlish.

    A good listen. Thanks for the recommendation.

    As for throwing one your way.... I don't really know what off my list you'll already know! Help me narrow it down a bit (tell me what you know or what you might be in the mood for) and I'll happily reciprocate. By all means, give me another to go on with, too.


    Same goes for anyone else who wants to shout out a recommendation - whether you've done your list already or not.

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    Thanks for the little review their PT. I really love that album but really agree with you in your comment about how it flows from one to the other. For the record my favourite of the songs is the absolutely heartbreaking Fourth of July where he reacts very immediately and emotionally to his mother's death, gives me chills every time.

    Anyway onto the list, here are the ones I haven't heard.

    1989: The Stone Roses/Neil Young, Freedom
    1990: Ragged Glory, by Neil Young
    1996: Sheryl Crow
    1998: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel (only heard one song from this which I did like)
    2004: Winning Days by The Vines/ Mouthful of Love by Young Heart Attack
    2005: Picaresque by The Decemberists
    2006: All Night Long by The Casanovas
    2009: The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists
    2010: Postcards from a Young Man by Manic Street Preachers
    2011: The King is Dead by The Decemberists
    2012: That’s Why God Made the Radio by The Beach Boys
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    Ha, I thought you'd know The Casanovas purely because they are Australian. That'll teach me to jump to conclusions.

    Most of that is on the indie end of the spectrum - if I was to suggest one it'd sort of depend on what you like. Stone Roses debut is a classic of the early British indie and worth a listen if you're into that sort of thing. John Squire's guitar playing has become a thing of legend in British music ever since, though it doesn't really sound like much else.

    The other two are more in the American indy tradition and so even though they are still indie they sound very, very different. In the Aeroplane over the Sea is absolutely a cult classic, if you like stuff on the weirder end with a very lo-fi sound it's one that you've got to hear. Lastly, Decemberists appear a few times there - and if you like modern American indie that's pretty tuneful and with more than a bit of poetic finesse in the lyrics, you could do a lot worse than give Picaresque a spin if you've never heard them before.

    So I'd say take whichever one of those three sounds most appealing, though I can shift that up if you want to sidestep indie altogether.

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    My list is gonna be super mainstream, fuck it.

    1983 - Billy Idol, "Rebel Yell"
    1984 - Prince, "Purple Rain"
    1985 - The Be Sharps, "Meet The Be Sharps"
    1986 - Bon Jovi, "Slippery When Wet"
    1987 - Prince, "Sign o' the Times"
    1988 - Bon Jovi, "New Jersey"
    1989 - Janet Jackson, "Rhythm Nation"
    1990 - Bon Jovi, "Blaze of Glory"
    1991 - Nirvana, "Nevermind"
    1992 - Dr. Dre, "The Chronic"
    1993 - Janet Jackson, "Janet"
    1994 - Green Day, "Dookie"
    1995 - Bone Thugs 'N Harmony, "E. 1999 Eternal"
    1996 - Jay-Z, "Reasonable Doubt"
    1997 - Notorious B.I.G., "Life After Death"
    1998 - Lauryn Hill, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"
    1999 - Dr. Dre, "2001"
    2000 - Musiq Soulchild, "Aijuswanaseing"
    2001 - Jay-Z, "The Blueprint" or Alicia Keys, "Songs in A Minor" - DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE HERE
    2002 - Raphael Saadiq, "Instant Vintage"
    2003 - Alicia Keys, "The Diary of Alicia Keys"
    2004 - Usher, "Confessions" (STILL A JAM TODAY)
    2005 - Kanye West, "Late Registration"
    2006 - Rihanna, "A Girl Like Me"
    2007 - Alicia Keys, "As I Am"
    2008 - Duffy, "Rockferry"
    2009 - Jay-Z, "The Blueprint III"
    2010 - Taylor Swift, "Speak Now"
    2011 - Miranda Lambert, "Four the Record"
    2012 - Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"
    2013 - Nothing stands out to me...
    2014 - Taylor Swift, "1989"
    2015 - Kendrick Lamar, "To Pimp a Butterfly"
    2016 - Ariana Grande, "Dangerous Woman"
    2017 - Kendrick Lamar, "DAMN"
    2018 - Carrie Underwood, "Cry Pretty"
    2019 - Ariana Grande, "Thank U, Next"

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