Here is Part Two of my Top 40 albums. Just keep in mind that I don’t own, nor have I listened to every classic album that you might expect to be on here. Also, this might seem like an odd list because I don’t have the most normal taste in music, and I wanted to include a variety of music in this. So this is not just punk, or folk, or classic rock. Some of them might never even see themselves on a legitimate Top Albums list ever, so here is their time to shine:
Artist: The Ting Tings
Album: We Started Nothing
Two things you might think of when you hear the Ting Tings would probably be, “That’s Not My Name”, and Shampoo commercials. However, this was a pretty good album overall.
I don’t have much to say about it expect for it was simply a lot of fun, and incredibly catchy. I feel as if they succeeded in creating 10 tracks of catchy British pop music that will never leave your head… and I mean never. I’m a fan of the Ting Tings, but songs like “That’s Not My Name” and “Shut up and Let Me Go”, will always pop in the heads of people who despise them, years later.
I feel as if the album was underrated. Oh well.
Best Tracks: That’s Not My Name, Great DJ, Impacilla Carpisung
Artist: Alkaline Trio
Album: Good Mourning
This album opens up to Alkaline Trio at their darkest with the song, “This Could Be Love.” The song will make you think, “Killing somebody never seemed like so much fun!” and it’s true! :D No, but seriously, Alkaline Trio is known for placing catchy guitar riffs behind poppy vocals with disturbing lyrics.
I had to choose this album though because it incorporates everything alk3 is about. Dark lyrics about suicide, love, and heartbreak, and catchy yet somewhat raw sounding music. This album also shows Matt Skiba at his best, who sounds like he just got done smoking 3 packs of cigarettes during a long night of drinking.
Nevertheless, the best part about the album is Dan Andriano’s songs, which show some of the best tracks they have done. He is a break for the listeners, equaling out the roughness of Skiba’s vocals with more smooth singing to some wonderful love songs.
Best Tracks: Every Thug Needs a Lady, Emma, Blue in the Face
Artist: Florence and the Machine
I think the opening song in an album can say a lot to a listener, especially in a debut album. “Dog Days are Over”, is a perfect example of this. The strings plucked in the beginning tell the listener that they’re in for something new and beautifully made. Florence Welch’s vocals are not “Out of this world”, instead of that they seem to be perfect in a way where they are beautiful, yet imperfect… if that makes sense. Her voice is great, but can seem off at times, unlike singers like Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, who never seem flawed. That is what I think makes her so great though, her voice is new, but she still sounds human.
Wow… spent too much time on her voice…. It is difficult to explain people, bear with me.
… just pick up the album. You won’t regret it.
Best Tracks: Dog Days are Over, Between Two lungs, Cosmic Love
Album: … and out come the wolves
I’m afraid to talk to Op Ivy fans about Rancid, because I’m afraid they would be like, “Psh, fuck them… sell outs”, to which I’d reply, “Haha, yeah… they totally suck guys.”
In reality, I wouldn’t have known of Operation Ivy if it weren’t for my undeniable obsession with Rancid. Although, I don’t get what is so wrong with Rancid. They make good music, right? They don’t act is if they are superhuman, right? They have real lyrics and they are real people, right? Just because they don’t do only hardcore punk, or ska, doesn’t mean they suck.
The album opens up with, “Maxwell Murder”, which is a fast song with an amazing bass solo, which is unheard of normally… unless you’re Flea, maybe. However, one of the best tracks was the single, “Time Bomb”. It has some ska chords that can make you move, and a catchy chorus (Let’s see how many times I can use the word, “catchy” in this post.), but there are many songs in here that have some great lyrics, better than Op Ivy had *coughs*… Just saying.
I’m such a loser.
Best Tracks: Roots Radicals, Time Bomb, Olympia WA
Hipsters don’t always listen to bad music. Look at Feist’s, “Reminder”. Feist’s soothing vocals and beautifully soothing music start this one up, and prepares the listener for something special. The lyrics switch off from nice, to melancholic, throughout the album, and the music switches off from soft and soothing, to fun and poppy (and CATCHY).
The song you might know from this album would be, “1, 2, 3, 4”, but if you don’t like that one, don’t let it turn you off to her music. If you listen to the entire album, you will most likely grow to like it.
Nothing else to say… I must say that it is difficult to form a clear sentence on here while listening to music. Whatevs
Best Tracks: I Feel It All, 1 2 3 4, How My Heart Behaves
Album: Songs for the Incurable Heart
How unlike me. Two Metal bands on this list? What’s wrong with this.
I only wanted to include bands that deserve a spot, regardless of the genre, and Stemm deserves a place on here… and more listeners…………… It bothers me that Stemm didn’t gain the popularity that bands like the ever-so wonderful Five Finger Death Punch have -.-. Stemm is fast, hard, and real. The lyrics aren’t mindless, and surprisingly the music isn’t either. Stemm knew what they were doing, and it sucks that they are done, but I’m glad I got to see them live at least once before they stopped playing.
So here is my personal favorite by Stemm, give them a listen if you’re willing to.
Best Tracks: Monster, Pandemic, 13 Years
I guess I’ll be like every other gay on here and post a picture with a penis in it to Tumblr. Just Kidding… seriously….
Nevermind, was Nirvana at their most raw. They were grunge, yet they were pop. They were great, yet they sucked. I think this album means so much to me because I’ve been listening to it for so long. Yet, for some reason I don’t know why I ever liked it in the first place. I can’t say much about it because I’m still looking for the reason. Nevertheless, it’s good. I can’t explain it.
It’s good… but … not good….
Best Tracks: Come as You Are, Polly, Something in the Way
Album: Patent Pending
Matt Skiba has and will always make dark music, but here is the darkest of them all in his side project, Heavens. The first track sounds very electronic and gloomy, and is fronted by Skiba’s monotonous emotionless vocals. As the album goes on, it gets darker and darker, but finds some places for respite and more happy sounding music I guess.
The album continues on how I explained, but comes to an end with a song with music that creates a feeling of absolute devastation. Then again, isn’t that how the entire album was supposed to make you feel?
Best Tracks: Counting, Dead End Girl, Leave
Album: Live Through This
The opening track, “Violet”, is pure anger and frustration, which is what makes Hole so great. Courtney Love sounds like a mess in this album, but that’s how I love her. It’s real, grungy, angry music that at times sounds like it was scraped up from the bottom of a filthy sink.
Don’t hate me for this: The album sound of grunge, yet the feel of punk. It’s messy, but literally says, “Fuck You” to all who deserve it. However, the high point of the album is Love’s painful, “Doll Parts”. It has a slow hurting pace that comes crashing down near the end, but accompanied by some incredibly depressing lyrics (“Yeah they really want you, but I do too” “Someday You Will Ache Like I Ache” “He Only Loves those things because He loves to see them break”).
Best Tracks: Violet, Miss World, Doll Parts
Album: Pink Flag
This is just another one of those albums where I’m unsure of why I truly love it so much, but I do know that this was a well made classic. It was punk in it’s early years, but it didn’t sound like the rest. It had a punk feel, and the quickness of it, but songs like “Strange”, and “Fragile”, distinguishes it from the rest.
See? I don’t know what else to say really…. maybe because I’m pretty tired :P and I don’t feel like typing anymore
Best Tracks: Lowdown, Fragile, 1-2-x-u
I really need to stop listening to music when I type though, this probably reads terribly.