The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd

I almost didn’t include this essential album because it’s very well known, but I feel like it needs to be included. Let me reiterate one of the central ideas of this little blog: the album is a good and important form within music, and there is something unique you can get from sitting down, focusing,Continue reading “The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd”

Seven Hundred Acres and Seventy Square Feet – Jack Lavin

If you’ve enjoyed this blog so far, if you’ve been turned on to stuff you’ve enjoyed, I have a recommendation for you that’s more important to me than any of these. It’s thirteen tracks, it’s from the heart, and it’s full of music I’m very happy with. I promise you it’s good, especially “Sell Out”Continue reading “Seven Hundred Acres and Seventy Square Feet – Jack Lavin”

Saul Williams’ Third Solo Studio Album (Deluxe Edition)

This album is absolutely spectacular. I think the most distinctive aspect of it may be Saul Williams’ fantastic, original vocal delivery. One moment, he’s screaming out wild exhortations on “Convict Colony” and “List of Demands (Reparations)”; another moment, he’s softly, mournfully singing a dirge on “No One Ever Does”; another moment, he’s rapping and somehowContinue reading “Saul Williams’ Third Solo Studio Album (Deluxe Edition)”

Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero – Various Artists

This is certainly an odd recommendation, not just because of what this album is, but because not all of the album is good. While it’s got some fantastic tracks I’ll take with me, some of the album is baffling! I laughed out loud listening to “Gwendolyn”, which opens with a piano playing the tonic chordContinue reading “Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero – Various Artists”

Trench – Twenty One Pilots

Finally, we’re at the Trench review! This is a fantastic album, though you’ll really want good audio to listen to it. Thanks in part to MUTEMATH’s Paul Meany, Twenty One Pilots got darker and more serious, dipping further into experimental, emotive electronic sounds. The concept surrounding the album discusses a city known as Dema ruledContinue reading “Trench – Twenty One Pilots”

To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

God, there’s so much to talk about on this album, a magnus opus that combines slam poetry, jazz, funk, and the utter genius of Kendrick Lamar to create a contender for the best rap album of all time. It begins with “Wesley’s Theory”, a complex masterwork full of strong, defined harmony (that’s why you getContinue reading “To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar”

The Fall of Hobo Johnson – Hobo Johnson

The Fall of Hobo Johnson is unequivocally a masterpiece, one of my go-to recommendations and one of the best albums on this website. (Hobo Johnson is a stage name adopted by Frank Lopes due to his experience with homelessness; here, I’ll refer to him affectionately as Frank.) This album is blisteringly emotional and sonically innovative;Continue reading “The Fall of Hobo Johnson – Hobo Johnson”

Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace – The Offspring

The Offspring have had a long and legendary career— if you’ve never listened to them before, I recommend you first check out “Divide By Zero” and “Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell” (they’re meant to be played sequentially). Of course, I’m recommending this album because it is by farContinue reading “Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace – The Offspring”

Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman

What absolute legends Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman are. There is no songwriter in the world who could put together an epic that worms itself into your heart like “Bat Out of Hell”, and there is no singer in the world who could pull it off. Meat Loaf’s heldentenor (“heroic tenor”) vocals are so muchContinue reading “Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman”

OK Computer – Radiohead

This is the kind of album that it’s easy to get lost in; it’s completely earned its legendary status as a complete must-listen. Sure, it begins with the rough guitars of “Airbag”, but it continues through with sounds that are entirely smooth, alluring like the sirens of legend. The standout track is, of course, “ExitContinue reading “OK Computer – Radiohead”