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”

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”

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie

God, I don’t want to write any more about this album after taking that entire class on Bowie, but it definitely belongs on this list. Bowie’s follow-up to his excellent albums The Man Who Sold The World and Hunky Dory may not have kept their complexity, but it had a real direction. Ziggy Stardust, aContinue reading “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie”

American Idiot – Green Day

You’ve heard a lot of this album, but you probably haven’t heard the awesome jam that is “Letterbomb” or dissected “Homecoming” down to specific notes. Yes, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” is great, but this album really shines where it eschews the four-chord progression and just plays some loud chords, finds something else to do, andContinue reading “American Idiot – Green Day”

good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Deluxe) – Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar brilliantly covers a Compton upbringing in the incredible concept album good kid, m.A.A.d city; I don’t really know how to talk about the themes of this album, because I honestly don’t know what he’s been through, but it’s absolutely right that Kendrick be awarded a Pulitzer prize for talking about this environment. AsContinue reading “good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Deluxe) – Kendrick Lamar”