November 10th, 2008

Thin, Exercise, Serious

Writer's Block: 10 Albums

Some people spend their whole lives preparing the answer to this question: What albums are on your personal all-time Top 10 list?

I am a passionate fan of the Album, as in full, complete records that constitute a package and aren't just greatest hits, remixes, mixes or singled put on one record. And while I don't have my collection in front of me, off the top of my head, here's an approximate top 10, in no order.

Vespertine (Bjork)
The Joshua Tree (U2)
Revolver (The Beatles)
The Beatles (The Beatles)
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (Sinead O'Connor)
Violator (Depeche Mode)
Computer World (Kraftwerk)
Ringleader of the Tormentors (Morrissey)
You Are the Quarry (Morrissey)
Full Employment (Tit Wrench)

I could easy add more Beatles, Bjork, O'Connor, and Morrissey albums. There are also countless additional albums that are missing from the list, including some non-pop records like Pete Seeger's God Bless the Grass, which like any great album, has a cohesive theme, message and spirit, to the point where separating out one song almost orphans it. There are also a lot of near-perfect albums, like Madonna's Ray of Light, which is great except for the schmaltzorific "Little Star" at the end.

I love me my albums and despair at the declining number of artists who pursue the form.

EDIT
Here are more great albums, as I think of them (not counting the 4 artists mentioned above who warrant 3-4 albums each in my mind)

Hello Nasty (Beastie Boys)
Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Simon & Garfunkel)
Heathen (David Bowie)
Reality (David Bowie)
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Harry is a freak

I'm eating a bowl of canned peas.

And he's begging for peas.

To keep him from continually jumping up on the table to get the bowl, I'm tossing them to him one by one.

Peas!

He's eating them. Although the squished one was harder, he managed that, too.

OK, no more peas. He ate 4.