When Kelly asked me to write a guest post about my top 5 favourite albums of all time it initially seemed like an easy enough task. After all, I already know what number one is (Sister by Sonic Youth). But the other four? A lot harder, definitely. After much thought, deliberation and of course, procrastination I’ve come up with a list of sorts. And like the Charming Comedian before me, I simply cannot come up with a cut and dry top 5. After all, I own over 500 albums! While the C.C. stuck to greatest hits albums I will take it in an altogether different direction as well. The following is not my top 5 ever but my top 5 albums I’ve discovered in the last 6 months.
In no particular order:
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (2008)
I only ended up originally hearing this one because it was Pitchfork.com’s number one album of 2008 and I decided to check it out. As it turns out, I ended up really loving it. So I guess every once in awhile it pays to listen to the guys and gals at Pitchfork (I kid). What I like about it is that it really doesn’t sound like anything else out there right now. It’s got a unique folky feel that is quirky but not cheesy. The songs on it range from catchy and anthemic to a gorgeous melancholy. I’ve heard they have a new album coming out in the next while, I can’t wait!
Faith/Void – Split LP (1985)
Lady Gaga – The Fame (2008)
Well this is definitely nothing at all like the previous album but still I can’t get enough of it these days. What I like about her is her unique style and her insanely catchy songs. I can find a new favourite song on this album every week and it’s great for my daily bus commute. Whether or not it will stand the test of time as something I like forever remains to be seen, but for right now it’s a sweet, sweet sugar rush.
Uncle Tupelo – No Depression (1990)
Why I never discovered these guys sooner is beyond me. This album is the definition of alt(ernative) country. It’s got an awesome rootsy country sort of feel but doesn’t sound what most people picture country sounding like (aka pop country). I pretty much fell in love on first listen and can see this album finding a place on my top albums ever.
Die Kreuzen - Die Kreuzen (1984)
Die Kreuzen is another band to come out of the 80s hardcore punk scene but they take the sound in a whole different direction. Even here on the first album (which is their most “hardcore” album) you can hear that they aren’t interested in sticking to the usual formula and want to branch out into different sounds. One of the things I like the best about them is Dan Kubinski’s unique vocals which sound like nothing I’ve really heard before.