I thought I’d give ya’ll a quick glimpse and my “go to tracks/albums” as of right now.
I really am more of an album kind of guy. Some folks like single songs (which I do as well), but I really love a well crafted album that has flow and it puts you in a certain mood or mind set.
So, this is how its going to work here. I’m going to give you my top 5 albums (as of right now. I’ll make it clear, these are not necessarily my top 5 albums of all time, this is just what I’m listening to the most as of right now), and then I’ll give you a little description why, then I’ll give you my favourite tracks off said albums. Does this make sense? It makes sense to me so we’re going with it.
#5 “Modern Guilt” – Beck
Why: I’ve never really been a huge Beck fan. Not that I disliked his work, it just never really crossed my path. But then I came across this album (I think I found it at the library) and I figured I’d give it a try. And my goodness, its a good one. He combines a little bit of electronica with great melodies and solid grooves.
Notable Tracks: Chemtrails, Volcano
#4 “The White Album” – The Beatles
Why: I don’t think this needs a ton of explanation. Its a classic by a classic. The freedom the Beatles had on this album is inspiring. The variety of songs, the variety of moods, the interplay between Lennon and McCartney, its all there and its all amazing.
Notable Tracks: Happiness is a Warm Gun, Dear Prudence, Blackbird, Helter Skelter, Birthday, etc.
#3 “Youth and Young Manhood” – Kings of Leon
Why: I watched a documentary on the Kings of Leon a few months back called “Under the Talihina Sky” (I think thats what it was called), and it gave me a brand new appreciation for this band. This is the first KOL record and good heavens, do they bring it. Its SOOOOO raw and unadultered. I love it. Caleb (the singer) got ripped about the fact that you can’t understand lots of what he’s saying, but I love it. His vocals are so unique, the band is tight and have this really great energy. And for a first record, it don’t get much better than that.
Notable Tracks: Molly’s Chamber, Spiral Staircase, Dusty, Trani
#2 “Automatic Writing I & II” – Ataxia
Why: This is technically 1 album, but was released in two halves. 1 was released in the mid 2000’s while the 2nd was released last year? I think. Anyways, Ataxia consists of John Frusciante, Joe Lally (of Fugazi) and Josh Klinghoffer. The project was put together while Frusciante was still in the Chili Peppers. Its nothing like the work he did with the Chili Peppers, its more ambient and spacey. Not your typical “Rock” sound. But I can appreciate their willingness to explore and push boundaries.
Notable Tracks: Dust, The Soldier, Montreal
#1 “The Battle of Los Angeles” – Rage Against the Machine
Why: Rage has, for a long time, been one of my favourite bands. The energy, the anger, the originality and the simplicity/complexity (I know this doesn’t seem to make sense, but when you’re talking about Rage, it makes sense) are truly amazing. The Battle of Los Angeles used to be my least favourite album by them. It wasn’t that I disliked it, its just that I liked the other records better. However, I’ve recently become absolutely obsessed by this record. I love the riffs. I love the sonic landscape they create and I love de la Rocha’s anger and passion about such diverse topics. I could go on forever about this record, its one of my all time favourites. And you can quote me on that.
Notable Tracks: Testify, Calm Like a Bomb, New Millenium Homes, War Within a Breath, Maria.
There you have it, a glimpse into my playlist. This is constantly evolving and changing for me, but at this exact moment in time, these are some of my go-to records and songs. I would recommend checking all of this material out if you haven’t already done so.