Monday, December 20, 2004

Albums

Inspired by xtn's list of most influential albums, I thought I mite do a list too. Favourite / influential / whatever, in no particular order.

Radiohead - OK Computer
Sure, so this one is at the top of everyone's list, but that's because it SHOULD be. Radiohead were always headed towards greatness, from the early 90's grunge of Pablo Honey to the darker follow up - The Bends. OK Computer is the masterpiece of a band at the height of their powers, and it's shadow still looms large over anything Radiohead does.

Bjork - Debut
Bork proved that originality and mainstream success aren't mutually exclusive. Just very rare. Bjork has gone on to produce an amazing body of work, but it all started here. She makes me violently happy.

Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
Vast, ethereally beautiful soundscapes but always human, Agaetis Byrjun is like taking a mental vacation to another planet. Or least to Iceland.

At The Drive-In - Relationship Of Command
The only album the band released before breaking up. This is real hard rock, with incredible passion and social conscience. This is music that makes you want to make a difference in the world.

The Cat Empire - The Cat Empire
Remember when music was just plain FUN? Well, this is where you can live that again. Simply the most catchy and uplifting record I've heard in ages! I listened to this least every other day while in Europe. A great piece of Australia to take wherever you go.

Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
The defining moment in the career of possibly the most influential artist of modern times. This is Dylan at his most poetic, reflective and whimsical.

Nirvana - Nevermind
This album WAS the grunge revolution. I can still remember the first time I heard Smells Like Teen Spirit on rage. It changed everything. I stopped listening to pop and converted to grunge.

Loreena McKennitt - Elemental
The fusion of Celtic folk songs from around the world mixed with the works of poets like Shakespeare and Alfred Noyes creates an atmosphere you won't hear anywhere else. Her talent at arranging and musicianship is only surpassed by her voice.

The Avalanches - Since I Left You
This was the album that convinced me that sampling is an artform and music in it's own right. This beautifully mixed, flowing CD is made up completely from an insane number of samples, all working together flawlessly. The perfect album for a summer day.

Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi
The soundtrack to Godfrey Reggio's film of the same name, this was my introduction to the work of Philip Glass. Along with Brian Eno, Glass continues to bend, strech and break the boundaries of music composition and structure. This is possibly his greatest effort (the film would be in my 'most influential films' list too).

So there it is... I had to work hard to cull it down to ten. I left out many favourites, who I will mention : Zbigniew Preisner, Tool, Sarah Mclachlan, Pearl Jam, Hilltop Hoods, george, David Bowie, The Beatles, Tori Amos, Aphex Twin, Paul Kelly, Mercury Rev... I can keep going, but I'll stop there for now.

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