Favorite Albums

Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)

Over the years I have heavily criticized many prominent “best of” lists, since I certainly have my opinions on things, particularly when it comes to music. Rolling Stone in particular has ...

Bon Iver

Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: Bon Iver – Bon Iver (2011)

What a difference a year makes. I was wholly unimpressed by Bon Iver when I first heard it a year ago. In fact, when I wrote about Bon Iver’s first/breakthrough album For Emma, Forever Ago for m...

Wasting Light

Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: Foo Fighters – Wasting Light (2011)

Wasting Light is aging quite well; it’s only been out for just under a year and a half, but it already feels like a classic. Seventeen years after the passing of Kurt Cobain, former Nirvana drum...

Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf (2002)

Highly compressed and crushingly loud, Songs for the Deaf works as both an arty hard rock masterpiece and as a hilarious, wonderful satire on the disappearing dynamics in modern-day records. The album...

Aquemini

Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: OutKast – Aquemini (1998)

OutKast has an impressive — and often overlooked — discography, and five years before the duo took their final album, 2003’s 135-minute double-solo LP Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, el...

Make Yourself

Favorite Albums | #1: Incubus – Make Yourself (1999)

Make Yourself, in one of the greatest coincidences on my list, was released one week before my number two pick, Rage Against the Machine‘s The Battle of Los Angeles, on October 26, 1999. The Bat...

The Battle of Los Angeles

Favorite Albums | #2: Rage Against the Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles (1999)

The ’90s were an amazing time for music, as an enormous amount of great material emerged in the first half of the decade. By the last few years of the decade, however, all of the grunge heavywei...

Ten

Favorite Albums | #3: Pearl Jam – Ten (1991)

For a long time, Ten was the only Pearl Jam album I cared about. I bought Vitalogy a couple years after I bought Ten, but I almost never listened to it, and I didn’t discover Vs. until I was in ...

Kind Of Blue

Album Reviews | #4: Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (1959)

It’s not a stretch to say that Kind of Blue rivals the 1941 film Citizen Kane as the greatest American work of art produced in the entire 20th century. It probes the depths of consciousness and ...

Born To Run

Favorite Albums | #5: Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (1975)

I can still remember the moment Born to Run blew me away. It was the summer of 2004, and it was the night before the first day of my junior year of high school. I was busy studying for a history test ...

the dark side of the moon

Favorite Albums | #6: Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Dark Side of the Moon is such a popular album, drawing fans from so many different backgrounds, that it’s almost a cliché to put it so high on my list. But these are my favorites, at the end of ...

Hotel California

Favorite Albums | #7: Eagles – Hotel California (1976)

I first got into the Eagles when I bought their 2003 double-disc compilation The Very Best Of, which is a really excellent way to hear all of their hits and some great album tracks if you’re looking t...

Who's Next

Favorite Albums | #8: The Who – Who’s Next (1971)

You’ll have a hard time finding many better albums than this one. When I first started checking out CDs from the libraries near my parents’ house in Annapolis, Maryland at the age of sixte...

The Joshua Tree

Favorite Albums | #9: U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)

I love how the heavens open up and deliver The Edge‘s guitar in the beginning of “Where the Streets Have No Name.” It’s certainly a fitting beginning for one of the most flawle...

Texas Flood

Favorite Albums | #10: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Texas Flood (1983)

Texas Flood is one of the most stunning debuts in the history of popular music; it instantly modernized the blues for a new generation upon its release in 1983. The blues had experienced a revival in ...