Monday, August 28, 2006

When in doubt, blog about music...

Cynical Dad blogged recently about his Top 100 albums of all time (to see his list, start here).

I used to be pretty big on music. In fact, listening to music, thinking about it, and talking about it used to take up a good portion of my time before I worked full-time and later, had kids (at which point my "coolness" factor on music officially became null and void - but I'm still not popping in any flippin' Celine Dion). My renaissance was in the '90s, when a young high schooler or college student can devote her time to these things. It was beneficial - A and I first bonded over music when we met almost nine years ago.

So, in the spirit of Cynical Dad and in honor of my music-snob past, I present my top albums, in no particular order:

  • Altered Beast, Matthew Sweet - Sweet at his moody, poppy best. "Devil with the Green Eyes" "The Ugly Truth" and its sister, "Ugly Truth Rock" and "Knowing People" make this an album worth having.
  • Sha Sha, Ben Kweller - Kweller's first album, to my knowledge. The rock songs have energy, the slow songs are honest with a neat Texas vibe. Kid puts on a great live show too. "Family Tree", "In Other Words", and "Lizzy" stand out on this one.
  • Ben Folds Five, Ben Folds Five - Love their other albums, but the first was their best. "Best Imitation of Myself" is my favorite song, namely for the line "Do you think I should take a class to lose my Southern accent?".
  • Blacklisted, Neko Case - She has the most haunting voice out there. Art school meets alt country.
  • Weezer's Blue Album - I think this song is on a lot of top-album lists, so I won't explain further.
  • whitechocolatespaceegg, Liz Phair - OK, most would pick Exile to Guyville. Cynical Dad chose Whip-Smart as his #52. So why do I choose this album, her third. I don't know that I truly know, but something about this album hit at the right time for me. Right as I was graduating college, getting a job, planning a wedding - something about a settled-down Liz Phair hit a note with me.
  • Songs for the Deaf, Queens of the Stone Age - want a new version of metal? Something you can just rock out and bang your head to on your way to...wherever?
  • Sublimal Plastic Motives, Self - I can't explain why. The guy - assuming he still tours - is AWFUL live. But I've always loved this album.
  • Unchained, Johnny Cash - The man in black covers Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage". And records some other great ones - the wedding-worthy "Memories are Made of This"; Folsom-worthy "I Never Picked Cotton" - just pick this one up if you don't have it.
  • Youth and Young Manhood, Kings of Leon - something a little newer to put on the last. It's good, but too early in the morning for me to explain why.
  • And which Foo Fighters album to select? Trying to choose between The Colour and the Shape, There is Nothing Left to Lose, and their most recent, In Your Honor, was so difficult. To be honest, I only listen to the rockin' disc one of In Your Honor. I'll give the edge to The Colour and the Shape. Again, it's too early in the morning for me to explain why but trust me on this one.

There you have it. It's now 6am and Tucker's threatening to wake up. I'm sure Jack won't be far behind.



Anonymous Jamie said...

It's official Emily. You are way cooler than me. I'm now listening to top 40 and country. But hey, I was one of the earliest subscribers to Spin magazine years ago. And I love the picture of Tucker!

8/28/2006 2:00 PM  
Blogger Pattie said...

I think I see a little bit of hair there! :)
I love Matthew Sweet. I don't hear much about him anymore. Great list!

8/30/2006 7:35 AM  

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