Taking Requests: Top Five Albums
Over in the Taking Requests thread, anjin-san suggests:
More music posts. How about “your top 5 album picks”?
I like tough questions. This is a post that should probably be about agonizing choices and excruciating writing and re-writing. But because I have a baby and a Minecraft account, I don’t have time for that. So instead I grabbed a piece of paper and simply listed the first five albums that I love that I could think of. Here they are:
David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars –
This is, hands down, my favorite album of all time. And I refuse to justify this decision. You either get it or you don’t. If you don’t, feh.
Favorite track: “Five Years”
The Honeydogs – 10,000 Years
I love concept albums, and this is one of the best in recent memory. I’m a huge fan of the Honeydogs, and the whole album hangs together really, really well.
Favorite track: “Panhandler’s Serenade”. Unfortunately, I can’t find a video of any track from the album. So just go buy it.
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
My favorite Zeppelin album, even though none of my top five Zeppelin songs are in it. But damn if the whole album just doesn’t cohere. And while none of them are my favorite, they’re all good. I’m picky about music, so any album where every song is a winner is a keeper in my book.
Favorite track: “Ramble On”
The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
When I was younger, I always heard everyone rave about how great this album was. My reaction action was always the same. “The Beach Boys? Seriously?” I was a fool in my youth, as my love of Ayn Rand and progressive rock demonstrated. These days, I can’t listen to Pet Sounds in the background. It demands to be listen to and savored. Seriously — put on headphones, turn out the lights, and just listen to “God Only Knows”!
They Might Be Giants – Science is Real
I can’t wait until my son is old enough for us to sing this entire album together.
Favorite track: “Science is Real”
And that’s my top five, anjin-san. At least, right this second. Off the top of my head.