Thursday, 17 July 2008

Albums of the years

Calendar-wise, this is the 25th year I've been on this planet. Not quite onto my 25th revolution of the sun, but it's getting close. Anyway as a means of commemorating my time on this planet and the music that I've held profound to me over the years, I'm going to list my favourite album from each year as I see it now. I don't remember what I was listening to in 1984 to 1987 for obvious reasons. I've tried to just pick each band once, as to encompass a bit more variation in the overall list. It's a reflection of the variation in music, of all the bands that have given my life enjoyment.

The 1980's
1984: King Crimson - Three Of A Perfect Pair

1985: Weird Al Yankovic - Dare To Be Stupid

1986: Metallica - Master Of Puppets

1987: Icehouse - Man Of Colours

1988: Ministry - The Land of Rape and Honey

1989: The Cure - Disintegration

The 1990's
1990: Depeche Mode - Violator

1991: Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes

1992: Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine

1993: Nirvana - In Utero

1994: Green Day - Dookie

1995: Rammstein - Herzeleid

1996: Lemur Voice - Insights

1997: Regurgitator - Unit

1998: Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing

1999: Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile

The 2000's
2000: At The Drive-In - Relationship Of Command

2001: Tool - Lateralus

2002: Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf

2003: The Mars Volta - Deloused In The Comatorium

2004: The Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine

2005: Cog - The New Normal

2006: Isis - In The Absence Of Truth

2007: Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet

2008: Zodiak - Sermons (So far)

There were so many bands I couldn't fit in that list, albums that were brilliant that were outshone in the particular year they came out. Albums like Opeth - Blackwater Park (2001), Oasis - Morning Glory (1995), Mastodon - Blood Mountain (2006), Pearl Jam - Ten (1991), Dream Theater - Scences From A Memory (1999), all brilliant albums that didn't get a look in. There has been some great music over the last 25 or so years, far more than I've chronicled. It's well worth going out of your way to hear new music. This is just a list of the music that moved me.

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