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A few months ago I decided that I would curate the @peopleofhalifax Twitter account. For those that aren’t familiar, this is a new trend in social media where accounts belong to an organization or region or movement and are curated by a different individual each week or month or whatever. The fact is that people have found new and innovative ways to use Twitter, almost as an artistic or social installation rather than just one more way to be a terrible human being. I’d been following the account for some time and I’d seen some REALLY great curators and some pretty so-so ones. So I decided that if I was going to curate the account, I was going to be very pointed. I would put a plan in place, focusing on specific topics on each day of my week, trying to generate conversation on the topics I was interested in hearing people’s thoughts on. And then I went off script.

It was midway through the week and I was looking for something to listen to. So I asked followers of the account to tell me their favorite album. I said that I would listen to every album that people recommended and further, that I would write a short review of each album AND rate them according to how much I enjoyed them. I figured I’d get 5-10 albums and that my rankings would be finished in about a week. 81.

That’s how many albums I was provided to review. 81. 81 albums that I had to listen to, review and rank. For most albums I also picked my favorite songs from the album so that people could get a feel for the album without going through the whole process, as I had done. Now, first off, I’m very pleased that I got so many albums. It was a really fun experience to get to listen to what people liked and to get exposed to a number of bands and albums that I’d never listened to before. Of the Top 10, I’d never listened to the band or at least the album for half of them and I’d never listened to the full album of the album that would become number 1. Some albums and artists were a chance to rediscover while some (very few) are an experience I wish I could forget.

Before we go on, I’d like to stress that I encourage people to love what they love. Most of you are generally very awesome. This is just my take on the music you love, not who you are as a person.

Without further adieu, here we go.

  1. Trout Mask Replica

I have almost nothing to say about this “band” except to say that if you were looking for a blues themed album but were also looking for the weirdest shit you’ve ever heard, this would be the standard by which all other weirdness would be judged. I know that some of you are going to say “oh yeah? You think that’s weird? Check out…” I don’t care. I know there is weirder. I get it.

  1. Richie Sambora – Stranger In This Town

Richie Sambora’s voice sounds to me like he took one of his guitars, made sure it was well out of tune and then put it through a wood chipper. I award Richie no points and my god have mercy on his soul. Stick to guitar, you feather haired sob.

  1. Bryan McPherson – American Boy/American Girl

I really wanted to like this album. Musically, it has some chops. Unfortunately, Bryan McPherson’s voice sounds like someone was singing really off key falsetto and then stuck a vibrator on the side of their voice box.

  1. Sloan – Twice Removed

My high school field hockey coach was in a band with these guys when they were called The Killer Clams. He quit because “they weren’t going anywhere”. Same guy turned down Sarah McLachlan in high school because “she was weird”. He was right on both counts. Sloan is to me, the prime example of an indie band gone terribly wrong and this album is everything that’s wrong with music.

  1. Bad Religion – Stranger Than Fiction

One of the things I had to reconcile when making this list was how to account for genres I didn’t really care for or listen to. I tried my best to accept and album for what it was rather than saying “this isn’t bluegrass. I only like bluegrass”. Some albums (see #19) are WAY out of my stylistic wheelhouse but are just really fantastic albums. This album is out of my wheelhouse and ALSO bored me to death. Notable tracks include Incomplete and Better Off Dead (both of which would have made excellent album titles).

  1. Paul Simon – Graceland

Paul Simon might have diamonds on the souls of his shoes but he is 50% awesome. Simon and Garfunkel were amazing. Paul Simon throws up a brick in my books and there is one track that seems to be the inspiration for Get Him To The Greek’s African Child. Notable tracks are Graceland, Homeless (demo) and Crazy Love (demo).

  1. Deftones – Saturday Night Wrist

This is an example of a band that I was really disappointed with. My only experience with the Deftones is Change In The House of Flies, a track that I think is PURE genius but I didn’t find any of that on this album. “Notable” tracks include Beware (of this album) and Xerces.

  1. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

I’m SURE that this is the album I’m going to get the most heat over. There are a LOT of really great RHCP songs. Unfortunately I don’t think that very many of them are on this album. I probably would have ranked them lower if not for Anthony Kiedis’ work in Point Break. Check out Breaking The Girl (‘s eardrum), The Righteous & The Wicked and OBVIOUSLY Under The Bridge, which in my mind saves the album from being almost unlistenable.

  1. Leonard Cohen – Live In Dublin

Leonard Cohen reminds me a lot of my grandfather, who was also a strange looking old white man who was borderline unintelligible. While Cohen is in my mind one of the greatest writers of all time and I once made out to a CD, which only played Suzanne over and over again, I don’t count myself as a fan. I wish more people covered his stuff so that I’d have a reason to listen to it (see Bob Dylan). Listen to Who By Fire, Bird on a Wire, Recitation and one of the greatest songs ever written, Hallelujah.

  1. Orbital – Blue Album

I have almost nothing to say about this album. It was moderately musical and incredibly unmemorable. I think I liked Transient and Bath Time but it’s hard to be sure. I do like baths.

  1. Led Zeppelin – Houses of The Holy

The Rain Song and Dancing Days are the two tracks that I consider listenable on this album. I don’t think that ever before in the history of music have their been musicians I admire and respect so much who’s music I find so utterly wasteful.

  1. Jerry Jerry & The Sons of Rhythm Orchestra – Battle Hymn of The Apartment

The award for best band name and best album name go to #70 with a bullet. I had incredibly high hopes for this album. I don’t know if I started in the right order but I began with Bad Luck at Tulane and was sold. It was such an amazing track that reminded me intensely of one of my favorite bands, the Drive By Truckers. Sadly, I can’t even say I mildly liked anything else on the album.

  1. Pennywise

This band would probably score higher marks if that stupid clown didn’t still scare the bejesus out of me. I find these guys to be another instance of talented musicians whose musical choices I just don’t get. Mildly enjoyed The Secret, Bro Hymn and Side One.

  1. Sex Pistols – Never Mind The B******s

I like the Sex Pistols. I do. I just don’t think I really liked this album. One of the things that attracts me to albums is connectivity and flow and I just didn’t feel like this had it (not the only album on the list that I think suffers from this fate). Holiday in The Sun, Anarchy in the UK and No Feelings are all really solid tracks but don’t save the album from itself.

  1. Radiohead – In Rainbows

This is one of two entries by Radiohead that found it’s way onto the list. Sadly this album (and the other one) constitute by two least favorite Radiohead albums. Radiohead remind me a lot of Our Lady Peace (although for opposite reasons). One used popular music to make a name for themselves so that they could make whatever they wanted (Radiohead) and the other made really great indie music and then made popular music to get noticed (Our Lady Peace). I respect Radiohead for their creativity, I just don’t personally enjoy a lot of the choices they made. Check out Nude, Jigsaw Falling Into Place and All I Need.

  1. Doves – The Last Broadcast

This was a band that I had legitimately never heard of (one of around 10 or so that made the list). I really enjoy the music but once again it has the flow of a greatest (or at least mediocre) hits album. I enjoyed There Goes The Fear, N.Y and Pounding but not enough to really recommend the album.

  1. Propaghandi – Failed States

This was a band that I’d always heard a lot about but didn’t think I’d really enjoy so I stayed away from them. They’re a combination of everything I love about Tool and everything I hate about music. The first 15 seconds of the first track are INTENSELY moving but as a whole, it just falls too far outside of my wheelhouse. The caveat with this one is that I COULD see myself liking this album if I really liked this music. Note To Self, Cognitive Suicide and Unscripted Moment are good places to start.

  1. The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

I bet you that if I knew a lot about British culture this album would make me giggle. Sadly, I don’t. So aside from a few interesting tracks, this album plays like a really big inside joke. Check out Frankly Mr Shankley and Bigmouth Strikes Again, or don’t. Totally your call.

  1. George Michael – Listen Without Prejudice Volume 1

I tried to listen without prejudice. I couldn’t. I’ll start by saying that I LOVE some George Michael tracks but not enough of these particular ones. Waiting for The Day and Praying for Time are great songs on an otherwise mediocre offering.

  1. Kaizers Orhcestra

I was unable to find these guys on any of the streaming services that I have so I had to settle for youtube. There’s some really incredible music in there and they’re incredibly passionate musicians. Any band that starts dressed in full suits and ends up topless are ok by me. I’d recommend you at least check them out.

  1. Jars of Clay – Who We Are Instead

This is one of those bands that I always thought I should listen to more and I should. While I think that the music is a little predictable and safe, there’s some real talent to be found there. Check out Amazing Grace, Only Alive and Jealous Kind.

  1. Stereolab – Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in The Milky Night

This is some of the weirdest shit I’ve ever listened to. This is an example of a band that is WAY out of my wheelhouse but still incredibly talented. People Do It All The Time, Blips, Drops and Strips and Infinity Girl are very solid tracks on a very solid album. From this point onwards, there really are no bad experiences and Stereoloab offers a really great experience for some adventurous listeners. Thanks Tony.

  1. Tori Amos – American Doll Posse

I wish this were a different Tori Amos album. I’m a big fan but didn’t get the same experience from this album as I did from others. Bouncing off Clouds, Girl Disappearing and Digital Ghost are all serviceable tracks on a serviceable album but nothing here blows me away like her rendition of Losing My Religion or Cornflake Girl.

  1. Sleater Kinney – One Beat

This is another talent I knew NOTHING about. Incredible fusion of great voices and focused instrumentals coming together for a great folk-rock combination. I was blown away and would absolutely recommend this album to anyone who hasn’t already become a fan. The Remainder and Sympathy are my fave tracks on a very well put together album.

  1. The Cult – The Electric

I feel like this whole list is people naming bands I REALLY like and telling me to listen to albums that I don’t think represent their best work. The Cult feature some of my all time favorite guitar and a voice like no other. But this particular album feels a little bit like work. Bad Fun and Lil Devil are perfectly acceptable tracks but there’s nothing scorching on this offering.

  1. Amanda Palmer – Theatre is Evil

I feel weird about this album. Maybe it’s because I just watched Twin Peaks for the first time not long ago or maybe it’s her haunting voice. I have no idea but I know it creeps me out. Anyways, it’s still a good album. Grown Men Cry, The Killing Type and Want it Back all stand out on this incredibly creepy album.

  1. Guns N Roses – Appetite for Destruction

I have very mixed feelings about this album. On the one hand there are some of the absolute standards of the GNR catalog. Welcome To The Jungle and Sweet Child of Mine are two of the three songs I think of when I think of GNR, but on the other hand there are so many misses on this album. Night Train would be my other track to check out but again, this album is incredibly disjointed.

  1. Rilo Kiley – More Adventurous

Rilo Kiley has a stunning voice and the album is super well put together. While I don’t love the lyrics to a lot of the songs, it’s a really fantastic album. Listen to it. Do it. You won’t be disappointed. Does He Love You and Portions for Foxes are particularly poignant.

  1. Alice In Chains – Dirt

Most albums try to ease you into their sound. Not Alice In Chains. Them Bones basically punches you in the aural groin from the first note and the album carries on in pretty much the same manner. Down In a Hole is another great track on the album.

  1. Eric’s Trip – Love Tara

This is not a great album. The flow is all wrong and it has a lot of faults. BUT it also has Stove, which is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard, period. Secret for Julie, Frame and My Room round out some solid tracks.

  1. Radiohead – Karma Police

See previous Radiohead post. Listen to No Surprises, Electioneering and Karma Police.

  1. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

This is a good album. But I can’t tell you the name of a single track I liked. It’s not that it’s not a good album. It is. But nothing stands out. This is all I have to say.

  1. Eagles – Hotel California

I did not believe I would like this album. In grade seven, my English teacher made us listen to Hotel California over and over again because it’s apparently just the greatest example of metaphor the world has ever known. ALSO he pronounced hyperbole, “hyper bowl”. Anyways, this is a really solid album, Hotel California is a great track, SURPRISE, and I also really enjoyed Last Resort, Wasted Time and the Wasted Time Reprise.

  1. Finger Eleven – My favorite thing about Finger Eleven is that they used to be called Rainbow Butt Monkeys. They make pretty good music. Listen to Other Light, Therapy and One Thing.
  2. David Bowie – Hunky Dory

I never thought I liked David Bowie. This is probably because as I child, and also more recently, Labyrinth scared the crap out of me, purely based on Bowie’s stretchy pants. Anyways, I really enjoyed Changes and Life on Mars and the album as a whole is a really solid listen.

  1. Oasis – What’s The Story Morning Glory

This album suffers from the fact that I hate these two brothers as people. If it weren’t for the fact that I think they’re the worst sort of people that exist, this album might rate a little higher, especially given how great Wonderwall, Champagne Supernova and Some Might Say are.

  1. Limblifter – Pacific Milk

A lot of these middle albums are not that memorable. I mean that bad ones are REALLY bad and the great ones are REALLY great and some of the ones in the middle are just a good solid listen. Dopamine, Suspended and Position Open are good tracks on a good album that doesn’t stand out.

  1. Bob Mould – Workbook

The guitar work on this album is really exceptional. Sunspots and Dreaming I Am are great tracks. That is all.

  1. The Pixies – Doolittle

I’ve only ever listened to one Pixies song in my entire life, which is Where Is My Mind. Given how much I love that song, I’m surprised that it took me so long to listen to any more. I was a little surprised at the lack of cohesiveness on the album, but the tracks themselves are well put together. Hey, I Bleed and Monkey Gone To Heaven are my faves on the album.

  1. Van Halen

I listened to this album at 9am. If you’re ever unsure how to get started for the day and kick it into 5th gear, I’d recommend Van Halen’s self titled album. Eruption and Feel your Love are great songs and I was SHOCKED to find how much I enjoyed You Really Got Me.

  1. Beastie Boys – Check Your Head

As I’ve said before, this list is a whole bunch of albums I don’t like from bands I really dig and this album is no exception. Pass The Mic, Finger Lickin Good and So What Cha Want are all really great tracks but this album misses out on the raw energy of their earlier work and the overwhelming energy of Ill Communication.

  1. Ron Sexsmith – Retriever

I’ve heard this name a million times and I just never felt like checking him out. Sexsmith is an incredibly talented force and I love the lyrics. Not About To Lose, From Now On and Happiness are all really great tracks on a well structured and produced album.

  1. Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece

I’ve never listened to a Van Morrison song that I didn’t like, except for Moondance, which I find sort of obnoxious. Veedon Fleece is a very disjointed album filled with incredibly good music and a man whose voice makes me weak in the knees. Comfort You, Streets of Arklow and Linden Arden Stole the Highlights stand out on an album full of standout tracks.

  1. Coheed and Cambria – In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’ve always loved Coheed and Cambria. That’s not the secret. The secret is that I can’t understand anything that they say. ANYTHING. This album would probably rate a lot higher if I could. In any case The Light & The Glass, Blood Red Summer, Three Evils and In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 are excellent tracks, as far as I can tell.

  1. Missy Elliott – The Cookbook

Music makes me lose control. Missy Elliott is SO damned good. The album flows really nicely but aside from Meltdown and We Run This, nothing stands out, except for how damned awesome Missy Elliott is.

  1. Granddaddy – Sophtware Slump

If you’re ever looking for something different, this is it. I expected something VERY different but was pleased at what I found. Very eclectic sound, solid lyrics and some haunting instrumentals. Jed The Humanoid, Miner From The Dial-a-View and Hewlett’s Daughter are all stand out tracks.

  1. Arcade Fire – Funeral

This album is one that I’ve listened to pieces of for a long time but I’ve never listened to it as a whole. It wasn’t quite as good as I expected but the tracks that I loved were worthy of the ranking. Wake Up, Rebellion and In The Backseat are all exceptional tracks.

  1. Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key of Life

If you haven’t heard of this Stevie Wonder kid, you should really check him out. He’s pretty indie but he’s got some good tracks. Love In The Need of Love, Village Ghetto Land and I Wish were my personal faves from this expertly crafted album.

  1. The Hold Steady – Separation Sunday

This is another album that reminds me a little bit of The Drive By Truckers. Gritty vocals and some really great lyrics match up to make an unforgettable album. How A Resurrection Really Feels, Your Little Hoodrat Friend, Charlamagne in Sweatpants and Stevie Nix are just a few of the really great tracks on this album.

  1. Madvillain – Madvillainy

I think this album gets extra points because I was in a weird headspace when I listened to it. An incredible rap-blues fusion, if you have any interest in stepping outside your comfort zone, Raid, Figaro and Shades of Tomorrow are good tracks to start with.

  1. Ani DiFranco

I love Ani DiFranco. I went through long periods where the was a standard in my daily listening and her self titled album doesn’t disappoint. The Slant and Last Woman Song are both really great tracks and Both Hands is one of the most passionate and honest songs I’ve ever heard. Love.

  1. Kate Bush – Hounds of Love

This is a great album but is another album where no particular song stands out. Kate Bush sounds like a weird teacher or an aunt that has a lot of cats, but is also a really talented musician.

  1. Kyrie Kristmanson – Pagan Love

This is a beautiful album created by a beautiful musician. This is a finely crafted piece of art. Talk, Land and Pagan Love are the standout tracks.

  1. Sean Paul – Dutty Rock

I cannot stress enough that I did not want to like this album. I wanted to hate it. I expected it to rank in the bottom 2-3 albums, OVERALL. Instead, I ended up dancing around my living room with my daughter. Like Glue, International Affair, Bubble and Punkie (espagnol version) are my fave tracks on an exceptionally good dance album.

  1. Ani DiFranco – Living In Clip

As I’ve said before, I heart Ani DiFranco. While she might make the occasional terrible personal decision, her music is unbeatable. Untouchable Face, Hide and Seek and 32 Flavours are just a few of the must listen tracks on the album.

  1. Buckcherry

This is a really fun album. It’s a hell of a lot of fun to listen to and instantly makes my list of great driving albums. Lit Up, For The Movies and Borderline (no, not that Borderline) are my choices for best tracks.

  1. Mother Mother – Touch Up

I can’t narrow down a list of good tracks on this album because this is a great album, start to finish. There are no tracks I’d ever skip and I was pleased to be introduced to this very talented band who have two tracks in the top 25.

  1. U2 – Joshua Tree

I don’t like U2. I don’t like any band that take themselves too seriously and these guys certainly fit that bill. But Joshua Tree is such an incredible album that it can’t be ignored. Where The Streets Have No Names, Mothers of The Disappeared, Red Hill Mining Town and With or Without You are all amazing tracks and the ones in between are equally capable.

  1. Pulp – Different Class

I definitely was thinking of a different band when I saw Pulp on this list. The band I was thinking of made really silly brit pop. Different Class is a great album with a few one of a kind tracks like Live Bed Show, Mis-shapes, Common People and Feeling Called Love.

  1. Cake – Comfort Eagle

I feel about Cake how I used to feel about Nickelback. I was really upset when I was listening to them on the radio but I couldn’t stop listening. Comfort Eagle, Shadow Stabbing and Meanwhile Rick James are really enjoyable tracks on an album that I really want to hate and can’t.

  1. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

You know when someone keeps telling you how amazing something is and you don’t listen or watch forever and then when you finally do, you’re disappointed? This is how I thought this album would go and, as has been the case so many times during this process, I was wrong. Kamera, War on War, Pot Kettle Black and Poor Places are all really good places to start for an introduction to Wilco.

  1. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars

Sometimes I think bands spend a lot of time figuring out the best name for an album. Other times I feel like musicians got way too high and picked words at random. This album is the latter however the album itself is absolutely a classic. Soul Love, Moonage Daydream and Lady Stardust are awe inspiring tracks by a music legend.

  1. Mars Volta – Frances The Mute

Earlier I talked about how I would try really hard to disregard the genre of an album while putting this all together, that I would try hard to accept an album even when it fell outside of the realm of my normal interests. Well, this is not my cup of tea but Cygnus Vismund Cygnus and The Widow are absolutely exceptional tracks on an album that kicks ass.

  1. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig

Remember all that stuff I said about Mars Volta’s album. Well, same here. Stylistically, this is not in my wheelhouse but when you make an album this damned good, none of that matters. Memphis Shakedown, Snowden’s Jig and Cornbread and Butterbeans are infectious tracks and if you really want something to knock your socks off, check out their cover of Hit Em Up Style.

  1. Daft Punk – Discovery

I hate Daft Punk. I hate the style and they annoy me with their incredible arrogance. BUT they also make some of the absolute best music in the world and with Discovery they knock it out of the park. Veridis Quo, Night Vision, Something About Us and Aerodynamic are just a few reasons these guys keep making music.

  1. Jay Z – The Black Album

Obviously, as a 36 year old overweight middle class white boy from a farming town, I know A THING OR TWO about rap music. The fact is that it’s probably my favorite genre. Jay Z is one of the greats for a reason. He’s really good. With the Black Album, Jay Z cemented himself as a pillar of modern rap and with tracks like Encore, December 4th and Interlude 2, it’s easy to see why. Go Nets!

  1. Michael Jackson – Thriller

This is another one of those up and coming artists to watch. With Thriller, it’s like MJ just said “why don’t we make every song just the best song you’ve ever heard?” Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean are the highlight tracks from a nearly perfect album.

  1. Big Wreck – Albatross

This album is exceptionally good. It’s just good, from start to finish. You don’t want to skip anything and time flies when you’re having fun. Head Together, Wolves, Glass Room and Control are good tracks but honestly barely better than any others on a really easy album to listen to.

  1. Mother Mother – O My Heart

This is not a band that I’d listened to before but I’m sad that I’ve spent so much time not enjoying such an incredible talent. Burning Pile, Body of Years, Body and Ghosting are my personal faves but it’s hard to find a track you won’t enjoy.

  1. Mika – In Cartoon Motion

This is some epic shit right here. I was amazed at how many songs I knew on this album without knowing they were Mika. If you liked over the top, broadway style performance this is the album for you. Also, if you want to hear the closest thing there is to Freddy Mercury. Check out Grace Kelly, Love Today, Red Ring, Any Other World, Happy Ending, Over My Shoulder or, you know, any other song on the album.

  1. Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal

I like bands that put some serious effort into the quality of their music, that accept the influence of various genres and who pour their heart into their music. This is pretty clear with Of Monsters and Men, specifically in tracks like Dirty Paws, Slow and Steady and Six Weeks.

  1. Ben Folds Five – Whatever and Ever Amen

This is a band that mystifies me. They came onto the scene with absolute fury and never did much after their initial album. If you get a chance, check out Just Pretend by The Bens but on THIS album, the go to tracks are Fair, Brick, Kate, Cigarette, Air and the always entertaining Video Killed The Radio Star.

  1. Joel Plaskett – Ashtray Rock

It probably says a lot that this is one of my least favorite Plaskett albums and it still comes in at #9. An Introduction, /cruisin, /for the record, The Glorious Life and Soundtrack for the Night are my personal faves off of Ashtray Rock but if you really want to experience Joel Plaskett, make a point to see him live, something I’ve done more than with any other musical act.

  1. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs

Until just a few short years ago, I couldn’t have told Tom Hanks from Tom Waits but the more I experience this legend of music, the more I’m impressed. Tango Til They’re Sore, Hang Down Your Head, Time and Gun Street Girl show off Waits’ incredible voice and soulful lyrics.

  1. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks

This album is stunning. His haunting voice highlights an album filled with unique elements and…did I mention that really incredible voice? Astral Weeks, Slim Slow Slider and Cyprus Avenue are the tracks that stood out for me.

  1. Wordburglar – Welcome To Cobra Island

Ok. Ok. Ok. Here’s where you get to lose it on me. WORDBURGLAR? WORDBURGLAR? OVER MICHAEL JACKSON? VAN MORRISON? ARE YOU CRAZY? Ok, let me walk you through a few things. First, I love everything about GI Joe. I used to get up at 530am every morning to watch GI Joe and I’ve watched the recent films MULTIPLE times. Second, I like concept albums. I like stories. With Welcome To Cobra Island, Wordburglar tells the story of Cobra and I couldn’t have been more surprised about how much I enjoyed this. That Guy With The Disguises and Letters From Snake Eyes Part 1 & 3 are my fave tracks on an album that I’ve listened to several times since.

  1. Jay Z/Linkin Park – Collision Course

I hate mashups. But this album takes the very best of these two legends of their genres and brings them together with absolute perfection. This album has been a favorite of mine for a long time and very few albums were able to top it in my books. Listen to the whole album, start to finish, no exceptions.

  1. Pearl Jam – Ten

A few years ago I decided to put together the perfect Pearl Jam compilation. I listened to every single track and compiled a playlist of 47 songs. The playlist had 8 tracks from this album alone including Alive, Black and Release.

  1. Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane of The Sea

Thank you Chris Campbell. This album was a real treat for me. I can’t give you a list of the tracks I enjoyed because that would just be a track listing. The only album I’ve ever listened to with such perfect track to track, don’t skip a beat flow, was Weezer’s Blue Album.

  1. Nirvana – Unplugged, Live In New York

In junior high, I had a band. We thought we were going to be the next Nirvana. I mean, Kurt Cobain obviously knew what we were going through. His lyrics were obviously about junior high love…or maybe heroin. In any case, Live In New York will go down as one of the best concerts of all time and the intimate experience with Kurt is something I’ll always cherish.

  1. Blue Rodeo – Five Days in July

I’m as surprised as you are. The tracks on this album blew me away. I had heard one or two before but it was mostly a new experience for me. Every track is exceptional but listen to Dark Angel if you want to know what a perfect song sounds like.

As an added bonus, here are my all time favorite albums.

  1. Weezer – The Blue Album
  2. Counting Crows – August and Everything After
  3. Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell
  4. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
  5. Mackelmore – The Heist
  6. Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind
  7. Marianas Trench – Masterpiece Theatre
  8. John Prine – John Prine
  9. Eminem – The Slim Shady LP
  10. Wyclef – Carnival