Albums. Who buys albums anymore? Who even buys their music these days? Personally, I still pay for my music. I hate ads and I prefer high-quality listening, but, are there many of you who still buy albums, physical copies of records? CDs, 8-tracks, vinyl records, cassette tapes? I still have an entire book and a Ziploc bag full of old, scratch-to-hell CDs and I love each and every one of them, even the terrible ones Buying albums back in the day was always a gamble. You never knew if the record would be amazing or a flop, only having a single or two or a review to go by. I remember hearing the song “The Reason” by Hoobastank for the first time, buying the album on a whim, thinking it would be sick, only to listen to it once or twice, never to listen to it again. $19.99 USD wasted!
Rejoice, for the days of album-roulette are long gone! Thank you, iTunes! Thank you, Spotify! Thank you, Limewire and Frostwire and Pirate Bay! Thank you, Google Play! Technology enables us all to find a specific song and download only that songat the click of a button.
As amazing and convenient as that is, my nostalgic side still finds excitement, beauty, and a kind of finesse in listening and cherishing entire albums, beginning to end. A story, told through the perspective of the musician. A sequence for one’s heart and mind. A journey for the ears, as well as the soul. Few things top the feeling of listening to that album over and over, loosing yourself in the story.
That brings me to this list. I haven’t posted any lists yet on my page. I understand my opinions aren’t to everyone’s, if anyone’s, tastes. I feel like most of you will read through half and get bored and move along to something else. There’s nothing wrong with that! My attention span is approximately 7.03 seconds, so I understand. But, if you’re a music-lover, collector, researcher, analyst, or connessiour, take the time to listen to an album on this list you’ve never heard of or an album you see that you loved but haven’t heard in awhile.
What are some of your favorite albums, that record that made you smile, got you through a breakup, introduced you to an amazing artist, or one that got you into music in the first place?
This list is in no particular order or relevance.
ALBUMS THAT HAVE INFLUENCED MY PATHETIC LIFE
- Eminem Show, The – Eminem
- Demon Days – Gorillaz
- Closer to the Sun – Slightly Stoopid
- The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
- Permission to Land – The Darkness
- My Ghetto Report Card – E-40
- Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
- Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses – Slipknot
- Night Visions – Imagine Dragons
- 1975, The – The 1975
- Stripped – Christina Aguilera
- Live – Gary Clark Jr.
- Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, The – Lauryn Hill
- Attack and Release – The Black Keys
- Reincarnated – Snoop Lion
- Donker Mag – Die Antwoord
- St. Elsewhere – Gnarles Barkley
- Sound and Color – Alabama
- Since I Left You – The Avalanches
- DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar