Posted by SecondPersonShooter (616 posts) -

I've been racking my mind trying to compile a list that would encompass everything that I look for in music as an art form. My tastes are going to lean on the modern side for this list, because that's the music that i was around for and really got an appreciation for, I'm fans of a lot of classic albums as well, they just didn't make the cut. Music defines me as much as video games do, I'm constantly searching for new things to listen to so if anybody has any recommendations after reading my top 5, or wants to share their own top 5, it would be appreciated.

5. of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, are You the Destroyer?

Probably the most unknown quantity on this entire list, of Montreal is fucking weird. Not as much a band as it is the insane ramblings of frontman, Kevin Barnes, who examines his psyche throughout this album, and it's never clear what's real and what's fictional. Halfway through this album, he switched from his regular character and became a black transvestite named Georgie Fruit, who he continued to stay in character as throughtout the entire next album. But musically the album is incredibly diverse, there's really nothing out there like of Montreal, it's worth putting the time in getting into them.

4. Radiohead: Kid A

In my opinion, the second greatest collection of songs ever. This album is a perfectly paced auditory journey, conveying nearly every damn emotion that you could in musical language in one amazing album. This is the apex of Radiohead, their masterpiece. There are people who worship everything Radiohead, and bless the ground that Thom Yorke walks on, and I don't really think of them THAT highly, but there is no denying the power Radiohead finds with their sound on this album.

3. Eyedea & Abillities: By the Throat

This is the perfect fusion of rap and rock, I wish is what people thought of when they heard that term instead of pieces of shit like Linkin Park. But Eyedea is so much more than that, he is by far the best lyricist in all of hip hop. His first two albums were all battle-rapping, but for his third album, made in 2009, he decided to write intensely personal songs about his heroin addiction and philosophies on the meaning of life, creating what is really the most desperate and anxious sounding album I have ever heard. Shortly after completion of this album, Eyedea died of a heroin overdose, making this album that much more heartbreaking when listening to. This album also features some ridiculously innovative DJing from DJ Abilllities that I haven't seen duplicated anywhere else, he is one of the most amazing scratchers I've heard, listen to songs like Spin Cycle to hear how he turns scratches into melody for the last minute of that song. Overall, my only complaint is this album is too short, and that we didn't get to see Eyedea build into something even more amazing that this album. This album is a reminder of a tragedy, but it also puts an amazing mind on display.

2. Rilo Kiley: The Execution of All Things

Since ya'll are gamers here on Giant Bomb, you may recognize the lead singer of Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis, as the girl that Fred Savage ran around with in The Wizard. Now that that completely irrelevant fact is out of the way, let me tell you why this album is great. I have a weakness for folksly indie bands with female lead singers, and this is the peak of that particular mountain. Really heartfelt lyrics, the main theme being trapped into the responsibilities of adulthood and longing for the simple innocence of childhood, sung by my favorite female voice of all time, Jenny Lewis, who has a way of making everything sound genuine. I'm going to marry her someday.

1. Modest Mouse

I could have put all of Modest Mouses first four studio albums in my top 5, but I chose to only put one at the top for the sake of diversity. This is the best collection of songs in existence, balancing triumphant heights with depressing and chaotic lows, giving the whole album a heaven-vs-hell dynamic that works beautifully. There are reoccuring phrases and themes that appear throughout the album, and once you listen enough you can piece together a loose narrative. I am pretty certain that this album is a collection of stories about different perspectives of people going through the end of the world. There are songs that are calm about the ending of all things,(The World at Large) songs exploring doubt of an afterlife in the face of death (Satin in a Coffin), songs exploring how much a psyche can take before it snaps and becomes chatotic (The Devils Workday) songs detailing regret of places unseen, feelings unknown (Black Cadillacs), and everything in between. It's an analysis of not just Issac Brock's psyche, but all of our psyche's, and it is absolutely brilliant from beginning to end. I could talk for hours upon hours upon hours about this album, and the music of every track, but I'll just end this list by saying that if you haven't heard this amazing masterpiece, click on the link above this text box and listen right now. I wish I could hear this album again for the first time, but every time I listen to it, I find something else to appreciate

And that's it, anybody else on GB a fan of any of these bands? Feel free to post your own top five in the comments, I realize this is a cliche topic at this point but I just wanted to write down a list for myself mainly

#1 Posted by SecondPersonShooter (616 posts) -

I've been racking my mind trying to compile a list that would encompass everything that I look for in music as an art form. My tastes are going to lean on the modern side for this list, because that's the music that i was around for and really got an appreciation for, I'm fans of a lot of classic albums as well, they just didn't make the cut. Music defines me as much as video games do, I'm constantly searching for new things to listen to so if anybody has any recommendations after reading my top 5, or wants to share their own top 5, it would be appreciated.

5. of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, are You the Destroyer?

Probably the most unknown quantity on this entire list, of Montreal is fucking weird. Not as much a band as it is the insane ramblings of frontman, Kevin Barnes, who examines his psyche throughout this album, and it's never clear what's real and what's fictional. Halfway through this album, he switched from his regular character and became a black transvestite named Georgie Fruit, who he continued to stay in character as throughtout the entire next album. But musically the album is incredibly diverse, there's really nothing out there like of Montreal, it's worth putting the time in getting into them.

4. Radiohead: Kid A

In my opinion, the second greatest collection of songs ever. This album is a perfectly paced auditory journey, conveying nearly every damn emotion that you could in musical language in one amazing album. This is the apex of Radiohead, their masterpiece. There are people who worship everything Radiohead, and bless the ground that Thom Yorke walks on, and I don't really think of them THAT highly, but there is no denying the power Radiohead finds with their sound on this album.

3. Eyedea & Abillities: By the Throat

This is the perfect fusion of rap and rock, I wish is what people thought of when they heard that term instead of pieces of shit like Linkin Park. But Eyedea is so much more than that, he is by far the best lyricist in all of hip hop. His first two albums were all battle-rapping, but for his third album, made in 2009, he decided to write intensely personal songs about his heroin addiction and philosophies on the meaning of life, creating what is really the most desperate and anxious sounding album I have ever heard. Shortly after completion of this album, Eyedea died of a heroin overdose, making this album that much more heartbreaking when listening to. This album also features some ridiculously innovative DJing from DJ Abilllities that I haven't seen duplicated anywhere else, he is one of the most amazing scratchers I've heard, listen to songs like Spin Cycle to hear how he turns scratches into melody for the last minute of that song. Overall, my only complaint is this album is too short, and that we didn't get to see Eyedea build into something even more amazing that this album. This album is a reminder of a tragedy, but it also puts an amazing mind on display.

2. Rilo Kiley: The Execution of All Things

Since ya'll are gamers here on Giant Bomb, you may recognize the lead singer of Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis, as the girl that Fred Savage ran around with in The Wizard. Now that that completely irrelevant fact is out of the way, let me tell you why this album is great. I have a weakness for folksly indie bands with female lead singers, and this is the peak of that particular mountain. Really heartfelt lyrics, the main theme being trapped into the responsibilities of adulthood and longing for the simple innocence of childhood, sung by my favorite female voice of all time, Jenny Lewis, who has a way of making everything sound genuine. I'm going to marry her someday.

1. Modest Mouse

I could have put all of Modest Mouses first four studio albums in my top 5, but I chose to only put one at the top for the sake of diversity. This is the best collection of songs in existence, balancing triumphant heights with depressing and chaotic lows, giving the whole album a heaven-vs-hell dynamic that works beautifully. There are reoccuring phrases and themes that appear throughout the album, and once you listen enough you can piece together a loose narrative. I am pretty certain that this album is a collection of stories about different perspectives of people going through the end of the world. There are songs that are calm about the ending of all things,(The World at Large) songs exploring doubt of an afterlife in the face of death (Satin in a Coffin), songs exploring how much a psyche can take before it snaps and becomes chatotic (The Devils Workday) songs detailing regret of places unseen, feelings unknown (Black Cadillacs), and everything in between. It's an analysis of not just Issac Brock's psyche, but all of our psyche's, and it is absolutely brilliant from beginning to end. I could talk for hours upon hours upon hours about this album, and the music of every track, but I'll just end this list by saying that if you haven't heard this amazing masterpiece, click on the link above this text box and listen right now. I wish I could hear this album again for the first time, but every time I listen to it, I find something else to appreciate

And that's it, anybody else on GB a fan of any of these bands? Feel free to post your own top five in the comments, I realize this is a cliche topic at this point but I just wanted to write down a list for myself mainly

#2 Posted by laserbolts (5319 posts) -

Crazy did not expect that of Montreal album to be mentioned ever anywhere. I have it and it's great. Such a good voice.

#3 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

I still say that The Bends is the best Radiohead album, by far. Although, Kid A is a very close second.

#4 Posted by GunstarRed (5128 posts) -

I think Kid A is alright it has great songs like Everything in its right place and Idioteque, but I don't understand why some people hold it up high as great album, especially when OK Computer is so, so, so good. Personal opinions and all that etc etc.

#5 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

I dig me some Modest Mouse but I couldn't really get into Good News so much - the first half of the album hit my buttons pretty good but it sorta fell off after that for me. I fuckin' love me Moon and Antarctica, though, that stuff is gold and is maybe my favourite album of all time, but I don't think I could ever actually decide a definitive #1 anyways.

Also cool points for the Rilo Kiley love. A Better Son/Daughter is the most simultaneously uplifting and saddening little rock anthem I ever heard.

#6 Posted by anarchyzombie9 (615 posts) -

LCW is the best MM album maaaaan

#7 Posted by ThePickle (4168 posts) -

@joshthebear said:

I still say that The Bends is the best Radiohead album

Good man.

#8 Edited by coribald (312 posts) -

Kid A was groundbreaking and fantastic, but If I had to pick a Radiohead album, it's In Rainbows. So startlingly perfect and beautiful. Every track.

#9 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7079 posts) -

That album was my first Modest Mouse album. Still one of my all time favorites. Good stuff.

#10 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1204 posts) -

I can't endorse any list that has Radiohead on it, they're just so god damn boring.

#11 Posted by Irishdoom (333 posts) -
#12 Posted by HisDudeness (252 posts) -

Kid A might just be the greatest album of all time.

#13 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

@ThePickle said:

@joshthebear said:

I still say that The Bends is the best Radiohead album

Good man.

Eff yeah fellow lover of The Bends.

#14 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2437 posts) -

The Bends, OK Computer, and Kid A are one of the best album runs ever.

#15 Posted by jdh5153 (1034 posts) -

I love Modest Mouse. If you want my top 5 it'd be something like:

Lil' Wayne- Dedication IV

Angels and Airwaves- LOVE (part I and II)

Bad Meets Evil- Hell: The Sequel

The Lumineers- The Lumineers

Modest Mouse- We Were Dead Before the Ship Ever Sank

#16 Posted by TheHBK (5475 posts) -

No Chronic?

#17 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

1. Larks' Tongues in Aspic by King Crimson

2. In the Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson

3. A Data Learn the Language by The Mercury Program

4. Light as a Feather by Chick Corea

5. MADE in USA by Pizzicato Five

#18 Edited by csl316 (8477 posts) -
@coribald

Kid A was groundbreaking and fantastic, but If I had to pick a Radiohead album, it's In Rainbows. So startlingly perfect and beautiful. Every track.

Yep, when I first got it I couldn't believe how I didn't change discs in the car for a couple weeks.

Oddly enough, I always preferred Amnesiac to Kid A *shrug*
#19 Posted by laserbolts (5319 posts) -

Check out saves the day. In reverie is theit best album. My favorite album ever.

#20 Edited by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

Hell yeah Radiohead Kid A. I usually toss up between that and OK Computer, but I feel Kid A just has way more of a constant vibe to it, that it really stands out.

5. Kayne West - Graduation

4. Radiohead - Kid A

3. Samonella Dub - Inside The Dub Plates

2. Massive Attack - Mezzanine

1. Led Zeppelin - IV

#21 Posted by SecondPersonShooter (616 posts) -
#22 Posted by Red (5995 posts) -

I wouldn't put any of those albums on my list, but it's still a good list. What's that? You want to see my top 5 list? Well, I guess if you request it, I must comply.

5. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

4. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

3. Built to Spill - There's Nothing Wrong With Love/Perfect From Now On/Keep it Like a Secret (I could never choose)

2. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

1. The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We Are Gone?

#23 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

I don't think I could number them, but my top albums would be in some order:

  • Botch - We Are The Romans
  • Converge - Jane Doe
  • Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity
  • Gatsbys American Dream - Ribbons and Sugar
  • Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
#24 Edited by habster3 (3595 posts) -

I think Kid A is alright it has great songs like Everything in its right place and Idioteque, but I don't understand why some people hold it up high as great album, especially when OK Computer is so, so, so good. Personal opinions and all that etc etc.

Although I do view Kid A as a great album--perhaps even a masterpiece--I also prefer OK Computer.

For the most part, I thought OP's list was pretty good, if a little surprising. My top ten favorite albums are:

1. Rubber Soul by The Beatles

2. Warning by Green Day (yeah, yeah, flame all you want)

3. In Utero by Nirvana

4. Master of Reality by Black Sabbath

5. Rated R by Queens of the Stone Age

6. Pinkerton by Weezer

7. Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins

8. OK Computer by Radiohead

9. Loaded by The Velvet Underground

10. Either Crack the Skye by Mastodon or The Great Southern Trendkill by Pantera

In case anyone actually cared.

#25 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3149 posts) -

Never heard of 2 or 3, and Hissing Fauna is the shit.

#26 Posted by FoxMulder (1681 posts) -

I call Kid A my favorite Radiohead album, but I listen to In Rainbows more often.

#27 Posted by xyzygy (9953 posts) -

I don't know how someone can choose a favorite Radiohead album... I love them all so dearly. I may seem like I give preference to TKOL and In Rainbows but I really love them all.

Except Pablo Honey. Fuck that shit.

#28 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6297 posts) -

I love Eyedea and most of the Rhymesayers label for that matter. You listen to Atmosphere?