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....at least in my opinion.
When it comes to my taste in movies, I don't claim to have very good
opinions. While I enjoy films, I haven't seen many classics, thus the
reason why The Godfather was excluded from my Top 5 favorite movies.
When you look at my Top 5 list for albums, you may think the same thing.
The oldest album on this list came out only 10 years ago, when I was
only six. Either way, I stand proud of this list. As a little boy, i
didn't listen to music, as i was too busy watching Mighty Morphin Power
Rangers, and The Rugrats. Thanks to my older brother though, that soon
changed. He was in middle school at the time of Blink 182's success, and
he passed down his interest for the band, mainly of the tracks from
Enema of the state(1999) and Take Off Your Pants and Jacket(2001). My
interest in music further developed when the hardcore scene grew. I then
grew on bands like UnderOath with They're Only Chasing Safety(2004) and
Emery with The Weak's End(2004). With the music interest gained from my
brother, I then developed my own taste in music, further experimenting
with any genre in rock. Part of the reason that i chose what I have, is
the significance behind them, and how they shaped my musical interest
that I have today. So here it is, my favorite albums of all time.
I have a link with each artist's that has a You tube video of my personal
favorite song from that album, as I know my taste in music isn't the
5. Anberlin- Never Take Friendship personal (2005)- They bring
you in with the accessibility of pop, and wind it back with a punk emo
style with great lyrics to match. With eleven tracks, the album mainly
focuses on relationships, such as writing to a girl who won't write
back, and a girl who attempts to rekindle an old relationship, but is,
"a day late." Nice guitar riffs, and the lead singer's beautifully
distinctive voice hooked me on this album, and is why it's my choice as
4. Chiodos- All's Well That End's Well (2005)- Crunching guitar
Riffs accompanied by screaming and singing-pretty generic. The Chiodos
did it with this album though made a refreshing print on a slowly dying
genre. Lead singer Craig Owens is heralded as one of the greatest
singers in the post-hardcore genre. He's able to hit high notes that few
men can do, and the lyrics that he belts out aren't generic, as he
quotes frequently from Shakespeare. All this is accompanied by a
keyboard that doesn't just do synth work, but actually has a prominent
3. Silverstein- Discovering the Waterfront (2005)- Take the
post-hardcore scream, sing, catchy chorus mentality, fuse it with punk,
and lose the overall too-poppy sound of similar artist and you get this
album. While the lyrics are fairly standard affair, combined with the
creativity of the guitar, it forms a great bond that last through the
entire album. No song seems to be wasted space. The band keeps it
catchy, especially with the intro to songs as smile in your sleep, which
speaks of betrayal, and winds off with the masterpiece Call it Karma,
which speaks of a relationship ending that was necessary.
2. Jack Johnson- In Between Dreams (2005)- Few artists can get
away with saying "boob tube" and still be taking seriously. Jack Johnson
is one of these few. Mainly known as being chill, or as SNL actor Andy
Samberg calls him, the mellow man, he is ridiculously good at making
relaxed music. All of Jack's most famous work has come off this album,
though it's other tracks are where it comes to be the amazing album it
is. Rather than complete random-ness, In Between Dreams has a relaxed
tone with structured songs. Jack adds in subtleties of reggae, and
speaks of depressing topics such as death (and speaks of life in the
very same song) along with upbeat songs such as better together.
1. Envy on The Coast- Lucy Gray (2007)- On July 12th of this
year, Envy on The Coast called it quits. two members left, and the
remaining two, tired of "the scene" and the "flavor of the week" bands,
decided not to go on without them. After their self-titled EP, the band
worked hard on their premiere full-lengthed, taking with them their
eccentricities and making it work even better with actually structure
and more variety. Lead singer Ryan Hunter wows with an amazing voice,
with the best lyrics I've seen ever. Going the poetic route, but not
needing a decrypter ring to understand the meanings behind the song. his
writing goes from a first person experience of being taken to the
Emergency room to a beautiful song about his mother, who was diagnosed
with breast cancer. Rather than ride the tails of generic emo records,
they experiment, without straying to far, which is successful, which
makes it my favorite album of all time.
other great acknowledgments:
Ryan Keen- Aiming for the sun (2009)-the
only thing keeping this from the top 5 is the fact that it's a five
song EP. Keen is a fairly unknown artist in Britain, but is more
deserving of fame than any artist I've seen. He stays in an acoustic
style with some folk and blues added in, and along with his amazing
sultry voice comes an expert guitar playing that I've never seen before.
He throws in percussive elements into each song via his guitar, and
makes August from August Rush seem like a chump. He only finger picks,
and it's with that type of guitar playing that he shows his superiority.
it's to find a great artist, with both amazing talent in singing and
their instrument, which is why Ryan Keen is so amazing.
Dynamite Hack- Superfast (2000)- Listening to Blink 182 hooked
me on the punk genre, and Dynamite Hack are a culmination of that and of
Green day (pre-American Idiot). While still keeping the funny charm of
blink (covering the Easy E song Boys N the hood), and making it dirtier
with elements of Grunge. Not being the generic catchy power chord band,
they include it with other elements such as awesome bass lines.
Listening to their songs today rekindles my interest in the genre that I
developed when I was younger.
So there it is. Coming away from this, you're probably
thinking a few things: 2005 was a very good year for me, and that my
list is in a very small category. Both assumptions are right. Being only
16, my musical background isn't extensive, though I know and recognize
more oldies than anyone else my age, they just don't have the same
appeal as the albums in my list do. As I stated, I'm happy and confident
with my opinions in music, unlike in films.
As always, comment about how terrible you think my list is, and tell me your favorite albums of all time!