Crack Up – Fleet Foxes (new release)
Ten – Pearl Jam (1991). Bangin.
Love and War – Brad Paisley (2017). this one has some crazy features on it, most notably Mick Jagger and John Fogerty. The title track is my favorite thus far.
My Aim Is True – Elvis Costello (1977). Not a new one for me, but this album is so damn good I’m hooked all over again.
Closer – Joy Division (1980). I couldn’t get with Joy Division before, but I’m giving it another chance.
Automatic for the People – R.E.M. (1992)
Murmur – R.E.M. (1983). My favorite R.E.M. Album at the moment.
Sweetheart of the Rodeo – The Byrds (1968)
This is a VERY country album, thanks to Gram Parsons. It’s one of the Byrds’ best and it very well with its heavy strings and slow twang.
Cold Spring Harbor – Billy Joel (1971)
Amazing. Billy Joel’s first studio album and second best to The Stranger (1977) IMO. It is not only the atmosphere that the music creates, but the album’s name and cover that really initiates the cold feeling. What’s really great is how slow piano ballads like “tomorrow is today” are offset by quicker, upbeat pop songs like “everybody loves you now”. Also, I dig that mustache he used to sport.
Tapestry – Carole King (1970)
I’d really like to know if there is a better album for today. So perfect, so soft and sweet. Starts with a bang in “I Feel the Earth Move” only to be followed by a collection of heart wrenching originals. This is easily one of my favorite albums ever and a must listen above all else. Tapestry is at the pinnacle of the singer songwriter genre.
I’m going to try to make personal rankings/lists more often just to see where I stand at the moment and I can update them in the future when my opinions change (because they always do). It’s just something fun to motivate me to post more often.
Starting with Billy Joel since I am going his concert tonight after all.
10. My life
9. She’s Got a Way
7. Tomorrow is Today
From what I’ve heard so far of Billy Joel’s first studio album, Cold Spring Harbor, I have really enjoyed. I might do a post about this whole album in the future.
6. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
I’m a really big fan of storytelling in songs. That’s what attracts me to country music.
5. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
4. The Stranger
3. Piano Man
Who doesn’t love this shit
2. Only the Good Die Young
I may be totally sick of hearing this song, but still undeniably one of the best and still one of my favorites. I just have to listen to it sparingly- the same way I feel about pretty much anything from Fleetwood Mac.
1. Just the Way You Are
The first time I heard this song I was bored immediately. The simple lyrics were tiring and only reaffirmed my prior belief that Billy Joel was nothing but a bubblegum songwriter. A couple more listens and I am totally hooked man I absolutely love this song. It’s so beautiful and simple. When he said “I don’t want clever conversation, I never want to work that hard,” that was all I needed. Great song.
I’ll try to update this post in the future some time. This list is 100% likely to change.
Listened to my mom’s vinyl of Running on Empty last night while studying. I was amazed at how beautiful every song was. I always liked Jackson Browne and thought he was a great songwriter. Little did I know he’s a fuckin genius. I listened to Running on Empty and The Pretender twice each because they are just so good. Every song is nostalgic yet peaceful. It’s life in music. I especially love his cover of “Stay” it’s easily the best version of the song I have heard.
So stagecoach has come and gone and while it was nice to return to country, the current music kick I’m on has persisted.
Nothing’s Shocking – Jane’s Addiction (1988)
At War With the Mystics – The Flaming Lips (2006)
Clouds Taste Metallic – The Flaming Lips (1995)
Transmissions from the Satellite Heart – The Flaming Lips (1993)
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses (1989)
I’m getting much deeper into the Flaming Lips catalog, beyond The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi. These 3 albums are all great. At War With the Mystics is my favorite at the moment. It’s got a lot of the same features as the two I just mentioned. Super heavy synth. I love the harmonies they put together across the album. I wasn’t too into Clouds Taste Metallic the first time around like I was the other two so we’ll see how I like it in a couple days.
The Stone Roses is an A+ 110% 5 stars AND it was their debut album. Gotta be one of the best debut albums ever. Standing alone, every song is amazing. There are no favorites to be had on this one. MAYBE “Shoot You Down” … maybe.
I’m also working on comprising a thorough ‘best years in music’ ranking that will outline my favorite years for music.
This is my personal top 5 country artist ranking to celebrate fuckin ragecoach.
5. Luke Bryan
I would have hated myself for saying this 2 years ago but dammit Luke Bryan has some really good music. I still don’t like his voice but I can’t deny that he has a lot of great songs, especially if you are partying. Favorite Songs: “Do I” “Play it Again” and “I Don’t Want this Night to End”
4. Easton Corbin
All Over the Road is surprisingly a pretty good album. Don’t believe me? Give it a listen. He’s a little twangy but it’s ok. To me he’s a combination of Brad Paisley and George Strait (less talent though). Favorite Songs: “A Little More Country Than That” is easily his best IMO then “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and honestly “All Over the Road” is super cheesy but I love it.
3. Kenny Chesney
Whole career of great music. Nostalgic, Poignant, and lit as fuck. Favorite Songs: “The Good Stuff” and “I Go Back”
2. George Strait
The King of country is an appropriate title. The first CD I ever got for my car was a compilation called “50 Number Ones” and I can still listen to it all day long. His music takes you back to a simpler time in your own life. Although every other song is the saddest shit you’ve ever heard, it’s worth it. Strait’s music is just so honest that It’s almost off-putting at first but so beautiful when it grows on you. Favorite songs: “I Hate Everything” “I Just Want to Dance With You” “Go On” “You Look So Good In Love” “You Know Me Better Than That” and the beautiful “She’ll Leave You With a Smile”
1. Brad Paisley
Best lyricist, best guitarist, what more is there to say. Oh yeah and he kicks ass live. I wish he was going to be at stagecoach so badly. Probably going to see him this summer at the Honda Center
Top 10 Paisley Songs. 1 being the best and 10 being the “worst”
- We Danced
- Old Alabama
- She’s Everything
- Little Moments
- This is country Music
- Beat This Summer
- I’m Gonna Miss Her
- Letter To Me
Honorable Mentions for Artists: Zac Brown Band, Chris Young, Jason Aldean. Also I kept this modern and in the context of more contemporary coountry, so it’s missing great artists who made country albums or anything from the 60’s and 70’s like The Byrds’ “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” or the Allman Brothers Band.