Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Ms Mojo Risin
- Chart updated: 01/18/2023 13:45
- (Created: 01/16/2014 08:29).
- Chart size: 100 albums.
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The whole place is dark...
So begins Jason Molina's most epic musical achievement. Combining the sincerity and anguish of the Lioness or Didn't it Rain with a full band and alt-country aesthetic, Magnolia Electric Co shakes and roars and steams. From the sweeping, lonely odyssey of Farewell Transmission, to the pounding of I've Been Riding with the Ghost (replete with haunting backing vocals). Just Be Simple follows, being as depressed and haunted as his earlier work, but with a new introspection and tenderness. The lyrics here are tremendous as well - why put a new address on the same old loneliness? Almost Was Good Enough provides a new shock of adrenaline, before the tension is somewhat relieved by the inclusion of guest artists on the sublime, delicate The Old Black Hen and Peoria Lunch Box Blues. Finally, Molina returns on the last two songs, a sprawling rock epic (John Henry) and a final anguished cry (Hold On Magnolia).
This album is full, bold, personal, heart-wrenching, and my favourite of all time. [First added to this chart: 06/05/2016]
The opening strains of the desolate, pessimistic 24, the anxious, desperate Medicine Bottle, the martial, plodding Down Colorful Hill, the stark Japanese to English, the relative relief of bouncier Lord Kill the Pain, and finally the bittersweet nostalgia of Michael. A uniquely melancholic, confronting, dark and cerebral experience, all delivered in Kozelek's beautiful, rich baritone. Some may call it pretentious, but it always feels real to me. Masterful.
Listening to this on my 24th birthday confirmed to me that this album needs to be in the top two. [First added to this chart: 03/10/2014]
The first 3 songs, which I heard nonstop growing up and which remain radio mainstays, are all epic, gigantic, and iconic - but songs 4 to 10 are the spiritual core of the album and where it truly glows. Uplifting, grand, and sweeping, the whole album makes me feel like I'm dancing through Joshua Tree national park. There is no other album that sounds like this. The opening minute of Where the Streets Have No Name is transcendental and shimmering. [First added to this chart: 03/31/2018]
Cave at his most breathtakingly earnest, an incredibly immediate and intimate work. This is also Cave’s most consistent release with no weak moments, from the heart-wrenching Into My Arms until the queasy, timid Green Eyes. The lyrics are gripping and tender – I for one adore the haunting repetition of the title in Black Hair. A masterwork of introspection and mood.
Heavy, brooding, poignant. Throughout its louder, more raucous numbers (Everything I Say), its withdrawn, melancholic tracks (Marathon, Over, Fodder on Her Wings), and even the, dare I say, optimistic You Are Never Alone, the album maintains a unified, chilly, tense atmosphere. Glossolalia is a religious experience. Unforgettable. [First added to this chart: 01/18/2023]
A rollercoaster of quirky, psychedelic, endlessly unique but thoroughly catchy pop masterpieces. Greatness and Perfection should have been one of the biggest hits of the 80s. Bandy’s Last Jump, Strasbourg and Quizmaster pulsate with energy, Kolly Kibber’s Birthday crackles with tension, and Head Hang Low and the closing strains of Lunatic and Fire Pistol provide an emotional core.
Sparse, vast, earnest. Molina croaks and wheezes throughout the album's length, weaving haunted pictures of crows, lightning, and ghosts. From the tortured howl of opener The Black Crow until the shuddering hum of closer, Just a Spark, the album never lets go of its tension, and feels almost like it could break open at any second. Whilst the tracks in between are remarkably consistent, special attention must be paid to the sparse Back on Top, the driving, lustful title track, and particularly Being in Love. Here, atop a plodding, seething drum machine and a funereal, austere organ, Molina delivers perhaps his greatest song. I am proof that the heart is a risky fuel to burn. Absolutely inspired songwriting. [First added to this chart: 09/20/2018]
The Go-Betweens’ magnum opus. Grant’s songs are optimistic, tender, celebrating the wonders and stresses of new love (Love Goes On!, Streets of your Town, Quiet Heart), whilst Robert muses on loves lost and lessons learnt (I’m Allright, Dive for your Memory). The overall effect is the best, most touching and earnest depiction of the many faces of love in music history (in my opinion anyway). [First added to this chart: 01/18/2023]
Joni Mitchell is one of the all-time greats, but this is her magnum opus. The unironic, joyful sweetness of My Old Man, California, and Carey, and the heartfelt, sweet sadness of Blue, A Case of You, The Last Time I Saw Richard, and Little Green (a uniquely sublime song) make this her best work. Completely unpretentious, and completely beautiful. [First added to this chart: 09/20/2018]
Epic yet intimate, and so real. Perhaps grander in scope and vision than their debut, the album sweeps between the distorted dreamscapes of Funhouse and Mother, the elegant beauty of Grace Cathedral Park and Mistress (so good it had to be included twice), and the stately sadness of Katy Song. Quieter moments, like Down Through, Things Mean A Lot, and Brown Eyes are no less powerful. Listening to this while wandering the streets of San Francisco was a revelation. [First added to this chart: 09/13/2021]
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I loved spending time with your chart - & reading your comments on why a particular album resonates with you. I also loved the inclusion of 7 Australian albums. Of the hundreds of 'Top 100 Greatest Music Albums Charts' that I've checked out over the years, this one is probably the most interesting I have come across - and the comments, personal/honest/emotionally grounded are what makes this chart resonate with me - even though we only have 8 albums in common.
Absolutely love your number one! Hold On Magnolia might one of my favourite album closers of all time. So heart-breaking. Also love seeing that Zombies record at #11. Great list!
Stunning chart. Great variety
Great mix of world, Americana, classic rock, British New Wave etc. Wonderful chart that gave me some great recommendations. Pleased as punch to see Tomorrow the Green Grass here.
Outstanding chart. Found some great recommendations here.
Hmmm... interesting taste
Really like this chart, so many great picks. Some notes would be great for a perfect score!!
I appreciate the originality. There are certainly some albums and artists I don't know. The ones I do know that you have listed here are a little bit "eh" in my opinion, but cool chart anyways
Nice to see Kate Bush so high; been listening to almost nothing else today.
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