Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Lowkey
- Chart updated: 03/16/2023 20:15
- (Created: 11/03/2015 14:50).
- Chart size: 100 albums.
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This album is a punch to the heart, mind, and soul. Many of the lyrics and stories on this record remind me much of my own life with how honest they are. The self-doubt, self-destruction, and earnest self-hatred all come through really well on every song that touches on those topics. In addition, his imagery about his life growing up in a small town is always on point and avoids a lot of the modern tropes. This, in a way, is very much so a coming-of-mind album in how these thoughts seem to be those that would come up at a personal crossroad. The whole album is a highlight, but the main one here is Sweet DeAnn. The songwriting is heart-breaking but also optimistic, and I think that's a good way to describe this album.
"I need calling you right about now
Tell you stories of a pretty fine gal
Remind you of the things that your boy's into
How he looks and he acts and he talks like you
This world's not meant for showin' mercy
I got pictures of us that hurt me
Cause I'm squeezin' you and you're smilin' through
That flash up on the wall" [First added to this chart: 04/24/2020]
One of the cornerstones of my life, this album has been through everything with me. Sonically, it's a seamless blend of several different styles of r&b with hip-hop. It's perfectly lush, atmospheric vibe sets the mood for any memory that you'll remember for the ret of your life.
What sets this apart from every other record is the warmth. This isn't the same warmth that I (and many others) will reference when talking about other records, this just feels right for me. In any occasion, I can through on any of these songs and I know that it will fit whichever mood I want it to. It's unbelievably comforting but so easy to throw on a party, all at the same time. I believe that it is that dichotomy that pushes this so high in my mind. It is everything I could ever want from both genres of r&b and rap.
"I was just calling, ‘cause they were just leavin'
Talk to me, please, don't have much to believe in
I need you right now, are you down to listen to me?
Too many drinks have been given to me
I got some women that's livin' off me
Paid for their flights and hotels, I'm ashamed
Bet that you know them, I won't say no names
After a while, girl, they all seem the same
I've had sex four times this week; I'll explain
Havin' a hard time adjustin' to fame
Sprite in that mixture
I've been talkin' crazy, girl, I'm lucky that you picked up
Lucky that you stayed on
I need someone to put this weight on
'Well, I'm sorry.'"
"But jealousy is just love and hate at the same time
Yeah, it's been that way from the beginning
I just been playing, I ain't even notice I was winning
And this is the only sound you should fear
Man, these kids wear crowns over here and everything is alright" [First added to this chart: 11/04/2015]
This album brings back memories you wish you had. It captures the essence of August-October perfectly, it's meditative all while present. Dreamy indie rock with a slight beachy-feel, you can't go wrong with it. It does have a similar vibe throughout, but it's one that's truly unique and one that I can't stop coming back to.
From Cutting My Fingers Off:
"To make you go
To make you go, to make you go
I never wanted to make you go
You might be a stranger now
And I just wanted to let you know
That I meant what I said
And every dream I've ever had has been of myself
And every dream I've ever had's been of a
Better view with a ten month summer
Losing you is like cutting my fingers off
And even with that summer
Without you I'd rather cut my fingers off" [First added to this chart: 12/28/2019]
Pastel art in the form of music, this is quite possibly the prettiest album I have ever heard. These songs evoke a time and a place, a specific time and place, like no other album does. Everything on this record feels ethereally abstract but totally tangible. The use of dynamics here really helps to sell that point and is best observed on the final track. This record makes me feel like I am on a field in Iceland, lying down and staring at the sky, nothing but wondrous divine thought.
"Christmas night, it clutched the light, the hallow bright
Above my brother, I, and tangled spines
We smoked the screen to make it what it was to be
Now, to know it in my memory
And at once, I knew
I was not magnificent" [First added to this chart: 08/16/2019]
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2 hours of the fantastic tracks from the best songwriter of my generation? That's just the start of it. There are so many stories to get lost in on here, but what makes this one of the best albums I have ever listened to are the lyrics and the melodies. This album is all about being in the present and feeling all of the emotions that come with living in the present without looking forward to the future all of the time. The track Someday challenged my own view of time and thought, something that I will be forever grateful for. Sonically, this is Zach's most diverse record with a ton of influence coming from Red Dirt and even Heartland Rock at times.
"Someday, I'll make it there, I swear
To that place that haunts my dreams at night
Singing heavenly highway hymns all the way up
To that beautiful old countryside
Someday, I'll find the words to explain
All the good times that echo through my mind
Your grin in the morning's a warm southern sun
Or seeing double when those chemicals align
Just some kids who needed love, using laughter as their drug
Doing their best to tow that hard line
Someday, I will lie under blue skies
In a hay field that holds me like home
And I'll ask forgiveness with God as my witness
For straying so far on my own" [First added to this chart: 07/02/2022]
This is one incredible love letter to music. This is one pounding record, this makes it a perfect record for driving across America. This is just as much a heartland rock record as it is a country record, but there’s a ton of variety here. If I could describe country with one record, this would be it.
From Three Year Old:
“"Mama is an angel," I heard him tell the man upstairs
He went on and on and back and forth
Like God was laying there
Tonight, I sleep me down to lay and pray to keep my soul
Yeah, I learned that from a three year old”
From Mr. Misunderstood:
“Had an axe to grind, so off I went
Mad at the sun for coming up again
I lost religion, found my soul in the blues
Rubbed the velvet off my blue suede shoes
Yeah, everybody held up their hands
And every soul on Beale Street danced
With Mr. Misunderstood, Mr. Misunderstood” [First added to this chart: 04/24/2020]
Absolutely unbelievable accomplishment for Appalachian music. The stories told throughout are very real, very blunt, but absolutely gorgeous in their imagery and sound. Hardwood Floors is the highlight for me, but don't miss out on the rest of this record.
From Coal Country:
"I'm going down to Charleston
Through the shadow of the mountain this road winds
Through closed-up towns, forgotten dreams, and welcome signs
Fading far behind
I'm thankful for the sons who died
Didn't back down from a Federal fight
Where the lead lies still and the smoke still rises
On the Blair mountainside
It put a roof over my head
And the armor on the tanks in Normandy
The lights shone bright in the hands of its care
From the western skies to Washington D.C
Now it lies broken, high, and cold
In its grave of Appalachian stone
Now we don't need tokens to a company store
That's what government stamps and codeine's for
We may have won a few battles but we lost the war
Now we're slaves and poor
From Hardwood Floors:
"Go put on that blue dress
The one you know I love the best
Don't mind me, I'll stay down here
So I can watch you stridin' down the steps
I missed you more than you know
It seems like we're always fightin' time
Thoughts of you on nights like these
Give me hope while across state lines
Let's warm up these hardwood floors
And tonight I'll see you spin around
Take my hand, honey, let's just dance
And pretend there ain't nobody else in town
And tonight there ain't nobody else around
And tonight there ain't nobody else in town
Four feet move down the line
Synchronized in perfect time
And for once my blues have past
I can feel them fading behind
In your eyes they look in mine
Reading what lies behind
It's just love, honey, don't you mind
Everything will be just fine" [First added to this chart: 04/24/2020]
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As already mentioned, a unique chart and a distinctive feel to it. I like it
I like this chart a lot. There is a uniquely special feeling when you discover an artist (or 2) that flies under the radar of commercial success and hits at the heartstrings in a uniquely personal way. This chart is full of such artists/albums ¬ and well worth a deep dive rather than a cursory glance.
The Australian album in this list - Go Further Into Darkness - is well worth a listen. Of the 2 albums we have in common, this is one of them.
Great and unique and individual chart with some really intriguing recommendations.
Very interesting choice it is a good chart with underrated pearls.
Most interesting list. 90% of artists I know nothing about
One of my favorite spiritual guidance in the internet is this chart right here. King.
I will now listen to that Zach Bryan album.
Holy shit what an absolutely bananas list. It goes fucking everywhere and never stops to... Impress? Like, I feel in a way that this many obscure picks would feel forced, as if it's trying too hard to be special, but in a way I also feel it's all coming from a genuine place. Nonetheless, props to you! This'll definitely be my go-to place for when I need some new stuff to listen to.
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This is a really cool chart, I love a lot of these artists, gotta say your hip hop picks shock me though. Lil Peep made the best hip hop album ever? But hey, its a personal list so I digress. Great choices overall
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