Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Strangel (2019)
These albums are my favourites. This is not meant to be a 'Greatest Album's' chart, although I would strongly argue for each of my chosen albums in being considered for a greatest albums list. My interest is more toward the alternative/indie and electronic genres with a tendency toward experimentation in the music. I also need to be able to comfortably immerse myself in the music. So while I appreciate, and want to explore the work of Autechre (for example), I get far more pleasure from listening to Burial which has more reverie to the sound rather than almost pure math and tech. Aphex Twin, in fact, manages to bridge these aspects perfectly.
It might be noted that Radiohead dominates the list which simply expresses my belief that they have the uncanny ability to release album after album of near perfect alternative music, shifting the landscape of what's possible whilst always remaining relevant. I don't apologise for this. They are that good.
- Chart updated: 10/13/2019 10:15
- (Created: 07/04/2016 14:26).
- Chart size: 100 albums.
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I first heard the album when I randomly walked into a record store in 97 and asked the guy behind the desk for the most interesting new release. I have a lot to thank that guy for (unfortunately the record store no longer exists). Like most people, I knew the song Creep but had somehow missed the release of the Bends and all its adoration. After a couple of listens of OKC though and I was back to the store to purchase Pablo Honey and The Bends. And so my love affair with the band commenced with many many evenings of heavily stoned immersion into all the incredible intricacies of their music. It was a bliss I hadn't been aware of on an auditory level and it was the beginning of my deep enthusiasm for the art of progressive alternative music.
Alternative rock music is not for everyone, but this album is. There is something about it that didn't just speak for a generation of youths. It speaks for everyone who sees through all the deception and the bullshit thwarting our evolution as a species. And that is some sort of an extraordinary achievement.
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: The building crescendo in Exit Music. It was the first eargasm I think I ever had. [First added to this chart: 07/05/2016]
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: The metaphorical depiction of Yorke floating down the Liffey; he's not here, this isn't happening... [First added to this chart: 07/05/2016]
ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS: Yorke hitting that elongated, emotive high note in Nude; 'You'll go to hell for what your dirty mind is thiiiiiiiiinking".
Also, the building crescendo in All I Need deserves mention. It becomes this extraordinary cacophony of sound that ends abruptly before it can outstay its welcome. To be honest, I personally would have liked it to stretch on for a lot longer than it does. [First added to this chart: 07/05/2016]
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: The complexity within the lyrics, composition, and music is exhaustive. The title track is structured using the Fibonacci sequence, incorporating golden means, and invoking the sacred geometric imagery of spiraling out through a psychedelic wormhole and reaching our spiritual potential. [First added to this chart: 07/05/2016]
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: The opening track, Xtal, has an nostalgic, comforting resonance as soon as it's subtle iconic beats begin to emerge. [First added to this chart: 07/05/2016]
His mastery of song-writing comes to the fore on Boatman's Call where he manages to write dark and brooding songs you can actually make love to. It is as if the dark lord is seducing you with the hidden beauty waiting to be extracted from the morose. He seems to be telling us that beauty truly eminates from the darkness and not from the light of which most of us presume. Few artists have the genius to make us realise this incredible insight.
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: Into My Arms setting the scene from the opening track. [First added to this chart: 07/05/2016]
I feel like this album has been overlooked or missed completely by a large percentage of music lovers. If you are one of them then make this the next album you immerse yourself in.
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: The poetic closer, Darker with the Day -
'Inside I sat, seeking the presence of a God
I searched through the pictures in a leather-bound book
I found a woolly lamb dozing in an issue of blood
And a gilled Jesus shivering on a fisherman's hook' [First added to this chart: 07/05/2016]
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: So many to choose from, because this really is a complete album to be enjoyed in its entirety. Single tracks are not its focus so much as the whole. For now I'd probably settle for the reflective beauty of Olsen Olsen. But I also love the build from lulling ambient to euphoric cacophany in VVLT and NB, and the transcendent qualities of SGE and Staralfur. [First added to this chart: 07/05/2016]
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: Tomorrow Never Knows [First added to this chart: 07/05/2016]
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: Probably Pink Bullets, but depending on the day it could be Mine's Not A High Horse, or Kissing the Lipless, or Those to Come. or... [First added to this chart: 07/05/2016]
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Love your chart! I agree on amok it is a very underated album.
I like your chart. Have a lot Artists and Albums in common.
Good list! We share the Radiohead "problem". I suggest you to dive into some older Krautrock and Ambient music. You will find a lot of Radioheads work is influenced by that stuff and there are some gems to be found.
We have 31 albums and 21 artists in common... It's very funny!
I find your chart very interesting and complete. You have musical tastes very similar to mine. Radiohead is one of my favorite bands!
I'm glad you like Icelandic music: Sigur Rós and Björk. I agree with you that "Vespertine" is Björk's best album: It's a real masterpiece. You put a lot of recent music in your chart and it's nice to see AMOK of Atoms For Peace in your rankings. This is surely one of Thom Yorke's underrated albums. I'm really happy to see artists not very well known as Burial, Nick Cave or Amon Tobin who are part of my favorite artist. The 90s are really well represented in your chart with great artists like Nirvana, Aphex Twin, Tool or Massive Attack. Really very good job and very good choice!
Good choices, great descriptions, great diversity (even with 8 Radiohead albums!). I particularly appreciate the presence of some electronic (Four Tet, Jon Hopkins, Burial...) among all the rock picks.
I don't agree with your top ten, or some other picks, or (as has been noted by others) the excess of Radiohead, but who gives a shit about my opinion. I love the passion in your descriptions and the personalized responses. Great chart!
Ahh well, what can you do? They're that good. It's not like Pablo Honey is on the chart just coz Radiohead. Pablo Honey was an objectively average to good album and thus hasn't got anywhere near this chart. Their subsequent albums were all objectively created to a much higher level and the artistic merit of each universally critically acclaimed. Subjectively (which is what this chart mainly expresses), the music deeply resonates with me so why wouldn't their very best be difficult to supplant by another artist's work?
Radiohead! Radiohead everywhere!
Great list, love your descriptions. We have 13 albums and 16 artists in common