Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by AvalancheGrips
Top Songs (somewhat in order):
The Avalanches- Live At Dominoes
Songs: Ohia- Farewell Transmission
Swans- Bring The Sun/Toussaint L'Ouverture
Grizzly Bear- Sleeping Ute
Viet Cong- Death
Swans- Finally, Peace
Swans- A Piece Of The Sky
Against All Logic- Cityfade
Sudan Archives- Home Maker
Viagra Boys- Baby Criminal
Fleet Foxes- Third Of May
Sonic Youth- Daydream Nation
Godspeed You! Black Emperor- Storm
Denzel Curry- Melt Session #1
Denzel Curry- Walkin
Talking Heads- Born Under Punches
Black Country, New Road- The Place Where He Inserted the Blade
Godspeed You! Black Emperor- Dead Flag Blues
Radiohead- How To Disappear Completely
Komm, Susser Todd- Arianne
Marty Robbins- Big Iron
Kendrick Lamar- These Walls
Kendrick Lamar- Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst
Radiohead- There, There
MGMT- Siberian Breaks
Black Midi- Slow
MGMT- Little Dark Age
Low- White Horses
Kendrick Lamar- Wesley's Theory
Grizzly Bear- Yet Again
Big Thief- Time Escaping
Injury Reserve- Outside
Nina Simone- Sinnerman
Black Country, New Road- Haldern
- Chart updated: 05/24/2023 02:45
- (Created: 01/13/2018 01:55).
- Chart size: 100 albums.
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Musical Content: As stated above, the production, the Thundercat basslines, and the featured artists are all amazing; it mixes perfectly. Can't forget Kendrick's flow and sound, though. Kendrick has one of the most unique voices in hip-hop and it shows greatly on this album. This is one of the most sonically pleasing hip-hop albums ever. It is also super jazzy while still being accessible. There are tons of genres and influences on this album, it's easy to see that Kendrick is a very music literate person. Musically, this is one of the most diverse and creative albums in hip-hop.
Poetic Content: This might be the most lyrically dense album on this chart. Each line can have multiple meanings and they build and build on top of each other. Kendrick remains one of the most genuine and honest artists in music today and weaves intriguing and engaging narratives through each song. And the poem that grows over the course of the record and emerges from its chrysalis in its final, completed form in "Mortal Man" just further cements this album as one of the greatest. Kendrick also manages to keep his lyrics down-to-earth and accessible while still tackling difficult and deep subjects like racism, poverty, and drug addiction.
Kendrick basically has attained God status at this point and it is all thanks to the one-two punch of "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and this album. I still can't believe that he was able to pull off creating a perfect album with this many songs on it.
Favorite Songs: "Wesley's Theory", "King Kunta", "These Walls", "Alright", "How Much A Dollar Cost" [First added to this chart: 01/12/2018]
As for the content and accomplishments of this record, it's obviously second only to To Pimp A Butterfly in my opinion. Each track flows seamlessly into the next creating a suite that just cruises along. It feels like I'm listening to a party vicariously through music, complete with drugs, alcohol, dancing, and heartbreak. And that heartbreak might be what elevates this album even further. There are moments of melancholy and longing that give great depth to this album. Like yeah we're partying but I still have feelings and dreams and desires and I really wanted to get with that girl back there. These moments immerse you further into the party, like you're taking a breather outside or at a side table to cry and watch sadly at the dancefloor. It just feels so real alongside the fact that the tracks are absolute bangers.
"Live At Dominoes" is my favorite track of all time. It feels like the finale of this album, the final dance; and "Extra Kings" is just the epilogue, the ride home. But really "Live At Dominoes" feels like the last dance ever, like it's at the end of the world. It's frantic and unending, with moments of distortion and confusion. The bassline is so killer and the drumbeat is so satisfying. I think towards the end there's is some time signature trickery but I won't pretend to understand that stuff, it just makes the ethos of this track cooler. On its own, it's a crazy banger; and in the context of the album, I think it is the greatest spiritual finale to an album ever.
Favorite Songs: "Since I Left You", "Close To You", "A Different Feeling", "Electricity", "Live At Dominoes" [First added to this chart: 01/12/2018]
The opening section of "Storm" fills the listener with extreme triumph, a feeling that Godspeed You! can make you feel like no other band. When this feeling dies down, there comes a musical climax fit for history books. Few songs give me a grander smile than when the drums and wailing guitars come in on this climax. It is probably the highlight of the album and it is just 10 minutes in. After this climax, the instruments make you feel as if you are being chased and then, "Welcome to Arco AM/PM mini-market!". The following piano section gives you a feeling of loss and emptiness. These are some of the best sounding pianos I think I have ever heard.
Then, more goddamn trains, just like F#A#∞, and more drones, just like F#A#∞. Godspeed You! have pretty much perfected the art of drone between this album and the before mentioned one. They are full of depth and aren't just random, drawn-out noises. In comes a dreary sounding sermon about meeting God. The strings in the background are full with sorrow and anguish even. And the track gets ready for another amazing climax. When this climax hits, the first thing I always notice is the tremendous bassline, it's full of attitude and life. The track speeds up exponentially before giving way to probably the most boring and unneeded section of the whole record. It just sounds like metal objects being rung and tantalized. I'm not a fan of this segment, I don't think it really adds to the track or the tone of the album, it's pretty emotionally vacuous. However, this track is still very good, if probably my least favorite on the album.
"Sleep" hits you first with a wave of nostalgia as an old man speaks on his childhood. The physical remnants of the best moments of childhood are almost no more. He is left only with the memories of these moments. Then, a longing chord comes in and builds up. I want to mention again how good the bass sounds on this album. It sounds very organic and lively in many parts, including this section before the action starts. The quiet drums and the longing guitars complement perfectly the aforementioned bass that only comes in at specific moments. The track then builds up again and this time, the drums come in full force and the guitars are louder. The tension builds until it gives into wailing guitars and fast paced drums. The wailing guitars die off and more grounded guitars come back in. The watery guitar line builds again and another climax with yet another great bassline. This climax dies off yet again and a new and very satisfying drumline comes in. This is one of my favorite moments on the record, the drums are so surprisingly groovy, contrasted with the very emotional guitars and strings. The tracks has another climax, that's like the sixth one now. The track dies and with more amazing drums and guitar distortion. This is the most emotionally gripping track on the record, even though most of it is purely instrumental.
The final song starts with a very heartwarming bluegrass song. It is pretty funny to me that this is the most catchy section of Godspeed You!'s discography. Then, more drones and some amazing glockenspiel. They sound so ethereal. Some weirdo kids start singing in French, this is another heartwarming and nostalgic part of the record. The somber strings that follow give way to another climax, the shortest one on the album. It has yet another amazing bassline and more wailing guitars. The strings return until what is my favorite moment on the album. This is some of the most comforting music that has ever fell unto my ears. The drums are so crisp and, again, the bass is so organic and twangy, it sounds so good! I can hardly take it. The guitars again have a deep sense of longing. I really wish this section were longer. The drones that follow are not the most interesting in their catalogue. I really think this album could have ended in a more satisfying way, maybe another instrumental section. Nonetheless, the album is still godly.
This is definitely the pinnacle of Godspeed You! Black Emperor's discography. Their music has never been so emotionally exhilarating as on this album. The compositional work is phenomenal, each climax and valley seems perfectly placed and spaced. This is the epitome of post-rock right here. [First added to this chart: 07/12/2019]
Some words on the trilogy:
I have listened to each album of the trilogy separately many, many times. But one time, and hopefully again, I listened to them consecutively. Yeah all six hours. What I can say is that these albums were definitely meant to be listened consecutively. Each final track to each album flows seamlessly into the intro of the next. The thematic cohesion is on point. The brutality of "Apostate" flows right into the quiet, but building "Screen Shot" and its brutality is similar to that of the aggressive nature of To Be Kind as a whole. The sheer noise of the track "To Be Kind" flows into the somber and methodical "Cloud of Forgetting". And the trilogy ends perfectly with the triumphant and beautiful "Finally, Peace". This song feels like victory. There is a real sense of progression over the span of this trilogy. It goes from insanity and lunacy in the song "Lunacy" to transcendence and harmony in the song "Finally, Peace". Even the album covers show this. The Seer's album cover is an animal, this represents our animalistic origins. Then To Be Kind has a human baby, a primitive yet somewhat advanced being ready to develop further. Finally, The Glowing Man, an abstract shape representing the transcendence beyond physical existence. However, this shape looks like a human hand meaning it is humanity that has ascended. This is just my interpretation at least.
I'd also like to talk about what I call the Behemoths. These are songs 15 or more minutes in length. There are 8 of them in this 29 track trilogy. These are often the strongest and most groundbreaking tracks on each album. It takes a tremendous amount of skill and forethought to create such flawless tracks at such length. Only it seems that Gira and crew did not put so much forethought. It appears that many were entirely improvised and evolved over the span of their tours and studio performances. This probably takes even more skill to achieve. These men truly are music gods, or actual gods, who can tell?
The Seer: What a terrifying album. Upon my first listen, I was afraid to look out my dark windows, in fear of seeing some primordial man peering in and plotting to eat me. I rarely dream, but my dreams after this album would probably be intense nightmares if I did. Unlike many other albums, I didn't really preview any songs on this one, and I did the same with Soundtracks. I was taken aback by some of the moments of pure horror and pure beauty. I'm afraid to spoil some of the moments for new listeners. These points on the album are what made it so insanely amazing to me. But if you have listened to it, keep reading. For people who haven't, please do before I spoil it. The last 4 minutes of "The Seer" scared the shit out me. Not because they were particularly scary but because they came out of nowhere. It went from a solid droney track to a groovy, psychotic uproar. I mean these words in the best way possible. "Song for a Warrior" took me completely by surprise in how beautiful it is. This is probably the first time I almost cried on my first listening of a song. Then, what I consider the greatest moment on The Seer, "A Piece of the Sky". There are so many moments of pure beauty and bliss on this track. When the jangly zithers and dulcimers? come in after the dark drone, I feel a sense ascension. Then the groovy rock instrumental comes in and lifts me up even more, and then the final 5 minutes. Oh my God, the final 5 minutes of this track are orgasmic, I hate that word but it's true. Gira really shows himself as a lyrical genius here. Then, all of this ascension is brought down and obliterated by "Apostate". This song represents the most depraved and disgusting aspects of humanity. Of course, this song is amazing too. I believe each album in the trilogy represents a part of humanity's evolution. This album is the primordial period of desolation and brutality. It's not the same brutality as To Be Kind though. This is the world and the universe inflicting violence on humanity. This is insanity.
Favorite Songs: "Lunacy", "The Seer", Song for a Warrior, "A Piece of the Sky", "Apostate" [First added to this chart: 02/10/2019]
Most of the songs start with a simple beat, just drums and bass most times. Slowly and gradually these songs devolve into savage and inhuman beat downs. "Screen Shot" starts with a very methodical and minimal riff then becomes more intense with a piano riff and eerie sounds in the background. The last minute and a half grow even more intense with some harsh and grating synths and probably lapsteel guitar. "A Little God In My Hands" also starts with a minimal groove with the final moments being filled with insane synths and horns. The second section of "She Loves Us" starts with Michael Gira chanting "Hallelujah" and then degrades into him screaming horrible obscenities. "Oxygen" is probably the greatest example of this. It starts yet again with a minimal beat. Then, after a brief pause, the music comes back with super intense horns that remind me of elephant war cries. Michael Giras just becomes an animal on the second half of this track. These tracks really show the unwinding depravity of humanity in this point of existence.
"Bring The Sun/Toussaint L'Ouverture" is quite possibly Swans's greatest achievement. The first minute is already the most intense moment so far on the album. The climax of "Bring The Sun" is probably my favorite eight minutes of music. Then there is the phase of horse noises, saws, bells, and whistles with a wall of noise added in the mixture. Then "Toussaint L'Ouverture" comes in. This song is like an extension of The End by the Doors. The bass groove mixed with the dynamic drum beat is what makes it so good for me. This track really is the pinnacle of all music to me.
The grooves on this album and the pounding atmosphere are really Swans at their peak, amazing that they peaked 30 years after starting by the way, shows how amazing their career has been. The songs are harsh but catchy in some way. There are beautiful moments like "Nathalie Neal" and I'd even say the climax of "Bring the Sun". The production is top notch as always. It's another perfect album by Swans.
Favorite Songs: "A Little God In My Hands", "Bring the Sun/Toussaint L'Ouverture", "She Loves Us", "Nathalie Neal" [First added to this chart: 02/10/2019]
It took me a while to like this album. I didn't see it as an equal to the others in the trilogy. Somehow, I came around to it. I'd say the density of outstanding tracks on this album is greater, maybe because it has less songs but is the same length. Swans really perfected the mix of droney parts with groovy and punchy parts. Two examples of this are "Frankie M" and "The Glowing Man". These two songs are basically perfect. "Frankie M" feels like such an iconic track for Swans. The intro drones are heavenly and the incoming groove is so classy. "The Glowing Man" has the best groove on any Swans album, right in the middle of the track. The final song on this album is also one of the greatest moments in Swans's discography. "Finally, Peace" is such a gorgeous and uplifting song and the perfect way to end the trilogy. I still feel that this is the weakest album in the trilogy, but it's so damn near perfect that I don't hold that much against it.
This trilogy has changed the way I will look at music forever. It is probably the greatest achievement in music history, better than the Beatles, by far. Come back in thirty years and Swans will be the most influential band in history, I'm telling you. These guys deserve so much more credit than they get. I hope in the future, more people will see their genius. Wow, I wrote way too much.
Favorite Songs: "Cloud of Unknowing", "The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black", "Frankie M", "The Glowing Man", "Finally, Peace" [First added to this chart: 02/22/2020]
Black Country, New Road has a unique lineup in the sense that you don't often see a rock band with a violin and saxophone, and for this they already gain points in my book because they include these instruments so masterfully. They give the band a sense of character that is very rare. They also fill out the sound, making it more lush and pretty. They were smart to go in the chamber pop direction because I think the heavy post-punk mixes really well with it. One problem I had with For the first time was the lack of inclusion of May Kershaw, the keyboardist. I felt that they had a whole member of the group who was very seldom given a chance to show her potential. I mean, if you watch their old live shows, she often sits waiting for her turn to play while everyone else rocks out. This album shows Kershaw's potential because the keyboards and piano on this album are just genius and one of the best elements of each song, especially "Haldern".
The last thing I will compliment is the vocalist, Isaac Wood. He was the highlight of their debut and continues to be a highlight on this album. I don't normally go for 'whiny' and 'emotional' vocals with a lot of pathos. A lot of my top albums have sparse or 'talky' vocals, or none at all for that matter. But Isaac manages to be emotional in a way that I can not just enjoy, but love. It's a shame to see him leave but it's for his health so I understand. I hope to see him come back one day, but only when he feels better.
Favorite Songs: "Chaos Space Marine", "Concorde", "Haldern", "The Place Where He Inserted The Blade", "Basketball Shoes" [First added to this chart: 02/06/2022]
The album starts by asking, "Are we the last living souls?". As in, are we the last generation to truly be alive and feel things, like joy and excitement? This is a great foreshadowing of the coming generations that have grown increasingly depressed and anxious. Then, the album goes on to address the issue of violence among our youth, which has also become more relevant as school shootings have become more and more of a problem in this country over the span of the 2010s. Then, the album moves on to the environment with "O Green World". Again, Demon Days hits the mark now that the climate is completely failing and species are dying at unprecedented rates. "Dirty Harry" is a song about war from a soldier's perspective. This was a very relevant topic since the UK and the US were in the midst of two wars in the Middle East at the time of recording this album. Since this album, both of those wars have "ended" though America still occupies much of the Middle East, and Iraq and Afghanistan stand in complete ruin.
Demon Days takes on all of these issues with such prescience, it's almost as if Damon and Jamie had a crystal ball looking into the future. This album stands as a landmark of the 2000s and of the entire century so far. It will be relevant until the death of the planet in 50 or so years or until the inevitable heat death of the universe.
Favorite Songs: "Kids With Guns", "El Mañana", "Every Planet We Reach is Dead", "DARE", "Demon Days" [First added to this chart: 01/13/2018]
This album very quickly became one of my favorites of all time. The opening track alone propels it to great heights, but of course, Boredoms keeps up the energy for the entire record. For some reason, this album reminds me a lot of childhood. Maybe it's the bubbly atmosphere and dreaminess of it all. Boredoms manages to be noisy with layers and layers of sound without being harsh or grating. This album also incorporates a lot of elements of Krautrock, something I am a huge fan of. There are just so many parts to this album that I'm in love with and I don't think I will ever get over how good this album is.
Favorite Songs: "◯ (Circle)", "Ҩ (Spiral)", "～ (Tilde)", "◎ (Double Circles)", "↑ (Arrow)" [First added to this chart: 12/15/2021]
Starting with the legendary "Golden Arrow", they unleash the celestial, haunting ambience that characterizes much of this album. In fact, the ambient sections are what set this album apart from other electronic dance projects. The ambience gives way brilliantly to a dry, staccato beat and some sexy ass guitar licks. The vocals on this track come off so despondently, like he's out of breath at the bottom of an abyss, crying out for his lover to save him, hopeless. The groove improves and becomes more complex as sad, watery guitars accompany them. The track ends with what sounds like windy church organs, just expanding on the apparent melancholy of this track.
"Heart" is what really sold me on this album. The tribal drums, the slick guitar, the synths and sound effects, and even the vocals come together so perfectly on this album. This track has probably the most emotive vocals of the whole album. The lines "What do I look like to you? / What do you want me to be?" always hit me for some reason. It's as if the speaker isn't enough or isn't sufficient for the person that they're addressing. In relation to the other tracks, this is the most emotional that the lyrics and the delivery get on this album, and it really gains from this delivery.
"Heart" fades directly into probably my favorite or second favorite track "Paper Trails". The groove and guitar is so fucking great on this track. The vocals are so eccentric and fit the instrumentation perfectly. This track has the best guitar riffs of any of the songs on this record. The instrumentation is so simple yet so captivating. It's amazing how moody and atmospheric Darkside can make a track with so few elements.
Then, "Paper Trails" fades into "The Only Shrine I've Seen". This could be the other contender for my favorite track on the album. The intro is literally perfect. The jangling metal, the claps, and the subtle synth sounds are so perfectly moody. It could set the scene for an underground hookah lounge in Persia or a new Blade Runner movie. Then the beat comes in and the guitar. The guitar lick on this track is just fantastic as well, watery, crisp, and present. I'd say this is the most atmospheric track with its long ambient wind down which again fades perfectly into the next track.
Going into this album, I was not expecting to love it as much as I did. I think it's the best thing Nicolas Jaar has ever touched, next to 2012-2017 and the Boiler Room sets. Even his solo material does not hold a candle to this. Psychic will probably remain in my top 20 at least for a long time. [First added to this chart: 10/04/2022]
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For The First Time
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A young persons chart only 22 albums from the 60's, 70's & 80's but your descriptions are brilliant so that lifts the chart to 85/100
Great descriptions accompanying the entries. Good chart
That's a lot of depressing albums. Also, Komm Susser Tod is definitely one of the greatest songs ever!
I was right, this thing DOES increase in quality based on fascinating descriptions.
I have heard all of those albums actually lol. Bitches Brew by Miles Davis is just outside of my top 100 and was on here for a little bit. Jazz on its own isn't my favorite, I love it when it's incorporated with other genres, à la progressive rock, post-rock, Hip-Hop
you really like swans jajaja, also you already consider ants from up there in top 10, interesting, good chart overall
want to know if you have heard jazz? if not here are 3 albums i recommend you
The black saint and the sinner lady- charles mingus
ins a silent way - miles davis
a love supreme - john coltrane
Very modern chart!
Nice descriptions on your top picks.
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