Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by sageamagoo (2020)
Just an INFP finding magic in sound. These are those which possess great value and meaning.
INSTANT CLASSIC – Loved it on first listen
FLIP-FLOP – Couldn't fully engage on first listen, loved it after revisiting some time later
SLOW BURN – From mediocre to excellent over many listens
Albums 101-200: http://www.besteveralbums.com/thechart.php?c=31951
- Chart updated: 05/18/2020 06:15
- (Created: 10/29/2012 20:32).
- Chart size: 100 albums.
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This album asks the question, "Is life worth living?" and answers with an hour-long journey through the thoughts and feelings of others who've wondered the same thing... made potent by the emptiness of it all... but in this most dire hour, a speck of possibility appears, bringing with it a new chance for hope. It's only when the final notes ring out that this weight lifts leaving comfort and warmth and contentment in place of pervading fear and despair.
It's truly the most special thing.
SLOW BURN [First added to this chart: 10/29/2012]
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Hitting play on this album births a human life. The rush of youth storms forth to behold the joys of this world, guided by the songs of elders. As this child grows they find love. As the couple grows, they experience the greatest beauties the world has to offer. In time, struggle and responsibility weigh heavy on their minds. There is always nostalgia and regret for the past, and anticipation for the future. When at last the sustain pedal comes up at the end of All Alright, that life ends. What does this mean? All the experience gathered, all the stories and wonder to behold, are they forever gone from the universe?
No. Life itself has made an impact just by existing. The stories told, while no different from anyone else's, move the listener, and are therefore important for their own sake.
What this album is trying to say is without existence, without someone being there to experience everything this world has to offer, then... there's nothing. More than anything else, consciousness itself is precious and needs to be protected.
Few things are as special as the last 17 minutes of this album (from the haunting Illgresi and on). Forever grateful I am, for that last stretch explains the beauty of carrying on life I never knew before.
SLOW BURN [First added to this chart: 05/17/2013]
By track 10 I begin to wonder if the run of perfect moments ever stops.
By Pirate Jet, I know it doesn't.
If you have the chance, listen to this album on the very best sound system you can get your hands on. Most of the best musical detail is hidden in background layers. A relaxed and ready state of mind rewards.
FLIP-FLOP [First added to this chart: 10/31/2012]
So many times I think about a Cardiacs song in my daily life and make a realization about the way it fits together, only to find new emotional qualities I didn't know were possible after returning to the full album later.
This is the sort of record you think you know, only for time to reveal yet more layers of endless hardship and frission and love. And it just spirals in, twisting so deep through every nook and cranny that exhilaration ceases to cease. The potential for double albums was always so high and Sing To God finally reaches it. The defining 90's Cardiacs statement bigger than all but the best.
INSTANT CLASSIC [First added to this chart: 09/14/2015]
"Are you changed? / Are you altered? / Or changed by name?"
SLOW BURN [First added to this chart: 05/14/2019]
This is the theme of Swoon. But consider the title… a most powerful feeling precedes the following decay. A great cycle powerful enough to fill one's life.
So when the final words echo…
"Stella Mater, light is failing…"
Tears can't hold back…
Let's rewind a little for some context.
"When all the bullion in the world / Can't transform what's simply second rate" goes the peak of Elegance, with a chord change that matches the unexpectedly dire jump in melody in Green Isaac II. This line is delivered 2/3 through a vocabulary marathon in the head of a man daydreaming in a ballroom, first scoffing at the dancers, then appreciating how their beauty is something missing in his life. He is an outsider in the workings of their minds. One track later (like waking after a tough night): "In the morning I go walking / it helps the hurtin' soften / I've seen a lot of places / 'cos I miss her very often."
The hurt and pain of past love carries with it magic and joy once felt, such that one simply lives as one does, with all the necessary baggage. "Love becomes you a happy burden / Other lives stay neatly curtained / Recognize that it won't go away"
The original mix is incredibly inventive. The whole sound hushes you. Heavy, playful, and beautiful, this is the Sprout's spectacular Swoon.
SLOW BURN [First added to this chart: 03/31/2018]
SLOW BURN [First added to this chart: 03/20/2013]
Tracks 4 through 9 are one of the greatest suites in all of music, starting with a heavy sigh and ending with a heavy cry. But life goes on around it all (it's hard to remember) and if the album stopped there it wouldn't be nearly as grand. By the end of the record, it gets to the abstract center of something beyond the clouds of reality, and walking the journey there is an amazing experience all its own.
SLOW BURN [First added to this chart: 10/29/2012]
SLOW BURN [First added to this chart: 10/20/2015]
From the moment it launches off to the moment it cools down I can't help but stay on full alert through every instant. It pulls so hard in new direction after new direction that time dilates.
By far the most captivating instrumental album I've ever heard.
FLIP-FLOP [First added to this chart: 06/10/2016]
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Update: I love Prefab Sprout now
I might use this chart as a reference for suggestions in the future. I enjoyed looking through your list more than most I've seen in my life.
Thanks for showing your wonderful chart with all your lovely notes. I really like many of these fun albums, such as Spilt Milk, Wrong, and The Mollusk. I will give a try to Prefab Sprout now. :)
What an absolutely gorgeous chart!!! The write-ups are as personal and special as the picks themselves. You manage to hit right in the special pleases with them!
Mind if I borrow the concept of grading how the album has grown? Really love the idea, it kinda gives another perspective on how the record relates to you.
I love plastic beach!
Great concept, very thought out. Only compliments!
Nice! Flaming Lips were best in the 90s and early 2000s. Like your Mercury Rev choice!
Love the slow burn, flip flop, instant classic comments.
This chart is amazing! I met several excelent albums because of this. Thanks!
23 in common, that seems like a lot. Plus, Porcupine Tree/Lips/MM/Kid A just in the top 10? Sigur Ros and Tame Impala are no slouches either. Great chart man