Saturday, May 26, 2007

Best Albums?

Sly B and I were rollin' to the sushi place yesterday and started talking about our favorite albums. We thought it would be fun if everyone wrote a post with their top 10 (or 5, or whatever) albums. Here are mine for today:
  1. Ani DiFranco Knuckle Down -- all of her albums are excellent, but this one doesn't have a single skippable song; her guitar on "Modulation" and "Lag Time" is perfect; and the title song, without getting too deep, pretty much articulates my thoughts on what life is really all about.
  2. Fleetwood Mac Tusk -- all of FM's albums before-and-through the Stevie Nicks era are classics, but Tusk is really a stand-alone. For me, it represents some of the band's best work, and includes my favorite Stevie songs "Storms", "Sisters of the Moon", and "Beautiful Child".
  3. Grateful Dead American Beauty -- this is the album where one of my favorite songs of all time "Ripple" first appeared. This is an album I can play any day, for any mood.
  4. Me'Shell Ndegeocello Cookie: The Anthropological Mix Tape -- the first time I heard this album, I was blown away. ". . . you like to have money in your pocketbook/that's alright/ ya gotta lotta sense/runnin' thru your bones/and THAT's a'ight/you like to be in the know/with all the major figures/and/that's alright/you like to hang out and shake that thing/all night/and that's alright".
  5. Widespread Panic Ain't Life Grand -- I just love this jam music, and love Panic. The title song is among my favorites, and goes onto all of the lovey-dovey mix tapes I make for Sly B. It makes me think of living, just living. "Watching people roll by/Wonder where they're going/Hey what's your job/What're you knowing?"
I'll stick with 5. If I wrote up this list tomorrow, it'd probably be different, but this is it for now. If I went with 10, it'd also include The Beatles White Album, India.Arie Acoustic Soul, Violent Femmes Add It Up, Linda Perry In Flight, and Indigo Girls Despite Our Differences. So how about y'all?

4 comments:

IronicPink said...

Stax of Wax

I would never trust someone who's top albums never changed. They'd probably be boring and listen to talk radio only.

Currently:

#1 BJM - anything. Y'all know I am a huge fanatic.
#2 Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers, mostly for Moonlight Mile
#3 Bad Brains - I against I, Washington DC punk perfected.
#4 The Shins - Chutes too Narrow, beautiful and haunting
#5 Radiohead - OK Computer, well, duh, it's genius.

Subject to change hourly.

Sly B said...

Too true - music changes with moods and breezes. I'm going to say that right now my favorite album:

1-5 The Coup - Pick a Bigger Weapon Cuz I've been listening to it over and over at work. Yes, it's a GREAT work - I love the rhythm and flow; but part of me listens to it cuz I fantasize about telling my boss "I'm supposed to be draggin' my foot out your motherf@*#ing ass" hourly -Ah, Boots Riley and Pam and the Funkstress are geniuses.

Course, I'll take this moment to admit that I have actually had moments in my life when I enjoy a certain Yanni cd. There, now y'all know.

kristine said...

OMG. I nevereverneverever get involved with blogs, but you KNOW I can't stay away from this.

Today the best are:

1. Tori Amos, "Boys for Pele"-- deliciously weird
2. Rufus Wainwright, "Poses" -- like washing down a valium with a kir royale, mmm...
3. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Fever to Tell"-- "let's do this like a prison break / I wanna see you scream and shake..."
4. David Bowie, "Ziggy Stardust"-- I see colors every time I listen to this.
5. The Beatles, "White Album" -- seriously.
6. A Tribe Called Quest, "People's Instinctive Travels And Paths Of Rhythm" -- "Wipe your feet really good on the rhythm rug..."
7. Elvis Costello, "My Aim Is True"-- Drive and sing along really loud and really badly.
8. Liz Phair, "Exile in Guyville" -- If you don't know why then never mind.
9. Carole King, "Tapestry"-- Ever since I was 8 years old.
10. Ella Fitzgerald singing the Cole Porter Songbook -- Her interpretation of "Love for Sale" just kills me.

Hope you all are doing well!

- Kris A.

EssBee said...

Kris A. lives!