Albums that changed your life

  • Eli_jah

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    Sep 24, 2014 3:23 AM GMT
    Most recently for me, Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel...and Kanye West's Yeezus.

    The Idler Wheel... is Fiona at her most searingly honest and melodically vibrant. In a radio interview she said that overall the album is a resignation: "I give up, I give up on the dream, in the best way possible." There is a beauty in this that I can identify with, "the dream" being the vision of who we want to be. On "Valentine", Fiona discards these delusions, singing, "I'm a tulip in a cup/I stand no chance of growing up/I've made my peace I'm dead I'm done/I'll watch you live to have my fun."

    On "Daredevil" and "Left Alone", Fiona notes her predilection for self destruction and solitude at the expense of love. "I guess I just must be a daredevil/I don't feel anything until I smash it up," she declares. On "Left Alone", she wails, "Oh, when I try to love/I can love the same man in the same bed in the same city/But not in the same room it's a pity." There hasn't been a moment in music this sincere since Amy Winehouse's stream-of-consciousness confessional Back to Black.

    Kanye West's Yeezus is another "celebration" of the true self, with Kanye being frighteningly open about his rage, sexual fantasies, delusions, and convictions. On the galvanizing first half Kanye declares himself a "God", but by the second half all those pretenses melt away and the frustrated, sexually destructive, emotionally stunted man behind the persona is left to rant. Kanye equates sex with power on "I'm In It", laments a long lost love on "Hold My Liquor" ("One more fuck and I can own ya!") and documents a relationship from beginning to betrayal to bitterness on "Blood on the Leaves". This is psycho industrial hip hop at its finest.

    What albums have you hit you hard? Recently or just over the course of your music-listening career.
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    Sep 24, 2014 4:04 PM GMT
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
    R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant
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    Sep 24, 2014 5:03 PM GMT
    Valerie June's Pushing Against a Stone.

    She calls it "organic moonshine music". Whatever you categorize it as its raw and gutsy. The whole album is great and in particular "Somebody to Love" is probably the best song about unrequited love and loneliness I've ever heard.

    Pete Yorn is an amazing singer songwriter. His music in college really gave a voice to what I was feeling. "Crystal Village" is a celebration of the first crush part of love while recognizing it doesnt last. "Ice Age" is a beautiful song about love from the other end that has lasted and stayed strong for a lifetime.
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    Sep 24, 2014 6:49 PM GMT
    I can safely say my life has never been changed by pop music.
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    Sep 24, 2014 10:35 PM GMT
    Sarah McLaughlin - fumbling toward ecstasy
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    Sep 24, 2014 10:59 PM GMT
    Can't say it changed my life but it changed my perspective...

    Dark Side of the Moon.

    Pink Floyd
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    Sep 24, 2014 11:42 PM GMT
    bon_pan saidCan't say it changed my life but it changed my perspective...

    Dark Side of the Moon.

    Pink Floyd


    +1
  • Aleco_Graves

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    Sep 24, 2014 11:55 PM GMT
    Alanis Morisette- Jagged Pill (Really helped me break away from the fakes)

    Christina Aguileras Stripped (And Back 2 Basics a bit too): Helped me embrace myself and the sitaution I grew up in as well as be proud of that little part of me thats different.

    The ME3 Collectors Edition Soundtrack helped through a big time of crisis by almost breaking me but also helping me overcome a dark time in my last few years of school. Theres no singing, just score.

    I cried so much listening to these songs...

    https://soundcloud.com/chasiu852/mass-effect-3-i-was-lost
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    Sep 25, 2014 12:10 AM GMT
    Aleco_Graves said
    bon_pan saidCan't say it changed my life but it changed my perspective...

    Dark Side of the Moon.

    Pink Floyd


    +1


    I have hundreds that I could name, but I'll do everyone a favour this time and not do that, but I will give a +2 to the above
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    Sep 25, 2014 3:06 AM GMT
    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Baduizm and Mama's Gun are my 3 must hear albums before you die....they are all mainstays on my playlists....
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    Sep 25, 2014 5:00 AM GMT
    Sigur Rós' Ágætis Byrjun. That is the one.
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    Sep 25, 2014 5:55 AM GMT
    Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos was the first Cassette I ever purchased. Don't know if it really changed my life, but it is my favorite album beyond video game soundtracks and Ring of the Nibelungen. I tend to gravitate towards terribly isolating things.
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    Sep 25, 2014 7:04 AM GMT
    Tabula Rasa By Arvo Part
    Lateralus By Tool
    Point of No Return By Kansas
    Phantom of the Opera: Andrew Lloyd Webber 1987 Orignal Cast recording.
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    Sep 25, 2014 7:36 AM GMT
    More a change of perspective, as others have stated.

    Talking Heads, "More Songs About Buildings and Food"
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    Sep 25, 2014 8:37 AM GMT
    Idler wheel is very good - I'm sad I didn't attend her performance :s I listened to that a few days ago icon_biggrin.gif


    My dashboard is covered with cds :S

    I think one of the best albums for me now is Tokyo Police Club's "Lesson in Crime" Be Good particularly... Been listening to that for a few years..

    Reminds me of packing my things :s

    That or Rilo Kiley's Execution of All Things

    I remember seeing her play at Sunset Junction and catching the stuff thrown from stage... Also seeing a future co-worker performing.
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    Sep 25, 2014 8:49 AM GMT
    diahanncarrollwiththedukeellingtonorches

    I could name a hundred favorites that meant a lot to me, but this one would be near the top of my list. What a great job she did on this.
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    Sep 25, 2014 2:58 PM GMT
    Third Eye Blind.. Self titled first album.

    The. Decemberists Picaresque
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    Sep 25, 2014 3:44 PM GMT
    I can't say it changed my life but throughout my life, there is only one album I liked every song in and that was by a Belgium artist Stromae and his album Racine carrée.

    If you have an interest in french music, listen to it
  • Svnw688

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    Sep 25, 2014 7:10 PM GMT
    Not sure it changed my life, but the following albums MOVE me:

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon / The Wall
    Leona Lewis - Spirit
    No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
    Muse - Origin of Symmetry / Absolution
    Michael Jackson - Thriller
    Eminem - Marshal Mathers LP
    Soundtrack - Saturday Night Fever

    That's what comes to mind, so I probably hit at least my top 3.

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  • Sep 26, 2014 5:09 AM GMT
    Britney?? OK OK just Kidding
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    Sep 26, 2014 5:56 AM GMT
    Fleet Foxes' first E.P. is a huge staple of my life.
    Robin Pecknold and I, we go way back.
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    Sep 26, 2014 6:12 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidThird Eye Blind.. Self titled first album.

    The. Decemberists Picaresque



    ^^

    I saw that album [Picaresque] performed live with my brightest diamond


    sooooo good :3
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    Sep 26, 2014 7:11 AM GMT
    Twenty_Something saidTabula Rasa By Arvo Part
    Lateralus By Tool
    Point of No Return By Kansas
    Phantom of the Opera: Andrew Lloyd Webber 1987 Orignal Cast recording.


    "Tabula Rasa By Arvo Part"

    First time ever I've seen anyone else pick that .... ever!

    So may I suggest one more

    http://youtu.be/8as_BN5h5YQ

    Philosophical profundity that is at the same time both harrowing and comforting.
  • ZakSayWhat

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    Sep 26, 2014 10:48 AM GMT
    beyonce - beyonce

    i had to delete everything on my phone to get it and now its the only thing on there
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    Sep 26, 2014 2:27 PM GMT
    Nirvana - never mind

    go soundtrack

    Radiojead - ok compute

    Allman bros - live at the Fillmore

    PINK FLOYD - dark side

    Sting - bring on the night

    John coletrain - live from the blue note

    Nancy Wilson - American song book