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Postby whuntva » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:21 am

So I guess the EOY is decided. Or not, since "REALiTi" didn't win after accomplishing a similar feat with the song poll in 2015.

Curious to see where more recent classics like To Be Kind or Modern Vampires end up.
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Postby Moonbeam » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:27 am

whuntva wrote:So I guess the EOY is decided. Or not, since "REALiTi" didn't win after accomplishing a similar feat with the song poll in 2015.

Curious to see where more recent classics like To Be Kind or Modern Vampires end up.


The ballots closed at the end of June, so I think there are opportunities for other albums to be released that take the crown for 2017. Hard to see any album beating American Dream on my list, though I haven't heard many albums this year.

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#520. The Black Keys | El Camino (2011)
# of Voters: 14 | Score: 410.384
Rank in 2014: #459
AM 3000 Rank: #1684
Top Fans: Andyd1010 (#68), JWinton (#80)


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#519. Bob Marley and the Wailers | Catch a Fire (1973)
# of Voters: 14 | Score: 411.096
Rank in 2014: #357
AM 3000 Rank: #149
Top Fans: Bootsy (#89), OrdinaryPerson (#93)


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#518. Big Star | 3rd / Sister Lovers (1978)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 411.535
Rank in 2014: #554
AM 3000 Rank: #314
Top Fans: Brad (#12), BangJan (#69), Listyguy (#99)


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#517. Isaac Hayes | Hot Buttered Soul (1969)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 413.456
Rank in 2014: #500
AM 3000 Rank: #371
Top Fans: Panam (#47), Jeff (#50)


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#516. Gil Scott-Heron | Pieces of a Man (1971)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 415.020
Rank in 2014: #757
AM 3000 Rank: #1550
Top Fans: SonofSamIAm (#19), EmilienDelRey (#54), Panam (#58)


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#515. Sade | Diamond Life (1984)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 417.155
Rank in 2014: #842
AM 3000 Rank: #1614
Top Fans: BonnieLaurel (#22), Slucs (#34)


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#514. The Jam | All Mod Cons (1978)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 417.759
Rank in 2014: #479
AM 3000 Rank: #279
Top Fans: DaveC (#59), BryanBehar (#69), Red Ant (#80)


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#513. Jamie XX | In Colour (2015)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 418.386
Rank in 2014: N/A
AM 3000 Rank: #388
Top Fans: SweepstakesRon (#43)


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#512. The Allman Brothers Band | At Fillmore East (1971)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 419.128
Rank in 2014: #447
AM 3000 Rank: #140
Top Fans: Dexter (#84)


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#511. Thelonious Monk | Brilliant Corners (1957)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 419.280
Rank in 2014: #605
AM 3000 Rank: #578
Top Fans: SonofSamIAm (#65), Panam (#88), Jeff (#97)
Current AOTY 2017: St. Vincent | MASSEDUCTION
Current SOTY 2017: Godspeed You! Black Emperor | "Bosses Hang"

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#510. Madonna | Madonna (1983)
# of Voters: 9 | Score: 419.289
Rank in 2014: #816
AM 3000 Rank: #801
Top Fans: SweepstakesRon (#13), Moonbeam (#19)


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#509. The Cure | The Head on the Door (1985)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 419.778
Rank in 2014: #373
AM 3000 Rank: #536
Top Fans: Slick (#13), Honorio (#42), Moonbeam (#52)


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#508. Panda Bear | Person Pitch (2007)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 421.048
Rank in 2014: #458
AM 3000 Rank: #375
Top Fans: NotBrianEno (#51), EmilienDelRey (#65)


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#507. Grace Jones | Nightclubbing (1981)
# of Voters: 8 | Score: 421.413
Rank in 2014: #416
AM 3000 Rank: #695
Top Fans: Antonius (#6), Jeff (#56), Moonbeam (#73), Babydoll (#88), Schaefer.tk (#100)


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#506. Pixies | Bossanova (1990)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 421.604
Rank in 2014: #550
AM 3000 Rank: #661
Top Fans: Spiderpig (#14), Spiritualized (#63), SJner (#70)


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#505. Rush | Moving Pictures (1981)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 422.648
Rank in 2014: #1319
AM 3000 Rank: #824
Top Fans: Whuntva (#20), Slick (#38), Victor.Marianoo77 (#39)


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#504. Eels | Electro-Shock Blues (1998)
# of Voters: 8 | Score: 423.078
Rank in 2014: #743
AM 3000 Rank: #1846
Top Fans: Spiritualized (#9), Zombeels (#35), PlasticRam (#42)


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#503. The Wrens | The Meadowlands (2003)
# of Voters: 8 | Score: 424.350
Rank in 2014: #443
AM 3000 Rank: #867
Top Fans: DepecheMode (#26), NotBrianEno (#30), Jackson (#52), Chambord (#60)


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#502. The Rolling Stones | Some Girls (1978)
# of Voters: 9 | Score: 425.153
Rank in 2014: #469
AM 3000 Rank: #442
Top Fans: Schaefer.tk (#50), Antonius (#80), GabeBasso (#84), PlasticRam (#87)


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#501. Duran Duran | Rio (1982)
# of Voters: 13 | Score: 425.641
Rank in 2014: #586
AM 3000 Rank: #791
Top Fans: Slick (#20), Profeta (#37)
Current AOTY 2017: St. Vincent | MASSEDUCTION
Current SOTY 2017: Godspeed You! Black Emperor | "Bosses Hang"

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Re: AMF Favorite Albums of All-Time -- RESULTS

Postby Moonbeam » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:35 am

Lots of favorites in the 550-501 range for me. Loving this list so far. Thanks so much for the great presentation, NBE. I'm on the edge of my seat. :)

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Postby Bruno » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:33 pm

Moonbeam wrote:Lots of favorites in the 550-501 range for me.

Agreed.

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Postby StevieFan13 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:36 pm

Ready to see the top 500!!!
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Postby spiderpig » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:04 pm

notbrianeno wrote:
#532. Low | Things We Lost in the Fire (2001)
# of Voters: 7 | Score: 399.697
Rank in 2014: #559
AM 3000 Rank: #1280
Top Fans: Gillingham (#4), DaveC (#33), Nassim (#36), Spiritualized (#41), NotBrianEno (#44)


I should point out that this is a very impressive feat: five top 50 votes. This is the kind of thing that you only would expect to see when it's time for the top 200 countdown. If you're hunting this poll for an underrated gem, this might be it.

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Postby Brad » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:17 pm

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#547. Lana Del Rey | Born to Die (2012)
# of Voters: 9 | Score: 387.718
Rank in 2014: #795
AM 3000 Rank: #2252
Top Fans: BonnieLaurel (#47)

#546. Spoon | Kill the Moonlight (2002)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 388.363
Rank in 2014: #491
AM 3000 Rank: #650
Top Fans: Toni (#91)


I like how these two covers line up.

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Postby whuntva » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:03 pm

Delighted Moving Pictures made it. I thought it would have fallen off, but gald I'm not the only one to recognize its genius and melodic arrangement.
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#532. Low | Things We Lost in the Fire (2001)
# of Voters: 7 | Score: 399.697
Rank in 2014: #559
AM 3000 Rank: #1280
Top Fans: Gillingham (#4), DaveC (#33), Nassim (#36), Spiritualized (#41), NotBrianEno (#44)

#529. Vampire Weekend | Contra (2010)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 402.759
Rank in 2014: #497
AM 3000 Rank: #915
Top Fans: --

Just curious how Contra outscored Things We Lost in the Fire...is the scoring flatter than usual this year between high placements and placements in the middle of lists?

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Postby Depeche Mode » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:47 pm

madzong wrote:
Depeche Mode wrote:Two Weeknd albums out of nowhere, lol. I like the guy's music and Selena Gomez apparently thinks he's a good guy, so fine with me!

Also, been getting into Sabbath recently, haven't gotten to this album yet but Vol.4 is extraordinary.


I've got a lot of Sabbath - all the Ozzie years (including the not so good ones like 'Never Say Die' and 'Technical Ecstasy') and a few other post Ozzy albums (pre reunion).

This is my favourite Sabbath album overall as it is most consistent and really melodic.

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, A National Acrobat, Sabbra Cadabbra make for a great first half.

It has only one plodding stinker of a song (Who Are You?) but apart from that every song is a classic and could have been a hit.

The last two songs on the slbum add up to one of the most satisfying pair of album closers ever: Looking For Today; Spiral Architect = magic.

I remember my brother loved this album so much he would constantly sneak into my room to 'borrow' it.


I gotta say it doesn't quite stand up to Vol.4 for me. Interesting album for sure, but a lot of those keyboard passages are very cheesy and don't let it rock quite as hard as that one. I do like Who Are You? though. A National Acrobat, Sabbra Cadabbra are fun as well.

At Fillmore East would likely have made my list today.

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Postby Jackson » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:59 pm

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madzong wrote:
Depeche Mode wrote:Two Weeknd albums out of nowhere, lol. I like the guy's music and Selena Gomez apparently thinks he's a good guy, so fine with me!

Also, been getting into Sabbath recently, haven't gotten to this album yet but Vol.4 is extraordinary.


I've got a lot of Sabbath - all the Ozzie years (including the not so good ones like 'Never Say Die' and 'Technical Ecstasy') and a few other post Ozzy albums (pre reunion).

This is my favourite Sabbath album overall as it is most consistent and really melodic.

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, A National Acrobat, Sabbra Cadabbra make for a great first half.

It has only one plodding stinker of a song (Who Are You?) but apart from that every song is a classic and could have been a hit.

The last two songs on the slbum add up to one of the most satisfying pair of album closers ever: Looking For Today; Spiral Architect = magic.

I remember my brother loved this album so much he would constantly sneak into my room to 'borrow' it.


I gotta say it doesn't quite stand up to Vol.4 for me. Interesting album for sure, but a lot of those keyboard passages are very cheesy and don't let it rock quite as hard as that one. I do like Who Are You? though. A National Acrobat, Sabbra Cadabbra are fun as well.

At Fillmore East would likely have made my list today.


I love all of albums 1-6 and voted for all of them. I think my order was 1) Master of Reality, 2) Vol 4, 3) Paranoid, 4) Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, 5) Sabotage, and 6) self-titled, but all of them have several great songs and show an interesting stylistic progression, so if you're new to the band I'd just listen to all six in order. SBS has two underrated gems in Sabbra Cadabbra and Looking for Today.

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Postby Depeche Mode » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:07 pm

Jackson wrote:
Depeche Mode wrote:
madzong wrote:
I've got a lot of Sabbath - all the Ozzie years (including the not so good ones like 'Never Say Die' and 'Technical Ecstasy') and a few other post Ozzy albums (pre reunion).

This is my favourite Sabbath album overall as it is most consistent and really melodic.

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, A National Acrobat, Sabbra Cadabbra make for a great first half.

It has only one plodding stinker of a song (Who Are You?) but apart from that every song is a classic and could have been a hit.

The last two songs on the slbum add up to one of the most satisfying pair of album closers ever: Looking For Today; Spiral Architect = magic.

I remember my brother loved this album so much he would constantly sneak into my room to 'borrow' it.


I gotta say it doesn't quite stand up to Vol.4 for me. Interesting album for sure, but a lot of those keyboard passages are very cheesy and don't let it rock quite as hard as that one. I do like Who Are You? though. A National Acrobat, Sabbra Cadabbra are fun as well.

At Fillmore East would likely have made my list today.




I love all of albums 1-6 and voted for all of them. I think my order was 1) Master of Reality, 2) Vol 4, 3) Paranoid, 4) Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, 5) Sabotage, and 6) self-titled, but all of them have several great songs and show an interesting stylistic progression, so if you're new to the band I'd just listen to all six in order. SBS has two underrated gems in Sabbra Cadabbra and Looking for Today.


I have listened to all of these but Sabotage. They're all pretty good but only Vol.4 is consistently great imo. It is both heavier and more progressive and perhaps more personal as well, at least some of the tracks. Master of Reality has been most forgettable for me...

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Postby Rob » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:18 pm

Halfway down! I have to say that I really like that this time around the bottom half also gets a lot of attention in the presentation. I know it is a lot of work, but I also think that this is the way it should be done. I missed that in the past.

I wonder, if the whole thing is finished, will we get a list of all the albums that dropped of the top 1000?

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Postby BleuPanda » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:06 pm

I'm up to The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place, which is a pretty strong album. I wish more people here were into Mogwai; Young Team is such a flawless record. Post-Rock in general deserves more attention. It's a halfway point between ambient and rock (...I guess the ambient part might be the problem).

Favorite albums so far are probably Ces Gens La and Soundtracks for the Blind. Soundtracks is bizarre; I didn't realize any of Swans' earlier work was so similar to their reunion stuff. That pushed Swans into my top 100 artists. Ces gens la really blew me away...how I wish I could actually understand the lyrics. But Jacques Brel is really becoming one of my favorite vocalists; I don't need to know his words to hear the passion in his voice. It's almost mesmerizing.
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Postby sonofsamiam » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:07 pm

Jackson wrote:#532. Low | Things We Lost in the Fire (2001)
# of Voters: 7 | Score: 399.697
Rank in 2014: #559
AM 3000 Rank: #1280
Top Fans: Gillingham (#4), DaveC (#33), Nassim (#36), Spiritualized (#41), NotBrianEno (#44)

#529. Vampire Weekend | Contra (2010)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 402.759
Rank in 2014: #497
AM 3000 Rank: #915
Top Fans: --

Just curious how Contra outscored Things We Lost in the Fire...is the scoring flatter than usual this year between high placements and placements in the middle of lists?


I was going to ask the same thing; just curious what the calculation is?

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Postby spiderpig » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:16 pm

Rob wrote:I wonder, if the whole thing is finished, will we get a list of all the albums that dropped of the top 1000?


There's usually a spreadsheet. I sure hope there's one this time, too. I really like to play with it.

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sonofsamiam wrote:
Jackson wrote:#532. Low | Things We Lost in the Fire (2001)
# of Voters: 7 | Score: 399.697
Rank in 2014: #559
AM 3000 Rank: #1280
Top Fans: Gillingham (#4), DaveC (#33), Nassim (#36), Spiritualized (#41), NotBrianEno (#44)

#529. Vampire Weekend | Contra (2010)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 402.759
Rank in 2014: #497
AM 3000 Rank: #915
Top Fans: --

Just curious how Contra outscored Things We Lost in the Fire...is the scoring flatter than usual this year between high placements and placements in the middle of lists?


I was going to ask the same thing; just curious what the calculation is?


The Formula for the poll is 100 - [square root(18.5*(Placement-1))], i've attached a plot of the formula giving a sense of how the "curve" works

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#500. Lucinda Williams | Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 426.701
Rank in 2014: #1010
AM 3000 Rank: #352
Top Fans: DocBrown (#28), Acroamor (#36), RockyRaccoon (#54)

"The question that runs through my head regards the guys, do you get this music? Every woman on the planet understands it. If you want to understand women, then listen to this album, let your guard down, feel this, try and understand where the women in your life are coming from, what we want, where we’re going, and what we do on the way there.'--Streetmouse, RYM



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#499. Run-D.M.C. | Raising Hell (1986)
# of Voters: 9 | Score: 427.049
Rank in 2014: #573
AM 3000 Rank: #241
Top Fans: Bootsy (#34), Bruno (#48), Nico (#61), Dexter (#67)

"One of the great party albums of the 80s. It's truly explosive. I've been in high speed car chases after bank robberies that were less kinetic than this. It's from a period when rap music was still trying to prove itself as a mainstream force, so everyone is wired, the beats hit like Thor's hammer, and the vocals shout their way into your brain. You won't find anything soft here. There's not one milquetoast moment. It's pure violence, twelve tracks of pretty poison. Everyone but the dead bops their head when you put this on."--JasonHernandez, RYM



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#498. Beck | Mutations (1998)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 429.127
Rank in 2014: #334
AM 3000 Rank: #886
Top Fans: Zombeels (#46), Nicolas (#57)

"It's strange, the niche that Beck now fills in my life. By and away, Beck is known for his freaked out, hip hop-fueled, esoteric early career, with characters like "Loser" and Odelay commanding the forefront of its audience's perspective. Beck is the kind of guy that people listen to to have some fun, chuckle a little, and go about their business. For me, though, Beck is the artist I turn to on lonely midnight drives when my mind wanders too powerfully for me to sit around in a house; Beck is who accompanies me on slovenly, mildly-inebriated drives home from parties I felt dreadfully out of place at; Beck is my catalyst for existential rantings and bantering beyond my own comprehension. Beck is sullen and striking, he is my depression."--qitozex, RYM



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#497. The Cure | Seventeen Seconds (1980)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 429.725
Rank in 2014: #362
AM 3000 Rank: #624
Top Fans: Michel (#15), Moonbeam (#18)

"A triumph of the power of music, Seventeen Seconds is a perfect choice for a quiet, desolate winter day. Rarely have notes been used so sparingly yet so effectively, as the skeletal musical structure mimics the emptiness it conveys. An essential recording in the Cure's canon, Seventeen Seconds is the archetype Cure record and their first classic."--Moonbeam, RYM/AMF



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#496. Muse | Origin of Symmetry (2001)
# of Voters: 9 | Score: 434.622
Rank in 2014: #714
AM 3000 Rank: #1179
Top Fans: Felipinho (#40), Andyd1010 (#47), BonnieLaurel (#68), Chambord (#78)

"Everything on Origin of Symmetry album is at the extremum: assailing guitar chords, hysterical vocals, explosive drums, roaring bass lines, soaring emotions, ecstatic elation. "Hold your hands up to your eyes again, hide from the scary scenes, suppress your fears. So be mine and your innocence I will consume" - that's what Muse really does - the band consumes our innocence."--Babe_N_Co, RYM
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Postby DocBrown » Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:32 am

Oh, that's a rush to see Lucinda Williams jump from just outside the top 1000 to no. 500. Might bode well for women and alt-country (two of my favourite things) on the top half of the list?
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Postby Gillingham » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:06 am

Great presentation so far notbrianeno (and those whole helped him). Enjoying the ride, thanks.

Agree with what other have said before, the diversity of this list is really nice. And good to see #501-#1000 got some well deserved attention too.

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Postby Bruno » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:01 pm

Nice start.

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#495. The Grateful Dead | American Beauty (1970)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 434.648
Rank in 2014: #656
AM 3000 Rank: #406
Top Fans: BryanBehar (#26), DocBrown (#44), Veganvalentine (#92)

"While their studio albums are often less respected than their more heralded live show, American Beauty feels very organic and most importantly, it is filled with smooth songwriting and heartfelt performances, beautifully produced. In their own way, this band is a religion, and as with any religion, they have an iconography that recurs throughout their work - water, primacy of travel and The Road, bones, and roses. American Beauty feels like an affirmation of their themes, the perfect guide to the apprentice cultist. It contains the much-loved "Friend of the Devil", "Sugar Magnolia", "Ripple", and "Brokedown Palace", not to mention the band's personal theme, "Truckin'" ('what a long strange trip it's been' indeed)."--jshopa, RYM



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#494. Kate Bush | The Kick Inside (1978)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 434.738
Rank in 2014: #509
AM 3000 Rank: #533
Top Fans: BonnieLaurel (#23), Brad (#85), ProsecutorGodot (#94)

"She is a lilting siren that doesn't lead to shipwrecks but rather delirious seductions. A force-of-nature with a sonorous voice to match; an on-target arrow for originality - she sounds like no other, though many have since emulated her. Cliche-free lyrics with a sly but wholesome tone, suitable for all age groups. Romantically pro-active and sexy songs that never cross over to obscene. "--willopig, RYM



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#493. Tori Amos | Little Earthquakes (1992)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 434.878
Rank in 2014: #319
AM 3000 Rank: #514
Top Fans: DocBrown (#4), LuvulongTIM (#6), BonnieLaurel (#7)

"She had her heart on her sleeve on this solo debut. Her background as a classically schooled pianist and member of a rock band along with painful experiences in her personal life provided inspiration. The intimate sound of her voice and piano is expanded with rock and classical instruments and overdubbed voices.
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#492. Sun Kil Moon | Benji (2014)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 435.536
Rank in 2014: #437
AM 3000 Rank: #427
Top Fans: M24 (#16), ProsecutorGodot (#87)

"With 2014’s Benji, Mark Kozelek miraculously transformed into the neighborhood dad or the sunburnt, tired-eyed uncle down at the bonfire. Each track on the record is still essentially pointless, but astonishing drawn in driveway moment fascination and dear-diary emotion and expression. Kozelek holds no bounds and at this point in the game, and we don’t want him to. I have never bawled to a single line in a song like I have during Benji, and I feel I owe my strange, guitar-ridden uncle-of-an-album a lot for that one."--myfriedme, RYM



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#491. Ride | Nowhere (1990
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 435.728
Rank in 2014: #616
AM 3000 Rank: #854
Top Fans: Spiritualized (#43), Slick (#63), LuvulongTIM (#69)

"It doesn't help that this singer sounds so pitiful and pathetic like I can be regarding my aspirations, so to hear such a refraction in an album like this... it sets my heart on fire. As I'm immolating from the inside-out, it's as if Ride is dousing me in icewater just to keep me from losing myself or anything about my bearings. This is adrenaline pumping through every capillary in my body, and it hurts so good.
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Postby StevieFan13 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:04 pm

As someone who did a summer project on rock in Oxford, I'm glad that both Ride and Supergrass are represented here!
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#490. Simon and Garfunkel | Sounds of Silence (1966)
# of Voters: 9 | Score: 436.127
Rank in 2014: #667
AM 3000 Rank: #923
Top Fans: PlasticRam (#26), Henry (#58), Miguel (#74), BryanBehar (#98)

"A downright charming do-over for Simon and Garfunkel, who had thought their dreams shattered after the lacklustre performance of their debut album before a tweaked version of The Sound of Silence became a sleeper hit. Opening with that single before continuing with a group of excellent tracks in the same folk-rock vein - culminating with the incredible I Am A Rock - this put them on the map, and deservedly so.
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#489. Sleater-Kinney | Dig Me Out (1997)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 436.486
Rank in 2014: #538
AM 3000 Rank: #559
Top Fans: Nassim (#51), LuvulongTIM (#92)

"Dig Me Out is directed at the independent rock scene of the nineties, about that selling of emotion and angst, the approximation of ideals and feelings that masquerade as reality, but are so clearly mannered and manufactured. 'I make rock n roll,' they say, and 'it's enough, if you want it that much,' but also ask 'is it what you want?' Is their audience looking for sex objects? For mothers and maids? Just a backbeat to dance to? At what point does audience expectation come to define what they are, and where do their own wants and needs come to the fore? 'It is one desire, burning hot and bright,' and there is nothing more pure than rushing onward into the fires of real emotion and need.
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#488. Joni Mitchell | Hejira (1976)
# of Voters: 9 | Score: 436.694
Rank in 2014: #552
AM 3000 Rank: #557
Top Fans: Miguel (#25), Chambord (#45), Acroamor (#80), Antonius (#98)

"Hejira, from 1976, was written while driving alone from Maine to L.A. and is a meditation on the value and melancholy of being alone, her guitar imitating the rhythms and expanse of the road. In spots it's as emotionally bare as Blue. It's a real grown woman album and may not make tremendous sense to anyone under 30.
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--Jessica Hopper, Pitchfork



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#487. Foo Fighters | The Colour and the Shape (1997)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 436.713
Rank in 2014: #934
AM 3000 Rank: #1323
Top Fans: Karla (#35), Henry (#84)

"This is where Dave Grohl made himself known to a generation that couldn’t have given two flips about Nirvana; this is where Grohl re-endeared himself to a generation that had shut itself off to his musings as they declared them predeterminedly inferior to what had come before. They say everything happens for a reason. Well, I would never wish the pain of divorce on anyone, but it’s that very pain (along with all of the other emotions involved in such a tumultuous time) that may well have turned The Colour and the Shape into what it is.
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#486. M.I.A. | Arular (2005)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 436.791
Rank in 2014: #433
AM 3000 Rank: #289
Top Fans: ProsecutorGodot (#49), Maschine_Man (#89)

"And when it comes down to it, that "sonic collage" is still what's important here. With all the column inches and message board posts arguing about whether M.I.A. is an opportunist or a clever contextualist, genuine or a fraud, full of good intentions or no specific intentions at all, the closest thing to a truism about Arular is that it's a taut, invigorating distillation of the world's most thrilling music; a celebration of contradictions and aural globalization that recasts the tag "world music" as the ultimate in communicative pop rather than a symbol of condescending piety.
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--Scott Plagenhoef, Pitchfork
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Postby StevieFan13 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:45 am

This is soooo good. I'm delighted to see The Colour and the Shape and Dig Me Out make the top 500!
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#485. Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Fever to Tell (2003)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 436.883
Rank in 2014: #563
AM 3000 Rank: #446
Top Fans: Acroamor (#43), DaveC (#67), LuvulongTIM (#95)

"Fever to Tell is a major step forward, a confident, thunderous, piece of raw rock ‘n’ roll that steers the listeners in one direction, only to pull the rug out from under them two thirds of the way through, and take things in a completely different direction. Each member of the trio ups the ante on this album: Karen O’s singing proves to be much more versatile than the early releases indicate, guitarist Nick Zinner incorporates myriad influences into a sound that now borders on virtuosic, and drummer Brian Chase gives us some of the most powerful sounding garage rock drumming we’ve heard in a long time. It’s a sound so raucous, so energized, it makes The White Stripes’ Elephant sound one-dimensional in comparison.
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--Adrien Begrand, Popmatters



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#484. Funkadelic/Parliament | Mothership Connection (1975)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 438.534
Rank in 2014: #460
AM 3000 Rank: #299
Top Fans: Antonius (#33), Moonbeam (#45)

"Simply put, Mothership Connection is the album which proved that you could do the ostentatiousness of prog rock and still make the listener want to get up and dance. It's a headspinningly brilliant throw down from funk to every middle-class white bloke with aspirations to be taken seriously. Sure, prog rock often showed musicianship, but it also frequently took itself much too seriously. Parliament showed that you could do similarly ambitious musicianship and arrangements, but have groovy fun times that made you want to strut your stuff and dress up like a bunch of itinerant The Muppets.
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#483. Miles Davis | In a Silent Way (1969)
# of Voters: 14 | Score: 439.813
Rank in 2014: #421
AM 3000 Rank: #402
Top Fans: EmilienDelRey (#23)

"on ‘In A Silent Way,’ the music of Miles floats in and out, as if existing on an evening summer breeze. There is a tactile warmth to be felt on this listen, and for me, there is a compass direction, something I have never experienced before, and that direction is East. Eastward seems strange to me, because when this album was recorded in February of 1969, when the eyes and ears of the world were focused west, toward California and the Summer of Love.
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#482. Lynyrd Skynyrd | Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd (1973)
# of Voters: 14 | Score: 441.919
Rank in 2014: #632
AM 3000 Rank: #554
Top Fans: --

"Not many bands ever come out of the gate with their classic sound fully developed like this. What's even more amazing, is that some of the guys in the band were still teenagers. You wouldn't know it from listening though, they sound like seasoned veterans. The arrangements are fleshed out and embellished to an extent that's actually pretty rare in rock and roll
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#481. Alice in Chains | Dirt (1992)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 443.545
Rank in 2014: #727
AM 3000 Rank: #532
Top Fans: Whuntva (#29), Slick (#34), LiveinPhoenix (#36), Dudumb (#47)

"It's a primal, sickening howl from the depths of Layne Staley's heroin addiction, and one of the most harrowing concept albums ever recorded. Not every song on Dirt is explicitly about heroin, but Jerry Cantrell's solo-written contributions (nearly half the album) effectively maintain the thematic coherence -- nearly every song is imbued with the morbidity, self-disgust, and/or resignation of a self-aware yet powerless addict.
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Postby Bruno » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:02 am

What a great range!

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Postby prosecutorgodot » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:27 am

I am in love with the descriptive reviews, they are a great addition.

I was not expecting to see Lucinda Williams and the Grateful Dead. Glad to have them though, they spice up the list.

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Postby Jackson » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:04 am

I voted for In a Silent Way but if the poll was held today I would've placed it much higher. Beautiful music, like nothing else.

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Postby notbrianeno » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:05 am

So far, how is the pace of the rollout?
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Postby StevieFan13 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:06 am

notbrianeno wrote:So far, how is the pace of the rollout?

So far, so good! Keep up the good work! Ten at a time might be better, like before, but if you want to build suspense I get it. Maybe save five at a time for the top 100?
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Postby prosecutorgodot » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:13 am

I agree with Steviefan. Don't worry about it if it's too difficult.

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Postby Pauler » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:27 am

The first batch of Top 500 are just fantastic from top to bottom. I love the choice of descriptive reviews from multiple publications too. That dig at The White Stripes from the Fever to Tell one lol

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Postby Gillingham » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:29 am

Jackson wrote:I voted for In a Silent Way but if the poll was held today I would've placed it much higher. Beautiful music, like nothing else.

I didn't include it then, but would if I'd compile a list now.

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Postby Gillingham » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:31 am

I agree with Stevie and Godot about the rollout.
Fun to follow it anyway.

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Postby jdd518 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:07 pm

Rob wrote:
panam wrote:This list needs to be an Spotify playlist ;)


Way ahead of you:



What's this? No, it isn't really a list of the top 1000 albums, which would be to silly. It is one track of each album, though. Mostly it is the highest ranked song on the AM top 6000, or else the most listened song on Spotify. I didn't go with my personal taste or unpredictable choices here, just with the popular pick.

A couple of albums are missing, but of a surprising many I could actually find a track belonging to it on Spotify. Of these, nothing is on Spotify:

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
Neu – Neu!
My Bloody Valentine – MBV
This Heat – Deceit
Kashiwa Daisuke – Stella
Neu! – Neu! ‘75
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – I See a Darkness
Moondog – Moondog
Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert
Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt

I don't even know why I started this list, but I ended up enjoying going through this roll-out with this on the background. I was only going to post in on the end, but I guess others might like it too while proceedings go on. I will gradually update it as the list is revealed, though sometimes I might get a bit behing because of a lack of time.
Enjoy!


Thanks for making and sharing this! I'm new to this forum and didn't participate in the ranking, but am enjoying watching the rollout results. I've listened to a portion of the albums - still a lot I haven't heard. I was trying to figure out a good way to sample the hits from these albums without buying all the songs (I'm still uncertain as to the process of downloading them another way), so this is a great way to get a taste of the albums!

Thanks again!

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Postby panam » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:31 pm

Good to see many albums I propose in my Top 100, I see some brazilian albums coming soon :)

PD: It was weird I was the only top fan of "Aqualung", needs more love.

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Postby Henry » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:34 pm

panam wrote:Good to see many albums I propose in my Top 100, I see some brazilian albums coming soon :)

PD: It was weird I was the only top fan of "Aqualung", needs more love.


I had Aqualung at 112. It is fantastic album where there appears to be no filler.

My observation is that many of my faves from the 70's are finding it more difficult to attract attention of new listeners. The more unusual albums that are thought to be particularly innovative or inspirational to current performers seem to get much more attention from critics lists these days than albums that were impactful and popular among college listeners during the 1970's.

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#480. The Congos | Heart of the Congos (1977)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 443.972
Rank in 2014: #408
AM 3000 Rank: #678
Top Fans: Panam (#8), Jeff (#41), Schaefer.tk (#65)

"Perry’s mission at the Black Ark was to ruralise reggae, removed from Kingston’s urban edginess; and with these deeply spiritual Rastafarian singers he had the perfect focus for his musical creations. On Fisherman, Children Crying and La La Bam-Bam, he takes things so deep into the island’s interior you need a machete to hack through. Thick, blurring layers of drum and bass soften into each other, while the guitar cascades down like creepers, giving the plaintive singing the support it needs to keep moving.
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--Lloyd Bradley, BBC



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#479. Paul Simon | Paul Simon (1972)
# of Voters: 9 | Score: 444.633
Rank in 2014: #635
AM 3000 Rank: #772
Top Fans: BryanBehar (#98)

"His debut album speaks of anxiety and uncertainty, but also about hope that humanity will pull through. Simon diversifies his repertoire with tracks like Hobo's Blues, Mother and Child Reunion, and Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, but he maintains his classic style of emotional acoustic ballads making Paul Simon a solid fusion of styles with a common theme of reminding the listener why they fell in love with music in the first place.
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#478. Chet Baker | Chet Baker Sings (1954)
# of Voters: 8 | Score: 445.077
Rank in 2014: #411
AM 3000 Rank: #2002
Top Fans: Babydoll (#29), Nicolas (#54), Jeff (#60), Honorio (#68), SonofSamIAm (#88)

"Floating in bliss is the most accurate way to describe it. The effortless melodic phrasing that seems to be incorporated into every improvisation makes it very easy to listen to and it stays simple so as to save the listener from becoming lost in any musically technical attempt. Chet’s horn solos are much like his vocal approach, they feel intimate and sweet rather than flashy or incoherent, an approach that so many jazz musicians of the early 1950’s chose. The melodic phrases of his improvisations are tasteful and cheerful for the most part. They all compliment his music well and keep things moving when need be as well as holding things back when it best compliments the music.
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--Joshua Hunt, Sputnikmusic



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#477. Ornette Coleman | The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 445.480
Rank in 2014: #941
AM 3000 Rank: #373
Top Fans: Jeff (#31)

"The Shape of Jazz to Come, was a watershed event in the genesis of avant-garde jazz, profoundly steering its future course and throwing down a gauntlet that some still haven't come to grips with. The record shattered traditional concepts of harmony in jazz, getting rid of not only the piano player but the whole idea of concretely outlined chord changes. The pieces here follow almost no predetermined harmonic structure, which allows Coleman and partner Don Cherry an unprecedented freedom to take the melodies of their solo lines wherever they felt like going in the moment, regardless of what the piece's tonal center had seemed to be.
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--Steve Huey, Allmusic



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#476. Grandaddy | The Sophtware Slump (2000)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 446.920
Rank in 2014: #893
AM 3000 Rank: #732
Top Fans: Zombeels (#38), JohnnyBGoode (#65)

"The Sophtware Slump was the album where Grandaddy established themselves at the forefront of the embryonic Cosmic-Americana sub-genre along with Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips. True they didn't enjoy those bands' press coverage, but The Sophtware Slump is easily the equal of Deserter's Songs and The Soft Bulletin. From the epic opener "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot", the album states its case to be classed as one of the greats, by the time you've heard "Hewlett's Daughter", the heartbreaking "Underneath The Weeping Willow" and "Broken Household Appliance National Forest", it's obvious that it's one of the landmark albums of the decade. It rocks, it mopes, it has songs about suicidal androids drinking themselves to death. It is simply a work of genius.
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#475. Charles Mingus | Mingus Ah Um (1959)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 447.759
Rank in 2014: #309
AM 3000 Rank: #454
Top Fans: --

I'm sure I'm not versed enough in jazz to assess what it is that makes Mingus Mingus, but listening to Ah Um again-- an album I plucked from my dad's collection at age 15-- I remember sitting in my family's basement thinking that I had no idea jazz could be funny. (I hadn't yet heard Thelonious Monk.) I thought jazz was all elegance and poise. I remember reading transcriptions of Charlie Parker solos and wondering if my intellectual awe would translate to a real, visceral love of the music. It didn't-- I felt detached. Mingus was slurring and gestural. His compositions that looked prim on paper sounded rusted and sun-bleached in performance. The fiery ones sounded a little tight-assed and penned-in-- you could almost hear the band bucking with discomfort at the form they found themselves playing in. The music had character; it beamed. Still does.
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--Mike Powell, Pitchfork



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#474. Elvis Costello | Imperial Bedroom (1982)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 450.365
Rank in 2014: #413
AM 3000 Rank: #272
Top Fans: Brad (#2)

Elvis Costello's Imperial Bedroom is really a mansion, each of whose rooms is decorated with painstaking care and detail by the artist. In every aspect of this masterfully wrought, conceptually audacious project, he's managed to bulwark his emotional directness with vision and clarity — and to make an album that lingers and haunts long after the last note has died out. Like a long, episodic novel — or a long, episodic relationship — you can look back when it's over and measure how far you've traveled.
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--Parke Puterbaugh, Rolling Stone



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#473. Sleater-Kinney | One Beat (2002)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 452.078
Rank in 2014: #332
AM 3000 Rank: #1317
Top Fans: LuvulongTIM (#12), Jackson (#51)

One Beat is an uncompromising, energetic monster of a record. Most of all, it's just accessible (pardon my French) enough to be exactly what the rock world needs these days: the Trail of Dead for those put off by the Danzig-esque lyrics and relentless drum-rolling. It's a dive-headfirst-into-an-empty-pool, take-the-subway-to-Queens, snap-into-a-Slim-Jim, forget-to-bring-back the-library-books, tire-pressure-dangerously-low, sneaking-fireworks-across-the-Illinois-Indiana-border kind of album. That it's performed by three persons of the female gender is entirely beside the point, to anyone who's really listening.
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--Rob Mitchum, Pitchfork



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#472. Bruce Springsteen | The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle (1973)
# of Voters: 9 | Score: 453.399
Rank in 2014: #259
AM 3000 Rank: #698
Top Fans: Brad (#58), Nicolas (#60), LiveInPhoenix (#83)

The most obvious reason for the success of both of these albums is that Bruce is speaking from the heart, from what he knows and understands, from dreams he’s kept tucked in his back pocket, and a vision that will lead him full throttle into our hearts. On second look, there’s even more success with “The Wild The Innocent” due to the savvy razor edged wordplay that is far more complex and encompassing than one would ever expect from a man of his young years ... and this instantly allowed him to become the voice of American youth, at a time when we [those of us who were young at the time] needed it most. And finally, Springsteen seems to have literally stepped out of the contemporary novels we were reading, where he created bigger than life characters out of mere nobodies, emphasizing the fact that we should take nothing for granted, that each breath is to be savored, remembered, watched over, and nourished.
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#471. The Cure | Pornography (1982)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 453.596
Rank in 2014: #608
AM 3000 Rank: #440
Top Fans: NotBrianEno (#41), Babydoll (#68), Spiritualized (#78), DaveC (#99)

"Cannibal, destructive and violent masterpiece closing the band's Dark Trilogy. The album attacks from the very first bite with "100 years" - it doesn't matter if we all die. It swings the listener mercilessly over fathomless abysses - "a short term effect", "siamese twins", "the figurehead"; lava floods - "the hanging garden"; weird and perverse eden like landscapes - "strange day"; right to the gates of hell - "cold", "pornography". Pornography is pure barbarism of primitive percussion, ghostly guitar and brutal bass. Non-refined violence. A compulsory experience.
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--Laranra, RYM
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Postby StevieFan13 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:35 pm

Gotta admit, I didn't expect One Beat to top Dig Me Out.
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#470. Yes | The Yes Album (1971)
# of Voters: 8 | Score: 454.416
Rank in 2014: #521
AM 3000 Rank: #1191
Top Fans: Henry (#9), Miguel (#16), Brad (#69), Antonius (#99)

"On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place,"? is one great way to describe the nature and evolution of Yes. Sprawling, mystical epics from the band literally captured you and carried you on a sailing ship, and to where it was going was a mystery. Would you be witnessing a classic guitar solo? A rumbling bass line? Jazzy drumming? Sweet harmonies and melodies? Or maybe even sounds coming from a keyboard that could surely only come from a man who's sold himself to the devil? With Yes, you never know exactly what to expect. For their mastery of technicality, emotion, and uniqueness (along with a catalog of some damn good songs), Yes became one of the greatest progressive rock bands of the 20th century, and definitely holds the title of one of the longest lasting great bands as they've moved into the 21st century.
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#469. The Moody Blues | Days of Future Passed (1967)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 454.629
Rank in 2014: #570
AM 3000 Rank: #884
Top Fans: NotBrianEno (#21), Veganvalentine (#42)

The positive attributes that could be assigned to this album are nearly limitless. Days of Future Passed is like awaking from a black and white dream to find yourself in a gorgeous, sprawling world of color. If you don’t want to be a part of that world, you are simply denying yourself one of the greatest feelings that can be evoked from a musical experience.
--SowingSeason, sputnikmusic



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#468. Grizzly Bear | Veckatimest (2009)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 454.885
Rank in 2014: #425
AM 3000 Rank: #445
Top Fans: DepecheMode (#49), NotBrianEno (#66), ChrisK (#80)

I don't know that an album can be haunted, but you can certainly feel as if an album is haunting you and, in a way, I feel that Veck does that to me. This means nothing to you, the reader, of course, except that Veckatimest SOUNDS haunted in its own warm, comforting way. Every time I hear the record, I feel like I'm watching horribly embarrassing home videos while my best friend has their arm around me. And that's the nature of this album: beautiful, warm, friendly, yet oddly hollow in an inviting way. It's a world just waiting to be inhabited.
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#467. Fleet Foxes | Helplessness Blues (2011)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 455.508
Rank in 2014: #412
AM 3000 Rank: #880
Top Fans: ProsecutorGodot (#6), Nicolas (#40), VanillaFire1000 (#43), NotBrianEno (#57)

Helplessness Blues' analytical and inquisitive nature never tips into self-indulgence. Amidst the chaos, the record showcases the band's expanded range and successful risk-taking, while retaining what so many people fell in love with about the group in the first place. And once again, a strong sense of empathy is at the heart of what makes Fleet Foxes special. Much has been made of American indie's recent obsession with nostalgic escapism, but Robin Pecknold doesn't retreat. He confronts uncertainty while feeling out his own place in the world, which is something a lot of us can relate to.
--Larry Fitzmaurice, Pitchfork



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#466. Raekwon | Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995)
# of Voters: 8 | Score: 455.591
Rank in 2014: #747
AM 3000 Rank: #717
Top Fans: JasonBob45 (#23), Schaefer.tk (#38), EmilienDelRey (#46)

The album is often called cinematic hip hop and that's exactly what comes to my mind too, RZA uses samples both to act as skits holding songs together and deliver the album's story but also to craft beats that are absolutely amazing. Just check out the violin on "Rainy Dayz" or extremely addictive loop in "Ice Cream", he hasn't been this great ever since. When you add in RZA's trademark intelligent but rugged drums and some serious set of sound layers like "Glaciers of Ice" there's not many hip hop albums out there with more advanced beats. Raekwon has also changed in 2 years, he's not anymore the fierce terrier who teared tracks apart on Enter the Wu-Tang. Now he has taken the role of calmed down mafioso, concentrating more on slang and technique rather than shouting through his verses.
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#465. St. Vincent | St. Vincent (2014)
# of Voters: 14 | Score: 455.697
Rank in 2014: #505
AM 3000 Rank: #304
Top Fans: SweepstakesRon (#22), Maschine_Man (#61), BleuPanda (#89)

Throughout the whiplash swings of snarling drama and gentle storytelling, we get an all-access pass to explore Annie Clark’s brain, in all its hyper-literate glory. There are nods to Pointillist art, a Lorrie Moore short story, the co-founder of the Black Panthers, a tragic son of British royalty, the music of Randy Newman and David Bowie and Bob Dylan. Such references, never showy, are woven subtly into her sardonic authorial voice. In a recent interview with Studio360, Clark explained the eponymous title of her fourth LP by paraphrasing Miles Davis: “[He] talks about how the hardest thing for any musician to do is to sound like yourself. And I thought, you know what, I sound like myself on this record.” How’s that for an understatement? Annie Clark stands astride St. Vincent, a colossus in total – and thrilling – command.
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#464. Echo and the Bunnymen | Ocean Rain (1984)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 456.142
Rank in 2014: #446
AM 3000 Rank: #424
Top Fans: Honorio (#69), ChrisK (#70)

Those drowned, echoing piano notes in the shimmering "Killing Moon" falling away into the background are a perfect induction, everything in the song is in a state of dreamy delirium, Will Sergeant's glittering guitar feints reminiscent of Tom Verlaine's on Marquee Moon. It is the album's serene climax, from the rising power of the first group of songs and off into the incredible elegance of those that follow, the last four songs on the album the strongest run of songs the Bunnymen ever made, perhaps indeed produced by anyone in that decade. 'B-b-b-burn the skin off and climb the rooftop, thy will be done.' "My Kingdom" is vicious with fire and damnation and then, finally at end, the vast and magnificent title track is icy absolution in ebb and flow. 'Screaming from beneath your waves.' Perfection itself.
--jshopa, RYM



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#463. The Millennium | Begin (1968)
# of Voters: 9 | Score: 457.465
Rank in 2014: #651
AM 3000 Rank: #2210
Top Fans: Georgie (#5), BangJan (#15), SonofSamIAm (#45), Jackson (#61)

On Begin, hard rock, breezy ballads, and psychedelia all merge into an absolutely air-tight concept album, easily on the level of other, more widely popular albums from the era such as The Notorious Byrd Brothers, which share not only Usher's production skills, but similarities in concept and construction. The songwriting -- mostly by Curt Boettcher, Michael Fennelly, and Joey Stec -- is sterling and innovative, never straying into the type of psychedelic overindulgence which marred so many records from this era. For example, "It's You," by Fennelly and Stec, is as powerful and fully realized as the era ever produced, easily on par with songs by the Beach Boys and the Byrds -- and, yes, even the Beatles. At the time the most expensive album Columbia ever produced (and it sounds like it), Begin is an absolute necessity for any fan of late-'60s psychedelia and a wonderful rediscovery; it sounds as vital today as it did the day it was released.
--Matthew Greenwald, Allmusic



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#462. Prefab Sprout | Steve McQueen / Two Wheels Good (1985)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 457.773
Rank in 2014: #444
AM 3000 Rank: #290
Top Fans: Honorio (#20), RickyMathias (#44), JohnnyBGoode (#52), EmilienDelRey (#76)

Prefab Sprout’s Steve McQueen is everything I could want in a “pop” album (as nebulous a term as that’s become): its production is super-pretty, its lyrics are literate and humorous without being condescending in the slightest, it’s fun to listen to, and there’s just something in the way lead singer and songwriter Paddy McAloon puts chords and melodies together that’s instantly gripping and gratifying.
--Alex Robertson, Sputnikmusic



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#461. John Cale | Paris 1919 (1973)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 458.540
Rank in 2014: #439
AM 3000 Rank: #351
Top Fans: BangJan (#14), Antonius (#14), Honorio (#55), Spiderpig (#86)

Truly beautiful. It's at once a pop album I could see almost anyone enjoying and yet it's also really quite strange at the same time. Oddly enough, I've never been quite so fascinated by an album. Of course there are weirder albums out there and this looks rather simple and pretty on first glance...but that's exactly why it's so fascinating. It has these strange touches hidden throughout and it defies some simple review or categorization. --SunshineSupervillain, RYM
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Postby StevieFan13 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:40 am

I've never even heard of The Millennium, let alone knew they were good enough to land an album in the top 500!
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#460. Iron Maiden | The Number of the Beast (1982)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 459.704
Rank in 2014: #571
AM 3000 Rank: #391
Top Fans: Slucs (#3), Bruno (#81), Nicolas (#82), Profeta (#90), Nico (#93)

The album's intensity never lets up, the musical technique is peerless for its time, and there isn't a truly unmemorable song in the bunch. Blessed with a singer who could drive home a melody in grandiose fashion, Steve Harris' writing gets more ambitious, largely abandoning the street violence of old in favor of fittingly epic themes drawn from history, science fiction, and horror. --Steve Huey, Allmusic



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#459. Roxy Music | Roxy Music (1972)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 459.858
Rank in 2014: #327
AM 3000 Rank: #227
Top Fans: BangJan (#25), Moonbeam (#67)

In the annals of modern music history, few bands have proven themselves as trailblazing and wildly experimental as Roxy Music. With its grand artistic aspirations and sundry political, mythological and literary references, the band transcended the mere sleazefest fun of most glam rock acts. Their incredible career trajectory begins on this eponymous debut, which features some of the most cinematic songs in their history. --Moonbeam, RYM



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#458. Various Artists | The Harder They Come (1972)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 460.468
Rank in 2014: #241
AM 3000 Rank: Unranked
Top Fans: RockyRacoon (#26), PlasticRam (#51), VanillaFire1000 (#65), Nicolas (#84)

To say that this is a great album is an understatement. This album is a perfect starter album; an album that you would give someone to introduce them to a style or genre; Kind of Blue or Headhunters would be ideal jazz starters for example. It’s one of those albums that can be interactive with the listener (especially when combined with the film) drawing them in to all the lyrics and intricacies of the melodies or it can be perfectly content resting in the background, providing a free flowing easy going soundtrack to your activities. The Harder They Come is time capsule and is the perfect album to introduce early ska and reggae to somebody. --Len Comaratta, Consequence of Sound



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#457. The National | Alligator (2005)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 460.941
Rank in 2014: #386
AM 3000 Rank: #589
Top Fans: GucciLittlePiggy (#38), JohnnyBGoode (#64)

The band's nocturnal vision of American pavement and deteriorated personal relations is engrossing, revealing itself slowly, peeling back the luxuriant layers and exposing intricate detail. --Joe Tangari, Pitchfork



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#456. Ennio Morricone | The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 462.349
Rank in 2014: #553
AM 3000 Rank: #2873
Top Fans: Panam (#48), Bootsy (#68), GabeBasso (#86)

The greatest Spaghetti Western of all time deserves an epic film score, and Ennio Morricone composed it as passionately epic as possible. The climax of the album is (naturally) the genius L'estasi dell'oro (The Ecstacy of Gold) or the blood and sand soaked, Mexican Music driven main theme. But the low-key moments like La storia di un soldato (The Story of a Soldier) are also brilliant. This LP can make you travel right back in time, deep into the heart of Wild West and it can really bring up the best scenes of the movie. And that’s what makes a film score perfect. -- Let the Hammer FAll, RYM



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#455. Pharoah Sanders | Karma (1969)
# of Voters: 9 | Score: 463.508
Rank in 2014: #545
AM 3000 Rank: #1668
Top Fans: JasonBob4567 (#26), EmilienDelRey (#32), Panam (#43), SonofSamIAm (#47),

I could go on all day about the technical details of this album, such as the soaring, screeching, soul-melting saxophone, the beautiful chords, transitions, background instruments, vocals, and lyrics, the powerful, epic vibe of the entire album, and so much more. However, I don't need to go into depth about all of that. This album elevates my soul and musters the most powerful spiritual feelings I could ever imagine. For someone who feels as strongly as I do about heaven, even if it's all just a figment of my imagination, a desperate attempt at convincing myself that I'll be able to see my sister again one day, this album is perfect. It's easy for anyone, even atheists, to feel the sheer beauty of this album, but I'm not sure that anyone feels it on the level that I do. Every time I listen to it, it sends a shockwave through me. It's like a message from my sister telling me, "Don't worry. We will meet again." -- HipHopHead5, RYM



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#454. Devo | Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)
# of Voters: 13 | Score: 464.038
Rank in 2014: #349
AM 3000 Rank: #303
Top Fans: Michel (#19), Zombeels (#39), BleuPanda (#93)

Devo presents their dissociated, chillingly cerebral music as a definitive restatement of rock & roll's aims and boundaries in the Seventies. The band's cover version of "Satisfaction," for instance, with its melody line almost completely erased and the lyrics delivered in a yelping, droogy chant to mechanical rhythms, at first comes across as an intentional travesty, a typical New Wave rejection of the oldfart generation. But what Devo is really doing is reshaping the old message into their own terminology — claiming one of the greatest anthems of the Sixties, with all its wealth of emotional associations, for their own time. It's a startling gesture, yet a surprisingly convincing one. -- Tom Carson, Rolling Stone



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#453. U2 | All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 464.627
Rank in 2014: #536
AM 3000 Rank: #1136
Top Fans: M24 (#69), Whuntva (#79)

Prising themselves free from their mid-90s fixations with irony and Las Vegas glitz, U2 have circled back to what they've always done best. That means big tunes, thumping beats and soaring guitars, while Bono pins his heart on his sleeve and sings as if he fears it might be for the last time. This is U2's most accessible and emotional recording since 1991's Achtung Baby. Not that there are many similarities between the two. Where Achtung reeked of trauma and decay, All That You Can't Leave Behind reaches out to a wider world and a brighter future. Where the Achtun songs loomed out of a poisonous industrial murk, the new ones keep the instrumentation simple and the colours refreshingly bright. -- Adam Sweeting, The Guardian



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#452. Tom Waits | Bone Machine (1992)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 465.346
Rank in 2014: #269
AM 3000 Rank: #546
Top Fans: Antonius (#30), Nicolas (#39), OrdinaryPerson (#52), NotBrianEno (#61), SJner (#82)

Although it’s not as experimental as his albums of the 80s, Bone Machine is certainly darker than anything Waits released. It’s morbid, death-obsessed and lo-fi; a chilling combination. Songs like “Who Are You” are stunning in their dark beauty, and songs like “In the Colosseum” sound like classic Waits: pounding drums and that classic Tom Waits growl. The aforementioned “Who Are You”, as well as “Goin’ Out West”, sport great guitar lines.-- Listyguy, RYM



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#451. Talking Heads | Talking Heads: 77 (1977)
# of Voters: 14 | Score: 466.179
Rank in 2014: #440
AM 3000 Rank: #327
Top Fans: Toni (#80), OrdinaryPerson (#91), SJner (#95)

Talking Heads threw you off balance, but grabbed your attention with a sound that seemed alternately threatening and goofy. The music was undeniably catchy, even at its most ominous, especially on "Psycho Killer," Byrne's supreme statement of demented purpose. Amazingly, that song made the singles chart for a few weeks, evidence of the group's quirky appeal, but the album was not a big hit, and it remained unclear whether Talking Heads spoke only the secret language of the urban arts types or whether that could be translated into the more common tongue of hip pop culture. In any case, they had succeeded as artists, using existing elements in an unusual combination to create something new that still managed to be oddly familiar. And that made Talking Heads: 77 a landmark album.-- William Ruhlmann, Allmusic
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Roxy Music was my #25, not #65.
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Postby Jackson » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:42 pm

Last few sections were awesome...nice placements for Pharoah Sanders, the Milennium, Ennio Morricone, John Cale, and Yes. I wish One Beat had been higher.

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Postby Jackson » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:43 pm

StevieFan13 wrote:I've never even heard of The Millennium, let alone knew they were good enough to land an album in the top 500!


Listen to it...will have you hooked from the first track!

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#450. Julia Holter | Loud City Song (2013)
# of Voters: 9 | Score: 468.173
Rank in 2014: #730
AM 3000 Rank: #1049
Top Fans: Jackson (#19), NotBrianEno (#26), SonofSamIAm (#28), Acroamor (#46), Maschine_Man (#55)

I can't think of another album that captured my imagination like this one. I listen to it and I see a thousand short stories waiting to be written. I see a woman living in a small apartment, looking out the window at a sea of pedestrians. I see a ghost boy, floating through the walls of a ballroom and dancing among the living that come each night to Maxim's. I see a scared teenager running through the busy street, weaving through the tourists to escape something that may or may not exist. I see a flower garden blossoming spontaneously in the middle of the sidewalk, I see a young couple locking eyes in the cab, I see a woman screeching as she has a nervous breakdown on the dance floor, a dusty old apartment with a few rolled up paintings in the corner, a joyous dance with the friendly neon signs that make for good company on a lonely night, a hazy recollection of a building forming from ether before your eyes.

It's all centered around Julia Holter's strange, frightening, unknowable, warm, beautiful city. It's my favorite album.
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#449. The Police | Reggatta de Blanc (1979)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 468.801
Rank in 2014: #664
AM 3000 Rank: #356
Top Fans: Michel (#26), Red Ant (#65)

And it is on 'Reggatta De Blanc' where the band really masters this formula - as they jam together, they are clearly all virtuosos at their instruments. But they meld seamlessly, as evident in the dark, somber, night-time-like atmosphere this album creates. Whether breezing through gorgeous, reggae-influenced ballads ("Walking on the Moon," "Bed's Too Big Without You") or just rocking out ("Message in a Bottle," "No Time This Time"), the Police are on top of their game. The instrumental title track is brilliantly effective in its minimalism.--schlegel, RYM



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#448. ABBA | Arrival (1976)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 470.128
Rank in 2014: #662
AM 3000 Rank: #887
Top Fans: ProsecutorGodot (#20), Profeta (#27), Georgie (#50), BonnieLaurel (#65)

At their best, as on Arrival, ABBA are as mysteriously out-there as Bowie, as rococo as Phil Spector, as unbearably sad as the Smiths...ABBA are pop’s greatest tragedians, hailing as they do from a land of inherently fatalistic art, from the films of Ingmar Bergman to the face of Greta Garbo. The pagan Swedes of old believed that the end of the world was a coming inevitability they called “ragnarok.” ABBA are the sweet echo of that same ancient stoic pessimism. Ragnarok‘n’roll--Simon Goddard, Pitchfork



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#447. Black Sabbath | Master of Reality (1971)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 473.973
Rank in 2014: #737
AM 3000 Rank: #676
Top Fans: Dudumb (#2), Jackson (#20)

The thick, plodding, almost arrhythmic steel wool curtains of sound the group is celebrated and reviled for only appear in their classical state of excruciating slowness on two tracks, "Sweet Leaf" and "Lord of This World," and both break into driving jams that are well worth the wait. Which itself is no problem once you stop thinking about how bored you are and just let it filter down your innards like a good bottle of Romilar. Rock & roll has always been noise, and Black Sabbath have boiled that noise to its resinous essence. Did you expect bones to be anything else but rigid?--Lester Bangs, Rolling Stone



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#446. System of a Down | Toxicity (2001)
# of Voters: 10 | Score: 475.352
Rank in 2014: #548
AM 3000 Rank: #631
Top Fans: Schaefer.tk (#5), Nassim (#39), Chambord (#62), Dexter (#70)

Where System may alienate some listeners however is where they indugle in their humourous side, with more eccentric tracks like 'Bounce'. This is understandable, but forgiving the egregiously light-hearted lyrics, the quality of music behind them is never compromised. The all-encompassing sound of Toxicity well and truly pushed System beyond the realms of their nu-metal contemporaries, so much so that not only must it be a modern metal classic, but it may well be one of the best albums to come out of this decade in any genre.--ciaranmc, RYM



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#445. Elvis Costello | Armed Forces (1979)
# of Voters: 13 | Score: 475.500
Rank in 2014: #353
AM 3000 Rank: #386
Top Fans: Brad (#87), SJner (#88), RockyRacoon (#90)

In the end, the greatest strength of Armed Forces may be the same thing that makes it less viscerally powerful than Costello's two prior records-- its songs absolutely demand to be appreciated for their craftsmanship. In many ways, Armed Forces can be seen as the point at which Costello dropped the role of angry young upstart, and became more comfortable with his personification as a songwriter. And considering that he has since remained largely true to this sound, it can be seen not only as the consummation of all he had worked toward, but a window to what he would later accomplish.--Matt LeMay, Pitchfork



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#444. The Beatles | With the Beatles / Meet the Beatles (1963)
# of Voters: 14 | Score: 476.641
Rank in 2014: #379
AM 3000 Rank: #322
Top Fans: Andyramone1234 (#76), BryanBehar (#77), GabeBasso (#94)

I miraculously found this LP in the dollar bin just the other day and being aware of its reputation and of course having heard of a few of the songs, I put it on expecting something amazing, but even already at that level of expectation, I was still blown away as it played. The driving sensuality of early rock n roll and the ebullient melodies of pop clash and clang away together in a wild, innocent teenage embrace that would shape popular music for the next fucking eternity. It's a perfect moment.

This is pop in its purest form. If you don't feel like you're in love when you put this record on, maybe you never will.
--IanCurtisMayfield, RYM



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#443. David Bowie | Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980)
# of Voters: 11 | Score: 477.808
Rank in 2014: #355
AM 3000 Rank: #455
Top Fans: Moonbeam (#30), Honorio (#67), GabeBasso (#81), Jirin (#95)

This is Bowie's most personal album. He invents no fictitious characters here to deter the attention from himself. This is perhaps the most pure glimpse into the turbulence of a man stretched to the limits of his imagination, ability and health for over a decade. No wonder he took a 3-year sabbatical from the music industry afterward. This album sounds like the final words of a man dying before his time. In a sense, he did die after this album, languishing in his own legend and status for over a decade. Scary Monsters is David Bowie's parting message, a chronicle of his own crucifixion.--Moonbeam, RYM/AMF



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#442. Minutemen | Double Nickels on the Dime (1983)
# of Voters: 12 | Score: 480.352
Rank in 2014: #320
AM 3000 Rank: #312
Top Fans: Jackson (#60), Brad (#83), Harold (#86)

In the course of Double Nickels on the Dime's four sides, the band tackles leftist punk ("Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing"), Spanish guitar workouts ("Cohesion"), neo-Nortena polka ("Corona"), blues-based laments ("Jesus and Tequila"), avant-garde exercises ("Mr. Robot's Holy Orders"), and even a stripped-to-the-frame Van Halen cover ("Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"). From start to finish, the Minutemen play and sing with an estimable intelligence and unshakable conviction, and the album is full of striking moments that cohere into a truly remarkable whole; all three members write with smarts, good humor, and an eye for the adventurous, and they hit pay dirt with startling frequency.--Mark Deming, Allmusic



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#441. Beach House | Bloom (2012)
# of Voters: 15 | Score: 482.021
Rank in 2014: #537
AM 3000 Rank: #654
Top Fans: Andyd1010 (#95)

Beach House make synth-pop like they're the chef in charge of the cake for a royal wedding. They go epic and elaborate, impressive and meticulously labored over. The ingredients are perfect down to the tablespoon and the icing is applied with an artist's hand. It's not just a cake, it's a towering white edifice. It's stately and monument-like and positively packed with sugar. It's delicious, but it's also gorgeous. That about sums up this album. It's more dream-like beauty from Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. They make a swoon-worthy sound, but they also write great songs. I never know the names of their songs because I always just let the LPs play straight through, but I do recognize their power. This is an amazing cake and I don't want to put a knife through it.--JasonHernandez, RYM
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Postby StevieFan13 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:56 pm

It's fun watching albums far surpass their AM ranks. Look at ABBA proudly seated in the top 500!
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