#151 – #200

  1. Tyler. The Creator – Flower Boy

Genre: jazz rap, neo soul

Released 07/21/2017

This record is astounding for many reasons that range just from the lyrical content to the unique instrumentals to the way the album is conveyed as a whole. Another thing I find amazing is that Tyler wrote almost every song himself and he even offered many of them to other popular artists who denied them. It was critically acclaimed and rightfully so, which also makes me grateful that nobody else but Tyler, The Creator sang these songs.

 

  1. Dusty Springfield – A Girl Called Dusty

Genre: pop

Released 04/17/1964

Initially going into this with low expectations, I was blown away by how energetic and just flat out enjoyable this was. Dusty’s vocals are superb and each song has a cool vibe to it, with the project getting better and better as each track goes by. This is phenomenal.

 

  1. Jon Walker – Impending Bloom

Genre: alternative

Released 01/01/2019

A little nostalgic sounding, a lot of really great musical moments and a lack of lyrics come together to create a fun alternative rock EP.

 

  1. Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours

Genre: vocal jazz, traditional pop

Released 04/25/1955

I understand why this was so popular at the time but this was a record that I really couldn’t get into.

 

  1. I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME – 1981 Extended Play

Genre: indie pop, alternative

Released 11/09/2018

“Do It All The Time” is one of my favorites. I’m hoping the band comes out with a full length album sometime soon.

 

  1. Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill

Genre: rap rock, hip hop

Released 11/15/1986

I really didn’t like this one upon first listen, I don’t think I even got through it. Sorry.

 

  1. Dance Gavin Dance – Downtown Battle Mountain

Genre: post hardcore, math rock

Released 05/15/2007

Not good, not bad, just a little weird.

 

  1. Sheryl Crow – Tuesday Night Music Club

Genre: rock, folk rock, country

Released 08/06/1993

There are a few really great songs that stick out on this record but as a whole, most of this is rather forgettable.

 

  1. Kuckle Puck – Copacetic

Genre: pop punk, emo

Released 07/31/2015

Pop punk perfection. Read about it here.

 

  1. R. E. M. – Green

Genre: alternative rock, folk rock

Released 11/07/1988

I wouldn’t skip any songs but I’d prefer to listen to something else.

 

  1. Real Friends – Composure

Genre: pop punk

Released 07/13/2018

Listening to this felt like a weird mix of 2003’s Fall Out Boy and 2011’s pop punk. Something about it just didn’t work and it felt very re-done, unfortunately. The singles that were released from it, however, are the best songs on the record.

 

  1. Earth, Wind, and Fire – That’s The Way Of The World

Genre: R&B, soul, funk

Released 03/15/1975

This band is legendary, don’t even get me started.

 

  1. I See Stars – Treehouse

Genre: metalcore, electronica, emo

Released 06/17/2016

After seeing the strange mix of genres before getting into this album, I was very nervous and figured I’d hate it. But I didn’t. This record is made up of wonderful production where everything is in exactly the right spot and the vocals along with the melodies are seamlessly layered into it all. Something like this would normally come off as extremely messy but this project was so well handled and put together, and is one that I frequently revisit.

 

  1. Adele – 21

Genre: soul, pop, R&B

Released 01/24/2011

Every song on here is great, except for “Someone Like You”. I can’t stand that song.

 

  1. Set It Off – Upside Down

Genre: pop rock

Released 10/07/2016

I didn’t even get through this record because it’s some of the most generic, substance-less pop rock I’ve ever listened to. The five songs that I did manage to get through were just weird. Sorry.

 

  1. Peter Tosh – Legalize It

Genre: reggae

Released 1976

Peter Tosh was a part of Bob Marley and The Wailers so of course his solo project is going to be wonderful. There are so many layers so some of the songs that you have to listen very closely, but you can catch some very astounding things. The guitar parts and melodies are so pleasant and the entire project just has a cool vibe to it.

 

  1. As It Is – The Great Depression

Genre: pop punk

Released 08/10/2018

This is so weird because it’s new and old sounding at the same time where I can hear the modern day production and pop punk techniques but there are also parts of it that are rougher and sound like 2004’s My Chemical Romance. It’s dynamic the entire way through and tells a truly compelling story that’s hard to look away from.

 

  1. The Boo Radleys – Giant Steps

Genre: shoegazing, psychedelic pop

Released 08/31/1993

Is considered one of the best shoe gazing and Brit pop albums of all time. I would agree with that statement.

 

  1. Radiohead – OK Computer

Genre: rock

Released 06/16/1997

Even though the band considered OK Computer to be overrated, the value that it brought to rock music cannot be denied. Although it can be seen as over dramatic and whine-y, it really paved the way for darker, melancholic rock music to come about. It’s experimental without being completely bonkers and it’s so beyond real that it’s difficult not to get lost through it all. It was a perfect representation of the mid to late 90’s and over twenty years later, still stands a perfect representation of the 2000’s and beyond.

 

  1. The Rolling Stones – Aftermath

Genre: pop rock, blues rock, hard rock

Released 04/15/1966

I expected this to be different.

 

  1. 21 Savage – I Am > I Was

Genre: rap, hip hop

Released 12/21/2018

I cannot believe how much I actually liked this. Not all of it is the most outstanding hip hop but it’s a step up from most other artists out there. 21 Savage is onto something and I’m looking forward to what he has coming next.

 

  1. Missy Elliot – Under Construction

Genre: hip hop, R&B

Released 11/12/2002

Under Construction was not what I expected it be but in such a good way. It’s chill with great vocal flows, very catchy with a slight old hip hop feel thrown in there. It’s very much a representation of the 2000’s but is still applicable to the modern, younger generation.

 

  1. Kim Petras – Turn Off The Light, Vol 1

Genre: pop

Released 10/01/2018

Spooky pop bops that you can listen to year round.

 

  1. Sleater Kinney – Dig Me Out

Genre: punk rock

Released 04/08/1997

This was rough and I genuinely did not enjoy much of it. Most of the time it sounded underproduced and the vocals were so rough I couldn’t stand it. However, there were a few tracks such as “Little Babies”, “Jenny” and “Heart Factory” that are stunning and prove to be to be stand outs on the record.

 

  1. Bon Jovi – The House Is Not For Sale

Genre: arena rock, pop rock

Released 11/04/2016

A rather average record. Most of these songs would definitely sound better live.

 

  1. Bon Jovi – Lost Highway

Genre: country rock

Released 06/08/2007

This came off as rather basic country rock but honestly, I’m not even mad. It’s not my first choice but really was a nice record to listen to.

 

  1. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet

Genre: hard rock, glam metal

Released 08/18/1986

Solid arena rock. I can understand why so many people enjoy this.

 

  1. Tine Turner – Private Dancer

Genre: pop, rock, R&B

Released 05/29/1984

There are so many rock, R&B and even jazz influences on here that keep it from getting too pop orientated and I think that’s exactly what made this record work so well. It’s so confident and impossible to look away from, and absolutely deserves it’s place as one of the best pop albums of all time.

 

  1. Waterparks – Entertainment

Genre: pop punk

Released 01/26/108

Entertainment was such a weird record because as much as I did like it initially, it was messy, repetitive and at times hard to follow. There are a few great tracks on here, with pop punk, rock and even folky influences, but it’s hard to get a grip on who the band actually is because of the lack of cohesion.

 

  1. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

Genre: progressive rock

Released 03/01/1973

Intense.

 

  1. Takeoff – The Last Rocket

Genre: trap

Released 11/02/2018

An above average modern rap record.

 

  1. Blur – Blur

Genre: indie, alternative rock

Released 02/10/1997

??? I have no words.

 

  1. Van Halen – 1984

Genre: hard rock, heavy metal

Released 01/09/1984

This isn’t by any means a bad record but the lack of cohesion killed me and I found may parts of it to be a little boring.

 

  1. Queen Latifah – All Hail The Queen

Genre: hip hop

Released 11/28/1989

So genuine and full of substance, there is so much to unpack here.

 

  1. The Grateful Deal – Live / Dead

Genre: psychedelic rock, jam rock

Released 11/10/1969

I think I would have enjoyed this more if I was watching it live but regardless, it was very cool.

 

  1. Gram Parsons – Grevious Angel

Genre: country rock

Released 01/01/1974

Makes me want to live in a cabin in the woods.

 

  1. The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die

Genre: east coast hip hop

Released 09/13/1994

Albums that are over an hour long would normally make me restless but Ready To Die tells such an intriguing story that it’s not even possible to get up to use the restroom if you’re trying to listen to it in one take. It’s amazing how real this all feels, with immaculate production/beats/lyrics/vocals. There was so much effort put into this and it shows, and this album certainly deserves its recognition as one of the best albums of all time.

 

  1. George Michael – Faith

Genre: pop, funk, R&B

Released 10/30/1987

Although I can’t say I enjoyed every single song, George Michael’s voice is lovely and the record is very cohesive without getting stale or boring.

 

  1. Deep Purple – Made In Japan

Genre: hard rock, heavy metal

Released 04/01/1973

Definitely an amazing band live.

 

  1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced

Genre: psychedelic rock, hard rock

Released 05/12/1967

One of the greatest rock albums to ever exist, Are You Experienced is a conundrum because it shouldn’t make sense. The production on it is so different and it sounds like modern rock in some songs. It’s crazy upbeat but relaxing at the same time. It shouldn’t work the way that it does but it flows evenly from track to track without any awkward stops or overly wonky moments in between.

 

  1. Korn – Follow The Leader

Genre: nu-metal

Released 08/18/1998

No.

 

  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory

Genre: country rock, blues rock

Released 07/16/1970

“Lookin’ Out My Back Door” is such a wonderful song.

 

  1. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Genre: progressive rock

Released 05/16/1966

Pet Sounds is regarded as one of the most important and influential records ever and upon listening to the entire thing, it’s really no wonder why. It perfectly fits 60’s music but also sounds extremely modern in a way that’s almost impossible to explain. In fact, when this album was made, it wasn’t even possible to be played live because of all that went into it. Pet Sounds really did pave the way for what was to come and remains timeless throughout it all, which doesn’t seem to make much sense. But when you make a record this good, I guess it doesn’t have to.

 

  1. Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head

Genre: alternative rock

Released 08/26/2002

Lovely.

 

  1. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

Genre: shoegazing

Released 11/04/1991

I didn’t get through this one because to a point, all I started hearing was the guitar that was so far distorted that it just started to sound like static.

 

  1. Motorhead – Ace of Spades

Genre: heavy metal, speed metal

Released 11/08/1980

Very fast paced and fun to listen to.

 

  1. Marianas Trench – Astoria

Genre: pop rock

Released 10/25/2015

I can’t remember what I thought about this one. “Dearly Departed” is a great song but there were so many interludes I lost track of it all. Maybe I’ll take another listen.

 

  1. Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion

Genre: pop, dance pop

Released 06/24/2015

With Emotion, Carly Rae Jepsen proved that she’s more than a one hit wonder. You can read my review for this album here.

 

  1. Lorde – Melodrama

Genre: pop, electropop

Released 06/16/2017

I never initially liked Lorde’s music very much, mostly because I hated “Royals”. So once Melodrama was released, I wasn’t too interested and didn’t take a listen until years after it’s release, which I now see was a huge mistake. This record is absolutely perfect in the sense that Lorde isn’t trying to be anyone but herself, portraying all of the good and bad she has to offer. It’s a loosely based concept album with lovely lyrics and stellar production, and proves that nobody should sleep on Lorde.

 

  1. Twenty One Pilots – Trench

Genre: alternative rock

Released 10/05/2018

Trench is undeniably a marvelous album but with that being said, it does take a lot of thought and research to understand it. It’s quite dense from the get go, and unless you’ve been following the band for a while now, you’ll probably have a hard time with it.