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Old 03-30-2016   #1
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Topic Nominated Your Favorite Album

Or, alternately, the album that had the greatest impact on your life but is not necessarily your favorite?

Mine's more of the latter, but it is certainly one of my favorites: The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails. It was my first exposure to music that was considered "dark" or "experimental" by any means (before this album I was cultivated on Top 40s Pop Hits). It was the gateway drug to practically every band I enjoy today. And it still sounds just as fresh and powerful as when I first stumbled upon it!
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Re: Your Favorite Album

For me, it's Karajan's recording of Mozart's Requiem. I discovered it in my early teens and fell in love with it immediately. I grew up in a very sad and awful environment, but the music played in that environment always jarred with the tragic nature of the lives being lived there. Bubble-gum Latino pop and cheerful Pet-Shop-Boys disco served as the jarring and bubbly soundtrack for lives of plague, of starvation, of oppression, of short, terrible life, and slow, terrible death.

When I discovered Mozart's Requiem it was a revelation for me. It was music that took living and dying seriously and approached it with a certain gravitas and solemnity. It provided a refuge for me from the all the false cheerfulness and trivialization of life that was an essential component not only of the little world that I inhabited but of the whole world of "late global capitalism", a world that persists even to this day.
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Re: Your Favorite Album

Musically, Dillinger Escape Plan's Calculating Infinity. As a guitar player and someone who is interested in music composition, this was the album that completely shattered every idea I held about song structure, instrumentation and artistic expression. Still blows my mind to this day, and there still isn't anything like it out there. Their live shows were pure, visceral chaos.

Meshuggah's Catch 33 is another album that changed the way I looked at rhythm and displacement. It's amazing what patterns they arrange on top of a simple 4/4 time signatures.

Personally, too many to list.
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Re: Your Favorite Album


Your fall should be like the fall of mountains. But I was before mountains. I was in the beginning, and shall be forever. The first and the last. The world come full circle. I am not the wheel. I am the hand that turns the wheel. I am Time, the Destroyer. I was the wind and the stars before this. Before planets. Before heaven and hell. And when all is done, I will be wind again, to blow this world as dust back into endless space. To me the coming and going of Man is as nothing.
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Re: Your Favorite Album

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I haven't decided whether I need that massive Dylan compilation. What interests me about the track listing is that it explodes the myth (which I had believed) that there were at most two studio takes of "Like a Rolling Stone." Holy ####.
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Re: Your Favorite Album

Van Morrison, Astral Weeks.
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I heard "Siberian Kiss" on Sirius XM a few weeks ago and thought it was rather impressive. Thanks for the rediscovery, Justin!
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Re: Your Favorite Album

A box set, actually.


Your fall should be like the fall of mountains. But I was before mountains. I was in the beginning, and shall be forever. The first and the last. The world come full circle. I am not the wheel. I am the hand that turns the wheel. I am Time, the Destroyer. I was the wind and the stars before this. Before planets. Before heaven and hell. And when all is done, I will be wind again, to blow this world as dust back into endless space. To me the coming and going of Man is as nothing.
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Re: Your Favorite Album

Astral weeks is a good call, but it's a toss up between the white album by the Beatles or red by King crimson.
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