Chuck Berry-Chuck Berry Is on Top
Etta James-At Last!
Animal Collective-Merriweather Post Pavilion
The Velvet Underground-The Velvet Underground
1. Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground (highly influential in a different way than the first 2 albums, and quite beautiful.. Classic record, although i do prefer the debut, and maybe White Light White Heat too. I love when they got ####ing nuts with the noisy stuff)
2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (I love Animal Collective and I love this record. Most consistent for a lot of people although I prefer a few other of their records (Sung Tongs, Spirit They've Gone). Still, amazingly produced, shimmering melodies, quirky unique vibe, love the summery fever dream kind of sound, kind of like you've been getting high (or drunk) all day in the sun and heat and you're worn out and about to drift off to sleep)
3. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter (Haven't heard this in awhile but I do remember the beauty on this record. Might be his best overall. "Fly", "Northern Sky", the title track and "Sunday"
I remember being my favorites.)
4. Aerosmith - Rocks (Was never big into Aerosmith but nowadays they started appealing to me a lot more, especially their earlier stuff but even the poppy stuff like Pump or Permanent Vacation. I love their dirty sleezy sound with Stephen Tyler singing catchy melodies. This album might be their best one overall)
5. Tool - Aenima (Have a lot of nostalgia for this album. When it came out I was like 14 years old and connected with it, I guess for various reasons. My grandpa died the year after it came out so "Eulogy" sounded perfect for the time. "Stinkfist", "46&2" and the title track are some of the best songs here, my favorite these days might be "Hooker With A Penis" though. It rocks and the band clicks together really well more than usual and it has some good energy to it that is not like most Tool songs. "Message To Harry Manback" is both creepy and hilarious too, but the rest of the "segues" i never cared for and always used to skip)
XTC - Black Sea (some classic stuff here - Absolutely love "Respectable Street", one of my favorite XTC songs ever. "Generals And Majors", "Love At First Sight" and "Burning With Optimisms Flames" are also great, but honestly the rest either I don't remember or hasn't clicked with me. Always meant to give this one and "English Settlement" more of a listen because they never left much an impression on me. Guess I prefer the quirky new wave XTC that came before and the pop studio craft of the later stuff)
I don't remember that Chuck Berry album but I love his stuff so i'm sure that is classic.
I really like Outkast too but its been a long time since I heard Aquemini. Skankonia and Love Below/Speakerboxxx are my main jams.
Cocteau Twins and Etta James - not too familiar with them as of now besides their most obvious stuff. I may have "Treasure" laying around somewhere digitally but don't remember anything about it.