This Nation's Saving Grace. I don't really love any of the Fall's LPs since they're all somewhat inconsistent (I tend to point to Slates as my favorite of their albums) but this is probably the one I listen to the most these days. It's probably the album that most purely gets at what their deal is, and doesn't have any glaring weaknesses.
Channel Orange. I rarely listen to this all the way through but I love "Pyramids" and think a lot of the other songs are good, and it presents a good vibe.
The Head On The Door. I feel vaguely positive towards The Cure but rarely actually listen to them. I mostly liked this one, some good power-poppy stuff and a couple neat little songs like "Close To Me". A few missteps like the dumb orientalist second track but mostly solid.
H To He Who Am The Only One. The first track isn't good, but I like the rest of it. Not the kind of thing I'd usually be in the mood for, but I can appreciate the artistry behind it, and there's lots of good moments.
Townes Van Zandt. I didn't mind this, but none of the songs wowed me and it felt pretty repetitive after a while.
Dig Me Out. Every once in a while I try to get into this band and I fail, even though I like a lot of somewhat similar things. I think the guitar tone and the vocal tone being kind of similar, with no bass or anything to balance it out, is what does it for me. Either one on its own would be okay.
Blue Lines. I listened to the first three tracks today, by which I mean I listened to two minutes of each until I couldn't bear them anymore. I also played a bit of "Unfinished Sympathy", which I gather is the most famous song from this. I have no idea what the point of this music is. I'm not generally a trip hop fan but at least Portishead and Morcheeba can find pockets of space in an axis running from pretty to creepy. This just feels like a hodgepodge of bad versions of things like hip hop, reggae, synthpop, soul, etc. The vocals seem to have nothing to do with the instrumental parts. Maybe it was groundbreaking at the time but it feels really dated to me.
I may try out the Skynyrd and Cave albums later this week.