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Okay, to be fair, there are some good tracks on Lynch's LP, which dropped earlier this week, but the other tracks are plagued by a hollow core. Lynch is a filmmaker first. That is his true talent. He can play a mean guitar, he can create an excellent aural texture, but he does not understand what it takes to craft an album. At least not yet. But Karen O. tried. And that's all that counts.
So here we are. In a world where David Lynch, one of the premier American filmmakers, retires from the medium that made him famous so he can sing into a vocoder about red shirts. And on top of that, your favorite movie blog just released an article on music. It's a sad day. But chin up, because you might find yourself downloading these artists on itunes before you know it.
My fifteen favorite albums of all time (in no order)
The Final Cut--Pink Floyd
Even though I can safely tell you that nostalgia is 50% of the reason behind this album's inclusion, I can still get behind some of the tracks. Pink Floyd (lets face it, Roger Waters for this one) managed to somehow make an entire album predicated on one emotion--fierce devastation. Every song has the emotional capacity of an entire Lars Von Trier film in only three minutes. The title track is still a favorite of mine, even after all these years, for its sheer arena-rock balladry. While this album is certainly a departure for the band that brought you "Jugband Blues," it's also a real treat for those who want a good cry. Highly recommended.
TOP TRACKS: The Final Cut, Your Possible Pasts, The Fletcher Memorial Home
Have One On Me--Joanna Newsom
TOP TRACKS: '81, Go Long, Jackrabbits, Esme
The Age of Adz--Sufjan Stevens
TOP TRACKS: Vesuvius, All For Myself, Futile Devices, Impossible Soul
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy--Kanye West
TOP TRACKS: Monster, Runaway, Lost in the Woods, Blame Game
Fever Ray--Fever Ray
TOP TRACKS: If I had a Heart, Seven, Keep the Streets Empty for Me
Stop Making Sense--Talking Heads
There are few things David Byrne can't do. Make a terrible live album is one of those things. Stop Making Sense is not only the perfect setlist made during the peak of Talking Heads' talent, but the album itself works as the single best introduction to the Talking Heads possible. Match the album's amazing setlist with the fact that it is a miraculously good concert film, and you've got yourself a Friday night.
TOP TRACKS: Heaven, Once in a Lifetime, This Must Be the Place(Naive Melody), Found a Job
Live At The Royal Albert Hall--Bob Dylan
TOP TRACKS: It's All Over Now, Baby Blue, Mr. Tambourine Man, Ballad of a Thin Man
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea--Neutral Milk Hotel
TOP TRACKS: Oh Comely, Two-Headed Boy Part 2
Achilles Heel--Pedro The Lion
TOP TRACKS: Bands With Managers, Arizona, Start Without Me
Songs From a Room--Leonard Cohen
TOP TRACKS: The Butcher, Tonight Will Be Fine, The Partisan
Celebration, Florida--The Felice Brothers
TOP TRACKS: Fire in the Pageant, Ponzi, River Jordan
Bone Machine--Tom Waits
Like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits tries to do something a little different with each of his albums. With Mule Variations, waits went for the dust bowl sound. In Rain Dogs, Waits tried to recreate the immigrant experience, and so on. Bone Machine is his album about death. From the opening track "Earth Died Screaming," there is no mistaking the album's apocalyptic themes. Waits waxes poetic about various aspects of death, ranging from bodies turning into dust to the tragedy of dying young. He rants about not wanting to grow up and get old. He refers to bodies as machines made of bone, performing their functions until they have to shut down. However, even with the somber subject matter, Waits finds a way to make it fun with his inventive percussion and beautiful songwriting.
TOP TRACKS: Earth Died Screaming, Who Are You?
TOP TRACKS: Nebraska, Atlantic City, Highway Patrolman
The Crying Light--Antony & The Johnsons
TOP TRACKS: Aeon, Daylight and the Sun, The Crying Light
TOP TRACKS: Hand Me Down, Witness, Birdcage
What are some of your favorite albums? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook!