People don’t listen to music the same way they used to. Everything is downloadable. We pick our favorites on a song-by-song basis and almost gone now is the extended play and enjoyment of a full album/cd. Even I fall victim to this with iTunes and my iPad. But I’ll still listen to CD’s in my car on occasion, and my stereo at home is so old it not only has a 3-disc CD changer by also duel cassette players! I keep it because the surround sound speakers are pretty bad-ass, but it also makes me feel like by never upgrading (who needs to with all the other portable devices now?) in my own insignificant way I’m sticking it to the man.
There are some albums I will never tire of and will always find a home in my car or stereo. Here are three albums (not surprisingly all from my high school or college days) that I love to listen to every track in entirety in order over and over. Sure, more than three albums fit this bill, but when it comes to something like Muse’s Absolution or Wolfmother’s debut album – I gotta be in the mood to listen to stuff like that. These three all-time favorites I don’t need to be in any kind of mood to listen to. At any hour on any day in any given year, I could pop these babies in and not skip a beat or miss a lyric.
1. Weezer – The Blue Album – (1994) I’m not sure, but this may have been one of the first CD’s I ever bought when I was a freshman in high school. And it still plays like a champ – ahh – quality technology these CD’s are. Favorite Track: Holiday
2. Cake – Prolonging the Magic – (1998) Who doesn’t like Cake? Like seriously – from front to back every track on this works like gangbusters and takes me back to my dorm-room livin’ days at Elon. Favorite Track: Mexico
3. Fiona Apple – When the Pawn… – (1999) Another favorite from college. Oh, Fiona, I never tire of your lyrical linguistic gymnastics and biting edge. Favorite Track(s): TIE (and they offer a sobering 1-2 punch as the closing tracks) Get Gone and I Know
Special Acknowledgment goes to every other Weezer and Fiona Apple album, every Pearl Jam album up to and including but not beyond Yield, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits, and of course Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Hits.
Two More Recent Albums/CD’s that might in five or ten years time join this choice list:
- Mumford and Sons: Sigh No More
- Robbie Gil: Save Yourself