OK, it’s not really a challenge, but there’s a tag running round Facebook at the moment, where you list the 10 albums that have most stayed with you.
The ensuing discussions led to a very nostalgic weekend listening to music from the 80s and 90s! Also,my friend James mentioned Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. I put this on at work and it was so popular! We had a kind of mass hum and nod along this afternoon.
It also got me thinking about my musical history. My albums are as follows.
1) Little Earthquakes – Tori Amos. First album I ever bought! I have enjoyed all Tori’s subsequent albums, but to me, her first is her most meaningful, because the lyrics are the most direct (even though they are very poetic and dreamy.)
2) Do You Like My Tight Sweater – Moloko. As with Tori, I discovered Moloko through reading the Channel 4 teletext music ‘zine! That was a fine ‘zine and it was inevitable, but a real shame when teletext died a death…
3) Blur – Blur. I liked the fact that they could write and perform many different types of music.
4) Mezzanine – Massive Attack. When I was a teenager, I bought this for the soulfully beautiful track Teardrop. The rest of the album was a bit heavy and scary. Then in my twenties, I used to put it on if I wanted something to challenge me. But now I have grown into it and just love to sink into its heavy beats.
5) Over Fly Over – Kathryn Williams. Very sensitive and sincere in her music, funny and irreverent on TV.
6) Spiegel im Spiegel – Arvo Part. Spare and magic.
I didn’t listen to much music between leaving University and last year. I got quite out of touch with the world when the kids were young. More to the point, we didn’t have much money to spare for buying music, and there just wasn’t the same access to so many different types of music that we have with the internet now. And then in my late twenties, I went out with someone who really didn’t like my taste in music. He found it… I suppose… intrusive. I often like my music quite edgy and unusual. He liked jazz. He had problems with my Penguin Cafe Orchestra, my McAlmont and Butler, my Paula Cole, and especially with my Massive Attack.
During this period, I bought a Moby CD and a Norah Jones CD.
7) Les Revenants – Mogwai; My first purchase as I emerged into the real world. Loved the television series, so many sad moments.
8) Tales of Us – Goldfrapp;
9) The Bones of What We Believe – Chvrches;
10) Reflektor – Arcade Fire.
The last 3 I have reviewed here and still love them!
Have you been “10 album challenged”? What would you choose?