Category Archives: 365 albums

On January 1, 2017 I decided to listen to 365 new-to-me albums. Goals include:
*Listening to musical blindspots (eg. jazz classics, classical classics).
*Catching up on anything recent, as I’ve been out of the loop for a few years.
*Being a complete-ist. Have I not heard every Beck album? Well here’s my chance.
*Avoiding and distracting myself from politics (or in a less cowardly way, recharging my soul).

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73. John Prine: John Prine
74. Erykah Badu: Baduizm
75. Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation
76. Kanye West: The College Dropout
77. The Jerry Cans: Nunavuttitut
78. Avenue Q: Original Broadway Cast
79. Jackson Browne: The Pretender
80. Whitney Houston: Bodyguard Soundtrack
81. John Coltrane: Giant Steps
82. LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out
83. Chuck Berry: Chuck Berry Is On Top
84. Sarah Jarosz: Undercurrent
85. Benny Goodman Trio & Quarteet: The Complete (1935-1939)
86. The Supremes: Where Did Our Love Go
87. Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive!
88. Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual
89. Liz Phair: Exit from Guyville
90. Solange: A Seat at the Table
91. Justin Beiber: Purpose
92. Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else
93. Ralph Stanley: The Best Of
94. Christopher Cross: Christopher Cross
95. Prince: Sign ‘O’ The Times
96. PJ Harvey: Let England Shake
97. The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast
98. Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered.
99. Louis Jordan: Greatest Hits
100. Dolly Parton: Ultimate Dolly Parton

71. The Pirates of Penzance

1968
Decca album. Film version:
1982

Both were good times had,
Though film sets were pretty bad,
on purpose or not.

The pirates were great
Major General was great
The police were great

70. Lorde: Pure Heroine

Atmospheric moods,
Lorde is “coming for the crown,”
Postal Service crown?

Didn’t realize
Lorde was so young and still is
cheers to her future.

Her teen-years album,
Sounds a lot different than mine
As in this is good.

66. Eagles: Hotel California

Do people hate this,
Or just think they do because
Big Lebowski did

Side one full of hits,
The non-hits did not impress
Good and harmless meh.

(meh is a noun now)
(Simpsons may have made it up)
(but I embiggen!)

65. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro

Listened to album
from London Philharmonic
and film from Paris.

The music’s all good,
but it helped that the film had
English subtitles

3 hours made it
Hard to pick a standout track
So… Non più andrai

3 hours and it
just counted as one album
who made up these rules?

58. D’Angelo: Brown Sugar

I listen to these,
In car, working, and dancing,
To give a fair shake

These songs were made for
a different activity,
Nothin wrong with that.

Liked “When We Get By”
“Smooth” and “SDMF” too,
Nothing wrong with this.

52. Nina Simone: The Essential

A double album,
for which I would recommend
like a dozen songs.

Tons of great stuff here,
“Sinnerman” is a classic,
great protest songs too

and “Revolution”:
Part cover and part response
all good as get out.

More songs should sample,
the great “Funkier than a
Mosquito’s tweeter.”

 

49. Drake: Views

Maybe overlong
But just for those on deadline
like me and critics

Alot here to hear
Though known best as a rapper
liked his soul songs best

Whether it’s honest
I don’t know, at least pretends
to be honest.

Of the twenty songs
Try “Keep the Family Close”
first because it’s first.

47. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black

Terrible advice
Never has sounded so good,
Thanks, again, Dap Kings!

There some light classics
Like “Love is a Losing Game”
but most weigh heavy

Great voice, great music
Nothing you don’t know by now
Wish she had cleaned up…

45. 2Pac: Me Against the World

I was first turned off
by the baritone rapping,
and gangsta bragging

But reading along
could hear him bearing his soul,
and his poet mind

He’s ready for death
But speaks of honest anguish
he knows he’s hell bound

Try “So Many Tears”
Full of percussion and
alliteration

44. Jao Gilberto and Stan Getz: Getz/Gilberto

Seven minutes in
I thought “why don’t we hear more
Bossa Nova songs?”

Twenty minutes in
“Ugh! Bossa Nova again?
There’s other styles!”

They don’t mix things up,
Which is find if on random
or in the background.

Still, quality songs,
even if they sound alike.
“So Danco Samba”

42. Adele: 25

If I had to guess
She’ll win for best album*
Because it’s damn good

“Send my Love” is swell,
but for a non-big-hit try
Million Years Ago

*Horray! I was right.
I haven’t heard Lemonade
It’s on my list thou.

40. Taylor Swift: Red

If you have three loves:
pop, rock, and country music,
Tay Tay is your mix.

Since I like rock more,
I took to her rock songs more,
I wish there were more

Of those I would pick
The anthemic “Last Time” duet
Guess what? she’s very good.

28: Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the Wu-Tang

I love rap posses,
and Wu Tang are a huge one
and they’re tons of fun

Old school kung fu films
are Half gangsta, half nerdy
so this all makes sense

One thing is for sure
They’re ain’t nothing to f wit
Or so they tell me.

27. Sturgil Simpson: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Hey it’s the Dap Kings!
Ready to make any song
into a great song.

I guess it’s that time
Time to revisit country,
because it’s that time.

Once every decade.
Hate hip hop, try Hamilton
Hate country? Try this.

If you are unsure,
Try “Keep it Between the Lines”
or any really.

26. Sia: This is Acting

Hush the prude in me,
Hiding behind my headphones,
Hearing Sia sing

in blushing lyrics
in depth on her “Sweet Design”
or maybe J-lo’s?

She knows how to craft,
And knows how to sing as well,
decent pop songs.