A certain dissonance emanates from the ashes of specific music conversation. More specifically, debating who enters your personal realm of higher power in relation to groups, singers, songwriters, etc., becomes demonically chaotic when discussed openly. I however could care less and consider musical preference a state of mind opposed to a lifestyle. Regardless, there has to be passion in relation to what is heard when a said piece is voluntarily listened to, start to finish – for what is the point of intentional harmonic concentration if the purpose is for background noise.
Although I claim to be all things expert on music which touches my genome, unfortunately that is completely erroneous because to have listened to every possible note played or harmony sung is virtually impossible. Yet it is still important for me to grasp all that I can when I can and in doing so, I have held a clutched hand on a handful of music things. So as my mitts grow ever cramping – unwilling to let go no matter the 18 year old catchy chorus tune on my Gold Star transistor radio – I parlay on to you the reading audience, a compacted list of what I like to call “Lazy writing but valuable none the less” or “Top 5 albums everyone must have”.
And, in no particular order…
1. Asteria – “Slip Into Something More Comfortable”
Ridiculously energetic and melodically united, Asteria transcends the emo/pop-punk cliché. So in-tune with who they are musically, this album literally sits with you – arm draped over your shoulder – smiling as every word is belted out. Comfortable in its approach, this album is preposterously aggressive while maintaining a level, musical ground. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to preach it again, Asteria is comprised of the most under-rated, overlooked musicians I have ever heard, bar none.
Recommended song: The Taste The Touch
2. Sage Francis – “Personal Journals”
Being an underground hip-hop junkie for as long as I can remember, Sage Francis has always shined his sparkly beard my way and Personal Journals is something I use as a pillow when I need musical daydreams. Easily the most educated person I have yet to hear coming through my speakers, everything on Personal Journals is gloriously riveted into a spellbinding, sauced-up beat. The lyricism displayed throughout shattered my initial perception of hip-hop as a youngster and as of today, it still does.
Recommended song: Smoke and Mirrors
3. Metallica – “…And Justice for All”
Metallica – one word, one definite meaning: face melting music. So entrenched was I in every nanosecond of every song that the feeling of time refrained from its morbid clutches and was never suffered through. Almost unfair in the speed and emotion every song displays, this album constitutes a pedestal for all others after. Some may argue that Master of Puppets or even Ride the Lighting should elbow it’s way on the list but for me, in my ever lust for throat punching distortion chords, And Justice for All reigns supreme.
Recommended song: The Shortest Straw
4. Bad Religion – “Stranger Than Fiction”
Long ago consisted of a time where I hypothesized that only 3-4 bands ruled the world, Bad Religion was one of them. Affectionately mainstream and borderline punk/pop-punk, Stranger Than Fiction sounds so incredibly smart in a “mess with your mind” kind of way. There is an effortless melancholy on this album and all songs, and I mean all, distribute the musical punk renaissance you yearned for.
Recommended song: Tiny Voices
5. Deep Purple – “Machine Head”
My father thankfully introduced to me to Deep Purple at about 11 years old and I am forever grateful. Machine Head was such a turn in a different direction for me at the time and because of Deep Purple my musical influences have rested solely on their comparison. This album combines funk, jazz, metal, and rock ‘n roll with such perfection and no song is ever relegated to the infamous skip button. Thanks again dad.
Recommended song: Lazy
So, are these albums on your list? I can bank on the fact that their not, but trust in my fondness of these immortally pressed discs/MP3’s as I would never steer you in the wrong direction.