So.. I haven’t written much lately, so I figured I’d pick a few topics that would force a post or two.. or at least a bit more consistency. So the first one I’ve got is this: A while back, I wrote a list of albums that I liked. Since then I’ve come across a few more albums, and so here now is my list of my 5 favorite albums that I’ve been listening to since I made that list (that weren’t already on the list, obviously).
So.. here’s some “also rans” that didn’t quite make the “Top 5” list:
- Killers – Hot Fuss
- My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
- Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth
- Avril Lavigne – Under My Skin
- Alanis Morissette – So Called Chaos
- Evanescence – Fallen
- No Doubt – Rock Steady
- Throwback – Border Crossing
5. Green Day – American Idiot
I liked Green Day when back when Dookie was released… and then they got overplayed, yada yada yada, and I’d had enough. So this album came out, and I was told that it was good (I was also told that it sucked) Anyway, I listened to it, and I really liked it. The things that really hit me: 1. The way the whole album is tied together. Songs reference each other, lyrical themes recur, and musical themes/choruses are brought back in later songs. 2.) The songs are very playable. The chords aren’t complicated, nor are the solos, and finally, a Green Day album is in standard tuning. Huzzah! 3.) The album is pretty varied. The thing that got me tired of Green Day before was that each song sounded just like the last one. In this album, songs are different, and I like that.
This album also reinforced the whole “I can like an album without agreeing with its message” idea. The album gets pretty political, and while some of it I can agree with, other parts I find myself just kinda accepting as being their point of view (kinda like Pearl Jam’s “Bushleaguer”… You just kinda sigh and say “Yeah, you don’t like him. We get it.) I also really don’t like the video to “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, but I did like the Holiday video quite a bit. Anyway, this is my favorite album to play on the guitar lately, and as I listen to the album quite a bit, and have for a while, it gets my #5 pick.