I’ll admit that I’m more of a song girl than an album girl. There are few things I love more than just putting a great song on repeat and getting into it (I’m aware that this is really annoying). Still, there are a few albums that have been ultra important to me. These are the ones I listen to all the way through, then immediately start over from the beginning. These are the ones that just pop into my mind sometimes, and I can’t do anything else until I take the time to listen to them again. These are the ones that make me feel connected to music the same way I did when I was in high school. What are your big albums? Tell me in the comments! Or just listen to my favorites (I included either Youtube streams or Grooveshark links):
Fear Fun, Father John Misty
I’ve listened to this one so many times that I think I ruined it for my husband. Whatever. FJM’s voice is just so pretty, even when he’s saying crazy things. “Nancy From Now On” is my favorite, but every song’s fantastic. This might be my favorite album ever.
Enter the Slasher House, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
It’s hard for me to believe that I just heard this album for the first time a few months ago, because it wormed its way into my head immediately. Those first 30 seconds just fill me with so much anticipation, and the beginning of the first track makes me so happy. Obviously “Little Fang” is the best song. Duh.
Red, Taylor Swift
I could’ve put any Taylor Swift album here, but this is the one I first fell in love with and the one I’ve played on repeat through countless writing sessions. I just love the way “State of Grace” kicks off the album, and every track is so full of emotion. “All Too Well” is one of my favorite Taylor tracks ever.
Camp, Childish Gambino
I know a lot of people don’t take Childish Gambino seriously, but I don’t care. I have this album almost memorized, and I love that it’s a true album. It tells a story, it’s full of contradictions, and it really tells you a lot about Donald Glover. I don’t love everything about Childish Gambino (there’s some casual misogyny that’s hard to stomach), but I love the way this album sounds. Sometimes I listen to individual tracks when I’m working or working out, but it’s best as a whole. If you’ve written him off, give this one a chance. I’m not saying he’s Kanye, but he’s pretty damn good.
Kaleidoscope Heart, Sara Bareilles
Call this one cheesy if you want. It’s still great. As I’ve mentioned a few times, I wore this album out when I was going through a rough time, and it really helped me. It’s still a go to listen whether I’m feeling good or bad. “Gonna Get Over You” and “Let the Rain “are my favorite tracks.
Rock N Roll, Ryan Adams
Here’s what I like about Ryan Adams: even when his songs are ugly and rough, there’s still always something pretty about them. There’s his falsetto, or some jangly guitar, or a really nice lyric. This isn’t one of his more popular albums, and it doesn’t really even sound like most of his music, but it’s my favorite. I used to listen to this on the drive to high school. “So Alive” is the best track.
What about you guys? What are your favorite albums? Let me know!