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  • Discography Rankings Day #1: Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana

    28 dec 2013, 01:26

    Oasis

    Definitely Maybe - One of the greatest debut albums of all-time; it has a sense of purpose and self unlike anything else I've ever heard. A life-changing album, and one that epitomizes exactly what rock music should be. Funny thing is, it's often regarded for its takes on living a hopeless and economically shitty life, but it also has the most optimistic track of all--the iconic "Live Forever" (my favorite track on the record, too.)

    (What's the Story) Morning Glory? - I honestly can't believe this album was initially panned, but given that a lot of fans wanted Oasis to continue being the champions of being disillusioned by economy inequality, I understand why their sudden turn away from the Sex Pistols part of the 'Sex Beatles' label rubbed people the wrong way. Still, you're talking about several of the most instantly recognizable songs ever recorded by anybody, loudness wars or not, and some of those tracks have that scent of 'modern Beatles' that nobody else could replicate, no matter how hard they wished. Favorite Track: "Champagne Supernova".

    Be Here Now - The reviewers got it right the first time. Bloated or not, written impromptu or not, lyrics about nothing in particular or not, response to cocaine abuse... there's really no 'or not' to that one... this is one hell of a loud, confident, and life-affirming album. Take it as a whole, and not just a track-by-track work. 70+ minutes well-spent! Favorite Track: "D'You Know What I Mean".

    Heathen Chemistry - Although HC insists on playing it safe from start to finish, you're looking at one of the greatest anthems of the 21st century ("The Hindu Times"), a breathtakingly somber ballad ("Stop Crying Your Heart Out"), and neat little rockers like "Hung in a Bad Place". Favorite Track: "The Hindu Times".

    Don't Believe the Truth - Often regarded as the band's triumphant comeback and third best album. I find it a little too by the numbers at times--I can't tell if I love or am mostly indifferent to "Lyla", for example--but there's no denying that it's fillerless. Yes, that's right, "The Meaning of Soul" detractors. Favorite Track: "Let There Be Love".

    Standing on the Shoulder of Giants - If "Little James" was replaced by... something, anything... this would be one Hell of an album. Very much enjoyed Noel's steps into psychedelic ("Go Let it Out" is the prime example), and I honestly find "Put Yer Money Where Your Mouth Is" to be an enjoyable rocker, even if it seems like a take on Doom level music, or something. Favorite Track: "Go Let It Out".

    Dig Out Your Soul - Check my plays, and you'll see that "The Shock of the Lightning" is among my favorite and most-played songs; a super marriage of harder and melodic rock, and that drum solo is just, oh my, 'women and children first!'. Unfortunately, the stuff that goes in the Eastern spiritual direction (taking their George Harrison worship to an all-new level) comes off less interesting than it should. Favorite Track: "The Shock of the Lightning".

    Arctic Monkeys

    Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Youth energy. Pure, unadulterated garage rock, and among the greatest debuts of the 2000s.

    Favourite Worst Nightmare - Half this album is killer, and some other tracks are so-so. "Fluorescent Adolescent" is absolute pop genius, and arguably this band's greatest moment. Even though their lyrics often read like diary entries from a symbolic person, this band is at its best when it's loud, happy, and with hooks.

    Suck It and See - There are a couple 'safer', poppier tracks--ballads and rockers alike--that I'm sure irritate some people, but are wonderful in the eyes of others (me.) Not everything's a keeper, and it doesn't touch FWN's best moments, but it's a very solid album. The Arctics' equivalent to Heathen Chemistry?

    AM - I'm glad that critics and fans love it, and I think there are some good #s here, but it gets a little too sleepy at times, which doesn't really fit who they are at their best.

    Humbug - The Arctics-meets-stoner-rock idea never did anything for me.

    Nirvana

    Nevermind - Kurt Cobain sucked at guitar, but had a lot of pop sense (this album, and on other albums too... tracks like "About a Girl", "Heart-Shaped Box", and "All Apologies".)

    Bleach - One of the few albums that I've listened to 3 or 4 times in a row. In fact, I think I once went a week listening to it a few times a day. Somewhere between the Melvins and Black Sabbath, with just enough of a touch of the Beatles, you'll find Nirvana.

    In Utero - First CD I ever bought. Loved it when I was younger. "Serve the Servants" is a 5-star opener, but I find some tracks to just be depressing without so much of a pay off.
  • New Fermented Sloths Facebook

    25 mar 2011, 09:11

    Fermented Sloths has a new Facebook under 'Fermented Sloths Official':

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fermented-Sloths-Official/199369120085834

    For those who don't know, Fermented Sloths is a 'grunge revival' band that I play a lot for very biased reasons. The first album is up entirely for free on last.fm if you're curious.

    Thx

    McBoneyard of Christ