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AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 14/1/2013 11:02:01 AM   
AxlReznor

 

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I'm a huge music fan, and listen to a wide variety of music. I thought I'd start this epic undertaking a while ago, and have only just gotten to listen to enough albums (over 1,300) that I feel comfortable with presenting a fairly definitive list of my favourite albums (or EP's in some cases) of all time. It can't ever actually be definitive of course, because there will always be so much I haven't heard. But as of right now, this is what it looks like... I'll be posting 18 at a time for however long it takes to get through them. You may be expecting that because I chose the number 666, it would be all rock or metal, but I think people will be surprised at some of the things that turn up... and maybe some people will discover something they didn't know existed, too.

666) Rancid - ...And Out Come The Wolves (1995)

Third album from Tim Armstrong's ska-punk band.
Best Song: Roots Radicals

665) Rancid - Rancid (1993)

Which is just beaten by the same band's debut album.
Best Song: Rats In The Hallway

664) The Wailers - Catch A Fire (1973)

The Wailers, before Bob Marley's name was put up front, released this seminal reggae album.
Best Song: Concrete Jungle

663) System Of A Down - Hypnotize (2005)

The second part of System Of A Down's two album attack from 2005 - and currently their final album.
Best Song: Holy Mountains

662) Roxy Epoxy & The Rebound - Bandaids On Bullet Holes (2009)

Modern new wave from Portland, Oregon.
Best Song: 1000

661) The Jackson Five - Dancing Machine (1974)

The penultimate Motown record from the Jackson Five is often unfairly derided. It's clear that the Motown formula was stifling them, but there's still some enjoyable tracks here.
Best Song: Dancing Machine

660) Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cold Roses (2005)

The first album Ryan Adams released with what would become his regular backing band.
Best Song: Mockingbird

659) Incubus - Enjoy Incubus (1997)

Major label debut from California's funk metal group.
Best Song: Take Me To Your Leader

658) The Stooges - Fun House (1970)

One of the albums that helped inspire the punk generation. It's a noisy, obnoxious classic.
Best Song: Dirt

657) The Jackson Five - ABC (1970)

The album everyone thinks of when they think of the young Michael Jackson, thanks to two of the songs becoming instant classics.
Best Song: The Love You Save

656) Pantera - Cowboys From Hell (1990)

In the 80's, Pantera were riding the awful "glam metal" wave. However, in 1990, with new vocalist Phil Anselmo, they took their first step in redefining metal.
Best Song: Cemetery Gates

655) Stevie Wonder - For Once In My Life (1968)

The ninth album from the only 18 year old Stevie Wonder, featuring the definitive version of the classic title track.
Best Song: For Once In My Life

654) Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (1975)

The debut album from what started as a Deep Purple side-project, and ended up making a star of singer Ronnie James Dio.
Best Song: Man On The Silver Mountain

653) David Bowie - Pin-Ups (1973)

A covers album released as a follow-up to Bowie's triple hit of 'Hunky Dory', 'Ziggy Stardus' and 'Aladdin Sane'
Best Song: Shapes Of Things

652) R.E.M. - Murmur (1983)

Debut album from Michael Stipe and co.
Best Song: Radio Free Europe

651) Star Anna - The Only Thing That Matters (2004)

Second album from Washington's premiere alt. country/Americana singer with the voice of a wounded angel.
Best Song: Spinning My Wheels

650) Jason Webley - Counterpoint (2002)

Seattle folk musician, Jason Webley's second album.
Best Song: The Drinking Song

649) 8in8 - Nighty Night (2011)

The "cover" says it all. Ben Folds, Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer, her husband and author Neil Gaiman, and OKGO's Damian Kulash set out to write, record and make available for sale 8 songs in 8 hours. Things didn't go quite as planned, as they ended up with 6 songs in 12 hours, but that's still quite an accomplishment. Includes Neil Gaiman singing a song about Joan Of Arc coming back as a zombie, and an ode to Nikola Tesla.
Best Song: The Problem With Saints

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 14/1/2013 11:29:51 AM   
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System of a Down - Hypnotize is when they started to suck. Toxicity and the first LP are still great, though.

REM - Murmur is a really good pick. For me, it's just behind Automatic for the People as their best work.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 14/1/2013 11:32:06 AM   
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Going to state the obvious here but I've listened to none of those albums and haven't even heard on 10 of the artists

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 14/1/2013 11:33:39 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

Going to state the obvious here but I've listened to none of those albums and haven't even heard on 10 of the artists


I know you listen to The Decemebrists, so I can only imagine that you might dig REM's Murmur.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 14/1/2013 11:41:10 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat
System of a Down - Hypnotize is when they started to suck. Toxicity and the first LP are still great, though.


Wasn't a big fan of Mesmerize, but thought Hypnotize was a lot better. I do prefer their other albums, though.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 14/1/2013 11:57:27 AM   
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I don't rate either to be honest.

What made SOAD so special and stand-out from other bands of their ilk was that their music was ferocious, occasionally quite weird and a bit scary.

After Toxicity they lost those characteristics and became a bit bland.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 14/1/2013 12:55:08 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat

I know you listen to The Decemebrists, so I can only imagine that you might dig REM's Murmur.



I don't mind REM really but I only really know a few dozen songs. I'll check it out.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 15/1/2013 10:53:40 AM   
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648) Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes (1992)

Debut solo album from the pianist and feminist icon
Best Song: Crucify

647) Social Distortion - Mommy's Little Monster (1983)

Not many people realise that Social Distortion's self-titled album from 1990 isn't actually their debut. This album from 1983 actually is.
Best Song: Another State Of Mind

646) The Offspring - Americana (1998)

The first time I saw pop-punk on TV was when The Offspring played 'Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)' on Top Of The Pops. Marking the moment the genre became commercial.
Best Song: The Kids Aren't Alright

645) Queen - Innuendo (1991)

Queen's final album before Freddie Mercury's tragic death. Some of the songs (including 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives') act as Freddie's personal goodbye to his fans.
Best Song: These Are The Days Of Our Lives

644) Pixies - Doolittle (1989)

Second album from the influential "alt. rockers".
Best Song: Debaser

643) The Offspring - Days Go By (2012)

The Offspring's latest album. Sounds just like all of the other Offspring albums, really, but it's fun.
Best Song: The Future Is Now

642) Alanis Morisette - Havoc & Bright Lights (2012)

The lastest from the Canadian singer/songwriter.
Best Song: Woman Down

641) Alice In Chains - Alice In Chains (1995)

Until recently, this was the last full-length album we'd heard by Alice In Chains. Not as strong as their previous work, but worth a listen nonetheless.
Best Song: Again

640) The Black Crowes - Croweology (2010)

The blues rockers go over their back-catalogue with acoustic renditions.
Best Song: Remedy

639) Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk (2002)

Concept album about the state of a post-9/11 America... which was pretty original less than a year after it had happened.
Best Song: A Sorta Fairytale

638) The Muffs - Blonde And Blonder (1995)

Best known record from the female-fronted California pop-punks.
Best Song: Oh Nina

637) Marilyn Manson - Holy Wood: In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death (2000)

Manson's angry response to those who chose to use him as a scapegoat for the Columbine school massacre. Sadly, still a relevant album today.
Best Song: The Nobodies

636) Kanye West - Graduation (2007)

Proof that sometimes insufferable ego's sometimes do produce good music... though not as good as he thinks it is.
Best Song: Stronger

635) Tenacious D - The Pick Of Destiny (2006)

Great soundtrack to a lacklustre movie.
Best Song: POD

634) System Of A Down - Toxicity (2001)

With Toxicity, System Of A Down hit the big-time.
Best Song: Toxicity

633) Queens Of The Stone Age - Lullabies To Paralyze (2005)

Follow-up to 2002's 'Songs For The Deaf', and their first minus Nick Oliveri. Features some great rockers, but some of the longer tracks are too repetitive.
Best Song: Everybody Knows That You Are Insane

632) The Distillers - The Distillers (2000)

Brody Armstrong/Dalle/Homme's punks burst onto the scene with this debut.
Best Song: L.A. Girl

631) Ray Charles - Yes Indeed! (1958)

Classic album from the original blind pianist/soul singer.
Best Song: It's Alright

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 15/1/2013 11:05:19 AM   
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Innuendo is amazingly good.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 15/1/2013 11:07:46 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

Innuendo is amazingly good.


Yay! I've mentioned something you've listened to!

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 15/1/2013 11:08:42 AM   
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It's probably be in my top 10 albums. Along with 8 other Queen ones and the Complete LOTR scores

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 15/1/2013 11:15:28 AM   
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Coincidentally, I believe I have about another 8 (maybe 9) Queen albums coming up at some point.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 15/1/2013 11:22:45 AM   
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Awesome! I They'll probably be the only ones I know

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 15/1/2013 7:31:05 PM   
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Yay for Tori, Pixies, Kanye before he became a unbearable twat and SOAD. Not so much for Queen, though.



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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 15/1/2013 7:46:17 PM   
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Well at least its a deverse list musically, too much focus on Nu-Mental through a genre I never saw much appeal in.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 16/1/2013 2:20:49 AM   
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Hypnotize - Quite like this album, same goes for SOAD.
Fun House- Fucking brilliant album.
Cowboys From Hell - One of my favourite metal albums.
Americana - I prefer Smash but don't mind Americana
Doolittle - One of my favourite albums
Alice In Chains- See above.
Graduation - My least favourite Kanye album, but still brilliant
POD - I like(d) it a lot four years ago. I'm pretty sure I know all the words to every song as well
Toxicity - Great
Lullabies To Paralyze - QOTSA are amazing. So is this album.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 16/1/2013 10:49:48 AM   
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630) Faith No More - King For A Day... Fool For A Lifetime (1995)

Slightly less critically acclaimed follow-up to the hugely critically acclaimed, 'Angel Dust'.
Best Song: The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies

629) Korn - See You On The Other Side (2005)

With most bands, I like them to branch out and try new things. I've found that Korn are at their best, though, when they just do what they're good at. Commercial metal songs. With the aid of Atticus Ross and The Matrix, this was a welcome return to form after the poor 'Take A Look In The Mirror'.
Best Song: Throw Me Away

628) Audioslave - Audioslave (2002)

Debut album from Chris Cornell and and three quarters of Rage Against The Machine. Its renown has decreased in the years since its release, but there's some great stuff on here.
Best Song: Show Me How To Live

627) Jason Webley - The Cost Of Living (2007)

The fifth, and at this point last, album from the Seattle folk musician. He'll be showing up in another capacity later on, though.
Best Song: Raise Them Higher

626) Milla Jovovich - The Divine Comedy (1994)

Usually, when a supermodel decides she's going to release an album, it's a good time to pray for deafness. Milla Jovovich, however, took a far more artistic approach with what is to date her only full-length album (there's another one on the way apparently).
Best Song: Gentleman Who Fell

625) Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International (1998)

Debut solo album from the White Zombie frontman. Sounds just like White Zombie. Not necessarily a bad thing.
Best Song: Dragula

624) Josh Freese - Since 1972 (2009)

Josh Freese is best known as one of the most in-demand session drummers in the industry. When he's not laying down tracks for seemingly anybody he asks, and touring with the likes of A Perfect Circle, The Vandals, Devo, Weezer and Sting, he's also an independent solo artist. This effort was his first independent release.
Best Song: Point Some Fingers

623) The Black Crowes - Amorica (1994)

Third album from the Atlanta blues rockers.
Best Song: Wiser Time

622) Ashes Divide - Keep Telling Myself It's Alright (2008)

Billy Howerdel - guitarist and principle songwriter for A Perfect Circle - with his solo project's first and so far only album.
Best Song: The Stone

621) The Jackson Five - Third Album (1970)

Exactly what it says on the tin. The third album from the Motown legends.
Best Song: I'll Be There

620) Orianthi - Believe (2009)

Orianthi Panagaris is currently a guitarist for Alice Cooper, but before that was best known as the guitarist hand-picked by Michael Jackson to play on his ill-fated O2 Arena shows. This album is a good mix of bubblegum pop, and the kind of guitar playing usually reserved for hard rock records. Her follow-up comes in February, and is said to be far more rock-focused.
Best Song: Suffocated

619) Adam & The Ants - Dirk Wears White Sox (1979)

Debut album from the post-punk legends.
Best Song: Cartrouble

618) Garbage - Not Your Kind Of People (2012)

After an extended absence, Shirley Manson and co returned last year with this album, which is far stronger than their previous couple of efforts.
Best Song: Not Your Kind Of People

617) Gilby Clarke - Pawnshop Guitars (1994)

In case you couldn't tell from my screen name, this will be the first of many records connected to Guns N' Roses that appear on this list. The debut solo album from the guy who replaced Izzy Stradlin on the Use Your Illusion Tour. The entirety of the rest of the band - at the time - show up, including a great version of The Rolling Stones' 'Dead Flowers' featuring Axl Rose on backing vocals.
Best Song: Dead Flowers

616) The Doors - Morrison Hotel (1970)

Jim Morrison's band see in the 70's with this album.
Best Song: Roadhouse Blues

615) Weezer - The Green Album (2001)

Weezer's come-back after a few years of silence following horrible reviews of their second (great) album, 'Pinkerton'.
Best Song: Hash Pipe

614) Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond (2007)

Yet another band that returned strong after an extended leave of absence.
Best Song: Almost Ready

613) Within Temptation - Enter (1997)

Symphonic Goth Metal from the Netherlands, featuring the angelic voice of Sharon den Adel. This - their debut album - is decidedly more metal than later efforts, complete with growled vocals from a male member in some tracks. This actually makes it my least favourite Within Temptation album, but it's still got some good tracks on it.
Best Song: Restless

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 17/1/2013 10:26:56 AM   
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612) Elf - Elf (1972)

Debut album from an early band featuring Ronald Padanova, who would later be better known as Ronnie James Dio.
Best Song: I'm Coming Back For You

611) Coal Chamber - Chamber Music (1999)

Second album from the California alternative metal band.
Best Song: Not Living

610) Dropkick Murphys - Do Or Die (1998)

Debut album from the Boston Celtic punks, featuring original vocalist Mike McColgan.
Best Song: Finnegan's Wake

609) The Stooges - The Stooges (1969)

Debut album from the hugely influential garage rockers, featuring one of the most enduring songs of the era.
Best Song: I Wanna Be Your Dog

608) Stereophonics - Performance & Cocktails (1999)

The Welsh small town rockers return with a second album of observations about life Cwmaman.
Best Song: The Bartender And The Thief

607) Sixx:A.M. - The Heroin Diaries (2007)

I hate Motley Crue. I think there's not a single redeeming feature in any of their songs, and it's clear that as people the music meant nothing more than a means to money and women. So when I say their bassist, Nikki Sixx's latest side-project is actually well worth a lesson, and shows that there is at least one member of the band with talent, you know that I'm not lying. Also features singer James Michael, and guitarist Dj Ashba.
Best Song: Van Nuys

606) Weezer - Maladroit (2002)

Weezer's second album in as many years was actually an improvement on the already strong Green Album.
Best Song: Dope Nose

605) Green Day - !Dos! (2012)

The second, and least of Green Day's three albums from last year. Would be higher up in this list if it wasn't for the awful 'Nightlife' featuring a terrible rapper called Lady Cobra.
Best Song: Amy

604) Jack White - Blunderbuss (2012)

The debut solo album from the leader of The White Stripes (though really of all of the White Stripes albums were pretty much solo albums anyway).
Best Song: Sixteen Saltines

603) Alice Cooper - Flush The Fashion (1980)

A more new-wave style compared to what people were used to from Alice at the time.
Best Song: Clones (We're All)

602) Ray Charles - Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters (2010)

Posthumous release featuring remixed versions of recently discovered demo's from the 70's, 80's and 90's.
Best Song: Wheel Of Fortune

601) Crosses - EP1 (2011)

First of two (so far) EP's from Chino Moreno of the Deftones' side-project. More electronic than Deftones.
Best Song: This Is A Trick

600) The Wailers - Burnin' (1973)

This classic reggae record was the last before the band became known as Bob Marley & The Wailers.
Best Song: Get Up, Stand Up

599) Joe Perry - Have Guitar, Will Travel (2009)

The Aerosmith guitarist's fifth solo album. Joe handles around half of the vocals, but the other half are handled by young Steven Tyler soundalike, Hagen Grohe.
Best Song: Scare The Cat

598) The Cult - Dreamtime (1984)

Debut album from the gothic rock legends.
Best Song: Spiritwalker

597) The Offspring - The Offspring (1989)

Debut album from the pop-punk behemoths. Listening to it, it's striking just how little they've changed over the years (except for production).
Best Song: Jennifer Lost The War

596) Black Label Society - The Song Remains Not The Same (2011)

A collection of acoustic versions from the band's previous album 'Order Of The Black', and covers. If you ever thought Zakk Wylde never knew restraint, give this a listen.
Best Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water

595) Ozzy Osbourne - Ozzmosis (1995)

And if you want some good, old-fashioned Zakk Wylde riffing, complete with far too many pinch harmonics, listen to this one from the Black Sabbath legend.
Best Song: Perry Mason

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 18/1/2013 10:26:27 AM   
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594) Pendulum - In Silico (2007)

Surprisingly good attempt at merging dance music with hard rock.
Best Song: Propane Nightmares

593) The Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker (1990)

The debut album from Chris Robinson and co.
Best Song: She Talks To Angels

592) Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (1973)

At the time, this was Alice Cooper's most successful album, and for good reason.
Best Song: No More Mr. Nice Guy

591) R.E.M. - Reckoning (1984)

Second album from the North Carolina "college rockers".
Best Song: Pretty Persuasion

590) Queen - The Game (1980)

One look at the tracklist should tell you what you need to know. There are more classics on this one album than most bands produce in their lifetimes.
Best Song: Save Me

589) Lacuna Coil - Halflife EP (2000)

5 track EP from the Italian gothic metal group, fronted by the absolutely gorgeous Cristina Scabbia.
Best Song: Senzafine

588) Social Distortion - Sex, Love And Rock N' Roll (2004)

Social Distortion's first album in eight years, and it was like they'd never been gone.
Best Song: Reach For The Sky

587) Pixies - Trompe le Monde (1991)

The final album from Black Francis and his group that inspired a generation.
Best Song: Letter To Memphis

586) Stone Gossard - Bayleaf (2001)

The Pearl Jam guitarists solo album is more mellow than fans of his full-time job may be used to.
Best Song: Pigeon

585) Izzy Stradlin & The Ju Ju Hounds - Izzy Stradling & The Ju Ju Hounds (1992)

Less than a year after leaving Guns N' Roses, Izzy Stradlin and his new band released this album, sounding like a cross between The Rolling Stones and The Faces.
Best Song: Shuffle It All

584) Me First And The Gimme Gimmes - Love Their Country (2006)

The pop-punk covers band recreate country music classics in their style.
Best Song: Jolene

583) Love Spit Love - Love Spit Love (1994)

Richard and Tim Butler from Psychedelic Furs team up with future Guns N' Roses members Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer to create this band, which had some modest success in the mid-90's.
Best Song: Am I Wrong

582) The Distillers - Sing Sing Death House (2002)

The second album from the 21st century punks.
Best Song: Seneca Falls

581) The Cure - Wish (1992)

The follow-up to 1989's 'Disintegration' doesn't reach the heights of that album, but did produce one of the band's most popular songs.
Best Song: Friday I'm In Love

580) Lynyrd Skynyrd - God & Guns (2009)

Of all the bands from the 70's to make a pretty strong come-back, I'd never expect it to be Lynyrd Skynyrd. Unfortunately, the genuinely enjoyable music is ruined by the ridiculously right wing, gun-nut lyrics in some of the songs.
Best Song: Still Unbroken

579) Robert Plant - Band Of Joy (2010)

The Led Zeppelin legend resurrected his Band Of Joy and released their first album in 2010.
Best Song: Angel Dance

578) The Damned - Damned, Damned, Damned (1977)

Forget the Sex Pistols. This is the first full-length album to be released by a UK punk band. Unfortunately, The Damned didn't swear on TV, so don't get the recognition they deserve.
Best Song: New Rose

577) Elton John & Leon Russell - The Union (2010)

Elton John's attempt to resurrect the flailing career of one of his heroes. This is the best thing either musician has produced in years.
Best Song: Monkey Suit

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 18/1/2013 10:45:34 AM   
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590) Queen - The Game (1980)
One look at the tracklist should tell you what you need to know. There are more classics on this one album than most bands produce in their lifetimes.
Best Song: Save Me


Yes!

As much as I love Save Me, it's not even in my top 75 Queen songs (live performances are stupidly fantastic though) Crazy Little Thing is the best for me on here.

Not heard any Lynyrd Skynyrd beyond the 90s. I'll have to try Gods and Guns some time.


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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 21/1/2013 10:43:45 AM   
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576) The Black Crowes - Three Snakes And One Charm (1996)

The fourth album from The Black Crowes.
Best Song: Blackberry

575) Vermillion Lies - What's In The Box? (2008)

Twin sisters Zoe and Kim Boekbinder's second album of eclectic cabaret songs, using unconventional instruments (such as a typewriter) that they pull from a box - hence the title.
Best Song: Global Warming

574) Shakira - Oral Fixation Vol. 2 (2005)

Second English language album from the Colombian singer.
Best Song: Costume Makes The Clown

573) Brad - Best Friends? (2010)

Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam's other band, featuring fellow Seattle musicians Regan Hagar and Shawn Smith, the latter which has a rich soulful voice that helps make Brad a distinctly different beast from Stone's day-job. This is their fourth album.
Best Song: Runnin' For Cover

572) Green Day - Kerplunk (1992)

Another band whose breakthrough album is often mistaken for their first, this actually predates Dookie by two years, and is Green Day's second album.
Best Song: Welcome To Paradise

571) Jamiroquai - Rock Dust Light Star (2010)

The return of Jay Kay and his "funk" group.
Best Song: White Knuckle Ride

570) Garbage - Version 2.0 (1997)

Second album from Shirley Manson's band. And their last decent one until last year.
Best Song: I Think I'm Paranoid

569) R.E.M. - Automatic For The People (1992)

The record that made R.E.M. stars, featuring some of their best known songs.
Best Song: Everybody Hurts

568) Guns N' Roses - "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993)

Punk covers album by Axl and co. What was intended to be a stop-gap between albums ended up being the band's last album featuring Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and their last album at all until 2008. It's got some interesting tracks in there, and does a good job of introducing people to songs they may not have heard of otherwise (this is one of two covers albums that brought the Misfits into the public consciousness), but it's a disappointment considering what came before.
Best Song: New Rose

567) Nas - God's Son (2002)

Despite the sheer arrogance of this album's title, this is actually a stand-out in the world of hip-hop.
Best Song: The Cross

566) Stiff Little Fingers - Guitar And Drum (2004)

The latest album from the legendary socially-conscious Irish punks.
Best Song: Still Burning

565) Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell Part 2 (2003)

Until recently, I never thought I'd like Ryan Adams, but this is one of the records that changed my mind. Not exactly a fan, but I do enjoy his music.
Best Song: My Blue Manhattan

564) Green Day - Shenanigans (2002)

Collection of B-Sides from 1994-2000, is actually a fairly strong album in its own right.
Best Song: Desensitized

563) Dropkick Murphys - Blackout (2003)

More Celtic Punk from the Boston band.
Best Song: Kiss Me, I'm Shitfaced

562) Tarja - My Winter Storm (2007)

Tarja Turunen's first solo album after being fired from the Finnish symphonic metal band, Nightwish.
Best Song: I Walk Alone

561) The Ramones - Ramones (1976)

Debut studio album from the legendary New York punks.
Best Song: Blitzkrieg Bop

560) Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - III/IV (2010)

Recorded in 2006, this album wasn't released until 2010 after Adams decided to disband The Cardinals.
Best Song: Breakdown Into The Resolve

559) Alter Bridge - AB III (2010)

Three quarters of Creed continue to prove that Scott Stapp is the main reason that band suck with the third album with their other band featuring Myles Kennedy. Kennedy is now best known as the singer in Slash's solo band, but whereas his voice with Slash is whiny and annoying, with Alter Bridge it's fantastic.
Best Song: Slip To The Void

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 22/1/2013 10:22:00 AM   
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558) Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me (1987)

Second album from J. Mascis and his indie rock group.
Best Song: Sludgefeast

557) Ryan Adams - 29 (2005)

The last of three albums Adams released in 2005.
Best Song: Carolina Rain

556) The Doors - Strange Days (1967)

The second album from the famed psychedelic rock group.
Best Song: Love Me Two Times

555) The Damned - Phantasmagoria (1985)

After pioneering UK punk, The Damned slowed their music down and started pioneering gothic rock instead.
Best Song: Grimly Fiendish

554) Dio - The Last In Line (1984)

Ronnie James Dio's second studio album, which doesn't quite reach the heights of his first, but is still better than all of his solo albums since then.
Best Song: The Last In Line

553) Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation (1977)

Classic album from the Irish rockers.
Best Song: Soldier Of Fortune

552) Aerosmith - Night In The Ruts (1979)

Aerosmith were a mess of in-fighting and drug addiction when this album came out, and as such it's the worst album they produced in the '70s. There's still enough to recommend it, though, as Aerosmith at their worst can do a lot better than a lot of bands at their best.
Best Song: No Surprize

551) Alice Cooper - Along Came A Spider (2008)

Alice Cooper's 25th album, and he's still producing music that's worth listening to.
Best Song: Vengeance Is Mine

550) Skunk Anansie - Paranoid & Sunburnt (1995)

The debut album from the Brixton rockers.
Best Song: Weak

549) Jay-Z - The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse (2002)

Jay-Z's reach may have exceeded his grasp with this sequel to his classic album, but it does feature some great songs.
Best Song: '03 Bonnie & Clyde

548) Shakira - Laundry Service (2001)

Shakira's English language debut, which features much better music than 'Whenever, Wherever' suggested.
Best Song: Objection (Tango)

547) Jamiroquai - Synkronised (1999)

Another hit-filled release from Jamiroquai, though the big hit - 'Canned Heat' - pales in comparison to 'King For A Day', a scathing attack on the band's former bass player, Stuart Zender.
Best Song: King For A Day

546) Bob Dylan - Another Side Of Bob Dylan (1964)

Accused of "losing touch with the people" upon its release, this has proven to be one of Dylan's most enduring albums.
Best Song: Chimes Of Freedom

545) Silversun Pickups - Carnavas (2006)

Debut album from the indie rock band with Smashing Pumpkins style production values (layers and layers of distorted guitars)
Best Song: Well Thought Out Twinkles

544) Stone Temple Pilots - Purple (1994)

Scott Weiland and co's second album. It's their most beloved by their biggest fans.
Best Song: Empty

543) The Ramones - Mondo Bizarro (1992)

In 1992. The Ramones were still going strong with this, their twelfth album.
Best Song: Censorshit

542) Apocalyptica - Reflections (2003)

Finnish heavy metal cellist's fourth album of mainly instrumental tracks.
Best Song: Pandemonium

541) Incubus - Make Yourself (1999)

Incubus hit the big time with their third album, thanks to the crossover hit 'Drive'.
Best Song: Pardon Me

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 22/1/2013 9:41:27 PM   
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578) The Damned - Damned, Damned, Damned (1977)

Forget the Sex Pistols. This is the first full-length album to be released by a UK punk band. Unfortunately, The Damned didn't swear on TV, so don't get the recognition they deserve.
Best Song: New Rose

555) The Damned - Phantasmagoria (1985)

After pioneering UK punk, The Damned slowed their music down and started pioneering gothic rock instead.
Best Song: Grimly Fiendish


YES! Excellent stuff, sir. Mightn't 'Strawberries' make an appearance somewhere in this list?


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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 23/1/2013 8:05:07 AM   
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Alas, no. There is some more Damned coming up, but not Strawberries... I do like that album, though.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 23/1/2013 11:26:12 AM   
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540) Faith No More - Angel Dust (1992)

Possibly Faith No More's most critically acclaimed album, though not my favourite.
Best Song: Land Of Sunshine

539) Nas - Untitled (2008)

Nas may not be the most popular rapper in the business, but this album proves again that he's one of the best.
Best Song: N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave And The Master)

538) Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life (1976)

Stevie Wonder's legendary double album, featuring some of his biggest hits. One of the best albums in his catalogue, too.
Best Song: Sir Duke

537) Public Image Limited - 9 (1989)

After the highly publicised disbanding of the Sex Pistols, frontman Johnny Rotten started going by his birth name of John Lydon and formed this post-punk band, that were mostly terrible. Out of all of their albums, this is the only one that is close to the quality to justify the hype surrounding them. Somehow, it also manages to be the band's least critically acclaimed album.
Best Songs: Happy?; Disappointed

536) The Runaways - Waitin' For The Night (1977)

Only a year after the release of their debut album, and their jailbait image winning them fans all over the world, singer Cherie Currie had left The Runaways, and guitarist Joan Jett had taken over as the band's lead vocalist. Bass player Jackie Fox had also left, to be replaced by Vicki Blue. The first fruits of this new line-up of the band is a surprisingly strong collection, and with Jett now as the principle songwriter, served as a preview of what was to come when the band eventually split a few years later.
Best Songs: Little Sister; Waitin' For The Night

535) Late September Dogs - Talking To The Moon (2001)
I actually can't find the album cover for this anywhere... strange.
A Seattle band that takes elements of world music and mixes it into a soulful and atmospheric whole.
Best Songs: Kimberly Fields; Bullet In My Head


534) The Vandals - Fear Of A Punk Planet (1990)

After years of fluctuation, The Vandals solidified at the end of the 80's the line-up of The Vandals finally solidified with Dave Quackenbush, Warren Fitzgerald, Joe Escalante and a young drummer named Josh Freese. Therefore whilst technically their third full-length album, this is generally considered to be the debut by the band as they have become known. This became one of the key albums in popularising the sub-genre of pop-punk, though the music found in there is generally much harder than other music of this type. To call it largely tuneless would be a valid criticism, but it's all about the energy and the immature lyrics. Features guest appearances from the Zappa siblings (Dweezil and Moon Unit), and Kelsey Grammar... yes, that Kelsey Grammar.
Best Songs: Pizza Tran; Girls Turn 18 Every Day

533) Deftones - Adrenaline (1995)

Debut album from the California metallers. This sounds far more like the "nu-metal" that was dominating rock music at the time than subsequent releases, in which the band made a conscious effort to steer away from getting pigeonholed into that genre. It was, however, a very strong debut album that did a lot to put them on the map before they took the world by storm with subsequent releases.
Best Songs: One Weak; Root

532) Rainbow - Down To Earth (1979)

Rainbow's fourth album is the first since the departure of lead singer Ronnie James Dio. In his place came a singer without nearly as much range who nobody really remembers the name of - Graham Bonnett. Also out were bassist Bob Daisley, and keyboardist David Stone to be replaced by Ritchie Blackmore's Deep Purple bandmate, Roger Glover, and Don Airey respectively. This album marked a far more commercial sound than their previous work, and produced the hit single 'Since You Been Gone'.
Best Songs: All Night Long; Since You Been Gone

531) Kyuss - Blues For The Red Sun (1992)

The second album from the influential stoner rock band featuring future Queens Of The Stone Age members Josh Homme on guitar and Nick Oliveri on bass. Homme's guitar was down-tuned and plugged into bass amplifiers in order to get the deep sound that became the band and the genre's trademark.
Best Songs: Green Machine; Freedom Run

530) Apocalyptica - Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos (1996)

Before the Finnish cellists became known as a metal band in their own right, they were an honest to goodness string quartet that became famous for this tribute to Metallica. And genuinely enjoyable their arrangements of the classic songs are, too.
Best Songs: Master Of Puppets; The Unforgiven

529) Iggy Pop - Blah Blah Blah (1986)

After a four year hiatus, Iggy Pop returned to work with David Bowie (who produced his earliest solo albums), and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. The cover of Johnny O'Keefe's 'Real Wild Child' became a Top 10 hit in the UK.
Best Songs: Real Wild Child (Wild One); Fire Girl

528) Green Day - 39/Smooth (1990)

The debut full-length album from the band that undoubtedly became the most famous pop-punk band ever. Nowadays it is often packaged alongside two EP's from before ('1,000 Hours') and after ('Slappy') the release of the album under the title '1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours', to the point that nowadays it's rare to find anyone who realises that they were originally three separate releases. Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt show strong potential, and this was before Tre Cool had joined as the drummer, with the drums instead being handled by John Kiffmeyer.
Best Songs: Green Day; 16

527) Imicus - Animal Factory (2010)

A local band to me from Luton that I actually first caught at the Download Festival a couple of years ago whilst waiting for Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders. Turns out that my wife used to live with the guitarist's girlfriend when she was in university. They actually impressed me a lot more than I thought they would, and this debut album of theirs has a sound similar to a cross between Korn and Tool.
Best Songs: Visceral; The Butterfly Effect

526) The Cult - Love (1985)

Second album from Ian Astbury, Billy Duffy and whoever else happens to be in the band at the moment. This album features what is perhaps the band's best known song, 'She Sells Sanctuary'.
Best Songs: Brother Wolf, Sister Moon; She Sells Sanctuary

525) The Vandals - Oi To The World (1996)

A Christmas album which features songs about dying grandparents, and committing suicide by hanging yourself by the Christmas tree. So all very festive stuff from the pop-punks.
Best Songs: Grandpa's Last Xmas; Oi To The World

524) Paul Westerberg - Suicaine Gratifiction (1999)

Paul Westerberg's third solo album since the disbandment of The Replacements. The Bob Dylan style that he was taking The Replacements more and more towards in their later years is fully evident here, but it's not a bad thing by any means. It may be a bit hard to get into for people who remember when Westerberg thought he was a punk, though.
Best Songs: It's A Wonderful Lie; Whatever Makes You Happy

523) Robert Plant - Pictures At Eleven (1982)

Poor old Robert Plant didn't have a very good time of it in the 80's. His solo career throughout that decade was a succession of poor choices and even worse albums. But that doesn't diminish the early promise that this record showed. It wouldn't be until the 2000's that he reminded everyone why he is considered one of the best singers in the world.
Best Songs: Burning Down One Side; Fat Lip

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 23/1/2013 12:34:21 PM   
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531) Kyuss - Blues For The Red Sun (1992)

The second album from the influential stoner rock band featuring future Queens Of The Stone Age members Josh Homme on guitar and Nick Oliveri on bass. Homme's guitar was down-tuned and plugged into bass amplifiers in order to get the deep sound that became the band and the genre's trademark.
Best Songs: Green Machine; Freedom Run



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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 23/1/2013 5:30:37 PM   
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This is the first time I have come into this thread (i dismissed it because of the 666, i thought it would be 666 metal albums, which would be difficult to make, and comment on) but there are loads here I have and have heard. SO here are my thoughts on these.

Catch a Fire - Is amazing. Would sit in my top 5 Marley albums somewhere I think.
Dancing Machine - It is clear by this point that Michael needs to find Quincy Jones and get on with making those famous ones. But it passes the time.
Cold Roses - I really like Ryan Adams, and this is great.
Fun House - Not my fave Stooges (not yours either) but yeah.
ABC - Obvious they were going to be biiiiiig already.
For Once in My Life - Again needs to escape the comfort zone by now, but already obvious what a talent he was.
Pin-Ups - In general, I don't think Bowie is great at doing other people's material. This is fine, but I pretty much always would chose his own work, or the originals.
Murmer - REM are one of the only bands where I agree with the hipster theory of them being good before they got too big. I think they just lost interest when they got too big. But Murmer is great, yeah.
Americana - Is an album I might never listen to again, but I played it loads and loads when it first came out and I was a teenager. If I ever hear any of the songs I get a Proustian rush, so I'll always have a kind of soft spot for them.
Graduation - Not his best, but still better than the majority of his contemporaries by a way.
Toxicity - Is just various levels of shouting isn't it? rara-RARA-ra-ra-RA-RA-RA-RA etc etc
Dirk Wears White Sox - is fantastic and massively underrated. On your list as well.
Morrison Hotel - Not my favourite Doors album, but still a very good Doors album.
The Stooges - It is a shame Iggy Pop is a bit of a cartoon now isn't it?
Blunderbuss - Lacks something that he had when in The White Stripes for me (not sure what it is) but still really, really nice to have him back.
Burnin' - again is great. Difficult to argue to much with it.
Wish - I really love The Cure. Wish is great yeah, don't care that people think Friday is too pop, its amazing.
Oral Fixation - seems kind of fantastically left field compared with the rest of your list?
Rock Dust Light Star - I had no idea Jay Kay was still going??
Automatic for the People - is the falling off point for REM, but its got some really good stuff on it, like Man on the Moon.
The Spaghetti Incident - I just don't get G 'n' R. Their music just seems horrible, and as people they seem largely irredeemable.
Love is Hell Part 2 - quite beautiful.
Ramones - I kind of like the Ramones being there, though I have never massively got into them.
III/IV - he just churns them out, and there is great stuff all around.
29 - Is as dark as it gets, so I don't put it on as oft as I might, but still incredible.
Strange Days - Probably is my fave Doors album.
The Blueprint 2: The Gift and The Curse: Dear Jay-Z, you can't have a sequel to a blueprint, blueprints do not work this way. That aside, this is good, if a bit long at times. But again, I will take a lesser Jay album over most of his peers at the top of their games.
Laundry Service - What are you talking about Wherever, Whenever is brilliant.
Synkronised - I can't say I've listened to it in years, but thought it was pretty great at the time.
Another Side Of Bob Dylan - GREAT PUNNING THERE BOB.
Songs In The Key of Life - way WAY too low.
9 - Not my favourite PiL album by quite a way.
Waiting for the Night - Not ever got totally comfortable with this, which is weird because, I love The Runaways, and I love Joan Jett on her own, so Joan Jett fronting the Runaways should be fine. But it feels awkward without CC on it.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 23/1/2013 6:42:21 PM   
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Well, we're not gonna agree about GN'R, obviously.
But I do suggest you check out Duff McKagan's autobiography if you ever have the time and see if you still think they're all irredeemable after it. They've been fucked up, sure... and a couple of them act like spoilt children whenever the subject of the other one of them is brought up nowadays, but most of the stuff that people hate them for I think has been distorted by the media (and in some cases, each other).

Also, regarding Shakira... I honestly didn't expect to like her as much as I do, either.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 23/1/2013 7:22:42 PM   
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Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if the idea of them is slightly cartoonised by themselves and by the media, and I wouldn't be too shocked if people thought the same of a lot of people I like really, and you know, it wouldn't really matter if I found their music exciting, but mostly it just makes me think thank God Nirvana happened.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 24/1/2013 11:44:59 AM   
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522) The Compulsions - Been Through Hell (2011)

The debut release from New York rock 'n' roll musician Rob Carlyle's rotating project. This album features current Guns N' Roses members Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer on guitar and drums respectively. This EP features some old-fashioned rock music featuring the punk-like sneer best associated with Johnny Thunders.
Best Song: Desperation

521) Robbie Williams - Sing When You're Winning (2000)

This is another album that will seem like it's come out of left-field considering the majority of the other stuff I've been talking about. But this third solo album from the former/current/possibly former again Take That man is some really top quality pop music. The highlight is the duet with the usually atrocious Australian singer Kylie Minogue, 'Kids', which at this point was the most rocking either of the artists featured had ever gotten.
Best Songs: Better Man; Kids

520) Saivu - Saivu (2010)

Another EP featuring the guitar-playing talents of Richard Fortus, this is the first release from the rock band formed by Norwegian Lasse Kvernmo, with a full length album expected soon. Other members that appear on the record are drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence/Black Label Society), and guitarist Geno Lenardo (Filter).
Best Song: The Concept Of Dread

519) Cee Lo Green - Cee Lo's Magic Moment (2012)

There's not many people who can release a proper, non-joke Christmas album and have me not only tolerate, but like it enough to include it on one of these lists. It seems that Cee Lo Green is the one person to do it. It's not quite the follow-up to 'The Lady Killer' we're all waiting for, but it's very entertaining, nonetheless.
Best Songs: Baby, It's Cold Outside; You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

518) Slipknot - Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) (2004)

After a brief period in which it looked like Slipknot were going to fall apart at the seams, the band hired legendary producer Rick Rubin to work on their third album. Rubin has a history of pulling bands back from the brink, and he worked his magic on this album, too. The big change of pace here is that on a couple of tracks, acoustic guitars are made use of, and Corey Taylor's genuinely brilliant singing voice comes out on more than just a catchy chorus here and there. There were criticisms that the band was becoming too much like Taylor's other band, Stone Sour, but to me it's not true, and wouldn't be a bad thing if it were. The one thing that the album achieves more than anything else is prove that Slipknot are not merely a gimmick as they had been portrayed by certain people in the past.
Best Songs: Duality; Vermilion Pt. 2

517) The Cure - Seventeen Seconds (1980)

The Cure's second album is the first to feature their trademark gothic rock sound, as opposed to the more punky 'Three Imaginary Boys'.
Best Songs: A Reflection; A Forest

516) Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

Kanye's previous album '808's & Heartbreak' was an unmitigated disaster that led me to believe that he had lost his touch. That followed by his public displays of assholeishness - including claiming that he was going to carry the torch from Michael Jackson just after his death - didn't exactly put him in the best light, either. In short, I was ready to hate this, and then I heard it... and I couldn't. The autotuned sound that just sounded like a mess on that album proved to not be entirely a bad idea when used in moderation and not the entirety of the record. And thankfully, the man was back to rapping through the majority of the record, and tracks like 'Runaway' proved that he wasn't content with sticking with the usual hip-hop formula that is prevalent with almost everyone else in the business nowadays. Still not his best album, by any means, but a step in the right direction.
Best Songs: Power; Runaway

515) Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell Part 1 (2003)

The first part of Ryan Adams' double EP (both of them were later packaged as one album). I've featured him a lot in this list so far, but this is the one that finally confirmed to me that the other ones I'd liked weren't a fluke.
Best Songs: Love Is Hell; Avalanche

514) Bob Marley & The Wailers - Survival (1979)

A militant anti-Apartheid album from the legendary Bob Marley & The Wailers. Marley had been categorised as laid-back in previous releases, and some of this drew criticism from others for overshadowing what his songs were actually about. This album was a reaction to that, and is call to arms of the like he'd never produced before.
Best Songs: Survival; Africa Unite

513) Amanda Palmer - Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits Of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele (2010)

Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls' first release since being released from her contract with Roadrunner Records was basically a huge, "I can do what I want!". And what she wanted to do was learn to play the ukulele, and release a Radiohead covers EP on bandcamp.com. Despite the novelty factor, she actually hasn't done a bad job of replicating the songs. And it's nice to finally be able to make out what the words are in 'Idioteque'.
Best Song: Idioteque

512) Mark Lanegan - Field Songs (2001)

Solo album from the former Screaming Trees frontman. This is heavily acoustic music with Lanegan's famous vocals (often described as 'whiskey-soaked' despite him being tee-total), but also features some experimental musical landscapes and Middle Eastern influences on some tracks.
Best Songs: Field Song; Fix

511) Izzy Stradlin - Like A Dog (2005)

This album from the former Guns N' Roses guitarist is probably the heaviest thing he's released since leaving that band in 1991. This features some absolutely fantastic songs, and it would have been a shame if Izzy's original plans for the record worked out for him. He recorded it in 2003 for his own amusement, only to be met with a fan petition of over 1,000 signatures two years later. Apparently he thought that not enough people would be interested to be bothered releasing it, and he then organised to have a limited number printed. This was to be the last of Stradlin's records to be released on CD, with all subsequent music released exclusively on iTunes (which is now also the only place you can find this album).
Best Songs: Bomb; Chop Away

510) Return To Earth - Captains Of Industry (2007)
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Ron Scalzo is an independent musician from New York who releases his music via his label Bald Freak Music. As the singer of Return To Earth, he is joined by guitarist, bassist and programmer Brett Aveni, and drummer, programmer and synth player Chris Pennie (formerly of the Dillinger Escape Plan). This is their debut album, featuring metal music that defies definition. It really is quite original, and it's kind of a shame that not many people are ever going to hear it. Scalzo has since had to start his life from scratch after losing everything he owned in both his home and his studio in Hurricane Sandy last year. But not before Return To Earth released an even better follow-up that I'll be writing about eventually.
Best Songs: A New Sound; Gunpoint Poetry

509) Soul Asylum - Clam Dip & Other Delights (1989)

An EP from the Minneapolis alternative rockers led by Dave Pirner (who scored Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy).
Best Song: Artificial Heart

508) Mark Lanegan - Blues Funeral (2012)

Lanegan's latest album is a bit of a departure from his previous work, as it features some electronic elements on some tracks. But mostly, it sounds like Mark Lanegan doing what Mark Lanegan does best. There isn't anybody else around who sounds like Mark sings, or produces music that sounds like Mark plays.
Best Songs: The Gravedigger's Song; Riot In My House

507) David Bowie - Station To Station (1976)

One of Bowie's most famous albums, I was surprised to learn comprises of only six tracks. Not sure that would even constitute an album nowadays, but either way, it's a good album to listen to. This is Bowie's last album before he went to Berlin and got all depressing.
Best Song: Golden Years

506) The Cult - Choice Of Weapon (2012)

I was going to say that The Cult are one of those bands that just keeps on releasing material of mostly good quality. But looking into it, I've just realised that since their debut in 1984, they've only released a further eight albums (this being their latest). So maybe they're not quite as prolific as I first thought, but the fact remains that they're still going strong after nearly 30 years (over thirty years, if you include Astbury and Duffy's earlier bands, Southern Death Cult and Death Cult... they're very creative with their band names).
Best Songs: Honey From A Knife; Wilderness Now

505) Soul Asylum - Delayed Reaction (2012)

Soul Asylum's second album since the tragic death of their original bass player Karl Mueller. Also the first to entirely feature Karl's replacement, Tommy Stinson who's been in Guns N' Roses since 1998, and quite appropriately was also in another of Minneapolis' top alternative rock bands, The Replacements from the age of 11. After the disappointing 'The Silver Lining', this is a satisfying return to form.
Best Songs: Gravity; Let's All Kill Each Other

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