My Top 10 Albums Of All Time
by Saint Reverence
One of my favorite questions to ask people when I'm getting to know them is their top 5 favorite albums. I have found that the ways in which people answer that question can say as much about the person as their actual choices can. Some people don't listen to albums as a unit, but rather a collection of songs. Some choose to skip and/or shuffle, while some listen in order and don't skip. All of these methods are valid (though, try telling that to me from 5 years ago), but I've found that people in each camp tend to exhibit similar personality traits. This is my version of astrology.
I won't get into the specific traits here (yet), but I will say that I am someone who prefers to experience albums as a cohesive unit with a clear beginning and end point - at least until I become familiar enough with the album that I understand the songs out of context, after which point I may skip tracks that don't fit whatever mood I'm currently in.
On the subject of mood, I associate music with mood very intensely, and as such I love to create playlists with a specific feeling in mind so that I can just hit shuffle and take a journey along with whatever comes up next. I can spend hours at a time obsessing over which music to add to a playlist, and have hit the max track limit on Tidal a few times. There is a more in-depth discussion of how I experience music on the Gigi, The Bruja podcast, so if you'd like to know more go give that a listen. it also includes a brief anecdote about the album that leads my Top 10 Of All Time list.
10. Menos El Oso - Minus The Bear
9. The Wall - Pink Floyd
8. Speakerboxxx / The Love Below - OutKast
7. Romaplasm - Baths
6. The Lonesome Crowded West - Modest Mouse
5. Marcy Playground - Marcy Playground
4. The Great Destroyer - Low
3. Castaways & Cutouts - The Decemberists
2. Skelethon - Aesop Rock
1. By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
These are ranked primarily by how important they are to me emotionally, but consideration was also given to the level of influence the album has had on my music taste. In many cases, the artist has albums that are better albums, but with which I don't have as strong of a personal connection so they didn't make the cut. Granted, 10 albums is a very small sample size; however, the list has remained pretty constant over the last 5-7 years, with the exception of Romaplasm since it only came out 2 years ago.