I just wet myself.
“Macca jams like “I’m Looking Through You” and “I’m Looking Through You” are highly advanced specimens…”
Someone must really love that song, eh Mr. DeVille?
Pretty much all of those albums are working a different type of psych though. They deal more in blues-based long-form guitar rock. Sgt. Peppers pulls more in the direction of pop structures with odd additions. I would never put Sgt. Peppers at the top of my Beatles list or at the top of any psychedelic albums list, but to say it wasn’t groundbreaking in its own right is just ignoring all the music that it spawned. And that doesn’t even touch on the thematic material behind the album, the idea that a band can just become a different one and create a conceptual theme to build an album around (even if it doesn’t hold for most of Sgt. Peppers.)
I like this order. It’s really hard to deny any of the albums though.
Hey Jude, the compilation, should have been included though, as none of those songs were on any of the albums, and it gathers some great material. And also Old Brown Shoe.
You’re right, this list is missing Fun.’s albums. I’d put them at 376 and 484, respectively.
LuLu was a fitting end to an insane career.
I’ve gotta say that, while these lists are almost per se meaningless, I always appreciate the fact that groups put them out there. I was a teenager when Rolling Stone put out their first version of their 500 greatest albums of all time, and it made me excited to find all the random stuff on there that I’d not heard. As a result, I discovered the joy of Richard and Linda Thompson, dove head first into 50s rockabilly, gained my first appreciation for jazz and realized that Rolling Stone was very conservative in their musical choices. Of course this stuff isn’t consensus and represents a bunch of pale nerds cloistered in their flats listening obsessively to brit pop, but if it inspires some goofy kid to go listen to Frank Sinatra and Dexy’s Midnight Runners, good on them.
How many of them are bland yet think they’re sexy and caustically brilliant?
Beach House is, to me, the apotheosis of this. For all the claims that Ramones wrote the same song over and over, there was quite a bit of variety throughout their catalog. I’ve listened to Beach House a ton, and I can’t tell most of their songs apart.
I can’t wait to see Miley’s response to this open letter: Who the F#(* are you, bruh?
When Olivia Tremor Control played Arthurfest in LA back in 2006 they had the sheep lamp on stage. I can’t for the life of me find my photo of it, but there are some things that, once you see, cannot be unseen.
Sudden Organ is the best song of all songs. I could listen to it every day (and probably have for the past decade) and not get tired of it. I love this band so much, but for me they never topped Painful. This album still puts a lump in my throat.
The last tour I remember being that stacked was Enslaved with Pallbearer, Royal Thunder and Ancient VVisdom. More incredible bills, please!
What a hell of a triple bill. I’m REALLY hoping to be making that tour.
This is definitely the best week for loud music in a LONG time. Carcass, SubRosa, Windhand, Grave Miasma, Ulcerate and Pinkish Black in one week?! It’s almost a bummer that Gorguts put out their fantastic release the week prior, because they would have fit in perfectly with this loud and excellent party.
In a year for great metal, this is the best week of the year thus far.
I’m surprised more people haven’t jumped on here so far expressing surprise at The Fragile being as low as it is. It’s the one I listen to the most, the highs on it are probably higher (for me) than any other peaks Trent has reached and it has more variety than any other release. It’s my go-to album for driving in the middle of the desert late at night.
No Sixteen Military Wives? That song is the one of theirs that I play most frequently. And yeah, more Crane Wife is always needed. I’d also choose The Tain as the proggy, guitar-y epic of note.
They really need to tour again. I saw them back in 2006 and they were so very good. They invited the crowd up on stage and handed out drum sticks, encouraging a mass pound-along during (I think) 13 Months in Six Minutes.
I’ve gotta take my hat off. I haven’t fully soaked in Bad As Me still, but this is an excellent ranking of a very tough and consistently excellent career. I like Heartattack and Vine more than you do and would probably bump Frank’s Wild Years down a notch or two, but it’s minor quibbling. Bone Machine definitely deserves that placement, and I’m going to go listen to it right now. AND THE EARTH DIED SCREAAAAMING!
I hear very little Pallbearer or Deafheaven on this track. Am I doing it wrong?
A very solid list. But, c’mon, Blood and Thunder is and always will be their best track.
FUCK. YES. This may be my most anticipated album of the year.
Tom, I completely agree that this transitional period is the band’s high point. I love Beneath the Remains, Arise and Roots, but Chaos A.D. was one of those pinnacle albums in my discovery of great metal. I read this article and was inspired to listen to it today during my run. Kaiowas still drives me mental with joy when I hear it, and the riffs on Refuse/Resist might be my favorite death/thrash/groove riffs ever. In an era of great albums, this one is one of the best ever.
I downvoted this solely for the fact that you had the chance to see that bill and weren’t able to catch it. Holy crap, that would have been an incredible show!
The Gorguts album is so damn good. It’s even more impressive given the long wait between releases. In a year full of incredible metal albums it’s definitely in the top tier.