Whitney over at Pop Candy was calling for reader lists of “10 Albums You Can’t Live Without“. Albums that maybe aren’t critically the best of all time, but records that if you were stranded on a desert island (for some reason, I kept think of the island on “Lost”) you’d have to have.
My list didn’t get picked, but here is the list I did in 10 minutes with 1-2 sentences each. If I thought about it any longer, the task would have been overwhelming.
Girl Talk – The Night Ripper
Its kind of cheating, but this one album has hundreds of party-ready samples. Thats what I call an efficient album.
Justin Timberlake – Futuresex/Lovesound A consistent effort from beginning to end with Timbaland’s production and JT’s growth as an artist.
Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt Corner storytelling, a-list guest stars/samples (Notorious B.I.G., Nas) and a hip-hop legend in the making.
2Pac – All Eyez On Me 2 discs worth of West Coast hits mixed with street poetics that still resonate today.
Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours Spacey electro beats with substance make this a must listen and one of my all time favorite albums.
Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood Alt country storytelling and head-nodding rhythms that made her my favorite female artist.
OutKast – ATLiens High school nostalgia and Southern grooves in what remains one of hip-hop’s greatest albums.
Nirvana – Nevermind One of the few rock albums that broke my eardrums away from the chokehold Dr. Dre and other rappers had on my Discman.
Editors – The Back Room Brooding brit pop that manages anthem status with Joy Division influence.
Huey Lewis & The News – Sports My brothers and I wore this out on our Fisher Price record player. Guilty pleasure or not, its always worth revisiting.
I had a similar decade-themed list that I was going to turn into a series. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to finish it before 2010 hits.
What would your ten “desert island” disc list be? Does anyone listen to full albums anymore? Greatest Hits albums are kind of cheating, btw.