10 Albums I Can’t Live Without

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on Oct 17, 09 • by • with 4 Comments

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
nightripperIts kind of cheating, but this one album has hundreds of party-ready samples. Thats what I call an efficient album.

Justin Timberlake – Futuresex/Lovesound
futuresexlovesoundA consistent effort from beginning to end with Timbaland’s production and JT’s growth as an artist.

Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt
reasonable doubtCorner storytelling, a-list guest stars/samples (Notorious B.I.G., Nas) and a hip-hop legend in the making.

2Pac – All Eyez On Me
alleyezonme2 discs worth of West Coast hits mixed with street poetics that still resonate today.

Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours
inghostcoloursSpacey electro beats with substance make this a must listen and one of my all time favorite albums.

Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
foxconfessorbringsthefloodAlt country storytelling and head-nodding rhythms that made her my favorite female artist.

OutKast – ATLiens
atliensHigh school nostalgia and Southern grooves in what remains one of hip-hop’s greatest albums.

Nirvana – Nevermind
nevermindOne 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
thebackroomBrooding brit pop that manages anthem status with Joy Division influence.

Huey Lewis & The News – Sports
sportsMy 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.

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  • Jen

    Whitney is nuts for not picking yours! the thought of having to only have 10 albums for the rest of my life is so painfully terrifying that i never sat down and made my list. but just skimming my itunes this would be the rough draft of my list:

    1. GT “feed the animals”
    2. Rilo Kiley “under the blacklight”
    3. My Morning Jacket “okonokos (live album)”
    4. Billy Joel “52nd st”
    5. Ray LaMontagne “Til the Sun turns black”
    6. The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper” or “Revolver”
    7. Galactic “Ruckus”
    8. Gomez “Bring it on” or “In Our Guns”
    9. JJ Grey & Mofro “Orange Blossoms”
    10. Lupe FIasco “Food & Liquor”

    I guess when your going to have 10 albums for the rest of your life, you need some variety, so that’s what I was going for instead of my faves ever.

  • Ross

    Of course Girl Talk is on the list (very top).. I agree with Jay-Z (Reasonable Doubt), definitely the most lyrical album he’s released to date. I was surprised with Justin Timberlake – Did Laura’s collection get mixed with yours?

    – Jay-Z (Reasonable Doubt) … reasons stated above
    – Blink 182 (Dude Ranch) … went to the release party @ st andrews in 10th grade.. classic
    – Hot Rod Circuit (Sorry About Tomorrow) … drove around for hours with this album in the Taurus
    – Death Cab For Cutie (We Have the Facts..) … Most relaxing after a day of shit work
    – Souls of Mischief (’93 till infinity) … Got my car windwos tinted to this song (almost like your no limit tank)
    – Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) … Re-visited two days ago, listened to it all the way through.. classic
    – Kings of Leon (Only by the Night) … Why not?
    – Green Day (Dookie) … My very first Compact Disc – wasn’t it everyone’s?
    – Atmosphere (Gpd Loves Ugly) … Drove to summer school everyday through 530 rush hour traffic with this one.
    – Something abstract, random, and classic (who knows.. 15 minutes ended) … just because.

  • jayelaudio

    I like this. Now I have more albums to check out since I’ve never heard any of the Atmosphere, Galactic, Gomez or JJ Grey albums mentioned.

    Jenny – You get extra credit for the Lupe mention. I knew you like him, but had no idea that much!
    Ross – I think Green Day – Dookie is one of the few albums I had on tape and then CD, along with ATLiens, Ready to Die and 36 Chambers.

  • Jen

    I discovered JJ Grey at Rothbury last year and Doc and I cant stop listening to them since. He calls it “swamp rock”. Its kind of funky, kind of southern rock. Very cool stuff

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