Sonic Masterpiece Albums
September 28, 2013 12:56 PM Subscribe
With Fall around the corner I am looking for some new music to drive to and take long walks with. I listen to a lot of music but find myself returning to many of the same records. Most are sonically complex and feature lots of layers. I like the fact that I feel like I hear something new after the 1000th listen of the Fragile. What albums sound as good to you after the 100th listen as they did when it was new?
posted by kbbbo to media & arts (35 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
Many of these are 90s albums. I feel like there was so much creativity and “realness” in music compared to today.
I will list some of my favorites to give you an idea and hopefully introduce someone else to some great stuff.
The cream of the crop
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works II – The album that got me into Ambient – those soundscapes!!!
Bjork – Homogenic - electronic / drums / strings - feels warm and icy cold at the same time
Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals – Perhaps a guilty pleasure? MM is what he is, but this album is gorgeous!! I love the production down to the little segues/interludes between songs
A Perfect Circle – Mer De Noms / Thirteenth Step – great headphone music
NIN – TDS through Still – I have probably listened to these more than anything
Pj Harvey – To Bring You My Love – PJ is a force of nature. Great bass sounds.
Portishead – Dummy – love the “dusty” and soulful sound of this album. It sounds old and comtemporary at the same time
Radiohead – OKC through Amnesiac – anyone who wonders why Radiohead are treated like gods, proceed to this trilogy
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream through Adore – those guitars!!! Adore was every bit as brave a change in direction as Kid A
Sonic Youth – Dirty – wish fulfillment! Drunken butterfly!!
Tool – Aenima / Lateralus - Amazing
Tricky – Pre Millenium Tension / Maxinquaye - Maxinquaye is the sexiest album EVER. PMT is so claustrophic and paranoid sounding.
U2 – Achtung Baby / Zooropa – Flood has the magic touch
Unkle – Psyence Fiction – criminally underrated
Other amazing stuff:
Those piano pieces on Aphex Twins Drukqs
Bowie’s Low – ENO!!!
Dave Navarro – Trust no one – a hidden gem
Dredg – El Cielo – the most underrated band on the planet – amazing live performers as well Explosions in the sky – the earth is not a cold dead place
Godspeed you black emperor
Mark Lanegan – Bubblegum – he has a very strange discography – either good or not so
Nearly - Very similar to 12 rounds (same vocalist)
Queens of the Stone Age
Twilight Singers – Powder Burns – some great stuff on here – another hidden Gem
Kranky ambient – Stars of the lid – winged victory for the sullen
Tried , but can’t get into (and should maybe give another chance)
The Mars Volta
What am I missing? There has got to be some great stuff out there obscured by all the pitchfork hipster stuff….