What 5 albums define your choice in music?

Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 9:52 PM

If you had to sit down and explain to someone what music you love and why, what 5 albums would you choose and what reason would you give for each album?

albums 5 define your choice in music?

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  1. Re: What 5 albums define your choice in music?

    Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    Tough question, as I love so many artists and styles. I love all types (except reggaeton). However, I do believe I can narrow it down to a particular choice, that choice being the music that made my high school years. Although it's been nearly a decade since I left high school (dropped out in late 2004), the music remains. This is going to be self-indulgent, but the following albums define my choice in music:

    1. Korn - Untouchables
    I'd been a Korn fan for several years when this album came out. Up until its release, I had a hard time believing anything could top Follow the Leader, and I hadn't warmed up to Issues just yet, so I approached Untouchables with caution. It quickly became my favourite album, my appreciation growing with every listen. Like so many fans, I fell in love with the high definition production and overall clarity of the songwriting. Those kinds of albums are my favourites, the 'epics.' From the rich, heaviness of 'Here to Stay' to the ethereal, almost-ballads like 'Hollow Life' and 'Alone I Break', this album was an implosion of binaries.

    It's also one of those albums that just takes me back to that time. I was 15, turning 16 that year and it was the peak of adolescence. Going to school and actually liking it, hanging out with friends, exploring the opposite sex, going to parties, writing music... that era played a huge part in making me who I am; I look back on it all and smile. Untouchables was the backdrop to all of that, along with the other albums I'm listing here. I still listen to it in full every other week. Daring, diverse, compelling and polished.

    2. Papa Roach - Lovehatetragedy
    Underrated. Infest gets all the press, and it's a great album, but this album just hit the spot more so than its predecessor. Many times I've listened to it back-to-back with Untouchables. Maybe it's just the time, the era, but I love the bass-driven alt-metal tracks on Lovehatetragedy. It made for a nice change of pace since every band at the time had exhausted the whole rock/hip-hop sound to the point where it was becoming a punchline. 'Life Is a Bullet' especially hit home for me, with its theme of just being yourself and "wearing your heart on your sleeve" as the saying goes. It is Papa Roach's 'Here to Stay'.

    3. Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way
    As mentioned earlier, I like the epics and this is one of them. And like Untouchables, it was different to what I was used to hearing from this band. It's more retentive than previous RHCP albums, and didn't offer much in the way of jam-based songs. While each member made his presence felt, I believe John Frusciante's guitar work was a high point. Deep, thought-out, very 'schooled' music. It had a 1960's London feel, and it got me into a lot of classic rock music, deepening my appreciation for Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, just to name two.

    The title track never fails, but I loved the 'softer' songs more than anything. 'The Zephyr Song' and 'Warm Tape' fit into that vibe of going to parties and getting to know girls. I'm a soft person at heart, and in a school environment filled largely with the more macho types of dudes (though I was good friends with many of that type), I felt this album validated that soft side. Another high point was 'Venice Queen', a song that showed a very different side of Anthony Keidis than what I was used to. Not that I had him figured as your everyday rock star stereotype, but I was just pleasantly surprised by the lyrical range on By the Way.

    4. Jane's Addiction - Strays
    I'm serious, I really like this album. A lot of people talk it down in comparison to earlier Jane's albums, but I love it. Sure, I missed Eric Avery's bass playing, but this stands out as a guitar album (of course, each band member sounds fantastic). A wide palette of riffs, and tasteful solos that actually complement the music, rather than take away from it.

    I have always been a daydreamer and a voyeur, and this album resonated with those parts of me. I will admit that I found some songs superficial and just straight silly ('True Nature' and 'Superhero' respectively), but tracks like 'Price I Pay' and 'The Riches' just created interesting, vivid images in my head. For me, the lyrics appealed less for the actual content and more for the imagery and storytelling.

    5. Deftones - White Pony
    I love this album for the same reasons as Strays. Vivid images; a musical backdrop to my daydreaming. I sensed a strong element of fantasy with this album, largely due to Chino Moreno's obscure lyrics. The instrumentation is brilliant, no one over- or under-playing their parts. 'Change (In the House of Flies)' is a great song, of course, but for me the album's high point was 'Passenger', one of my favourite vocal duets.

    Those are my five, but I'll throw in some honourable mentions: Faith No More's Angel Dust, Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral, Limp Bizkit's Results May Vary, Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, Alice in Chains' Jar of Flies, Disturbed's Believe and Black Sabbath's Master of Reality are all noteworthy... as are many, many others.

    TL;DR: They're good.

  2. RE: What 5 albums define your choice in music?

    Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Such an insightful post FuuuriousAnger, I could reminiscent with your contact with Untouchables during high school as well! It was really the main album in my cd-player at the time, and also got me though situations. I too had a variety in taste in music, from growing up listening to bubblegum/pop artists in my childhood 1995-99 (Aqua, Toy-Box, Nsync, Backstreet Boys, Weirld Al) then venturing into Rapcore/Nu-Metal/Alternative metal (Adema, Mushroomhead, Static-X, Linkin Park, Chevelle) in my adolescence 2004-07. Later into international/Post-hardcore artists (Thrice, Thursday, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Ellegarden, Psycho Le Cemu) in my early college years.

    1. Queen - A Night at the Opera
    This band was one of my first ventures into classic rock music at the time, listening to Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time made me re-think of music in general. After buying A Night at the Opera, I shortly obtained The Greatest hits. Mostly listening to Queen my senior year in high school.

    2. Weezer - Weezer (Green Album)
    The album I identified the most with transitioning from Middle school to high school. Later forming a great love for Blue album and Pinkerton, this album was the first I've heard from the band.

    3. Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
    Dwelling into the broader music scene in middle school with access to MTV with artists such as Godsmack, Static-X nothing made me more curious than Linkin Park. I remember watching One Step Closer when it was first released on MTV. This was the transition band for me in venture into the world of rock (or rapcore) music in 2000. This album is perfection in my opinion for the genre.

    4. Korn - Untouchables
    High school album of choice. Perfect atmosphere, and lyrics that were incredible at the time and could really identify with though my teenage years. Although Issues was also on rotation for me at the time.

    5. Papa Roach - Infest
    Went out and bought two albums at Walmart back in 2000 this one and Nonpoint - Statement and this had a lasting impression on me, similar to Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory.

    Honorable Mentioned;
    Deadsy - Commencement
    The Aquabats! - Vs The Floating Eye of Death!
    Ozma - Rock and Roll Part Three
    Aqua - Aquarium
    Placebo - Meds

  3. Re: What 5 albums define your choice in music?

    Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Thanks! It's good to reminisce, and I think your thread topic allowed for a lot of that. I think it's awesome how Untouchables has impacted so many of us.

    Great selection of albums there, you've captured the essence of discovering music and the feeling one gets.

  4. Re: What 5 albums define your choice in music?

    Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    For now i cant feel korn anymore .... my best album korn issues , follow the leader , untouchables . for the paradigm title never never it reminds me david very good beat

  5. Re: What 5 albums define your choice in music?

    Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    Sorry i answer straight my best album ,untouchables a little bit issues album

  6. Re: What 5 albums define your choice in music?

    Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    korn so much influence there legendary beat is gone

  7. Re: What 5 albums define your choice in music?

    Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Well, I'll explain as much as possible:

    1) silverchair - Frogstomp
    THE album that got me into grunge/alternative music. Very influential, considering when the album came out, the boys were still in high school, and within a year were already one of the biggest bands in the world at the time. Quite humbling, as they, like I, were born in 1979, so I also, quite literally, grew up with their music.

    2) Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
    Omg, I absolutely enjoy every single song on this album as much as the other, and I cannot say that about too many albums. Just the sounds and riffs on this one would often find me cranking it up really loud and just drifting away into another world. James' guitar work on this is just magical, as is Billy's vocals and D'arcy's bass playing too, not to mention Jimmy's spectacular drumming!

    3) Pearl Jam - Ten
    Much like Siamese Dream (and Pearl Jam's Vs as well), I would often find myself absorbed in the songs from this album. Eddie's vocals definitely being a draw-card, I would often sing along, sometimes at the top of my lungs. And the array of sounds is also amazing, particularly tracks like "Oceans" and "Black", which are very hauntingly beautiful.

    4) Korn - Issues
    One of only a handful of albums that I like to listen to from start to finish. I again love every single song from this album, each one as captivating as the one before it, particularly JD's vocals (I have always been impressed with his vocal ability). I also loved the competition they held for the cover, and when the album first came out, I bought the runner-up cover with the stick-figure crime scene chalk markings, which also had the "All Mixed Up" bonus CD.

    5) Fozzy - All That Remains
    When I first heard of this band, it was only because the lead singer, Chris Jericho, is, you guessed it, a WWE superstar. When I first heard this album (which was their first all-original album as they started as a cover band), I was very impressed to say the least! Again I like every song on this one, and Chris' vocals (and Rich's guitar work) are absolutely amazing. One of the more recent albums I bought, but another one I can listen to from start to finish.

    Follow The Path Of KoRn, Where Life Is On The Other Side Of The Mirror, Issues Are A Paradigm, And Untouchables Remember Who You Are Inside

  8. Re: What 5 albums define your choice in music?

    Sun, Mar 23, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    1.Black sabbath-Symptom Of The Universe: The Original Black Sabbath : Pretty much there GH tracks due to obvs i was not even born during the run in the 70's But what can i say about black sabbath there pretty much legends Obvs i got into this band due to my dad them and Led zepplin were 2 of my dads fav bands growing up so it was a givin when i first heard these two bands it was a life changing event i heard these two bands after i got into NU metal KORN,deadsy,Deftones etc etc well soon after and lets just say it was like a seed listening to black sabbath i was like okay this is """rock""" music and sabbath was like a starting point for me it grew from sabbath to hey there is stoner and slude rock and metal and doom and Southern bands and bands from New orleans esp "DOWN" and "Pantera" since i live in texas i felt it was pretty close to Nola so it went hand and hand and QOTSA and White stripes it all started with Black Sabbath that band pretty much turned me onto ROck music and MEtal music ...Heavy Music ..also the facanation with weed and Smoke and Crosses LOL

    2. KORN-Follow The Leader...What can i say obvs one of my favoirte bands i own all there albums i chose dis cus i was kinda young and missed there s/t LIP era and this was the first korn album i got but i soon worked my way back ..i think the reason i like korn is prob the same has most other people JD is a great frotman the DUAL attack of Munky and head and the Insane rhytham section of Fieldy and david esp fieldy who would slap click and snap the hell out of his bass ..also i liked the fact that korn would change there music from album to album song to song heck each song had its own little flavor ...KORN LIfer !

    3. King Geedorah-Take me to your leader .....yeah on of Hip Hops finest albums iDK when i got dis was deff on of my early Gateway Hip hop albums i got i dont even consider dis HIP hop it brought out so many different feelings for me the sound is like old 80's Cartoon Rap mixed with JApan anime old godzilla movies nerds FIghter jets fast cars crusin down a tokyo highway so many feelings and sounds i liked about dis album LOL every track is AAA

    4. The Prodigy-THe fat of the LAND-This was acctually the first CD i bought and owned with my own money KORN -FTL was the 2nd i always Said Prodigy was the band that got me into korn cuz i felt the similtarty of there Bass sound and dark feel kinda went hand to hand to what korn was doing at the time with FTL... also with the sprinkles of Hip hop feel who knew years later KORN would drop TPOT it was like full circle for me when that happend LOL..... obvs later on Prodigy was the seed that got mew into Rap and Hip hop along with my sister ...that was the first music i heard before prodigy Snoop doog and West coast Hip hop and rnb hehehe but back to prodigy what can i say electronica Metal !!!!!! front to back just killa song after killa song esp Disel power i like that song ....also i remember the contrversy back then MTV would even play there single Smack my bitch up i remember satying up late just to see that video on VH1 or somethin LOL

    5. Slipknot-IOWA- Man dis band came out fast like a wirlwind SPewing Hate loud angry noise and FUCK U's to the world LOL not only that but the SHock appeal of 9 guys on stage with jumpsuits and masks ozing blood sweat and tears and fire alla setting themselfs on fire obvs it got my attention LOL not only that but have two druumers up front with Rising drum kits i never seen dat before man what can i say about SLipknot the started of heavy n vugalr then Rick got a hold of them and they kind went into lets just wrtie good songs mode LOL

  9. Re: What 5 albums define your choice in music?

    Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    5) Bruce Springsteen: Born In The USA; the first album I ever memorized from start to finish! Listened to it before and after my first couple seasons in minor hockey.
    4) Bon Jovi: New Jersey; and I will take all your laughing as a compliment! But it was loud and it was fun because everyone was dancing, shaking & f*'king to it!
    3) Guns & Roses: Appetite for Destruction; pure, raw aggression from the first to last note! Will never, never forgive Axel for destroying them!!!
    2) Led Zeppelin: Signs; the absolute best album musically from this amazing band that I didn't listen to until I married. I found this is their finest work in a catalogue of truly amazing stuff!
    1) KoRn: Untouchables!; this album is a complete assault on the senses! The guitars are the best that Munky and Head ever did! Their are ebbs and flows to the rhythms and drums and Fieldy's bass is spot on.
    But the albums true genius is in the lyrics of Jonathan Davis! His assault is relentless on every song, including my all time favourite, One More Time!
    Honourable mentions: Metallica; Master of Puppets, Megadeth; Countdown To Extinction, The Offspring; Conspiracy Of One, Pearl Jam Vs., & KoRn; The Paradigm Shift (moving self-titled to number 3 on my KoRn list!)

  10. Re: What 5 albums define your choice in music?

    Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    Nice list! I heard 'One More Time' in cafe (of all places) today, and it is a solid gold Korn track.