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Words will fail me here - especially after the triumphant concluding summarizing homerun that was the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness post. But The Downward Spiral is the final piece to this 500-piece puzzle - and it’s the most important piece. It’s also the final piece of music, currently... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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Jane Austen once said that we form most of our tastes during our teenage years. Soon after its release, Billy Corgan said that Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness aimed to capture people’s lives between 14 and 24. In Corgan’s words from an October 1995 interview: [Mellon Collie and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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Back when I talked about III Sides to Every Story (#62), I mentioned the slightly more positive side of a high school band trip to New York City and the hope that could possibly arise from such a dark moment. I hinted that Dirt told the other important but bleaker... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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While released in August 1993, I knew nothing of Bloody Kisses until spring 1994. As I’ve now talked about in countless posts, I emerged socially for the first time during late 11th grade. It was probably the most transformative time in my entire life. I went from a shy, socially... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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While I was already a huge fan of Queensryche before Promised Land came out in late 1994, this album transcended anything that they had previously released by impacting my life in an unprecedented way. After The Downward Spiral, I had taken my self-destructive attitude as far as it could go.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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U2 didn’t do too bad on the Top 500. I like them, but they’re not one of my dominant all-time favorite bands. Three albums landed between 150 and 250: Achtung Baby (#152), War (#210), and All That You Can’t Leave Behind (#247). Personally, I like how U2 helped bring post-punk... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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It used to be a ritual many times in high school, especially for a stretch in 1994. As an angry, depressed, bitter young man, I’d come home from school, the rage of the day seething through me. Hypocritical teachers who didn’t “get” me. Bullies laying waste to whatever wisps of... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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By late 1994, my inner rage had gotten crazy. At first, moshing to Metallica was enough. Then I needed Pantera. But I realized that, as my personality emerged and blossomed suddenly out of nowhere at the end of 11th grade, that despite people finally liking me after years of obscurity,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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While rare, there are times in my life when I can leave my mundane life behind, put on my best suit, and party it up. I feel alive, perfect, and happy in those moments. My friend Sean’s wedding in 2008 felt like that. Several Digital Balls felt like that. My... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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I’ve mentioned my spirituality in a few posts but it’s probably not clear where I stand from a religious perspective. I do not subscribe to a particular religion or scripture (although I do enjoy and learn much from the New Testament) and often wind up talking about my spirituality with... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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If I could freeze classic rock in time, I would freeze it in the year 1975. And more than any other classic rock album, I would freeze it to Wish You Were Here. We have 10 more albums to go, but this is my favorite classic rock album. All of... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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I’ll readily admit that Simple Things objectively should not be #12 in any greatest album list. But on my favorite albums list, Simple Things equals one and one thing only: Boulder 2002. This trip ended up to be one of the best, most definitive, and most formative events of my... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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If you told me that a 1999 Dream Theater album that came out while I was in my first semester of grad school at Kent State University would make it 11 spots higher than the sacred Images and Words (which holds the same legendary and seemingly untouchable place in my... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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Typically, I don’t count bootlegs or single concerts as “albums.” I make a significant exception with Nine Inch Nails’s performance at Woodstock ‘94. Until August 1994, my feelings and the music I sought out to represent those feelings kept getting more and more and more intense. Albums such as Bloody... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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As I near the end of the Top 500, I’m sad that I’ve reached the final Rush album. When tallying up the number of total albums and the quality of those albums, it’s crystal clear that Rush is my favorite band. 26 previous posts covered Rush, from Snakes and Arrows... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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Random KISS albums (mostly from the Stanley-Simmons-Frehley-Criss era) ranked between #127 (Rock and Roll Over) and #435 (KISS) in the Top 500. Many people have mixed opinions about KISS, mostly considering them silly at best, awful at worse. Even me, a fan of the classic lineup way more than most,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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I’ve always had a tendency to become utterly depressed in the middle of festivity. The few dances or proms I attended, several weddings, celebrations for graduations or birthdays, and parties mostly all felt this way. I know it’s an awful way to feel, but for most of my life I... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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This album, after a war between David Lee Roth’s party-time mentality (#220 Women and Children First) and Eddie Van Halen’s darker, progressive tendencies (#318 Fair Warning), found perfect balance between the two in 1984 – which is why Van Halen at their best could have depth and still party like... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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Objectively, this is not one of Steely Dan’s best albums. Their last album before a 20-year hiatus, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker essentially flogged their A-list studio musicians through hundreds of bloodless takes of each song until they’d tortured Gaucho out of them. Critically, Pretzel Logic, Katy Lied, and Aja... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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It’s funny - despite a now healthy measure of respect over time - how people like to pick on Sting. During some of his spoken word rants, Henry Rollins probably best summarized many “cool” people’s take on Sting by referring to lame people who own and listen to his albums.... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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This album has a complicated, trippy history, so let’s start with reality and grow more impressionist as this essay proceeds. While I’d prefer to rewrite history so that I discovered this album earlier (as we’ll see when I talk about Boston), the fact is that’s simply not the case. On... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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I’ve already spoken about 11th grade from many points of view, but I’ve got to tackle it head on again when discussing Siamese Dream. In high school, I never would have predicted this album’s insanely high placing but Siamese Dream grew in stature over the years, subtly increasing in significance... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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I LOVE Led Zeppelin. Their lowest ranked studio album ended up at #219. Seven of the eight studio albums ended up in the Top 200 and four of the eight studio albums ended up in the Top 100. Houses of the Holy even ranked at the incredibly high #31. Yet,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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In the summer of 1992, I had made it through a horrible year in ninth grade. Tenth grade loomed, but at least I had some armor through new friends and heavy metal music. Metallica helped define my metal ethos and I looked forward to hearing their songs on the radio.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums
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I have a distinct memory of Signals coursing through my mind during a summer band concert in a New Hartford park gazebo that my journal tells me happened on July 13, 1992. It was the last summer band concert of the year. Ninth grade had ended and I was traumatized... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Kevin's Top 500 Favorite Albums