It’s really hard to find a band who has more than a handful of good songs, never mind a whole album worth listening to. I think they’re getting less common as music quality and expectations veer off in an . . . interesting direction, but they do exist. Scrolling through my music collection I’ve found that I actually have quite a few albums I can play full-through without having to skip anything, many more than what I’m sharing in the post. Which means that this will be a series of at least 3 parts as it stands, surely growing as time goes on. For starters here are my classic, always-trusty albums. Enjoy.
- Pretty. Odd. – Panic! At The Disco (2008)
>It’s so cheery and uplifting, with a whimsical mix of melodies and lyrics that I can’t help but dance a little every listen.
- Floating World – Anathallo (2006)
>Bouncing between a variety of beautifully drawn out compositions to brief verses that make you think on them, the album is its own journey and carries you through a highly emotive story.
- Ocean Eyes – Owl City (2009)
>Very young and open, the simple but clever songs are beyond easy to get caught up in. I love this in the summer.
- Infinity On High – Fall Out Boy (2007)
>Need angst and middle school feelings while still touching on meaningful, if not somewhat petty topics? FOB has it covered.
- Want – 3OH!3 (2008)
>The first few years anything from 3OH!3, never mind this specific album, came on I couldn’t stand it. It’s trashy, abrasive and unapologetic. And yet somehow I now know all the words and use it as a default ‘cleaning and jamming’ album. Go figure.
- Electra Heart – Marina and the Diamonds (2012)
>The whole album is a beautiful if not heartbreaking story, and you can feel, hear and see it through the songs and music videos. She balances light teenage fun with heavier issues and it’s stunning.
- Goodbye Blues – The Hush Sound (2008)
>Not exactly assertive, but pretty confident is how all their songs come across. With vocals flipping between 2 great leads the songs toss it up with a strong theme. While most tracks are more upbeat there are some more somber songs that sit with you.
- Tic Toc Tic – The Zolas (2009)
>To this day the Zolas have the most unique sound I’ve heard, save for maybe Xavier Rudd and his didgeridoo. It’s haunting, but not in a sad way – it just manages to stick with you.
- In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery – Capital Cities (2013)
>They’re mellow, fresh, and easy listening. In a smooth clash of dreamy and techno tunes the whole album flows seamlessly while still maintaining a firm identity for each song.
- My Head Is An Animal – Of Monsters and Men (2011)
>A bit wistful and far-reaching, they take you far away with the music and story-telling.
As I said, this will be a series. Part 2 coming soon enough (this series only updates once every 4 weeks).
*Note: all links are to a full-album youtube playlist. Try them out as background noise!