Here she be. My (Yes, mine, not your’s) list of my (mine again) top favorite CDs of modern time. I want to point out once again that my taste in music probably sucks to most human beings with ears. I’m fully aware of that. I’ve come to realization of it. But this is MY opinion of the CDs that have totally kicked my trash and changed my perspective of music. Is it going to be biased? Probably. Is it going to be honest. Most def yo. I did not use one artist twice, just to be more fair. But first the honorable mentions that hugged my eardrums with love:
Modest Mouse- Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Alkaline Trio- Crimson
Autopilot Off- Make a Sound
Blink-182- Enema of the State
Motion City Soundtrack- My Dinosaur Life
Boxcar Racer- Boxcar Racer
Death Cab for Cutie- Plans
Hellogoodbye- Aliens! Zombie! Vampires! Dinosaurs!
Jack’s Mannequin- Everything in Transit
The Top Ten!!!!
10. Panic! At the Disco- A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out- Think what you want about the old P!atD, but no one can deny that they brought something new, fresh, dazzling, different and extraordinary to the table. Pete Wentz might have paved their way right to the mainstream by discovering their power but they had the talent to maintain it, at least for a short while.
9. The Starting Line- Based on a True Story- What to say about this diamond in the rough? Just good solid pop punk loaded with catchy vocals, real meaning and passion. It’s a darn shame that they gave up the ghost about a year ago, would’ve liked to see more from them.
8. New Found Glory- Coming Home- N! F! G! Pretty much godfathers of the pop rock scene. I believe that “Coming Home is their crown jewel of their discography. It’s covered with old school licks and Jordan Pundik really pulled his voice together for this. Again, it’s a shame that they slipped back into the norm with their own routine with “Not Without a Fight”, but they have been together for 10 plus years, that’s some impressive stamina.
7. Fall Out Boy- From Under the Cork Tree- Again, say and think what you will but you can’t fight the impact “FUCT” had in the business. My roots run deep with FOB, first seeing them on Daily Download on Fuse, buying “Take This to Your Grave” and even found “Sugar, We’re Going Down” before it hit the radio waves. All the hooks, lines and catchiness of this single album have carved many crevices in my musical heart.
6. The Academy Is…- Almost Here- Catchy… everything. Songs that actually have actual points in a world where that is rare. Soo good! That’s all I have to say about that.
5. Taking Back Sunday- Louder Now- Want a real rock album? Boom. TBS has it for you. Louder Now is an understatement. The guitars ring with power and Adam’s vocal performance can wake a bear out of hibernation if needs be. It never lets up, never let’s you rest with it’s such force. Dang! It’s good.
4. The Matches- Decomposer- Wish this band was 1) better known and 2) still together. Their lyrics match perfectly with the musical direction with quirkiness and bangy uncensored honesty. With songs as dusty and sad as “Salty Eyes” and as poppy and fun as “Didi My Doe Prt II)” and “What Katie Said” and others makes this collection overwhelmingly mind blowing. And having been partly produced by master Hoppus doesn’t hurt either.
3. Motion City Soundtrack- Commit This To Memory- Pop. Rock. Synthesizers. Messy guitars. Melody. Catchiness. Sing a long. Just a few things of how to describe MCS’s break out album. Take a listen to “L.G F.U.A.D.” and try to tell me their punchy lyrics aren’t addicting. Or have a gander at “Attractive Today” and not feel the same emotion as Mr. Pierre has had. Or try to even read the words of “Hold Me Down” and not get the same loneliness that had poured into the music of that tune. And being fully produced by Master Hoppus doesn’t hurt either.
2. +44- When Your Heart Stops Beating- Love this album. That is a command. There isn’t any way you can’t. It comes from the depths of love and bitterness. Demanding attention is the opening track “Lycathrope” that reeks of revenge. “155” and “No, It Isn’t” drips of action and reaction and charge and rage. Sweetly weeps the track “Make You Smile” that is a perfect background for any loving relationship. How says that good can’t come out of tragedy?
1. Blink-182- Self-Titled- I remember, so long ago, watching the “Cheetah Episodes”, which were basically the making of of the new Blink-182 record that never received a title. This collection was an investment of many months away from home and families, to create a true masterpiece of many different sounding tracks. Mark, Tom and Travis really went all out, no holds barred on these 14 bits of art; they went as far as getting the legend Robert Smith of The Cure to contribute to “All of This” for them. Themes include: loneliness, divorce, break ups, sex, love, lust, deceit and mending of relationships. All of these build the basis of something real and genuine, which is impressive for a group that is known for being naked. Now, all they need to do is do it again… and soon! But not so soon that it wont capture the magic they had those 7 years ago.
Well there you go, my biased but fair list of the round discs that have changed my perception of music and the world. And I sign my name to it… virtually.