Top Ten Albums of All Time
So this was a bit of a difficult task for me. I even made a Polaris-Music-Prize-esque long list before shortening it down to about 15 albums. After a week of decision making and re-listening to all these albums, I’ve come up with my top ten. I hope you enjoy it.
Passion Pit - Gossamer
I’ve liked this album since it came out and to now, I still can’t stop listening to it. The songs are catchy and varied, but they still have that Passion Pit feel. I’ve listened to this album doing everything whether it be studying, riding transit, or working. It’s definitely one of the more recent albums on that list but that doesn’t mean I like it any less than the other ones. Seeing them perform it live last year definitely helped push this album to my top ten list.
Favourite Track: “Carried Away”
Tokyo Police Club - Champ
I just really love Tokyo Police Club. Like an obnoxious amount of love. I started listening to them about 5 years ago and haven’t stopped. And they just keep coming up with great music. Champ was different than Elephant Shell and A Lesson in Crime because of the way it flowed. The album was seamless and each song led into one another.
Favourite Track: “Favourite Colour”
Leif Vollebekk - Inland
Most of the time when I go to a concert, I am completely aware of who is playing and who is opening. This was a time where that did not happen. Leif Vollebekk was opening and I had no idea who he was. After his set, I just had to buy his album. It’s gritty, honest, and intimate.
Favourite Track: “Quebec”
Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
I have always been a fan of music with lyrics. Always. However, when a friend introduced this album to me, I fell in love with it immediately. It was subtle but powerful and so oh so beautiful. While it isn’t an album for everything, I find that it’s extremely calming and motivating, so this album is shared with sleep time and study time…which can be a bit confusing.
Favourite Track: “Your Hand in Mine”
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
I was a bit of a late bloomer when it came to learning the piano. I didn’t start until grade 11 or so. Anyways, I blame this album. Oddly enough, I was also a late Coldplay fan as well. Once I started listening to this album, it became a quick favourite. Clocks is most likely the sole reason why I decided to enrol myself into piano lessons.
Said the Whale - Islands Disappear
Said the Whale has been a favourite of mine in the last couple of years. There’s a great variety in their sound which ranges from pop to indie rock to folk. I might also have a slight bias towards this album since the band members are always willing to talk to their fans after their shows. Always. I also love how the songs are so blatantly Canadian. They mention various provinces, our great wilderness, and winter.
Favourite Track: “Camilo (The Magician)”
Aidan Knight - Small Reveal
Much like Leif, I discovered Aidan Knight in concert. I still remember buying this album from him and giving him a high five. The album itself is gentle, soothing, and even a little ethereal at times. He uses a couple of strange instruments throughout and it’s just such a comforting album.
Favourite Track: “Creatures Great and Small”
We Are Scientists - With Love and Squalor
Throughout this list, I tried not picking albums that gave me a sense of nostalgia. I felt like that was unfair to the album itself, as if it were just background noise that happened during a good moment. However, I’m making an exception for this album. I listened to this album throughout all of high school. And while the whole “Your high school years are the best years of your life” thing is a big, fat, lie, I did have some very good times and memories in high school. The album itself is typical indie rock and I just freakin’ love it.
Favourite Track: “Cash Cow”
The Shins - Port of Morrow
I listened to their single for a week straight. And then I bought their album and was just SO EXCITED for more music by The Shins. I really enjoyed their older albums and was thrilled to listen to some new stuff. It’s a crisper and cleaner album and although it seems to be a pattern, I really enjoy variety in an album.
Favourite Track: “Simple Song”
Stars - Your Ex-Lover is Dead
This album satisfied my string instrument craving ALL THE TIME when I was younger. The beginning of “Your Ex-Lover is Dead” just gets me every time. I honestly cannot say that there is a song on this album that I dislike. I’ve listened to this album enough times that I know practically all the words to every song. I could gush more about this album but I’m going to stop and tell you my favourite track.
Favourite Track: “What I’m Trying to Say”
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