Favorite Albums (round three)

The ongoing series is at the midway point. Have you been interested by my selections? Well, here are some more....
And if you dont know the parameters I used, then go check the first entry.

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light (2011)

Since their first couple of albums the  band has really grown on me and personally, I think the group keeps getting better with each album. Their latest (from 2011) is one I have listened to over and over again while never getting old. "Alexandria" and "Dear Rosemary" may be my favorites but thier isn't a bad song on album.

Tom Waits - Closing Time (1973)

Tom Waits certainly has a style and sound all his own. Whether it's by his signature gravely voice or folk jazz style piano strokes. I may be a fan, but not all his tunes resonate with me. His debut album though is pure gold evne if the best songs are probably more famous for being sung by other artists. The drunken love ballad "I Hope I Dont Fall In Love With You" always pulls at my heartstrings. While "Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)" makes me yearn for a life on the road. And "Ol 55" is simply a wonderful tune. If you not familiar with Waits' work, this is a good place to start.

Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power (1992)

The summer after I graduated high school this cassette tape rarely left car stereo. The songs on the album simply get me jacked up. Dime Bag's hard riff echo loudly in "Walk" but the songs "Hollow" and "This Love" will always remain my favorites.

Gaslight Anthem -  Handwritten (2012)

One would be hard pressed to choose a best album between the band's three releases. All are great and I darn near put The '59 Sound on here. But I think Handwritten is the slightly more complete album. Or perhaps I flipped a quarter. Trademark outstanding lyrics are present here and musically the band has never been tighter. "Mulholland Drive" is the cream of the crop here.

Jack Johnson - Brushfire Fairytales (2001)

I use this album this album a lot in my professional career. It makes excellent walk in music for an event with it's laid back vibe, smooth guitar, and catchy lyrics. "Flake" and "Fortunate Fool" are the stand outs

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic (1991)

This is sort of the quintessential Chili Peppers album and became their big, mainstream breakthrough, Coincidentally (or maybe not) it's also the first album guitarist John Frusiante and drummer Chad Smith were on. Catchy tunes like "Give It Away", "Under the Bridge", and "I Could Have Lied" run from start to finish. It's hard funky, rock, soulful greatness that can only be the Peppers.

The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)

A person could choose many different Beatles albums. What I love the most about album is how each song seamlessly and effortlessly flows to the next, starting with "Come Together" and ending with "Her Majesty". It's a perfect album.

Stone Temple Pilots - Core (1992)

STP certainly carved out a niche for themselves over the coarse of their careers (or at least the orginal line up). Their debut is a litlle heavier and the lyrics a tad darker than their other efforts. And that's probably why it sticks out as a whole for me. The DeLeo brothers screach through "Where the River Flows", "Dead & Bloated", and "Plush" while Wieland's vocals tie the whole thing together whether the song is heavy or more of a ballad, like "Creep".

The Kills - Blood Pressures

If you like stripped down garage rock, then you will like The Kills. On the band's fourth effort Allison Mosshart's vocals purr in the microphone with a solid command while Jamie Hince's guitar and drive the beats of the songs. Simply and beautiful rock and roll on songs like "DNA" "Pots and Pans", and "Nail In My Coffin".

Queensr├┐che - Empire (1990)

One might only know Queensr├┐che from the song "Silent Lucidity", which happens to be on this album, but the band constantly put out great material. Their hard progressive rock style often works in conjunction with concept albums. Not so much the case with Empire but othe great songs include "Another Rainy Night (Without You)" and "Best I Can". Did I mention that lead singer Geoff Tate possesses one of the greatest vocals in rock history.

Until next time

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