Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dana's Top 10 Albums

Ladies and gentleman, my blog has officially awakened from its coma. Please forgive me for not posting since the beginning of the summer. I cannot apologize enough for the lack of blogging and weekly updates. I really hope you can forgive me. I'm back again, and my blog is no longer comatose. At the beginning of the summer, I did a movie review on that really awful Bevanfield Films version of Aladdin and I pretty much ripped it to shreds. Tonight's blog is a music review, however I'm not reviewing just one album...but my TOP TEN favorite albums! I never really discussed more than one full length album before, but this should be something fun to write about. I hope you all like it and are happy to see a blogpost from yours truly. Here we go, my Top 10 albums!


Hybrid Theory was the first full length album I ever bought with my own money when I was twelve years old. I discovered Linkin Park through Dragonball Z music videos and fell in love with them. The heartfelt, powerful lyrics in every song from beginning to end made me feel like someone understood how I felt when things got rough. Back then, I never really knew about any other bands out there until I discovered Linkin Park. (Remember, I was TWELVE.) They were alternative metal but had hip-hop thrown in there as well. I never heard anything like that before. To this day, I can listen to this album from beginning to end and smile. I don't really like Linkin Park anymore, but this album will forever have a soft spot in my heart.

Anti-Flag's fifth album, For Blood and Empire, had an effect on me when I discovered them at age 16. I'm not really into politics; I rarely ever discuss them unless someone asks my opinion about a particular issue. However, Anti-Flag's songs have socio-political messages that are mostly anti-corporate, working class struggle, anti-imperialism, etc. According to the U.S Government, I'm a registered Democrat. Obviously, so is Anti-Flag. Pretty much everything that Anti-Flag says on this album essentially explains my views on the government and how I feel about how this country is being controlled. If you're one of those people who are seriously into politics, take a listen and discuss amongst your political friends.

The Offspring's fifth album, Americana, is another childhood favorite of mine. What I love about this album in particular is that it significantly influenced the 90's punk scene along with Rancid, Nirvana (yes, they were a punk band before they were labeled as grunge), Green Day, NoFX, etc. Although earlier albums such as Smash and Ixnay on the Hombre launched The Offspring into mainstream, Americana gave them a bit more of a push and gained even more popularity. Another thing: every song sounds different. There's nothing more irritating than listening to an album that sounds like the same song was recorded five times in a row.

The Ramones' third album, Rocket To Russia had a lot of hits, but didn't chart as well as their debut album. That didn't matter to me, though. There's a wide variety of sounds that are different from the first and second Ramones album. They experimented with new sounds that are different than typical 1970's punk albums like Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols that was also released in 1977. Rocket To Russia was released during the band's most popular and well-known line up, and in my opinion, the best line up. All four of them are now deceased, but they're all alive in my heart. 

Social Distortion's self-titled album is my favorite out of every album they released. The first album I ever heard by them was Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll, but it didn't affect me as much as their self-titled album. I'm no fan of country music, but  Social Distortion decided to throw in some cow-punk and rockabilly riffs in their songs. Somehow or other, I really enjoyed it. I love when a band experiments with new sounds and new ideas instead of just releasing a carbon copy of an older album. One more thing: their incredible cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." I like it better than the original version. Social Distortion closes their concerts with that cover. Bravo.

Issues was the first Korn album I ever listened to. To be honest, I didn't even know much about Korn except for a few hits such as "Ya'll Wanna Single," "Freak On A Leash," and "Coming Undone." But then my dear friend Brendan told me to listen to Issues. I did, and I can't believe I missed out on Korn for all of these years. The haunting lyrics, memorable melodies and the removal of their hip hop elements from the previous album, Follow the Leader, gave them a new alternative metal sound; including a commercial success. My thoughts about the spine chilling closing track "Dirty?" Let's just say I can't listen to it at night because the 4 minutes of static kept me lying awake in bed after listening to it.

American Psycho was the first Misfits album I ever heard, and was the first studio album with Michale Graves on lead vocals. Because of that, I never knew about Danzig until after discovering American Psycho. Although some of their songs sound a bit similar to the other, I can't help but sing along whenever one of the songs on this album pops up on my iPod. Each song is fun, catchy, and memorable. I've seen the Misfits before and even had the wonderful privilege to meet both Jerry Only and Michale Graves at two different events, and they're both wonderful. Also, I'm very glad that Danzig dropped the lawsuit. I don't like him. Clearly, I'm a Jerry Only and Michale Graves kind of girl.

Joan Jett's most recent album, Unvarnished, completely blew me out of the water when I first listened to this last year when it was released. From beginning to end, Joan left me in awe. Her songs ranged from her experiences during Hurricane Sandy to the death of her mother. For the first time, she wrote an entire album that was autobiographical and didn't include ONE cover. If you look at Unvarnished and her debut album Bad Reputation, you can clearly see how much Joan Jett grew as a musician. Bad Reputation had little to no originals with mostly covers, while Unvarnished had no covers at all. I could go on and on about this album, but I've already talked about that if you haven't seen it  here.

Green Day's third studio album, Dookie, will forever be their best album. Raw punk rock can easily describe the sound Green Day had in the 1990's. There is not one bad song on this album. I'd listen to Insomniac or their first album 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and skipped a bunch of tracks because they either sounded too similar to the other, or they just didn't have the right composition. Dookie, on the other hand, is a classic hands-down. Almost every song is catchy enough to play in your head over and over, and the majority of the songs on that album became radio hits. To this day, Dookie is Green Day's best-selling album with millions upon millions of copies sold all over the world.

And my number one album is...

Meet The Beatles! Their second studio album is by far my favorite and the best album ever released. This is the album that pretty much made Beatlemania happen in the United States. Please Please Me charted decently well in England, but didn't quite chart in the United States. I noticed that the majority of the songs on Please Please Me were covers so I can see why they didn't gain popularity until their next album. They were still experimenting. Out of the twelve tracks on Meet The Beatles, only one of them was a cover (Til There Was You.) Every song on this album was pretty much a hit. The majority of the songs they performed on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 were the songs on this album. Last February, I listened to this album from beginning to end to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arriving in New York, and I was smiling the whole time. The Beatles was the first band I ever heard, and they will forever be the number one band in my life. No band will ever compare to them. Fifty years later, and they're still the most well-known band in rock and roll history.

That's all, folks. Thank you so much for reading, and I'll be writing again very soon. Once again, I sincerely apologize for not writing for all of these months. Enjoy the rest of your week.

1 comment:

  1. Great blog,post as always! Your too 10 is quite different than mine, but I love it! There isn't bad release on here. Though. Even if I didn't like any of these, or disagreed with you, I'd probably still like it. I love reading other people's opinions. I'm also glad I could influence your top 10 a bit! Keep up the good work!