1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die [1000]

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Postby Thriller » Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:55 pm

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I purchased the book a few weeks ago and I'm going to work my way through it - backwards. Thought I would start a topic to show which albums appear and my own personal rating of each one. I will update this as and when I listen!
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Postby Thriller » Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:55 pm

1001: The XX - I See You

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YEAR: 2017
PRODUCERS: Jamie Smith, Rodaidh McDonald & Romy Madley Croft
LABEL: Young Turks
ART DIRECTION: Phil Lee
NATIONALITY: British
RUNNING TIME: 39:15

9.0 On Hold
8.5 Dangerous
8.5 Say Something Loving
8.0 Brave For You
8.0 Performance
7.5 I Dare You
7.5 A Violent Noise
7.0 Replica
7.0 Lips
6.5 Test Me

OVERALL RATING: 7.75/10
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Postby NothingFails » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:04 pm

Sounds like an awesome thread. Something that we can revisit old favorites and possibly make some new ones as well.

The XX album was really good, I put it somewhere in my top 15 of 2017. Never been the biggest fan of their music but this is the one that grabbed me the most. "On Hold" completely slays it especially in the chorus when they sample the Hall And Oates track.
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Postby Erotica » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:05 pm

Very good idea for a topic :)

I own the books with 1001 Movies and 1001 Songs, but not the one with albums
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Postby NothingFails » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:08 pm

Working backwards is pretty smart too... I've seen similar threads on different music forums and they work forward and usually most people end up getting bored with all the 50s music and tapping out around the time of the first Beatles albums. Going backwards actually makes more sense since you can make "new" faves and recent albums you already know and then slowly go backwards in time.
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Postby Hugo » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:17 pm

"I See You" is a 10/10, the xx's best album and second best work of Jamie.
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Postby UndercovaSista » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:40 pm

This book has some choices that are just... :-?

I mean, they have 25 but not 21. Who would do that?
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Postby Tansike » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:03 pm

Interesting topic, i'll definitely follow this!

The xx' album is quite good, i really enjoyed it last year and it was my first time listening to them. "On Hold" is definitely the best on there, IMO.
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Postby biscuits » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:10 pm

I think RN1814 is on this list
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Postby menime123 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:38 pm

biscuits wrote:I think RN1814 is on this list
Spoiler! :lol:
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Postby spiritboy » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:59 pm

Great thread. Gonna check first album out today.
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Postby NothingFails » Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:00 pm

Looking forward to the next title... but I know music takes awhile to fully absorb so I understand the time needed
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Postby SholasBoy » Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:33 pm

I've never really liked The xx, they fall into a category of so many acts in the last decade that I find quite pretentious.
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Postby Thriller » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:37 pm

Jamie had a lot more influence on this album, nowhere more so than Dangerous.

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Postby Serby » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:25 am

Jamie xx is a god tbh. Danger is great, and even tho I like them, I never checked the second album, tho I know and like the first one quite good, I think I prefer Jamie on his own. Love his mostly instrumental music and one of my fav tracks ever ever ever is Sleep Sound. It's a masterpiece and that Alicia Keys sample is very clever.
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Postby Serby » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:27 am

Wait a minute. At one point you will technically be breaking the copyright law, no? :lol: :lol:
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Postby beredy » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:39 am

Serby wrote:Wait a minute. At one point you will technically be breaking the copyright law, no? :lol: :lol:
Not really. You can find the list online. And he's not using anything from the reviews that come with every album.
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Postby Wayne » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:51 am

Serby wrote:Wait a minute. At one point you will technically be breaking the copyright law, no? :lol: :lol:
O/T but we technically break copyright laws every time we post chart information as well - but it’s unlikely companies will ever push the issue (though I know that in the past, both the OCC and Billboard have asked us not to post chart information, but then they’ve backed off).
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Postby NothingFails » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:46 pm

lol... it'll be 2092 by the time we reach Frank Sinatra's "In The Wee Hours Of The Morning"
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Postby biscuits » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:49 pm

I think it would actually be 2101 when we finish if it’s one a month
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Postby NothingFails » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:53 pm

Wayne wrote:
Serby wrote:Wait a minute. At one point you will technically be breaking the copyright law, no? :lol: :lol:
O/T but we technically break copyright laws every time we post chart information as well - but it’s unlikely companies will ever push the issue (though I know that in the past, both the OCC and Billboard have asked us not to post chart information, but then they’ve backed off).
Plus it's not being scanned or anything, just the album being posted with Thriller's opinion on it and others adding their two cents.
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Postby Thriller » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:52 am

1000: Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

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YEAR: 2016
PRODUCERS: Adam Cohen & Patrick Leonard
LABEL: Columbia
ART DIRECTION: Sammy Slabbinck
NATIONALITY: Canadian
RUNNING TIME: 36:07

8.0 You Want It Darker
7.5 Treaty
7.5 String Reprise/Treaty
7.5 On The Level
7.5 Steer Your Way
7.0 Traveling Light
7.0 Leaving The Table
7.0 It Seemed The Better Way
6.5 If I Didn't Have Your Love

OVERALL RATING: 7.28/10
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Postby Hugo » Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:27 am

Poetry <3
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Postby NothingFails » Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:49 pm

To contrast with another album about death that will probably show up yet (I know the 1001 Albums people are humongous Bowie fans) You Want It Darker is so grim it makes Blackstar look like a Spice Girls record. Whereas Bowie's album was about a man facing a death he's not wanting and is loaded with melodies and solid production with top notch musicians, Cohen's album is about looking death in the face and saying "take me" and the lyrics and stark production fit the mood. It's a very brutal album to listen to especially if you've been around death, but also beautiful in its own way, though admittedly its not something I dunno if I'd purposely choose to listen to again.
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Postby Thriller » Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:54 pm

Leonard Cohen is certainly never an artist I'd have delved into but I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it, despite the subject matter.
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