There’s nothing rarer or more beautiful than finding an album which every song is 100% perfect. I mean every single song in the track listing is an honest to god good tune. Even some of the best artists out there have the odd song towards the end of the album which is just a bit dull, boring or simply dragging the album out to reach 10-ish tracks. Here are some of my best albums in no particular order,which I think every song is simply brilliant.
‘A Hard Days Night’/ ‘Help!’/ ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ – The Beatles
Can you really just pick one? There’s so many that can contend for different reasons and I feel like I’m picking a favourite child but, I’ve managed to narrow it down to these three. ‘A Hard Days Night’ and ‘Help!’ both have a feature film to go with it which help assist the songs giving them a bit of an edge but it’s the range and genius of Lennon and McCartney throughout all three of these albums. The flow of the self titled opening track of Sgt peppers flowing into ‘With a little help from my friends’ and into ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’. There are so many amazing tracks varying in moods, simplicity, technicalities, everything. These three albums are genius, from genius.
‘Costello Music’ – The Fratellis
The debut album from the Scottish four piece was released in back in 2006 with tracks such as chant-a-long ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and the hearty ‘Whistle for the Choir’ carrying the album as they dominated the UK charts at the time. “Costello Music’ begins with an up tempo drum-roll introduction of ‘Henrietta’ with a rather suiting “Hello” heard before the song really starts. The tempo is played around with throughout the album and weather played track-by-track or on shuffle on your iPod the album just flows brilliantly. This is demonstrated in ‘Ol’ Black and Blue Eyes’ as the bands strengths really shine as there ability for a fitting tempo and vocal change works to perfection.
“Whatever People Say I Am Thats What I’m Not’ – Arctic Monkeys
Difficult decision between ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ and ‘AM’ but the first album just takes it for me as this is the one that started it off. Four lads from High Green, Sheffield went on to become one of the biggest bands in the world and even got asked to headline Glastonbury with just one album under there belt. The album tells tales of a night out in northern towns which screams colloquiums throughout shown in the track ‘Mardy Bum’,as only a thin strip across the north of England will understand, seriously, Newcastle and London don’t have a clue what it means. The album includes the hit’ I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ kickstarting there career leading to 5 consecutive number one albums after.
‘Back to Black’ – Amy Winehouse
It’s really annoying that people only see the drug side of Amy Winehouse, because she truly was an amazing talent. Theres obvious tracks like ‘Rehab’ ‘You know I’m No Good’ and the album-titled track that ring out as Winehouse tunes that everyone knows but her jazz and soul fusion sound really shines in ‘Me and Mr Jones’ and ‘Love Is a Losing Game’. The delicasy of her vocals and the ability to truly hold a note as well as maintain a truly unique style really comes to fruition in this album. Her collaboration with Mark Ronson on the Zuton’s track ‘Valerie’ doesn’t feature on this album, but is worth a mention as it would’ve easily fitted.
‘St Jude’ – The Courteeners
This band have quickly became familiar within the Manchester culture with the chanty singalong vibes that just comes easy in songs like ‘Not Nineteen Forever’ and ‘No You Didn’t, No You Don’t’ but also heart felt time-changing provoked thoughts in ‘Please Don’t’ and ‘How Come’. The tonality of Liam Fray’s voice is stunningly unique and you feel like you could meet in a local pub, come up with the songs and sing your heart out after a few pints, but in a really, really good way. The album quickly launched the bands career leading into an impressive second album ‘Falcon’ which could of also made this list.
‘Recovery’ – Eminem
I’ve noticed this is the only hip-hop genre to make this list, but when I first listened to Eminem, he was the only artist of that genre that I could really connect with, and it seemed that everyone else does to as he’s the king of the genre. This album in particular shows Em at an important stage in his life. Coming off drugs and getting clean in both mind and song-writing ‘Recovery’ comes straight from the life of Mr Mathers on the brighter side of what seems to be a rough time. The lyrics really connect with audiences though as the mind-set is one that we all share, the whole message of the album is accepting the bad and moving onto the good feeling ‘amazing and Not Afraid’.
‘Tape Deck Heart’ – Frank Turner
Despite playing at Glastonbury and the Olympics ceremony Frank Turner seems to have somehow not became worldwide famous which is a shame because this guy has so much talent. I find it rare to find a voice that can pull off a punk-rock and a slowed-down vocal song as well as Turner. ‘Tape Deck Heart’ begins with strong tracks ‘Recovery’ ‘Losing Days’ and ‘Plain Sailing Weather’ with a positive feel and then switches to the reminiscent ‘Good & Gone’. Half-way through the album comes track number 7 ‘Four Simple Words’ which truly shows the vocals that Turner can really achieve.
‘Colour of the Trap’ – Miles Kane
Miles Kane’s debut album is a perfect example of how to make this list. Every single track is simply brilliant. They’re well written and truly captivate the listener with his rock n roll vocals and clever guitar effects that make you really listen and enjoy. Standout track ‘Inhaler’ uses a riff that has become typical of Kane’s style and one that has been brilliantly continued in his second album titled’ Don’t Forget Who You Are’. It may or may not be worth mentioning he’s best mates with Alex Turner, and from this has made another brilliant album ‘The Age of the Understatement’ under the alias’ The Last Shadow Puppets. The style of the puppets can be heard in particular on ‘Kingcrawler’ were he demonstrates his vocal and rock n roll capacity for dynamics within an impressive first album.
‘Royal Blood’ – Royal Blood
I first heard of these guys at Finsbury Park last year supporting the Arctic Monkeys and wow, did they do good, really good. First track ‘Little Monster’ begins with what can be presumed as a heavy rock song, but then the vocals of frontman Mike Kerr come in and there not heavy at all, soft even. Interestingly enough there are only two members in the band, a drummer and a bassist. Listening to tracks like ‘Ten Tonne Skeleton’ ‘ Come On Over’ and ‘You Can Be So Cruel’ it’s crazy to think its coming from a bass guitar as the solos in contrast to the riffs is unbelievable.
‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ – Oasis
It was this, or ‘Definitely Maybe’ but Morning Glory takes it as it has ‘Roll With It’ ‘Wonderwall’ ‘Champagne Supernova’ ‘She’s electric’ etc. These songs are undeniably some of the best songs of the decade and still continue to sell well to this day. Both Gallaghers have moved onto other projects within music but despite rumours of a reunion for a Glastonbury performance will probably never reach the height and success of this album. The slurred guitar intro is instantly noticeable as the Oasis sound, making it instantly enjoyable. What really makes this album so good and probably why it’s stood the test of time is it almost feels like a ‘Best Of’ album. Every song is as good as the last.
‘Purple Rain’ – Prince (and the Revolution)
Prince himself is a god, there’s no two ways about it. And although he has had many many hits and successes, ‘Purple Rain’ is the song that people recognise as Prince, and this is the album it belongs to. Again there are so many tracks that are standouts as ‘Darling Nikki’ ‘When Doves Cry’ I Would Die 4 U’ and obviously the title track ‘Purple Rain’. The album itself is another flowing album like Sgt Peppers as each song leads into another, as least the majority do, making it an easy listen. The talent that is leaked throughout the album is were the magic lies though as immense guitar solos, riffs and an amazing vocal range set the bar so high and earning Prince be a true symbol.
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