Beautiful, eclectic music

A Listmania! list by S. Oliver "stephenaoliver" (Essex, England)
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Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
1.  Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The list author says:
  "From delicate drones and melodies to huge orchestral crescendos. Post-millenial ennui."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

Amused to Death
2.  Amused to Death by Roger Waters
The list author says:
  "Epic musical satire from one of the greatest lyricists and album-crafters. Perceptive, sardonic and emotional."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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The Holy Bible
3.  The Holy Bible by Manic Street Preachers
The list author says:
  "Ruthless. The most articulate representation of despair I have experienced. Suffering into art, albeit nasty, hard edged, dissonant art."
£6.99   Used & New from: £0.26
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

Pink Moon
4.  Pink Moon by Nick Drake
The list author says:
  "Stark and austere, Drake's voice a whisper from the near silent 'Road' to the beautiful, redemptive closing track ('From the Morning')."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

OK Computer
5.  OK Computer by Radiohead
The list author says:
  "Innovative, PRE-millenial ennui. Incredible melodies, perfectly arranged. Thom Yorke's voice aches over every song. Includes the best single ever released ('Paranoid Android')."
£4.27   Used & New from: £0.58
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Gorecki:Symphony No.3
6.  Gorecki:Symphony No.3 by Dawn Upshaw
The list author says:
  "Possibly the simplest and most perfect piece of music ever written."
£9.33   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Pärt: Te Deum
7.  Pärt: Te Deum by Arvo Pärt
The list author says:
  "Music distilled to its most sacred elements."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Ocean Songs
8.  Ocean Songs by Dirty Three
The list author says:
  "Probably the best violin, guitar and drums trio on the planet. Evocative of the sea, at turns gentle and energetic, but always melancholic and haunting."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Fixed : Context
9.  Fixed : Context by Labradford
The list author says:
  "The apex of minimalist post-rock. Each note counts. Nothing seems to happen, but it is a most captivating nothing."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward
10.  Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward by Silver Mount Zion
The list author says:
  "Godspeed simplified, without the crescendos. Gentle, sensitive and achingly beautiful."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Electro-Shock Blues
11.  Electro-Shock Blues by Eels
The list author says:
  "Unlike most, I find this album utterly uplifiting. For large parts it bludgens you with bleak melodies, lyrics and arrangements, yet the triumph of gentle innocence over grief sings through."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Wall
12.  The Wall by Pink Floyd
The list author says:
  "The best concept album ever. Perceptive, sardonic lyricism matched with sprawling music and arrangement. Portrays alienation on both the social and individual scale. An album worth thinking about."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
13.  Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun by Sigur Rós
The list author says:
  "Breathtakingly gorgeous. From glacial, icy sweeps to lush melodies, with perhaps the voice most like an instrument of its own. Best playing of a guitar with a cello bow ever."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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Rautavaara: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; Cantus Articus
14.  Rautavaara: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; Cantus Articus by Einojuhani Rautavaara
The list author says:
  "Best concerto for birds and orchestra ever written. Romantic and melancholic."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Before These Crowded Streets
15.  Before These Crowded Streets by Dave Matthews Band
The list author says:
  "Not nearly so complex musically as reviews would lead you to believe. But excellent arrangements nonetheless, with a voice part Eddie Vedder, part Melanie Safka."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

The Celtic Poets
16.  The Celtic Poets by Jah Wobble
The list author says:
  "A unique album. Jah Wobble's classic bass sound remains, but the eclectic mix of gravel voiced declamation with Irish folk and Indian sensibilities really works."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

And She Closed Her Eyes
17.  And She Closed Her Eyes by Stina Nordenstam
The list author says:
  "Her best album by far. What an incredible voice, matched perfectly to her compositions."
£8.81   Used & New from: £0.74
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies Vol 2, nos 3, 6 & 7/Violin Concerto
18.  Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies Vol 2, nos 3, 6 & 7/Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius
The list author says:
  "Buy this - or any Sibelius CD - for 'Tapiola', the bleakest orchestral piece ever written. Haunting. Finlandia, The Swan of Tuonela and Valse Triste are also worth a listen, plus all his symphonies."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Bitches Brew
19.  Bitches Brew by Miles Davis
The list author says:
  "The true birth of fusion. (Or the birth of true fusion)."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

Those Who Tell the Truth
20.  Those Who Tell the Truth by Explosions in the Sky
The list author says:
  "Epic. From gentle melodies to brief, all out crescendoes. The sound of war and aftermath."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Shakti with John McLaughlin
21.  Shakti with John McLaughlin by John McLaughlin
The list author says:
  "Every Shakti (or Remember Shakti) album is the perfect blend of Western Jazz and Indian Hindustani and Carnatic music to form a new style, well beyond 'hybrid' or 'fusion'."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

The Tired Sounds of
22.  The Tired Sounds of by Stars of the Lid
The list author says:
  "Static but not minimalist. Slowly developed melodies. It's hard to tell if anything is actually happening, but then again with music this good you don't want it to."
£14.20   Used & New from: £9.28
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Childhood
23.  Childhood by Lime Class Band
The list author says:
  "Beautiful, epic, symphonic rock sung by children."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
24.  Reich: Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
The list author says:
  "Dense and repetitive. Enjoyable on an aesthetic level on the first listen but reveals more each time. Work accessible and rewarding at both a musical and an intellectual level."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

The Inner Mounting Flame
25.  The Inner Mounting Flame by John McLaughlin
The list author says:
  "McLaughlin at his overdriven peak, with an all-star cast, fusing (if you'll pardon the pun) perfectly."
£6.99   Used & New from: £2.35
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 05/12/2010
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