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Essential Art

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Boys For Pele
Boys For Pele
"With aesthetic songs like "Marianne",beautifully produced in a cathedral,what I like to call a "journey" record...she is playful with her lyrics, my favorite of Tori's"
Highway 61 Revisited
Highway 61 Revisited
"It's Bob Dylan...classic and innovative.  Need I say more?  The title of my list comes from this man.  His work is Essential Art."
Low
Low
"This man will NEVER cease to amaze me..."the Berlin years" records take me to another state of mind...I just absolutely love David Bowie!!!"
Disintegration
Disintegration
"Such a dreamy record.  It makes my want to run out and have some crazy love affair...then attempt to write about it with the conviction Robert Smith does."
To Bring You My Love
To Bring You My Love
"This may sound odd, but I find this record rather comforting.  With manic-depressive lyrics this woman can and has rocked harder than any man ever could."
For The Roses
For The Roses
"Ingenious lyrics "I am a woman of heart and mind with time on her hands, no child to raise.  You come to me like a little boy, and I give you my scorn and my praise." Her vulnerability unmasked..."
Let It Bleed (Remastered Super Audio)
Let It Bleed (Remastered Super Audio)
"This album is my favorite of all time to dance to...lovely opening with "Gimme Shelter" (act out the soul singer)"
Five Leaves Left [VINYL]
Five Leaves Left [VINYL]
"Such a beautiful, subtle voice held with such awe.  Nick Drake, in my opinion, is one of the most emotionally honest songwriters of his time.  "River Man" is melancholy and soothing, like a lullaby."
Moon Pix
Moon Pix
"Before listening to "Moon Pix" I feel that subconsciously I was looking for Chan Marshall's uniqueness in music...a fantastic album from "American Flag" to "Peking Saint"."
To The Teeth
To The Teeth
"I hold so much respect for Ani and her music.  She is an active, independent, and very intelligent woman.  She gives us a good name ladies. I love the optimism and banjos in "The Arrival's Gate"."
The Bends
The Bends
"Of course Radiohead, one of the best bands, made my list.  "High, Dry" is such a brilliant song.  Thom Yorke's ability to provoke really shines through in the bridges of their songs..."
Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
"Even though I do not understand Icelandic, I do understand the feelings conveyed here.  This record is fun to listen to while flying...a sense of going out of this world."
The Dreaming
The Dreaming
"From the Dreaming of the Aborigines and their land to her Irish heritage...this album is full of theatrics and diversity.  I like how well David Gilmour's voice complements hers."
The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Velvet Underground & Nico
"Besides having wonderful album artwork and production by Andy Warhol, this album is another classic.  "Heroin" is as gut wrenching as the decrescendo in the song..."
Harvest
Harvest
"Neil Young is just too cool.  This album makes you want to jump on a motorcycle and head out west.  An immortal songwriter.  You can never go wrong with any of Neil's records."
Dummy
Dummy
"This record surprised me because usually I am not too fond of "trip-hop".  But Beth Gibbons angelic vocals hooked me from track one.  I love soprano and falsetto vocals in female singers."
So Tonight That I Might See
So Tonight That I Might See
"Serene, calm, and peaceful...Hope's voice echoes like she is lost and in love.  "5 String Serenade" is my favorite "light the candles" song."
Either/Or
Either/Or
"A multi-talented artist, singer, and musician.  Definately one of my favorite albums..."Rose Parade" makes you feel as though you were right there with him, hanging with a bum in Portland."
Bitter
Bitter
"I listen to this album from start to finish and I am never unsatisfied.  There is a wholeness and a complete feeling you get from her songs. Reader's response..."down the waterfall...""
Animals
Animals
"Considering how good a novel George Orwell's Animal Farm is, the lyrics in this album are phenomenal.  I love it when artists are inspired by their fellow artists."
Astral Weeks
Astral Weeks
"Van Morrison's voice carries with such raw emotion on this album.  Very influential:  without this record, plenty of artist's out there would not exist."
Vespertine
Vespertine
"Bjork's voice is ethereal and powerful.  I can guarantee you will never hear anyone sing quite like her.  Vespertine is such a sexy, unique album.  Very poetic: she even quotes e.e. cummings"