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Albums that changed my life

StannistheMannis
 
The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead
"The Smiths' masterpiece, a perfect blend of humour and sorrow, ideal to listen to inside on a lazy rainy day"
Louder Than Bombs
Louder Than Bombs
"A superb collection of Singles, B-sides and session tracks, and amazing value for money. Just buy this album and it will never be far from your CD player"
Meat Is Murder
Meat Is Murder
"The darkest Smiths album, full of menacing sound effects and mad piano segments, and partitioned by thay hymn of teenage isolation 'How Soon is Now?'"
Vauxhall And I
Vauxhall And I
"Morrissey's finest solo album, sad and resigned and often moving. Includes 'Now my Heart is Full' and 'Used to be a sweet boy' and the excellent 'Speedway'"
Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine
"As important to kick starting the anti-globalisation movement as Chomsky or Naomi Klein. This album is great, passionate, stirring rap metal with some of the finest guitar riffs ever heard"
Strangeways, Here We Come
Strangeways, Here We Come
"It may have a weak ending in comparison with other smiths albums, but contains the despairing 'Last Night I Dreamt' and one of their most scathing, well written tracks 'Paint a Vulgar Picture'"
Heart And Soul Box Set
Heart And Soul Box Set
"The complete Joy Division, heartbreaking stuff. The second greatest British band of the past quarter century"
Elephant
Elephant
"A thouroughly enjoyable album that I can listen to regularly and never get bored of. The luddite-like production methods help give it  a rough, blues edge"
Fallen
Fallen
"Was very cynical about this band, especially due to its association with THAT film, and the current wave of pop/punk pap, but this is actually very good. Amy Lee's voice is absolutely stunning"
Absolution
Absolution
"This album is Muse's greatest yet, and arguably the best release of 2003. Stockholm Syndrome and the superbly titled 'Thoughts of a Dying Atheist' are my favourite tracks"
Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here
"In my opinion, the greatest Floyd album, bookended by the epic 'Shine ons' and including the simple but beautiful title track"
Up (U.S. Version)
Up (U.S. Version)
"A consistently enjoyable and highly underated REM album, the ending song Falls to Climb is just superb"
Grace
Grace
"Everyone should own this album. Such a shame that he never lived to surpass this. Listen to this with a glass of wine and the lights dimmed"
The Bends
The Bends
"Rock anthems like 'the bends' and the snarling 'my iron lung' blend effortlessly with poignant gems like 'Fake Plastic Trees' and 'Street Spirit'"
OK Computer
OK Computer
"An evolution from the rougher edges of 'the bends,' this album is a flawless epic masterpiece"
Just Like Blood
Just Like Blood
"Shorter and more accessible than his first album, but equally impressive. There are some beautifully written tracks, often with an underlying menace or bitterness, giving it an edgy quality"
In Utero
In Utero
"My favourite Nirvana album, filled with more passion, anger and despair than ever before. The tortured fading vocal at the end of 'All Apologies' says it all..."
Black Cherry
Black Cherry
"Excellent slice of modern dance and electronica, with great chill out songs like the title track, mixed with funky,sexually charged anthems like 'Twist' and 'Strict Machine'"
A Rush Of Blood To The Head
A Rush Of Blood To The Head
"I hate it when snobs knock this album. A beautifully crafted work of genius, taking the delicate guitar based indie of Parachutes up a notch to embrace more ambitious prog rock stylings"
Doolittle
Doolittle
"Their most accessible album, but still wonderfully weird. One of the most innovative and influential bands of the last two decades"
Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman
"Fast Car, Revolution and Baby Can I Hold You feature on this album from one of the best female singer/songwriters of recent times"
Surfer Rosa & Come On Pilgrim
Surfer Rosa & Come On Pilgrim
"The Pixies first, and arguably best album. Very strange and diverse. Some songs can be grating at first, but after time the superb guitar work, catchy tunes and bizarre lyrics will rope you in"
The Remote Part
The Remote Part
"This album works best when heard in full. Excellent, thoughtful lyrics and music similar to that of the Smiths make this one of the best albums of the past few years"
Electro-Shock Blues
Electro-Shock Blues
"An album that sinks to the depths of sadness and then rises to become optimistic and life affirming. Makes you realise that there is life beyond even the most terrible tragedy"
The Definitive Simon & Garfunkel
The Definitive Simon & Garfunkel
"'The boxer' is probably my favourite song of all time, even if it is very depressing. You have to have a compilation by these guys in your collection"