my favorite albums of all time: a poll

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i am completely digging the other people place rn. randomly voted in a special way - one of the numerous amazing records on the list

The immortal Hydra Viridisimma (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 11 May 2019 12:42 (five months ago) link

Great list, several overlaps with mine if I did one. However, 'The Blue Mask'? Weirdly I listened to this last week for the first time and find it difficult to see how this would be placed above 'Transformer' or 'Berlin' or even 'New York'.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 11 May 2019 12:58 (five months ago) link

It's a better album. New Sensations even more.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:01 (five months ago) link

Berlin is one of his poorer records too, getting by on its "darkness"

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:04 (five months ago) link

Each to his own.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:04 (five months ago) link

A little darkness goes a long way.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:06 (five months ago) link

i love berlin but the mood of the blue mask is more my style: at first ghostly and inviting then straight up haunted and scared

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:10 (five months ago) link

also: my favorite lou reed backing band no contest (i also love new sensations)

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:11 (five months ago) link

(despite the absence of quine)*

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:12 (five months ago) link

Lou shouting about SYYYYLLLVIIIIAAAAAA is scarier than anything on Berlin.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:19 (five months ago) link

coney island baby is in the deeper reaches of this list, as are ecstasy and lulu

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:24 (five months ago) link

transformer's a great record that i've known and loved since high school but if i want high glam reed most of the time i end up listening to rock n roll animal instead

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:32 (five months ago) link

hats i think but lots of my favs on here

ciderpress, Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:35 (five months ago) link

brad nelson is up to his tricks again

j., Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:41 (five months ago) link

their tricks

j., Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:42 (five months ago) link

It took Ezra Furman's recent 33 1/3 on Transformer to give it the spin I haven't in almost twenty years.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:42 (five months ago) link

i do want to read that book

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:43 (five months ago) link

thanks j. <3

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:44 (five months ago) link

I feel like this list proves that Brad is the ur- and/or über-ILMer.

― pomenitul, Friday, 10 May 2019 17:35 (yesterday) Permalink

no loveless though!

:∵·∴·∵: (crüt), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:46 (five months ago) link

or britney

:∵·∴·∵: (crüt), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:48 (five months ago) link

too hard to vote!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 11 May 2019 14:06 (five months ago) link

surprised Imagination didn't make the cut

:∵·∴·∵: (crüt), Saturday, 11 May 2019 15:07 (five months ago) link

wait till my list

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 May 2019 15:17 (five months ago) link

<3

:∵·∴·∵: (crüt), Saturday, 11 May 2019 15:17 (five months ago) link

Gotta go with Rapture, though only Sleep No More fueled my high school poetry.

geoffreyess, Saturday, 11 May 2019 15:23 (five months ago) link

the blue nile: hats (1989)

k3vin k., Saturday, 11 May 2019 16:11 (five months ago) link

Thanks for the sophie’s choice between Pirates and Veedon Fleece, two of my all time faves. In the end it’s Van.

that's not my post, Saturday, 11 May 2019 16:28 (five months ago) link

Berlin is one of his poorer records too, getting by on its "darkness"

― recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn)

it's one of bob ezrin's better records imo

Burt Bacharach's Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 May 2019 17:20 (five months ago) link

gotta go with Otis here

campreverb, Saturday, 11 May 2019 18:09 (five months ago) link

voted for fleetwood mac's tusk but any of these are also on my list:

the blue nile: hats (1989)
kate bush: hounds of love (1985)
janet jackson: the velvet rope (1997)
dj sprinkles: midtown 120 blues (2008)
the smashing pumpkins: adore (1998)
talk talk: laughing stock (1991)
can: tago mago (1971)
sade: love deluxe (1992)
madonna: erotica (1992)

Nourry, Sunday, 12 May 2019 09:50 (five months ago) link

such a brilliant list, such an impossible task, but...i was quite happy w/ seeing 'no other' in there, which i've been championing for years, so i'm giving that a vote.

and, 'dance of december souls' over 'brave murder day'?

rusty_allen, Sunday, 12 May 2019 10:03 (five months ago) link

It occurs to me that I own actual physical copies of Pirates, Parade and the DJ Sprinkles but remember embarrassingly little about them. Good excuse to remedy that...

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 12 May 2019 10:09 (five months ago) link

Sunday at the Village Vanguard for me. Laughing Stock would be a close second.

A few on here I am oblivious to and will have to dig into this afternoon.

fancy the Dirkishness of carrying Doré a round (fionnland), Sunday, 12 May 2019 10:14 (five months ago) link

Sunday at the Village Vanguard for me. Laughing Stock would be a close second.

A few on here I am oblivious to and will have to dig into this afternoon.

fancy the Dirkishness of carrying Doré a round (fionnland), Sunday, 12 May 2019 10:14 (five months ago) link

Still baffled by the love for Hats tbh. Possibly the contropiest of my ILM controps.

pomenitul, Sunday, 12 May 2019 10:47 (five months ago) link

Fuck.

Tim F, Sunday, 12 May 2019 10:54 (five months ago) link

Voting for one thing in this list will be the hardest thing I have ever done.

Tim F, Sunday, 12 May 2019 10:54 (five months ago) link

What’s the most recent addition to the list, brad? Comsat angels or something else?

Tim F, Sunday, 12 May 2019 10:56 (five months ago) link

This is an excellent set of options. There are a few that I'd eliminate, though...

scritti politti: cupid & psyche 85 (1985)
- Eighties sophisto-pop Scritti hasn't worn well for me at all - a major drop-off in enjoyment since the Actual Eighties.

prince: parade (1986)
- Played this a couple of weeks ago and it wasn't quite the classic that I remembered.

the other people place: lifestyles of the laptop café (2001)
- Also played this a couple of weeks ago. While pleasant and ahead of its time, it's not right up there as a classic.

can: tago mago (1971)
- Never been able to get with Can. They're a band I should like in theory, but it just won't click.

madonna: erotica (1992)
- I've posted elsewhere about this before, but the ILM love for Erotica has always baffled me. Too many samey underwhelming fillers!

mike t-diva, Sunday, 12 May 2019 11:07 (five months ago) link

there's quite a few of these i haven't heard but i think it's probably Hats out of the ones i have

if Aerial was there instead of Hounds of Love it could pretty easily be that though

ufo, Sunday, 12 May 2019 11:31 (five months ago) link

Still baffled by the love for Hats tbh. Possibly the contropiest of my ILM controps

otm, the singer drives me crazy, the sluggish music does not help. went for "laughing stock" ahead of "sunday at the village vanguard" and "tago mago". it took me some time to get into can but i must admit that "tago mago" is totally outstanding in their oeuvre. jaki liebezeit at the top of his skills. one of the wildest, most mesmerizing recordings of all-time.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 12 May 2019 13:02 (five months ago) link

if Aerial was there instead of Hounds of Love it could pretty easily be that though

― ufo, Sunday, May 12, 2019 4:31 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

on the actual list aerial is in the top ten. didn’t want to double up on kate for a poll though

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 12 May 2019 13:22 (five months ago) link

Imma gonna vote for Godflesh

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Sunday, 12 May 2019 13:25 (five months ago) link

What’s the most recent addition to the list, brad? Comsat angels or something else?

― Tim F, Sunday, May 12, 2019 3:56 AM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the most recent additions were low-life (after a decade-long battle it came out ahead of technique as my favorite no record) and carcass’ symphonies of sickness (after being a huge heartwork fan for years it finally clicked and is the only metal album i want to listen to). comsat angels were p recent still though!

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 12 May 2019 13:26 (five months ago) link

Lotta stuff I like a lot on that list from several of my favorite acts, but few of my favorites from said acts, if I'm being honest. Voted "Tusk."

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 May 2019 13:29 (five months ago) link

and, 'dance of december souls' over 'brave murder day'?

― rusty_allen, Sunday, May 12, 2019 3:03 AM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah! one of the few bands for whom i think the debut towers over everything else (tbf like anathema they didn’t stay in the aching death-doom mode long anyway). rich unrelenting depressive atmosphere + perfect songs and playing

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 12 May 2019 13:30 (five months ago) link

I have a theory that anytime someone lists PJ Harvey as a favorite, they are usually huge Nick Cave fans as well.
where is the NC Brad?

campreverb, Sunday, 12 May 2019 15:30 (five months ago) link

you know i don't really have a favorite nick cave record. i love his entire thing, hard to isolate it to just one album

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 12 May 2019 15:36 (five months ago) link

Either way I’m putting the handful of albums on this list I don’t know at the top of my queue

― flamboyant goon tie included

same here. here's the handful for me:

rickie lee jones: pirates (1981)
dj sprinkles: midtown 120 blues (2008)
debarge: in a special way (1981)
gwen guthrie: padlock (1983)
anita baker: rapture (1986)
the other people place: lifestyles of the laptop café (2001)
katatonia: dance of december souls (1993)
alexander o'neal: hearsay (1987)

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Sunday, 12 May 2019 15:44 (five months ago) link

Tago Mago is tough, the “first disc” is my favourite Can release and the “second disc” threatens to sour their entire legacy... the moment when Damo just breaks kayfabe and starts literally going “BOOGABOOGABOOGABOOGABOOGA” might be one of my least favourite moments in recorded music

Hats is a steady dropping off in quality throughout the record but the highs are so high

I’ve typed too much about my complicated relationship to Talk Talk elsewhere

I love that Love Deluxe and Adore are on this list, truly excellent choices

twink infinitives (flamboyant goon tie included), Sunday, 12 May 2019 19:09 (five months ago) link


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