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Old 12-08-2004, 08:26 PM   #31
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DEFINITELY Beck - 'Sea Change' takes the cake. Beautiful, yet SAD.

The Cure - 'Faith'

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Originally posted by If you shout...

Boston--Boston (seriously!)
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Explain...IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!! Weezer, too.

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leonard cohen . all of his albums.
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Old 12-09-2004, 09:11 AM   #34
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Rufus Wainwright - Want One
Not depressing exactly, but very moody and contemplative. Terrific album, and I love it.
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Old 12-09-2004, 10:55 AM   #35
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"Mac Phisto," you wanted me to explain my listing Weezer and Boston; I'll do my best!

Weezer's first album is NOT what I would call a typically "sad" album or anything like that. I mean, it isn't anything like Blood On The Tracks or something...not even close! It isn't really the music that burns me, specifically--I just have a very sad reaction to the album due to personal associations with it. It reminds me of the past (two periods, really: the first when it came out in '94 and the second when their crappy third album came out in the Spring of '01) and really carries with it some of the best memories of my entire life...THE best, actually. Even so, it just kills me to listen to it. First of all, I'm one of those people for whom nostalgia=depression, basically; no matter WHAT I'm looking back on, it will depress me if more than a year or two have passed by. It's just how I roll. The main reason, though, is that the memories I forged with the album in '01 were just so beautiful and amazing and wonderful...but much of the foundation on which those memories were built has since crumbled. I would almost rather never have had that happiness because remembering it without being able to feel it is just so damn hard... So there you go. The album is like a knife in my heart; I've actually read other people post similar things (though for different reasons, I'm sure), and I'll second them: when I hear the opening strains of "My Name Is Jonas," I am taken to another place....a place so beautiful and warm that I don't ever want to go back.

As for Boston....well, I dunno'. There is something about the album's production and general sound--I can't really articulate it any better, unfortunately--that really seems to sound like heartbreak, if that's possible. The subject of a lost love which isn't coming back in a song like "More Than A Feeling" ("I closed my eyes, and she slipped away") just kills me inside, you know? I also thing that "Long Time" is one of the more heartbreaking songs that I've ever heard; songs like that one and sounds like the one that song (and the whole album, really) have are always tough for me. Much of the figurative language in that song is informed by the same sort of feelings in a song like Beck's "Guess I'm Doing Fine;" that stuff hurts me a lot, is all. While Boston's debut doesn't sound conventionally down-beat or sad, I still associate that sort of sound/style with a kind of sadness. An air of loss (especially the loss of youth and innocence....it's a subtle thread, but it runs through the whole album, in one way or another) permeates the mood of the whole piece, and I find it quite depressing. The basic topic of "loss" is in there...loss hurts, I guess.

So there it is. I could easily articulate my feelings a LOT better if I was speaking more bluntly (especially with the Weezer album), but I'm not really comfortable doing so. Some things hurt a little too much, is all. A lot of the songs on these albums remind me of being younger (just like "Summer of '69," which is one of the saddest songs I've ever heard--I also like/am hurt by that conflict between up-tempo, major sounds and down-key, wistful subject matter), and it has a tendency to just kill me, emotionally.

That said, I'll also toss on two more albums...

In/Casino/Out by At The Drive-In
Month Of Sundays by The Chamber Strings

More Spring '01 albums. More hurt. More everything...
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Old 12-09-2004, 10:56 AM   #36
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Don McLean's "American Pie" album is very depressing. In fact, almost every song on the album is depressing:

The Grave
"When the wars of our nation did beckon
A man barely twenty did answer the calling
Proud of the trust that he placed in our nation
He's gone

But eternity knows him
And it knows what we've done

And the rain fell like pearls on the leaves of the flowers
Leaving brown muddy clay where the earth had been dry
And deep in the trench he waited for hours
As he held to his rifle and prayed not to die

But the silence of night was shattered by fire
As guns and grenades blasted sharp through the air
One after another his comrades were slaughtered
In a morgue of marines, alone standing there

He crouched ever lower, ever lower with fear
They can't let me die, they can't let me die here
I'll cover myself with the mud and the earth
I'll cover myself, I know I'm not brave
The earth, the earth, the earth is my grave"

"...By the waters, the waters of Babylon
We lay down and wept, and wept, for thee Zion..."

Till Tomorrow
"...Where has all the love gone and what have we become?
Storm clouds full of thunder move silent as they drum.
And when they're gone, we'll be fine, till tomorrow.
Though I hope it won't rain.
You will be mine and my sorrow will take wings in the morning.
High above the heavens a rainbow paints the sky.
White doves sing their songs of love. I watch them as they fly and wonder.
What can this be? Can you tell me?
Would you like to discover why we're not free, to be lovers?"

Empty Chairs
"...Morning comes and morning goes with no regret
And evening brings the memories I can't forget
Empty rooms that echo as I climb the stairs
And empty clothes that drape and fall on empty chairs"

"You know I've heard about people like me,
But I never made the connection.
They walk one road to set them free,
And find they've gone the wrong direction.
But there's no need for turning back,
'cause all roads lead to where I stand.
And I believe I'll walk them all,
No matter what I may have planned.
Can you remember who I was
Can you still feel it?
Can you find my pain?
Can you heal it?
And lay your hands upon me now,
And cast this darkness from my soul."

"Starry, starry night, portraits hung in empty halls
Frameless heads on nameless walls with eyes that watch the world and can't forget.
Like the stranger that you've met, the ragged man in ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose, lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me
How you suffered for you sanity, how you tried to set them free
They would not listen they're not listening still
Perhaps they never will"

And, of course, there's "American Pie." While it has a very upbeat tempo, the lyrics themselves are quite depressing. But I think everyone knows them, so I won't bother to type them out.

Overall, the album is very depressing, but in a good way. It's one of my all-time favourites.
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from The Cure...... beautiful, so much anger and despair.....

I love Robert..... my second man after Bono....
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Check into a little band called the Tindersticks
and some Elliot Smith
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Originally posted by If you shout...
The album is like a knife in my heart; I've actually read other people post similar things (though for different reasons, I'm sure), and I'll second them: when I hear the opening strains of "My Name Is Jonas," I am taken to another place....a place so beautiful and warm that I don't ever want to go back.

That would be me. "My Name is Jonas" is a very subtly evocative song, and I think much of the album itself is about nostalgia, which just makes things worse. My copy's been skipping on "Say it Ain't So" (a single scratch), so I thnk I'm going to go ahead and pick up the anniversary edition (which has a bonus disc with all kinds of stuff (including "Mykel and Carli" )
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Old 12-09-2004, 05:47 PM   #40
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The Lillywhite Sessions, Dave Matthews Band
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time to heal, desire, time

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My ex-boyfriend used to say that Radiohead is "music to hang yourself to." I still love them though!

I find Sigur Ros a bit depressing. Some of the songs really have a sense of isolation about them.
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Old 12-10-2004, 06:14 AM   #42
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I don't actually find Radiohead that depressing, oddly enough.

I did think of two more depressing albums -- Her Space Holiday's Manic Expressive and The Young Machines. He also has another album called Home Is Where You Hang Yourself, which I assume is very depressing but I haven't heard it yet.
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Old 12-10-2004, 06:28 AM   #43
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Some of Jeff Buckley's stuff is really sad, and Elliott Smith, too. One album that really makes me depressed is Mary Lou Lord's "Got No Shadow." GREAT album, SAD songs.

I don't find Her Space Holiday depressing at all - a little bittersweet sounding at times, but especially "The Young Machines" - that's surprising to me that someone would find it depressing.
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Old 12-10-2004, 07:11 AM   #44
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The Garden State soundtrack can be depressing (see "Fair" by Remy Zero, "The Only Living Boy in New York" by Simon and Garfunkel), although it does end on an up note.
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I never found Radiohead to be depressing. A lot of it is disturbing, but in a more cerebral way.

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