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Old 07-07-2011, 11:20 PM   #901
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Sometimes you feel like every song you hear is a break-up song.

You'll understand one day.
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Please don't "one day" me, I'm not that young and naive
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:22 AM   #903
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:54 AM   #904
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I had no idea this was a break up song.
"Breaking up is hard, but keeping dark is hateful
I had so many dreams,
I had so many breakthroughs
But you, my love, were kind, but love has left you
dreamless
The door to dreams was closed.
Your park was real dreamless
Perhaps you're smiling now,
smiling through this darkness
But all I had to give was the guilt for dreaming"
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Well you've really done a number on me there. Guess I've never listened to as closely as others.
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It's only the verse before the kick-ass bridge/outro.
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:48 PM   #908
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Lucky I had no credibility to lose hope you feel better soon bro!
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I've been going through a bunch of lists I made of this and that and I guess this is a list of stuff I'm at some point going to add to my list of favorite albums of all time.

No order:

Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
Galaxie 500 - Today
Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Perscription
Dead Can Dance - Within the Realm of the Dying Sun
Pixies - Surfer Rosa
New Order - Low-Life
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!
The Strokes - Is This It?
God Is An Astronaut - All Is Violent, All Is Bright
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow, Oh Inverted World
Kanye West - Graduation
Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
Bob Dylan - Bringing it All Back Home
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy; Zeppelin IV
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk; Fleetwood Mac
Supertramp - Crime of the Century
Suede - Dog Man Star
James - Laid
The Magnetic Fields - Holiday
Yo La tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

It's been two years since the last time I updated my favorite albums. I've heard some great stuff since then
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:16 AM   #911
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My Top Five favourite albums ever. A few of these will be no surprise, I'm sure.

U2 - Pop
Green Day - American Idiot
Led Zeppelin - II
The Clash - London Calling
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement
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Ranking the verses in Protect Ya Neck

RZA
Inspectah Deck
GZA
Raekwon
Method Man
Ghostface Killah
Ol' Dirty Bastard
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Ranking Elton John albums I've heard:

1. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (A-)
2. Tumbleweed Connection (A-)
3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (B+)
4. Elton John (B+)
5. Madman Across The Water (B)
6. Honky Chateau (B-)
7. Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player (C+)

I'm not a huge fan of his albums (individual songs/singles are usually excellent), but I just finished up the self-titled and I'm very, very fond of it on first listen. Every song feels special and he was in great voice at the time. GYBR has the highest peaks of his career (Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding FTMFW), but it's too damn long. Just don't really care much for Don't Shoot Me; the rockers feel like genre exercises, and the ballads are too bloated.
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I have to disagree respectfully with you on Don't Shoot Me, LM. There is a great deal of variety and effervescence in the song-craft on that one. I'm glad to see some love for the self-titled, though.

1. Tumbleweed Connection
2. Don't Shoot Me
3. Honky Chateau
4. Yellow Brick Road
5. Madman across the Water
6. Captain Fantastic
7. Elton John
8. Too Low for Zero
9. Blue Moves
10. Songs from the West Coast
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You didn't rate those, but while Songs From The West Coast isn't among his best, This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore is a really great song.

I don't hear all the albums often enough to do a fair ranking, but Tumbleweed would definitely be at top. And I don't think there's more than one bum track, if any. After that would probably be Capt. Fantastic, which is admittedly spottier. I also really love the Live From Sydney album from the mid 80's.
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Tumbleweed's definitely at the top. I really love all his stuff through Captain Fantastic (except Caribou) and then I sort of stopped listening. Yellow Brick Road could lose a few songs but I listened to that thing backwards and forwards inside out so much even the weaker songs feel like they belong, although I haven't listened to it in a million years. I'd probably skip a few today.
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You didn't rate those, but while Songs From The West Coast isn't among his best, This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore is a really great song.
His work from the 2000s is remarkably consistent, in my opinion at least. Songs from the West Coast especially is a quantum leap from the lazy adult contemporary pabula that he was producing in the 90s.

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Tumbleweed's definitely at the top. I really love all his stuff through Captain Fantastic (except Caribou) and then I sort of stopped listening.
I think that many of the albums after Captain Fantastic are definitely worth examining. Blue Moves, A Single Man, and The Fox have some great tracks scattered among them.
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Blue Moves is well worth a listen. Def some filler but more than one album's worth.
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Elton said in an interview once that Bernie faxes over the lyrics and then he sits down at the piano and the music is finished in, like, 5 minutes.
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Guys, I have one humble request. Please include music lists in your posts. I have lots of good memories in this thread, and will be sad to see it get locked when it maxes out. Short / random lists included at the end of responses will ease my pain of seeing it eventually lock and disappear forever. Thank you, kind sirs/madams/transgenders.
My 5 most listened to songs of the last 3 months:

1. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
2. Beirut – Goshen
3. Okkervil River – The Valley
4. Beirut – East Harlem
5. Okkervil River – Rider
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