Albums That Stick

by Ellie McHale

For those of us who are deeply involved in our musical tastes, it is safe to say we have a handful of albums that we are fantastically, heartbreakingly in love with. They are albums that we can listen to from top to bottom any time, any day, any mood, and we can probably listen to it ten times in a row.

The earth quaking, life changing albums for me are Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, Portishead by Portishead, Revolver by The Beatles, Los Angeles by Flying Lotus, The Bends by Radiohead, A Love Supreme by John Coltrane, Apostrophe by Frank Zappa, Shake Your Money Maker and The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion by The Black Crowes, Version 2.0 by Garbage, The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground, The Joshua Tree by U2, Levelling The Land by The Levellers, and Regular Urban Survivors by Terrorvision.

These are all albums that have had major rotation in the soundtrack of my life, punctuated with other artists & albums*. Some were ingrained into my mind at a very young age, due to my parents’ hip musical taste. Some appeared at pivotal times later in my life. I can lose myself in these albums, able to let go of any distractions. For me, they are full of some sort of passion (individualized or holistically) & creativity, and have been able to speak to emotions I have experienced.

*(Manic Street Preachers, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, Garbage, Fleetwood Mac, and Ani Di Franco being among other major musical players in my life.)

In upcoming blogs, I plan to share with you the individual experience of each album I have mentioned. I’ll do my best to recall my first memory of the album, as well as discuss the songs as individual pieces & part of the whole. I am very excited to embark on this project, as I have wanted to do this for years.