Album Addictions

A huge passion of mine is music. Listening… and since 2001, playing. I started learning the guitar when I turned 40, and although I’m still not very good, I picked up enough to enjoy it a lot, and play several times a week. No audience (maybe my wife), but just for my own personal enjoyment. The trigger was U2′s All That You Can’t Leave Behind. I was so excited that they were able to come out with something great again since the slippage of 1997′s Pop.

Because music is the background of my life, I rarely consider it a foreground topic here on my blog. I wonder why that should be? A few times, I considered running some sort of music related blog, posting articles or reviews about some of the more obscure (or not so obscure) artists that I like, to make others aware of them. Some music touches me so deeply that I feel I should help promote them.

I’ve also struggled whether or not I should post articles about music here, or should I have a dedicated blog for different topics. But this is MarkFreedman.com, so I should feel free to post about all my interests. I talked about this in my first post of the year. But I’ve yet to go through with the idea of dedicating a topic for each day of the week. I originally thought that music would be my weekend topic. But sometimes I feel more passionate about music than anything else, so I’d like to not limit it to weekends.

But…

But I don’t think I’m good at writing music reviews. I’ve done several on Amazon.com, but I haven’t in a very long time, because I just don’t feel I use a musical vocabulary very well. Sometimes my album reviews unintentionally turn into hyperbole, because I often choose to write at the peak of my passion for them. I’m better off waiting a few months after my addiction to the album fades.

But I still have the issue of how to write a good review. I’d love to be able to write regularly, and to express my feelings about the music and the artists intelligently. So I started researching articles on how to write a review. (Don’t you hate it when people link every word in a sentence? Aren’t you glad I didn’t link the "a"?)

Until I finish digging through these articles, and feel comfortable enough to post what will likely be a pretty crappy first review, I want to throw out a list of the albums I became addicted to over the past several years. You know — those albums that become the only ones you listen to for a few weeks until you completely play them out? Maybe I’ll end up reviewing a few of these. You’ll recognize several, but there are many more obscure ones just below these which may make more interesting reviews one day. The years don’t necessarily reflect the years I became addicted. They’re the actual release years.

I find it fascinating that my favorite musical years seem to be the early to mid 90s. I grew up in the 60s and 70s, but although I love a lot of stuff from then and earlier, I definitely do not live in the past, and I’m not one of those who think good music ended at that time. That’s complete and utter bull, and I think it’s sad that so many people have missed out on great music quite simply because they’re stuck on just the music they grew up with. Great music is constantly being made, and continues to excite me.

This list is from 1990 on. Each year is sorted by artist (yeah, I sort by first name. So sue me. ;-) ). I’ll visit the earlier years in a follow-up article. My favorites of each year are in bold. You’ll notice certain patterns of styles I like. But some will throw you off. Some of these may surprise you. Some may shock you. What may surprise you more are some of the omissions. Good. Musical taste is completely subjective. And that’s one of the traits that make it one of the most amazing things in life.

  • 2003 – Alizee – Mes Courants Electriques
  • 2003 – Dido – Life For Rent
  • 2003 – Evanescence – Fallen
  • 2003 – Fleetwood Mac – Say You Will
  • 2003 – Julia Darling – Julia Darling
  • 2003 – Michelle Branch – Hotel Paper
  • 2003 – Nelly Furtado – Folklore
  • 2003 – Tegan & Sara – If It Was You
  • 2002 – Alanis Morissette – Under Rug Swept
  • 2002 – Avril Lavigne – Let Go
  • 2002 – Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head
  • 2002 – Tori Amos – Scarlet’s Walk
  • 2001 – Angela Ammons – Angela Ammons
  • 2001 – Michelle Branch – The Spirit Room
  • 2001 – Natalie Imbruglia – White Lillies Island
  • 2000 – Alizee – Gourmandises
  • 2000 – Chantal Kreviazuk – Colour And Moving Still
  • 2000 – Chumbawamba – What You See Is What You Get
  • 2000 – Nina Gordon – Tonight And The Rest Of My Life
  • 2000 – Smashing Pumpkins, The – Machina- The Machines Of God
  • 2000 – U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  • 1999 – Danielle Brisebois – Portable Life
  • 1999 – James – Millionaires
  • 1999 – Julia Darling – Figure 8
  • 1998 – Hole – Celebrity Skin
  • 1998 – Kent – Isola
  • 1998 – Madonna – Ray Of Light
  • 1998 – Stretch Princess – Stretch Princess
  • 1998 – Tim Janis – Flowers In October
  • 1998 – Tori Amos – From The Choirgirl Hotel
  • 1997 – Chantal Kreviazuk – Under These Rocks And Stones
  • 1997 – Chumbawamba – Tubthumper
  • 1997 – Cool For August – Grand World
  • 1997 – Natalie Imbruglia – Left Of The Middle
  • 1997 – Radiohead – OK Computer
  • 1997 – Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind
  • 1996 – Counting Crows – Recovering The Satellites
  • 1996 – Guided By Voices – Under The Bushes Under The Stars
  • 1996 – Matchbox Twenty – Yourself Or Someone Like You
  • 1996 – Mazzy Star – Among My Swan
  • 1996 – Sugarspoon – Sugarspoon
  • 1996 – Superdrag – Regretfully Yours
  • 1995 – Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
  • 1995 – Belly – King
  • 1995 – Garbage – Garbage
  • 1995 – Juliana Hatfield – Only Everything
  • 1995 – Oasis – What’s The Story (Morning Glory)
  • 1995 – Radiohead – The Bends
  • 1994 – Bush – Sixteen Stone
  • 1994 – Heather Nova – Oyster
  • 1994 – Danielle Brisebois – Arrive All Over You
  • 1994 – Lush – Split
  • 1994 – Live – Throwing Copper
  • 1994 – R.E.M. – Monster
  • 1994 – Oasis – Definitely Maybe
  • 1994 – Stiltskin – The Mind’s Eye
  • 1994 – Sponge – Rotting Pinata
  • 1994 – Tori Amos – Under The Pink
  • 1994 – Weezer – Weezer
  • 1993 – Belly – Star
  • 1993 – Catherine Wheel – Chrome
  • 1993 – Counting Crows – August And Everything After
  • 1993 – Crash Test Dummies – God Shuffled His Feet
  • 1993 – Dinosaur Jr. – Where You Been
  • 1993 – Frank Black – Frank Black
  • 1993 – Fury In The Slaughterhouse – Mono
  • 1993 – Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See
  • 1993 – Radiohead – Pablo Honey
  • 1993 – Suede – Suede
  • 1992 – 10,000 Maniacs – Our Time In Eden
  • 1992 – Cure, The – Wish
  • 1992 – Gin Blossoms – New Miserable Experience
  • 1992 – Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes
  • 1991 – Billy Bragg – Don’t Try This At Home
  • 1991 – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – God Fodder
  • 1991 – R.E.M. – Out Of Time
  • 1991 – Roxette – Joyride
  • 1991 – Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque
  • 1991 – This Picture – A Violent Impression
  • 1991 – Tribe – Abort
  • 1991 – U2 – Achtung Baby
  • 1991 – Wonder Stuff, The – Never Loved Elvis
  • 1990 – Abandoned Pools – Humanistic
  • 1990 – Cars, The – Heartbeat City
  • 1990 – Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas
  • 1990 – Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mining
  • 1990 – Queensryche – Empire
  • 1990 – Sinéad O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

Wow. 115 album addictions since 1990. And this year is a slow one. I’m not into some of these albums like I used to be. Remember — this is a list of albums I became addicted to at one time. Some I’ve just played out too much. Some I’ve lost the taste for. Also, I’m sure I’ll still be discovering others from these years that I wasn’t aware of, or I just haven’t given enough attention to, yet.

I also plan on putting together lists of some of my all time favorite songs. Magical songs. As you know all too well, some songs are the only great part of an otherwise crap album. But there are some amazing songs like that.

Save the music.

Some of you may be wondering what happened with our TDD and NUnit experimentation. Well, I had to switch my focus to Continuous Integration, while my development team continued on with NUnit. Despite our initial intention to just use the samples to learn from, they decided to experiment on an actual application of ours. I’ll discuss that and my experiences with CruiseControl.NET and Team City in the near future.

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  1. Michael says

    thanks for sharing this list. I will check out some of these titles on the Zune market place. One of my all time album addictions is the Metallica – Black album.

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