This is actually a late substitution to my top 40 list; originally, my Chilies entry was 2002's By the Way. I had always found Blood Sugar Sex Magik to be enjoyable but overly rough, messy beyond the point of interesting, while BTW was a more polished and finished product...
From Black Sab Bath to Black Eyed Peas, we move from the origins of the titan of that genre we call metal to one of the greatest pop albums of the last 20 years. (Y'know. IMHO.) Right off the bat I have to say that this record is so smartly produced. The mix is damn near perfect, managing to… Continue reading Top 40 Album 7: Elephunk, Black Eyed Peas, 2003.
Let’s talk about hero-worship and good music. I can’t remember meeting Toby Hawkins for the first time. I have memories from before we met, and know roughly when that meeting would have taken place, but there is no clear-cut entry of this man into my life. He was 18, I think, and I… Continue reading Pedestrian zero, or: How I Learned to Stop Worshipping and Love the Man
I’m not much of a metal head (as evidenced by the fact that I just wrote "metal head"). There’s a few albums on this list that fall under that label to one degree or another, but it’s never been a genre that I’ve stuck to. On a number of occasions I’ve got the idea into… Continue reading Top 40 Album 6: Paranoid, Black Sabbath, 1970.
Neil Cicierega has an impressive summary on Wikipedia; he’s touted as an “Internet artist, comedian, actor, filmmaker, puppeteer, singer, musician, and animator”. He was arguably one of the earliest "internet celebrities," with his invented genre of animation, “Animutation,” taking Flash sites such as newgrounds.com by storm in 2001 when he was just 14. Animutation's blend… Continue reading Top 40 Album 5: Mouth Silence, Neil Cicierega, 2014
Bear with me. Ok, so (hey hey, bear with me!) this came out when I was 10. This was the second group of this kind that I was into - apart from Linkin Park’s 2nd album (and that one Limp Bizkit song), my childhood music was U2, Westlife, whatever RnB my mum had on, and… Continue reading Top 40 Album 4: Fallen, Evanescence, 2003
This is a somewhat unusual entry on this list. I do very much like a number of Prodigy songs - the big ones, you know, Breathe, Firestarter, Voodoo People. That’s about it, though, and those with a kind of novelty value attached. So I like the band in theory, but don’t think I can by… Continue reading Top 40 Album 3: Invaders Must Die, The Prodigy, 2009
Bonobo (the stage name of Simon Green) is one of my favourite producers around. He makes drums sound SO pretty, does things to vocals that are straight magical, and generally makes gorgeous music. Days to Come is Bonobo’s third album but the first that really showcases this prettiness - and he’s continued making some of… Continue reading Top 40 Album 2: Days to Come, Bonobo, 2006.
This is the first album I put on the list and the first alphabetically, so it seemed like a great place to start. The key characteristic of many albums on this list is that the artist did something different. This may mean different for the time, different for the artist, or different for the genre… Continue reading Top 40 Album 1: Achtung Baby, U2, 1991.
The point of this blog is partially to act as a forum for my music opinions, which are very very good*, but the primary focus for a while will be The Top 40 Project. In this fortnightly series of reviews, I will be going through the forty albums I consider my favourites. This list may… Continue reading Top 40: Introduction