Damn right I thought we should do more of these.
I know not everyone cares about my little opinion but, if you don’t, why are you here? To hear Reuben’s? Don’t lie to me. Nevertheless, I thought this would be a lot more efficient than doing a top ten redux every three months. Seeing that Reuben did himself a favourite movies page, I thought I’d do a favourite albums page. For a bit of context, my favourite genres of music are rock, metal and hip-hop.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
By The Way (2002)
The ultimate mix of The Chili Peppers’ sounds – my favourite album of all time.
Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
A close second to By The Way. Liquid funk oozes out of the edges.
The first example of a clean sound from RHCP, with a dash of funk and heaps of awesomeness.
Stadium Arcadium (2006)
The sheer amount of great songs on this behemoth two-discer makes it worth a mention and Frusciante’s guitar turn is one of, if not his best.
One By One (2002)
There Is Nothing Left To Lose (1999)
There is nothing not to love about this album. I done a pun, I did.
The Colour And The Shape (1997)
Launched the band into mainstream success with hits coming out of its ass.
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)
My favourite Foos record because it turned me onto rock music and I haven’t looked back since.
Queens Of The Stone Age
Songs For The Deaf (2002)
A perfect album, an experience of stoner rock, a needless link to my review of it.
Lullabies To Paralyze (2005)
A brilliant, yet unnerving, stoner rock powerhouse.
… Like Clockwork (2013)
The coolest damn thing on the planet.
Rage Against The Machine
Stuff that makes me what to jump around like a mad man…
Evil Empire (1996)
…even when I haven’t even finished my Pepsi can…
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2005)
Indieness that’s next to Godliness.
Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
Retaining the brilliantly British sound while adding more punky elements than their debut.
Demon Days (2005)
An awesome masterpiece merging of genres, with elements of alt rock, electronica and trip hop.
Plastic Beach (2010)
Electronica-based and perfect to play video games to.
Is This It? (2001)
Up there as one of the best debuts I’ve ever heard.
The Black Keys
El Camino (2011)
A power punch of garage rock goodness.
Origin Of Symmetry (2001)
Awesome riffs sprinkled throughout.
Black Holes And Revelations (2006)
What I said about Origin Of Symmetry, doubled.
Hot Fuss (2004)
Synth-drenched nostalgery indie rock goodness.
Raucous, a little bit feral and an influential game changer.
The White Stripes
My favourite White Stripes album, one of my favourite alt albums and one of my favourite rock albums.
War Pigs, Paranoid, Iron Man, Electric Funeral, Hand Of Doom. Need I go on?
Live It Out (2005)
Shockingly bad review aside, this is a hauntingly atmospheric album.
Psychic Warfare (2015)
System Of A Down
Maybe my favourite metal record, just weird and crazy.
Every Time I Die
The Big Dirty (2007)
Speaking of absolute mentalness…
From Parts Unknown (2014)
It was only a matter of time before I added this and especially after I’ve been pounding it in preparation to Low Teens. Plus, it has Decayin’ With The Boys, probably my favourite song by the band.
Low Teens (2016)
Best album of 2016 with some of ETID’s best tracks.
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972)
Two words: Bowie’s Masterpiece.
Hunky Dory (1971)
A quality, catchy art rock record from the father of the genre.
Ill Communication (1994)
If You Can’t Join ‘Em, Beat ‘Em (2005)
Another one of my favourite rappers is Canadian MC Abdominal, who features heavily here, along with the phat grooves Format himself lays down.
Bang For The Buck (2006)
As Reuben may testify, I’m a big fan of Ugly Duckling and, with songs like Smack and Left Behind, this is their best album.
While Reuben may detest its appearance here, this is an infectiously energetic indie record from a once-promising band.
The Number Of The Beast (1982)
A frantic, brilliant record featuring the greatest frontman of all time.
Long live the D.