My personal favorite albums and a note on Recommendations

So, this is a list of the albums that I love, regardless of where I might place their quality. I’m putting this here basically so people have a sense of my taste, because I think that if someone is doing reviews, it behooves them to give those who are reading those reviews a sense of what they like. That lets the reader decide if they like the same things and if so, they may find the reviewers reviews helpful. If the reader, on the other hand, doesn’t appreciate the taste of the reviewer, that lets them know that that reviewer might not be a great place to look for new things to listen to.

I, for one, don’t much agree with the two reviewers that happen to get the most play in the part of the country I live in (mostly by dint of their radio show, Sound Opinions). Kot and DeRogatis are fine reviewers, but they are far too fond of musical genres that I, personally, don’t connect with at all.

Also, while I’m being candid, I will guarantee that many readers will find my reviews somewhat lacking in comparison to many. There is a simple reason for this. I haven’t been writing them for very long. It’s a craft that I haven’t honed, so you will, dear reader, if you choose to follow them, shall be experiencing me learning the craft. I hope to get better.

As to how I rate albums, I’m using a simple scale:
Buy it – I like the album a lot and think it’s worthy of people to put their money down for
Stream it – I like parts of the album, or I liked the whole album, but it’s probably not something that I would buy if I can listen to it on my favorite streaming platform. Give it a listen. Maybe you’ll really like it and want to buy it. Maybe you won’t. But it doesn’t hurt to explore
Run away – Ugh. This album was bad in one or more ways. I didn’t like it at all, and if you share similar tastes to mine, odds are you probably won’t either. Of course, if your tastes are radically different, you may love it, but I’m done with it. Won’t be listening to it again. In all fairness, there won’t be a ton of these, if any, that appear on A Place for My Stuff. I mean, I only have so much time, so whey would I want to spend my time listening to something that I don’t like.

And now a list of my favorite albums – the ones I listen to time and again – basically as they come off the top of my head:

The Blessed Unrest – Sara Bareilles
Boys and Girls – Ingrid Michaelson
Queen of the Clouds – Tove Lo
Amos Lee – Amos Lee
Traveller – Chris Stapleton
Same Trailer, Different Park – Kasey Musgraves
Red Headed Stranger – Willie Nelson
Misplaced Childhood -Marillion
Mirrorball – Sarah McLaughlin
If You Leave – Daughter
Joy – Paper Aeroplanes
Caress of Steel – Rush
Tusk – Fleetwood Mac
Indigo Swing – Indigo Swing
Getting There – The Bacon Brothers
To Anybody At All – Clandestine
Turnaround – Stan Rogers
A Night at the Opera – Queen
1989 – Taylor Swift
The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars
Adam’s Rib – Flannel Graph
Letters Kept To Ourselves – The Native Sibling
Little Voice – Sara Bareilles
Dream after Dream – Journey
Emotional Blur – Red Delicious
Southeastern – Jason Isbell
Paint Me Back Home in Wyoming – Chris LeDoux
I Wrote These – Julia Nunes
In The Wee Small Hours – Frank Sinatra
Let Go – Avril Lavigne
Once Upon Another Time – Sara Bareilles
Not To Disappear – Daughter
Emotion – Carly Rae Jepson
Wayward Angel – Kasey Chambers
Brave – Marillion
Little Earthquakes – Tori Amos
Ledges – Noah Gundersen
40 Days – The Wailin’ Jennys
Stand Still, Look Pretty – The Wreckers

 

That’s enough for now…I’ll come back and add some more later.