In the age of digital music, we tend to skip through albums, listening to one or two tracks - missing some of the deeper cuts that may be brilliant. I am a big fan of the album format, and love to experience the entire album the way the artist intended. Listening to one or two songs is like randomly reading a few chapters of a book and expecting to understand the completed work.
Like any music lover, I love to share what I'm listening to and discover some new things from friends. Here's my playlist for this week. Please put your lists in the comments below, or interact at the Life On This Planet Facebook Page.
Released this year, Love Life is the second solo album from the James frontman.
Key Tracks: Buried Alive, All About Time
Also released in 2011, Moby's tenth studio album.
Key Tracks: The Day, Blue Moon
The National's debut album from 2001. This is where it all began.
Key Tracks: Son, American Mary
Their second album.
Key Tracks: Murder Me Rachael, Cardinal Song
7-song EP from 2004. Own it.
Key Tracks: Wasp Nest, About Today
Lots of this band this week. Alligator is from 2005.
Key Tracks: Secret Meeting, The Geese Of Beverly Road, Mr. November
The Cure's second album, and total departure in style from the previous year's debut.
Key Tracks: Play For Today, In Your House, A Forest
Key Tracks: The entire album. The Cure recently released an expanded, remastered 3-disc set of this album. Click on the Amazon or iTunes link below to check it out. Do it.
Aw yeah. Metallica's intense, sophomore record.
Key Tracks: Fight Fire With Fire, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black
Although Jason Newsted's bass parts are completely inaudible, this album is so powerful. Perhaps someday Metallica will release a remixed version of this album.
Key Tracks: Blackened, ...And Justice For All, One
The German band's third album.
Key Tracks: Seeland, Isi
Shortly after the death of Joy Division's Ian Curtis, the other three members regrouped as New Order and recorded Movement, their very first LP.
Key Tracks: Dreams Never End, The Him
Classic Rush. Their seventh album.
Key Tracks: The Spirit Of Radio, Freewill
Australian instrumental group creates cool moods that conjure a cross between Pink Floyd and Twin Peaks. The Church's Steve Kilbey makes an appearance on this record.
Key Tracks: Rippled, The Bomb
If you're unfamiliar with Mew, be sure to check them out. They are a very cool band from Denmark. Frengers is their third record.
Key Tracks: Her Voice Is Beyond Her Years, 156, Snow Brigade
Same band, fifth album circa 2009.
Key Tracks: Repeaterbeater, Introducing Palace Players
The dreamy British band's second album.
Key Tracks: Allison, Machine Gun
I just featured a Best of New Model Army List a few days ago. Check it out here.
Key Tracks: Ocean Rising,
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