I’m celebrating turning 30 at the end of the month by posting a bunch of my favorite things on this blog and my YouTube channel. Today I’m continuing the countdown of my favorite albums. If you missed my Favorite Movie Moments, click here for the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth posts. If you missed my first Favorite Albums post, click here.
#18 – musicforthemorningafter
I’m a sucker for a good singer-songwriter, and Pete Yorn is a good singer-songwriter. Musicforthemorning after was released a little early for me to really follow when it was first out but the great thing about music is that you can pick it up at any point. This was another album that was a soundtrack for my high school years. It’s a slow, slightly downbeat set of songs, and makes for a very relaxing listen.
While “Murray” was my favorite for a long time, upon a recent re-listen, I think “Strange Condition” is the best track, and holds up really well seventeen years later.
#17 – Josie and the Pussycats
Josie and the Pussycats
Josie and the Pussycats is the greatest girl rock group that never was. I actually got the chance to see the original musicians perform at a screening last year when they released the vinyl, and it was thebestthingever! The movie was great, so much better than it deserved to be, and it was wonderful that they showed the same level of commitment to the music.
“Backdoor Lover” by Dujour is definitely the best track on the album but I’ll provide my favorite Pussycats track as well, which is “I Wish You Well.”
#16 – Everybody Wants
This band rocks, and if you aren’t currently listening to them, you’re doing something wrong in your life. They are straight up glam rock, and they are entirely unapologetic about it. They are a British band and so they haven’t gotten too much airplay in the US but they are so good! I’ve seen them live a couple of times now and they bring so much energy. Listen to them, and then go see them live. They’re that awesome.
“Could Have Been Me” is their US single, and still my favorite track off the album.
#15 – Gravity
Our Lady Peace
So many of the albums on my list were ones from my high school years. This is another one. I discovered Our Lady Peace thanks to Fuse, back when all they played were music videos. I then bought the album, listened to it over and over, went to Tower Records and bought all their other albums and listened to them over and over. This of course was back when people actually bought music.
The whole album doesn’t necessarily hold up as well today but their first single, “Somewhere Out There” is just as good.
#14 – Pioneer
The Band Perry
For someone who didn’t like Country music for most of my adolescence I have quite a few Country albums on this list. The Band Perry is a bit more of a modern Country band than the other artists on this list but I love that they’re a family of performers. This album is full of great songs that range from more backyard country to some folksy sounds, so there’s a nice mix to listen to.
“Pioneer” is bittersweet, wistful, and melancholy all at once, which is why this title track is my favorite on the album.
#13 – The Education of a Wandering Man
I believe this is the most recent addition to the list. I saw Jamestown Revival open for another band a couple of years ago and I was blown away by their sound and stage presence. They have a bluesy country vibe, and their music sounds like something you should be listening to while driving on the open road in some backcountry. I love it, and this is another band that you should be listening to right now.
“Journeyman” feels like the heart and soul of this album, and sounds like something you’d hear playing in a local bar in a small town right before it’s playing on the radio.
Check in tomorrow for the next batch of my Favorite Albums.