Final update, and INDEX of Best Albums of All Times

This “Best Album Of All Times” needed an Index since it will be kept as a separate category. After some thoughts I also rearranged some albums to my final list, so here’s the final list updated with both initial and final positions.

If you click on the link you’ll be redirected to each review.

Place Artist Album name Position after some thoughts
1 Journey Raised on Radio 1
2 Keane Hopes and fears 2
3 Toto Fahrenheit 4
4 Sixx A-M Heroin Diaries 3
5 Hoobastank The Reason 5
6 Jellyfish Bellybutton 7
7 U2 Joshua Tree 6
8 Babyface Unplugged NYC 1997 8
9 Phenomena Phenomena I 9
10 Sara Isaksson Red Eden 11
11 AC/DC Back in black 10
12 Michael Jackson Bad 13
13 Blacknuss Gold 14
14 Mötley Crüe Shout at the devil 16
15 Coldplay Viva La Vida or Death and all his friends 12
16 Gary Moore? Wild Frontier 17
17 Stephen simmonds For Father 18
18 Ratt Out of the cellar 19
19 Aldo Nova Twitch 20
20 Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine 21
21 Dire Straits On Every Street 22
22 The Fray The Fray 23
23 Metallica Metallica 24
24 Adele 21 25
25 Top Gun Motion Picture Soundtrack 26
26 David Foster David Foster 27
27 Nirvana Nevermind 28
28 Peter Gabriel So 15
29 Abba The Album 29
30 Robert Plant / Alison Krauss Raising sand 30
31 Johnny Hates Jazz Turn Back the Clock 31
32 Bruce Hornsby The Way It Is 32
33 Level 42 Running in the family 33
34 Chicago Chicago 17 34
35 Marc Cohn Marc Cohn 35
36 Richard Marx Richard Marx 36
37 Guns n roses Greatest Hits 37
38 Europé Wings of tomorrow 38
39 Saga Wildest Dreams 39
40 Tommy Nilsson Follow the road 40

Some final thoughts about the project “Best Album Of All Times”

© Pedro Hansson - Stockholm Sunset
© Pedro Hansson – Stockholm Sunset

Some final thoughts

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So the final post in this series – that’s been my most enthusiastic project on this blog – has been written! I’ve spent almost four weeks on this project, with 2-8 hours of music listening, reading lyrics and moving albums up and down every day, but what an amazing journey it has been! I’ve always dreamt of doing this, and now it’s done.

The hardest part was to stay true to the rules. The Best Album, not just an album with 5 good tracks with 3 bad ones; the full album was what counted.

In retrospective I think that Sixx A.M should change place with Toto. Heroin Diaries is an amazing album that no one should miss. Since it’s also a true story, with such a good purpose it may even be higher up. I also placed both Keane and Journey on a shared number 1-place, but I think that Journey is the true number 1. It’s almost silly how perfect that album is. Every single note is so good, on all instruments and the vocals from Steve Perry are truly amazing.

So, do I miss any albums on the list? Yes I think that Simply Red, Magnum, Don Henley, Frank Ocean, Iron Maiden and The Hooters should be somewhere on the list, but I’m not sure where. The lack of full albums without a track that you just want to skip is hard to find with those artists. Maybe Magnum is closest?

Thank you all that have followed this top-list. It’s been a pleasure to hear your thoughts both in person, on the blog and in e-mail.

I leave this series with a great track that actually wasn’t on the list; Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

I hope you all get a good start of your week.

P.S If you want to go back in the series, there is a new menu at the top of this blog where you can find all the posts D.S

Best Album Of All Times – Number 1

Best Album Of All Times – Number 1: Keane – Hopes and Fears (2004)

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Number 1?! Yes. You haven’t missed number 2. The truth is, I can’t possibly separate this album and the next one. While this is an album that you may need one or two “listenings” to, the last one is one of those that get you struck’d by straight ahead. Both albums are still one of those that you can listen to for decades and still just enjoy the awesome production, the atmosphere, the small subtle changes, the vocals, the bass, the guitar, the drums and so on.

Keane, with Tom Chaplin (on lead vocals, organ, piano, acoustic and electric guitar,  Tim Rice-Oxley (on piano, keyboards, synthesisers, electric guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals, Richard Hughes (on drums, percussion, backing vocals and Jesse Quin (on bass guitar, electric guitar, synthesisers, percussion, backing vocals) is playing

Keane achieved mainstream success with the release of their debut album, Hopes and Fears, in 2004. The album won multiple awards, including the Brit Award for Best British Album, and was the second best-selling British album of the year.

Keane are labeled as alternative rock, and I guess its hard to give them a better reference. With its typical piano / bass sound together with some amazing vocals, Keane is Keane. The more often used reference is Coldplay, and there the similarities are more obvious.

This album, Hopes and Fears has been a huge success.

In May 2008, both Hopes and Fears (number 13) and Under the Iron Sea (number 8) were voted by readers of Q magazine as among the best British albums ever, with Keane, The Beatles, Oasis and Radiohead the only artists having two albums in the top 20.

So lets dig into this amazing album

***** Somewhere Only We Know. The first track kicks of with some really characteristic Keane-sounds, and then after 0:24, the verse. This song is amazing. Also, listen for those subtle changes all the way up to 1:10. The bass that sometimes helps the piano, the steady increase in volume, and it accelerates all the way. This is Keane as its best. Working with changes in tempo, strength and feelings.

***** Bend & Break. The same kind of piano-groove as on Somewhere Only We Know kicks of the second track as well, and once again they are slowing things down, to be able to lift the track at 0:50, with a strong amazing chorus.

If only I don’t bend and break
I’ll meet you on the other side
I’ll meet you in the light
If only I don’t suffocate
I’ll meet you in the morning when you wake

***** We Might As Well Be Stranger. A slow, subtle song with a steady rise to the crescendo after 2 minutes. Listen to the always present Keane piano, the variations in the vocals.

***** Everybody’s Changing. Once again, an awesome track. The difference between 1 and 2 may be the more heavy use of synthesizers in the verse. Look for the break at 2:47.

**** Your Eyes Open. A four!? A Simple four on the Best Album Of All Tracks. Well, its still a four, isn’t it? This may be weakest track on this album but still an amazing song. What is it that makes this song less good than the others. Well this is just personal. I have some difficulties with the start of the track. The groove isn’t that good, in my book. But hey, things are repaired once they got thing going and the chorus is great!

***** I’ve used the word subtle a number of times already and when I’m trying to describe one of the best groups in the world when it comes to variations musically the words soon starts to be running out. The track is built around the great vocals of Tom Chaplin and Richard Hughes drums. Beautiful.

***** Can’t Stop Now is a paring of traditional Brit-Pop and the Keanish sound. Just listen at the chorus at 0:53 with the vocals and the piano’s totally awesome harmonies.

**** Sunshine sounds a lot like Harry Nilsson. Have you heard him? The guy that almost was a “Beatle”. If you haven’t heard him. Check him out here.  Back to the song. The influences from Beatles are evident. The song is not as characteristic as many others on the album, but still a great track with some awesome harmonies.

****** This Is The Last Time. Another hit from this album, and No I didn’t miss out on the stars. This must be a six! The vocals starts of straight away with the piano, and later bass / drums. After 0:30 it starts to build, before the… aaaaamaaazing chorus. The harmonies, the piano, the drums, the bass. Just listen to it!! Perfect!

***** On A Day Like Today. A relaxed track, with slow changes and heavy use of Tom Chaplin’s voice.

***** Untitled 1. Drums kicks of this album, followed by almost an Abba-Sound on the keyboard (?). Nowadays great tracks are used in the gaming industry. This track could definitely be used as such. Great atmosphere, with strong characteristics.

***** Bedshaped. To put it in a few words. This is so DARN good!

To be honest, its not that easy to write a review around Keanes music. The all small great changes, the subtleness, the arrangements and so on. Its so good, and if every great move in the music would’ve been described it would take years.

Some thoughts for a new week

“Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens”
― Tony DeLiso

Monday is a special day, it’s almost like a mini 1:st of January. Every week I try to set some goals for myself. A goal might be a burden if you tell everyone what you have in mind, so I always try to keep them for myself. For me, this is a way to make sure that I’ve made some progress, and actually a way to make me feel better when I know that I either reached the goal, get closer to it, OR maybe the goal has changed for some certain fact that I didn’t know about before the week started. Anyway, the goal keeps me at focus and brings meaning to my actions.

The upcoming week is full of great activities even on evening time, Keane-concert tonight, Soccer game on Wednesday and a night at Magic Bar on Thursday, so I guess I’ll have to try to just enjoy every bit of the week to gain energy together with all the great people I will spend my time with.

I hope you all have a great start of the week.