Month: October 2016

"Skylarking" by XTC album cover

“Skylarking” by XTC (No. 1)

I’m not saying that Skylarking is the best album in the history of the universe, but I’m not not saying it either. Certainly it’s the…

"Abbey Road" album cover

“Abbey Road” by The Beatles (No. 2)

Abbey Road is more or less The Beatles‘ final album1, and it contains some of the group’s strongest work – especially George Harrison, who finally…

"Help!" album cover (Parlophone version)

“Help!” by The Beatles (No. 3)

Here’s where it all began, my lifelong obsession with music. Technically, it was the movie Help! that helped turn me into a music junkie, but…

"Disintegration" album cover

“Disintegration” by The Cure (No. 4)

Disintegration is the album that really sold me on The Cure. Yes, I know, I was a bit late to the party. Some of the…

"A Night at the Opera" album cover

“A Night at the Opera” by Queen (No. 5)

A Night at the Opera has some of Queen‘s best-known songs, including “Bohemian Rhapsody.” But what if I told you that “Bohemian Rhapsody” isn’t even…

"Lost in Space" album cover

“Lost in Space” by Aimee Mann (No. 6)

Fun fact, Aimee Mann is the only musical guest on Buffy to get a speaking part. That has not a lot to do with Lost…

"Element of Light" album cover

“Element of Light” by Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians (No. 7)

If Robyn Hitchcock hadn’t gone into music, perhaps he’d have become a novelist like his father. His penchant for storytelling shows through heavily in Element…

"Rubber Soul" album cover

“Rubber Soul” by The Beatles (No. 8)

Famed Rock critic Robert Christgau called Rubber Soul “when The Beatles began to go arty.” Reductive, perhaps, but also true. Rubber Soul is not as…

"New Adventures in Hi-Fi" album cover

“New Adventures in Hi-Fi” by R.E.M. (No. 9)

I had low expectations for New Adventures in Hi-Fi after Monster, but R.E.M. blew it out of the water with this one. From 1983 to…

"Strangeways, Here we Come" by the Smiths (album cover)

“Strangeways, Here We Come” by The Smiths (No. 10)

The final album by The Smiths, Strangeways Here We Come is a fitting close to a brief but brilliant career. The Smiths’ star shone brightly…