Great Big Sea-Play (1997)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 100% (A++)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Ordinary Day
  2. When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down)
  3. The Night Pat Murphy Died
  4. How Did We Get From Saying I Love You…
  5. Donkey Riding
  6. Haven’t Seen You In A Long Time
  7. End Of The World
  8. General Taylor
  9. Seagulls
  10. Recruiting Sargent
  11. Greenspond
  12. Jakey’s Gin
  13. Something I Should Know
  14. Jolly Roving Tar
  15. Rigadoon

Label:

Warner Music Canada

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Missing the Canadian East Coast.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s strange, I don’t really know what to think.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Absolutely!

Final Thoughts:

Great Big Sea was one of those bands that was always played in my household. They were a band that I think all of the family could enjoy to some extent. No other album stands out as much as Play to me. I remember seeing the album artwork and trying to wrap my head around the concept of music making, it was so foreign to me at that age. Play is a Canadian staple, no one in this country should have made it through the 90’s without hearing a couple of these tracks. Great Big Sea is a feel good band for me, little makes me think of my country more than these guys.

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Radiohead-OK Computer (1997)

My Rating: 92% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 100%

Rolling Stone Rating: 100%

Metacritic Rating: 100%

Average Rating: 98%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Airbag
  2. Climbing Up the Walls
  3. Electioneering
  4. Exit Music (For a Film)
  5. Fitter Happier
  6. Karma Police
  7. Let Down
  8. Lucky
  9. No Surprises
  10. Paranoid Android
  11. Subterranean Homesick Alien
  12. The Tourist

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Going through a breakup and/or existential breakdown.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I really like this album cover, it reminds me of Saskatchewan and the SSX video games.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

One day for sure.

Final Thoughts:

I’m sure I’ve already proved myself irrelevant by not giving this album a perfect score and putting it as one of my favourites, especially when Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Metacritic all gave it a perfect score. When it comes to innovation and importance, I have no doubt that OK Computer is essential. When it comes to this being a great album, well 92% is still a damn good rating so everyone calm their shit. OK Computer is emotional, epic, and groundbreaking. The album flows from song to song with expert care. The experience is truly one of a kind and I think that any music lover would be incomplete without at least listening through this album once.

Elliott Smith-Either/Or (1997)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 100%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 100%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Speed Trials
  2. Alameda
  3. Ballad Of Big Nothing
  4. Between The Bars
  5. Pictures Of Me
  6. No Name No. 5
  7. Rose Parade
  8. Punch And Judy
  9. Angeles
  10. Cupid’s Trick
  11. 2:45 am
  12. Say Yes

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sad.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah it’s a classic looking album cover, nothing wrong, nothing great.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yesssssssss.

Final Thoughts:

Elliott Smith is THE sad artist, everything else pales in comparison. Not only is his music extremely sensitive, emotional, and brilliant, the ending of his life was both poetic and tragic. Named as one of the 1001 albums to listen to before you die Either/Or shows off his incredible talent when it comes to songwriting. Honestly, every song is so different while still giving the listener a general feeling of loss and despair. Connor Oberst is the next step from Elliott Smith, but he wouldn’t even dare call himself as on the same level. Elliott Smith will always be the best sad artist, and if you disagree then you’re wrong, and if that makes you sad, well listen to Either/Or.

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