Albums I Can Listen to from Beginning to End with Minimal Skips

  • Details: Frou Frou. There’s a reason why this is first on the list. It’s amaaaaaazing! Especially Let Go, Shh, and Hear Me Out. “Give me an hour and I’ll give you your dream.” She sure does.
  • Little Earthquakes: Tori Amos. Sure she’s cryptic. Sure she’s quirky. But come on, it’s Tori! She’s got the most delightful Sandman character modeled in her image and likeness. The only song I don’t really care for on this record, for some reason, is China. Listen to Winter, it will give you chills (and make you bawl).
  • Homogenic: Bjork. If regular people had their own theme music (you know, like WWF wrestlers), Bachelorette, as a young woman, would have been mine. Also 110% worth a listen no matter who you are or what you’re into: Joga.
  • A Rush of Blood to the Head. Coldplay. You might be surprised to find this is a pretty fantastic record. There are really no mediocre songs on it. Although I don’t know what the lyrics mean, Clocks sends me straight to my happy place, and Warning Sign never fails to make me teary.
  • The Colour and the Shape. Foo Fighters. Will always transport me to that unseasonably warm night in the spring of 1998 when I stood in front of my house with a friendly, lost dog, waiting for his owner to arrive, and watched my crush drive by me. If you refuse to immerse yourself fully in the glory of this album, just listen to Walking After You, and take the trip with me.
  • Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The Smashing Pumpkins. Wonderful, it’s wonderful, as wonderful as they come. Best tracks: Mellon Collie, Tonight, Tonight, Zero, Beautiful, In the Arms of Sleep. I am immediately whisked away to my old (and favorite) bedroom on Redington Street, where I used my brand spankin’ new colored pencils to complete anatomy diagrams.

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