In honour of Record Store Day, a list of my own personal flawless albums - those rare albums that are enjoyable throughout without a weak track.
1. The Holy Bible (1994) - Manic Street Preachers
- This gels together to create a beautiful dysmorphic angry hell hole of an album that is fearfully eloquent. It is forever my angry album.
2. Never Trust A Happy Song (2011) - Grouplove
- It’s a new one but it’s incredible, they have so much energy live and often when a band is great live it doesn’t translate to the recorded album but it really does - there is an insanity and a crazy lust for life in this album
3. American Idiot (2004) - Green Day
- This reminds me of being 14 and how much I loved it, a combination of little stories all together is just awesome
4. The ‘59 Sound (2008) - Gaslight Anthem
- Gaslight are great at the flawless album but if I had to pick one, it’d be this, for much the same reason as American Idiot - it is a collection of short stories with beautiful imagery
5. Let Go (2002) - Avril Lavigne
- No shame here, your old music taste is what got you to where your music taste is now. I remember singing this aged about 10 with my best friend, still makes me happy to listen too
6. It’s Great to Be Alive (2008) - Fake Problems
- This runs a bit like a rock opera sort of thing, it’s stupidly dramatic and the lyrics are great and slightly demonic
7. Poetry of the Deed (2009) - Frank Turner
- Like Gaslight, Frank Turner is good at making flawless albums and whilst Poetry of the Deed is definitely not my favourite FT album, it is the one I feel gels together the best
8. Elsie (2011) - The Horrible Crowes
- Two listens in and it blew me away, it feels so personal that you almost wish you were sat in a smokey bar in some back water town with three people in the place, all of you listening intently, hanging on every word coming from the Brian Fallon’s mouth
9. Up the Bracket (2002) - The Libertines
- Kind of the start of my love of bizarre indie. Simple as that.
10. Someone to Drive You Home (2006) - The Long Blondes
- I was so disappointed by their 2nd album perhaps because this one was so perfect. The common theme in albums I like seems to be imagery, this one full of 1950s housewives, obscure small shops and music you’ve never heard of
11. Romance is Boring (2010) - Los Campesinos!
- This was a close call between this and Hello Sadness but all the bizarre little interludes on this album pushes it ahead
12. Send Away the Tigers (2007) - Manic Street Preachers
- This will no doubt be a controversial one as a lot of the die hard Manics fans hate this album. So what if it’s a pop album and commercially successful, the fact remains that it’s good, it’s lively and it’s catchy. Pretty open and shut case.
13. Sigh No More (2009) - Mumford & Sons
- As debut albums go, this thing is impressive. Build ups and slow interludes combine to make it the perfect album to jump around to
14. Grace/Wastelands (2009) - Pete Doherty
- This switches between acoustic, slightly jazzy music and some nice piano effortlessly. It’s pretty raw and feels heartfelt if not a little pathetic considering the power of the Libertines - this only seems to endear the album
15. Dog Man Star (1994) - Suede
- This is my musically stoned album, listen to it in it’s entirety while lying there doing nothing and about 7 songs in, you inexplicably feel stoned. Good result really.
16. Hold Me Down (2010) - YouMeAtSix
- Having watched them play the smallest crowds in Kingston back in the day, I felt weirdly proud when their second album took off, the third album is good but there was a bigger evolution between the 1st and 2nd album than 2nd an 3rd, it feels like successful evolution.
17. Exile on Main Street (1972) - Rolling Stones
- I grew up with this album, it’s gorgeous. Nuff said.