Best Full Length Album
In pure excitement for TBD Fest this October, Girls on the Grid decided to turn the conversation to music and do a round up of the best full length albums that we just can’t seem to stop listening to on repeat. Here are some of our writers’ favorite full albums, from new artists, to tried and true classics.
I win at listening to music on repeat. In fact, I’m still listening to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories released over a year ago. Daft Punk gives me nostalgia for Summer Nights 2013: sleeping on patios, drinking margaritas and dancing at my friend’s cabin in the middle of the woods. Obviously this is also my 2014 Summer Plan. Plus they have awesome 80′s themed merchandise. What’s not to love? Favorite track: Doing’ it Right.
St. Paul and The Broken Bones “Half the City” – OK, just what we need another album in the neo-soul revival that just won’t quit, right? WRONG! Yes, I am a sucker for this type of music, but St. Paul and The Broken Bones are IT. Paul Janeway, the ex-bank teller who grew up singing gospel, has a voice that just oozes soul. Check out my favorite track “Call Me,” and then tell me if I’m wrong.
LCD Soundsystem “The Long Goodbye” – The Long Goodbye captures the final concert of the LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Garden that was also immortalized by the 2012 documentary “Shut Up and Play the Hits.” The music of LCD Soundsystem reads like a soundtrack to my 8 years living and playing in Manhattan. This live album does not disappoint. It has all the energy, joy and party atmosphere of their shows. This is the perfect album to put on before a night out on the town. I may be (am) guilty of having solo living room disco dance sessions rocking out to this album.
Marina and the Diamonds. “Electra Heart” (2012) encompasses THE female lyrical trifecta: angst, sex, and revenge. Remember Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill?” Well, it’s like that, but way better because this chick is Welsh and didn’t date Uncle Joey. She is refreshingly honest and has a beautiful, chilling way of capturing uncomfortable moments (about herself, her lovers) and turning them into a killer jam that I can rock out to at the gym. LOL, jokes. I don’t go to the gym. Anyway, according to Wikipedia this album is of the “electropop” genre and I have no idea what that means, but trust that it’s amazing. Her voice is unique and powerful, and every song reads like a page from my diary. She hasn’t broken through in the States yet and it’s a shame. I promise you’ll love it!
Beyonce. For a few reasons: 1. let’s be real, girl makes music you can shake it to. 2. A lot of great women empowerment messaging 3. I will never think about the word “surfboard” the same again. 4. SEVENTEEN music videos and she looks amazing in all of them.
Typhoon “White Lighter” – This entire album from beginning to end is magical. I can write to this album, fall asleep, exercise – whatever. In years to come I have no doubt that it will be the soundtrack for this point in my life.
My favorite album of all time that I still have in my cd player in the car is the No Doubt album from 1995, Tragic Kingdom. I just love every song on that album. Top hits of course were “Just a Girl” and “Don’t Speak”.
A new artist I simply can’t get enough of is Sam Smith. As soon as I heard his single Stay with Me (off his 2014 album In the Lonely Hour) I was hooked. I’m usually not drawn to R&B the genre in general, but his voice is so sensual and beautiful I could listen to this guy sing the phone book. They made that expression for artists like him. He’s soulful and classic like Adele, Duffy and Amy Winehouse, and also like his female powerhouse predecessors a product of the UK.
Two of my all time favorite albums I constantly listen to on repeat are Give up the Ghost and The Story both by Brandi Carlile. She is a soulful folk style singer that I’ve seen live twice and she never disappoints.
I highly recommend checking her out, even if folk is not your thing, she is versatile and has a soothing voice. I love all Brandi’s new stuff as well, especially 2012′s Bear Creek. But these two albums have gotten me through a lot in the last several years.
As I eagerly await the release of the latest album, The Black Market , from Rise Against I’ve gone back to listening to Siren Song of the Counter Culture on repeat. Siren Song, released a decade ago(!), was the first major label release from Rise Against and is a pulse-pounding mix of fantastic punk rock. How can you not love songs telling you to ‘Give It All’ , to ‘Swing Life Away’, or want a ‘Life Less Frightening’?
What are you listening to? We would love to hear the album you just can’t get enough of!