After wowing you all with the previous list, I have decided to extend The Greatest Albums Of All Time List™. However, in a change of direction I have included a series of albums that I genuinely never get bored of.
Lagwagon – Blaze
I remember buying Lagwagon’s previous album (Let’s Talk About Feelings) while I was at college, and it didn’t take long before I was obsessed with them. The album’s 12 songs come in an impressive 25 minutes and 19 seconds too, so I listened to it plenty. It was five years before they released another album, and after three years or so of playing LTAF all the time, I was bracing myself for disappointment.
Thankfully, they didn’t disappoint. Blaze manages to take everything I liked about Let’s Talk About Feelings and improve them, and then add another layer of awesomeness. It also managed to add more serious, faster songs with a lot of raw passion in them, along with some of the pop-punk type moments from LTAF. Plus, there lots of fantastic guitar solos, you can’t lose.
Never Stops by Lagwagon
A Wilhelm Scream – Mute Print
There aren’t many bands that can do melody as well as A Wilhelm Scream, but there are even fewer than can do it at the speed they do. I hadn’t listened to this album for a long time until recently, and I have no idea why. I mentioned it on Twitter recently and ended up in a small discussion about which song was the best, all three of us having different opinions. The best part of the album is that it just depends on my mood; every single song is fantastic, but my favourite changes regularly.
So, insanely fast and still strangely catchy. Incredible stuff. Ask Ian.
Mute Print by A Wilhelm Scream
Against Me! – Reinventing Axl Rose
I still maintain that I’d like ‘8 Full Hours of Sleep’ played at my funeral, despite my girlfriend refusing to entertain the idea. I’m also fairly sure that I’ll never be able to listen to ‘Baby, I’m an Anarchist!’ without it reminding me of Gem and living in Leeds briefly.
If you don’t like heavily distorted guitars, but need music absolutely rammed full of passion then you need this album in your life. Almost every song on this album makes me want to scream along with it with my fist in the air, it’s a beautiful thing.
Baby, I’m an Anarchist! by Against Me!
The Lawrence Arms – Oh! Calcutta!
I have no idea how The Lawrence Arms have managed meet my ridiculously high expectations every time they release an album, but they never fail. I also have no idea how a band containing only three members can make so much noise and not sound like a complete and utter fucking mess.
Listening to The Lawrence Arms is also 1000% better when you realise that the band are almost certainly drunk when you’re listening to them, no matter what time of day it is.
Cut It Up by The Lawrence Arms
The Weakerthans – Reunion Tour
It was really difficult to pick a Weakerthans album out for this list because they’re yet to release anything that isn’t almost perfect. The song below made me pick Reunion Tour though, as it perfectly illustrates what I’m about to write in the next paragraph.
There are lots of things I absolutely love about the Weakerthans, but John K. Sampson’s ability to construct neat, beautiful narrative into three minute songs is something special. ‘Relative Surplus Value’ never fails to make me smile because of this. Never.
Relative Surplus Value by The Weakerthans
I honestly don’t think I’d be able to pick a Propagandhi album out to put in the list, so the only logical option is for you to listen to them all. Immediately. GO!