25. Sigur Rós – Ágætis byrjun A mystical post-rock journey that only the likes of Sigur Ros could accomplish.
24. Gorillaz – Demon DaysOne of the few albums from my childhood that I can still listen to now and think it still holds up.
23. Massive Attack – Blue Lines 3D’s one of the most underrated MC’s ever and songs like “Blue Lines” and “Daydreaming” prove this fact.
22. Tool – ÆnimaFor a while this was my favorite album of all time, but then I realized “Jimmy” was kinda garbage. Everything else is an absolute treat to the ear.
21. Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the MachineI don’t particular care for politics of a band, but I can always respect an energy and “rage” a band can carry that doesn’t feel phony.
20. Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?Sure it may sound too Arena Rock for my tastes, but stuff like “Champagne Supernova” and “Cast No Shadow” are gems of the 90s.
19. Burzum – FilosofemSometimes the best music doesn’t have to have clear and high quality production, just ask Burzum.
18. Massive Attack – MezzanineDark bass grooves and ethereal vocals make for a melancholy of trip hop goodness.
17. Fugazi – Red MedicineMy personal favorite post-hardcore record by the guys who know how to lyrically show their pain without hokey melodrama.
16. Leviathan – The Tenth Sub Level of SuicideThe album that started my quest to listen to anything Suicidal Depressive Black Metal. Hey, not the strangest thing to be obsessed about.
15. Björk – Vespertine
Experimental made beautiful that only someone like Bjork could ever pull off.
14. Nirvana – In UteroThe record that is their most honest effort. The screams in this feel potent and authentic through the struggles of Kurt’s later life.
13. Slint – SpiderlandAs a fellow Louisville resident, these guys are the only worthwhile thing to come out of this city. Then again, maybe that’s a good thing.
12. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex PistolsSure it may be a crap shoot as my favorite punk record, but you simply can’t deny how we need more people like Johnny Rotten in the world.
11. William Basinski – The Disintegration LoopsThe most mesmerizing album I’ve ever listened to. A 70 minute experience that feels a lot shorter thanks to the repetitive loops that mirrors the death of modern America.
10. Madvillain – MadvillainyWeird Hip Hop is what I call MF DOOM’s flavor of hip hop and I love my Hip Hop weird.
9. Tricky – MaxinquayeTricky is an odd fellow. But damn is his raspy vocals so haunting and catchy at the same time.
8. Miles Davis – Kind of BlueThe ultimatum of Jazz. Put this on any hour of the day and it will be the Miles Davis hour.
7. Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92Some people may claim the sounds to be outdated, but I disagree wholeheartedly. If you can make a one minute song that makes me cry, I don’t care how outdated your album is.
6. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing…..Too bad this guy had to dethrone his legacy by making more albums after this. Seriously, who would ever think they could make a better album that was preceded by a perfect album?
5. Oasis – Definitely MaybeAs an American, I can’t relate to what these Brits sing about but I know one thing and that is Oasis is at its best when they’re raw and alternative. That and Noel doesn’t sing in any of these songs.
4. Tool – UndertowThe reason why this is their best is because this is where they captured a dark and morose soundscape that goes on from beginning to end.
3. Stars of the Lid – And Their Refinement of the DeclineAny drone album that comes after this will never be as spectacular. A two hour album that I actually wished was longer to keep the feeling going for eternity.
2. Radiohead – Kid AIt simply is their most ballsy approach to their sound and it worked in sublime perfection.
Albam of all Time: Burial – UntrueDubstep in how it should’ve been. You can call it 2-step garage, UK Garage, or whatever. It is simply Burial and he managed to change the soundscape of electronic and music in general forever in how it can be made.