Albums you Must Own Nr. 05 – Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden

End Times folk. I am about to endorse an album from the 80s.

ACK!

I rarely, if ever, endorse music from the 80s. With the exception of R.E.M., They Might be Giants, and a handful of others, the decade is a complete loss – in my opinion.  A colleague of mine, who fronted a band in the 80s, heard this and set out to convince me of some good 80s music. Indeed, a few of the individual tracks he sent me were pretty good, but few, if any, full albums really sunk in.

With one big exception. The 1988 album Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk.

I am a big fan of post-rock. Sigur Ros, Pele, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Do Make Say Think, Battles, the more extended guitar noodling predilections of American Football, The One Up Downstairs, the Appleseed Cast, etc…  Well, when my friend Eric sent me the Talk Talk album, I was unaware that they had previously been best known as a fairly straight-forward pop group. In The Spirit of Eden, however, it is anti-pop. Long instrumental sections, meandering atmospheric sounds, dissonance, and so forth. In this album I heard a lot of precursor to the post-rock I really like. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of the bands I listed above cite this album (and the 1991 Laughing Stock) as influences.

Now…you  just have to get over the dude’s voice. I still struggle with it a bit.

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Albums you Must own (for $5 a piece!) Nr. 04

Amazon.com is constantly running $5 album deals for mp3 albums..  Each month or so, they post a new list of 100 albums.
Here are a few albums from their list that should 100% be in your music collection.
Did I mention these are all only $5
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Others you should probably pick up while they are cheap:
 

Albums you Must own (for $5 a piece!) Nr. 03

Amazon.com is constantly running $5 album deals for mp3 albums..  Each month or so, they post a new list of 100 albums.

Here are a few albums from their list that should 100% be in your music collection.

 1.
Local Natives
Gorilla Manor
 

2.
Minus the Bear
Menos el Oso

3.
Coconut Records
Nighttiming

4.
Spoon
Kill the Moonlight

Albums you Must own (for $5 a piece!) Nr. 02

Amazon.com is constantly running $5 album deals for mp3 albums..  Each month or so, they post a new list of 100 albums. 

Here are my top 2 albums from their list that should 100% be in your music collection and if they are not, your music collection is NOT complete.

1.
Our Endless Numbered Days
2.
Aim and Ignite
Some other great titles on their current $5 deals include:

Mumford & Sons – The best way to spend $7.99

In the recent past, there has only been one album for which I have been willing a hands-down, recommend to any and everyone with a ironclad guaruntee that they would love the album: that was  Fleet Foxes‘ self-titled debut LP.

I haven’t been willing to give such a strong recommendation until now.  I know I have blogged about them in the last few days, but feel the need to do so again.  Let me introduce Mumford & SonsSign No More.  This is folk and roll at its best!  They combine some very familiar folky (at times even Irish-ish) elements and embue them with an exuberance, bombasticity (not a word, I know) and sing-along harmonies that has me fully hooked.  I have not been this excited about a band for quite a while!

To top it off, Amazon.com is selling it for $7.99.

So here is my guarantee-clad recommendation (I won’t do this very often, so I’m quite serious about this).

I hereby promise you that if you purchase this album, you WILL love it.

No matter what kind of music you are into, you will love this.  If you don’t, well, then I will have to seriously reconsider my acumen as a self-proclaimed purveyor and connoisseur of fine music.

Here are a few samples:

Albums you Must own (for $5 a piece!)

Amazon.com is constantly running $5 album deals for mp3 albums – some really great deals.  They are currently featuring 100 albums.  Here are my top 5 albums that should 100% be in your music collection and if they are not, your music collection is NOT complete.
 1.
Give Up
2.
Kid A (Collector's Edition)
3.
The Creek Drank The Cradle
4.
Everything All The Time
5.
Document (R.E.M. No. 5)
  Here’s a couple other good albums on the list and worth checking out.