We would take the CD home, open it, breathe in that new CD smell, and play it from beginning to end. Reading/singing along with the teensytiny words in the booklet. Until we had the entire CD memorized. And we'd look at the artsy photos and talk to each other on land lines and tell each other what songs were our favorites. Ahhh, how music has changed.
These days, I don't buy CDs. I rarely even download the whole album. If I hear a song I like, I download the song. Why would I download a song I don't know?!?! What a crazy idea! Spend $.99 (okay, maybe I don't pay for them sometimes, but let's keep that between you and me) for a song that I don't even know if I'll like? That's absurd!
So when someone was talking about albums that were so good they could listen to every song from beginning to end, I was pretty much stuck in the 90's. I have been missing out on 8-10 songs from every album that's been released in the last 10 years! That adds up to 345,234,912,389,290,282 songs, roughly. So my list, as follows, is pretty much all from the 90's, the last decade that I even cared about the songs that weren't released. It's a sad sad day.
Here's my list:
No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom (1995) Gwen has never been as good as she was in this album. I remember Angela, Amy and myself singing out little hearts out at their house. I would take the background "whoa-o-oah" during the chorus on Sunday Morning, they would take lead. And sometimes we'd switch. We just had it down like that.
Matchbox 20 - Yourself or Someone Like You (1996)
Another great one. Not a bad song on the entire album. I remember talking to Tracey on the land line after we BOTH purchased this one at the ol mall CD store (before you could dub a CD) when we discovered that Rob Thomas had thanked both Tracey and Lacey in his thank yous. And yes, we even read the thank yous. But it had to have been us, he even spelt our names right!
Bush - Sixteen Stone (1994) Another one we played over and over at Amy and Angela's. I actually bought Bush's other CD Razorblade Suitcase first, cause stupid BMG didn't offer the really good CDs. But Sixteen Stone is way better and I love every song. I am pretty sure we might have had a little dance to Little Things.
But that's all I got. Or at least all I can think of. Pathetic huh? Surely there has to be other great albums in the past 10 years. Or even before that. I just need some advice. What ya got?