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on 6 Nov 2010 03:15

 
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Favorite CD Tracks

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1. The House That Dirt Built - The Heavy
Hard to go wrong with 'How You Like Me Now,' a cracking good rock track that has a great James Brown vibe.
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People who added this item 14  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
2. Closer - Better Than Ezra
The title track is one of the most hauntingly beautiful odes to becoming a parent that you will ever hear. It literally raises goosebumps on my skin every time I hear it.
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People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
3. Twice Removed - Sloan
There are some really great songs in this CD, but "I Hate My Generation" is a great rocker with a lot of humor.
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People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
4. Day for Night - The Tragically Hip
"Grace, Too" is probably The Hip's best song ever. Whenever I listen to it, it creates such a powerful image in my mind that it's like a movie soundtrack.
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5. Villains - The Verve Pipe
The closing track "85 on 31" is dark and moody, like a trip home, late at night, on a deserted highway. I especially love it because the Hwy 31 in the title also ran through my hometown, further south, in Indiana.
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People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
6. Maybe You Should Drive - Barenaked Ladies
"Alternative Girlfriend" is a time capsule of the early 90s grunge era, as well as great power pop.
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People who added this item 27  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
7. Naveed - Our Lady Peace
The title track "Naveed" is the best rocker on the album, which is OLP's best. Sadly, each successive album declined slightly in quality for this group, but their debut is absolutely great.
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People who added this item 258  Average listal rating (159 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
8. Vs. - Pearl Jam
I really, really love every track on this album, but "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" is genius. Somehow, young 20-something Eddie Vedder channeled the spirit of a faded old lady in a way that is totally believable. This is one of the best songs I have ever heard.
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People who added this item 1949  Average listal rating (1208 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
9. Nevermind - Nirvana
Going for the Bleedin' Obvious, but "Smells Like Teen Spirit" deserves every accolade for being the song that changed it all. If you were alive then, and a young adult like I was, you know. If you weren't, you just can't imagine how exciting it was to hear this song for the first time. I was so different than everything else on the radio by a long mile.
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People who added this item 314  Average listal rating (185 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
10. Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails
"Down In It" turns out to be NIN's first song, and still one of their best. You may not hear it as often as "Head Like a Hole," but it is actually slightly better. Reznor is almost rapping here, with powerful percussive vocals and a driving beat. Surprise fact: this album came out in 1988, not the 90s.
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11. Girlfriend - Matthew Sweet
Is "Looking at the Sun" as hopeful as it sounds? Nope, the singer burns his eyes out and goes blind waiting for his girl to appear. Sometimes I just want to give Matthew Sweet a big hug.
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People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
12. Staring At The Sea - The Singles - The Cure
This is a great compilation of The Cure's greatest tracks up to that point, and "Let's Go to Bed" is still my favorite. It seemed a little audacious when it was released, in a fun, poppy way.
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13. Angel, Put Your Face On - Brian Vander Ark
Before I had this CD in my collection, I heard Brian sing the song "Nothing but Time" at one of his live shows. It was so beautiful, I actually cried.
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People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (18 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
14. Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Alice In Chains,Pearl Jam,Chris Cornell,Paul Westerberg,The Lovemongers,Mother Love Bone,Soundgarden
There is some great music on this CD, which is one of my favorite soundtracks. But the song "Nearly Lost You" by the Screaming Trees remains my favorite, even though I mostly hate rock ballads.
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People who added this item 276  Average listal rating (145 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
15. Guero - Beck
Best Beck ever, and that's saying a lot. "Girl," "Hell, Yes" and "Black Tambourine" are wonderful, but I will never not L-O-V-E the "na na nas" of "E-pro."
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People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9.5  IMDB Rating
16. Altered Beast - Matthew Sweet
Again with poor mopey Matthew; the song "Someone to Pull the Trigger" is a brilliant cry for help. Really, his other songs aren't that sad, in fact, he can really rock when he wants to. Still, the offer of a hug stands.
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17. Dear 23 - Posies
"Golden Blunders" is a song I heard one time on 120 minutes, though I didn't catch all the info. I spent years looking for it, (this was before you could find everything on the interwebs) and finally located the band and track name when I got this CD. Totally worth it.
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People who added this item 922  Average listal rating (569 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
18. Kid A - Radiohead
For some, the CD "OK Computer" kicked Radiohead into the highest echelon of acclaim, but for me it was this CD. It is absolutely breathtaking, and deserves to be listened to as a whole. Still, as a single, "Optimistic" is amazing.
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People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
19. How Does Your Garden Grow? - Better Than Ezra
This CD happens to be my most favorite ever. Picking a favorite song is like trying to choose your favorite child, but here goes: "Everything in 2s" is stunning. Kevin Griffin has a lovely voice and it's put to great use here, on a simple ballad that nonetheless pulls you in with its restrained emotion and perfect imagery.
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20. Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys
If I could only listen to one song for the rest of my life, and that song was "Hey, Ladies," well, I could live with that.
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21. Pandemonium Ensues - Glenn Tilbrook
It's not often you hear a love song dedicated to the latter half of a love story (most concern themselves with the beginning of it) but Glenn takes on that challenge admirably and comes up with "Still," the song you'll want to play at your 25th anniversary party.
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22. Here Comes the Groom: Name Above the Title - John Wesley Harding
This is actually a two-album compilation CD featuring the top-notch work of John Wesley Harding, the 'Gangsta Folk' singer/songwriter of note. Both albums are really good, and the songs hold up over time because they weren't really pegged to the pop songs of the time period when they came out (circa 1991 or so.)
Here Comes the Groom's best song: The Devil in Me
The Name Above the Title's best song: The Person You Are
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23. Bedbugs - The Odds
"It Falls Apart" is one of many stand out tracks on this album. This one is probably the best, musically and lyrically, but the whole CD is power pop as it was meant to be...literate, hook-ridden and eminently memorable.
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People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9.5  IMDB Rating
24. Argybargy - Squeeze_II
Squeeze really shifts into high gear creatively with this album. There are too many good songs to choose from, but "Vicky Verky" is a great example of Chris Difford's intelligent and observant songwriting, Tilbrook's sweet voice, and the emotional resonance that their songs can have.
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25. Play - Squeeze_II
Boy, is this album underrated. I just love it. And again, there are too many great tracks to mention, but the beautiful imagery of "Gone to the Dogs" is not to be missed. It's a good rocker, too.
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26. Smilin Buddha Cabaret - 54-40
The snarky, spacey "Blame Your Parents" is the standout track on this CD.
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I picked some of my favorite CDs, and then tried to choose a best song from each. With some discs, that's harder than on others. I may add more later!

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Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Jan 6 19:02
"Closer" by Better Than Ezra has always reminded me of my little brother when he became a father. To this day, it makes me tear up. It's a beautiful song.

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