Remember when people actually had to buy full albums instead of whatever songs they wanted off of iTunes or Zune? Who am I kidding? No one had a Zune! For those of us old enough to remember, we did buy albums and lots of them. Especially if you had a Sam Goody or Musicland in your mall!
Of the huge quantities purchased from the mall, we all ended up with albums that we absolutely adore. Some are extremely terrible (Celebrity by *NSync) and some are awesome (Heretic Pride by the Mountain Goats). Not all of these albums that we love can be can be qualified as a perfect album though. To me, a perfect album is an album that can be listened all the way through without you skipping a track and that lacks filler. The Beatles only achieved one perfect album because they always had one or two filler songs on their albums, usually written by Ringo. Revolver is the only perfect album by the Beatles. Radiohead has achieved three perfect albums. I still think the Beatles are a better band. A perfect album does not necessarily mean the greatest band ever.
So Dear Unicorns, what do you consider a perfect album? Do you disagree with my assessment of Ringo’s songwriting skill? What albums that aren’t perfect do you still listen to all the time?