Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Perfect Albums

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?


By Alyson

Queer Pop Culture Junkie in the Northwest. Addicted to Coffee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fantasy Sports, The Mountain Goats, and Tottenham Hotspur.

17 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Perfect Albums”

I have been thinking about this a lot recently, strangely enough, and I submit “Songs in the Key of Life” by Stevie Wonder, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” by David Bowie, and “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” by Lauryn Hill. All of them have beautiful segues and themes, and were clearly written to be heard together. In the jazz category I’m going to say “Song for My Father” by Horace Silver, “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis, and “Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco” by Cannonball Adderley Quintet.

I’m pretty sure the only albums I don’t skip songs on are 1) Jimmy Buffet’s Volcano, which is not really perfect perfect. I just have lots of fond memories of cleaning the house with my mom to it, and I still use it as a cleaning album because of that. And 2) B. B. King’s Lucille. I can groove to that all night long. But again, it’s associated with happy childhood moments, so even though I love it, I’m not sure it’s be perfect to me without the memories.

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