Thursday, June 19, 2008

365 Albums - The Guidelines

As I prepare to embark on this musical adventure, I've come up with some general rules.

1. No albums by bands I'm already a huge fan of.
I think that it'd be a copout for me to listen to a bunch of Dave Matthews, Decemberists, Gov't Mule, Five Iron Frenzy, and so on. The only exceptions to this rule are albums by these artists that I don't already own and/or that I just haven't absorbed. An example of this would be Five Iron Frenzy's last studio album, The End is Near. I often listen to the included recording of their last concert, but have only listened to the album maybe twice.

2. No compilation albums. This includes, but is not limited to, Greatest Hits, soundtracks (excluding original scores), burned mixes, samplers, etc. Sadly, this also includes live albums. I went back and forth about that one, but when it comes down to it, most live albums feature a string of an artist's hits with some other stuff peppered in. So basically, full studio albums only.

3. Albums from formerly favorite artists are acceptable, so long as it's been years since I've listened to it.
I figure that enough time has passed that I can listen to it with fresh ears. An example of this might be dc Talk's Jesus Freak. I used to play it non-stop on my stereo, but I've probably listened to it twice in the last seven years.

4. I reserve the right to shut off an album prior to its completion if I find it unbelievably boring, annoying, craptastic, etc.
But I receive full credit for the effort. And I have to listen to at least five songs before I can exercise this right.

And that's all I could come up with. I'll start on Sunday. And keep the recommendations coming. I've looked up a few of them already.


Anonymous said...

That Guy and I are having "That Kind of a Week," but we're thinking up stuff for you. Will probably email. Good luck with the experiment. we've been downloading all of our CDs to itunes, and have come across all kinds of stuff neither of us have listened to in a while. It's pretty cool to dig some of the old stuff back up.

-That Girl from Chicago

erin said...

I thought of another one for you...Damien Rice's "O" album. Look out for the song with the opera singers singing in what sounds like Norwegian.

Anonymous said...

a few suggestions Cuz,

Black Sabbath- Paranoid
Black Sabbath- Black Sabbath
Alter Bridge- Blackbird
Al Di Meola- Elegant Gypsy
Steve Vai- Passion and Warfare
Barenaked Ladies- Everything to everyone
Deep Purple- Machinehead
Beck- Midnight Vultures
Candlebox- Candlebox

I'm sure I can come up with a zillion others, but just a few examples of albums that are great all the way through