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Rank an album's songs thread

i'll start with two short ones:

kind of blue

1. all blues
2. so what
3. freddie freeloader
4. flamenco sketches
5. blue in green

person pitch

1. good girl/carrots
2. bros
3. take pills
4. comfy in nautica
5. ponytail
6. i'm not
7. search for delicious

when a song as good as "i'm not" is the 2nd worst on an album, you know it's a fuckin great record

Comments

  • let's start with the show stoppers

    Blue Album

    1. "Say it Ain't So"
    2. "My Name is Jonas"
    3. "Holiday"
    4. "Surf Wax America"
    5. "Undone - The Sweater Song"
    6. "Buddy Holly"
    7. "In the Garage"
    8. "No One Else"
    9. "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here"
    10. "Only in Dreams"

    Pinkerton

    1. "Across the Sea"
    2. "No Other One"
    3. "Tired of Sex"
    4. "Butterfly"
    5. "Falling for You"
    6. "Why Bother?"
    7. "Pink Triangle"
    8. "El Scorcho"
    9. "The Good Life"
    10. "Getchoo"
  • good to know "say it ain't so" is the best song on blue. i've listened to that record twice and nothing outside of "undone" sounded nearly as good
  • There's something so anthemic about it. It's "the" song from that album for me... always will be.

    It's also where Rivers' songwriting started to show a more serious side, which is something I really appreciate as a much bigger fan of Pinkerton overall.
  • the drum fill into the "dear daddy" section just makes me swoon. There's so much emotion behind every word, behind every chord.
  • edited January 2016
    "Dear Daddy
    I write you
    in spite of years of silence
    you've cleaned up
    found Jesus
    things are good or so I hear

    This bottle of Steven's
    awakens ancient feelings
    LIKE FATHER
    STEPFATHER
    THE SON IS DROWNING IN THE FLOOD
    YEAH YEAH
    YEAH YEAH"


    *bitching guitar solo*

    like sure, there's better songs but... they don't make me feel things like that
  • TTKTTK
    edited January 2016
    that's cool, if you like Good Girl/Carrots so much, you may recognise the sample Panda lifted from the intro of this track.
    It's a fun little tidbit, I guess.

    my rankin' - Joni Mitchell's awesome period;

    Blue (The classic)

    1. A Case of You (I seriously get so worked up from this song. The line "I am a lonely painter, I live in a box of paints" is one of the best lines in a song ever, and so poignant to anyone who has found solace in the art they hold so dear to them whenever life brings them down)
    2. My Old Man
    3. California
    4. All I Want
    5. This Flight Tonight
    6. Carey
    7. Little Green (another tear jerker, makes me have sympathy for those who have children while still young and reckless. It's no one's fault)
    8. Blue
    9. River
    10. The Last Time I Saw Richard

    For the Roses (my least favourite of this period, but it also has been growing on me over the past year - a little more down tuned than the emotional onslaught that is Blue.):

    1. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire (the sexist guitar phrase to ever appear on a Joni record)
    2. Woman of Heart and Mind (probably the sharpest and most pointed lyrics ever penned on a Joni track)
    3. For the Roses
    4. Blonde in the Bleachers (those lyrics and then the drums come in at that point when the character stands up for herself, it's incredible)
    5. Barangrill
    6. Electricity
    7. Banquet
    8. Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune)
    9. See You Sometime
    10. Lesson in Survival
    11. Let the Wind Carry Me (this track and the previous blend into one and I can never tell when one ends and the other begins, so this is following Lesson in Survival - always listen to Joni records in full, kids)
    12. You Turn Me On I'm a Radio (The pop song of the record, but still a brilliant song)

    Court and Spark (this record introduces more extravagant instrumentation, and songs are more focused on telling stories of characters than ever before)

    1. Just Like this Train
    2. Help Me
    3. Down to You (An incredible multifaceted track with multiple movements, coupled with a damning shot at one night stands)
    4. Trouble Child (I love the arrangement on this one, so gorgeous and sexy)
    5. Court and Spark
    6. People's Parties (Laughin' and cryin', it's the same release)
    7. Same Situation (much like Lesson in Survival and Let the Wind Carry Me on For the Roses, this track and People's Parties blend together. This time it's easier to tell when one ends, but I still enjoy them like they're the one song, so this is here just cuz)
    8. A Free Man in Paris
    9. Raised on Robbery (I've never heard Joni do a track like this before, but hell, it works. It's fun and has the usual Joni wit.)
    10. Car on a Hill
    11. Twisted

    Hissing of the Summer Lawns (Her most experimental record of this period, with an air of swampy bohemian jazz colouring everything, with an emphasis on storytelling and characters in the lyrics, not really giving any personal insights or life truths)

    1. Edith and the Kingpin (I love everything about this track, the bassline, the wandering keys, the jazzy guitars, the woodwinds, the way Joni's voice never seems to settle on a melody... so mysterious and sensual)
    2. Shades of Scarlett Conquering
    3. Don't Interrupt the Sorrow
    4. The Jungle Line
    5. The Boho Dance
    6. Shadow and Light (an incredibly well crafted experiment in acapella, it's gorgeous and a great way to close out the record)
    7. Harry's House/Centrepiece (same trick as the the past records, having tracks blend into each other, but instead of actually splitting them in the track listing, she just blended them together into the one track here. Makes the reprise of Harry's House near the end of the track work, as well.)
    8. Hissing of the Summer Lawns
    9. In France They Kiss on Main Street
    10. Sweet Bird (Not a huge fan of this track, at least in compared to the rest of the record. It's the most obvious weak spot. It's still a decent track, but there's an instrumental break in the track which feels so... off.)

    Hejira (these are all split by like, a hair. All incredible songs)

    1. Hejira (this track is life summed up, really)
    2. Amelia
    3. Refuge of the Roads (The best closer on any Joni record. She got better at structuring her records as she went on, and it's clear she had a theme and something to say with this record. It begins with Coyote, and it ends here)
    4. Black Crow (She's so vicious on this track, but it's also self critical. Who would thing that one of her most abrasive tracks comes directed at herself.)
    5. Song for Sharon
    6. A Strange Boy
    7. Blue Motel Room
    8. Coyote
    9. Furry Sings the Blues (I still totally love this track, and the way the track not only deals with aging, but how the world moves around you, and big business taking down the small companies.)
  • oh shit! thanks for that sample, super cool. and damn, you have an amazing ability to churn out (interesting!) words about music--i find myself lost for the right words too much of the time. will definitely be exploring joni more...

    and i appreciate the elaboration, kyle. i have to give those records some more spins
  • TTKTTK
    edited January 2016
    oh good sir, I can gasbag about the music I love for stretches of time with no end in sight.

    I mean I've just been rethinking of how genius the structure of Hejira is (my favourite album of all time (at this moment, anyway))
    My favourite tracks are equally spaced out in the tracklisting, 2, 5 and 9.
    The first track is an amazing way of setting up the record, the themes of lost love in small towns, and travelling as a method of healing.

    Nearly every track mentions lost love or travelling, and many mention both.
  • i've noticed! i should work on my gasbagging. i'm quite good at it in person, especially when describing a song that's currently playing. but typing things feels so permanent, so i continually go back and delete things i've wrote that i'm not 100% happy with. this results in very little output
  • Fleetwood Mac - Tango in the Night

    1. Everywhere
    2. Seven Wonders
    3. Little Lies
    4. Mystified
    5. Family Man
    6. Caroline
    7. Big Love
    8. You and I Part II
    9. Tango in the Night
    10. Isn't it Midnight
    11. Welcome to the Room... Sara
    12. When I See You Again

    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

    1. Dreams
    2. I Don't Want to Know
    3. Oh Daddy
    4. You Make Loving Fun
    5. The Chain
    6. Silver Springs
    7. Gold Dust Woman
    8. Songbird
    9. Second Hand News
    10. Go Your Own Way
    11. Don't Stop
  • so glad you included Silver Springs - that track is a brilliant addition to the record, and a shame that it was left off the original listing.

    I'd rec Tusk if you haven't heard it yet - It's considered their "weird" album. It's 20 tracks, over an hour in length, and features some experiments into rougher edgier material (for a pop rock band).
  • Tusk was actually my first introduction to Fleetwood Mac but I don't remember it well. I definitely need to return to it
  • Squarepusher's jazz fusion/drum 'n' bass classic Hard Normal Daddy;

    1. Cooper's World (the first track being the best track on the record can be seen as a risky move, but here it totally works. Gives you a bit of everything (jazz, beats, crazy drum programming, and a catchy as fuck riff), so you totally know what the album has in store.)
    2. Male Pill Part 13 (An epic 8 and a half minutes of relentless drum programming and jazzy keyboard solos. The finish of the track is just incredibly suspenseful in the way it's built, and with how fast the pace is, it feels like a car chase in a 70's cop movie.)
    3. Papalon (another one of the epic 8+ minute tracks, this one is much more subdued and is more focused on Jenkinson's composing ability. The track has many movements, with a lot of dynamic and is quite beautiful.)
    4. Fat Controller (flat out fun, owing more to hip hop than anything, with an irresistible synth line, and a break with some awesome scratching over a fantastic bass solo)
    5. Vic Acid (the first purely electronic track from the record, and this one is a doozy. I think AllMusic said that this track is a testament to how Jenkinson keeps his audience in suspense. The track feels like it's constantly building to something, and while we're waiting with baited breath, Tom just cuts it off. Beautiful.)
    6. Beep Street (Behind Cooper's World, probably has the catchiest melody on the record. Somewhat pretty with the amount of airy synths and keys layering the track.)
    7. E8 Boogie (The third 8 minute track, and this is fights for Papalon with being the most organic sounding track on the album. That's kind of what makes this album so great, tracks like this have so much live instrumentation, but you know it was all played by one man and assembled on a computer.)
    8. Rebus (the quiet closer, but it's interesting in that it's use of hi hats are similar to how modern trap producers uses hi hats in their productions)
    9. Rustic Raver (This has some great drum programming, and is a great song, but ultimately lacks an engaging melodic line until about half way through. Has a super badass break in the middle, though.)
    10. Rat/P's & Q's (Tension! This track is all about the build up. It just winds tighter and tighter until it feels like it's about to pop)
    11. Chin Hippy (I mean the drum programming is on point, but there's nothing much outside of the crazy beats. I mean it's a good song, but if it were any longer than 3 minutes I feel it could become a chore.)
    12. Anirog D9 (Hell, even the interludes are cool)

    I feel that this is an extremely overlooked and innovative album, people talk about bridging electronic and organic music together, but never mention this.
    A damn shame.
  • I listened to this for the first time a few weeks ago. I think the album cover and the name square pusher is the primary reason people don't realize how serious of an compositional effort hard normal daddy is
  • This is one of those albums that I could never consider one song better than any other via cohesive aesthetic
  • see: Duster - Stratusphere, A Silver Mount Zion - "This is our Punk Rock" Thee Rusted Satellites gather and sing, Avalanches - Since I Left You, Nas - Illmatic
  • it is an odd title, but I think that's Squarepusher's self deprecating humour.
    gives silly titles to incredibly accomplished efforts.

    I think Squarepusher was the one who got me into jazz. At least I followed the references dropped in reviews of Music is Rotted One Note.
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