Point hammered into the ground: This has been an amazing year for music. Aside from how good music is or isn't each year, I find the more enticing venture is to follow receptive I can be to an album years later. Maybe it's an album that was capturing for a moment, and then put away for some years, or maybe it's an album scoffed due to tastes at the time, but revisited with much more acceptance and maybe even better understanding years later.
There have been a few records this past year that I've really come around to for one reason or another. I revisited the albums' beauty and importance in the general timeline of its continual personal legacy among friends and peers.
Here are five albums that really stuck the second time around.
1) The Dismemberment Plan's Emergency and I - I was given this album in high school and Change in college. For some reason the latter stuck much more the past few years. With the reissue of the former on vinyl earlier this year, I've rediscovered the disjointed rhythmic fun and dance infused pop of an absolute anti-pop classic. Travis Morrison's complete self-loathing and inner redemption against quick hits ("I Love a Magician" "Girl O Clock") and unsettling backgrounds ("The Jitters" "You Are Invited") makes for one incredible album.
2) HUM's Downward is Heavenward - If this is "space rock," then sign my ass up to sit in the cockpit. An old friend introduced me to this album some years back, and as I have come back to it for enjoyable visits of head-crushing, wide guitars fuzzed over melody, it really sits as a testament of great production and instrumental layering years before "fix it in Pro-Tools." Many consider the band's previous album, You'd Prefer an Astronaut, to be the best, but Heavenward is a push into perfection.
3) Pavement's Quarentine the Past - I've never been a Pavement fan. It's not that I don't like the band, I've just never been a huge fan like some of my friends. So I gave the "greatest hits" a spin a few months back again and I've found myself enjoying it off and on in my free time. It's crazy to hear the band's brand of alternative rock influence deep in the roots of today's contemporaries, but I can also hear clips of influence in The Replacements that came before them. I missed the reunion, but I'm glad I'm finally on board.
4) Cave In's Until Your Heart Stops - I've been doing research on Cave In's first album a few years after hearing it for my book because of the influence of brash hardcore and melodic tendencies. I'd be lying if White Silence (the band's latest release this year which is equally as amazing bringing the band full circle and captivating their entire catalog) did have a little influence on rediscovering the impact of Cave In. Listening to "The End of Our Rope Is a Noose" through the album's title track is refreshing considering the last few years' particular top drawing acts. I won't name names.
5) Built to Spill's You in Reverse - This is one I threw on at work just for the hell of it - I'm so glad I did. I've been very immersed in the Built to Spill catalog for the past few months. Out of all of them, You in Reverse is still my favorite at the moment. It reminds me why I fell in love with records like Blur's 13 or The Dismemberment Plan's Change. I love pop music that I can sink my senses into - this is one for the books.