460) Lorde, Melodrama
Lorde made good on all the promise of her brilliant debut album with this one, her 2nd full length release. Her voice is magnetic and her lyrics introspective. The production is broader and more club-ready than the spare instrumentation of her first album, but that does not make the music any less impressive. This is a solid album from start to finish.
If you listen to one song: Liability
459) Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon: The End of the Day
This is an interesting album. I had heard of Kid Cudi, but never listened to his stuff. There is a lot to like here. The production is fantastic and gives the whole album a spacey vibe. There are some guest verses from Kanye West and Common (2 of my favorite rappers). That being said, I am not a fan of the album overall. Kid Cudi’s delivery never quite captures my attention.
If you listen to one song: Pursuit of Happiness
458) Jason Isbell, Southeastern
I was excited to see this one pop up on the list, although I think it deserves to be ranked much higher. Isbell is one of the best songwriters working today and his storytelling abilities shine throughout this album. Every track here is solid. Isbell’s lyrics are literary, vulnerable, and often times dark. The musicianship is top notch Americana. This is one to put on late at night and let it soak in.
If you listen to one song: Elephant
457) Sinead O’Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
Sinead O’Connor has a nice voice and there are some decent tracks here. However, I found the album to be spectacularly boring. “Nothing Compares 2 U”, the Prince cover that propelled O’Connor to stardom, is the only real standout here.
If you listen to one song: Nothing Compares 2 U
456) Al Green, Greatest Hits
Another compilation, and one that should be much higher on the list. This is one of the best “greatest hits” albums ever put together. This feels like a cohesive koi album and not just a bunch of standout tracks thrown together. That is likely a result of Green being an outstanding songwriter and one of the greatest vocalists of all time. This album jams from start to finish.
If you listen to one song: Let’s Stay Together