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So here I am, a bit more than a year after my first list. I've gotta say, I was expecting my tastes to change, but not this much  :lol

Only 23 albums remain from the previous top, because 1) I limited the number of albums per artist, 2) I've found so much new stuff that I love, and 3) some of the albums that are "missing" from the previous list haven't aged that well.

I'd normally start describing my tastes, but I'm gonna do so in my roulette, so I hope these albums give you any insight into what I like, and what not.

The list so far:


50. clipping. - CLPPNG
49. Faith No More - Angel Dust
48. Shpongle - Tales of the Inexpressible
47. Jeremy Soule - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Original Game Soundtrack
46. iamthemorning - Belighted
45. Sigur Rós - ( )
44. King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
43. Swans - The Seer
42. Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
41. Ed Harrison - Neotokyo
40. OSI - Blood
39. Blue Sky Black Death - Late Night Cinema
38. Have A Nice Life - Deathconsciousness
37. Saltillo - Ganglion
36. Ayreon - The Human Equation
35. Obsidian Kingdom - Mantiis
34. Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning
33. Between The Buried And Me - Colors
32. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Piñata
31. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
30. Opeth - Damnation
29. Haken - The Mountain
28. Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition
27. DT - Awake
26. Alter Bridge - Blackbird
25. Kyle Gabler - World Of Goo Soundtrack
24. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
23. Destiny Potato - Lun
22. Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
21. Flying Colors - Flying Colors
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2015, 09:25:18 PM »
Can't remember if I followed your first one to be honest mate, but definitely following this.

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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2015, 09:33:30 PM »
i'm ready to discover just how badly i'll be doing in your roulette

i could already redo my top 50 and most likely flush out the entire bottom 15 or so because i've been finding a ton of great stuff this year  :lol

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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2015, 09:56:47 PM »
Nice! Will update 3 albums per day untill the top 20, wherein I'll do 2 records per update till the top 10, and then only 1 album per day. Let's begin!


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CLPPNG
clipping.


Feel the noise

I was never too big into hip-hop - in fact, I heavily disliked the genre for ages. Couldn't see the appeal, yet somehow I fell in love with Endtroducing..... I must admit that MCs where what prevented me from liking hip-hop in general, because of my preference for sung vocals. So, last year, a friend of mine got obsessed with this industrial hip-hop band, clipping. Didn't pay attention to his shit because he was (still is tbh) quite a hipster, but somehow he convinced me these guys could be the gateway into the genre for progheads. It was mostly curiosity what drove me into CLPPNG. On a first listen... didn't know what to think of it. It seemed like some noisy beats over some fast rapping? Second listen the same, meh. Gave it a final spin before giving up on it, thinking that I may never get into hip-hop (tried Low End Theory and Paul's Boutique before and weren't my thing), but would nevertheless give it a fair chance and a close listen, with headphones.

Oh. Shit.

First thing I notice, the production, although noisy, it's crystal clear and totally avoids loudness war. And the beats... crap, they're awesome. Weird as fuck as they are mostly noises like glass breaking, electronic beeps, even a fucking alarm clock, yet quite addictive (with the inclusion of some synths). This guy can rap pretty fast too, and has an excellent flow. So I'm definitely in love with the thing. Although it was released in 2014, I only checked it earlier this year - I don't really listen to many albums in the same year of release because there's so much awesomeness recorded years if not decades ago I should check first. After it, I've gotten into some other hip-hop records that sadly didn't make the cut because wasn't familiar enough with them to deserve this spot (maybe next year [or the other] To Pimp A Butterfly will be here!). Recommended for open minded listeners - some purists will probably not find much to like here, for it's a dark, at times abrasive, and experimental experience. Oh, and the female rapper give this album an excellent touch of diversity.


Recommended song: Story 2


49
Angel Dust
Faith No More


The fuck does the cover mean?

I must admit I didn't know what to expect from this other Mike Patton band, after being a bit underwhelmed by Mr Bungle, and California. Colour me surprised, loved Angel Dust from the go basically. This kind of music is something I'd heard very little of - alternative/funk metal sounds like a pretty intriguing genre. This, along with Rage Against The Machine are the only records I know on this vein, but I quite dig them, so I should get more into this kind of stuff. Oh, the album is quite great - lots of crazy, yet memorable and catchy tunes. Patton hadn't gone full nuts yet, and maybe that's why I prefer this by a large margin. Dunno what else to say. It's a 90s classic I'm sure most have at least heard of.


Recommended song: A Small Victory


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Tales of the Inexpressible
Shpongle


Yes, it sounds like the cover may suggest

This is one of the craziest albums I've ever heard. For several reasons:

- It's mostly psy-trance, meaning it's really immersing, but a bit slower, with layers of sounds reminiscent of ambient music.
- Instead of predictable crescendos and bass droppings, this takes an experimental focus.
- Not inspired by some dark, obscure shit, but it rather seeks inspiration on World Music, and joyful stuff.
- There are football chants, flutes, a sample of a lecture by Terence McKenna in which he references the Pink Floyd song The Gnome, merengue horns, Middle Eastern instrumentation, and more.
- It's tons of fun.

The only reason this isn't higher on the list is because I feel the second half isn't as good and the first one. But anyways, if you love electronic yet eclectic music, and stuff that doesn't take itself too serious, check Tales of the Inexpressible immediately.

Recommended song: Star Shpongled Banner

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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2015, 10:00:32 PM »
Alright, 1/3.  Angel Dust is a classic, fantastic album.  Not my fav from FNM, but a classic definitely.  No idea on the other two, but they don't sound like my cup of tea at all.

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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2015, 10:05:33 PM »
Never heard any of these  :lol
Though I've heard a few tracks from Faith No More and they're alright.

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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2015, 10:18:18 PM »
Never heard any of these  :lol
Though I've heard a few tracks from Faith No More and they're alright.

Better than alright bro haha. Definitely an acquired taste though.

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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2015, 10:39:41 PM »
I don't mind most of what Shpongle does, but they tend to lean a bit far into the trance side for me for the mostpart.

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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2015, 10:54:12 PM »
Never heard any of these but they all sound cool. Looking forward to the rest  :metal
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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2015, 11:03:58 PM »
 :tup for FNM and Shpongle, even though Angel Dust would be much higher for me.

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« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2015, 12:56:15 AM »
Haven't given Shpongle a fair listen yet.

CLPPNG is some good shit though. :tup

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Re: Le Sacul's fav records! v2. Hip-hop, swans, and something similar to drugs
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2015, 01:06:04 AM »
I'm prepared for like 5/50, don't know any of these, but I'll be following.
people on this board are actual music fans who developed taste in music and not casual listeners who are following current fashion trends and listening to only current commercial hits.

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Re: Le Sacul's fav records! v2. Hip-hop, swans, and something similar to drugs
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2015, 10:20:14 AM »
Haven't given Shpongle a fair listen yet.
Oh you should really fix that ;)


Never heard any of these but they all sound cool. Looking forward to the rest  :metal
You should definitely give the Shpongle album a listen :P


Thanks for the support guys, will do next update in a few hours  :smiley:

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« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2015, 10:22:09 AM »
I actually think it's for the best that I don't know any of these and will probably not know more than half of them, gives me some more shit to check out. :metal
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« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2015, 10:33:27 AM »
I actually think it's for the best that I don't know any of these and will probably not know more than half of them, gives me some more shit to check out. :metal
If any album seems up your alley, give it a listen. Just don't cockblock me on your roulette  :lol

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« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2015, 10:41:05 AM »
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Original Game Soundtrack
Jeremy Soule


FUS RO-DAH!

I pretty much got addicted to this game back in 2011/2012, and even got all the expansions, making roughly 200 hours of gameplay on several saves. But my favorite aspect of it was the fantastic soundtrack - hours upon hours of ambient bliss, with the occasional epic moments when a full orchestra appears, or just pure peace of a lute and flutes. Well, not real ones - it was all recorded via VSTs. Hard to believe, right? I don't really have much to say about it, other than my fav song is the fantastic Far Horizons. It was even covered by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and it's a wonderful rendition.


Recommended song: Far Horizons


46
Belighted
iamthemorning


Delicate

One of the best albums of 2014, and possibly the most beautiful one, just tied in that aspect with Marketa Irglova's Muna (which sadly didn't make the cut). This Russian duo made some gorgeous neoclassical chamber folk on their debut, but now added more proggy ideas (doesn't surprise me they signed to Kscope), achieving a unique sound that it's both familiar and unique. Marjana's sweet angelical voice fits perfect with Gleb's brilliant piano arrangements. Oh, and guess who's behind the drums? Gavin (fucking) Harrison. If you don't already feel like checking Belighted, I swear...


Recommended song: K.O.S.


45
( )
Sigur Rós


Am I hipster for liking this?

I can only think of beautiful landscapes while listening to this one. Probably Iceland's natural beauty was a big inspiration. Or the 3 daily hours of sunlight drove them a little insane at times - which would also explain why Bjork is a bit nuts. In any case, it's a perfect depiction of the band's country, for the music is gorgeous, yet dark and cold at times.

Sigur Rós have a very particular style: they're a post-rock act, meaning very ethereal soundscapes, dreamy guitars, long crescendos, long songs; and an emphasis on intimacy and abstraction. Jonsi, their singer, doesn't really sing actual lyrics, but mutters words in a made-up language created by the band. This way, his voice works as another instrument, melting with the rest. And it work. Oh damn it does.

I find it hard to describe this band without falling into some pretentious adjectives, so I'll just say that ( ) is not a normal album, but an experience. One that can bore you to tears. Or blow your mind.

PS: The last two songs are a fucking epic emotional rollercoaster.


Recommended song: Untitled #7 (The Death Song)

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Re: Le Sacul's fav records! v2. Hip-hop, swans, and something similar to drugs
« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2015, 10:42:31 AM »
i never listen to game soundtracks outside of the games themselves
need to check out iamthemorning more sometime
and ( ) is way too low, i'm done following this list

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« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2015, 10:44:05 AM »
I actually think it's for the best that I don't know any of these and will probably not know more than half of them, gives me some more shit to check out. :metal
If any album seems up your alley, give it a listen. Just don't cockblock me on your roulette  :lol
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I never played Skyrim but boy do I love that soundtrack.
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« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2015, 08:06:21 PM »
While Skyrim is undeniably the better game, I actually prefer the soundtrack to Oblivion.

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« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2015, 09:12:44 PM »
No idea on those 3.  I think I remember why I didn't follow your last one.  :lol

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« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2015, 09:31:40 PM »
Always like me some Sigur Ros, though I'll always prefer Agaetis byrjun by a hair.

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« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2015, 02:43:43 AM »
() is like my favourite album ever. There is no other album where I can out on any song and get instant chills all over, or that I can lose myself that much into.

Skyrim Soundtrack is good as well, lots of awesome memories with that one. It wouldn't make my top 50, though.

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« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2015, 03:14:29 AM »
Excellent pick with the Skyrim OST :tup The whole thing is just incredible.

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« Reply #23 on: December 17, 2015, 10:19:11 AM »
Oh god I had no clue Gavin played in that record.. now I just have to check it out.
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« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2015, 05:56:46 AM »
Nice to see some love for Sigur Rós and Skyrim  :smiley:

But I won't be able to update for a couple of days - I'm currently on travel to attend to Gilmour's gig here in Argentina later today :P

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« Reply #25 on: December 18, 2015, 06:37:09 AM »
But I won't be able to update for a couple of days - I'm currently on travel to attend to Gilmour's gig here in Argentina later today :P

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« Reply #26 on: December 18, 2015, 03:59:24 PM »
1 for 6 thus far... :metal

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« Reply #27 on: December 18, 2015, 10:19:54 PM »
But I won't be able to update for a couple of days - I'm currently on travel to attend to Gilmour's gig here in Argentina later today :P

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« Reply #28 on: December 20, 2015, 09:30:18 AM »
I came into this threads because I the words "fucking" and "redheads" caught my eye!  :lol  But then I listened to Shpongle.  So good!  Would have bumped this years ago on my late night drives the night before my work week.
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« Reply #29 on: December 20, 2015, 11:15:32 AM »
3/6 so far. Will follow the rest.

One question; in the OP you say that 'I limited to number of albums per artist', that means how many albums exactly? :biggrin:
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« Reply #30 on: December 21, 2015, 01:31:15 PM »
I came into this threads because I the words "fucking" and "redheads" caught my eye!  :lol   
I'm slowly learning the not-so-subtle art of clickbait :neverusethis:




But then I listened to Shpongle.  So good!  Would have bumped this years ago on my late night drives the night before my work week.
Awesome! I wouldn't really listen to Shpongle on a late-night setting, but I'm glad you enjoyed it  :smiley:




One question; in the OP you say that 'I limited to number of albums per artist', that means how many albums exactly? :biggrin:
Well, it's not settled in stone, since I felt some bands/artist had many excellent yet different albums that display different sides of their music, so I had to include a few on the list, while other only have one album. You'll later see what I mean  ;)




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« Reply #31 on: December 21, 2015, 01:41:26 PM »
( ) is criminally low. In my top 10 for sure.

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« Reply #32 on: December 21, 2015, 01:50:11 PM »
Never heard any of these  :lol
Though I've heard a few tracks from Faith No More and they're alright.

Better than alright bro haha. Definitely an acquired taste though.

I never got into FNM.

But hey, it's the only album I recognize so far! :lol
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Le Sacul's fav records! v2. Prog, world music, and pretentious hipster crap
« Reply #33 on: December 21, 2015, 02:06:04 PM »
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In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson


My face when listening to prog

The beginning of prog - it was glorious. I'm not a fan of 60s music in general, yet this one rocks. Except for Talk to the Wind, which is just nice, but sadly drags an otherwise fascinating record that was fucking ahead of it's time. Nothing more to say, really. On a side note, Steven Wilson's remix of it is fantastic, go get it.


Recommended song: The Court of the Crimson King


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The Seer
Swans


A monster...

Oh boy, Swans. Upon listening to this album for the first time (and even today at times) I thought it was either a brilliant work of art, or some pretentious piece of hipster horseshit. At least I thought the last while trying to get into To Be Kind, but couldn't. Still my curiosity was strong - I must get into this band somehow!, I thought. Thus, a friend recommended me giving The Seer a chance, as it was their most accessible record to date (unlike the impenetrable Soundtracks for the Blind). You know, it goes against common sense to describe a experimental double-disc album that features centerpieces of 32, 19, and 22 minutes, respectively, as a friendly starting point, but then again, nothing about Swans is really conventional. So I dived into it.

The Seer it's a violent, brutal, even terrifying album. And one of immense repetition, but with slight changes so that the music keeps evolving, sometimes becoming heavier, louder, rawer, transforming into a beast that threatens to devour the brave listener. For 2 fucking hours. I'll admit sitting through its entirety is definitely a challenge, one I'm gonna do just once every year - it's just too much insanity. I'm definitely looking forwards to getting into the rest of their discography - it should be fun.

Recommended song: Lunacy


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Anastasis
Dead Can Dance


I used to think those were heads, not sunflowers...

"This is just Dead Can Dance, being Dead Can Dance", I've read. And while I've tried checking the rest of their discography, nothing has really gripped me like Anastasis, their comeback after 16 fucking years. It is them picking up where they left off in the mid 90s. They could of returned and just went through the motions, doing some nice yet unimpressive songs, like it happens in these cases. Some say they sound as good as they ever did - I think they are at their top here, and love them the most this way.

DCD were a group that never really challenged the mainstream, so a return was quite easy for Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. Of course they kept some traditions: Perry sings the "normal" songs, like he always did, in English, while Gerrard performs on the "weirder", more medieval tunes, like she always did, in that strange language she invented - in a style reminiscing of traditional middle eastern chantings. Although they're both old, middle aged people, their voices are as powerful as ever. I love how they use music from all over the world, throughout the ages. There's some medieval stuff here, greek music and even some hints of arabic flavours, among other styles.

And yes, this is a very atmospheric record. Not exactly a dark effort, but definitely not a bright one. Recommended for those seeking for something outside their comfort zone.

Recommended song: Children of the Sun

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« Reply #34 on: December 21, 2015, 02:07:19 PM »
Well, at least I've heard of King Crimson.
Sorry dude, I tried. I will now retire to the Fogey Home.
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