Desert Island Picks.

SnapDragon’s Top Ten Albums: Pick #7.

Hi! And welcome to the latest addition to my Desert Island Picks.

In case you missed my little advertisement, I’ve decided to award ten–yes, only tentop albums of my life.

And when I say ‘album’, I mean the entire album, friends. The whole record. Not some compilation or mix tape. I put in the CD, crank up the volume on quality speakers, and let the artist’s creation come to life.

You know. How it was intended.

All right. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let us continue!

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#7: OK COMPUTER by Radiohead (1997)

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Every time I put this album on and hear those first shredding guitar notes, I feel a certain happiness that is difficult to describe.

I first discovered this album junior year of high school. (Which was not in 1997, for the record.)

And friends, I was absolutely blown away by it. I remember inserting the CD into my parents’ Dell desktop computer, cranking the volume, and calling my older brother in to experience this dazzling display of ingenious sounds and song.

It’s one of a kind.

(We get it, Snap. This is, after all, your top ten.)

I also know that Radiohead has really blown up in recent years. And truth be told, I’ve lost track of them a bit.

But OK COMPUTER, with its expert blending of band and studio. . .

Well, you’ll just have to listen for yourself, Dear Reader.

Enjoy every last drop.

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Favorite Track: “Paranoid Android” (starts giggling in excitement)

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Stay tuned for Snap’s #6!

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SnapDragon’s Top Ten Albums: Pick #8.

Hi! And welcome to the latest addition to my Desert Island Picks.

In case you missed my little advertisement, I’ve decided to award ten–yes, only tentop albums of my life.

And when I say ‘album’, I mean the entire album, friends. The whole record. Not some compilation or mix tape. I put in the CD, crank up the volume on quality speakers, and let the artist’s creation come to life.

You know. How it was intended.

All right. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let us continue!

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#8: The Last DJ by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2002)

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It’s still hard to accept that Tom Petty is gone. What a loss.

His voice–which itself sounds like a finely-tuned guitar–was a welcomed friend in our house as kids.

To me, Tom Petty represents everything that is right about Rock n’ Roll: dedicated musicianship paired with meaningful lyrics and kick-ass chord changes. Balls-out with purpose, if you will.

And The Last DJ captures that feeling exactly.

Each song is a carefully-crafted stab at selling out. And he does it in a way that is nothing short of beautiful. (And The Beatles’ influence is in full force on this one. It makes me giddy.)

Please listen to this, friends. It’s absolutely brilliant.

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Favorite Track: “Like a Diamond” (But it’s so hard to pick just one!)

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Stay tuned for Snap’s #7!

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SnapDragon’s Top Ten Albums: Pick #9.

Hi! And welcome to the latest addition to my Desert Island Picks.

In case you missed my little advertisement, I’ve decided to award ten–yes, only tentop albums of my life.

And when I say ‘album’, I mean the entire album, friends. The whole record. Not some compilation or mix tape. I put in the CD, crank up the volume on quality speakers, and let the artist’s creation come to life.

You know. How it was intended.

All right. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let us continue!

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#9: So by Peter Gabriel (1986)

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Ahh, yes. Another classic.

This album will always remind me of my dad. As kids, my brothers and I would routinely raid his meticulously-selected CD library. It was a treasure-trove of quality Rock. It was also a gift to us kids: one that perhaps he hadn’t even realized he had given.

My oldest brother would carefully place the CD in the stereo, press play, and let the magic come to life.

And Peter Gabriel’s So is, just that: magic.

With its heavily 80s studio sound, it hits all of the feels, friends.

His voice–his words–are haunting. There’s an ethereal quality to it, really. As with most of my favorite music, it’s almost like this album wasn’t produced by the dedicated collaboration of instruments.

It feels like it has always just. . . been there.

It’s an album that takes its time. It’s an album that reminds me what it means to be an artist.

And it’s an album that’s waiting for you.

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Favorite Track: “Sledgehammer”

(This song makes everything better. And it has to be loud loud. Enjoy.)

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Stay tuned for Snap’s #8!

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SnapDragon’s Top Ten Albums: Pick #10.

Hi! And welcome to the latest addition to my Desert Island Picks.

In case you missed my little advertisement, I’ve decided to award ten–yes, only tentop albums of my life.

And when I say ‘album’, I mean the entire album, friends. The whole record. Not some compilation or mix tape. I put in the CD, crank up the volume on quality speakers, and let the artist’s creation come to life.

You know. How it was intended.

All right. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let us begin!

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#10: Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys (1966)

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While I’ve always appreciated The Beach Boys, I’ve never been some die-hard fan. But when I read that Pet Sounds has been considered the Greatest Concept Album of All-Time (along with The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, many argue) I had to check it out.

At 22, having freshly graduated college, I moved into my own tiny apartment in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. As the place slowly became mine—complete with string lights, and my students’ artwork on the fridge—I finally selected Pet Sounds on my touchscreen jukebox. (Yes, I had a jukebox. The Husband had handcrafted it for me when we were dating. Reason #805 why he’s the coolest person I know.)

Anyway, this album is a gem, to say the least. With its layers of symphonic instrumentation, young, fresh vocals, and chord changes that make you reassess life, it’s an album that stays with you, Dear Reader.

And Paul McCartney, who in my humble opinion is God, made the following remarks about The Beach Boys’ eleventh studio album:

Pet Sounds blew me out of the water,” Paul recalled in 2003. “First of all, it was Brian’s writing. I love the album so much. I’ve just bought my kids each a copy of it for their education in life – I figure no one is educated musically ’til they’ve heard this album” (Havers 2018).

So, heed Paul’s advice. Listen. Love. And let the music soothe your weary soul.

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Favorite Track: “Let’s Go Away for Awhile”

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Sources:

Why The Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’ Remains a Work of Art by Richard Havers. 2018. Udiscovermusic.com

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Stay tuned for Snap’s #9! (number nine. . . number nine. . . number nine. . .)

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Stay Tuned: SnapDragon’s Top Ten Albums of Her Life.

Okay. So before we get started, I must clarify a few things.

First, I’ve thought about this Holy Grail list for years. I’ve taken this very seriously. As you might imagine, it’s tough to narrow it down to just ten. But these are my gun-to-the-head, tried-and-true albums that I consider to be part of my identity.

Second, it should be noted that each artist could only be represented by one album. Many of these artists have other astounding studio works, but I’ve selected what I consider to be each artist’s masterpiece, and one that also has personal significance to my life.

And finally, while I love them all, I consider this list to be ranked in order. My number one is Number One for a reason. If I had to select just one album to listen to for the rest of my life (which is a concept I don’t even like to think about) it would hands down be what you see at the top of this list.

Yes? Good? On we go!

Stay tuned. . .

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SnapDragon is a writer, artist, and collector of CDs. Nothing sounds better.

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