10 Greatest British Album Ever

Who says that word, greatest? Like before i said, i don't believe in the word, it's so relative term. But you know that kids are askin' for a standout list of remarkable British records. Let's say these are the records which you can sleep with, you can fall in love with, change a life by.

1.Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
It's like there is a place for everyone on this record. Melancholy, beauty, and the most importantly it doesn't has any genre directed recording style. Original with what it has got. Prodigious songwriting, perfect music, and really it's still like a fresh record. That's the music, that's the life. I've never feel gloomy of it, on the contrary it helps you to make your day peaceful. You see, it changes a life.Bulut
mp3: Nick Drake - Hazey Jane II

2.Pulp - Different Class
Stories between social classes has always been interesting in novels, movies, and music. Britain's Pulp not only carries its passionate music one step forward, it also brings to scene one of the most unique harmonies. Pulp’s finest hour was like a Mike Leigh film starring the Carry On cast, pitting Jarvis Cocker’s sarcasm against spry new wave synth-pop. It kicks Pulp's previously released His N' Her and becomes a true value. Whenever you listen it, you discover it again.Bulut
mp3: Pulp - I spy

3.The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
They invented a new material in music and this material still is too expensive to reach.
The Stone Roses created the rule and a gift for next generations.
mp3: The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored

4.Wire - Pink Flag
Perhaps the most original debut album to come out of the first wave of British punk. Very few of the songs followed traditional verse/chorus structures -- if one or two riffs sufficed, no more were added; if a musical hook or lyric didn't need to be repeated, Wire immediately stopped playing, accounting for the album's brevity. Pink Flag's enduring influence pops up in hardcore, post-punk, alternative rock, and even Britpop, and it still remains a fresh, invigorating listen today: a fascinating, highly inventive rethinking of punk rock and its freedom to make up your own rules.

5.The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
The Smiths didn’t make bad records, so the fact their 1986 album is rated as their defining moment already places it in rarefied air. 'The Queen Is Dead’ is as capable of soundtracking lives
now as it was the day it was released.

6.Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
7.Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
8.Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
9. Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible
10. The Jesus And Mary Chain - Psychocandy

Alternative Five British Stuff:
1. Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
2. The Clash - London Calling
3. The Art of Noise - (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!
4. Pj Harvey - Dry
5. Primal Scream - Screamadelica

College Student's Choices:
1. Radiohead - The Bends
2. The Verve - ANorthern Soul
3. Muse - Absolution
4. Coldplay - Parachutes
5. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

...also check out:
Best Indie Rock Albums of All Time


archnemesis on 5:48 pm said...

Since we're on the topic of greatest British albums of all time, I'd like to throw in my vote for the psychedelic, Indian-influenced, throwback, Brit-pop-rock album from Kula Shaker, "K". It channels a myriad of sounds from British rock history and while the album suffers a little in terms of poignant, lyrical relevance, it certainly successfully distills some of the most likable elements of British rock into a retrospective album that doesn't feel like a rehash of old ideas, unlike the talented but uninspired work of Lenny Kravitz.


Anonymous said...

As David Bowie traversed the deep valley between the vast, self-made mountains of glam-rock apocalyptica (‘Diamond Dogs’) and the ominous Euro-alienation that beckoned (‘Station to Station’), he made his best album of all: ‘Young Americans’ – the sound of a legend passing time.

Bowie appears on the cover looking cool, calm and collected, slick and delicious, yet pensively baleful – he was at his most beautiful, and he knew how to use it. Heavily influenced by the gleaming, commercial sound of Philadelphia soul but with a deferential, elegant curtsey to Lord Lennon (‘Across the Universe’) thrown in to keep his roots intact, the blatantly mercantile ‘Young Americans’ gave Bowie his first US number one hit (the clunky, hollow ‘Fame’), yet it continues to be the album that divides his longstanding fans. But who can listen to the achingly bittersweet ‘Can You Hear Me’, the empty desperation of ‘Win’ or the soft, melodic funk of ‘Right’ and not be completely seduced by the showbiz whore who falteringly led a whole generation through their turbulent adolescence and beyond?

If I had to choose one album to define the soundtrack of my life, ‘Young Americans’ would be it: heartache, devastation, beauty, cynicism and drama contained in just eight songs; life’s rich tapestry in all its vacillating, disingenuous glory.

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