David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
This album is always on my top ten lists, because it's one of those special albums that I can always come back to, and have loved since I heard it as a Marilyn Manson-adoring teenager. Bowie's album turned me on to the idea that music doesn't have to be all angst and self-loathing, and although there is a lot of tragedy one this album, I always find it uplifting.
Favourite tracks: Lady Stardust, Five Years.
The Shins, Oh, Inverted World
Probably my favourite pop album released after the millenium, I was first introduced to the Shins after watching Garden State. …