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  • 10 Albums That Changed My Life.

    16 Ago 2010, 3:39

    1. Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
    So many years of my teenage youth have been spent doing teenager things while listening to this album. Diner runs. Long, adventurous car rides. Making out. Not necessarily stuff I'm proud of, but stuff that's definitely a part of me, so I can't ignore it.

    2. Envy on the Coast - Lucy Gray
    This was one of the more recent finds. I got into EOTC in like early 2008, after having seen them on the very first AP Tour with Dear and the Headlights and Circa Survive. Their live show blew me away, and a few months later, I was enthralled. This album is one of those albums that just has a song for every damn emotion you've ever felt.

    3. Hidden in Plain View - Life In Dreaming
    I have fallen in, out, and then in love with these guys. When I first got into them back in 2005, I loved their popular tracks like "Bleed For You" and "Twenty Below." On June 15th, 2006, I saw them with my best friend at the time and it turned me into a huge fan. I bought a belt with their name on it at that show. I've worn it every single day since then...faded, tattered and all. From 2007-2009 I lost interest, but recently rediscovered this album, and listened hard for it's details, and it hit me. This one is certainly one of the best I've ever heard...I love the last track on this album, Halcyon Daze so much.

    4. The Spill Canvas - Sunsets and Car Crashes
    This album holds a song that made me fall in love for the first time. A summer night in high school and a girl who sent me the title track, Sunsets And Car Crashes, was what did it. Cliche as hell, I know. But it's the truth. I must have listened to this song a hundred times within a matter of days. And then awhile later when I got my first heartbreak, this album was there. It's like they fucking knew that it would happen. All Hail the Heartbreaker was one of the most popular songs back in the day, but it held strong meaning for me before the craze. It still does. It describes me perfectly. Over the years, I've learned to appreciate the subtle beauties in this album as well, such as 3685, and So Much.

    5. The Starting Line - Say It Like You Mean It
    The songs on this album cover the complete spectrum of anything I've ever felt towards a girl. It's kind of ridiculous. This was my first favorite band. I remember my friend Steve introduced them to me in 7th grade, and from there I was just obsessed. I never got to see them live, and when they broke up, I was really upset. But when they announced their Holiday show at the end of last year, I pounced on tickets. Hands down, one of the best shows I have ever seen. Top 3 ever, surely. They played with Algernon Cadwallader and Envy on the Coast as well...two other amazing artists in my mind.

    6. Brand New - Deja Entendu
    Hands down, this is my favorite album of all time. I'm at a loss for words for this one...you really just have to listen to it start to finish to understand. Remember how I said that The Starting Line's album covered the spectrum of every feeling I've ever felt towards a girl? Well, on this album, The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot does that in one shot. And that's just one of eleven incredible songs on this record. If you haven't heard it yet, wake up.

    7. Audio Recording Club - In The End, We Are All Light
    Here's an album that will never be known to the masses. A local band from a town close to mine, they took my heart by storm the very first time I heard their title track on the album. It's an instrumental track only, but I love it to death. It just speaks to me, musically, with notes for words, and melodies for a mouth. They've been the subject of conversation in every car ride I've ever taken, because I almost always have them on.

    8. The Early November - The Acoustic EP
    I've always had a special place in my heart for acoustic music. This album...well it's actually only an EP, but it counts in my heart as a full length. The music on here is just fantastic, it's almost lo-fi. I love Ace's voice in this whole album, it's so good.

    9. The Used - In Love and Death
    Holy fuck this album is incredible. If anyone knows the story behind the motive of why this album was written - you probably understand exactly what I mean. This album is probably the most emotional album I've ever heard. You just feel it. If you know what it's about and you listen to certain songs, it will give you chills. I've been into these guys for many, many years and I can honestly say that they are top notch musicians, with everything they've ever written.

    10. The Dangerous Summer - Reach For The Sun
    This album saved my life. It's perfect. The lyrics speak to me like it was my own brain creating them. I don't even know how AJ tapped into my head, but it certainly feels like he did. I've seen these guys four times in the last three months, each time screaming every word to their songs. It's kind of scary how they're not bigger than they are already.