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#1 01-26-2011 11:13am

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NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

Nothing Koz related..

Personally, I think the Cure's "Pornography" should be #1.

01. Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible
02. Spiritualized – Let It Come Down
03. Nirvana – In Utero
04. The Smiths – Meat Is Murder
05. Nico – Desertshore
06. The Cure – Pornography
07. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
08. Antony And The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now
09. Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around
10. Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak
11. Portishead – Dummy
12. Morrissey – Vauxhall & I
13. Joni Mitchell – Blue
14. Scott Walker – The Drift
15. Wire – 154
16. Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
17. David Bowie – Heroes
18. Dépêche Mode – Violator
19. Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Love And Hate
20. The Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk
21. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Your Funeral…My Trial
22. Joy Division – Closer
23. Sunn O))) – Monoliths & Dimentions
24. Swans – White Light From The Month Of Infinity
25. The Fall - The Nations Saving Grace
26. Black Flag – My War
27. Slint – Spiderland
28. Arab Strap – Elephant Stone
29. Tricky – Pre-Millennium Tension
30. Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear
31. Big Star – Third/Sister Lovers
32. Husker Du – Candy Apple Grey
33. Nina Nastasia – The Blackened Air
34. Lou Reed – Berlin
35. Radiohead – Ok Computer
36. Low – Things We Lost In The Fire
37. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
38. Neutral Milk Hotel – In An Aeroplane Over The Sea
39. Glasvegas – Glasvegas
40. Smog – The Doctor Came At Dawn
41. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – I See Darkness
42. Billie Holiday – Lady Sings The Blues
43. Public Image Limited – Metal Box
44. Suicide – Suicide
45. Editors – The Back Room
46. Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
47. Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
48. Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
49. Pulp – This Is Hardcore
50. The Xx - Xx

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#2 01-26-2011 11:51am

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

I find it hard to take this seriously when Lou Reed's Berlin isn't in the top 10. I fail to see how ITAOTS is dark...


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#3 01-26-2011 12:51pm

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

this kind of "top albums" is always ridiculous...
oh when journalists don't know what to do !!
btw, it's "elephant SHOE" for ARAB STRAP ;-)


"Music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all, but you are the music." - T.S. Eliot

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#4 01-26-2011 2:34pm

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

Is it just me, or is the NME the English equivalent of Rolling Stone?


I hate to see you look that way
All the beauty has left your face
That's such an easy thing to give away
That's impossible to replace -American Music Club

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#5 01-26-2011 6:01pm

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

That's what I meant. To be fair though, even back when RS was in its prime it was still slanted towards more popular music, but at least there was some degree of credibility.


I hate to see you look that way
All the beauty has left your face
That's such an easy thing to give away
That's impossible to replace -American Music Club

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#6 01-27-2011 7:57am

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

I have a copy of The Drift by Scott Walker and found it possibly the most difficult album to listen to that I've ever had.
On a completely unrelated matter I got a copy of ODDSAC a visual album by Animal Collective and anyone who's a fan of David Lynch and The Evil Dead should really get a kick out of this stoner-friendly audio-visual feast.

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#7 01-27-2011 5:11pm

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

Maybe i'll dig The Drift out again then-there's the song about elvis's stillborn twin jesse, plus the one clara about the death of mousillini and his girlfriend-its a veritable chucklefest but hey its on 4ad my favourite label throughout the 80's and still producing quality music in my opinion

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#8 01-28-2011 6:26am

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

Please, this list is ridiculous.  Seriously laughable.  How about Current 93, Death in June, Coil, Legendary Pink Dots, etc etc?

Coldplay?  Give me a break.

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#9 01-28-2011 12:53pm

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

Nice to see DI6, C93, Coil, and LPD love on the boards.

But, What Ends...? is one of the most depressing and beautiful albums ever. smile


I hate to see you look that way
All the beauty has left your face
That's such an easy thing to give away
That's impossible to replace -American Music Club

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#10 01-29-2011 4:12am

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

Beside the presence of crap albums on the list, it's the amount of albums published in the last 5 years that makes it highly dubious. I understand that "of all time" is hyperbolic, but come on ! The XX ? Kanye ? Antony and the Johnsons ? Sunn O)) ? (How is drone metal depressing btw ?)

Also, some of these records I find optimistic. I am a Bird Now soars up, it's a record of acceptance. And I see a Darkness ? More cheerful than it's title would let you think... Death to Everyone is a spunky song !

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#11 01-29-2011 9:40am

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

Pierre21 wrote:

Beside the presence of crap albums on the list, it's the amount of albums published in the last 5 years that makes it highly dubious. I understand that "of all time" is hyperbolic, but come on ! The XX ? Kanye ? Antony and the Johnsons ? Sunn O)) ? (How is drone metal depressing btw ?)

Also, some of these records I find optimistic. I am a Bird Now soars up, it's a record of acceptance. And I see a Darkness ? More cheerful than it's title would let you think... Death to Everyone is a spunky song !

You're right man, drone metal isn't depressing, it's just pretentious piffle for over-masculine, lazy metal heads who've discovered a slow drug.
I attended a sun-o show in my home town, they played in The Pucan,
now, it's a strange faux provincial-style pub with flagstone floor and Irish-American memorabilia cluttering the walls downstairs. In a corner a plugged-in Ceili group run thru the old maudlin faves (mostly rubbish smooth lovers trad) to a mostly male audience...''oh the roses will bloom again, me wee ol' country lass, oh store mo chroi, you've forsaken me forrr anotherrr...''
the drinking men are probably unaware of music, or their wives, the kind of place where the wife will habitually ring the barman to send Paddy home for tea. The wife is simply named ''The Wife''

Upstairs is your carvary lunch-cum-karaoke-disco-cum-showband ballroom affair with cheap battered floorboards and the kind of carpet that can only make a man sweat, even if he hasn't moved a muscle.
When they started running gigs ''for the young peepill'' in The Pucan, firstly knacker-techno or aggro-dancey-boom-boom reggae aimed at Galways' crusty populace, the proprietor decided to alter the upstairs venue by hanging some framed Homer Simpson posters on the walls, real neat, more youth friendly you see.

The sun-o gig itself was so non-descript as to fall into the ''should I like this because it isn't music and they're saying something deep and meaningful thru restraint, or no wait, this is actually a load of toss and they're trying to belittle people with this, not in a good way like The Swans'' category.

I've always shunned posturing and masculinity in music, Sun-o are no exception to my criticism, they are a slow abortion down a back alley of a comfortable city district, at six-ish in the morning when you're guilty with the cold and lack of sleep.

Post performance, one of the Sunn o players slammed a swing-door in a girls' face as they exited the upstairs venue, I think she may have tried to give him a hug, as these sort of girls often do. (if you ask me, they need a good root up the hole)

I held the door closed on his cloak, he struggled for about a minute outside, I had my fun.

i hated them, worst rubbish you could imagine..

I've met these halfwits who follow this slug-metal and i'll tell you this for nothing, their cd collection probably includes Jon Bon Jovey, Fo Fighters, Fun Loving Criminals and the only book they've ever read is The Hobbit.

That's that.


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Do not hang me like a dog''

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#12 01-29-2011 4:35pm

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

I too have had the displeasure of seeing Sunn live.


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#13 01-29-2011 10:01pm

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I love SunnO))) and drone metal. The world takes all kinds I guess.

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#14 01-30-2011 10:37am

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

doggie_diner wrote:

I held the door closed on his cloak, he struggled for about a minute outside, I had my fun.

i hated them, worst rubbish you could imagine..

Hahahaha Kudos to you man ! Not that I could say I hate Sunn O)) and I've never seen them live (see, I care for my synapses too much) but just having the balls to do that is grand !

I hate the cloaks. If they're serious about it it's just ridiculous. I know a lot of good people who like them but, somehow, the french tend to accept stupid band attitudes onstage by classifying it as vague satire, funny self-mockery, something like that. They usually don't want to admit that some people just have terrible taste.

At least I hope that's what they think.

Also, the fact that it's almost non-music is often seen as a plus. Because it's more about "physical experience". Alright, I don't really see the point. Reminds of bunjy-jumping. Cheap thrills.

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#15 01-30-2011 12:47pm

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Re: NME's 50 Darkest Albums of All Time

Pierre2 wrote:
Pierre21 wrote:

They usually don't want to admit that some people just have terrible taste.

Other people's taste is always bad, I'm sure Stephen will agree

I would say it the other way around : everyone thinks they have good taste.

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