Meaghan's Album Recommendations

Abbey Road

Abbey Road

The last recorded album by The Beatles, released in 1969.

"It's fantabulous."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Absolution

Absolution

Muse's... well, I guess fourth album, released in 2003.

"All the songs from the last half tend to blend for me; however, I love the first part of the album intensely, so it sort of balances. Hysteria is a fantastic song."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Achtung Baby

Achtung Baby

This album saw U2 totally re-invent themselves, going from earnest musicians to post-modern ironic 90s rock stars. It was recorded in Berlin in the wake of the partial failure of Rattle and Hum, and the emotional aftermath of The Edge's divorce. Released in 1991.

"This is U2's masterpiece. Every song is great. It's definitely one of my five favourite albums."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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All That You Can't Leave Behind

All That You Can't Leave Behind

U2's tenth studio album, released in 2001. This album abandoned most of the innovations U2 had made since Rattle & Hum in favour of a 'back to basics' approach. People loved it.

"I wouldn't call this a return to form (because they never left form as far as I'm concerned) but it is a return to an old state of mind and sound. Normally I'd be critical of a band for regressing like this; however, for them it really, really worked, and this is one of their best albums."

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Bends, The

Bends, The

Radiohead's second album, which was released in 1995.

"This album is so good that I actually wasn't sure Radiohead could ever top it. Then they released OK Computer, but anyways, this remains a very great album filled with lovely and moving songs."

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Elephant

Elephant

The band's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated fourth album.

"It roxors! And Ball and Biscuit is on it! Generally it's just great and I love it."

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Hail to the Thief

Hail to the Thief

Radiohead's sixth studio album. Released in 2003.

"It makes me feel like dancing. Which sounds bizarre, I know, because you don't necessarily think of dancing when you think of Radiohead. But it really does make me feel like dancing."

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Holy Bible, The

Holy Bible, The

Third album by the Manics, released in 1994.

"I wouldn't recommend this to everyone, because it's not for the faint of heart. Richey Edwards, who wrote most of the lyrics, was writing from a very dark place at the time. But it is a truly excellent album if you feel up to a challenging listening experience."

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Icky Thump

Icky Thump

Album released in 2007 by the Detroit duo. This is Jack and Meg's sixth studio album. The title apparently is derived from "ecky thump," Lancashire slang for something akin to "Bloody hell!"

"It rocks! I always love The White Stripes' rockin songs but am usually less a fan of their slower songs. This album has no slow songs!"

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Joshua Tree, The

Joshua Tree, The

Released in 1987, this was the album that made U2 into superstars. Contains "With or Without You," which was the band's first ever number one hit.

"A couple of songs I think are a bit weak, but in general this is great. Where the Streets Have No Name is absolutely U2 at their best."

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Kid A

Kid A

Radiohead's follow-up to OK Computer, which wasn't released until the year 2000! My god, that was a long wait.

"People always say Amnesiac is better, but I disagree. I think Kid A is excellent. The first time I heard it I was like wtf, but it grew on me really quickly and I still love it."

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OK Computer

OK Computer

Radiohead's 1997 album. Often included in lists of the best albums ever.

"The reason it's often included in those lists of the best albums ever is that it is actually the best album ever. It is perfection in compact disc form."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Origin of Symmetry

Origin of Symmetry

Muse's second album, released in 2001.

"I would say this is my favourite Muse album. I don't like every song, but most of them are good, and some, like Newborn and Citizen Erased, are excellent."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Pop

Pop

U2's ninth studio album, which was released in 1997. Not very well-received by critics or some fans.

"People who don't like this album freak me out."

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Showbiz

Showbiz

Muse's debut album, released in 1999.

"At this point Muse still sounded a heck of a lot like Radiohead, so don't listen if you're looking for originality. If you like music that is Radiohead-esque, though, I'm sure you'll enjoy this, because there are quite a few excellent songs on it."

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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

The original score from the final movie to be released in the Star Wars saga.

"Can someone please tell me how to get this music out of my head?"

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Tidal

Tidal

Fiona's debut album Tidal, released in 1996, went on to sell 3 million copies (certified triple platinum) domestically.

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Urban Hymns

Urban Hymns

The Verve's final studio album, released in 1997, which includes "Bitter Sweet Symphony," their biggest hit.

"One of the greatest and most beautiful albums ever. You might buy it for Bitter Sweet Symphony, but you grow to love it for the rest. So many amazing songs ... it was such a shame that the band split up after releasing this."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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When the Pawn ...

When the Pawn ...

When the Pawn, Fiona's second album, was released in 1999. The album used more expressive lyrics and experimented more with drum loops and heavily incorporated clavichord and organ. The full title of the album is "When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King/What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight/And He'll Win the Whole Thing 'Fore He Enters the Ring/There's No Body To Batter When Your Mind is Your Might/So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand/And Remember That Depth is the Greatest of Heights/And If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land/And If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You'll Know That You're Right"

"This is my favourite Fiona album."

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White Blood Cells

White Blood Cells

The White Stripes' third album released in 2001. Contains "Fell in Love With a Girl," the band's breakthrough hit.

"Don't know which would be my favourite White Stripes album -- this one or Elephant. They're both great. I bought this and loved it from the first time I heard the first few seconds of the first track -- that opening guitar riff on Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground, which owns me."

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Zooropa

Zooropa

U2's eighth studio album, released in 1993. The band recorded most of it during a brief break between legs of the Zoo TV tour. They originally intended it to be an EP but ended up extending it.

"This was the first U2 album I ever bought on the day it came out, so it holds a special place in my heart. I also think it's probably their most underrated album ... well, maybe tied with Pop ... but anyway, it's excellent. The song Zooropa is one of my favourite U2 songs."

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