Morgan's Album Recommendations

Abbey Road

Abbey Road

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

"Best album they ever released."

Morgan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Afterglow

Afterglow

Released in 2003, six years after her previous album Surfacing.

"This album does one of my favorite things, it grows on you. At least it did on me. I liked it when I got it, but as time when on I grew to love it."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Beacon Street Collection, The

Beacon Street Collection, The

Indepdentently recorded in between their debut album and Tragic Kingdom, the band wanted material their long-term fans could enjoy. Called The Beacon Street Collection because most songs were recorded in a garage in a house on Beacon Street in Anaheim, CA.

"I have so much love for this album. It's right in the middle of No Doubt's fun debut and when they finally found success and I think it was really when they were finding their footing."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Beautiful Garbage

Beautiful Garbage

Garbage's third album, released in 2001.

"It took about four years for me to appreciate this album the way I do now. I always liked it, but now I think it's rather underrated."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic
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Bleed Like Me

Bleed Like Me

Garbage's long anticipated fourth album, released in 2005.

"While beautifulGarbage wasn't quite up to par with Version 2.0, this one was where they really bounced back. The band really got into the swing of things and put together a great mix of songs that made me eagerly anticipate the next album."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Breakaway

Breakaway

Since its release in 2004, Breakaway has generated four #1 singles and sold 5.5 million copies worldwide.

"There are some really popular songs on this album and I don't know why they're so popular, but there are some I really love. One thing I think this album really accomplishes is showing that Kelly has a very great future ahead of her."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic
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Cruel Intentions OST

Cruel Intentions OST

The OST for the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions.

"Not my favorite soundtrack, but every song fits the movie very well."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic
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Extraordinary Machine

Extraordinary Machine

Fiona's highly anticipated third album. Released in 2005.

"I still like When the Pawn... better, but this was definitely worth the wait."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic
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Fountain, The

Fountain, The

Clint Mansell's score for Darren Aronofsky's third feature film, The Fountain. It was nominated for Best Original Score at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

"One of the best film scores. It aids each and every scene it accompanies in the film and then goes beyond that and easily stands on its own. Completely beautiful."

Morgan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

The band's debut album, released in February 2004

"The perfect album to introduce the band to the public! If there was a song on here I didn't like at first, it grew on me and I now like them all."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

Sarah McLachlan's album including the hit single Possession.

"Sometimes I think this might be my favorite of Sarah McLachlan's albums and when I listen to it, I just can't help thinking how good it is. The thing about it is, there are so many songs on it that are such classic Sarah songs."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Garbage

Garbage

Garbage's self titled debut album, released in 1995!

"A really good album that doesn't quite show yet what the band has to offer."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic
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Hopes and Fears

Hopes and Fears

The debut album of British band Keane, which was released in 2004.

"The first song I heard from this album was Somewhere Only We Know in a Victoria's Secret commercial and I thought, "Oh hey, pretty." I then heard Everybody's Changing and loved it. I bought the album and it was great, definitely one of my favorites."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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It Means Everything

It Means Everything

The band's debut album.

"An album with a song about Spam. Greatness. But other than that, it's got great lyrics, a lot of fun songs. It's an album I can listen to a lot, over and over again."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Modified

Modified

Their second and final album.

"It's really a shame that the band broke up after this album because it shows more maturity in their songwriting and Monique Powell's voice is so wonderful. Their sound has changed a bit, but it's a good chance. A band should keep it's style, but it should also try new things and Save Ferris seemed to understand that. This album made it clear that the band had a lot more to offer."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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No Doubt

No Doubt

The Orange County band's self-titled debut. One single was released and they doubted they'd never get to make another album again.

"You can definitely tell that this was No Doubt's first album and Eric Stefani's influence is definitely apparent. The main appeal of this album is that it's a lot of fun."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic
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Return of Saturn

Return of Saturn

Five years after their success with Tragic Kingdom No Doubt released Return of Saturn. Their sound was a bit more mature but with their standard No Doubt flavor.

"It took five years between this album and Tragic Kingdom and you can tell that the band matured. It certainly shows and I think they're the better for it. You can't get a carbon copy of TK and no one should expect it. I think they did a great job following it up and one of my favorite things about this album was that it was a new phase in Gwen's song writing."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Rock Steady

Rock Steady

Released in 2001, some of this album was recorded in Jamaica and thus has a bit of a reggae feel to it as well as an eighties sound.

"One of my favorite things about No Doubt is that while they always keep their standard No Doubt style, they've never been afraid to collaborate with a wide variety of producers and try out new styles when it comes to their music. This album is their biggest departure and I was really proud of them for it. Ironically, it includes my least favorite No Doubt song ever."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Singles 1992-2003, The

Singles 1992-2003, The

Basically their "Best of..." release, which included a cover of the Talk-Talk song It's My Life. This is a solid collection of the band's most popular material.

"Now, why am I recommending a Best of album when I already recommended every other No Doubt album? Because I can and I love me some No Doubt! Also, I've always felt that with the exception of Hey Baby, No Doubt is very good at picking singles. Putting them in one album is great as is the addition of the Talk Talk cover It's My Life. They roxor with covers because they always stay respectful to the original."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic
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Stripped

Stripped

Released in 2002.

"Very good album that really highlights Christina's voice!"

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Surfacing

Surfacing

McLachlan followed Fumbling Towards Ecstasy with the enormously successful Surfacing. Includes the singles Building a Mystery, Sweet Surrender and Adia.

"My first Sarah McLachlan album and still my favorite, while other albums may have more songs I love on them, the songs on here that I do love I love more."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"An excellent debut!"

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Tragic Kingdom

Tragic Kingdom

The band's studio follow up to their debut was released in 1995 and was a success all around the world.

"No Doubt's biggest success and one of my favorite things about it is that it's fun, but not in the same way their debut is. That one is more fun on a superficial way. While The Beacon Street Collection laid the groundwork for their sound, this one solidified it."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic
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Under the Iron Sea

Under the Iron Sea

The second from British band Keane, released in 2006.

"This album was better than I could have hoped for. When I got it, I couldn't turn it off. Well, I turned it off a little bit, but it really was that good. Their sound evolved a little bit and at first I thought they'd added guitars but they managed to find a way to change their sound without changing their instruments. The songs are all wonderful!"

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Version 2.0

Version 2.0

Garbage's second album, released in 1998.

"The perfect Garbage album. Everything about this album shows what this band has to offer. Their first album promised it and this where it was delivered. Each song has it and they're so wonderfully balanced."

Morgan'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"

"Not only a worthy follow up to Tidal, but I actually think it's better and find myself able to listen to it more often."

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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You Could Have It So Much Better

You Could Have It So Much Better

The second album from Scottish band Franz Ferdinand, released in 2005.

"Completely worthy follow up, in fact, I think it's better than their first album! Some of the tracks are on my iPods 25 most played and deservedly so!"

Morgan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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