Why do I get the impression that listening to full albums from start to finish isn’t as much of a thing anymore?
I don’t know. For me, albums provide you with a whole other level of escapism that listening to a single track just can’t provide you with. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not always up for listening to a whole 14 tracks in one sitting but sometimes, you just can’t beat it.
Whether I’m wanting to be productive, need to unwind, want a good old dance or am feeling a little bit heartbroken, I have certain albums that I gravitate towards.
How could I ever forget how brilliant 808s & Heartbreak is? I was listening to it in the car the other day and sang my way through every track. I got thinking about how it is definitely up there with my top heartbreak albums of all time.
At that moment, I decided that I would create a little list of my all time favourites.
808s & Heartbreak, Kanye West
We might as well start as we mean to go on. I have seriously fallen back in love with Kanye West after revisiting his older work. 808s & Heartbreak is his 4th studio album.
It’s been described as an avant-garde electro pop record inspired by West’s longing for companionship, loneliness and loss following the events that happened the year after he released Graduation.
Standout tracks include Heartless and Love Lockdown (obvs) as well as Welcome To Heartbreak and Amazing.
channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean
If you’re into songs that draw on soul, punk, jazz and electro music, then you’ll love this album. Sweet Life, Crack Rock, Pyramids and Most are up there with my most listened to tracks on the album.
It touches on many different themes with unrequited love, class and drugs being amongst them.
The album title refers to coloured grapheme synethesia with orange being the colour he perceived during the summer when he first fell in love.
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
I’ve got a feeling that this album is right up there at the top for a lot of people and I couldn’t not include it.
Just before recording the album, the band struggled with relationship breakups that naturally influenced the direction that Rumours went in.
It features classics such as The Chain, Dreams and Go Your Own Way. It also happens to be one of my favourite albums to drive to.
Life Is Good, Nas
Nas is one of my favourite rappers of all time. He put this record together after his divorce from Kelis (who I also happen to think is a ledge).
It feels really personal when listening to it as a large part of this album was influenced by his need to adjust back into single life following the split.
The cover features him sat with Kelis’ wedding dress draped over his knee and it’s not hard to tell that heartbreak is such a big theme.
Favourite tracks include Daughters, You Wouldn’t Understand, Stay and Accident Murderers.
Back To Black, Amy Winehouse
I honestly think that Amy Winehouse is the best female artist our time. There really isn’t enough that I can say about this album other than the fact that it will leave you feeling blue one minute and as though you want to sing along the next.
I think the things that happened to influence her work were already made pretty public so there isn’t really much that I need to state about the themes featured on Back To Black.
Tears Dry On Their Own will always have a special place in my heart.
I don’t know, the world just feels that little bit more shit without her in it.
Lady Sings The Blues, Billie Holiday
If you want an album to listen to when its raining outside and all you want to do is snuggle up whilst writing, this would be the one I’d recommend.
Holiday went through a lot in her life and you can hear it all right there in her voice. I love pretty much every song on this album. Strange Fruit and Willow Weep For Me though, just make me melt.
Timeless is the best way to describe this record. It just doesn’t get old. What a super super talented lady.
Take Care, Drake
Take Care is the second studio album by Drake. Obviously, if you’re a rap fan then I won’t have much explaining to do but Drake addresses numerous different topics on Take Care and themes include mistrust, heartbreak and loneliness.
I was obsessed with this album when it was released and I still love it now. You can listen to it no matter what mood you’re in which I think is great.
A lot of people might say this but I can’t deny that Crew Love is one of the best songs on the album.
BOOSH. Done. Finito. finished. I think. If I remember any others then I will come back and edit but I think that’s pretty much it.
Let me know what albums you guys like to listen to when you’ve been shat on from a great height. I’m kidding. Do let me know though.
Thanks for reading.