Three Albums That Changed My Life

Welcome back for go around #4. It will be a bit of a shorter entry this time as life has been insanely busy lately. Traveling for work and moving are not very conducive to having time to actually be able to do things.

One of the podcasts that I listen to is The Chordcast.  Full disclaimer before I go on to gush about how fun and awesome it is to listen to them.   The smooth and sultry voice you hear at the end of the podcast talking about the copyrights actually belongs to me, and I am friends with both of the hosts.  I wouldn’t steer you wrong though, if they weren’t worth giving a listen to, I wouldn’t mention them.

Now back to the regularly programmed blog.

This was the podcast I needed ten years ago, when I was deep into the music scene.  Even though, I don’t listen to as much music as I use to, this is still an awesome show to listen to. They do a great job of talking about all different types of music and have been a great way for me to learn of new bands to check out.

In one of their first few episodes they ask the listeners a question:  What three albums changed your life?  It took a while for me to come up with three that I thought had a deep impact on me.  I considered two different things while considering.  The first was the impact that the album had on my life; the second was the impact that the album had on my musical tastes.

Besides talking about why they are my three favorite albums, I’m also going to list my three favorite tracks from each album.  Which will be near impossible as, I really do love every single track on each album.  So I suggest you go out and listen to each one in its entirety.

So without further ado here are my top three albums…

Broke – (hed) p.e.

Broke

I’m afraid of the crucifix hanging on my wall
You hear yourself screaming, but nothing’s coming out
I’m afraid of the shadows dancing on my wall
I hear them laughing at me, but I can’t figure it out

This album came out in late 2000.  In 2001, one of my friends let me borrow his CD of the album and I never looked back.  Broke was one of the first albums that got me into my own type of music.  Before this, I had liked different bands out there, but hadn’t fallen in love with one yet.  Not only did this album help me discover a whole new breed of music, it also helped me through quite a bit.  The song ‘Jesus (Of Nazareth)’, which the lyrics below the album art are from, was a song that when I was depressed, I would listen to on repeat for hours and hours.  Actually, I could listen to almost any song on Broke for hours on repeat. I loved every single song on it.

The vocalist, Jahred, called their brand of music G-Punk.  It was a mix of punk/rock/metal/hip hop.  And boy, could he do it all.  I loved his voice, whether he was screaming, rapping or singing. I don’t have the same love that I used to for them, as their music has changed quite a bit over the year, this album along with their first few albums will always hold a special place in my heart.

Favorite Tracks:

#6 – Pac Bell

#9 – Swan Dive

#11 – Jesus (Of Nazareth)

Goodbye to the Machine – Hurt

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And with the state of affairs and the way that I was
I took a pistol from the closet
I loaded a round, I opened my mouth
Closed my eyes, said goodbye
Then ‘click’

And with the state of affairs and the way that I was I took a pistol from the closet I loaded a round, I opened my mouth Closed my eyes, said goodbye Then ‘click’
This is the third studio release by Hurt.  I had their first two albums, which while I liked most of the songs, the albums as a whole didn’t click for me.  I was at work one morning when the song ‘Well’ came up on my iPod, I heard the lyrics that are underneath the album art, and I was hooked.  If you couldn’t tell yet, I do like my lyrics dark and depressing.  After listening to that song, I decided I should actually give the whole album a listen to.  For the next few weeks, I listened to the entire album at least once a day if not more.

J. Loren who is the singer, is a true artist.  He writes the lyrics, plays guitar, piano and cello among many others.  He has extreme passion in his voice when he sings and his lyrics to me are brilliant.  One of my favorite songs of all time, “Danse Russe” is on their second album.  After listening to the album over and over, I decided to back and listen to the bands older releases.  Goodbye To The Machine was still my favorite, but it gave me a new appreciation for their older music.  To this day, they are still one of my favorite bands.

Favorite Tracks:

#5 – Sweet Delilah

#6 – 1331

#8 – Well

Still Searching – Senses Fail

SS

 We can all hang ourselves from gold chandeliers.
And drink goodbye to all, all the pain and fears.
Loose lips have sunk this ship, to a shallow grave.
Washed up upon the rocks. I won’t be saved. I won’t be saved.

We can all hang ourselves from gold chandeliers.
And drink goodbye to all, all the pain and fears.
Loose lips have sunk this ship, to a shallow grave.
Washed up upon the rocks. I won’t be saved. I won’t be saved.
I was at work early one morning when one of my co-workers was playing some of his music.  The above lyrics came on and  I was intrigued.  I went to Best Buy after I got off work and decided to buy it.  Still Searching was another album where I was hooked pretty instantly, which surprised me.  I love the lyrics to every song on this album.  Like the other two albums previously mentioned, I listened to this at the perfect time, where it struck a chord with me (no pun intended).

This album also helped me come to appreciate the type of music Senses Fail did.  Before listening to Still Searching, I would have never guessed I would have enjoyed music in the Screamo genre.  It helped me branch out and try other bands that I wouldn’t have normally tried.  I still listen to the music that Senses Fail produces.  They have definitely changed quite a bit since the release of Still Searching, but I have enjoyed (for the most part) the direction they have gone.

Favorite Tracks:

#2 – Bonecrusher

#4 – Can’t Be Saved

#13 – The Priest And The Matador

Well, this turned out to be a longer then expected.  If you have a Top 3 album list, let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter @NerdishJ.  If you go listen to any of these albums or songs, let me know how right (or wrong) I am on how awesome they are.  Once again, thanks for tuning in!

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