Low – David Bowie (1977)

Low - David Bowie (1977)

“I’m gonna review Heroes. …Dammit, Ian! Okay… I’m gonna review Station to Station… Dammit, Ian!” T4B problems. The struggle is real.

This is a powerful testament to how much we like Bowie. He was always doing weird experimental stuff, switching up his style, and trying new things. We’re all about that. Low is essentially an album in two parts: the more “traditional” opening seven and the instrumental closing four. The opening seven are a mix of sounds appropriate for an arcade, 50s piano, rock riffs, and Bowie vocals. The instrumental tracks opened a rabbit hole to be discovered further later.

Choice Cut: What in the World

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Fun House – The Stooges (1970)

Fun House - The Stooges (1970)

An album doesn’t get more rock ‘n’ roll than Fun House. Not only does this album rock like nothing else, it also rolls, “rolls” as in “grooves.” The ear-bursting guitars work in tandem with the rhythm section, and damn, does it fucking ROCK! It grabs you right from the beginning with a clutch of powerful rockers (especially T.V. Eye, which kicks off with its famous scream, (“LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORD!!!!”), but the best song here would be track four, Dirt. Iggy Pop screams, moans, grunts, whispers, shouts, occasionally even sings, and proves that he is arguably the most badass person ever to exist.

Choice Cut: Dirt
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White Light/White Heat – The Velvet Underground (1968)

White Light/White Heat - The Velvet Underground (1968)

Each Velvet Underground album is a classic in its own right. This is the “noisy” one, the others being the “arty” one, the “quiet” one, and the “pop” one. This is VU’s definitive statement as an avant-garde band and is a dirty, sleazy, loud mess of an album, which might make you uncomfortable if experimental madness is not your thing. Clocking in at over 17 minutes long is Sister Ray, the all-time greatest song about drugs and having oral sex with a transsexual. It’s absolutely captivating and not boring for a single second. Even better than their near-faultless debut.

Choice Cut: Sister Ray
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