I haven't been tagged for a meme in a long time, plus I like this one, plus Nathan actually originated it. So I'm going to do it.
Here’s the meme (I made it myself, and I’m so proud): List and describe five albums/CDs that, at one time or another, have been your absolute favorite — the one that resided constantly in your personal music player (Walkman, Discman, iPod, whatever).
More than five meet those criteria, so I've adapted it slightly to the five among those number that changed the way I understand music. Some runnersup follow the main list that come close to this definition, but other cds from Abba and Blondie and Ryan Shupe and Brett Raymond and Briddeon and FYC and Heather Nova and on and on --- albums I truly love and have listened to endlessly --- have no solid claim on who I am as a musical human.
Here's a true thing by way of introduction: To have created me, my relationship with an album can't be that recent. Yes, in the last couple years I've ODed on Regina Spektor and Neko Case and others, but it's too late for an album to really define my likes and dislikes. They can stretch and alter and affect and so forth, but they cannot define. That has already been done. (Or maybe not, but if not, I won't be able to see it for years to come.)
Some of these I've directly blogged about before. In those cases, I link. Others I haven't. But I'm overdue to finish this, so I'll just link to Amazon. We can save detailed analysis for comments discussion as needed.
* Moonpools and Caterpillars * Lucky Dumpling *
*They Might Be Giants * Flood *
* Juju Club * 1:1 *
* The Sundays * Static & Silence *
* Sunfall Festival * Monday23 *
-----------(most honorable of the honorable mentions)
* Billy Joel * Storm Front *
* Matthew Sweet * 100% Fun *
* The Muppet Movie Soundtrack *