music in review. music in discussions.

Ah yes, a question that makes you think more than you would like to. With a question being equally challenging as, “what’s your favourite song,” give me to topical insights, fanatic favourites and delicious delights for me to delve into if I haven’t heard of them

Of course, the more obscure the better!

Favourite albums are our most treasured moments of music, whether it’s for the simple delights of the music, the artist or the emotional connections with such an album, we love them.

It can be seemingly harder than it looks, as when you start thinking about favourite albums, you tend to drift more to favourite singles from a single band – and less so on such an album that has to the same satisfaction all the way throughout. After all, we’re forgetting about those filler songs in an album selection, aren’t we?

Now, you may certainly be the same but I can’t simply just decide on ONE favourite album, it’s like Sophie’s choice – far too many options, that’s for sure.

I’d have to say one of my favourites would be an album I recently reviewed and explored here on Man v Music – What Went Down by Foals. An integral part of my rock-indie collection and avid interest in such a band, it is a rock-hungry powerhouse of an album that is so dirty in material; ..

I love it.




Other cult favourites of mine feature the lengthy ideals of Led Zeppelin, Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala – simply for his musical themes – and a recent favourite of mine – the new punk prowess from Machine Gun Kelly. An unlikely contender, but there you are – music is certainly full of surprises. Enough surprises it seems, to surprise myself.

So let me know your own favourites and we’ll have a good ol’ chat about them.

30 responses to “Let’s Talk: What’s Your Favourite Album?”

    • yeah absolutely, I feared this haha! It is a difficult question to ask to just pluck up a favourite album when there’s ultimately loads to choose from. Mood depending, of course.

      Go on then, if you were in a right happy mood, what would you stick on?


  1. Great question. Not sure that it’s my favorite album of all time, but I’ve trying to listen to more French music in an attempt to improve my deteriorating French skills. I’ve been listening to D’Eux by Celine Dion on repeat and I love it! (And no, my French is nowhere near good enough to catch all the lyrics, but Celine’s vocals more than make up for that!)

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    • Awh wow, that’s a nice little insight! I’ve always wanted to delve into international music on such a level, but learning a language without anyone else speaking it, can pose some real practice problems hahah! I like it though, it’s a nice idea learning a language all the while learning some amazing music! I’d recommend investing some time in Johnny Hallyday if you get a moment. He was pretty much seen as the Elvis Presley of France 🇫🇷🎉🙌 – thanks for your words, my friend. Appreciate it 🗣!

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      • As a French person, I would like to point out that, as long as you want to listen to French rock, you have to go through Thiefaine, Noir Desir and Bashung – the melodies and the voices are excellent (the lyrics too, but there you have to speak French or watch the translation). I like to listen to music in English, because I don’t try to understand the lyrics (I shouldn’t say that 😀 )

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      • There you are! Important pearls of wisdom from an avid listener of French rock themselves! Thank you for your help on this haha, great stuff. I’ll be sure to delve into a few of these, always wanted to gain a few bits of knowledge into “international” water (even though it’s not really international.)

        And don’t really worry about why you listen to music in English. (I won’t tell anyone if you don’t tell anyone!)

        Thank you my friend, enjoy your day and weekend. Hope all is lush in France for you.


      • Merci pour vos suggestions! I don’t expect to catch all of them; more of an exercise in getting used to listening to French being spoken. And it’s a good excuse to listen to some new-to-me music.
        We don’t judge. Sometimes the lyrics of English songs don’t make any sense anyway. 🙂

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  2. Do you mean today?

    I’m always hopeful that I will fall in love with an album released tomorrow. One that will warm me and grow with me and we’ll become, at first, inseparable and almost begin to dress like each other and finish each other’s sentences (…sentences). All my friends will say how good we are together, but really they’ll want me to shut up about you because they think you’re silly or boring and you sound shit and all your words are drivel. They’ll say you’re just a flash in the pan. But you’ll be my favourite and I won’t be able to hear their giggles.

    Yeah, we’ll have our good times and our bad times. There’ll be times when we ignore each other. There’ll be that time I couldn’t stop playing round with that other album (yeah, that one! Sorry again), and the time you went and stayed at my mate’s house for a decade. Yeah! But, over the years, a true love will bloom and you will become my favourite album ever. Or, one of them.

    Today my favourite album has been IDLES Joy As An Act of Resistance.

    I wonder. Perhaps a favourite album is one of those ones we never play?

    If so, I have owned several copies of Siouxsie & The Banshees’ The Scream since 1978 (when it was, for a while, I’m sure, my favourite album). I can’t tell you the last time I played it. 20 years ago? But I would never be without a copy of it.

    I do know that if ever I put on DJ Shadow/Q-Bert’s Camel Bobsled Race or Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea or Nico’s Chelsea Girl or Patti Smith’s Horses or Roxy Music’s Country Life or Ry Cooder’s Boomer’s Down At The Field or Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago or Lou’s Take No Prisoners I am never disappointed.

    Thanks for making me think too much 🙂

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    • Ah that’s a fantastic analogy haha – always about that one album that you speak a little too much about to your friends .. despite it being the absolute worst of an album for them! I’d often thought how long it would take for an album to become your favourite if it came the next day. I imagine it takes a few days to get warmed up to it, but once you get a gist of it, I’m sure it’ll start to creep into your catalogue. I love your list too, a very impressive haul there my friend. Your musical taste and repertoire as is as good as your impeccable taste in writing up some fantastic blogs. IDLES are a mighty band that really hit home the power of revitalising punk and I’m all for it. Love ‘em, and I can’t get over them. So, thank YOU for making me trawl through their whole works again for my simple pleasure. Appreciate the work gone into this, dude! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Take care of yourself.

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  3. I wrote about quite a few of my favorite albums on my blog last year as part of a series spearheaded by the blog Slice the Life. Among my all-time favorites are Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’, Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’, Tears For Fears’ ‘Songs From the Big Chair’ and twenty one pilots’ ‘Blurryface’.

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    • Nice collection set here – Rumours goes without saying, just a brilliant love-lust/hate concept album! Tears For Fears catalogue in itself is an emphatic piece of work, you’ve done yourself a favour and narrowed it down to just the one favourite album as I couldn’t possibly begin to start narrowing it down! I also do love Twenty One Pilots, one of those newest bands that have hit pretty much demographic well with their music that is soooo fun to listen too. Thanks for sharing your list, my friend! Appreciate your thoughts on this one.

      Take care

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  4. I have so many favorites, and when I hear other tell me theirs. I also love to give their favorites a listen. I have favorites from different time in my life and my favorite today will still be even after I discover a new favorite and so on and so forth. I will have to give your a listen. I only have a thousand favorites and looking for a thousand more.

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    • Ah that’s fantastic to hear, my friend! Yeah get involved with some of the albums written down in both the blog and the comments and add to them to your collection of thousands. Appreciate for you stopping by. You take care of yourself!


  5. I think this one is pretty obscure, because these two women got together, made an awesome album, and then seemed to disappear into thin air.

    “Life in Volcanoes” by Povi. I think it’s considered trip-hop. Really a nice album, with some very pop-like songs, others more trip-hop. 🙂

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  6. I’ve over 2000 CDs in my room. I could be here all day telling you which ones are my favourites. If I have to pick just one, I’ll pick Matthew Good Band – Beautiful Midnight. For me, it’s a timeless classic.

    “K-I-C-K-A-S-S! That’s the way we spell success!”

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