You are about to leave on an extended vacation and you're running late. You have five minutes to grab five of your favorite albums to take with you. (I know everything is digital now, but work with me here.) What do you choose and why?
1. Illmatic- Nas
A 19 year old, 8th grade dropout from the Queensbridge projects crafted some of the most beautiful lyrics ever committed to wax. I never grow tired of listening to Illmatic, it is the genesis of lyrical genius.
2. Voodoo- D’Angelo
Ten years after its release this album still can’t be touched by any other album in the soul/R&B genre. Sonically dense, with dusty drums and packed with funky audacity this was D’Angelo’s soul music call to arms.
3. Bone Machine- Tom Waits
It’s difficult to describe Tom Waits. He is music’s vagabond poet. This album is a totally eccentric, unpredictable piece of art. Bone Machine is more than just music. It’s an abstract car crash.
4.Van Morrison- Astral Weeks
A lyrically sublime, sonically sprawling collection of mystical meditations, every time I hear these songs I can’t believe they came out of somebody’s mind. It’s a stream of consciousness musical feast. An amazing collection of songs.
5. A Love Supreme- John Coltrane
This is trane’s magnum opus. A work or art that touches every branch of emotion and feeling and resounds on all spiritual levels.