Hey guys! I kinda wanted to do something different. Of course, with digital media, we’re able to carry around multiple albums digitally. But we always had the age-old question of ‘What albums would you take on a deserted island?’. Obviously, assuming we had an old-fashioned Walkman and physical CDs, here are my five picks!
I can only really pick five because I’m so picky when it comes to albums, and I have to like every song from the album for it to qualify. So it was a stretch to think of five at least! But I decided that Divide by Ed Sheeran and The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance were honourable mentions. (EDIT: I forgot Final Straw by Snow Patrol, which is just a beautiful album).
Billy Talent – Afraid of Heights
I reckon that any Billy Talent album would be justified on this list, but this one is the pinnacle for me. Billy Talent is my favourite band of all time, and with this album, I can interchange what mood I feel like at the drop of a hat. One day I might be in the mood for the song of the same title, or I could go with Leave Them All Behind. Anything goes, here, really.
Muse – Origin of Symmetry
Muse have always had amazing music videos, but that’s not the reason for this entry. All of the songs to me spark something in me that make me go ‘YES!’, and have done since my teen years. New Born is a fantastic opener, and Micro Cuts and their version of Feeling Good are just bangers. I can’t let this section end without mentioning Bliss though. Just… *chef’s kiss*.
Taylor Swift – folklore
The most recent entry on this list, there isn’t a song on here that I dislike. I love the lower-tempo and more chill side of Taylor Swift’s music career, and this was a delightful surprise on my first listen. cardigan has to be one of my favourite songs already, and seven and exile (the latter featuring the amazing Bon Iver) are just a couple of tracks that are highlights for me. This album is inspiring aspects of my short story WIP as well, with its storytelling style and topics and themes.
Sonata Arctica – Stones Grow Her Name
I have a lot of nostalgia from this album, and I still really enjoy it to this day. It always takes me back to the summer of 2012, shortly before my relationship started. Songs such as Somewhere Close to You and Cinderblox remain just a couple of my favourites from the band’s very extensive catalogue. It’s a bit different from their previous works, but this is an album that I thoroughly loved from start to finish, and it does remind me of Connor a lot, which provides a lot of comfort in that regard.
Green Day – Nimrod
Nimrod has been my favourite Green Day album since I first listened to it in my early teen years. Green Day, as a whole, cemented that era when I first started really liking anything heavier than Busted. Songs such as Hitchin’ A Ride and Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) got me wanting the album (after listening to International Superhits), and after that, King For A Day and Prosthetic Head sealed the deal for me.