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Albums to Expand Your Music Taste

 

Every single one of us has a different taste in music. Some of us prefer rock, while others prefer Latin hip-hop or even jazz. The wonderful thing about living in the “Golden Age” of media consumption is that we no longer have to choose between buying this or that album. Thanks to music streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music, we can listen to an unlimited number of songs and artists without having to buy each specific track or album. However, sometimes we get so many options to choose from, and we don’t really know where to begin looking for new music. So, I decided to put together a list of albums that you might want to check out to expand your musical horizons.

 

  1. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses.
  • Genre: Alternative Rock 

The Stone Roses are the debut and self-titled album of the English band of the same name. This album from the late 1980s can give you an idea of what the beginning of alternative rock sounds like. It includes angsty songs full of emotion, such as the opener, I Wanna Be Adored, and catchy, anthem-like “bops” like Made of Stone and This is the One.

  1. Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens
  • Genre: Folk

If you are looking to dive more into the folkier side of music or simply want a relaxing album perfect for listening to while doing your homework or taking a nap, this is the one for you. In this album, Sujan Stevens takes the listener on a journey through the early years and through critical moments that shaped him in a profoundly profound introspective way through beautiful melodies and chillingly simple production. Tracks such as Fourth of July and Death with Dignity show us a closer look at his relationship with his mother and how her death affected him. 

 

  1. Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood
  • Genre: Soft Rock

The fourth studio album by singer-songwriter Natalie Mering, a.k.a. Weyes Blood, was seen as the best album of 2019. This album has an amazingly intricate production and is guaranteed to make you feel all the emotional spectrum, sometimes all simultaneously. As Pitchfork puts it: “Natalie Mering’s fourth album is a grand, sentimental ode to living and loving in the shadow of doom.” There is not a single “just fine” song on this whole album. However, Andromeda, Wild Side, and Everyday are among my personal favorites.

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