I think we've done this a few times, but figured we'd do it again - why not right?
These arn't neccessarily my top 5 albums of all time, as that would be very difficult, but for today (and sometime). I actually listen to a lot of rap/hiphop (NOT r&b), but I don't find much of it being played for huge amounts of time (save for BIG maybe).
Also, this was a difficult enough list to put together. I have probably about 15 albums I listen to on a regular basis, and as one or two get dropped, 1 or 2 more get added to the rotation.
Thank god for IPOD's.
Portishead: NYY (Live)
Absolutetly freakin' amazing. This album turns me on everytime I hear it. I'm in love with orchestra recordings I think - and Portishead is the perfect match. Really great stuff.
Jay-Z Unplugged (Live)
Undoubtly one of the greatest rappers of all time. And with the Roots band backing him up and spitting live.. on fire jigga. If you haven't heard it and you enjoy his other stuff - check it out.
Amon Tobin: Supermodified
Amon Tobin is very unique. He cuts up seperate sounds - isolates them all, and then recomposes to create something new. Everything is built of samples - and while it's not for all, I think he's genius. Some of his best work on this album.
Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners
I was quite fortunate in my yonger years to be shown Monk as my first Jazz CD. Undoubtly one of the best Jazz pianists ever, and this unquestionably one of his best albums. Not easy listening stuff - but inspiring and rythmatic as it gets.
The Strokes: Room on Fire
I think a lot of people give these guys flack, and I'm unsure why. I enjoy the sound, a lot more than bands like The Hives, which I think are just far too 'raw'.