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May 16, 2008

The whole album and nothing but the album

This afternoon I was reflecting on the idea that thanks to the ipod my usual listening pattern is to shuffle tracks rather than listen to a specific album.

This was whilst listening to a single album in its entirety – a rare event. The reason for this was that the album was The Boatman’s Call by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. This is one of those albums that is stronger when you listen to all the tracks together. It has a mood that builds and builds with each track and there is a clear narrative through the album.

So which other albums demand that you listen to them whole as the artist intended? Which albums should you not shuffle?

I was thinking along the lines of:

- Pink Floyd: The Wall – just does not make sense to play this out of order
- Divine Comedy: A Short Album about Love – a story which it doesn’t pay to muck about with
- Air: Moon Safari – not a narrative as such but a mood thing
- Talking Heads: True Stories – again, a great narrative album. Probably helped by being a film
- Three Feet High and Rising: De La Soul – because there are so many ideas that cross song to song.

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