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My Top 3 No-Skip Albums

By: Ashlyn Kafer

No matter the weather, no matter the time of year, there are certain albums that are always an easy go-to when in desperate need of some musical relief. When you need an album to listen to without having the hassle of constantly skipping songs to find one you are in the groove of, these are three, “no skip,” album recommendations to remedy that feeling!

  1. Third Eye Blind by Third Eye Blind

The musical genius of singer and songwriter Stephen Jenkins is demonstrated by this album. Released in 1997, this album came equipped with one of the most characterizing songs of the era entitled “Semi-Charmed Life.” It incorporates a perfect flow of upbeat to down-to-earth songs and takes the listener through the many emotions expressed by the different uses of guitar, heavy bass, and accentuated drums. “Losing a Whole Year” and “Narcolepsy” start off the album upbeat with a constant flow of lyrics. Eventually, the album fades into “How’s It Going to Be,” “Thanks a Lot,” and “Burning Man” which take down the speed of the album and transition into the ending songs of “Motorcycle Drive By” and “God of Wine” which are thoughtful and nostalgic feeling songs and that tie back into the very first track of the album. Overall, this album incorporates many different emotions and is easy to listen to in any setting!

*Fun Fact: Third Eye Blind ends each of their live sets with the performance of “God of Wine”.

  1. Wish by The Cure

Wish by The Cure was released in 1992 and has been influential in many ways, especially with its inclusion of the song “Friday I’m In Love.” This album falls more into the alternative range of music instead of the rock style of Third Eye Blind. Also long musical introductions at the beginning of many songs entice the listener and allow them to enjoy the musical aspect before they digest the lyrics. “Open” and “High” begin the album with a more peppy sound and eventually transition past “Friday I’m In Love” to “Trust” and “A Letter to Elise” in which the songs become more sentimental. Flowing later into “To Wish Impossible Things,” the album gains a deeper sound and introduces up front meaning. This album is a must listen and has many favorites within its bounds!

*Fun Fact: Lead singer Robert Smith grew to hate playing certain songs because of the popularity they gained for the band, such as “Friday I’m In Love”.

  1. Souvlaki by Slowdive

“Souvlaki,” released in 1993, is vastly different from the first two albums, having a consistent melancholy sound and using many synthwave techniques alongside the mellow bass, electric guitar, and drums. The vocals are very soft, peaceful, and almost sound a part of the backtracks. “Souvlaki” begins with “Alison” and “Machine Gun” which evoke gut wrenching emotion to the listener with its nostalgic and wistful undertones. The album carries this theme throughout, swelling at “Souvlaki Space Station” and “When the Sun Hits,” one of their more popular songs, incorporating more guitar opposed to the overarching softness of the album. The album ends with “Dagger,” a slow, emotional piece that ties together the entirety of the feelings that Slowdive leads the reader to during the album. This is essentially a rainy day album and incorporates dreampop and shoegaze into one brilliant bundle.

*Fun Fact: The band had recorded over 40 songs for the album and written hundreds more as they feared it would be negatively received by their producers, yet they scrapped all of them and started completely from scratch.

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