#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.
“Bruce Springsteen spent everything he had – patience, energy, studio time, the physical endurance of his E Street Band – to make his masterpiece. […] His attention to detail produced a timeless record about the labors and glories of aspiring to greatness.”
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Album: Born to Run
Rolling Stones Ranking: 18
Born to Run is another example of an album that is considered an all-time classic, that I just didn’t get. Is it catchy, and fun to listen to? Sure! Did it hit me as revolutionary in any way whatsoever? Absolutely not. It feels like a generic rock album from the 1970s, and little else. Once “Born to Run” plays, so the B-side, the album starts to stand out a bit more. I really enjoy “Born to Run”, “She’s the One”, and “Meeting Across the River”. The final track, “Jungleland”, is just under ten minutes long, and feels a bit out of place compared to the rest of Born to Run. Not only is this song about three times longer than the other tracks, it is lot heavier thematically than the rest, and stands out because of it, but not necessarily in a great way. Born to Run is enjoyable, but that’s about it.
Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.