#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.
“This is one of rock’s most theatrical, grandiose records, yet Loaf brings real emotion.”
Artist: Meat Loaf
Album: Bat Out of Hell
Rolling Stones Ranking: 343
Meat Loaf is an artist of legend. I remember being so thrown off when I first heard his name. Why the hell was he named after one of my favorite dinners? It isn’t until now, though, that I actually sat down and listened to his music, and wow! Meat Loaf is fantastic. Bat Out of Hell is one of the more unique albums I’ve listened to. It’s a rock opera at its heart, and I absolutely love the start of “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth”, which was just a ton of fun. Meat Loaf’s vocals are also fantastic. I had a great time with this one, and I can see why he’s such a popular figure.
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.