#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.
“Wilco‘s great leap forward was a mix of rock tradition, electronics, oddball rhythms and experimental gestures. Jeff Tweedy’s lyrics pitted hope against doubt, with all bets off.”
Album: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Rolling Stones Ranking: 493
Wilco is a band I have always heard a lot about, but never spent any time with their music. After listening to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, I can’t say that I am terribly impressed. It’s not that the music is bad by any stretch, it just feels generic, and does little to stand out amongst the rock crowd. Listening to the album at work was a bit of a mistake because the music was lulling me to sleep way more than I should be while working! None of the tracks were memorable to me over any of the others. I can see why this album is considered a nod to Bob Dylan, but it lacks the powerful lyrics and Dylan’s unique vocals to really earn that comparison.
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.