#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] the Peppers’ high point – with John Frusciante’s energizing, soulful guitar riffs, a huge assist from producer Rick Rubin and the surprise hit ballad ‘Under the Bridge’.”
Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Album: Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Label: Warner Bros.
Rolling Stones Ranking: 310
I would consider myself a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Outside of Californication, and their Greatest Hits albums, though, I never really listened to much of their work, excluding the popular radio songs. Blood Sugar Sex Magik is an interesting album because the highs are really great, like “Give It Away” and “Under the Bridge”. Outside of these – which I knew coming in due to their popularity, though I had no idea these songs were from 1991 – there wasn’t a whole lot I enjoyed. The band was sure stuck on “sucking”, whether it was their kiss, or other things, this idea was repeated more than one would expect. I can’t say that I loved Blood Sugar Sex Magik, but I do appreciate the fact that the Chili Peppers were doing something different in that era, and was truly blown away when I saw the release year of this album. They were really ahead of their time.
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.