Liz's 1001 Albums

Liz says she knows nothing about music, but she is willing to learn. So she's set herself a goal.
There's a book out there that I've had on my shelf for years but never really touched. It's the "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". They start with Frank Sinatra's "In The Wee Small Hours" from 1955 and go all the way up to 2007. (List is over here!)
So here's the plan. 1001 Albums. 1001 Days. I'll listen to the whole album, start to finish, no skipping. I'll write about how I feel about the album, my thoughts about the music, my life, etc. We'll see how this goes..

OK, I have a jaded view of music because I played some of these albums on radio until the vinyl fell apart. So let me say I find it refreshing to revisit them as heard through the ears of a 25-year-old newbie music critic. Maybe you will, too, or maybe you'll find something new you'd like to listen to. Liz plans to be through the list of albums by May of 2012, and has reviewed 520 albums so far. Link

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I kinda enjoyed the blog for the same reasons you stopped reading it. Is it hard to read reviews by someone who is not a music fan? Oh, yes it is. But I still am fascinated by her perspective. I feel the same way about albums as you do; They are a part of me now, an important aspect of my history and my emotional and mental development. It blows my mind that someone can have such a passive relationship with music as Liz has.

And Murmur was made for times when you are single, stoned, lost, searching for answers in an ever changing and confusing world.
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Actually, that's part of the charm of the enterprise. The gal is just listening to the music as music, not as markers of hipster cool, or as being part of the furnishings of the social demi-monde of the moment, or as something you just have to care about because it's canon.

I think I just said the same thing three different ways; oh well, moving on quickly.

Be that as it may, let's be honest, the reality is that a lot of this music has been superseded by events and has not aged well.

To me it's all kind of zen.
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As a lover of music, I had to stop reading Liz's blog. To see her so completely misunderstand what makes a great album great was teeth-grindingly difficult for me.

I lived with some of these albums the way one lives with a friend, or a lover, or a sibling, or a pet. To watch someone so aesthetically shallow (R.E.M.'s "Murmur" is something to do yoga to, or take a bubble bath?) engage with them is akin to seeing your ex out with a pimp. "No baby, you're better than this. They don't understand you."
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Sorry to hear some people aren't interested in the site. I read all of the comments on the blog & I love to hear what people's opinions of the music are.

(I listen to each album at least twice if not three times if that helps!)

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