This is part 26 of an ongoing series where the kind folk of the music business reveal their favourite album of all time.
Ask people in the music industry the seemingly simple and straightforward question, “What is your favourite album of all time?” and you’ll find that it’s not always easy. After all, my industry peers listen to hundreds of albums a month – thousands of songs during that time. Because the question isn’t the best album of all time – the one that’s made them the most money in sales – but the one release they personally can’t live without, that one title they have two copies of in several formats, in case one breaks. It’s also about that album that for them has the best back stories and the one that has the most meaning in their lives.
Rafael Jovine, Vents Magazine
Svefns og vöku skil, Arstidir
The album basically changed my perception of what music really is. No matter what your musical taste is, it is impossible to resist the sound that these guys will be delighting you with. Maybe that part of you that still wants to hear crappy stuff will try to resist, but I have bad news: It will be impossible. Everything on this record is outstanding. It fits like a ring on a finger. This is one of the best albums I’ve had the honor of hearing in my entire life.
Todd Davis, HYPE Magazine Editor
Heart Break, New Edition
There’s really only one word that comes to mind when i think of this record, and it’s simply CLASSIC. Great danceable uptempo numberss, beautiful – pardon the pun – heartfelt ballads, and just an overall exemplary body of work by Ronnie Devoe, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill, and produced by the masters – legendary music maestros, Mr. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
Thomas Belin, Your Music Today
L’École du Micro d’Argent, IAM
A pure gem you can easily devour from start to finish, no need to recommend any particular track; they’re all brilliant. The best of French Hip-Hop has been defined in 1997, with this album, and we’re still pretty far from doing any better even now. IAM’s been the best, and I believe also the first ambassador of French Hip-Hop in the US; check out “La Saga”. The lyrics are stunning and marked two generations. They’re so real… Some of them, like “Petit Frere”, simply were perfect snapshots of the French society; some of them unfortunately still true 17 years later. They brought together people from very different backgrounds and raised the awareness and empathy of a multi-cultural France. This album is the work of pioneers and visionaries which did great good to a whole country. France is far from perfect but I believe it would be even worse should this album never had been released. An album I will die with.
Shannon Reid, All Is Plural
Images du Futur, Suuns
It came out last year and no matter what mood I’m in it fits! Really it’s as simple as that!
Nadia Elkharadly, Addicted Magazine
It was the 2nd Soundgarden album I discovered. I listened to it over and over and over, feeling every note, taking in every word, and realizing that this was MUSIC, and I was in love with it. It’s an album I know inside and out, I’ve seen pieces of it played live and the experience is unparrelled, and topped each and every time. It’s my desert island album, and I can’t live without it.