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Re this: http://thequietus.com/articles/13683-nme-greatest-albums-list-johnny-sharp-cigarettes
And this: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2013/oct/24/best-favourite-albums-nme-difference?
Is there a difference?
Interested to see what others think tho...
I think about it a lot and favourite albums are a LOT more interesting, revealing and personal. The Best albums of all time have to be 10/10 in your opinion - no questions. Favourites don't have this lens applied at all and actually may not be 'great albums' at all. That said I definitely can't do 5 of each, too hard. But I can do one of each.
One of the best albums ever made is the Velvet Underground & Nico, groundbreaking, avant-garde but totally accessible.
One of my favourite albums of all time is 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields, the songs on there range from 1/10 (e.g. Punk Love) to 10/10 (The Book of Love). Can't say it is the best albums ever made when the like of VU & Nico exist but I know which one I listen to more.
I think the only way to justify the distinction is a) accepting that both ‘greatest’ and ‘favourite’ are coloured by what you happen to like, and b) deciding whether the next stage is to consider records’ personal or social impact. Not that there’s an easy distinction between the two.
Only just realised how boring this thread is, sry everyone.
though I feel i did my bit on the old boring stakes, sorry too :-(
Well, I think we know who that was.
given the background of most music journalists, isn’t there a danger that the (already slightly toxic) listomania culture would bow even more to the tyranny of journos venerating Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain because they got engaged at a Pavement reunion concert, rather than historically engaging ‘event’ music that represents interesting musical/political/philosophical attitudes in pop culture?
(I don’t think this is remotely an issue, but it’s an argument you can sort of deduce from opposition to the ‘favourite albums’ concept.)