7) Version 2.0 - Garbage
It's not likely that you're gonna see this album on many favorite lists, and that a crime against musical humanity, if such a thing were to exist. Maybe it's the fact that it's a Butch Vig joint... wait, that's not right. The album's pedigree is more than that. Butch Vig, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson (look 'em up, you lazy bastards), and then the gorgeous, sultry-voiced Shirley Manson. Then again, I've always had a thing for redheads who wear too much eye-makeup. This album easily earns its place on any list smart enough to include it, most notable this one and the one titled "albums you need to listen to immediately".
I love this album. It's fifty minutes of liquid sex. From the open of "Temptation Waits", which has a crazy guitar effect through the verses, to the singles "Push It" (which rips off the Beach Boys) and "When I Grow Up", to the pop masterpiece "Special", it's a electro-pop timeline of a woman losing her mind. I remember picking it up from the Record Exchange in Willoughby one fall day during my senior year of highschool- probably the same trip where I picked up the other Manson (Marilyn)'s "Mechanical Animals" (More on that later). It sat on a shelf for a few months, though, until one snowy sickday from school. I remember hearing "Temptation Waits" for the first time- I was playing 1080 Snowboarding on N64. I can't quite put my finger on why, but it's one of those moments that's just burned into my memory. Now that I think about it- I think it was just a snowday. Oh hell, I don't know. Regardless. I must've listened to that album 10 times that day. It's stuck with me ever since. Shirley's smoky voice combined with the dark soundscapes to create something I haven't heard anything similar to since.