- Because of great singles, albums from some of the artists did not recieve enough attention
- Music in self-isolation can provide comfort but also an energy boost
- Self-isolation might be the perfect time to get familiar with some of the iconic albums
When was the last time you played an entire album from finish to start? Well, it has probably been a while. Since the rise of streaming services in the last couple of years, albums seem to be less important than they were before. Even though artists regularly release them, they seem to be more of a “platform” for singles. However, this does not mean that there are no good albums out there! Self-Isolation is the perfect time to catch up with some of them.
10. Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
If you consider yourself a pop-music lover and you still have not found out about Dua Lipa, you missed out a lot. Dua Lipa is the pop-artist from the United Kingdom, and you've probably heard her song “New Rules” on the radio this past summer. Now, in the middle of the pandemic, she has released her second album. “Future Nostalgia” is packed with big energy and guilty-pleasure gems.
9. The Weeknd – After Hours
Apparently, music industry experts advised Abel Tesfaye (also known as The Weeknd) to postpone the release of his new studio album called “After Hours.” Their fear of having a low response from the audience turned out to be completely false. The album went to number one in the U.S., and it stayed there for three weeks.
8. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
Maybe you can use this time to check out some of the music classics you have not checked out before? If you decide to do so, you should definitely stream “The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd. This album is one of the most famous rock albums in history, and it's also known for its iconic cover (you have probably seen it somewhere). With more than 45 million copies sold, it is also one of the best-selling albums of all time.
7. Nina Simone – Black Gold
The genius legacy of Nina Simone lives to this day. There are no easy tunes with Miss Simone – Nina's music is perfect as a soundtrack for some alone time. The combination of soul, blues, and Nina’s superb signature vocals can fill up your apartment (or a house) and take you through a soul-enriching process. It goes great with a glass of wine.
6. R.E.M. - In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003
At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, R.E.M.’s single from 1988 “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It” started to gain airplay once again. Even though it may sometimes seem like it really is the end of the world, R.E.M. is here to make you forget all about it. The easy-flow pop-rock singles on this collection represent a great self-isolation soundtrack. After all, the song goes: “It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine”.
5. Luther Vandross – The Night I Fell In Love
Vandross’ fourth studio album is a classic melancholic love album worthy of streaming no matter the circumstances. Through the years, it has been revealed that Luther retreated to one tiny island to record this album in the middle of the AIDS pandemic. The album stands as a testament to how really great music can be created in tough times.
4. J Balvin – Colores
A lot of Hispanic artists broke into mainstream music in the past three years. “Colores” is the latest album from J Balvin and it is currently fighting The Weeknd’s “After Hours” for commercial success. If you want to have a hot dance party in your living room, this one is ideal for burning some of those self-isolation calories!
3. Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
This year, Alanis celebrates the 25th anniversary of the release of the album that stands out as signature pop-rock of the 1990s. “Jagged Little Pill” is an emotional rollercoaster – from broken hearts to the desire for new life beginnings. If you are already familiar with it, look for the acoustic version on your streaming service – Alanis' mezzo-soprano voice comes through at its best.
2. Frank Ocean – Endless
Frank Ocean is a pioneer of melancholic R&B. “Endless” sounds like you are completely alone in a huge empty hall. However, while listening, the feeling you get is quite comforting as the sensation of being in a big open space helps with the claustrophobia of self-isolation. If you are working from home, this album is perfect for taking the meditative break with your headphones on.
1. Marvin Gaye – What's Going On
The title of Marvin Gaye’s most famous album perfectly captures the feelings we all have in this pandemic – what the hell is going on? This album portrays another hard time in history – Gaye's coming back from the Vietnam War to America only to find the situation of hatred and injustice. However, there is great warmth in this album’s music. It is an album that encourages you to think and makes you believe you can overcome anything.