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What makes an album great?
|What makes an album great?|
04/05/09 at 01:27 PM by hockeyguitar99
|This is a question that I have long been searching for the answer to. The first, most obvious answer is that it is of a higher quality then almost every other album. While that fact is almost a given, it's most certainly not the actual answer. In fact, I think that while being an integral part of greatness, it amounts to only a small part of the reasoning in the long run. The other answers that seem to be obvious are legacy and influence. Both of these things seem to make a lot of sense in consideration. In fact, they are probably the key to unlock greatness. But the one thing that has a huge baring on both of those things? Time. Merriweather Post Pavilion may or may not be one of the highest quality albums of all time, that's a far more subjective and opinionated topic, but nobody in the right mind could say that it is one of the greatest albums of all time, it's just not right.|
Therein lies the difference between "best" and "greatest". The way I look at it, best is completely subjective, but greatness isn't. I think greatness can be measured in influence and importance. How did affect the music scene? Did it start a genre? Did it drastically change a style of music? This is what makes an album great.
Like my "Musical genius" blogs, I'll expand more on this later with specific bands and albums.
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
Why I believe OK Computer is one of the best, but not one of the greatest albums of all time