Just one. No compromises, no weaseling into more. Go.
"I wanted to be a wife so that I could have been her real mother. I wanted to be a boy so that she could be in love with me. I wanted her to be my full sister instead of my half sister. I wanted her to be a slave so that I could set her free and make her rich."
Usually not my type of music at all, but Coheed and Cambria's first three albums are pretty much as good as music gets for me. I find them deeply evocative and interesting, and this one edges out the other two if I had to choose.
Not just my favorite album, my favorite thing (see what I did there?) period.
No other album has as much of the indefinable things that makes Rock and Roll in general so great - first of all it's off the cuff spontaneous sounding, wildly funny (not much Rock and Roll is......), insanely likable - it is built on contradictions: it is smart and stupid ......... the rock songs sit side by side with ballads until you get them and what they express all mixed up - the great songs mix with revealing throwaways - every moment matters and builds on another - like every Saturday night, every party, every job, every relationship. Like life.
It captures that exact moment when you realize you grow older but also know that just means you'll have to deal with the same hurt (and joy) of adolescence you've already had but you've become distinctly, painfully aware of it - what do you do now............and you're (we're) sort of fncked.
The perfect album as far as I'm concerned. Not only is each one of the ten tracks a masterful piece of music, but each and every song has its own distinct sound. It's gotta be one of the most diverse and eclectic albums ever made, in addition to being a masterpiece of musical tone, atmosphere, abstraction, and emotion.