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We don't have a general music thread and this doesn't really fit in anywhere else so I thought I'd start my own and see where it goes.

About a week ago I saw that a music writer, Gary Suarez, set up something called Music Writing Exercise or #MWE for February. 

The premise is that writers listen to an album in full each day which they haven't ever heard before (you can have heard a track or two), but probably should have (eg a best seller, a classic of the genre) and write a tweet about it as an exercise. Simple.

So despite not being a writer (although I like writing), I thought I'd give it a go, because even though I love music, I have many blind spots and missing bits in my catalogue, and there's definitely things that I think I should've listened to.

I suppose the question is: Are there any albums which you think everyone should hear, regardless of what type of music they like? Michael Jackson-Thriller? Nirvana-Nevermind? The Best Of The Beatles?

Or genre classics? So if someone said to me they like hip hop but had never heard Enter The Wu, I'd be a bit shocked. Or is that just snobbish and gatekeeping?

Anyway, this is what I've gone for

1) The Roots-Things Fall Apart
2) Descendents-Milo Goes To College
3) Diana Ross-Diana
4) Tool-Lateralus
5) Portishead-Dummy
6) Prince-Lovesexy
7) Nine Inch Nails-The Downward Spiral
😎 Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp A Butterfly*
9) Braid-Frame & Canvas
10) Bob Dylan-Blonde On Blonde
11) Title Fight-Hyperview
12) Happy Mondays-Pills n Thrills and Bellyaches
13) Leftfield-Leftism
14) Pusha T-My Name Is My Name
15) Radiohead-In Rainbows
16) Arctic Monkeys-Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
17) Kanye West-Yeezus
18) Rancid-And Out Come The Wolves
19) Roni Size-New Forms
20) Pete Rock & CL Smooth-Mecca & The Soul Brother
21) Built To Spill-Keep It Like A Secret
22) Vince Staples-FM!
23) Sepultura-Roots
24) Air-Moon Safari
25) De La Soul-De La Soul Is Dead
26) The White Stripes-White Blood Cells
27) Elton John-Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
28) My Bloody Valentine-Shoeless

I think that's a decent list and covers most of what I've missed and think I should hear (was tempted to just keep it hip hop but that would've been boring), but if there is anything you think are better substitutes for any of those artists, then do let me know.

There is a good chance I wouldn't have heard the whole album.

If you want to follow what I've said on Twitter, and who wouldn't, the thread is here, or just follow the #MWE. 

tl;dr Have enjoyed all of them so far, but thought Lateralus was a bit long.

*Dunno where that sunglasses emoji has come from but it won't go. I guess K Dot is the coolest motherfucker.

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14 minutes ago, Onyx2 said:

Great idea and a good list. Can't wait for 24 which might be my favourite album of all time - effortlessly cool and soothing. I think I might go listen to it now.

No idea how the entire album has passed me by, as I really like all the Air I've ever heard and own Talkie Walkie and 10 000 Hz Legend so it is a bit weird I've never heard that.

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17 minutes ago, Chest Rockwell said:

I'll not be reading Twitter as you know bacon, but if you've never heard it you should stick Robyn - Body Talk on your list.

Thanks, but ex is a HUGE Robyn fan so very familiar with it. Will take some hip hop recommendations though.

I haven't heard as many 'classics' in full as I probably should've to be honest.

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55 minutes ago, SuperBacon said:

Thanks, but ex is a HUGE Robyn fan so very familiar with it. Will take some hip hop recommendations though.

I haven't heard as many 'classics' in full as I probably should've to be honest.

Knowing your younger backpacker tastes I'm guessing that, like me, you completely ignored southern rap. Last year I checked out Goodie Mob - Soul Food and I can see why it's considered a classic and ended up listening to it a lot. Also easy to see why Cee Lo was the breakout from the group.

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11 minutes ago, Chest Rockwell said:

Knowing your younger backpacker tastes I'm guessing that, like me, you completely ignored southern rap. Last year I checked out Goodie Mob - Soul Food and I can see why it's considered a classic and ended up listening to it a lot. Also easy to see why Cee Lo was the breakout from the group.

Weirdly was eyeing that up, after seeing the Outkast episode of that BBC doc series so will pop it in, cheers.

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Ill Communication - Beastie Boys 

Paul’s Boutique is meant to be the underrated standout album but it’s too disjointed for me. I love the flow of Ill Communication but there’s still enough experimental shit to keep you going, “Wow, what’s that?” whether it’s a sample from somewhere else or a guy playing a jar with damp fingers. One of my favourite albums.

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