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Buzz In: What Album First Spoke for You?

I was lucky enough to catch Liz Phair's live show here in San Francisco this week, one of a handful where she's performing Exile in Guyville in its entirety to promote the album's re-release this month. While the 1993 album originally dropped a tiny bit too early for a then-preteen me to catch on right away, this CD found me by the time I had gotten my first taste of romantic angst. I felt (in that slightly melodramatic, teenage way) as if she'd opened my diary and added some guitar. She was singing about stuff I'd never heard a woman sing about, and it kind of blew my mind.

Thursday's Ani Difranco interlude on So You Think You Can Dance also reminded me of how much my friends and I related — or at least thought we did — to her 1996 album Dilate. And for a while, everything out of Tori Amos's mouth seemed so right-on and true. Oh, to be young and whisked away by the lyrics of a rock star!

Tell me: Which album first gave voice to your inner thoughts and dreams? What singers articulated everything in their music that you couldn't yet?


Megatron Megatron 9 years
"Make Yourself"-Incubus
CityGrrl77 CityGrrl77 9 years
Grunge baby here : Nirvana's 'Nevermind' album and Pearl Jam's 'Ten'.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Shapeshifter by Marcy Playground is my major standout.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
Sade was my childhood favorite. Third Eye Blind was/is one of my favorite cds of all times. Incubus just blew my mind. The last 2 are the ones that just blew EVERYTHING open to me because they just made me want to listen to all music in general.
nif15 nif15 9 years
Agree with a lot of the ones already said. I wanted to throw in Tracy Chapman too.
sauterhead sauterhead 9 years
Shleebs, I'm going to have to agree about Incubus - but Make Yourself first, in middle school. They evolved with me through high school with Morning View and Crow Left of the Murder to a lesser extent. Motion City Soundtrack's "I Am the Movie" hit me with every track, as well. I liked and identified with other albums before MY, but not in the way that it spoke for me like Brandon Boyd and co did.
Shleebs Shleebs 9 years
Oh, so easy: Incubus's Morning View got me through a lot of adolescent funk, and Korn's first and second albums captured my angst perfectly.
annalisa annalisa 9 years
Alanis Morisette's Jagged Little Pills, Anouk's Urban Solitude and Christina Aguillera's Stripped.
hellolover hellolover 9 years
By The Way by The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
misslilad misslilad 9 years
billie holiday - lady in satin i may have been only in high school when i heard it, but the pain and life in her voice on that album speaks to me everytime as for something more modern, i have to say a tie between exile in guyville (so much of that was reflecting my life when i first heard it) or neutral milk's in aeroplane over the sea (how can a album so beautiful and also written about anne frank's diary not affect you)
JennaV JennaV 9 years
Jagged Little Pill was the first album where I was like....hey, she writes how I feel right now and what I am going through during these college years.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
Jagged Little Pill. Not surprised that so many people have said it either - it is a really powerful album. I even walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of Head over Feet! :)
Livvy-P Livvy-P 9 years
I loved Dilate - I can't even tell you how many hours I spent listening to that. And Alanis' Jagged Little Pill and Fiona Apple's Tidal. Tori Amos was great too.
fsofield fsofield 9 years
Fiona Apple When the Pawn, I still think it's great in fact. *sigh* I miss the old DiFranco days. She's so annoying to me now.
luxington luxington 9 years
That's hard. Either Radiohead's OK Computer, Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, or Iggy and the Stooge's Raw Power. OK Computer is special to me because I found it on my own instead of raiding my dad's music collection like I usually do.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I guess I would have to say Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" album and The Cranberries' "No Need to Argue" album.
Neural Neural 9 years
Depeche Mode was and still is my #1 favorite. "Violator" is probably my favorite album. And then Tori Amos was in second place as a teen.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
Agree, Fiona Apple Tidal and Alanis Jagged Little Pill.
lesmar912 lesmar912 9 years
Watching SYTYCD on Thursday totally reminded me of Ani DiFranco...I had totally fogotten about how obsessed I used to be with Untouchable Face...ahh high school...
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Lucy76's answer reminds me. The Smiths too.
erinflower erinflower 9 years
Alanis's first album and The Blue album by Weezer.
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
this is more than a little embarrassing, but it was Jewel's Pieces of You. that's right. i loved her.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 9 years
Alannis and Sarah McLaughlin ,but I also was impacted by The Cranberries,Stevie Nicks,Mary J Blige.
piesecki piesecki 9 years
Lene Marlin (anyone remember her?) - Playing my Game, or slightly later Counting Crows - Hard Candy. I think I had that on repeat for about a year!
lucy76 lucy76 9 years
The Smiths!!
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