Choosing 10 albums to listen to for the rest of our lives | Our desert island thought experiment

We reveal our choices

If you could only choose 10 albums to listen to for the rest of your life, what would those be and why? Tune in to hear Alain tee up the preposterous scenario behind this month’s episode. This isn’t your average The Sonic Collective episode. Come and play along!

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Our Desert Island albums: Teeing up a thought experiment. Wanna play along?

Desert Island Selections - Choose 10 albums!

If you could only choose 10 albums to listen to for the rest of your life, what would those be and why? Tune in to hear Alain tee up the preposterous scenario behind this month’s episode. This isn’t your average The Sonic Collective episode. Come and play along!

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Review of Jay-Z: The Black Album

Jay-Z's The Black Album

We dove into Jay-Z’s 2003 classic, the Black Album, which was hyped up to be his mic-drop. A magnum opus. His final release before he sailed off into the sunset. As history has shown, Jay-Z did not retire. But was this album worthy of his swan-song? Was this a worthy farewell to the rap game? And how does it sound now, over 20 years later in an era of mumble rap, trap beats, and blending of styles? Find out the answer to these questions and more as we reveal our thoughts and opinions on this one. Spoiler alert: We didn’t all agree!

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Jay-Z – The Black Album

The Sonic Collective Podcast is back for their September 2023 pick. Darren Scott dives into why he chose this album for a full review. After completing our past four episodes based on 1-hit wonders, this is a great way to show an artist that was huge after one album but mainstream success never followed. Do you remember this album from 1988, or are you just hearing Luke Combs version and thinking that is a beautiful song. Listen along to the original and see if this entire album stands the test of time and what Sonic Collective members think of this.For more media, photos, videos and more reviews, please follow us on your favourite podcast platform and check out thesoniccollective.com

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One Hit Wonder or Not? Blu Cantrell – So Blu

Album review: Blu Cantrell - So Blu

In the third installment of our One Hit Wonders round, we listened to Blu Cantrell’s debut album, So Blu.
The album was released in 2001 and featured the very famous and very awesome song “Hit em’ up Style (Oops!)”.
But what about the rest of the album? Equally awesome? Well, that’s what we endeavored to find out this month as we dissected So Blu. Does Blu Cantrell deserve to be better known for her body of work? Was she done dirty? We seemed to be aligned for the most part. Tune in to the episode to see what we thought of it.

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One Hit Wonders: Blu Cantrell – So Blu

Blu Cantrell - So Blu

For the next four podcast episodes we will be reviewing what are considered to be one-hit wonders. Here we are on our second of four picks with our One Hit Wonders series, looking at artists and albums that were One Hit Wonders – loosely meaning that the album had one or so big singles, then we likely never really heard from the band again. I’ve always liked the song You Get What You Give by New Radicals, bought the album when it came out, but don’t remember listening to it beyond the single, and have been listening to that single a lot recently. Then the Foo Fighters announced Josh Freese as their new drummer in May 2023, and while reading about him, I noticed he drummed on two songs from Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too by New Radicals, and decided to make this my pick for the month. – Scott Coates @ The Sonic Collective

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Review of The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground and Nico

The Velvet Underground and Nico

Alain’s pick for March 2023 had us listen to The Velvet Underground’s debut album, The Velvet Underground and Nico, which was released in 1967, but failed to really make a splash on the music scene until nearly a decade after its release for a variety of reasons. The Velvet Underground would ultimately go on to leave a legacy of influence and high regard in the annals of music history, and we decided to start at the beginning to see if the band is worth the hype.

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The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico

The Velvet Underground

For March 2023 we will listen to and share our thoughts on The Velvet Underground’s 1966 debut and almost self-titled album, “The Velvet Underground and Nico”. This album is said to have been one of the biggest influences on rock and alternative music ever, but when it was first released, it was a flop, largely in part to its controversial subject matter. How does it hold up to modern tastes and sensibilities? Will any of us enjoy this album? Tune in at the end of the month to see our review.

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THE REVEAL EPISODE – What Connects These Three Albums? – Part 4

What connects these albums Pt 4

For the next four months we are changing up our format to try something fun. Each of us will pick three albums that share a common thread. We want you to listen to these albums and try to figure out what the common thread between them is. We listened to Led Zeppelin 3 by Led Zeppelin, Bookends by Simon and Garfunklel, and Pronounced ‘Leh-‘Nerd ‘Skin-‘Nerd- by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Three very bluesy albums that we all seemed to enjoy

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THE REVEAL EPISODE – What Connects These Three Albums? – Part 3

THE REVEAL - What connects these thee albums Pt 3

For the next four months we are changing up our format to try something fun. Each of us will pick three albums that share a common thread. We want you to listen to these albums and try to figure out what the common thread between them is. We listened to Led Zeppelin 3 by Led Zeppelin, Bookends by Simon and Garfunklel, and Pronounced ‘Leh-‘Nerd ‘Skin-‘Nerd- by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Three very bluesy albums that we all seemed to enjoy

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