The perfect album

The perfect album

Everyone likely has their list of greatest albums. But what I’ve always been obsessed with is the perfect album. We’re all probably familiar with buying the new album from our favourite band and being thrilled. Except for that one song. Or two songs.

I define a perfect album as:

An album you can listen to from beginning to end, at a medium to high volume, and you never feel like skipping a song.

To make it clear, a perfect album doesn’t have to be among the greatest. It just has to be consistently high quality. And conversely, a great album frequently isn’t perfect.

So I’ve been in search of the perfect album but never did an extensive analysis of my own large music library. So I did! And I came up with 10 albums that qualify and here’s that list.

ArtistAlbumYear
The ProdigyFat of the Land1997
The Naked and FamousA Still Heart (compilation)2018
Ludovico EinaudiIn a Time Lapse2013
R.E.M.Document1987
VASTVisual Audio Sensory Theater1998
Lucy Wainwright Roche8 Songs (EP)2007
Linkin ParkHybrid Theory2000
Enya2 albums:
Watermark
Shepherd Moons

1988
1991
The ConnellsFun and Games1989
Brett DennenSmoke and Mirrors2013

I wish I’d kept my list of almost perfect albums as there were many. Of my Top 10 favourite artists, half of them have never made a perfect album.