Posts Tagged: Albums of Our Lives

Mister Loveless - Grow Up | Rumpus Music

Albums of Our Lives: Mister Loveless’s Grow Up


These golden years, precious and ephemeral, are falling in pieces at your feet everywhere you turn, and part of you thinks, let them. You almost wish, despite yourself, for this all to just go faster. ...more

Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight | Rumpus Music

Albums of Our Lives: Frightened Rabbit’s The Midnight Organ Fight


Something about the twangy banjo and the melancholy vocals just made me feel less alone. And I hated being alone. ...more

Jimmy Eat World - Clarity | Rumpus Music

Albums of Our Lives: Jimmy Eat World’s Clarity


Regardless of where or how I listen to the CD, I can still imagine myself in the car’s passenger seat, smell Tim’s cologne, or see the sun setting in a mix of fiery colors beyond us. ...more

The Front Bottoms - The Front Bottoms | Rumpus Music

Albums of Our Lives: The Front Bottoms’ The Front Bottoms


When I first heard Brian Sella’s sweet, pathetic voice sing these words, they seared a sense of guilt into me. ...more

Rosanne Cash - Black Cadillac | Rumpus Music

Albums of Our Lives: Rosanne Cash’s Black Cadillac


In her voice, I am held, cradled even. I am equal parts longing and hope. I am home. ...more

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade | Rumpus Music

Albums of Our Lives: My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade


The summer before my final year at college, my fear started to manifest as an anxiety disorder specializing in sickness and disease. ...more

Scissor Sisters - Night Work | Rumpus Music

Albums of Our Lives: Scissor Sisters’s Night Work


Night Work is a queer sonic fantasia soaked heavy in the 1980s. ...more

Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree | Rumpus Music

Albums of Our Lives: The Mountain Goats’s The Sunset Tree


I knew if I could make it out of town, make it to college, I would survive. But I wasn't sure I would. ...more

Bjork - Debut | Albums of Our Lives

Albums of Our Lives: Björk’s Debut


Music is the ultimate consolation for reality’s letdowns (like being thirteen and still firmly living in the realm of childhood). I would listen to “Venus as a Boy” on repeat in my bedroom, curtains drawn, and imagine Allan’s face, his arms, his chest, his body. ...more

Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, Diana Whitney reviews Cynthia Cruz’s poetry collection, Wunderkammer, meaning “cabinet of curiosities.” This is a book of “delicious… detail.” Cruz’s poems, Whitney declares, “have a wry sense of humor that tempers the traumas they reveal.” The poet, who was born in Germany, transports readers from Berlin to upstate New York, from death to madness to redemption.


Albums of Our Lives: Linda Ronstadt’s Heart Like a Wheel


The cover was a black and white close-up of a woman, her hair windswept, her name scrawled above her in a font usually reserved for truck stops: Linda Ronstadt. I’d retrieved the album and its torn shell of Columbia Record Club packaging from a stack of unwanted mail on the credenza, and I stood now in the doorway of my older brothers’ room.