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  • sneaker's Top 10 emo albums of all time

    Now that emo as a genre of music has been dead for over 5 years, I think it is a good time to look back to some of the greatest albums of my favorite music genre. Sadly, most of the bands below are no longer active.

    But before you reply: "Emo sux LOL" or "Go cut yourself!", give it a listen because you probably have absolutely no idea what emo is.


    Number 10:
    The Appleseed Cast - Low Level Owl: Volume 1 (2001)
    The Appleseed Cast combine raw emotion with technical playing, listening to them almost puts you in a trance, but seeing them in concert makes the hairs on your neck stand up for hours.


    Suggested Listening:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKHp-kCiiD0

    Number 9:

    The Juliana Theory - Understand This is a Dream (1999)

    Former Zao guitarist left to be the front man of The Juliana Theory. This is their first album, they came out with 4 or 5 more but this is my favorite. This CD has lots of catchy hooks and awesome lyrics.


    Suggested Listening:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQuSR9n2G3U

    Number 8:

    Alkaline Trio - Maybe I'll Catch Fire (2000)

    While Alkaline Trio may not be an emo band, they certainly made some effing awesome emo albums (their first 3). Dan Andriano really shines in this album.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CVqV3MWbbI

    Number 7:

    Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary (1994)

    This album pretty much created the modern emo genre, I have never heard anyone speak ill of it...The lead singer is considered a demigod among emo fanciers.


    Suggested Listening:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDSsh7Ocv8o

    Number 6:

    Jimmy Eat World - Clarity (1999)

    Just an absolutely beautiful album with lots of subtle hooks and excellent drumming. A complete album of close to an hour long, with no crappy filler songs.


    Suggested Listening:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9-Z0nZ_0HA

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    Number 5:

    The Early November - The Room's Too Cold (2003)

    The Crowning achievement of the last of the great emo bands. The dynamic contrast in this album lulls you to sleep and then startles you with sudden intensity.


    Suggested Listening:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IawJHOvo4VM

    Number 4:

    Mineral - The Power of Failing (1995)

    I tried to keep this one off the list because there is another Mineral album further down the list, but I couldn't. This album is so ground breaking that it is absolutely hard to believe that it is their first album and that it was made 15 year ago!


    Suggested Listening:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGRdVyrTb_Q

    Number 3:

    The Promise Ring - Nothing Feels Good (1997)

    The finest band Milwaukee (or Wisconsin) ever produced. They have so many apparent flaws (lead singer not the greatest of voices) that somehow only adds to their appeal.


    Suggested Listening:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srU0xhkfIFw

    Number 2:

    Further Seems Forever - The Moon Is Down (1999)

    Before singer Chris Caraba became wildly successful (and helped to spell the doom of emo as a music genre) with his solo project Dashboard Confessional, he recorded this album. It is personally my favorite album of all time, it brings up so many different feeling and memories in my life.


    Suggested Listening:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pktOHLw7_bw

    Number 1:

    Mineral - EndSerenading (1998)

    Absolutely the best emo album ever, I cannot describe how well this album is able to make one feels so many different emotions at once while listening...guaranteed to bring one to tears with the lyrics in front of one's eyes. This is Mineral's second and last album.


    Suggested Listening:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eorWTyA5sEo

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    • #3
      Emo kids. Lol.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 22Bernard24 View Post
        Emo kids. Lol.
        Perhaps you missed this:

        Originally posted by sneakers View Post
        But before you reply: "Emo sux LOL" or "Go cut yourself!", give it a listen because you probably have absolutely no idea what emo is.

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        • #5
          Only band I've heard of from the list is Jimmy Eat World.

          I love "The Middle". Catchy song by them.

          Personally, even though it is a remake, I love Sonic Youth's Cover of "Superstar" by the Carpenters.
          The Browns are gone; I'm not a fan of the Impostors

          The real Browns are in Baltimore, see?

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          • #6
            The only bands I've heard of are Jimmy Eat World, The Julianna Theory, and Alkaline Trio, and I like them all, so thank you for making this list. I'm always up for new music

            And I like Dashboard
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Charlie Brown View Post
              Only band I've heard of from the list is Jimmy Eat World.

              I love "The Middle". Catchy song by them.

              Personally, even though it is a remake, I love Sonic Youth's Cover of "Superstar" by the Carpenters.
              You will enjoy The Promise Ring....very catchy stuff.

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              • #8
                Alkaline Trio- Maybe I'll Catch Fire is a great album. Radio is a really great tune. People need to not judge. There's some great music under the label of Emo. Some on here I don't know so thanks for the suggestions.


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                • #9
                  Jimmy Eat World owns.

                  Juliana Theory was good too as well as Early November.

                  Further Seems Forever as well, however Dashboard owned Emo man... i don't know why you would say he killed it. some of his later albums may have been Meh-mo, but... the first few were outstanding.

                  also i think the original Emo genre spawned a bunch of stuff... i would put all those other bands like My Chemical Romance, and any band with a fluffy ass name like that in the post-emo genre... those are the bands that spawned the "emo" trend in young teens where they wore black and cut themselves etc.

                  the funny thing is: not ONE of those "emo" kids have any idea what "emo" really is, or where their little trend even came from. most of it was really a sissy version of goth.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sneakers View Post
                    Perhaps you missed this:
                    I didn't wish hard upon you or say you suck. Just loled at the thought of emo kids is all.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RealBronco View Post
                      Jimmy Eat World owns.

                      Juliana Theory was good too as well as Early November.

                      Further Seems Forever as well, however Dashboard owned Emo man... i don't know why you would say he killed it. some of his later albums may have been Meh-mo, but... the first few were outstanding.

                      also i think the original Emo genre spawned a bunch of stuff... i would put all those other bands like My Chemical Romance, and any band with a fluffy ass name like that in the post-emo genre... those are the bands that spawned the "emo" trend in young teens where they wore black and cut themselves etc.

                      the funny thing is: not ONE of those "emo" kids have any idea what "emo" really is, or where their little trend even came from. most of it was really a sissy version of goth.
                      I wish my lawn was emo so it would cut itself.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by McSmashie View Post
                        I wish my lawn was emo so it would cut itself.



                        Ohh snap!!!!!!!!!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RealBronco View Post
                          Jimmy Eat World owns.

                          Juliana Theory was good too as well as Early November.

                          Further Seems Forever as well, however Dashboard owned Emo man... i don't know why you would say he killed it. some of his later albums may have been Meh-mo, but... the first few were outstanding.

                          also i think the original Emo genre spawned a bunch of stuff... i would put all those other bands like My Chemical Romance, and any band with a fluffy ass name like that in the post-emo genre... those are the bands that spawned the "emo" trend in young teens where they wore black and cut themselves etc.

                          the funny thing is: not ONE of those "emo" kids have any idea what "emo" really is, or where their little trend even came from. most of it was really a sissy version of goth.
                          Ding Ding Ding! That's it exactly. Most emo bands were from the midwest and dressed like hicks or jocks and were outright dorks...for example:

                          Appleseed Cast:


                          Mineral:


                          Discount (my favorite):


                          Jimmy Eat World:


                          The Promise Ring:


                          There is absolutely no correlation from emo bands and the stupid "emo" fashion trend

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by McSmashie View Post
                            I wish my lawn was emo so it would cut itself.
                            hahaha that line never gets old.

                            Originally posted by sneakers View Post
                            Ding Ding Ding! That's it exactly. Most emo bands were from the midwest and dressed like hicks or jocks and were outright dorks...for example:

                            There is absolutely no correlation from emo bands and the stupid "emo" fashion trend
                            yeah and even Carrabba didn't dress like he was going to a funeral:



                            and he was a wolly-whiner in most of his song.... but......alas, it made fore awesome "eff you b---" music.

                            i blame Carrabba for encouraging me to be extremely, cold, dark and bitter after my last relationship ended lol. woops.
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