Most Emotionally Moving/Devastating Albums (Rock/Jazz) [in progress]

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  1. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel (1998)
  2. Rock Bottom - Robert Wyatt (1974)
  3. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison (1968)
  4. Spirit of Eden - Talk Talk (1988)
  5. Desertshore - Nico (1971)
  6. Dolmen Music - Meredith Monk (1981)
  7. Geek the Girl - Lisa Germano (1994)
  8. Passion - Peter Gabriel (1989)
  9. Tonight's the Night - Neil Young (1975)
  10. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (1971)
  11. Songs of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen (1968)
  12. Trust - Low (2002)
  13. Happy Sad - Tim Buckley (1968)
  14. Closer - Joy Division (1980)
  15. Laughing Stock - Talk Talk (1991)
  16. The Marble Index - Nico (1968)
  17. Pavilion of Dreams - Harold Budd (1978)
  18. Have On On Me - Joanna Newsom (2010)
  19. Blue - Joni Mitchell (1971)
  20. Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones (1971)
  21. Remnants of a Deeper Purity - Black Tape For A Blue Girl (1996)
  22. Desire - Bob Dylan (1976)
  23. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground (1967)
  24. A Love Supreme - John Coltrane (1964)
  25. Dream Theory in Malaya - Jon Hassell (1981)
  26. Lorca - Tim Buckley (1970)
  27. The Good Son - Nick Cave (1990)
  28. Starsailor - Tim Buckley (1970)
  29. La Foret - Xiu Xiu (2005)
  30. The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails (1994)
  31. Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan (1966)
  32. Ys - Joanna Newsom (2006)
  33. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco (2002)
  34. Lady of the Mirrors - Anthony Davis (1980)
  35. Illinoise - Sufjan Stevens (2005)
  36. If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle & Sebastian (1996)
  37. Dummy - Portishead (1994)
  38. Hosianna Mantra - Popol Vuh (1973)
  39. Music For Airports - Brian Eno (1978)
  40. Spiderland - Slint (1991)
  41. Suicide - Suicide (1977)
  42. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (1976)
  43. Rain Dogs - Tom Waits (1985)
  44. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis (1959)
  45. Art & Aviation - Jane Ira Bloom (1992)

  46. PLENTY MORE COMING...

Interesting list after the top few choices which were fairly predictable.

Yes, the first 15 are probably VERY accurate down to the smallest differences (doesn't mean they can't change). After that, I'm not quite as certain, though one can't go wrong with any of them anyway so it shouldn't matter much.

No Trout Mask Replica?

It's a possible inclusion. But I am uncertain of where it ranks right now and need to re-listen to it.

Not the complete album, but if Side 1 of Meet the Residents was an EP it would neatly fit here.

Thanks, I'm only including whole albums but I'd still agree that that one should probably go on here, or at least not much farther down than the current list goes. Just not quite sure yet though...

Good call on ITAOTS. It's the rockers, oddly enough, that may be the most moving tracks on the album.

Thanks :) those too. The feeling of life-threatening urgency, running out of time, unwittingly dying/transforming through ripples of time... Though I'd say that nothing on the album out-devastates Oh Comely.

Yeah, it gets me every time how their upbeat nature expresses the transformation of the singer's grief into an intense and beautiful feeling of being alive, effectively turning the songs into celebrations of humanity.

Oh Comely is great in its own way of course.

Me too! Love how the album is both "exuberant and alive" and "emotionally devastating". And it's at or near the peak of both in all of rock. Quite a combination!