Saturday, June 2, 2012

Must-Have Albums: Road Trip Edition

With the summer season comes the desire to just get on the road and go places. The road trip has always been a big part of my summer break since I can remember, emphasizing my love for the journey, not just the destination. Especially in the case of road trips, a proper soundtrack can make or break the journey. I have compiled my top five albums for your traveling pleasure. So, put one arm on the windowsill and stare off into the horizon longingly and enjoy these five road tripping must-haves.

1. Room For Squares, John Mayer 2001
Mayer's debut studio album's acoustic roots make a perfect soundtrack to any country road traveling. This album was always a staple in my family's van right from it's release when I was 8 years old. If anything it's grown on me.
Favourite track: Why Georgia

2. Endless Summer, The Beach Boys 1974
This compilation of the Beach Boy's greatest hits is the quintessential summer album and appropriate for driving the winding California coast (or fantasizing about it while making a long trip to somewhere less desirable). There's something about the Beach Boy's ability to write an entire album while only talking about surfing, girls, and cars that's oddly charming and just what a simplistic summer album should be. Congrats Beach Boys because I don't think I'd let anyone slip with that writing approach. My copy of this album is on a CD that advertises the fact that it is a "compact disc" on  it, so take from that what you will. It is also important to note that while my classmates were choreographing dance moves to The Spice Girls I was listening to this album on my boom box. For better or worse The Beach Boys shaped many childhood summers.
Favourite track: Catch A Wave

3. Loverboy, Brett Dennen 2011
Thanks to a free Starbucks single I was introduced to the incredible song-writing of Brett Dennen. Though I'm a fan of essentially anything he puts out into the world, Loverboy is best listened to on the road. Filled with upbeat and genuinely lovely tracks, this album is perfect for lifting your spirits when the road trip gets dull (see also: traffic, grumpy siblings, lack of rest stops).
Favourite track: Sydney (I'll Come Running)

4. Everybody, Ingrid Michaelson 2009
Surprise, surprise, Allison picks an Ingrid Michaelson album for the road. But fan-girling aside this album is actually a perfect addition to any traveling soundtrack if for nothing else than it's acoustic-pop vibe. Tracks like 'Maybe' and 'Everybody' are easy to sing along to, and if your vehicles not into that there are a mix of less upbeat tracks to throw into the mix.
Favourite track: Mountain and the Sea

5. Wasteland Companion, M. Ward 2012
There are some people who just don't seem to belong in 2012 and M. Ward is one of those individuals. When he recently released the record NPR stated that it was meant to be played on a crackly radio, which I believe fits the road trip spirit perfectly. Not only is Ward's music the perfect style, but the lyrics tell a intriguing story while the melody paints the picture.
Favourite track: Me and My Shadow

This summer-
Books read: 3
Films seen: 11
Hikes taken: 4

Song recommendation: Love Lost by The Temper Trap

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