It’s no mean feat to pull 13 albums out of a hat that feel significant. Most are fairly autobiographical or visceral and were selected easily. It took a while to find the remaining few that felt right. They’d probably change in a few weeks time. Maybe after another decade or so, thirteen would be easy to grab.
More interesting has been to keep track of what’s not included. There are a lot of albums with that ‘one perfect track’ for which you suffer the remaining forty minutes of bilge. Services like Spotify and Pandora are fantastic to allow you to compile playlists and scythe through situations like these but you still have to listen to a lot of music to find the gems. But do they qualify here? With one exception, in retrospect, the answer seems to be no. I’ll leave you to find out which one that is.