10 Terribly Sad Albums to Hear Before You Die
We all love sad music. We love it when there is something about sad music we can relate to through our own sad personal life experiences. It is pleasant to listen to a song about heartbreak when your heart is broken. It is also pleasant to listen to a song about heartbreak when your heart is not broken, but when it has been broken in the past, and you can recall that sad feeling through a sad song. We even enjoy it when the sadness of a particular song is a type of sadness we have never personally experienced, because we can put ourselves in other people's shoes and temporarily enjoy their sadness. There are many different modes of sadness and many different modes of sad music. But these are 10 terribly sad albums you should listen to before you die.
See also: Ten Metal Albums to Hear Before You Die
10. Sun Kil Moon
Sun Kil Moon, and Mark Kozeleck's other project, Red House Painters, are both known for really sad music. But this new album (out this week through Caldo Verde) is the saddest thing he has ever made. It is so sad it is surreal. Someone is always dying. In "I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same," Kozeleck goes on and on about how much he loved watching the Led Zeppelin movie The Song Remains The Same one warm summer weekend with his friends in a theater in Canton, Ohio, and how much he was mesmerized by Jimmy Page and Peter Grant and John Paul Jones. Then, out of nowhere, his friend falls off a moped, a truck backs over him and he dies. Then a girl he sits next to in school dies. Then his grandmother dies. In "I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love," Kozeleck sings about how he can't live without his mother's love. He says he will miss taking walks with her. He will miss playing Scrabble with her. He will miss calling her on the telephone to talk. "My mother is 75/ She's the closest friend I have in my life/ Take her from me I'll break down and bawl/ And whither away like old leaves in the fall." It's devastating.
9. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (1979)
"Where will it end?" sang Ian Curtis, of Joy Division, on "Day of the Lords." It ended just over a year after this depressing album came out. Curtis hung himself in his kitchen. He was 23.
8. Counting Crows
August & Everything After (1993)
"Mr. Jones" is not an uplifting song. It is about being an ugly and insignificant man. It is about staring, creepily, at beautiful women, at a party, and knowing those beautiful women will never love you. It is about a vain world where being a big star is the only hope, and then realizing it is not a possible future world for you. Because you are ugly. Because you are insignificant. Because no one will ever love you. The next song, "Perfect Blue Buildings," is about death. The whole album is about death. A very slow death.