“Let’s say you are stuck on a desert island and you have a radio. Whenever you turn on the radio there is one album playing, but every time you turn it on it’s at a different part just like turning on the radio in your car, it doesn’t pick up where you left off. What album would you want to hear?” Adam asked while I was waiting to head home from work.

Wow, tough one.

“Oh yeah, you can’t choose box sets or greatest hits albums. Compilations are out too.” He added.

Yeah, that is a tough one. Do I choose a band that I have all of their stuff and know it all or do I go with something that I am familiar with but can go deeper with it. Who knows how long I will be on this island for?

After giving it a think for a day or two, I came up with Sum 41’s Screaming Bloody Murder. Is it my favorite album ever? No. Is it by favorite band of all time? No. But there’s something about it that allows me to listen to it all the way through without getting tired of it. It’s the type of album that you burn for friends, even though it may not be in their wheelhouse, but you’re like “Trust me on this one.”

So I burned it for Adam after he scoffed at the notion that Sum 41 would put out a quality album after All Killer, No Filler. Gave him a couple of days to listen to the album and he back with, “You know what? That album solid. I dig it.”

Adam has some punk running through his veins. Not too long ago he would play in bands, has an appreciation for a lot of the popular music that’s being pumped out today but he’ll gladly throw down a lesser known band if he thinks you will like them. So I threw the question right back at him.

He immediately goes to Alkaline Trio, but he was having a hard time coming up with an album. Do you go with the album that was the most popular or do you go with something that you think will resonate on a more personal level. He came back with Alkaline Trio’s Crimson.

I grabbed the album and decided to listen with an open mind. I knew a little about the band from conversations with Adam centered around his tattoos. The cool thing about the listening experience is that I was genuinely excited to hear why Adam thought this album was so cool. It also reminded me of something I hadn’t felt in quite some time.

You never get to listen to an album for the first time more than once.

Crimson starts out with “Time To Waste”. A fade up into a melodic piano piece brings you into the album before shredding guitars and bass lines fill the air. I remember thinking, “That’s pretty cool, not what I was expecting at all.”

I’m not saying that by listening to recommendations I get from co-workers that it somehow deepens our working relationship, but, it can provide a small connection or shared experience.

1.Time To Waste4:12
2.The Poison2:05
4.Mercy Me2:50
6.Settle For Satin3:49
8.Fall Victim3:18
9.I Was A Prayer2:37
10.Prevent This Tragedy3:07
11.Back To Hell2:54
12.Your Neck3:16