Sometimes there’s nothing I enjoy more than a rainy, stormy evening and a good album to pop on and lose myself in. It’s calming, it’s soothing, and it’s the best way I’ve found to completely and utterly decompress. Admittedly it’s not that often that I have a rainy day, so I take advantage of them whenever they arise. And since we’re soon going to be heading into Fall and rainy days are on the horizon, I decided that I would compile some of my favorite albums for just such an occasion. Below is a list of my 10 Albums That Are Perfect For A Rainy Day!
This album tied as one of my best albums of 2011 and it’s one that I still listen to with great frequency. Each song on the album is dynamic and rich, flowing from beautiful to haunting, eerie to sublime. It’s an album that I put on, hit ‘Play’, and don’t skip a single track. I get lost in it every time and love every second.
Dummy is an album that, for me, has never aged. Each time I listen to it, I feel that it’s as relevant today as it was when it came out, shaping and popularizing the trip hop genre. Each song is a mysterious dark noir trip, a haunting aura pervading every note. I have not once gotten sick of this album, regardless of the fact that I’ve played it somewhere in the triple digits.
Whereas Licht’s work for the hit TV show Dexter has a bit of a bright, almost tropical feel to much of the music, Silent Hill: Downpour is perfectly suited for a rainy day, especially when one considers one of the game’s main mechanics. But even with that aside, the album is hypnotic, dark, and often times as unsettling as it is beautiful. Put it on during a thunderstorm and enjoy the chills that run up and down your spine.
Many of the songs on this album connected with me on a deeply personal level, causing a lot of introspection. Carlsen’s lyrics are incredibly poetic while also highly relatable. As painfully emo as this is going to sound, listening to this album during a rainy day is like watching the world weep. And if you need to weep along with it, that’s just fine.
This album is one of the most important albums I have ever purchased. It brought about a profound change in how I listened to and appreciated music. Listening to this album was (and still is) a journey, gorgeous yet challenging and, ultimately, incredibly rewarding. While several tracks have some seriously heavy aspects to them, the overall mood of the album fits the rainy day theme perfectly.