10 Greatest Breakup Albums of All Time

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4. Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space

You'd think the precedents set down by Fleetwood Mac and the Mamas and the Papas would have taught Spiritualized vocalist/guitarist Jason Pierce (J. Spaceman himself) that dating band members can equal tragedy. Of course, maybe he knew it could equal great art, too. Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space came after his relationship with keyboardist Kate Radley ended after he found out she married The Verve's Richard Ashcroft in secret. Over the course of the record, Pierce numbs his feelings through drug use, though feelings of bitterness still permeate the spaced-out album. "But I don't care 'bout you and I've got nothing to do, feel the warmth of the air that I breathe, even freer than DMT," he sings in the deceptively named "I Think I'm in Love," though he's mostly just hungry, lonely, and definitely not listening anymore.

3. The Good Life, Album of the Year

Songwriter Tim Kasher has a knack for breakup songs, whether it's the scathing truths of Cursive's Domestica or his brutally honest solo album, The Game of Monogamy. Between those musical ventures, he had The Good Life, which released the brilliant 12-track Album of the Year, which chronicles a relationship gone sour month by month. Things seem promising as he meets the woman while vomiting in the ladies' room in "Album of the Year," but things quickly go south as she meets someone else. The perspective changes in the heartbreaking "Inmates": "Did you act out as a child? Were you always crying wolf? Attention starved, you tried too hard just to get someone to look. Now you're the wolf in second-hand clothing, I'm the sheep in a pleated skirt."

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13 comments
stay_straight
stay_straight

Some good choices here but the lost great breakup record remains 97 seminal ignored classic The Jayhawks - Sound Lies

Alison
Alison

While I'm a little sad Domestica didn't make the list, at least TIm Kasher was recognized in one form or another

David Corpus
David Corpus

Bile Technowhore, specifically "You can't love this" and Type-O negative Slow Deep & Hard, specifically "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity."

Adal Robles
Adal Robles

The Poison by Bullet for My Valentine

Scott Hecker
Scott Hecker

Earned major point for putting Fleetwood Mac first.

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