Originally Posted by Pennglock
For me the ultimate driving album is always going to be Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime.
Tried it, wasn't a big fan. Thanks though.
Originally Posted by Texastyle
Not really recent, but Arcade Fire's The Suburbs is good throughout. I'm not sure if it is your thing but you should give Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros a try too.
Both of these are awesome. Thanks. Had been meaning to get into that Arcade Fire release.
Originally Posted by Rambo
First, let me +1 to the Jethro Tull.
I can't really think of an album that's come out recently that's been front to back awesome.
The JT album is one of my all time faves. Do you believe in the day?
As for recent front-to-back good stuff... early 2000's had De-Loused in the Comatorium, a few years later there was Hissing Fauna by Of Montreal and Boxer by the National (just downloaded High Violet so we'll see how that is but I suspect a tad mellow). More recently, "Lungs" by Florence and the Machine is consistently very good with some fantastic sprinkled in, the XX's eponymous album was great start to finish. I realize the foregoing makes me sound like a hipster so... I also liked Pendulum's In Silico, the new Justice album is really good though not as good as Cross.
There are a number of albums out there that have a bunch of good tracks. Black Holes and Revelations by Muse was one like that. But it just wasn't coherent when all the tracks were put together. If an album sounds like a "greatest hits" release, something is missing imo. It's like the difference between a novel and a collection of short stories by the same author - when it comes to music, I like novels.
Originally Posted by dwyhajlo
You should at least try to find that High Rise album. For me, that is the perfect driving album. All three of those dudes just careening all over the place, and it really doesn't stop until the album's over.
I'll have a look for it. I just youtube'd some stuff on your list and found it a bit too challenging for something that's basically playing in the background.
Originally Posted by willpower
Consider some spoken word podcasts as well, they're so much better than any talk radio crap.
Jay Mohr has some entertaining episodes.
Not really looking for podcasts but thanks for the suggestion.