Most Emotional Albums: Pt.1


A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie embodies the feeling of grief.

Nael Alzalde

As the human race has evolved ever since the BC’s, so has music. Music seems to have been with us since the start, but there is no concrete evidence as to who created it, sang or created the first melodies. Evolving with humans as time went on, different tales, locations, varying emotions, musical movements, etc. Through curiosity and my love for music, questions such as what are some of the most emotional albums? Which differs in the sense of joyous emotion that makes you shed tears to those that are pure melancholy? These questions led me to sit around and indulge in some of the saddest and most emotional albums.

Sadness, melancholy, loneliness, depression, however you see it, are the emotions that evoke tears to your eyes or get you in your feels. Music is strongly associated with our feelings and thinking about these emotions throughout my listening, I would definitely like to give a spot to A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie. A tale about Phil Elverum, better known as Mount Eeries, the music delves into what it is like to live without his wife, Geneviève, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. Elverum wrote most of the music using his wife’s instruments throughout a 6-week period in a folk style of music. In his unique way, Elverum represents his deconstruction of grief, depression, and attempts to get back to his normal life. To me, it’s a perfect representation of raw emotion, grief, and the struggle to get back to normal life without being haunted by the past, leaving me to firmly believe that this deserves the spot of one of the most emotional albums of all time in the melancholic realm, potentially even overall.

Now, everything does not have to be depressing to get one to be overwhelmed by emotion; there are albums that achieve this in a different context, capturing feelings of youth, joy, happiness, all associations with good memories or something that once was. One of these albums that I feel is a no-brainer to put in this conversation is Blonde by Frank Ocean. It cemented itself in the music industry as a masterpiece to most and Frank Ocean, or Christopher Edward Breaux, has garnered immense support and the title of a visionary artist. It discusses many topics with a failed love in the song “Ivy”, the freedom, care, and love from youth discussed in the song “White Ferrari”, nostalgic events from teenage youth in “Pink + White,” and so on. The music is further elevated with the vocals that Breaux gives that are simply out of this world. If you have not listened to this album yet, I strongly recommend it. It is sure to get you emotional.