Album of the Week – Outkast – Stankonia

Check this album if you like – Cee Lo Green, Kanye West, Prince
Favorite songs – B.O.B., Gasoline Dreams, Ms. Jackson

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed sometimes my memory doesn’t do me any favors. Specifically, I can remember songs or movies that I liked as a teenager. 10-15 years later, I check them out and I’m horrified that my taste was once that bad (as a fair warning, all of the tweens out there attending Ke$ha or One Direction concerts… you’ll likely be saying this to yourself in 10-15 years as well). As I was trying to determine an album of the week this week, it was in the back of my mind that I wanted to find an album that might be a little bit of a throwback, but still great.

I was listening to a podcast on Grantland last week and they were talking about a new Outkast song. Immediately, I thought of Stankonia – an album I’ve probably heard 500 times. I probably listened to this album once a day my freshman year of college (side note: I was really proud of my memory… Spotify had this album listed as a 1999 album and I was sure this came out in the fall of 2000. Checked the release date – Halloween 2000. Brent 1, Spotify 0). As I was getting ready to re-listen to this, though, I grew slightly apprehensive. What if this album wasn’t as good as I remembered?

The good news… Stankonia is as fresh as the day it came out. I think that’s a sign you made an album that’s ahead of it’s time. There are no Swizz Beats Casio keyboards that sonicly date the album to a certain month in 1999. Instead, the original sound still sounds original. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below got all of the love – including the well-deserved Grammy – but Stankonia is my favorite Outkast album.