Bitter:Sweet – Drama: #917 of best 1,000 albums ever!

Bitter Sweet - Drama

Why is Bitter:Sweet’s Drama on my best 1,000 albums ever list?

For when you’re ready to feel relaxed and swanky at the same time.

What does Bitter:Sweet’s Drama mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?

Drama pairs really nicely with albums like Ratatat’s Classics as mood setters for having people over for cocktails (remember when we used to do that, in the Before Times?) or just anytime you’re in the mood to feel a little bit relaxed and swanky at the same time.

Where Bitter:Sweet and Drama excel is in doing that while crafting cohesive, often mysterious-sounding — sometimes downbeat and trip hop-y — songs with beguiling vocals provided by Shana Halligan. Kiran Shahani is the other half of the Bitter:Sweet duo.

And there’s a wonderful throwback quality to songs like “The Bomb,” which feels like it could have been an updated version of a standard from another era.

And “Trouble” somehow encapsulates everything I’ve written above while also sounding like it could easily be the theme song to any number of hit James Bond films.

And, indeed, the video appropriately has a lot of fun with a retro-era spy theme.

“Love Revolution” has a slinky, electro lounge vibe that reminds me a little of Beck circa “The New Pollution.”

Some stats & info about Bitter:Sweet – Drama  

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Electronic Music, Lounge Music, Martini Lounge, Indie Rock, Trip-Hop, Pop Music, Dance Music, Electro Lounge
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating3.5 out of 5 stars
  • When was Drama released? 2008
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #917 out of 1,000

Bitter:Sweet’s Drama on Spotify

What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?

Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.

But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective take on what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.