Why is Teleman’s Brilliant Sanity on my best 1,000 albums ever list?
Intelligently lucid hook-driven, guitar rock. But, you know, also fun.
Some stats & info about Teleman – Brilliant Sanity
- What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rock, Rock Music, British Bands, Pop, Pop Music, Indie Rock
- Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
- All Music’s rating – 4.5 out of 5 stars
- When was Brilliant Sanity released? 2016
- My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #766 out of 1,000
Teleman’s Brilliant Sanity 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 review of 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.
What does Teleman’s Brilliant Sanity mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?
The first song I ever heard by Teleman is called “Dusseldorf” (more on this below), and I mistakenly thought for a while that the band is from Germany. Which, silly me, they clearly have British accents and stuff and, shockingly, it turns out they’re from the UK. In any event, it quickly became my favorite song on the fun, hook-driven, guitar rock Brilliant Sanity.
I find the vast majority of music videos somewhere between boring and “meh.” The ones that stand out to me are either super clever (think: OK Go), crazy elaborate (think: “Thriller”), or when the personality of the band is expertly showcased. The video for “Dusselfdorf” clearly falls into the latter category, and its editing is exceptional.
“Glory Hallelujah” has many of the same qualities as “Dusseldorf,” though it has an airier and new wave feel, reminding me a little bit of the Pet Shop Boys.
“Tangerine” leans more into the band’s rock side and overall is an oddball gem.
Pop culture stuff that’s somehow related to Teleman’s Brilliant Sanity
I got turned onto Teleman by way of a romantic comedy called Lovesick, which is one of most favorite comedy TV shows of recent years. It’s legitimately side splittingly funny, charming, and makes you care about the romantics dealings and lives of the characters on the show.
Okay, so that trailer emphasizes the romance part, but I’m telling you, it’s really really funny. Trust me.
It’s also as close to a perfect pandemic binge watch TV show, should you find the need. As most of us do every now and again.
Because there’s so many great and varied television shows on the air these days, one extra bonus is that they can help curate new music discovery. I’ve found myself googling songs many times during a closing credits sequence or while streaming an episode, and then plugging it into Spotify to check out further and perhaps add to a playlist.
To wrap up, if you’ve seen Lovesick, you know well “Dusseldorf” vibes with the tone and sensibility of the show.