If you are like me, you sometimes listen to an album and for some reason it doesn't really click, even though you realize you like the songs, etc. Then it occurs to you (or maybe it was immediately obvious to you): the band really dropped the ball on sequencing the track order of the album. A preceding song can absolutely affect the way you hear, perceive and experience the following song. Perhaps they didn't put any thought into it, or perhaps they over-thought it. Maybe they put too many songs in the same key in a row. Maybe they just have a different philosophy as to whole an album should flow. For the most part, I hate it when bands open with a slow song... unless it's an awesome building slow song that immediately sucks you in. Lots of bands think they are Pink Floyd, though, and think a slow song is an appropriate way to start off an album. As a general rule, they are wrong. I also think an album should close with either a barnburner or the most epic, long, grandiose or emotionally devastating song on the album.
Anyway, what are some albums you would resequence, and how? You can't just remove a song, but you can (*and probably should, if you have any sense) remove interstitials, skits, placeholding/mood setting instrumentals, unnecessary intros, etc., which is what I did on my first entry below.
Here's my first pick:
Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
1. Pop Lie
2. Starry Stairs
3. Lost Coastlines
4. Blue Tulip
5. Singer Songwriter
6. On Tour With Zykos
7. Calling and Not Calling My Ex
8. Bruce Wayne Interviewed On The Roof Of The Chelsea Hotel, 1979
Resequenced Spotify playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/1220458...W5Nlyll0zA35Bh