When an act names an album after itself, it's often introducing itself to the world, signaling a rebirth or telling fans that this record is its magnum opus. Either that, or they're just not very good at titles. Some ('The Byrds') have failed to live up to their creator's name, while others ('Christina Aguilera') have accurately signaled the birth of a star. (By the way, R.E.M.'s 'Eponymous' doesn't count -- that's a title.) And acts with multiple self-titled discs (Weezer, Peter Gabriel) are just trying to confuse us. That said, here are our favorites:
Not only did these indie rockers give us a self-titled album -- which they jokingly called 'Wilco (The Album)' -- they also gave us the single 'Wilco (The Song),' which kicks off this collection of catchy, feel-good tunes. After 15 years and seven studio albums, it was a gutsy move to finally go self-referring on us. But, like its predecessor, 'Sky Blue Sky,' 'Wilco' prove that rock is not entirely dead -- and that we don't have to keep dusting off old '60s acts to keep it hobbling along.
'Van Halen' (1978)
This album set a standard for what an eponymous album should be: As a debut, it introduced the band to the world, and it featured several great songs that would lay the groundwork for the band's signature sound -- at least during the David Lee Roth years. Songs like 'Eruption,' 'Jamie's Cryin'' and 'Running With the Devil' embraced rock 'n' roll excess with Roth's
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