It's rather hard for me to say. Sometimes it's lyrics, sometimes it's merely the sound. I've got eclectic taste that runs from prog to punk to new wave to goth and on and on and on.
Top albums, I find myself going back to over and over
Wire's It's Beginning to and Back Again
Rush's Grace Under Pressure
The Church's Gold Afternoon Fix
The Connell's One Simple Word
Lou Reed's Berlin
Blue Aeroplanes's Swagger
Bob Mould's Black Sheets of Rain
Catherine Wheel's Adam & Eve
Devo's Q: Are We Not Men A: We Are Devo
The Pixies's Dolittle
Frank Zappa's The Grand Wazoo
Joy Division's Closer
They Judybat's Down In the Shacks Where the Satellite Dishes Grow
Midnight Oil's Breathe
Mission of Burma's Vs
Modest Mouse's The Lonesome Crowded West
Moving Units's Moving Units
New Model Army's Eight
Poi Dog Pondering's Thinking Like A Mountain, Wishing Like the Sea
Public Image Limited's 9
Red House Painters's Songs for a Blue Guitar
Scrawl's Velvet Hammer
Shriekback's Oil & Gold
Sleater-Kinney's Call the Doctor
Sonic Youth's Rather Ripped
Squatweiler's New Motherstamper
Steve Kilbey's Remindlessness
Steve Wynn's Dazzling Display
Thinking Feller's Union Local 248's I Hope it Lands
XTC's The Big Express
I just downloaded the Wild Flag stuff that is Brownstein's post-Sleater-Kinney work (along with her comedy Portlandia), I'm rather enjoying it.
For the past few years Wire's last few albums have been in heavy rotation, but 154 and the early single Dot Dash are still favorites.
My favorite band is The Church through the early 90s. The stuff since then is hit or miss for me. Untitled #23 does have some high points and is great live.
Sonic Youth (RIP) was always fun live and I liked the direction they were heading before they broke up, but I can still listen to the early noise and enjoy it.
I think I answered that by totally not answering it.