mZuzek said:

I did actually make a thread on this a while back, and this is what I had to say back then, but one album I've been listening to more recently and has greatly surprised me is U2's The Unforgettable Fire. The eponymous song is truly magnificent, but everything else is very, very good too.

My apologies, I missed it, but since that's a top 10 favorite albums thread and this is towards an indefinite number of beloved albums, it can still exist separately without being redundant.