As far as classic albums - I am mighty fond of the original cast recording of CAMELOT. I've been singing along to that one since childhood. For newer albums I find LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA astounding for its beautiful orchestrations. You can hear the light in it.
A disappointing new album was the latest GODSPELL. May favorite is the film soundtrack, closely followed by the Original Broadway Cast Recording from the '70s. The new version has gone and Broadwayafied the music. Now every song turns into an anthem. And the most disappointing of all is the new song. It's very on-the-nose as it points at 9/11.
Why can't current musical dramaturgy trust in quiet moments that stay quiet? I don't get it. It's the beef I have with IN THE HEIGHTS. Every song is a frickin' declarative anthem.