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50. Cursive – The Ugly Organ

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Sometimes I wish every band would be like Andrew W.K. (who is crazy in a good way) but more often than not bands end up having a Tim Kasher (who a lot of times seems crazy in a bad way). Still, you can’t argue with results. The Ugly Organ almost completely abandons what Cursive did on Domestica, which was a complex, multi-layered indie album rife with aggressive post-hardcore moments to mirror its relatively simple story perfectly – a man and his wife on the road to divorce. Instead, The Ugly Organ throws much more into the mix, including Pinocchio and lyrics where Kasher actually refers to himself as opposed to a doppelganger. There are strings and hopefulness aplenty, and I would say that the end of “A Gentlemen Caller” is the most inspiring thing ever if “Staying Alive” didn’t sit at the end of the album like the Incredible Hulk about to tie helicopters into pretzels with its message of holding on. Overall, while Domestica might be a better musical statement, The Ugly Organ offers more of everything and also it won’t depress the hell out of you. – Channing Freeman

49. Tool – Lateralus

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It is hard for me to define exactly why I disagree with the Tool haters, why I do not find Lateralus to be a heaping pile of pretentiousness, and why I find it a masterful work of music. I mean, in the title track, Maynard James Keenan writes the syllables of his lyrics in the Fibonacci sequence. The lyrics of the whole album are shrouded in code and extended metaphor. The time signatures in “Schism” just aren’t natural; one could say it is complex for the sake of being complex.

But Tool just does it all so well. Despite the high concept, elitist tone of the album, everything works. And when it comes to their particular style, no one in the first decade of the 21st century comes even close to their level of excellence on Lateralus, not even themselves. 10,000 Days drops off after the first half of the album into exactly what Lateralus should have been–overthought and pointlessly pretentious music. Lateralus works because of that growth from “Parabol” into “Parabola”, where the music truly fits the concept. Because “The Grudge” kicks so much *** on its own. Because despite the extended length, high concept, and complexity, Tool maintain a sense of direction throughout Lateralus, an achievement to be recognized at the highest level. – Tyler Fisher

48. Jaga Jazzist – What We Must

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I think What We Must would have still made the decade’s list if the entire album were only that moment in “All I Know Is Tonight” when the simple 4-note trumpet melody soars over the ensemble. The moment is one of glorious catharsis that, instead of giving the listener chills, forces the listener to sit back and look again at his or her surroundings. The song falls into this place of serenity rather than rising to it, from the cascading synth riff that seemingly comes out of nowhere into the farthest depths of Jaga Jazzist’s many, varied tone colors.

Luckily, the rest of What We Must does not disappoint. Norway’s Jaga Jazzist had been, for years, experimenting with jazz and electronica as forerunners of the Scandinavian nu-jazz scene. What We Must transformed the group into something else entirely. The jazz was still there, if only in the saxophone, trombone, clarinet, and trumpet melodies that float throughout the album; however, the album introduced different song structures, an increased use of guitar, and heavier live percussion to create a fantastic post-rock album unlike any other. It’s the presentation of memorable melody in the context of powerful harmonic progressions and a sense of direction. It’s the combination of simplicity and virtuosity. And it truly sounds like the album title; Jaga Jazzist plays with such conviction that it seems they had to record this album. The melodies pour out of the instruments; they must pour of the instruments. – Tyler Fisher

47. Blue Sky Black Death – Late Night Cinema

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Instrumental hip hop is a difficult genre to excel in. The subgenre’s core differentiator from its parent genre is the absence of vocals, which is a cornerstone of hip hop and the primary driver of the genre’s personality and emotional relevance. Therefore crafting a moving and distinct track is that much more difficult and elegant. On top of this axiomatic conceit, fans of the subgenre, both casual and extreme, typically regard DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing and J Dilla’s Donuts as touchstone releases, often to a fault. These albums are so ubiquitously appreciated that any entrant to the genre will invariably be compared to these albums and ruled out if too similar or dissimilar in sound.

Blue Sky Black Death’s 2008 album Late Night Cinema is remarkable because it blazes past both of these petty concerns without thinking twice. The album is endlessly evocative and lyrical thanks to detailed and varied production that taps into a bottomless collection of smooth trumpets, fluttering violins, soulful vocal samples, and thick, awe-inspiring beats. Late Night Cinema also carves out a compelling niche within the subgenre that sits close to the dark, brooding Endtroducing, but clearly differentiates itself by being vastly more dense and detailed and embracing post-rock’s affinity for transcendent crescendos. – Nick Greer

46. Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury

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Listening to the Game and Young Jeezy brag about their cocaine exploits every day on the radio back in 2006 was a tiring proposition, and one that dragged my already low expectations for drug rap even further into the dirt. I was shocked, then, at just how damn good Hell Hath No Fury turned out, an album that showed how even the most contrived of genres could be made into something unrelentingly harsh and real, like a crime-scene photograph. And that’s just what the brothers Thornton did on this, their long-delayed second album: make a record that shows the dark underbelly of coke and the attendant lifestyle, graphic and unflinching in its portrayal but realistic as well, something its more popular purveyors sorely lacked. Malice may glorify the trade on “Keys Open Doors” when he raps “gemstar razor, the fruit of my labor / and I walk with a glow, it’s like the Lord’s shown favor,” but there’s always a faint tinge of disgust, like Malice and Pusha T do it because they have to, not because they want to. It’s this gift to transform an admittedly one-dimensional concept into such a multifaceted album that is Hell Hath No Fury’s greatest feat, from the double-sided “Momma I’m So Sorry” to the venomous “Mr. Me Too” to the ironically vapid “Dirty Money.” And that’s not even mentioning twelve of the best productions the Neptunes have ever served up, right before Pharrell got too full of himself and Chad Hugo disappeared – minimalist, innovative, and perhaps the best top-to-bottom effort the duo has ever laid down. Jeezy can have the radio – Clipse can rest easy knowing they’ve already made it to the top of the game. – Rudy Klapper

45. Sun Kil Moon – Ghosts of the Great Highway

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Mark Kozelek could have my babies. Seriously; dude is mad skilled. The knock on him is that he does the same thing with every album; that he does little to deviate from the slow, brooding folk-rock that he established with Down Colorful Hill and perfected with Red House Painters I. But these people act like this is a bad thing: Kozelek stumbled onto a sound that perfectly encapsulates his bleak tales of lost love, drugs, and dusty nostalgia. Which is nice and all, but what made RHP such a great band was that Kozelek’s songs weren’t just pity parties. Kozelek sang and wrote with such an empathy that made his songs very listener-friendly, despite however long and unwieldy they may have gotten.

But Ghost of the Great Highway isn’t like that. Kozelek may dismiss the moniker shift as little more than attention-getting, but there is a serious change in sound and approach here. For one, Kozelek has eased up on only writing about himself. Songs like “Glenn Tipton”, which chronicles a murderer’s feelings from an unnervingly and disturbingly understanding point of view, and the epic “Duk Koo Kim”, which should go on Kozelek’s epitaph as the greatest thing he ever did, are focused on completely different protagonists than you or me or Kozelek are used to. But yet Kozelek’s humane touch makes these characters as easy to identify with as was when Kozelek wrote about himself. Also, Ghosts of the Great Highway is definitely an album not of the modern age, unlike the RHP albums. The dusty, breezy feel of the songs here thematically recalls what I get when I read Steinbeck or watch an early Terrence Malick movie; that kind of bright, wide-eyed sort of Western feel of nostalgia and hope and infinite possibilities lies within Ghosts of the Great Highway’s framework. Considering this is 2010, it’s amazing that a record can conjure such images that are so, so completely gone, never to be felt again, as sad as that is. - Cam

44. J Dilla – Donuts

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Donuts is a swan song – a complete breakdown of a man’s career through borrowed samples and chopped drums. The stories of how Jay Dee composed portions of this record in his deathbed have become that of urban legend; those close to him have recently said that Dilla simply mixed the record from his bed, but while the reality will probably never be fully explained, what doesn’t need to be fully explained is the strength of this record. Overwhelming and tough to swallow at first, this record requires repeat listens to grasp the full concept. Dilla was the master of sequencing and this is the masterpiece of his work. It may not be my favorite record that he was associated with and it may also not be his perceived best, but in terms of artistic statements this is one of the classics in the hip-hop genre; beat tapes have been released before but never with such compassion (is this the right word?). Telling are the responses of Dilla’s contemporaries to this record as many see it as a eulogy or a farewell letter to them, as numerous tracks reference leaving and death all in a sorrowful manner. Singling out specific tracks is pointless, this is a complete statement and in terms of instrumental hip-hop probably the most complete statement released in the decade. Jay Dee is hip-hop’s main casualty in the past ten years and his influence on the genre will stretch into the unforeseeable future. The one thing we can be happy about is that he left us with records as good as these.  – Jared W. Dillon

43. Blink-182 – Blink-182

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Whenever I think of the perfect album, blink-182’s self-titled record comes to mind before anything else. I would say it’s also the most surprising album I’ve heard, but in the context that I heard it (a thirteen year old who was just starting to get into music), I had no point of reference to consider it a surprise. So perfect it was and perfect it remains, and it’s not even really surprising that it has stood up as well as it has the past seven years. It didn’t come out of left field as much as some people like to think – Tom Delonge’s work in Box Car Racer was a huge precursor – but it still made their haters hate them even more, and even some of the band’s die-hard fans hated them for it as well, protesting the lack of “fun” and displaying their own unwillingness to move on from adolescence. blink-182 didn’t miss them. While romping tracks like “Feeling This” and “Always” hearken back to their older days, it’s songs like “Obvious” and “Violence” that really shine with fantastic songwriting and dark atmosphere. While Mark Hoppus took a vocal backseat (to the chagrin of fans), Tom Delonge proved that he was pretty damn amazing before he went batshit insane, as most of the unique ideas on the album came from him. Can we really blame him for letting that go to his head a bit? – Channing Freeman

42. Interpol- Turn on the Bright Lights

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You want to know how good this album is? Just look at Interpol’s career after its release: two records of middling-to-poor quality and a ludicrous album from Paul Banks have left the band with its tail between its legs and promises that its fourth album will return to the masterful sound of Turn On the Bright Lights. Not many albums loom over entire careers as grandly as Turn On the Bright Lights does to Interpol’s, but that’s precisely why it’s something to be so treasured. It’s practically a fluke, an album whose genius seems accidental. After all, how often does something so ominous and so heavily indebted to Joy Division get away with a lyric like “My best friend’s from Poland, and um, he has a beard”? Practically never, and yet Interpol conjured up an atmosphere so unrelentingly dark and dreamy on Bright Lights that Paul Banks could pretty much bleat whatever he wanted (an allowance he took full advantage of), and it would work.

But what separates Turn On the Bright Lights from other Interpol albums and the massive wave of post punk revivalist records it inspired is its unwavering character. Yes, it’s quirky, and yes it owes Ian Curtis a free dinner, but all the flaws that would plague Interpol’s subsequent albums are masterfully blended into a dark and hypnotic hour packed with killer tunes and bass lines that have made Carlos D’s extra-Interpol career. Go track by track and just try to find a duffer in these eleven songs. It cannot be done; Turn On the Bright Lights is one of the closest things to flawless we’ve seen this decade. The shimmering intro of “Untitled,” the drum-vocal breakdown of “Obstacle 1,” the entirety of “Stella was a Diver and She’s Always Down”… these are moments whose brilliance Interpol have been trying to recapture for years. That they’ve not even come close adds to Turn On the Bright Lights‘ allure; hanging over the whole project is the knowledge that, in all probability, we’ll never hear anything quite like this again. – Adam Downer

41. Daft Punk – Discovery

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Daft Punk have long been credited with jumpstarting the whole electro/house scene that so dominated the latter half of this past decade, but the record that vaulted the French duo to prominence actually bears very little similarity to the monster it helped create. It’s a homage, a salute to the glory days of dance: namely, disco, funk, and all manner of filthy bass lines that helped the coked-out masses get down when Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter were but wee Parisian lads. Sure, there was some crossover material here, much of it (like the brilliant “Harder Better Faster Stronger”) largely responsible for Daft Punk’s explosion in popularity, but for the most part this is cheesy, shameless instrumentals with tongue firmly planted in cheek and ass constantly shaking. But it’s faithful rather than cloying, worshipful rather than mocking, and, most important of all, wastes nary a note. Who knew disco would start one of the biggest revivals of the new decade? – Rudy Klapper

40. Daitro – Laissez Vivre Les Squelettes

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Though they may have been usurped as the archetype for European screamo by fellow Frenchies Sed Non Satiata, Daitro have something their ex-splitmates (not to mention just about everybody else in the genre) have yet to obtain: a landmark record. While many won’t consider Laisser Vivres the best skramz album released this past decade with unique standards such as d0cument #8 and As the Roots Undo looming so prevalently, Laisser Vivres might be the most technically perfect. It’s an outline, an example of just exactly how to make a record of this nature, perfecting the loud-soft-loud dynamic while supplying the pathos to legitimize its melodramatically post-rock tendencies. But most importantly, it fucking kills. A barrage of power chords and crash cymbals, Laisser Vivres is an assault, mixing everything together at max volume to form a violent, cagey atmosphere not dissimilar to other, Kurt Ballou produced Sputnik favorites. It helps that the screamer cuts through all this chaos with the passion to match it. It helps that his screams are in French. It doesn’t matter that few of us actually understand what he’s saying- we can project our own emotion onto this gem. And even though the followup, Y, seemed to signify the rejection of the genre Daitro helped perfect, Laisser Vivres stands as the prime example of post-rock tinged emo, and is one of if not the benchmark by which so many similarly presented records of the past five years have been measured against. – Adam Downer

39. Opeth – Blackwater Park

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The capacity of human intelligence seems to limit the capabilities to expand upon any possible creative aptitudes. Indeed, if one cannot even notice the facets that the ingenuities around him are comprised of, how can he be expected to fashion a beast of his own? This inveterate sense of constraint is a great blow to the veracity of mankind’s abilities. It restrains us and holds our minds to the ground below, averting any possibility of rising above ourselves to something greater; something not fathomed by the conventional mind. This concept of seeking to go beyond one’s self, known as “transcendence”, is essentially a gateway to unlocking pieces of ourselves that can lead to some of the most elaborate and significant creations of our world. For many, this quest to transcend and form creations that were once considered unthinkable and overwhelming consumes life. Certainly it is rare to find such people, but when they are found, creative barriers are destroyed.

No, but seriously.

As far as Opeth albums go, Blackwater Park might not be their darkest (My Arms, Your Hearse) or heaviest album (Deliverance). It’s certainly not their most unique work (Damnation) and it’s probably not their most ambitious, either (Still Life). And yet it somehow remains all but their unanimous favourite and the undeniable peak of their iconic, unmistakable sound. Blackwater Park is the culmination of all that comes before it; it is their most cohesive work and very likely their best. While their earlier works might draw allegiances to certain tracks or sounds, no album unifies each as coherently as this. Perhaps the brightest indication of just how brilliant of an album Blackwater Park is would be how fluently it unfolds over its daunting 67 minute run-time.

Opening with its two strongest tracks, Blackwater Park risks overwhelming its listeners too soon, but by enlisting “The Leper Affinity”’s growing tension and varying timbers alongside “Bleak”’s hyper-melodic chorus and foreign guitar-flair the band instead ensures the full attention of its audience for the remaining six tracks. Whether it’s the disparate nature of “The Drapery Falls” and its demonic, atonal mid-point or the title tracks almost Southern emphasis on overpowering guitars, Opeth’s separates its dark and light sides by bridging the two using frontman Mikael Akerfeldt’s vocal prowess, his inquisitive, soothing clean vocals and enuncianted, overpowering growls acting as a barometer of both the album’s musical dynamics and masterful presence. – Tyler Munro

38. Thrice – The Alchemy Index

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The ambition, the scope, and the diversity of this project is there for all to be seen, but here’s something else that might drill home what makes The Alchemy Index so special – the staffer that’s stepped up to gush about how brilliant this album is doesn’t even like Thrice. I think it’s great that they’re so popular on Sputnik among both users and staffers – God knows there isn’t enough music we all agree on – but I have never really seen the appeal of The Artist in the Ambulance, found Vheissu pretty boring, and though Beggars was a deeply disappointing regression. And yet, here I am, loving every minute of The Alchemy Index so much that I’m not only agreeing with its lofty placement here, I’m wondering whether it should be even higher.

That’s the thing with The Alchemy Index – it undeniably feels like a meisterwerk, a moment of real, enduring greatness. Maybe it’s “Broken Lungs” that does it, by dealing with the events of 9/11 in a way so eloquent and so tender that it almost seems to stop time. Maybe it’s “Come All You Weary”, a song so far removed from every previous Thrice album that its quality makes absolutely no sense, and seems all the more impressive for it. Maybe it’s “Digital Sea”, a track that manages to feel like something that could flatten a whole town while still sounding like Sigur Ros. Or maybe it’s just the way that the band manage to take on four radically different without ever faltering, and without ever losing their identity. Whether it’s the raging, metallic Fire or the homely, intimate Earth, the breadth of mood and feeling this album hits upon is absolutely staggering. It must have been absolutely exhausting to write this album, but every second was worth it. – Nick Butler

37. Thrice – The Illusion of Safety

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Admittedly, Thrice’s early sound was a bit raw and undeveloped, especially in comparison to much of their later work. But what The Illusion of Safety lacked in terms of development, it makes up for it through its youthful exuberance. A number of things came together to make Thrice’s sophomore effort such a force (and certainly among their best), but its infectious energy is more or less what got me listening to Thrice in the first place. It’s an intense listen, but not overly so; technical musicianship and harsh shouting gives way to the melodic singing styles and riffing that hankers back to heavier pop punk acts. Thrice often blurs the line between the styles they employ, though on occasion they’ll swing in favour of one or the other, such as in the restrained, yet powerful closer, “The Beltsville Crucible”. And while The Illusion of Safety may lack the maturity of The Alchemy Index or even The Artist in the Ambulance, it’s a blistering effort that is a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. – Mike Stagno

36. The National – Alligator

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Were Alligator only successful for its blend of dynamic pop structures with classical orchestrations and its brash Americana roots, there is no doubt the National’s seminal fan favorite would have made many decade lists. What pushes it even further (and played a major factor in Alligator’s status as something of an enigma upon its release and why it gathered steam as a deserved cult classic) is the baritone that fills Alligator’s pulpy narrative with morose sentiments on middle-class America. MVP award goes to drummer Bryan Devendorf (there’s really no overvaluing the guy, he’s just splendid) but it is lead singer Matt Berninger that wrings out the most highlights with his alternately daft and plaintive one-liners, many drawn from real-life experiences. Berninger isn’t afraid to appear ugly for his art (“It’s a common fetish for the doting man…” begins one particularly incriminating passage) and it is that sense of vulnerability that brings this perfectly calibrated rock record full circle, a true product and illustration of the underdog story that we so adore and that the National so easily transcend. – Lewis P.

35. Say Anything – …Is a Real Boy

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Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a musically-inclined teenager who not only hasn’t heard a Say Anything song, but also wouldn’t cite Max Bemis as an influence on their lives. So sometimes it is easy to forget that before …Is A Real Boy, released only six years ago, Say Anything were relative unknowns. Max Bemis was a nobody, writing punk rock songs only nobodies could write. Brutally honest, savagely hormonal, unashamedly shaming and angry as hell, Bemis captured the flames of a fire that roared inside every emotionally conflicted, secretly screaming public school loser (guilty) and set them to a hungry tank of gasoline. With no one appearing to care for what he had to say, Bemis let it all hang out, and, in doing so, became the spokesperson for his generation. Fortunately, his lyrical talent for a then 20-year-old was devastatingly good, with a tongue spiked so sharp it would burst egos faster than eardrums. Suffering from bi-polar disorder at the time, and combating an addiction to marijuana, the thirteen tracks on …Is A Real Boy may seem messy, sprawling, discordant and over-long, but, individually and as a unit, they somehow pull together with an uplifting level of purpose, direction, focus and belief. Whilst some may claim that Bemis has become a part of the music scene he was so disillusioned by six years ago, there can be no argument that Say Anything’s true debut is a triumphant and inspiring middle finger to the scene, the source, and the spirographed sense of self that resonates in adolescents and adults alike across the globe. Say Anything created an army with this album of anthems. Take them on at your peril. – Matt Wolfe

34. Cynic – Traced in Air

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It says a lot about Cynic that in the fifteen year gap between their two albums, not a single band came even remotely close to challenging or threatening their sound. Of course there were imitators, with Neglected Fields coming the closest to success, but as Traced in Air, the band is without contemporaries. What’s more impressive is that the sound they trademarked fifteen years prior sounds as fresh and ageless as ever. With only the slightest tweaks—the synthesized vocals have been toned down and the band has stripped their sound of its final death metal remnants—Cynic has managed to continue their legacy as if they’d never left. The result is quite possibly the most ethereal metal album ever released. Traced in Air’s free-flowing structure allows the album to unfold at its own pace, and while new recruit Tymon occasionally chimes in with unintelligible growls, there’s really nothing threatening about the album, which gives it the freedom to evolve at its own pace. More impressive is that the album’s calmness translates to the band’s virtuosic instrumental abilities: they can play, and they make no efforts to hide that fact, but it never overpowers the music. – Tyler Munro

33. Joanna Newsom – Ys

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Joanna Newsom’s has drawn praise and ire from music communities, like that of the Marxist clash between the proletariats and the bourgeoisie, the haves and the have-nots. Expanding on that thought without a condescending tone, the bourgeoisie were known to have inherited wealth and be among the upper class, and with Newsom it’s simply acquiring her soaring, squeaking story-telling voice. Meanwhile, the proletariats feel undermined, living in poverty, only knowing and appreciating contrive working tasks, like those who may not appreciate the intricacies of Newsom’s dramatic tendencies.

Her 2006 release Ys moves gracefully from track-to-track, with the whimsical nature of Newsom’s harp providing a beautiful soundscape. With Ys, there are hardly moments that can be taken out of context, as each song is slowly creating a massive piece of art, like that of classical composition, but in the form of freak-folk, such found in “Only Skin” which climaxes with such unbridled enthusiasm. The subtle transitions coupled with changing tempos within songs like “Cosmia” and “Emily” add to the mystique behind her work. The bottom line is Ys is as captivating for its place in this past decade’s music as it is important, stemming from Newsom’s daring, passionate, and powerful demeanor; it certainly does not take a bourgeoisie or proletariat to realize that. – Ryan Flatley

32. Maudlin of the Well – Bath

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Would you believe that when we were negotiating and divvying up the soundoffs for this feature that no one wanted to do maudlin of the Well’s seminal album, Bath? Seriously, of the three albums that went unclaimed after the initial scramble, I was most surprised to see Toby Driver’s most Sputnik-beloved album sitting without a name next to it. This is one of this website’s favorite albums, a universally praised, nearly unchallenged masterpiece that undoubtedly needed a place on a list such as this. After volunteering to pick up Bath- it is, after all, one of my favorite records- I now suspect that no one wanted the responsibility of writing a Bath soundoff because, well, it’s kind of one of those albums that’s really difficult to talk about without sounding like a total toolbag.

If post-rock albums force reviewers to become ridiculous poets heavy on nature imagery, Toby Driver albums force reviewers to become tennis playing, polysyllabic jargon using supermods with more power than anyone realizes. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing; to explain the awesome uniqueness of the material here, one has to have some idea of just exactly what the fuck Driver’s doing. Bath, though more metal based than Driver’s later, more orchestral Kayo Dot works, is no less technically impressive or masterfully crafted than, say, Choirs of the Eye. In fact, looking at Driver’s career arc, the peak he achieves with Bath and Choirs of the Eye is indicative of his strengths as a composer; in both records, Driver uses metal not as a crutch or a tool to show off his band’s musical ability, but as a compositional tool, a way to attack a greater concept. Take, for example, the double-bass chugging in “The Ferryman” or the (I’ll just say it) Cookie Monster-esque growls in “They Aren’t All Beautiful”- both employ cliches bound to metal, but are surrounded by parts that make the contextual significance of these passages massive. Bath weaves seamlessly between post rock, pastoral folk, demonic metal, and jazz, but there’s never confusion or a misplaced influence. Even the saxophone breakdown in “They Aren’t All Beautiful” is one of the most badass moments of the late decade, and the incredibly nuanced, gorgeous, furious, heartbreaking Bath one of the most badass albums. And this isn’t even Toby Driver’s best stuff. – Adam Downer

31. Modern Life Is War – Witness

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Cause all this time you’ve been searching for something real,” Modern Life is War’s Jeffrey Eaton screams on “Outsiders”, the first track of Witness. For myself and many others, that one line perfectly described our experiences with more traditional forms of hardcore before we discovered Witness. That’s, of course, not to say that Witness was the only ‘real’ hardcore punk record of the decade, but it was almost certainly the best. Coming out of blue collar Iowa, Eaton’s lyrics were some of the best ever written in hardcore, and his painfully honest delivery only enhanced their impact. Eaton’s presence conveyed such a tangible sense of place and so perfectly captured a sense of human struggle that few songwriters since Bruce Springsteen have managed. Musically, the band eschewed hardcore cliché by slowing down considerably, focusing on melody and harmony, and not playing a single breakdown. But what is most wonderful about Witness is its sincerity, which is apparent for every second of the album’s 27 minute playing time. This, its unrelenting intensity, and its no-bullpoop attitude make Witness the best straight-up hardcore record of the decade. – Andrew Hartwig

 

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scissorlocked
06.09.10
expected lateralus closer to the top

Enotron
06.09.10
I think Day 3 has the least amount of albums I'm into. But I must say, this feature has me downloading a lot of these.

DiceMan
06.09.10
Good to see the Alchemy Indexes and stuff here.... I think this list has the most I haven't heard between all of them.

therayder
06.09.10
I expected Blackwater Park to be higher

CrackTheSkye
06.09.10
I expected a few of these to be higher.
The Shadows quote was pretty funny.

McCopper
06.09.10
Props for 33 and 39 although I would like to see 33 higher...
Ghost reveries should be #1 by the way.It's not my favourite but I find it hard to imagine an album better than it...

OhCaptain
06.09.10
I hoped Lateralus would be higher, but list is still awesome.

deadinholywood
06.09.10
Wow s/t Blink 182 here is a surprise.
Seriously if the White Stripes are in the top 10 I'm going to have to poke myself in the eye with a stick

Motiv3
06.09.10
surprised to see BWP so low, glad i havent guessed the top 10 yet haha

DBlitz
06.09.10
some more good stufff 42, 40, 36-34, 32 and 31. need to hear 45

FadeToBlack
06.09.10
lol Traced In Air above BWP lolololololololol

BallsToTheWall
06.09.10
Blue Sky Black Death makes me happy.

qwe3
06.09.10
glad to see lateralus on here, and blink's self titled. and thrice. and motw. and alligator. and stfu qwe. this is the best one yet.

DoubtGin
06.09.10
thats why these format sucks... I voted on Monday and half of my albums are already present while people that vote tomorrow will have a much easier time

albums are great ofc, gonna dl all of them

qwe3
06.09.10
"lol Traced In Air above BWP lolololololololol"

this

Yotimi
06.09.10
too much thrice (assuming Vheissu will also be on here)

mvood
06.09.10
can't believe Blink 182 made it this high. I like Aliigator though interesting to see where boxer goes

TheSpirit
06.09.10
lol 0peth

TheyTookOurJobs
06.09.10
I would have thought Blackwater Park would be higher.

IsItLuck?
06.09.10
if you had the slightest clue of our tastes, you would realize BWP is about right where it should be

qwe3
06.09.10
im glad its not tbh

FadeToBlack
06.09.10
still waiting for Close To A World Below :P

Casablanca
06.09.10
I'm looking forward to seeing Glassjaw in the top 10

multipleofone
06.09.10
I'm looking forward to see BTBAM in the top 10

Photon
06.09.10
really surprised that Interpol and Opeth couldn't make it to the top 30

Fugue
06.09.10
Yet to see any of my top ten yet :-)

AlexTM510
06.09.10
i am straight up surprised by some of the choices made here

in a good way though

Deviant.
06.09.10
Another choice entry, good to see some Daft Punk love

Lucid
06.09.10
Glad to see Joanna Newsom this high

Kiran
06.09.10
awww man

FelixCulpa
06.09.10
Aww would have hoped to see vhiessu on the list but I guess that's not happening, still I can agree why you choose The alchemy index and the illusion of safety.

Yotimi
06.09.10
Vheissu will be here

Ponton
06.09.10
Yes, didn't think 45 would be on this whole list. nice work cam

theacademy
06.09.10
why is thrice not higher this is embarassing. also lol blink s/t. its like were back in high school!

Skimaskcheck
06.09.10
Nice to see Illusion, Ys, Alligator, Bath and Witness here :)

chaseguitar
06.09.10
35 is the best album that's been shown so far. :D

Willie
06.09.10
--also lol blink s/t. its like were back in high school!--

If you were in HS at some point in the last ten years then that would make a whole lot of fucking sense, wouldn't it?

Transient
06.09.10
"Toby Driver albums force reviewers to become tennis playing, polysyllabic jargon using supermods with more power than anyone realizes."

haha

AngelofDeath
06.09.10
The thing that depresses me about BWP being so low is that now Ghost Reveries won't be on here.

SurfacinGG
06.09.10
Lateralus Nº 49??? damn....Blackwater Park Nº 39??
Goodbye price..snif

greg84
06.09.10
I've heard four of them this time around. TooL is esily my favorite thing on here. Surprised it's so low. Say Anything are also quite cool. The song An Orgy of Critics descibes this list best.

Photon
06.09.10
so i guess Cynic's focus might be in the top 20

StreetlightRock
06.09.10
Focus was released in '93

qwe3
06.09.10
hahaha it even says it was released 13 yrs after focus in the blog

mvood
06.09.10
I love everyones over reaction when they don't get what they want

PuddlesPuddles
06.09.10
sputnik i thought we were dudes Say Anything above Interpol whaaaaaat? :)

Awesome list guys. These are becoming the highlights of my day. The only album so far I haven't really checked out in the total 3 days was Clipse. WIll have to check...

I'm surprised that Alchemy Index made it, actually. I knew Illusion and Vheissu would, but Alchemy...hm

FadeToBlack
06.09.10
the first list was best, and its been getting gradually worse since then

taxidermist
06.09.10
I thought the uproar for Opeth would be far greater than what it is now.

It will most likely progress within the day.

PuddlesPuddles
06.09.10
Yeah, the Constitution was cool.


Before it was signed.

Romulus
06.09.10
Okay so I disagree with 43 being on here but like who cares, list is good/interesting

taxidermist
06.09.10
I think I'll listen to Cynic later on today.

I have the album in my ipod, but I haven't listened to it yet.

deadsye
06.09.10
Disappointed about Tool not being in the Top 5...oh well.

Hoping to see some GY!BE later on this list.

HighandDriving
06.09.10
I still want to know who Chan sucked off to have two Say Anything albums included on this list.

Poet
06.09.10
really not shocked at anything that's made the list so far or its placement except that I thought Bath would be a bit higher.

Slipping Away
06.09.10
well at least its a creative list but blink 182, come on. Also two (3) thrice albums that high with probably more to come is just ridiculous

renegadestrings
06.09.10
no World Painted Blood? maybe they're saving it

timbo8
06.09.10
Haven't listened to much in this section, but Blue Sky Black Death doesn't belong on this list

Willie
06.09.10
That Blink-182 album is really good and was a huge risk for the band. Also, no other mainstream band had a sound like them.

O.J. Simpson
06.09.10
46 is so awesome.

Tulannical
06.09.10
Quote of the year from dave.

Blackbelt54
06.09.10
i cannot believe that blink-182 beat out streetlight manifesto's everything goes numb by over 40 spots

qwe3
06.09.10
oh really? that's very interesting please tell me more things the list did that shocked you Blackbelt54

klap
06.09.10
scandalous!

robertsona
06.09.10
123 chambered

qwe3
06.09.10
abstards

Jawaharal
06.09.10
wtf is the ugly organ doing higher than domestica?

HighandDriving
06.09.10
"Why is it people can't talk about Chan anymore around here without mentioning him either sucking someone off or being sucked off. Dude doesn't get that much action."

He must be doing something to aid in this farce.

Iluvatar
06.09.10
its funny because i have probably done more say anything whoring than chan will do in his entire lifetime

wait who am i

HighandDriving
06.09.10
A pretty big faggot.

Transient
06.09.10
yeah but you don't even like ...is a real boy so your opinion on say anything is wrong john

Zoo
06.09.10
whoa, let's talk about this. TIoS ahead of The Alchemy Index?

ameypv
06.09.10
panopticon>lateralus

ameypv
06.09.10
good point zoo made there too

FadeToBlack
06.09.10
The Eye Of Every Storm > Panopticon

ameypv
06.09.10
@michaeljordan hahahaha.still panopticon>lateralus

ameypv
06.09.10
kinda have to agree with fadetoblack.

Athom
06.09.10
Some of the comments on these lists are so ugh.

Titan50
06.09.10
Blackwater Park and Lateralus not in the top ten EL OH EL

But anyway, surprised to see blink-182, The Alchemy Index and Discovery this high up. Props though

The sad thing is I'm way too confident that The White Stripes won't be here. Which is a fucking tragedy

Iluvatar
06.09.10
KASUN WTF i do like is a real boy. just not as much as their last two

Emim
06.09.10
Best list so far. What's up with blink though?

Iluvatar
06.09.10
pretty sure me and chan and one other person had it REALLY high on their lists. on mine it was in the 20s or so

Emim
06.09.10
I just never would have guessed any blink album would be on a Top 100 list.

DFelon204409
06.09.10
Ya let's keep it posi guys.

Willie
06.09.10
--pretty sure me and chan and one other person had it REALLY high on their lists. on mine it was in the 20s or so--

I had it at 40. Probably should have been higher.

Zizzer
06.09.10
Great feature, it's good to know what I missed in genres I like over the past decade so I can check them out and feel caught up.

DoctorNurse
06.09.10
im glad cynic weren't any higher

Greggers
06.09.10
Surprised to see BWP so low, I would've guessed top 20 at least, and two (3, technically) Thrice albums back to back was a bit of a shock as well. Still, plenty of awesome albums still to come.

Prophet178
06.09.10
lol @ all the albums above Blackwater, especially Thrice and Say Anything. Still Life better make the top 20.

robertsona
06.09.10
thank god still life was released this decade

Athom
06.09.10
pobrecito...

pizzamachine
06.09.10
Lateralus!

Parallels
06.09.10
Lateralus? Blink182!? Dream theater has a chance then

ameypv
06.09.10
i meh on this list if theres no oceanic in top 15

DiceMan
06.09.10
By the way, typo by one Nick Butler.

"God knows there isn’t enough music we all agree on – but I have never really seen the appeal of The Artist in the Ambulance, found Vheissu pretty boring, and though Beggars was a deeply disappointing regression"

*thought.

joshuatree
06.09.10
too many of you guys are failing to consider who's actually voted on this list

1drummer
06.09.10
"Whenever I think of the perfect album, blink-182’s self-titled record comes to mind before anything else." .......... Thats sad

BisayaBoi
06.09.10
Sorry, but Lateralus is better than anything that came before it and anything that came after it.

Ridiculous list.

Foxhound
06.09.10
happy to see The Ugly Organ on there.

Willie
06.09.10
--Sorry, but Lateralus is better than anything that came before it and anything that came after it.--

Lateralus was boring, pretentious crap. Of course it made the list so other Staff disagree with me, but whatever.

FadeToBlack
06.09.10
^ YES

FadeToBlack
06.09.10
do you want me to break out my huge Tool fanboy quote?

Iluvatar
06.09.10
schism is an amazing song idk

Trist66
06.09.10
Woah, I thought lateralus would definately be higher, and I'm glad to see Thrice and Modern Life is War on here.

JesusV4
06.09.10
Solid albums, odd placements :/

JesusV4
06.09.10
Does anyone know a good site to download albums through?

Willie
06.09.10
iTunes and Amazon.

rodigo1
06.09.10
I think bands should just have one entry max, but that's just me i guess

Aids
06.09.10
Super stoked that What We Must is on the list. What an album.

sniper
06.09.10
Loving the screamo that's making it up here.

greg84
06.09.10
--Lateralus was boring, pretentious crap. Of course it made the list so other Staff disagree with me, but whatever.--

It'd be in my TOP3 for sure if I made the list. An incredibly important album for me and the way I perceive music music nowadays.

Btw, will there be any user voting on the best albums of the decade?


FadeToBlack
06.09.10
there was one a while back, but that might have been Rock & Metal only

robertsona
06.09.10
no fuck users

Fugue
06.09.10
do you want me to break out my huge Tool fanboy quote?

sounds like fun, let's hear it.

Trist66
06.09.10
ALso, I'm cutting my balls of if Defeater and Outkast aren't in the top 10.

sniper
06.09.10
Get ready for ball cutting. Defeater will be on the next list though I'm prty sure.

DoubtGin
06.09.10
lets hope for that... Travels is greatness.

Gmork89
06.09.10
I would like to see something including Devin Townsend on this list at some point.

DoubtGin
06.09.10
lol

sniper
06.09.10
That's dumb. They could just add them to the database.

Tyler
06.09.10
You guys are focusing way too much on placement. Realize that the list is ordered based on some nerdy math formula I don't understand. Some staff members' favourite albums, and ones they ranked highest on their own respective lists, are at the bottom. And some staff members, ones who were added past our assigned voting deadlines and ones who disagreed with the concept of the list (me) didn't even vote.

It's not about where albums are, but that they are.

sniper
06.09.10
Well said.

DoubtGin
06.09.10
the same thing was said in the previous one too afaik.

NeutralThunder12
06.09.10
loll @ tyler munro. The Fact that there are two Thrice albums, both of which are meh by the way, are right next to eachother and above BWP is absolutely ridiculous. And s/t Blink-182? Enema of the State was excellent, the rest of their shit is worthless. Bath is too low. Unfortunately, this list suffers from too much shit indie being above better indie and better metal. Freaking Say Anything above fucking Opeth and other great shit? This list is turning out to be a big pile of nothing. Not just because I disagree, but because some albums are just obnoxiously low, some obnoxiously high. I swear to god if Jane Doe is number 1 somebody is going to get their head blown off..

sniper
06.09.10
I hate to say this because I think you are an alright dude but seriously

stfu progmaster.

NeutralThunder12
06.09.10
omg and lol @Munros Traced in Air soundoff. It was a 15 year gap, Focus in 93, Air in 2008. Do your research better next time bro, hope you play again.

NeutralThunder12
06.09.10
sniper- Im just pissed that we all know that this ordering of albums makes no sense, based on what Munro said. And they leave the Top 10 open till Thursday? This was not done well, but they will learn for the future.

Enotron
06.09.10
Out of curiosity, why were you against the concept?

Iluvatar
06.09.10
neautralthunder why would anybody care about you

sniper
06.09.10
Dude just listen to what coke said. Don't get so worked up about order. Do you know how many fucking albums were released in the past decade? Being on the list at all is impressive, just let it go man.

NeutralThunder12
06.09.10
I understand that, but in my opinion, on a site this large these things need to be handled better is all. IM glad they did this though, and as long as the top 10 is seriously good stuff, than I guess its all good. I was actually waiting for them to this. And no ENotron, im not AGAINST the concept, but I think all of this could have been handled better. I hope #1 isnt Jane Doe though, I wanna be surprised.

Athom
06.09.10
neautralthunder why would anybody care about you [2]

sniper
06.09.10
I'm thinking Kid A will be number one, Jane Doe will be top 10, as will CTTS, probs Animal Collective, and more I don't remember too.

Tyler
06.09.10
oh no i made a typo call the cops

Iluvatar
06.09.10
i added an a i apologize

Iluvatar
06.09.10
fyi guys de-loused is in the top 10

sniper
06.09.10
At the Drive-In if there is a god.

NeutralThunder12
06.09.10
ha yeah Chambered I guess, well prolly see Brand New, Converge, Radiohead, possibly more Thrice, definitely At the Drive In and so on. I hoe they throw a couple dingers in there though.

Tyler
06.09.10
It is a stupid typo but I do know it was 1993 to 2008

Enotron
06.09.10
I was talking to cocaine.


NeutralThunder12
06.09.10
ah. And as long as you know Cocaine, in all honesty its good to see you doing most of the metal soundoffs, rather than one of the sites indie nerds. Im just yanking you man.

Enotron
06.09.10
I love how neutral says he doesn't hate this list because of it doesn't match his musical opinions, but then goes on criticizing the inclusion of certain albums.

Tyler
06.09.10
Ranked lists are arbitrary as far as I'm concerned, especially ones of this magnitude. You're trying to rank some of the best albums of all time and then come to a consensus. It loses all meaning at a certain point.

And yeah, I'm actually pretty embarrassed about the 13/15 years thing. It was a scramble writing these up and it shows there.

Iluvatar
06.09.10
at the drive-in is not in the top 10

Tyler
06.09.10
That being said, the feature is a necessity and that's why I'm encouraging that you guys take it as a comprehensive list insofar as inclusiveness but not as far as order.

Willie
06.09.10
My only real problem with this list is that I wish all of the staff would have participated (including the ones added right near the end). As far as what shit indie ended up over other shit metal... who cares? Take the list for what it is... a representation of the staff that opted to participate.

Iluvatar
06.09.10
i would say the top 20 is pretty solidly formed and definitive. after that i agree this is just an INCLUSIVE list.

sniper
06.09.10
Well either way, this list is awesome as a whole, but I'm not the type to care too much about the order anyway.

sniper
06.09.10
*so far

lessermaster
06.09.10
Blackwater Park!!

Parallels
06.09.10
i dont even remember what i voted for the top 10 guess.
except panopticon... well thats gone to shit.


Bulldog
06.09.10
no madvillainy? *disappoint*

JesusV4
06.09.10
I could use itunes and amazon.... But does anyone know a good PIRATE download site, lol?

Enotron
06.09.10
mediafire, goddamnit.

DoubtGin
06.09.10
I hope there will be The '59 Sound later on btw.

acorncheese
06.09.10
If Relationship of Command isn't in the top 10...

SowerKraut
06.09.10
I better see some De-loused in the top 10. It is far better than Frances the Mute.

Enotron
06.09.10
" bettter than frances the mute" sort of, but it's not nearly as ambitious.

ameypv
06.09.10
jesus v0 use a torrent.

O.J. Simpson
06.09.10
Neutralthunder proves once again why he's one of the most massive retards on this site. JesusV4, have you been on the fucking INTERNET before?

ameypv
06.09.10
1.he's askin this genuinely
2.he's fakin it

meh for 1 and meh x 2 for 2

sniper
06.09.10
No because Frances is better.

Nikkolae
06.09.10
why the fuck cant i get into The Ugly Organ, i just seems like that album and i arent meant to click, love to see say anything here

porch
06.09.10
Frances is awful, for the most part. Most of the songs consist of tedious, unfocused wanking

de-loused, on the other hand, is actually really good

somebody had to clear that up.

Enotron
06.09.10
"unfocused wanking" That's really just another term for most noise, ambient music.

Honestly I find the textures on that album tasteful, though definitely elongated. The thing is while Deloused is like a fairytale book, with a side inclusion of visuals, Frances feels like a movie to me. It's really bold and cinematic, and ultimately polarizing for the better.

Electric City
06.09.10
thread proves why there shouldnt be a user list

Skybreaker
06.09.10
WOW i'm really surprised to see blink-182 that high.

cinaedus
06.09.10
this list is incredibly inconsistent. blink-182 over lateralus? in what universe?

Enotron
06.09.10
hey lakes, quit proving downer's comment

Willie
06.09.10
--this list is incredibly inconsistent--

How do you quantify the consistency of a dozen people's opinion forced into a single outlet? Is the measuring stick your own personal opinion?

NeutralThunder12
06.09.10
frances the mute is a joke with about 5 total minutes of brilliance

NeutralThunder12
06.09.10
actually I take that back. It's a very ambitious album, and it does have some OMFG moments, but overall it's like a 3/5. Cassandra Gemini is fucking atrocious.

Tulannical
06.09.10
hey guys if you can't handle other people's opinions just don't comment and keep it to yourself

Klekticist
06.09.10
relationship of command = def top ten spot... i swear to god, it better be.
lol blink's s/t

BisayaBoi
06.09.10
"Lateralus was boring, pretentious crap. Of course it made the list so other Staff disagree with me, but whatever."

It's only pretentious to you because you assume it's pretentious.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion but you should at least recognize the immense talent in Tool; Dream Theater fanboy.

porch
06.09.10
translation:

everyone is entitled to their opinion except when their opinion is that Tool sucks



Willie
06.09.10
Tool is talented, but that album was bad.

I'm a fan of dream Theater but definitely not a fanboy -- but I see what you're trying to do there.

JWT155
06.09.10
You must be high to think Lateralus was bad.

Willie
06.09.10
No, that would probably be one of the few ways that it might be enjoyable.

PuddlesPuddles
06.09.10
Ohhhhhhhhhh snap

IsItLuck?
06.09.10
I thought the album was great, until they played Disposition, Reflection and Triad live, and then it was awesome.

Ire
06.09.10
All excellent choices but I disagree about a lot of the positions

SeaAnemone
06.09.10
I hate being this guy but this is the most sensible thing in the thread--

thread proves why there shouldnt be a user list

Downer-ism at its finest really.

Tulannical
06.09.10
i agree, i think the staff list is enough. user lists always suck anyways.

FadeToBlack
06.09.10
"everyone is entitled to their opinion except when their opinion is that Tool sucks"

so true

ShadowRemains
06.09.10
"still waiting for Close To A World Below :P"

me too :D

couldwinarabbit
06.09.10
"everyone is entitled to their opinion except when their opinion is that Tool sucks"

Tool does suck. It's for 13 year odl boys who have started hanging out with the grade 12 stoners. Tool is the quintessential example of band being talented and failing to deliver on nearly every aspect. The albums (even the boxes) are horribly pretentious yet try to be edgy and cool at the same time. The songs are horribly boring, uncreative and uninspired. The lyrics are WORSE then NiN (which is a task in itself) and the music is far worse. I don't care if you are "technically good" you don't sound good and come off sounding like NiN and Radiohead's retarded lovechild.

O.J. Simpson
06.10.10
i think this entire thing proves that people can't read.

DaveyBoy
06.10.10
Since everyone is complaining about something, I'm going to start legal proceedings on my fellow staff for ostracizing me due to Emery being so high.

Trey, you can do the same re: Lene Marlin.

Oh, and who's Opeth?

ThePalaceOfWisdom
06.10.10
List remains good, Blink deserves their spot also good to see some Thrice.

Ire
06.10.10
"still waiting for Close To A World Below :P"

me too :D

YouAreMySilence
06.10.10
good to see blink and mliw.

IRAI
06.10.10
MLIW and Cynic what what

rasputin
06.10.10
hahaha, every comment made by Willie in this thread is just BAM BAM BAM. love you trey.

BisayaBoi
06.10.10
@ Willie I honestly made a pretty bad comment there because I'm actually very interested in listening to Dream Theater.

@couldwinarabbit

It's your OPINION if you think Tool is pretentious or arrogant because that's certainly not what I think and is probably the last thing I would think of I thought of Tool.

That's also pretty low at your abominable attempt at making fun of my picture when you yourself don't even have one. (I'm 16 btw) Just because I'm a teenager doesn't mean I represent all teenagers. In fact, I'm pretty sure more adults listen to Tool than teenagers. I have one friend that listens to Tool. That's it. No one knows them in my hgih school.

I'd like to know how you find Tool "boring", "uncreative", and "uninspired"when that is the opposite of what Tool is. Listen to Schism with an insightful ear. Read the lyrics and tell me how that is "uncreative" or "uninspired".

If you think Tool's lyrics are literal think again. (If you thought Prison Sex is about gay sex, think again) If you think Tool's lyrics are complex for the sake of pretentiousness, think again. If you can't make a personal connection with their lyrics and music that's your fault. That's how most of Tool fans fell in love with the music anyway.

Same goes for NIN. Just because you don't understand the music does not give you a right to judge a band. Maybe if you've went through the struggles I have went through, you would understand The Downward Spiral.

You shouldn't judge bands which but it seems that it is what you seem to do. You should try to understand the band and music first. When you judge a band without knowing them you make wild and false assumptions about their music and you dismiss their music while undermining them which is really unfair for the musician. How would you feel if you made a song and someone heard it for 30 seconds and judged the your entire musicianship on it?

It seems you are the pretentious one rather than the music itself. (Tool)

Tyler
06.10.10
huge response you must be a tool fan

Ire
06.10.10
^obv

Motiv3
06.10.10
"everyone is entitled to their opinion except when their opinion is that Tool sucks"

Tool sucks.

qwe3
06.10.10
guys you clearly don't UNDERSTAND tool so do me a favour and dont talk about stuff you dont UNDERSTAND

couldwinarabbit
06.10.10
@BisayaBoi: Well thank you musical master. I had NO idea that lyrics could NOT BE LITERAL (did anyone else know that tool is so talented that they can write a song that appears to be about something but is actually about something else? Cause that's amazing) but thank you for clearing that up, although this does change my entire outlook on music.

Wait...does this mean Subterranean Homesick Alien isn't about a sad underground alien or that Karma Police isn't about Cops who balance good and bad or that Two-Headed Boy isn't about a male child with an extra skull!?!?!?!

You sir have rocked my life. From this day forth I will have a new way of looking at music. Thank you ever so much tool is the greatest band of all time. They are the kings of prog-rock, far better then Can. Thank-you so so so so so so so so so so much, please give my lots of recs because clearly you are a musical GOD.

TOOOOOOOL ROCKSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

robertsona
06.10.10
god shut up

robertsona
06.10.10
all of you

Enotron
06.10.10
I really don't like couldwinarabbit at all, but that made me lol a bit

DFelon204409
06.10.10
Maybe if the metalheads on the site were good writers they too could become staff members and contribute to these kinds of lists...

Until then we'll keep putting out lists that feature Blink-182.

PuddlesPuddles
06.10.10
They just did a study that 93% of human behavior is predictable so...

Sorry staffs

TRMshadow
06.10.10
2 thrice albums right next to eachother?

qwe3
06.10.10
you can see! well done user TRMshadow.

TMobotron
06.10.10
"Some of the comments on these lists are so ugh. "

Yeah, I find these lists pretty interesting and am happy with them so far (esp some of the surprises on day 1-2), but it's pretty hard to get through the comments.

I'm really excited to see the top 10

couldwinarabbit
06.10.10
I'm excited that no Radiohead has shown up yet. In Rainbows and Amnesiac should make the list, Kid A is the automatic #1.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
06.10.10
More like Kid gAy.

McP3000
06.10.10
kid a wont be #1

Circle takes the square or jane doe will be

DFelon204409
06.10.10
Sorry to break it to you guys, but Kid A isn't on our list at all. It's such a predictable album we decided to do away with it because we're not contributing anything new by celebrating it.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
06.10.10
^plz be srs. :)

TMobotron
06.10.10
Lol I don't think it will be #1. I also don't think CTTS or Jane Doe will be, but we'll see.

couldwinarabbit
06.10.10
It's predictable because it's the best (well actually Amnesiac is better but that is long and complicated tale). And it will definitely be on the list because if it wasn't the staff would be scared of Thom Yorke smothering them with his deflated ego. (Tool fans take note I can make fun of my favourite band, which is also 100x better then tool)

DFelon204409
06.10.10
We weren't going to have Blink-182 on the list but then Iai and I were at a MacDonald's drive through and Tom Delonge was working behind the window. It was pretty sad so we decided to throw him a bone.

DFelon204409
06.10.10
Ya there was this other time Iai and I were diggin' into some chalupas and we thought it would be really funny if more people on Sputnik hung out irl.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
06.10.10
So, do you two like meet up half way between your respective continents or does one of you fly to the other for a sleepover weekend?

Ire
06.10.10
Loving Greer's comments

DFelon204409
06.10.10
Nah dude we just kick it at various fast food spots.

Electric City
06.10.10
dfels metalhead comment sums up my thoughts perfectly. like i think ive said that exact sentence before

StrizzMatik
06.10.10
Nick we should start a band I'm pretty sure it would be teh awesome

BTW everyone listen to letlive

Tyler
06.10.10
nick if i considered myself to be a metalhead i'd be hurt right now

DFelon204409
06.10.10
Strizz, check out Hannibal Montana: http://hannibalmontana.bandcamp.com/

Same guy who does La Cosa Nostra.

WeepingBanana
06.10.10
my only gripe with these lists is the lack of noise music.

oh how happy it would make me to see a lightning bolt album in the top 30. like a little school girl

btors
06.10.10
There's no such thing as a marijuana addiction.

ameypv
06.10.10
everyone is entitled to their opinion except when their opinion is that Tool sucks

toot sucks my tool

^lmao

RainbowButtMonkey
06.10.10
Yay, the internet.

laterenima
06.10.10
after this staff made list, there should be a used-compiled votes list on favourite albums.
chances are that it would be light years away from this.

DFelon204409
06.10.10
Don't worry there will be.

fr33convict
06.10.10
Blink-182 this high? What the hell is going on with the staff???

Ire
06.10.10
You don't like Blink? What the hell is going on in your head???

fr33convict
06.10.10
I Blink but the 43rd best album of the decade is pushing it way too much.

fr33convict
06.10.10
^there should have been the word love in there

bungy
06.10.10
Dear God @ some of these comments. Gonna go vomit.

Really enjoying the feature though.

Titan50
06.10.10
I, for one, am glad blink (and Taking Back Sunday) made the list because, surprise surprise, it shows that mainstream music can actually be great

tombits
06.10.10
Blackwater Park at 39? God damn, that's strike one for my predictions.

sniper
06.10.10
Just came to reiterate my general sense of satisfaction with this list so far.

Ire
06.10.10
every day i dont see brokencyde means that its getting closer to the top

DFelon204409
06.10.10
What is Brokencyde?

sniper
06.10.10
THUD THUD bleep THUD bleep bleep RAHHH RAHHHH RAHHHHHHHH

sniper
06.10.10
I think my description was pretty accurate honestly.

sniper
06.10.10
Hahaha Clerks...

tombits
06.10.10
classic movie.

sniper
06.10.10
Indeed.

IsItLuck?
06.10.10
are you fuckers ready to have your mind blown today? GOOD.

tombits
06.10.10
WELL IT'S STILL 10PM THURSDAY NIGHT BUT OKAY!

FadeToBlack
06.10.10
cmon whens it gonna drop! im excited for this one

IsItLuck?
06.10.10
you must live in an ungodly part of the world

rasputin
06.10.10
yeah it's called the future

IsItLuck?
06.10.10
I don't even want to know what that looks like

tombits
06.10.10
soulja boy is a cracked out pimp but hes a tr00 gangsta now

sgrevs
06.10.10
Jaga Jazzist and Dilla should be higher, among others.

kevdes93
06.10.10
ISIS - OCEANIC PEOPLE!!!!

ameypv
06.10.10
ill be uber pissed if oceanic aint in the top 20

ThePalestMexican
06.10.10
Not gonna lie
I thought Blackwater Park would make it to the top 20

BadgerOverdose
06.10.10
Traced In Air above Blackwater Park. Really?

DENEpants
06.11.10
Everything is overrated. except MLIW.

Zizzer
06.11.10
I've listened to 22 of the 90 so far so I have lots of work to do.

silkforcalde
06.11.10
opeth shouldn't be there

WeeabooRaymond
06.11.10
hey fuck you opeth deserves to be hugher

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