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REC ME CLASSICS

UPDATE: recs are in. A good bunch of classics and a good few that don't look too classicy, but we'll make do. I will check 1 a day on average and do a short write up and rating. I'll use a random number generator to choose which rec to try, though it'll be at my discretion to override it of course for whatever reason. Cool. Those who rec me a 4.5 plus will get a yet undecided reward.
1My Bloody Valentine
Loveless


Boney/Sounds
An abrasive introduction to shoegaze, but also a wonderful one. The swirling, layered aesthetic is one I've already come to love through the likes of The Microphones and Tim Hecker, but it's taken to whole new extremes here with great results. An appropriate soundtrack to the end of the world, I think, with its air of trampled beauty and acceptance of chaos. 4/5.
2Slowdive
Souvlaki


Boney/Sounds
In contrast to the above, an immediately comforting LP. Soothing waves of dreamy pinks engulf and embrace the listener in an LP dedicated to the atmosphere that it champions. This is one that I could see becoming a personal favourite. 4.2/5

Edit: grew off me a tiny tiny bit, but still lovely. 4.1/5.

Edit 2: hasn't stayed with me as much as I thought it would. 3.9/5.
3The Dillinger Escape Plan
Calculating Infinity


Me, just because
Cacophonous, unrelenting madness that's hard to untangle but rewarding when done so. 4.1/5
EDIT: 4/5.
4Egg
The Polite Force


Aiwaz
No yoke, this is some of the smoothest, snazziest and strangest prog rock I’ve heard in quite a while. Parts of it scramble my mind a little but it left me sunny side up with a big ol’ smile on my face so it’s cool. Cracking record all in all, though maybe a little too runny and all over the place for my palate; it sort of slips through my grasp and I struggle to really fall for it. 3.2/5.

Edit: 3.
5Talk Talk
Laughing Stock


danielcardoso
Well … I was not ready for this. Whilst the first listen was a bit of a rocky one (in line with how many suggested this would be a slow grower), the second, third and fourth just melted me. It’s rare for an album to so quickly dig its hooks in, to induce goosebumps and wet eyes but yeah, this did all that. It’s just so soft, so patient, so delicate and gentle and graceful and reserved and blissful and heart-breaking and bloody hell I love it. It’s like a hug and a ‘there, there’ from an old friend. Lets hope it keeps growing. 4.6/5.

Edit: this is the best thing I've heard in about a year. Plain and simple. 4.8/5.

Edit 2: Jesus ... 4.9/5.
6Portishead
Dummy


danielcardoso
7Joni Mitchell
Blue


danielcardoso
8Pixies
Doolittle


danielcardoso
9Isaac Hayes
Hot Buttered Soul


Jamie
Smooth as butter. Grandiose but measured. Extravagant whilst rooted. Engrossed in the universal experience of loving and being loved. Dated, but in the best of ways, encapsulating a time and a musical movement flawlessly. Warm. 3.8/5.
10Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
Winter in America


Jamie
11Chicago
Chicago Transit Authority


Neeka
12The Residents
Not Available


Doof
Also, so I don't forget, The The - Soul Mining
13Tindersticks
Tindersticks


Doof
The Tindersticks’ s/t is quite possibly the most ‘Doof’ project I think I’ve ever heard. It’s an expertly crafted record, reserved, subtle and patient throughout. Solemn and eerie tones dominate, painted with a careful blend of guitar, horns, strings, keys, organ, accordion, flute and whatever else they can get their hands on. It’s all tastefully done though, each element present in the precise quantity required to produce the brooding, melancholic passages within, never overbearing whilst never underwhelming. Staples’ deep drawl is befitting, recounting tales of woe with complacent sighs and acceptant moans. Whilst there isn’t really any filler as such throughout its 77-minute run time (an impressive feat), I would still argue the project it’s a tad too long and homogenous. That’s hardly a crippling criticism though. It’s still a cracking record, one that has convinced me that I really need to give the Tindersticks’ discography some more of my time. 3.9/5.
14Misfits
Walk Among Us


Bloon
15Ray Lynch
Deep Breakfast


bgillesp
16Burzum
Filosofem


bgillesp
17Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast


bgillesp
18Drudkh
Autumn Aurora


BlackwaterPork
Autumn Aurora allows me to delve into a topic that I think will regularly crop up as I go through this list, something that I find often comes up when listening to classics: the distinction between appreciating an album and loving an album. I really do appreciate Autumn Aurora, for it’s a gorgeous, delicate and very organic monolith of auburn and ochre that demonstrates masterful dedication to its desired atmosphere. However, I don’t love it. It’s not that I have any strong criticisms of it – far from it, as I think Drudkh absolutely nail this style of black metal – it’s merely that I enjoy the project in an ‘at arms length’ sort of way. It’s a relationship of respect and understanding from a distance, not one in which the record has really impacted or moved me in anyway. I get why some may deem this a classic and why others may adore it, but to me it’s merely a pretty pleasant project. And that’s enough, I think. 3.5/5.

Edit: grew off me :( 3.1/5.

Edit: 3.2 (:
19O'Brother
Garden Window


Valkoor
The problem with 'Garden Window' is its lack of character. Now that's not the same as saying it lacks originality (far from it, I think it has quite a bit of that); I refer instead to how easy it is to pick apart and compartmentalise, leading to a lack of resultant identity. Those crescendos sounds just like 'Caspian', those beefy guitar lines like this year's 'Elder', and those vocals like Casey's from 'The Dear Hunter' (and half a dozen other indie rock vocalists, to be honest). It feels vanilla. It's some of the best vanilla I've ever jammed, but it's vanilla all the same. HOWEVER, having said all that still I think this is just too pleasant and too nuanced and too bloody beautiful to rate anything below 3.8/5.
20Amon Tobin
Supermodified


Valkoor
21Boards of Canada
Music has the Right to Children


Ryus
22Television
Marquee Moon


Ryus
Well, I didn't expect this to be such an immediately enjoyable listen given that I know nowt about the genre. Not really much to say, it's just lovely guitar music, moreish and self-indulgent and so damn easy to listen to over and over again. I predict a slow grower into a personal favourite, but for now ... 4.2/5.

Edit: slight decrease. 4.1/5.
23Charles Mingus
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady


Ryus
24Electric Wizard
Dopethrone


Spluger
25Cryptopsy
None So Vile


Spluger
'None So Vile' certainly lives up to its name. Given that, I'm all the more impressed that it manages to be as catchy and easy to listen to as it is. It'll pummel your face into the dirt, but you'll still be merrily tapping your foot and bobbing your head as it does. 3.9/5.
26Discordance Axis
The Inalienable Dreamless


Spluger
The most m/ poetry recital ever. I was a little worried when some suggested that this wouldn’t be my type of thing, but yeah, I dig this; scratches the same itch Converge and Orchid usually relieve for me, just with a more technical grindcore edge to its sound. Certainly a complex listen that is going to take a while for me to fully unpack – lyrically as much as instrumentally – but it’s an immediately enjoyable release full of creative riffs / drum work and is as savage as they come. 3.8/5.

Edit: keeps growing the more I untangle the madness. 4/5.

Edit 2: grew off. Turning into more of an appreciation than enjoyment, for whenever I put this on I always wish I was jamming some other grind or hardcore instead. 3.7/5.
27Judas Priest
Sad Wings of Destiny


Tempest
AND Stained Class (will check both over 2 days when 27 hits)
28King Diamond
Abigail


TundraL5Z
29Hank Williams
40 Greatest Hits


Jagride
30Royal Trux
Twin Infinitives


Jagride
31Cecil Taylor
one too many salty swift and not goodbye


Jagride
32John Coltrane
A Love Supreme


Calmrose
Saxophone blaring left, drums crashing right, a flurry of keys front and center and the double bass somewhere at the back, A Love Supreme is a lot to take in at first. It's certainly not helped by how (to the uninitiated) each instrument can feel like it’s doing it's own separate thing rather than contributing to a cohesive whole, the collective aesthetic being one of barely contained anarchy. Multiple listens reward however, patterns emerging and the chaos subsiding. What is revealed is a triumph of a jazz LP, a well paced endeavour that bursts with technicality and passion and which gives every musician the requisite space to shine. Indeed, I'm not sure I've ever heard a record where every single contributing member displays such mastery of their craft whilst never letting technical splendor takeover, maintaining a human touch throughout. One to come back to, I think, when my jazz palate has been sharpened. 4.4/5.

Edit: 4.3/5.
33Sonic Youth
Sister


Sounds
'Sister' is a masterclass in atmosphere and pacing. It reminds me a lot of Phil Elverum's work, melding the eerie and dissonant with the bright and bouncy to produce an unsettling mix of emotions. Sharp and sweet. 3.7/5.
34Cursive
Domestica


Drifter
Urgh, this is another tricky case of appreciation of music rather than strong personal enjoyment. Domestica is full of interesting guitar work, playing around with uncharacteristically high notes whilst letting the bass anchor the songs. The lyrical journey through the fictional(?) couple’s rocky relationship is also well executed, covering well trodden ground but in an interesting manner. The albums dedication to its atmosphere is also admirable. However, the end result isn’t one I enjoyed greatly. Specifically, I find Kasher’s vocals grating, the instrumentals unriveting (although nailing the bleak and messy vibe I’m sure was intended), and the lyrics (whilst I appreciate them) still a little stale and overdone. I don’t know, maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for this (being pretty damn happy these days) or maybe it’s just a style of music that’s charm has worn off me a bit. It’s thus a respectable album, but (at the moment at least) not really for me. 2.6/5.
352Pac
Me Against the World


Drifter
Also, so I dont forget, Snoop Dog - Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
36The Damned
Damned damned damned


Budgie
37Ulver
Nattens Madrigal


Budgie
Hmm. I struggle to see the point of this record at times. For lo-fi, visceral riffage I’d always rather jam things like Mayhem’s Deathcrush or Bathory’s s/t; for those looking for meandering, multifaceted monoliths there exist more nuanced beasts like the folky Agalloch, or even this year’s Der Weg einer Freiheit; and for the triumphant and epic I much prefer things like Emperor or Moonsorrow. Don’t get me wrong, ‘Nattens Madrigal’ is highly enjoyable and has a few tricks up its sleeve that none of the aforementioned bands have, but overall it just doesn’t quite do what I want from my black metal, or at least it doesn’t do it as well as it’s competitors. It’s just a little underwhelming, a tad too one dimensional and homogenous – it’s good, but that’s all it is. 3.1/5.
38Mazzy Star
So Tonight That I Might See


Budgie
39Talking Heads
Remain In Light


Marehelm
40Whitehouse
Great White Death


Dissonant
41Fishmans
Long Season


Sandwich

And, so I don't forget, Michael Chapman - Fully Qualified Survivor; Charles Mingus - Let My Children Hear Music
42Atheist
Unquestionable Presence


Kingdede
43INXS
Shabooh Shoobah


Unique
44The Afghan Whigs
Gentlemen


Unique
45Modest Mouse
The Lonesome Crowded West


Sint
Everything feels like a struggle in ‘The Lonesome Crowded West’; every note feels pained, each disheveled drawl on edge. The performances here are tight and sharp whilst still feeling ‘in-the-movement’, each track oozing so much character and fire that I can’t believe they didn't just make them up on the spot. Any such thoughts dissipate however when one focuses on the song structures and lyricism here, which are sublime. Sounds like an attempt to play happy music on xanax, disenchanted and dissociated. 4.1/5.
46Autechre
Confield


Avagantamos
‘Confield’ makes me feel numb – or dead, even, or at least what I think death would feel like. It’s hard to know if it was meant to conjure such feelings, for the spurge of beeps and clunks within could mean anything really. Glitching and groaning, it fumbles along like a dying machine, though there are hints of a human touch – a smothered melody here, a shuddering groove there. ‘Enjoyable’ would probably be the wrong word to describe the project, chiefly because … well … I don’t think I ‘enjoy’ it at all, at least not in any conventional sense. Instead, I think it’s more accurate to say that this is one of the most interesting musical pieces I’ve encountered in a long while, a fascinating work of art that really tests the boundaries of what the term ‘music’ can cover. It’s sinister, nocturnal, claustrophobic, dissonant, hypnotic and alien: an assembly line, a silhouette following you home at 3am, anaesthesia and a space odyssey, all at once. It’s odd. 3.6/5.
47Stereolab
Sound-Dust


AnimalsAsSummit
48J Dilla
Donuts


TheNateman
There is so much going on in ‘Donuts’. It’s quite hard to keep up with, hitting the listener with one multifaceted and soulful instrumental after another without really providing any breathing space. It’s largely enjoyable, doing something I've never seen before and showcasing incredible talent as it does so, but admittedly I find it a jarring and at times even unpleasant listen (some of those vocal samples are incredibly irritating). 3.2/5.

Also, so I don't forget, The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
49Gotye
Like Drawing Blood


TheNateman
50The Fall of Troy
Doppelganger


Joeman
'Doppleganger' doesn't have many arrows in it's quiver, relying on the same tricks throughout its run time, but it makes sure every one it lets fly hits it's target. The instrumentals are frantic but easy enough to follow, straddling the line between technicality and emotional playing expertly. To anyone deep into math/post/prog rock and metal, not much here will really blow your mind, but the end product itself is still an exceptionally enjoyable one. It's chock-full of tight playing, great grooves and vocals that (whilst at times a little obnoxious) are suitably manic to keep up with the chaotic instrumental backdrop. To be honest, there isn't much to complain about. 3.8/5.

Edit: certainly growing on me; I'm finding its eccentricities more charming than obnoxious now. 4/5.
51Defeater
Travels


Joeman
Really solid concept album, utilising instrumentation to artfully complement the story rather than just being background noise (‘Everything Went Quiet’, ‘Forgiver Forgetter’, ‘Prophet in Plain Clothes’ and ‘Cowardice’ demonstrating this the best). The story is a moving one, touching on a lot of elements integral to the human experience through a colourful narrative. However, I wish there was just a little bit more to it, for it is somewhat one dimensional; it’s arguably a symptom of the short 32 minute run time that, whilst making for a concise and engaging album, limits the band’s ability to really develop the characters they speak of or delve into the topics presented with any particular depth. Still, merely aesthetically it’s a damn impressive effort and highly enjoyable, I just wish the already excellent story had a little more going for it – if it did then this would be something truly special. Instead, it's just really damn good. 3.7/5.
52Lil Ugly Mane
Three Sided Tape Volume One


Rawmeeth
53King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King


BlazinBlitzer
In a word: unexpected. Not that I'm really sure what I was expecting, but yeah, it certainly wasn't this. It's a magical musical world, vibrant and colourful and quaint. For a project this brobdingnagian its actually surprisingly cute, very innocent and pure to my ears; maybe that's due to its cheese-tinged nature, or possibly because of the band's absurd dedication to their vision, collectively showcasing a passion for music that is wonderful to witness. A fascinating and deep listen, one that I feel I am nowhere near close to fully unpacking but one that I have had a lovely time with so far. 3.9/5.

Boop. 3.8.
54Boris
Boris at last -feedbacker-


Cylinder
Plodding, brooding and goddamn beautiful, I can’t say I’ve heard anything quite like 'Feedbacker'. Ambient hums build into fuzz bursting into a manic guitar freak-out caving into distortion ebbing into nothing and then flowing into more neat things, all whilst feeling so natural and logical - I must admit it’s bloody impressive. 4/5.

Edit: 3.7/5.
55Cannibal ox
The Cold Vein


Cylinder
Sigh ... so what have we learnt from this list so far? Chiefly, that Asleep struggles with black metal, and that Asleep struggles with hip hop. The spacey, glitchy beats on this thing are bizarre and fascinating. Equally, the flows are tight, the word play is on point and the lyricism is quirky and interesting, but in terms of my honest subjective enjoyment of the record this didn't score too highly. The amalgamation of all the above elements just feels a bit jarring if I'm honest. At times it all comes together wonderfully, but just not as much as I want it to. 2.9/5.
56Goodie Mob
Soul Food


Cylinder
Another case of appreciation of music rather than strong personal enjoyment. I’ll be the first to admit that (technically speaking at least) Soul Food is sublime, chock-full of smooth rhymes, slick flows and suitably treacly beats. Lyrically too it’s an impressive project, intelligent and personal throughout. However, that’s as far as my enjoyment went really, merely a distant appreciation of Goodie Mob’s mastery of their craft. I was left unmoved and unenthralled. Maybe it’s that I find it hard to relate, to grip onto or attach to what the guys are preaching; it doesn’t feel like a project made for me (I’m certainly not religious, nor am I privy to a lot of the issues the guys speak about) making it pretty hard to connect with it in my opinion. It’s a shame really, but ah well; it’s still a cool project. 3.1/5.
57Kate Bush
Hounds of Love


Cylinder
58The Notwist
Neon Golden


Cylinder
Like looking at the minefield of life through a lens of a bright pink bubblegum bubble. An exceptionally playful record - synths bursting and beats skipping - but with an unsettling solemn undertone that creeps in through the off-kilter notes and abrasive textures chopped through the mix. The icing on the cake are those vocals, fleeting and resigned. Haunting stuff. 4.1/5.
59Women
Public Strain


Cylinder
A pretty unique and oxymoronic listen. Dreary but full of life, defeated but determined to thrive, decrepit but lively – it doesn’t quite make sense, but my god is it fascinating. I’m really struggling to find a genre to cram this into and that’s a great thing, for it shows that ‘Women’ have conjured something new and exciting, something utterly theirs and no one else’s. I’m not sure I’ve given this enough listens for this to really sink its hooks into me, but I shall certainly be coming back to it. 3.5/5.

...3.4.
60Wolfsheim
Casting Shadows


Cylinder
Whilst jamming this I happened to be out for a walk. It was absolutely pouring it down with rain when I took a route that went right by the house of my ex girlfriend from about 3-5 years back, following the path we used to use walking back from town. It was weird and surreal but ultimately quite pleasant, a rush of memories that I’d completely forgotten about all coming back to me. Usually reminiscing about a better place and time like that would break my mood, but thankfully it didn’t this time (in fact, if anything it raised my mood significantly). I think I’ve finally got to a place where I can look back on those 2 years and see them as a wonderful chapter in my life, but still be content with the present chapter I’m in, which is pretty cool. This record made that experience, the music complimenting and enhancing it quite beautifully. Those soft vocals, those pining lyrics, those gorgeous instrumentals, it was all just perfect. Amazing stuff. Thanks for this. 3.9/5.
61Pure
Fetor


Cylinder
62Inquisition
Into The Infernal Regions Of The Ancient


Cylinder
I’m torn. This record does so much right, stuffed full of superb riffs, varied drum work and interesting song structures and presented with wonderfully raw but detailed production. However, despite persevering though a handful of listens, I still utterly despise (and I really do mean DESPISE) those vocals. I just cannot take them seriously; they’re laughably bad for me (I did audibly chuckle upon first listen). I get that they’re fairly unique even for the genre, an acquired taste in the extreme, but as someone already struggling to get into the standard black metal affair I found that they turned an uphill struggle into a vertical one. Add to that to how some of these songs drag on a little longer than they can justify and you’re left with a project that was a bit of a chore for me to get through. However, I do appreciate what makes this a fantastic record in the eyes of others and I’ll certainly come back to it when I’m more comfortable with the genre. 2.6/5.

Edit: 2.2.
63Elliott Smith
Xo


Satellite
There wasn’t ever really a chance that I wouldn’t fall head over heels for this one. There is just something about Elliott’s voice and his poetic-but-blunt lyrical style that moves me every goddamn time I put on one of his records. The addition of more layered instrumentation and crisper production are also nice touches, pleasantly contrasting Either/Or. I don’t really have much to say; I just simply adore this style of folk.

“I’m never going to know you now / but I’m going to love you anyhow.” Damn. 4.3/5

Edit: so yeah I think at this particular moment in time this is my favourite album to jam and even better than Either/Or. 4.5/5.
Congrats Sat, first 4.5+ of the list.
64titus andronicus
The monitor


Satellite
This feels like one of those albums with a ‘spark’, you know? I only had time to give it one listen (it’s been a busy, busy day … urgh) but just from that I can feel a little bit of magic bubbling within ‘The Monitor’, something that evades description and dodges characterisation. Maybe it’s an air of human determination, something crumbling but resolute, stubbornly optimistic in the face of depression. Or maybe it’s the band's giddy, feverish, unwavering and unapologetic passion that they channel into every aspect of their sound. I don’t know, but whatever it is it just feels so real - so incredibly real - and that’s refreshing. It’s something I look forward to coming back to, that’s for sure. It feels special. 4.2/5.

Edit: 4.1/5.
65Beastie Boys
Paul's Boutique


Satellite
Is 'Paul's Boutique' a classic? Hell yes. Ahead of its time? You bettcha. Technically impressive? Of course. Enjoyable? Yeah, quite. 3.6/5.

eeek: 3.5
66the brave little abacus
Just Got Back from the Discomfort - It's Alright


Trebor
‘Just Got Back From The Discomfort’ scratches a whole bunch of itches that I didn’t even know that I had. These guys have a knack for interweaving unorthodox instrumentation seamlessly into the standard emo affair. The videogame-synths, the ambient detours and the smattering of keys, horns, chimes and all sorts fit incredibly well amongst the unhinged vocals and guitar work. They fit so well in fact that it leads me to question why no one has tried such blends before, though I suppose it’s hardly surprisingly as the combinations they work with are far from obvious. Even the song structures and lyricism refuse to conform to convention. It really pushes the envelope, the band drawing from its 90s influences sparingly and very much carving its own path. It’s wonderful to see, demonstrating a level of creativity and a drive for innovation that I rarely see, not just in emo revival but anywhere really. What a shame that they broke up; these guys had something special. 4.2/5.
67Brian Eno
Another Green World


Spacesh1p
68Coroner
Grin


Metalrain
Coroner present a masterclass in how to evolve as a band, switching things up whilst maintaining most of the things that made their previous release (Mental Vortex) so enjoyable. Grin is still fundamentally a thrash record, but a few more sludgy grooves and funky lines work their way into the mix, as well as some tribal influences here and there. Whilst it’s still got the technical edge of Mental Vortex – blistering solos and off-kilter riffs aplenty – it’s a much tamer beast in general, less ferocious and much easier to grapple with. This kinder sound is as much a benefit as a burden, producing a more immediately enjoyable record but one lacking the depth of its predecessor. It’s also a tad too long. All in all though, it’s a cracking record. 3.7/5.

Edit: 3.6/5.
69Melvins
Lysol


Sniff
70The Saints
(I'm) Stranded


Unique
Punk to the bone. If every second of this was as passionate and emotive as those fiery, scrappy guitar solos then this would be a hard 5. Its repetitive and (occasionally) one dimensional nature detracts unfortunately, but it's still pretty much the most fun I've have with this genre - a genre I've aways struggled with to be honest - so mega props for that. 3.5/5.

Edit: 3.6/5
71Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Talk About the Weather


Unique
Also, so I don't forget, Space Art - Space Art; The White Birch - People Now Human Beings; Avantasia - The Metal Opera; The Damned - Machine Gun Etiquette; Unwound - Repetition; The Sound - From the Lion's Mouth; Rammstein - Mutter; St. Vincent - Actor; Jawbreaker - Dear You; Swell Maps - Jane from Occupied Europe
72Air
Moon Safari


danielcardoso
Dan mate, you certainly have a knack for finding me some lovely pieces of music. This was so relaxing that it almost sent me to sleep on my commute this morning, and again on the way home. One of the most comfortable and kind records I’ve heard in a long time, gently pulling me out of the mundane turbulence of my day and taking me somewhere unbelievably pretty. It sooths, consoles, dazzles and numbs with swirling keys, patient bass and tasteful sprinkles of guitar, strings and horns. A perfect escape. 4.1/5.
73Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork


Neeka
'...Like Clockwork' simply rocks and it simply rolls and it'll kick in the teeth of anyone who disagrees. It'll do it gracefully though, with finesse and nuance - a flying crane kick rather than the booting of a common thug. 3.9/5.
74At the Drive-In
Relationship of Command


Deadly
75Gang of Four
Entertainment!


Unique
'Entertainment!' feels cobbled together, glitchy and jagged in aesthetic. The bass and drums just about hold things together, providing space for the sharp guitars and coarse vocals to spiral and dance. Its got a real bite to it, vicious and gnashing through each head-bobbing chorus and guitar freakout. A stirring mess. 3.6/5.
76Manic Street Preachers
Everything Must Go


Unique
77Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks


ButteryBiscuitBass
78Pulp
Different Class


Unique
One of the most charismatic listens on the list so far, and a pretty damn good one at that. Zany vocals, zany instrumentals and zany lyricism go pretty well together – who would have thought, eh? However, to merely call ‘Different Class’ ‘zany’ would be to do it a disservice. Layers give way to more layers in a surprisingly deep release, melancholic tones surfacing amongst the façade of quirks and oddities, yet still delivered in a very British ‘stiff upper lip’ sort of way. The soundscapes are bristling with colour and tastefully done, never caving into chaos as they could so easily do given the breadth of instruments in play. Admittedly it feels a tiny bit dated and a smidge too long but who really cares, I still love it. Feels like a hell of a grower. 3.7/5, though pushing towards 4 territory.
79The Mars Volta
De-Loused in the Comatorium


Deadly
80Sigur Ros
Agætis byrjun


Unique
This is a very very very very very very very very VERY pretty album … like, absurdly pretty. It also pleasantly forgoes alot of the common crutches of post rock, delivering a plethora of unique and characterful soundscapes with such grace that one could almost be fooled into thinking it were easy. Sure, I could probably provide a deeper analysis, but to be honest it’s one of those albums that doesn’t really need to be analysed. It just kind of takes you, lifts you up, whisks you away on a wonderful adventure and then plops you back to reality after 71 lovely minutes with a sad wave but a reassuring smile that lets you know you’re always welcome back. 3.9/5.

Edit: 3.8/5.
81Bob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home


Bloon
Hmm ... it might just be that I haven't given this enough time, or that the hype produced insurmountable expectations, but I found it a little underwhelming. Don't get me wrong, I did really enjoy it. Lyrically speaking it's stunning what what I've deciphered, but aesthetically it's just quite pleasant, not much more. More than any other record on this list this seems to be one I'm going to have to give another shot, for it just seems like it would so be my kind of thing. 3.5

Plop: 3.4.
82Interpol
Turn on the Bright Lights


Unique
I'm sinking. Nothing's alright. I have flaws and don't know how to fix them. That's how I feel listening to this anyway. Drenched in foggy reds, stubborn purples and washed-out greys, ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ sounds bottomless. It's all too easy to give in and let it engulf you, reluctantly sucked in by those moreish guitar lines and silky-rough vocals. A pleasant downward spiral. 3.7/5.
83Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our


Unique
Paranoia. Loss. Grief. Hope. The good folks over at Godspee... I mean, Silver Mt. Zion have this knack for conjuring such sensations within the listener seamlessly. Keys weave and strings ebb within it's meandering, moving monoliths. It's all very easy to follow though, with the consequence that I could see many attacking 'He Has Left Us...' for its simplicity. For me though - admittedly as a man of simple tastes - this is just right. Possibly not the best thing to put on this morning (I won't lie, today was rough), but an undeniably stunning listen. 4.1/5.
84Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV


bgillesp
85Tom Waits
Franks Wild Years


Butcher
86Charles Mingus
Pithecanthropus Erectus


Butcher
‘Pithecanthropus Erectus’ just sort of hangs there, you know? The winding melodies aren’t really tethered to anything, the rhythm section so reserved that one could easily forget that it’s even there. Horns flood and spill, the bass saunters and keys hop-and-skip in a barely-controlled (and wonderful) cacophony. Whilst a boisterous and playful record, I wouldn’t say it’s an easy listen, the melodies and patterns only revealing themselves to the invested listener. Just when I think I’m getting the hang of jazz I find yet another record that demonstrates how much more I still have to learn. 3.7/5.
87Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Blank Generation


Butcher
I'm not sure quite how Blank Generation manages to hold itself together, but it does, albeit by the skin of its teeth. Firey, blues-tinged punk licks burst forth, Richard's unchained vocals scattered over the top; it's a pleasing mess, the elements melding well despite each seemingly having a mind of its own. It's a scrappy, unkempt, ‘lightening in a bottle’ sort of LP, very in the moment and ‘real’. Not really something I think I'll have much of an urge to revisit frequently, but an undeniably fun record indeed. And oh boy, that guitar tone is gorgeous, particularly on ‘Love Comes in Spirts’ and the t/t - fantastic highlights. 3.6/5. Edit: slight rating decrease: 3.4/5.
88The Fall
Live at the Witch Trials


Butcher
In a word (and I'm so sorry for this, butcher): annoying. I dislike the vocals, the instrumentals and the general aesthetic if I'm honest - it's grating. Sure, what the guys are doing here is certainly interesting, the bass pleasantly prominent and the guitars shifting and shaking unpredictably throughout each song, but I just don't enjoy the end result. Genuine and passionate? Sure. Do I like it? No, not really.
2.3/5.
89The Weakerthans
Left and Leaving


Dylan
90Johnny Cash
At San Quentin


CalculatingInfinity
91The Beatles
Revolver


bgillesp
Short and sweet tunes that have aged remarkably well. Simple and easy to listen to but (seemingly) still has heaps of replay value. It's easy to see why this (and the band's work in general) has/have been quite so influential. And phew, man, the lyrics and vocal melodies on this just melt me. Beautiful. 4.1/5.
92Todd Rundgren
A Wizard, A True Star


Fripp
Todd Rundgren is a madman and 'A Wizard, A True Star' is a ridiculous project. I mean, it's bloody fantastic, but it's still absolutely crackers. Rundgren seems to take pleasure in disorientating the listener, offering smooth, soothing passages that are swiftly blown to smithereens by spurts of eccentric musical fireworks (whether it be an unexpected switch-up mid song or a flurry of short tracks). It makes for a vivid and engaging experience, a spacey and sparkling odyssey of sorts in which I struggle to identify the genres and influences in play. Whilst some are discernible (a splash of The Beatles here, a lick of The Beach Boys there), it never feels tied down by it's inspirations, very much a unique beast with its own unique tricks. It's certainly one of the most entertaining projects I've encountered in a while. 3.7/5.
93Stereolab
Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage


Fripp
Also, so I don't forget: Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
94Henry Cow
In Praise of Learning


Fripp
‘In Praise of Learning’ is remarkable. The levels of musicianship, ingenuity and attention to detail that the project demonstrates are staggering, and I’ll certainly admit that I’ve never heard anything even remotely like this ever before. There’s just one problem though: I didn’t really enjoy listening to it all that much. Now that’s a pretty big problem. I like to think that I handle challenging music quite well, but I’m not sure my brain could quite keep up with this one. After each movement of the project I was left with a strong (here’s that word again) appreciation of what I’ve just witnessed, but nothing more. It really frustrates me, as when I put my objective hat on I can tell that this has so much going for it. It certainly gets top marks for exciting the music fanatic in me, for presenting ideas I’ve never seen or heard before. On a personal enjoyment level however, it’s just not for me. One I’ll certainly comeback to when I’m feeling brave. 2.7/5.
95Paysage d'hiver
Winterkaelte


BlackwaterPork (Also, so I don't forget, Septicflesh - The Great Mass)
Initially, I was incredibly confused by this project. For the life of me I couldn't figure out what it was for, nor where it fit into the musical spectrum. Abrasive, but not the the extremes of a full on drone/noise project; loosely structured and driven by atmosphere, yet never quite in the same way as standard ambient music; monolithic and stirring, but never at the same level of post rock, post metal and a tonne of prog rock. So, what's it for? To be honest, I still don't really know, but the fact it has me this confused excites me, letting me know I've found something new and interesting to sink my teeth into. Manic vocals, smothered melodies and the sort of passion that I crave, it certainly has the makings of a good'un. Whilst the rating may not reflect it, this has been the biggest grower on this list so far, leaping from around a 2 to ... 3.5/5.
96Deep Purple
Deep Purple In Rock


LeOmegaIllusion
Yes, it is Deep Purple. It does indeed Rock. Consequently, I dig. I particularly love these unchained vocals and how the band seems to play around with deeper tones to produce a beefy and invigorating aesthetic (maybe the bass is more prominent than usual?). The greater reliance placed on Mr Lord's work on the keys and organ in places is also a nice touch and a pleasant contrast from the bands other work (at least that which I have heard). And yes, 'Child In Time' is a goddamn masterpiece. Feel like I could grow to love this as much as Machine Head. Actually, I know that for a fact as this is just sooooo my kind of thing. Currently though ... 4.3/5
97Tool
Lateralus


Valkoor
An exceptionally well-rounded and well-executed behemoth of a record. Rippling song structures, beefy production and scintillating guitar, bass and drumming work - it's quite a lot to take it but it's all intriguing. Didn't really have time to sink into this one properly, but I'm certainly excited by what I've seen so far. 3.8/5.
98Fleetwood Mac
Rumours


Asleep's Old Man
AND Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
AND Pink Floyd - Animals
Will jam all 3 over 3 days when 99 comes up.
99Fugazi
Repeater


To answer the unanswered collective demand to 'check fugazi'
Gritty and exasperated. Flips off anyone and everyone, after which it carefully and reasonably explains why it was entirely justified in doing so. Nuanced and visceral – a rare and coveted combo. A satisfying release from a band whose discography I plan to raid, but not something that immediately grabs me personally. 3.3/5.
100Korn
Follow the Leader


Leaderboard
1) Talk Talk - Laughing Stock // 4.9 // danielcardoso
2) Elliott Smith - XO // 4.5 // Satellite
3) Deep Purple - Deep Purple in Rock // 4.3 // LeOmegaIllusion
4) John Coltrane - A Love Supreme // 4.3 // Calmrose
5) The Brave Little Abacus - Just Got Back From The Discomfort // 4.2 // Trebor
6) The Notwist - Neon Golden // 4.1 // cylinder
7) The Beatles - Revolver // 4.1 // bgillesp
8) Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West // 4.1 // Sint
9) Silver Mt. Zion - He Has Left Us... // 4.1 // Unique
10) Titus Andronicus - The Monitor // 4.1 // Satellite
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