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02.07.13 My Top 5 Albums (at The Moment)

My Top 5 Albums (at The Moment)

These are my top 5 right now. It changes all the time but here it goes
1Moving Mountains

Cover the Roots, Lower the Stems and 8105 are of the best songs I've ever heard and the entire album just makes for a fantastic post hardcore album. I love the mixing in that the lead singer's voice soars above the massive wall of sound that the rest of the band creates and his semi-strained sounding upper range is just amazingly emotional.
2Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

One of the most depressing albums I've heard but the loud/soft dynamics as well as Jesse's dark, blunt lyrics make this album amazing. Luca, Sowing Season, Handcuffs and Welcome to Bangkok are among my favorites although the entire album is spectacular.
3La Dispute
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...

Musicianship is amazing and really keeps the feel of the album going (that is desperate with oscillations from anger to sadness) and Jordan's lyrics are very poetic. Also his ability to change the volume of his voice at such a wide range really communicates the changes in emotion that occur in the album.
4Bear vs. Shark

I love their use of dissonance in chords. The drumming is also some of the best I've heard both in the quality of the beats and the skill in executing them (specifically how he can vary the speed of the same line so seamlessly). The singer's raspy shouting voice is also fits very well with the music and I enjoy his ability to vary his vocal tonality such as the change from a soft voice to loud screaming in Baraga Embankment.
5I Hate Myself
10 Songs

Horribly, horribly recorded album. And that's what makes it spectacular. The graininess in the background really adds to the clean (well they would be clean if it wasn't for the awful recording) guitars. The lyrics are great in the sense that they are different than most albums because they describe what in most ways should be a fun ideal summer that turns depressing instead of a total onslaught of a story about a depressing life which adds a new dimension to the lyrics. In addition, the variation in the vocals from a soft croon to out of key shouting to loud screams makes for a very interesting listening experience.
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