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John Zorn The Big Gundown
An absolute triumph. John Zorn takes nine Morricone tunes (there's one original track on here too) and spins them on their heads, displaying a startling level of creativity in the process. The Big Gundown is varietous to the extreme, and features an incredible array of performers: Big John Patton, Arto Lindsay, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Diamanda Galas, Vernon Reid (who would later become famous through Living Colour), Melvin Gibbs (Rollins Band), and more. This is at times a challenging listen (the title track, "Metamorfosi (La Classe Operaia Va In Paradiso)"), but it is never pretentious, and there are so many twists and turns in th
Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger
Transilvanian Hunger is one of black metal's most seminal releases, often regarded by critics as among the genre's best. For the most part, this reputation is well-deserved: the production is lo-fi, but not overly so, the performances are solid, and the atmosphere is engrossing. It does drag somewhat in the second half, though, and a little more variation from the rhythm section would have spiced things up. Nonetheless, Transilvanian Hunger is a fantastic release, and a must hear for black metal fans. 4.5
Nightingale Retribution
Generic and cheesy gothic rock record. Not sure what others are seeing in this. I am a huge Dan Swano fan, and his voice sounds great here, but the whole thing is just so over-the-top. Couple that over-the-topness with predictable song structures and a bevy of really corny moments and you have a record not worth your time. 2.3
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Atmospherically entrancing, but too meandering at times ("To Here Knows When," "What You Want"). When the record displays energy ("Only Shallow", "When You Sleep") it is at its best. The cover art is a perfect representation of the sound- pink, cloudy, dream-like. Was Loveless worth nearly bankrupting the record label that released it? No. But is it an accomplished listen worth your time? Yes. 4.3
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
It's nearly impossible to go into an album like A Love Supreme- an album that has amassed such a legendary status- completely unbiased. Its critical appraisal means that, if you don't like it, the tendency is to think something must be wrong with you, and not the album- a reaction generally not afforded to albums devoid of epic reputations. At any rate, A Love Supreme is, well, a supreme record, and one of the finest jazz albums ever recorded; its status is indeed well deserved. Each member of the quartet performs impeccably, and the compositions are engaging and bold ("A Love Supreme, Pt. 3: Pursuance," wh
maudlin of the Well Leaving Your Body Map
Darker than its sister album, Bath. Overall, it is a weaker listen, due to some drawn out parts ("Bizarre Flowers / A Violent Mist," "The Curve That to an Angle Turn'D"), but it is still a phenomenal record. The production is fantastic, the interlude tracks are both superb, and Bath's uniquely captivating atmosphere is present here too, albeit in an aforementioned darker form. Also, Driver's vocals are better on this release than on Bath. 4.5
Nickelback The Best of Nickelback Volume 1
I don't what's worse: the fact that Nickelback has released a "greatest hits" collection, or the fact that the title implies a second volume is on the way. 1.4

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  • johnnydeking29 I've heard a couple of songs, but am waiting for the cd - considerable hype!
    November 26 11:34 AM
  • johnnydeking29 Hey man, you heard the new (and final) Moonchild album?
    November 26 06:28 AM
  • BMDrummer wouldn't a 4.4 be closer to 4.5?
    November 6 11:22 PM
  • Veldin Enjoying all the Zorn soundoffs, keep 'em coming!
    November 4 11:23 PM
  • Mythodea Haha, has been so long since I wrote to you that I'd forgotten what my mesage was about! Anyway, you're welcome. I'd appreciate it a lot if you would give me your opinion on the album afterwards!Cheers.
    October 4 01:52 PM

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