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Er, should most definitely be categorized under 'John Lennon & Yoko Ono'. Not just because they each have 7 of the 14 tracks, but also because this is a quirky couples album through and through, and the back-n-forth dynamic between their distinct styles is what makes this album a great one. John is content, lazy, in love, a family man; Yoko is fun, strange, charming, adds some edge.
Until Your Heart Stops
Hail to the Thief
A nice big assemblage of band-admitted cursory that is pretty consistent for the most part - though it leans a little heavily toward pure curiosities, it is well-varied, and refreshing to hear Radiohead in non-big-serious-album mode.
Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral
Wallowing in a lonely pit of melodrama, Reznor's apparently dreadful existence, though wearisome, does make for a deep, unsettling, and fascinating listen. Metal-driven robot/machine shop/torture dungeon beats are driving and intense, Eno-esque ambience parts are ominous and effective, lyrics are dark and brooding to the point of self-parody.
The Punk Terrorist Anthology, Vol. 1
O.G. crusties laying down the groundwork for combining thrashy anarcho-punk and crunch-metal: both male and female vocals are straight from the gutter, religion, technology, and animal experimentation=big no-no, the whole world's going to hell, etc.
Follow the Leader
Jon Davis's disputable lunacy is now restrained and uniformly confined to the starting-to-feel-forced final track, overall it's more melodic and palatable than ever but kinda makes 'em sound overproduced and bored, the hip-hop tracks are particularly questionable.
Life Is Peachy
Impressively frenetic and frightening energy, a newfound semi-light-heartedness, and a vast improvement over self-titled. More variance, more fun, better production, and ~20 minutes less running time make KoRn about 300% more enjoyable it seems. Good mix of being authentically nightmarish and unabashedly goofy. Some noteworthy subject matter includes bashing a neighborly TV personality ("Dumb / old man" "Child / fucker"), writing shit ("I hate writing shit / It is so stupid"), and of course, sex (he dreams about it; all day).
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