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The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
People often point to The Black Crowes' debut as their best record, but this is truly the definitive Black Crowes album. It's everything Shake Your Money Maker is and more, with small upgrades made in several places that take their southern blues rock sound to new heights. Female vocals sing beautiful harmonies, harmonicas and keyboards play wonderful lines, and pianos add soul to the whole concoction. The album ends with four straight classics in the gritty combo of "Black Moon Creeping" and "No Speak No Slave", which segue into the wondrous romp that is "My Morning Song", ending with the beautifully made cover of Bob Marley's "Time Will Tel
5.0
08.03.15
Simon and Garfunkel Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.
There isn't really a duo out there like Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Together, they made some of the greatest folk tunes the world has known, and remain easy listening and wonderful today. This, their debut record, wasn't exactly a roaring commercial success, but looking back, it is certainly a great album. The best songs here are written by Paul Simon, including "Bleecker Street", "Sparrow" and "The Sound Of Silence". Here, melancholy yet evocative folk is used at its best, with excellent lyricism all the way around. Other songs like "Benedictus" and "Go Tell It On The Mountain" are covers of traditional folk songs passed down through the y
4.0
07.30.15
Anenzephalia Noehaem
Anenzephalia is one of the more recognizable names in the completely inaccessible genre of death industrial, and while they tend to mix this style with dark ambient, the end result is not only an interesting listen, but a worthwhile one as well. The track names are just sequential Roman numerals, further pushing the mechanical, yet subtlety of the record. "I" starts with an eerie drone which repeats seemingly ad infinitum. The next three songs are all impenetrable, with huge amount of static, background noise, and drones engulfing them. The music barely forms what can be heard as notes, but it all comes together quite nicely. By the time "VII
4.0
07.28.15
Will Haven Open The Mind To Discomfort
Will Haven has been around for almost two decades now, but their discography isn't too extensive. Still, they've been making nice post-hardcore mixed with sludge metal and noise for a bit now, Carpe Diem being the most notable record of theirs. This EP is no different, if inessential. There are four ambient tracks all named after letters of the alphabet, and each corresponding song is sort of woven in around them, drowning them in shouted vocals and dissonant riffs. "Do You Have A Light?" does this particularly well. Still, the production leaves a lot to be desired, as the drums sound dull and pretty lifeless for the most part. It's not bad b
3.0
07.27.15
Shape of Despair Monotony Fields
A comeback of monolithic proportions, Monotony Fields is exactly what you want from a funeral doom metal record: bleak guitars, thundering drums, pained vocals, and some great piano work with female vocals to boot. Though the album doesn't stray very far from the blueprint set by opener "Reaching The Innermost", every track here has something to appreciate, like the beautiful endings to "Descending Inner Night" and "Withdrawn", both utilizing evocative and airy vocals to create excellent dramatic effect. All of the tracks here are slow burners (the average track length according to the review is about nine minutes), but even with the albums i
4.5
07.27.15
Nas Illmatic
You could say that this record is a template for everything east-coast hip-hop is all about. And you know what? You'd be right. Illmatic is undoubtedly one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever recorded, but I'm sure you knew that already. Personally, I can't get enough of it, especially from the first half. There are so many songs and lines on this thing that are etched into hip-hop history, as well, serving to illustrate how truly widespread and intense the acclaim and love of this record went and still goes. "N.Y State Of Mind", "The World Is Yours", "Memory Lane", and "One Love" alone make this record excellent, but everything else here is
5.0
07.27.15
James Blake James Blake
James Blake is one of the more interesting producer-songwriters out there, at least in my opinion. He always seems to be trying something new, and even if sometimes his experimentation doesn't always pan out, he hasn't made the same record twice. This, his debut LP, is one of his best projects. The production here is decidedly minimal, but sublime nonetheless. The real focus of the record is his angelic vocals, which combine with the production to produce some pretty mesmerizing stuff. Take "The Wilhelm Scream" for instance: the production is ambient and subdued, and the lyrics consist of the same line repeated with small variations occasiona
4.0
07.24.15

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  • DaveyBoy Post-hardcore's finest! Haha. Good sound-off, even if I havent listened to You Were Never Alone yet.
    July 23 02:45 AM
  • Gameofmetal Vocals are often the highlight for me, just not the lyrics usually
    July 16 10:35 PM
  • Gameofmetal I think it's really good but I have a soft spot for deathcore. It just kinda does everything deathcore needs to do well. The reason for the high rating is probably just because there are only 28 votes in and they're mostly the deathcore fans that hide around here haha. There are a few highly rated deathcore albums tho, All Shall Perish has a 3.9 rated album I think for instance.
    July 16 10:21 PM
  • Hep Kat Great soundoff for Cool Convos, man. Glad you enjoyed.
    July 16 08:41 AM
  • mryrtmrnfoxxxy sweet soundoff btwq
    June 4 03:45 PM

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