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Album Ratings 16
Objectivity 68%

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Average Rating: 3.59
Rating Variance: 0.25
Objectivity Score: 68%
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4.5 superb
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Kendrick Lamar DAMN.

4.0 excellent
Adult Jazz Gist Is
Bjork Homogenic
DJ Shadow Endtroducing...
tetema Geocidal

3.5 great
Built to Spill Perfect from Now On
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
I kind of feel bad about rating this so low because while this album takes a sound to its qualitative extreme, it's just not a sound I'm interested in. Every song here could've been a radio hit, and any of those songs would've been the best thing on your local hip hop station circa-'06, but that's exactly the problem: this album is a collection of great singles pressed into a slightly monotonous whole. The production is always banging (save the closer Nightmares, which provided some much-needed variation), there are clever bars throughout ("get all of her twisting like Dickens"), but it never quite transcends the "guns, drugs and money" stereotype until the last track, which by then is too late.
Shad When This Is Over
There's no question that Shad is a talented MC. His flow hits a comfortable balance between relaxed and energetic, his rhyme schemes can be complex to the point of attention-grabbing, and his voice is generally easy on the ears. Only problem is that he doesn't do much to distinguish himself from other above-average "conscious" rappers. The production ranges from '90s throwback to more sleek and modern (at least for '06), and while none of the beats here are bad, few are exceptional. As a whole, this album doesn't have any sub-par tracks, but only 1 or 2 rise above the rest. Standout: I Get Down
Sophie Bipp/Elle
Thurston Moore The Best Day

3.0 good
Belle and Sebastian If You're Feeling Sinister
iamamiwhoami Blue
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Step Brothers Lord Steppington
Tool ├ćnima

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