Average Rating: 3.48
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Objectivity Score: 76% (Well Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAir Moon SafariConverge Jane DoeDaft Punk DiscoveryGang of Four Entertainment!My Bloody Valentine LovelessNas IllmaticOn Illmatic, Nas assembled a dreamteam of producers consisting of DJ Premier, Q-Tip, Large Professor and Pete Rock to create this masterpiece. The beats on the albums are an excellent example of grimey, mid-'90s New York Hip-Hop complete with haunting piano loops and jazz samples which are an perfect companion to Nas' lyrics. While four producers might sound like a recipe for incoherence, the team of producers manage to create a consistent atmosphere while retaining elements of each induvidual's particular style. Lyrically, Nas is in career best form, creating vivid narratives with strong lyrical substance. NY State of Mind is a definite highlight. If there's one Hip-Hop album I would not hesitate in recommending to any music lover, it's Illmatic.Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked RainPink Floyd Wish You Were HereRage Against the Machine Rage Against the MachineSlint SpiderlandSonic Youth Daydream Nation4.5 superbAir Talkie WalkieTalkie Walkie is right up there with Moon Safari as Air's finest moment. Talkie Walkie is more long-winded than their debut, but makes up for it with a more diverse and varied set of songs, and a far superior production job.Boris With Michio Kurihara RainbowClipse Hell Hath No FuryDaft Punk Alive 2007Dirty Three Ocean SongsExodus Bonded by BloodGZA Liquid SwordsInterpol Turn on the Bright LightsIsis OceanicJay-Z The BlueprintJoy Division Unknown PleasuresJudas Priest PainkillerJustice CrossMF DOOM MM.. FoodMinutemen Double Nickels on the DimePixies Surfer RosaPublic Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold UsRaekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Rage Against the Machine Evil EmpireSlowdive SouvlakiThe Jesus and Mary Chain PsychocandyThe Replacements Let It BeUGK Ridin' DirtyWu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)4.0 excellentAir The Virgin SuicidesAir Pocket SymphonyArcade Fire FuneralArcade Fire Neon BibleBattles MirroredBoris PinkBoris Heavy RocksBurial UntrueDaft Punk HomeworkDavid Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over MeDirty Three Whatever You Love, You AreDJ Shadow Endtroducing.....Dr. Dre The ChronicExodus Another Lesson in ViolenceExplosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceFlying Lotus Los AngelesFugazi The ArgumentFunkadelic One Nation Under a GrooveGang of Four Solid GoldGhastly City Sleep Ghastly City SleepGospel The Moon Is a Dead WorldJ Dilla The ShiningKanye West 808s and HeartbreakKayo Dot Choirs of the EyeKayo Dot Dowsing Anemone With Copper TongueKool G Rap and DJ Polo Live and Let DieLightning Bolt Wonderful RainbowLow Things We Lost in the FireMassive Attack MezzanineMegadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!Mercyful Fate MelissaMercyful Fate Don't Break the OathMinor Threat Complete DiscographyMinus the Bear Highly Refined PiratesMinus the Bear Planet of IceMobb Deep The InfamousMy Bloody Valentine You Made Me RealiseNas It Was WrittenIt's a shame this is overshadowed so heavily Illmatic. It Was Written sees Nas swapping DJ Premier and Large Professor for Trackmasters and Dr. Dre, creating one of the finest (and definitely the most underrated) mainstream Hip-Hop albums of the '90s in the process.Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaNick Cave and The Bad Seeds Let Love InNick Cave and The Bad Seeds No More Shall We PartNick Drake Pink MoonOm Conference of the BirdsPavement Wowee ZoweePavement Slanted and EnchantedPink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd MeddlePortishead DummyRadiohead OK ComputerRage Against the Machine The Battle of Los AngelesRepulsion HorrifiedWords cannot describe how intense this album is. From the fuzzy power chords that open 'The Stench of Burning Death' to the closing "Fuck!" of the title track, this album never lets up its chaotic assault on the senses. This album is a milestone in Extreme Music, and has been cited as a huge influence by legends such as Napalm Death, Carcass and Entombed. And make no mistake, this album is fucking fast.Ride NowhereSlayer Reign in BloodSnoop Dogg DoggystyleSonic Youth SisterSun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great HighwayTelevision Marquee MoonThe Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink RobotsThe Flaming Lips The Soft BulletinThe Flaming Lips Clouds Taste MetallicThe Go-Betweens 16 Lovers LaneThe Jesus and Mary Chain DarklandsThe Jesus Lizard GoatThe National BoxerThe Smashing Pumpkins Siamese DreamThe Stooges Fun HouseTom Waits Rain DogsTortoise TNTTortoise Millions Now Living Will Never DieUGK UGK (Underground Kingz)Various Artists Lost in Translation OSTWeezer PinkertonWeezer Weezer3.5 great*shels Sea of the Dying DhowAir Premiers SymptomesAlcest Souvenirs d'un autre MondeAphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92Artillery By InheritanceAt the Drive-In Relationship of CommandAZ Doe or DieBig L Lifestylez ov da Poor & DangerousGreat album that's let down by repetitive and somewhat bland production, but Big L's skills are good enough to keep you listening. Could have been a masterpiece.Black Moth Super Rainbow Dandelion GumThis is my first taste of Black Moth Super Rainbow, and it's very sweet indeed. On Dandelion Gum BMSR create dreamy, colourful Trip-Hop with some upbeat and cheerful overtones, which is a nice refreshment from Tricky and Portishead's dark and moody tunes. While it's a little long at 15 tracks, it's still an interesting listen. Recommended.Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to ChildrenBoris Akuma No UtaBuilt to Spill Perfect from Now OnBurial BurialBusy P Rainbow ManCan Tago MagoCarcass Necroticism: Descanting the InsalubriousCassius 1999Converge Petitioning the Empty SkyConverge No HeroesCursive DomesticaDavid Bowie Diamond DogsDeerhunter MicrocastleDinosaur Jr. BeyondDirty Three CinderDizzee Rascal Maths and EnglishDJ Shadow The Private PressDon Caballero What Burns Never ReturnsDr. Octagon Dr. OctagonecologystElliott Smith XOEric's Trip Love TaraFlying Lotus 1983Flying Lotus ResetFour Tet PauseFridge The SunFugazi In on the Kill TakerFugazi RepeaterGang of Four Another Day / Another DollarGhost Hypnotic UnderworldGhostface Killah FishscaleGhostface Killah IronmanGhostface Killah Supreme ClienteleGodspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...Have a Nice Life DeathconsciousnessInterpol Our Love to AdmireIsis PanopticonJ Dilla DonutsJamiroquai A Funk OdysseyJesu Why Are We Not Perfect?Joy Division CloserJudas Priest Screaming for VengeanceKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingLow The Great DestroyerM.I.A. ArularM.I.A. KalaM83 Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost GhostsMadvillain MadvillainyMew FrengersMF DOOM Operation: DoomsdayMichio Kurihara Sunset NotesMinus the Bear Menos El OsoMinus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like ThisMission of Burma Signals, Calls, and MarchesMotley Crue Red, White, & CrueIf this compilation consisted only of the first disc, then it would an easy 4/5. It contains pretty much all the great songs M?y Cr?ver did, which makes for a light-hearted and fun compilation full of some great hits, but disc 2 on the other hand is full of their weaker '90s songs, which bring the rating down to a 3.5.My Disco Little JoyNas STILLmaticNick Cave and The Bad Seeds Tender PreyOff Minor Problematic CourtshipOh No Dr. No's OxperimentOm PilgrimageParliament Mothership ConnectionPink Floyd AnimalsPink Floyd The WallPink Floyd Pulse (DVD)Pixies DoolittlePrimus Sailing the Seas of CheeseRadiohead AmnesiacRadiohead Kid ARadiohead Hail to the ThiefRed House Painters Ocean BeachRodrigo y Gabriela Rodrigo y GabrielaSaetia A RetrospectiveSebastiAn Ross Ross RossSigur Ros Agaetis byrjunSigur Ros ( )Sigur Ros Takk...Six Organs Of Admittance School of the FlowerSonic Youth GooSonic Youth EVOLSoundtrack Team America: World PoliceSun Kil Moon AprilThe Afghan Whigs GentlemenThe Drones HavilahThe Flaming Lips Transmissions From the Satellite HeartThe Knife Silent ShoutThe National AlligatorThe Notorious B.I.G. Ready to DieThe Notwist Neon GoldenThe Pax Cecilia Blessed Are The BondsThe Red Paintings Walls The Seabellies Wave Your Fingers To Make The WintersThe Stooges The StoogesThe Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nicotoe New SentimentalityTricky MaxinquayeWire Pink FlagYo La Tengo Summer SunYo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as OneZero 7 Simple Things3.0 goodBeach House Beach HouseBig Black Songs About FuckingBjork PostBjork HomogenicBlack Moth Super Rainbow Start A PeopleBoredoms Super AeBoris SmileCircle Takes the Square As the Roots UndoClipse Lord Willin'Converge You Fail MeDaft Punk Human After AllDaft Punk Musique Vol. 1 (1993-2005)A Daft Punk best-of will always make for an excellent collection of songs, but a couple of glaring omissions bring this one down. The fact that there are four tracks from the lacklustre Human After All compared to only three from Discovery is puzzling, and the absence of Digital Love is just criminal.Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030Dinosaur Jr. BugDJ Shadow Live! In Tune and On TimeExplosions in the Sky The RescueFaust Faust IVFlying Lotus L.A. EP 1 X 3Flying Saucer Attack FurtherFugazi 3 SongsGame LAXGirl Talk Night RipperGirl Talk Feed the AnimalsGregor Samsa RestHallucinogen TwistedHot Cross Fair Trades and FarewellsInterpol AnticsIron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh SonJay-Z Reasonable DoubtJustin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSoundsKavinsky 1986Solid Electro-House from yet another French DJ. 1986 is a repetitive yet enjoyable romp, with a slightly dark edge and a distinctly '80s vibe. If you're a fan of Justice, SebastiAn (who's remix here is probably the highlight of the EP) or any other artist from the Ed Banger stable then check it out.Kayo Dot Blue Lambency DownwardKidcrash JokesM83 Saturdays=YouthMaps & Atlases Tree, Swallows, HousesMetallica Master of PuppetsMinotaur Shock MaritimeN.W.A. Straight Outta ComptonEvery time I listen to this album, it hurts to think how good it could have been. "Straight Outta Compton", "Fuck Tha Police", "Gangsta Gangsta", "Parental Discretion Iz Advised" and "Express Yourself" are all stunningly good songs, and if they could have produced 5 or 6 more tracks anywhere near as good as these then NWA would have easily made one of the best Hip-Hop albums ever. Straight Outta Compton still recieves that accolade in many places, and while it's certainly one of the most influential albums of the past 20 years, in the end it's just not consistent enough to really warrant it.Nas The Lost TapesDecent compilation. The Lost Tapes starts off quite well, with Doo Rags through to Nothing Lasts Forever all being pretty nice songs, and then it takes a serious dive until the utterly fantastic Poppa Was A Playa. How that song didn't make it onto any of Nas' albums is mystifying, as it's easily one of the best post-Illmatic songs I've from him. Anyway, The Lost Tapes is worth picking up for any big Nas fans.Pharoahe Monch DesirePixies Come On PilgrimRadiohead The BendsRaekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt IIRage Against the Machine RenegadesRage Against the Machine Live & RareShpongle Tales of the InexpressibleShpongle Are You Shpongled?Simian Mobile Disco Attack Decay Sustain ReleaseSufjan Stevens IllinoisT.I. KingT.I. Paper TrailThe Cool Kids The Bake SaleThe Flaming Lips Fight TestThe Presets ApocalypsoThe Smashing Pumpkins EarphoriaTortoise TortoiseWolves in the Throne Room Two HuntersYo La Tengo Painful2.5 averageAir 10,000 Hz LegendsBeat Happening JamboreeCommon BeEl-P I'll Sleep When You're DeadGame The DocumentaryThe Game isn't a bad Rapper, but really, with the amount of money that must have been thrown at this album in terms of production, along with 50 Cent's (alleged) ghostwriting, anyone could have made this album sound good. The production credits here pretty much read like a who's-who of mainstream Hip-Hop. Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Kanye West, Scott Storch, Just Blaze and even Eminem contribute tracks to the album, along with underground stalwarts Buckwild and Havoc.
As for The Game, like I said, he isn't bad, but he has a tendency to be pretty hit-and-miss. The first half of the album is pretty good, but after the title track the songs become a lot less interesting. It would also help if The Game could resist name-dropping NWA, Tupac or any other Rap legend in every second verse. For a fans of mainstream Hip-Hop you could do a lot worse but despite what The Game says, "Ready To Die, Reasonable Doubt and Doggystyle in one" this is not.Guns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionInfected Mushroom Classical MushroomIsis In the Absence of TruthJay-Z American GangsterJesu SilverJoanna Newsom YsKanye West GraduationLilys Everything Wrong Is ImaginaryMunicipal Waste The Art of PartyingMunicipal Waste has predictably provided us with another solid Thrash release. If you're looking for a band evolving and expanding on their previous releases, look elsewhere, but if you're a die hard fan of Municipal Waste's previous efforts you'll probably find it caters to your needs quite nicely.Muse AbsolutionMy Bloody Valentine TremoloObituary Cause of DeathRadiohead In RainbowsRatatat ClassicsSunn O))) White2Talk Talk Spirit of EdenThe Flaming Lips At War With The MysticsTimbaland Timbaland Presents Shock ValueVenetian Snares Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett2.0 poorCocteau Twins TreasureIron Maiden A Matter of Life and DeathLCD Soundsystem Sound of SilverLil Wayne Tha Carter IIILimp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...Metallica ...And Justice for AllNas UntitledNeurosis The Eye of Every StormPorcupine Tree In AbsentiaSunn O))) Black OneThe Smiths The Queen Is DeadWu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams1.5 very poorPanda Bear Person PitchThe Presets Beams1.0 awfulDream Theater Images and WordsMegadeth Rude AwakeningSlayer Christ IllusionIt's definitely a step up from the lacklustre efforts on God Hates Us All and Diabolous In Musica, but yet again Slayer fail to deliver the goods to their legions of loyal fans (something they've failed to do since 1988's South of Heaven, really) Dave Lombardo's presence behind the kit helps, and the occasional Thrashy riff scattered throughout the album has promise. But overall, all but the most rabid of Slayer fanboys will find themselves wanting much more.
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