Average Rating: 3.34
Rating Variance: 0.69
Objectivity Score: 83% (Well Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicA Wilhelm Scream Career SuicideThe pacing is perfect, the songs are infinitely listenable and their writing has gotten insanely tight. There are no duds on this album, no low points, and after it's over you'll want to start it from the beginning again. This is a rare album in that each song is individually fun to listen to without further context, but it reveals itself as a masterpiece when listened to as a whole. Can AWS top themselves after an epic "career suicide"? Doubtful, but I'm looking forward to seeing them try.Bruce Springsteen Born to RunCynic Traced in AirFlawless. The metal equivalent of Ernest Hemingway - strip all the excess out and what's left is dazzling musicianship, concise songwriting and incredible arrangements.Dave Matthews Band CrashLil B Task ForceTASK FORCE, I DUNNO IF I'MMA MAKE IT. I NEED YOUR HELP. TASK FORCE, TAKE MY PINK BANDANA, WRAP IT
AROUND MY HEAD, AND LET ME DIE. LET LIL B MUSIC LIVE FOREVERMiles Davis Kind of BluePink Floyd Wish You Were HereThe Beatles Abbey RoadThe Flaming Lips The Soft BulletinYes Close to the Edge4.5 superbArcade Fire FuneralBetween The Buried And Me ColorsBoston BostonThis would be a 5 if not for "Let Me Take You Home Tonight".Brian Wilson SmileBruce Springsteen The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street ShuffleBruce Springsteen Wrecking BallNothing about this album should work, at least on paper. But oh god damn it totally does.Coldplay Viva La VidaColdplay Mylo XylotoI once said this wasn't as consistent or polished as Viva la Vida. That's true, but it ultimately doesn't matter. The highs are so incredibly soaring, the energy so vibrant, that this is perhaps Coldplay's crowning achievement. An album showcasing every side of the band, culminating in a surprisingly restrained closer. I'm still not sick of it. And if you don't get what the fuss is all about, blast "Charlie Brown" to high heavens in your car. You can thank me later.Dave Matthews Band Before These Crowded StreetsDeftones Diamond EyesPhenomenal pacing, musicianship, and songwriting. Everyone is contributing equally to the incredibly dense sound. None of the songs are weak. The only possible flaw I can pick out is the tendency to repeat choruses a bit much - that gets a tad unnecessary, but when the choruses are this enjoyable it's not much of an issue. 2010's best so far.Devin Townsend The Retinal CircusDream Theater Images and WordsFleet Foxes Helplessness BluesIsis PanopticonJay-Z Reasonable DoubtKanye West The College DropoutKendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d cityLed Zeppelin How the West Was WonLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVMeshuggah IMy Bloody Valentine LovelessPink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPublic Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold UsPunch Brothers Who's Feeling Young Now?Sure to be slept on this year. Amazing musicianship, arranging and songwriting.Radiohead OK ComputerRide Going Blank AgainRide Today ForeverSchool of Seven Bells AlpinismsSufjan Stevens IllinoisTally Hall Good & EvilThey're starting to shape into the modern-day Beatles. An album that should have never been dropped by Atlantic.The 1975 SexThe Beatles Let It Be… Naked The Dear Hunter IndigoThe Dear Hunter GreenThe Devin Townsend Project AddictedDevin and Anneke is a match made in pop-metal heaven.The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in AmericaThe Hold Steady Separation SundayThe Streets A Grand Don't Come For FreeU2 The Joshua TreeYes The Yes Album4.0 excellentA Wilhelm Scream RuinerA Wilhelm Scream DiverAlice In Chains Black Gives Way to BlueArcade Fire ReflektorGreat sequencing, great production, great performances all around. The occasionally repetitive songwriting and cringeworthy lyrics don't really matter when the music is this solid throughout.Big Boi Sir Lucious Left FootBig D and the Kids Table Good LuckBirds Of Tokyo UniversesBomb the Music Industry! To Leave Or Die In Long IslandBomb the Music Industry! VacationClipse Hell Hath No FuryCoheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: AscensionTheir most diverse album, and it even feels fairly effortless after the over-calculated buzzkill that was Year of the Black Rainbow. We're happy to have you back, Claudio and co.Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadDave Matthews Band Under The Table And DreamingDave Matthews Band Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux KingDead Letter Circus Dead Letter Circus"Disconnect and Apply" is stunning. The rest manages to hold up, too. This band has enormous potential.Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean BlueDevin Townsend Ziltoid the OmniscientDevin Townsend Ocean Machine: BiomechDisclosure SettleDrake So Far GoneDream Theater Six Degrees of Inner TurbulenceDream Theater AwakeEnter Shikari A Flash Flood of ColourTheir best album. Surprisingly restrained in moments, while still retaining their spastic sense of humor.Fleet Foxes Fleet FoxesGirl Talk Feed the AnimalsIron Maiden The Number of the BeastIron Maiden Dance of DeathIron Maiden Somewhere in TimeIron Maiden PowerslaveIron Maiden Iron MaidenIsis OceanicJ. Cole Friday Night LightsJay-Z American GangsterJohn Mayer Heavier ThingsJon Hopkins ImmunityKanye West YeezusJust gets better and better on repeat listens. What Kanye lacks in lyricism he more than makes up for in production, aesthetic and ambition. "Black Skinhead" is the track to beat this year.Karnivool AsymmetryThe sound of a band engaged in a knock-down, drag-out brawl with its lofty ambitions. And how thrilling it is.Kendrick Lamar Section.80Lil B Everything BasedSO. MUCH. COOKING. MUSIC. The golden age of Based God is represented here...he's slumped a bit ever since.Living Colour VividM83 Saturdays=YouthM83 Before The Dawn Heals UsM83 Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost GhostsMeshuggah NothingModest Mouse The Moon & AntarcticaMuse AbsolutionMy Bloody Valentine m b vNas IllmaticPassion Pit GossamerPaul McCartney Chaos and Creation in the BackyardPeriphery Periphery II: This Time It's PersonalPhenomenal production, catchy melodies and ace performances by everyone in the band (yes, even Spencer). Every song is a winner. Unfortunately, this is a chore to listen to as a full album. It's best digested in smaller chunks.Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixPink Floyd AnimalsPusha T My Name Is My NameRadiohead Kid ARick Ross Deeper Than RapRide NowhereSet Your Goals Mutiny!Excellent. The Reset EP had some awesome material, but it was too short and Sharptooth was filler. Mutiny!, on the other hand, contains no weak tracks and feels like a full album, unlike most punk/punk-influenced CDs these days.Set Your Goals This Will Be the Death of UsSlayer Seasons in the AbyssSlayer Reign in BloodSteve Vai Real Illusions: ReflectionsSwervedriver Mezcal HeadThe Dear Hunter VioletThe Dear Hunter BlueThe Dear Hunter BlackThe Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)The Dear Hunter MigrantI feel like this is a grower. Will give it more time. EDIT: Gave it more time. Yeah, it's a grower.The Devin Townsend Project EpicloudA real grower. Not the most innovative release in his catalog, but one of the most fun. And god damn..."Angel" is a candidate for song of the year.The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the KillerThe Flaming Lips Clouds Taste MetallicThe Wonder Years Suburbia: I've Given You All and Now I'm NothingThrice VheissuThrice Major/MinorVampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City3.5 greatA Wilhelm Scream Mute PrintA Wilhelm Scream A Wilhelm ScreamA Wilhelm Scream PartycrasherAlien Ant Farm TruANTAlien Ant Farm Up In The AtticArcade Fire The SuburbsASAP Ferg Trap LordGuilty pleasure album of the year. Anything less (or more) is a lie. The production is legitimately top notch, though.Between The Buried And Me AlaskaBetween The Buried And Me Colors_LiveBig D and the Kids Table The Gipsy Hill LPBig D and the Kids Table/Drexel Shot by LammiBlack Country Communion 2Bomb the Music Industry! ScramblesBomb the Music Industry! Album Minus BandBrian Wilson That Lucky Old SunCee Lo Green The Lady KillerChildren of Bodom HatebreederCoheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessCoheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine BladeCoheed and Cambria NeverenderColdplay ParachutesColdplay Prospekt's MarchColdplay LeftRightLeftRightLeftCynic Carbon-Based AnatomyDaft Punk DiscoveryDead Letter Circus This Is The WarningThese guys blew me away when I first heard them. Everything is there: catchy hooks, beautiful guitar lines,
groovy bass, rock-solid drumming and soaring vocals. They're a phenomenal band, but this album is
ultimately let down by pacing. Some of the latter tracks are comparatively forgettable, especially when coming
after the assault that is "Here We Divide" all the way through "Cage". All in all, an exciting debut and a great
indicator of what's to come...if Kim doesn't lose his voice from all the touring.Dead Letter Circus Next In LineDevin Townsend InfinityDrake Thank Me LaterSo his one-liners are painfully corny and should have been excised. So it has the "808s and Heartbreaks"
vibe. So he uses the same flow too much. So it's not quite as good as "So Far Gone"...so what? The
production is by FAR the best I've heard all year and the songs are mostly growers. "Fancy", "Show me a
Good Time", "Shut it Down", "Find Your Love", "Thank Me Now", "Over", "Light Up" and "Unforgettable" are
straight-up bangers. Give it some time, ignore the hype, and listen with an open mind...at least it's not
"Rebirth".Drake Take CareThe second half of this album is mostly unnecessary. Cut it off after "Lord Knows" and you have a classic.Dream Theater ScoreDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryDream Theater Live at the MarqueeDream Theater A Change of SeasonsEnter Shikari Common DreadsEnter Shikari Take to the SkiesFree Energy Stuck On NothingGirl Talk All DayGov't Mule By A ThreadIron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh SonIron Maiden Live After DeathIron Maiden KillersIsis In the Absence of TruthJay-Z The BlueprintJay-Z The Black AlbumJohn Mayer Born and RaisedJohn Mayer's learning how to be a decent human being, and in the process, he produces a lovely album.Kanye West Late RegistrationKanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyLil B Blue FlameLil B God's FatherGive this to all the Based God non-believers. If they can't crack a smile and enjoy at least one of these tracks,
they probably don't like hip-hop.
BRUH YOU LYIN'...no, I'm fo'reallaLil Wayne Tha Carter IILostprophets Start SomethingMeshuggah KolossMeshuggah ChaosphereMetallica Death MagneticMetallica Master of PuppetsMetallica Ride the LightningMumford and Sons Sigh No MoreMuse Black Holes and RevelationsMuse Origin of SymmetryNo Doubt Tragic KingdomOf Monsters and Men My Head is an AnimalPelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...Public Enemy Fear of a Black PlanetPunch Brothers AntifogmaticRadiohead In RainbowsRadiohead The BendsRadiohead Hail to the ThiefRick Ross Teflon DonRun The Jewels Run The JewelsSecret Machines Now Here is NowhereSecret Machines Ten Silver DropsSufjan Stevens The Age of Adz...and sure enough, seeing him in concert DID change my opinion of this. As an album it's still too long and could have used a bit of editing, but the melodies and ideas here are fantastic.Sufjan Stevens All Delighted PeopleTally Hall Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical MuseumThis album could have been perfect if they had spent more time writing songs and cutting some of the more forgettable material, like "Two Wuv" and "Just Apathy". If they get enough time to figure it out, Tally Hall's next album could be this generation's "Sgt. Pepper's", and I'm not kidding when I say that. Just listen to future classics like "Good Day", "Taken for a Ride" and "Spring and a Storm". This band's extremely talented, they just need to learn how to channel that talent into more brilliant songs and less half-baked ideas like "Haiku".TesseracT Concealing FateThe 1975 Music For CarsThe Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Dear Hunter WhiteThe Dear Hunter YellowThe Devin Townsend Project Ghost"Kawaii" into "Ghost" into "Blackberry" may just be the single greatest three-song run ever recorded. The rest is OK.The Fireman Electric ArgumentsMore inconsistent than Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, but the highs are absolutely stunning. Paul's experiencing a creative comeback like few others.The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink RobotsThe Hold Steady Stay PositiveThe Hold Steady A Positive RageThe B-sides (three of which were on some releases of Stay Positive) make this. "Two Handed Handshake", "Ask Her For Adderall" and "Spectres" are among the band's best songs.
As for the main attraction...it's a great set, but BigHans is right about the production. It makes more sense if you watch a video of the band - Craig Finn usually steps away from the mic to scream lines out to the audience, or forgets to run back to it in time in the middle of a part.The Hold Steady Heaven Is WheneverThe Streets Original Pirate MaterialThe Streets Cyberspace and RedsWhat's this? Mike Skinner is...having FUN??! All jokes aside, Cyberspace and Reds is a refreshingly visceral release from an artist who seems tired of his routine. There are some cringeworthy moments, as expected, but this goes hard enough to forgive the slip-ups.The Wonder Years The Greatest GenerationThe Wonder Years The UpsidesThe Wonder Years Won't Be Pathetic ForeverThrice The Artist in the AmbulanceThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & IIThrice BeggarsTransit Listen and ForgiveVampire Weekend Vampire WeekendYes Fragile3.0 goodArcade Fire Neon BibleArctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am...ASAP Rocky LongLiveA$API thought "Wild for the Night" would be a train wreck. Man, I was SO wrong. Overall a fun (if unremarkable)
release with some awe-inspiring production as well as a few duds; "Hell" and "Pain" nearly bring the album to
a grinding halt. Luckily we have plenty of enjoyable tracks to make up for those.Big D and the Kids Table How it GoesBirds Of Tokyo March FiresBlack Country Communion Black CountryBomb the Music Industry! Get WarmerChildren of Bodom Hate Crew DeathrollCoheed and Cambria No World for TomorrowColdplay X & YDaft Punk HomeworkDave Matthews Band Busted StuffDave Matthews Band Away From The WorldIt's an enjoyable listen, but it's really lacking the energy of Big Whiskey. I'm all for Dave writing mellower material, but some of these songs don't really...go anywhere, and when the heavier songs get cooking (like "The Riff"), somehow Carter's drums get buried in the mix. Beauford's playing is the heart of the band, and he's always driven their best material. One would think Lillywhite would understand that...anyhow, "Broken Things", "Drunken Soldier" and "If Only" are the obvious highlights.Dead Letter Circus The Catalyst FireDevin Townsend TerriaDream Theater Dark Side of the MoonThe band recreates the instrumental compositions amazingly well, and Theresa Thomason outdoes Clare Torry on "Great Gig", but LaBrie just sounds like he's forcing it.Dustin Kensrue Please Come HomeFour Year Strong Rise Or Die TryingFour Year Strong DemoGo Long Dad is amazing, Not To Toot My Own Horn is amazing, So Hot You Sweat On It is forgettable, Your Song is amazing, and Beatdown is amazing.
The production is sloppy, but it's a demo. I honestly think this is more listenable than Rise or Die Trying.Franz Ferdinand Franz FerdinandGucci Mane Trap BackHe Is Legend I Am HollywoodIron Maiden Piece of MindJay-Z In My Lifetime, Vol. 1Jay-Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail"Don't be good, my nigga, be great." Seems like Jay should take his own advice.Jeff Buckley Grace (Legacy Edition)Jon Hopkins InsidesJustin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSoundsJustin Timberlake The 20/20 ExperienceKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingLed Zeppelin Houses of the HolyLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IILil B Illusions of GrandeurLil B Angels ExodusLil B I'm Gay (I'm Happy)Another serious effort from the Based God. The thoughtful subject matter and tasteful production are a welcome reprieve from what's flooding the rap scene as of late. If you aren't taking Brandon McCartney at least somewhat seriously yet, you should probably start here.Linkin Park A Thousand SunsLostprophets The Fake Sound Of ProgressLostprophets The BetrayedMeshuggah Catch ThirtythreeMeshuggah obZenMeshuggah Destroy Erase ImproveMetallica ...And Justice for AllModest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad NewsMumford and Sons BabelMy Bloody Valentine Isn't AnythingNas UntitledPaul McCartney Memory Almost FullPelican City of EchoesPeriphery PeripherySpencer oversings like WHOA!
Band's great. Songs are good but repetitive...they've got room to grow. In an ideal world Casey Sabol would still be destroying it in this band, but hopefully Spencer matures with the rest of the guys.Radiohead AmnesiacRick Ross Rich ForeverRide Carnival of LightRush 2112Saosin Translating the NameSchool of Seven Bells GhostorySecret Machines September 000Set Your Goals Reset EPFirst three tracks are great, Sharptooth's filler, and Latch Key's pretty good. Mutiny! is the proper step up from this starting point.Slayer World Painted BloodSwervedriver RaiseSwervedriver Ejector Seat ReservationThe 1975 IVThe 1975 The 1975The 1975's full-length debut boasts some of 2013's strongest singles but ultimately fails as an album. "Heart
Out", "Settle Down" and "She Way Out" are forgettable and redundant in such close proximity to one another,
while "Robbers" piles on the melodrama and "Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You" feels entirely out of
place given the rest of the subject matter here. Worse yet, the mostly superfluous interludes feel misplaced:
"The 1975" would likely fit better with "Settle Down", and "An Encounter" seems destined to play before
"Robbers". Although nothing here is outright BAD, it's pretty disappointing to see a band with such a knack for
great EPs miss the mark in a longer format.The Beatles RevolverThe Dear Hunter OrangeThe Dear Hunter RedThe Devin Townsend Project KiThe Dillinger Escape Plan Ire WorksThe Flaming Lips At War With The MysticsThe Flaming Lips Transmissions From the Satellite HeartThe Flaming Lips Christmas On MarsThe Hold Steady Almost Killed MeThe Reign Of Kindo Play With FireThe songs range from OK to amazing, but this doesn't really flow well as a whole. In particular, the placement of "Help It" as the second track nearly destroys the momentum of the entire album.The Smithereens Green ThoughtsThe Smithereens 11The Wonder Years Get Stoked On It!Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IVYes Time and a WordYes 90125Yes RelayerYes Going for the One2.5 averageAlice In Chains Alice in ChainsAlien Ant Farm ANThologyBetween The Buried And Me The Silent CircusBetween The Buried And Me The Great MisdirectBomb the Music Industry! Goodbye Cool World!Children of Bodom Follow the ReaperChildren of Bodom Something WildCoheed and Cambria The Afterman: DescensionFour great songs. Five underwhelming ones...and yes, I like the back-end better than the front. So sue me.Coldplay Every Teardrop Is a WaterfallDrake Nothing Was the SameDrake has never released this much mediocrity on one album before. Even Take Care, with its latter half of R&B doldrums, was balanced out by a superb Side A.Dream Theater OctavariumDream Theater Falling into InfinityDream Theater When Dream and Day UniteDream Theater Live Scenes From New YorkDream Theater Black Clouds & Silver LiningsFour Year Strong In Some Way, Shape, or Form.Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much BetterIron Maiden Brave New WorldIron Maiden A Matter of Life and DeathKanye West GraduationLed Zeppelin Physical GraffitiLil B I Forgive YouLil B Red Flame (Devil Music Edition)Lil B 6 KissLostprophets Liberation TransmissionMetallica Kill 'Em AllModest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded WestModest Mouse This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To..Muse ShowbizMuse The ResistancePink Floyd The WallRick Ross God Forgives, I Don'tScale The Summit Carving Desert CanyonsSchool of Seven Bells Disconnect From DesireSecret Machines Secret MachinesSteve Vai Sex & ReligionTalib Kweli QualityThe 1975 FacedownThe Devin Townsend Project DeconstructionUh...what is this The Mars Volta De-Loused in the ComatoriumThe Smithereens Especially For YouThe Streets Everything is BorrowedThe White Stripes ElephantThrice The Illusion of SafetyWolfmother WolfmotherYes Magnification2.0 poorBetween The Buried And Me Between the Buried and MeChildren of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?Clipse Til the Casket DropsCoheed and Cambria Year of the Black RainbowProduction sucks, songwriting's not as strong as it was, Claudio's redefined "overdoing your vocal takes" - HE'S EVEN PITCHY! WTF?
But somehow, "Here We Are Juggernaut" still lies among the band's best songs.Dream Theater Systematic ChaosIron Maiden Fear of the DarkIron Maiden No Prayer for the DyingKanye West 808s & HeartbreakLil B Black FlameLil Wayne Tha Carter IVMetallica MetallicaPhoenix Bankrupt!Set Your Goals Burning At Both EndsWhat a change in quality. There's no soul to this album, despite what the band may argue. Not digging the songwriting, the production or the lyrics. "Certain" and "Exit Summer" are the standouts, and they'd be lesser songs on Mutiny! or TWBTDOUThe Flaming Lips ZaireekaThe Streets The Hardest Way To Make An Easy LivingThe production's pretty damn great, but he lost what made him a unique and winning artist. No soul, just lots of coke and cringeworthy writing.Thrice Identity CrisisTrinidad Jame$ Don't Be S.A.F.E.1.5 very poorBruno Mars Doo-Wops & HooligansCould have been good, but utterly laughable lyricism and lazy songwriting hides Mars' true potential. "Just the Way You Are" is really the only highlight.Chief Keef Finally RichThe only reason this exists is so Interscope can make money off of tracks like "I Don't Like" and "3Hunna" that were given away for free on mixtapes. This is a tedious listen.Dave Matthews Band Stand UpDream Theater Train of ThoughtDream Theater Live at BudokanInto Eternity The Scattering of AshesJay-Z The Blueprint 3Lil B Bitch Mob Respect Da Bitch Vol.1The swag tracks on this (nearly the entire mixtape) aren't even memorable. Beat selection is disappointing. Most of Lil B's mixtapes sound really fun, while this is just joyless. "Still Cooking" is insane, though.Lil B Trapped In BasedworldNot-serious rating is, of course, a 5. Ad-lib game on a whole 'nother level here. Mmmmmmmmmmmm damnnnnnn ahhhhhhhhhhh BASED GODThe Streets Computers And BluesYes Tales from Topographic Oceans1.0 awfulDragonForce Inhuman RampageDragonForce Sonic FirestormLil B Choices and FlowersLil Wayne I Am Not a Human Being IIFrom GOAT to WOAT in just five years time!Metallica St. AngerThe Mars Volta Frances the MuteYes Big Generator
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