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5.0 classic
AFI The Art of Drowning
One of the better hardcore punk LPs of all time. Punk with feeling. If I said everything there is to say about this album, then you would miss the fun of listening! :,-*
Against Me! New Wave
Against Me!'s New Wave is a little bit like Dylan going electric. You lost a lot of the BS rhetoric, smoke and mirrors etc. to be replaced only with conventional rock wisdoms (and instruments). Rock on!
Atmosphere God Loves Ugly
Audioslave Audioslave
I was 12 and it changed the way I perceived the guitar. Morello integrates the best of electronic and rock music to create quite a guitar confection. Cornell's lyrics are outstanding as he deals with various themes.
Black Sabbath Paranoid
A very important album for metal. After their original LP, Black Sabbath was able to demonstrate the viability of the spawn which was created with Sabbath's original LP. Iron Man is as compelling to the 14 year old on guitar hero as War Pigs / Luke's Wall is to the wise radio disc jockey and/or the student of the electric guitar. The metal song was more versatile than it originally appeared... it could be simple and direct, but it should always be powerful. Sabbath speaks and many listened! So many metal fans... they can't all be wrong, can they?
Bob Dylan Desire
Bob Dylan, the full palette of human emotions, and a complete acoustic ensemble? Robert, you betcha!
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
There are very few albums deemed "essential" that truly deserve the hyperbolic praise that they receive. That's the little pulseczar in me that is speaking right there. Unfortunately, this is one of those that does. This album is a cut above many of the albums that I have listed as 5. A clear alternative to most music that is out there no matter what the year is...
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
Gorillaz Gorillaz
I will always remember Gorillaz self-titled as being a great amalgamation of popular music.
John Coltrane My Favorite Things
Neil Young Harvest
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
An existential meditation if I ever heard one. The persona behind these sordid melodies quietly exited the stage after experiencing somewhat of a personal meltdown. Musically, this is just the same old (same old) pop song that has always been written for broad audiences. That partly explains this album's far-ranging appeal. What's different about In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is the honesty with which the music here has been constructed... a man honest with himself and with others through his music, many have taken a strange delight in the candidness, the sorrow, the joy, etc. that is present in what is surely one of the biggest surprise successes of recent times.
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
Challenging, intriguing, thematic, breathtaking, limitless. Few will remember it, far fewer will revere it as I do. A glimpse of an The Mars Volta that is both progressive and conceptual.
The National Boxer
Thee Silver Mount Zion He Has Left Us Alone...
He Has Left Us... is an album without time signatures. What does that sound like? Well, He Has Left Us... ebbs and flows as if time didn't exist; twenty minutes passes as if they were two. A Godspeed You! Black Emperor derivative, A Silver Mt. Zion plays post-rock whereas the later Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra is more noise rock/folk. The spirit of destructive beauty that characterizes Godspeed You! Black Emperor is still alive in the earlier works of A Silver Mt. Zion.
Trampled By Turtles Trouble
"Salvation" "Who's Calling?" "Rich/Poor" and "Trouble" showcase Dave Simonett's excellent abilities as a song-writer and front-man for a contemporary blugrass band from Duluth, MN. The band features a mandolin, guitar, bass, fiddle, and banjo. What sets Trampled by Turtles from a lot of other bluegrass acts is the way in which the fiddle/violin creates an atmosphere around the music at the slower tempos that also characterize Trampled by Turtles' music. Dave Simonett's melodies run well with the blugrass format, even though a lot of his songs are good enough to stand alone without the backing of additional stringed instruments.

4.5 superb
Aesop Rock Labor Days
Aesop Rock Float
AFI Sing the Sorrow
A polished effort from a band that has demonstrated superlative abilities. AFI is definitely the cream of whatever crop they are currently in. This LP represents a break from their previous efforts in that they are less hardcore/punk and more rock oriented. AFI is continually growing in new and different directions as they progress as a band and as individuals. Very happy to have had the privilege of listening to this band over the years.
Beirut The Flying Club Cup
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Bob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'
A man and a guitar against the world. Dylan's melodies on The Times They Are A-Changin' were the great equalizer. Haunting, in that they are difficult to escape once you have heard them. Dylan's American nightmare is meant is ominous, truly haunting...
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It In People
Probably the weirdest album I have ever listened to. A way of looking through the wrong end of the looking glass... probably the last recommendation you take from me on accounts of the strangeness of this group. Granted, they're from Canadia
David Crowder Band Remedy
Fugazi The Argument
In an effort to save their genre from the clutches of meeker bands, fugazi released The Argument -- a polished composition entailing topical songs, complex time signatures, and production that finally matched the post-hardcore band's superlative abilities. Call it fugazi's first studio album. Previously, fugazi was a live band. The Argument is the torch that fugazi has passed to the next great post-hardcore band, lest the meek inherit punk rock.
Fugazi 13 Songs
Hot Cross Risk Revival
Hot Cross is like the cigarette after a love affair with CTTS.
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
John Coltrane Blue Train
John Coltrane The Very Best Of John Coltrane
Combining many different elements of traditional Jazz as well as a few of his own, John Coltrane's instrumental performance and band leadership ensured him a place among the genre's elites -- Coleman, Rollins and Davis, to name three. Like Rollins, Coltrane played the saxophone, but unlike Rollins, Coltrane's style incorporated avant-garde "atonal" elements as well as tradition tonal flourishes. Coltrane was an avant-garde innovator alongside Coleman during the period in which these recordings are taken. A consummate virtuoso throughout his career, Coltrane was at his best when he and his band were melodious in addition to virtuous. Like Davis, Coltrane had a way with melody. The Very Best of John Coltrane is Coltrane at this best, melodious and virtuous. The influence of Rollins and Davis are felt, but this compilation is classic Coltrane. Classic. Duh.
Johnny Cash American VI: Ain't No Grave
Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk Over Land and Sea
Lute West1996
Charlotte, NC emcee Lute fondly recalls the hip-hop of the 90s. His Westside1996 is an rattempt to recapture that golden era of hip-hop. Classic hip-hop included artists as diverse ras Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., A Tribe Called Qwest, and Nasir Jones himself. Despite rthe immense potential of that era, many of the promises of 90s hip-hop were unrealized. NAS rfaded away after Illmatic, while 2pac and Biggie burnt out. Q-tip and his crew consistently rput out great albums, but to little fanfare. Lute captures the best of each of these artists rwith Westside1996. Lute defines himself in terms of his own personal success (see r"Success"), but it remains to be seen if he is able to capture the glory that has eluded his rpredecessors.
Massive Attack Blue Lines
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal
Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age
Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch
Regina Spektor is one of the few artists that truly inspires -- whether it be inspiration for hope (as in "Chemo Limo") or love (as in "Us"). Spektor is beyond pale in the tracks listed, but she stumbles elsewhere on this album, which may adversely affect some listener's interpretations of this album. Spektor plays music on the piano, but she writes her music for the soul. For me this record is excellent but it is without a legitimate comparison.
Regina Spektor Far
Spektor offers the latest in the Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul series...
Rush Permanent Waves
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
I think Blink-182 wrote this album sometime before Say Anything, but Say Anything didn't nearly sell as many records or garnish as much in the way of pre-teen accolades. Well, there are a lot of post-teens who latched onto this one, and surely haven't let go since... ...Is A Real Boy is a real five.
The Beatles The Beatles
The White Album is the gold standard for classic albums.
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Mars Volta Tremulant
The Smiths Hatful of Hollow
Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones
Tom Waits Mule Variations
Tom Waits Real Gone
Tom Waits One From The Heart
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

4.0 excellent
AFI All Hallow's
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
Huge nostalgia factor... everyone from the 90s had this album. I just wish every generation each had their Jagged Little Pill in which people with different tastes can coalesce around a single piece of humanity.
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
At the Drive-In, we hardly knew ye! No one knows what this band was all about, same goes for the Mars Volta. A punk-infused vehicle for Cedric Bixler-Zavala's bouts of sporadic insanity as well as his twisted genius. A truly great live band and a solid studio band, Relationship of Command is At the Drive-In's most polished effort. Less punk, yes. More electric piano, yes. Yes yes yes! Shades of the Mars Volta's science fiction streak-to-come are present here, with the most notable example being the haunting, melodious, and (frankly) most memorable "Quarantined."
At the Drive-In Acrobatic Tenement
At the Drive-In In/Casino/Out
Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons...
Battles Gloss Drop
Beirut Gulag Orkestar
Black Sabbath Sabotage
Black Sabbath Mob Rules
Blues Traveler Save His Soul
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet
Boston Boston
Boston does hard-rock like it has never been done before, with their smashing debut... at times, the message surpasses the superb delivery, as "Peace of Mind" showcases. Unfortunately, the band's stellar musical performance was not matched by the song-writing ability of the band, but then again, people listen to hard-rock to enjoy the music, not the message.
Brand New Daisy
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
David Crowder Band Illuminate
David Crowder Band Give Us Rest
David Crowder Band Oh for Joy
Dr. Dre 2001
Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Feist The Reminder
Fleet Foxes Sun Giant EP
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Frank Zappa Apostrophe
Fugazi Repeater
Fugazi Red Medicine
Gift of Gab The Next Logical Progression
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...
Green Day Dookie
Green Day American Idiot
Hot Cross Cryonics
Just a perversity of the sound of wayward youths reading Vonnegut in a coffee shop near Portland... nothing is beautiful and everything hurt. A very dark album that warrants numerous careful listens.
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around
Johnny Cash The Legend of Johnny Cash
Josh Garrels Love and War and The Sea In Between
Justice Cross
Show me another debut album with no lyrics, no conventional artistic direction, and no commercial target audience that was as successful as Justice's debut, and I will show you a classic album.
Kidcrash Jokes
The type of album that makes you believe that genuine artistic expression is possible through commercial enterprise. blah listen to this, idiotz
Kidcrash New Ruins
Kidcrash Snacks
King Crimson Red
Knife Party 100% No Modern Talking
Kyuss ...And the Circus Leaves Town
Led Zeppelin Coda
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Early Days/Latter Days
Lost In The Trees A Church That Fits Our Needs
Lynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
Lynyrd Skynyrd become an icon after releasing this LP, featuring "Simple Man" "Freebird" and "Tuesday's Gone."
Manic Street Preachers Journal For Plague Lovers
Nas Illmatic
Hardened thug or just Nas? The beauty of art is that we can present what we want to the rest of the world. Nas presents the former face instead of the face of Nasir Jones, who is pictured on the front of this album.
Neil Young After the Gold Rush
Neil Young Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Nirvana Nirvana
Ozzy Osbourne The Essential Ozzy Osbourne
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Choice is the word that comes to mind. Every note has been carefully placed, every drum fill, so on and so forth. Emotive yet elegant, emotions are important element of its appeal. One of the better produced albums ever, credit to Alan Parsons. Many of the songs on here are simple. Its simplicity is a testament to its genius. Dark Side of the Moon is simultaneously insanity and genius.
Pink Floyd Echoes
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Queens of the Stone Age Over the Years and Through the Woods
Radiohead In Rainbows
Radiohead's fourth attempt at electronica. Its first attempt at a would-be business model revolving around free music for everybody. In Rainbows is proof positive that Thom Yorke deserves the lion share of this band's success. Yorke is effervescent. Thom Yorke is to Radiohead as Chris Martin is to Coldplay. Radiohead has the sounds of the 31st century to Coldplay's infectious piano melodies. Radiohead or Coldplay is just a matter of preference. That last statement is a veiled compliment to Coldplay and a most ringing endorsement of In Rainbows.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Regina Spektor Songs
Rush Rush
Saetia A Retrospective
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Silversun Pickups reveals the power of the Smashing Pumpkins, sans the angst. Carnavas is more of a renovation of Smashing Pumpkins than a remake, if that makes any sense. If it doesn't make sense to you, then you should give this one a spin or two.
Talking Heads Remain in Light
Television Marquee Moon
Tenacious D Tenacious D
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Wait, chicken noodle soup can be condensed? The Flaming Lips are song writers, and here they are writing more concise songs. A good thing to listen to.
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Moody Blues Anthology
The National Alligator
The National Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
The National The Virginia EP
Thee Silver Mount Zion Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly...
Thee Silver Mount Zion 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons
Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Tom Petty Greatest Hits
Tom Waits Alice
Tom Waits Small Change
Trip Lee Good Life
Underoath Define the Great Line
Velvet Revolver Contraband
Yo La Tengo Fakebook

3.5 great
AC/DC Powerage
AC/DC AC/DC Live
AFI Decemberunderground
Anti-Flag A New Kind Of Army
Anti-Flag Die For The Government
At the Drive-In El Gran Orgo
Audioslave Out of Exile
Audioslave Live in Cuba
Bad Company Bad Company
Black Flag The First Four Years
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Start of the metal. Sabbath was listening to other bands, but they were in a league of their own.
Blackalicious The Craft
Bob Marley and The Wailers Legend
Bob Seger Greatest Hits
Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps Backyard Tent Set
Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 with Eric Dolphy
Citizen Cope Citzen Cope
Cold War Kids Loyalty to Loyalty
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Deja Vu
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Deftones White Pony
Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030
Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Foo Fighters One by One
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
A friend asked me once, "what is post-rock?" My reply, "post-rock is the soundtrack to the end of the world." If the end of the world is anything like F#A#?, then my friend and I will have so much to look forward to.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Tiny Silver Hammers
Grace Potter and The Nocturnals Grace Potter and The Nocturnals
Grand Funk Railroad Closer To Home
Howie Day Australia
Jason Aldean My Kinda Party
Jet Get Born
Hard-dicked rock and roll... if this album is lost on you, then I apologize. Such a fun album
Kyuss Welcome to Sky Valley
Kyuss Muchas Gracias: The Best of Kyuss
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
This album deserves a full length review, but for me, it comes down to this album's most famous inhabitant. "Stairway to Heaven" epitomizes a rock song for me. Simple, sweet instrumentation transitioning into still simple yet heavy blue-zy instrumentation. Lyrically, SOH is elusive, and its true meaning will forever escape me, though it is more than mildly suggestive of larger themes, and it is frequently taken as an simple yet direct allusion to mysticism. (Personally, I don't subscribe to this interpretation, although I acknowledge these elements in the music.) "Stairway to Heaven" makes this a classic album in-and-of-itself, but there are numerous timeless songs, the ones that stick in your craw. Led Zeppelin IV or Zoso is essential.
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Lifehouse No Name Face
M. Ward A Wasteland Companion
Madvillain Madvillainy
Metallica Kill 'Em All
The songs that were written and recorded with the least production value have come to be my favorite Metallica songs. Thrash didn't live up to what many thought it could be, and many will hold Kill 'Em All up as the example of this... what's good here is too numerous to list. Basically, the thematic elements here are intrinsic, and I see many of Metallica's later attempts, e.g. Master of Puppets, as trying to recapture what was present here on their first LP. It's true that we probably wouldn't remember this album without the Black Album or even ...And Justice for All, but I revere this all the same. Ride the Lightning is essentially a polished Kill 'Em All, and Master of Puppets is Metallica's shadow of itself, a memory of itself. Metallica was meant to have a metal militia to march to their defense (fanboys mostly) it seems.
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Miles Davis Sketches of Spain
Miles Davis Birth of the Cool
Minor Threat Complete Discography
Mogwai Come On Die Young
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nirvana Bleach
Ozzy Osbourne Ozzmosis
Pearl Jam Ten
Peter Frampton Frampton Comes Alive!
Puddle of Mudd Come Clean
In a sense, Come Clean is a portrait of Wesley Scantlin's learning the hard lessons in life, the ones encountered in the transition from a boy to a man. Three singles "Control" "Blurry" and "She Hates Me" in addition to numerous likely singles. I bought this record over 10 years ago. Still a 5-star rock record. Radio rock done properly.
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Radiohead OK Computer
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Red Hot Chili Peppers Greatest Hits
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush Fly by Night
Silver Jews American Water
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme
Sir Richard Bishop While My Guitar Violently Bleeds
Slayer Reign in Blood
Slayer South of Heaven
Soundgarden A-Sides
State Radio Us Against the Crown
Styx The Grand Illusion
Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown
Tego Calderon El Abarllade
Tenacious D The Pick of Destiny
The Avett Brothers The Second Gleam
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Guess Who These Eyes: The Ultimate Collection
The Joy Formidable The Big Roar
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
At the Drive-In/The Mars Volta were joined by this and Relationship of Command... the two are continuous. ROC contains the science fiction aspects necessary for the creation of the Mars Volta, but it lacks the changes that characterize the Mars Volta and progressive rock in general. The changes that were added to the music of At the Drive-In resulted in the Mars Volta, a progressive rock outfit. Chief among the changes that were added are quiet/loud, time signature switches, and the addition of instruments plus effects. The volta
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Mars Volta expanded their musical repertoire. How did this happen? With continued experimentation, but more precisely, I think, by admonishing artistic direction to the sessions musicians. Amputechture represents a significant epoche for the Mars Volta as the band moves out of the musical wilderness, away from kitsch of At the Drive-In and earlier TMV, into the territory of other progressive rock outfits, even surpassing progressive rock giants, like Rush, in creativity and popularity. Is the Mars Volta this generation's Pink Floyd?
The National High Violet
The Smiths Louder Than Bombs
The Soviettes LP III
The Unicorns Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
THEESatisfaction awE naturalE
Tom Waits Bone Machine
Imagine an adolescent Tom Waits sitting in the basement recording songs with a handful of instruments late at night while his parents argue loudly upstairs and you have Bone Machine, a stripped-down collection of disparate musical ideas. Just the bones please.
Tom Waits Foreign Affairs
Warren Zevon Excitable Boy
Yo La Tengo The Sounds Of The Sounds Of Science

3.0 good
AC/DC Highway to Hell
AC/DC Back in Black
Proudly displayed at the top of my ratings. Consider the freak flag flown. AC/DC never really wrote songs for anyone but themselves anyways. No explanation of this album is necessary in light of the following: you have heard AC/DC already.
AC/DC For Those About to Rock We Salute You
Against Me! Reinventing Axl Rose
Arcade Fire Funeral
Arcade Fire The Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Audioslave Revelations
Billy Bragg and Wilco Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Black Sabbath Born Again
Black Sabbath Symptom of the Universe
Blank Page Empire Sinners, Thieves, And Beggars
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Bob Dylan Together Through Life
Bob Seger Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Boston Don't Look Back
Carole King Tapestry
Creed Human Clay
Cursive Domestica
Difficult to rate this highly, given its angularity and brashness. Domestica is home-grown hardcore. Certainly, it is a bold statement of punk angst from a typically very docile indie rock band. The production is impressive, but the lyrical direction is conceptual, similar to Converge's Jane Doe.
Cursive I Am Gemini
Daft Punk Human After All
Delicate Steve Positive Force
Dr. Dre The Chronic
Elvis Costello The Delivery Man
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Firewind Forged by Fire
Foo Fighters In Your Honor
Frank Zappa Strictly Commercial
Friends Better Off Alone
Fugazi In on the Kill Taker
fun. Aim and Ignite
fun. Some Nights
Gentle Giant Gentle Giant
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Gorillaz G-Sides
Gorillaz D-Sides
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Husker Du Zen Arcade
Kid Rock Devil Without A Cause
Kidcrash I Haven't Had A Date In 4 Years EP
King Crimson The ConstruKction of Light
Kyuss Wretch
Kyuss Sons Of Kyuss
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Liam the Younger Revel Hidden Worlds
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Loma Prieta Last City
Lucinda Williams Happy Woman Blues
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Matt Nathanson Some Mad Hope
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Some Kind of Monster
Metallica Load
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
Milla Jovovich The Divine Comedy
More Than Life Love Let Me Go
Neil Young Freedom
Nirvana Nevermind
No Doubt Tragic Kingdom
Off Minor The Heat Death of the Universe
Old Man Markley Guts N' Teeth
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Ozzy Osbourne No More Tears
P.O.D. Satellite
Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What
Phil Collins Face Value
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Portraits Of Past 01010101
Portugal. The Man American Ghetto
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Radiohead Kid A
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
Regina Spektor 11:11
Seven Mary Three The Economy Of Sound
Smash Mouth Astro Lounge
Soundgarden Superunknown
Stoked Beyond Boredom Two Dudes and A Chick
Tanlines Mixed Emotions
The Allman Brothers Band Shades of Two Worlds
The Avett Brothers I and Love and You
The Bambi Molesters Sonic Bullets: 13 from the Hip
The Cars Move Like This
The Cure Disintegration
The Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics
An improvement over Yoshimi four years in the making...
The Jayhawks Tomorrow the Green Grass
The National The National
The National Cherry Tree
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Nuclear, Sad, Nuclear
The Offspring The Offspring
The Wreckers Stand Still, Look Pretty
The xx xx
Thee Silver Mount Zion Horses in the Sky
thenewno2 thefearofmissingout
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits
Tom Waits Orphans
Tom Waits Blood Money
Van Morrison Astral Weeks
Van Morrison A Night in San Francisco
Woody Guthrie Bob Dylan's Woody Guthrie Selection
Yo La Tengo Summer Sun
Yo La Tengo will be remembered for their successes -- their bold song-writing, alternative
eclecticism, and superb melodies -- in addition to their obvious failures. Summer Sun with
its incredible atmospheres and failed experimentation not to mention a lack of commercial
success, certainly, fits this narrative. Summer Sun shines like the New Jersey summer sun
shines. It is atmospheric and elegant but fleeting.

2.5 average
Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
Dungen Ta Det Lugnt
Frank Zappa Hot Rats
Jimi Hendrix Experience Hendrix: The Best of Hendrix
Kyuss Blues for the Red Sun
Led Zeppelin Presence
Led Zeppelin's mediocre was still better than everyone else's best. Jimmy Page said it best. That was the 70s. Now we know about Page's plagiarism. For those who loved Led Zeppelin, it was the ultimate betrayal. For many, their love turned into hate, respite for one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time. In 2011, the song remains the same, but the memory of Led Zeppelin is tarnished.
Metallica St. Anger
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Se Dice Bisonte, No B├║falo
Probot Probot
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Say Anything In Defense of the Genre
Soundtrack Silent Hill The Movie Soundtrack
The Beatles Revolver
The National Trouble Will Find Me
The Who Tommy
Yo La Tengo I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

2.0 poor
Blink-182 Enema of the State
A crude exhibition of pre-teen life values. Music for yesteryear
Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
The sound is there. The style is there. The sexiness is there. The song-writer went missing.
Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Converge Jane Doe
Converge's Jane Doe is a masterpiece in the metal/hardcore genre. From its brutal outset ("Concubine") to its towering finish ("Jane Doe"), Converge's precise instrumentation is an excellent example of how changes in tempo and tonality can be used to create both intense and emotional songs. Vocalist Jacob Bannon's variegated delivery ranges from a superbly chaotic "scream" to a choice disharmonious groan, bringing the music to life. Jane Doe might as well not have any lyrics (it does), because Converge is one seething mass of sound on this, the band's magnum opus.
Green Day Nimrod
Husker Du New Day Rising
Iron & Wine The Shepherd's Dog
Flashes of musical brilliance ("Carousel" "House by the Sea" and "The Devil Never Sleeps") punctuate a poor lyrically written folk album.
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Massive Attack Mezzanine
A very deep album that urges careful consideration and pulls the listener in, if it is given time
Metallica Metallica
Miles Davis Bitches Brew
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
My Morning Jacket The Tennessee Fire
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Prince The Very Best Of Prince
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
Tom Waits Rain Dogs
Tortoise TNT
TV on the Radio Dear Science
Yes Fragile

1.5 very poor
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
More of the same from a very worthy band... No World for Tomorrow sounds more like a video-game inspired comic book fantasy in a time when video games are becoming more and more plausible and agreeable. Video games on the radio.
Converge Caring and Killing
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem The Eminem Show
Kid Rock History Of Rock
LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Radiohead Pablo Honey
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain
Tori Amos Little Earthquakes
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain
A handful of gems isn't enough to save TV On the Radio from themselves. The band seemingly struggles with constructing the most melodies, etc. Songs lack any sorts of real catchiness. There's a BIG difference between being indie and sucking, and the band has confused the two, once again. Dear Science is preferable to this one, as it stands as a nice course correction.

1.0 awful
Burial Untrue
Drive Like Jehu Yank Crime
Drive Like Jehu Drive Like Jehu
Grunge is hard to love nowadays, and it is made no less user friendly by Drive Like Jehu's directionless, spiritless gallivanting. Three minute songs are stretched to seven minutes in what is some of the worst grunge available.
Gorillaz Demon Days
A major disappointment, give me any songs off of their original over this drivel. It sounds like this is merely the songs that didn't make it onto their first LP. Gone is the bold eclecticism and creativity in song writing (I wish my brother George was here, alas no searing Del tha funkee homosapien part), replaced with generic pop. Little in the way of hip hop, punk and other genres that sounded so good from their first LP.
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...
mewithoutYou Blood Enough For Us All
mewithoutYou sounds more like Slayer than the Christian mewithoutYou we have come to love and respect.
The Mountain Goats All Eternals Deck
Ween God Ween Satan: The Oneness
For better or worse, in success and failures, Ween will never be able to live this one down...
Wolfmother Wolfmother
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