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5.0 classic
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
This album changed my perception of music. truly. after hearing this album non stop when it came out back in January (it STILL is in heavy rotation on my ipod) i realized what ELSE music could be. the music is almost fully made up of electronics and samples of anything from water drips to a didgeridoo. all this is swirled together with sincere and psychedelically modified vocals from 2 singers who blend their voices in a way reminiscent of the Beach Boys. this is the psychedelic music of the future. this album is also their most "pop" album but this is far from anything you'll be hearing on the radio. their use of extensive sampling and the amount of electronic sounds is something that can only be done now in the age of information and technology. for that this album feels like a work of art that is pushing things to the limit with what is available now. and, well, its also the most emotionally impact-ful album of the year. this is music backed by serious passion. its dynamic, engrossing, and hypnotizing. this is one of my favorite albums not ONLY for the year but of all time. check this album out. now.
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead Amnesiac
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The xx xx
A stunning first album from these british young-uns. their sound is made up of male and female vocals trading back and forth over restrained guitar and bass and simplistic drum machine beats and most importantly; silence. yes silence. the use of space and silence on this album is why it ranks so highly for me. they never seem to get too loud, yet somehow it feels overwhelming powerful. these songs will stay ingrained in your head, and all the while you'll wonder "how the hell do they do it?" if these guys continue making albums this good in the future i may have to question if they are actually aliens sent to create beautifully restrained music for us humans to learn from. that or just ANOTHER brilliant british band.

4.5 superb
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Animal Collective Honeycomb/Gotham
Animal Collective Feels
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
Arcade Fire Funeral
Battles Mirrored
Blonde Redhead 23
Cold War Kids Robbers and Cowards
Daft Punk Alive 2007
Danger 09/14 2007
Devendra Banhart Rejoicing in the Hands
Devendra Banhart Nino Rojo
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Up From Below
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Girls Album
This SF band essentially made the PERFECT album to listen to in SF. the songs are a mix of surf, garage / lo-fi, shoegaze / wall of sound, and AWESOME. you know...the genre? after seeing these guys play their album release party at Ameoba Records in SF i was sold. they are INCREDIBLE. every song on the album is a deranged pop song that will somehow pull at your emotional strings AND make you wanna go lay on the beach in SF and watch the fog roll in. support these guys! come on, they named their debut album "Album". sold?
Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple
Honeycomb Honeycomb EP
iamamiwhoami To Whom It May Concern
Ima Robot Ima Robot
James Blake James Blake
Justice Cross
Matt and Kim Grand
Fun, quick, awesome punk / pop songs are sometimes all you need. this album is just under 30min and there is no messing around. 11 songs that rarely go over 3min. this album is like snack food, except reeeally good snack food. i'm talking like deep-fried nachos smothered in chocolate sprinkles and whipped cream.
Metric Fantasies
Mew No More Stories
the albums full title is an entire poem which is the lyrics to a stunning song in the middle of this album. so yeah, these guys are conceptual prog-rockers. this album, however, shows incredible range. there's some beautifully quiet lullabies, some full force dance-able rock songs, some twisted time- signature stuff that will have you scratching your heads to uncover what all the instruments are playing, and even a backwards / forwards song. yes a song that can be played backwards AND forwards with lyrics that are only uncovered by playing it both ways. this album is brilliantly paced and each song is seriously a masterpiece. truly a musicians album. this is difficult and remarkably beautiful music.
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Muse Black Holes and Revelations
Panda Bear Tomboy
Pendulum Hold Your Colour
Pink Floyd The Wall
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Radiohead In Rainbows
Rancid ...And Out Come the Wolves
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
Surfer Blood Astro Coast
Tame Impala Innerspeaker
The Clash London Calling
The Dresden Dolls The Dresden Dolls
The Dresden Dolls Yes, Virginia...
The Faint Danse Macabre
The Faint Wet From Birth
The Flaming Lips Embryonic
SPEAKING of returning to the weird, The Flaming Lips did. in a BIG way. this double-album will seriously piss off fans who expected them to continue down the path of the pop (as they were slowly beginning to do the last couple albums) but for me....well its just about the best album they've ever put out. this album is weird as hell, but holy shit is it good. 60's Psychedelia is back in style and The Flaming Lips are paving the road in new directions. it's also hard not to mention their incredible live show when talking about them. so ill reduce it to this string-of-words sentence: space-bubble dancing-animals confetti-cannons birthed-band-members. yeeeah. well anyways this album is incredible. LONG LIVE THE WEIRD!!
The Good, The Bad, & The Queen The Good, The Bad, & The Queen
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Kills Midnight Boom
The Knife Shaking the Habitual
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Mars Volta Octahedron
The Mars Volta are still my favorite band, and as much as i feel like i need to talk about why i DIDNT give it a higher place on my top 10, i'd rather say why its on here in the first place. this is an AWESOME album. if you've never heard The Mars Volta this is probably the easiest place to start. they consider this their "Acoustic" album. it isn't really acoustic, but it is definitely their most restrained album. the songs aren't epically long, they contain very digestible song structures, and the melodies are beautiful. this album is amazing, but i do hope they return to the weird for the next album.
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins Wincing the Night Away
Thom Yorke The Eraser
tUnE-yArDs w h o k i l l
tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack
TV on the Radio Dear Science
White Rabbits It's Frightening
the single off this album "Percussion Gun" is one of the best songs of the year, and the rest don't disappoint either. if you like Radiohead, check these guys out. like Matt & Kim these songs feel absolutely crammed with brilliant ideas. unlike Matt & Kim the songs also have emotional value. the use of piano is unique and extremely interesting. you'll have to hear it for yourself.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever To Tell
Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse

4.0 excellent
AFI Sing the Sorrow
Animal Collective ODDSAC
Animal Collective Water Curses
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
Animal Collective Centipede Hz
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Before Today
Atlas Sound Logos
Atoms for Peace Amok
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Blonde Redhead Misery is a Butterfly
Blonde Redhead Penny Sparkle
CocoRosie Grey Oceans
Cold War Kids Loyalty to Loyalty
Cold War Kids Behave Yourself
Daft Punk Discovery
Danger 09/16 2007
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
Devendra Banhart Cripple Crow
Devendra Banhart Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca
Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Girls Broken Dreams Club
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
I didn't know Grizzly Bear before this album, but after hearing this album i was an instant fan. Beach Boy style vocal harmonies, and absolutely beautiful musicianship makes this album a soothing and emotionally powerful album that begs to be heard.
Ima Robot Monument To The Masses
James Blake Overgrown
Justice A Cross the Universe
Kasabian Empire
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Lykke Li Youth Novels
M.I.A. Kala
M.I.A. Arular
MGMT Congratulations
Muse Absolution
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Vol. 1
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Xenophanes
Owen Pallett Heartland
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Rancid Indestructible
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Sufjan Stevens Silver & Gold
The Books The Way Out
The Distillers Coral Fang
The Flaming Lips Dark Side of the Moon
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
The Fratellis Costello Music
The Kills Keep On Your Mean Side
The Mars Volta Tremulant
The Offspring Americana
The Shins Oh, Inverted World
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Toro Y Moi Underneath The Pine
tUnE-yArDs BiRd-BrAiNs
Vampire Weekend Contra
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!
YYY's swtiched it up, and it's awesome. this is their dance album, and dance you will. synths galore and plenty of killer vocals from frontwoman Karen O. this may not be my favorite YYY's album, but it most certainly is one of the best albums of the year and contains a couple of their best songs.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito

3.5 great
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
Bjork Biophilia
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Broken Bells Broken Bells
CocoRosie Tales of a Grass Widow
CocoRosie Noah's Ark
Devendra Banhart Mala
Dom Sun Bronzed Greek Gods
dredg Catch Without Arms
El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Cryptomnesia
Foo Fighters One by One
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
Kasabian West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes
Mew And the Glass Handed Kites
Muse Showbiz
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Radiohead OK Computer
Rancid Life Won't Wait
Rancid Rancid [2000]
Ratatat LP4
Smash-up Derby What the F*** is Going On?
St. Vincent St. Vincent
The Dead Weather Horehound
The Distillers Sing, Sing Death House
The Dresden Dolls A Is For Accident
The Faint Fasciinatiion
The Flaming Lips The Terror
The Fratellis Here We Stand
The Kills No Wow
The Mars Volta Scab Dates
The National High Violet
The Offspring Ixnay on the Hombre
The Offspring Smash
Transplants Transplants
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones
Yeasayer Odd Blood

3.0 good
Band of Horses Cease to Begin
Best Coast Crazy For You
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles II
Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs
Deerhunter Monomania
Devendra Banhart What Will We Be
Devo Something for Everybody
Foo Fighters In Your Honor
Gogol Bordello Trans-Continental Hustle
Gorillaz Demon Days
Green Day Dookie
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Kasabian Kasabian
LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Mike Doughty Golden Delicious
My Bloody Valentine m b v
Pendulum Immersion
Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods
Sleigh Bells Treats
The Faint Blank-Wave Arcade
The Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics
The Kills Blood Pressures
The Offspring Conspiracy of One
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
Tomahawk Oddfellows
Toro Y Moi Anything In Return
Wolfmother Wolfmother
Youth Lagoon The Year of Hibernation

2.5 average
AFI Decemberunderground
Bloc Party Intimacy
Christopher Owens Lysandre
CocoRosie The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillbo
Daft Punk Human After All
Daft Punk Tron: Legacy
as a soundtrack, I'm sure this does the job. As the extremely hyped new Daft Punk material, it simply doesn't. Perhaps expecting the robots to create a soundtrack based more closely to their music was too much to ask, but overall this soundtrack sounds like every other major action movie soundtrack with some more low-end, electronic gurgling here and there, and 2 legitimate Daft Punk songs which they released prior (Derezzed, and End Credits). A major disappointment.
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Here
Gorillaz Gorillaz
Junip Junip
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper Ripely Pine
Lykke Li I Never Learn
M.I.A. Maya
Muse The Resistance
Owen Pallett He Poos Clouds
Pendulum In Silico
Radiohead The Bends
Stars The Five Ghosts
The Drums The Drums
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Sounds Dying to say this to You
The Used Lies for the Liars
Wavves Afraid of Heights
Wolfmother Cosmic Egg

2.0 poor
AFI Crash Love
Bloc Party A Weekend in the City
Bright Eyes The People's Key
Cold War Kids Mine is Yours
Death Cab for Cutie Codes and Keys
Green Day American Idiot
Green Day Shenanigans
Hot Chip One Life Stand
Justice Audio, Video, Disco
If you listened to Justice's first album "Cross" and thought 'god, I really wish they would get rid of all this crunchy electro-glitch fused 70's funk-soul-future-robot-pop and replaced it with cheese-ball 80's prog / glam-stadium-rock' then Justice's new album "Audio, Video, Disco" is for you. For everyone else it's a massive disappointment.
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Radiohead Pablo Honey
i love Radiohead. one of my favorite bands. for obvious reasons i've listened to this album by them many times but can never get into it. it contains none of the innovation and creativity behind their later music. perhaps in retrospect it doesn't deserve such a low score, but it's really just the fact that i know they went on to create much better things. just listen to their Post-OK Computer albums. you can't go wrong. this album sounds like way too many other bands for it to stand out.
The Killers Sam's Town
The Killers Day & Age
The Offspring Splinter
The Vines Highly Evolved

1.5 very poor
Best Coast The Only Place
Cold War Kids Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
Green Day Warning
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
No Profanities Your New Frisbee
Panic! At the Disco Pretty. Odd.
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
The Faint Media
back when "The Faint" really shouldn't have even been called "The Faint". this is before they began to craft their precisely kick-ass dance-punk sound. this is their emo album, and it's really just terrible. there's a handful of songs i can stand, and a couple that i think are alright, but overall this album is just another emo album. if it hadn't been by The Faint i would have turned it off after track 1...which i still usually do anyways.
The Offspring Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
The Used In Love and Death

1.0 awful
Lmfao Party Rock
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Why would anyone want to put themselves through listening to Owl City? This album consists of some of the only music that i literally cringe in disgust at. it's seriously some of the worst music available to humans. name anything, i'd rather listen to it. for the love of humanity don't listen to this album. Go listen to The Postal Service. same concept except it's actual music with value and passion.
Rebelution The Bright Side Of Life
The Ting Tings We Started Nothing
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