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5.0 classic
Blu No York!
holy fuck how did i miss this
Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein
Cave In Jupiter
Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Codeine Frigid Stars
Codeine The White Birch
where has this record been all my life
Company Flow Funcrusher Plus
D'Angelo Voodoo
D'Angelo Black Messiah
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...
Dean Blunt The Redeemer
Deathspell Omega Paracletus
Deftones Around the Fur
Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030
Depeche Mode Violator
Dog Fashion Disco Adultery
dredg El Cielo
El-P Fantastic Damage
Perhaps one of the most overlooked founding fathers of 21st century progressive hip-hop, Jaime Meline's Fantastic Damage is the follow-up to the revered Company Flow classic, Funcrusher Plus. Most notably, the 2002 release acts as a bridge between his hard working, NYC underground roots and his evolution into a successful producer and entrepreneur/owner/CEO of label Definitive Jux. While the chemistry of CoFlow is missed (while label Rawkus is not), El-Ps solo debut is at least as important - a 70-minute exploration in socio-political paranoia.
El-P I'll Sleep When You're Dead
El-P Cancer 4 Cure
Electric Wire Hustle Electric Wire Hustle
Failure Fantastic Planet
Faith No More Angel Dust
Frank Sinatra In The Wee Small Hours
Funkadelic Maggot Brain
Gorguts Obscura
Guilty Simpson Ode to the Ghetto
How to Dress Well Love Remains
Isis Panopticon
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
Julia Holter Loud City Song
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music
I almost shed a tear every time I hear the title track. What a beautiful song. It's everything I've dreamed hip-hop could be.
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Madvillain Madvillainy
Marvin Gaye What's Going On
Miles Davis Bitches Brew
Mount Eerie Wind's Poem
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Neurosis A Sun That Never Sets
Neurosis Times of Grace
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World
Opeth Blackwater Park
Organized Konfusion Stress: The Extinction Agenda
OutKast Aquemini
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Prince Purple Rain
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us
Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II
Essentially the audible recording of the art of cooking fish, in all of its beauty and rage, and one could not ask for anything more.
Ride Nowhere
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels
el-p is involved it's incredible surprise surprise
Sly and The Family Stone There's A Riot Goin' On
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Strapping Young Lad City
Strapping Young Lad The Complete Works
pretty awesome too bad i sold mine
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2
The Roots Things Fall Apart
The Weeknd House of Balloons
The Weeknd Thursday
The Weeknd Echoes of Silence
Three 6 Mafia Mystic Stylez
Thundercat Apocalypse
Jazz, Funk, Classical, Soul, incredible, beautiful, so far ahead of its time. Review here:rhttp://www.byvolume.co.uk/thundercat-apocalypse/
Thursday No Devolucion
Tool Aenima
Unwound Leaves Turn Inside You
Vangelis Blade Runner Soundtrack
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

4.7 superb
Gorguts Colored Sands
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan YT//ST

4.6 superb
James Blake Overgrown

4.5 superb
*shels Plains Of The Purple Buffalo
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Ben Frost A U R O R A
damn this is really good so far
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot
Big Boi may not be widely considered the star of Outkast, but his first ever (official) solo recording shines an unmistakeable spotlight nonetheless. Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty will by no means leave you pensive with overwhelming metaphysical conflicts post-listen, but be prepared to nod your head to some of the best southern hip-hop since, well, the last Outkast offering.
Big L Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
Bilal 1st Born Second
Black Moon Enta Da Stage
Black Star Black Star
Blackalicious Blazing Arrow
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Boredoms Vision Creation Newsun
Camel Mirage
Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um
Clipping CLPPNG
this is incredible wowowowow

holy shit how can you not like this
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
Converge Jane Doe
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
going to be hard to beat this for aoty.
Dark Time Sunshine ANX
Continues to establish 2012 as the best year for hip-hop in over a decade
Dave Weckl Band Synergy
David Bowie Low
De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead
Deafheaven Sunbather
Death Symbolic
Deep Puddle Dynamics The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel
Deftones White Pony
Deftones Adrenaline
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Once upon a time there was a man who as a child had heard that beautiful story of how God tempted Abraham and of how Abraham withstood the temptation, kept the faith, and, contrary to expectation, got a son a second time. When he grew older, he read the same story with even greater admiration, for life had fractured what had been united in the pious simplicity of the child. The older he became, the more often his thoughts turned to that story; his enthusiasm for it became greater and greater, and yet he could understand the story less and less. Finally, he forgot every thing else because of it; his soul had but one wish, to see Abraham, but one longing, to have witnessed that event. His craving was not to see the beautiful regions of the East, not the earthly glory of the promised land, not that God-fearing couple whose old age God had blessed, not the venerable figure of the aged patriarch, not the vigorous adolescence God bestowed upon Isaac-the same thing could just as well have occurred on a barren heath. His craving was to go along on the three-day journey when Abraham rode with sorrow before him and Isaac beside him. His wish was to be present in that hour when Abraham raised his eyes and saw Mount Moriah in the distance, the hour when he left the asses behind and went up the mountain alone with Isaac- for what occupied him was not the beautiful tapestry of imagination but the shudder of the idea.
Denzel Curry Nostalgic 64
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech
Digable Planets Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
Doe Eye T E L E V I S I O N
wow

edit: alex beebe totally wrong
Dr. Dre The Chronic
Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
dredg Leitmotif
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Failure Magnified
Fantomas The Director's Cut
Flying Lotus 1983
Funkadelic Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow
Ghostface Killah Ironman
Ghostface Killah Supreme Clientele
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
Gorguts The Erosion of Sanity
Gorguts From Wisdom to Hate
GZA Liquid Swords
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Hiatus Kaiyote Tawk Tomahawk
whoa cant believe i missed this
His Hero Is Gone Fifteen Counts of Arson
How to Dress Well Total Loss
Hum Downward Is Heavenward
Hum You'd Prefer an Astronaut
Incubus Morning View
Intestine Baalism Ultimate Instinct
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Isis Oceanic
Isis Celestial
J Dilla Donuts
Janelle Monae Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase
Jay-Z The Black Album
Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt
Jerusalem in my Heart Mo7it Al-Mo7it
wow this record is incredible !! ! ! r
Kamelot The Black Halo
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo Live and Let Die
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo Wanted: Dead Or Alive
Kvelertak Kvelertak
Maps & Atlases You and Me and the Mountain
Marijuana Deathsquads Tamper, Disable, Destroy
Mastodon Leviathan
Maxwell Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite
one of the best soul albums of all time has less than 30 ratings here not surprised come on guys wtf
Mobb Deep The Infamous
Modern Life Is War Witness
Mono You Are There
Morbus Chron Sweven
Mos Def Black on Both Sides
Mount Eerie No Flashlight
Mount Eerie Clear Moon
Mount Eerie Ocean Roar
Ocean Roar is essentially the audible recording of the ocean's roar, in all of its beauty and rage, and one could not ask for anything more.
N.E.R.D. In Search Of
Nails Abandon All Life
holy shit;kasjdfl;kasjdf;
Nas Illmatic
Neneh Cherry Blank Project
mark it down, the first time ive ever agreed with greg
Neurosis Enemy of the Sun
Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black
Niechec Smierc w miekkim futerku
Album is so good it demotes you for even rating it.
Nmesh Dream Sequins
Oceansize Effloresce
Old Man Gloom Christmas
Opeth Still Life
Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come
OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
OutKast ATLiens
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 1
Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs
Pink Floyd The Wall
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways
Prince 1999
Quasimoto The Unseen
Radiohead OK Computer
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Scarface The Diary
Sebadoh Bakesale
Secret Chiefs 3 Book of Horizons
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape
Slint Spiderland
Sole and the Skyrider Band Plastique
This is easily one of the year's finest hip-hop ventures - if only Raekwon delayed his newest another year, Plastique would be sitting on top of all of 2009's releases defecating.
Stateless Matilda
i dont think the people with less than a 3.5 rating are listening to the same album even. this is incredible music, period.
Strapping Young Lad Alien
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Team Sleep Team Sleep
Tears for Fears The Hurting
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Drones I See Seaweed
holy shit this destroys havilah
The Flaming Lips Clouds Taste Metallic
The Flaming Lips Zaireeka
The Microphones Mount Eerie
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die
The Ocean Precambrian
The Prodigy The Fat of the Land
The Roots Game Theory
The Roots Do You Want More?!!!??!
The Samuel Jackson Five Easily Misunderstood
The-Dream Love Hate
Tim Hecker Harmony in Ultraviolet
TiRon & Ayomari A Sucker For Pumps
Tool Lateralus
TV on the Radio Dear Science
Vektor Black Future
Vektor Outer Isolation
Vektor are inkredible. Future science and tekhnology and metal.
Viktor Vaughn Vaudeville Villain
Young L Enigma Theory

4.4 superb
Fire! Orchestra Exit!

4.3 superb
Autre Ne Veut Anxiety
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die
Twelve Reasons To Die is essentially the audible recording of reasons to die, in all of their beauty and rage, and one could not ask for anything more.
Jon Hopkins Immunity
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

4.2 excellent
Child Actor Victory
missed this last year. top notch dream/ psychedelic pop
Kvelertak Meir
Polyenso One Big Particular Loop
i went back and listened to oceana for the first time after hearing this excellent record. i honestly dont understand how you could possibly enjoy that music, what a shit heap of bro-core cliches

4.1 excellent
Janelle Monae The Electric Lady
i reviewed this, hark: http://www.byvolume.co.uk/janelle-monae%E2%80%8E-the-electric-lady/

4.0 excellent
*shels Sea of the Dying Dhow
7 Days Of Funk 7 Days Of Funk
Abel (NY) Make It Right
Aesop Rock Labor Days
Aesop Rock Daylight
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Amenra Mass V
Amorphis Tales From the Thousand Lakes
Amorphis Tuonela
Amplifier Amplifier
Amplifier The Astronaut Dismantles HAL
Andrew Bird Break It Yourself
Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See
As Tall As Lions You Can't Take It With You
Astronote Weapon Of The Future
Atmosphere Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs
Atmosphere Overcast!
Ava Luna Electric Balloon
マクロスMACROSS 82-99 SAILORWAVE
i give this a 4. kingsoby1 stamp of approval.
BADBADNOTGOOD BBNG2
what the f this is so good
Battles Mirrored
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
chugga chugga doo doo bliddle bliddle brawrrrrr lalala
Big Boi Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
Big Business Head for the Shallow
Bilal Airtight's Revenge
Bilal A Love Surreal
Billy Woods History Will Absolve Me
This is the easiest 4/5 I've ever given. Billy Woods is so good lyrically it's ridiculous, and the beats are consistently great - somewhat glitchy, heavy electronic influence. Only downside is the seriously excessive length. Just plain impossible to focus on a 20 track record.
Binary Star Masters of the Universe
Birds in Row You, Me, and the Violence
Black Breath Sentenced To Life
Black Host Life in the Sugar Candle Mines
Black Milk Tronic
Blank Banshee Blank Banshee 0
Blank Banshee Blank Banshee 1
Blue Sky Black Death A Heap Of Broken Images
Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Best record of the year so far.
BT This Binary Universe
Buke and Gase General Dome
Burst Origo
Cage Hell's Winter
Carcass Surgical Steel
Cave In Antenna
Cave In Planets of Old
Charles Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
Charles Mingus The Clown
Choking Victim No Gods, No Managers
Circle Takes the Square Decompositions: Volume Number One
Clipse Lord Willin'
Cloud Nothings Attack on Memory
cLOUDDEAD cLOUDDEAD
Coalesce 0:12 Revolution in Just Listening
Cobalt Gin
Cult Leader Nothing for Us Here
Cult of Luna Salvation
CunninLynguists A Piece Of Strange
Cynic Focus
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Dark Night of the Soul
further emphasizes you must kill yourself to earn indie cred.
Danny Brown XXX
Daughters Daughters
De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising
De La Soul Stakes Is High
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Deathspell Omega Drought
Decapitated Winds of Creation
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Both Sides of the Brain
Depeche Mode Music for the Masses
Depeche Mode Black Celebration
Devin Townsend Terria
Devin Townsend Project Addicted
Digable Planets Blowout Comb
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca
Right now, this is the best album of the year. Almost every tune is crafted precisely and beautifully. Excellent musicians, interesting lyrics, and my girlfriend likes this. Any album my girlfriend likes is usually the next internet indie smash hit.
Disillusion Back To Times Of Splendor
Dr. Dre 2001
Dream Theater Live Scenes From New York
Ducktails Ducktails
Dutch E Germ IN.RAK.DUST
Dyzlectic Octo The Epee
excellent rapping and solid production for the early 2000s. v solid.
East of the Wall The Apologist
El-Creepo! El-Creepo!
El-P Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3
El-P High Water
Elzhi The Preface
Eminem Recovery
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini
Entropia (PL) Vesper
EPMD Strictly Business
Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch
Ernie Watts Reaching Up
Ernie Watts To The Point
Erykah Badu New Amerykah Pt. 1 (4th World War)
Estradasphere Palace Of Mirrors
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly...
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
Fates Warning Parallels
Finale A Pipe Dream and a Promise
Finger Eleven The Greyest of Blue Skies
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Flying Lotus Los Angeles
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Forest Swords Engravings
Francis Harris Minutes of Sleep
Frank Ocean Channel Orange
Frank Sinatra Come Fly With Me
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Pinata
From Ashes Rise Nightmares
Gazpacho Night
Georgia Anne Muldrow Umsindo
Georgia Anne Muldrow Seeds
Madlib is awesome 100% of the time, it only matters to what degree of awesome. And this is probably one of his lower awesome levels unfortunately... which still equates to Muldrow's finest (tied with Umsindo). This time around, Muldrow does a great job condensing her LP - where Umsindo had eleventy billion songs, Seeds takes 11 songs and puts them into a nice, continuous package. Interestingly enough, I find myself missing Muldrow's production - while similar to the Beat Konducta, it is a bit less Fantastic Planet if that makes any sense. Madlib really does a great job emulating 70's funk, and in classic fashion shines a spotlight on Muldrow's performance. But this is the main detractor to Seeds; her preachy, blunted out philosophy takes center stage when it likely shouldn't. Georgia Anne Muldrow is easily one of the most talented musicians around today and is definitely due for a classic one of these days. Seeds isn't it, but is a great record that shows she hasn't yet lost focus since Umsindo.
Ghostface Killah Fishscale
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know...
Glassjaw Coloring Book
God Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright
God Is An Astronaut Far from Refuge
Gorguts Considered Dead
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
Guilty Simpson O.J. Simpson
Heltah Skeltah Nocturnal
High on Fire Blessed Black Wings
High on Fire Death Is This Communion
High on Fire Snakes For The Divine
In Pieces Lions Write History
Incubus Make Yourself
Iron Lung Sexless // No Sex
Isis The Red Sea
Isis Wavering Radiant
Isis and Aereogramme In The Fishtank 14
Island Orakel
J Dilla The Shining
J Dilla Dillanthology
Jay-Z The Blueprint
Jaylib Champion Sound
Jeremiah Jae Raw Money Raps
very influenced by blu's no york!... kind of like what shabazz palaces would sound like if they didn't suck :]

this is growing on me, might 4 it
Jessy Lanza Pull My Hair Back
JJ DOOM Key To The Kuffs
JMSN †Pllajë†
Juicy J Stay Trippy
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Kamelot The Fourth Legacy
Kangding Ray Solens Arc
Karriem Riggins Alone Together
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
Kenna New Sacred Cow
Keyshia Cole Just Like You
Kidcrash Jokes
Killer Mike I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II
King Crimson Red
King Geedorah Take Me to Your Leader
Kishi Bashi Lighght
Kiss Kiss The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left
KMD Bl-ck B-st-rds
Kylesa Spiral Shadow
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Lakutis 3 Seashells
Latitudes Individuation
Little Scream The Golden Record
M. Ward Transistor Radio
M. Ward Post-War
M. Ward Transfiguration of Vincent
Madlib Shades of Blue
Madlib Beat Konducta Vol 1-2: Movie Scenes
Maps & Atlases Tree, Swallows, Houses
Maps & Atlases Perch Patchwork
Maps & Atlases Beware and Be Grateful
Marie Davidson Perte d'identité
Mark Ronson Record Collection
this has nothing to do with hipsters and is incredible
Mastodon Remission
Matana Roberts Coin Coin Chapter One - Gens de couleur libres
Max Richter Recomposed: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
Maxwell Embrya
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Method Man Tical
Mew Frengers
MF DOOM Operation: Doomsday
MF DOOM MM.. Food
Michio Kurihara Sunset Notes
Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Modern Life Is War My Love. My Way.
Mondkopf Hades
feels like a darker boards of canada
Mono Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Morgan Delt Morgan Delt
Mos Def The Ecstatic
Mount Eerie Lost Wisdom
Mount Kimbie Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
Mr. Bungle California
Mr. Lif I Phantom
N.E.R.D. Fly Or Die
Nacho Picasso and Avatar Darko Vampsterdam
Not only did Nacho Picasso release three albums in the past year and a half - he released three brilliantly produced records absolutely brimming with the most innovative punchline rapping known to man. But while For the Glory, Lord of the Fly, and Exalted were technical marvels with respect to quality versus volume, they still lacked a certain distinguishing factor to elevate their content beyond gimmickry. The beats, courtesy of Blue Sky Black Death, effectively dabbled in the still-developing tropes of cloud-rap and trap, yet Picasso's rapping lacked enough of a coherent structure to truly enhance this backdrop to its fullest potential. Vampsterdam mostly solves this problem by giving Nacho Picasso the energy of Avatar Darko to, well, feed upon. The interplay between the two is natural, giving room on the mic for Picasso to breathe with ample hooks to transition from - as opposed to filling up four minutes with constant punchlines about drugs or dicks/ using them. Araab Muzik, Raised Byy Wolves, and Clams Casino (among others) man the boards alongside a solitary beat from Blue Sky Black Death; the minor stylistic differences between each producer also help to differentiate Vampsterdam from its predecessors with less slow-tempo monotony. As a whole, the record is a marked improvement that truly showcases Picasso's potential to dethrone Weezy as the king of the punchline (hopefully not too hard now that his brain has been completely transplanted by syzzurp).
Nails Unsilent Death
Naked City Naked City
Napalm Death From Enslavement to Obliteration
Nas STILLmatic
Natti Still Motion
liking this way more than CL's typical shtick, plus Natti is my favorite mc from the group
Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I
Neurosis Souls at Zero
Neurosis Given to the Rising
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Obsidian Kingdom Mantiis
Oceansize Everyone Into Position
Oceansize Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up
Off Minor The Heat Death of the Universe
Oh No Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms
Oh No Ohnomite
Old Man Gloom Seminar III: Zozobra
Old Man Gloom NO
omg this is like awesome
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth Damnation
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Organized Konfusion Organized Konfusion
Orphans of Cush White Noize
OutKast Stankonia
P.O.S. Never Better
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane
Panda Bear Tomboy
Everything that didn't suck about MPP expanded into an entire album.
Passion Pit Gossamer
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...
Pelican Ataraxia/Taraxis
Pharoahe Monch Desire
Platinum Pied Pipers Abundance
By now, the consonant "D" undoubtedly inspires euphoria in underground hip-hop heads: unemployment drives its stake deeper into the D daily, yet through this hardship and pain therein lies true beauty and revolution. From the layman rhymes of Guilty Simpson's Ode To The Ghetto, to the break-out release of Elzhi's The Preface, and closing out the year in grand style with Black Milk's epic Tronic... Detroit is the hip-hop epicenter of the millenium. If Waajeed and Saadiq's Platinum Pied Pipers project promises anything, it's that the D isn't done; Abundance kicks off 2009 and the new regime with no ifs or maybes.
Poison the Well The Tropic Rot
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Porcupine Tree Up the Downstair
Porcupine Tree Nil Recurring
Portugal. The Man Waiter: ''You Vultures!''
Pulse Ultra Headspace
Pygmy Lush Mount Hope
Pygmy Lush Old Friends
Quadron Quadron
Quadron Avalanche
Quasimoto The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
R. Kelly Chocolate Factory
R. Kelly Love Letter
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Random Axe Random Axe
The easiest rating you could ever give.
Raphael Saadiq The Way I See It
Red Sparowes At The Soundless Dawn
Rhian Sheehan Stories From Elsewhere
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Rise and Fall Faith
very impressed with this. best metalcore i've heard in a while
RJD2 Deadringer
Royce da 5'9 Death is Certain
Rufus Wainwright Poses
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush 2112
Rush Hemispheres
Rush Exit...Stage Left
Sadistik Flowers For My Father
Sannhet Known Flood
Santigold Santogold
Scarface The Fix
Scarface Mr. Scarface Is Back
Scarface Emeritus
Scientist Rids the World of the Curse of the Vampires
Sean Price Monkey Barz
Secret Chiefs 3 Book M
Secret Chiefs 3 Xaphan
Secret Chiefs 3 Traditionalists
Out of the ashes of circus-metal pioneers Mr. Bungle, Trey Spruance took something unique and wonderful, steeped it in a pressure cooker of middle eastern lore and scales, and morphed it into his own entity. Being only one of the dimensions introduced on the Book of Horizons record, this is a welcome explanation of the "Traditionalists" tracks it presented. Heavily Morricone, spaghetti western, and general bombast-influenced, the Secret Chiefs 3 give their interpretation of the cinematic soundtrack genre with an epic theme deconstructed and reanimated over the course of 33 tracks. Don't let the high track count discourage you, this is meant to be a continuous listen, likely only separated out for the sake of listener sanity (or lack thereof). Traditionalists calls life, love, suspense, and chaos to the fore in any given section with dissonant chimes, lush horns and violin, and ominous Italian guitar atmospheres. A very strong (and eccentric) attempt at a soundtrack, the combining factor remains Spruance's trademark surf-rock tendencies and noise experimentation - a boon when implemented properly, these techniques have evolved much from SC3's early Grand Constitution days. Initially immature and largely directionless in their chaotic meanderings, it's very refreshing to see a group grow and come full circle artistically in such grand fashion. Traditionalists is a challenging journey and will not find constant rotation as such - just know that it's a ride well worth the effort.

Here's to further expansion of the Book of Horizons personalities; with five chapters remaining, Secret Chiefs 3 have a bright future ahead of them.
Shai Hulud Reach Beyond the Sun
Sholi Sholi
Shugo Tokumaru In Focus?
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Sol.Illaquists Of Sound No More Heroes
shiiiit's tiiiight son
Sole and the Skyrider Band Sole and the Skyrider Band
Souls of Mischief 93 'til Infinity
Spawn of Possession Incurso
Spires (USA) Flowers And Fireworks
Kind of similar to the Mesa Verde record from last year, but heavier. John Hanson says this is skramz isis. this will definitely be on my year end top 10.
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad
Strapping Young Lad The New Black
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
T.I. Paper Trail
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair
Textures Drawing Circles
The Afghan Whigs Do to the Beast
The Beatles Revolver
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Drones Havilah
The Flaming Lips The Terror
The Gaslamp Killer I Spit On Your Grave
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Pharcyde Labcabincalifornia
The Poor Nobodys The Poor Nobodys [EP]
The Roots Phrenology
The Roots Illadelph Halflife
The Roots Rising Down
The Samuel Jackson Five Goodbye Melody Mountain
The-Dream Love vs. Money
The-Dream Love King
Thee Silver Mount Zion Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
Thrice Vheissu
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Thundercat The Golden Age Of Apocalypse
Thursday War All the Time
Thursday Full Collapse
Thursday Common Existence
Thy Catafalque Roka Hasa Radio
Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972
Tomahawk Mit Gas
Tool Undertow
Trap Them Darker Handcraft
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain
Twin Shadow Forget
UGK Ridin' Dirty
Ulcerate Vermis
Usher Confessions
Vanden Plas Far Off Grace
When Saints Go Machine Infinity Pool
Wyclef Jean The Carnival
Yo Gotti I Am
Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Young Widows Old Wounds
Zelienople The World Is A House On Fire

3.9 excellent
Wartorn Iconic Nightmare

3.8 excellent
ASAP Rocky Long. Live. A$AP
Idir Idir
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
i dont know guys. it's really tight, but not too much memorable stuff here for me. i think he has potential, just needs better beats. im not really digging this whole TDE scene from the production perspective. i feel like i heard all of these records already somewhere...
Suffocation Pinnacle of Bedlam

3.7 great
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Darkstar (UK) News From Nowhere
Kendrick Lamar Section.80

3.5 great
18 Carat Affair Adventures in Schizophrenia
2Pac Me Against the World
311 Music
311 Grassroots
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'
65daysofstatic The Fall of Math
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
A/T/O/S A/T/O/S
Aesop Rock None Shall Pass
Aesop Rock Float
Aesop Rock Skelethon
not sure if i like this at all
Agalloch The Mantle
Alcest Ecailles De Lune
Alexander Spit A Breathtaking Trip to That Otherside
Alice in Chains Dirt
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Amanda Palmer Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
Amen Dunes Love
Amesoeurs Amesoeurs
Amorphis Elegy
Amplifier Insider
Ana Kefr The Burial Tree (II)
Anaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black Widow
Corpses raping animals then fighting other reanimated corpses after being burned alive by fire rain and death angels. Destruction on a colossal scale.
Anberlin New Surrender
Ancestors In Dreams And Time
Andromeda Extension of the Wish
Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra Take Off!
Animal Kingdom The Looking Away
Antigua y Barbuda Try Future
Armand Hammer Race Music
like a kajillion times better than dour candy.
ASAP Rocky Live.Love.A$AP.
Asobi Seksu Citrus
Astronautalis This Is Our Science
Atmosphere God Loves Ugly
Atomship The Crash of `47
Au4 ...And Down Goes The Sky
August Burns Red Constellations
マクロスMACROSS 82-99 A Million Miles Away
B. Dolan Fallen House Sunken City
straight up hiphop and more entertaining than The Failure. probably as deep too. awesome beats.
Baptists Bushcraft
Baroness Red Album
Baroness Blue Record
Ok so I finally decided that this isn't as good as the Red Album. I don't know, maybe it's "more mainstream", but Blue Album nearly sheds all sense of identity developed on its forebear.
Barren Earth The Devil's Resolve
Baths Obsidian
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Bibio Mind Bokeh
Big K.R.I.T. K.R.I.T Wuz Here
Big K.R.I.T. ReturnOf4eva
Bigg Jus Machines That Make Civilization Fun
Black Milk Popular Demand
Black Milk Album Of The Year
Black Mountain In the Future
Blindside Silence
Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe
Blu and Exile Below the Heavens
Blu and Mainframe Johnson and Jonson
Blue Sky Black Death Late Night Cinema
Blue Sky Black Death Jean Grae: The Evil Jeanius
Blue Sky Black Death NOIR
Blue Sky Black Death Razah's Ladder
Bonobo The North Borders
Britney Spears Circus
Brother Ali Shadows On The Sun
Brother/Ghost Black Ice
BT These Hopeful Machines
This Binary Universe was not only a defining electronic record of 2006, but it may even be remembered centuries from now - and with good reason, as it far exceeded all expectations fans and colleagues alike had for Brian Transeau (aka "BT"). Mastered in 5.1 surround sound, it was a sprawling, cross-genre piece of epic proportions - jazz, downbeat, house, ambient, and even classical-bent soundtrack influence, it was all there. This alone is the primary detractor from These Hopeful Machines. It's not that BT fails in any sense of the word - quite the contrary actually. His latest machination is bound to have lasting appeal on top of the electronic charts, in the clubs, and all over the globe in places where people actually care about their house music.rRecommended Tracks:r"Suddenly"r"The Emergency"r"Rose of Jericho"r"Love Can Kill You"r"Le Nocturne De Lumiere"
Buried Inside Spoils Of Failure
Cam'ron Purple Haze
Cassie Cassie
Cave In Until Your Heart Stops
Cave In Perfect Pitch Black
Cave In Creative Eclipses
Cave In Tides of Tomorrow
Cave In White Silence
Charles Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus
Charles Mingus Blues & Roots
Charles Mingus Tijuana Moods
Chromatics Kill For Love
Circa Survive Juturna
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
Clams Casino Instrumental Mixtape
Clipping Midcity
this is way better than death grips
Coalesce OX
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Common Be
Common Like Water for Chocolate
Common One Day It'll All Make Sense
Converge Axe to Fall
There are some really solid tunes here, but unfortunately way too much filler. Sorry dudes.rBetter than No More Heroes for sure and a step in the right direction.
Crash of Rhinos Distal
Creed My Own Prison
Crooked I Mr. Pig Face Weapon Waist
CunninLynguists Dirty Acres
CunninLynguists Southernunderground
CunninLynguists Oneirology
I keep trying to see what everyone else sees in this, but can't. Sure, Kno's beats are probably his best since Dirty Acres, but he doesn't really do anything that hasn't been done in the past 10 years. That said, this is a solid record; every track is indeed listenable. If you like this, try out A Piece of Strange... far and away their best.
Cynic Traced in Air
D'Angelo Brown Sugar
d'Eon LP
Dalek Abandoned Language
Dalek Absence
Dalek Deadverse Massive Vol. 1: Dälek Rarities 1999-2006
Dan Deacon Bromst
Dan Deacon America
Danny Brown The Hybrid
Danny Brown Old
Das Racist Relax
De La Soul Are You In?
Deafheaven Roads to Judah
Deftones Deftones
Dela Changes of Atmosphere
Denali The Instinct
Depeche Mode Playing The Angel
Depeche Mode Songs of Faith and Devotion
Devin Townsend Infinity
DJ Muggs Vs GZA Grandmasters
Dj Muggs Vs. Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills
DJ Sprinkles Midtown 120 Blues
Dog Fashion Disco Committed to a Bright Future
Dog Fashion Disco Anarchists of Good Taste
Doldrums Lesser Evil
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dream Theater Awake
dredg Catch Without Arms
Ducktails Landscapes
Ducktails Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics
Dynospectrum Dynospectrum
Earl Sweatshirt EARL
Earth The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
El-P Collecting The Kid
El-P Weareallgoingtoburninhell Megamixx 2
Awesome material from El-P as usual... One of the main highlights here is the last track, beginning with a unique El-P reinterpretation of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" and segueing into a nearly industrial remix of The Mars Volta's "The Widow". This mixtape is available for free from defjux.
Electric President The Violent Blue
Eligh Grey Crow
Eminem Infinite
EPMD Unfinished Business
EPMD Business as Usual
EPMD Business Never Personal
EPMD We Mean Business
Estradasphere Quadropus
Every Time I Die Ex Lives
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo I Have Made My Bed in Darkness
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...
Eyedea & Abilities E&A
Faith No More King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
Faith No More The Real Thing
Fantomas Fantomas
Fat Freddy's Drop Blackbird
Felt Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez
To any of my regular readers, it's probably no secret that I despise Slug (of overrated Atmosphere fame) almost as much as I do Murs (of also overrated, 9th Wonder-produced 3:16 fame). And with that, I had a real bias going into listening to a record produced entirely by an emcee instrumental in my hip-hop development. Like any aspiring backpacking blogger-come-critic, Aesop Rock was one of my first forays into progressively produced and lyrically existential hip-hop. But while my days as a purely conscious-bent subject matter proponent are over, a sentimentality still lingers over my time spent with Aes. When I saw he would be responsible for the production on Felt's third installment, A Tribute to Rosie Perez, I was excited and apprehensive simultaneously.
Finger Eleven Tip
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra
Freddie Gibbs ESGN
solid record, but way too many tracks. cat needs to be more picky about what he puts his name on
Frustrator Anther
fun. Some Nights
G-Side Starshipz and Rocketz
Gallows Grey Britain
Gaza No Absolutes in Human Suffering
Gazpacho March of Ghosts
GETEYE Above the Clouds
Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids
Giles Corey Giles Corey
Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Glassjaw El Mark
God Is An Astronaut The End of the Beginning
Gojira From Mars to Sirius
Goldfinger Hang-ups
Goldfinger Stomping Ground
Gordian Knot Gordian Knot
Grails Doomsdayer's Holiday
Grayceon Pearl & The End of Days
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Gucci Mane The State vs. Radric Davis
Gucci Mane And Rich Homie Quan Trust God Fuck 12
GZA Legend of the Liquid Sword
GZA Beneath the Surface
Half Moon Run Dark Eyes
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know
Pretty good for a bunch of really old people. Not that old folks can't rock; I'm just surprised. Dio still sounds like Dio, and Sabbath is still Sabbath... but this is more novelty for me than anything.
Heaven Shall Burn Veto
Heems Nehru Jackets
Heiress Early Frost
Highasakite Silent Treatment
Ill Bill The Hour of Reprisal
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Volume 2
Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Into Eternity Buried in Oblivion
Iron Braydz Devil May Cry
Iron Lung White Glove Test
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Isis In the Absence of Truth
J Dilla Ruff Draft
J Dilla Jay Stay Paid
J Dilla Welcome 2 Detroit
J. Cole The Warm Up
Jake One White Van Music
Probably one of the most overlooked releases this year, Jake One tears it up on White Van Music and is easily one of the best producers in hip hop today. With an all star guest list, more than half the tracks (of a 20+ track release) are bangers. While not a progressive production genius, he is a brilliant composer, and Rhymesayers made a great move by putting this on their label.
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
Jay Rock Follow Me Home
Jay-Z American Gangster
Jedi Mind Tricks Violent by Design
Jenny Hval Viscera
Jeremiah Jae and Oliver the 2nd RawHyde Mixtape
Jeremih Late Nights With Jeremih
Jerry Cantrell Degradation Trip
Jessie Ware Devotion
JMSN Priscilla
John Legend Love in the Future
John Zorn Moonchild
I highly reccommend this to any fan of Mike Patton or John Zorn... the premise is that Zorn wrote this for Patton and a couple others (Trevor Dunn is on bass I think). There are no lyrics; it is nearly a more structured Fantomas.
John Zorn Six Litanies for Heliogabalus
John Zorn The Crucible
Kanye West Late Registration
Kanye West The College Dropout
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Karnivool Themata
Keyshia Cole The Way It Is
KiD CuDi A KiD Named CuDi
KiD CuDi Indicud
not sure how you could dislike this at all really experimental
Kid Dynamite Kid Dynamite
Killer Mike Pl3dge
King Crimson The Power to Believe
King Crimson Islands
King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair
King Crimson The ConstruKction of Light
Kodak Cameo Riviera
Kreng L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu
Krusseldorf Fractal World
Kylesa Static Tensions
Latitudes Agonist
Laura Stevenson Wheel
Liars Sisterworld
Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You
Lo-Fang Blue Film
Amazing for a debut. Excited to see what he turns into - hopefully some more electronic experimentation is in the cards as some of these tracks are far too tame.
Lo-Pan Salvador
Long Distance Calling Satellite Bay
Long Distance Calling Avoid The Light
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
M. Ward Hold Time
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Madlib Beat Konducta Vol. 5: Dil Cosby Suite
Madlib Beat Konucta Vol. 6: Dil Withers Suite
Madlib Sujinho
Always consistent, madlib put out an interesting album in 2008 that largely flew under everyone's radar. Collaborating with Mamao Conti (the drummer of Brazillian jazz group Azymuth), Sujinho is an energetic romp into redefinition of classic Brazillian standards.
Madvillain Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix
Magrudergrind Magrudergrind
Main Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes II
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
Mastodon The Hunter
Maxwell BLACKsummers'night
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
Menomena Moms
Mesa Verde The Old Road
Meshuggah obZen
MF DOOM Born Like This
Mike Mictlan Snaxxx
Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Minus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like This
Mobb Deep Hell on Earth
Modern Life Is War Midnight in America
Mono Under the Pipal Tree
Mono One Step More and You Die
Moodie Black Sana Sana
Moodie Black Moodie Black
Mutemath Mute Math
My Vitriol Finelines
Nacho Picasso For The Glory
Napalm Death Scum
Napalm Death The Code Is Red...Long Live the Code
Napalm Death Time Waits for No Slave
Nappy Roots The Humdinger
Nas Life Is Good
Ne-Yo Year of the Gentleman
Necro Death Rap
Neon Indian Psychic chasms
this is the kind of record you would think lewis would like, tell him so, and then he would probably say it sucks b/c he's hipsterish :[

oh who called it.

adam downer is a downer.
Nevermore Enemies Of Reality
Oceansize Music for Nurses
Oceansize Frames
Off Minor Some Blood
Oh No Dr. No's Oxperiment
Oh No Oh No Vs. Now Again
Oh No The Disrupt
Okkervil River The Stand Ins
Old Man Gloom Seminar II: The Holy Rites of Primitivism Regressi
Omar Souleyman Wenu Wenu
cool but extremely abrasive after a while
Onry Ozzborn Hold On for Dear Life
whoops forgot to review this one.rpsych i didn't forget just too lazy
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth Lamentations
Outerspace Blood Brothers
P.O.S. Audition
Pain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake
Parades Foreign Tapes
Pax and Pry A Day Off
Pelican Australasia
Pelican March Into the Sea
Pianos Become the Teeth The Lack Long After
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Poison the Well You Come Before You
Poison the Well The Opposite of December
Porcupine Tree Signify
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Protest the Hero Kezia
Pure Reason Revolution The Dark Third
Pure X Crawling Up The Stairs
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
R. Kelly Write Me Back
Racing Heart To Walk Beside That Ghost
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead In Rainbows
Raekwon Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang
Real Estate Days
Red Sparowes Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red...
Reef The Lost Cauze A Vicious Cycle
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Royce da 5'9 The Bar Exam 2
One of the most talent Detroit MCs for years, Royce da 5'9" puts forth a solid, well produced effort on 'The Album'. Fuck Ice Cube, this is a real pyroclastic flow. Detroit is inarguably the hotbed of 21st centry hip-hop... look out for his scheduled March 2009 release.
Rush Permanent Waves
Rush Signals
Rush Rush
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Russian Circles Enter
Rx Bandits Mandala
Sa-Ra Nuclear Evolution: The Age of Love
Sadistik The Balancing Act
Sage Francis Copper Gone
Santigold Master of My Make-Believe
Saosin Translating the Name
Satan Life Sentence
Saxon Shore The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore
SBTRKT SBTRKT
Scarface The World Is Yours
Scarface Made
ScHoolboy Q Setbacks
this is pretty great. too bad i missed it last year. black hippy is probably the most interesting hiphop collective right now. Light Years AHead is such a ridiculous track
ScHoolboy Q Habits and Contradictions
My initial infatuation wore off slightly (dropped rating from 4 to 3.5)... I can't bring myself to listen continuously to this record, as it's a bit inconsistent. When both Q and the producer are in sync, it bangs, but some of the tracks are just boring/ borderline obnoxious. I really wish Q took his time and released a joint that took the best of H&C and Setbacks; that would have been an excellent record, worthy of top 2012 hip-hop accolades.

My favorite tracks in no particular order:
Sacrilegious
Druggys Wit Hoes Again
Nightmare on Figg St
There He Go
Hands on the Wheel
Grooveline Pt. 1
Blessed


As it stands it seems we'll have to wait for Lamar to best Section.80 to get that Black Hippy dopeness we've been waiting for this year.
Sean Price Jesus Price Supastar
Secret Chiefs 3 Second Grand Constitution and Bylaws
Sevendust Home
Shadow Gallery Tyranny
She and Him Volume One
Shining (NOR) Blackjazz
Shugo Tokumaru Exit
Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods
Sinch Clearing the Channel
Sir Sly Ghost
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror
Sol.Illaquists Of Sound As If We Existed
Sole No Wising Up No Settling Down
Sole and the Skyrider Band Hello Cruel World
Souls of Mischief Montezuma's Revenge
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Strapping Young Lad Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
T.I. Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head
Talib Kweli Quality
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden
Talk Talk The Colour of Spring
Textures Polars
The Bad Plus Prog
The Chasm Farseeing the Paranormal Abysm
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Decemberists The Hazards Of Love
The Delfonics Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics
The Devin Townsend Band Accelerated Evolution
The Dodos Visiter
The Dodos No Color
The Eastern Wave All Covet, All Lose
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Foreign Exchange Leave It All Behind
The Game The Documentary
The Game Jesus Piece
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble From the Stairwell
The Knife Silent Shout
The Knife Shaking the Habitual
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The National High Violet
The Notorious B.I.G. Life After Death
The Ocean Aeolian
The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
The Postmarks Memoirs At The End Of The World
Some truly remarkable songs, but unfortunately a lot of filler too. What a grand opener... I love the movie soundtrack/ spaghetti western qualities here.
The Republic of Wolves Varuna
The Roots The Tipping Point
The Roots Organix
The Roots How I Got Over
probably about time i posted my review for this
The Samuel Jackson Five The Samuel Jackson Five
The Sword Warp Riders
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
The Velvet Teen Elysium
THEESatisfaction awE naturalE
pretty cool overall, pretty impressed with the production. the vocals are a bit lacking, but solid enough.
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice Beggars
Thursday Waiting
Thursday A City By the Light Divided
Thy Catafalque Rengeteg
Tim Hecker Virgins
Tobacco Fucked Up Friends
One of the few interesting anticon projects. Tobacco makes an electronic come industrial trip-hop atmosphere on Fucked Up Friends. Beautiful at times, mediocre at others, it almost feels as if most of this has been done before. This sneaking suspicion keeps FUF from getting a 4, whereas Aesop Rock's verses on "Dirt" solidy its 3.5. Definitely recommended.
Todd Terje It's Album Time
toe New Sentimentality
TOKiMONSTA Midnight Menu
Tomahawk Tomahawk
Tool Opiate
Tool 10,000 Days
Tortoise TNT
True Widow As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center
TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light
Twin Shadow Confess
Tyler the Creator Bastard
UGK UGK 4 Life
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All
Umberto Confrontations
United Nations United Nations
Usher Looking 4 Myself
Volcano Choir Unmap
Well, this is better than For Emma after half a listen. Really interesting record that combines the intricacies of post-rock and math with Vernon's standard folk fare; he turns out to be an excellent indie rockstar/frontman. Some might call this "mindless experimentation", but a more accurate descriptor would be "highly dynamic math rock". Much of the more eccentric passages are placed well throughout - doing wonders for the album's pacing; half an hour goes by, yet it feels like merely minutes passed, leaving one with something new each time. This is an excellent outing for Vernon and company that will unfortunately go unnoticed due to Bon Iver fans feeling betrayed. Read: this is not for those that like their music vanilla. Strikey is crazy.

Coincidentally, my lady and I decided that Bon Iver's "Creature Fear" will be our first dance as a married couple. Sue me, that song rules.
Wale Attention Deficit
Wave Machines Pollen
We Lost the Sea The Quietest Place on Earth
i dont know how you could even suggest the heresy of this being in the same vein of panopticon what a ridiculous statement :[
We Will Fail Verstörung
Willie Isz Georgiavania
Woods of Desolation As the Stars
World's End Girlfriend Hurtbreak Wonderland
Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever
Yo La Tengo I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Yuck Yuck
Zero Hour The Towers of Avarice
Zoroaster The Voice of Saturn
Zu Carboniferous

3.3 great
Kanye West Yeezus
Pretty good but simultaneously stupid. Posted a review over here: http://www.byvolume.co.uk/kanye-west-yeezus/
The-Dream IV Play

3.2 good
Ab-Soul Control System
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
K Sera Collisions and Near Misses

3.0 good
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead The Century of Self
311 311
311 Soundsystem
311 Transistor
50 Cent War Angel LP
50 Cent Before I Self Destruct
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
Adebisi Shank This is the Album
Air Love 2
Akron/Family Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
All There All There
Altar of Plagues Teethed Glory and Injury
Amorphis The Karelian Isthmus
Amplifier The Octopus
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra Antibalas
Antipop Consortium Fluorescent Black
Apollo Brown and O.C. Trophies
Arghoslent Hornets of the Pogrom
Artificial Brain Labyrinth Constellation
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
Atmosphere Seven's Travels
Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons...
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Bad Religion True North
Baptists Baptists
Baroness Yellow and Green
Barren Earth Curse of the Red River
Bat For Lashes Two Suns
Baths Cerulean
BATS Red In Tooth and Claw
Beach House Teen Dream
Believer Gabriel
Between the Buried and Me The Anatomy Of
Beyonce Beyonce
Big K.R.I.T. 4Eva N A Day
Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground
Black Mountain Black Mountain
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore Beileid
Bombino Nomad
Bonobo Black Sands
Boris New Album
Brand New Deja Entendu
Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
Brother Ali The Undisputed Truth
Brother Ali The Truth Is Here
Burial Untrue
Burst Lazarus Bird
Cage Kill the Architect
Cakes Da Killa The Eulogy
Cam'ron Crime Pays
Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
Cannibal Ox Gotham
Cars & Trains The Roots, The Leaves
Cars AND Trains...
Cassie RockaByeBaby
Cave In Beyond Hypothermia
Ceschi The One Man Band Broke Up
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Circa Survive On Letting Go
Clipse Til the Casket Drops
Easily the worst Clipse record as a whole. Some cool single-quality tracks here and there, but so many cases where either the vocal component or production side is spot on - and not at the same time, unfortunately.

This isn't even close to the level of HHNF.
Closure in Moscow First Temple
Code Orange Love Is Love // Return To Dust
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Common Electric Circus
Common Resurrection
Common Market Tobacco Road
Converge No Heroes
Creed Human Clay
CunninLynguists Will Rap For Food
CunninLynguists Strange Journey Volume One
Curren$y Covert Coup
Cursive Mama, I'm Swollen
Cymbals (UK) The Age of Fracture
Cyrus Malachi Ancient Future
Czarface Czarface
Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Dawn Richard Goldenheart
Dead Letter Circus This Is The Warning
Deerhunter Microcastle
An interesting exercise in atmospheric indie-rock, Deerhunter attempts to maintain a creative focus on Microcastle. At times they are truly genuine, yet this also seems to conceal the simplistic nature of their compositions. While not glaringly obvious, Deerhunter would be better for maturation of a creative process. Make no mistake, there is potential for greatness here; it only needs proper channeling.
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Funk Man (The Stimulus Package)
Denitia and Sene His and Hers.
Devin Townsend Physicist
Devin Townsend Ziltoid the Omniscient
Devin Townsend Project Ki
DIIV Oshin
DJ Food The Search Engine
DJ Rashad Double Cup
Doomtree Doomtree
Doomtree No Kings
Downfall of Gaia Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes
Downliners Sekt Silent Ascent
Drake Take Care
Dream Theater Images and Words
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
dredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
It's like if they tried to be even more poppy/mainstream than CWA, but reverted back to the epic-come-concept ideas of El Cielo. If you're a dredg fan, you'll like this. If you're a butt rock fan, you might like this. Overall, I'm really surprised; their new tracks sucked so bad live (cough Ireland cough), but in the context of the album, they work so much better.
Earl Sweatshirt Doris
Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
El Da Sensei & The Returners GT2: Nu World
El-P Weareallgoingtoburninhell Megamix
Emancipator Safe In The Steep Cliffs
Emika DVA
Eminem The Eminem Show
Eminem Relapse
EPMD Back in Business
Ernie Watts Unity
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo Tree of Tongues
not as good as the last record. kind of a poor man's screamo deftones
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
Explosions in the Sky The Rescue
Eyedea & Abilities First Born
Failure Comfort
Faith No More Album of the Year
Fantomas Suspended Animation
Fatima Yellow Memories
Fatima Al Qadiri Asiatisch
Felt Felt 2: A Tribute to Lisa Bonet
Finger Eleven Finger Eleven
First Aid Kit The Lion's Roar
Fliptrix Third Eye of the Storm
Foals Holy Fire
Fort Minor The Rising Tied
Freeway & Jake One The Stimulus Package
Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse
G-Side Huntsville International
Galaxie 500 On Fire
Gangrene Gutter Water
Gaza He Is Never Coming Back
Georgia Anne Muldrow Kings Ballad
Ghostface Killah The Big Doe Rehab
Ghostface Killah Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City
Tony Starks likes two things, or so it seems according to the subject matter of his rhymes: bitches and blow. Abandoning the latter for a whole record (seriously), he dedicates his trademark crazed flow entirely to the fairer sex with mixed results. Not completely a club-oriented record, The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City dons a multi-faceted mantle of sentimentality, jealousy, and sorrow; this emotional gamut really doesn't click in certain situations (namely the off-target affair that is "Baby"), but there are some incredibly catchy moments here. When the record was initially announced as Ghostface's foray into R&B, it was greeted with disdain and an overall air of negativity - and while fears of 90s radio-soul surmounted, this reaction is largely unwarranted with modern production standards and a collection of excellent featured vocalists. "Not Your Average Girl" and "Do Over" kick things off brilliantly with catchy hooks from Shareefa and Raheem DeVaughn, respectively. Quickly setting Ghost's intended tone amidst updated, soul-laden beats, this one-two punch unfortunately sets the bar quite high for the remainder. Follow-up "Baby" was seemingly written for an audience of peers and not a younger crowd with sappy generalizations for parents to be. As is typical of Mr. Starks, each and every track is mired in the misogynist musings of a man that loves "running trains" and "threesomes every other weekend"; "Stapleton Sex" runs these assertions to a head in what could possibly be a recording of the Wizard actually fornicating. TMI Ghostface, TMI.

Ghostdeini is at his absolute best on the more modern iterations on the radio soul/rap formula, especially on the John Legend assisted "Let's Stop Playing" and a killer trio of album closers. The crooning tenor of Lloyd over a clinic on funk in "Goner" stands out with a particularly absorbing chorus; as a good measuring stick, many ladies in this household have been caught recently with their heads bobbing. Interestingly enough, the two closing bonus tracks are some of the best - Ne-yo and Kanye collabo "Back Like That" may be familiar to some, and the heavily dynamic, autotune-tastic "She's a Killah" brings a unique spin to your typical club tune.

While difficult to expect another killer Wu joint immediately following the brilliant Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II, The Wizard of Poetry is definitely enjoyable even if it is sporadic in its appeal. It's hard not to inflate the rating of a record with some truly incredible joints, yet it's difficult to ignore the two-thirds filler combined with Ghostface's least complicated rhymes in years. Nice try Tony, but let's shoot for a Supreme Clientele II next time around.
God Is An Astronaut God Is an Astronaut
God Is An Astronaut Age of the Fifth Sun
Gojira The Link
Gojira The Way of All Flesh
Gordian Knot Emergent
Grails Deep Politics
Grand Magus The Hunt
Grieves 88 Keys & Counting
Grieves The Confessions Of Mr. Modest
Grimes Visions
Gris A lame Enflammee, lame Constellee
GZA Pro Tools
Handwrist All flesh is grass...
Holy Other Held
Hop Along Get Disowned
Hot Water Music Exister
House Of Heroes Cold Hard Want
Ice Cube Raw Footage
The only thing that keeps this album above average are Ice Cube's pyroclastic flows, obviously. On a more serious note, although his anti-ghetto preachiness does become frustrating at times... Ice Cube remains a bastion of lyrical honor in the hip hop game. The beats are very average, but his flow makes up for that.
Most likely reviewing this soon.
If These Trees Could Talk Above the Earth, Below the Sky
IMAKEMADBEATS IMAKEMADBEATS
Immolation Majesty and Decay
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Volume 1
Incubus Enjoy Incubus
Inferi The Path of Apotheosis
Intronaut Void
Isaiah Rashad Cilvia Demo
J. Cole Cole World: The Sideline Story
Jack White Blunderbuss
Jaga Jazzist The Stix
James Blake James Blake
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Jay-Z The Blueprint 3
Not even as cool as American Gangster, let alone the original Blueprint
Jedi Mind Tricks Legacy of Blood
Jedi Mind Tricks Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell
Jenny Hval Innocence Is Kinky
Jerry Cantrell Boggy Depot
Joey Bada$$ 1999
kid is very talented with much potential. excited to hear an LP with beats from 2012, not 1999
John Zorn Astronome
Jubala Jubala
Jurassic 5 Power in Numbers
Justin Timberlake Justified
K'naan The Dusty Foot Philosopher
K-X-P II
Kanye West Graduation
Karnivool Sound Awake
Khoma The Second Wave
KiD CuDi Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
Kidz in the Hall The In Crowd
Killah Priest The Psychic World of Walter Reed
Kings of Leon Only By The Night
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze
no matter how many chances i give it, i just cant get into a kurt vile record beyond "oh hey this is cool"
Kylesa Time Will Fuse Its Worth
Lady Gaga The Fame
Laurel Halo Quarantine
Letherette Letherette
Liars Mess
Long Distance Calling The Flood Inside
Lowkey Soundtrack to the Struggle
Ludacris Theater of the Mind
Lupe Fiasco The Cool
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt.1
Madlove White With Foam
Magic Wands Aloha Moon
Mark Lanegan Blues Funeral
Mastodon Call of the Mastodon
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun
Maxwell Now
MellowHype BLACKENEDWHITE
Menomena Mines
Mercenary The Hours That Remain
Merchandise Totale Nite
Meshuggah Koloss
Messiah J & The Expert From The Word Go
Meth, Ghost and Rae Wu-Massacre
i wrote an entire review for this and it got lost. fuck it this album isn't that great.
Metric Synthetica
Mew No More Stories
Mgla With Hearts Toward None
Mighty Joseph Empire State
An intriguing, yet ultimately unbalanced effort. Although one of the most unique rappers of the 2000s, Vast Aire is unable to save the album from the mediocre production over a majority of its length. Regardless, "The Uprising" is one of the best tracks of 2008; it's a tragedy the rest of the album doesn't live up to this standard.
Miguel All I Want Is You
Mikal Cronin MCII
Moderat II
Moodie Black The Responsive Chord
Moodie Black Nausea
Mos Def True Magic
Mr. Lif I Heard It Today
Mr. Lif Mo' Mega
Murmur Murmur
Murs Murs 3:16: the 9th Edition
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Napalm Death Enemy of the Music Business
Napalm Death Noise for Music's Sake
Napalm Death Smear Campaign
Napalm Death Harmony Corruption
Napalm Death Order of the Leech
Narrows Painted
Nas It Was Written
Nas Untitled
Nas & Damian Marley Distant Relatives
Neneh Cherry The Cherry Thing (w. The Thing)
Nervosa Victim of Yourself
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Obits Moody, Standard, and Poor
Oceans of Sadness The Arrogance Of Ignorance
Oh No Dr No's Ethiopium
Open Mike Eagle 4NML HSPTL
Opeth Orchid
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
OutKast Idlewild
Oysterhead The Grand Pecking Order
P.O.S. Ipecac Neat
P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here
PackFM I F*cking Hate Rappers
Pain of Salvation Entropia
Pariso Nothing Beyond, Everything After
Pax and Pry A Day at the Office
Paysage d'Hiver Das Tor
Peeping Tom Peeping Tom
Pelican City of Echoes
Pelican What We All Come To Need
Pepper In With The Old
Peter Evans Zebulon
Pharoahe Monch W.A.R.
beats more dated than internal affairs ??? some good stuff, but some of the beats are really boring.r
Pity Sex Feast of Love
Polkadot Cadaver Purgatory Dance Party
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Port St. Willow Holiday
Portugal. The Man Church Mouth
Prolyphic & Reanimator The Ugly Truth
Psycroptic The Inherited Repression
Pure Reason Revolution Amor Vincit Omnia
Pyrrhon The Mother of Virtues
Very technically solid album. borders more on unstructured noise than tech death (not a bad thing, but maybe not executed as well as it could have been). a placing of head in car engine simile a-la calculating infinity definitely applies here, maybe more-so. Invisible Injury is probably my favorite track here.
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Ra From One
Radiohead The King of Limbs
RATKING So It Goes
Rescuer With Time Comes the Comfort
Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don't
Rita Ora ORA
troll ratings in the house
RJD2 The Third Hand
RJD2 The Colossus
Firstly, hip-hop doesn't mean rap...ummm?
Rodrigo y Gabriela 11:11
Rotting Christ Kata Ton Demona Eaftou
Royce da 5'9 The Revival EP
Royce da 5'9 Street Hop
Rufus Wainwright Out of the Game
Rush Caress of Steel
Rush Hold Your Fire
Rush Power Windows
Rush Roll the Bones
Rush Presto
Russian Circles Station
Russian Circles Geneva
it's like this:
.........---------^^^^^CRASH BOOM CRASH^^^^^----------.........
Sabac Red Ritual
At his best, Sabac Red is merely serviceable; at his worst, his content is pseudo-intelligent, oozing with lame inspiration and socio-political generalities. The production here is extremely hit or miss... Skammadix is terrible, but Blue Sky Black Death and Sick Nature pull off some swell beats. Ill Bill has an uninspired guest appearance that's barely worth even noting in this sentence.
Sage Francis Li(f)e
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside Untamed Beast
Scarface The Untouchable
Secret Chiefs 3 First Grand Constitution and Bylaws
Sevendeaths Concrete Misery
Sevendust Sevendust
Shad When This Is Over
Shadow Gallery Carved In Stone
Shifted Crossed Paths
Shining (NOR) One One One
Shit Robot We Got a Love
Shlohmo Bad Vibes
Sigur Ros Kveikur
Sims Bad Time Zoo
Sinch Sinch
Sleep Dopesmoker
Slim Guerilla & DJ Smokey Guerilla Warfare
Snowgoons Black Snow
This is German hiphop production-team Snowgoons' second album, featuring a ton of talent in or associated with the Army of the Pharoahs. The beats are unique from the underground flavor most typified by that Philadelphia scene; that is, the serious/apocalyptic flavor is still there, yet with a distinct European surface coating. Make no mistake, this isn't fluffy electropop; this is full-fledged hiphop that leaves the listener thirsty for more.

It would be interesting to hear a different set up of less aggressive MCs next time around... One can only take so much anger over the course of a 22 track album.
Soen Cognitive
SOHN Tremors
Soilwork Natural Born Chaos
Soulsavers The Light The Dead See
SpaceGhostPurrp Mysterious Phonk
State Faults Desolate Peaks
hard to listen to the vocals without cringing
Steven Wilson Insurgentes
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
Sudatsuga Blue Moon Saiyeed
Sulphur Aeon Swallowed By The Ocean's Tide
Sun Kil Moon April
Talib Kweli Eardrum
Terra Tenebrosa The Tunnels
Thantifaxath Sacred White Noise
The Antlers Hospice
The Appleseed Cast Sagarmatha
The Besnard Lakes Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
The Black Heart Rebellion Har Nevo
The Bloody Beetroots Romborama
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
This is far too long to maintain any shred of interest I had in this album. Builds at far too slow of a pace... and not in an interesting, dynamic fashion. It would be okay if the music was revolutionary, but it's more-so just lame acoustic doodling surrounded by punk-tinged arena c*ck rock.
The Dear Hunter Migrant
The Decemberists Her Majesty the Decemberists
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
The Devin Townsend Band Synchestra
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Dodos Time to Die
The Doppelgangaz Lone Sharks
The Doppelgangaz HARK
The Exies Inertia
The Fall of Troy Phantom on the Horizon
The Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics
The Game LAX
The Human Abstract Nocturne
The Icarus Line Slave Vows
The Knux Remind Me In Three Days
The Mars Volta Octahedron
Okay it's a Mars Volta record. They need to break up and form 2 new bands with one of the bands playing generic prog rock and the other one playing experimental insect noises. That would shake things up.
The Ocean Heliocentric
The Ocean Pelagial
ugh those vocals. not much in this discog worth listening to since that one about amoebas or whatever
The Psychic Paramount II
The Roots undun
I've been using this term a lot lately, but this is easy listening music. Not nearly as creative as How I Got Over was in incorporating a less hard-hitting, indie approach to their craft. Their time on Jimmy Fallon's show is unfortunately rubbing off on their compositions.

This is the worst Roots record ever made.
The Shins Port of Morrow
The Walkmen Heaven
Thirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Tinariwen Emmaar
Tomahawk Anonymous
Torae and Marco Polo Double Barrel
Torche Meanderthal
Toro Y Moi Anything In Return
Tortoise Standards
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Trouble
Tove Lo Truth Serum
Trophy Scars Bad Luck
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
TTNG 13.0.0.0.0
Tusk The Resisting Dreamer
Ty Segall Band Slaughterhouse
Ulcerate Of Fracture and Failure
Unknown Mortal Orchestra II
Valentin Stip Sigh
VAST NUDE
Volbeat Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
Volcano Choir Repave
Wale Mixtape About Nothing
Wale Back To The Feature
i'm going to stick to my guns here and say "9th wonder is pretty stale"
Warm Brew The Ride
Wild Beasts Present Tense
Woodkid The Golden Age
Wu-Tang Clan The W
XXYYXX XXYYXX
Yo La Tengo Popular Songs
Yo La Tengo Fade
Young Fathers DEAD
Young Widows In and Out of Youth and Lightness
Zechs Marquise Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare
Earth to the Rodriguez-Lopez family: you're 35 years too late.

It's a commonplace occurrence these days: guy finds guitar, guy discovers 70s prog, guy imitates said prog. More and more frequently, this process flow delineates the creative process of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, friends, family, and affiliates; if Cryptomnesia, Octahedron, and other recent pursuits weren't enough, here comes the extended jam interpretation a-la Zechs Marquise's Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare. With an all-too-familiar formula mixing equal parts funk, fuzzed out rock, and just enough atmospheric experimentation, one would be hard pressed to find a more faithful era-specific recreation. Blistering instrumental work keeps the group out of the realm of mediocrity; this is definitely a piece made by musicians, for musicians. A certain haphazard flair presents guitar-work analogous to a certain Rodriguez-Lopez brood compatriot - and while obviously not as much of a technician, there is just enough variety to maintain some kind of individual identity. However, the cardinal difference between Zechs Marquise and Omar's solo work lies within the carefully orchestrated ambient passages; they lack the random noodling of Cryptomnesia, the oft-overbearing noisy textures of A Manual Dexterity, and are even reminiscent of Mars Volta atmospherics on a good day. The whirling synths and feedback amalgamate into a kind of darkness that works as an acceptable juxtaposition with the more traditional rock sections.

While derivative to an extent, the Zechs Marquise sub-collective is successful in their aim of contrasting sounds. With more focus, this could be the side-project Mars Volta fans have been expecting - of which Omar has yet to deliver.

2.8 good
Eyedea & Abilities By the Throat
Tyler the Creator Wolf

2.7 average
Ducktails The Flower Lane
Inc. No World

2.6 average
Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves

2.5 average
311 From Chaos
50 Cent Curtis
A Storm Of Light As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us...
Ab-Soul Longterm Mentality
I never realized how bad the beats on this record truly were until I listened to the marginally better Control System
Abstract Rude Rejuvenation
Alice Smith She
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Anathema Weather Systems
Anciients Heart Of Oak
Andromeda II=I
As Cities Burn Hell Or High Water
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
Asobi Seksu Hush
Astronautalis Pomegranate
Atmosphere You Can't Imagine How Much Fun...
Atmosphere To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy
Atmosphere The Family Sign
Audiovent Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
B-Real Smoke N Mirrors
Bad Rabbits American Love
Be'lakor Of Breath and Bone
Beach Fossils Clash the Truth
Beach House Bloom
Beck Morning Phase
Becoming The Archetype Dichotomy
Billy Woods Dour Candy
yeah so Blockhead's beats are fucking terrible what the fuck this isnt even close to as good as history will absolve me

wow that was negative i'm sorry billy woods ur a good rapper
Blood Ceremony The Eldritch Dark
Brand New Daisy
Brand New, Thrice, these names can do no wrong here, predictably. This is probably slightly above average, and all this ridiculous praise is just as unwarranted as that for Beggars.
Brotha Lynch Hung Mannibalector
Brother Ali Us
Cage Depart From Me
this is what it would sound like if cage performed the Queen of the Damned soundtrack.raaliyah RIP
Caribou Swim
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Common The Dreamer/The Believer
CunninLynguists Strange Journey Volume Two
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Dangers Messy, Isn't It?
Death Grips Exmilitary
Depeche Mode Ultra
Digital Daggers The Devil Within
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
DRGN KING Paragraph Nights
Elbow The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Eleanor Friedberger Personal Record
Emancipator Dusk to Dawn
Eminem Encore
Enemies Embark Embrace
EPMD Out of Business
Ernie Watts Classic Moods
Esham KKKill the Fetus
Evergreen Terrace Wolfbiker
Expire Pendulum Swings
Felt A Tribute to Christina Ricci
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel...
Four Tet There is Love in You
Full Devil Jacket Full Devil Jacket
Future of the Left The Plot Against Common Sense
G-Side The One...Cohesive
Gangrene Vodka & Ayahuasca
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere
Godsticks The Envisage Conundrum
Grieves Together/Apart
Together/Apart is a manifestation of Rhymesayers Entertainment's marketing department and their seemingly neverending quest to homogenize hip-hop. Their understanding of the 20-something white male psyche is unrivaled in this industry. It is unfortunate; Grieves has the makings of a multi-dimensional vocalist with a pleasant voice and something of substance to say with it. There aren't technically complex mult-syllabics to be had here, just pure introspection. "On The Rocks" hearkens backs to previous releases and almost recalls what could have been amidst a catcy hook and Budo's (previously) typical electro-funk.

But Grieves presses forward almost too awkwardly with a poorly executed spoken word vibe-come-Brother Ali posturing/preaching made more obvious by their phoned in duet on "Tragic". The production suffers more, taking [mis]cues from nearly every Rhymesayers Entertainment release over the past 5 years. Most of the tracks emulate what could be B-Sides of a post-Lemons Ant, doing nothing so groundbreaking as regurgitating mid-90's soul. Budo was never an incredible producer in the past, but did just enough to shine a spotlight on Grieves' strong personal narrative. It is in that regard that Together/Apart reeks of compromise and mimicry.
Gutta Heads Will Roll
Gym Class Heroes The Quilt
Hands Like Houses Ground Dweller
Harm's Way Blinded
Heltah Skeltah D.I.R.T. (Da Incredible Rap Team)
Basically, everyone is gay except Sean Price.

Seriously, sexism, homophobia, and a ton of other gangsta cliches galore... this is pretty unnecessary in 2008. Regardless, Jesus Price rocks the mic, and the beats are cool at times (less often than they should be). Roc is really just a bad rapper.
How to Destroy Angels Welcome Oblivion
HTRK Psychic 9-5 Club
Immortal Technique The 3rd World
In Mourning The Weight of Oceans
In Vain Mantra
Incubus Fungus Amongus
Incubus When Incubus Attacks, Vol. 1
Incubus Light Grenades
Indian Handcrafts Civil Disobedience For Losers
Insane Clown Posse Riddle Box
Into Eternity The Scattering of Ashes
J. Cole Born Sinner
Jay-Z Kingdom Come
Jay-Z The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse
Jedi Mind Tricks Visions of Gandhi
John Legend Evolver
John Robinson Who Is This Man?
Dear John Robinson, stop imitating Nas.

Dear MF Doom, release a new album already.

Seriously, this comes off as a phoned-in waste of time on Doom's part... thoroughly decent, but never excellent. Dude needs to stop sending impersonators to shows and pick up the mic.
Jurassic 5 Quality Control
Kashiwa Daisuke 5 Dec.
KiD CuDi Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Kno Death Is Silent
Kool A.D. 51
Letlive. The Blackest Beautiful
Long Distance Calling Long Distance Calling
Main Attrakionz Bossalinis and Fooliyones
Maudlin Ionesco
Mechina Empyrean
Mellow Bravo Mellow Bravo
Method Man and Redman Blackout! 2
Mew And the Glass Handed Kites
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's all
Migos Young Rich Niggas
Mike Jones Who Is Mike Jones?
Monolake Ghosts
Monsters of Folk Monsters of Folk
Murs Murs For President
My Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets...
Napalm Death Utopia Banished
Napalm Death Diatribes
Napalm Death Fear, Emptiness, Despair
Necro The Sexorcist
Neurosis and Jarboe Neurosis and Jarboe
Nicole Atkins Slow Phaser
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Noah and the Whale The First Days of Spring
Oceansize Home & Minor
Octaves Greener Pastures
Omnium Gatherum Beyond
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Watershed
Opeth Heritage
Opiuo Meraki
Pain of Salvation Be
Palms Palms
Passion Pit Manners
Planes Mistaken For Stars Mercy
Polyenso Birth.Eater
Portugal. The Man Censored Colors
Prefuse 73 Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian
Propagandhi Supporting Caste
Protest the Hero Fortress
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Ra Duality
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Regina Spektor Far
Her next album I will definitively be able to describe as "more overrated psuedo-intellectual pop".
Reka Renaissance
Reks Grey Hairs
Rorcal Vilagvege
RPWL World Through My Eyes
Rush Vapor Trails
Rush Test for Echo
Sage Francis Personal Journals
Saigon The Greatest Story Never Told
Sarah Fimm White Birds
Sax Ruins Yawiquo
Scale the Summit The Collective
Scarface My Homies
Scarface The Last Of A Dying Breed
ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron
Semantik Punk abcdefghijklmnoprstuwxyz
Senses Fail Renacer
Sevendust Black Out the Sun
Shabazz Palaces Black Up
Shad TSOL
Shearwater Animal Joy
Shone Heat Thing
Skyzoo The Salvation
Slaughterhouse Slaughterhouse
This is not very good.
Snowmine Dialects
Soilwork A Predator's Portrait
Soilwork The Living Infinite
Sol.Illaquists Of Sound The 4th Wall Part I
stellastarr* Civilized
Stolas Living Creatures
Sun Kil Moon Benji
SZA Z
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows
Talib Kweli Prisoner of Conscious
The Alchemist Chemical Warfare
The Appleseed Cast Illumination Ritual
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below
The Flaming Lips Embryonic
This record is so stupid.
The Game The R.E.D. Album
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet
The Mayan Factor 44
An art rock group from Baltimore, The Mayan Factor have an ethnic sound, using atmospheric percussion (kongas and drums), acoustic guitars, various keyboard samples and tribal bass to an melodic, intense effect. The Mayan Factor could equally be called progressive rock as they could be lumped into the space rock category, one thing setting them apart from most artists in these genres is that the vocalist raps on occasion. Don't let this deter you, because it's an altogether interesting and one of a kind experience.
The Mayan Factor In Lake 'CH
An art rock group from Baltimore, The Mayan Factor have an ethnic sound, using atmospheric percussion (kongas and drums), acoustic guitars, various keyboard samples and tribal bass to an melodic, intense effect. The Mayan Factor could equally be called progressive rock as they could be lumped into the space rock category, one thing setting them apart from most artists in these genres is that the vocalist raps on occasion. Don't let this deter you, because it's an altogether interesting and one of a kind experience.
The Mayan Factor Yesterday's Son
An art rock group from Baltimore, The Mayan Factor have an ethnic sound, using atmospheric percussion (kongas and drums), acoustic guitars, various keyboard samples and tribal bass to an melodic, intense effect. The Mayan Factor could equally be called progressive rock as they could be lumped into the space rock category, one thing setting them apart from most artists in these genres is that the vocalist raps on occasion. Don't let this deter you, because it's an altogether interesting and one of a kind experience.
The Sound of Animals Fighting The Ocean and the Sun
The Streets Original Pirate Material
The Sword Age of Winters
The Weeknd Kiss Land
Themselves CrownsDown
This Will Destroy You This Will Destroy You
Thrice Identity Crisis
tUnE-yArDs w h o k i l l
Tyler the Creator Goblin
Tyondai Braxton Central Market
Vast Aire Dueces Wild
Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt
Widowspeak Almanac
Wolfmother Wolfmother
Wu-Tang Clan Iron Flag
Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams
YG My Krazy Life
very inconsistent and misogynist
Yonlu A Society In Which No Tear is Shed...
Young Widows Settle Down City
Zozobra Savage Masters

2.3 average
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Imagine if Mastodon continued in the direction of Blood Mountain, with a completely worthless concept, Dream Theater posturing, and a sound that completely lacks cohesion. There are at least 3 sludge/ post metal albums from March you could be listening to instead (namely Zoroaster, Kylesa, and Buried Inside). This is seriously mediocre, lacks a truly heavy punch, and is a complete disappointment coming all the way from Leviathan.

2.0 poor
311 Evolver
Andromeda Chimera
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
August Burns Red Rescue and Restore
August Burns Red finally succeed in regurgitating their sound into territory that is both boring and exactly the same as all o ftheir other records
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
B.o.B The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
a few good tracks and a whole lotta shit.
Big Business Mind the Drift
Boil aXiom
Bring Me the Horizon Sempiternal
Busta Rhymes Back On My B.S.
Cage I Never Knew You
Callenish Circle Pitch.Black.Effects
Celph Titled and Buckwild Nineteen Ninety Now
Chance the Rapper Acid Rap
Common Finding Forever
Creed Weathered
Death Grips The Money Store
rmakes me think of the pitchfork jet review:rhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gbwjfe5BbGc
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Eleventh Hour
Depeche Mode Exciter
Dessa A Badly Broken Code
hello hubert cumberdale you taste like sunshine.
this is f*cking terrible tbh.
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
dredg Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy
how do you fall this far from releasing a record like el cielo? what a sad day
Fall City Fall Victus
Fantomas Delirium Cordia
Fates Warning FWX
Finger Eleven Them vs. You vs. Me
Flying Colors Flying Colors
Funeral for a Friend Memory and Humanity
Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple
Inga Copeland and Dean Blunt Black Is Beautiful
Insane Clown Posse The Wraith: Hell's Pit
Islander Violence and Destruction
Jedi Mind Tricks A History of Violence
Jurassic 5 Feedback
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
piece of shit garbage betrayal of a sequel.
Keri Hilson In A Perfect World...
Laibach Spectre
Lil Spook Black Silk
lo-fi and lo-skill does not now = cool automatically

this guy seriously sounds and looks like some kind of eccentric sexual predator. like when
he says "pussy" it's like he's never gotten any before and really would like it if offered
(if he's into that kind of thing).
Loading Data Double Disco Animal Style
Lovage Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis The Heist
Max Tannone Jaydiohead
Metaform The Electric Mist
autotune use is not good. beats not good. album not good
Micachu Jewellery
What's wrong with the album? Songwriting, coherence, repetition, vocal performance, lyrics, rhythm, artist name, album name... this is really stupid music.
Moonspell The Antidote
Mutemath Armistice
Wow, this is barely listenable, especially compared to their self-titled debut record. Transforming from one of the most interesting alternative pop-rock groups around to the most generic piece of sh*t imaginable is quite the accomplishment. What a travesty.
Napalm Death Inside the Torn Apart
Napalm Death Words from the Exit Wound
O'Brother Disillusion
Opeth Burden
Pain of Salvation Scarsick
Pantha Du Prince Black Noise
Periphery Periphery
Poison the Well Tear From the Red
Porcupine Tree Voyage 34: The Complete Trip
Porcupine Tree On the Sunday of Life
Portugal. The Man It's Complicated Being a Wizard
Portugal. The Man The Satanic Satanist
Primer 55 Introduction to Mayhem
Protest the Hero A Calculated Use of Sound
Radiohead Amnesiac
Rhye Woman
Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio
Saosin Saosin
Sean Nicholas Savage Other Life
Sevendust Animosity
Soilwork Stabbing the Drama
Soilwork Figure Number Five
Sonata Arctica Silence
Storm Corrosion Storm Corrosion
Uhm. *DELETE*
Street Sweeper Social Club Street Sweeper Social Club
Sufjan Stevens A Sun Came
Taking Back Sunday New Again
The Alchemist Russian Roulette
The Alchemist sucks as usual
The Cool Kids The Bake Sale
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Fall of Every Season Amends
The Mountain Goats All Eternals Deck
I just dont get it. Vocals are just terrible and the music is nothing to write home about.
The Streets Everything is Borrowed
The Uncluded Hokey Fright
The Used The Used
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
TRUSTcompany The Lonely Position of Neutral
Vaura Selenelion
Walls of Jericho The American Dream

1.5 very poor
9th Prince Prince Of New York
Copy GZA's flow to a tee, the subdued production style of Pro Tools, then rap about dumb sh*t. Hey look, you're 9th Prince.
Amorphis Eclipse
Asher Roth Asleep In The Bread Aisle
Mario Kart, munchies, Madden, suburbs, Sublime-posturing, pre-pubescent socio-political musings Asleep in the Bread Aisle has all the ingredients for anthemic frat-party bro-hop. Raised in the suburbs (the far-outlying suburbs to be precise) of Philadelphia, Asher Roth paints a picture one would expect from homogeneous experiences and a biblically allusive name. And theres absolutely nothing wrong with that, especially when delving into the metaphysical or even the mildly interesting. Even then, some artists excel at making light, care-free party music see pre-808s/ Louis Vitton Kanye for a good example. The thing is, Roth tries to do both here but is by no means a renaissance man; instead, he recreates the very essence of Wonderbread through music.
Common Universal Mind Control
Depeche Mode Speak And Spell
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
Green City Brand New Money
This isn't the absolute worst album ever; there are maybe 20 albums below this benchmark on the craptacular scale. Mixing equal parts southern cliches and mainstream hiphop yields Green City. All of the lyrics are contrived and sound as if they looked up "gangster" (yes, with the "er") on wikipedia and copied what they saw. Even then, half of the lyrics don't even make sense. The beats are digustingly repetitive, redefining the term unimaginative, and include plenty of high BPM closed-hi-hat passages typical of the genre. Stay away from this album; it's horrible, and the .5 extra points above 1.0 are only given for Scarface's introduction. Speaking of Scarface, he should be quite ashamed to associate his name with presenting this record.

A more in depth review to come, just using this as a forum for my thoughts at work.
Hurt Goodbye To The Machine
In Every Breath Distrust
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...
Insane Clown Posse The Great Milenko
Insane Clown Posse The Amazing Jeckel Brothers
Insane Clown Posse Bizaar
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
Kevin Rudolf In The City
Terribly generic dance rock. I don't know how this album has anything to do with being "In The City", except that it has Nas and Weezy on it. Don't even bother.
Mike Mictlan False Hopes VIII: Deity For Re-Hire
R. Kelly Trapped in the Closet (Chapters 1-12)
Robin Thicke Blurred Lines
Soilwork Sworn to a Great Divide
Sonata Arctica Ecliptica
Spiral Architect A Sceptic's Universe
This album sounds like this:
blibble blib blib doodle doodle blib blib blib blib crack crack boom bloob bloob.
The Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the Synapse
Trapt Trapt
Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers
"Ayo 1...this nigga whole style is straight baby thighs son. Straight up. He might got some songs that yall might enjoy n shit but he a straight glitter blooded nigga wit a bullshit ass rhyme book when it come down to it nahmean. The nigga got yall fooled tho so I aint gon step on the nigga toes too much n shit but if you got male genitalia n shit n you listen to this nigga music you a vic nahmean. This nigga done flashed his wand on you. Or you mighta caught a contact off that fairy dust the niggas smokin" -- http://bigghostnahmean.blogspot.com

1.0 awful
Black Kids Partie Traumatic
Breaking Benjamin Saturate
Diablo Swing Orchestra Sing-Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious
Flobots Fight with Tools
Flobots Survival Story
LOL
Hollywood Undead Swan Songs
Insane Clown Posse Carnival of Carnage
Insane Clown Posse Ringmaster
Insane Clown Posse The Mighty Death Pop!
Los Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Lupe Fiasco Lasers
Metallica St. Anger
N.E.R.D. Seeing Sounds
Queensryche Q2K
Soulja Boy Souljaboytellem.com
The Streets The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living
Thera If This is the End
Twelve Foot Ninja Silent Machine
WZRD WZRD

0.5
The Weeknd Trilogy
what a shit heap of over-production. also the new tracks are fucking garbage.
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