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5.0 classic
A Fine Frenzy One Cell in the Sea
A Fine Frenzy Bomb In A Birdcage
Heard this at the full album listening party at amazon.com! More optimistic, playful, and upbeat than her masterpiece One Cell In The Sea, this is a great thing because it keeps her music fresh! Yet there are still beautiful ballads like "Bird of the Summer" and "Beacon." The sound never is forced. A Fine Frenzy creates another masterpiece!
ABBA ABBA Gold
Aimee Mann Bachelor No.2 (Or the Last Remains...)
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
Barenaked Ladies Stunt
Blondie Parallel Lines
Bob Dylan The Essential Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Bon Jovi Crossroad
Bruce Springsteen Magic
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Cyndi Lauper Shes So Unusual
Dixie Chicks Home
Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces
Dixie Chicks Fly
Elvis Presley Elvis: 30 #1 Hits
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Fountains of Wayne Welcome Interstate Managers
Garbage Version 2.0
Garth Brooks No Fences
Green Day American Idiot
Haim Days Are Gone
Indigo Girls Rites Of Passage
Indigo Girls Indigo Girls
Indigo Girls Swamp Ophelia
This is one of three classic albums from The Indigo Girls.. Amy and Emily create pure bliss together.
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Josh Ritter The Animal Years
Liz Phair Whitechocolatespaceegg
Lucinda Williams Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Madonna Ray of Light
Madonna The Immaculate Collection
Metallica Master of Puppets
While not one of my all time favorite albums (I do like it, though), this is a classic in the genre.
Michael Jackson Thriller
Michael Jackson Off the Wall
Michelle Branch The Spirit Room
Paul Simon Graceland
Pearl Jam Ten
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
R.E.M. Green
R.E.M. Eponymous
R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant
Radiohead OK Computer
Regina Spektor Far
I don't usually give classic status to albums I just heard, but I truly think this is good enough. Her most mainstream album yet, it is also her most amazing. Not many artists manage to combine accessibility with quirkiness like Regina does. The album is full of her beautiful piano playing and sparkling melodies. It even has bounciness - like on the opener "The Calculation." She does not venture into alternative rock on Far, but "Machine" is the closest, with its ominous mood and somewhat spooky chorus.
Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Sheryl Crow The Globe Sessions
Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow
Simon and Garfunkel Sounds of Silence
Sinead O'Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Stars Set Yourself On Fire
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The Beatles Revolver
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Beatles Let It Be
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles With the Beatles
The Beatles 1
The Beatles The Beatles
The Beatles Beatles for Sale
The Beatles Help!
The Beatles Please Please Me
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
The Cars Heartbeat City
The Corrs Forgiven, Not Forgotten
The Corrs In Blue
The Corrs Talk on Corners
The Format Dog Problems
The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America
The Like Release Me
It's like a best-of CD of girl group-influenced songs! But it's more than just a throwback: there's some garage-y guitar, new wave, and Berg's very versatile voice.
The National High Violet
This album has some of the most uniquely amazing arrangements I have ever heard. Combine that with super memorable choruses, the lead singer's achingly emotional baritone, and lyrics that define a stage of life, and you have a classic.
The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
The New Pornographers Electric Version
The Pierces Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge
The Sundays Reading, Writing and Arithmetic
The White Stripes Elephant
Tori Amos Little Earthquakes
U2 The Joshua Tree
U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

4.5 superb
A Fine Frenzy Pines
Pines is different than her other two albums, with a quieter sound and more pure folk arrangements. The song I recognized most was "Avalanches," a folk/pop gem. Alison made me enveloped in the music and unique narrative, so for me, it works!
Adam Lambert Trespassing
Darker doesn't mean better. I feel both halves serve their own purpose and are equally great.
Aimee Mann @#%&! Smilers
Alan Jackson A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'Bout Love)
Alanis Morissette Under Rug Swept
Alanis Morissette Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor
Amy Winehouse Back to Black
Andrew Bird Noble Beast
Anna Nalick Wreck of the Day
Avril Lavigne Let Go
Avril Lavigne Under My Skin
Barenaked Ladies Barenaked Ladies Are Me
Barenaked Ladies Everything to Everyone
Barenaked Ladies Maroon
Barenaked Ladies Gordon
Beck Mutations
Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit
Brandi Carlile The Story
Brandi Carlile Brandi Carlile
Brandi Carlile Give up the Ghost
Bruce Springsteen Working On A Dream
Bruce Springsteen Devils & Dust
Bruce Springsteen The Rising
Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball
Its rootsy-rock combination is a very effective one - a little better than Working On A Dream, but I haven't heard enough musically special for it to be a classic yet. Still sure to be one of my favorites of 2012.
Butch Walker Sycamore Meadows
Butch Walker Left of Self-Centered
Butch Walker I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart
Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Cyndi Lauper True Colors
Damone Out Here All Night
Dido Life For Rent
Dinosaur Jr. Farm
This is my first Dinosaur Jr. album, and it impresses! Drawing from 90s alternative, they also add a power pop dynamic that makes their style fresh. The lead singer doesn't always hit the right notes, and there's one long song too many, but those are minor problems when the album rocks like it does.
Dixie Chicks Taking The Long Way
Eels Electro-Shock Blues
Eisley Combinations
Eisley Room Noises
Eisley The Valley
Eisley Currents
Emmylou Harris Red Dirt Girl
Enya Paint The Sky With Stars
Fefe Dobson Fefe Dobson
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Fountains of Wayne Sky Full of Holes
Garbage Bleed Like Me
Garbage Garbage
Garbage Beautiful Garbage
Garth Brooks In Pieces
Garth Brooks Ropin' The Wind
Gomez How We Operate
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
Green Day ¡UNO!
Guster Keep It Together
Hey Monday Hold On Tight
Catchy, great vocals, lots of craft put into the music. I love it, and don't care what others think.
Hole Celebrity Skin
Hole Live Through This
Indigo Girls Despite Our Differences
Indigo Girls All That We Let In
Ingrid Michaelson Everybody
Ingrid's Girls & Boys was a good album, but sometimes caught in a bit of an uncomfortable mix of intimate indie and mainstream pop. Here on Everybody, Michaelson goes for more hooks while keeping the arrangements from falling into blandness. Check out folky "The Chain" and "Sort Of," and the sweeping power pop of "Mountain And The Sea."
Jenny Lewis The Voyager
Jewel This Way
Jimmy Eat World Invented
Josh Ritter The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
Josh Ritter The Beast In Its Tracks
Kate Voegele A Fine Mess
Kelly Clarkson My December
Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway
Lady Gaga The Fame
Laura Marling I Speak Because I Can
Laura Stevenson Sit Resist
Laura Stevenson Wheel
Lights Siberia
Lissie Catching a Tiger
Unique, special - that says it all for Lissie. I really think she'll make a classic someday.
Liz Phair Exile In Guyville
Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose
Lucinda Williams Essence
Lucinda Williams World Without Tears
Lucinda Williams Little Honey
Madonna Confessions on a Dancefloor
Madonna Music
Mandy Moore Amanda Leigh
Mandy Moore Wild Hope
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's The Dust of Retreat
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell
Melissa Etheridge Yes I Am
Metallica Metallica
Metric Fantasies
Not watered down at all. These are all very muscular and powerful rock songs with pop sensabilities.
Michael Jackson Bad
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Neko Case Middle Cyclone
No Doubt Tragic Kingdom
Norah Jones Come Away with Me
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Pearl Jam Yield
Pearl Jam Backspacer
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Pink M!ssundaztood
Pink Try This
Priscilla Ahn A Good Day
R.E.M. Accelerate
R.E.M. New Adventures in Hi-Fi
R.E.M. Out Of Time
Radiohead In Rainbows
Ramones Road to Ruin
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Rilo Kiley Under the Blacklight
Rilo Kiley More Adventurous
Rob Thomas Cradlesong
Robyn Body Talk
Sarah McLachlan Surfacing
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings I Learned the Hard Way
She and Him Volume One
Sheryl Crow Wildflower
Sinead O'Connor Faith And Courage
Stars In Our Bedroom After The War
Stars The Five Ghosts
The Five Ghosts is sentimental without being sappy and sexy without being forced. They utilize synthesizer in a thrilling power pop way, and use their sweet harmonies. Maybe one or two too many hazy ballads near the end, but otherwise, this is excellent even if it doesn't reach the heights of Set Yourself On Fire.
Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams
I think this album captures both the pop and blues eras of Fleetwood Mac well, while sounding modern enough. Terrific job, Stevie!
Straylight Run The Needles, The Space
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sugarland Love On The Inside
Taylor Swift Speak Now
Tegan and Sara So Jealous
that dog. Retreat From the Sun
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Corrs Borrowed Heaven
The Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
This album is growing on me even more. It's like a combination of Ryan Adams and Wilco alt-country mixed with REM mixed with Simon & Garfunkel mixed with their own quirkiness. Deceptively simple and a superb listen throughout. Not far from a 5, but I try to do only a couple of those a year at most. Could be a 5 later.
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever
The Like Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?
The Monkees Greatest Hits
The New Pornographers Together
Not getting the average ratings for this so far. It has the bounciness of Electric Version plus the majesty of Twin Cinema. Might go up to a 5.
The New Pornographers Mass Romantic
The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers
The Raveonettes In and Out of Control
The Shins Wincing the Night Away
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow
The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania
The Veronicas The Secret Life Of...
The Wallflowers Breach
The Wallflowers Rebel, Sweetheart
The Wallflowers Bringing Down The Horse
The Weepies Say I Am You
The Weepies make absolutely beautiful folk pop. From the beginning to the end, the Weepies let their harmonies and melodies shine through.
The White Stripes Icky Thump
The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan
The White Stripes White Blood Cells
Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind Blue
Tilly and the Wall O
Tilly and the Wall Bottoms of Barrels
Tori Amos Scarlet's Walk
Tori Amos American Doll Posse
Travis The Man Who
TV on the Radio Dear Science
U2 Achtung Baby
Vanessa Carlton Heroes and Thieves
Vanessa Carlton Rabbits on the Run
Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer Schematics

4.0 excellent
A Fine Frenzy Oh, Blue Christmas EP
Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment
Adele 21
AFI Crash Love
Alan Jackson Here in the Real World
Alanis Morissette So-Called Chaos
Alicia Keys As I Am
Aly and AJ Insomniatic
Amy Macdonald A Curious Thing
Au Revoir Simone Still Night, Still Light
Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing
Band of Horses Infinite Arms
Barenaked Ladies All in Good Time
Beach House Teen Dream
Beck Sea Change
Belle and Sebastian Write About Love
Ben Lee Awake Is The New Sleep
Billy Joel River Of Dreams
Blonde Redhead 23
Bob Dylan Modern Times
Bon Jovi Lost Highway
Brie Larson Finally Out of P.E.
Britney Spears Femme Fatale
Brooke White High Hopes & Heartbreaks
Excellent album from the former American Idol contestant. It is indeed a throwback to classic rock and has the passion and attention to songcraft needed to pull that off effectively. "Phoenix" and "High Hopes & Heartbreak" shake things up with upbeat guitar and dance beats.
Butterfly Boucher Flutterby
Cat Power The Greatest
Christina Perri lovestrong.
Very underrated by professional music critics. It's rare to hear this much passion and soul in both the music and lyrics. And just think - she can do even better than the album lovestrong! It has a couple too many ballads, though I can't complain much since they are beautifully orchestrated.
Coldplay Parachutes
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Corinne Bailey Rae The Sea
Crystal Bowersox Farmer's Daughter
There's certainly no sell-out here. With lots of emotion and not afraid to use swear words, she doesn't hold back. As a singer/songwriter CD, it's excellent. If you were expecting it to rock out, though, you'll be disappointed. Only "Kiss Ya" really rocks, and it uses a formulaic hard rock riff. Only flat out disliked "Hold On," though.
Cyndi Lauper Bring Ya To The Brink
Dave Matthews Band Busted Stuff
Dave Matthews Band Before These Crowded Streets
Deborah Harry Necessary Evil
Dido No Angel
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca
Duffy Rockferry
Faith Hill It Matters To Me
Her best CD. It's where the country and the pop mixes the best. Today, I have rated her other albums, too.
Fefe Dobson Joy
The first few songs are good pop, but she really hits her stride with "Didn't See You Coming" and the songs after that. She really separates herself from the pop pack with rock, soul, and indie influences.
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Fountains of Wayne Traffic And Weather
Garth Brooks Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks Sevens
Garth Brooks Scarecrow
Garth Brooks The Chase
Genesis We Can't Dance
Goo Goo Dolls Something for the Rest of Us
Green Day Warning
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Guster Easy Wonderful
Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
Hanson Underneath
Heather Nova Siren
Hey Monday Beneath It All
"I Don't Wanna Dance," "Hungover," and "Mr. Pushover" are the most unique songs. The others are Kelly Clarkson meets Jag Star, and because I love both those artists, I like the whole EP. Hopefully the next LP continues their progress.
Holly Brook Like Blood Like Honey
Hootie and The Blowfish Cracked Rear View
Imogen Heap Speak For Yourself
Indigo Girls Become You
Ingrid Michaelson Girls And Boys
Ingrid Michaelson Human Again
Ingrid Michaelson Lights Out
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
Jenny and Johnny I'm Having Fun Now
Jewel Goodbye Alice in Wonderland
Jewel Spirit
Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light
Jimmy Eat World Futures
John Mayer Room for Squares
Kanye West Graduation
KT Tunstall Drastic Fantastic
Kylie Minogue Aphrodite
Laura Marling Alas, I Cannot Swim
Lights The Listening
Liz Phair Somebody's Miracle
Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes
Madonna American Life
Madonna MDNA
Mae The Everglow
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's Not Animal.
Marina and The Diamonds The Family Jewels
Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You
Melissa Etheridge Breakdown
Metallica Death Magnetic
Metric Live It Out
Michelle Branch Everything Comes and Goes
Natasha Bedingfield Strip Me
Much better than many reviewers are saying. More rocking than usual from her, and the ballads never drag.
Neko Case The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight...
Nelly Furtado Whoa, Nelly!
Nirvana Nevermind
Orianthi Believe
Our Lady Peace Burn Burn
Paramore The Final Riot!
Paramore Riot!
Hayley has a terrific voice. And while a few songs fall into pop/punk imitator territory, there is more confidence and less awkwardness than on All We Know Is Falling.
Paramore Brand New Eyes
You can clearly hear Paramore growing up on Brand New Eyes. The intensity of "Careful" and "Ignorance" hits you right away. They better "Misery Business." Hayley is a good enough singer to handle it. Ballads like "Misguided Ghosts" are unlike what they have ever done before. And when the songs have pop hooks, like on "Brick By Boring Brick," they match "For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic," "When It Rains," and "Crushcrushcrush" from Riot! Brand New Eyes might not change the world of music, but sometimes just good old music is enough.
Pearl Jam Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam Riot Act
Pearl Jam Binaural
Pink Funhouse
PJ Harvey Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
PJ Harvey Uh Huh Her
R.E.M. Reveal
R.E.M. Monster
R.E.M. Up
R.E.M. Collapse Into Now
Excellent album.. it's like a little bit of Automatic For The People combined with Monster combined with Accelerate. My one complaint is that they aren't growing as a band or quite equaling their best work. The last song is the only one that stretches. But just based on song quality, it doesn't disappoint.
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad
Rogue Wave Permalight
Ryan Adams 29
Sade Soldier Of Love
Sarah Fimm Red Yellow Sun
Reminded me in a strange way of Loreena McKennitt meets Sinead O'Connor meets Peter Gabriel.. very interesting listen. It just requires you to listen closely to get the full effect.
Sarah McLachlan Afterglow
Sarah McLachlan Laws of Illusion
Shakira Laundry Service
Shania Twain Come On Over
She and Him Volume Two
Sheryl Crow Detours
Sigur Ros Takk...
Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time
St. Vincent Actor
St. Vincent Marry Me
Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots
Sugarland Twice The Speed Of Life
Sugarland Enjoy The Ride
Taylor Swift Fearless
Tegan and Sara Sainthood
The All-American Rejects Move Along
The Cars Move Like This
The Civil Wars Barton Hollow
The harmonies on this album are tremendous. Some of the best you'll hear. They help get the album through a couple of draggy spots.
The Donnas Bitchin'
The Donnas Gold Medal
The Donnas Spend the Night
The Duke Spirit Neptune
The Gaslight Anthem American Slang
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Lemonheads The Lemonheads
The National Boxer
The Postal Service Give Up
The Sounds Dying to say this to You
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
The Thermals Now We Can See
The Veronicas Hook Me Up
The Wallflowers Red Letter Days
Tim McGraw Set This Circus Down
Tinted Windows Tinted Windows
Tori Amos From The Choirgirl Hotel
Tori Amos The Beekeeper
U2 No Line on the Horizon
Excellent album, yet it is not one of their very best after a few listens. Does sound fresh, though not as fresh as Achtung Baby.
U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
U2 Songs of Innocence
Vanessa Carlton Harmonium
Vanessa Carlton Be Not Nobody
Vedera Stages
Vivian Girls Vivian Girls
Weezer The Green Album
Weezer Hurley
Wilco Wilco (The Album)

3.5 great
Against Me! White Crosses
Alanis Morissette Flavors of Entanglement
Allison Iraheta Just Like You
Bringing her own raw, raspy attitude to her debut CD, Allison has made one of the best Idol debut CDs. Yes, it's mainstream, but she really was on Idol, too - I think she shows more of herself on the album than she was able to on Idol. Can she stretch more musically? Yes, but give her time.
Aly and AJ Into The Rush (Deluxe Edition)
Amy Millan Masters of the Burial
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Automatic Loveletter Truth or Dare
Good pop album; her voice has an interesting tone to it, and there are standouts like "Heart Song" and "Fade Away." The thing that needs improvement for next time is tempo. Too many songs are solid but wear thin.
Bat For Lashes Two Suns
Best Coast Crazy For You
Beyonce I Am... Sasha Fierce
Billy Ray Cyrus Some Gave All
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Bon Jovi Crush
Britney Spears In The Zone
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Brooks & Dunn Hard Workin' Man
Care Bears on Fire Get Over It!
Even though the singers in this group are young teens, they have much more sass and catchiness than Miley Cyrus has even now. The musicianship is also impressively sturdy. The lyrics are clearly directed towards the young crowd. But if you tune out that fact and focus on the music, the album is lots of fun for anyone.
Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss
Carrie Underwood Some Hearts
Carrie Underwood Play On
This is a bigger, more diverse album than before, but vocally Carrie is up to the task. Some of the lyrics are a little preachy, and again there is some filler, but she makes up for it with scorchers like "Songs Like This" and "Cowboy Cassanova," beautiful ballads like "Someday When I Stop Loving You" and "What Can I Say," and the sly pop/country mix of "Quitter."
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Coldplay X & Y
Company Of Thieves Ordinary Riches
Counting Crows Somewhere Under Wonderland
A bit Counting Crows on autopilot, but even that is an enjoyable listen.
Cyndi Lauper Hat Full of Stars
Dido Safe Trip Home
Dolores O'Riordan No Baggage
The first two songs gave me a big "uh oh," but fortunately, the album gets much better after that. "It's You" and "The Journey" are tremendous pop songs. "Apple Of My Eye" is an engaging slow burner. The rest is pretty similiar to Are You Listening - it's good she's out of her Cranberries comfort zone, but nor does she hit the highs of much of her Cranberries stuff.
Eels Hombre Lobo
Erin McCarley Love, Save the Empty
Evanescence The Open Door
Faith Hill Breathe
Faith Hill Take Me As I Am
Feist The Reminder
Fiona Apple When the Pawn...
Fiona Apple Tidal
Garbage Not Your Kind of People
Hanson Shout It Out
Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
Jessie James Jessie James
John Mayer Battle Studies
Jonas Brothers A Little Bit Longer
Jordin Sparks Jordin Sparks
Josh Ritter So Runs The World Away
Big fan of Josh - The Animal Years and The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter are at the elite of singer/songwriter albums. While still good, I was a little disappointed in this CD. It still has catchy pop gems - "Change Of Time," "Lantern," and "Orbital" - but it's lacking in songs like those that we know well from him. It's a little low on energy. Stand out ballads include "Folk Bloodbath" and "The Curse." Other ballads are fine but rely too much on similar strumming and his still-strong storytelling lyrics. The only real missteps are "Rattling Locks" and "The Remnant," where he tries to sound like Tom Waits. Those two songs have rhythms that go nowhere.
Katharine McPhee Unbroken
Katy Perry One of the Boys
Catchy pop with occasionally clever lyrics and vocals with loads of energy. There are definitely a few pop gems here.
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Katy Rose Because I Can
Keith Urban Get Closer
Kelly Clarkson Thankful
Kelly Clarkson Stronger
Sounds like she was on the verge of more with an updated pop/R&B sound, but the record company reined her in. Still a good album with some standout songs ("Darkside," "Stronger," "Standing In Front Of You," "I Forgive You," "You Can't Win," "Breaking Your Own Heart").
Kesha Animal
Kesha Cannibal
I think her lyrics are really funny. An exception is "Cannibal," where the Dahmer reference is inappropriate. Overall, if you found Animal to be a guilty pleasure, you will like this EP.
Kesha Warrior
KSM Read Between The Lines
This is actually very good bubblegum rock. It really is more inspired by bands like the Go Gos than other Disney stars. The biggest negative is the lead vocals, which sound solid but unseasoned. But the lead singer IS only 16.
KT Tunstall Tiger Suit
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
Laura Veirs July Flame
Lauren Harris Calm Before the Storm
Leona Lewis Echo
Lifehouse No Name Face
Marissa Nadler Marissa Nadler
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell III
Meg and Dia Here, Here and Here
I thought this was a better CD than their first CD, which had bland hooks. This one adds some variety and also is less stiff.
Melissa Etheridge Fearless Love
Decent Melissa Etheridge music - no more and no less. It would be nice if she did more music different than the usual big production and dramatic vocals, like on the Indian-flavored "We Are The Ones." A very solid listen, though.
Melissa Etheridge The Awakening
Melissa Etheridge Skin
MGMT Congratulations
Sounding somewhere between the Shins and the Flaming Lips, MGMT have created a good indie record - you won't like it as much as any Shins album so far, but the experimentation is a lot more interesting than what the Flaming Lips do.
No Doubt Push and Shove
Norah Jones The Fall
Paramore All We Know Is Falling
Patti Smith Horses
Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What
Peter Bjorn and John Writer's Block
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
There's excellent storytelling here. And it has some good melodies. However, P.J. Harvey deserves better than the light arrangements and so much use of her high register.
R.E.M. Around the Sun
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Rooney Eureka
Selena Gomez and the Scene When The Sun Goes Down
Actually an improvement over her last CD. More fun, entertaining, and hooky. Also even a little adventurous for this kind of pop, as on the ballad "We Own The Night" which is with Pixie Lott.
Shania Twain The Woman in Me
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror
Spinnerette Spinnerette
At times the album bursts with rock energy, and at other times it builds up tension. It's just too bad the music isn't a little looser, as it gets a bit weary over a whole album.
Steve Earle I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Taking Back Sunday New Again
Taylor Hicks Taylor Hicks
The Click Five Greetings from Imrie House
The Cranberries Bury the Hatchet
The Killers Sam's Town
The Mars Volta Octahedron
The Ting Tings We Started Nothing
Third Eye Blind Ursa Major
Tiny Vipers Life on Earth
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!

3.0 good
Ace of Base The Sign
Ariana Grande My Everything
Ashley Tisdale Guilty Pleasure
OK, I'll get one thing straight. Ashley is not a very good singer. But what she does have is a bit of personality, and given some tastefully catchy songs, Guilty Pleasure really IS a guilty pleasure. Although she wanted to be more grown up on this CD, it really just comes across as more mature bubblegum than her last album.
Avril Lavigne Goodbye Lullaby
Beck Midnite Vultures
Beyonce 4
Blink-182 Blink-182
Bon Jovi Bounce
Britney Spears Circus
Britney Spears Britney
Britney Spears Britney Jean
Butterfly Boucher Scary Fragile
Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride
Celine Dion Falling into You
Christina Aguilera Back to Basics
Colbie Caillat All of You
Courtney Love America's Sweetheart
David Gray Foundling
Gray sounded like he was going to do something interesting when I heard the first couple tracks - but after that, the arrangements are sparse and his voice sounds more detached than before. This is ok for background music, but doesn't go beyond pleasant.
Duffy Endlessly
Dum Dum Girls I Will Be
Evanescence Fallen
Faith Hill Fireflies
Florence and the Machine Lungs
Flyleaf Memento Mori
It's ok. I think Hayley brings more power and Paramore has better hooks.
Garth Brooks Fresh Horses
Goo Goo Dolls Let Love In
Good Charlotte Cardiology
Hookier and more fun than I thought it would be from the reviews. Lyrics are awful, though, and the vocals pretty ordinary.
Hanson Middle of Nowhere
Imogen Heap Ellipse
Jack White Blunderbuss
Jakob Dylan Women + Country
Jason Castro Jason Castro
Jewel Pieces of You
John Mayer Heavier Things
Jordin Sparks Battlefield
Battlefield is an album of solid ballads and Rihanna-style R&B. The best of the upbeat songs is "Emergency"; that should have been the single instead of "Battlefield." I didn't like the re-make of "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" because she sings it too sweetly. In fact, it's a problem in general that she sings the ballads pretty similarly. It's a good thing the production is well done by the typical hit-makers.
Katharine McPhee Katharine McPhee
Katy Perry Prism
Lifehouse Smoke and Mirrors
Lindsay Lohan Speak
Liz Phair Liz Phair
Lucinda Williams West
Madonna Hard Candy
Mandy Moore Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore Coverage
Mariah Carey Music Box
Mariah Carey Emotions
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals
Matchbox Twenty Mad Season
Metric Synthetica
Michael Jackson Dangerous
Doesn't match up with Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad, as his vocals can get lost in the busy production. The first three songs, while interesting, are also a bit hookless. But there are some of his best here: "Black Or White," "Remember The Time," "Dangerous," and "Give In To Me."
Miranda Cosgrove Sparks Fly
Fluffy fun; at least she's not forcing being grown up like in the terrible Miley song "Can't Be Tamed."
Natalie Imbruglia Left of the Middle
New Kids on the Block Hangin' Tough
Norah Jones Not Too Late
Norah Jones Feels Like Home
Oasis Don't Believe the Truth
Phil Collins Testify
PJ Harvey Is This Desire?
PJ Harvey White Chalk
Shania Twain Up!
Sinead O'Connor Theology
Skylar Grey Don't Look Down
Spice Girls Greatest Hits
Sugarland The Incredible Machine
This is an unrelentingly positive album, with big production and choruses. I need positively right now, so I'm definitely in the mood for it. Because of Jennifer Nettles's passion and the solid musicianship, the album has substance depite the arena-readiness of the music. On the downside, the lyrics are a little lazy - multiple references to fire, light, open hearts, etc. - and the album is not inventive. It's a fun album and a worthwhile addition to their catalog, if not close to their best album.
Susan Boyle I Dreamed a Dream
The Beatles Yellow Submarine
The Cranberries Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
The Dresden Dolls Yes, Virginia...
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
The Whigs In The Dark
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Mojo
Vampire Weekend Contra
Velvet Revolver Libertad
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones

2.5 average
Alicia Keys The Element Of Freedom
Based on the first half of this CD, I thought Alicia might even best Songs in A Minor. But the second half is full of annoying vocal performances and little excitement.
Angels and Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Arcade Fire Funeral
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What...
Ashlee Simpson Autobiography
Backstreet Boys Black & Blue
Backstreet Boys Millennium
Barlowgirl Barlowgirl
Best Coast The Only Place
Billy Idol Devil's Playground
Billy Ray Cyrus Storm in the Heartland
Bjork Homogenic
Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day
Boys Like Girls Love Drunk
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Britney Spears Oops!...I Did It Again
Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time
Celine Dion A New Day Has Come
Charlotte Gainsbourg IRM
Chris Cornell Carry On
Christina Aguilera Stripped
Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera
Cobra Starship Hot Mess
Colbie Caillat Coco
Colbie Caillat Breakthrough
Here's the good news: Colbie's voice sounds less prosaic, and there's more in the songs that grab your attention. The bad news: there's still not a whole lot of charm in her music. She still fails to make you feel much emotion. At least she sounded more genuine on her previous CD.
Daughtry Daughtry
Dave Matthews Band Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton Knives Don't Have Your Back
Faith Hill Cry
Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel...
Garth Brooks In the Life of Chris Gaines
Gwen Stefani The Sweet Escape
Hannah Montana Original TV Soundtrack
Hilary Duff Dignity
Hole Nobody's Daughter
A mixed bag. Courtney's voice has definitely faded. But she can still bring it on songs like "Nobody's Daughter," "Skinny Little Bitch," and "Loser Dust." My problem is that the songs in the middle seem like weaker versions of Celebrity Skin. Not bad, but they don't stand out. Then, "How Dirty Girls Get Clean" is a pale imitation of "Loser Dust." The last song, "Never Go Hungry," is Courtney doing a country sound - it just doesn't fit her.
Jack Johnson To the Sea
Jewel 0304
Jill Scott The Light of the Sun
John Mayer Continuum
Jonas Brothers Jonas Brothers
You know, PsychoPuppet has a good point - I just think most of their good songs are on one album, A Little Bit Longer, and not this one.
Jonas Brothers It's About Time
Jonas Brothers Lines, Vines and Trying Times
Keane Under The Iron Sea
Kris Allen Kris Allen
Kris Allen's CD is pretty much what you would expect after watching him on Idol. Serviceable, but not a stand out. The CD is over-produced and generically designed for radio. I'd download these three songs only: "Written All Over My Face," ""Red Guitar," and "Alright With Me".
Lady Antebellum Need You Now
Lee DeWyze Live It Up
Could have been a lot worse. The safe music actually works to his advantage in a way, because the cloying quality of his voice is kept to a minimum. Three songs here are worth purchasing - "Dear Isabelle," "Brooklyn Bridge," and "Stay Here." "Dear Isabelle" is a rare spare moment, and even though it sounds like John Mayer, succeeds in charming. "Brooklyn Bridge," with its jazzy quality, is refreshingly un-Idol. "Stay Here" is irresistably snappy. All the other songs have been done better by other artists.
Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You
Lily Allen Alright, Still
Lindsay Lohan A Little More Personal (Raw)
Madonna Erotica
Mariah Carey E=MC²
Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi
Mariah Carey Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
Maroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long
Mayday Parade Anywhere But Here
Meg and Dia Something Real
Metallica St. Anger
Michael Johns Hold Back My Heart
Miley Cyrus Breakout
Miley Cyrus Can't Be Tamed
Miley Cyrus Bangerz
Miranda Cosgrove High Maintenance
Muse The Resistance
What were they doing putting three classical-influenced rock ballads at the end? They are not inspiring or enjoyable. Too much of the album is that way, though there are a trio of good rockers (the two that start the album and "Unnatural Selection"), and USOE is epic done right.
Nelly Furtado Loose
Nick Jonas and the Administration Who I Am
Paul McCartney Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
Peaches Impeach My Bush
Rascal Flatts Feels Like Today
Rihanna Rated R
Santigold Santogold
Shakira She Wolf
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Smoosh She Like Electric
Spice Girls Spice
Staind Break the Cycle
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now
Tennis Cape Dory
This album re-creates the 60s sound, but fails to be memorable. Too often the music just drifts along in a haze. The singer also doesn't exactly have the charisma of a Petula Clark.
The All-American Rejects When the World Comes Down
The Cranberries Roses
It sounds like The Cranberries, but usually doesn't stand out like they used to.
The Flaming Lips Embryonic
Has interestingly freaky moments mixed with songs that are dull or seem to lack meaning.
The Fray The Fray
The Pretty Reckless Light Me Up
Tori Amos Abnormally Attracted To Sin
Train Drops of Jupiter
Vivian Girls Everything Goes Wrong

2.0 poor
3 Doors Down Time of My Life
Ashlee Simpson Bittersweet World
I listened to this again, and couldn't believe I had it at a 3 before. Autobiography at least has some decent bubblegum moments. Bittersweet World is just the sound of a not-so-good singer going beyond her reach.
Ashley Tisdale Headstrong
The songs here are undistinguished dance-pop. The rock turn on Guilty Pleasure at least allowed for better hooks than on this CD.
Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne
Backstreet Boys Unbreakable
Backstreet Boys Never Gone
Backstreet Boys This Is Us
More generic dance pop from them. Their early stuff wasn't special, but it was catchier. While they have ok voices, they also sound like a singing factory.
Bjork Medulla
Bjork Vespertine
Bob Dylan Together Through Life
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Christina Aguilera Bionic
Daughtry Leave This Town
David Cook David Cook
Demi Lovato Don't Forget
Demi Lovato Unbroken
Empire Of The Sun Walking On A Dream
Faith Hill Faith
Fergie The Dutchess
Good Charlotte Good Morning Revival
Gorillaz Gorillaz
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Hanson The Walk
Hilary Duff Hilary Duff
Jessica Simpson Do You Know
Joanna Newsom Ys
Joanna Newsom Have One on Me
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Kidz Bop Kidz Kidz Bop, Volume 9
Kittie Oracle
Lady Antebellum Own the Night
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Liz Phair Funstyle
I see this album as a tongue-in-cheek retort to her critics. So while most of these songs are pretty bad mish-mashes, Liz just put together anything she felt like because the critics boxed her in. I think she does fine in pop (especially on Somebody's Miracle,) and I know she can find some direction again.
Mariah Carey Charmbraclet
Marie Digby Breathing Underwear
With its processed beats and similar song structures, Breathing Underwear has a numbing effect on the listener. When she finally does try something different, all it is is Evanescence-lite. I recommend her CD Unfold, but you should avoid this album.
Maroon 5 V
Morningwood Diamonds & Studs
New Found Glory Sticks and Stones
New Kids on the Block The Block
OK Go Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky
Placebo Meds
Portishead Third
Rascal Flatts Still Feels Good
Rascal Flatts Me And My Gang
Ricky Martin Ricky Martin
Scarlett Johansson Anywhere I Lay My Head
Sheryl Crow 100 Miles From Memphis
Surprisingly dull. The band sounds very uninspired, and there are few of the catchy songs Sheryl is known for. Sheryl's vocals are fine for the soul vibe, but there's only so much she can do with these songs.
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists The Brutalist Bricks
The Dead Weather Horehound
They tried to create dirty blues-rock with reckless abandon, but it ends up clumsy and without fully-realized structures.
The Decemberists The Hazards Of Love
The Gossip Music For Men
Weezer Make Believe
Weezer Raditude

1.5 very poor
'N Sync Celebrity
'N Sync No Strings Attached
3OH!3 Streets of Gold
They can't rap or sing. And the melodies are annoying, not fun. This from a person who likes mindless pop at times - like Ke$ha's CD.
Bjork Volta
Brand New Daisy
Britney Spears Blackout
Brooke Hogan The Redemption
Just terrible. About comprises everything most generic about pop, from the dance to the R&B to the more rock side. The only song worth a second listen is "All I Want Is You."
Chris Brown Graffiti
CocoRosie The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillbo
Green Day iDOS!
Hilary Duff Metamorphosis
Ida Maria Fortress Round My Heart
Joanna Newsom The Milk-Eyed Mender
Juliette Lewis Terra Incognita
She was always inconsistent, but on this CD, she's just bad. Juliette oversings like she's trying too hard, and the music isn't even fun.
Justin Bieber My World
Justin Bieber My World 2.0
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...
M.I.A. Maya
Mandy Moore So Real
Marilyn Manson The High End of Low
Marnie Stern In Advance of the Broken Arm
Melissa auf der Maur Out of our minds
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Nickelback Dark Horse
Papa Roach Metamorphosis
Pussycat Dolls PCD
Scott Stapp The Great Divide
Sleigh Bells Treats
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
I could hardly get through this album. Seen as genius as some, but I find it to be dumb. Fussy electronics with little melody. Big disappointment since I love the album Illinois.
t.A.T.u. 200 km/H In The Wrong Lane
The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever To Tell
Yoko Ono Rising

1.0 awful
Ashlee Simpson I Am Me
Bloodhound Gang Hooray For Boobies
brokeNCYDE I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!
Chris Cornell Scream
Creed Weathered
Heidi Montag Superficial
Hinder Extreme Behavior
Honor Society Fashionably Late
Imagine the Jonas Brothers, only more amateurish and having worse singing.
James Blunt Back To Bedlam
Kevin Federline Playing with Fire
Kittie In the Black
OK, maybe it's because I don't listen to a lot of metal, but I don't think they can roar at all! Any time I have to turn off an album early because of my ears, it's an automatic negative rating.
Lightning Bolt Earthly Delights
I'm sorry, but to me, this is just excruciating noise.
Lil Wayne Rebirth
Michael Bolton Time, Love & Tenderness
Paris Hilton Paris
Pure product that isn't even fun - the best beats were given to other artists. This is the album that gets my scorn - Ke$ha is much better.
Prussian Blue Fragment Of The Future
Slipknot Slipknot
Soulja Boy iSouljaBoyTellEm
Static-X Cannibal
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