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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicBad Religion Against the GrainThe third of Bad Religion's holy trinity, and to me personally, the best of the three. Here's where it all came together--the speed, the melody, the most gorgeous harmonies this side of 'Recipe For Hate', whatever entwines this band to your psyche, 'Against The
Grain' does it best.
This disc also contains some of the best songs in the band's multi-decade catalogue. "Modern Man," a no-holds-barred denigration of the human race, is an incredible wolf shot of an album opener. The title track, an atypical anthem for the ages, has been a fan-
favorite since the album's release. The original (and many would say 'better') version of "21st Century (Digital Boy)" appears here, unaware that it would become the band's biggest single in four years' time. And "Anesthesia," the first song on the album longer
than 2:00, is counted among the band's greatest achievements...and personally, that minute-long half-time outro is one of the best things Bad Religion has ever recorded.
Sure...'Suffer' is the "legendary" punk album. And maybe "No Control" is the "classic" Bad Religion album. But in my opinion, despite the filler, "Against The Grain" is Bad Religion's all-around "best" album.Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back HomeThere's nothing, nothing, NOT A FUCKING THING better to listen to on vinyl than this album. Not even ten seconds into
"Subterranean Homesick Blues," and however much you paid for your record player, and however long you spent looking for an
original pressing of this album, and however many times you had to bid on it on E-Bay without being sniped in the last 10
seconds...they ALL become worth it.DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....Never in music history has the phrase "more than the sum of its parts" been more applicable than with DJ Shadow's legendary
debut. The first album ever to be made entirely from samples, Shadow has taken bits and pieces from every corner of the record
store, and somehow managed to piece them together like Lego pieces to form one of the most beautiful records to come out of the
Trip-hop has other classics, but neither the genre, nor modern music in general, has ever managed to produced an album that was
a work of art for more than simply the sounds it made.Johnny Cash At San QuentinKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingThis album is in a class of it's own. The first album of the band King Crimson, it is generally agreed that this was also the first album to be called "Progressive Rock," which remains one of the most enduring music genres today. Robert Fripp would go on to create many more albums under the King Crimson moniker, and other members would go on to other similar projects (such as Emerson, Lake and Palmer), but nothing would ever achieve the amount of influence this album has.
The album itself is a monumental piece of awesome! It must be heard to be believed, must be experienced to be understood. Fripp and company use a large array of instruments to give each song a feeling and a mood--"21st Century Schizoid Man" is a psychotic cacophony of a track, unrestrained by such trivial things as time signatures and lyrical coherency, while the following track "I Talk To The Wind" is a soft, floaty tune that wisps along smoothly. The instrumentation is very dynamic, as well: a flute in "I Talk To The Wind" is almost unrecognizable to the one used in the title track. Triangles and cymbals play a larger role in these 5 songs than on almost any other album I've ever heard. Greg Lake's diverse vocal range might here him screaming out at the top of his lungs in one song, nearly whispering in the next, then hitting a dramatic and beautiful high note in the next. The most amazing thing is that this all WORKS, and together help create this masterpiece of music.
Such blatant disregard for convention could have turned out to be disastrous (and perhaps killed off Progressive Rock before it even started), yet instead it turn this album into one for the ages. Nothing is quite like "In The Court of the Crimson King," and it deserves nothing less than full marks.Nas Illmatic"Illmatic" is one of the best hip-hop albums ever written, mainstream or underground, old- or new-skool, period. There is not a single poor track on the album; even the opening skit is worth a listen. Each song is set over perfectly accompanying beats, and each successive verse on the album makes you appreciate why Nas was called the best rapper of the time after only one album.
The songs on this disc rank among the best that hip-hop has ever created. In fact, it is my personal opinion that, all things considered, "The World Is Yours" IS the best hip-hop song ever. Not a single weak track, not a single questionable beat, not a doubt in my mind that this album deserves a 5. It stands proud among hip-hop's elite, and it single-handedly made Nas a star.Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaAt no point during my time here on Sputnik did I ever think that I would love or hate this album. I thought it would simply be
another album in my collection, one of those that I would simply "enjoy," even as everyone else on Sputnik sang its praises from
the mountaintops while collectively jizzing over how raw and authentic and so incredibly INDIE it was.
But somewhere along the line, at a point that I didn't even know had passed by, I began climbing, too (as did my rating), drawn in
by Jeff Mangum's crooning vocals and the intensely satisfying grooves found in songs like "Oh, Comely" and "In The Aeroplane Over
The Sea." And before I realized it (and trust me, I didn't realize it), I, too, had reached the semen-stained mountaintops, and
eventually joined in the heralding chorus, singing off-key at the top of my lungs, "I LOVE YOU, JESUS CHRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIST!"
Jesus Christ, I love this album. Yes...I do.Pink Floyd Wish You Were HerePink Floyd released a handful of albums that are considered among the best in music, including a couple that are among the best-selling of all time. Most are quick to name drop "Dark Side of the Moon" or "The Wall" when thinking of which 'Floyd album is actually the best. They're both amazing in their own right, but in my eyes, the magnum opus of the Pink Floyd discography is "Wish You Were Here."
Like King Crimson's epic "In The Court of the Crimson King," this album is 45 minutes long and contains 5 tracks. Also like ITCOTCK, each track is a monumental achievement in Prog Rock. From the very processional-esque opener "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (pts. 1-5)," you know you're in for a ride, and Pink Floyd does not disappoint whatsoever. Every track, distinct from each other yet essential to the whole, leaves you satisfied and fulfilled, to the point where you just want to listen to the entire thing again and again.
Most of Pink Floyd's albums are grand, but I believe this to be their greatest work, and in fact, one of the greatest albums ever produced. This is essential listening for any fan of any sort of music, and it deserves nothing less than a 5-score rating. Absolute genius on a disc.Porcupine Tree In Absentia'In Absentia' isn't Porcupine Tree's best album. There's quite a bit of low-energy moments, there are songs that don't go
anywhere, and it's about 15-20 mins. too long. Hell, their best song isn't even on this album. So why, then, is it the
only PT album out of the six I have that I've given a '5'? Simply put, it's my favorite by the band.
What does that mean? Well...it means that even though 'Fear of a Blank Planet' was the album I heard first (and has both
"Anesthetize" and "Way Out of Here"), and even though 'Stupid Dream' flows way better and is a much easier listen, and
even though I can put damn near every song from 'Deadwing' on a list of my favorite PT songs, none of those albums give me
the feeling that I get when I put on 'In Absentia' and hear the opening chords of "Blackest Eyes," and know everything
that comes after. That feeling that this is the exact thing to listen to, no matter when I listen to it. That feeling
that, yeah, they may have better songs and better albums musically, but what they have on this album transcends all that.
What they've created on this album just gives you that feeling that, yeah...this is perfect.The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to DieThis is a transcendent album, plain and simple. For all the squalor Biggie was raised around, there's something far beyond hip-hop that is recorded on this album. Perhaps an alternate title could be, "An Autobiography of the Ghetto African American Drug-Dealing No-Life;" perhaps it's Biggie's perseverance and persistence for fame and comfort that shines through more than anything else and gives this album a life it might not otherwise have.
It doesn't hurt that Biggie's a phenomenal rapper, either.4.5 superbA Tribe Called Quest Midnight MaraudersAnberlin CitiesAt the Drive-In Relationship of CommandBad Religion The Empire Strikes FirstThis was the very first Bad Religion album I got to be excited for. After their powerhouse comeback 'The Process of Belief', Graffin, Gurewitz and gang were looking to continue riding the momentum wave brought on by Brett's huge splash back into the band. The result was this opus: 40 minutes of what is perhaps Bad Religion's most diverse, focused and cohesive record since 'Against the Grain', and my personal favorite of theirs.rAnyone who thinks that all BR songs sound the same need only to listen to this album to figure out how wrong they are. There's the intense dual-track opener ('Overture' and 'Sinister Rouge'), the poppy leanings of 'Los Angeles Is Burning', the mid-tempo romp of a title track, and the epic Orwellian 'Boot Stamping on a Human Face Forever'. Brett's side project Error even makes a guest spot on 'Beyond Electric Dreams', providing various electronic samples and spacey tones.rAll in all, this ranks as one of Bad Religion's best albums, staying true to the classic sounds they helped pioneer 20 years prior while branching out and experimenting beyond the expected. Make sure to give it a proper listen.Bad Religion The Process of BeliefBlack Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black StarBlindside SilenceBoysetsfire Tomorrow Come TodayBrand New Deja EntenduBT This Binary UniverseCommon BeDays Away Mapping An Invisible WorldNot many people have heard of Days Away, which is a shame; they sound like Death Cab for Cutie meets Mae and hangs out with Sunny Day Real Estate. The album is really beautiful-sounding, you see; it has some nice rocking numbers (such as 'God and Mars'), but quite a few of the tracks are mid-tempo (the album does keep a nice pace throughout, however). The songs are varied in structure, yet they're all around the same length (every song excluding the first and last tracks are between 3:15 and 4:00). It never sounds boring, and the band incorporates some interesting sounds in their songs. The production is also top-notch, making sure each instrument is heard but does not drown out the singer (who, by the way, puts much emotion in his voice without sounding like he's trying too hard). This is a band I've tried really hard to get people into - hopefully this helps.Deftones White PonyDeftones Diamond EyesDescendents Milo Goes to CollegeDevin Townsend Project AddictedDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryDream Theater Octavariumdredg El Cielodredg Catch Without ArmsEminem The Slim Shady LPEminem The Marshall Mathers LPFair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly...I've been listening to this album more than almost any other this year so far. And it's worth the repeat listens. It's really hard for me to describe the sound these guys create; it is at once complex and simplistic. I think a lot of that has to do with the lead vocalist, who puts a lot of dynamic in the band and drives a few of the songs. Or perhaps it's the keyboardist who is barely heard in the background of the album, yet adds so much to each song. Not sure...and to be frank, I don't care. All I know is that this album sounds better and better every time I listen to it, and I'd recommend it to fans of almost any type of music.Fair to Midland Arrows and AnchorsHe Is Legend I Am HollywoodThis album was, for a time, my favorite album. Every song on here, every single one, is amazing! Everybody excels at their instruments (especially the bassist!), and Schuyler (whose last name I can't spell) creates awesome stories to scream to us :-). Don't be fooled by those people who tell you that the last song on here is the only worthwhile song on here - those are people who are only looking for something to mosh to. If you enjoy songs that paint a detailed picture using metaphors such as Romeo and Juliet, coffee-drinking monsters and lazy gardeners (a few of which are so large they have to be carried over multiple albums), performed by a band that can scream, sing, shred and so much more, then this album is for you. A collection of songs, to be sure, but a collection of AMAZING songs, no doubt. Listen to this as soon as possible.He Is Legend It Hates YouJapandroids Post-NothingMuch like the Black Keys, there's something immediately likable in this two-man music. The carefree, upbeat attitude that plays throughout the entire thing makes you want to throw caution into the wind, forget whatever holds you back from doing what you want, and road trip across the country with nothing to worry about except "those sunshine girls." (I've almost done just that a couple of times after hearing this album, no lie).
It's the type of album that makes you forget what a stuffy, elitist music critic you've become, and instead makes you want to listen to music simply to feel good again.John Frusciante The EmpyreanJohnny Cash At Folsom PrisonKiller Mike R.A.P. MusicMae The EverglowManchester Orchestra Mean Everything to NothingMew FrengersMos Def Black on Both SidesMuse Origin of SymmetryMutemath Mute MathMy Bloody Valentine LovelessNOFX The DeclinePorcupine Tree Fear of a Blank PlanetPorcupine Tree Stupid DreamPorcupine Tree DeadwingRaekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt IIMan...I remember the first time I heard that pulsating beat on "House of Flying Daggers," and how amazed I was that such a
repetitive beat could be so catchy, and how impressed I was at Method Man's verse. Even more, I remember how good it felt to
actually be into a new hip-hop album. Back then, it seemed to me that hip-hop truly was dead--five years and MAYBE as many
quality albums to how for it in that time. Then this dropped, with damn near the whole Wu in on it, and its dark production,
slick rhymes, oozing attitude and atmosphere, and I was enraptured. Every time I listened to it, I lost myself in the world it
described, sat entranced as the Chef cooked up some heavy ass rhymes, and had that wonderful feeling, even then, that this
album would be something much, much more than simply really fucking good. I felt like, for the first time in a good LONG time,
rap may just be redeemed; that maybe, MAYBE, there may be some life left for hip-hop outside of the backpack.
And who better to do it than the Wu-Tang Clan? If anyone genre needed a boon, it's hip-hop; if any city needed a revival, it's
New York; if any group needed a new lease on life, it's the Wu; and if any rapper deserved to turn hip-hop back on its head,
it's Raekwon. And his album, 'OB4CL II', which stands currently as the hip-hop album I've listened to more than any other in my
life, is exactly what all of them, and myself, needed.Sigur Ros ( )This HAS to be what Jesus listens to in Heaven. Either this, or Becoming The Archetype.Starflyer 59 Dial MStarflyer 59 Talking Voice vs. Singing VoiceThird Eye Blind Third Eye BlindThrice The Artist in the AmbulanceUnderoath Define the Great LineVince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown ChristmasWeezer Weezer4.0 excellentA Perfect Circle Thirteenth StepA Tribe Called Quest The Low End TheoryAFI Sing the SorrowAFI The Art of DrowningAmia Venera Landscape The Long ProcessionAnathema Weather SystemsAnchor & Braille FeltHistorically, when the singer of a band branches off into a softer-than-the-original-band side or solo project, the result is almost always inferior to the "main" band (think Heavens or The Almost).
That is most certainly not the case with Anchor & Braille, the "side" project of Anberlin frontman Stephen Christian. Here, he creates a lo-fi Indie Rock band that sounds like the offspring of Copeland and Elliot Smith already in its 20's - young, brimming with energy but willing to take it slow so that you can "get it."
Christian's vocals match well with the music that's produced here; he's always front-and-center but never overpowers, and he provides many falsetto's (perhaps a bit too many, but it's a small complaint). The drums, with their liberal use of snare, are never unnoticed, sometimes sounding like they might fit right in on a Sigur Ros album. Actually, the entire album seems to have taken some slight influence from the Post Rock genre. It's a perfect c.d. to listen to while lounging in a coffee house, or driving at night.
It's a great success for Christian to branch away from his main band to create Anchor and Braille, and succeed at crafting such a fine album that is miles removed from that looming shadow (as it is pointed out in Waior's review, one can listen to the entire album without once thinking about Anberlin). And make no mistake: as much as 'Felt' has going for it, that I'd first liken it to Elliot Smith and Sigur Ros than to Anberlin is its greatest accomplishment.Andrew Lloyd Webber Jesus Christ Superstar: Original CastArcade Fire FuneralAsheru and Blue Black Soon Come...Most might know Asheru as the MC who raps the opening theme of the cartoon "The Boondocks," and helped write part of the MLK speech in the episode called "The Return of the King."
This album, released in 2001, showcases not only his skill as a rapper, but his character as a person.
You can tell that Asheru and Blue Black (both of the underground rap group The Unspoken Heard) really enjoy some jazz (they actually name drop a few artists in some of their songs, including Thelonious Monk); it permeates throughout the entire disc. In fact, there's a live cut on the album ("Live At Home") that was recorded in what is almost certainly a jazz nightclub. That's not to say that every rhyme is laid over a jazz beat; for example, the title track (one of the best songs on the album, IMO) is backed by a simple drum/piano beat. The lyrics Asheru rhymes are intelligent and meaningful, which is very indicative of its underground roots. In fact, Asheru strings together a comprehensible string of verbs in "Truly Unique" that would make even Greg Graffin (of Bad Religion) proud.
"Soon Come" as a whole maintains a consistent atmosphere, having a really calm, cool and relaxed feel (once again bringing about a comparison to jazz music). There's also a definite "old-skool revival" feel to the album, and it will certainly bring comparisons to more current artists such as Pharoahe Monch and Talib Kwali (especially Pharoahe Monch's "Desire"); perhaps even older MC's like Nas. Either way, any fan of hip-hop ought to find this album and take a listen--I guarantee you won't regret it.Bad Brains Bad BrainsBad Meets Evil Hell: The SequelBad Religion New Maps of HellBad Religion SufferBad Religion No ControlBad Religion The Gray RaceA new guitarist. A major record label. Sounds like good progress for a band, right? Well, not Bad Religion. With Brett gone, it looked like Greg would have to tackle the whole writing process alone. And this album's the result. A lot of people pan this album (and the next two, of course) because one-half of that unstoppable tandem is gone. I, however, love it. This album contains some of Greg's best songs. The Streets of America is a scathing mid-tempo criticism of the culture of commerce, and Come Join Us ranks among Greg's best song lyrically. Cease and Punk Rock Song are also huge highlights. rI can, at least, understand why people don't like it, though there are people that will at least say that it's Bad Religion's best album of the "Unholy Trinity." But I will stand by my opinion that this is one of BR's best, and I'll continue to defend it against those who say otherwise.Bad Religion 30 Years LiveBad Religion doesn't disappoint. With Brett in the mix, the vocal harmonies ("oozin' ahhs") are amazingly strong and on point, and the sound quality is amazing. The tracklist is curious, as well: the exclusion of quite a few of their more popular songs ("Generator," "Infected," "21st Century (Digital Boy)," etc.) in favor of some of their not-as-often played material ("Man With A Mission," "Tomorrow," "Marked") are appreciated for not being a carbon copy of the tracklist from 'Live at the Palladium'.
I would've gladly paid for this. The fact that they released it for free is just icing on the cake.Bad Religion True NorthBilly Talent Billy TalentBlindside About A Burning FireBob Dylan Highway 61 RevisitedBoysetsfire The Misery Index: Notes From The PlagueBrand New DaisyBrand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeBT Movement In Still LifeBT These Hopeful MachinesBT ESCMCaleb McAlpine Science FictionCatherine Wheel ChromeCocteau Twins Heaven or Las VegasColdplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His FriendsCommon ResurrectionCynic Traced in AirDangerDoom The Mouse And The MaskThis is a joint effort between two people who are among the best at what they do. MF Doom spits rhymes that are smooth yet complex; Danger Mouse (famous as one/half of the duo known as Gnarls Barkley and prolific in his own right) is among the best producers/DJ in hip-hop today. Besides the magic that is guaranteed from a cooperation between those two, and besides the fact that the entire album is an homage to CN's Adult Swim programming block (full of name drops and cameos by the ATHF, Brak and Space Ghost, among others), this album is worth a listen because it makes for an excellent starting point to get into a gigantic underground/borderline-mainstream group of rappers, among whom are acclaimed MC's like Mos Def, Talib Kwali and Ghostface Killah, as well as lesser known artists like Asheru, The Black Lincolns, and Black Star. In case you aren't getting the message, you should listen to this album ASAP. As in right now.Dead Letter Circus This Is The WarningDeftones Saturday Night WristDemon Hunter Summer of DarknessDemon Hunter The World Is a ThornDevin Townsend Project EpicloudDr. Dre The ChronicDream Theater Images and WordsDream Theater Black Clouds & Silver LiningsEminem The Eminem ShowEvitan Speed of LifeExplosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceFailure Fantastic PlanetFlying Lotus Until the Quiet ComesFoo Fighters The Colour and the ShapeFoo Fighters Wasting LightGood Old War Only Way To Be AloneGuster Lost And Gone ForeverHammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an EchoHe Is Legend Suck Out The PoisonHe Is Legend Heavy FruitBEASTLY. In Flames ColonyIncubus Morning ViewIron Maiden PowerslaveJanelle Monae The ArchAndroidJapandroids Celebration RockJay-Z The Black AlbumJeff Buckley GraceJimmy Eat World FuturesJohn Coltrane Coltrane TimeJon Foreman Fall and WinterJonezetta PopularityI like it. That's about all the explanation I can give.Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience"justin said he wanted timb to "get back in his real zone" even if it meant alienating the tweens born after 86 who never ever heard
of the sly slick and wicked i mean suit and tie is the MOST UNLIKELY james brown production reference
but of course unless you got a master degree in soul-ology this won't mean shit to you. and i told him my assistant zarah (born in 88)
was frowning like "i don't like this song" and is he cool with the fact that only 35 year old people who love their soul in 95 bpm
zone will "get" this song. and he was like 'why do we put all of our power in the hands of 18 year olds....i wanted to make a joint
that 40 year olds would love too' and by the time the video came out all the 86 after sect were aboard again...i love the songs, but
was worried on how he will cut the prime rib to feed to toothless babies. ballsy move however. i applaud ballsy moves"
-?uestloveKanye West The College DropoutKanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKMD Bl-ck B-st-rdsLauryn Hill The Miseducation Of Lauryn HillLupe Fiasco Food & LiquorM83 Hurry Up, We're DreamingMae (e)veningManchester Orchestra Simple MathmewithoutYou Catch For Us The FoxesmewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's allmewithoutYou Brother, SisterMF DOOM MM.. FoodMichael Jackson ThrillerMiles Davis Kind of BlueMinus the Bear Planet of IceMobb Deep The InfamousMuse AbsolutionMutemath ResetMutemath Odd SoulMy Bloody Valentine m b vN.W.A. Straight Outta ComptonNickel Creek This SideNightwish OnceNightwish WishmasterNorma Jean MeridionalOutKast AqueminiPearl Jam TenPharoahe Monch DesirePink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd The WallPorcupine Tree Lightbulb SunPushmonkey PushmonkeyQueensryche Operation: MindcrimeRadiohead OK ComputerRaekwon Shaolin vs. Wu-TangRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikRed Hot Chili Peppers By the WayRide NowhereRise Against Siren Song of the Counter CultureRise Against Revolutions Per MinuteRise Against The Sufferer and the WitnessRun the Jewels Run the JewelsRx Bandits MandalaScale the Summit The CollectiveSigur Ros Ágætis byrjunSimon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon and Garfunkel BookendsSleep Parade Things Can Always ChangeSlint SpiderlandSlipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)Soundtrack (Film) Avenue Q - Original Broadway CastAs Shrek is to CGI films, Avenue Q is to musicals. It's raunchy, politically incorrect, and absurdly funny. By listening to these puppets (muppets?) pour their cotton-stuffed hearts out in song, you come to learn the answers to a few of life's never-asked, yet oft-wondered questions--questions such as, "What can you do with a B.A. in English?" and "Why does the internet exist?"...and of course "What ever happened to Gary Coleman?"
Really, though, if you have to actually sit through an album of showtunes from a musical, why not make it the one where muppets (puppets?) sing you songs about sex, money and racism? Lord knows you could definitely do worse.Soundtrack (Film) Garden StateStarflyer 59 OldStarflyer 59 Leave Here A StrangerStone Temple Pilots Thank YouSublime SublimeSystem of a Down ToxicityTaking Back Sunday Where You Want To BeTenacious D Tenacious DThe Angelic Process Weighing Souls With SandThe Apples in Stereo Fun Trick NoisemakerThe Beatles Abbey RoadThe Black Keys Rubber FactoryThe Ernies Meson RayA lot of people don't know who The Ernies are. You might have a clue, however, if you've heard the soundtrack to Baseketball (but really, who has?), or have ever played the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. The song "Here and Now" is theirs (not Cyco
Vision...that's Suicidal Tendencies). That's where I first heard of them, and that's why I checked them out. Lucky me!
This album is so awesome! They mix so many styles of music: metal, punk, hip-hop, raggae, jazz...and amazingly, and they mix it well (they call it Jive on a song off of their previous album)! I love the ease in which they can meld genres together, and I
love the fact that most of their music just makes you want to get up and move. rThe problem that most people will probably have with this album is the lyrics--they deal mostly with science, and their beliefs and love of the universe as an entity. That may
put a lot of people off, though I can't say that about myself: "Here and Now" still remains one of my favorite songs.
I believe that the band is defunct, however. The most you hear from them nowadays is in commercials: the songs "Organism" and "Here and Now" are often played as background music on a lot of TV spots (especially on the SciFi Channel). Well...I hear them a
bit more than that: I still listen to this album all the time.The Gaslight Anthem The '59 SoundThe Get Up Kids Something to Write Home AboutThe Mars Volta Frances the MuteThe Mars Volta De-Loused in the ComatoriumThe Offspring SmashThe Offspring AmericanaThe Pillows Happy BivouacThe Roots Game TheoryThe Roots undunThe Smashing Pumpkins Siamese DreamThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & IIThrice VheissuUlver Perdition CityUnderoath They're Only Chasing SafetyWeird Al Yankovic Running With ScissorsWu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)3.5 greatA Perfect Circle Mer de NomsAaron Sprinkle LacklusterAFI Black Sails in the SunsetAgainst Me! Transgender Dysphoria BluesAlanis Morissette Jagged Little PillAlter Bridge One Day RemainsAnberlin Blueprints For The Black MarketAnberlin Never Take Friendship PersonalAnberlin New SurrenderArt of Noise The Seduction of Claude DebussyArt of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!As I Lay Dying Frail Words CollapseAvenged Sevenfold City of EvilBad Religion Stranger Than FictionThis c.d., "Stranger Than Fiction," is by no means there best (look to either side of the 90's to find those), but it is arguably the most accessible. Not only that, but it also holds a few of their biggest hits ever ('Infected', '21st Century (Digital Boy)'), as well as a few punk gems. If you're looking to get into this band, this (or perhaps "The Process of Belief") would be a good starting point.Bad Religion How Could Hell Be Any Worse?Bad Religion Recipe for HateBad Religion GeneratorBad Religion Back to the KnownBad Religion The Dissent of ManBecoming The Archetype DichotomyBeloved Failure OnBlackfield Welcome To My DNAThis is the album that truly sets Blackfield apart from Porcupine Tree.Blindside With Shivering Hearts We WaitBodyjar How It WorksBodyjar Plastic SkiesBoysetsfire After The EulogyBT ImaBT If The Stars Are Eternal So Are You And ICatherine Wheel FermentCelldweller CelldwellerCelldweller Wish Upon a BlackstarChamillionaire Ultimate VictoryChapterhouse WhirlpoolChevelle Wonder What's NextChevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)Circa Survive JuturnaColdplay Prospekt's MarchColdplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadColdplay ParachutesCollide Chasing the GhostCommon Like Water for ChocolateDaft Punk DiscoveryDaft Punk Random Access MemoriesDays Away Ear Candy For The Headphone TrippersDead Letter Circus The Catalyst FireDeadmau5 For Lack of a Better NameDeftones DeftonesDeftones Around the FurDeltron 3030 Deltron 3030Demon Hunter The TriptychDemon Hunter Storm the Gates of HellDemon Hunter Demon HunterDevin Townsend Project DeconstructionDream Theater AwakeDream Theater Six Degrees of Inner TurbulenceDream Theater Train of Thoughtdredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusiondredg LeitmotifEdge of Sanity CrimsonEisley The ValleyEmerson, Lake and Palmer TarkusEmery The QuestionEmery ...In Shallow Seas We SailEnigma MCMXC a.D.Fair The Best Worst-Case ScenarioIf you go to Tooth & Nail's website, you'll find the usual big bands (UnderOath, mewithout You, Anberlin, etc.)...but you also might find some great bands that hardly get any attention at all: Starflyer 59, Showbread, Far-Less, and these guys, among others. Aaron Sprinkle (the producer for a lot of those bands) fronts it, and they craft some nice, soft Pop-Rock songs--"Carelessness," in particular, is an amazingly beautiful song IMO. Very nice to drive to, or for something smarter and easier to listen to than, say, Mayday Parade.Fair to Midland Inter.Funda.StifleFall Out Boy Infinity on HighFlight of the Conchords Flight of the ConchordsFlobots Fight with ToolsFoo Fighters In Your Honorfun. Aim and IgniteFuneral for a Friend Casually Dressed & Deep in ConversationGnarls Barkley St. ElsewhereGood Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and DeathI was worried when I received this as a present. I feared that it would be just the same ol' stuff--the high-school faux-pop-punk (it was fun back then, but it got kinda old). I was so pleasantly surprised, then, when I listened to this. No more mentions of Waldorf or "my dad walked out on me." Instead they take a look at different aspects of life; everything from cradle to grave. And they explore different styles on here, as well. They get a little harder on "Walk Away (Maybe)," get a little 90's pop on "I Just Wanna Live," and there's even a song ("The Truth") that's just piano, drums, and Joel singing his heart out. This is definitely a Good Charlotte I wouldn't mind hearing more of.Green Day DookieGuns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionGuster GoldflyGym Class Heroes The Papercut ChroniclesHarvey Danger Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?Haste the Day Burning BridgesHoobastank Every Man for HimselfHoobastank Fight or FlightHot Water Music ExisterHugh Laurie Let Them TalkIn Flames WhoracleIn Flames Come ClarityIn Flames Sounds of a Playground FadingJane's Addiction StraysJane's Addiction The Great Escape ArtistJane's Addiction Nothing's ShockingJimmy Eat World Bleed AmericanJJ DOOM Key To The KuffsJohn Mayer ContinuumJohn Mayer Trio Try!Jon Foreman Spring and SummerJonsi GoLinkin Park Hybrid TheoryLinkin Park MeteoraLL Cool J Mama Said Knock You OutLo-Pro Lo-ProThe protege band of Staind actually manages to rise above the pitfalls of their adopted musical genre with interesting melodies and the astoundingly (or even absurdly) powerful vocals of Pete Murray. Lo-Pro prove masters of creating heavish-yet-catchy songs such as "Sunday" and "Reach," the kind that can get stuck in your head for days, even weeks on end.
The album is definitely not without its flaws (structural repetition, weak lyrics, etc.), but it is certainly solid, especially for a debut. One can only wonder how the band will progress from here, with all the potential this album showcases bubbling underneath them.Lo-Pro Letting GoLostprophets Start SomethingLostprophets The Fake Sound Of ProgressThis is Lostprophets first album, the heavier, nu-metal-y one. I first heard it when my roommate played it in our room, and I was surprised to hear that it was those same guys that sang "Last Train Home." So I checked out the entire album, and I liked what I heard. Lot of raw stuff here...and lots of emotion. "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" is a great song, as is "Kobrakai." Critics, of course, called this album "unoriginal;" I really like this album, though, so I think I'll keep my fake sounds, thank you very much.Love Axe PhenomenomenonsLupe Fiasco The CoolMae SingularityMae (m)orningThe (M)orning EP represents some of the best material Mae has come up with in a long time. It represents a newly inspired Mae, one not bogged down by the expectations of a big music label whose biggest concern is the bottom line. It represents a band once again driven by the passion for creation of art, and once again living up to its full potential (and name).
To make it clear: Mae's new EP (which runs for nearly 40 minutes) represents a band out to raise the already blisteringly high bar it has set for itself. Excellent release; can't wait for more!Mae Destination: BeautifulMatchbook Romance Voices'Voices' is a very underrated album, in my opinion. I enjoyed a few songs from "Stories and Alibis" (like 'My Eyes Burn' and 'The
Greatest Fall of All Time'), but this album, "Voices," is such a huge leap above the former that one can hardly tell that they
were created by the same band. Mr. Andrew Jordan drops the grating high-alto voice found in many early '00 pop-punk bands, and
instead embraces an awesomely haunting tenor-type vocalization that helps set Matchbook Romance apart from the pack.
Each song is so well put together...you won't find the same old re-hashed chords and progressions in these songs. You may find
remnants of familiarity, but even the heavier chords sound new. Ahh...and let's not forget about the lyrics. The album starts off
with a song called "You Can Run, But We'll Find You," which just makes you picture a stalker with a 12-inch blade and a Cheshire-
Cat grin on his face. There's songs of hopelessness, hopefulness, self-reflection, and even the songs about love lost sound brand-
I'd recommend this to anyone who thought MR was just another generic pop-punk band. You'll be in for a treat, I promise.maudlin of the Well Part the SecondMayday Parade A Lesson In RomanticsMaylene and the Sons of Disaster Maylene and the Sons of DisasterMetallica Ride the LightningMetallica Master of PuppetsMetallica ...And Justice for AllmewithoutYou Ten StoriesMichael Jackson BadMos Def The EcstaticMotion City Soundtrack Commit This To MemoryMumford and Sons Sigh No MoreMurs Murs 3:16: the 9th EditionMuse Black Holes and RevelationsMutemath ArmisticeMy Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet RevengeNas Life Is GoodNeutral Milk Hotel BeautySomewhere back in time, before Elephant 6 or even Neutral Milk Hotel proper, there were just Jeff Mangum's random ideas and experiments recorded to cassette tapes. 'Beauty', the second of these tapes, is where we
really start to hear the makings of something truly great.
Opening track "Engine" is a slow, sweet lullaby written while Jeff was ironically going through depression. The song has since seen a proper studio release as a b-side to a single, and is still played at concerts
even today. On "Sailing Through," Jeff emotes with such passion that the refrain's lyric, "You are a liar/and you are a lie," crescendos into something beyond incoherent. The best song on the tape, though, is
"Wishful Eyes," a slow, hypnotic six-minute track with a simple chord progression that carries the weight of the song as Jeff croons, "Everybody knows/the world continues slow/whether or not you're still
breathing." Despite sounding incomplete, the melody is among Mangum's best, one that will have you rewinding it over and over.
The real value of 'Beauty' lies in the fact that it showcases the work of a near-mythical musician well before he ever attained that status. This is not really Neutral Milk Hotel; there are no accordions or
flugelhorns or musical saws. This is just a man with a guitar recording songs and random other things, and seeing if any of these ideas might bear fruit. But much more than 'Invent Yourself A Shortcake' (the first
tape), you can start to see where the seeds were planted that would eventually grow into the sound of the band we have come know and love.Nine Inch Nails With TeethNine Inch Nails Pretty Hate MachineNirvana NevermindNomak CalmDJ Nomak is a hip-hop producer from Japan that uses instruments such as flutes, violins and pianos in his beats. On this c.d., the music is very reminiscent of traditional Japanese music, except remixed to fit a hip-hop motif. Pismo, Aaron Phiri and Abstract Rude are a few of the MC's that are featured on some of the tracks on this c.d., but there are also quite a few instrumentals. It's one of those c.d.'s that meant to be appreciated for the vibe it emits, and the musicality it brings to hip-hop. It's about as unique as one can get in rap music today.Norma Jean O' God The AftermathNorma Jean RedeemerOf Montreal Cherry PeelOf Montreal Satanic Panic in the AtticPennywise Reason to BelievePennywise Land Of The Free?Pharoahe Monch W.A.R.Porcupine Tree The IncidentRabbit Junk Project NonagonRadiohead The BendsRadiohead In RainbowsRed End of SilenceRed Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationRise Against EndgameSecret And Whisper Great White WhaleSigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaustSilent Civilian Rebirth of the TempleSilversun Pickups SwoonSleep Parade Inside/OutSlowdive SouvlakiSpineshank Self Destructive PatternSpoken Last Chance to BreatheStarflyer 59 I Am The Portuguese BluesStarflyer 59 Silver (Deluxe)Stutterfly And We Are Bled Of ColorSum 41 All Killer No FillerSystem of a Down MezmerizeSystem of a Down Steal This Album!Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your FriendsTeam Sleep Team SleepTenacious D The Pick of DestinyTenacious D Rize of the FenixThe Apples in Stereo New Magnetic WonderThe Beatles The BeatlesThe Black Keys ThickfreaknessThe Black Keys El CaminoThe Butterfly Effect ImagoThe Exies InertiaThe Fall of Troy DoppelgangerThe Greyboy Allstars A Town Called EarthThe Notorious B.I.G. Life After DeathThe Offspring Ixnay on the HombreThe Presidents of the USA The Presidents of the USAThe Roots Things Fall ApartThe Roots How I Got OverThe Used The UsedThievery Corporation The Mirror ConspiracyThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IVThrice BeggarsThrice Major/MinorTLC CrazySexyCoolTom Waits Bad As MeTool LateralusUnderoath Lost in the Sound of SeparationUnderoath DisambiguationUnwritten Law Here's to the MourningWeird Al Yankovic Poodle HatWeird Al Yankovic Bad Hair DayWu-Block Wu-BlockYellowcard Lights and SoundsYellowcard Ocean AvenueZero 7 Simple Things3.0 good12 Stones 12 StonesAC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapAFI DecemberundergroundAudioslave AudioslaveAuditory Aphasia The PeripateticsBad Religion Into the UnknownThis album...good songs and bad songs. The synth gets tiring half way through, because Greg used the same exact sound for every song except one ("Million Days," the only song without a synthesizer, and one of the best on the album, IMO). Still...every now and then, it makes for an enjoyable listen, and a passable divergence from the Bad Religion we know and love today.Bad Religion The New AmericaBetween Home And Serenity Power Weapons In The ComplexBionic Jive Armageddon Through Your SpeakersBlindside The Great DepressionBT Emotional TechnologyBT A Song Across WiresIf you're going to listen to this album, it needs to be the Original Mix version, which has only one song that runs under six
This is BT once again showing his EDM side, and it takes after albums like 'These Hopeful Machines' and 'Movement In Still Life',
as opposed to 'This Binary Universe' and 'If The Stars Are Eternal...'. The thing is, all but two songs have features, so it's
almost like an album full of BT's versions of other people's music. The results are a mixed bag, to say the least--some songs,
like "Must Be The Love" and "Tomahawk," are excellent additions to BT's song catalogue, while "Letting Go" and "City Life" don't
work out quite as well. The best songs, "Skylarking" and "Vervoeren," are pure BT.As a whole, the album is pretty good as far as
commercialized EDM goes, but BT has much better albums even in that vein.
If you're trying to find out what the hype behind this guy is all about, this probably isn't the best place to start.Cherry Poppin Daddies Zoot Suit RiotThis is the album most people have heard from the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. It isn't an actual studio album; instead, it is a compilation of most (if not all) of their songs that conform to their "Swing Revival" side, as opposed to the Ska band that they really are. There are a few classics on here, such as the well-known "Zoot Suit Riot" and "Ding Dong Daddy...;" there are also a few hidden gems, like "Master and Slave" and "Drunk Daddy." All in all, while it may not be TRUE swing, it's a great listen every now and then, and serves as a reminder to why Swing dominated the music scene for a decade.Chevelle Vena SeraCirca Survive On Letting GoColdplay X & YCracker Kerosene HatDead Poetic VicesDeana Carter The Story of My LifeDisturbed The SicknessDisturbed Ten Thousand FistsDragonForce Inhuman RampageEighteen Visions ObsessionEmery The Weak's EndEmery I'm Only A ManEstelle ShineFall Out Boy Folie a DeuxFinger Eleven Finger ElevenFlyleaf FlyleafFM Static What Are You Waiting For?Girl Talk Feed the AnimalsGood Charlotte Good CharlotteGreen Day American IdiotHaiku d'Etat Haiku d'EtatHaste the Day When Everything FallsHaste the Day Pressure the HingesHe Is Legend 91025Hoobastank HoobastankHoobastank The ReasonJohn Mayer Battle StudiesKutless KutlessLinkin Park Living Things'Living Things' is surprisingly good. Wait...rephrase--it's good, surprisingly, if only just. Unlike every other Linkin Park album, though, this one is not heavy for the sake of heaviness, not angsty for the sake of angst, and not monotonous for the sake of maturity, yet it's still very interesting and fun to listen to...and that's where its true charm lies.Ludo You're Awful, I Love YouMae (a)fternoonMuse ShowbizMy American Heart The Meaning in MakeupMy Chemical Romance The Black ParadeMy Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets...Newsboys Going PublicNo Doubt Tragic KingdomNomak Muziq and FotoNorma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the ChildP.O.D. SatelliteParamore Riot!Paul Oakenfold BunkkaPillar Where Do We Go from HerePushmonkey Year of the MonkeyRachel Loy Love The MessRachel Loy's debut album is an excellent showcase of her talent as both a singer and a songwriter. A whole slew of pop gems are present here, from brightly optimistic "Big Sky" to the pop-punk influenced "Posers" to mid-tempo, bass-driven "Unscrew You." The album as a whole, though comprised of songs with very separate sounds, is consistent in style and definitely rings with a specific body-parts-in/on-other-body-parts tone.
Ms. Loy doesn't have a huge voice, and the songs don't have that over-the-top layered feel found in many big-name pop stars today, which makes for an easy listen. Do not take this album lightly, though; the songs on here have much more substance than most mainstream artists today (which should be expected from an artist who was a part of the Austin music scene).
As it is her debut, the sound is not quite as defined as it could be, but it definitely is no small feat to create as enjoyable a listen as "Love The Mess" on the first time out, and for that Rachel Loy should be commended. Pick this album up on Amazon.com and give it a listen; it might be a pleasant surprise.Rammstein MutterRed Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumRufus Wainwright Want OneRun Kid Run This Is Who We AreSaosin SaosinSilverstein Discovering the WaterfrontSlipknot All Hope Is GoneSmile Empty Soul Smile Empty SoulSpice Girls SpiceworldStarflyer 59 The Changing of the GuardStone Sour Come What(ever) MayStory of the Year Page AvenueSystem of a Down System of a DownSystem of a Down HypnotizeT.I. Paper TrailThe Casting Out Go Crazy! Throw Fireworks!The Damnwells One Last CenturyThe Exies Head for the DoorThe Juliana Theory Emotion is DeadThe Killers Hot FussThe Offspring SplinterThe Roots PhrenologyThe Used Lies for the LiarsThe Used In Love and DeathUnderoath The Changing of TimesWeezer Make Believe2.5 averageBackstreet Boys Backstreet BoysBad Religion No SubstanceBlindside A Thought Crushed My MindBreaking Benjamin We Are Not AloneBreaking Benjamin PhobiaEiffel 65 EuropopEminem EncoreEminem RecoveryGood Charlotte The Young And The HopelessGOOD Music Cruel SummerMaybe I had my hopes set too high. But when you have the likes of Common, John Legend, Kid Cudi, and a height-of-career Kanye
West, et. al. together on a single album, along with guest stars like Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Jay-Z, what else should I
expect from G.O.O.D. Music other than...well, good music? But no; what we have instead is the disappointing result of a
collaboration that should have been the defining work of G.O.O.D., but instead is hardly even qualified to be called "good."
There are moments of brilliance here, of course--the production on "To The World" sounds like it could've been straight from the
mind of No I.D., and Ghostface Killah's appearance on "New God City" is the single best guest-star moment on the entire album
(actually, "New God City" as a whole is probably the best song here). But positives like these come few and far between the sub-
par lyrics ("Clique" is a notable offender), monotonous tempos, and too many boring, uninteresting beats. Factor in the fact
that this comes off the promises set by 'My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy' and 'Watch The Throne', and you get an album that is
so, so much less than the sum of its parts.Hawk Nelson Smile, It's the End of the WorldKutless Hearts of the InnocentKutless Sea of FacesLinkin Park Minutes to MidnightLupe Fiasco LasersMuse The ResistanceNeutral Milk Hotel Invent Yourself A ShortcakeBasically a recording of Jeff Mangum's early auditory experiments, a lot of the tracks are pure gibberish, but there are some gems on here, including "Sinking Ship" and "Synthetic Flying Machine" (the latter of which many will recognize as an early version of a song that appears on 'In The Aeroplane...'). Still, a far cry from the material that would come to define the band years later.Pillar AbovePuddle of Mudd Come CleanRelient K Five Score and Seven Years AgoSpice Girls SpiceThe Big Pink A Brief History of LoveThe Feeling Twelve Stops And HomeThousand Foot Krutch PhenomenonThousand Foot Krutch The Flame in All of Us2.0 poorElement Eighty Element EightyEminem RelapseEvanescence FallenKaty Perry One of the BoysKittie Funeral For YesterdayMiley Cyrus BreakoutThree Days Grace Three Days Grace1.5 very poorMetro Station Metro StationSoulja Boy Souljaboytellem.com1.0 awfulSoulja Boy iSouljaBoyTellEm
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