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5.0 classic
Blindside Silence
Converge Jane Doe
Pretty much one of the most aggressive/infuriating records of all time. Where the pinnacle of rawness and beauty collaborate in jaw-dropping phenomenon. From the throat grabbing "Cocubine" to the epic closing title track, this is album is relentless yet consistently at the top of it's game throughout-and doesn't let down for one moment. This much more than metalcore, or punk, or metal or whatever genres you can pinpoint this too. This is a classic, a legacy of aggressive music and shows what aggressive music can be. Ultimately, even if this is in NO WAY your cup of tea/style of music, this is certainly worthy of checking out and getting into because this is one of the best albums of all time. Period.
Copeland You Are My Sunshine
Copeland finally find their niche of their sound on You Are My Sunshine. There is an incredible amount of hidden depth find in all of the layers of the music and lyrics. And the mix between Aaron Marsh voice and the instruments is nothing short of exceptional. That being said don't expect to *get it* upon first listen: you will have to be patient when listening to You Are My Sunshine-because overtime slowly all the layers will reveal themselves to you-and if it does you might possibly end up being hooked onto this album for a good set period of time. Basically put: contender (if not) the best indie pop record this decade.
Death Grips The Money Store
When Ex-Military came out, Death Grips came in with a unique mix of glitchy hip-hop beats and hardcore punk aggression into a sound that could hardly be categorized into one genre. And shortly a year later we have DG make a true sense of musical progression with The Money Store. Much of the first half of this album will be familiar but with the second half a batch of club bangers come in. And when I say club bangers I mean disgustingly huge raw bass and drum beats that will absolutely tear you a new one. The Money Store sees the trio exploring more dance-y type tracks but still keeping themselves firmly rooted in their agro hip-hop punk sound that right now no one is even close to copying. Death Grips have their own alley of sound and they continue to run with it, and with that, The Money Store should easily be on top of many 2012 lists.
Eric Whitacre The Complete A Capella Works, 1991-2001
Do you think acapella groups that do covers of TV show themes are cheesy? I do. How about those old fashion acapella choirs that sing for christmas. I think that's lame too. Tbh actually I'm not entirely a fan of accapella though Eric Whitacre's A Capella works in the work of 10 years is quite possibly one of the best albums you will hear. The album kinda sounds like Gregorian chants-but their not and their given a complete twist in the new age music styles/theories. If you like good music then you should check this out-and maybe it's sounds lame but this is something you do not want to miss out on-even if u think A capella is cheesy.
Glassjaw Coloring Book
Igor Stravinsky L'Oiseau de feu ("The Firebird"), ballet
Madvillain Madvillainy
Mae The Everglow
The Everglow is so choked up in emotions that there shouldn't be something in you that moves in your from the sheer heart it's body pours out. Cleverly played in a story format, the record carries you through a 15 track powerhouse that tell of different tales of love, loss, rejuvenation, and connection. And if you doubt, from the opening piano ballad of 'We're So Far Away' to the explosiveness of 'Painless' and the intense climatic buildup of 'Breakdown', yes Mae has the musical chops to back up the very intricate and compelling album. Highly recommended.
mewithoutYou Catch For Us The Foxes
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Pedro the Lion It's Hard To Find A Friend
Periphery Periphery
A near 4 years in the making-it was pretty obvious that these songs were going to be magic based on Misha Mansoor (AKA Bulb) output of the solo instrumentals he was making (via guitar plug-ins and fake drums-which sounded pretty good already). But with the songs finally properly recorded with a vocalist who can sing like an angel and growl and scream with gusto-Periphery have stumbled into something that is truly groundbreaking.

Quite frankly you could call this Meshuggah with melody-but these melodies not only intertwine in all the guitars and downbeat drums-they soar and will absorb you. Quite simply this is an exceptional debut from the 6 piece from DC that will start a new revolution of new bands probably ripping them too much but it was about time something like this would come out. Metal album of 2010....and maybe a few more years...no questions.
Periphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead OK Computer
Shad The Old Prince
Whatever happened to, "I want a Clair Huxtable"
And, "The only rap videos I make are instructional"
I think you got a little bit too comfortable
And you still out of love, so what you gonna do?

Shad is as real as it gets and can make anyone a believer in hip-hop with his lyrical balance of smart, clever, and utterly inspiring wordplay. Not to mention the sweet laid back trippy meets funky grooves that support his wordplay so well. Extremely underrated, positive, optimistic, and essential if your a fan of hip-hop.
Sigur Ros ( )
Stars of the Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline
Stars of the Lid The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
This is when all that's left is you and the silence
The Ocean Precambrian
26 musicians were involved in making this indescribable beast. It was probably incredibly tedious and nerve-wrecking to make it but they were rewarded with (quite possibly) making the one of (if not the most) epic albums of all time. The blending genres and experimentation is incredibly fresh and never for one moment grows dull. A must have for anyone who enjoys creative music. This will go down and look as one of the greatest albums for a long time.
The Roots Game Theory
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Silver wings alone makes this collection worth getting. But overall, Thrice's spin on airy aesthetics and stripped down acoustics proved to be very successful. Despite slight inconstancy, the amount of depth and variation in these two discs is absolutely flooring. All in all, a nice collection of solid songs to have, particularly if you're not a fan of their heavier stuff.
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice Vheissu
Underoath Disambiguation
People will have there their opinions over which UO album is the best-and Disambiguation will be one of these new albums to add to debate. Regardless what you think, this is certainly their most ballsy & experimental release yet with it's use of baritone guitars, more cohesive electronic passages, more jammier parts and mathy elements. Although all of these are done extremely well the clutch here is Spencer Chamberlin's with his undeniably fascinating vocal work that has a grizzly-bear like overtone that encompasses his most rawest emotions yet. All in All UO keep rolling with the punches and release one of 2010's best metal releases.

4.5 superb
Amia Venera Landscape The Long Procession
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works, Vol. II
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep
Bela Bartok Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Sz. 83
Big K.R.I.T. 4Eva N A Day
Brian Eno Ambient 4: On Land
cLOUDDEAD cLOUDDEAD
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Converge Axe to Fall
Danny Brown XXX
Mr. Brown's tales of sex, drugs, and violence are pushed to such an extreme it eventually becomes parodic. And what makes XXX truly thrilling is how the whole thing plays out as Danny's downward spiral into insanity, depression, and it's astonishing ending makes XXX and exhilarating ride.
David Bazan Curse Your Branches
Dead Poetic Vices
If there was one blatant flaw with Dead Poetic's past albums-it was the cookie cutter screaming that was wedged into their songs causing them to crackle a bit. Thankfully, Dead Poetic in a open menatality ditch the screaming (and switch three members) and create Vices-their (debatably) final and best album. rVices actually plays like these songs were from the 90's but there given a new kick (Aaron Sprinkle and his Tooth & Nail super polish). Though things really take of in the song-writing context of the songs. DP stay rooted in a rock sound but they manage to flawlessly write in a variety of styles-and make it all flow together. This is kicked up another notch with Brandon Rike's honest and earnest vocals and poetic (har har) lyrics. All this (and a Chino Moreno guest appearance) make Vices a unique record. It's interestingly shameful that the band disintegrated shortly before it's release cause Vices suggests that the band could have shot into the spotlight more.
Deftones White Pony
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030
Disperse Living Mirrors
Emery The Question
Emery presents The Question: an album that tell of tales of sex, heartbreak, drugs, violence, religion etc. Album stay rather ambiguous with it's variety of vices and struggles till it all ties in together at the mournful ending of "In A Win, Win Situation" where Toby and Devin come to their conclusions about the matter(s). An interesting and compelling listen, and one that is highly recommended.
Evol Intent Era of Diversion
Extol The Blueprint Dives
Sometimes, progression can be a ridiculous thing. Despite, it's always healthy for an artist to venture, grow, and expand their sound even if there is a risk in completely flopping the entire art if it's not executed well. Well, on the Blueprint Dives Extol don't precisely care about the risk and pretty much shed their entire death metal sound for a rather challenging yet rewarding experimental prog. metal album. Here, all the musicians excel incredibly bringing their unique influences into the bag. The band manages to bring the off-kilter beats reminiscent of Opeth or Dream Theater and collide it with the atmosphere/vocals of Radiohead & Deftones. The album might come of a bit odd with the amount of experimentation thrown into the album-but on the flip coin that's what makes this album such a unique listen. The band is christian, however the lyrics aren't overtly explicit and can certainly be enjoyed whether you are one or not. It's a shame that the band for the most part is done but they certainly ended their career making not only their best album, but one of the most unique and challenging prog. metal albums ever.
Far-Less Everyone Is Out to Get Us
If there is one record that Post-Hardcore fans are missing out on: it's this one. Far-less will take on you an adventure like no other on their album Everyone Is Out To Get Us. It doesn't bend to the status quo in any form. It's random, spastic, badass, and stands entirely on it's own ground. Through the eleven songs Far-less mix up the pot in one of the most ridiculous ways you can ever imagine. The band pushes the envelope musically in a wickedly far manner with it's crashing guitars and pulsating rhythms. Brandon Welch's vocals sit smoothly on top of the chaos and his clever sarcastic "march-to-my-own-beat" lyrics almost fit perfectly with the ridiculous progression of the album. Also major props to Ray Felts (who unfortunately no longer part of the band) for putting on one of the most technical, yet unique drum performances ever. This whole thing probably sounds really fanboyish (as my rating is as well) but no doubt-Everything Is Out To Get Us is nearly a perfect album that functions as it pleases. And from that it remains one of the most unique albums in rock music.
Frederic Chopin Piano Sonata No.3, Op.58
Frederic Chopin Piano Sonata No.2, Op.35
George Van Eps Mellow Guitar
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
Glassjaw Our Color Green (The Singles)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Goldmund Corduroy Road
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Hammock Kenotic
Hammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts
He Is Legend It Hates You
Incredibly and almost shockingly amazing. HIL have blown all the doors open with It Hates
You. Taking the melodic flavor of I am Hollywood and the grit of Suck Out The Poison and
combining them and stretching their sound even farther into an epic stoner metal sound. All
the musicians here put on an incredible performance. But what really hits the spot here is
the amount of melodic/emotional depth that is shown here with Tanbouz's layered guitar
work/drop G (yes that low) crushing riffs and Croom's intense claustrophobic yet absurd
vocals (and harmonies.....and Bibis Ellison female vocals to add more intensity). The record
is gritty, weird, and oddly beautiful. HIL have really outdone themselves here and have put
them in place for one of the best albums of 09...and if not it's certainly one of the
biggest surprises this year.
I Am Robot and Proud The Electricity in Your House Wants to Sing
Imogen Heap Speak For Yourself
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...
Innerpartysystem Innerpartysystem
If you have a friend(s) who listens to one of those new crappy electro-(insert other genre) "scene" poser S*itstorm artists: Innerpartysystem might be you're saving hope for them. Sure their not the same...in fact they contour the absolute crap that saturates today's electro "scene" music. Innerpartysystem debut album soars above the garbage with incredible dark electro-rock music that downright grooves. Patrick Nissely adds another dimension with his vocals and dark tinged apocalyptic lyrics which fit perfectly on top of the band's sound. This is easily one of the most intense albums of 2008, and considering this is their debut album (and in addition with their incredible live show): the band is only going to go up. So if you're friend(s)like Metro Station, Brokencyde, Breathe Carolina, William Control or any other S*itty electro poser artist. Eliminate the crap from their ears and give them a taste of Innerpartysystem's debut album: no regrets. And if they don't like it idk what to tell you (sludge hammer them or something)
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
The ArchAndroid is probably one of the most ADD-ridden album I have ever heard. Janelle Monae covers a melting pot of styles throughout the 18 track madhouse. What will intrigued you is how she actually manages to pull the damn thing of with her vocal versatility and strength. This of course ultimately contributes to her success on the album. In conclusion good luck trying to find a better more daring pop album in 2010: The ArchAndroid is basically the Pop Album Of The Year.
Jimmy Eat World Futures
John Mayer Continuum
Kanye West The College Dropout
Karnivool Asymmetry
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Linkin Park A Thousand Suns
First they ditch nu metal, now Linkin Park ditch the *single* formula: finally creating an album that embraces their experimentation in a full blown course. Old school fans will proclaim this the death of LP, and haters are gonna hate. But for those who are willing to explore A Thousand Suns openly will find an album that capitalizes on their eccentricities-which in return compliments what they've been capable of all along.
Ludwig van Beethoven "Pathétique" Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13
Lydia Illuminate
Yea i'll admit....I only like this album because it sounds absurdly similar to Copeland. But Lydia manages to make their own sound out with Illuminate. The songs have a nice grand waltz-like feeling with it's cinematic guitars, swaying pianos, and big grand drums-and with the quiet guy/girl duo vocals on top. They manage to make a winning sound despite some songs sounding the same.rIf they continue in this direction they probably won't shake the Copeland similarities. But quite frankly, I won't complain cause Lydia still makes it work-and Illuminate is the proof of this
M.I.A. Kala
MIA Kala brands a weird indie hipster style that mixes world culture music and samples with hazy electro beats and synths. It'll be a miss for some but if you can understand MIA's oddball artsy music slabs you will be in for a treat with Kala in which if it doesn't make you party-it'll intrigued you with the serious and political charged lyrical depth that would seem to counterfeit the music but it does the exact opposite.
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
Aaron Weiss was once an angry man, frustrated by what would seem to be a dysfunctional relationship. Taking cues from the likes of At The Drive-In and Drive Like Jehu: AB Life is one heck of a raw listen that certainly will take a few listens to get into (basically like any other mWy album). However, once settled the album grows on you and becomes nothing short of brilliance with the dark raw musicianship which directly correlates to Aaron's intense passionate lyrics.
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Mutemath Mute Math
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Nine Inch Nails Still
Nirvana In Utero
Oceansize Frames
Otto A Totland Pino
Pino is one of those records that you can listen to wherever you go, and completely
sink into it's piano abyss. The compositions here are simple and minimal, but hit a
striking balance that is both melancholy yet relaxing. I could attempt to pull apart
different aspects of the album, however the minimally recorded 18-tracks
runs together under 44 minutes like one long piano track that hardly breaks beyond its
piano-soft dynamics (even the slightly bouncy Jonas remains submerged in it's quiet
acoustics and reverb). Instead, Pino is better described from how you personally
experience it. For myself, it's an album that allows you to enter it's world, and it doesn't
judge you for who are. It's a record that will keep you company wherever you go, provide you
comfort in it's warmth, expressing itself through it's soft-clicking keys as if it were
saying "relax, sit down, and breathe."
Over The Ocean Be Given to the Soil
P.O.D. Satellite
Portico Quartet Portico Quartet
Pyramids with Nadja Pyramids with Nadja
Sadistik Ultraviolet
Shad When This Is Over
The biggest thing out of Canada since Pamela's Double D's. Word
Sigur Ros Agaetis byrjun
Sigur Ros Takk...
Sleep Research Facility Deep Frieze
Soundtrack (Film) Ocean's 12 OST
Soundtrack (Film) O Brother, Where Art Thou?
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
TesseracT Altered State
Just when you thought the band was going to crumble due to the frenzy of finding a vocalist, Tesseract lunges back in with Altered State. Pushing further into atmosphere and experimentation, they continue to forge into making their own sound. Newcomer Ashe O'Hara vocals and harmonies are absolutely stunning and gorgeous. And the band smartly holds back let his vocals shine. A true comeback for the band, Tesseract Altered State certainly hits all the marks and create an album that arguably is better than One, proving that the loss of pivotal vocalist just made room for a better one to come thru.
The Bad Plus These Are the Vistas
The Beatles 1
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Glorious Unseen The Hope That Lies In You
The Glorious Unseen capitalize on their ambient-meets-post-rock here on The Hope That Lies In You-and they come away with a stunning album that is raw, honest, intense, and heavenly in every aspect. Unfortunately the fact that this is Praise & Worship will turn of non-believers. However, if one can get beyond the Christian factor (if it is a problem) the listener will be rewarded with a captivating listen.
The Out Circuit Pierce The Empire With A Sound
The Out Circuit is the one-man project of the ex-Frodus bassist Nathan Burke. At its core, The Out Circuit is an experimental rock band going in and out of ambient soundscapes, indie rock, post rock, and at times oddball hardcore. The songs individually may feel odd, but album as a whole Pierce The Empire With A Sound provides one beast of a listening experience. If you are fan of (new) Thrice , Radiohead, Frodus and similar experimental bands I highly suggest you check this project out.
The Receiving End of Sirens The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi
The Roots Things Fall Apart
The Roots undun
The Weeknd Thursday
The Weeknd House of Balloons
An album that is as sexy as much as it is masochistic, drugged up, and depressingly addicting.
The Weeknd Echoes of Silence
The xx xx
Thrice Beggars
All the fanboys on this site are and will overhype the crap out of this. (Including myself). But if you haven't listened to it yet, it should at least behoove you to give this album a shot. It is def. worthy of that.
Tim Hecker Virgins
Triosk The Headlight Serenade
A crazy swindling mix of a jazz trio, post rock, and ambient/electronica atmosphere-all mix into one. With near perfect-brilliant results.
Underoath Define the Great Line
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
At a first few listens one would think this album is a more dragged version of Define the Great Line Pt.2 . Though if given time to digest all the parts and music. The listener will (and should realize) that everything on the whole scale has stepped up a notch artistically. I will take note that i can't help but feel that the band gave some of the heavier parts a direct more southern feel to everything which comes out weird at first but surprisingly works really well.
It's amazing and almost funny to see how much this band has grown since its beginnings. What started out as mediocre deathcorescreamoemowhatever you wanna call it to basically real solid epic metalcore with post metal atmospherics, this album (as well as DTGL in 2006) potentially will stand one as of the best heavy albums of 2008.



Uneven Structure Februus
Februus is designed to played on good speakers. You would be doing yourself a disservice otherwise because you'd be missing half of the pieces. Although it splits at 10 tracks this feels more like 3 parts which ultimately should be digested all in one listen. In it's duration, the album maintains an ambience that keeps the songs flowing. But unlike many artists who use a small dose of ambience to segue tracks, Uneven Structure utilizes these ambiences as their own separate entities.

This in return contributes to the success of Februus-mixing half ambience and half groove metal in a beautiful manner that ultimately puts you in a trance while at the same time making you want to head-bang to it's poly-rhythmic grooves. Vocalist Matthieu Romarin also does a good job guiding the listener through the music with his versatility. His best strength kicks in with his growls during the heavier moments on the album which help build up on the intensity. Although the entire album is a treat, it's ultimate buildup to 'Finale' really showcases US's power in aces. Soaring on a three chord progression, heavily textured while maintaining groove and constant loop, until the ambience creeps in eventually completely drowning out the band and submerging the listener in abyss. US have created one of the best metal albums of the year with Februus and this is a highly recommended listen if you remotely consider yourself a fan of post or groove metal.
Venetian Snares Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett
William Basinski The Disintegration Loops I
William Basinski The Disintegration Loops II
William Basinski The Disintegration Loops III
Young the Giant Young the Giant

4.0 excellent
311 From Chaos
yea 311 are a bit silly...always were. Though From Chaos is probably going to their best album balancing their old school silly rap metal-meets reggae/ska sound with a more alternative rock approach that makes some nice chill jammy songs that are simply fun. Although their softer jams (champagne, Amber, I'll Be Here For Awhile) makes you wonder and slightly beg that they would explore that realm considering it seems to be a very unlikely strong spot in comparison to the rest of their...ridiculous songs.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Aaliyah Aaliyah
Active Child You Are All I See
That don't make it good for anybody,
Don't wanna be in love just with anybody,
I'm tired being just Mr. Anybody,
So baby come with me, lets just make about it


2011: James Blake, How To Dress Well, The Weeknd, maybe even Washed Out, and now Active Child to enter the futuristic R&B sound. With 80s-type synths and beats with classical harp glissandos and choir boy vocals. Yes it sounds as awesome as I described and you should listen to this.
Alaya Thrones
The long awaited debut Thrones from the Chicago based trio Alaya was one that
has been hotly anticipated for many who first got a taste of their sound via the single
"Inside" back in December 2012. Mixing issues lead to the delay but here approximately 14
months later (50 years in the internet age) with the release finally upon us.


Thrones is proof that Alaya won't just be some flavor of the week. The band takes
the tech-y/groove elements of bands like Cloudkicker/Periphery and the melodic accessibility
of Killswitch Engage/Chevelle (esp. here on the latter, with taking that punchy yet somewhat
intimate sound) into a tight knit cohesive sound. Although slightly spotty at points,
vocalist Evan Graham Dunn is usually on point finding a nice raspy melodic pocket against
the technical playing. All-In-All, Thrones is a solid debut project that indicates a
bright future ahead for the band, and one that will appeal to both metal mainstream and
underground circles.
Alexisonfire Crisis
All India Radio Fall
Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto Insen
Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto Revep
Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto UTP
Taking the experimentation of Noto/Sakamoto and expanding their piano glitch work with the Ensemble Modern. UTP_ is a stirring piece of left-field classical minimalism intertwined with shots of electronic experimentation that is sure to dazzle anyone who is into the unique and obscure. Otherwise, if your not into this: It isn't precisely a easy listen with it's formless structures and eccentric intervals. It can however grow into something much more since it's such a unique listen.

So if you want to know what happens when you get a modern Japanese composer, a German electric artist, and the Ensemble Modern all in one collaboration? UTP defines this bizarre yet incredible piece of art quite well. A must have for fans of their Noto/Sakamoto's previous work, Murcof, William Basinski, Loscil, or any other form of electronic/classical minimalism.
Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto Summvs
Potentially their final collaboration: and one that stands as their most unified creation largely in part to Noto finally matching the notes of his glitches to Sakamoto's piano passages.
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Anberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
Animal Flag The Sounds of Sleep
Animals As Leaders Animals As Leaders
Animals As Leaders Weightless
AAL trim down the shredage and focus more on songwriting structure with Weightless. It's apparent that this is def. a more bandcentric release and less the Tosin Abasi show. The band puts more focus on grooving riffs, tasteful leads, and abstract jazzy and electronic passages. The fast shredding still pops in here but it's done even more tastefully and fits much better in the realm of the song-and therefore makes it much more hard hitting. The album also benefits from a gorgeous production and a much more concise flow So unless you miss the shreddage of their debut there is honestly very little reason that you would like Weightless less. It is overall the better structured album, and sure many "djent" bands are doing the same groove-meets-shreds-meet electronica segue but no one right now is taking it to abstract level of creativity and making it all flow concisely and beautifully like AAL, and Weightless proves that in an unabashedly manner.
Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
The Joy of Motion is AAL most colorful and arguably best album to date. Sure the band is exploring different styles and even toning down on some of the heaviness. But don't be fooled, this still has enough kick to substitute your morning cup of coffee.
Arcade Fire Funeral
Armistice Armistice
Arovane Lilies
As Cities Burn Hell Or High Water
Audioslave Revelations
Ave. To Three Way Intersection
An incredible combo of jazz fusion, electronica, and hip-hop in one cohesive flow that is a little too long but it'll keep you coming back for more.
BADBADNOTGOOD BBNG2
BADBADNOTGOOD BBNG
BADBADNOTGOOD III
III Albums in, BBNG remain consistent in delivering exciting and original new jazz/post-bop
for a millennial generation. Although a much more mellow experience, III is arguably
their best work yet thanks to the trio pushing into different genres seamlessly (swing,
electronica, and ambient on top of their hip-hop based roots). Thus suggesting the trio
desire to remove the genre tags altogether. Easily will be a forerunner for best Jazz-based
albums of 2014.
Beach House Teen Dream
Belong October Language
Belong Colorloss Record
Ben Lukas Boysen Gravity
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Bibio Ambivalence Avenue
Bibio Silver Wilkinson
Big K.R.I.T. ReturnOf4eva
Blindside The Great Depression
Blue Sky Black Death Late Night Cinema
Boards of Canada Trans Canada Highway
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore Black Earth
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Botch We Are the Romans
Bowery Electric Beat
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Brand New Daisy
Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music For Airports
Burial Untrue
Burial Kindred
Cage Hell's Winter
Chelsea Wolfe Pain Is Beauty
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Chevelle Vena Sera
Basically: all that previous potential that you could see in Chevelle's albums finally comes full swing here in Vena Sera. You will never hear an alternative metal trio put in as much heavy crunch like these guys. Easily, their most aggressive and best album to date.
Chicago Underground Quartet Chicago Underground Quartet
Christopher O'Riley True Love Waits
Christopher O'Riley Hold Me To This
Circa Survive On Letting Go
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Cloud Boat Book of Hours
Cloud Boat's Book of Hours will probably be a bit unfairly compared to James Blake (and by no means in a bad way). But those vocals soaked in the reverb are eerily similar. Thankfully, the beautiful use of guitar textures and more aerial/ambient qualities gives this album just enough separation to be viewed as a unique and most certainly solid project.
Cloudkicker The Map Is Not The Territory
Cloudkicker The Discovery
Cold War Kids Robbers and Cowards
Coldplay Parachutes
Coldplay Prospekt's March
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Colleen Les ondes silencieuses
Comeback Kid Broadcasting
Converge No Heroes
People going on complaining how mindless and overtly brutal/dissonant this album is. Well 1. In terms of this being brutal/dissonant-this is Converge, so what are you expecting? 2. Although it be weird to call it a grower, if the listener looked beyond this being some mess they would actually realize the amount of raw beauty Converge has portrayed here. There isn't a band out there that can pour out such an emotional intensive atmosphere like Converge. All 14 tracks here are absolute ace with a killer rhythm section, Kurt's incredible guitar riffage, and Jacob being the awesome madman he's always been. Unless you clearly don't like metalcore/thrash or whatever. No Heroes is worth your time and patience because to be honest, raw beauty never felt so good.
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Copeland Eat, Sleep, Repeat
Copeland The Grey Man EP
If you are a fan of You Are My Sunshine this would well work as an additional collection.
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy
Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante The North Green Down
Dalek Abandoned Language
Daniel Blomquist measureless oceans of space
Das Racist Sit Down, Man
Deas Vail All The Houses Look The Same
Deas Vail White Lights
Death Grips Exmilitary
Death Grips No Love Deep Web
Decahedron Disconnection Imminent
Deftones Around the Fur
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
This is the Deftones reaching a pinnacle-which holds a thin line between total collapse or a new comeback. Fortunately they follow through with the comeback with Diamond Eyes. But despite all the pain that went through making Saturday Night Wrist-it's interesting to hear all the tension b/w all the songs to the space metal backdrops. Chino vocals sound rather strained here but he uses it to his strength to represent the state of where the band is at the moment. In the end though it all works and shows to be another success from the Deftones.
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Depeche Mode Exciter
Depeche Mode Violator
Do Make Say Think You, You're a History in Rust
Drake Take Care
Dream Theater Score
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater for me was always one of those bands that are better musicians then they are songwriters. But I personally believe that they know how to use their heavy sound very well. So despite its slightly more straightforward approach in comparison to most records: Train Of Thought is there debatably their best written album with the songwriting on par with their given incredible musicianship/technicality. Also props for them taking their heavy influences-(Metallica, Iron Maiden, even some Slipknot) and mixing it with their progressive sound and outdoing it alltogether.
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Dream Theater made another album full of their typical epic-ness (and the extra cheese to go with it). However in a returning shock they have made one of their most balanced albums yet that pretty much rules hard. Throughout the 6 epic songs, the album flows cohesively and doesn't bore for a moment. The album shows that while Dream Theater does still run on their old tricks, they still know how to push their sound continuously and remain to be one of the today's best progressive metal bands.
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
dredg El Cielo
Earlyguard Possible World
El-P Cancer 4 Cure
Elizabeth and The Catapult Taller Children
This album has all the great potential to break waves through both the indie and mainstream community. Though this is hardly a sell-out-simply catchy indie pop music that has some very jazzy and folksy twists-which is done incredibly well. Lead singer Elizabeth Ziman comes of as a crossover of Ella Fitzgerald and Feist, whether shes singing in the snarl in the pop opening "Momma's boy" or cutesy innocence on folksy "Race You" or the jazzy swing with the flaring horns on the "Rainiest Day Of Summer": this is seriously looking to be one of the more solid albums of 09. An absolute must have for fans of indie/indie pop.
Ellie Goulding Lights
Ellie Goulding Halcyon
Emiliana Torrini Me and Armini
Emiliana Torrini Love In the Time of Science
ERAAS ERAAS
ERAAS Initiation
Erik Satie Gymnopédies
Every Time I Die New Junk Aesthetic
Every Time I Die Ex Lives
Falling Up Captiva
Far-Less A Toast to Bad Taste
You know if Far-less decided to make a "Everyone Is Out To Get Us' pt.2 the album would have kicked major butt. Their debut was full of post-hardcore epics that were diverse enough and unique enough to stand on it's own and if they copied it there would be enough diversity to claim it a excellent album. But no, Far-less basically said screw it and made the polished, tight, and radio friendly indie album called A Toast To Bad Taste. This isn't progression people-this is called a switch up. Such a ridiculously switch up that it might take a few listens to get into. In the end though-it's Far-less-and that means awesome music. And despite the more friendly sound Far-less still manage to mix up the pot and and maintain diverse styles through the album. In the end, even if you didn't like this album. You gotta give major credit to Far-less for pretty much making one of the most incredible yin yang of albums (comparing EIOTGU to ATTBT) and pulling it of incredibly well. Where Far-less will take their sound next? Who knows. I'm convinced if they made an R&B record it'll be like the greatest album of it's time.
Feist The Reminder
FKA Twigs EP2
These 4 songs pretty much deliver you the best experimental R&B you'll hear this year.
FKA Twigs LP1
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Florence and the Machine Ceremonials
Flying Lotus Los Angeles
Flying Lotus You're Dead!
Foals Total Life Forever
Four Year Strong Enemy of the World
Frederic Chopin Piano Concerto No.1, Op.11
Frederic Chopin Piano Concerto No.2, Op.21
Freelance Whales Weathervanes
Frodus And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea
Future of the Left How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident
G-Spliff My Melancholic Girls
Garfunkel and Oates All Over Your Face
Basically a female version of "Flight of the Concords" especially since they now struck a deal with HBO....coincidence?
Gemini Graduation
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know...
Goldmund The Malady Of Elegance
Goldmund Two Point Discrimination
Good Old War Only Way To Be Alone
Grizzly Bear Yellow House
Grouper A I A
Hammock Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
Hammock Departure Songs
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard The Dark Knight
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
He Is Legend Suck Out The Poison
Heathered Pearls Extended Current
Heems Nehru Jackets
Helios Unomia
Helios Caesura
Helios Unleft
Hidden Orchestra Night Walks
Hotel Neon HOTEL NEON
A simple yet compelling ambient drone album that brings a strong dose of melancholy in it's serene atmosphere.
How to Destroy Angels An Omen
Pushing further in the abstract and obscure, HTDA finds a very interesting array of textures with An Omen. Finding a creepy atmospheric medium that is strangely tense and relaxing at the same time. HTDA seem content with looming in the meditative zone that prevents songs from really exploding. But instead of this backfiring, this really works well for the most part of the EP. This may not be love at first listen, but a few listens with the EP will show itself in it's rich electronic textures and production. Recommended.
How to Destroy Angels Welcome Oblivion
How to Dress Well Love Remains
Howard Shore The Fellowship of the Ring
Howard Shore The Return of the King
Howard Shore The Two Towers
I Am Robot and Proud Grace Days
Liem goes at it again with another collection of soft IDM goodies. There isn't much of a change here but a nice addition to Liem soft lush electronic numbers. "Friction On Teeth" is probably one of the cutest songs ever with it's blep-blip-bloop synths that slowly build into a nice ambience. All in all, another grand collection from Liem's solo work.
I Am Robot and Proud The Catch/Spring Summer Autumn Winter
I Am Robot and Proud Uphill City
iamamiwhoami Kin
Imogen Heap Ellipse
Imogen Heap returns from a four year gap with Ellipse. In which Imogen takes on a more minimal/subtle and slight darker approach to her electronic-pop pieces. Aside from that, it's pretty much the same experimentation of Imogen using a large array of sound and instruments and making it all flow smooth. Although the album isn't as exciting as Speak For Yourself, the album has its merits in being much more relaxed and soothing. And shows that ultimately Imogen remains one of the most creative and best pop singers out there today.
Imogen Heap Sparks
In Pieces Lions Write History
Incubus Light Grenades
Incubus Morning View
Innerpartysystem Never Be Content
Isis Panopticon
Islands Return To The Sea
J Dilla The Shining
J Dilla Ruff Draft
Jacaszek Glimmer
James Blake James Blake
James Blake Overgrown
Janelle Monae The Electric Lady
Jay-Z American Gangster
Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
John Williams Minority Report (Soundtrack)
John Williams Schindler's List
Jolly The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 2)
I love Jolly. Jolly loves me, they really do. I feel loved!
Jon Hopkins Immunity
Jonsi Go
juche juche
Julia Kent Character
Justice Cross
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kanye West Late Registration
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kausemus Pinta
Kausemus No I
Kendrick Lamar Section.80
KiD CuDi Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Kidcrash Jokes
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music
Kronos Quartet Aheym
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Nandacollection
Cynics be damned, this is an excellent J-pop record. Kyary's cutesy pop vocals are solid but what makes them truly shine is Yasutaka Nakata production that matches Kyary's hyperactive quirky vocals.
La Dispute Wildlife
Lady Sovereign Public Warning
Lights Out Asia Eyes Like Brontide
Lights Out Asia Tanks And Recognizers
Lights Out Asia In The Days Of Jupiter
Linkin Park Reanimation
I always had this one problem with Linkin Park: with how they try to showcase their albums into some fancy "artsy" project. And while their music is actually quite good and even the art work is great the band really suffers/gets looked down on for their "radio/mainstream/safe" sound. However, this remix album showcases an LP album being "artsy" as always but this time actually making the damn thing work.....really well. From the industrial drive of "Pts. Of Authority" to the closing atmospheres and strings on "Krwling." There are a few flaws and mediocre guests spots but ultimately: This shows how amazing LP can be if they just stop keeping their music too slick and radio-friendly.
Local Natives Hummingbird
Loma Prieta I.V.
Loscil Submers
Submers theme is derived from the album title itself: A collection of natural flowing ambient pieces that reflect the essence of being in a submarine.
Lotus Plaza Spooky Action At A Distance
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonatas Nos. 5-7, Op. 10
Lupe Fiasco The Cool
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
Lushlife Plateau Vision
Lusine A Certain Distance
Lustmord Other
M.I.A. Arular
M.I.A. Maya
It'll take a few listens and some open-mindness to take on the clusterf*ck known as MAYA by M.I.A. And if you do you'll be engulfed in her "digital ruckus" for forty-two minutes and you will love (or almost love) every minute of it.
M.I.A. Matangi
Made In Heights APORIA: IN THESE STREETS
Mae Singularity
Maroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long
Martin Stig Andersen Limbo (Original Videogame Soundtrack)
Massive Attack 100th Window
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Mastodon Leviathan
Matthew Collings Splintered Instruments
Meiko Meiko
Merkabah (PL) Moloch
Some of the most innovative post-hardcore/jazz/genre smashing i've heard in several years.
Meshuggah obZen
If I ever end up being damned to hell for sinning too much I wouldn't be surprised if obZen by Meshuggah would be the hell's theme. In fact when I burn in eternal torment it'll still be a slight task at hand not to head bang.
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Mew Frengers
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's all
Aaron Weiss is a happy man now, and his music tells you should be too. Who cares if they sound like jesus campfire songs-it still retains the eccentric glory of their sound-and you should all cave into it's glory.
mewithoutYou Ten Stories
Mick Jenkins The Water[s]
The next Chicago star that is about to breakout thanks to this highly unique water-based chilled mixtape.
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Moving Mountains Pneuma
Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire Kismet
Exquire's best project to date. From LOTR sampled "Illest N*ggaz Breathin", the clusterf*ck
beat of "Tomorrow's Gone", and the dark jazz piano of "Chains". Exquire's voice and wordplay
shine immensely trough the hazy spaced out production on this album. One of the best NY Hip-
hop mixtapes you'll hear this year.

I WOKE UP THIS MORN. FEELIN LIKE THAT N*GGA.
Murcof Remembranza
Murcof Martes
Murcof Utopia
Dim the lights, get comfortable, and let the creepy sparse beauty take you in.
Muse Black Holes and Revelations
Musiq Soulchild Juslisen
Mutemath Reset
Mutemath Armistice
On MuteMath (no longer Mute Math but whatever) Armistice's, you can feel the blood, sweat, and tears poured into making these songs. They pushed the experimental boundaries on this album without it coming of out of place. The musicians here have stepped up their game even more higher. There is a larger experimentation with electronics, soundscapes, strings, brass, and even handclaps to the point that the debut album feels like childplay. Of course that kind of expansion isn't really anything new either but MuteMath really give an incredible attention to every detail and note. Not one note or detail goes without careful attention. But because of all this depth added to their already developed sound: it'll take a few listens for Armistice to click. But once it does previous fans and even haters of the band's previous work will find the album to be a joyride. Because not only have MuteMath truly outdone themselves here but also they have set a new level for Indie/Experimental rock and are well into making a legacy with their already excellent career.
Mutemath Odd Soul
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Nails Abandon All Life
Nas Untitled
Nas Illmatic
Nas STILLmatic
Near The Parenthesis Music for the Forest Concourse
Near The Parenthesis Japanese For Beginners
The longing for the warmth of spring's love, the chill of autumn rain when you're alone.
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
New Order Get Ready
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
O'Brother Garden Window
Ocoeur Light as a Feather
If i had to describe Light as a Feather with one word-it would be versatility. Here electronic musician Ocoeur (Frack Zaragoza) switches up between a variety of electronic music styles including downtempo, IDM, ambient/drone, and even slight dubstep elements. Recommended listening for solid 2013 electronica.
Odonis Odonis Hollandaze
Olafur Arnalds For Now I Am Winter
In typical fashion, Olafur writes his pieces with the intention of reeling your heart in.
What is different here is how poppy this album feels. Some of the song tempos are kicked up
ever so slightly and even allows the beautiful voice of Arnor Dan to accompany Olafur in
some of these compositions. For Now I Am Winter is an obvious departure from his
previous work, and most certainly opens up future possibilities for the young Icelandic
composer. A solid album overall, and personally is shaping to be one of my favorites from
2013.
Outputmessage Nebulae
P.O.D. Testify
P.O.S. Never Better
P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here
Palms Palms
Paper Rival Dialog
Parades Foreign Tapes
Pedro the Lion Achilles Heel
Pedro the Lion Control
Pedro the Lion Winners Never Quit
PMtoday In Medias Res
Poison the Well You Come Before You
Poison the Well The Tropic Rot
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Port St. Willow Holiday
Project 86 Rival Factions
Heavy dance groovers and spastic hardcore are the two styles that pretty much define the sound of P86 album Rival Factions. Here we see the band pushing their sound in their farthest evolution and pretty much shed any trace of their old rap metal sound. Andrew has completely dropped his rap/spoken word in favor of high frantic screams and a deep Billy Joel like (I kid not) vocals (check out Illuminate for that). Randy retains playing guitar well and helps create a balance for Steve's unique bass synth tone (which basically takes full run on Caveman Jam). Guest drummer Jason Gerkin (She Wants Revenge) takes Alex Albert's style and pushes it in direction with the other three (check out the spastic fills in "The Forces Of Radio"). Despite the changes, the band still stands firmly rooted in their tough muscular sound and Andrew's poetic lyrics that makes them unique. It all sounds wacky but the band created a catchy sound and a number of songs that are (surprisingly) quite accessible. Old fans might be disappointed from the drastic change but Rival Factions has something more in vein for everybody. This is easily their most accessible, groundbreaking, tightest, and quite possibly best album yet.
Project 86 Truthless Heroes
Protest the Hero Fortress
Protest the Hero Kezia
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
PSY/OPSogist Suffused With Static
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Radiohead In Rainbows
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Radius System Escape/Restart
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II
Rafael Anton Irisarri Daydreaming
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Real Estate Days
Relient K Mmhmm
Relient K Two Lefts Dont Make a Right But Three Do
Relient K Five Score and Seven Years Ago
Relient K Forget and Not Slow Down
Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio
Rosetta Wake/Lift
Rosetta The Galilean Satellites
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2
Rx Bandits Mandala
Sadistik Flowers For My Father
Sailors With Wax Wings Sailors With Wax Wings
Saosin Saosin
Though might be too glossy/radio friendly for some-Saosin's debut album is an incredible piece of work. All the musicians are front line here with the pulsating rhythm section, the metallic guitar licks, and Cove's soaring vocals which are embellished in some of the most gorgeous harmonies you'll ever hear. It's the kind of thing that when listened to during the right mood the music just soars and takes you into the stratosphere. The only weak points here are the clunky Collapse and the over-dragged balled Your Not Alone. Otherwise-an incredible listening experience which can be sonically explosive at times.
Say Anything ...Is A Real Boy (re-release)
School of Seven Bells Ghostory
Secret And Whisper Teenage Fantasy
It's funny when you see an artist basically outdo something that seemed like such a key influence to their sound. No discredit to Saosin really but Teenage Fantasy from Secret & Whisper takes the whole metallic guitar licks/pulsating drums/(non excessive)high pitched vocals to new heights along with more ambient experimenting that fits much better than seen in their debut-but what really makes this hit hard is with how cohesive the entire album is-the songs flow into each other beautifully and it keeps you hooked. In essence, Teenage Fantasy is basically a more experimental yet exciting and cohesive version of The Great White Whale-but it's to a point that it has not only set a potential new standard but also showing the band is on to making themselves something much more than a carboncopy so many other bands in the post-hardcore genre can't seem to shake.
Shad TSOL
Shad Flying Colours
Sights and Sounds Monolith
Sigur Ros Hvarf/Heim
Sigur Ros Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Sigur Ros Kveikur
SikTh Death of a Dead Day
Simon and Garfunkel Greatest Hits
Sin City Original Soundtrack
Sleep Over Forever
Sleepingdog Polar Life
Sleepingdog With Our Heads in the Clouds...
Sleigh Bells Bitter Rivals
Rather than being just an element, Alexis Krauss's vocals are smartly put more in the front
of the album. The marriage of her vocals meeting in the middle Derek's Miller noisy production results in Bitter Rivals being more immediate, cohesive, poppy, and quick possibly their best record to date. This duo now sounds fully comfortable in their skin, and if they continue to push their creativity things can only go up for them.
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
St. Vincent Actor
St. Vincent St. Vincent
You could honestly judge Annie Clark by her album covers. From the quizzical stare of her debut Marry Me to her descending stare as if she was the evil queen on her self titled. This is Annie's defining moment in the realm of her sound, finally accomplished finding her perfect pocket. She takes elements of all her previous work/collabs, and fine-crafts them to near perfection. St.Vincent is the album Annie Clark cements herself as a legend among the people.
Stars of the Lid Per Aspera Ad Astra
Steven Price Gravity
Story of the Year In The Wake Of Determination
When your music is classified as one tree hill material, you get in a feud with Godsmack, and then get sued, it'll sure bring out being pissed of and what not-at least to SOTY. All of this contributes to In The Wake Of Determination-that not only is a change against the innocence of Page Avenue-but almost like a total assaulting resistance to the record. The guitars are much more beefier and and brutal in addition to the entire band removing most of the pop-punk energy for a more hardcore punk and at times metal vibe (with virtuosic solos) to SOTY.

But in the end-this is a very natural progression for SOTY. And ultimately this heavier progression makes complete sense. However there is a slightly reckless ambition this album flows on but the band shockingly uses that to their advantage. The heaviest numbers here truly show their strength of balancing aggressive attacks and super sweet harmonies provided (Meathead, Pay Your Enemy, Is This My Fate). And in all this accumulating SOTY's INWOD being their best album to date.
Strata Strata Presents The End Of The World
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Sufjan Stevens Silver & Gold
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Sun Kil Moon Benji
Swans To Be Kind
Switchfoot Nothing is Sound
Sylvain Chauveau Un Autre Décembre
Takeshi Nishimoto Lavandula
Takeshi Nishimoto Monologue
Taproot Gift
Team Teamwork The Ocarina of Rhyme
Telefon Tel Aviv Fahrenheit Fair Enough
TesseracT Concealing Fate
TesseracT One
Much like their US cousins Periphery. Tesseract's debut One has been in the making/hyped for quite a few years now. The band sucessfully take a large mix bag of influences and compile it into a cohesive sound and mood that carries through the album. Ranging from (the obvious) Meshuggah-lite grooves to the (intriguing) ambient jamy parts reminiscent of the Deftones and even Radiohead. Drummer Jay Postones is an intrinsic player that grooves well but also throws in some nifty curve-ball drum fills. Ultimately, your judgment on the band will be based upon vocalist Dan Tompkins, who is nothing short of exceptional. Like Chino Moreno, Thom Yorke, and even Jonsi: Dan capitalizes on singing sweet elongated notes moving up and down slowly between the grooving musicians (also throws in a good number of good screams as well). Which leads to the question if this was worth the hype/wait. And without a doubt, an unequivocal yes can be exclaim, concluding that One could very well be metal album of the year for 2011.
TesseracT Perspective
Textures Silhouettes
The Act of Estimating As Worthless Amongst These Splintered Minds​/​/​Leaden Thoughts
The Bad Plus Give
The Bad Plus Prog
The Chariot The Fiancee
The Fiancee is not an easy listen...at all. Which is why the album clocking in less than 30 minutes is more than enough for you to understand and encompass the raw chaotic passion here. Unlike most hardcore bands that have the vocals drown a bit with the guitars and drums. Josh Scogin takes full control of the band with his vocals and the musical ideas are built directly around his powerful vocals and rather blunt lyrics. There are no breaks and the music just simply pounds you all the way through (till the end of course). Credit also goes to Matt Goldman for letting Josh's vocals sit loud and clear above the music and still maintaining a slightly raw feel. While criticized for being too bland it's up to one to recognize that The Chariot's formula separates them from their peers. And from that, overall The Fiancee succeeds-it's just up to the listener to understand the rather gritty feel of the band and album.
The Chariot Everything Is Alive, Everything Is...
Apocalypse is here: run to Jesus!: As cliche a theme gets for christian metal, the live rawness of Josh's vocals and the musicians here match up perfectly to the theme of the lyrics. The album ticks under 30 minutes but seriously you'll probably be knocked out after listening to this monster .
The Chariot One Wing
The Cinema My Blood is Full of Airplanes
You know, Leighton was always "cool". Even behind his rather sad and sappy songs on Lydia his low tenor flows always maintain a rather calming vibe, even during his most intense moments he remain rather restrained. But now with his collab with producer Matt Malpass on this Cinema debut-Leighton "cool" comes out a swinging and the dude is ready to party.

The Cinema's tunes are built in the sense of gorgeous indie pop production of Lydia but it's more electronic driven side and feel good vibe has made the album something you rather dance to in the street vs. crying on your pillow. Regardless, The Cinema's debut is hella fun and stands as another example of music that's not designed for, but is meant to be on radio.
The Cinematic Orchestra Every Day
The Cinematic Orchestra Man With A Movie Camera
The Darien Venture A Kite, A Key and A Storm
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out
The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
In the aftermath of Thrice's The Alchemy Index, Jon Foreman Seasons, and Mae's Morning/Afternoon/Evening. Crescenzo under his monkier The Dear Hunter take on what is currently one of the most overblown concept album/projects to date with The Color Spectrum. Overall, Crescenzo's attempt to "interpret" some of these colors are a bit ambiguous but there is absolutely no doubt the Complete Color Spectrum showcases his ability to craft a variety of different moods and feelings through the nine EP's. In a sense, just about everything you listen to here isn't really groundbreaking new-but his ability create a diverse range of solid songs make The Color Spectrum a worthwhile project to sink your teeth into days upon days.
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The Field Looping State of Mind
The Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
The Future Sound of London Lifeforms
The Go! Team Proof of Youth
The Haxan Cloak Excavation
The Haxan Cloak And The Nine-Stage Guide To Your Death Experience.
The Knife Shaking the Habitual
The Log.Os λόγος
2011 has been an interesting year for R&B, primarily with a lot of artists experimenting with the sound. But the collective that is Log.Os tackles on the style in an incredibly unique and probably one of the most intelligent takes on it you'll here this year. Grab the album for free here http://the-log-os.com/?b0a8a040
The Lonely Island Incredibad
The Morning Of The Way I Fell In
TMO remove their High School Musical quirkiness for a much more cohesive mature album. Highly recommended for fans of indie pop.
The Ocean Heliocentric
Everyone seems so upset of the new mellow direction this album has taken-because that begs me to ask what does "progressive" music mean? Of course the term is vague but The Ocean-still embracing their classical composition roots go for a softer more classical approach that takes more nods to Radiohead/New Thrice then to their post-metal contemporaries. This is still the same epic multi-layered Ocean as we know-just much more subdued/softer/and pretty-and if you can get past that you'll see this stands just as strong as their older material. Overall an excellent progression for the band that in the long run will stand as 2010 album contender.
The Postal Service Give Up
The Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the Synapse
The Reign Of Kindo Rhythm, Chord & Melody
Some jackass at alt press gave this album a 1/5. You pretty much do not own a soul if you cannot enjoy this at some level.
The Reign Of Kindo This Is What Happens
The Roots Phrenology
The Roots Rising Down
The Roots How I Got Over
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The xx Coexist
Thirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars
In this decade full of half *** alternative metal. 30 Seconds To Mars debut album sticks out above the mediocre with oddball spaced out yet extremely solid prog metal. Drummer Shannon Leto (who records everything organically) plays in experimental way and keeps the beats pulsating and interesting at the same time. In addition Jared's power chords riffage mangage to sound extremly innovative with using weird chord fills in songs such as the beginning of "Oblivion" and "End of The Beginning." which sound oddly fresh. Many of the leads part sound very dynamic and at times downright beautiful in all of the songs. Jared's voice in addition fits the band really well bending and showing perfect expression with each of the songs. The lyrics are downright weird which builds in a weird concept of space/planet Earth/Aliens? etc. but it sits on top of the explosive sound in a very unique way. There will be those who listen to this and find this cheesy and very overindulgent although you can't deny the talent this band has displayed with it's writing skills on this superb debut.
Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie
Thirty Seconds to Mars This Is War
Yea...its overblown ridiculously...and the lyrics are a bit cliche..but you can't deny the "epic" and the fun 30STM brings on TIW with it's large arena U2-esque sound that experiments with electronic passages. Oh, and this is what Tom Delonge wishes he could pull of.
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice Red Sky
Thrice Live At The House Of Blues
Thrice Come All You Weary
Thrice The MySpace Transmissions
Thrice Major/Minor
Major/Minor: The sound of Beggars on roids.
Thrice Daytrotter Sessions
Thrice strip their stripped-sounding album Beggars down to it's chilly bones, details such as the slowly creeping delay guitar in 'All The World Is Mad' and somber piano of 'Circles' brings Cold War kids to mind. Regardless, these are some really cool reinterpretations of their originals. Apparently "Kings Upon The Main" was performed at this session to and I really wish that I could hear that.
Thursday A City By the Light Divided
Thursday No Devolución
Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972
Tool 10,000 Days
Tool Lateralus
Tool Aenima
Tosca Dehli9
Overall the trip-hop disc is pretty cool but the real magic is in the 2nd disc with it's airy atmospheric minimal piano structures.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
For The Social Network Reznor's/Ross's attempt at a soundtrack was quite successful. The claustrophobic feel of the pieces fit very well with the context of the movie. But outside of that it felt a tad bit one dimensional with it's sounds and textures. The duo improve upon that experience with their second go at it on the The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack. Clocking in nearly at three hours: TGWTDT soundtrack is a monstrous listen. But this time, Reznor/Ross really strike a core of balancing the experimentation of Ghosts with the thread consistency of TSN. Thus, making this their best take on moody soundtrack music yet. Oh, and the Immigrant song cover kicks ass, but you already knew that.
Triosk Moment Returns
Tycho Dive
I become giddy with joy with that first female vocal part kicks in on the title track, and then it flows in bubbly grooves for another eight minutes. Aside from that Tycho is still the same old on Dive. But who cares? you're here for that killer production that makes you feel overwhelmingly warm and fuzzy inside. Sh*t rules.
Tyler the Creator Bastard
U2 U218 Singles
To get to it: if your a *casual* or *radio* U2 fan this could work for you. It basically has all the huge hits, the anthem-stadium numbers that they use to shine and glimmer. Just a simple collection of their singles, all of which are solid classic numbers.
Ulrich Schnauss Goodbye
Uneven Structure 8 (Re-release)
Using the tricks acquired through recording Februus, US rerecord their debut EP 8. It's pretty clear that this is nowhere as accomplished as Februus but nonetheless the ideas are interesting enough and represent more of that atmospheric feel the band probably wanted to achieve in the first recording. Vocalist Matthieu Romarin also adds some nice vocal textures to make things pop out a bit more. The EP smartly clocks under 25 minutes, maintaining just enough edge and intrigue behind all the somewhat generic groove riffs. So despite the obvious woes of sounding generic, US were still able to manage pulling themselves out of the mold into an interesting sound with 8, and def. shows the potential that was fully realized with Februus.
Various Artists (Classical) Variations Of Chopin
Various Artists (Electronic) Expanse At Lower Levels
Varth Dader Tice Nitties
VERSA VersaEmerge
VERSA Fixed at Zero
Fixed At Zero strangely will take a few listens to absorb due the absence of the post-hardcore type sound. Instead they take the route of a pop sound that suggests that their listening to more Imogen Heap than that other band you love to compare them to. And to even put more shock to it this album all together outdoes everything they do.
Vince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown Christmas
Washed Out Within and Without
Weezer The Green Album
Whipping Boy Heart Worm
White Moth White Moth
R. Loren expands on the musical experimentation with melding more genres into his ever-hazy sound but he gives everything on the whole more focus (which was flawed on Pyramids). A very solid "debut" album overall.
William Basinski The Disintegration Loops IV
William Basinski and Richard Chartier Aurora Liminalis
Wye Oak Civilian
Like being in an underwater haze on a warm night. The Maryland duo really pack quite a full sound despite some of the instrumentally minimalism.
Wye Oak Shriek
Yann Tiersen Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones
Yoko K. 012906
Young Buffalo Young Von Prettylips
Zee Avi Ghostbird
Zeroh tape
Zeroh Bred: A Dedication

3.5 great
'N Sync No Strings Attached
Acceptance Phantoms
Alex Kresovich Gold N' Fly: 007
Anberlin Cities
Anberlin Vital
Anchor & Braille Felt
Aoria I Know You Came Here to Erase Me
Araabmuzik Electronic Dream
Audioslave Out of Exile
Audioslave Audioslave
Even though both sides of their sounds were carelessly slab together on this album. This debut from the alt-rock supergroup proves to be a very natural fit for the lead vocalist of Soundgarden and instrumentation of Rage Against The Machine. A bit less than a third of these tracks feel a bit unnaturally forced but when they do click their sound proves to make this combo a winner.
August Burns Red Messengers
This is you're typical above average run of the mill hardcore band. But what brings out their sound is their unique breakdown patterns that they mix up consistently. This is (not to a Meshuggah level per say) but enough to help them stand out from their peers, and enough to say that Messengers is a solid album.
August Burns Red Constellations
Autopilot Off Make A Sound
Backstreet Boys Never Gone
Barcelona Absolutes
Beach House Devotion
Beach House Beach House
Blindside About A Burning Fire
Blindside The Black Rose
Blindside With Shivering Hearts We Wait
In their four year absence since the Black Rose EP, WSHWW is a nice warm return from the old alternative metal giants. On the album we see the band taking traces from their past albums. Ranging from the continued progression into a more rock based sound of The Great Depression, the production and electronic/orchestrated dabbling in About A Burning Fire, and the immediacy of Silence. 17 years into their career, Blindside aren't doing any new tricks. More so being a band with such a sound in 2011 won't separate itself too much from the pack (though save from Christian's undeniable vocal prowess). But for old fans, WSHWW will bring a sense of nostalgia and presence at the same time. It's a triumphant return for the men from Sweden that stands strong among their past albums.
Blink-182 Blink-182
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
So I'm 12 years old again, but instead of rocking out in my room I'm floating in space.
Blue Man Group The Complex
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore Dolores
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Brian Eno Thursday Afternoon
Chevelle La Gargola
With La Gargola Chevelle haven't sounded this properly rejuvenated since Vena Sera.
To be somewhat fair, Sci-Fi Crimes and Hats Off To The Bull aren't terrible
records, but the lack of personality and variation between songs really dragged down those
listening experiences. The songs on La Gargola consist of slight variations between
the songs that allows the record to breathe and flow properly. Even the worst song on
the album "One Ocean" has a more unique atmosphere than most of the stuff on their previous
two albums. Finally! Chevelle sound like they give a damn again. Finally progressing their
sound ever so slightly and putting some urgency in these performances.
Children 18:3 Children 18:3
Chiodos Illuminaudio
Cloacal Kiss Easter
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Cold War Kids Loyalty to Loyalty
This album is a slow grower, maybe too much of a slow grower for it's own good. Cold War kids LTL makes Cowards & Robbers seem unbearably tame. The guys experiment a lot more with different instruments/styles in this album. At first the album seems overdone with the stomp grits of instruments and Willett's super strecthed vocals. Though overtime the album digested into something quite enjoyable. The album as a whole isnt as charming as Cowards & Robbers, but it certainly is almost just as enjoyable.
Cold War Kids Mulberry Street
Cold War Kids Behave Yourself
Cold War Kids Mine is Yours
Cold War Kids throw on some more colorful aesthetics to their black n' white bluesy soul punk sound-making their sound more poppy and polished. Ultimately, Mine Is Yours should not only appeal to old fans, but those who found Cold War Kids too overwhelming with their rather boxed in sound. Here, we see the quartet manage to breakout with their sound without straying their roots. Bravo Men!
Coldplay X & Y
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Comeback Kid Wake The Dead
Comeback Kid Symptoms + Cures
Comeback Kid Die Knowing
Consider the Thief Signs and Wonders
Copeland In Motion
Crosses EP
Crosses Crosses
Cults Cults
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Danny Brown Old
Das Racist Shut Up, Dude
Das Racist Relax
David Bazan Strange Negotiations
David Bazan revists his sound from Control and starts looking outward rather than in.
Deas Vail Birds & Cages
Death Grips Government Plates
Traces of DG's past three releases can be found all mixed into Government Plates-all while pushing further into more edgy/absurd territory. Aside from the timing of this release, MC ride who usually is balanced out with his other members, takes more of an elemental part on some of these tracks. AOTY? more time will be needed, but no doubt this is Absurd Of The Year.
Demon Hunter Storm the Gates of Hell
Watching this band grow since their self-titled is quite fascinating. That might have made the album more enjoyable but yea....this is really solid and while there isn't much of a ground-breaking original sound the band successfully made every track to as close to perfection as they could. Take that with adding complex yet spiritually strong faith based lyrics (something you don't see very often in a metal band). And you got possibly one of the best metal albums of 2007.
Dessa A Badly Broken Code
Dirty Loops Loopified
Disperse Journey Through The Hidden Gardens
Does It Offend You, Yeah? You Have No Idea What You're Getting You
Drake Thank Me Later
.....I thought this album was up? Guess someoned it. I was thinking that i would hate this album. However Drake works his melodies and beats like a charm despite his lyrics being decent at best (but certainly an improvement from his mixtapes). It's good he got a number of guest spots to help him throughout the album. Drake might live in his post-808 & Heartbreak sound for a while but on Thank Me Later he pulls it of well.
Drake So Far Gone
As one of Mainstream Hip-Hop's new faces: Drake is not too great of a lyricist....but in some sense you can forgive him for it considering that So Far Gone has some really cool electro-pop backdrops for his sing-rapping. Drake overall seems more chilled here than bounce-y (think 808 & Heartbreak). Though the bounce-y moments come in and are quite catchy. All-in-all a promise mixtape that shows Drake could be game-changing if he could work his lyrics a bit better. Here looking forward to his debut album.
Drake Nothing Was the Same
Dream Theater Octavarium
Emery The Weak's End
Emery I'm Only A Man
Emery While Broken Hearts Prevail
Emery The Question Re-Release
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Emiliana Torrini Fisherman's Woman
Every Time I Die The Big Dirty
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
eyesix Limerence
Fair The Best Worst-Case Scenario
Falling Up Crashings
Far-Less Broken Hearts Unite
Far-Less Headache
In response to their slow painful decay into oblivion and multiple member switches. Far-Less latest (and final) EP shows the band in a more bare-bone form. The songs are more downtempo, oblique, sparse, and Brandon Welch's vocals are exposed in raw exhibition. Due to the nature of this release and band-this release will go by largely silent-and the band won't be missed by many. But for those are still hanging around for whatever reason. This final EP suits and closes/concludes this band's short yet interesting career by tying all their past releases into one package-which strangely also shows a sign of it's completion.
Feist Metals
Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes
Flyleaf Flyleaf
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Foo Fighters In Your Honor
Foo Fighters Greatest Hits
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Fort Minor The Rising Tied
Foxboro Hot Tubs Stop Drop and Roll!!!
Foxing The Albatross
Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra
Frou Frou Details
Gang Colours The Keychain Collection
Glassjaw El Mark
Good Old War Good Old War
Grizzly Bear Horn of Plenty
Grouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
Hammock Oblivion Hymns
Hans Zimmer The Lion King
Haste the Day When Everything Falls
Haste the Day Pressure the Hinges
He Is Legend I Am Hollywood
Helios Moiety
Helios Eingya
Hoobastank The Reason
How to Destroy Angels How To Destroy Angels
There was and has been a lot of negative commentary and whining via NIN fans about Trent's "new musical direction" he has taken from putting NIN in hiatus. Most of these people are actually really dumb because HTDA is literally the latter day sound of NIN combined with the sensual sinister female vocals of Mariqueen Maandig Reznor (whose vocal approach is just like idk um...her husband?). So unless you absolutely detest her vocals (which is absurd if you did). HTDA is a great continuation from NIN that has a few hiccups (mostly lyrical) but is a promising-enjoyable EP from the new Reznor couple/Ross.
I Am Robot and Proud Touch/Tone
In This Moment The Dream
Innerpartysystem The Download EP
James Blake Enough Thunder
Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez Avenue Q
JMSN †Priscilla†
The first thing you'll notice about JMSN AKA Christian Berishaj's new project is that it sounds pretty damn similar to The Weeknd with it's spaced out R&B sound (plus the use of strings and sax if you've noticed). However, within a few listen you'll notice that JMSN lyrical content portrays stories about love (and lack there of) that are relatable on an everyday level. Admittedly, they are pretty cookie-cutter but vs. The Weeknd's sexual indulgence/drug infested world that digs into depression, it's nice to hear something a good bit more level headed. JMSN vocals also are pretty spot on-sounding with him bringing out his inner Justin Timberlake at times.

For some, Priscilla may a bit heavy with it's 16 slow jams. But it continues to bring excitement to a genre that once was commercially stale, and ultimately JMSN more relatable lyrical content is something satisfying-being able to listen more with heart and less out of a lens or a perspective.
John Mayer Battle Studies
Battles Studies is John Mayer being John Mayer. Songwriting he does stay in his own skin but he does throw around some slight experimentation with different guitar tones and subtle recording ambiences. It's easy to call this passable especially since after such a grand album such as Continuum-but Battle Studies deserves a few listens to grow so you can pick out the little details-and ultimately it stands as another solid album from mainstream music best new bluesman.
Jolly The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 1)
Jonezetta Popularity
Josh Groban Josh Groban
Kanye West Graduation
Kate Havnevik Melankton
KiD CuDi A KiD Named CuDi
KiD CuDi Dat Kid From Cleveland
KiD CuDi Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Lacuna Coil Karmacode
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Ms. Gaga-with all her intent found in her wacky and unique fashion sense barely reflect her pop songs-which are largely inoffensive. Solid, yet inoffensive.
Les Doux Dialects
Letlive. Fake History
Library Tapes Sketches
Life in Your Way Waking Giants
Lights Lights
Lights The Listening
All in all: Lights makes a solid electronic-pop in it's simplest form.
Lights Acoustic
Lights Siberia
Linkin Park Meteora
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
On Minutes to Midnight: Linkin Park tries to be too many things at once. Ditching their overdone nu-metal sound: The band in return has created 12 rather diverse and (slightly) eccentrically-experimental songs, then balance it in a glossy tight radio-ready friendly package. Reading articles before its release certainly seemed interesting on paper. Though truthfully upon its first listens the album sounds like a complete suckfest of typical 21st century radio blandness. Although when given more listens the album overtime grows into something certainly interesting: for better and worse. The diversity and track progression in the album makes the album feel more (dare I say) unique. To be honest maybe if the band didn't overwork the songs so much (to a bland point) the album could have succeeded even more.
In the end Linkin Park thread a fine line between their new weird diverse artsy/slightly-experimental sound and maintaining a tight radio friendly appeal. It's certainly an odd combo that will be misinterpreted from the underground and mainstream listeners. The songs individually aren't super strong (in fact kinda bland) but if the album is listened as a whole project it succeeds (bizarrely) for the most part. Most won't agree-but kudos for Linkin Park for taking on an interesting diverse album that (in some cases) makes M2M stands on its own ground *seeing jaw drops*.
Linkin Park Living Things
After the epic, bombastic, and daring A Thousand Suns, LP takes the sounds found on
that album and tread back to their pop song format from their early days with Living
Things
. What happens here is that while most of these songs are filled with wildly
interesting sounds and sonic explorations, the pop formatting formula make these songs held
back on their potential. Not saying that Living Things is a bad release: it's not. But it
truthfully could have been much more interesting, especially after the absurd artistic
freedom that A Thousand Suns basked in, showing the band's true potential.

3.3/5
Linkin Park The Hunting Party
After the slightly lackluster Living Things and the disappointing remix album Recharged LP come back swinging with The Hunting Party. Like A Thousand Suns, LP takes a somewhat surprising left turn here churning out some of their heaviest material since their Hybrid Theory/Meteora days. What is surprising is how hungry these men sound for exploring 15+ years into their career. Ultimately a statement to being able to remain relevant as one of mainstream rock's elites.
Lorde Pure Heroine
Lovedrug Pretend You're Alive
Slow-burning bitterness = Pretend That You're Alive
Lukeing Forward Wandering In Urban Fog
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt.1
Before I rant it should be stated that Lupe has always been a solid lyricist. Whether you agree with the guy or not his flow is impeccable and one of the more complex lyricist of mainstream hip-hop. That aside, if this album was released after the ambitious The Cool. everyone would be crapping on this. But because this comes after the radio-friendly sh*tstorm that was Lasers, it would make you believe that Lupe's F&L2 is the true return to glory of his debut. Unfortunately, a very clunky middle section and watered down production still holds Lupe back from his excellent first two records. Next album will probably go one of two ways-he progresses upward to better sounds, or remains stagnant production wise chasing the former glory he once lived in.
Lydia Assailants
Assailants sorely lacks flow and feels cut too short. However, it's a worthy addition to have if you are a fan of Illuminate.
Lydia Paint it Golden
It's pretty ridiculous that this album released so quickly. Forget that Assailants was released a little over a year ago. Leighton's side project with producer Matt Malpass The Cinema just released an LP three weeks prior to this. And while the songs still float and delicately build up and down in typical Lydia fashion, it's apparent The Cinema sessions have influence this newer more feel good/optimistic and upbeat sound found on Paint It Golden.

Since Lydia's return was partly influence from the cult status it built itself with kids tattooing Illuminate lyrics on their skin, Paint It Golden will hold that same appeal to many of those fans: it may not win new fans but with two LP releases within 3 weeks it's a great time to be a Leighton/Lydia fan.
M.I.A. VICKI LEEKX
Mae (m)orning
Matter Teraphim
As everyone else has said, Matter's Teraphim revels in the tricks the many post-hardcore greats did back in the 2000's. So the sound might feel a tad bit outdated, but my God these guys have urgency and heart. That with the crisp production make Teraphim alone worth a spin or two.
Memphis May Fire The Hollow
MMF: finally a band that uses these synthcore breakdowns without sounding horrible....songs make lack diversity but it's made up for solid musicianship, catchy choruses, and solid song structures.
mewithoutYou I Never Said That I Was Brave
MNDR E.P.E.
Modeselektor Hello Mom!
Moodie Black The Responsive Chord
Moodie Black Sana Sana
Mount Kimbie Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
Moving Mountains Waves
Moving Mountains Moving Mountains
Murcof Cosmos
Mutemath Spotlight
Neon Horse Neon Horse
Nils Frahm Screws
Norma Jean Redeemer
Number One Gun The North Pole Project
Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal
Of Monsters and Men sound a bit too similar to your other favorite anthemic folk rock group, but they pack in too much heart to be ignored.
Outputmessage Oneiros
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Owl City is still doing his super sugar sweet electronic pop that at times can feel a bit homogeneous. However Ocean Eyes is step up from Maybe I'm Dreaming with it's bigger/deeper sounds, and more use of sonic landscapes. There is also a more cohesive flow so album doesn't completely tire one out on the first listen. Adam Young might be stuck in la-la land with his project but he continues to show hes the real deal with his melodic depth and sonic soundscapes that could evolve to something much more captivating. Don't believe me? Listen to Fireflies and tell me that it didn't make you smile. PS the album overall rating is low cause it's not br00tal or hipster or depressing for Sputnikmusic to enjoy.
P.O.D. Fundamental Elements of Southtown
Paramore Riot!
Riot is an interesting listen. For one, this album helped Paramore break out of the "scene" to mainstream for 2309438209482 teenagers girls to go bananas about. But the breaking point here is Hayley's powerful vocals that dominate throughout the album. Powerful enough to bring out the too average rhythm section and David Bendeth's super duper silly nilly sugar coated overglossy safe production-but rather than this dulling the listen Hayley manages to make this work in her favor with her vocals. It's a safe yet fun record and Riot still soars despite the obvious flaws (and one of my biggest guilty pleasures to get personal). However their slight experimentation (Crush, Broken, Fences) suggest that the band can really create something unique if they push outside the boundaries a bit.
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Periphery Icarus
The remixes are pretty meh. But it's forgivable due to the fact that these b-sides/remakes show great improvement from the debut album. This is primarily seen with vocalist Spencer Sotelo: who really comes into his own here vocally and shows much more versatility overall. The EP should not only compliment the debut album but should be good enough satisfy appetites till the next album comes out.
Periphery Clear
If you hate Pediphery, Clear isn't going to change your opinions about them. The
concept presented behind Clear is one that is cool, though ultimately not executed to
their full potential. They could have certainly done more with the concepts presented here
but seem content on just banging these out. The EP still has it's highlights, in particular,
Matt's theatrical-esque "Feed The Ground" and Spencer's disco beat driven "The Parade Of
Ashes" are interesting changes presented to the band's sound. If this a preview for what may
be coming in the future the next album will hopefully present an interesting progression.
Otherwise, this is solid business as usual for Periphery. Clear obviously seems more
like a placeholder than a fully fleshed out concept EP. But for fans, this should certainly
be satisfying.
Person L Initial
Person L The Positives
Peter Broderick Float
Poison the Well Versions
Polyenso Birth.Eater
Port St. Willow Even // Wasteland
Project 86 ...And the Rest Will Follow
Project 86 Songs to Burn Your Bridges By
Purity Ring Shrines
PVRIS Paris
PVRIS are working with a tough sound, the whole alt-rock/post-hardcore/pop-punk style has
been copied too many times to the point of there being no substance. Thankfully, PVRIS was
able to maintain their blueprint nicely without pushing too too excessive thanks to real
solid songwriting, and Lynn Gunn vocals that demonstrate gusto with control. For their full
length, they might need to try to pull out a few more tricks-but for now the EP works just
well enough to get by as a solid/enjoyable listen.
Pyramids Pyramids
A rather interesting debut album-Pyramids is a weird junxaposition mix of post-rock, ambient drone, shoegaze, and absurd blastbeats. It's unfortunate that the blastbeats are downright cheesy and at times obnoxiously stupid. Because aside from that this is nearly flawless in its colorful array of terrifying textures. A nice interesting listen....though if they work on the stupid drumbeats man this would be truly captivating.
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Real Estate Atlas
Real Estate is a band that released the 3rd version of their S/T and get away with it being pretty decent.
Red Innocence and Instinct
On their second album: Red pull just enough tricks to create a more focused and slightly more experimental album. This isn't precisely game-changing but this time the band give more careful attention to the use of keyboard/orchestra patches & textures. This helps give the band a stronger unique aesthetic that fits in their sound perfectly and never comes of as smothering (Which was a problem in the first album). In addition, the band has created a more muscular and tighter sound that makes the album more enjoyable. The album is odd in the sense that it's not entirely ear-grabbing upon it's first listen due to the cliche guitar attack, but if given careful attention to the extra textures you'll realize this band isn't just some other 21st century alternative metal chugga-chug band. More so, this is a band on the verge of breaking into a sound that's more like their own.
Red Until We Have Faces
Relient K Apathetic
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
Rihanna Rated R
When Ne-Yo said "expect a more edgy/angrier Rihanna on this one"-he really meant it. This album is dark, bleak, raw, and much more explicit from her previous work. Of course this album is still mainstream hip-hop/pop at it's core but Rihanna continues to expand her musical palate with several tracks experimenting with dark atmospheres and electro-rock. It'll certainly be interesting how this album plays out in upcoming weeks (and honestly you should know why at this point) but one thing for sure-Rated R live ups to whatever hype it had and shows Rihanna in a more mature, bolder,and slightly new controversial skin.
Sainthood Reps Monoculture
Meeting somewhere between Nirvana's In Utero and Brand New's Vices: Sainthood Reps seem to openly embrace their roots on Monoculture. Alas, like the mentioned records Monoculture plays it well by giving a good healthy variety. When they go heavy it's a familiar but certainly refreshing agro-guitar fuzz rock, but when their experimental soft-loud dynamic play out it shows incredible promise and potential that the band has yet to tap into. Monoculture is incredibly refreshing in it's production and sound and can further help Sainthood Reps develop their own sound/characteristics while still wearing their influences proudly.
Saosin Translating the Name
Saosin In Search Of Solid Ground
Chances are, if your looking for the Saosin you found on their debut album (like I did) you would find In Search Of Solid Ground rather disappointing. But if you can get past the initial bitterness of the taste there are actually some very solid cuts. How? well for one Saosin didn't precisely water down their sound-rather they wrote in a more straight forward predictable manner (which could be one in the same for some). In essence, ISOSG functions like it states: it experiments into different kinds of alterna-rock and slightly draws farther away from their post-hardcore roots. The songwriting and (especially Cove's vocals and lyrics) have matured. Unfortunately in this process the adrenaline excitement found from their debut album has been cut a bit from the sound as well.


This ultimately feels like a transitional album: that their ready to push away from their roots. Unfortunately, in their attempt to expand their fanbase it has seem to cut low at previous listeners hoping for their old sound. Which is a shame considering that ISOSG isn't as bad as most people make it to be. It is a more straight-forward rock album that really showcases Cove vocals, and when it calls for it-some solid musicianship.
Secret And Whisper Great White Whale
During the time of it's release, The Great White Whale didn't sound sound too far from the typical pack of new school post-hardcore rats. However there were a few qualities that helped make the record bombastic and engaging (versus bombastic and annoying). Helping to shape the shifting guitars and drums (which are totally solid but a bit unorginal with it's riffs and fills) Jeff Schneweis (known of 'Number One Gun' fame) does a really great job mixing the record giving it a cool spooky production that fits in well with it's Moby Dick/Whale/Ocean theme. Another factor is Charles Finn, who sings pretty damn high with a piercing voice, but it surprisingly never becomes irritating, with him pushing and pulling appropriately at the right times-never pushing beyond what he can't do. I might sound cynical but The Great White Whale could have been pretty meh, but thanks to a solid production that doesn't overpolish the band it makes for a engaging and genuine listen. And while some of the screws are a bit loose songwriting wise, this is still a great debut from the Canadian quintet.
Shangrala This Is How We Communicate
Shizune Shizune
Showbread No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical
Showbread Anorexia Nervosa
The music by itself will bore you to tears. What makes the album unique is the story that goes along and how it fits quite well for most of the album. The album shows the band branching out into a darker sound with a heavy influence from NIN. With the package as a whole Showbread seem to hit stride with making a pretty powerful record.
Sigur Ros Valtari
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Sky Sailing An Airplane Carried Me to Bed
Owl City in an acoustic style with a slightly more melancholy vibe. Still unbearably gay-and yea you should love every damn minute of this.
Sleep For Sleepers The Clearing
Sleigh Bells Treats
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror
Remember when your kid sister was listening to all that bubblegum pop-and you wished it all sounded m3tal for your satisfaction. Well Sleigh Bells might have answered to your call a bit late but Reign Of Terror sounds exactly like that. Simple bubblegum pop tunes smashed together with heavily distorted guitars and electronic double bass beats. Some of the hip-hop flavor is missing but is traded in for better songwriting, better sounds, and a consistency thread that keeps the whole album flowing. Sleigh Bells continue to hold true to their own unique sound however they have yet to make something truly grabbing. Still, Reign Of Terror does indeed rule and will be great music to blast at your suburban destruction house party.
SOHN Tremors
Soundtrack (Film) Garden State
Soundtrack (Film) Juno
Soundtrack (Film) Grease Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Stars Set Yourself On Fire
Stars of the Lid Gravitational Pull vs the Desire for an Aquatic Li
States Line 'Em Up
Story of the Year Page Avenue
Nothing groundbreaking here that for sure: but this album rocks fast, with an infectious pop punk sound and a strive for solid melodies/harmonies. Though the main problem here is that they sound way too clean with the record: those guitars need to be turned louder. Though props to Dan Marsala for solid vocals and Josh Willis for some neat tricks on his drum fills. Eventually SOTY would progress into more of their ideal sound in the upcoming records. And despite the lack of originality and lack of "heaviness" this remains to be a fun listen on occasion.
Story of the Year The Black Swan
To get right to it: The Black Swan is a solid album. In all the glory of the 13 songs there isnt one bad number here. Dan's vocals soar and his screams are gustier than ever, the guitars and rhythm section continue to provide a solid foundation to the sound (and some surprisingly tight classic metal-like solos), and ultimately Philip's soaring harmonies gives Story Of The Year a unique sound with their hard rock-meets overdone (but amazing) vocal harmonies. However, the over-glossy production, predictability, and the amount of recycled riffs create a questionable hit or miss for listeners.
Story of the Year The Constant
The Constant is another SOTY record (i mean hey the album title even says it is!). They continue from the sound of The Black Swan but improve on it by making it much more focused and immediate in every aspect. In some sense the melodic flair is very reminiscent of Page Avenue which should please old fans. The album runs strong in its 11 cuts but they really come strong in their heavier cuts. This does question how long they can run with this sound...but The Constant is def. in many cases their tightest record and is sure to serve as a summer soundtrack for many this year.
Story of the Year Page Avenue: Ten Years And Counting
Youtube.com is filled with really terribly dumb and boring acoustic/slowed covers of pop mainstream songs with stupid melody over-embellishments. Ten Years And Counting very acoustic-y nature reminds me of that, so my head initially was not wanting like this. But the pure nostalgia and heart this album has running thru it's veins prevents it from being contrived. This makes Ten Years And Counting an interesting listening experience. The themes getting older, growing apart from people, and moving from home that were present on Page Avenue are recaptured with a more mature feel (reminiscing over reminiscing maybe). For those who don't follow SOTY, this may be above-average acoustic at best. But if you once upon a time loved/lived Page Avenue as a young-ling (like me), Ten Years And Counting may surprise you how deep the nostalgia kicks you in the shin. PS Ryan Phillips new guitar solos he adds to many of these songs are supremely excellent.
Sum 41 Chuck
Sun An Quarter Year
Surrogate Love Is for the Rich
Swimming With Dolphins Ambient Blue
Switchfoot Oh! Gravity.
Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown
T.I. King
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now
Taking Back Sunday New Again
Taproot Welcome
Team Sleep Team Sleep
Telefon Tel Aviv Immolate Yourself
The Afters Never Going Back To Okay
On their second record: Switchfoot.....oh wait no The Afters create another album of 12 radio-ready cuts of simple catchy pop rock filled with soaring melodies and spiraling harmonies. There is a huge problem with no/lack there of originality-but what makes up for it is simple yet incredibly strong songwriting. Not one song in the batch is bad (or even average for that matter) as all the songs are accessible and strong. You want groundbreaking? Don't look here. But if u like simple catchy pop rock with simple yet strong lyrics check out this album.
The Algorithm Polymorphic Code
The modern metal/post-hardcore movement consists of a large list of bands uses a variety of quick dub-step-y electronic flourishes for what usually is a gimmicky tricky into some cheap breakdown. Polymorphic Code take that formula, adds more electornica styles, stretches them out into full experimental/movements, and almost removes all the gimmicky/cheap tricks for fully fleshed out electro-metal genre-smashing. It's almost surprising that The Algorithm sound on Polymorphic Code works, and it sounds borderline innovative. The band functions best when they break the electro-metal smash dubstep mode (which is basically after "Bouncing Dot"). That isn't to say those moments are bad but when they mix it up with more styles (ambient, IDM, reggae, techno, glitch etc.) the results become much more engaging and interesting. The Algorithm Polymorphic Code is a close to excellent debut project, that's even brooding more in the avenue of potential, and symbolizes what hopefully will be a bright and innovative future career ahead of them.
The Beatles Love
The Bird And The Bee The Bird and the Bee
The Bled Heat Fetish
The Chariot Wars and Rumors of Wars
On Wars And Rumors Of Wars, The Chariot return full swing here with their sound from The Fiancee-except being more jacked up. Despite slight inconsistency (and a few awkward songs) it has its share of some of their most experimental (check out the twangy Abandon) and frenzy chaotic moments dispersed throughout most of the songs. And ultimately Josh Scogin's vocals and blunt lyrics take full charge here cramming as much pain/emotion into the mic as he can. All in all-another good effort from The Chariot that fans will enjoy but they won't win much else.
The Dead Texan The Dead Texan
The Famine The Raven and The Reaping
The Field From Here We Go Sublime
The Jonbenet The Plot Thickens
The Listening The Listening LP
The Low Anthem Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
The Morning Of The World As We Know It
The Naked and Famous Passive Me, Aggressive You
The Ocean Aeolian
The Shaggs Philosophy of the World
The Shaggs: The Best Worst Band Of All Time. Your soundoff was too short, it has to be at least 50 characters.
The Starting Line Direction
The Sun and the Ocean Distant Light/New Darkness
The Temper Trap Conditions
The Used In Love and Death
The War on Drugs Slave Ambient
Thom Yorke The Eraser
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice If We Could Only See Us Now
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social Network
TRUSTcompany The Lonely Position of Neutral
Yea they are similar to Linkin Park: but probably not as much as you think. The sound seems pretty similar but what separates the band is Kevin Palmer whisper vocal approach (Deftones anyone?) and the songs have more of a pop-punk feel to them. The mix of different influences provides (at times) quite an infectious sound/listen. "Downfall" builds on soft/loud extremes but it keeps the song rather intense. Meanwhile "Hover" has probably one of the most infectious choruses you'll ever hear. The album suffers from some of the songs sounding the same but aside from that TrustCompany have released an all around good solid album.
Tycho Past is Prologue
Tycho Awake
Despite the obvious fact that Tycho's sound is staring wear a bit thin, Awake presents enough of a change utilizing the guitar as more of the focal point to make your summer road trips enjoyable.
Uneven Structure 8
United Nations United Nations
Vampire Weekend Contra
VERSA Perceptions
VERSA Neon
Weezer Maladroit
Wye Oak The Knot
Xihilisk EPTwo
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever To Tell
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!
Yellowcard Paper Walls
Young Fathers TAPE ONE
Young the Giant Mind Over Matter
Call it charm, or the stars aligning. But Young The Giant's debut album was full of so much
youthful charm, it was an incredibly catchy and melodic album. For a band who had such a
by-the-book indie rock sound, It had a surprising staying power that was undeniable. Which,
probably made the hype for Mind Over Matter somewhat unfair. Subsequent listens
signal an obvious progression in their sound. But unfortunately they now sit a little bit
more in the general mold of popular indie pop/rock of the 2010 era's (featuring Justin
Meldal-Johnsen grand production of synth/stadium loving sound). However, Sameer's vocals
here are absolutely undeniable and have shown a clear improvement from the debut. Despite
the similarities to their peers, for YTG, this is a fitting progression that is still
enjoyable.
Youth Lagoon The Year of Hibernation
Album you listen to when you're pissed of and you wish you were hiding away from the rest from the world. In some abstract place, like idk Idaho or something.
Zee Avi Zee Avi
Zero 7 Simple Things

3.0 good
A Balance Between Negative Space
A Balance Between certainly come out swinging solid with Negative Space, but they
need to mold their identity a bit more. Wearing your Deftones/Thrice/Circa Survive influence
on your sleeve isn't going to get you to stand out anymore. But their solid songwriting
ability should enable them to find that path eventually. Overall, solid EP with good
potential for a future.
Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto Vrioon
Anberlin New Surrender
Angels and Airwaves Love
AVA have really cleaned up pretty well with Love. It still focuses too much on long passages that meander but Tom settles more on his knack of retaining catchy songs-closer to an appropriate balance that actually now suggests that AVA could obtain what they initially aimed for...or at least come close. But the answer will be a bit shrouded in mystery with the rise of Blink again. Overall though-nice effort on this one Tom.
ASAP Rocky Live.Love.A$AP.
A definitive example of an amazing producer collaborating with a mediocre rapper. Yes there are moments of brilliance, but Live.Love.A$AP really suffers from it's lack of lyrical substance. Sure it flows, but it eventually flows into the ground...becoming stagnant. Still, for all my cynicism this music is probably really good to drive to, or get high to.
August Burns Red Thrill Seeker
Breaking Benjamin We Are Not Alone
Chevelle Point #1
Chevelle Hats Off to the Bull
Hats Off to the Bull is an improvement from Sci-Fi Crimes. But in slight tragedy this is Chevelle firing all of their cylinders, and 6 albums in the band is starting to tire them out since they've been riding on the same formula since their debut.
D.R.U.G.S. D.R.U.G.S.
The hype machine that is D.R.U.G.S isn't as grand as your typical Craig Owens fanboy would seem to suggest, nor is it a total abomination. There is truth to that Craig improved his vocals quite well from his Chiodos-days (though some of the lyrics are quite cringe worthy), and Feldman did a good job giving the band a nice catchy poppy post-hardcore sound. With this said, DRUGS debut album actually manages to barely scrap by in beating the run-of-the-mill post-hardcore clones due some odd charm, charisma, and enough musical variety to differentiate the songs. Though in the end it will most likely not change your opinion about the band because of how self-absorbed they function
Dead By Sunrise Out of Ashes
Dead Poetic New Medicines
Deftones Deftones
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
Dustin Kensrue This Good Night Is Still Everywhere
Eluvium Copia
Falling Up Dawn Escapes
Frozen Silence Frozen Silence
Fuel Something Like Human
Fuel Natural Selection
Gates The Sun Will Rise and Lead Me Home
Haste the Day Dreamer
He Is Legend 91025
Hoobastank Every Man for Himself
Incubus If Not Now, When?
Jamies Elsewhere They Said a Storm Was Coming
Kanye West Yeezus
Kate Micucci E.P Phone Home
Kate Micucci Songs EP
Kele The Boxer
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage II
Lacuna Coil Shallow Life
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
Lostprophets Liberation Transmission
Love and Death Between Here And Lost
Lovedrug Everything Starts Where It Ends
Mae Destination: Beautiful
Mae (a)fternoon
So Mae continue to expand on their newfound experimental tendencies from the (m)orning EP into the (a)fternoon EP. The initial listening might come of as a shock cause this is probably one of their most drastic (although subtle) changes on their sound. The aesthetics and cinematic sound that they usually surround themselves with is stripped down here for a much more intimate sound. Overall, this is a much more mature and laid back Mae-so while it isn't as grand as The Everglow or even Singularity-it's certainly fun to see them try new things cause in the end they still manage to release a solid collection of experimental pop rock songs. Unfortunately what really nearly kills this is the filler opening and closing tracks that really stumble awkwardly in and out of the album
My Epic I Am Undone
Number One Gun To Secrets And Knowledge
Owl City Maybe I'm Dreaming
P.O.D. Payable on Death
Paramore Paramore
Paramore with M83 producer Justin Meldal-Johnson shoot for the cinematic grandness inspired by that record on their self-titled Paramore. Although the effort is presented, too many tracks here are only decent at best and when they try to break into a creative mold it unfortunately doesn't break any new ground. Props to the band for trying new styles, however at 17 tracks this is an overbloated record that unfortunately makes Paramore miss the mark they were aiming for.
PlayRadioPlay! Frequency
PlayRadioPlay! Texas
Polyenso Clean Head
Project 86 The Kane Mutiny
Project 86 Drawing Black Lines
Red End of Silence
Search The City A Fire So Big The Heavens Can See It
Sever Your Ties Safety in the Sea
Showbread Age of Reptiles
Sigur Ros Von
Skillet Comatose
Sky Eats Airplane Sky Eats Airplane
Straylight Run Straylight Run
Street Sweeper Social Club Street Sweeper Social Club
Taproot Blue-Sky Research
Teddy Geiger Underage Thinking
The Almost Southern Weather
A good fun summer record for those who can't enough of Aaron Gillespie and his oh so hot orange hair that he never washes.
The Becoming Vol. 1
The Chariot Unsung
The Chariot Long Live
The Classic Crime Albatross
The Classic Crime The Silver Cord
The Cool Kids The Bake Sale
The Glorious Unseen Tonight the Stars Speak
Praise & Worship has a major problem with sounding stale musically and more cliche than every other generic death metal band. Though the purpose of P & W is for the use of spiritual growth-hence most listeners aren't in for a unique musical experience . And although The Glorious Unseen are unbearably cliche and predictable with the music-the nice atmosphere given to the music provides something a bit more creative than their peers. This actually fits quite well with the lyrical approach of things. This isn't game changing but it's a bit refreshing for such a musically stale genre. There are a few of the bland numbers but if the band utilizes their atmosphere ("Meet Us Here", "Hear Our Prayers", and the slow yet intense "Close to Your Heart" ) and experiment a bit they could progress Praise & Worship into something more musically creative.
The Out Circuit Burn Your Scripts Boys
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
The Smashing Pumpkins Machina / The Machines of God
Three Days Grace One-X
Mainstream rock-more so the alternative metal/post-grunge in the 21st century has been slammed by countless bands with this cliche/generic/bland writing style that they get heavily criticized for (which in all fairness is something they deserve). 3DG is another band that could be pushed into the category. The riffs, songwriting, and vocals are all very simple/generic/ and in no way groundbreaking. But what (oddly) separates this album from the clump is the lyrical approach. Unlike hiding everything in vague metaphors 3DG approach the songs with an upfront straightforward lyrical approach.
That's not to say it's groundbreaking but they do it much better than most of their contemporaries. Basically put: the simple lyrical approach goes hand in hand with the simple musical approach. Not that the album is incredibly smooth but when they hit the strides this stuff sounds incredibly honest, strong, and catchy. If your hoping for something groundbreaking here-don't bother because you won't find it. However, if you want some nice simple honest catchy alternative metal (because it's music too!). This is certainly an album to check out.
TRUSTcompany Dreaming In Black and White
Dreaming In Black and White sounds like a progression Trustcompany would make from The Lonely Position Of Neutral. However there are two problems with this: One is that it sticks a little too familiar and the lack of experimentation can be underwhelming. And second, it's 2011: this type of of alternative-metal is a bit outdated. Still, there isn't anything necessarily bad about DIBAW. Actually it's pretty catchy and oddly nostalgic, and may be worth a spin for that nostalgic feel of early 2000 MTV2 Alternametal.
Twelve Gauge Valentine Shock Value
Take Every Time I Die southern metal guitar riffs, make the sound a bit darker (guitars detuned Db like Norma Jean) and mix both vocalists and somewhere in between you get Twelve Gauge Valentine. It's makes an interesting mix but the album has a huge problem with a lack of variety/all the songs sounding really similar. Despite this the band has a really infectious sound with a pummeling bass which can be quite the ear-candy. Its an enjoyable album but it gets old really fast. Despite flaws it's still decent and makes for a good listen on occasion. Recommended Tracks: Casket Junkie, Dive-Bomb, 99 With An Anchor, Search Of The Alleycat Dwellers
Various Artists (Indie) Come As You Are
Wye Oak If Children
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Yeah Yeah Yeahs
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTTTTTTTT SSSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTTTTTAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRR

2.5 average
12 Stones 12 Stones
A Day to Remember Homesick
Angels and Airwaves I-Empire
It has it's many obvious flaws, no doubt. But the album is a lot more focused than epic fail of WDNTW and it even has (in some sense surprisingly) decent songs. The album still suffers from ripping of much from the 80's/Edge from U2 guitar riffs. Though in and b/w there are some decent songs. (Breathe, Sirens, Secret Crowds) are examples of AVA controlling their cliche sound textures in some decency. And although Tom might never reach the peak he had with Blink, if the band progresses they might be able to pull out a bit and make a decent record even if the 80's sound/Edge guitar effect is overused/abused. Till then, AVA will remain the laughing stock or "greatest band ever" to many people. For all the reasons we hate (and love) Tom Delonge.
Attack Attack! (US) Someday Came Suddenly
Attack Attack! (US) Attack Attack!
Whatever promising improvements Attack Attack's self titled had based on the early previews are completely destroyed when the full course album comes into play. The band has strange moments of catchy brilliance-only to lead into their (at this point signature) incredibly stupid self deprecating ironic metal/electro breakdowns with little or no reasoning. But in the end that's exactly what Attack Attack! aims to do: Mix electro club music with generic metalcore (and the breakdowns to go with it)-and not giving a damn who likes it or not. It'll of course appeal to a small crowd of scene kids who enjoy it-and no one else. Which is strangely a shame because the few catchy moments (that don't go over the top) suggest the band be much more if they ever stop being so....stupid.
Austrian Death Machine Total Brutal
Beyonce I Am... Sasha Fierce
Chevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
10th grade: The year of exploring the overdone genre of Alternative Metal. I was madly in love with this album because of my fanboyness or whatever. The formula here is simple: crunching guitar power chords with thick bass lines and at times clever drums rhythms over some strong melody lines and abstract yet creative lyrics. The songs here are rather strong and give way too a unique strong guitar attack that Chevelle has manage to built it's name upon. However the album has a major issue with dragging way too much on songs. This unfortunately kills the momentum of the album and makes this majority of the songs set in mediocre. They get things flowing well in the first three songs (The Clincher, Get Some, Vitamin R) it goes down from there however. The album does show the potential with those roaring guitars, and is something that is better focused on Vena Sera. It isn't that terrible but this is certainly a "fans" only or a "IloveeverythingthatisgenericAlternativeMetal" fan (admit to guilt). Otherwise, skip this one and check out Wonder What's Next or Vena Sera to see Chevelle at their best.
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Sci-Fi Crimes is.....weird. In one sense, Chevelle tackles on a more raw sound (reminiscent of Point #1), and in another sense it tackles down on the grooves found on Vena Sera. But in the end, Sci-Fi Crimes is nothing more than another Chevelle record. Not to say the album is terrible but the band gets stuck in some really bland moments that drag out on their already outdated sound. However, on a more positive note there are moments of rather weird but interesting brilliance connected between the trio, scattered throughout the tracks. And ultimately Pete Loeffler comes into his own vocally-giving his best performance yet with his incredible emotive vocals that carry out incredibly well. In the end (if your not a fanboy), Sci-Fi Crimes will appeal to you if you are particularly a fan of Pete's vocals and cryptic yet unique lyrics. Otherwise, you'll have to scope through the tracks and pick and choose the tracks you like. So that is Sci-Fi Crimes: some interesting, some bland, Pete's incredible vocals, another Chevelle record. Hopefully something more solid next time (which they are still capable of).
Copeland Beneath Medicine Tree
Dark New Day Twelve Year Silence
This supergroup consist of members from various nu-metal/hard rock bands. The band knows how to write great hooks and catchy choruses, and the musically this band put on a tight performance giving flowing dynamics to each part perfectly. Unfortunately the incredibly lack of diversity takes a major toll on the album. They get things flowing well with the neat chunky breakdown chorus riff in "Taking Me Alive" and the soaring chorus of "Brother" but then goes to an absolute drag for the rest of the album. "That's Enough" mixes things will enough with the neat vocal harmonies and spiraling guitar lead that goes around. But aside from the opening tracks, "That's Enough" and the closing track. The band unfortunately suffers from the lack of variety on their debut album. However, there is a potential for decency if they manage to put a bit more diversity in their sound.
Discovery LP
Falling Up Fangs
In terms of a concept-Falling Up surely created something interesting-lyrically speaking. Unfortunately, musically the album is stuck in space-it just floats and doesn't precisely build up to anything-their are a whole bunch of incredible ideas here but are not executed to their potential.
Hammock Longest Year
There is something about Hammock's music that has aerial (or maybe aquatic) embellishment to their incredibly gorgeous sound, which is why it manages to have an incredible staying power vs. other ambient post-rock acts. However, The Longest Year EP seems to be ready for a flight (or a swim) but gets it's feet stuck in the ground. It still sounds incredibly pretty, it just doesn't go anywhere.
Hoobastank Hoobastank
I Am Empire Kings
Ivoryline There Came A Lion
Kutless Sea of Faces
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory EP
Lupe Fiasco Lasers
Lasers in a really odd way is an interesting record. Which shows a defined example of a label takeover on an artist's album. God knows what Atlantic was thinking when trying to "dumb down" the samples to a pop formula for one of mainstream wordiest MC's. The overriding problem is how "unnatural" this album is. And despite Lupe's clear talent shown in the verses it's almost aggravating to listen to with the stupid pop choruses that plague some of these songs. Still some of these songs are pretty great (Letting Go, Words I Never Said, All Black Everything). In the end, the strangest thing about Lasers is how Lupe sounds like a guest on his own album.
Norma Jean The Anti Mother
Of Machines As If Everything Was Held In Place
Owl City All Things Bright And Beautiful
Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Project 86 Picket Fence Cartel
P86 for a good portion of their career have always had a very interesting sound. Sitting on a fine line between nu metal and post-hardcore without really devoting themselves totally to any. While Rival Factions was a welcomed evolution-Picket Fence Cartel has them going back more into their heavier workman like riffage and poetic passion. Unfortunately, seven albums in-The Drop D simplisitic chug-chug riffs are starting to get really stale-which pretty much makes the entire album a bore.
Saosin Saosin EP
Saosin The Grey
Staind 14 Shades of Grey
Strata Strata
The Afters I Wish We All Could Win
A decent debut from the Texas quartet that unfortunately rips of a bit too much from their current peers (Ahem Switchfoot). The songs aren't bad but a lack of originality and inconsistent flow makes the album feel barely average. Fortunately the band refocuses their sound in future albums. Only reason one would get this is if they were some diehard Christian music lover-monkey head who only likes that inspiration uplifting predictability they never get sick of.
The Used The Used
The Used Lies for the Liars
The Weeknd Kiss Land
Tbh Kiss Land is probably a decent record, but because the Triology set the bar so damn high for The Weeknd. More than half of these songs come out sounding bland. Some of the songs such as "Professional",the sexy "Love In The Sky", and the controversial Portishead inspired "Belong To The World" suggest that The Weeknd can still make creative R&B tracks while maintaining an mainstream appeal. But unless he breaks the mold of his now major label influenced sound and repetitive story telling, Abel Tesfaye will continue to hit below the greatness his Trilogy was.
Trapt Someone in Control
TRUSTcompany True Parallels
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety

2.0 poor
Adema Unstable
Alter Bridge One Day Remains
Common Universal Mind Control
Daughtry Daughtry
Fireflight Unbreakable
Fireflight kicks opens with The Title Track which is quite possibly one of the strongest opening numbers for an album in 2008. The song is in your face and soars in the chorus. The following song You Gave Me A Promise while isn't as strong follows the same format with it's strong urgency. From there though the album just drops into absolute crap. The songs just become bland and pretty much follow up in the same format as the Title Track except pretty much gets stuck in a stale/bland sound till the end. Alt. metal and Christian hobo music lovers should check out the first two songs "Unbreakable" and "You Gave Me A Promise". Otherwise-steer clear of this one.
Jeremy Camp Stay
Kool A.D. The Palm Wine Drinkard
Linkin Park Recharged
With Recharged, Linkin Park take their slightly-above-decent release of Living
Things
and turn most of these songs into derivative EDM and dubstep styles that don't
bring anything new to the table, or do anything remotely interesting. You would think after
the fluid and artistically rich remixes of Reanimation they could think of something
more creative. This is rather surprisingly boring release from a band that actually has
maintained a level of progression in their sound despite their sometimes obvious mainstream
push. Recharged doesn't sound like what the title suggests, instead it's depleted on
creative ideas, boring in it's predictability, and a bit too lifeless.
Nickelback Dark Horse
Paramore All We Know Is Falling

1.5 very poor
10 Years The Autumn Effect
12 Stones Potter's Field
Chevelle Live From The Road
This is a hideous mess. I mean the band has massively improved since this recording but this exposes the pure amateurishness of their musicianship. Stick the studio releases and anyway you could get better performances of this on youtube.
Chris Cornell Scream
Whether your previous skeptic ideas about Cornell working with Timbaland seemed bad, you can't deny that it could be really creative despite the oddness. However, it can be confirmed that after listening to Scream: the oddness outweighs the creative collaboration resulting in an album that's a bit atrocious. Rather than reaching out to each other and mix and matching ideas: both of these artists just smash all their ideas/signature styles to a wall and let them all stick...regardless them working or not. The songs are certainly catchy but Cornell's vocals are pretty much suffocated by Timbaland's signature yet cliché textures and deadpan beats. This results in basically most of the songs dragging in a really awkward fashion. What makes things even more awkward is with the attempt they use to segue from song to song. The ideas there seemed thrown together last minute rather than appropriate or smooth. Chances are that Top 40 nut jobs will embrace this album to add to their collection because of Timbaland's name on it. There will be a good number of us however agreeing with Trent Reznor about this: it's odd, awkward, and all together a uncomfortable listen.
Metro Station Metro Station
Is it catchy? some songs yes. But that's as far as any music listener will go for to enjoying this garbage. The basis of the problem with this album (as stated countless times) is how the album functions more like a "product" than actual "art." These vocalists try too hard to sound as cool as they can with those god awful whisper-me-sex vocals. And because of this just about all the songs fall flat on their face. Also note to the complete contradicting lyrics ("Seventeen Forever", "Wish Were Older.")

The album does have it's decent moments. The chorus to Seventeen Forever is quite catchy, same as Control. "Shake It" is probably the best one here with fun get-go dance groove. However most of the lyrics are plagued with being so amateurish and at times lol bad funny. Of course the Cyrus lovers (im being way too nice using that term) would slobber allover this album. As for the rest of us......will just keeping cringing (and laughing).
Tbh this album makes Katy Perry look elite.
R. Kelly Trapped in the Closet (Chapters 1-12)

1.0 awful
DoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in Flesh
Kevin Federline Playing with Fire
Millionaires Bling Bling Bling!
Soulja Boy iSouljaBoyTellEm
You gotta give the kid credit: his crazy antics/ego/ridiculous statements allover the media has gotten everyone's attention. Though at the end of the day: iSouljaboytellem is nothing more than a slightly improved version of his debut album-which in some cases makes it worse since his debut was so craptastic it was funny. Birdwalk is nothing more that "Crank That Pt. 2": catchy upon initial listen but gets old/tiring right away. The same can be applied to pretty much the rest of the album.

Time will tell if he's a "one-hit-wonder." Though 870,000 myspace friends is proving the theory quite doubtful. Souljaboy might stay at the top and slowly sputnikmusic and it's users will lose all faith in humanity.
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