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5.0 classic
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
The more I listen to this album, the more I am blown away by its sheer magnitude - from the thought provoking lyrics to Jesse Lacey's chilling screams, The Devil and God are Raging inside me is both the magnum opus of Brand New's career as well as a milestone for what modern day rock bands are capable of. It is clear that the band poured their heart and souls into this work of art.
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Deftones' Diamond Eyes sees the band combine all the best elements of their music. From the opening minute of the title track all the way through the CD, there is a phenomenal blend of screaming and atmospheric rock. One would be hard pressed to find a dull moment on the album. For those who thought they couldn't top White Pony, here you go...
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
This is one of the most unique things I have ever heard. From the eerily spoken vocals to the cohesiveness of the entire album, F# A# really differentiates itself from all other music. The music itself is captivating, but the apocalyptic concept is equally as amazing. It is a surprisingly easy listen despite its length, and a must-hear for all fans of post-rock.
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
Simple Math is colossal is every way imaginable. It takes every hint of brilliance that Manchester Orchestra has subtly displayed in "I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child" and "Mean Everything to Nothing", and nurtures and cultivates it into the single greatest sounding thing that the band has ever and likely ever will create. At times glossed over with heart-swelling strings and at other times perfecting the band's nitty gritty sound from songs like "Shake It Out", Simple Math is the perfect balance of Manchester Orchestra's best traits. It is utterly breathtaking upon first listen, and every subsequent listen will only cause your jaw to drop an additional inch or two. This is simply the greatest album to be released in the past 5 years, and it will be worth every drop of hyperbolic acclaim that it receives.
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
All of the existential lyrics and philosophical pondering on this album sound sincere for one reason: Aaron's passion in delivering what he believes via shouted, screamed, spoken, and sung passages. There have been more musically innovative albums, but not many that are this profound lyrically.
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
Beautiful, heartbreaking, and absolutely timeless. You are witnessing the best folk music in generations...treasure it.
Swans The Seer
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Tigers on Trains Grandfather
Maggio and Van Deurs let the music sweep over the listener, with layers of vocal harmonies that ascend and descend in tone and in mood, leaving behind a dark but completely relaxing aura. The song structures never repeat or mimick each other, allowing each of the ten songs on the album to feel fresh and totally unique from one another. It is a rarity for any band in any genre to display such advanced songwriting ability, but Tigers on Trains show it gracefully and effortlessly on their debut. The result is an album that is truly an experience, one that you can really sink your teeth into from both a musical and lyrical perspective.
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
If you were a teenager when this came out, you get why this is a pop-punk classic. Should be mentioned in the same breath as Blink's self titled, but doesn't get nearly as much attention.

4.5 superb
Anberlin Cities
As a whole, Cities shows Anberlin coming to a crossroads between youth and maturity and creating an absolute masterpiece of both.
Arcade Fire Funeral
Funeral overflows with all the things an album needs to be a phenomenal listen. It is brimming with grandeur. It radiates a sense of triumph while harboring tragic undertones by way of the lyrics, thus working on two emotional levels. It confidently brings several new concepts to the table, while molding and reconstructing any rehashed ideas until they sound fresh and personalized. All these things it does in one tidy, ten song album that could easily be considered among the greatest debuts of any musical act in history. Funeral provided the foundation for one of the best bands of our generation, and one would be foolish not to give this the time and attention that it so richly deserves.
Arcade Fire Reflektor
Armistice Armistice
I had to go back and listen to this again before I wrote this soundoff. Almost like doing a double-take, because before this I really didn't believe in love at first listen. But here I am, just 2 listens in and I can say with complete confidence that this is one of the best EPs I have ever heard. Lush and confident, Armistice will sweep over you like a salty beach breeze on a humid evening, watching the sunset with a beautiful woman next to you and a fruity cocktail in the sand, ice slowly trickling from the lime wedge down the side of the glass. It basically sounds like what I'd imagine love would sound like. In the summer. On an exotic beach. Listen to Armistice and believe.
Blink-182 Blink-182
In all likelihood, this is the best pop-punk album of all time.
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
An epic folk album. The result of one man confined with his emotions deep in the woods. Listen to this on a snowy day or any time at night, maybe even by the fire. You'll get it.
Brand New Deja Entendu
As a whole, I think we are all aware that Deja Entendu isn?t the most musically profound record of our generation. Hell, it isn?t even the best thing Brand New has done in that regard. But very few other albums have identified with us as well as this one. This album is equal parts music and companionship, and it refuses to leave you behind as you go from high school to college to your first job. At this point in my life, it is difficult to say if Deja Entendu will always mean this much to me. As life presents me with new obstacles and different challenges befall me, I may find that I have outgrown it. But even if that is true, it helped me get to where I am now?and ultimately, where I will be if and when I get over Deja Entendu.
Brand New Daisy
Brand New's 4th LP is a grower for sure. Instead of expanding upon the sound they mastered in The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, the band once again (and wisely) chose to persue another path. Daisy is chaotic, loud, disjointed, and abrasive. But it does these things in the best possible way, creating an album that embodies all of Lacey's hopelessness while branching out into a distorted grunge-like sound that suits them quite nicely.
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Better than Jane Doe. You heard me right. This is every bit as passionate and is also more diverse. All We Love We Leave Behind will never get the recognition that Jane Doe currently does, and I'm okay with that. It just makes this record and what it means to me even more personal.
Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Deftones White Pony
It surprised me how long it took me to "get" this album. I always saw it as one of the best nu-metal albums of its time, and its layered sounds and textures created an atmosphere that blew me away from the very first listen. However, something, I'm not quite sure what, kept it from being perfect. Somewhere along the line, I realized how ridiculous I was being. Of course this is perfect.
Frank Turner England Keep My Bones
The masterpiece of our generation's most talented songwriter. There isn't a single weak track, everything is an anthem, and everything here, beckons - nay, demands - to be blasted as if it's the world is going to end tomorrow and all that matters is uniting together one last time under rock n' roll.
Green Day American Idiot
Say what you will, but American Idiot is a landmark album for both Green Day and the punk genre. Sure, this album may be the farthest thing from what Green Day set out to be in the early 90's, but it is nevertheless a triumphant rock opera that succeeds on its ability to captivate listeners with catchy hooks and political (albiet annoying to some) themes. While controversial, American Idiot stands as one of the biggest albums from the early 2000's.
Jack's Mannequin Everything in Transit
This is as good as pop music gets. From start to finish, this album embodies everything that a good pop/pop-rock album should. Incredibly meaningful lyrics, soaring hooks, catchy choruses...the whole thing is very listenable in the best kind of way. It is rare to see a pop album truly deserving of a classic rating, but if there is one that exists, look no further than Everything In Transit.
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
This is more than the album that contains perhaps the greatest song in history.
Low Roar 0
2014's atmospheric indie masterpiece. It's a little slow to get moving, but once you are drawn into its sprawling, gorgeous soundscape, you'll never want to leave. Imagine if Bon Iver and Radiohead (Kid A era) combined to record an album. Yeah, it's that good. Recommended tracks: Nobody Loves Me Like You, Please Don't Stop (Chapter 2), Vampire On My Fridge, Easy Way Out...basically everything though, and it's important that you listen in order and in context. If you aren't a fan of downtempo alt rock then avoid this, otherwise, dig in and you can thank me later when you make your "best of 2014" list.
mewithoutYou Ten Stories
Recently this has come to be equal to Brother, Sister. Borderline classic album.
Muse Absolution
Muse's magnum opus. Filled with everything from complicated riffs to classical influences, Absolution covers a wide sonic range. The apocalyptic theme and the urgent sound of each track only adds to the album's intrigue.
Papercranes Let's Make Babies in the Woods
The music may not be directly engaging, but what it lacks in immediacy it makes up for in depth and an emotionally profound atmosphere. One could easily cite the glass-tinged piano echoes and New Orleans-style horn section present throughout ?Dust Season? as a crystallizing moment for the listener. However, the truth is the album is constantly evolving within itself, even from the opening seconds.
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd The Wall
Radiohead Kid A
I used to always think OK Computer was the best representation of Radiohead's talent. However, over time, something strange happened. Kid A, while a great record from the first listen, grew and grew on me. Eventually, the phrase "it grew on me" didn't seem fitting anymore...what happened was more of a complete evolution. Kid A became more than a record to me, it was an experience, a component of my everyday life. It is a sign of the the times - influenced both musically and thematically by technology - Kid A is not only a record with extreme personal significance to me - but also of monumental importance to our generation. Without a doubt, this is one of the most important records of the 2000's, and a bold artistic statement that is sure to stand as one of the greatest albums of all time.
Radiohead OK Computer
Can we all just agree that Radiohead is the definitive band of our generation? They are the most creative, the most intelligent, and among the most talented group of musicians to come out of the post-classic rock era. And this is (perhaps) their best album. Need I say more?
Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Regina chirps, buzzes, oohs, and ahhs her way to another splendidly odd but amazing album
Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
Taylor Swift 1989
The best Taylor Swift album. And that's 100% verified by your local Taylor Swift authority.
The Antlers Burst Apart
I don't care what anyone says this is better than Hospice. Just listen to it for God's sake
The Antlers Familiars
The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
The Color Spectrum may not be perfectly executed from a conceptual perspective, but you have to hand it to The Dear Hunter for trying because they end up making one hell of a rock album in the process. In fact, The Color Spectrum may be most appreciated when listened to as nothing more than that; or perhaps when observed as nine individual EPs instead of one cohesive work. Either way, it is difficult to find flaws damning enough to consider this anything other than one of 2011?s premier releases in alternative rock. It is simply too grand - too overwhelmingly impressive in its scope ? not to be enjoyed by fans of all genres. The Dear Hunter present to us their crowning achievement to date; enjoy it.
The Dear Hunter Red
The Dear Hunter Yellow
The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed
The positive attributes that could be assigned to this album are nearly limitless. Days of Future Passed is like awaking from a black and white dream to find yourself in a gorgeous, sprawling world of color. If you don?t want to be a part of that world, you are simply denying yourself one of the greatest feelings that can be evoked from a musical experience.
The National High Violet
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
This is the album that every acoustic guitar wielding folkster hopes to - and never will - be able to make. It possesses a once in a lifetime atmosphere full of talented song-crafting and overwhelming depth.
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream
The Who Who's Next
Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind
This album is, simply put, amazing. I believe Seaanemone stated it best when he wrote, "If you disagree go learn how to have emotions." This may have been specifically referencing the song "Motorcycle Drive By" but it definitely applies to the whole album as well.
Thrice Vheissu
Arguably Thrice's best album, Vheissu marked a change in Thrice's post-hardcore sound. Vheissu is experimental and marked the beginning of an era that now includes some of Thrice's most accomplished work. Songs like "Atlantic" paved the way for their Water Disc in 2007, while heavier tracks like "Image of the Invisible" set up the road to creating the Fire Disc. They also show off some of the folk-style that influenced Beggars, Air, and Earth. This not only makes Vheissu an influential record, but also one that serves as a great starting point for listeners looking to get into Thrice.
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
This album just gets better with every listen. A landmark album to kick off the decade.
Titus Andronicus The Most Lamentable Tragedy
This is what happens when crazy dunk bastards get ambitious
Yellowcard Southern Air
Every time YC releases an album, it always seems to be at a critical juncture in my life. This album is no different. Only time will tell how these songs will tie in with my memories of 2012.

4.0 excellent
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
AFI Sing the Sorrow
This is AFI's most controversial album, as many long time fans saw Sing The Sorrow as the band selling out. Yes, they took some steps towards bettering their sound and becoming more accessible, but they also retained their darker elements. The result is a very despressing, yet very infectious, record. It is almost as if they want to bring you into the misery with them. From the haunting drum beats of the opening "Miseria Cantare" to the eerie spoken poem in the 15-minute "...But Home is Nowhere", Sing The Sorrow is the definitive album of the emo genre.
Agalloch The Mantle
Ages and Ages Divisionary
Such an infectious indie-rock album. One of 2014's best kept secrets.
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
Alt-J This Is All Yours
An album of raw beauty. It takes patience to overcome the dreamlike pace, but wrapped carefully inside is one of the riskiest, most experimental indie records you'll hear this side of the last Dirty Projectors release.
Anberlin New Surrender
Anberlin's best album shows the band firing on all cylinders. They took the best parts of "Cities" and "Never Take Friendship Personally" and fused them into one grand magnum opus worth more than just one listen from any fan of rock music.
Anberlin Vital
Anberlin Lowborn
Godspeed boys. Thanks for all the amazing songs and inspirational lyrics over the years.
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Astronauts Hollow Ponds
A penetrating album emotionally...dark atmosphere gives the album a sense of isolation. The ralbum's only real weakness is that it never changes course from its initial plodding pace. rBut it's the best kind of slow ambiance-driven acoustic folk, so who really cares?
Beach House Bloom
Bleachers Strange Desire
Strange Desire is certainly an album that will take the airwaves by storm. However, that rdoesn't mean that it is somehow lacking from an artistic or musical standpoint. Imminent rpopularity is not always the result of recycled formulas and cliches, and if anything, rBleachers proves that here. This isn't an album that will probe your deepest thoughts, but rit will make you want to experience life in the best way possible. Strange Desire is perhaps rthe fullest-sounding and most charismatic indie-pop album you'll hear this year, just in rtime to become the defining sound of your summer. It would be best not to miss out.
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Boston Boston
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
The voice in that opening track reminds me of the fucked up bunny from donnie darko
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
The sound of an timeless pop band reaching their creative pinnacle. Viva La Vida is an album full of renaissance-era appeal, modern day relativity, and classic Coldplay charm. This is an album that will still be discussed 30 years from now; even if it is playing on classic rock stations by then.
Converge Jane Doe
It reads like poetry and feels like a jackhammer to the face. Jane Doe is a forceful, sweeping tornado of musical ideas that somehow manages to work together in quite the cohesive fashion.
Converge Axe to Fall
A fierce record that will leave you utterly exhausted, yet filled with emotion over what has just transpired. This album should be listened to as a whole, much like Jane Doe, to acquire the full effect.
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Another great release that proves Deftones to be one of the most consistent rock bands out there. Koi No Yokan falls just shy of White Pony or Diamond Eyes, but as amazing as it would have been, we don't need them to catch lightning in a bottle a third time. KNY should hold a special place in the heart of any long time fan looking to open a new chapter in the band's long, astounding career.
Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan
Disasterpeace It Follows
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
"I Love You, Honeybear" is an album that takes a certain level of cynicism and disdain for society in order to appreciate, but honestly there are few albums that better depict our generation's outlook on the world at large. While it feels like everything is falling apart, Father John Misty gives us the sweet, gooey center told from the perspective of someone who's been around enough to know that most of life is utter bullshit.
FKA Twigs M3LL155X
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
The folk album that will define our generation...and I couldn't be happier with that.
Florence and the Machine Ceremonials
Wow. I never thought Florence and the Machine would top Lungs but this has the potential to grow into a near-classic
Foster the People Torches
Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight
Desperate, shattered, and needy. Oh, and one of the most beautiful things you will likely hear in your entire life.
Frog Kind of Blah
For a lo-fi recording that tops out at just thirty six minutes, Frog's sophomore album Kind of rBlah packs an unprecedented punch. It's the kind of record that sounds like it should merely rfloat by, traveling in one ear and out the other without leaving much of an impression. After rall, that's what a large portion of lo-fi music has become - this aimless pursuit of something rethereal or transcendent with no underlying purpose. Kind of Blah doesn't fit into that category. rFor one thing, it was recorded under an old New York City bowling alley, lending it an inimitable racoustic quality. But the appeal of this album, and to a larger extent the band, extends well rbeyond the atmosphere they've created. Frog fills this piece to the brim with strange rinstrumental choices and the most atypical of musings, lending it a robust and refreshingly rforthright personality that's difficult not to relish. Simply put, Kind of Blah is the opposite rof what its title suggests.
fun. Aim and Ignite
fun. Some Nights
Ghost Mice All We Got Is Each Other
I WANT SOMEONE TO WANT TO ASSASSINATE A PRESIDENT FOR ME
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
The diversity present on Plastic Beach, combined with its cohesiveness, makes for a ridiculously infectious album that is undoubtedly the greatest achievement in the Gorillaz catalog. With nary a weak moment, Plastic Beach flows from start to finish delivering one catchy beat after another along with a series of interesting rhythyms.
Incubus Morning View
Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
Iron & Wine's latest effort shows that Sam Beam is capable of expanding and updating his sound into poppier territory without suffering many ill effects - Kiss Each Other Clean is optimistic, laid back, and every bit as personal as his past endeavors. The change in his music is more apparent than ever, and while he may not be as much of an acoustic folk master as what was put on display in his earliest works, Beam proves that his feet fit these larger shoes quite well.
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Jimmy Eat World Futures
This is one of those alternative records I just fell in love with. I connected with it after a bad breakup, and since then it has held a special place in my heart.
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Killing Joke Absolute Dissent
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
A superb prog rock album with minimal drawbacks. It really captures the mind of the listener, almost like a drug-induced nightmare (especially on "Moonchild"). Flawlessly epic and epically flawless, King Crimson's debut album is easily the best of not only their discography, but arguably all of prog-rock's.
Kishi Bashi Lighght
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Outstanding album, a landmark for the nu-metal genre. Easily Linkin Park's greatest achievement, full of angst and every negative emotion one can connect with a relationship gone sour.
Linkin Park Meteora
Hyrbid Theory perfected. What it lacks in great singles it more than makes up for in songwriting and intriguing lyrics.
Low Roar Low Roar
Mae (e)vening
This is a stunning half hour of music. With 5 instrumental tracks and a trio of piano ballads that form Seasons i, ii, and iii, (e)vening is an ambitious EP that shows what Mae is truly capable of. Anyone with a passing interest in alt rock or soft, atmospheric pop needs to check this out right away.
Manchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
Someone's got the answers but I'd rather think there's nothing to be found, cause if seeing is believing then believe that we have lost our eyes
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
The band's rawest and most sincere offering. I dare you to listen to this and not feel feelings.
Metallica Ride the Lightning
mewithoutYou Pale Horses
Rating albums after hearing one song is usually the best way to go
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Motion City Soundtrack My Dinosaur Life
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Each drum beat seems to echo as if it is traveling through space and time, and each guitar riff is the sonic equivalent of flames demolishing a city. Everything about Black Holes is glorious, epic, and fantastically overdone. It marks a controversial but successful evolution in Museís sound that, love it or hate it, offers quite the enjoyable listening experience.
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal
a strong-willed, beautifully composed piece of modern day indie-folk.
Of Monsters and Men Beneath the Skin
At first I thought this was going to be a 2.5 at best. The vocals and lyrics are both improved though, and the instrumentation doesn't follow the same 3 templates that it did on the band's debut. I'm more than satisfied; this exceeded any and all expectations.
OneRepublic Native
OneRepublic releases their very own Mylo Xyloto - it isn't quite as slick as the Coldplay album, but it shows a band that is both willing and able to evolve with the times.
Opeth Damnation
Opeth's Damnation is every bit as masterfully executed as it is somber. Here they take it much slower than they do on any other album, but the results are just as (if not more) moving. Each song contributes something alluring that adds to the album's mystique; a more perfect atmosphere could not have been created. It is certainly a depressing album at times, but it still seems to be as uplifting as it is sad...a masterpiece Damnation is.
Opeth Watershed
Owl John Owl John
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd Meddle
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
If you think a more progressive version of Opeth's Damnation that rocks out slightly more sounds amazing, listen to this before you do anything else.
Puscifer C is for...
This EP expands upon the musical capabilities of Maynard James Keenan. That alone should get your attention, considering that he has already launched into success Tool and A Perfect Circle. Puscifer's second official release not only brings them into the same category as the aforementioned, but it is also creative enough to make one think that maybe Maynard's best work is still yet to come.
Royal Blood Royal Blood
A lot of the riffs here are basically the same, but the band has discovered a winning formula with their debut. If they continue with this sound, they will undoubtedly have success.
Run River North Run River North
People seriously need to start becoming aware of this album. Recommend listening to 'Beetle' first.
Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Shinedown Leave A Whisper
Before the radio hits started overflowing for this band, there was Leave a Whisper. Sure, 45 got its share of popularity, but for the most part this album stays rooted in a type of dark, southern rock. The music crosses genres between emo and Lynyrd Skynyrd with its fair share of heavy moments and somber, thoughtful ballads. Leave a Whisper is without a doubt Shinedown's most wretching, heartfelt album and you can really feel it in both the music and Brent Smith's vocals. A must-own record for any fan of hard rock.
Shinedown The Sound of Madness
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Simon and Garfunkel Bookends
Snow Patrol A Hundred Million Suns
The music is atmospheric and at times even transcendental, but if you don?t pay much attention to the words being sung, you are missing out on a large portion of the experience. Best Snow Patrol album, listen to it now if you like Coldplay-esque soft alt-rock.
Snowmine Laminate Pet Animal
I wish I didn't let this slip through the cracks in 2011, because if it came out in 2012 it would be my AOTY. Excellent atmospheres, James Mercer-like vocals, and a psychedelic quality that gives it depth well beyond its indie framework.
Soundtrack (Film) Garden State
Styx The Grand Illusion
Styx Pieces of Eight
Taylor Swift Speak Now
Taylor is still on top of her game with Speak Now. It is a combination of everything that made Fearless a standout country album and a few calculated risks/experiments that bolster her sound. The lyrics are fairly pedestrian, but they are extremely sincere and Swift's voice is absolutely angelic. Just do yourself a favor and listen to it.
The Antlers Undersea
The Avett Brothers I and Love and You
The Black Keys El Camino
The Dear Hunter Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
Truly different. Emotional. Powerful. Intriguing. Catchy. The possible adjectives for this album are endless, but The Crane Wife encompasses them all in what is most assuredly The Decemberists' greatest work as well as one of the best albums of the decade.
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
The King is Dead is a beautiful album. The scenic ooh-oohing of Calamity Song is the first moment that really brings the album's picturesque qualities into plain view, but from there they never let up. January Hymn just might be one of the best songs of 2011, with its masterfully executed acoustic atmosphere and sensitive winter-themed lyrics. The album also ends on a strong note, with the uplifting "when we die, we will die, with our arms unbound" during This Is Why We Fight, and the warming Dear Avery. It is easy to underestimate this album initially (just as I did), but give it time and it will find a permanent place in your heart.
The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
Contains some of the most gorgeous, lyrically candid moments of this band's career. It's The King Is Dead, matured and aged to near-perfection.
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
The Killers Sam's Town
The Milk Carton Kids Prologue
The National Trouble Will Find Me
The Republic of Wolves His Old Branches
The Republic of Wolves The Cartographer
Regardless of whether the Republic of Wolves amp it up or take a more mild approach, the one consistent theme throughout The Cartographer is growth. The music is more melodic and accessible, and as a result, it flows better. It may not be as overtly dark and depressing as the band's preceding works, but it still maintains a level of mystique and a shadowy element that appears to be a permanent aspect of their personality. In the meanwhile, other areas of their music have become an open window, with endless possibilities for experimentation.
The Roots How I Got Over
The Roots undun
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
The Tallest Man on Earth Dark Bird Is Home
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice Beggars
Thrice Major/Minor
Thursday No Devolucion
Tigers on Trains Foundry
Trophy Scars Bad Luck
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Weezer Weezer
Wilco Being There
Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes
I've never been more ready to move on
Yellowcard Lift a Sail
Zella Day Zella Day
You already love this EP, it's just time you found out.

3.5 great
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
Adele 21
Someone Like You gives me chills every time, definitely one of the best songs of 2011. The rest of this album is nearly just as good.
AFI Decemberunderground
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Alien Ant Farm TruANT
Alter Bridge Blackbird
Brilliant in its own right, Blackbird shows Alter Bridge severing the ties that bind them to Creed. A completely unique record from a band that got a second wind after the more conservative, complacent "One Day Remains."
Annuals Be He Me
One of the best and most underappreciated albums of the decade. It's so warm and personal, inviting the listener into a close-knit circle. Definitely a milestone for the 2000's indie-folk scene; future albums in the genre should be measured against this.
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Avril Lavigne Goodbye Lullaby
Damnit my soft spot for Avril strikes again...this probably isn't that good but it sounds nice especially when I picture her undressing out of slutty cheerleader outfit whilst singing "What the Hell." All I want is to mess around, babe...
Blue October Any Man in America
You act like you believe it that you're in control, it's just your legal system...I had to be the sole provider, but I'm not allowed to be the dad...fuck the judge, fuck the county, fuck your family too...fuck everyone that took my baby girl
Boston Don't Look Back
Chevelle La Gargola
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
Civil Twilight Story Of An Immigrant
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Coldplay Parachutes
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Dream Theater Images and Words
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Beyond a shadow of a doubt the most ambitious record Dream Theater has ever released. The album is truly "progressive" in all aspects, accompanied by characters and plots that actually make sense within the music. From a technical perspective, the album is flawless. Scenes From A Memory is a must-own CD for fans of progressive metal and/or concept albums.
Fall Out Boy Folie a Deux
Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll
Farewell Republic Burn the Boats
It isn't always pretty, and sometimes the arrangements will leave you wondering, but that's what makes this such a haunting and daringly original masterpiece.
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Foo Fighters In Your Honor
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Great but not THAT great. In Your Honor was way better.
Frank Turner Positive Songs for Negative People
Gates Bloom and Breathe
If Thrice got a little help from Maybeshewill and made their music more twinkly and climactic, they would have made this album before Gates. But they didn't, and that's why Gates' debut album is damn impressive.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Great Northern Trading Twilight for Daylight
Sweeping, beautiful, atmospheric, vocal and instrumental bliss...Great Northern outdid themselves and just about everyone else with Trading Twilight for Daylight.
Green Day Dookie
Green Day Nimrod
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
Grouper Ruins
Stunningly gorgeous and minimal at its heart, this is absolutely one of the best albums of the year that will fall through the cracks of most listeners' radars.
Have a Nice Life The Unnatural World
Hey Marseilles To Travels and Trunks
Hey Rosetta! Seeds
this is really good why aren't you listening to it
Hoobastank Every Man for Himself
Horse Feathers House With No Home
Husky Forever So
Incubus Make Yourself
Incubus Light Grenades
Ingrid Michaelson Lights Out
Iron & Wine The Shepherd's Dog
Jack's Mannequin The Glass Passenger
Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light
Joshua Radin We Were Here
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Keane Hopes & Fears
Keane Under The Iron Sea
Keane's atmospheric sophomore album is the product of excellent musicianship combined with outstanding production. There is not a dull moment, and the album's best moments are breathtaking. Coldplay should be warily looking over their shoulders.
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Lydia Illuminate
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Mae The Everglow
Driving to work and need something soothing? Stressing over some bitch who thought you weren't worth her time? Kick back, crank up the volume on your speakers/headphones, and let Mae take care of everything. You will feel better because this is The Everglow, and that's just the effect it has.
Mae Singularity
Manchester Orchestra Cope
There's nothing wrong with this album. It will raise your adrenaline more than most indie rock albums out there, and the lyrics (as always) go a step above and beyond. But where is the jaw-dropping moment? That instance where you just know the album is going to be epic? Where is the artistic endeavoring of "Simple Math" or the thoughtful introspection of "I Can Feel a Hot One" or "Colly Strings?" It's just balls-out rock for the sake of making balls-out rock. And that's cool. But Manchester Orchestra just has too many f***ing masterpieces for their own good and nothing here really stacks up.
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell
It was inevitable. For as much as I wanted to fight giving this a classic rating, it is just too good in all aspects. It is technically sound. It is extremely fun. It really doesn't get old even upon countless listens. This is simply classic rock at its finest.
Metallica ...And Justice for All
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Oracular Spectacular has its standout moments (Time to Pretend, Kids, 4th Dimensional Transition) and qualifies as one of the best trippy, mainstream psychedelic rock albums of the decade. It has shortcomings in terms of consistency and lyrics, but all around it is a solid release worthy of a few listens by fans of just about any genre.
MGMT Congratulations
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Motion City Soundtrack Even If It Kills Me
Motion City Soundtrack Go
Muse Showbiz
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Obadiah Parker Obadiah Parker Live
One of the most refreshing albums of the decade. The entire record is live acoustic work - and Obadiah Parker's sound is breathtaking. This is the kind of music that you could hear playing in the background of life's most beautiful moments. It is simple yet powerful, and it is sure to affect the emotional core of anyone who takes the time to listen.
Opeth Blackwater Park
Papercranes Three
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Racing Heart To Walk Beside That Ghost
Radiohead The Bends
Relient K Five Score and Seven Years Ago
Relient K Forget and Not Slow Down
I found this to be a little disappointing...musically, it is better than most of their prior work, but it lacks any replay value and there are only a few memorable moments to be found...also the intro's and outro's don't really serve to the album's benefit. It almost seems like they are there just to make it look like the band knows what they are doing.
Saintseneca Dark Arc
Seether Isolate and Medicate
I actually think this is their most consistent album to date. There's no home run like "Fine Again", but every song brings something to the table and is memorable enough to warrant repeated listens. Prepare yourself for the most unpopular of opinions: this is the best Seether album yet.
Shinedown Us And Them
Sigur Ros ( )
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Snow Patrol Eyes Open
Soundtrack (Film) (500) Days of Summer
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Styx Kilroy Was Here
Styx Paradise Theater
Styx Cornerstone
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Sufjan's done it again. Is there any style he can't conquer?
Sum 41 Chuck
Swans To Be Kind
System of a Down Mezmerize
System of a Down Hypnotize
Taylor Swift Fearless
Swiftís style lends itself to pop more so than country, although a balance between the two always seem to showcase her at her best. On Fearless, Taylor Swift has found the formula to make her music accessible for fans of either genre, all the while maintaining a certain magical element that has made her into a cultural icon.
Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour
Taylor Swift Red
Dearest Taylor,rThe past six years have been some of the best of my life. I remember the first time we met, when your unbridled optimism and fairytale-studded themes of love serenaded my ears. I never liked country artists before, but for some reason you were different. Sure, it took me some time to warm up to the idea, but unlike the other farmer's daughter types out there, I could relate to what you were saying. Heartbreak, relationship drama, and hopeless romanticism all appealed to me more than John Deer tractors and chicken coops. Your voice was a symbol of all that is naive and innocent, something that meant a lot to a guy who could never seem to get the timing right in his own love life. One simple, genuine song after another, you eventually won me over. rSO WHY DID YOU HAVE TO START SHAGGING 6 GUYS A YEAR AND MAKING SHITTY DUBSTEP SONGS ABOUT THEMrOh God I'm sorry please don't write a song about mer/ we're over
The Airborne Toxic Event Songs of God and Whiskey
Every album since The Airborne Toxic Event's debut has been worse than the one preceding it, and it all culminated in the terrible Dope Machines. It's more than a little shocking then that it's twin release - Songs of God and Whiskey - should actually serve up anything worthwhile. It's difficult to totally ignore the gimmicky folk feel that pervades this entire experience, but it's by far the best sound for them right now. There's an earthy sound that stands in stark contrast to recent efforts, and the vocalist actually sounds sincere again. For the casual fan who finds these guys to be hit or miss, this is certainly an album you want to be listening to right now.
The All-American Rejects Move Along
The Dear Hunter Black
The Dear Hunter Indigo
The Dear Hunter Orange
The Decemberists The Hazards Of Love
The Format Dog Problems
The Gathering Disclosure
Absolutely gorgeous. This impresses upon first listen, and it's almost certain to grow on you. A haven for fans of alternative, experimental, ambient, and progressive music.
The Jezabels The Brink
The Killers Hot Fuss
The National Alligator
The Rentals Lost In Alphaville
The celebratory aura that results from the mix of the contemplative heart-on-sleeve male vocals and mesmerizing female chorus/backing vocals elevates this to a level that not many indie rock bands have been able to ascend to. Accessible yet wholly original, not to mention a statement.
The Republic of Wolves Varuna
Varuna is like a folk version of a Brand New album. The music itself isn't heavily folk, per se, but the similarities can be found in the vocalists and some of the slower acoustic material. The screams are probably the weakest point on the album, but they are still quite good. The album is very dark and it has a thick, dreamlike atmosphere that never relents. The technical aspects of the record are raw but very skilled, and Varuna has provided The Republic of Wolves with a debut that proves their artistic ambition and ability to carry it out.
The Republic Tigers Keep Color
The Rosebuds Sand + Silence
The Shins Oh, Inverted World
An example of what indie music nowadays should be.
The White Stripes White Blood Cells
Thievery Corporation Saudade
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
A very unique record, Air and Earth provide some of Thrice's purest and most organic sounding songs.
Tigers on Trains Antarctica In Color
Tool 10,000 Days
Transatlantic Bridge Across Forever
Twenty One Pilots Blurryface
Blurryface is a surprisingly cohesive and emotional piece. It defies the constraints of any single genre - and even though it definitely falls short of mastering anything, it's constantly on the heels of discovery. At the very least, that makes Blurryface an intriguing journey. The best moments come when Twenty One Pilots let loose and show their vulnerable side; "Stressed Out" and "Goner" mark two of the most self aware and heartfelt tracks the duo has ever crafted.
We The Kings We The Kings
Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Believe the hype - this really, truly, ACTUALLY DOESN'T SUCK.

In fact it's great. Those final three songs are one of the most impressive things this band has
ever done.
Wolfmother Wolfmother
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds
Yellowcard Paper Walls
Zella Day Kicker
Lana who?

3.0 good
1,2,3 New Heaven
AFI Crash Love
Alien Ant Farm ANThology
Alien Ant Farm Up in the Attic
Alien Ant Farm Always and Forever
This record is a nice jam. Just a good rock album.
Alter Bridge Fortress
Anberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
Dark is the Way, Light is a Place is the sound of Anberlin gaining momentum, with no intentions of slowing down. It may not obliterate memories of Cities, but it is just what Anberlin needed to show fans that they can mature gracefully while simultaneously bringing new ideas to the table. Best of all, the new ideas they concocted have clearly elevated them to a whole new level of success ? one that will pack arenas while also staying true to the most loyal of fans.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Angels and Airwaves Love
Ariel Pink Pom Pom
Astra The Black Chord
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing
Bad Books Bad Books
Band of Horses Infinite Arms
Beach House Depression Cherry
Black Rivers Black Rivers
Surprisingly dynamic and energetic, the former members of Black Doves might be onto something here. "Black Rivers" is mysterious and upbeat, even if it still succumbs to a lot of trite and overdone indie-pop cliches. At it's best, this shows the kind of promise needed to transform the mainstream indie brand. At it's worst, this is everything that's wrong with the mainstream indie brand. Only the future can tell whether they'll push for something more, or take the easy path that so many similar artists before them have.
Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Breaking Benjamin Dear Agony
Carly Rae Jepsen Tug of War
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Crossfade We All Bleed
Dead Sara Dead Sara
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
DeVotchKa 100 Lovers
100 Lovers is another solid entry into DeVotchKa?s catalogue. The international approach that they take on this album succeeds in just about every way, and there are countless genre samplings from across the globe to make this an engaging listen from start to finish. It may not flow the best, but the material present is of the utmost quality ? and that is something we have all come to expect from this talented indie quartet.
Disturbed Indestructible
Dr. Dog Be The Void
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Eminem Recovery
While better than Relapse, Recovery shows Eminem floundering in self-pity and trying too hard to become relevant again. The songs feature artists that the Eminem of 10 years ago wouldn't have been caught dead with, and even these efforts yield vapid results. Eminem's song writing may be back on track, but his lyrics are laughable more often than not. This is not The Marshall Mathers LP Pt. 2, no matter how much fans may want it to be. It is just an average record from an artist whose relevance continues to wane.
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Empress Hotel Empress Hotel
Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave
Fall Out Boy American Beauty / American Psycho
Field Music Plumb
Florence and the Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Gabrielle Aplin Never Fade
Gabrielle Aplin Home
Givers In Light
Good Charlotte Good Morning Revival
Green Day Warning
Green Day Kerplunk
Grizzly Bear Shields
Grooms Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair
A very cool ambient vibe dominates this record, and when it is good (see the title track), it's very good. It has a tendency to get a little samey-sounding, which hurts it's replay value and makes the temptation to skip around all too attainable of a solution. Still, this is an album worth hearing for fans of alt/indie/ambient.
Halsey Badlands
New Americana is one of the catchiest songs of 2015. Also a solid album overall.
Highly Suspect Mister Asylum
A lot like Royal Blood, these guys are a pretty straightforward heavy rock outfit. The vocalist lacks the energy to excite, and the songs don't branch out very far, but it's an above average record within its niche that offers up a slew of memorable riffs to bask in.
Hoobastank Hoobastank
Horse Feathers Cynic's New Year
Imagine Dragons Night Visions
It's the equivalent of having a marching band parade through the streets of your town every time you take a rdump.
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...
Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Ingrid Michaelson Human Again
Jack Johnson In Between Dreams
Jack Johnson To the Sea
Jeff Loomis Plains of Oblivion
Jenny O. Home
Jeremy Fisher Flood
It may be the poppiest folk album you will ever hear, but it is so catchy and enjoyable that you probably won't care.
Jet Get Born
Jet Shine On
Jewel Pieces of You
If you don't enjoy this, chances are you don't have a soul
Jimmy Eat World Invented
On Invented, Jimmy Eat World is playing their own version of ďhard to get.Ē They know as well as anyone that they could have hauled their asses into the studio, recorded ten catchy numbers, and called it an album. Instead, they have crafted something that is not immediate, but rather intriguing beyond the musicís polished surface. It wonít hit home as hard as Futures, and it doesnít have the infectiousness of Bleed American or even Chase this Light, for that matter. Almost nothing about Invented is immediately rewarding, but with patience you will find that the album is sincere, reflective, and every bit as emotionally expressive as the bandís past endeavors. Invented is, for all intents and purposes, the true definition of a grower.
Jimmy Eat World Damage
Joshua Radin Wax Wings
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Keane Strangeland
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
Killing Joke MMXII
Lamb of God Resolution
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
Lanu Her 12 Faces
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Lorde Pure Heroine
Lost In The Trees Past Life
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's Rot Gut, Domestic
The perfect blend of messy, loud rock and quiet, contemplative indie. Worth a listen from a fan of either genre.
Metallica Metallica
Metallica Death Magnetic
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False!
Mimicking Birds EONS
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Modest Mouse Strangers to Ourselves
Like all Modest Mouse albums, a mixed bag. However, Strangers to Ourselves has some downright incredible songs. 'Pups to Dust' and 'The Tortoise and The Tourist', for example, are in a class of their own. This album could have been way more consistent and thus better, but it's still on par with any of their post-Moon and Antarctica outings.
Moonlight Bride Twin Lakes
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Mumford and Sons Babel
Muse Drones
Considering the depths to which Muse sank over the last decade, Drones is an incredibly pleasant rsurprise. There's still some of the over inflated poppy garbage present, but a lot of this is ractually a return to roots for the band. The riffs in some of the album's middle tracks are rdownright unbelievable. For anyone hoping Muse would attempt to write something in the vein of rAbsolution again, here you are. It's not as good obviously, but it is light years ahead of the rMuse we've been forced to listen to recently.
My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
Needtobreathe The Reckoning
New Found Glory Radiosurgery
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Now, Now Neighbors
Now, Now Threads
OK Go Ok Go
Every song they present here is upbeat (even the ones with more depressing meanings) and there are plenty of big hits to anchor the album in your library. It may not be highly technical and it certainly isnít an instrumental wonder, but OK Go has just the right blend of accessibility, catchiness, and underlying meaning to make you want to come back for more.
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Panic! At the Disco Vices & Virtues
Paramore Riot!
Paramore Paramore
Passion Pit Gossamer
Passion Pit Kindred
Penpal Penpal
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Puressence Don't Forget to Remember
Puscifer Conditions of My Parole
Quiet Company We Are All Where We Belong
The way that this album can go from sounding like Titus Andronicus to Crosby, Stills, & Nash on a dime amazes me. It constantly weaves between saccharine, happy-go-lucky choruses and heavier riffs and even occasional screams. Every song is excellently crafted and executed as well.
Rachel Grimes Book Of Leaves
Relient K Mmhmm
Relient K Let It Snow, Baby... Let It Reindeer
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad
Robert Plant Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar
Sarabeth Tucek Get Well Soon
Seether Disclaimer II
Seether Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces
Serj Tankian Imperfect Harmonies
As a whole, Imperfect Harmonies may very well be Serj Tankianís best achievement outside of System of a Down. He takes many of the ideas present on Elect the Dead and perfects them, along with an infusion of new musical influences that place the album a step above its predecessor. The album is somewhat genre-defying, as it seems to cross paths with everything from electronic music and jazz to traditional Armenian ballads. It is also much less rooted in rock, which simultaneously increases its experimental nature and decreases its overall intensity. Despite the chaotic and mad sound created by such a whirlwind of ideas, one thing is clear: Imperfect Harmonies will intrigue listeners until the very last second.
Sharon Van Etten Tramp
Accented by moments of utterly breathtaking musical inspiration, Tramp captures an artist at her most vulnerable - drenched in melancholy, yet never begging for compassion.
Shinedown Amaryllis
Sleepingdog With Our Heads in the Clouds...
Snow Patrol Final Straw
Snowmine Dialects
Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising
To put it simply, Bad Moon Rising is no sing-along. It is ugly and abrasive; and even its emotions are expressed with the utmost absence of concern. This is anything but a typical Sonic Youth album, but it is also one of the most intriguing and rewarding listens they have to offer. If you have even a passing interest in dark alternative rock, Bad Moon Rising is an essential addition to your collection.
Spoon They Want My Soul
Highly recommended over other types of silverware.
Stellar Young Vessels
Street Chant Means
Styx Crystal Ball
Styx Man of Miracles
Styx Equinox
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
Summer Fiction Himalaya
Swans My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
Let's all take this moment to realize just how awesome "No Worlds/No Thoughts" really is. Oh, and the rest of the album isn't half bad either...is there anything Swans can't do?
Taking Back Sunday Taking Back Sunday
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
The Afghan Whigs Do to the Beast
The Airborne Toxic Event The Airborne Toxic Event
The All-American Rejects When the World Comes Down
The Antlers Hospice
The Boxer Rebellion The Cold Still
The Cold Still is extremely consistent, as every song carries its weight in terms of the album?s overarching atmosphere while also contributing something entirely unique from the other nine tracks. Nails that ambiant alt-rock feel without ever becoming boring; a thoroughly rewarding listen.
The Colorful Quiet The Sun Is Melting
The Dangerous Summer Reach For The Sun
The Dear Hunter Green
The Dear Hunter Blue
The Dear Hunter Violet
The Dear Hunter White
The Dear Hunter Migrant
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Do Shake, Shook, Shaken
Incredibly basic music, but also incredibly memorable and catchy. Consider this a guilty pleasure indie-pop album; it's ripe with melodies but sparse on substance.
The Explorers Club Freedom Wind
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Fray The Fray
The Lumineers The Lumineers
The Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth
The National Boxer
The National Cherry Tree
The Script The Script
The Script Science & Faith
The Shins Wincing the Night Away
Third Eye Blind Blue
Three Days Grace Three Days Grace
Three Days Grace One-X
Train Save Me San Francisco
WATERS What's Real
First half has some absolutely immense indie-rock jams, but this is a noticeably front-loaded affair that loses steam very quickly. It's one of those albums with peaks that will make you wonder why the rest of the album doesn't aspire to the same level. Not a bad record, just more of a "singles" album. Check them out if you like Grouplove because they're basically the same band.
We The Kings Smile Kid
Weezer Pinkerton
Weezer Make Believe
Weezer Raditude
Weezer Hurley
Wilco Star Wars
Yellowcard One for the Kids
Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes Acoustic
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue Acoustic
You, Me, And Everyone We Know Some Things Don't Wash Out
Imagine a scenario in which Max Bemis and Brendan Urie have a child together. They nurture and support him, until one day he approaches his fathers and asks, ?Daddies, how do I make good music?? Now this child (whose name is Ben Liebsch) gets the answer you would expect from the frontman of Panic! At the Disco. ?Son, you need to make your music sound as catchy and confident as possible.? Then, Max chimes in, ?And it doesn?t hurt to sound like a conceited douche; self awareness and sex jokes will be what separates you from ***ty bands like?(awkward pause, shoots a tender look over at Brendan)?well, you know?? Little Ben takes this advice to heart, and as he grows up and surrounds himself with bandmates, you can see all of these characteristics coming into fruition. That is what You, Me, and Everyone We Know?s Some Things Don?t Wash Out sounds like.

2.5 average
The Other Side Of You
About Group Start and Complete
This is one of those albums that will be sure to captivate portions of the indie scene, if for no other reason because it is so unique. Beyond that, we are simply rewarded with a slew of solid to above average tracks, occasionally venturing into brilliant territory, that are exceptionally easy to listen to.
Alter Bridge AB III
There is also no doubt this is the bandís heaviest album to date Ė it creates a dark, brooding atmosphere. However, as many critics have pointed out, Alter Bridge does have a tendency to get repetitive with their chord progressions and overall song structures. Just like with the bandís returning strengths, it also appears that their weaknesses have returned, except in even greater numbers. Alter Bridge has no doubt created a solid, if not exceptional album technically and vocally. But its lack of memorable moments, combined with excessive length and filler, make AB III boil down to an instrumentally impressive album that does not live up to its potential.
Anti-Flag The People or the Gun
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
To be honest, if my friends honored my passing with this album, I would kill myself in whatever afterlife I was enjoying at the time.
Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne
Barnaby Bright Wake the Hero
Belle and Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
This is Belle & Sebastian's "out there" album. I guess every band is entitled to one in their career. Usually they don't fare so well, and this is no exception.
Best Coast California Nights
Bjork Vulnicura
Simply tedious. Even if it is gorgeous in certain spots, Vulnicura is overlong and not varied enough to consistently recapture the interest of its listeners.
Black Lips Arabia Mountain
Black Lips deliver a reasonably good, certainly fun album. But they need to take a risk eventually if they ever want to reach their full potential.
Bright Archer Hidden Systems
Chronic Future Lines in My Face
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
While strong at points ("Here We Are Juggernaut", "Pearl of the Stars"), Year of the Black Rainbow doesn't represent any major progressive step forward for Coheed and Cambria. The album dabbles in electronic effects and tones down the guitars, ultimately creating an album that is no more or less desirable than the preceding disappointment, "No World For Tomorrow." The record provides enough to hold over fans hungry for more Coheed, but it is starting to appear that the band's best days are in fact long behind them.
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
Colbie Caillat All of You
Brighter Than The Sun, What If, and Before I Let You Go are all good songs, the rest of this is really forgettable
Coldplay X & Y
Death Cab for Cutie Kintsugi
Album is full of the kinds of songs Death Cab can churn out in their sleep. That doesn't necessarily mean it's bad, but it feels lifeless compared to comparable efforts that conveyed a little bit of enthusiasm and vigor. 'Black Sun', 'Little Wanderer', and 'Binary Sea' mark the highlights here, but if you're looking for much more than the occasional gem, then you might as well not bother with this.
Diego Garcia Laura
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Eve 6 Speak in Code
Now, now, I know what you're thinking. This is 2012, right? So what is a band like Eve 6 doing around? Their sudden reappearance is kind of like running into an ex-girlfriend that you used to have crazy monkey sex with, only now it's been a long time and you have matured. You have a college degree, a job, and a distinguished personality. Sure, you'd like to go for a romp in the hay for old time's sake, but there's a reason you left her in your past. So why is she here, unbuttoning her blouse and giving you the sex eyes? BECAUSE SHE TOTALLY FUCKING ROCKS!! Take her back, and blast the Eve 6 you won't regret it.
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
It looks like the Foo Fighters are back to going through the motions. It's a lot like Wasting Light, just stripped of its youthful vibe and sense of purpose. This just feels like Grohl and co. hanging out and making 8 songs, and putting them on a CD regardless of their content. Some of the tracks are good, sure, but it's also about 50% skippable.
Foster the People Supermodel
Gin Blossoms No Chocolate Cake
Goldenboy Sleepwalker
Goo Goo Dolls Something for the Rest of Us
Something for the Rest of Us is a very solid outing for the Goo Goo Dolls. It doesn't have the immediate appeal of Dizzy Up The Girl or Gutterflower, but it is at least on par with Let Love In and above their other works. The album doesn't really branch out, but it continues to give us the Goo Goo Dolls at their best - catchy upbeat tunes and thoughtfully crafted ballads.
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless
Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death
Gorillaz The Fall
Green Day Insomniac
Green Day 39/Smooth
Guster Evermotion
Guster attempts to make the jump from mainstream pop to Shins-brand indie. At times it works out (Gangway is great), but far too often does Evermotion find itself indifferently floating through echoed atmospheres and forgettable melodies.
Hoobastank The Reason
Hoobastank For(N)ever
Imogen Heap Sparks
Fans of Speak For Yourself will find this to be a letdown, but it still has its moments. It's not the kind of sit down, listen all the way through album that you want an artist to make every time, but the strong moments are good enough to make the album worthwhile. Just sift through the filler.
Iron & Wine Ghost on Ghost
How has this not been reviewed yet??? Irving get your slacking ass in front of a keyboard and write the reviews I don't have time to.
Jack's Mannequin People and Things
Jon Foreman The Wonderlands: Sunlight
Jon Foreman The Wonderlands: Shadows
Kasey Anderson and The Honkies Heart of a Dog
Country influence can be felt in every pulsating stomp and with each twangy riff, but this album also carries the heaviness and swagger of any of your favorite classic rock tunes. It's all very bad-to-the-bone, just modernized. Very accessible yet in no way soft, Heart of a Dog is a worthwhile listen for somebody looking for no frills, straight up rock n' roll with a slight country flavor.
Keane Perfect Symmetry
Kelly Clarkson Stronger
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
First 4 songs off of this are brilliant, the rest of the time is just kind of spent fizzing out from the hot start.
Landing on the Moon We Make History Now
As a whole, Landing on the Moon presents us an unprecedented tight sound. This may seem logical, considering that that band is made up of, as they describe it, ďa set of siblings, a pair of spouses, and two friends that are like brothers to the rest.Ē Considering that We Make History Now is the bandís first official album released, they come across as seasoned veterans of the music scene with outstanding chemistry.
Laura Marling Short Movie
An album that showed tremendous promise, weighed down by pretentious posturing that's upheld by weak melodies and okay lyrics.
Linkin Park Living Things
Mae (m)orning
Magic Wands Aloha Moon
Matt Kivel Days of Being Wild
Days of Being Wild is nothing more (or less) than an encore. It shares the stripped down qualities of its predecessor, at times endeavoring to become even less accessible. Kivel is at no point interested in throwing big surprises at his listeners, which is a double-edged sword because his relaxed approach both defines his artistic style as well as puts a cap on its creativity. Strong lyrical content makes the light instrumental treading more captivating, but the album lives and breathes through its quiet, contemplative nature. Matt Kivel?s offering to his listeners is an unadulterated ? even if rather simple ? look at everyday life. Days of Being Wild won?t ensnare your senses or make a concerted effort to win you over, which is okay. All you can do is just embrace it, listen to it, and hope that it grows on you.
Mike Bloom King of Circles
Mini Mansions Mini Mansions
Moving Mountains Waves
Mumford and Sons Wilder Mind
Petition here for Adam Knott to come out of fucking nowhere and write a 1.0 review of this album
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV
O.A.R. King
Plain White T's Wonders of the Younger
Poor Moon Illusion
Quiet Company Transgressor
A poppier expedition from "We Are All Where We Belong." This album lacks a lot of the life and energy offered by that album, traded in for stable/consistent mainstream-inclined melodies.
Radiohead The King of Limbs
At this point, they can't possibly reach the expectations that everyone has set for them.
Rihanna A Girl Like Me
Rihanna Loud
Rose Elinor Dougall The Distractions EP
Seether Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray
Shinedown Somewhere In The Stratosphere
Styx Styx
Sum 41 Underclass Hero
The entire album is riddled with songs that sound like second rate Green Day and Blink-182 b-sides.
The Airborne Toxic Event All At Once
The Airborne Toxic Event Such Hot Blood
The All-American Rejects The All-American Rejects
The All-American Rejects Kids in the Street
The Capsules Northern Lights and Southern Skies
The Colorful Quiet Numb Feeling
The Dangerous Summer War Paint
The Decemberists Her Majesty the Decemberists
The Decemberists Long Live the King
The Fray Scars and Stories
The Killers Day & Age
The Last Royals Twistification
The Mynabirds Lovers Know
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Am I the Enemy
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins Port of Morrow
The Sword High Country
The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
The Wooden Birds Two Matchsticks
Thievery Corporation Culture of Fear
Trent Hancock Ghostbird
Weezer The Red Album
Youngblood Hawke Wake Up

2.0 poor
311 Universal Pulse
Angels and Airwaves Love - Part II
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
Breaking Benjamin Dark Before Dawn
Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss
Carly Rae Jepsen E MO TION
EkoTren The Dead of Night
Lively, generic metalcore that will satisfy the casual fan but fail to impress beyond that.
Goo Goo Dolls Magnetic
Incubus If Not Now, When?
Joshua Radin The Rock and the Tide
Linkin Park A Thousand Suns
An average album by an average band. Different than all 3 of their previous efforts, but in no way better than any of them.
Lord Huron Strange Trails
Mae (a)fternoon
Muse The Resistance
All in all, The Resistance presents us with crystal clear production and superbly polished songs, but very little substance. There are a few moments that save it from complete futility, but it is still a colossal disappointment for the older breed of fans who enjoyed the likes of Absolution and Origin of Symmetry. To be fair, even the greatest artists of all time have had a regrettable moment. Only time will tell if this is Museís one regret, or the start of an overall decline. But for now, The Resistance stands as an unsightly scar on Museís otherwise superb discography.
Muse The 2nd Law
It's actually pretty decent IMO; the whole album is bombastic and way over the top. It reminds me a lot of how Coldplay said fuck everything and finally decided to embrace all of their eccentricities. I know it's all over the place stylistically, but it's tied together pretty nicely by the sheer fact that it's all completely ridiculous. The riffs, for as few and far between as they are, are worlds better than anything on Resistance bar maybe "Unnatural Selection", but even that was derived from an earlier riff in their discography. The songs are catchier and more well put together, and I think it's because they finally embraced the fact that MUSE IS NOT A ROCK BAND ANYMORE and got down to making what they want to be making. I do think that this direction has limited upside, there aren't many places they can go from here. But at least they aren't trapped in that awkward-as-fuck purgatory between wanting to sound like Black Holes and wanting to do straight up glam-pop that was more akin to Fall Out Boy than it was to themselves. Fucking Twilight soundtracks ruined everything ;)
Nate Ruess Grand Romantic
Opeth Heritage
Opeth Pale Communion
Once upon a time there was a grand brotherhood of musicians, named Opeth. Opeth ruled a
kingdom known to the musical lands as "Maehtal", later simply shortened to Metal. The leader
of the pack was Mikael Akerfeldt, and it was said that his voice would boom with the
authority of a lion during the day, and calm herds of antelope with his soothing song at
night. Metal all fell under his massive shadow, as he ruled with dignity and grace for over
a decade. Then, one night in his sleep, he was visited by the ghost of an old king - sir
Crimson. Crimson, an apt ruler in his day, managed to continue to sway the tides of the
music world well beyond his grave...an unnatural gift. Crimson poisoned the mind of
Akerfeldt, and told him that he must only play Crimson's music so that the village people
could continue to glorify his name and rejoice in his accomplishments. Thus Akerfeldt
decreed a new law called "Heritage", which stated that he would no longer reign over the
lands with his booming declarations and only would whisper, yodel, and craft poor
transitions. The other members of his brotherhood, Opeth, tried in vain to convince
Akerfeldt otherwise, but soon they succumbed to the curse as well. Three years later, poor
king Akerfeldt's mind remains entombed in the curse of Crimson. His latest decree, Pale
Communion, issues a statement that 70's prog will live on forever through meandering,
extremely derivative 2000's metal. It is said that one day a savior will arrive and unpoison
Akerfeldt's mind; but until then, the kingdom of Metal suffers a great indignity and the
loss of one of its greatest kings.
Pink Floyd The Endless River
Pretty, fluffy stuff.
Relient K Collapsible Lung
Rihanna Rated R
Rihanna Talk That Talk
Secondhand Serenade Hear Me Now
Almost as if the album ran over from A Twist In My Story, each track is a desperate attempt to get the listener to connect with Veselyís emotional state. Had he used more restraint in his songwriting and chosen his climaxes more carefully, the listener would have a much better chance at feeling some kind of empathy or appreciation for what he is going through. Instead, it ends up becoming a chore, like listening to a friend complain constantly about a relationship that he/she should have moved on from two or three albums Ė I mean weeks Ė ago. Nobody likes spending their time that way, so why would they do it on this album? Sometimes in music, no change begets negative change, and Hear Me Now is a prime example.
Simple Plan Still Not Getting Any...
Simple Plan Simple Plan
Smoke Or Fire The Speakeasy
Soundtrack (Film) The Hunger Games
Styx The Serpent Is Rising
Styx Styx II
The Big Pink Future This
The Black Keys Turn Blue
The Crash Motive Consequence
The Fray Helios
Third Eye Blind Dopamine
Three Days Grace Life Starts Now
We The Kings Sunshine State of Mind

1.5 very poor
Band of Horses Mirage Rock
Disturbed Immortalized
Finger Eleven Life Turns Electric
Life Turns Electric suffers from a lack of originality and a lack of catchiness, two flaws that no mainstream rock album can survive when mixed together.
Good Charlotte Cardiology
This is just another bland album from a talentless band...nothing to see here, folks.
Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors
Every bit as gimmicky as their debut "Night Visions", but at least that album had a ton of catchy tunes and some downright massive hooks. This is like Night Visions lite, and feels more like a collection of b-sides than a legitimate effort to craft something worthwhile.
Keane Night Train
Lady Antebellum Own the Night
Meghan Trainor Title
This album has all the right junk in all the right places
My Chemical Romance Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
This is a huge album...and not because it is groundbreaking or even particularly well done. Don't get me wrong, it will probably become a massive hit among mainstream rock/punk/emo fans, but it is because it is crafted to do just that. Danger Days and the Fabulous whatever-the-fuck the absurd title of this album is contains all glitz, pomp and frills glamour. It is overbloated and tailored for an enjoyable, easy listen for those looking for mediocre background music or maybe for those who have yet to reach the realization that heart and soul is what drives music to be good. In other words, extremely average arena pop-rock.
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Plain White T's Big Bad World
Sum 41 Screaming Bloody Murder
This is the worst album I have heard in my entire life.
The Killers Battle Born
The Script No Sound Without Silence
Three Days Grace Human
At this point they're an irrelevant band anyway so this disappointing release shouldn't impact too many people.
Train California 37
It's not very often that an album makes me mad. I'm not talking disappointed, or even grouchy, I mean completely ready to punch the next person I see in the face. Fuck fuck fuck I need an aspirin.
Yellowcard Where We Stand
Yellowcard Midget Tossing

1.0 awful
3 Doors Down Time of My Life
Take your right hand, lift it up to eye level, and repeatedly flick yourself in the forehead. Donít stopÖdonít fucking stop for forty minutes. Thatís what listening to this album is like.
Blackmore's Night Autumn Sky
Good Lord. If I wanted to hear a subpar female vocalist and a bunch of random horns supposedly depicting the Renaissance I would watch Robin Hood on mute and play a Disney soundtrack. I suppose this might be appealing to some but I literally started to feel sick by the time this was over.
Miley Cyrus Can't Be Tamed
Miley is her own woman now, and for better or worse, she is no longer a puppet of the Walt Disney corporation. This is not the breakout album of Miley Cyrus? career. But between the catchy beats of her singles, the chilled-out vibes of her ballads, and her new independent image, Can?t Be Tamed manages to hold its own and send Miley one step closer to creating her own unique musical identity.r
The Airborne Toxic Event Dope Machines
Trade in the drums! Burn the guitars! Who needs them when you have all the synthesizers that you
never asked for? Oh, and be sure to emulate Freddie Mercury. Not that talented? It doesn't
matter, because this is Dope Machines, where anything flies! It's a melting pot of falsetto,
electronics, and fun! Join The Airborne Toxic Event for a wild time that you'll never forget!
The Explorers Club Grand Hotel
The Script #3
#3 you say? Smells more like #2 to me lolololololol
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