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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAnberlin CitiesAs a whole, Cities shows Anberlin coming to a crossroads between youth and maturity and creating an absolute masterpiece of both. Armistice ArmisticeI 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-182In all likelihood, this is the best pop-punk album of all time.Bon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoAn 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 EntenduAs 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 The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeThe 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. Brand New DaisyBrand 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.Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His FriendsThe 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.Deftones White PonyIt 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.Deftones Diamond EyesDeftones' 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...Fleet Foxes Helplessness BluesThe folk album that will define our generation...and I couldn't be happier with that.Frank Turner England Keep My BonesThe 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.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.Great Northern Trading Twilight for DaylightSweeping, beautiful, atmospheric, vocal and instrumental bliss...Great Northern outdid themselves and just about everyone else with Trading Twilight for Daylight.Green Day American IdiotSay 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 TransitThis 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.Jimmy Eat World FuturesThis 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.King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingA 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.Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVThis is more than the album that contains perhaps the greatest song in history. Low Roar 02014'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.Manchester Orchestra Simple MathSimple 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, SisterAll 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.mewithoutYou Ten StoriesRecently this has come to be equal to Brother, Sister. Classic album.Radiohead Kid AI 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 ComputerCan 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?Sigur Ros ( )Simon and Garfunkel BookendsSwans The Seer ALL THESE 5's are LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY...The Avett Brothers I and Love and YouThe Moody Blues Days of Future PassedThe 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 Shins Oh, Inverted WorldAn example of what indie music nowadays should be.Third Eye Blind Third Eye BlindThis 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 VheissuArguably 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. Tigers on Trains GrandfatherMaggio 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.Titus Andronicus The MonitorThis album just gets better with every listen. A landmark album to kick off the decade.Yellowcard Ocean AvenueThe album is a heartbreaking tale, told by average people for average people. Straight from the honest and wavering vocals of Ryan Key, it is full of beautiful lyrics and a heart-wrenching desire to get her back.4.7 superbThe National High Violet4.6 superbThe War on Drugs Lost in the Dream4.5 superbAdele 21Someone 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. Agalloch The MantleAges and Ages DivisionarySuch an infectious indie-rock album. One of 2014's best kept secrets.Alt-J This Is All YoursAn 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.Animal Collective Fall Be KindAnimal Collective FeelsAnimal Collective Here Comes the IndianAnnuals Be He MeOne 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 FuneralFuneral 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 ReflektorBon Iver Bon Iver, Bon IverConverge Jane DoeIt 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 All We Love We Leave BehindBetter 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 FantasyElliott Smith Figure 8Eminem The Marshall Mathers LPFall Out Boy Infinity on HighFlorence and the Machine CeremonialsWow. I never thought Florence and the Machine would top Lungs but this has the potential to grow into a near-classicFlying Lotus CosmogrammaFoster the People TorchesFrightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ FightDesperate, shattered, and needy. Oh, and one of the most beautiful things you will likely hear in your entire life.fun. Aim and IgniteGates Bloom and BreatheIf 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.Hey Marseilles To Travels and TrunksImogen Heap Speak For YourselfKanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKishi Bashi LighghtLydia IlluminateM83 Hurry Up, We're DreamingMae (e)veningThis 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. Maybeshewill I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was GonemewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's allMinus the Bear AcousticsMinus the Bear Acoustics IIMinus the Bear Planet of IceModest Mouse The Moon & AntarcticaMuse AbsolutionMuse'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.Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaNick Cave and The Bad Seeds Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of OrpheusOpeth WatershedOpeth DamnationOpeth'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.Owl John Owl JohnPapercranes Let's Make Babies in the WoodsThe 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 HerePink Floyd The WallPorcupine Tree In AbsentiaIf 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.Quiet Company We Are All Where We BelongThe 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.Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap SeatsRegina chirps, buzzes, oohs, and ahhs her way to another splendidly odd but amazing albumSimon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon and Garfunkel Sounds of SilenceSnowmine Laminate Pet AnimalI 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.Steve Mason Monkey Minds In The Devil's TimeSteven Wilson The Raven That Refused to SingStraylight Run Straylight RunTaylor Swift Speak NowTaylor 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 Burst ApartI don't care what anyone says this is better than Hospice. Just listen to it for God's sakeThe Antlers FamiliarsThe Antlers HospiceThe 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 Decemberists The King Is DeadThe 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 The Crane WifeTruly 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 Dodos No ColorThe Milk Carton Kids PrologueThe Moody Blues On the Threshold of a DreamThe National Trouble Will Find MeThe Paper Kites StatesThe Roots undunThe Tallest Man on Earth The Wild HuntThe Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving NowThursday No DevolucionTigers on Trains FoundryWeezer PinkertonWeezer WeezerYellowcard Southern AirEvery 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 2012.4.4 superbAstronauts Hollow PondsA 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?Ghost Mice All We Got Is Each OtherI WANT SOMEONE TO WANT TO ASSASSINATE A PRESIDENT FOR MEManchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a ChildSomeone'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 eyesSharon Van Etten Are We ThereSilversun Pickups Neck of the WoodsTigers on Trains Antarctica In Color4.3 superbTaylor Swift 1989The best Taylor Swift album. And that's 100% verified by your local Taylor Swift authority.Zella Day Zella DayYou already love this EP, it's just time you found out. 4.2 excellentBleachers Strange DesireStrange 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.Elliott Smith Elliott SmithSilversun Pickups SwoonThe Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful WorldIt's more inconsistent than The King Is Dead, but it is also far more spectacular at times.Trophy Scars Holy Vacants4.1 excellentOneRepublic NativeOneRepublic 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.4.0 excellentAdele 19Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs HereAlice in Chains Jar of FliesAlter Bridge BlackbirdBrilliant 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."Anberlin VitalAnberlin LowbornGodspeed boys. Thanks for all the amazing songs and inspirational lyrics over the years.Anberlin New SurrenderAnberlin'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.Animal Collective Campfire SongsBand of Horses Cease to BeginBrand New Fight Off Your Demons (The Demos)Brand New Your Favorite WeaponCheyenne Marie Mize Among the GreyClint Mansell Black SwanCoheed and Cambria The Afterman: AscensionThe voice in that opening track reminds me of the fucked up bunny from donnie darkoCoheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessColdplay ParachutesColdplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadConverge Axe to FallA 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. Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are MountainsD'Angelo Black MessiahRealizing that I didn't have a soul before this album. Damien Rice ODeftones Koi No YokanAnother 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 MagellanDream Theater Images and WordsDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryBeyond 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. Elliott Smith Either/OrFall Out Boy From Under the Cork TreeField Music PlumbFoo Fighters In Your HonorFrank Turner Love, Ire & Songfun. Some NightsGabrielle Aplin Never FadeGodspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!Gorillaz Plastic BeachThe 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. Green Day DookieGrouper RuinsStunningly 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 WorldHey Rosetta! Seedsthis is really good why aren't you listening to itHoobastank Every Man for HimselfHorse Feathers House With No HomeIngrid Michaelson Lights OutIron & Wine Kiss Each Other CleanIron & 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. Jack's Mannequin The Glass PassengerJake Shimabukuro Peace Love UkuleleJeremy Fisher FloodIt may be the poppiest folk album you will ever hear, but it is so catchy and enjoyable that you probably won't care.Jimmy Eat World Bleed AmericanJoshua Radin We Were HereJulian Lynch MareJustin Timberlake The 20/20 ExperienceJustin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2Keane Under The Iron SeaKeane'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. Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d cityKilling Joke Absolute DissentLamb of God ResolutionLanterns on the Lake Until The Colours RunLinkin Park Hybrid TheoryOutstanding 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. Lorde Pure HeroineMae The EverglowDriving 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 SingularityManchester Orchestra Mean Everything to NothingSlightly overrated as a whole, although it does have some of the band's best songs (I Can Feel A Hot One, The River)Margot & the Nuclear So and So's Rot Gut, DomesticThe perfect blend of messy, loud rock and quiet, contemplative indie. Worth a listen from a fan of either genre.Meat Loaf Bat Out of HellIt 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 Ride the LightningMimicking Birds EONSMinus the Bear Highly Refined PiratesMinus the Bear Menos El OsoMinus the Bear Lost LovesI like to listen to this and pretend that Minus the Bear is actually good again Motion City Soundtrack Even If It Kills MeMotion City Soundtrack My Dinosaur LifeMount Eerie Clear MoonMount Eerie Ocean RoarMuse Origin of SymmetryMy Chemical Romance The Black ParadeMy Epic BeholdNine Inch Nails The FragileNine Inch Nails The Downward SpiralNoah Gundersen FamilyNoah Gundersen Saints & LiarsObadiah Parker Obadiah Parker LiveOne 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.Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animala strong-willed, beautifully composed piece of modern day indie-folk.Opeth Blackwater ParkPanic! At the Disco Vices & VirtuesPapercranes ThreeParamore Brand New EyesPaul Simon GracelandPink Floyd AnimalsPink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPJ Harvey Let England ShakePorcupine Tree DeadwingPortugal. The Man In The Mountain In The CloudPuressence Don't Forget to RememberPuscifer 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.Queens of the Stone Age ...Like ClockworkRacing Heart To Walk Beside That GhostRadiohead The BendsRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikRed Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationRelient K MmhmmRoyal Blood Royal BloodA 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.S. Carey Range Of LightA blend of down to earth acoustic guitar play and atmospheric effects. Listening to this feels like walking through the woods, climbing to the top of a mountain, and looking down on the clouds.S. Carey HoyasSaintseneca Dark ArcSarabeth Tucek Get Well SoonSerj Tankian Imperfect HarmoniesAs 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 TrampAccented by moments of utterly breathtaking musical inspiration, Tramp captures an artist at her most vulnerable - drenched in melancholy, yet never begging for compassion.Shinedown Leave A WhisperBefore 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.Simon and Garfunkel Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and ThymeSleepingdog With Our Heads in the Clouds...Snow Patrol A Hundred Million SunsThe music is atmospheric and at times even transcendental, but if you donít 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.Sonic Youth Bad Moon RisingTo 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.
Soundtrack (Film) Garden StateSoundtrack (Film) (500) Days of SummerSt. Vincent St. VincentStellar Young VesselsStraylight Run Prepare To Be WrongStreet Chant MeansSwans My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the SkyLet'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 Tell All Your FriendsTaking Back Sunday Taking Back SundayTalons New TopographicsTaylor Swift Speak Now World TourTaylor Swift FearlessSwiftís 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.The Antlers UnderseaThe Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles Abbey RoadThe Beatles The BeatlesThe Boxer Rebellion The Cold StillThe 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 MeltingThe Decemberists The Hazards Of LoveThe Decemberists Castaways and CutoutsThe Dodos CarrierThe Fall of Troy ManipulatorThe Gathering DisclosureAbsolutely 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 BrinkThe Milk Carton Kids The Ash & ClayThe Moody Blues Seventh SojournThe Mountain Goats Transcendental YouthThe National AlligatorThe Paper Kites WoodlandThe Paper Kites Young NorthThe Rentals Lost In AlphavilleThe 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 The CartographerRegardless 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 Republic of Wolves VarunaVaruna 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 of Wolves His Old BranchesThe Republic Tigers Keep ColorThe Roots How I Got OverThe Wrens The MeadowlandsThird Eye Blind BlueThrice The Artist in the AmbulanceThrice Major/MinorTransatlantic Bridge Across ForeverU2 The Joshua TreeU2 How to Dismantle an Atomic BombWe The Kings We The KingsWeezer Everything Will Be Alright in the EndBelieve 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.Women Public StrainYellowcard Ocean Avenue AcousticYellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say YesI've never been more ready to move onYellowcard Lights and SoundsYellowcard Paper WallsYellowcard Lift a Sail3.9 excellentRobin Bacior Water DreamsSnowmine DialectsThe Helio Sequence Keep Your Eyes AheadThe Rosebuds Sand + Silence3.8 excellentAlt-J An Awesome WaveAlvvays AlvvaysCopeland IxoraFall Out Boy Folie a DeuxManchester Orchestra CopeThere'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.Portugal. The Man The Satanic SatanistSpoon They Want My SoulHighly recommended over other types of silverware.The Decemberists Picaresque3.7 greatAriel Pink Pom PomBroods EvergreenCraft Spells NauseaKayo Dot Coffins on IoLost In The Trees Past LifeRun River North Run River NorthPeople seriously need to start becoming aware of this album. Recommend listening to 'Beetle' first.Thantifaxath Sacred White Noise3.6 greatStolas AllomaternalSwans To Be Kind3.5 great The Other Side Of You1,2,3 New HeavenAbout Group Start and CompleteThis 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.Air Review Low WishesAlien Ant Farm ANThologyAlien Ant Farm TruANTAlien Ant Farm Up in the AtticAlter Bridge FortressAnberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a PlaceDark 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.Animal Collective Strawberry JamAnubis Hitchhiking to ByzantiumArcade Fire Neon BibleArcade Fire The SuburbsAstra The Black ChordAvenged Sevenfold Waking the FallenAvril Lavigne Avril LavigneBand of Horses Everything All the TimeBand of Horses Infinite ArmsBarnaby Bright Wake the HeroBayside Killing TimeBelle and Sebastian The Boy With the Arab StrapBlack Stone Cherry Between the Devil and the Deep Blue SeaBlink-182 Take Off Your Pants and JacketBlink-182 Enema of the StateBlue October Any Man in AmericaYou 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 girlChronic Future Lines in My FaceCoheed and Cambria No World for TomorrowColdplay Mylo XylotoColdplay Ghost StoriesConor Oberst Upside Down MountainCrossfade We All BleedCymbals Eat Guitars LOSETremendously heartfelt offering. Emotional and occasionally whiny vocal delivery might not be for everyone, but the musical aspect of this album kicks ass.Diego Garcia LauraDream Theater Systematic ChaosEminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2Eminem RecoveryWhile 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.Eve 6 Speak in CodeNow, 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.Fall Out Boy Save Rock and RollFarewell Republic Burn the BoatsIt 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.Flying Lotus You're Dead!Foals Holy FireFoo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & GraceFoo Fighters Wasting LightGreat but not THAT great. In Your Honor was way better.Gabrielle Aplin HomeGates You Are All You Have Left to FearGoo Goo Dolls Something for the Rest of UsSomething 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. Gorillaz The FallGorillaz Demon DaysGreen Day 21st Century BreakdownGreen Day WarningGreen Day NimrodGrizzly Bear ShieldsGuster Ganging Up on the SunHoobastank HoobastankHorse Feathers Cynic's New YearIncubus A Crow Left of the Murder...Iron & Wine The Shepherd's DogJ Mascis Tied to a StarIndisputably gorgeous. Lush and other words like that. Never anything more, though.Jake Bugg Jake BuggJakob SinesJeff Loomis Plains of OblivionJenny O. HomeJet Get BornJet Shine OnJewel Pieces of YouIf you don't enjoy this, chances are you don't have a soulJimmy Eat World InventedOn 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 Chase This LightJimmy Eat World DamageJoshua Radin Wax WingsKanye West YeezusKasey Anderson and The Honkies Heart of a DogCountry 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 Hopes & FearsKelly Clarkson BreakawayKilling Joke MMXIILady Gaga The FameLana Del Rey UltraviolenceLanding on the Moon We Make History NowAs 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. Lanu Her 12 FacesLaura Stevenson WheelLinkin Park MeteoraHyrbid Theory perfected. What it lacks in great singles it more than makes up for in songwriting and intriguing lyrics. Lorelei Carlson DopamineThis girl has an amazing voice, and she puts it to good use on Dopamine. If you're keen on virtually unknown pop artists with a sullen and mysterious vibe, give Lorelei a listen right away.Lydia DevilMae (m)orningMagic Wands Aloha MoonMaroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before LongMatt Kivel Double ExposureMaybeshewill Fair YouthMedicine Home EverywhereThis is just well-executed experimentation. I'd recommend to fans of noise pop/alt-rock in the
vein of Animal Collective.Metallica MetallicaMetallica Master of PuppetsMetallica ...And Justice for AllMetallica Death MagneticmewithoutYou Catch For Us The FoxesmewithoutYou A to B: LifeMGMT CongratulationsMGMT Oracular SpectacularOracular 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.Michael Buble ChristmasMike Bloom King of CirclesMini Mansions Mini MansionsMinus the Bear OmniModest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad NewsModest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even SankMoonlight Bride Twin LakesMotion City Soundtrack GoMuse Black Holes and RevelationsEach 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.
Muse ShowbizMy Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet RevengeNebelung PalingenesisNeedtobreathe The ReckoningNew Found Glory RadiosurgeryNine Inch Nails The SlipNow, Now NeighborsOK Go Ok GoEvery 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.
OneRepublic Dreaming Out LoudOpeth Ghost ReveriesParamore Riot!Paramore ParamoreParquet Courts Content NauseaPenpal PenpalPink Floyd MeddlePortugal. The Man Evil FriendsRachel Grimes Book Of LeavesRadiohead Hail to the ThiefRadiohead AmnesiacRed Hot Chili Peppers By the WayRed Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumRelient K Let It Snow, Baby... Let It ReindeerRelient K Five Score and Seven Years AgoRise Against Appeal to ReasonRobert Plant Lullaby And‚Ä¶ The Ceaseless RoarS. Carey All We GrowShinedown The Sound of MadnessSlipknot All Hope Is GoneSoundtrack (Film) Nightmare RevisitedSum 41 ChuckTaylor Swift Taylor SwiftThe Afghan Whigs Do to the BeastThe All-American Rejects Move AlongThe Colorful Quiet Numb FeelingThe Decemberists Long Live the KingThe Fray Scars and StoriesThe Fray The FrayThe Fray How to Save a LifeThe Lonely Island IncredibadThe National Cherry TreeThe Neighbourhood I Love YouThe New Pornographers Brill BruisersThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart Days of AbandonThe Shins Wincing the Night AwayThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & IIThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IVA very unique record, Air and Earth provide some of Thrice's purest and most organic sounding songs. Thrice BeggarsTrampled By Turtles Wild AnimalsOne of the more overlooked albums of 2014. Album possesses a very natural aura, blending
alt/indie with bluegrass, folk, and a little bit of country. If nothing else, listen to
"Are You Behind The Shining Star?" and "Ghosts" before you dismiss it.Trent Hancock GhostbirdTrophy Scars Bad LuckUnderoath DisambiguationVampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the CityWe The Kings Smile KidWeezer HurleyWilco Being ThereWintersun Time IWolfmother WolfmotherYellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes AcousticYou, Me, And Everyone We Know Some Things Don't Wash OutImagine 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. 3.4 greatAugustana Life Imitating LifeHoneyblood HoneybloodMeatbodies MeatbodiesNothing Guilty of EverythingThis has some amazing moments and some very average ones. It's worth wading through the mediocrity to find the gems though, because some of them are near the top of 2014's song pool.Woodkid The Golden AgeZola Jesus Taiga3.3 greatAgalloch The Serpent and the SphereIt's different from what we're all used to hearing from Agalloch, but this is still a very well constructed black metal album with plenty of atmosphere to get lost in.Chevelle La GargolaCoves Soft FridayFrank Turner Tape Deck HeartJenny Lewis The VoyagerNothing More Nothing MorePhoenix Bankrupt!Real Estate AtlasShakey Graves And The War CameSleater-Kinney No Cities to LoveThe Decemberists Her Majesty the DecemberistsThe Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is ThereThird Eye Blind Out Of The VeinViet Cong Viet Cong3.2 goodAndrew McMahon in the Wilderness Andrew McMahon in the WildernessFall Out Boy Take This to Your Graveiamthemorning BelightedImogen Heap SparksFans 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.Neulore Animal EvolveA mix of your typical Of Monsters and Men radio-folk and something more. When they're digging deeper into their pool of creativity this band is something truly special. Indie-folk fans would be wise to give this a chance and find the tracks that suit them best, because no matter what, you'll find something here that you'll like.Woods With Light And With Love3.1 goodYoungblood Hawke Wake Up3.0 goodA Sunny Day in Glasgow Sea When AbsentAaron West and The Roaring Twenties We Don't Have Each OtherThis is noticeably better than The Wonder Years, with a plethora of emotional ballads and better vocal delivery. However, it still reeks of a pop-punk artist trying in vain to be bigger than he actually is. Who knows, this might be the way to go for our Wonder Years' front man, but it's still just a notch above average. I guess not everyone is destined for greatness.Alter Bridge AB IIIThere 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.Angels and Airwaves Love - Part IIAngels and Airwaves LoveAnimal Collective Merriweather Post PavilionAnna Calvi Strange WeatherArctic Monkeys AMAvenged Sevenfold City of EvilAvenged Sevenfold NightmareTo be honest, if my friends honored my passing with this album, I would kill myself in whatever afterlife I was enjoying at the time. Avenged Sevenfold Avenged SevenfoldBear in Heaven Time Is Over One Day OldBelle and Sebastian Write About LoveBellows Blue BreathBenjamin Booker Benjamin BookerBlack Lips Arabia MountainBlack 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.Blink-182 NeighborhoodsBlink-182 Dude RanchCatfish and the Bottlemen The BalconyCoheed and Cambria The Afterman: DescensionColdplay X & YCrosses CrossesDeftones Saturday Night WristDeVotchKa 100 Lovers100 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.Dr. Dog Be The VoidDream Theater Train of ThoughtDrenge DrengeEd Sheeran +Eminem The Eminem ShowEmpire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) You Will Eventually Be ForgottenFall Out Boy American Beauty / American PsychoI really don't like how everything is auto-tuned and lacking instruments (aka complete shit) but they still craft catchy pop songs better than most. This is a collection of full-throttle attempts at radio singles and almost none of them are good enough to be what they're trying to be. However, only a few of them are god awful so yeah this is like above average by modern standards for radio pop.Finger Eleven Finger ElevenFoster the People SupermodelFrom Indian Lakes Absent SoundsGin Blossoms No Chocolate CakeGreen Day KerplunkGuster Easy WonderfulHoobastank For(N)everHoobastank The ReasonHusky Forever SoInterpol El PintorIron & Wine Ghost on GhostHow 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.Jukebox the Ghost Jukebox The Ghost LPKanye West 808s and HeartbreakKaren O Crush SongsKeane StrangelandKeane Perfect SymmetryKelly Clarkson All I Ever WantedLana Del Rey Born to DieFirst 4 songs off of this are brilliant, the rest of the time is just kind of spent fizzing out from the hot start.Linkin Park Minutes to MidnightMark Ronson Uptown SpecialMatt Kivel Days of Being WildDays 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.MGMT MGMTMichael Buble Crazy LoveMono The Last DawnPretty at times but lacks the power needed to make a strictly instrumental release have a lasting impact. Morning Parade Pure Adulterated JoyMumford and Sons BabelMumford and Sons Sigh No MoreNine Inch Nails With TeethNine Inch Nails Pretty Hate MachineNoah Gundersen LedgesNow, Now ThreadsOneRepublic Waking UpOrenda Fink Blue DreamPapercuts Life Among The SavagesParamore All We Know Is FallingPink Floyd The Endless RiverPretty, fluffy stuff. Pink Floyd The Division BellPrawn KingfisherPS I Love You For Those Who StayRadiohead In RainbowsRadiohead The King of LimbsAt this point, they can't possibly reach the expectations that everyone has set for them. Relient K Forget and Not Slow DownI 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.Rose Elinor Dougall The Distractions EPShinedown AmaryllisShinedown Us And ThemSlipknot IowaSlipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)Slipknot .5: The Gray ChapterOne of Slipknot's better albums. They don't try to be something more than what they've always been - a middle of the road rock band with a top notch vocalist that can craft some very interesting and at times disturbing melodies. Slow Club Complete SurrenderSoundtrack (Disney) The Little MermaidSoundtrack (Film) The Hunger GamesSum 41 Does This Look Infected?Sum 41 All Killer No FillerTaylor Swift Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday ColThe All-American Rejects When the World Comes DownThe Black Angels Clear Lake ForestThe Bots Pink PalmsThe Flaming Lips The TerrorThe Glass At Birds Two SwimThe Head And The Heart The Head And The HeartThe Head And The Heart Let's Be StillThe Last Royals TwistificationThe National BoxerThe Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your CousinThe Shins Chutes Too NarrowThe Shins Port of MorrowThievery Corporation Culture of FearThievery Corporation SaudadeTwin Atlantic Great DivideU2 Songs of InnocenceWeary Eyes WWGBBYWWeezer Make BelieveWeezer The Green AlbumYellowcard One for the Kids2.9 goodAlcest Shelter2.8 goodOurlives Den Of LionsThe Black Keys Turn BlueThe Helio Sequence NegotiationsVinyl Thief Fathoms2.7 averageJack's Mannequin People and ThingsJulian Casablancas and The Voidz Tyranny2.5 average311 Universal PulseAngels and Airwaves We Don't Need to WhisperAngels and Airwaves The Dream WalkerAnimal Collective Centipede HzAnimal Collective has finally broken down to the point where they are throwing random shit together with no rhyme or reason...they always had eclectic taste and advanced atmospheric qualities, but this album is just directionless. The talent is there, but it is squandered throughout Centipede's mindless meandering.Anti-Flag The People or the GunAriana Grande My EverythingAvenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh TrumpetBad Suns Language and PerspectiveBelle and Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Want to DanceBlink-182 Cheshire CatBroken Bells After The DiscoCharli XCX SuckerCloud Boat Model of YouCloud Nothings Here and Nowhere ElseCoheed and Cambria Year of the Black RainbowWhile 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.Colbie Caillat All of YouBrighter Than The Sun, What If, and Before I Let You Go are all good songs, the rest of this is really forgettableDream Theater Black Clouds & Silver LiningsEminem EncoreEmpress Hotel Empress HotelEternal Summers The Drop BeneathFinger Eleven Them vs. You vs. MeFoo Fighters Sonic HighwaysIt 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.Goldenboy SleepwalkerGreen Day InsomniacGuster EvermotionHozier HozierImagine Dragons Night VisionsIt's the equivalent of having a marching band parade through the streets of your town every time you take a
dump.Islander Violence and DestructionJake Bugg Shangri LaJoshua Radin The Rock and the TideLinkin Park Living ThingsLinkin Park A Thousand SunsAn average album by an average band. Different than all 3 of their previous efforts, but in no way better than any of them.Manchester Orchestra HopeI found this to basically just be a slower retread of Cope...I get it, that was the point...but they don't endeavor to change much of anything and the bland parts of Cope are just as bland here. If anything, those songs were written to be driven by blazing guitars and with the power stripped from every song, the weak structures are more apparent than ever.Maroon 5 OverexposedMichael Buble To Be LovedMiley Cyrus BangerzMinus the Bear Infinity OverheadMoving Mountains WavesMuse The 2nd LawIt'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 ;) Needtobreathe Rivers In The WastelandNickelback Dark HorseNine Inch Nails Year ZeroO.A.R. KingOpeth Pale CommunionOnce 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.Plain White T's Wonders of the YoungerPoor Moon IllusionRelient K Collapsible LungRihanna LoudRise Against EndgameTo quote Ties, "it's Appeal to Reason without the catchy choruses." Rise Against The Black MarketSeether Isolate and MedicateSeether continues their glide through rock mediocrity. A handful of good tracks save this, but for the most part it's just a rehash of the same songs you forgot off their last album.Shinedown Somewhere In The StratosphereSlipknot SlipknotStars No One Is LostTaking Back Sunday New AgainThe All-American Rejects The All-American RejectsThe All-American Rejects Kids in the StreetThe Big Pink Future ThisThe Capsules Northern Lights and Southern SkiesThe Horrors LuminousThe Raveonettes Pe'ahiThe Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Am I the EnemyThe Republic of Wolves No Matter How NarrowThe Script Science & FaithThird Eye Blind Ursa MajorTrain Save Me San FranciscoWarpaint WarpaintWe The Kings Somewhere SomehowWeezer RaditudeWeezer The Red AlbumWeezer MaladroitWild Beasts Present TenseWolfmother Cosmic Egg2.3 averagePanda Bear Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper2.0 poorAngels and Airwaves I-EmpireBand of Horses Mirage RockBayside CultBright Archer Hidden SystemsEkoTren The Dead of NightLively, generic metalcore that will satisfy the casual fan but fail to impress beyond that.Goo Goo Dolls MagneticGood Charlotte CardiologyThis is just another bland album from a talentless band...nothing to see here, folks.Green Day 39/SmoothIggy Azalea The New ClassicIngrid Michaelson Human AgainJet Shaka RockKeane Night TrainKelly Clarkson StrongerKelly Clarkson My DecemberLady Gaga ArtpopLady Gaga Born This WayThis is really really really really really really really really really really really really really really disappointing.Linkin Park The Hunting PartyMae (a)fternoonMuse The ResistanceAll 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.Nickelback All the Right ReasonsNickelback No Fixed AddressNine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IVObadiah Parker The Siren and the SaintOK Go Hungry GhostsOpeth HeritageReal Friends Maybe This Place Is The Same...Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With YouRihanna Talk That TalkSecondhand Serenade Hear Me NowAlmost 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.
Taylor Swift RedDearest Taylor,
The 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.
SO WHY DID YOU HAVE TO START SHAGGING 6 GUYS A YEAR AND MAKING SHITTY DUBSTEP SONGS ABOUT THEM
Oh God I'm sorry please don't write a song about me
/ we're over The Airborne Toxic Event All At OnceThe Fray HeliosThe Phantom Band Strange FriendThe Script The ScriptThe Script No Sound Without SilenceThirty Seconds to Mars Love Lust Faith + DreamsWe The Kings Sunshine State of MindWhite SeeD Sick In A Place Away from Everything1.5 very poorAvenged Sevenfold Hail to the KingBlackmore's Night Autumn SkyGood 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. Ed Sheeran xClassic case of a somewhat talented songwriter getting too big for his britches. Too much
hip-hop tomfoolery and it sounds completely and totally awkward. "Sing" is the only song
that succeeds at his new style. There's about 2 other sad love songs that are as good as
anything on +, but everything else here is Ed reaching for an audience that he will never
attain. Eminem RelapseFinger Eleven Life Turns ElectricLife 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. Green Day ¬°UNO!Green Day iDOS!Green Day iTRE!Lady Antebellum Own the NightMaroon 5 VMeghan Trainor TitleThis album has all the right junk in all the right placesMy Chemical Romance Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous KilljoysThis 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 EyesPlain White T's Big Bad WorldSeether Holding Onto Strings Better Left to FraySimple Plan Still Not Getting Any...Smoke Or Fire The SpeakeasySum 41 Underclass HeroThe entire album is riddled with songs that sound like second rate Green Day and Blink-182 b-sides.The Wooden Birds Two MatchsticksThousand Foot Krutch Oxygen: InhaleThings I did while listening to this album that were more interesting than the album itself: folded sheets, washed/dried dishes, unclogged a drain. Train Bulletproof Picasso1.0 awful3 Doors Down Time of My LifeTake 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. Kesha WarriorMiley Cyrus Can't Be TamedMiley 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.rNickelback Here and NowNicki Minaj The PinkprintRobin Thicke PaulaSum 41 Screaming Bloody MurderThis is the worst album I have heard in my entire life.The Crash Motive ConsequenceThe Explorers Club Grand HotelThe Script #3#3 you say? Smells more like #2 to me lololololololTrain California 37It'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. 0.5 Buckcherry FuckBecause a 1 isn't low enough. Ladies and gentlemen, gather around and witness the happening
of the worst album in sputnikmusic.com history.
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