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5.0 classic
Anberlin Cities
As a whole, Cities shows Anberlin coming to a crossroads between youth and maturity and creating an absolute masterpiece of both.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
The folk album that will define our generation...and I couldn't be happier with that.
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.
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 Daylight
Sweeping, beautiful, atmospheric, vocal and instrumental bliss...Great Northern outdid themselves and just about everyone else with Trading Twilight for Daylight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
mewithoutYou Ten Stories
Recently this has come to be equal to Brother, Sister. Classic album.
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?
Sigur Ros ( )
Simon and Garfunkel Bookends
Swans The Seer
The Avett Brothers I and Love and You
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 Shins Oh, Inverted World
An example of what indie music nowadays should be.
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.
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.
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
This album just gets better with every listen. A landmark album to kick off the decade.
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
The 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 superb
The National High Violet

4.6 superb
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream

4.5 superb
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.
Agalloch The Mantle
Ages and Ages Divisionary
Such an infectious indie-rock album. One of 2014's best kept secrets.
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.
Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian
Animal Collective Feels
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
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 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
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
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 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
Elliott Smith Figure 8
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
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.
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
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
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.
fun. Aim and Ignite
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.
Hey Marseilles To Travels and Trunks
Imogen Heap Speak For Yourself
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kishi Bashi Lighght
Lydia Illuminate
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
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.
Maybeshewill I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's all
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Minus the Bear Acoustics
Minus the Bear Acoustics II
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
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.
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
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
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
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.
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.
Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Regina chirps, buzzes, oohs, and ahhs her way to another splendidly odd but amazing album
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel Sounds of Silence
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.
Steve Mason Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
Straylight Run Straylight Run
Styx The Grand Illusion
Styx Pieces of Eight
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Sufjan's done it again. Is there any style he can't conquer?
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 Hospice
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 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 Dodos No Color
The Milk Carton Kids Prologue
The Moody Blues On the Threshold of a Dream
The National Alligator
The National Trouble Will Find Me
The Paper Kites States
The Roots undun
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. II: Water
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. III: Air
Thursday No Devolucion
Tigers on Trains Foundry
Weezer Pinkerton
Weezer Weezer
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.

4.4 superb
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?
Ghost Mice All We Got Is Each Other
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
Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods
Tigers on Trains Antarctica In Color

4.3 superb
Taylor Swift 1989
The best Taylor Swift album. And that's 100% verified by your local Taylor Swift authority.
Zella Day Zella Day
You already love this EP, it's just time you found out.

4.2 excellent
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.
Elliott Smith Elliott Smith
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
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.
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants

4.1 excellent
Alien Ant Farm TruANT
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.

4.0 excellent
Adele 19
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
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."
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.
Andrew Bird Break It Yourself
Animal Collective Campfire Songs
Band of Horses Cease to Begin
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Brand New Fight Off Your Demons (The Demos)
Burial Untrue
Cheyenne Marie Mize Among the Grey
Clint Mansell Black Swan
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
The voice in that opening track reminds me of the fucked up bunny from donnie darko
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay Parachutes
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.
Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains
D'Angelo Black Messiah
Realizing that I didn't have a soul before this album.
Damien Rice O
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
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.
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Fall Out Boy Folie a Deux
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
Field Music Plumb
Foo Fighters In Your Honor
Frank Turner Love, Ire & Song
fun. Some Nights
Gabrielle Aplin Never Fade
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
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.
Green Day Dookie
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 Rosetta! Seeds
this is really good why aren't you listening to it
Hoobastank Every Man for Himself
Horse Feathers House With No Home
Ingrid Michaelson Lights Out
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.
Jack's Mannequin The Glass Passenger
Jake Shimabukuro Peace Love Ukulele
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.
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Joshua Radin We Were Here
Julian Lynch Mare
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
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.
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Killing Joke Absolute Dissent
Lamb of God Resolution
Lanterns on the Lake Until The Colours Run
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.
Lorde Pure Heroine
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 Mean Everything to Nothing
Slightly 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, Domestic
The perfect blend of messy, loud rock and quiet, contemplative indie. Worth a listen from a fan of either genre.
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 Ride the Lightning
Mimicking Birds EONS
Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Minus the Bear Lost Loves
I like to listen to this and pretend that Minus the Bear is actually good again
Motion City Soundtrack Even If It Kills Me
Motion City Soundtrack My Dinosaur Life
Mount Eerie Clear Moon
Mount Eerie Ocean Roar
Muse Origin of Symmetry
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
My Epic Behold
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Noah Gundersen Family
Noah Gundersen Saints & Liars
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.
Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal
a strong-willed, beautifully composed piece of modern day indie-folk.
Opeth Blackwater Park
Panic! At the Disco Vices & Virtues
Papercranes Three
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Paul Simon Graceland
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Animals
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Portugal. The Man In The Mountain In The Cloud
Puressence Don't Forget to Remember
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.
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Racing Heart To Walk Beside That Ghost
Radiohead The Bends
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Relient K Mmhmm
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.
S. Carey Hoyas
S. Carey Range Of Light
A 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.
Saintseneca Dark Arc
Sarabeth Tucek Get Well Soon
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.
Simon and Garfunkel Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Sleepingdog With Our Heads in the Clouds...
Snow Patrol A Hundred Million Suns
The 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 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.
Soundtrack (Film) Garden State
Soundtrack (Film) (500) Days of Summer
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Stellar Young Vessels
Straylight Run Prepare To Be Wrong
Street Chant Means
Styx Paradise Theater
Styx Crystal Ball
Submotion Orchestra Finest Hour
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
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 there anything Swans can't do?
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
Taking Back Sunday Taking Back Sunday
Talons New Topographics
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
The Antlers Undersea
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles The Beatles
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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 Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts
The Decemberists The Hazards Of Love
The Do A Mouthful
The Dodos Carrier
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
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 Milk Carton Kids The Ash & Clay
The Moody Blues Seventh Sojourn
The Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth
The Paper Kites Woodland
The Paper Kites Young North
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 His Old Branches
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 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 Republic Tigers Keep Color
The Roots How I Got Over
The Wrens The Meadowlands
Third Eye Blind Blue
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice Major/Minor
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. I: Fire
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. IV: Earth
Transatlantic Bridge Across Forever
Trophy Scars Bad Luck
U2 The Joshua Tree
U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
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.
Women Public Strain
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds
Yellowcard Paper Walls
Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes
I've never been more ready to move on
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue Acoustic
Yellowcard Lift a Sail

3.9 excellent
Snowmine Dialects
The Helio Sequence Keep Your Eyes Ahead
The Rosebuds Sand + Silence

3.8 excellent
Alien Ant Farm ANThology
Alt-J An Awesome Wave
Alvvays Alvvays
Copeland Ixora
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.
Portugal. The Man The Satanic Satanist
Shinedown Us And Them
Spoon They Want My Soul
Highly recommended over other types of silverware.
Submotion Orchestra Alium
The Decemberists Picaresque

3.7 great
Ariel Pink Pom Pom
Broods Evergreen
Craft Spells Nausea
Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll
Kayo Dot Coffins on Io
Lost In The Trees Past Life
Run River North Run River North
People seriously need to start becoming aware of this album. Recommend listening to 'Beetle' first.
Thantifaxath Sacred White Noise

3.6 great
Stolas Allomaternal
Swans To Be Kind

3.5 great
The Other Side Of You
1,2,3 New Heaven
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.
Air Review Low Wishes
Alien Ant Farm Always and Forever
This record is a fucking jam. Just a good rock album, and we don't get very many of those anymore.
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.
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
Anubis Hitchhiking to Byzantium
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Astra The Black Chord
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne
Band of Horses Everything All the Time
Band of Horses Infinite Arms
Barnaby Bright Wake the Hero
Bayside Killing Time
Belle and Sebastian The Boy With the Arab Strap
Black Stone Cherry Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Blink-182 Enema of the State
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
Chronic Future Lines in My Face
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Conor Oberst Upside Down Mountain
Crossfade We All Bleed
Cymbals Eat Guitars LOSE
Tremendously heartfelt offering. Emotional and occasionally whiny vocal delivery might not be for everyone, but the musical aspect of this album kicks ass.
Diego Garcia Laura
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
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
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.
Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave
Fall Out Boy American Beauty / American Psycho
This is awful by all objective critical standards, but I can't help loving me some FOB. Some really fun pop-rock jams to blast with the windows down.
Flying Lotus You're Dead!
Foals Holy Fire
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Great but not THAT great. In Your Honor was way better.
Gabrielle Aplin Home
Gates You Are All You Have Left to Fear
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.
Gorillaz Demon Days
Gorillaz The Fall
Green Day Warning
Green Day Nimrod
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
Grizzly Bear Shields
Guster Ganging Up on the Sun
Hoobastank Hoobastank
Horse Feathers Cynic's New Year
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...
Iron & Wine The Shepherd's Dog
J Mascis Tied to a Star
Indisputably gorgeous. Lush and other words like that. Never anything more, though.
Jake Bugg Jake Bugg
Jakob Sines
Jeff Loomis Plains of Oblivion
Jenny O. Home
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 Chase This Light
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 Yeezus
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 Hopes & Fears
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway
Killing Joke MMXII
Lady Gaga The Fame
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
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.
Lanu Her 12 Faces
Laura Stevenson Wheel
Linkin Park Meteora
Hyrbid Theory perfected. What it lacks in great singles it more than makes up for in songwriting and intriguing lyrics.
Lorelei Carlson Dopamine
This 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 Devil
Mae (m)orning
Magic Wands Aloha Moon
Maroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long
Matt Kivel Double Exposure
Maybeshewill Fair Youth
Medicine Home Everywhere
This is just well-executed experimentation. I'd recommend to fans of noise pop/alt-rock in the
vein of Animal Collective.
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica Metallica
Metallica Death Magnetic
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
mewithoutYou Catch For Us The Foxes
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
Michael Buble Christmas
Mike Bloom King of Circles
Mini Mansions Mini Mansions
Minus the Bear Omni
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Moonlight Bride Twin Lakes
Motion City Soundtrack Go
Muse Showbiz
Muse Black Holes and 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 Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Nebelung Palingenesis
Needtobreathe The Reckoning
New Found Glory Radiosurgery
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Now, Now Neighbors
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.
OneRepublic Dreaming Out Loud
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Paramore Riot!
Paramore Paramore
Parquet Courts Content Nausea
Passion Pit Gossamer
Penpal Penpal
Pink Floyd Meddle
Portugal. The Man Evil Friends
Rachel Grimes Book Of Leaves
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Relient K Five Score and Seven Years Ago
Relient K Let It Snow, Baby... Let It Reindeer
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
Robert Plant Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar
S. Carey All We Grow
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Soundtrack (Film) Nightmare Revisited
Styx Kilroy Was Here
Styx Man of Miracles
Styx Equinox
Styx Cornerstone
Submotion Orchestra Fragments
Absolutely gorgeous. A phenomenal follow up effort to Finest Hour and one of 2012's "must hear" records.
Sum 41 Chuck
Swarms Old Raves End
This isn't my type of music, but it's still pretty good.
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
The Afghan Whigs Do to the Beast
The Airborne Toxic Event The Airborne Toxic Event
The All-American Rejects Move Along
The Colorful Quiet Numb Feeling
The Decemberists Long Live the King
The Do Both Ways Open Jaws
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Fray The Fray
The Fray Scars and Stories
The Lonely Island Incredibad
The National Boxer
The National Cherry Tree
The Neighbourhood I Love You
The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Days of Abandon
The Shins Wincing the Night Away
Three Days Grace One-X
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
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.
Thrice Beggars
Trampled By Turtles Wild Animals
One 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 Ghostbird
Underoath Disambiguation
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
We The Kings Smile Kid
Weezer Hurley
Wilco Being There
Wintersun Time I
Wolfmother Wolfmother
Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes 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.

3.4 great
Augustana Life Imitating Life
Grooms Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair
Honeyblood Honeyblood
Meatbodies Meatbodies
Nothing Guilty of Everything
This 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.
Shinedown Amaryllis
Woodkid The Golden Age
Zola Jesus Taiga

3.3 great
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
It'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.
Alien Ant Farm Up in the Attic
Black Rivers Black Rivers
Chevelle La Gargola
Coves Soft Friday
Frank Turner Tape Deck Heart
Jenny Lewis The Voyager
Nothing More Nothing More
Phoenix Bankrupt!
Quiet Company Transgressor
Real Estate Atlas
Shakey Graves And The War Came
The Decemberists Her Majesty the Decemberists
The Do Shake, Shook, Shaken
The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is There
Third Eye Blind Out Of The Vein

3.2 good
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Butch Walker Afraid of Ghosts
iamthemorning Belighted
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.
Neulore Animal Evolve
A 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 Love

3.1 good
Youngblood Hawke Wake Up

3.0 good
A Sunny Day in Glasgow Sea When Absent
Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties We Don't Have Each Other
This 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.
All We Are All We Are
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.
Andrew Bird Echolocations: Canyon
Angels and Airwaves Love
Angels and Airwaves Love - Part II
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Anna Calvi Strange Weather
Arctic Monkeys AM
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
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.
Bear in Heaven Time Is Over One Day Old
Belle and Sebastian Write About Love
Bellows Blue Breath
Benjamin Booker Benjamin Booker
Bjork Vulnicura
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.
Blink-182 Dude Ranch
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
Catfish and the Bottlemen The Balcony
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
Coldplay X & Y
Crosses Crosses
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.
Dr. Dog Be The Void
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Drenge Drenge
Ed Sheeran +
Eminem The Eminem Show
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) You Will Eventually Be Forgotten
Finger Eleven Finger Eleven
Foster the People Supermodel
From Indian Lakes Absent Sounds
Geographer Myth
Gin Blossoms No Chocolate Cake
Green Day Kerplunk
Guster Easy Wonderful
Hoobastank The Reason
Hoobastank For(N)ever
Husky Forever So
Interpol El Pintor
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.
Jose Gonzalez Vestiges and Claws
Jukebox the Ghost Jukebox The Ghost LP
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Karen O Crush Songs
Keane Perfect Symmetry
Keane Strangeland
Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted
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.
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love Last
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.
Michael Buble Crazy Love
Mono The Last Dawn
Pretty at times but lacks the power needed to make a strictly instrumental release have a lasting impact.
Morning Parade Pure Adulterated Joy
Mount Eerie Sauna
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Mumford and Sons Babel
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Noah Gundersen Ledges
Now, Now Threads
OneRepublic Waking Up
Orenda Fink Blue Dream
Papercuts Life Among The Savages
Paramore All We Know Is Falling
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Pink Floyd The Endless River
Pretty, fluffy stuff.
Prawn Kingfisher
PS I Love You For Those Who Stay
Punch Brothers The Phosphorescent Blues
Radiohead In Rainbows
Radiohead The King of Limbs
At this point, they can't possibly reach the expectations that everyone has set for them.
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.
Robin Bacior Water Dreams
Rose Elinor Dougall The Distractions EP
Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Slipknot Iowa
Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter
One 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 Surrender
Soundtrack (Disney) The Little Mermaid
Soundtrack (Film) The Hunger Games
Steven Wilson Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Styx Styx
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
Taylor Swift Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Col
The All-American Rejects When the World Comes Down
The Black Angels Clear Lake Forest
The Bots Pink Palms
The Flaming Lips The Terror
The Glass At Birds Two Swim
The Head And The Heart The Head And The Heart
The Head And The Heart Let's Be Still
The Last Royals Twistification
The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins Port of Morrow
Thievery Corporation Culture of Fear
Thievery Corporation Saudade
Three Days Grace Three Days Grace
Twin Atlantic Great Divide
Two Gallants We Are Undone
U2 Songs of Innocence
Viet Cong Viet Cong
Weary Eyes WWGBBYW
Weezer The Green Album
Weezer Make Believe
Yellowcard One for the Kids

2.9 good
Alcest Shelter
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.

2.8 good
Ourlives Den Of Lions
Red Of Beauty and Rage
The Black Keys Turn Blue
The Helio Sequence Negotiations
Vinyl Thief Fathoms

2.7 average
Jack's Mannequin People and Things
Julian Casablancas and The Voidz Tyranny

2.5 average
311 Universal Pulse
Angels and Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper
Angels and Airwaves The Dream Walker
Animal Collective Centipede Hz
Animal 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 Gun
Ariana Grande My Everything
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Bad Suns Language and Perspective
Belle and Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Blink-182 Cheshire Cat
Broken Bells After The Disco
Charli XCX Sucker
Cloud Boat Model of You
Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else
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.
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
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Eminem Encore
Empress Hotel Empress Hotel
Eternal Summers The Drop Beneath
Finger Eleven Them vs. You vs. Me
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.
Goldenboy Sleepwalker
Green Day Insomniac
Guster Evermotion
Hozier Hozier
Islander Violence and Destruction
Jake Bugg Shangri La
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.
Linkin Park Living Things
Manchester Orchestra Hope
I 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.
Mark Ronson Uptown Special
Maroon 5 Overexposed
Michael Buble To Be Loved
Miley Cyrus Bangerz
Minus the Bear Infinity Overhead
Moving Mountains Waves
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 ;)
Natalie Prass Natalie Prass
Needtobreathe Rivers In The Wasteland
Nickelback Dark Horse
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
O.A.R. King
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 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 Younger
Poor Moon Illusion
Relient K Collapsible Lung
Rihanna Loud
Rise Against Endgame
To quote Ties, "it's Appeal to Reason without the catchy choruses."
Rise Against The Black Market
Seether Isolate and Medicate
Seether 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 Stratosphere
Slipknot Slipknot
Stars No One Is Lost
Styx Brave New World
Styx The Serpent Is Rising
Styx Styx II
Taking Back Sunday New Again
The All-American Rejects The All-American Rejects
The All-American Rejects Kids in the Street
The Big Pink Future This
The Capsules Northern Lights and Southern Skies
The Horrors Luminous
The Raveonettes Pe'ahi
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Am I the Enemy
The Republic of Wolves No Matter How Narrow
The Script Science & Faith
Third Eye Blind Ursa Major
Three Days Grace Life Starts Now
Train Save Me San Francisco
Warpaint Warpaint
We The Kings Somewhere Somehow
Weezer Maladroit
Weezer The Red Album
Weezer Raditude
Wild Beasts Present Tense
Wolfmother Cosmic Egg

2.4 average
The Dodos Individ

2.3 average
Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

2.0 poor
Angels and Airwaves I-Empire
Band of Horses Mirage Rock
Bayside Cult
Bright Archer Hidden Systems
EkoTren The Dead of Night
Lively, generic metalcore that will satisfy the casual fan but fail to impress beyond that.
Flying Colors Flying Colors
What a tremendous underachievement by a group of extremely talented musicians. Words can't describe how frustrating this was to hear.
Goo Goo Dolls Magnetic
Good Charlotte Cardiology
This is just another bland album from a talentless band...nothing to see here, folks.
Green Day 39/Smooth
Iggy Azalea The New Classic
Ingrid Michaelson Human Again
Jet Shaka Rock
Keane Night Train
Kelly Clarkson My December
Kelly Clarkson Stronger
Lady Gaga Born This Way
This is really really really really really really really really really really really really really really disappointing.
Lady Gaga Artpop
Linkin Park The Hunting Party
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.
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Nickelback No Fixed Address
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV
Obadiah Parker The Siren and the Saint
OK Go Hungry Ghosts
Opeth Heritage
Real Friends Maybe This Place Is The Same...
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You
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.
Styx Cyclorama
Styx Edge of the Century
Taylor Swift Red
Dearest 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.


Oh God I'm sorry please don't write a song about me

/ we're over
The Airborne Toxic Event All At Once
The Airborne Toxic Event Such Hot Blood
The Fray Helios
The Phantom Band Strange Friend
The Script The Script
The Script No Sound Without Silence
Thirty Seconds to Mars Love Lust Faith + Dreams
We The Kings Sunshine State of Mind
White SeeD Sick In A Place Away from Everything

1.5 very poor
All That Remains The Order of Things
Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
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.
Ed Sheeran x
Classic 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
Eminem Relapse
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.
Green Day ¬°UNO!
Green Day iDOS!
Green Day iTRE!
Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors
Kelly Clarkson Piece By Piece
Lady Antebellum Own the Night
Maroon 5 V
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
Seether Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray
Simple Plan Still Not Getting Any...
Smoke Or Fire The Speakeasy
Styx Big Bang Theory
Sum 41 Underclass Hero
The entire album is riddled with songs that sound like second rate Green Day and Blink-182 b-sides.
The Wooden Birds Two Matchsticks
Thousand Foot Krutch Oxygen: Inhale
Things 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 Picasso

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.
Kesha Warrior
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
Nickelback Here and Now
Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint
Robin Thicke Paula
Sum 41 Screaming Bloody Murder
This is the worst album I have heard in my entire life.
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!

Or instead, eat your keyboard. It's a toss-up, really.
The Crash Motive Consequence
The Explorers Club Grand Hotel
The Script #3
#3 you say? Smells more like #2 to me lolololololol
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.

Buckcherry Fuck
Because a 1 isn't low enough. Ladies and gentlemen, gather around and witness the happening
of the worst album in history.

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