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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. 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.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. 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. 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?Swans 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 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.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.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.4.5 superbAgalloch The MantleAnnuals 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 ReflektorArmistice 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. Bon 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.Florence and the Machine CeremonialsWow. I never thought Florence and the Machine would top Lungs but this has the potential to grow into a near-classicFoster 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 IgniteJack'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.Lydia IlluminateMae (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. mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's allModest 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.Papercranes 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. Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap SeatsRegina chirps, buzzes, oohs, and ahhs her way to another splendidly odd but amazing albumSnowmine 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 SingTaylor 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 Avett Brothers I and Love and YouThe 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 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 Milk Carton Kids PrologueThe Moody Blues On the Threshold of a DreamThe National High VioletThe Tallest Man on Earth The Wild HuntThe Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving NowThursday No Devoluci√≥nTigers on Trains FoundryYellowcard 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 2012.4.2 excellentAstronauts Hollow PondsA penetrating album emotionally...dark atmosphere gives the album a sense of isolation. The
album's only real weakness is that it never changes course from its initial plodding pace.
But it's the best kind of slow ambiance-driven acoustic folk, so who really cares?4.1 excellentAges and Ages DivisionarySuch an infectious indie-rock album. One of 2014's best kept secrets.4.0 excellentAlice 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.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.Band of Horses Cease to BeginBleachers Strange DesireStrange Desire is certainly an album that will take the airwaves by storm. However, that
doesn't mean that it is somehow lacking from an artistic or musical standpoint. Imminent
popularity is not always the result of recycled formulas and cliches, and if anything,
Bleachers proves that here. This isn't an album that will probe your deepest thoughts, but
it will make you want to experience life in the best way possible. Strange Desire is perhaps
the fullest-sounding and most charismatic indie-pop album you'll hear this year, just in
time to become the defining sound of your summer. It would be best not to miss out.Brand New Fight Off Your Demons (The Demos)Brand New Your Favorite WeaponCheyenne Marie Mize Among the GreyClint Mansell Black SwanColdplay 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. Deftones 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. Fall Out Boy Infinity on HighField Music PlumbFoo Fighters In Your HonorFrank Turner Love, Ire & Songfun. Some NightsGabrielle Aplin Never FadeGodspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!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 DookieHey Marseilles To Travels and TrunksHey Rosetta! Seedsthis is really good why aren't you listening to itHorse Feathers House With No HomeIron & 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 People and ThingsJake 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 AmericanJustin 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. Killing 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 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 eyesManchester 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 LightningMuse Origin of SymmetryMy Chemical Romance The Black ParadeMy Epic BeholdNoah 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.OneRepublic 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.Opeth Blackwater ParkPanic! At the Disco Vices & VirtuesPapercranes ThreeParamore Brand New EyesPJ Harvey Let England ShakePuressence 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 BendsRelient K MmhmmSaintseneca 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.Sleepingdog 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 Garden StateSoundtrack (500) Days of SummerSt. Vincent St. VincentStreet 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? Swans To Be KindTaking Back Sunday Taking Back SundayTaylor 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.Thantifaxath Sacred White NoiseThe Antlers UnderseaThe 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 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 Dodos CarrierThe 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 National Trouble Will Find MeThe National AlligatorThe 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 MeadowlandsThrice Major/MinorTitus Andronicus The MonitorThis album just gets better with every listen. A landmark album to kick off the decade.Transatlantic Bridge Across ForeverTrophy Scars Holy VacantsYellowcard Ocean Avenue AcousticYellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say YesI've never been more ready to move onYellowcard Paper Walls3.8 excellentSnowmine Dialects3.7 greatLost In The Trees Past Life3.5 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 WishesAlter 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.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.Astra 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 TimeBlack Stone Cherry Between the Devil and the Deep Blue SeaBlue 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 The Afterman: AscensionThe voice in that opening track reminds me of the fucked up bunny from donnie darkoColdplay Mylo XylotoColdplay Ghost StoriesCrossfade We All BleedDiego Garcia LauraDream Theater Systematic ChaosElliott Smith Figure 8Elliott Smith Either/OrElliott Smith Elliott SmithEminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2Eve 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 From Under the Cork TreeFarewell 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.Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & GraceFoo Fighters Wasting LightGreat but not THAT great. In Your Honor was way better.Gabrielle Aplin HomeGoo 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 FallGreen Day 21st Century BreakdownGreen Day WarningGreen Day NimrodGrizzly Bear ShieldsHorse Feathers Cynic's New YearIncubus A Crow Left of the Murder...Iron & Wine The Shepherd's DogJeff Loomis Plains of OblivionJenny O. HomeJewel 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 WingsKasey 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 & FearsKilling Joke MMXIILanding 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. Lydia DevilMae (m)orningMagic Wands Aloha MoonManchester 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.Matt Kivel Double ExposureMetallica MetallicaMetallica Master of PuppetsMetallica ...And Justice for AllMetallica Death MagneticmewithoutYou Catch For Us The FoxesmewithoutYou A to B: LifeMGMT CongratulationsMike Bloom King of CirclesMini Mansions Mini MansionsModest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad NewsModest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even SankMoonlight Bride Twin LakesMuse 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 RevengeNeedtobreathe The ReckoningNew Found Glory RadiosurgeryNow, 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 ParamorePenpal PenpalPortugal. The Man Evil FriendsRachel Grimes Book Of LeavesRadiohead Hail to the ThiefRadiohead AmnesiacRelient K Let It Snow, Baby... Let It ReindeerRelient K Five Score and Seven Years AgoRise Against Appeal to ReasonRun River North Run River NorthPeople seriously need to start becoming aware of this album. Recommend listening to 'Beetle' first.Shinedown The Sound of MadnessSilversun Pickups Neck of the WoodsSilversun Pickups SwoonSlipknot All Hope Is GoneSoundtrack Nightmare RevisitedSum 41 ChuckTaylor Swift Taylor SwiftThe Afghan Whigs Do to the BeastThe All-American Rejects Move AlongThe Antlers HospiceThe Colorful Quiet Numb FeelingThe Decemberists Long Live the KingThe Decemberists The Hazards Of LoveThe Fray Scars and StoriesThe National Cherry TreeThrice 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 BeggarsTrent Hancock GhostbirdTrophy Scars Bad LuckUnderoath DisambiguationVampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the CityWe The Kings Smile KidWilco Being ThereYellowcard 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 greatWoodkid The Golden Age3.3 greatChevelle La GargolaFrank Turner Tape Deck HeartLana Del Rey UltraviolenceNothing Guilty of EverythingThis has some amazing moments but a good deal of it is rather dull. 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.Nothing More Nothing MorePhoenix Bankrupt!3.1 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.Alvvays AlvvaysAngels and Airwaves Love Pt 2Angels and Airwaves LoveArctic 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 SevenfoldBlack 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 NeighborhoodsColdplay 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.Disney Soundtracks The Little MermaidDr. Dog Be The VoidDream Theater Train of ThoughtDrenge DrengeEd Sheeran +Fall Out Boy Take This to Your GraveFall Out Boy Folie a DeuxFoster the People SupermodelGin Blossoms No Chocolate CakeGreen Day KerplunkHusky Forever SoIngrid Michaelson Lights OutIron & 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.Keane StrangelandKeane Perfect SymmetryLinkin Park Minutes to MidnightMatt 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.Mumford and Sons BabelNoah Gundersen LedgesNow, Now ThreadsOneRepublic Waking UpPapercuts Life Among The SavagesParamore All We Know Is FallingPS 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. Real Estate AtlasRelient 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 EPS. 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 loking down on
the clouds.Sharon Van Etten Are We ThereShinedown AmaryllisShinedown Us And ThemSlipknot IowaSlipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)Soundtrack 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 Flaming Lips The TerrorThe Glass At Birds Two SwimThe Last Royals TwistificationThe National BoxerThe War on Drugs Lost in the DreamThievery Corporation Culture of FearThievery Corporation SaudadeWeary Eyes WWGBBYWYellowcard One for the KidsYellowcard Lights and Sounds2.8 goodVinyl Thief Fathoms2.5 average311 Universal PulseAnti-Flag The People Or The GunAvenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh TrumpetBad Suns Language and PerspectiveBroken Bells After The DiscoColbie 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 LiningsEmpress Hotel Empress HotelEternal Summers The Drop BeneathFall Out Boy Save Rock and RollGoldenboy SleepwalkerGreen Day InsomniacImagine 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 DestructionJoshua 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.Miley Cyrus BangerzMoving 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 WastelandO.A.R. KingPlain 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." Seether 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 StratosphereSigur Ros ( )( ) is a record with its share of amazing moments. While it contains several of the ultimate goals of post-rock Ė such as hair-raising climaxes and tangible atmospheres, it is also riddled with damning weaknesses like its gradual but boring song development and discord between the climaxes and their prior moments of progression. ( ) may make us feel a wide spectrum of emotions due to its quiet, contemplative nature. However from an instrumental, technical, and songwriting standpoint, the record fails to deliver a consistently good and flowing collection of songs Ė instead presenting us with shining moments united by nothing but dull, empty space. Thus, ( ) is an album whose title is quite fitting.Slipknot SlipknotThe 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 & FaithTrain Save Me San FranciscoWarpaint WarpaintWild Beasts Present Tense2.0 poorBand 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 AgainKeane Night TrainKelly Clarkson StrongerLinkin 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.Obadiah Parker The Siren and the SaintOpeth 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 ScriptThirty Seconds to Mars Love Lust Faith + Dreams1.5 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. Finger 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 NightMy Chemical Romance Danger DaysThis 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.Plain 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 Matchsticks1.0 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. Miley 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.rSum 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.
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