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5.0 classic
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Burial Kindred
Shit nigga, where's the drop? I waited thirty minutes for it. There's no fucking way my friends will get shitty to this.
Galaxie 500 On Fire
Girl Talk All Day
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Accidental classics come about every once in a while. of Montreal's Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer is, in my book, a fine example of one. Kevin Barnes, ringleader of the theatrical Athens-based collective, penned the majority of these tracks in depression-induced exile while holed up in Norway. We're all familiar with these sad-musician fables: Bon Iver did it with For Emma, Forever Ago, yielding enormously positive results. Barnes, I think, was equally inspired to produce a document of misery, but he most certainly lost himself in doing so. Although subsequent albums reveal that Mr. Barnes' sex driven insanity may be beyond the point of remedy, there will always be Hissing Fauna - proof that the same nasty seed that spawned shit like Skeletal Lamping also gave the world a John Merrick, a misunderstood elephant man who put the words you always felt but never could articulate in your mouth for you.
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pixies Doolittle
Radiohead In Rainbows
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead OK Computer
Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense
The Avalanches Since I Left You
The Beach Boys The Smile Sessions
SMiLE: The Beach Boy's unreleased 1967 "teenage symphony to God," and one of the most forward-thinking, passionate, and ambitious collections of psychedelic pop recordings you've never heard. According to Brian Wilson, the album was never fully completed, but I'm calling his bluff, because this rivals whatever accomplished hippie music you'd smack a classic rating on.
The Clash London Calling
The Knife Silent Shout
The National Boxer
The National Trouble Will Find Me
I don't know about you, but this will be my summer loving torture party.
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
TAKE IT EASY, BUDDY. IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD!
U2 Achtung Baby
Weezer Pinkerton
William Basinski The Disintegration Loops I

4.5 superb
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
Animal Collective Feels
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Arcade Fire Funeral
Autechre Tri Repetae
Beck Midnite Vultures
Belle and Sebastian If You're Feeling Sinister
Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to Children
Brand New Deja Entendu
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Burial Untrue
Burial Truant/Rough Sleeper
Can Tago Mago
cLOUDDEAD cLOUDDEAD
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Danny Brown Old
Deafheaven Sunbather
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
Fever Ray Fever Ray
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes
GZA Liquid Swords
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye isn't just a disser of presidents or an interrupter of pop stars. This Kanye's a cubist nightmare; he's a naked, hairy, 40-swigging monstrosity; and he has his head impaled upon a bloody sword. He doesn't care what you think of him, either. Yeah, he's a scumbag. Yeah, he's the abomination of Obama's nation. He knows it, too; more importantly, he feeds off of it.
Kanye West Yeezus
Laura Stevenson Sit Resist
Liars Mess
Mac DeMarco 2
Mac DeMarco Salad Days
Massive Attack vs. Burial Four Walls/Paradise Circus
Mount Eerie Clear Moon
Mr. Bungle California
Of Montreal Paralytic Stalks
Kevin Barnes ingests A.D.Z. i.e. the Psychosis Particle

Or maybe it's just methamphetamine
Panda Bear Person Pitch
Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Polmo Polpo Like Hearts Swelling
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Saint Pepsi Hit Vibes
Scott Walker Bish Bosch
Scott Walker The Drift
Shabazz Palaces Black Up
Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Spoon Kill The Moonlight
Spoon Gimme Fiction
Spoon They Want My Soul
Swans The Seer
T. Rex Electric Warrior
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
Talking Heads Remain in Light
Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
The Knife Shaking the Habitual
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The National Alligator
The Seatbelts Cowboy Bebop
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
It's a rare thing when a lonely little voice teams up with a lonely little instrument to create something that transcends their origins.
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
Oh man I've got the shivers. 50 characters oh man I've got them bad.
The Weeknd Thursday
It's the final ten minutes of Requiem for a Dream put to even drearier music. One of the bleakest, druggiest albums of the year, Thursday is the sound of summer dissolving, and you with it, into the weekend.
Trophy Scars Never Born, Never Dead
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wild Beasts Smother
Wild Beasts Present Tense
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

4.0 excellent
Andrew Jackson Jihad Knife Man
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
Animal Collective Spirit They're Gone...
Animal Collective Centipede Hz
JUST LYING IN A BAR WITH MY DRIP FEED ON TALKING TO MY GIRLFRIEND WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN
Aphex Twin Windowlicker
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Atlas Sound Parallax
Beach House Bloom
Beck Odelay!
Bjork Homogenic
Boards of Canada Geogaddi
Bomb the Music Industry! Vacation
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
I deem this a solid 4, although I've only listened to the first three tracks. Will reassess later. sry4prtyn
Brand New Daisy
Burial Street Halo
Burial Rival Dealer
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Forget the rest, "Staying Alive" is a musical relic.
Daft Punk Discovery
Daft Punk Alive 2007
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Danny Brown XXX
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Death Grips The Money Store
Death Grips No Love Deep Web
Deerhunter Halcyon Digest
Destroyer Kaputt
Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan
Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst
Drake Take Care
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
El-P Cancer 4 Cure
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Eric Whitacre Whitacre: Cloudburst
Foals Total Life Forever
Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Fucked Up David Comes to Life
Gang Gang Dance Eye Contact
Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Green Day American Idiot
Grouper A I A
Guided by Voices Bee Thousand
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
J Dilla Donuts
James Blake James Blake
James Blake unveils the aural equivalent of a snuggie. Music to stroke cats to.
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Joanna Newsom Have One on Me
Joy Division Closer
Kanye West Late Registration
LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
This really isn't as good as people make it out to be.
Lil B I'm Gay (I'm Happy)
Lil B Obama BasedGod
Los Campesinos! Romance Is Boring
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
When dream pop's done right, you don't just tear up, man. You fucking weep. You fucking dissolve.
Madvillain Madvillainy
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
It's like if Brand New had done The Blue Album, but better.
Mastodon The Hunter
Mew Frengers
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Moonface Julia with Blue Jeans On
Mount Eerie Ocean Roar
Phil Elverum's work as Mount Eerie seems to be hearkening back to the elemental song cycle tradition of really-old-man times. Not like the '50s or '40s whatever, not the '20s stuff F. Scott probably dug...we're talking a huddle of drunk bar-dwellers in a grimy fire-heated pub rasping a request: "Phil, sing us a song about the water." And Phil nods but adds this: "But know that the only time you'll hear me is when I come up for breath." Then he cranks up his amps and performs Knife-like instrumentals and really clues you in to what he's really up to with Mount Eerie, what the water's like. Elverum's ocean is immersive, cerebral, loud, and can support your body for 38.6 minutes. Float for a while, and expect the fire.
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Nirvana Nevermind
Nmesh Dream Sequins
Nujabes Spiritual State
Panda Bear Tomboy
I'm pretty sure Benfica is about Charlie Sheen, guys...
Pavement Slanted and Enchanted
Pearl Jam Ten
Philip Glass Einstein on the Beach
Phoenix It's Never Been Like That
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Animals
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Portishead Dummy
Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen
Primal Scream Screamadelica
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Radiohead I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings
Radiohead TKOL RMX 1234567
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Robyn Body Talk
Run DMC Raising Hell
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
Sigur Ros Ágætis byrjun
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Spoon Transference
Spoon Girls Can Tell
Submotion Orchestra Finest Hour
Weather Channel's Local on the 8's on acid.
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
System of a Down Toxicity
Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77
Talking Heads Fear of Music
The Antlers Undersea
The Beatles The Beatles
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles Revolver
The Flaming Lips The Terror
The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America
The Knife Deep Cuts
The National High Violet
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
The Velvet Underground Loaded
The Weakerthans Reconstruction Site
It's kind of like Samson takes every piece of embarrassing teenage poetry you ever regret writing, takes the messages to heart, and channels it through a wise eye of rare maturity. Basically, it's your life's shadow stepping away and talking to you. Basically.
The Who Quadrophenia
The Who Who's Next
The xx xx
Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972
Titus Andronicus The Airing of Grievances
The good times are here again, and again, and again...thanks, Patrick Stickles, for making soundoffs so easy.
Titus Andronicus Local Business
Tom Waits Rain Dogs
Weezer Weezer
Why? Mumps, Etc.
Wilco The Whole Love
Wilco finally get the whole "American Radiohead" thing kinda right.
Women Public Strain
WU LYF Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
Zomby Dedication

3.5 great
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
Aphex Twin Richard D. James Album
Aphex Twin ...I Care Because You Do
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Arcade Fire Reflektor
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Before Today
Atlas Sound Logos
Avey Tare Down There
bansheebeat Galactics
BBU bell hooks
Out of left field blogdom, one-trick ponies(?) take pictures of Miley Cyrus ripping salvia, retweet Refused, namedrop Lil B. But #swag this isn't. Don't percolate.
Beck Modern Guilt
Beirut The Rip Tide
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot
Blink-182 Blink-182
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
Bon Iver Blood Bank
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy I See a Darkness
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.
Captain Murphy Duality
Caribou Swim
Caustic Window Caustic Window
Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer
I like Atari WAY more than XBOX...just saying, bitch.
Chairlift Something
Clive Tanaka y Su Orquesta Jet Set Siempre No. 1
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi Rome
Thank goodness for brainy producer Brian Burton; by juggling both popular undertakings and lesser-known "cult" projects like Dark Night of the Soul, he has proven himself an eclectic juggernaut whose mindset is not so much an entertainer's as it is an artist's. The trajectory of his career, littered not with classics but, instead, with surprisingly good, imaginative releases, is somewhat comparable to that of actor James Franco, another twenty-first century Renaissance man. But here's the rub: Franco's heterogeneous exploits, such as his bizarre soap opera stint, have rocketed the man to pop-culture stardom, and yet Burton's are largely treated to the kiss of obscurity. I'm not at all implying that Danger Mouse merits Hollywood-scale recognition, because in relation to the California limelight, even your beloved Radioheads and Opeths are shrimpy little small fries. All I'm saying is that the skinner half of Gnarls Barkley shouldn't be forgotten in the shadow of his soulful counterpart, that experiments like Rome shouldn't be damned to the underground. Nothing I say, however, no matter how eloquently or how persuasively I word it, can save Rome from its fate, which is to be hidden in the B-list music garages of critics and fans alike, so to speak. Behind the spiderwebs and clutter of tomorrow's abandoned sound waves, there's Rome, a record that can never be accused of being overrated and whose namelessness may make it, like all lost trinkets, all the more special.
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...
David Lynch Crazy Clown Time
Color me surprised. I really like the work of David Lynch and all, but the dude's a director by profession, not a musician. And he's old.
Death Grips Government Plates
Deerhunter Microcastle
DJ Shadow The Private Press
Dream Theater Images and Words
dredg El Cielo
Earl Sweatshirt EARL
Elvis Costello My Aim Is True
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
Florrie Experiments
Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra
Frank Ocean Channel Orange
Channel Orange is among the most monumental R&B albums released not just in the iTunes age, but since Marvin Gaye's universally-acclaimed What's Going On, which is to say, Frank Ocean is historical. I have confirmed this, having listened to Ocean's sexy-ass new record a few times today - on my way to a dentist's appointment, on the commute home from work, and right now! - and I think this will get great reviews. It really deserves it.
Fugazi The Argument
Ghost Ship Golden Girls
Girls Album
Girls Broken Dreams Club
Glassjaw Coloring Book
Gold Panda Lucky Shiner
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
Listen to this album through headphones; it's the best way to go.
Green Day Dookie
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
How to Destroy Angels Welcome Oblivion
James Blake CMYK
Japandroids Celebration Rock
Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne
What does a great if not excellent collaboration between two of hip-hop's most larger-than-life figures - one, a veteran entrepreneur, a Don Corleone of the rap world; the other an artsy egotist with a batshit imagination - sound like? I'll tell you: a genuine surprise, a pleasure, and an ecstatically-produced collection of A-grade mainstream jams. Get ready to hear "Monster" less and less at parties. Watch The Throne is a worthy successor. Another thing...Kanye finally offers an explanation for his odd Ye-isms (see: "put a pussy in the sarcophagus):r"No one knows what it means. But it's provocative."
Jeff Buckley Grace
Kanye West Graduation
Kanye West The College Dropout
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
Menomena Mines
Mines is a game-changer, an unassuming sleeper indie record that hits you more with each subsequent listen. It's the sort that pops up just when you've 'selected' your album-of-the-year and forces you to admit, "Hot damn, well...maybe this won't trump The National, but it's a healthy reminder that great music is always around the corner."
Metallica S&M
Metallica Master of Puppets
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's all
Michael Jackson Thriller
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
Muse Absolution
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Nirvana In Utero
Of Montreal False Priest
i got so lucky witchu, i feel ya struttah i got so lucky witchu
Opeth Blackwater Park
Pantha Du Prince Black Noise
Pearl Jam Vs.
Phoenix Bankrupt!
Pianos Become the Teeth The Lack Long After
Pink Floyd The Wall
R.E.M. Reckoning
Radiohead Pablo Honey
ScHoolboy Q Habits and Contradictions
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks...
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty
Sigur Ros ( )
Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror
Spoon Series of Sneaks
Stephen Malkmus Wig Out At Jagbags
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Consider for a moment art as a piece of electronic equipment - say, a laptop. Imagine immersing the computer in water, just for a split second, and then observing its slow failure step by step. Perhaps at first there are no distinguishable differences. Soon, though, the laptop undoubtedly exhibits malfunctions. Within half an hour all hell breaks loose as the screen becomes a breeding ground for glitches. There is no control. All hope for control vanished the very second water entered the picture. With The Age of Adz Sufjan has gone for a swim...a long, long swim in who knows what, and the result of such contact can only lead to a spiraling death.
Sun Kil Moon Benji
Super Furry Animals Guerilla
Surfer Blood Astro Coast
Talking Heads The Name of this Band is Talking Heads
Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food
The Antlers Hospice
The Antlers Burst Apart
A minor masterpiece in dark, glowing colors, Burst Apart is The Antlers' Viva La Vida (Hospice remix).
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
The Jezabels Prisoner
The Knife Tomorrow, In a Year
This is ridiculous.
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet
The Olivia Tremor Control Dusk at Cubist Castle
The Roots Things Fall Apart
The Roots How I Got Over
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Who Tommy
Tool Aenima
Tool Lateralus
Toro Y Moi Underneath The Pine
TV on the Radio Dear Science
Twin Shadow Forget
U2 Zooropa
Vampire Weekend Contra
Wilco Wilco (The Album)
Many tags have been applied to this Wilco band, the most frequent being that they are a watered down American version of Radiohead and that they're no more than a lousy group of dad-rockers. Flippancy aside, Wilco (The Album)'s opening track Wilco (The Song) has Tweedy announcing: "Wilco will love you, baby." It's not narcissism, it's honesty. Here's the definitive Wilco, compacted into forty-two minutes of fun music - - not life changing, mind you, just fun. "Bull Black Nova" is the strangest thing the band's ever done: a paranoid, bloody, schizophrenic tale of murder a la The Velvet Underground. It's frightening when a guy accused of dad-rockin'-it-out moans, "There's blood in the sink" as convincingly as Tweedy does here...in fact, ALL of his vocals on the album are a great improvement over both Sky Blue Sky and A Ghost is Born. All in all, there's not much to hate here. The only major pitfall is that the first half is so much better than the second half, which is unfortunate; Wilco could have had another masterpiece on their hands. So relax and enjoy this great record. Besides, Wilco loves you.
Wilco Summerteeth
Yeasayer Odd Blood

3.0 good
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Battles Mirrored
Battles Gloss Drop
Beach House Teen Dream
Teen Dream: an album that could've been excellent but was only good. My reasoning: the first half of the album gorgeous and memorable, and the second half is a boring retread of the first half. It's like Beach House just ran out of ideas.
Beastie Boys Check Your Head
Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Beck Sea Change
Bibio Mind Bokeh
Brian Eno Another Green World
Can Ege Bamyasi
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Dan Deacon Bromst
Dr. Dre The Chronic
Dream Theater Awake
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Eagles Hotel California
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Eric Whitacre Light and Gold
Florrie Introduction
Four Tet There is Love in You
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
GOOD Music Cruel Summer
Spiritual successor to Fantasy, retaining Throne's aesthetic, the product: the dark little mixtape that couldn't ever be the album it wanted to be.
Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
Jacques Greene Concealer
jj jj n° 2
jj Kills
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
Mac DeMarco Rock and Roll Night Club
Metallica Metallica
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Motion City Soundtrack My Dinosaur Life
Muse Black Holes and Revelations
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Owen Pallett Heartland
Past Lives Strange Symmetry
Pavement Brighten the Corners
Pink Floyd Meddle
Primus Pork Soda
R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant
R.E.M. New Adventures in Hi-Fi
Robyn Body Talk Pt. 2
Robyn Body Talk Pt. 1
Rush Moving Pictures
She and Him Volume Two
Shugo Tokumaru Exit
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Sondre Lerche Sondre Lerche
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People
Talking Heads Little Creatures
The Beatles Let It Be
The Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
The Mars Volta Octahedron
The Smashing Pumpkins Adore
The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat
The White Stripes Elephant
The World/Inferno Friendship Society Addicted to Bad Ideas
Tool 10,000 Days
Trophy Scars Darkness, Oh Hell
U2 The Joshua Tree
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Wavves King of the Beach
Weezer Make Believe
Weezer Hurley
I am in disbelief...I am utterly shocked. What the fuck?
Zammuto Idiom Wind

2.5 average
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Source Tags & Codes
AC/DC Back in Black
Andrew Bird Noble Beast
Aphex Twin Come to Daddy
Atlas Sound Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See...
Bing Crosby Merry Christmas
Bjork Volta
Boston Boston
Brad Paisley This Is Country Music
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Das Racist Sit Down, Man
Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction
Dr. Dog Fate
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Fennesz Endless Summer
Field Music Field Music (Measure)
Foals Antidotes
Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better
Gorillaz Demon Days
Gorillaz The Fall
Oh man, more wanky synths.
Gorillaz Gorillaz
Lady Gaga The Fame
Maps & Atlases You and Me and the Mountain
Metallica Load
Metallica Death Magnetic
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Muse Showbiz
Neu! Neu!
Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Of Montreal Skeletal Lamping
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Pixies EP1
Pixies Indie Cindy
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
R.E.M. Accelerate
Radiohead Airbag/How Am I Driving?
Radiohead My Iron Lung
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Rush Snakes & Arrows
Rush 2112
Sleigh Bells Treats
Smith Westerns Dye It Blonde
Let the dumb blonde jokes ensue. Or not. Dye It Blonde doesn't deserve the hard-earned children of your wit.
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
The Decemberists The Hazards Of Love
The Raconteurs Consolers of the Lonely
The Smashing Pumpkins Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Mode
Tool Undertow
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain
U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind
Weezer The Green Album

2.0 poor
Beck Mellow Gold
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Coldplay LeftRightLeftRightLeft
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
El Ten Eleven Ten Eleven
El Ten Eleven Every Direction is North
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Flight of the Conchords Flight of the Conchords
Frost* Milliontown
Interpol Antics
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Max Tannone Jaydiohead
There's nothing minty fresh about this - it's merely a mash-up novelty release, no more interesting or exciting than any Happy Meal toy. Listen to it once, enjoy it once, and then forget it. You're bound to.
Metallica Reload
Muse HAARP
Mutemath Mute Math
Pink Floyd Obscured by Clouds
Pixies EP2
Primus Sailing the Seas of Cheese
Spoon Telephono
The Flaming Lips Zaireeka
The Mars Volta Amputechture
Three Days Grace Three Days Grace
U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
U2 No Line on the Horizon
Weezer Raditude
Weezer The Red Album (Deluxe Edition)

1.5 very poor
Coldplay X & Y
Die Antwoord $O$
El Ten Eleven These Promises Are Being Videotaped
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
jj jj n° 3
Julian Lynch Mare
Katy Perry One of the Boys
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
Tom Green: YOU CAN'T HURT ME, NOT WITH MY CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESEEEEEEEEEE HEEEEEEEEELLLLLMEEEEEEETTTTTTTTT
M.I.A. Maya
Massive Attack Heligoland
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
The Flaming Lips Dark Side of the Moon
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist

1.0 awful
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Look no further for the inner clockwork of the colossal machine known as Dream Theater. Here it is in its most representative state: churning, sprawling, epic music that's so expertly crafted that its ultimately contrived nature drains any joy or emotion from its core. With "Black Clouds and Silver Linings" the band dropped the godawful sci-fi lyrics found in "Systematic Chaos" in favor lyrics recounting personal experiences...and the failure here is incalculable. LaBrie never sounds like he really cares. And when the music is already a plug on the musical bathtub, a half-assed singer can really kill the mood. "Wither" is the only truly bearable cut here, as it is never bogged down by senseless, thoughtless wankery. Tellingly, however, "Wither" is about writers' block - or a lack of inspiration - revealing that Dream Theater is at its best when it admits its blatant flaws head on. Speaking of admission, Mike Portnoy's final movement in his mega-pretentious Alcoholics Anonymous suite, "The Shattered Fortress" is simply a bogged-down rehashing of riffs from past albums...and sadly, these riffs are the best in the album. And they're not original at all. All I can say is that halfway through this record, I asked myself: "How can any music be good?" I don't think this is a good thing, if it seems that a band is single-handedly killing music one formulaic album at a time.
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment
Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment 2
Metallica St. Anger
Muse The Resistance
Scars on Broadway Scars on Broadway
Spock's Beard V
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
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