Average Rating: 3.56
Rating Variance: 1.05
Objectivity Score: 80% (Well Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicDavid Bowie Station to StationDream Theater Images and WordsDream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a MemoryGZA Liquid SwordsNas IllmaticNine Inch Nails The Downward SpiralNine Inch Nails The FragilePeter Gabriel MeltPossibly the best album ever. It surpasses everything Genesis ever did in emotion, though not complexity. The blending of so many styles pretty much created a new genre of music. World, Jazz, Experimental, Rock and even Pop are all to be found taking leading roles at one point or another in the album, but make no mistake, this is no awful, cheesy 80's pop album. This is what pure gold might sound like if it's worth and beauty was somehow transformed into music. Get this now.
Best Tracks: I Don't Remember, Family Snapshot (must buy), Games Without Frontiers (must buy), Lead A Normal Life, Biko (must buy).Pink Floyd Wish You Were HerePink Floyd The WallRadiohead OK ComputerTool Lateralus4.5 superb2Pac Me Against the World2Pac Greatest HitsA Perfect Circle Thirteenth StepHonestly, this deserves a 5. Something about it is just so relatable that, even through the weaker tracks, it manages to be an entirely engaging and rewarding listen. I would most certainly give this a 5 if it weren't for Crimes and Lullaby, two tracks which serve no purpose except to leave the listener feeling a little underwhelmed. Luckily, these are two oddities in an album full of careful and meaningful composition and playing. Fans of MJK will undoubtedly love this, and haters may find something in here that they haven't found with any Tool releases in it's relatability - The lyrical content has gone from being pretentious brilliance to a more straight up, more effective and ever-so-slightly more emotional portrayal of a person struggling through addiction. The drumming is one of Josh Freese's best displays, which is saying a lot considering his near-spotless track record, and the melodic instruments are used to their full potential, often giving a folky sound to the album... If only they hadn't felt the need to include Crimes and Lullaby.AC/DC Back In BlackAFI Sing the SorrowAlice in Chains DirtAlice in Chains FaceliftAnimal Collective Merriweather Post PavilionAnthrax Among the LivingAZ Doe or DieBetween the Buried and Me ColorsBlack Sabbath Heaven and HellBon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoAnyone who's been regularly using the site would be forgiven for thinking that this is an entirely flawless record - the only reason that anybody gives it below a 5 is that it's folk. That is to say, simple folk - it's all about the emotion, using simple chord patterns to compliment the multi-layered falsetto singing. It doesn't sound like anything special on paper, but the strength of the album doesn't stem from it's structural and technical complexity. The place where the album shines is in the mood it creates - at only 37 minutes long, the album creates a beautiful soundscape depicting a lonely winter, whilst retaining a sense of familiarity and warmth throughout, keeping you coming back to listen again and again. The only complaint I can make is that the album doesn't really reach it's full potential until the near-7 minute closer 're: Stacks', a song containing all the strengths mentioned above, but in such a way that it really feels like the perfect accumulation of these strengths rather than just a song that is filled with them. A must-buy for anyone even slightly interested in folk.Circle Takes the Square As the Roots UndoCynic Traced in AirDavid Bowie The Man Who Sold the WorldDavid Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From MarsDavid Bowie Hunky DoryFaith No More Angel DustFoo Fighters The Colour and The Shape (Expanded)Gorillaz Demon DaysGreen Day American IdiotGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IIThe capacity of human intelligence seems to limit the capabilities to expand upon any possible creative aptitudes. Indeed, if one cannot even notice the facets that the ingenuities around him are comprised of, how can he be expected to fashion a beast of his own? This inveterate sense of constraint is a great blow to the veracity of mankind's abilities. It restrains us and holds our minds to the ground below, averting any possibility of rising above ourselves to something greater; something not fathomed by the conventional mind. This concept of seeking to go beyond one's self, known as 'transcendence', is essentially a gateway to unlocking pieces of ourselves that can lead to some of the most elaborate and significant creations of our world. For many, this quest to transcend and form creations that were once considered unthinkable and overwhelming consumes life. Certainly it is rare to find such people, but when they are found, creative barriers are destroyed.GZA Legend of the Liquid SwordGZA Beneath the SurfaceIron Maiden Somewhere in TimeJohn Frusciante Shadows Collide with PeopleKillswitch Engage Alive or Just BreathingKillswitch Engage The End of HeartacheKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingMeat Puppets Meat Puppets IIMetallica ...And Justice for AllNas STILLmaticNewton Faulkner Hand Built By RobotsNine Inch Nails BrokenNine Inch Nails Year ZeroNine Inch Nails And All That Could've Been [DVD]Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IVNirvana In UteroNirvana MTV Unplugged in New YorkNirvana NirvanaOasis Definitely MaybeOasis Be Here NowPearl Jam TenPink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of DawnPorcupine Tree In AbsentiaPorcupine Tree Fear of a Blank PlanetProtest the Hero KeziaProtest the Hero FortressQueen A Night at the OperaRadiohead Kid ARadiohead Hail to the ThiefRage Against the Machine Rage Against the MachineRed Hot Chili Peppers One Hot MinuteRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikRed Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party PlanRise Against Revolutions per MinuteShadows Fall The Art of BalanceShadows Fall The War WithinSkinny Puppy Too Dark ParkStevie Wonder Songs in the Key of LifeSystem of a Down System of a DownSystem of a Down ToxicityThe Doors The DoorsThe Living End The Living EndThe Rolling Stones Live LicksThird Eye Blind Third Eye BlindThrice VheissuTool AenimaWu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams4.0 excellentAC/DC The Razors EdgeAll That Remains This Darkened HeartAll That Remains The Fall of IdealsArchitects NightmaresCrazy time signatures, chromatic tapping riffs, heavy screams and great live potential - everything that you could want from a metal/hardcore act compressed into 8 songs. If there's one gripe I have, it's that 'You don't walk away from dismemberment' is by far the most memorable song, and the middle of the album is much more repetitive than the start and end. I try to shy away from the term metalcore, because this is far from Killswitch Engage and Trivium - it's much more on the hardcore side of the scene, especially due to the polyrhythmic textures that dominate the album, combined with the ridiculous technicality of the guitar work in particular. A must-have for anyone who doesn't entirely despise hardcore and metal, and can stand a couple of dull tracks. It's not quite superb, and definitely not classic, but a strong 'excellent' feels like a very fair rating from my point of view.Architects RuinBloc Party Silent AlarmBob Dylan The Essential Bob DylanBrand New DaisyColdplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadCymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are MountainsDavid Bowie Space OddityDef Leppard High 'n' DryDire Straits Making MoviesDream Theater Train of ThoughtDream Theater A Change of SeasonsEminem The Eminem ShowEminem Curtain Call: The HitsFilter The AmalgamutFilter Title Of RecordFoo Fighters Foo FightersFoo Fighters The Colour and the ShapeFoo Fighters In Your HonorFoo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to LoseFoo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & GraceFort Minor The Rising TiedGreen Day International SuperhitsJane's Addiction Ritual De Lo HabitualJay-Z The Black AlbumJohn Frusciante Inside of EmptinessJohn Frusciante The Will to DeathJohn Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer A Sphere in the Heart of SilenceLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVLinkin Park Hybrid TheoryLinkin Park Minutes to MidnightLostprophets Start SomethingLostprophets The Fake Sound Of ProgressMad Season AboveMammal The MajorityNas It Was WrittenNas God's SonNine Inch Nails With TeethNirvana BleachNirvana NevermindOasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?Oasis Don't Believe the TruthOpeth DamnationPink Floyd RelicsQueensryche Operation: MindcrimeRadiohead In RainbowsRed Hot Chili Peppers What Hits!?Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky StyleyRise Against Siren Song of the Counter CultureRise Against The Sufferer and the WitnessRise Against Appeal to ReasonRobbie Williams Life Thru a LensSigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaustStabbing Westward Darkest DaysSum 41 ChuckSupergrass Supergrass Is Ten: Best Of Supergrass 1994 - 2004Symphony X V: The New Mythology SuiteSystem of a Down Steal This Album!The Butterfly Effect Final Conversation of KingsThe Living End State Of EmergencyNot the best, not the worst. The Living End have created something here that can appeal to both fans and casual listeners, despite the relative simplicity of the music in comparison to some of their other albums. Nearly every song feels single worthy, though the title track and Black Cat stand out as the most single-ish, if not the best songs on the album.Thrice The Illusion of SafetyTom Waits Rain DogsTom Waits Blue ValentineU2 The Joshua TreeUnderoath Lost in the Sound of SeparationWu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang ForeverYes Close to the Edge3.5 greatAC/DC Highway To HellAll That Remains Behind Silence and SolitudeAs I Lay Dying An Ocean Between UsAvenged Sevenfold Waking the FallenBad Religion Against the GrainBirds Of Tokyo UniversesBlink-182 Blink-182Blink-182 Enema of the StateConverge Jane DoeDavid Bowie RealityDeftones White PonyFilter Short BusFoo Fighters One by OneGreen Day 21st Century BreakdownGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IGuns N' Roses Chinese DemocracyJeff Buckley Grace (Legacy Edition)John Frusciante CurtainsJohn Frusciante Smile from the Streets You HoldKaiser Chiefs EmploymentKanye West 808s and HeartbreakLinkin Park MeteoraLinkin Park ReanimationMetallica Master of PuppetsIt grew on me. Having utterly hated this the first few times I heard it, the infectious title track began to grow on me, and Battery, Sanitarium and Leper Messiah followed. However, the first half is just clearly so much better than the second half, though songs such as Damage Inc. and Disposable Heroes (great titles both, especially the latter) may take time to grow on me. Orion and The Thing That Should Not Be both feel like lowlights, though neither are particularly bad.
The best way to describe the sound of this album would be your standard, slightly fuzzy and guitar-centric thrash production, love-it-or-hate-it vocals (I fit into both catergories, depending on the song) which are mostly melodic shouts, but never screams, a very underground feel, standard fare thrashy riffs which are nevertheless very well done, great soloing, average-to-bad drumming and mostly inaudible though fairly good bass. It reeks of underground worship, as if it was destined to be praised by metalheads everywhere at some point, but the top-heaviness is inexcusable, although any thrash fan should have this album. Metallica hit their peak in their next, more progressive album, ...And Justice For All, although the production and vocals certainly stepped up for this album, making it a worthwhile purchase for pretty much any metalhead, or indeed anyone who is fairly new to metal.Metallica Ride the LightningMuse Origin of SymmetryMuse Black Holes & RevelationsNine Inch Nails Pretty Hate MachineNine Inch Nails The SlipOpeth Blackwater ParkThe death metal vocals ruin the album for me. Although they're much more tolerable than most other vocalist's growls, they still make it difficult for me to listen to the album.
However, in giving an objective review, I still wouldn't give it a 5. Some moments (The Leper Affinity and Bleak are prime examples) are fantastic, intense and switch back and forth between heavy and clean (which leads me to the point of Mikael's clean voice being one of the best in metal) with fantastic structure and grace. The boring moments, however (which, luckily, aren't all that common), are REALLY boring. To anyone who likes Death Metal and Prog, this is like a goldmine. To anyone who likes only one of the two, this is like apple bobbing, but with more good results than bad.Radiohead Pablo HoneyRage Against the Machine The Battle of Los AngelesRage Against the Machine RenegadesRed Hot Chili Peppers Mother's MilkRed Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumRihanna Good Girl Gone Bad: ReloadedRobbie Williams Sing When You're WinningRobbie Williams I've Been Expecting YouShadows Fall Threads of LifeSum 41 Does This Look Infected?Sum 41 All Killer No FillerSystem of a Down HypnotizeThrice The Artist in the AmbulanceTrivium Shogun3.0 goodAudioslave RevelationsBloc Party A Weekend in the CityBullet for My Valentine The PoisonBullet for My Valentine Scream, Aim, FireColdplay ParachutesDavid Bowie Diamond DogsDavid Bowie Aladdin SaneDef Leppard HysteriaGuns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionKaiser Chiefs Yours Truly, Angry MobKanye West GraduationKorn KornLimp Bizkit The Unquestionable Truth - Part ILinkin Park Hybrid Theory EPLostprophets Liberation TransmissionMuse AbsolutionNas UntitledOasis Standing on the Shoulder of GiantsRazorlight RazorlightRed Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationRed Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili PeppersSeether Karma and EffectSex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks...Sum 41 Half Hour Of PowerSystem of a Down Mezmerize2.5 averageBlack Sabbath ParanoidColdplay X & YColdplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His FriendsDef Leppard PyromaniaEminem EncoreEnter Shikari Take to the SkiesJudas Priest JugulatorJudas Priest NostradamusLimp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill Y'allMetallica ReloadMetallica LoadMetallica Death MagneticMy Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets...Oasis Heathen ChemistryRazorlight Up All NightRed Hot Chili Peppers By the WaySlayer Reign in BloodSum 41 Underclass HeroU2 No Line on the HorizonUnfortunately, this just doesn't stand up to their previous two albums. Lead single Get On Your Boots is a fun, catchy number with a memorable guitar riff, but very little else actually stands out. The album would be better if it weren't for it's excessive length - while it's only just over 50 minutes long, it could easily have been just as fulfilling in 30-40. The slight return to the style of their somewhat lacklustre 90's efforts is also an annoyance, although the album's closest resemblance is definitely How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. In a sense, it actually plays out as an attempt to be a more epic version of that album, with many similarities songwise - Get On Your Boots could easily be seen as a sleazier version of Vertigo, for example, whilst Moment of Surrender is dismissable as a lengthly take on Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own. That's not to say that they are necessarily clones in a musical sense, but both play very similar parts in the make-up of the album, though the questionable track ordering prevents them from being quite so similar as they could potentially be.
The album isn't bad, just average as a whole, and while a few songs may be sufficient to quench the thirst of any U2 fan when listened to on their own, there's simply no reason to bother looking into the entire album. Here's hoping for a more focused effort on U2's part next time.2.0 poor50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'50 Cent Power of the DollarBlur BlurBlur The Best OfDragonForce Valley of the DamnedJob for a Cowboy GenesisLimp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...Limp Bizkit Significant OtherMy Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet RevengeSam Sparro Sam SparroSlipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)Slipknot All Hope Is GoneT-Pain EpiphanyThe Calling Camino PalmeroTrivium AscendancyTrivium Ember to Inferno1.5 very poor50 Cent The Massacre50 Cent CurtisAll That Remains OvercomeAvenged Sevenfold Avenged SevenfoldBlur The Best Of (Special Edition)DragonForce Ultra BeatdownElliot Minor Elliot MinorMetallica St. AngerMy Chemical Romance The Black ParadeWham! Make It BigWham! Fantastic1.0 awfulDoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in FleshDragonForce Sonic FirestormDragonForce Inhuman RampageJonas Brothers A Little Bit LongerJustin Timberlake JustifiedJustin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSoundsLimp Bizkit Results May VaryLimp Bizkit New Old SongsMetallica Kill 'Em AllSoulja Boy Souljaboytellem.comTrivium The Crusade
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