Matthew D. French

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Album Ratings 257
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Last Active 10-20-14 3:52 pm
Joined 03-25-09

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Average Rating: 4.14
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Objectivity Score: 54%
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5.0 classic
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
Bark Psychosis Hex
Belle and Sebastian If You're Feeling Sinister
Camp Lo Uptown Saturday Night
Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas
Cocteau Twins Lullabies to Violaine
Converge You Fail Me
Cynic Focus
Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Death Leprosy
Deerhunter Halcyon Digest
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
Elliott Smith Figure 8
Elliott Smith Elliott Smith
Gazpacho Night
Gorguts Obscura
Immolation Close to a World Below
Isis Oceanic
Isis Panopticon
Jenny Hval Viscera
Julia Holter Ekstasis
Julia Holter Loud City Song
Kanye West Yeezus
I hate myself
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Low Roar 0
Menomena Moms
Midlake The Trials of Van Occupanther
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Nara Leao Dez Anos Depois
Nas Illmatic
Nujabes Metaphorical Music
Nujabes Spiritual State
What a damn shame it is that Jun Seba's life came to a tragic end at such a young age. This posthumous album is the perfect way to celebrate his life and everything he's accomplished, though. The jazz-tinged hip-hop beats here are some of the best associated with his name, and we honestly couldn't have asked for a more suitable and enjoyable album; it's soothing, meditative, and aptly titled. Rest in peace, sir.
Pixies Doolittle
Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
The Avalanches Since I Left You
The Caretaker An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is There
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2
The Walkmen Lisbon
The Weakerthans Reconstruction Site
The Wrens The Meadowlands
U2 War
Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

4.5 superb
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Source Tags & Codes
A Sunny Day in Glasgow Sea When Absent
Alt-J This Is All Yours
Ametsub Linear Cryptics
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
Aphex Twin Windowlicker
Azealia Banks Broke With Expensive Taste
Beach House Bloom
Belle and Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit
Blue Sky Black Death Late Night Cinema
Blue Sky Black Death NOIR
Blue Sky Black Death Glaciers
Boards of Canada In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
Counting Crows August And Everything After
Cryptopsy None So Vile
CunninLynguists Oneirology
I always feel a little unjustified in slapping a 'classic' label on an album I just
listened to, but then it's as I say: "If you love it, so be it." Not having heard any of
CunninLynguists' albums prior to Oneirology, I can't comment on how well this stands
up to the trio's other efforts, what I can say, however, is that this is a work of art
conceptually, musically, and lyrically. The album is loosely based around the surrealistic
nature of dreams and the power of our subconscious (a theme that I've become obsessed with
recently). The music captures this perfectly, pushing the boundaries of contemporary hip-
hop with its dream-like aesthetic and clouded atmosphere. Certain sections border on
musical surrealism, such as the quirky left-field outro to 'Darkness,' while others work as
multifaceted infectious pop tracks ('Dreams'). In short, Oneirology is a gorgeous
hip-hop album that plays the gamut of emotion and works as an easily accessible masterpiece
whose songs should appeal to almost anyone who hears them.

It wasn't heaven that I was seeking but a haven I sought; a canvas of the mind painted
with my thoughts
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Daft Punk Homework
Danny Brown XXX
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Symbolic
Death Human
Deerhoof Deerhoof vs. Evil
If I had to pick a single word to define Deerhoof's Deerhoof vs. Evil i would choose 'quirky'. Of course, another word that comes to mind and at first is ?innocent,? which inherently makes this album sound endearing. This notion is obvious once the listener gets a taste of Satomi Matsuzaki's cutesy voice. Tracks like "Super Duper Rescue Head!" are absolutely adorable - seriously, who isn't smiling when Satomi delivers these lines: 'Me to the rescue, me to the rescue / Hello, Hello, you lucky so-and-so'. Satomi's voice is so fun to listen to in fact, that I would it disguises the complexity of a lot of the tracks, but that's a great thing really, as none of them come off as sickeningly ambiguous. What's most fascinating is how they can make engaging songs out of simplistic lyrical content ("Hey I Can") and employ artsy noise-rock without it coming off as bloated and nonsensical ("The Merry Barracks"). Don't overlook this one, folks, there are so many reasons to love Deerhoof vs. Evil.
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan
Drake Thank Me Later
Drake Take Care
Drake Nothing Was the Same
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Flying Lotus You're Dead!
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
Gazpacho Demon
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die
2013 rules
Gorguts Considered Dead
Gorguts Colored Sands
Grizzly Bear Yellow House
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Grizzly Bear Shields
Grouper Ruins
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Hammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts
Hypocrisy Virus
Hypocrisy Abducted
Iannis Xenakis Metastaseis
Ice Cube The Predator
Jon Hopkins Immunity
Kanye West Late Registration
Kanye West The College Dropout
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Obnoxious, chauvinistic, crude, arrogant, presumptuous, egotistical - they are all words pertaining to Kanye West's persona, but let's give credit where it's due: he's a god damn genius. Despite whatever your perspective of the man is, we can't deny that he's a marketing aficionado. Whether he's sampling Daft Punk's well-known, infectious electronica anthem 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' or collaborating with any number of artists, he's done his part in making himself relevant in pop culture and has become the subject of much controversy (his proclamation of being the 'new Michael Jackson' and his recent notorious spiel at the Video Music Awards Ceremony during which he publicly embarrassed Taylor Swift.) Up until this point, his personality has been swiftly conveyed through his albums in such an in-your-face manner that it's off-putting and difficult to enjoy the music of a man who's so clearly riding a wave of vanity all the way to the top of the charts. However, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a statement - something that could only derive from the psyche of someone as sporadic and odd as Kanye; distinguishing itself from anything the boisterous star has done in the past, while still feeling comfortable enough to retain old fans.
Kayo Dot Hubardo
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music
Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music plants its flag high for all to see, imparting new life to the realm of hip-hop in doing so. Mike, via El-P's production, simultaneously channels the contemporary styling of Big Boi and peak '90s Ice Cube, drawing on the compositional prowess of the former and honing the powerful emceeing abilities of the latter. This blend of nuanced sounds and slick beats juxtaposed with Mike's engrossing narrative produces great results, and Mike's convictions are in plain view: "Mother fucker, my dad was a cop/You don't think I know a dirty ass cop when I see one?/Shake down, take down, disrespecting the badge!" ("Don't Die"). His words are poignant, and the music itself feels like some grand hip-hop revitalization; made to be be huge but fated to be overlooked by many. "Rap is my religion"
King Creosote and Jon Hopkins Diamond Mine
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
Laurie Anderson Big Science
Lewis L'Amour
Lil B God's Father
Lil Wayne Dedication 2
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Marketa Irglova Muna
Meshuggah I (Special Edition)
Mount Eerie Ocean Roar
Nujabes Modal Soul
Nujabes Hydeout Productions 2nd Collection
Nujabes / Fat Jon Departure
Owl John Owl John
Pharmakon Bestial Burden
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Radiohead In Rainbows
Rishloo Living as Ghosts with Buildings as Teeth
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Spoon They Want My Soul
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
The Dodos Carrier
The Great Old Ones Tekeli-Li
The National Alligator
The National Boxer
The National Trouble Will Find Me
nvm, this is way better than i thought it'd be
The Pop Group Y
The Roots undun
The Roots are the most consistently great hip-hop band of all time. Such a statement is daringly bold, but I can't at this time think of any other group out there who've managed to keep in with the current trends without sounding somewhat disingenuous in doing so. How I Got Over is the most obvious indicator of this: The Roots made their sound considerably more streamlined, but they were still able to one-up the vast majority of their contemporaries in doing so. Now, undun falls somewhere in the middle of that new-age hip-hop sound and their edgier, more raw approach. The Roots are managing to churn out some rof their best material on this concept record; atmospheric, aggressive, and...classical? undun is an incredibly varied and honed sound for the band and sends us a simple message: The Roots are still kicking serious ass!
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Walkmen You & Me
The Walkmen Heaven
tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack
U2 The Joshua Tree
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
X Japan Art of Life
Zahava Seewald and Michael Grebil From My Mother's House

4.0 excellent
Agalloch The Mantle
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Billy Talent Billy Talent II
Bloc Party Intimacy
Bloc Party Four
ti0n: well, that might be because both intimacy and four are better than silent alarm.
Bonobo The North Borders
Chance the Rapper Acid Rap
Counting Crows Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings
Damien Rice O
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Drake So Far Gone
Elite Gymnastics Ruin 4
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) What It Takes to Move Forward
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
I might actually like this more than Fables. The thing is, I originally adored Fables, I think I may even recall calling it one of the most enjoyable records of '07, but after revisiting it recently I can't help but lose interest because of how homogenous it is. After re-listening, I can't seem to recall a more formulaic album of that year, but I shouldn't complain too much - the formula worked well enough and there are still a lot of tracks worthy of salvaging. I have to admit, I was skeptical about Arrows and Anchors. While Fables' formula worked well enough, I knew that it couldn't be done twice without their audience losing interest. I'm a little taken aback by how much they've matured. This is a complete shocker, an album that feels progressive and sounds different all the way through.
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
FKA Twigs LP1
Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes
Hammock Departure Songs
some of these soundoffs are hilarious - especially lucidity's... seriously, that is just
Hugh Laurie Didn't It Rain
Ice-T O.G. Original Gangster
Interpol El Pintor
Jack's Mannequin Everything in Transit
Jeff Buckley Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
Jenny Lewis The Voyager
Kanye West Graduation
Kashiwa Daisuke April.#07
KiD CuDi Indicud
La Roux Trouble In Paradise
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
Lykke Li I Never Learn
Marissa Nadler July
Memoryhouse The Years
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Oasis Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven
Pantha Du Prince Black Noise
Perfect Pussy Say Yes to Love
Pop Winds Earth To Friend
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Samurai Champloo Impression
Samurai Champloo Masta
Samurai Champloo Playlist
Sia 1000 Forms Of Fear
Sun Kil Moon Benji
The Birthday Massacre Violet
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Killers Sam's Town
The Morning Benders Big Echo
The Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth
The National High Violet
The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers
The Preatures Blue Planet Eyes
The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
The Rosebuds Sand + Silence
Warpaint Warpaint

3.5 great
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Belle and Sebastian Write About Love
It seems like people were expecting too much from Belle And Sebastian this time around. No it isn't as good as their previous two albums, but that doesn't negate the fact that some of 2010's best songs are scattered throughout Write About Love. The low points are considerably lower than previous releases, but a lot of Write About Love's material stands up to and at times contests some of the Glasgow band's finest songs. This isn't something that should be overlooked and dismissed.
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Brand New Daisy
I understand that Brand New reinvent themselves with each new album, and the same applies for Daisy. However, it feels more like a regression both lyrically and musically for Brand New. Certain songs are just clear duds: 'Bed' bores; 'You Stole' drags; 'Bought A Bride' is almost inaudible, and amongst these are some good- great songs. The extremely misleading opener 'Vices' ends up being a highlight, and 'At The Bottom' may be the best song of 2009. Despite its flaws, it's still an enjoyable listen with some great songs to be heard, but disappoints overall.
Hugh Laurie Let Them Talk
Laura Stevenson Wheel
Maroon 5 Songs About Jane
Maroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long
Opeth Pale Communion
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Radiohead The King of Limbs
So, two things should be duly noted here. 1) A lot of fans are destined to love this, even if they don't actually love it, for this simple reason: it was crafted by Radiohead. 2) Those of us who don't love it or even claim to strongly dislike it have surely set the bar too high for Radiohead...right? A lot of people will fall into one of these two categories, and while I'm decidedly not a Radiohead connoisseur, I think it's safe to say that many could presume my rating is weighted by the fact that I don't care for Radiohead all that much, and that I was perhaps expecting too much of this. However, as there was next to no hype surrounding its release, I can say that the latter can't be entirely true. From a clearly objective stance, this is a very restrained version of Radiohead, and while for some ineffable reason Thom Yorke seems to be the face of the band, it's perceptible that the whole band isn't playing to their potential. Thom's monotonous vocals are probably the most notable detractor here (honestly, he doesn't sound into it at all), but other members add to this detraction by never allowing their songs to flourish. I'm aware that this isn't a record dominated by tension, but there's very little musical exploration here.
Rishloo Eidolon
Swans To Be Kind
The Antlers Familiars
The Menzingers On the Impossible Past
The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania

3.0 good
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Anathema Judgement
Anberlin Lowborn
Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest
like a much less interesting campfire headphase. huzzah!
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Essence Beyond Carnivalism
Friendzone DX
Kimbra The Golden Echo
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
Mono For My Parents
i used to agree with you, jared p =[
My Bloody Valentine m b v
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Rishloo Feathergun
Sadistik Ultraviolet
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream
Thrice Vheissu

2.5 average
Converge No Heroes
Death From Above 1979 The Physical World
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) You Will Eventually Be Forgotten
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Rx Bandits Gemini, Her Majesty
Steel Panther All You Can Eat
The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen

2.0 poor
Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Letlive. The Blackest Beautiful
Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV
Lorde Pure Heroine
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
Tyler the Creator Goblin

1.5 very poor
Lil Wayne I Am Not a Human Being II
Maroon 5 Overexposed
Porcupine Tree On the Sunday of Life

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