Matthew D. French

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Last Active 02-21-14 9:32 am
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5.0 classic
A Guy Called Gerald Black Secret Technology
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
Anacrusis Manic Impressions
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Arrested Development 3 Years, 5 Months And 2 Days...
Arvo Part Tabula Rasa
Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons...
Autechre Tri Repetae
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique
Belle and Sebastian If You're Feeling Sinister
Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit
Beyonce Beyonce
Bjork Vespertine
Blackalicious Blazing Arrow
Blink-182 Blink-182
Blue Sky Black Death Late Night Cinema
Blur Parklife
Boards of Canada Music Has The Right To Children
Boards of Canada Geogaddi
Boards of Canada In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Bob Marley and The Wailers Legend
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
BT Ima
Burial Untrue
Burial Rival Dealer
"come down to us is almost good" ralmost good? are you joking? it's probably his best song to date. shit taste itt
Camp Lo Uptown Saturday Night
Ceremony (USA-CA) Ruined
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
Cocteau Twins Lullabies to Violaine
Converge You Fail Me
Cut Copy In Ghost Colours
Cynic Focus
Daedelus Exquisite Corpse
Danny Brown XXX
Danny Brown Old
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
David Sylvian Secrets of the Beehive
Deafheaven Sunbather
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Deerhunter Halcyon Digest
Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030
Destroyer Kaputt
Disney Soundtracks The Lion King
Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst
Drake Thank Me Later
Drake Take Care
Elliott Smith XO
Elliott Smith Figure 8
Elliott Smith Elliott Smith
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
Frank Sinatra In The Wee Small Hours
Gazpacho Night
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die
2013 rules
Gorguts Obscura
GridLink Longhena
Grimes Visions
Visions is an atmospheric work of genius. Drawing from several genres such as: IDM, Industrial, New-Age, Pop, etc., young Canadian producer/vocalist Claire Boucher has created her most focused and impassioned work to date. Its sound invites comparisons that range from the textural, drugged out electronics of Aphex Twin to the soothing calm of Enya's delicate voice, all the while sounding like it's charting unexplored territory. With skilful production techniques and blissful vocals, Visions ends up being a record that far and away exceeded my impossibly high expectations after hearing "Oblivion", and given the right amount of time to set in, it may just very well end up as one of the year's best.
Grizzly Bear Yellow House
GZA Liquid Swords
Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki Symphony No. 3, Op. 36
Hot Cross Cryonics
How to Dress Well Love Remains
Ice Cube The Predator
James Blake James Blake
I miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind
Jenny Hval Viscera
Jenny Hval Innocence Is Kinky
Joanna Newsom Have One on Me
Julia Holter Ekstasis
Julia Holter Loud City Song
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
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.
Kate Bush Hounds of Love
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
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"
Love Forever Changes
Main Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes II
Menomena Moms
mewithoutYou Catch For Us The Foxes
I'm in the minority but I don't care! This is hands down the best mwY album
Midlake The Trials of Van Occupanther
Moby Play
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Mr. Bungle California
Nas Illmatic
Neil Young After the Gold Rush
Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nujabes Metaphorical Music
Off Minor Some Blood
Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Our Lady Peace A Decade
OutKast Aquemini
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pixies Doolittle
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Pixies Indie Cindy
album is perfect in pretty much every way
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead OK Computer
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II
Rush Hemispheres
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
Secede Tryshasla
Shabazz Palaces Black Up
Shout Out Louds Our Ill Wills
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
Steve Reich Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint
Submotion Orchestra Finest Hour
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Sun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway
Tears For Fears Songs from the Big Chair
The Avalanches Since I Left You
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The Beatles Revolver
I got laid to this album... pretty much sums up my feelings for it.
The Beatles The Beatles
The Cranberries No Need to Argue
The Cure Disintegration
The Knife Silent Shout
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2
The National Alligator
The National Trouble Will Find Me
nvm, this is way better than i thought it'd be
The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
The Pop Group Y
The Roots Things Fall Apart
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
The Veils Nux Vomica
The War on Drugs Slave Ambient
The Weakerthans Reconstruction Site
The Weeknd House of Balloons
The Wrens The Meadowlands
The Zombies Odessey and Oracle
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
Tool Aenima
tUnE-yArDs w h o k i l l
u-Ziq Lunatic Harness
Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day
Weezer Pinkerton
Wilco Summerteeth
Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary
Women Public Strain
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
X Japan Art of Life
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss

4.5 superb
4hero Parallel Universe
A Tribe Called Quest People's Instinctive Travels & The Paths of Rhythm
Against Me! Reinventing Axl Rose
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Air Moon Safari
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
Alice In Chains Jar of Flies
Alice In Chains Dirt
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Anberlin New Surrender
Andrew Jackson Jihad Knife Man
Andrew Lloyd Webber Highlights from The Phantom of the Opera
Animal Collective Feels
Animal Collective Spirit They're Gone...
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Arcade Fire Funeral
Arcade Fire Reflektor
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am...
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Ava Luna Electric Balloon
bansheebeat Spiral Power
best music i've heard from a sputniker
Belle and Sebastian The Boy With the Arab Strap
Belle and Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Bibio Silver Wilkinson
Bjork Post
Bjork Homogenic
Bjork Medulla
Bjork Debut
Bjork Biophilia
Bloc Party Intimacy
Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Bright Eyes Cassadaga
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It In People
BT This Binary Universe
Burial Burial
Burial Kindred
Burial and Four Tet Moth/Wolf Club
Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
Cat Power You Are Free
Catch 22 Keasbey Nights
Chance The Rapper Acid Rap
Circle Takes The Square As the Roots Undo
Circle Takes The Square Decompositions: Volume Number One
so uh, i haven't heard it all the way through yet, but this is obviously a 5/5 i mean come on
Clint Mansell, Kronos Quartet & Mogwai The Fountain
Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas
Converge Jane Doe
Converge Axe to Fall
CunninLynguists A Piece Of Strange
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
Current 93 Thunder Perfect Mind
Cursive Domestica
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Cut Copy Free Your Mind
Cynic Traced in Air
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
the most danceable thing you'll listen to all year
Dan Mangan Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Dan Mangan Oh Fortune
Danny Elfman The Nightmare Before Christmas
Dark Time Sunshine ANX
What Sobhi said.
Dark Tranquillity Projector
Daughters Daughters
David Wise Donkey Kong Country 2 Soundtrack
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Death Leprosy
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
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
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Demdike Stare Tryptych
What an ambitious voyage! The broad compass of Tryptych makes it difficult to write on and in the beginning perhaps a daunting task to listen to in its entirety, but make no mistake, this is one of the finest records of early 2011 for a myriad of reasons. Classically leading things off is "Forest Of Evil" (Dusk) and its corresponding (Dawn) - both of which delve into this brooding, paranoid sound that ventures on and moves into different patterns throughout the course of 24 minutes (and these are just 2 of 23 songs). Demdike Stare indulge in dark surrealism for 2 hours and 40 minutes without coming off as tiresomely overlong because of how varied and surprisingly earthly it all sounds. Those who think it's overwrought owe it to themselves to afford Tryptych the patience necessary for it to fully sink in.
Depeche Mode Violator
Disney Soundtracks Beauty and the Beast
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
Drake Nothing Was the Same
Eisley The Valley
Eisley spare no time in getting to the point and drawing their listeners in with The Valley, an album that opens in an immediately infectious fashion with Stacy's blissful vocals on the title track. The lack of mainstream success for Eisley has always baffled me, and not because of my fanboy love for them, but rather because of how insanely catchy and accessible their songs are. Take "Smarter" for example: a pop-rock jaunt that invites comparisons to artists like Paramore. Even the emotionally fraught numbers here are presented in a catchy as hell pop fashion ("Watch It Die," "Sad"). "Ambulance", arguably Eisley's best song to date, closes the album on such a gloom note that it seems almost inviting given the pop sheen of almost every other track. The album feels like it's been leading up to this release of despondence and results in their most emotionally conscious song to date.
El-P Cancer 4 Cure
Electric Light Orchestra Time
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill
Eluvium Copia
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Emperor Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire...
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
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.
Faith No More Angel Dust
Fall Out Boy Infinity On High
Fear Before The Always Open Mouth
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac
Floex Zorya
Florence and the Machine Lungs
2009 was a fantastic year for pop music; whether it be this, Animal Collective, Mew, or fun., there were just a lot of happy, endearing albums. Florence and the Machine's Lungs is not only one of the more intriguing and immediately absorbing of these, but it's also the debut album of the year. Vocally similar to Natasha Khan, but completely different conceptually. The highlights are all such strong points that this album at times feels deserving of a 5. Dog Days Are Over, Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up), Between Two Lungs, Blinding, and Cosmic Love are all contenders for best pop songs of the year.
Florence and the Machine Ceremonials
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Frank Ocean Channel Orange
Firmly cements Frank Ocean's position as far and away the most talented member of the Odd Future collective.
Gaza No Absolutes in Human Suffering
Gazpacho Demon
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
George Harrison All Things Must Pass
Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere
Goblin Suspiria
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Goldfrapp Felt Mountain
Gorguts Colored Sands
Gorillaz Demon Days
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Grizzly Bear Shields
GZA Beneath the Surface
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Helios Eingya
Hop Along Get Disowned
How to Dress Well Just Once
How to Dress Well Total Loss
Imogen Heap Speak For Yourself
In Flames The Jester Race
In Flames Reroute to Remain
In Flames Come Clarity
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
J Dilla Donuts
James Blake Klavierwerke
James Blake Overgrown
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV)
Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt
Jedi Mind Tricks Violent By Design
Honestly, does rap get any better than this? This is exactly what rap should be; dark, dense and intense. The lyrical themes are intricate and relevant to real worldly issues, and the samples are all so fitting in context to their songs. An absolute must for fans of rap; an excellent start for those skeptical of the genre.
Jeff Buckley Grace
Jeff Buckley Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
Jesper Kyd Assassin's Creed 2
Joanna Newsom Ys
John Mayer Continuum
John Talabot Fin
Jon Hopkins Immunity
Jonsi Go
A contrast from the entirety of Sigur Ros' discography, although it seemed blatantly obvious from Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust that Jonsi was delving into poppier realms. Go picks up from that point and further shows his foray into more accessible, happier pop music, with tracks like 'Go Do', 'Animal Arithmetic' and 'Boy Lilikoi', exuding energy and being catchy. This is recommended for those who have been following Sigur Ros and for those who thought Jonsi's work with Sigur Ros was laden with dissonance
Judas Priest Painkiller
Kanye West Yeezus
I hate myself
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
More people need to hear this, this is near musical perfection. Stella is simply put, one of the greatest songs ever made. The instrumentation is pure bliss, and never before has violin sounded so beautiful, uplifting, dark, and evoked so much emotion. The prodcution is perfect, crisp and clear. Don't let the length of the tracks put you off, you will slip into them as softly and willingly as you do your bed after a hard day's work.
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Kate Bush The Sensual World
Kate Bush The Kick Inside
Kate Bush 50 Words for Snow
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
Kayo Dot Hubardo
King Creosote and Jon Hopkins Diamond Mine
King Krule 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Laura Stevenson Wheel
LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Linkin Park Meteora
Lostprophets Start Something
Start Something is an intrepid release from an otherwise safe-played band. Such distinguishing characteristics are heard from songs such as the title track, to the truculent 'We are Godzilla, you're Japan', to the culminating 'Sway', which seems out of character in an experimental sense, but acts as the strongest song Lostprophets have written thus far. Overall, a surprising listen from a band you likely wouldn't expect.
M.I.A. Kala
M.I.A. Maya
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Macintosh Plus FLORAL SHOPPE
Madvillain Madvillainy
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
Marijuana Deathsquads Tamper, Disable, Destroy
Marissa Nadler July
Massive Attack Mezzanine
It's somewhat difficult for me to imagine the same artists who made the disappointing Blue Lines have crafted an album this captivating. The first four songs all rank among their best, and some of the finest songs of all time. "Tear Drop", "Risingson", "Inertia Creeps", and "Dissolved Girl" are some of the best songs of the 90's. "Inertia Creeps" in particular is aural bliss with its layers of sound and euphoric feel; the album has constant displays of this euphoria while remaining dark in scope that allows for drug adduced imagery. The hyperbole cannot be argued with, this is clearly Massive Attack's best album and is the epitome of exceptional trip-hop music. They are going to have to go above and beyond to top Mezzanine.
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Max Richter The Blue Notebooks
Megadeth Rust in Peace
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Mesa Verde The Old Road
Wow, my soundoff for this was fucking awful.
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Mew No More Stories
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's all
MF DOOM Special Herbs: The Box Set
Midas Fall Wilderness
Miles Davis Bitches Brew
Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime
Moderat II
Mono Hymn To The Immortal Wind
Mount Eerie Clear Moon
Mount Eerie Ocean Roar
Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Neko Case The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight...
Niechec Smierc w miekkim futerku
Noir Désir Veuillez rendre l'âme (à qui elle appartient)
Noisia Split The Atom
Nujabes Modal Soul
Nujabes Hydeout Productions 2nd Collection
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.
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Obliteration Black Death Horizon
Okkervil River The Silver Gymnasium
Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven
Our Lady Peace Spiritual Machines
Our Lady Peace Clumsy
Our Lady Peace Happiness...
OutKast Stankonia
Owen I Do Perceive
P.O.D. Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years
P.O.S. Audition
Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Parades Foreign Tapes
Passion Pit Gossamer
Here it is everyone: the indisputably feel-good pop album of 2012. Well, at least that's how it sounds on the surface, though it's admittedly kind of ironic to label it 'feel-good' with lines like "Love is just greed/It's almost taking me" and "It's not fair; still I'm the only one that seems to care". Angelakos is extremely adept in fabricating insanely infectious hooks, despite his overlying themes of cynicism and nearly self-pitying nature. And therein lies Angelakos' strongest trait: his ability to keep to his deeply personal side without letting it dominate the music. Whereas Angelakos' emotions sometimes overstepped the music on Manners, he shows more restraint and tact on Gossamer, purging his emotions through yearning and desire tinged with melancholy. Tracks like "Take a Walk" and "Constant Conversations" are wistful pop songs, finding Anegelakos capable of evoking emotion while satiating a craving for hooks and choruses suitable for the feverish heat of summer. It's hard not to get hooked, even when his lyrics seem to completely betray a feeling of immense happiness.
Pink Floyd Animals
Pixies Trompe Le Monde
Pixies Bossanova
Pixies Best of Pixies: Wave of Mutilation
Pop Winds Earth To Friend
Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet
Queen A Night at the Opera
Queen A Day at the Races
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Racebannon In the Grips of the Light
Radiohead In Rainbows
Radiohead TKOL RMX 1234567
Real Estate Atlas
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red House Painters Red House Painters I
Rivet Amid The Roar
Rockettothesky Medea
Rosetta Wake/Lift
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush Clockwork Angels
Simply put: Clockwork Angels is Rush's best album in 30 years. Moreover, it's an album that challenges Rush's heydey material and sees a return to the concept album. Neil Peart, through a loosely tethered narrative, casts a young man pursuing his dreams in a world of chaos and fantastical steampunk themes. I shan't delve too much into it, but know that it's typical Rush (that is to say it's goofy but awesome). The music at hand far overshadows that of Rush's 2007 misfire Snakes & Arrows; it's far more proggy (but doesn't compromise the hooks), focused, and polished. Through a convoluted plot, Clockwork Angels (unsurprisingly) comes full circle in the end, and, beyond its intrinsical narrative, it's very musical. Neil Peart is at the top of his game: his acuity of technicality makes his playing sound second-nature to him -- so unmanufactured and instinctive. Likewise, Geddy Lee's bass playing is masterfully mixed and given more prominence than on previous albums, easily servicing to be a highlight. It may be a little difficult to digest at first, as Rush albums are wont to do, typically being exhaustively long, but it's a ridiculously strong musical statement, and a fine, fine return to form. In fact, I'd like to amend my original statement to this: Clockwork Angels might just be Rush's best album, period.
Sadistik Flowers For My Father
Saves the Day Stay What You Are
Say Anything In Defense of the Genre
Scott Walker The Drift
Secede Bye Bye Gridlock Traffic
Shearwater The Golden Archipelago
Shpongle Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland
Sia Colour the Small One
Sigh Hangman's Hymn
Sigur Ros Agaetis byrjun
Sigur Ros ( )
Undoubtedly Sigur Ros' magnum opus, and one of the greatest albums of all time. Vaka is gripping and sad, Samskeyti is fraught with emotion and would likely see its place in my top 10 greatest songs of all time, and Popplagio evokes a brooding frame of mind and features some of the best drumming to be heard in modern music. Hopelandic (a language spoken by only Jon Birgisson) is essentially meaningless syllables but it fits the context of the music so well that its pretension is excusable. There's not much I can say to do this album justice, it needs to be heard in its entirety; this is essential listening to anyone who appreciates meaningful music.
Sigur Ros Takk...
Sigur Ros Heima (DVD)
Slint Spiderland
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle
Snow Patrol Eyes Open
Soap and Skin Lovetune for Vacuum
Soundtrack Metroid Prime & Fusion: Original Soundtracks
Soundtrack Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Soundtrack Bioshock Infinite OST
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians
Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes Numb
Streetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the Between
Streetlight Manifesto The Hands That Thieve
you know it's good when 4.5s are bringing down the overall average
Styx Greatest Hits
Submotion Orchestra Fragments
Almost as good as Finest Hour.
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Sun Kil Moon April
Swallow The Sun The Morning Never Came
Swans The Seer
Swarms Old Raves End
This may very well end up being the record of the year for me with subsequent listens.
Tangerine Dream Phaedra
Taylor Swift Speak Now
The Angelic Process Weighing Souls With Sand
The Antlers Burst Apart
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Cinematic Orchestra Motion
The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur
The Cinematic Orchestra Les Ailes Pourpres
this is astonishingly good. seriously, anyone that happens upon this page, do yourself a favour and check this out.
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Dodos Carrier
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is There
The Knife Tomorrow, In a Year
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth
The National Boxer
The National High Violet
The Orb Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
The Police Reggatta de Blanc
The Polyphonic Spree Together We're Heavy
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
The Walkmen Heaven
The Weakerthans Left and Leaving
Thursday Full Collapse
Thursday No Devolucion
Todd Terje It's Album Time
Tori Amos Little Earthquakes
Tricky Maxinquaye
Trophy Scars Hospital Music
wow my soundoffs in 2010 were baaaaaaad
Trophy Scars Bad Luck
Trophy Scars Darkness, Oh Hell
u-Ziq Chewed Corners
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire
Ulver Bergtatt
Ulver Shadows of the Sun
Underoath Define the Great Line
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
Warning Watching from a Distance
Why? Mumps, Etc.
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilco The Whole Love
Woods of Desolation As The Stars

4.0 excellent
65daysofstatic One Time for All Time
A Lot Like Birds No Place
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Agnes Obel Philharmonics
Agnes Obel Aventine
Alcest Ecailles De Lune
Amon Tobin ISAM
Amy Winehouse Back to Black
Anaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black Widow
Anberlin Cities
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Animal Collective Centipede Hz
Animals As Leaders The Joy Of Motion
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
oh shit
this is AWESOME.
a 5 in the first listen, i ve never expect this can top any arcade fire release, i was sceptic about it but this is just godly. Holy shit!!!!!?!?!?!!!!!124'nnrw!!
Arcade Fire Her
Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep
ASAP Rocky LongLiveA$AP
At The Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Autechre Amber
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Bad Religion Against the Grain
Bat For Lashes Two Suns
Baths Cerulean
BATS Red In Tooth and Claw
Belle and Sebastian Tigermilk
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot
Billy Talent Billy Talent II
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Bloc Party Four
ti0n: well, that might be because both intimacy and four are better than silent alarm.
Blu and Exile Below the Heavens
Blue Hawaii Untogether
Blue Sky Black Death NOIR
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Bonobo The North Borders
Boris New Album
Born Ruffians Birthmarks
Braids Native Speaker
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Burial Truant/Rough Sleeper
Camera Obscura Let's Get Out of This Country
Camera Obscura Underachievers Please Try Harder
Carcass Surgical Steel
Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer
Chevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Chvrches The Bones of What You Believe
Circa Survive On Letting Go
Circle Takes The Square Circle Takes the Square
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Coldplay Viva la Vida
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Cradle of Filth Nymphetamine
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles II
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles III
Current 93 Baalstorm, Sing Omega
Cynic Carbon-Based Anatomy
Daft Punk Discovery
Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I
Das Racist Relax
Daughters Canada Songs
after all of these years my thoughts about this album remain the same: it's a short, cacophonous mess, and it freaking rules because of that.
Dead Can Dance The Serpent's Egg
Death Symbolic
Death Human
Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs
Deerhoof Breakup Song
Deerhunter Microcastle
Defeater Travels
Deltron 3030 Event II
Stardate 3040: The seasons continue to pass. Spring became summer, fall dimmed into the winter's cold light. Society continued to erode as the people began to collapse under the weight of economic despair. 10 years had elapsed since there had even been a blip of information on the whereabouts of the mythical duo. Occasionally a story would be heard - a rumour - from an unreliable source in a bar, some place like that. Inevitably it would be discounted as drunken hearsay, much like Area 51 or the Loch Ness Monster, until they were eventually proven to be true, of course. One by one the banks began to collapse again; politicians were running out of flocks to fleece; the middle class had faded into irrelevance; anarchy had started to peak its head out. Then, when all seemed to be lost, a small glimmer of light appeared in the distance... Could it be? Back from the great beyond... It's the return of Deltron Zero and Automator
Disney Soundtracks Mulan
Disney Soundtracks The Hunchback of Notre Dame
dredg El Cielo
Eleventh He Reaches London Hollow Be My Name
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) What It Takes To Move Forward
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly
Fall Out Boy From Under The Cork Tree
Fleetwood Mac Tango In The Night
Fleetwood Mac Tusk
Foals Total Life Forever
Foals Holy Fire
is nice. is very very nice.
Friendzone DX
Future of the Left The Plot Against Common Sense
Genesis Foxtrot
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
Goldfrapp Tales Of Us
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
Hammock Departure Songs
some of these soundoffs are hilarious - especially lucidity's... seriously, that is just
Have A Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Hilltop Hoods Drinking From The Sun
HORSE the band Desperate Living
Hospitality Trouble
Hugh Laurie Didn't It Rain
Incubus Make Yourself
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
Jack's Mannequin Everything in Transit
James Blake Enough Thunder
James Horner Casper
Joanna Newsom The Milk-Eyed Mender
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Kansas Leftoverture
Kanye West Graduation
Katatonia Dead End Kings
Greatness yet again
Kate Bush Aerial
Kent Vapen & ammunition
KiD CuDi Indicud
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Lights Out Asia Eyes Like Brontide
Lil B God's Father
Lindstrom Smalhans
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park Reanimation
Love American Disquiet
Love American Hollow Crosses
Lovelock Burning Feeling
M83 Before The Dawn Heals Us
Mae (e)vening
Holy. Fucking. Shit...
Magma Mekanïk Destruktiw Kommandoh
Main Attrakionz x Tynethys Main Attrakionz x Tynethys
Major Parkinson Twilight Cinema
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
Maps & Atlases Beware and Be Grateful
Marina and The Diamonds Electra Heart
maudlin of the Well Bath
Megadeth Endgame
Metric Fantasies
Mew And the Glass Handed Kites
Mew Frengers
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
mewithoutYou Ten Stories
Michael Giacchino Lost: Season 1
Mogwai Mr. Beast
Motorpsycho Behind the Sun
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Mutyumu Ilya
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
My Bloody Valentine m b v
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
Neverending White Lights Act II: The Blood And The Life Eternal
Nirvana In Utero
Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal
OneRepublic Native
Opeth Watershed
Our Lady Peace Gravity
Our Lady Peace Healthy In Paranoid Times
P.O.D. Murdered Love
Panda Bear Tomboy
Panic! At the Disco Pretty. Odd.
Panic! At the Disco Vices & Virtues
Pantha Du Prince Black Noise
Paramore Riot!
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Passion Pit Manners
Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Perfect Pussy I have lost all desire for feeling
Pg. 99 Document #8
Pianos Become the Teeth The Lack Long After
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Pixies Come On Pilgrim
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Portico Quartet Portico Quartet
Queensryche Queensryche
Quietdrive When All That's Left Is You
R. Kelly Trapped in the Closet (Chapters 1-12)
Radiohead The Bends
Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass Passages
Regina Spektor Far
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Rivet Grifter/Sundry
Rosetta The Anaesthete
Rush 2112
Russian Circles Empros
Saosin Translating the Name
Shad Flying Colours
Shearwater Animal Joy
Shinedown The Sound Of Madness
Shpongle Museum of Consciousness
Sigh In Somniphobia
No one can ever accuse Sigh of lacking innovation, that much is sure, but what of this album? Well, it is absolutely fucking nuts. Refusing to ever sit still, and utilizing congas, accordion, flutes, theremin, etc., Sigh create a sound unlike anything you're going to hear all year. From the tastefully bluesy number (yep, lounge-metal) "Amnesia", to the demented circus that is "Far Beneath The In-Between"(seriously, Nightwish should take notes), In Somniphobia is an incredibly challenging album, marrying all of Sigh's best traits and adding new tricks to the mix. Progressive, avant-garde, experimental, psychedelic - In Somniphobia is a metal album pushing the envelope, challenging the conventions of metal while borrowing from the past (Imaginary Sonicscape).
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vio spilum endalaust
Sigur Ros Valtari
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Sixx:A.M. Heroin Diaries Soundtrack
Sole and the Skyrider Band Plastique
Sole and the Skyrider Band Hello Cruel World
To hell with Adam Thomas. Seriously, who the hell does he think he is?
Soulsavers The Light The Dead See
Soundtrack Moulin Rouge! - Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film
Soundtrack Across the Universe
Soundtrack Super Metroid Soundtrack
Soundtrack (500) Days of Summer
State Faults Desolate Peaks
Streetlight Manifesto Keasbey Nights
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People
Sun Kil Moon Benji
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now
Taku Sugimoto Quartet / Octet
Tame Impala Lonerism
Taylor Swift Fearless
Taylor Swift Red
The Academy Is... Almost Here
The Antlers Hospice
The Avalanches When I Met You
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles Let It Be
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Birthday Massacre Violet
The Birthday Massacre Walking With Strangers
The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
The Devin Townsend Project Ghost
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Last Shadow Puppets The Age Of The Understatement
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Men Open Your Heart
The Monkees Greatest Hits
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Nuclear, Sad, Nuclear
The Roots Do You Want More?!!!??!
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 Shins Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins Wincing the Night Away
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Used The Used
The Veils Time Stays, We Go
The Wednesday Club Passing Strange
The Weeknd Thursday
The Weeknd Echoes of Silence
"After all is said and done, House of Balloons wins based purely on the catchiness of the

It isn't a contest and that's a really shallow perception! Seriously though, this album is
really good - definitely more enjoyable than Thursday on the whole.
The Wrens Secaucus
Thee Silver Mount Zion Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
Thursday War All the Time
Thursday A City By the Light Divided
U2 The Joshua Tree
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Various Artists (Hip Hop) 8 Mile OST
Warpaint Warpaint
Why? Alopecia
Widowspeak Almanac
Xavier Rudd White Moth
Yann Tiersen Dust Lane
Oh my god this is amazing.
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds
Yo La Tengo Fade
oh my gawd. this album, man
Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse

3.5 great
10 Years The Autumn Effect
Aesop Rock Labor Days
Angels and Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
Arctic Monkeys AM
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.
Billy Talent Billy Talent
Bjork Volta
Blue Sky Black Death Glaciers
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy I See a Darkness
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.
Burial Street Halo
Caribou Swim
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Chevelle La Gargola
Chiodos Bone Palace Ballet
Clubroot III - MMXII
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay Parachutes
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Daedelus Bespoke
Dashboard Confessional The Shade of Poison Trees
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Deep Purple Machine Head
Disney Soundtracks Hercules
Disney Soundtracks Aladdin
DJ Shadow The Private Press
Earl Sweatshirt Doris
Emperor IX Equilibrium
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo Tree of Tongues
Fall Out Boy Take This To Your Grave
Fall Out Boy Folie a Deux
Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll
Feist Metals
Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Gonjasufi A Sufi and a Killer
Gonjasufi MU.ZZ.LE
Gorillaz Gorillaz
Grouplove Spreading Rumours
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy
Hugh Laurie Let Them Talk
Immolation Close to a World Below
In Flames Subterranean
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
Incubus Light Grenades
Janelle Monae The Electric Lady
Is it just me, or are the best moments on this album fleeting? Every time it sounds like a song is just about to get ridiculously good and evolve into something beautiful, it ends. Don't get me wrong, Janelle's at the top of her game here, and this will go down as the quintessential soul/r&b album of the year, it's just maddeningly frustrating at times
Justin Bieber Believe
Killing Joke MMXII
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Korn See You on the Other Side
Lifehouse No Name Face
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish...
Limp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill Y'all$
Linkin Park Living Things
You're all morons this is garbage that is going to be force fed to mindless idiots like those of you already thinking this album is a 4.5 or a 5.r^I've always found it funny how music can evoke such a strongly negative, hostile response from people. Tact - you have none of it.
Love Grips Much Love Deep Web (Vol. 1)
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Moby Destroyed
Muse Absolution
Possibly the best start to any album I've ever heard; the first four tracks are all large and anthemic and have enough diversity to draw you in immediately. There is enough in this album to captivate any listener as it has virtually no filler. Stockholm Syndrome and Sing For Absolution may be Muse's two best songs to date and the rest of the album maintains this fun; catchy, quirky, and beautiful consistency throughout.
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Opeth Blackwater Park
P.O.D. Testify
Phoenix Bankrupt!
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Wish Floyd were here.
Your soundoff was too short, it has to be at least 50 characters
Placebo Meds
Protest The Hero Fortress
Radiohead Amnesiac
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
Sage Francis Human The Death Dance
Saosin Saosin
Secede Vega Libre
Shout Out Louds Optica
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Soko I Thought I Was an Alien
Soundtrack Sucker Punch
Soundtrack Watchmen: Music from the Motion Picture
System of a Down Toxicity
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
The Academy Is... Santi
The Beatles Help!
The Black Dahlia Murder Nocturnal
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Killers Sam's Town
The Receiving End of Sirens The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi
The Roots How I Got Over
The Shins Port of Morrow
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream
The Wrens Silver
Thirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars
Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Tindersticks The Something Rain
Trvth Alpha
U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
Usher Looking 4 Myself
Vales Clarity

3.0 good
10 Years Division
3 Doors Down Away From The Sun
Adele 21
Angels and Airwaves I-Empire
Ashley Monroe Like a Rose
Avril Lavigne Let Go
Blue Sky Black Death Lean Night Cinema
some of my favourite songs ever slowed down to a ridiculously dull, tedious pace. surprisingly enough, it sometimes works, but mostly it makes me want to press the fast-forward buttonr
Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest
like a much less interesting campfire headphase. huzzah!
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Chiodos All's Well That Ends Well
Circa Survive Juturna
Coldplay X & Y
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Death From Above 1979 You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
Disney Soundtracks Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
dredg Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Fall Out Boy My Heart Will Always Be The B-Side...
Finger Eleven Finger Eleven
Hellogoodbye Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!
Karnivool Sound Awake
Keane Under The Iron Sea
Kill Hannah Until Theres Nothing Left Of Us
Korn Follow the Leader
Korn Untitled
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
Lamb of God Resolution
Limp Bizkit Significant Other
Linkin Park Minutes To Midnight
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis The Heist
Massive Attack Blue Lines
Massive Attack are a band that, depending on my mood I will either really enjoy or really dislike. That said, on a good day Blue Lines just sits at around a 3/5. For the most part this album is tepid, and while tracks like "Safe From Harm" and "Unfinished Sympathy" shine, they're surrounded by songs like "One Love" and "Blue Lines" which are not entirely bad, but certainly not enjoyable. The length of every song is roughly 5 minutes, which can be a relatively big problem when there are more than a few songs that are so consistently boring that they tie into the album and forbare the others from standing out.
Megadeth United Abominations
Moonlit Sailor We Come from Exploding Stars
Mumford and Sons Babel
so, i don't know if you guys have heard, but this is the band that's cool to hate on atm.
Muse Black Holes and Revelations
Norma Jean Redeemer
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Protest The Hero Scurrilous
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.
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels
Rush Snakes & Arrows
Snow Patrol Final Straw
The All-American Rejects Move Along
The Chemical Brothers Surrender
The Flaming Lips Embryonic
The Knife Shaking the Habitual
The Lonely Island Incredibad
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Mongrel
Thrice Vheissu
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Trvth Purging
Underoath The Changing of Times
Weezer Weezer
Why? Eskimo Snow

2.5 average
A Day To Remember What Separates Me From You
Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian
August Burns Red Rescue and Restore
Aura Noir Black Thrash Attack
Autechre Confield
Beck Mellow Gold
Belle and Sebastian Storytelling
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
Buckethead Monument Valley
Bullet For My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire
Converge Halo in a Haystack
Death Spiritual Healing
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Defeater Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
Disturbed The Sickness
Disturbed Believe
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
Eminem The Eminem Show
Eminem Recovery
Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend
Farewell Fighter Challenges
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Hans Zimmer Inception
Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight Rises
Immolation Kingdom of Conspiracy
Jay-Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail
John Coltrane Blue Train
Justin Bieber My World 2.0
Justin Timberlake Justified
Karnivool Asymmetry
Kate Bush The Red Shoes
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Minor Threat Complete Discography
Misery Signals Absent Light
Morbus Chron Sweven
Nirvana Nevermind
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
Oasis Dig Out Your Soul
OneRepublic Dreaming Out Loud
Protest The Hero Kezia
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Rush Caress of Steel
Say Anything Say Anything
Senses Fail Still Searching
Senses Fail Renacer
Skrillex Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Slayer Show No Mercy
Soundtrack Twilight Official Soundtrack
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Mars Volta Octahedron
Thrice Beggars
Well it's no Vheissu, Thrice's newest outting is earnest and heartfelt. The hardcore moments fans have come to adore have been eradicated, and instead replaced with a softer, more touching side. After the Alchemy Index, it was anyone's guess as to where Thrice would go, but the fact still remains that they have the talent to work within many different genre's. This band has mastered their craft as far as I'm concerned.
Titus Andronicus Local Business
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Weezer Hurley

2.0 poor
3 Doors Down The Better Life
A Lot Like Birds Conversation Piece
Animal Collective Danse Manatee
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Carrie Underwood Some Hearts
Converge No Heroes
Cute Is What We Aim For Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch
Dark Tranquillity We Are the Void
Daughtry Daughtry
Death Grips The Money Store
Death Grips Government Plates
Finger Eleven Them vs. You vs. Me
Five Finger Death Punch American Capitalist
Genesis We Can't Dance
Hans Zimmer Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
James Blunt Back To Bedlam
Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak
Letlive. Fake History
Letlive. The Blackest Beautiful
Meshuggah obZen
Muse The Resistance
So yeah, I think this sucks now.
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Nightwish Imaginaerum
Okay, time to inject my worthless opinion of this here album. Here's the jist of it: Nightwish further devolve and leave their glory days behind. That's right, the praise for this is totally unwarranted. Imaginaerum should have been incredible, but it isn't. The inclusion of the folksy, Celtic influences and grandiose orchestration is occasionally brilliant, spreading influence far and wide and helping to service Nightwish's eclecticism. However, little else can be praised. A lot of the most brilliant moments here are marred by the integration of too many genres. As a result, some of the more aimless meandering, i.e., the gorgeously evocative piano-led sections and folksy elements are tarnished by senselessly derivative song formulas and orchestral conclusions (although good here and there) that border on the overly theatrical side. The choirs feel like a total gimmick by now, and the formula is overwhelmingly poppy at times. All in all, a record that shows glimmers of brilliance that's hugely weighted by poor musicianship. What a shame - this could have been a classic.
P.O.D. Payable on Death
Ra Ra Riot Beta Love
Savoir Adore Our Nature
Sevendust Black Out the Sun
Soundtrack Daredevil: The Album
Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 2
Streetlight Manifesto 99 Songs of Revolution: Volume I
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake It
Three Days Grace Three Days Grace
Tyler The Creator Goblin
Tyler The Creator Wolf
Weezer Raditude

1.5 very poor
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
Black Tide Light From Above
Blood on the Dance Floor Evolution
Bon Jovi Lost Highway
Britney Spears Britney Jean
Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Eminem Encore
Eminem Relapse
Genesis Calling All Stations
Green Day ¡UNO!
Hollywood Undead Swan Songs
Kesha Animal
Korn The Path of Totality
Limp Bizkit Results May Vary
Lmfao Sorry For Party Rocking
Lorde Pure Heroine
Metallica St. Anger
Miley Cyrus Bangerz
OFWGKTA The OF Tape Vol. 2
Rascal Flatts Me And My Gang
Skrillex More Monsters and Sprites
Skrillex Bangarang
Soundtrack Inglourious Basterds Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Devin Townsend Project Deconstruction
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
Three Days Grace One-X
Three Days Grace Life Starts Now
Underoath Act of Depression
Weezer Make Believe
Weezer The Red Album
Yngwie Malmsteen Perpetual Flame

1.0 awful
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
AWOLNATION Megalithic Symphony
Death Grips No Love Deep Web
sucks dick
John Frusciante Smile from the Streets You Hold
Lady Gaga Artpop
Lil B Pink Flame
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
Pharmakon Abandon
absolutely horrid album
Sonic Syndicate We Rule the Night
Soulja Boy
This is super gay. Let's be honest, when 'Crank That' is the best song on this record, you know there's a SERIOUS problem. Eat shit, Soulja Boy.
The Color Morale Know Hope
Three Days Grace Transit of Venus
i'd rather feel pain than listen to this shitty band.

0.5 #Willpower

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