Matthew D. French

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Last Active 02-17-15 4:51 pm
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5.0 classic
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
A Sunny Day in Glasgow Sea When Absent
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Animal Collective Feels
Autechre Tri Repetae
Bark Psychosis Hex
Belle and Sebastian If You're Feeling Sinister
Bjork Vespertine
Blur Parklife
Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to Children
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Camp Lo Uptown Saturday Night
Cat Power You Are Free
Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
Cocteau Twins Lullabies to Violaine
Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas
Converge You Fail Me
Cynic Focus
Daedelus Exquisite Corpse
Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy
David Sylvian Secrets of the Beehive
Death Leprosy
Death From Above 1979 You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
Deerhunter Halcyon Digest
Deerhunter Monomania
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Destroyer Kaputt
DJ Shadow Endtroducing...
Elliott Smith Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith Figure 8
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
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.
Gaza No Absolutes in Human Suffering
Gazpacho Night
Gazpacho Demon
Gorguts Obscura
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Hammock Kenotic
Henryk Gorecki Symphony No. 3, Op. 36
Hot Cross Cryonics
Immolation Close to a World Below
Isis Panopticon
Isis Oceanic
Jenny Hval Viscera
Joanna Newsom Ys
Joanna Newsom Have One on Me
Julia Holter Loud City Song
Julia Holter Ekstasis
Kanye West Yeezus
I hate myself
Kate Bush Hounds of Love
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Low Roar 0
M.I.A. Kala
Menomena Moms
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
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
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Mr. Bungle California
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Nara Leao Dez Anos Depois
Nas Illmatic
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
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.
Nujabes Metaphorical Music
Nujabes/Fat Jon Departure
Off Minor Some Blood
Off Minor The Heat Death of the Universe
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Ghost Reveries
P.O.S. Audition
Pg. 99 Document #8
Pharmakon Bestial Burden
Pixies Doolittle
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen
Radiohead Kid A
Real Estate Atlas
Sadistik Flowers For My Father
Secede Tryshasla
Shout Out Louds Our Ill Wills
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 Agaetis Byrjun
Styx Greatest Hits
Submotion Orchestra Finest Hour
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
sufjan retreats to his folksier side, but there's more: this time he focuses very heavily on creating an atmosphere. many of these songs, like the gorgeous closer "blue bucket of gold" fade out in a hazy ambiance. it's almost hypnotizing. the overall feel is something cozy and familiar but also aesthetically new, for sufjan. so, if you're in the mood for a quieter, slower, more cathartic sufjan, look no further. rdaniel: indeed. and you don't even have to be pretentious to like it.
Swans White Light From the Mouth of Infinity
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
The Avalanches Since I Left You
The Caretaker An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
The Cranberries No Need to Argue
The Cure Disintegration
The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is There
The Knife Tomorrow, In a Year
The Knife Silent Shout
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2
The National Alligator
The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
The Roots Things Fall Apart
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
The Walkmen Lisbon
The Weakerthans Reconstruction Site
The Weeknd House of Balloons
The Wrens The Meadowlands
There Will Be Fireworks The Dark, Dark Bright
Thursday No Devolucion
Tool Lateralus
Tori Amos Little Earthquakes
U2 War
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire
Ulver Perdition City
Ulver Shadows of the Sun
Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day
Waxahatchee American Weekend
Weezer Pinkerton
Why? Elephant Eyelash
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
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
10 Years The Autumn Effect
A Bunny's Caravan Draining Puddles, Retrieving Treasures
Agalloch The Mantle
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Alcest Ecailles De Lune
Alcest Shelter
Alt-J This Is All Yours
Ametsub Linear Cryptics
Anathema Judgement
Anathema A Natural Disaster
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
Aphex Twin Windowlicker
Autechre Amber
Azealia Banks Broke With Expensive Taste
Beach House Bloom
Belle and Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit
Ben Frost By the Throat
Beyonce Beyonce
Bjork Homogenic
Bjork Vulnicura
Bjork Debut
Bjork Biophilia
Bjork Post
Blue Sky Black Death Glaciers
Blue Sky Black Death NOIR
Blue Sky Black Death Late Night Cinema
Blur 13
Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase
Boards of Canada In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
Boards of Canada Geogaddi
Cap'n Jazz Shmap'n Shmazz
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Converge Axe to Fall
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
Daft Punk Discovery
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
the most danceable thing you'll listen to all year
Danny Brown XXX
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Death Symbolic
Death Human
Death Individual Thought Patterns
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 White Pony
Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan
Drake Thank Me Later
Drake Take Care
Drake Nothing Was the Same
Drake If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Emperor Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire...
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Enya The Memory of Trees
Faith No More Angel Dust
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
Florence and the Machine Ceremonials
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Flying Lotus You're Dead!
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
Gazpacho Tick Tock
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die
2013 rules
Girl Talk Feed the Animals
Gorguts Colored Sands
Gorguts Considered Dead
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
Grizzly Bear Shields
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Grizzly Bear Yellow House
Grouper Ruins
Hammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts
Hammock Departure Songs
Hammock Oblivion Hymns
Hot Cross Fair Trades and Farewells
Hypocrisy Virus
Hypocrisy Abducted
Iannis Xenakis Metastaseis
Ice Cube The Predator
Jenny Hval Innocence Is Kinky
Joanna Newsom The Milk-Eyed Mender
Jon Hopkins Immunity
Kanye West The College Dropout
Kanye West Late Registration
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 Never for Ever
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
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Lewis L'Amour
Lil B God's Father
Lil Wayne Dedication 2
M.I.A. Maya
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Madvillain Madvillainy
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
Marketa Irglova Muna
Meshuggah I (Special Edition)
Mew Frengers
Midas Fall Wilderness
Modest Mouse This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
Mount Eerie Ocean Roar
My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything
Nujabes Hydeout Productions 2nd Collection
Nujabes Modal Soul
Of Montreal Satanic Panic in the Attic
Owen I do perceive.
Owl John Owl John
P.O.D. Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years
Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
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.
Peccatum Lost in Reverie
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Radiohead In Rainbows
Rishloo Living as Ghosts with Buildings as Teeth
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Secede Bye Bye Gridlock Traffic
Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Sigur Ros Takk...
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Sleater-Kinney One Beat
Spoon They Want My Soul
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Swans To Be Kind
Swans Soundtracks for the Blind
Swans The Seer
The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
Hey Adam, how does it feel to miss everything awesome and die alone?
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Dodos Carrier
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
The Future Sound of London Lifeforms
The Great Old Ones Tekeli-Li
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth
The National Trouble Will Find Me
nvm, this is way better than i thought it'd be
The National Boxer
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 Sky Life Caves
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
The Twilight Sad Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
The Walkmen Heaven
The Walkmen You & Me
The Who Quadrophenia
Thirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars
Trespassers William Different Stars
Trophy Scars Bad Luck
Trophy Scars Hospital Music for the Aesthetics of...
wow my soundoffs in 2010 were baaaaaaad
tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack
TV on the Radio Dear Science
TV on the Radio Young Liars
U2 The Joshua Tree
Ulver Blood Inside
Ulver Messe I.X-VI.X
Underoath Define the Great Line
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
Viktor Vaughn Vaudeville Villain
Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt
Zahava Seewald and Michael Grebil From My Mother's House

4.0 excellent
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
Ariana Grande My Everything
bansheebeat Spiral Power
best music i've heard from a sputniker
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
Chevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Circa Survive On Letting Go
Circa Survive Juturna
Counting Crows Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles III
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles II
Damien Rice O
Danny Brown Old
Dark Sanctuary Dark Sanctuary
Death Scream Bloody Gore
DJ Rashad Double Cup
Drake So Far Gone
Eels Electro-Shock Blues
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
fun. Some Nights
G.L.O.S.S. Demo
How to Dress Well What Is This Heart?
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
Jun Senoue Sonic Adventure 2: Multi-Dimensional Soundtrack
Kanye West Graduation
Kashiwa Daisuke April.#07
Kate Carr Fabulations
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
KiD CuDi Indicud
Kraftwerk The Man-Machine
La Roux Trouble In Paradise
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
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.
Low I Could Live in Hope
Lupe Fiasco Tetsuo & Youth
Lykke Li I Never Learn
Marissa Nadler July
Matchbox Twenty Mad Season
Memoryhouse The Years
mewithoutYou Ten Stories
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Oasis Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Of Montreal The Sunlandic Twins
Off Minor Innominate
Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven
Pantha Du Prince Black Noise
Perfect Pussy Say Yes to Love
Pg. 99 Document #7
Pop Winds Earth To Friend
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Red Innocence and Instinct
Samurai Champloo Impression
Samurai Champloo Masta
Samurai Champloo Playlist
Shad Flying Colours
Sia 1000 Forms Of Fear
Sigur Ros Kveikur
Sole and the Skyrider Band Plastique
Styx Crystal Ball
Sun Kil Moon Benji
T'Saatsuna/Reverend Desaad Churnmilk Peg!!/Hypatian Codex: Compendium Dub
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
The Birthday Massacre Violet
The Brave Little Abacus Demo?
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Decemberists The Hazards Of Love
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Killers Sam's Town
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Morning Benders Big Echo
The National High Violet
The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers
The Preatures Blue Planet Eyes
The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
The Roots Rising Down
The Rosebuds Sand + Silence
The Who Who's Next
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Trophy Scars Never Born, Never Dead
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Trophy Scars Darkness, Oh Hell
Tycho Dive
Ulver Nattens Madrigal
Warpaint Warpaint
Why? Alopecia

3.5 great
10 Years Division
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
Agalloch Pale Folklore
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.
Belle and Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish
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.
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles
Daft Punk Human After All
Eminem The Eminem Show
Evans Blue The Pursuit...
Hugh Laurie Let Them Talk
Katatonia Dead End Kings
Greatness yet again
Laura Stevenson Wheel
Limp Bizkit Significant Other
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...
Maroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long
Maroon 5 Songs About Jane
Modest Mouse Strangers to Ourselves
Opeth Pale Communion
Opeth Blackwater Park
Parabelle Your Starry Eyes Will Never Make Us Even
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
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
The Antlers Familiars
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
The Menzingers On the Impossible Past
The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety

3.0 good
American Football American Football
Anberlin Lowborn
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest
like a much less interesting campfire headphase. huzzah!
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Circa Survive Violent Waves
Are you all being serious here? Blue Sky Noise was really nothing to rave about, especially when comparing it to On Letting Go, which I thought was far and away their best album. I don't know how well I like this yet, but at least it's a return to form.
Death Grips Death Grips
Death Grips The Money Store
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Eminem Encore
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Emperor IX Equilibrium
Essence Beyond Carnivalism
Fall Out Boy American Beauty / American Psycho
Friendzone DX
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
Kimbra The Golden Echo
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
Midlake Antiphon
Mono For My Parents
i used to agree with you, jared p =[
My Bloody Valentine m b v
Of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Rishloo Feathergun
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2
Sadistik Ultraviolet
The Knife Shaking the Habitual
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream
Three Days Grace Three Days Grace
Three Days Grace Transit of Venus
i'd rather feel pain than listen to this shitty band.
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice Vheissu
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation

2.5 average
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
Breaking Benjamin We Are Not Alone
Converge No Heroes
Daisyhead The Smallest Light
Death From Above 1979 The Physical World
Eminem Relapse
Eminem Recovery
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) You Will Eventually Be Forgotten
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
Letlive. Fake History
Mudvayne L.D. 50
Of Montreal Aureate Gloom
Pearl Jam Ten
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun
Rx Bandits Gemini, Her Majesty
Steel Panther All You Can Eat
The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen
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.
Thrice Major/Minor

2.0 poor
36 Crazyfists Time and Trauma
Autechre Confield
Death Grips The Powers That B - Part I: Niggas on the Moon
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
Marianas Trench Ever After
Periphery Juggernaut: Alpha
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Silverstein Arrivals and Departures
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
Three Days Grace Life Starts Now
Three Days Grace One-X
Thrice Identity Crisis
Tyler the Creator Goblin

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

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