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5.0 classic
Burial Untrue
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Converge Jane Doe
My heart's never been broken (bent but not broken), and I STILL just 5'd this shit.
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Eluvium Copia
Without being pretentious, Matthew Cooper creates a record of unmistakable beauty. Full of sweeping melodies and lush string arrangements, Copia is the perfect escapist album. Let it take you where it will.
Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
With Mean Everything to Nothing, Manchester Orchestra cement themselves firmly in excellence. The album is nothing short of a masterpiece and Andy Hull is nothing short of a mastermind.
O'Brother The Death of Day
Despite its short 31 minute playtime, The Death of Day forms an incredibly poignant atmosphere. The depth of this indie/post-rock album is enormous, with new excellencies found on each enticing listen. Of all its triumphs though, it is the warmth of the hope the album provides that establishes it as a classic. Merrit's soaring and diverse vocals, the wavering guitar harmonies, and the driving bass all resonate some sort of utopian hope that is not found in hardly any albums. Essential stuff right here imo.
Sigur Ros ( )
Sigur Ros Takk...
Questioner: Hey BigTuna, what's the most hopeful, encouraging, life-affirming, and epic album of all time?

BigTuna: Sigur Ros - Takk... duh you guy
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree
The Mountain Goats The Life of the World to Come
The Weakerthans Reconstruction Site
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice Vheissu
Trentemoller The Last Resort
when it comes down to it, when are we gonna see when the champions come? ultimately, this sounds like sex. btw, quickest 5 evah.

4.5 superb
Aerosmith Aerosmith
Al Green Call Me
Alcest Ecailles De Lune
That riff that comes in on Ecailles De Lune (part II) at 3:31......
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
best new artistrbest new artistrbest new artistrbest new artistrbest new artist
Carcass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Coldplay Viva la Vida
Converge Axe to Fall
My girlfriend explained to me once why she enjoyed hearing a particular speaker talk. She said that throughout the main body of his speech, she was always wondering what the point was or where the speaker was going. But, at the very end of the speech, the speaker ALWAYS said something that made the entire talk click instantly. That is EXACTLY what Axe to Fall does for me. While I know that the album is good in the middle of it, I'm waiting hopefully for something to make it click, for it all to make sense. And then I began to hear those oddly distorted guitar notes of Wretched World and I fall in love.
Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo's Factory
Danny Brown Old
Darkside Psychic
Something as slow-dripped and evolutionary as Golden Arrow doesn't come along very often.
Deafheaven Sunbather
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs, moar progressiveness, and unbelievably unbelievable.
Death Symbolic
Riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs and just the best death metal to ever grace my ears.
Decapitated Winds of Creation
Deerhunter Halcyon Digest
Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely.
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
Drudkh Blood In Our Wells
Drudkh Estrangement
Eagles Hotel California
Eluvium Lambent Material
Eluvium Nightmare Ending
Just as gorgeously conceived and composed as Copia, only slightly unhinged. As the reviews for this have noted, this is not an accident. Beauty in this world hardly ever comes to us without some flaw - yet with Nightmare Ending Cooper shows us that beauty does not have to be defined by perfection. And thank God for that.
Emancipator Safe In The Steep Cliffs
fun. Aim and Ignite
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Grouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
Haste the Day Burning Bridges
This album drips with emotion. Jimmy Ryan's screams are at their best on Burning Bridges, and lyrically this is brilliant. Few albums have moved me like this one. I don't know why it captures me the way it does, but it definitely does.
Horse Feathers Words Are Dead
In Mourning Shrouded Divine
In Vain The Latter Rain
After a month and absolutely non-stop play, I can say that this is an exceptional album. A wonderful blend of heavy and light, glorious experimentation, and superb replay value. Each song is diverse in it's own way, amazing in it's own way, yet the album flow is second to none. Can't wait for their new album in early 2010.
Incantation Onward to Golgotha
Insomnium Since the Day It All Came Down
Irepress Sol Eye Sea I
NO Fletchie. That song prohibits this from being a classic.
Jacaszek Treny
James Blake James Blake
Holy shit I gave this a real listen and I honestly sold my soul to James Blake.
James Blake Enough Thunder
John K. Samson Provincial
Jon Hopkins Immunity
Karnivool Themata
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Life in Your Way Waking Giants
Lightning Dust Infinite Light
This is just too good, just tooooooooooooo good.
Liz Durrett Outside Our Gates
Martriden Martriden EP
Max Richter The Blue Notebooks
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
mewithoutYou Catch For Us The Foxes
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
Morbider When Darkness Returns
This is fucking dirty shit and it is fucking awesome.
Murder by Death Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?
Murder by Death Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon
Nails Abandon All Life
Nas Illmatic
Olafur Arnalds Variations of Static
Olafur Arnalds Eulogy For Evolution
Opeth Still Life
pg.lost It's Not Me, It's You!
Pig Destroyer Phantom Limb
Rob Swift The Architect
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vio spilum endalaust
Sigur Ros Kveikur
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Sims Lights Out Paris
Skycamefalling 10.21
Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes Numb
The Avett Brothers I and Love and You
The Darkness Permission to Land
Why you ask? Because when all is bared, this is a fantastic, anthem driven mother fucker of a rock album. The Darkness understand themselves as a parody, and yet on Permission to Land still manage to craft unbelievably crisp rock music. Get Your Hands Off My Woman, I Believe in A Thing Called Love, Love is Only a Feeling, Growing on Me, Love on the Rocks With No Ice, and even Holding My Own are all superbly written songs. If there isn't a sick riff, there's a catchy hook. If there's no hook, there's a crazy riff. And finally, let's be honest: who the fuck else can sing like this guy? His high soprano has the potential to become grating, but then he transitions into a very palatable lower tone. Permission to Land is a complete rock record, hearkening back to the classic rock of old, while at the same time injecting a welcome freshness into the music scene of the past 15 years. You only have to watch the music video for I Believe in A Thing Called Love to know what I mean.
The Gigantics Die Already
The Mountain Goats Heretic Pride
The Mountain Goats All Eternals Deck
been listening all afternoon and it's once again a Darnielle-masterpiece complete with a slightly darker atmosphere and perfect string arrangements. and Darnielle's explanation of the album is spot on: "If you have ever watched say a 70s occult-scare movie where one of the scenes involves a few people visiting a storefront fortune teller, getting their cards read, and then trying to feel super-hopeful about their predicted outcome when what they're visibly actually feeling is dread, then you have a pretty decent idea of what the album is all about."
The Weakerthans Left and Leaving
The Weakerthans Fallow
The Weakerthans Reunion Tour
The Weakerthans Live At Burton Cummings Theatre
The Weeknd House of Balloons
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Thrice Beggars
With Beggars, Thrice reach the epitome of their craft. Refined yet aggressive, the band manages to grasp all aspects of their sound over the years and subtly weave them into every second of Beggars. From the airy atmosphere of Circles to the conviction of Beggars, Thrice's latest album includes every reason why we love them. Beggars envelopes the sound of Thrice into a masterpiece. Oh, and of course, lyrically it is perfect.
Thrice Anthology
TNGHT TNGHT
Todd Terje It's Album Time
Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Lost Christmas Eve
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social Network
A foreboding electronic/ambient masterpiece backing one of the most important films of our generation.
Ulver Bergtatt
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss
Life-changing post-rock that will change your life. Second only to Eluvium's Copia (if that's post-rock) on my short list of essentials in the genre. Moving, grand, epic, depressing, sad, joyful, violiny, awesome. What have you. Just please listen.

4.0 excellent
7 Angels 7 Plagues Jhazmyne's Lullaby
A Bunny's Caravan Draining Puddles, Retrieving Treasures
A Day To Remember Old Record
A Sunny Day In Glasgow Ashes Grammar
Active Child You Are All I See
Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequence
Alias The Other Side Of The Looking Glass
Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side
And So I Watch You From Afar And So I Watch You From Afar
As Cities Burn Hell Or High Water
Ash Borer 2009 Demo
August Burns Red Constellations
Autopsy Mental Funeral
Bad Books II
Be'lakor Stone's Reach
Beach House Teen Dream
Becoming The Archetype Terminate Damnation
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Blink-182 Greatest Hits
Bon Iver Blood Bank
Bon Iver Bon Iver In The Studios
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Brutality Screams of Anguish
BT This Binary Universe
Burial Kindred
Carcass Swansong
Cheatahs Cheatahs
Clark Body Riddle
Cloud Cult Feel Good Ghost
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
I'm not really sure why some people don't like this. It contains some of Coheed's best tracks: No World For Tomorrow, The Running Free, Gravemakers & Gunslingers. The End Complete series rivals The Willing Well, and the pop sensibilities found on tracks like Feathers and Mother Superior are the best executed of the band's career.
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
Coldworld Melancholie
Concert Silence Rain Furniture
A much better combination of the talents of Matthew Cooper and Charles Buckingham. Second track "Strange Footing" is a standout ambient number, throwing distorted ambience over a consistent reverbed beat. The album's three songs flow much more cohesively than 9.22.07, and hopefully Concert Silence take their project in this direction.
Converge You Fail Me
Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River
Creedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle, Vol. 1
Cult of Luna Salvation
Daft Punk Discovery
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Dan Mangan Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky
Dc Talk Supernatural
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Human
DeathevokatioN The Chalice Of Ages
Decapitated Nihility
Defeater Lost Ground
Departures Escaping
Weak Before Winter = SOTY contender no doubt about it
Dessa False Hopes
Dinosaur Jr. Farm
Discordance Axis The Inalienable Dreamless
Doomtree False Hopes XV
dredg El Cielo
Drudkh Forgotten Legends
Drudkh Autumn Aurora
Drudkh Microcosmos
Dustin Kensrue Please Come Home
East of the Wall Farmer's Almanac
Electric President The Violent Blue
Elliott Smith Either/Or
In the album title Elliot Smith references Soren Kierkegaard.
Eluvium Talk Amongst the Trees
Eluvium When I Live by the Garden and the Sea
Eluvium An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death
Eluvium Similes
Emery The Question
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Esmerine Aurora
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo I Have Made My Bed in Darkness
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly
Fightstar Be Human
Film School alwaysnever
Frank Ocean Channel Orange
Frightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Frightened Rabbit State Hospital
Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse
Glass Casket We Are Gathered Here Today...
Glue Sunset Lodge
God Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright
Good Luck Into Lake Griffy
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
Grizzly Bear Shields
Hacksaw to the Throat Wastelands
Haste the Day That They May Know You
Hawkboy King Folly
He Is Legend Suck Out The Poison
He Is Legend It Hates You
Horse Feathers House With No Home
House Of Heroes The End is Not The End
HRVRD The Inevitable And I
I The Mighty Satori
Ikuinen Kaamos Closure
IMAKEMADBEATS IMAKEMADBEATS
In Vain Mantra
On Mantra, In Vain do everything exactly right except for one thing. The black metal swirls and screams pierce, the death metal riffs and growls rip, and the soaring melodic vocal harmonies....well, soar. The band refines their progressive approach to death/black metal as well, with more overt acoustic sections and one very blues-like track that shouldn't fit but does (Mannefall). In fact, I would say they do all of these things perfectly, and this album could be a classic if not for this hindrance:"Wayakin." The song is basically 9 minutes of a Native American man talking about owls and wolves and lands being taken away with some riffs thrown in. This would be cool if these guys had a Native American ancestry, but they're not even American, so it is incredibly contrived. Eliminate "Wayakin" and In Vain have created another classic progressive metal masterpiece. rRecommended Tracks: Captivating Solitude; Ain't No Lovin'; Dark Prophets, Black Hearts; On the Banks of the Mississippi; Sombre Fall, Burdened Winter (basically all of them but Wayakin)
Irepress Samus Octology
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days
Iron & Wine The Sea and the Rhythm EP
Iron & Wine Around the Well
Island Orakel
Jaga Jazzist What We Must
James Blake CMYK
James Blake Klavierwerke
James Blake Overgrown
Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne
Jim Bryson and The Weakerthans The Falcon Lake Incident
TFLI is not a Weakerthans album. It's a Jim Bryson and The Weakerthans album. As a huuuge Weakerthans fan, that took me a long time to come to terms with, but as I let myself enjoy Bryson's lyrics without comparing them to Samson's I discovered a record that is intimate, warm, and meticulously (but not boringly) performed. I'd encourage anyone who dismissed this after their first listen to listen 10 more times; the subtleties here will slowly begin to leak out and you'll realize you are listening to an album on par with the best of 2010.
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Jimmy Eat World Futures
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kalmah Swampsong
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
Kishi Bashi 151a
La Verite Elephant
Lantlos .neon
Laura Stevenson Holy Ghost!
Liz Durrett The Mezzanine
Liz Janes Say Goodbye
Locktender Kafka
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis VS.
Mae The Everglow
Majority Rule Emergency Numbers
Manchester Orchestra Cope
Cope the song slays and Cope the album rocks. And Andy Hull croons over top.
Martriden The Unsettling Dark
Masta Ace Disposable Arts
Matthew Robert Cooper Miniatures
Maxwell BLACKsummers'night
Maybeshewill Not For Want Of Trying
Mayday Parade Tales Told By Dead Friends
Mayday Parade A Lesson In Romantics
Memoryhouse The Years
Mew Frengers
Mew No More Stories
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's all
Misery Signals Controller
Mono Hymn To The Immortal Wind
Morbus Chron Sweven
Mount Eerie Wind's Poem
Murder by Death Red Of Tooth And Claw
Murder by Death Good Morning, Magpie
I bet you next album his voice will be so low you won't be able to hear it...you'll just feel it.
Never See Tomorrow To The Depths
An awesome metal performance. Great screams and unique clean vocals. Very heavy yet melodic, something many bands attempt but don't attain. These guys do. Sound ranges from death to metalcore. Super album.
Nickel Creek Nickel Creek
Nikki Lane Walk of Shame
Nikki Lane backs superb Tennessee pipes with folk/country instruments very well. There's nothing surprising or progressive here - simply some solid songs.
Noah and the Whale The First Days of Spring
Superb. Lay down, close your eyes and listen to this album. Just really freaking good. Relaxed, but never boring. Superb.
Novembre The Blue
Olafur Arnalds Dyad 1909
Opeth Deliverance
Orbs Asleep Next to Science
P.O.S. Audition
P.O.S. Never Better
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Protest The Hero Kezia
Punch Push Pull
Pusha T My Name Is My Name
Ray Lamontagne Till the Sun Turns Black
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
Regina Spektor Far
Relient K Forget and Not Slow Down
Reviver Potential Wasteland
Russian Circles Geneva
Rustie Glass Swords
Sadistik The Balancing Act
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
Say Anything Say Anything
Good God this is fantastic. Bemis is quite impressive, and the band creates riffs and melodies that make this the catchiest (not to mention most clever) album of 2009.
Standout tracks: Hate Everyone, Less Cute, Mara and Me, and Ahhh... Men.
"Fake players are the ones who play the game"
Settle The Sky Now That We're Waiting EP
She Said Destroy This City Speaks in Tongues
Sigur Ros Agaetis byrjun
Sigur Ros Inni
Sigur Ros Valtari
Silversun Pickups Pikul
Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods
Sleeping Peonies Rose Curl, Sea Swirl
Sleepingdog Polar Life
Sole and the Skyrider Band Plastique
Soul Embraced Dead Alive
Steel Train Steel Train
Suffocation Pierced from Within
Taken By Trees East of Eden
Taking Back Sunday New Again
This is my first experience with TBS, and wow, this album rocks. There's not a filler on this thing. Lazzara carries the album, crooning over perfectly placed guitar melodies and bass fills. His lyrics are excellent, full of wit and sarcasm, and the alternative take on pop punk is executed very well. I can't stop listening.
The Antlers Hospice
The Avett Brothers The Carpenter
The Black Keys Rubber Factory
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Extra Lens Undercard
The Flashbulb Arboreal
The Format Interventions and Lullabies
The History Of Apple Pie Out Of View
The History of Apple Pie don't care if you think well-crafted shoegaze is old hat. They don't care if you've already listened to the Pumpkins or Silversun Pickups or Cocteau Twins or A Sunny Day in Glasgow or mbv or any other fuzzed out act. All The History of Apple Pie care about is creating layer after layer of catchy, nostalgia-driven rock n roll that bounces along in dream pop furnishings. Sure, it's been done before. So what.
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Menzingers On the Impossible Past
The Middle East The Recordings of the Middle East
The Mountain Goats Tallahassee
The Mountain Goats We Shall All Be Healed
The Mountain Goats All Hail West Texas
The Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth
The Pax Cecilia Blessed Are The Bonds
The Postal Service Give Up
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Spill Canvas One Fell Swoop
The Unwinding Hours The Unwinding Hours
The Weeknd Thursday
The Weeknd Kiss Land
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice Live At The House Of Blues
Thursday Common Existence
Thursday No Devolucion
Trespassers William Different Stars
True Still Life
Twilight Monument To Time End
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire
Unbroken Life. Love. Regret.
Vengeful The Omnipresent Curse
VERSA VersaEmerge
Wilco The Whole Love
William Orbit Pieces in a Modern Style
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
Yo Gotti I Am
You can't fucking understand a word he says and when maybe you catch one it is usually "fuck" or "n***a" or "cook" or "shit" but you're too busy bouncing and yelling the monosyllablic nothings Gotti yells so you don't give a fuck.

3.5 great
A City Safe From Sea Throw Me Through Walls
A Day To Remember For Those Who Have Heart
Adramelech Psychostasia
Aeon Spoke Aeon Spoke
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Agrypnie 16[485]
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Anberlin Cities
Andrew W.K. I Get Wet
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
As Tall As Lions As Tall As Lions
ASAP Rocky LongLiveA$AP
At The Gates Slaughter of the Soul
At The Throne of Judgment The Arcanum Order
Attack in Black Marriage
Augury Fragmentary Evidence
Barren Earth Curse of the Red River
Before Their Eyes Before Their Eyes
Benoit Pioulard Lasted
Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Biffy Clyro Only Revolutions
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe
Brand New Daisy
Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock Record
If Forgiveness Rock Record kept up with the pace it sets with the first two songs (World Sick and Chase Scene) it would have run away with AOTY honors. Instead, the first two tracks are the best here, and the collaborative becomes too artsy fartsy for its own good on parts of the record. Tracks such as Forced Love, Meet Me in the Basement and Romance to the Grave are still golden, but a refinement of the art rock/indie/borderline pretentious sound seems to be in order for the great Broken Social Scene.
Burden of a Day OneOneThousand
Burst Lazarus Bird
Carcass Heartwork
Cave In Jupiter
Cecil Otter Rebel Yellow
Clare and the Reasons The Movie
Clogs The Creatures In the Garden of Lady Walton
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Cold Body Radiation The Great White Emptiness
Coldworld The Stars Are Dead Now
Cormorant Metazoa
CunninLynguists A Piece Of Strange
Cynic Focus
Dan Mangan Oh Fortune
Dangers Anger
David Gray White Ladder
Deafheaven 2010 Demo
Deafheaven Libertine Dissolves / Daedalus
Death Spiritual Healing
Death Leprosy
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Defeater Travels
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Demon Hunter Summer Of Darkness
Demon Hunter The Triptych
Demon Hunter Storm The Gates Of Hell
Departures When Losing Everything Is Everything You Wanted
Destroy The Runner Saints
Doomtree Doomtree
dredg Catch Without Arms
dredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
Drudkh The Swan Road
Eluvium Static Nocturne
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Ensiferum From Afar
Over-indulgent and over the top, but it is well-written and fun metal.
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
FACT Fact
Catchy, technical, and awesome. BUT, the accent of the singer is awful. The review claims that the accent is not noticable, yet it is what prevented this album from being a 4/4.5 for me. Get this album but be ready to laugh a bit at the accent.
Fang Island Fang Island
When describing their own music, the members of Fang Island say it sounds like "everyone high-fiving everyone." I really can't think of a more fitting deion.
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Foo Fighters One by One
For Today Portraits
Forest Swords Engravings
Friendzone DX
fun. Some Nights
Ghostlimb Ghostlimb
Glue Catch As Catch Can
Vessel Vessel Vessel Vessel Vessel Vessel Vessel Vessel
Glue Seconds Away
Go Radio Welcome to Life
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Good Old War Only Way To Be Alone
Hands The Sounds of Earth
Harry Chapin Sniper & Other Love Songs
Have A Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Hawkboy Hawkboy
He Is Legend I Am Hollywood
HORSE the band Desperate Living
House Of Heroes Cold Hard Want
Ignite Our Darkest Days
Ihsahn After
Immolation Majesty and Decay
Slays for days slays for days slays for days slays for days slays for days slays for days slays for days
Imogen Heap Speak For Yourself
Imperium Dekadenz Procella Vadens
In Mourning Monolith
Insomnium Above the Weeping World
Iron & Wine Norfolk
Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
Iron Braydz Devil May Cry
Isis Wavering Radiant
Jessie Ware Devotion
Jesu/Eluvium Jesu/Eluvium
Jimmy Eat World Clarity
John Roberts Glass Eights
Josh Martinez Midriff Music
Justin Vernon Hazeltons
Kalmah The Black Waltz
Kanye West Yeezus
Karnivool Sound Awake
Sound Awake wins the award for most difficult album to rate of '09. After months of listening and re-listening, I still really could give this anything from a 3-4. The progressive tendencies on Themata are given definition on Sound Awake, and the result is good, but unsettling. Gone are the hooks and in their place are well-written compositions. The progressiveness of Sound Awake also creates a lengthy record which at some points fails to keep its head above water. Overall, a great album, but is it more? Or is it less?
Katatonia Night Is the New Day
Kendrick Lamar Section.80
Kerouac Cold and Distant, Not Loving
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music
Kingston Falls Armada On Mercury
Kno Death Is Silent
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Kvelertak Kvelertak
La Dispute Wildlife
Laboratory Noise When Sound Generates Light
Lady Gaga The Fame
Laura Stevenson Wheel
Les Discrets Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées
Liquorworks Nonsense
Living Sacrifice The Infinite Order
Lorde Pure Heroine
Lydia Illuminate
Lykathea Aflame Elvenefris
Macklemore The Language of My World
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis The Heist
Mammoth Grinder Extinction of Humanity
Manchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
Maserati Passages
Masta Ace Slaughtahouse
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Matthew Good Vancouver
Maybeshewill I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster II
mewithoutYou Ten Stories
Minus the Bear Omni
Misery Signals Mirrors
Monolake Silence
Murder by Death In Bocca Al Lupo
Muse Absolution
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Nickel Creek Why Should the Fire Die?
Noah and the Whale Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
Okkervil River The Stand Ins
Olafur Arnalds Found Songs
Olafur Arnalds ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness
Olafur Arnalds For Now I Am Winter
Opeth Blackwater Park
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Pantha Du Prince Black Noise
Paradise Lost Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
Paramore Riot!
Paul Dempsey Everything Is True
pg.lost In Never Out
Pianos Become the Teeth Old Pride
Polyenso Birth.Eater
This is meh but it's a little better than meh plus it's catchy so...
Protest The Hero Fortress
Quo Vadis Day Into Night
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II
Red Innocence and Instinct
Red Sparowes At The Soundless Dawn
Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Right Away, Great Captain! The Church of the Good Thief
Rodrigo y Gabriela 11:11
Rx Bandits Mandala
Saltillo Ganglion
Sam Amidon I See The Sign
Secede Tryshasla
Sepalcure Love Pressure
Shakira Oral Fixation Vol. 2
Sights and Sounds Monolith
Sigur Ros Von
Silkworm Lifestyle
Silversun Pickups Seasick
Sleepmakeswaves In Today Already Walks Tomorrow
Stargazer The Scream That Tore the Sky
Steel Train Trampoline
Still Remains Of Love and Lunacy
Straylight Run About Time
Symmetry and Ryan Lewis The Symmetry and Ryan Lewis LP
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
The Avett Brothers Emotionalism
The Classic Crime Albatross
The Classic Crime Phoenix
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Devil Wears Prada Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord
The Format Dog Problems
The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America
The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever
The Mountain Goats Get Lonely
The Mountain Goats The Coroner's Gambit
The National Boxer
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Worse Than Alone
The Ocean Precambrian
The Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the Synapse
The Red Chord Fused Together in Revolving Doors
The Shouting Matches GrownassMan
The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania
The Spill Canvas Sunsets and Car Crashes
The Sun Came Up Upon the Left And the Dreams so Rich in Color
The Swell Season Once: Music From The Motion Picture
The Swell Season Strict Joy
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain
Thou Summit
Thrice Identity Crisis
Thrice If We Could Only See Us Now
Thrice Major/Minor
Thursday Full Collapse
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
Trentemoller Lost
Trophy Scars Bad Luck
Vampire Weekend Contra
Verse Aggression
Volcano Choir Repave
First two thirds are outstanding, but the last third is pretty underwhelming. Still, it should get its fair share of well-earned spins.
Watch Me Fall Worn
Members of Insomnium + strings and keyboards = absolutely sublime.
Weakling Dead as Dreams
William Elliott Whitmore Animals in the Dark
Windir Likferd
Woe Quietly, Undramatically
Woe Of Tyrants Kingdom of Might
YG My Krazy Life

3.0 good
3 The End is Begun
A Hope For Home The Everlasting Man
A Place to Bury Strangers Exploding Head
Ace Enders and a Million Different People The Secret Wars
Aesop Rock None Shall Pass
Aeternam Disciples of the Unseen
Agalloch The Mantle
Agalloch Ashes Against the Grain
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre Monde
While a great album, Souvenirs is a bit too simple minded. Yeah, it's still effing gorgeous, but it doesn't have the awe effect so crucial with a band like this. I like Souvenirs but thank God for Ecailles.
All That Remains Overcome
Anberlin New Surrender
Animals As Leaders Animals As Leaders
Arsonists Get All The Girls Portals
August Burns Red Messengers
B.o.B The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
Bad Books Bad Books
Somewhat disappointing. Devine and Hull don't really mesh as well as I'd thought they would. At times it almost seems like they wrote songs individually and compiled them on this record. Hopefully it will grow on me with repeated listens.
Balance and Composure The Things We Think We're Missing
Baroness Blue Record
Becoming The Archetype The Physics Of Fire
Becoming The Archetype Dichotomy
Crushing, heavy, br00tal, melodic. But not really progressive, and at times, quite boring. Some moments save it from falling into the two's, but I wanted more from this album.
Benediction Transcend the Rubicon
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Between the Buried and Me The Anatomy Of
Blink-182 Dogs Eating Dogs
Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest
Broadway Kingdoms
Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Burden of a Day Blessed Be Our Ever After
Called To Arms Peril and the Patient
Cinematic Sunrise A Coloring Story Book And A Long-Playing
City of Ships Look What God Did To Us
Cloud Nothings Attack on Memory
Cobalt Gin
Concert Silence 09.22.07 [2-3 P.M.]
Conducting From the Grave When Legends Become Dust
Consider the Thief Signs and Wonders
Great album. Suffers from being WAAY too similar to Thrice.
Creed My Own Prison
Creed Weathered
Cry of the Afflicted The Unveiling
Cynic Traced in Air
Dark Time Sunshine Cornucopia
Darkthrone Soulside Journey
David Bazan Curse Your Branches
Dead And Divine The Machines We Are
Dead to Me African Elephants
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Defeater Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
Deftones White Pony
Demians Building An Empire
Demon Hunter Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter The World Is A Thorn
Dethklok Dethalbum II
Devil Sold His Soul Blessed & Cursed
Music rules, harsh vocals rule, cleans are.......scene.
Discovery LP
The first two songs make this album. The rest are somewhat forgettable, but I could listen to the first two over and over and over and over.
Disillusion Back To Times Of Splendor
Division Day Visitation
Drudkh Songs of Grief and Solitude
Eminem Encore
Eminem Recovery
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) What It Takes To Move Forward
Extol Undeceived
Felt Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez
I just wish the emcees were better on this, because like both the reviews say, the production RULES.
Fireworks All I Have To Offer Is My Own Confusion
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Foals Total Life Forever
Four Tet There is Love in You
Four Year Strong Rise Or Die Trying
Four Year Strong Enemy of the World
Fugazi The Argument
G-Side Starshipz and Rocketz
Gatsby's American Dream Ribbons and Sugar
Genghis Tron Board Up the House
Giant Squid The Ichthyologist
Glass America Redivivus
Gotye Making Mirrors
Gwynbleidd Nostalgia
I loved it on first listen, liked it on the second listen, and then realized it bored me to death on the third. Some very good moments, but altogether, it doesn't keep my attention.
Haggard And Thou Shalt Trust The Seer
Hammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts
Hand Over Fist Hand Over Fist
Haste the Day When Everything Falls
Haste the Day Pressure the Hinges
How to Dress Well Love Remains
I, Omega Tale of the Complex Circuit
Imogen Heap Ellipse
In Fear and Faith Your World On Fire
Indukti Idmen
Insomnium Across the Dark
Iron & Wine The Shepherd's Dog
It Prevails The Inspiration
J. Cole Born Sinner
What's good here is very good, but what isn't good is pretty horrible. It's difficult to admit an expectation-ridden album doesn't fit the bill, but all J. Cole gives us with Born Sinner is a handful of greatness enveloped by truly average cuts filled with the same bitches-ain't-shit tropes. See Power Trip, Runaway, Rich Niggaz, and maybe Villuminati for the great.
Johnny Foreigner Grace And The Bigger Picture
Justice Cross
Justin Bieber My World 2.0
Kalmah 12 Gauge
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Katy Perry Prism
Kayo Dot Coyote
KiD CuDi Indicud
Kylesa Static Tensions
Lengsel Solace
Lethian Dreams Bleak Silver Streams
Letlive. Fake History
Lights The Listening
Lux Occulta My Guardian Anger
Martriden Encounter The Monolith
Martyr Warp Zone
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
Mithras Behind the Shadows Lie Madness
Mos Def The Ecstatic
Motek Dragons
Moving Mountains Pneuma
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Murder by Death Like the Exorcist, but More Breakdancing
Muse Black Holes and Revelations
My Brightest Diamond A Thousand Shark's Teeth
Noah and the Whale Last Night On Earth
Oh The Blood This World Needs No Introduction
Opeth Watershed
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Periphery Periphery
It's not as bad as I originally thought. Get past the first two tracks and it really thrives at parts. But yeah qwe you'll probably hate it.
Polar Bear Club Chasing Hamburg
Pompeii Nothing Happens for a Reason
Qwel and Maker So Be It
Red End of Silence
Red Sparowes Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red...
Red Sparowes The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein...
The bass on this album rocks my socks offffffffffffffffffffffffff.
Relient K mmhmm
Relient K Five Score and Seven Years Ago
Rhye Woman
Ricardo Villalobos Alcachofa
Right Away, Great Captain! The Eventually Home
Right Away, Great Captain! The Bitter End
Andy Hull's side project succeeds at being different from MO. However, it doesn't succeed as being an enticing listen. The album drags on, and Hull's lyrics can't quite save it from being boring. Hull slows everything WAY down and offers up some well-written but very monotonous acoustic music.
Rogue Wave Permalight
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels
Scale The Summit Carving Desert Canyons
Sebadoh Bakesale
Set Your Goals This Will Be the Death of Us
Shearwater The Golden Archipelago
Sholi Sholi
Sick Puppies Dressed Up as Life
Smith Westerns Soft Will
SOHN Tremors
Spoon Transference
Still Remains The Serpent
Story of the Year The Constant
Some infectious stuff right here. First two tracks are ace, and there are quality songs throughout. Pop-punk goodness
Straylight Run The Needles, The Space
Sympathy Anagogic Tyranny
Tame Impala Lonerism
The Binary Code Suspension Of Disbelief
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
The Decemberists The Hazards Of Love
The Devil Wears Prada Plagues
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below
This album and band have received a lot of heat. But this album shows such maturity and advancement from their last two. The vocals are raw and improved, the guitar work is more intricate, and the drumming, while not spectacular, keeps pace wonderfully. Also, Hranica is a great, great lyricist. TDWP is definitely getting better.
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Fray Scars and Stories
The Gathering The West Pole
The Grotesquery Tales Of The Coffin Born
Without the stupid spoken word intros the album would be better.
The Kindred Ms. Mary Mallon
The Low Anthem Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
The Menzingers Chamberlain Waits
The Red Chord Prey for Eyes
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake It
The State Lottery When the Night Comes
The Walkmen Heaven
The Wild Set Ourselves Free
The Wrens The Meadowlands
The xx xx
Through the Eyes of the Dead Bloodlust
Through the Eyes of the Dead Skepsis
Tiny Vipers Life on Earth
Tool Lateralus
Touche Amore Is Survived By
Trapped Under Ice Stay Cold
Trapt Someone in Control
Lost Realist and Waiting are very good tracks. I still listen to this album every now and then for those two.
Tycho Dive
Ulrich Schnauss A Long Way to Fall
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Vigrid Throne of Forest
Wale The Gifted
War of Ages Eternal
OMG this has guest vocals from Sonny, you know the POD guy!
Warning Watching from a Distance
Weaver At The Loom I Was Searching and I Found

2.5 average
A Day To Remember Homesick
Advent Naked And Cold
Agraceful The Great I Am
Anaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black Widow
Anchor & Braille Felt
Arsis Starve for the Devil
Art By Numbers Reticence: The Musical
ASAP Ferg Trap Lord
Atmosphere God Loves Ugly
Attack Attack! (US) Someday Came Suddenly
Baroness Red Album
Before Their Eyes The Dawn of My Death
Behemoth Evangelion
Blessthefall His Last Walk
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Circle Takes The Square As the Roots Undo
Coalesce OX
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Colour Revolt The Cradle
Creed Human Clay
Dark Tranquillity We Are the Void
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Demon Hunter 45 Days
Dethklok The Dethalbum
Diablo Swing Orchestra The Butcher's Ballroom
Drudkh Handful of Stars
Eminem The Eminem Show
Every Time I Die New Junk Aesthetic
Fear Factory Mechanize
Gold Panda Half of Where You Live
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Hands Creator
Haste the Day Dreamer
High on Fire Snakes For The Divine
Chore snore bore, all of those things plus no replay value and my presupposition to not enjoy sludge.
House Of Heroes Suburba
This is too similar to the popular television show Glee
Hundredth When Will We Surrender
Impending Doom The Serpent Servant
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Jay-Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail
Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion
Juicy J Stay Trippy
Kate Nash Made of Bricks
La Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...
Lengsel The Kiss, The Hope
Lis Er Stille The Collibro
Matt Pond PA The Dark Leaves
Meshuggah obZen
Metric Fantasies
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Miley Cyrus The Time of Our Lives
Mumford and Sons Babel
Babel does absolutely nothing to improve upon the glimpses of hope found on Sigh No More. Seriously. Same song writing, same stupid tropes, and the same annoying banjo twanging samey shit each and every song. So why is this even a 2.5? Because despite their glaring flaws and weird ungression (there's no degression or progression here), Mumford and Sons are admittedly cute and endearing. And they have some good one-liners. But honestly.
Muse The Resistance
Nero This Way / Bad Trip
Obscura Cosmogenesis
Oh No Not Stereo 003
Our Last Night We Will All Evolve
Parkway Drive Killing With a Smile
Poison the Well The Tropic Rot
Ray Lamontagne God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
Satyricon Nemesis Divina
Scale The Summit The Collective
ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron
Schoolboy Q enjoys marijuana. Also, he has a daughter. Oxymoron.
Seneca Reflections
Sky Eats Airplane Sky Eats Airplane
St. Vincent Actor
Steel Train Twilight Tales From the Prairies of the
Stick To Your Guns For What It's Worth (Reissue)
Surfer Blood Astro Coast
Sylosis Conclusion of an Age
Textures Silhouettes
The Almost Southern Weather
The Chasm Farseeing the Paranormal Abysm
The Glitch Mob Drink the Sea
The Head And The Heart The Head And The Heart
The Red Chord Fed Through the Teeth Machine
The Word Alive Empire
Titus Andronicus Local Business
Tracedawn Ego Anthem
Tunng ...And Then We Saw Land
Tyler The Creator Wolf
Unexpect In a Flesh Aquarium
Upon a Burning Body The World Is Ours
Volbeat Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies
Volcano Choir Unmap
We Came As Romans Dreams
Wormed Planisphaerium
Wrath and Rapture Wrath and Rapture

2.0 poor
A Day To Remember What Separates Me From You
A Plea for Purging Depravity
Advent Remove the Earth
Agalloch Marrow of the Spirit
Blood for Blood Serenity
Boys Like Girls Boys Like Girls
Creed Full Circle
Destroy The Runner I, Lucifer
Diablo Swing Orchestra Sing-Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious
Eligh and Jo Wilkinson On Sacred Ground
An embarrassing attempt at meshing folk and hip-hop.
Enfold Darkness Our Cursed Rapture
Fleshgod Apocalypse Oracles
For The Fallen Dreams Relentless
For Today Breaker
Foxy Shazam Introducing
Future of the Left Travels With Myself And Another
Gucci Mane Trap House
Iwrestledabearonce It's All Happening
Vocals suck, experimentation is lame, and iwrestledabearonce is just annoying, not fun. The girl sounds like she's burping into the mic, and her cleans are forced. Gimmicks, and some alright breakdowns/weird passages save this from going into the 1's. God, her screams suck.
Job for a Cowboy Doom
There is nothing that isn't truly stunning and perfect about this record. Every note, every second is true and utter catharsis; every sound that occurs is perfectly orchestrated to flawlessly illustrate complete doom--and that is something that is so emotionally close to my soul. I can't thank this amazing group enough for blessing me with this. This is perhaps the most life-changing record I've ever heard, and it is my favorite work of art of all time.
Johnny Truant In the Library of Horrific Events
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
This is kind of pathetic. How the hell can anyone, much less JT, be more sexist and generally stupid lyrically than
Abel ? I mean, shit.
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
Mayday Parade Anywhere But Here
Mayday Parade suffers immensely from the loss of Jason Lancaster on Anywhere But Here. Lancaster delivered excellent, emotional, well-written lyrics on Mayday's debut LP Lesson in Romantics. Also, Mayday no longer has a dual vocal attack, and without him, Mayday is just another pop/punk band, making catchy music that is only that. Unfortunately, it's not catchy enough to warrant many listens. Jason Lancaster, please come back.
Mors Principium Est The Unborn
Of Mice & Men Of Mice & Men
Our Brother The Native Make Amends, For We Are Merely Vessels
Our Last Night The Ghosts Among Us
Sea of Treachery At Dagger's Dawn
Sick Puppies Tri-Polar
Skrillex Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
I'll never understand the appeal of womp and giant bass hits. I literally feel like my ears are getting raped, like my whole body is being raped but not in the wild fantasy nice rape way but like the Leviathan with a tattoo gun way. I feel violated after listening to this so...2, poor.
Texas In July I Am
The Almost Monster, Monster
The Bled Heat Fetish
It really just all sounds exactly the same.
Your soundoff was too short, it has to be at least 50 characters
The Faceless Akeldama
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Holly Springs Disaster Motion Sickness Love
Yeah.......ummmmmmmmmmmmmm...........no. Horrible lyrics are horrible. Some screams are alright, but others are unbearably scraped from the vocalist's throat. Music is quite generic. Yeah, this just isn't any good.
Through the Eyes of the Dead Malice
Veil of Maya The Common Man's Collapse
Wall Of Ears Perfect Organ Assembly
We Came As Romans To Plant A Seed
Whitechapel This Is Exile
YACHT See Mystery Lights

1.5 very poor
Blessed by a Broken Heart Pedal to the Metal
Boys Like Girls Love Drunk
Bring Me The Horizon Suicide Season
Bring Me The Horizon Suicide Season Cut Up!
Eminem Relapse
Lil Wayne Rebirth
Muse The 2nd Law
Nickelback Dark Horse
Orphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
This pissed me off so much that I don't even care if it's not 1.5 bad.
We Butter The Bread With Butter Das Monster Aus Dem Schrank
WZRD WZRD

1.0 awful
Abandon All Ships Geeving
Asking Alexandria Stand Up and Scream
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Lonely Road
The Shaggs Philosophy of the World
Waking The Cadaver Perverse Recollections of a Necromangler
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