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Objectivity Score: 78% (Well Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicBurial UntrueCoheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3Converge Jane DoeMy heart's never been broken (bent but not broken), and I STILL just 5'd this shit.Cryptopsy None So VileEluvium CopiaWithout 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 FightKendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d cityLed Zeppelin Led ZeppelinManchester Orchestra Mean Everything to NothingWith 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 DayDespite 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 guySilversun Pickups CarnavasThe Mountain Goats The Sunset TreeThe Mountain Goats The Life of the World to ComeThe Weakerthans Reconstruction SiteThrice The Artist in the AmbulanceThrice VheissuTrentemoller The Last Resortwhen 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 superbAerosmith AerosmithAl Green Call MeAlcest Ecailles De LuneThat riff that comes in on Ecailles De Lune (part II) at 3:31......As Cities Burn Come Now SleepAtheist Unquestionable PresenceBetween the Buried and Me The Silent CircusBetween the Buried and Me Colors_LiveBon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoBon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iverbest new artistrbest new artistrbest new artistrbest new artistrbest new artistCarcass Necroticism: Descanting the InsalubriousColdplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His FriendsConverge Axe to FallMy 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 FactoryDanny Brown OldDarkside PsychicSomething as slow-dripped and evolutionary as Golden Arrow doesn't come along very often.Deafheaven SunbatherDeath The Sound of PerseveranceRiffs riffs riffs riffs riffs, moar progressiveness, and unbelievably unbelievable.Death SymbolicRiffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs and just the best death metal to ever grace my ears.Decapitated Winds of CreationDeerhunter Halcyon DigestAbsolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely.DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....Drudkh Blood In Our WellsDrudkh EstrangementEagles Hotel CaliforniaEluvium Lambent MaterialEluvium Nightmare EndingJust 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 Cliffsfun. Aim and IgniteGodspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!Grouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a HillHaste the Day Burning BridgesThis 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 DeadIn Mourning Shrouded DivineIn Vain The Latter RainAfter 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 GolgothaInsomnium Since the Day It All Came DownIrepress Sol Eye Sea INO Fletchie. That song prohibits this from being a classic.Jacaszek TrenyJames Blake James BlakeHoly shit I gave this a real listen and I honestly sold my soul to James Blake.James Blake Enough ThunderJohn K. Samson ProvincialJon Hopkins ImmunityKarnivool ThemataLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVLife in Your Way Waking GiantsLightning Dust Infinite LightThis is just too good, just tooooooooooooo good. Liz Durrett Outside Our GatesMartriden Martriden EPMax Richter The Blue NotebooksMaybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part HarmonymewithoutYou Catch For Us The FoxesmewithoutYou Brother, SisterMorbider When Darkness ReturnsThis 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 MoonNails Abandon All LifeNas IllmaticOlafur Arnalds Variations of StaticOlafur Arnalds Eulogy For EvolutionOpeth Still Lifepg.lost It's Not Me, It's You!Pig Destroyer Phantom LimbRob Swift The ArchitectSigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaustSigur Ros KveikurSilversun Pickups SwoonSims Lights Out ParisSkycamefalling 10.21Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes NumbThe Avett Brothers I and Love and YouThe Darkness Permission to LandWhy 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 AlreadyThe Mountain Goats Heretic PrideThe Mountain Goats All Eternals Deckbeen 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 LeavingThe Weakerthans FallowThe Weakerthans Reunion TourThe Weakerthans Live At Burton Cummings TheatreThe Weeknd House of BalloonsThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IVThrice BeggarsWith 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 AnthologyTNGHT TNGHTTodd Terje It's Album TimeTrans-Siberian Orchestra The Lost Christmas EveTrent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social NetworkA foreboding electronic/ambient masterpiece backing one of the most important films of our generation.Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitlerYndi Halda Enjoy Eternal BlissLife-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 excellent7 Angels 7 Plagues Jhazmyne's LullabyA Bunny's Caravan Draining Puddles, Retrieving TreasuresA Day to Remember Old RecordA Sunny Day in Glasgow Ashes GrammarActive Child You Are All I SeeAlexi Murdoch Time Without ConsequenceAlias The Other Side Of The Looking GlassAmon Amarth With Oden on Our SideAnd So I Watch You From Afar And So I Watch You From AfarAs Cities Burn Hell Or High WaterAsh Borer 2009 DemoAugust Burns Red ConstellationsAutopsy Mental FuneralBad Books IIBe'lakor Stone's ReachBeach House Teen DreamBecoming The Archetype Terminate DamnationBetween the Buried and Me The Great MisdirectBlink-182 Greatest HitsBon Iver Blood BankBon Iver Bon Iver In The StudiosBrand New Deja EntenduBrand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeBrutality Screams of AnguishBT This Binary UniverseBurial KindredCarcass SwansongCheatahs CheatahsClark Body RiddleCloud Cult Feel Good GhostCloud Nothings Here and Nowhere ElseCoheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine BladeCoheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessCoheed and Cambria No World for TomorrowI'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: DescensionColdworld MelancholieConcert Silence Rain FurnitureA 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 MeCreedence Clearwater Revival Green RiverCreedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle, Vol. 1Cult of Luna SalvationDaft Punk DiscoveryDaft Punk Random Access MemoriesDan Mangan Nice, Nice, Very NiceDark Time Sunshine VesselDark Tranquillity FictionDarkthrone A Blaze in the Northern SkyDc Talk SupernaturalDeath Individual Thought PatternsDeath HumanDeathevokatioN The Chalice Of AgesDecapitated NihilityDefeater Lost GroundDepartures EscapingWeak Before Winter = SOTY contender no doubt about itDessa False HopesDinosaur Jr. FarmDiscordance Axis The Inalienable DreamlessDoomtree False Hopes XVdredg El CieloDrudkh Forgotten LegendsDrudkh Autumn AuroraDrudkh MicrocosmosDustin Kensrue Please Come HomeEast of the Wall Farmer's AlmanacElectric President The Violent BlueElliott Smith Either/OrIn the album title Elliot Smith references Soren Kierkegaard.Eluvium Talk Amongst the TreesEluvium When I Live by the Garden and the SeaEluvium An Accidental Memory in the Case of DeathEluvium SimilesEmery The QuestionEminem The Marshall Mathers LPEsmerine AuroraExotic Animal Petting Zoo I Have Made My Bed in DarknessExplosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceFair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly...Fightstar Be HumanFilm School alwaysneverFrank Ocean Channel OrangeFrightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed DrinksFrightened Rabbit State HospitalFrightened Rabbit Pedestrian VerseGlass Casket We Are Gathered Here Today...Glue Sunset LodgeGod Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is BrightGood Luck Into Lake GriffyGospel The Moon Is a Dead WorldGrizzly Bear ShieldsHacksaw to the Throat WastelandsHaste the Day That They May Know YouHawkboy King FollyHe Is Legend Suck Out The PoisonHe Is Legend It Hates YouHorse Feathers House With No HomeHouse Of Heroes The End is Not The EndHow to Dress Well What Is This Heart?HRVRD The Inevitable And II The Mighty SatoriIkuinen Kaamos ClosureIMAKEMADBEATS IMAKEMADBEATSIn Vain MantraOn 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 OctologyIron & Wine Our Endless Numbered DaysIron & Wine The Sea and the Rhythm EPIron & Wine Around the WellIsland OrakelJaga Jazzist What We MustJames Blake CMYKJames Blake KlavierwerkeJames Blake OvergrownJay-Z and Kanye West Watch the ThroneJim Bryson and The Weakerthans The Falcon Lake IncidentTFLI 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 AmericanJimmy Eat World FuturesJustin Timberlake The 20/20 ExperienceKalmah SwampsongKanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKayo Dot Choirs of the EyeKiller Mike R.A.P. MusicKishi Bashi 151aLa Verite ElephantLantlos .neonLaura Stevenson Holy Ghost!Liz Durrett The MezzanineLiz Janes Say GoodbyeLocktender KafkaMacklemore and Ryan Lewis VS.Mae The EverglowMajority Rule Emergency NumbersManchester Orchestra CopeCope the song slays and Cope the album rocks. And Andy Hull croons over top.Martriden The Unsettling DarkMasta Ace Disposable ArtsMatthew Robert Cooper MiniaturesMaxwell BLACKsummers'nightMaybeshewill Not For Want Of TryingMayday Parade Tales Told By Dead FriendsMayday Parade A Lesson In RomanticsMemoryhouse The YearsMew FrengersMew No More StoriesmewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's allMisery Signals ControllerMono Hymn To The Immortal WindMorbus Chron SwevenMount Eerie Wind's PoemMurder by Death Red Of Tooth And ClawMurder by Death Good Morning, MagpieI 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 DepthsAn 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 CreekNicolas Jaar Space Is Only NoiseNikki Lane Walk of ShameNikki 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 SpringSuperb. Lay down, close your eyes and listen to this album. Just really freaking good. Relaxed, but never boring. Superb.Novembre The BlueOlafur Arnalds Dyad 1909Opeth DeliveranceOrbs Asleep Next to ScienceP.O.S. AuditionP.O.S. Never BetterPhoenix Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixProtest the Hero KeziaPunch Push PullPusha T My Name Is My NameRay LaMontagne Till the Sun Turns BlackRegina Spektor Begin To HopeRegina Spektor FarRelient K Forget and Not Slow DownReviver Potential WastelandRussian Circles GenevaRustie Glass SwordsSadistik The Balancing ActSay Anything ...Is a Real BoySay Anything Say AnythingGood 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 EPShe Said Destroy This City Speaks in TonguesSigur Ros Agaetis byrjunSigur Ros InniSigur Ros ValtariSilversun Pickups PikulSilversun Pickups Neck of the WoodsSleeping Peonies Rose Curl, Sea SwirlSleepingdog Polar LifeSole and the Skyrider Band PlastiqueSoul Embraced Dead AliveSteel Train Steel TrainSuffocation Pierced from WithinTaken By Trees East of EdenTaking Back Sunday New AgainThis 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 HospiceThe Avett Brothers The CarpenterThe Black Keys Rubber FactoryThe Dillinger Escape Plan Ire WorksThe Extra Lens UndercardThe Flashbulb ArborealThe Format Interventions and LullabiesThe History Of Apple Pie Out Of ViewThe 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 ComatoriumThe Menzingers On the Impossible PastThe Middle East The Recordings of the Middle EastThe Mountain Goats TallahasseeThe Mountain Goats We Shall All Be HealedThe Mountain Goats All Hail West TexasThe Mountain Goats Transcendental YouthThe Pax Cecilia Blessed Are The BondsThe Postal Service Give UpThe Smashing Pumpkins Siamese DreamThe Spill Canvas One Fell SwoopThe Unwinding Hours The Unwinding HoursThe Weeknd ThursdayThe Weeknd Kiss LandThrice The Illusion of SafetyThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & IIThrice Live At The House Of BluesThursday Common ExistenceThursday No DevoluciónTrespassers William Different StarsTrue Still LifeTwilight Monument To Time EndUlcerate Everything Is FireUnbroken Life. Love. Regret.Vengeful The Omnipresent CurseVERSA VersaEmergeWilco The Whole LoveWilliam Orbit Pieces in a Modern StyleYellowcard Ocean AvenueYo Gotti I AmYou 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 greatA City Safe From Sea Throw Me Through WallsA Day to Remember For Those Who Have HeartActress SplazshAdramelech PsychostasiaAeon Spoke Aeon SpokeAgalloch Pale FolkloreAgrypnie 16All That Remains The Fall of IdealsAnberlin Never Take Friendship PersonalAnberlin CitiesAndrew W.K. I Get WetAnimal Collective Merriweather Post PavilionAs I Lay Dying An Ocean Between UsAs Tall As Lions As Tall As LionsASAP Rocky LongLiveA$APAt the Gates Slaughter of the SoulAt The Throne of Judgment The Arcanum OrderAttack in Black MarriageAugury Fragmentary EvidenceBarren Earth Curse of the Red RiverBat For Lashes The Haunted ManBefore Their Eyes Before Their EyesBenoit Pioulard LastedBetween the Buried and Me Between the Buried and MeBetween the Buried and Me ColorsBetween the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep DialoguesBiffy Clyro Only RevolutionsBlink-182 NeighborhoodsBlood Orange Cupid DeluxeBrand New DaisyBroken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock RecordIf 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 OneOneThousandBurst Lazarus BirdCarcass HeartworkCave In JupiterCecil Otter Rebel YellowClare and the Reasons The MovieClogs The Creatures In the Garden of Lady WaltonCoheed and Cambria The Afterman: AscensionCold Body Radiation The Great White EmptinessColdworld The Stars Are Dead NowCormorant MetazoaCunninLynguists A Piece Of StrangeCynic FocusDan Mangan Oh FortuneDangers AngerDavid Gray White LadderDeafheaven 2010 DemoDeafheaven Libertine Dissolves / DaedalusDeath Spiritual HealingDeath LeprosyDeath Cab for Cutie TransatlanticismDefeater TravelsDeftones Saturday Night WristDemon Hunter Summer of DarknessDemon Hunter The TriptychDemon Hunter Storm the Gates of HellDepartures When Losing Everything Is Everything You WantedDestroy The Runner SaintsDoomtree Doomtreedredg Catch Without Armsdredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The DelusionDrudkh The Swan RoadEluvium Static NocturneEmery ...In Shallow Seas We SailEminem The Slim Shady LPEminem Curtain Call: The HitsEminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2Ensiferum From AfarOver-indulgent and over the top, but it is well-written and fun metal. Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss EveryoneFACT FactCatchy, 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 IslandWhen 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 ShapeFoo Fighters One by OneFor Today PortraitsForest Swords EngravingsFriendzone DXfun. Some NightsGhostlimb GhostlimbGlue Catch As Catch CanVessel Vessel Vessel Vessel Vessel Vessel Vessel Vessel Glue Seconds AwayGo Radio Welcome to LifeGodspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)Good Old War Only Way To Be AloneHands The Sounds of EarthHarry Chapin Sniper & Other Love SongsHave a Nice Life DeathconsciousnessHawkboy HawkboyHe Is Legend I Am HollywoodHORSE the band Desperate LivingHouse Of Heroes Cold Hard WantIgnite Our Darkest DaysIhsahn AfterImmolation Majesty and DecaySlays for days slays for days slays for days slays for days slays for days slays for days slays for daysImogen Heap Speak For YourselfImperium Dekadenz Procella VadensIn Mourning MonolithInsomnium Above the Weeping WorldIron & Wine NorfolkIron & Wine Kiss Each Other CleanIron Braydz Devil May CryIsis Wavering RadiantJessie Ware DevotionJesu/Eluvium Jesu/EluviumJimmy Eat World ClarityJohn Roberts Glass EightsJosh Martinez Midriff MusicJustin Vernon HazeltonsKalmah The Black WaltzKanye West YeezusKarnivool Sound AwakeSound 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 DayKendrick Lamar Section.80Kerouac Cold and Distant, Not LovingKingston Falls Armada On MercuryKno Death Is SilentKurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty DazeKvelertak KvelertakLa Dispute WildlifeLaboratory Noise When Sound Generates LightLady Gaga The FameLaura Stevenson WheelLes Discrets Septembre Et Ses Dernières PenséesLiquorworks NonsenseLiving Sacrifice The Infinite OrderLorde Pure HeroineLydia IlluminateLykathea Aflame ElvenefrisMacklemore The Language of My WorldMacklemore and Ryan Lewis The HeistMammoth Grinder Extinction of HumanityManchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a ChildManchester Orchestra Simple MathMaserati PassagesMasta Ace SlaughtahouseMastodon Blood MountainMatthew Good VancouverMaybeshewill I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was GoneMaylene and the Sons of Disaster IImewithoutYou Ten StoriesMinus the Bear OmniMisery Signals MirrorsMonolake SilenceMurder by Death In Bocca Al LupoMuse AbsolutionMuse Origin of SymmetryNickel Creek Why Should the Fire Die?Noah and the Whale Peaceful, the World Lays Me DownOkkervil River The Stand InsOlafur Arnalds Found SongsOlafur Arnalds ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of DarknessOlafur Arnalds For Now I Am WinterOpeth Blackwater ParkOrphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)Panic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat OutPantha Du Prince Black NoiseParadise Lost Faith Divides Us - Death Unites UsParamore Riot!Paul Dempsey Everything Is Truepg.lost In Never OutPianos Become the Teeth Old PridePolyenso Birth.EaterThis is meh but it's a little better than meh plus it's catchy so...Protest the Hero FortressQuo Vadis Day Into NightRaekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt IIRed Innocence and InstinctRed Sparowes At The Soundless DawnRegina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap SeatsRight Away, Great Captain! The Church of the Good ThiefRodrigo y Gabriela 11:11Rx Bandits MandalaSaltillo GanglionSam Amidon I See The SignSecede TryshaslaSepalcure Love PressureShakira Oral Fixation Vol. 2Sights and Sounds MonolithSigur Ros VonSilkworm LifestyleSilversun Pickups SeasickSleepmakeswaves In Today Already Walks TomorrowStargazer The Scream That Tore the SkySteel Train TrampolineStill Remains Of Love and LunacyStraylight Run About TimeSymmetry and Ryan Lewis The Symmetry and Ryan Lewis LPTaking Back Sunday Tell All Your FriendsThe Avett Brothers EmotionalismThe Classic Crime AlbatrossThe Classic Crime PhoenixThe Decemberists The Crane WifeThe Devil Wears Prada Dear Love: A Beautiful DiscordThe Format Dog ProblemsThe Hold Steady Boys and Girls in AmericaThe Hold Steady Heaven Is WheneverThe Mountain Goats Get LonelyThe Mountain Goats The Coroner's GambitThe National BoxerThe Number Twelve Looks Like You Worse Than AloneThe Ocean PrecambrianThe Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the SynapseThe Red Chord Fused Together in Revolving DoorsThe Shouting Matches GrownassManThe Smashing Pumpkins OceaniaThe Spill Canvas Sunsets and Car CrashesThe Sun Came Up Upon the Left And the Dreams so Rich in ColorThe Swell Season Once: Music From The Motion PictureThe Swell Season Strict JoyThe Tallest Man on Earth The Wild HuntThis Will Destroy You Young MountainThou SummitThrice Identity CrisisThrice If We Could Only See Us NowThrice Major/MinorThursday Full CollapseTim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972Titus Andronicus The MonitorTrentemoller LostTrophy Scars Bad LuckVampire Weekend ContraVerse AggressionVolcano Choir RepaveFirst 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 WornMembers of Insomnium + strings and keyboards = absolutely sublime. Weakling Dead as DreamsWilliam Elliott Whitmore Animals in the DarkWindir LikferdWoe Quietly, UndramaticallyWoe Of Tyrants Kingdom of MightYG My Krazy Life3.0 good3 The End is BegunA Hope For Home The Everlasting ManA Place to Bury Strangers Exploding HeadAce Enders and a Million Different People The Secret WarsAesop Rock None Shall PassAeternam Disciples of the UnseenAgalloch The MantleAgalloch Ashes Against the GrainAlcest Souvenirs d'un autre MondeWhile 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 OvercomeAnberlin New SurrenderAnimals As Leaders Animals As LeadersArsonists Get All the Girls PortalsAugust Burns Red MessengersB.o.B The Adventures Of Bobby RayBad Books Bad BooksSomewhat 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 MissingBaroness Blue RecordBecoming The Archetype The Physics Of FireBecoming The Archetype DichotomyCrushing, 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 RubiconBetween the Buried and Me AlaskaBetween the Buried and Me The Anatomy OfBlink-182 Dogs Eating DogsBoards of Canada Tomorrow's HarvestBroadway KingdomsBruno Mars Doo-Wops & HooligansBurden of a Day Blessed Be Our Ever AfterCalled To Arms Peril and the PatientCinematic Sunrise A Coloring Story Book And A Long-PlayingCity of Ships Look What God Did To UsCloud Nothings Attack on MemoryCobalt GinConcert Silence 09.22.07 [2-3 P.M.]Conducting From The Grave When Legends Become DustConsider the Thief Signs and WondersGreat album. Suffers from being WAAY too similar to Thrice. Creed My Own PrisonCreed WeatheredCry of the Afflicted The UnveilingCynic Traced in AirDark Time Sunshine CornucopiaDarkthrone Soulside JourneyDavid Bazan Curse Your BranchesDead And Divine The Machines We AreDead to Me African ElephantsDeath Scream Bloody GoreDefeater Empty Days and Sleepless NightsDeftones White PonyDemians Building An EmpireDemon Hunter Demon HunterDemon Hunter The World Is a ThornDethklok Dethalbum IIDevil Sold His Soul Blessed & CursedMusic rules, harsh vocals rule, cleans are.......scene.Discovery LPThe 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 SplendorDivision Day VisitationDrudkh Songs of Grief and SolitudeEminem EncoreEminem RecoveryEmpire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) What It Takes to Move ForwardExtol UndeceivedFelt Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie PerezI 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 ConfusionFleet Foxes Fleet FoxesFoals Total Life ForeverFour Tet There is Love in YouFour Year Strong Rise Or Die TryingFour Year Strong Enemy of the WorldFugazi The ArgumentG-Side Starshipz and RocketzGatsby's American Dream Ribbons and SugarGenghis Tron Board Up the HouseGiant Squid The IchthyologistGlass America RedivivusGotye Making MirrorsGwynbleidd NostalgiaI 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 SeerHammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the GhostsHand Over Fist Hand Over FistHaste the Day When Everything FallsHaste the Day Pressure the HingesHow to Dress Well Love RemainsI, Omega Tale of the Complex CircuitImogen Heap EllipseIn Fear and Faith Your World On FireIndukti IdmenInsomnium Across the DarkIron & Wine The Shepherd's DogIt Prevails The InspirationJ. Cole Born SinnerWhat'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 PictureJustice CrossJustin Bieber My World 2.0Kalmah 12 GaugeKaty Perry Teenage DreamKaty Perry PrismKayo Dot CoyoteKiD CuDi IndicudKylesa Static TensionsLengsel SolaceLethian Dreams Bleak Silver StreamsLetlive. Fake HistoryLights The ListeningLux Occulta My Guardian AngerMartriden Encounter The MonolithMartyr Warp ZonemewithoutYou A to B: LifeMithras Behind the Shadows Lie MadnessMos Def The EcstaticMotek DragonsMoving Mountains PneumaMumford and Sons Sigh No MoreMurder by Death Like the Exorcist, but More BreakdancingMuse Black Holes and RevelationsMy Brightest Diamond A Thousand Shark's TeethNoah and the Whale Last Night On EarthOh The Blood This World Needs No IntroductionOpeth WatershedOwl City Ocean EyesParamore Brand New EyesPeriphery PeripheryIt'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 HamburgPompeii Nothing Happens for a ReasonQwel and Maker So Be ItRed End of SilenceRed 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 MmhmmRelient K Five Score and Seven Years AgoRhye WomanRicardo Villalobos AlcachofaRight Away, Great Captain! The Eventually HomeRight Away, Great Captain! The Bitter EndAndy 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 PermalightRun the Jewels Run the JewelsScale the Summit Carving Desert CanyonsSebadoh BakesaleSet Your Goals This Will Be the Death of UsShearwater The Golden ArchipelagoSholi SholiSick Puppies Dressed Up as LifeSmith Westerns Soft WillSOHN TremorsSpoon TransferenceStill Remains The SerpentStory of the Year The ConstantSome infectious stuff right here. First two tracks are ace, and there are quality songs throughout. Pop-punk goodnessStraylight Run The Needles, The SpaceSympathy Anagogic TyrannyTame Impala LonerismThe Binary Code Suspension Of DisbeliefThe Dear Hunter Act III: Life and DeathThe Decemberists The Hazards Of LoveThe Devil Wears Prada PlaguesThe Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches BelowThis 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 ParalysisThe Fray Scars and StoriesThe Gathering The West PoleThe Grotesquery Tales Of The Coffin BornWithout the stupid spoken word intros the album would be better. The Kindred Ms. Mary MallonThe Low Anthem Oh My God, Charlie DarwinThe Menzingers Chamberlain WaitsThe Red Chord Prey for EyesThe Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake ItThe State Lottery When the Night ComesThe Walkmen HeavenThe Wild Set Ourselves FreeThe Wrens The MeadowlandsThe xx xxThrough the Eyes of the Dead BloodlustThrough the Eyes of the Dead SkepsisTiny Vipers Life on EarthTool LateralusTouche Amore Is Survived ByTrapped Under Ice Stay ColdTrapt Someone in ControlLost Realist and Waiting are very good tracks. I still listen to this album every now and then for those two.Tycho DiveUlrich Schnauss A Long Way to FallVampire Weekend Vampire WeekendVigrid Throne of ForestWale The GiftedWar of Ages EternalOMG this has guest vocals from Sonny, you know the POD guy!Warning Watching from a DistanceWeaver At The Loom I Was Searching and I Found2.5 averageA Day to Remember HomesickAdvent Naked And ColdAgraceful The Great I AmAnaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black WidowAnchor & Braille FeltArsis Starve for the DevilArt By Numbers Reticence: The MusicalASAP Ferg Trap LordAtmosphere God Loves UglyAttack Attack! (US) Someday Came SuddenlyBaroness Red AlbumBefore Their Eyes The Dawn of My DeathBehemoth EvangelionBlessthefall His Last WalkCirca Survive Blue Sky NoiseCircle Takes the Square As the Roots UndoCoalesce OXCoheed and Cambria Year of the Black RainbowColour Revolt The CradleCreed Human ClayDark Tranquillity We Are the VoidDeftones Diamond EyesDemon Hunter 45 DaysDethklok The DethalbumDiablo Swing Orchestra The Butcher's BallroomDrudkh Handful of StarsEminem The Eminem ShowEvery Time I Die New Junk AestheticFear Factory MechanizeGold Panda Half of Where You LiveGrizzly Bear VeckatimestHands CreatorHaste the Day DreamerHigh on Fire Snakes For The DivineChore snore bore, all of those things plus no replay value and my presupposition to not enjoy sludge.House Of Heroes SuburbaThis is too similar to the popular television show GleeHundredth When Will We SurrenderImpending Doom The Serpent ServantJapandroids Post-NothingJay-Z Magna Carta... Holy GrailJeff Beck Emotion & CommotionJuicy J Stay TrippyKate Nash Made of BricksLa Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...Lengsel The Kiss, The HopeLis Er Stille The CollibroMatt Pond PA The Dark LeavesMeshuggah obZenMetric FantasiesMGMT Oracular SpectacularMiley Cyrus The Time of Our LivesMumford and Sons BabelBabel 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 ResistanceNero This Way / Bad TripObscura CosmogenesisOh No Not Stereo 003Our Last Night We Will All EvolveParkway Drive Killing with a SmilePoison the Well The Tropic RotRay LaMontagne God Willin' & The Creek Don't RiseSatyricon Nemesis DivinaScale the Summit The CollectiveScHoolboy Q OxymoronSchoolboy Q enjoys marijuana. Also, he has a daughter. Oxymoron.Seneca ReflectionsSky Eats Airplane Sky Eats AirplaneSt. Vincent ActorSteel Train Twilight Tales From the Prairies of the Stick To Your Guns For What It's Worth (Reissue)Surfer Blood Astro CoastSylosis Conclusion of an AgeTextures SilhouettesThe Almost Southern WeatherThe Chasm Farseeing the Paranormal AbysmThe Glitch Mob Drink the SeaThe Head And The Heart The Head And The HeartThe Red Chord Fed Through the Teeth MachineThe Word Alive EmpireTitus Andronicus Local BusinessTracedawn Ego AnthemTunng ...And Then We Saw LandTyler the Creator WolfUnexpect In a Flesh AquariumUpon a Burning Body The World Is OursVolbeat Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady LadiesVolcano Choir UnmapWe Came As Romans DreamsWormed PlanisphaeriumWrath and Rapture Wrath and Rapture2.0 poorA Day to Remember What Separates Me From YouA Plea for Purging DepravityAdvent Remove the EarthAgalloch Marrow of the SpiritBlood for Blood SerenityBoys Like Girls Boys Like GirlsCreed Full CircleDestroy The Runner I, LuciferDiablo Swing Orchestra Sing-Along Songs for the Damned & DeliriousEligh and Jo Wilkinson On Sacred GroundAn embarrassing attempt at meshing folk and hip-hop.Enfold Darkness Our Cursed RaptureFleshgod Apocalypse OraclesFor the Fallen Dreams RelentlessFor Today BreakerFoxy Shazam IntroducingFuture of the Left Travels With Myself And AnotherGucci Mane Trap HouseIwrestledabearonce It's All HappeningVocals 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 DoomThere 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 EventsJustin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2This 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 IIIMayday Parade Anywhere But HereMayday 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 UnbornOf Mice and Men Of Mice & MenOur Brother The Native Make Amends, For We Are Merely VesselsOur Last Night The Ghosts Among UsSea of Treachery At Dagger's DawnSick Puppies Tri-PolarSkrillex Scary Monsters and Nice SpritesI'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 AmThe Almost Monster, MonsterThe Bled Heat FetishIt really just all sounds exactly the same.
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The Faceless AkeldamaThe Faceless Planetary DualityThe Holly Springs Disaster Motion Sickness LoveYeah.......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 MaliceVeil of Maya The Common Man's CollapseWall Of Ears Perfect Organ AssemblyWe Came As Romans To Plant a SeedWhitechapel This Is ExileYACHT See Mystery Lights1.5 very poorBlessed by a Broken Heart Pedal to the MetalBoys Like Girls Love DrunkBring Me the Horizon Suicide SeasonBring Me the Horizon Suicide Season Cut Up!Eminem RelapseLil Wayne RebirthMuse The 2nd LawNickelback Dark HorseOrphaned Land The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriORThis 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 SchrankWZRD WZRD1.0 awfulAbandon All Ships GeevingAsking Alexandria Stand Up and ScreamNicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman ReloadedThe Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Lonely RoadThe Shaggs Philosophy of the WorldWaking the Cadaver Perverse Recollections of a Necromangler
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