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5.0 classic
John Butler Trio Sunrise Over Sea
A new lineup proves to be the best thing for The John Butler Trio, as Sunrise Over Sea excels in all the right areas while still remaining accessible.
Paul Dempsey Everything Is True
Tom Waits Small Change
Trophy Scars Hospital Music
Yann Tiersen Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain

4.5 superb
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It In People
Cirque Du Soleil Quidam
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Florence and the Machine Lungs
Glassjaw Coloring Book
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)
Hilltop Hoods State of the Art
Iron Maiden Flight 666 (DVD)
Jebediah Kosciuszko
John Butler Trio Three
John Butler Trio John Butler
Karnivool Sound Awake
Laura Marling I Speak Because I Can
Nas Illmatic
Newton Faulkner Hand Built By Robots
Nightwish Once
Obadiah Parker Obadiah Parker Live
Opeth Still Life
Opeth Blackwater Park
Paperprophets Paperprophets EP
Powderfinger Vulture Street
Radiohead OK Computer
Regina Spektor Far
Sarah Blasko What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have
System of a Down Toxicity
The Idea Of North The Idea Of North
The Middle East The Recordings of the Middle East
The National Boxer
The National High Violet
Titus Andronicus The Monitor

4.0 excellent
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
Alanis Morissette Under Rug Swept
Arcade Fire Funeral
Bad Religion 30 Years Live
Bernard Carney No Time Like The Future
Sometimes touching (Cassandra's Lullaby), sometimes funny (The Bronchiodilated Blues), but always beautiful. Bernard Carney and Peter Grayling's seemless mixing of guitar and Cello create some truly wondeful sounds. There are a few rehashes of old songs, as well as a few lovely covers of old jazz tunes, to go along with the original tracks that are present. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes folk music, old dance tunes (Fred Astaire's "Cheek To Cheek"), or simply a classy mix of songs everyone can pick something out of.
Birds Of Tokyo Universes
Bluejuice Head of The Hawk
Bob Evans Goodnight, Bull Creek!
A stepup from his debut solo effort, Goodnight Bull Creek shows Bob Evans (A.K.A Kevin Mitchell) saying "goodbye to the suburbs" (Bull Creek is the suburb of Perth where he grew up) and creating a more rock orientated album. His sophomore effort is noticably less generic then "Suburban Songbook", which I felt was too frighteningly close to the work of Badly Drawn Boy to be worth anything more than the price of admission. It appears turning his back on the suburbs has been a good move for Mitchell, as GBC is a much more enjoyable album.
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brand New Daisy
Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock Record
Caleb McAlpine Science Fiction
Cloud Control Bliss Release
Cloud Control Cloud Control
Clutch Blast Tyrant
Coalesce OX EP
Dead Letter Circus This Is The Warning
DevilDriver The Fury of Our Maker's Hand
DevilDriver Pray for Villains
Dido Life For Rent
Eels Tomorrow Morning
Eleventh He Reaches London Hollow Be My Name
Enya The Memory of Trees
Eskimo Joe A Song Is A City
Ezekiel Ox Winter In Suburbia
Faker Be The Twilight
Fatboy Slim Why Try Harder
Halfway To Forth Treasure For Memories
HIM Venus Doom
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
John Butler Trio Grand National
Definitely not his best (three tracks on his wife? Come on Butler, its sweet, but two would have been enough) but nevertheless outstanding.
Jose Gonzalez Veneer
Karnivool Themata
Kim Churchill With Sword & Shield
Lisa Mitchell Wonder
Machine Head The Blackening
Mammal Mammal
Mammal The Majority
Matchbox Twenty Exile on Mainstream
Metallica Metallica
Modest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Mos Def Black on Both Sides
Nothing Rhymes With David Double Negative, All The Way!
Parades Foreign Tapes
Powderfinger Golden Rule
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead The Best Of
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Roadrunner United The All-Star Sessions
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Sarah Blasko The Overture & The Underscore
Seether One Cold Night
Silverchair Neon Ballroom
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Slipknot Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
Something For Kate The Official Fiction
Something For Kate Echolalia
Something For Kate Leave Your Soul To Science
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
System of a Down Mezmerize
The Mayan Factor In Lake 'CH
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
Tom Waits Bad As Me
Toni Collette and The Finish Beautiful Awkward Pictures
Tool Lateralus
Tool Undertow
Weezer Pinkerton
Wye Oak My Neighbor / My Creator

3.5 great
Angus & Julia Stone Down the Way
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Arch Enemy Anthems of Rebellion
Atlas Weights Atlas Weights
Ben Folds Way To Normal
Birds Of Tokyo Birds Of Tokyo
Bob Evans Suburban Songbook
Calling All Cars Hold, Hold, Fire
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Creed Human Clay
Cut Copy Zonoscope
David Gray White Ladder
Eminem Recovery
Florence and the Machine Ceremonials
Green Day American Idiot
Hilltop Hoods The Calling
Hilltop Hoods The Hard Road
Hilltop Hoods The Hard Road Restrung
James Morrison Undiscovered
John Butler Trio April Uprising
April Uprising is a conundrum in music form. On the one hand you have The John Butler Trio's back catalogue when considering how to approach it. If the only reason you got into JBT was because of John Butler's guitar, then avoid this album. If you like alternative rock music, or a little bit of folk (Iron and Wine sound familiar?) then this is your thing. The reason is this: John Butler has decided that, rather then using his usual finger-picking style, he's going to use rock riffs and chord progressions that wouldn't be out of a place on an Eskimo Joe album. You've probably guessed this by now but April Uprising is very commercial. The choruses are catchy to the point of stupidity and the riffs revolved more around being "fun" then showing any kind of technical skill.
Josh Groban Awake Live
He's actually not that bad a musician, he's just generic as hell. Every year they pump the same shit out for mother's day. He is nothing more then a passing fad for middle-aged women. I almost gave this a 4, then I realized that that implies that I actually want to watch this again.
Joss Stone The Soul Sessions
Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak
Linkin Park Meteora
Linkin Park Minutes To Midnight
Lisa Mitchell Said One to the Other
Megadeth Endgame
Moby Play
Monogrim/Slow Dreams 1300+ Miles of Sound
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Murderdolls Beyond The Valley of the Murderdolls
Nickelback The State
Nightwish Dark Passion Play
Nothing Rhymes With David Beard Logic Riddles
Nothing Rhymes With David =
Opeth Watershed
Powderfinger Dream Days At The Hotel Existence
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
Santana Supernatural
Silverchair Freak Show
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Staind Break the Cycle
Static Colours Sun Swells
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People
Taylor Swift Speak Now
The Atlas Room, I Woke Up In Moscow JOS
The Dresden Dolls Yes, Virginia...
The Jezabels Dark Storm
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The National Alligator
The Strokes Is This It
The Vines Winning Days
The Weakerthans Reconstruction Site
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Tool Aenima
Tool 10,000 Days
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend Contra

3.0 good
A Hi-Fi Serious
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
British India Avalanche
Broken Social Scene Lo-Fi for the Dividing Nights
10 half-baked ideas. Its as simple as that. They're good ideas, in some cases they're really good, but that's all they are: ideas. These songs were concocted on a whim during the recording of "World Sick" and no thought has been put into them past that.
Cults Cults 7"
Evanescence Fallen
Hilltop Hoods Left Foot, Right Foot
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Nickelback Curb
Paul Dempsey Counterfeits and Forgeries
Taylor Swift Fearless
The Cat Empire Cinema
The Screaming Jets All For One
Theory Of A Deadman Gasoline

2.5 average
Black Eyed Peas Elephunk
Eminem Encore
InApril Fields
Nickelback Dark Horse
Ozzy Osbourne Scream
The Weakerthans Fallow
Trivium The Crusade

2.0 poor
Justin Bieber My World 2.0
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Unfathoms Sounds of an Islander's City...
Grating, meandering noise, "Sounds of an Islander's City, Touch of a Medieval Faerie" gets swallowed up by its own bloated concept. The tracks meld together into 9 minutes of mindless shrieking and static, occasionally twisting and turning into something worth listening to but never for long enough.

1.5 very poor
Simple Plan Still Not Getting Any...
Susan Boyle The Gift
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