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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classic311 GrassrootsOne of the most fun albums I've ever listened to.A Lot Like Birds No PlaceI've never wanted a band to succeed as much as I do these guys. Kurt is such a great dude, and the rest of them are fantastic people and musicians. I hope this record displays their passion like I think it will. *brb delving into No Place*Danny Brown OldI'm ready to have me some #seniortaxswag, and Mr. Danny is too apparentlyDark Time Sunshine VesselLadies and gentlemen PLEASE! Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...Bro, do you even Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven?John Frusciante The EmpyreanMaybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part HarmonyThis album leaves me speechless. Mew And the Glass Handed KitesThis could have been completely fantastic!rBut for me, the album's weaker moments take away some of its beauty. It's great when it's great, but unfortunately it also has quite a few downfalls...Mew No More StoriesA warm, marvelous record that channels all sorts of emotions through its production. The climaxes and depressions of No More Stories... are incredibly powerful, and this album can't help but leave an impression on the listener.Orbs Asleep Next to ScienceRage Against the Machine Rage Against the MachineRage Against the Machine start their very own township rebellion.Shearwater The Golden ArchipelagoSithu Aye IslesSithu Aye continues to completely obliterate the barriers of progressive. And yeah, color me hype-laden. That doesn't change the fact that this is phenomenal.Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes NumbThis album was my favorite back in 8th grade, and i forgot about it and blasted it a few months ago. Never have I cared about lyrics so much! This is an astounding accomplishment, because here I am, a guy that doesn't really like ska that much, giving Streetlight a 5. That's how far-reaching this masterpiece is.Tera Melos Drugs to the Dear YouthPerfection. The Dillinger Escape Plan Option ParalysisThe Fall of Troy DoppelgangerThe Killers Sam's TownThrice VheissuWords can't even express. Trophy Scars Darkness, Oh HellTrophy Scars Never Born, Never DeadWeezer PinkertonI spent many a night using this as my rehabilitation fuel from depression, and oh, how it worked. This is Rivers at his barest, his most truthful, and by the end of the album you feel like your best friend has just confided in you, and made you feel like your problems aren't quite as bad anymore.4.7 superbGirls Father, Son, Holy GhostNeat Beats Cosmic Surgery4.6 superbFrank Ocean Channel OrangeThe romantic tale of a man falling simultaneously in and out of line with the world around him.Jizue JournalPost-Rock brought me here, what I got is elevator music. Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikWhat can I say? This album means an incredible amount to me. It's the pinnacle of the Chili Peppers' work, a masterpiece they sadly won't ever come close to topping. Every track is incredible in its own right (except They're Red Hot, but Sir Psycho conveniently negates that little blemish), and some truly incredible musical moments happen here. This is essential for anybody desiring to see what exactly propelled the band to such great heights back in the day.Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy4.5 superbBetween The Buried And Me ColorsWe all know that Colors needs a good dose of Flomax - that flow during Ants of the Sky is particularly dreadful. However, what people don't seem to talk about anymore is how ambitious the album is, and how fun it is despite its flaws. An album doesn't need to be structurally perfect in order for it to be enjoyable, and that's one thing we need to keep in mind.Between The Buried And Me The Great MisdirectBetween the Buried and Me have never been so inspired. Well, that's a lie actually; Colors saw the group being as ambitious as possible, but that resulted in great results being a little overblown. However, here the formula that the group previously strived for is perfected, and is the most enjoyable album that the group have concocted thus far.CHON Newborn SunFeaturing CHONny Craig himself on tracks 3 and 5! Cut Copy In Ghost ColoursDark Time Sunshine ANXHmm, I change my opinions on this album so often. So solid, but lacking in overall thematic execution.David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...Dionaea StillIt's no surprise that Dionaea are approaching perfection, but what IS a shock is how under-the-radar the band still is. Change this, Sputnik.Eluvium CopiaEnemies Embark EmbraceIf Enemies' latest album is the beach destination you conjure up for yourself this summer, then John Hanson is the drunk bastard running around on it, pissing on unsuspecting kids' sandcastles and shouting his disdain for Andrew Jackson Jihad at passersby like nothing else matters.r#chansonisms2013 #freekonyfun. Aim and IgniteGlassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know AboutIncubus Morning ViewJustin Timberlake The 20/20 ExperienceMisery Signals Absent LightWE ALL GET FUCKED EVENTUALLY Mono One Step More and You DieNiechec Smierc w miekkim futerkuOkkervil River The Stand InsYou've got taste, you've got taste-- what a waste that that's all that you have. Passion Pit GossamerRage Against the Machine Evil EmpireScale The Summit The CollectiveInstrumental progressive that's just as tasteful as it should be.Shpongle Ineffable Mysteries from ShponglelandStars of the Lid And Their Refinement Of The DeclineSufjan Stevens The Age of AdzThe Contortionist ExoplanetThis is an excellent album. Reminiscent of Between the Buried and Me while still making their own path, The Contortionist are a band in the genre of metal that have a lot more ahead of them.Tool Lateralus4.4 superbAmia Venera Landscape The Long ProcessionThe Long Procession is pure, unadulterated emotion that throws its punches patiently. There's a gut-wrenching moment in each song here, and while the album could be a little shorter it's strikingly potent. Metalcore mingles with its sister subgenres to create something extraordinary, and we're all waiting with bated breath for what these gentlemen do next.Animal Collective Merriweather Post PavilionLet yourself get engulfed in the "aural blanket" of AnCo's latest offering, for it's one that has the potential to beguile even the darkest of hearts.Bon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoGo ahead. Find yourself a cabin to isolate yourself in, and grab as few musical tools as possible to record your heart-wrenching masterpiece. I implore you to create something as marvelous as Justin Vernon's foray into introspective indie - good luck.Burial KindredI think I finally understand the allure behind Burial. This is pure gold. Haken The MountainJames Blake OvergrownJulia Holter Loud City Song4.3 superb311 311A Lot Like Birds Plan BYeah, yeah, I'm to blame for the Conversation Piece hype around these parts, but Plan B is where it all began, my friends. This album's just full of spirit, but most importantly it's got meaning, and it's saturated with it at every turn. Never has the group never been so focused on their goal, and their ambition even outshines the kinda shoddy production present.Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre MondeUpon being exposed to this album while driving through the winding roads around my school, not having a set direction but just wanting to see the world around me, this album revealed its true colors. Sure, its minimalist production and vague vocals may lead to some claiming this album is rather hard to absorb, but honestly it feels most relatable in this manner, and so gorgeous.Alvin Band Rainbow RoadThis is more Of Montreal than anything, which makes me really happy.Arcade Fire FuneralArcade Fire have never understood so lucidly what their goal was than in their debut. Funeral is a collection of passion-filled tracks that just can't escape the listener, and a monumental indie release that sets the bar for future newcomers.BATS Red In Tooth and ClawBig Boi Sir Lucious Left FootBoards of Canada Music Has the Right to ChildrenBomb the Music Industry! VacationBon Iver Bon Iver, Bon IverCoheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3Crash of Rhinos DistalDanny Brown XXX#thatincometaxswag Enslaved RIITIIRFoals Total Life ForeverImagine being invited to an underwater party, one complete with silly string, balloon animals, clowns (that aren't creepy, actually), a dancefloor that transcends gravity's relationship with water, and Yannis and crew. Am I weird for picturing this scene when I think of Total Life Forever?Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to DieI was about to make the Tarantino joke, but damn it Robert. Damn it. Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.Janelle Monae The Electric LadyGreg Fisher's booty don't lie. Karnivool ThemataIt's time to make.. a... MOOO-OOO-OOO-OOOVE Piglet lava landSay Anything In Defense of the GenreShabazz Palaces Black UpSubmotion Orchestra Finest HourI crashed my car while listening to the title track. I think that should say enough.Submotion Orchestra Fragments"I could eat up these Eggo's Wobbles, man." Ta-Ku Songs to Break Up ToWhat a delightful surprise. This hits me hard in all the right places, damn. SO incredibly solid.The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the KillerTDEP expands upon the chaotic sound of Option Paralysis for one half of this record, and experiments with embellishing atmospheres for the other half.4.2 excellentAlien Ant Farm ANThologyOkay, so a shit-ton of people think that the only thing that Alien Ant Farm succeeded with was their rendition of Smooth Criminal. And while it was about the most fun you can get with a Michael Jackson cover and was supremely catchy, let's be realistic here - it isn't even close to the best that AAF's debut has to offer. There's an astounding amount of great material here, and when we catch a glimpse of the group at their most bizarre, like in 'Wish', we see their most potent characteristic, the ability to draw listeners into their oddly catchy tunes.Audioslave AudioslaveWhat a great debut Audioslave had. From the stampeding single 'Cochise' to, well, any of the other explosive tracks featured here, the self-titled start to perhaps Chris Cornell's greatest group is revolutionary, and is a shining example of the fact that rock can be heavy as hell without being, you know, Meshuggah-heavy. rPlus, Tom Morello.Between The Buried And Me AlaskaRawness and grittiness epitomized. Dance Gavin Dance HappinessDefeater Empty Days and Sleepless NightsIcarus the Owl Love Always, LeviathanLeviathan has all the love in the world, apparently.Jon Hopkins Immunity"Breathe This Air" is easily track of the year, and the rest of the record is pure atmospheric delight. Doubt I'll be listening to anything else for awhile.Karnivool Sound AwakeMajical Cloudz ImpersonatorThis album will remind you of all those little things you used to care about, and it'll ask you why they've intimidated you for so longMuse Origin of SymmetryOmnium Gatherum BeyondIn which Omnium drop the riffs to focus on atmosphere. Protest The Hero ScurrilousProtest the Hero drop all the unnecessary pretense, and create their most immediately memorable and logical album while having a hell of a time in the process.Scale The Summit The MigrationThe Migration proves that yes, yet again Scale The Summit is at the top of its game. Lush atmospheres are emphasized here, as are musical movements-- there aren't a ton of stand-out tracks here, much like The Collective. But where The Migration shines is through a change of perspective for the band, the fact that Scale the Summit is more interactive than ever.Suuns Images Du FuturImages du Futur is a fragmented whole, a record that comes together precisely because of how disjointed it is. From pulsing bass to eerie guitar line, the album does a wonderful job of capturing atmosphere from one track to the next. Suuns does its best work when embracing eccentricities, though, with low-key track "Mirror Mirror" only standing out when the synths burst onto the scene in vivid technicolor. It's messy, as is the album's entire duration, but it's homely-- what else could we have asked for?Tera Melos Tera MelosIf you pretend Melody 8 doesn't exist, Tera Melos' self-titled release will floor you. The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire WorksWell, I certainly didn't give this album enough credit. The Mars Volta Frances the Mute4.1 excellent65daysofstatic Wild LightAnathema A Natural DisasterAnathema have never sounded as at home as they do on A Natural Disaster. Sorrowful melodies mix with occasional grit to create something unforgettable.Bonobo Black SandsCake Comfort EagleIn which Cake stop pussyfooting around, and make an album that's actually filled with great material. Never again, though.Circa Survive Blue Sky NoiseThrough the Desert Alone is fantastic.
And so is everything else!Converge You Fail MeDance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain IIKurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty DazeLorde Pure HeroineMice Parade CandelaCandela is global in thematic scope, but the album feels more intimate than Mice Parade has ever been.Ne Obliviscaris Portal of IPortal of I is astounding in every sense of the word - a review that is on its way will explain exactly why.Plini / Sithu Aye IKiller, and we all knew it would be too Postmadonna POSTMADONNARed Hot Chili Peppers One Hot MinuteThis album is fucking fun, and gets a nice amount of criticism for being weird. Conveniently, I love weird music, and the quirkiness the Chilis put on display for One Hot Minute is very enjoyable. Sure, it's quite the radical departure from Blood Sugar Sex Magik, but it was a very vital change for the band and their future. Overall, One Hot Minute was indeed one hot moment for the Chili Peppers, and one that should not be given less credit than it deserves.Saint Pepsi Hit Vibesiiii hope you have something great to wear tonight, because you're going to a party. "a party? i..." i.. wanna introduce you to someone. [/life,presaintpepsi]The Mars Volta OctahedronVolcano Choir Repave4.0 excellentalt-j An Awesome WaveAnimal Collective Fall Be KindAvenged Sevenfold Waking the FallenBADBADNOTGOOD BBNG2Baths ObsidianI take back all I said earlier, because this is one grower of an album. It's Baths at his darkest, grimiest and most sincere, and the listen is fascinating.Battles MirroredBeach House BloomBloc Party FourNever has an album title been so accurate. Caspian You Are The ConductorCirca Survive JuturnaCloudkicker BeaconsCloudkicker FadeDeadmau5 For Lack of a Better NameElephant9 Walk the NileEluvium Talk Amongst the TreesAbsolutely beautiful release. I only wish most of the atmospheres here had been embellished in the same way "Taken" was, although all of it's lovely.Eluvium An Accidental Memory in the Case of DeathSimple music, and who says it needs to be anything more than that? Fair to Midland Fables From a MayflyFair to Midland hit it out of the park with this progressive monolith, albeit with a few stumblings.Felix Martin The Scenic AlbumSomeone should've told this bitch that guitars are only meant to have six strings. fun. Some NightsGaza No Absolutes In Human SufferingGodspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!Gold Panda Lucky ShinerGold Panda TrustI really dig what Gold Panda is going for here. The emotional tension in the release is crazy-- the ominous intro, then the serene title track, and the cut-and-dry "Car." Man, I wouldn't at all mind if Schlecker continues to pursue this more subdued direction. "Brazil" suggests otherwise, at least in some fronts (read: dem drumz,) but either way we'll have one hell of an exciting release on our hands.Halcyon PasturesIn Mourning The Weight of OceansIncubus Make YourselfBAH fuckmeinmyownway Ishome ConfessionJizue NovelK Sera Collisions and Near MissesKanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d cityCool album, but it's got far more material than it really needs to. When this album's good, though, hot damn!Lostprophets Start SomethingLostprophets The Fake Sound Of ProgressLostprophets utterly struck it out of the park with this one. The group tends to doubt its effectiveness because, you know, "it was recorded in three weeks so lol it can't be good" but don't listen to Ian. This is them at the brink of their career, making music that actually stood out from the crowd. Sigh.... How I miss those days.Maybeshewill I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was GoneAbbreviated, condensed post-rock, done in such a manner as to not lose its importance, is exactly what Maybeshewill have created here. In fact, the brief nature of this album works for the better, as there aren't draining transitions, like that of many other critically acclaimed post-rock albums. And every moment on this album feels essential, because the different parts of the album complement each other incredibly well, an fine example being the transition between "Opening" and "Take This to Heart". It'll be very hard for other musicians to top this one for 2011.mewithoutYou Brother, SisterMisery Signals ControllerWell shit, isn't this great. Until this point I've only heard Misery Signals channeled through the groups they've influenced, but now that I hear what these guys did as a unit, I'm more than impressed. This is metalcore, yes, with a living, breathing heartbeat. I'm especially impressed with the album's midsection-- I won't need anything more than "Parallels" and "Coma" for some time now. Oh, there's a new album soon?Red Hot Chili Peppers By the WayTera Melos X'ed OutThe Weeknd House of Balloons3.9 excellentAesop Rock SkelethonHaircuts, get your five-dollar haircut hereeeeee, I'll give you mohawks, frohawks, afros, halfros, racing stripes,
fringes, high-top somethings, mullets, reverse-mullets, crew cuts, and much, much, much moreeee! Mirror?!
No, you can't look in the mirror! I'm sure it's good. You look awesome. I mean, you look fuckin' awesome, bro.Apparat WallsDeath Grips Government Plateshuh???????????????????????????????? what???????????????????????????????????????? Deftones Koi No YokanIf it weren't for Maynard James Keenan's uneven contribution on track eight, this thing would easily be a 4. Disclosure SettleGojira L'Enfant SauvageLast Chance to Reason Level 2Moderat IIDef not best electronic music of the year (Jon Hopkins amirite c'mon,) but it's pretty damn good. The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. LeadingThe Mars Volta NoctourniquetThe Mars Volta are known for stepping outside of their faux-prog-Baphometal genre rather
frequently, and while Noctourniquet does get lost in itself rather often, what else did we
expect? And the high moments of this startlingly consistent release are monumental. There's
ground tread on this release that's otherwise been dormant in the group for ages, and it
mostly emerges from pure simplicity and straightforward elegance. They finally are starting
to latch onto the idea that they don't need to wear their quirkiness on their sleeve to make
a good song, and this realization will prove to be monumental in the forthcoming success of
the Mars Volta. Because honestly, despite the already insane moments this band has had, the
truth is that the most potent moments of the Mars Volta are only beginning to surface.3.8 excellentAnd So I Watch You From Afar All Hail Bright FuturesAnimal Collective Water CursesWater Curses is indicative of perhaps the most controversial indie group to grace America frankly doing what they do best. The tranquil moments of this lovely EP merge ever-so-effortlessly with the occasional moments of mayhem (see: title track), to create a beautiful end product.Audioslave RevelationsAvenged Sevenfold City of EvilChvrches The Bones of What You BelieveDarkBloctus Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessColin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More LightDaft Punk Random Access Memorieshow dare daft punk write pop songs utilizing vocoder just who exactly do they think they are entitled little bitchesDaniel Avery Drone LogicEmery ...In Shallow Seas We SailEmery has a musical idea that they want to express, and In Shallow Seas We Sail is an album that perfectly exemplifies this sound that we've all been waiting for.rI've heard bands in the same vein as Emery before, except they don't do what Emery so successfully does with this album. Good stuff.Fero Lux Some Divine AshtrayIncubus A Crow Left of the Murder...Ital Tek Hyper RealMaybeshewill Not For Want Of TryingI'M MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE! Modern Life Is War Fever HuntingThis record feels more emotionally stable than MLIW's debut, and that will impact the way it's received amongst its fans-- nobody's screaming at us anymore, asking us what the fuck we're going to do. And this, unfortunately, will lead to a lot of MLIW fans being disappointed because the record doesn't stand out as much as Witness, both in songwriting and lyrics. But I actually really enjoy the more mature direction here-- this record feels more thought-out than Witness did, and lands more consistently on the ground instead of having certifiable peaks to its dynamics.Of Montreal False PriestPlini Other ThingsGreat, creative music here, except for that clich?d last track. Nice and easygoing, too-- it's nice to hear a talented guitarist working more with jazz than with the tropes of metal.Recondite EC10Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumSithu Aye 26The Custodian Necessary Wasted TimeThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IVTTNG 126.96.36.199.0This Town Needs Guns tighten up their songwriting abilities, and create one cohesive marvel of an album. Washed Out Paracosm3.7 greatA Lot Like Birds Conversation PieceAnd So I Watch You From Afar GangsApparat Krieg Und FriedenBetween The Buried And Me The Parallax: Hypersleep DialoguesBetween the Buried and Me take a miscalculated step backwards, producing enjoyable music but not anything particularly memorable; every great moment is rendered obsolete by a bland one.City Of Ifa Blue ShoesExcellent music-- inadequate vocals are the only thing holding this release back from being something truly stellar.Dance Gavin Dance Acceptance SpeechJesus H. Macy, the production on this isn't half as god-awful as you dudes are making it out to be.Deafheaven SunbatherNot a sequel to Gossamer, despite what the album cover implies. Defeater TravelsDrake Nothing Was the SameWhen's the last time you did something for the first time? Laura Marling Once I Was an EagleMoments of greatness, but diluted by the fact that Laura Marling just can't decide on which ideas she should flesh outOpeth DeliveranceOranssi Pazuzu ValonieluQueens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockworkin which the Queens become the KINGS OF STONER ROCK ~~~~~~~ Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's MilkRussian Circles MemorialSithu Aye CassiniGroovy prog that is incredible, and I would write a review for this album but I'm doubtful it'd get more than like 36 views. However, this is a must-have for anyone who likes the sophisticated jams of more groove-oriented progressive acts these days.Sithu Aye Invent the UniverseSithu Aye's sophomore release is defined by its concept, and not its music; most of the tracks blur together, even with repeated listens. However, as a whole Invent the Universe is a well-organized follow-up to Cassini, if only a bit of a disappointment for those of us who wanted something as stellar as Isles.Stolas Living CreaturesLiving Creatures is a promising debut, if nothing more. Some tracks are absolutely killer, and others are entirely forgettable. I definitely think there's something to be said for the way vocals are curiously used-- Stolas' vocalist doesn't quite utilize his voice in the way he could, and even the promising guest features are a bit underwhelming-- but overall, it'd be unfair to deny the charm of the release. Check it out if you enjoy Dance Gavin Dance and recent A Lot Like Birds.The Dear Hunter Act I: The Lake South, the River NorthThe Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath3.6 great311 Transistor311 decide to do something drastically different, out of their cozy comfort zone and into the realms of space. Transistor's inconsistent, sure, but overall there are some great tracks here. Ana Never Small YearsBonobo The North BordersIn which Baseline makes a startlingly serious sound-off, only to finish it off with THE KILLER PUNCHLINE Cake Pressure ChiefChevelle Wonder What's NextFoals Holy FireHoly Fire sees a more refined Foals, but it sometimes serves to the group's detriment. Gone are the sweeping movements of sound found in the form of "Black Gold" and "Afterglow," replaced by either a) tight singles, or b) tepid exercises in "experimentation." Yannis himself stated this album was an attempt to diversify Foals' sound as much as possible, and so it's alarming to see the opposite occurring.rBut that's my overcritical self, and this is a 3.5 because this album's first half is fucking AWESOME.H.U.V.A. Network EphemerisThe atmospheres on this record really are stunning. I guess my main issue with Ephemeral is that the music feels like it lacks a proper context-- I feel like I'm watching a Hollywood blockbuster in IMAX, graphics stunning as ever, but without a central character to guide me through it all. There are some fulfilling tracks here for sure though. One that comes to mind is "Diagrams". Definitely check this out if you enjoy Solar Fields and/or Aes Dana.Hella Hold Your Horse IsLight Bearer Silver TongueThe bookends are great, and the rest can hop off a cliff (whoa, I'm controversial tonight hehe)Meshuggah KolossNorma Jean WrongdoersThis is good, but I just can't bring myself to care about it that much at all. Red Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationStreetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the BetweenStreetlight Manifesto immediately lose the potency they realized on their debut album, but at least create quite the solid follow-up with Somewhere in the Between. Also, "The Blonde Lead the Blind" is possibly the greatest song they've ever written. (and no, I'm not just saying this because it came out of the Everything Goes Numb recording sessions)Suis La Lune RialaThat title track is all I need. Thundercat The Golden Age Of Apocalypse3.5 great311 MusicA lovely start for such an influential band on so many bands in the 90's, Music shows the true potential of 311 as an early band, only slightly hinting towards the spectacle of Grassroots to take place in only a year's time.311 Soundsystem311 UplifterA Moment's Ornament Swingsets: Dawn Breaks Like First Love BloomsAnimals as Leaders WeightlessRemember when Animals as Leaders were capable of taking over the world? Yeah, me too - Weightless is a deviation from the extreme, an album solid enough but illustrates a band hibernating after its landmark debut.Baths CeruleanCake Fashion NuggetCaribou SwimThe instant "Jamelia" kicks in, and I mean that moment where Daniel Snaith completely lets loose, the most important fact regarding Swim reveals itself: the album's meant to be bold. Caribou fulfills this most thoroughly in the album's midsection, from the honest "Kaili" to the experimental "Bowls." But despite the fact that this album doesn't always accomplish as much as it probably could, Swim is a hell of a smooth listen.Chevelle Vena SeraChevelle Sci-Fi CrimesCHON Demo 2008Destined for something phenomenal. Deafheaven Roads To JudahBlack metal is still a complete enigma to me; I won't lie and claim otherwise. However, what I am certain about is how potent this album is, and how much it means to me overall.Death Grips No Love Deep WebThis album is more anxious than The Money Store because it holds most of its punches. Furthermore, it's a much easier listen; on the flip side, though, it lacks the distinctive edge of its predecessor. While Zach Hill's gritty percussive schemes on No Love Deep Web deliver some great beats and imagery, and while I much prefer MC Ride's tempered performance on this record, I can't help but wonder if I'll ever be really happy with the music these guys make.Defeater Letters HomeDiplo Express YourselfOne of the guiltiest pleasures I think I know Emery We Do What We WantFang Island Fang IslandGOOD Music Cruel Summer"I know Spike Lee gon' kill me, so lemme finish."mewithoutYou Ten StoriesOf Montreal Paralytic StalksParalytic Stalks has its hooks and lures, flaws and duds. However, when it shines, oh Lordy does it shine. This is the most intriguing album I've heard in quite some time, and it has a way of demanding your attention in unexpected multitudes. Despite the downright stupidity of moments during the second half, there are tracks here that will stick with you, and trust me; we'll all be eagerly awaiting what Of Montreal has in store for us next.Olafur Arnalds For Now I am WinterOlafur's made a much more intimate album here because it actually has an accompanying voice. I'm still trying to figure out how this affects the quality of the album's message, but in the meantime, it should be satisfying enough to know this is a pretty radical departure from Arnalds' norm.Polyphia InspireLet's not kid ourselves, this this is much more structurally sound than most of Periphery's discog =]] Protest The Hero VolitionThe first time I heard "Clarity", I almost shed a tear of joy in Mickey D's, man. I will
fanboy so hard on this bitch, no questions asked.
Edit: actually thoRed Hot Chili Peppers Freaky StyleyRun The Jewels Run The JewelsReally, nobody has made a sound-off about "I luuv... to make luuv... to yo booty." ??? What has happened to you people?Shpongle The God ParticleMy God, Shpongle have done it again. Submotion Orchestra 1968While this is endearing as always, and while it reminds me of why I liked Submotion in the first place, this is a bit of a disappointment-- I think we've heard all of this before, and we know it too.The Mars Volta AmputechtureThrice The Artist in the AmbulanceThrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & IITNGHT TNGHTSo much fun. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot3.4 great311 From ChaosAlcest Ecailles De LuneAlien Ant Farm TruANTCake Prolonging The MagicCloudkicker SubsumeDeath Grips The Money StoreExotic Animal Petting Zoo Tree of TonguesTree of Tongues is a testament to one thing only: Exotic Animal Petting Zoo simply don't know how to add interesting metalcore to their eclectic blend of post-rock. The best tracks here are the calmest ones.Ital Tek ControlKanye West YeezusNorma Jean MeridionalPeriphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal"This is slightly amusing how many negative, pointless reviews are on here. Why are you even wasting your time? Personally, periphery is definitely my favorite band and their 2nd album is what i listen to almost all day. Spencer did an AMAZING job, and so did Matt and Misha and definitely Jake on the synth, too. I mean really, if all you guys have to do all day is hate on a progressively good band, you dont know what music is. And with the "Oh my geeehd. Periphery is just trying to sound like whoever first created djent." Jesus man, if anything, Periphery is more original sounding than any band I've heard. Saying 'you cant play djent cause its copying', would get us NO WHERE in music. We'd have maybe 3 artists in entire history. Bach, Tupac, Messhuggah. LOL. I think it's sick music and really Id like to see all of you shallow low headed bastards try and sing Spencer's range or play Mishas riffs hahahahahaha"Pusha T My Name Is My NameThe Fall of Troy ManipulatorThrice Beggars3.3 greatAlien Ant Farm Up In The AtticAudioslave Out of Exilebansheebeat Spiral PowerBurial UntrueCloudkicker Let Yourself Be HugeDefeater Lost GroundFriendzone DXGold Panda Half of Where You LiveIncubus Light GrenadesShitty pop singles prevent Light Grenades from being as effective as it could have been, but it's still a fun journey.Intronaut Habitual LevitationsCut out the vocal parts, and you'll have a modern masterpiece on your hands.Northlane SingularityOctaves Which Way the Wind BlowsPress to Meco AffinityRage Against the Machine The Battle of Los AngelesThrice The Illusion of SafetyTides of Man DreamhouseTyphoon White LighterWhy? Mumps, Etc.Yelawolf Trunk Muzic ReturnsEver since I heard Yelawolf's verse on that Big Boi song (and that verse was killer,) I've been wanting to hear the rapper find his place within his own music. And while Trunk Muzik Returns is more fulfilling than most of what the guy's done recently, I still can't help but feel underwhelmed. I think he needs to find himself a producer that makes his music stand out as much as his voice does.3.2 goodAutre Ne Veut AnxietyBaths The NothingBrand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside MeCake Motorcade Of GenerosityCake is about the most consistent alternative band ever, but this isn't the greatest attribute to have when your music can be relatively mediocre. There are some gems here, as there always have been, and there's some shit here as well, which has also always been the case. Elitist Between The BalanceI really dig the production here, as well as a few of the guitar leads. But there's little here that stays with me-- I'd really like to hear Elitist take on a style more akin to Erra, because some of the guitar parts here remind me of them. But I don't think Elitist wants to be anything bigger than the derivative (but fun) djent group they are. And I'm not sure I should fault or respect them for that.Enemies We've Been TalkingFallujah NomadicMaybe I'm not hearing the brilliance here, but a lot of this release just feels like empty atmospherics with chugging galore. Don't get me wrong-- this isn't a bad release, by any means-- I just don't quite understand the appeal behind it.Jon Hopkins InsidesKarnivool AsymmetryThis is the most ambitious, complicated, and uneven Karnivool has ever been. Half of the real tracks here reek of that infamous progressive metal pretense most of the group's contemporaries fall under, and the ones that rise above do so only because they follow Sound Awake in style. Efforts to progress here are more regressive than anything, making this the most tired and ineffective Karnivool has ever been. In general, this record ain't that bad, but overall I expected a hell of a lot more from the same band who made Sound Awake.Opeth Ghost ReveriesGhost Reveries is an instance of a band trying too many things at once. The album, while full of potential, blends together in a homogenous hodge-podge of ideas that probably could have been utilized more wisely. Yes, there are moments of brilliance, but also less impressive moments for Opeth-- Mikael's clean vocals in particular don't often hold up. And occasionally there's a riff that grabs my attention, only to descend back into something else that probably shouldn't be there. I love Opeth, but they've done much better than this.Say Anything Say AnythingSay Anything Anarchy, My DearMax Bemis, you may not be as strikingly crass these days, and you may censor yourself and instead make
weird noises that sound like you being carwashed, but you sure still know how to write a catchy tune or two.The Mars Volta De-Loused in the ComatoriumEntertaining, but I honestly don't see the brilliance in it like everyone else does.Trophy Scars Bad Luck3.1 good311 EvolverArcade Fire The SuburbsThe Suburbs was certainly over-hyped; however, the fact remains that it's still a highly enjoyable release from Arcade Fire. It's just unfortunate that the shadow of Funeral will seem to loom over them for the rest of their musical career. The Dear Hunter MigrantThe Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza Danza IIII: The Alpha - The Omega3.0 good311 Don't Tread On MeApocynthion Sidereus NunciusBATS The Sleep of ReasonThe album's awesome, but I can't help but feel like BATS were never quite meant to take themselves this seriously.Between The Buried And Me The Parallax II: Future SequenceBetween the Buried and me have finally embraced logical song structures. Parallax II is a realization of what the group have been trying to accomplish with their last few releases, a progressive-oriented album with certifiable direction. Tommy Rogers' singing is much more prevalent here, as are heavy parts that actually succeed in being monumental. Overall, BTBAM's latest is a success because it not only hold the listener's attention throughout its 70+ minute duration but actually keeps the listener engaged. The progressive moments can be too much, seeing as how prevalent they are, but overall it's refreshing to see Between the Buried and Me altering their formula into something they haven't quite conquered before.Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle MountainFang Island MajorFang Island have retained the jubliant factor that made their debut such a success, but only in small doses; the rest of Major is constructed too tightly. It feels as if the band are trying too hard to be more mature, and it scares me that, for instance, they think they can pull off the plodding "Kindergarten" with utilizing little to no variation. This album is enjoyable overall because the second half picks up tremendously - "Asunder" and "Chompers" are easily among the group's greatest tracks yet - but it's an energy that's too uncommon to be truly meaningful. Singer Jason Bartell's voice is also at the forefront of Fang Island's music, and it's more uncomfortable than it's ever been, especially considering the lack of gang vocals to back him up. I would give this a 3, but I'm generous as hell and like high-fives.Flying Lotus Los AngelesThis is probably the most I've ever enjoyed FlyLo's music, but it still doesn't do it for me like I feel it should. This is so homogeneous that it hurts, devoting its runtime to running by as smoothly as possible. And I can totally respect that-- at least all the variation here makes sense, which I'm not sure I can say about Steven Ellison's latest work. Despite Los Angeles' strengths, though, it doesn't seem to want to function as anything more than background music-- which kills me, because there's some fun shit far in between. It's just that by the time the album picks up, it's just too late... Maybe I should take it as a sign this guy's music simply isn't for me.Meshuggah obZenMGMT MGMTProtest The Hero FortressRed Hot Chili Peppers I'm With YouScale The Summit Carving Desert CanyonsOnce upon a time, I enjoyed this. Then I realized how barren of dynamics it is-- who let these guys get away with an album-long riff session?The Contortionist IntrinsicI heard there's xylophone in this. In other words, insta-5.Tilian Pearson Material MeTyler The Creator Wolf"I got 99 problems, and all of them is bein' happy."2.9 goodAlcest Les Voyages De L AmeShearwater Fellow TravelersThe Color Morale Know Hope2.8 goodChevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)Cult of Luna VertikalWell, this was a chore. Mount Kimbie Cold Spring Fault Less YouthTera Melos Patagonian RatsThis album has no idea what it wants to be... So much wasted potential. 2.7 average311 Universal PulseAnd So I Watch You From Afar And So I Watch You From AfarIf And So I Watch You From Afar started off their career with their most steadfast album, how is it that the whole thing really fails to come together? We all have our theories, and mine's that the Irish post-rock group wasn't as aware of its eccentricities as maybe it should have been here. But overall, it's a little puzzling that the same group that released the diverse All Hail Bright Futures made this album. All in all, this album's too compressed, too predictable, too routine.Boards of Canada Tomorrow's HarvestFair to Midland Arrows and Anchors2.5 averageDean Blunt The RedeemerFlying Lotus Until the Quiet ComesEverything about Until the Quiet Comes screams grandiose, but it doesn't smack you in the face with its uniqueness like Cosmogramma. Lostprophets Liberation TransmissionMain Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes IITides of Man Empire Theory2.3 averageBalance and Composure The Things We Think We're MissingI present a retort to this album's title: Memorable Melodies Red Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party Plan2.2 poorIceage You're NothingAnd people think the Titus Andronicus singer is bad? Really, guys?!? 2.0 poorKayo Dot Gamma Knifehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHYYu6uuOU8 Last Chance to Reason Level 3I should've known there would be quite a few disgruntled fans calling my name in the aftermath! Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili PeppersNobody would have expected such an excellent band to emerge from this messy piece 'o poop.0.5 will.i.am #Willpower
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