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5.0 classic
311 Grassroots
One of the most fun albums I've ever listened to.
A Lot Like Birds No Place
I'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*
Brand New Deja Entendu
Converge Jane Doe
Danny Brown Old
I'm ready to have me some #seniortaxswag, and Mr. Danny is too apparently
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
Ladies 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?
Grant Kirkhope Banjo​-​Kazooie
John Frusciante The Empyrean
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.
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
This album leaves me speechless.
Mew No More Stories
A 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.
Mew And the Glass Handed Kites
Neat Beats Cosmic Surgery
Orbs Asleep Next to Science
Piglet lava land
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine start their very own township rebellion.
Shearwater The Golden Archipelago
Sithu Aye Isles
Sithu 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 Numb
This album was my favorite back in 8th grade, and i forgot about it and blasted it a few months ago.
Damn.
Tera Melos Drugs to the Dear Youth
Perfection.
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Killers Sam's Town
Thrice Vheissu
Words can't even express.
Trophy Scars Never Born, Never Dead
Trophy Scars Darkness, Oh Hell
Weatherbox Flies In All Directions
We used to have such fun together!
Weezer Pinkerton
I 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 superb
Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Swans To Be Kind
Ladies and gents: SputnikMusic, abbreviated by user Lambda

4.6 superb
Frank Ocean Channel Orange
The romantic tale of a man falling simultaneously in and out of line with the world around him.
Jizue Journal
Post-Rock brought me here, what I got is elevator music.
P.O.S. Never Better
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
What 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 Boy

4.5 superb
Animal Collective Feels
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Between 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.
Between the Buried and Me Colors
We 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.
Burial Untrue
I wasn't sure we could be friends, away from my heart.
CHON Newborn Sun
Featuring CHONny Craig himself on tracks 3 and 5!
Clipping CLPPNG
Cut Copy In Ghost Colours
Cynic Traced in Air
Dark Time Sunshine ANX
Hmm, 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...
Deafheaven Roads to Judah
Black 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 The Powers That B - Part I: Niggas on the Moon
Dionaea Still
It'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 Copia
Enemies Embark Embrace
If 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 #freekony
Every Time I Die New Junk Aesthetic
fun. Aim and Ignite
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know...
Icarus the Owl Icarus the Owl
I can't stop listening to "In Aeternum." I just can't do it. It's easily the most life-affirming thing these guys have ever done. (And you'll hear about my take on the rest of the album when I get around to it.)
Incubus Morning View
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kidcrash Jokes
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music
Misery Signals Absent Light
WE ALL GET FUCKED EVENTUALLY
Mono One Step More and You Die
Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I
Portal of I is astounding in every sense of the word - a review that is on its way will explain exactly why.
Niechec Smierc w miekkim futerku
Noisia Split The Atom
Of Montreal Paralytic Stalks
Paralytic 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.
Okkervil River The Stand Ins
You've got taste, you've got taste-- what a waste that that's all that you have.
Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven
Opeth Blackwater Park
Passion Pit Gossamer
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Rustie Glass Swords
Rx Bandits Mandala
Scale the Summit The Collective
Instrumental progressive that's just as tasteful as it should be.
Shpongle Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland
Stars of the Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
The Contortionist Exoplanet
This 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.
Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972
How does one go about rating something like this again?
Tool Lateralus

4.4 superb
Amia Venera Landscape The Long Procession
The 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 Pavilion
Let 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 Ago
Go 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.
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Burial Kindred
I think I finally understand the allure behind Burial. This is pure gold.
Haken The Mountain
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
James Blake Overgrown
Julia Holter Loud City Song
Nails Abandon All Life

4.3 superb
311 311
A Lot Like Birds Plan B
Yeah, 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.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Alcest Souvenirs d'un autre Monde
Upon 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 Road
This is more Of Montreal than anything, which makes me really happy.
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Arcade Fire Funeral
Arcade 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 Claw
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot
Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to Children
Bomb the Music Industry! Vacation
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Closure in Moscow Pink Lemonade
Well, isn't this just the biggest fucking surprise.
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Crash of Rhinos Distal
Danny Brown XXX
#thatincometaxswag
Enslaved RIITIIR
Foals Total Life Forever
Imagine 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 Die
I 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 Lady
Greg Fisher's booty don't lie.
Karnivool Themata
It's time to make.. a... MOOO-OOO-OOO-OOOVE
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Cool album, but it's got far more material than it really needs to. When this album's good, though, hot damn!
Parades Foreign Tapes
I seriously can't think of a single thing that's 'unbearable' about this record omg dude
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels
Really, nobody has made a sound-off about "I luuv... to make luuv... to yo booty." ??? What has happened to you people?
Say Anything In Defense of the Genre
Shabazz Palaces Black Up
Shpongle Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost
Submotion Orchestra Fragments
"I could eat up these Eggo's Wobbles, man."
Submotion Orchestra Finest Hour
I crashed my car while listening to the title track. I think that should say enough.
Ta-Ku Songs to Break Up To
What a delightful surprise. This hits me hard in all the right places, damn. SO incredibly solid.
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Downer, I'm resisting the urge to slap your sound-off in the mouth
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters

4.2 excellent
Alien Ant Farm ANThology
Okay, 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.
An Isle Ate Her Phrenia
so much holy fuck sweet JESUS
Audioslave Audioslave
What 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 Alaska
Rawness and grittiness epitomized.
Burial Rival Dealer
Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else
PATTERN WALKSSS, PATTERN WALKSSSSS
Dance Gavin Dance Happiness
Deafheaven Sunbather
Defeater Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
Denzel Curry Nostalgic 64
Floating Points Shadows
Icarus the Owl Love Always, Leviathan
Leviathan has all the love in the world, apparently.
Intronaut Prehistoricisms
Karnivool Sound Awake
Majical Cloudz Impersonator
This 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 long
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Omnium Gatherum Beyond
In which Omnium drop the riffs to focus on atmosphere.
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Protest 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.
Rx Bandits ...And the Battle Begun
Scale the Summit The Migration
The 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 Futur
Images 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 Melos
If you pretend Melody 8 doesn't exist, Tera Melos' self-titled release will floor you.
The Contortionist Language
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
Well, I certainly didn't give this album enough credit.
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is There
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
Tim Hecker Virgins
in which Hecker's music becomes just a little more palatable

4.1 excellent
65daysofstatic Wild Light
Anathema A Natural Disaster
Anathema 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 Sands
Cake Comfort Eagle
In which Cake stop pussyfooting around, and make an album that's actually filled with great material. Never again, though.
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Through the Desert Alone is fantastic.
And so is everything else!
Converge You Fail Me
Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain II
Death Grips Government Plates
huh???????????????????????????????? what????????????????????????????????????????
Every Time I Die From Parts Unknown
The thing is, I totally understand why this record isn't for everyone. It can feel like a Deathwish impersonation record at times, and it's sometimes unclear if that's what Every Time I Die are best at. But I enjoy this record a bit more every time I hear it, and I think that's because the band has finally found a way to experiment while still staying true to their roots. They didn't need to add any banjos to the mix to hold my attention this time around- instead, they wrote an album that goes just as hard as its contemporaries.
Four Tet There is Love in You
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Lantlos Melting Sun
Lorde Pure Heroine
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Mice Parade Candela
Candela is global in thematic scope, but the album feels more intimate than Mice Parade has ever been.
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Plini / Sithu Aye I
Killer, and we all knew it would be too
Postmadonna POSTMADONNA
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
This 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.
Shad Flying Colours
Squarepusher Feed Me Weird Things
The Haxan Cloak Excavation
The Mars Volta Octahedron
Trioscapes Digital Dream Sequence
Volcano Choir Repave

4.0 excellent
A Bunny's Caravan Draining Puddles, Retrieving Treasures
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Alt-J An Awesome Wave
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Animals As Leaders The Joy of Motion
This is realistically a 3.5, but +.5 for dat Murakami reference
Apparat DJ-Kicks: Apparat
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
BADBADNOTGOOD BBNG2
Baths Obsidian
I 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.
BATS The Sleep of Reason
People die, and the moss grows.
Battles Mirrored
Beach House Bloom
Bloc Party Four
Never has an album title been so accurate.
Caspian You Are The Conductor
Circa Survive Juturna
Cloudkicker Beacons
Cloudkicker Fade
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
CunninLynguists Oneirology
Deadmau5 For Lack of a Better Name
Destroyer Kaputt
This is just one of those albums that makes you lose your breath from its splendor - Bay of Pigs especially causes stupidly fanboyish reactions to well up inside of me - but it's all worth it.
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
Elephant9 Walk the Nile
Eluvium An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death
Simple music, and who says it needs to be anything more than that?
Eluvium Talk Amongst the Trees
Absolutely 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.
Every Time I Die The Big Dirty
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly...
Fair to Midland hit it out of the park with this progressive monolith, albeit with a few stumblings.
Felix Martin The Scenic Album
Someone should've told this bitch that guitars are only meant to have six strings.
Forest Swords Engravings
fun. Some Nights
Future Islands On the Water
Gaza No Absolutes in Human Suffering
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Gold Panda Trust
I 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.
Gold Panda Lucky Shiner
Halcyon Pastures
In Mourning The Weight of Oceans
Incubus Make Yourself
BAH fuckmeinmyownway
Ishome Confession
Jessy Lanza Pull My Hair Back
Jizue Novel
K Sera Collisions and Near Misses
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Koan Sound Funk Blaster
Lostprophets The Fake Sound Of Progress
Lostprophets 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.
Lostprophets Start Something
M.I.A. Matangi
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
Maybeshewill I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone
Abbreviated, 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, Sister
Misery Signals Controller
Well 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?
Nosaj Thing Home
Oathbreaker Eros|Anteros
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Sadistik Ultraviolet
The songs are more memorable, the beats are bigger and Sadistik's delivery is even more on-point than the last go 'round. In hindsight, I probably shouldn't have been surprised to find out this guy is one of the most promising artists coming out of Fake Four these days.
St. Vincent St. Vincent
I prefer Annie Clark to Jesus.
Tera Melos X'ed Out
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
TDEP expands upon the chaotic sound of Option Paralysis for one half of this record, and experiments with embellishing atmospheres for the other half.
The Weeknd House of Balloons
Tim Hecker Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again
Woods of Desolation As the Stars

3.9 excellent
Aesop Rock Skelethon
Haircuts, 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 Walls
Deftones Koi No Yokan
If it weren't for Maynard James Keenan's uneven contribution on track eight, this thing would easily be a 4.
Disclosure Settle
Gojira L'Enfant Sauvage
iNTRiKeT Lost
Last Chance to Reason Level 2
Moderat II
Def not best electronic music of the year (Jon Hopkins amirite c'mon,) but it's pretty damn good.
Pallbearer Sorrow And Extinction
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet
The 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 excellent
And So I Watch You From Afar All Hail Bright Futures
Animal Collective Water Curses
Water 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 Revelations
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Baroness Yellow and Green
Bonobo The North Borders
In which Baseline makes a startlingly serious sound-off, only to finish it off with THE KILLER PUNCHLINE
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
DarkBloctus
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
how dare daft punk write pop songs utilizing vocoder just who exactly do they think they are entitled little bitches
Daniel Avery Drone Logic
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Emery 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 Ashtray
Frodus And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...
Ital Tek Hyper Real
Maybeshewill Not For Want Of Trying
I'M MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!
Modern Life Is War Fever Hunting
This 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 Priest
Plini Other Things
Great, 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 EC10
Saint Pepsi Gin City
Sithu Aye 26
SOHN Tremors
The Custodian Necessary Wasted Time
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
TTNG 13.0.0.0.0
This Town Needs Guns tighten up their songwriting abilities, and create one cohesive marvel of an album.
Ulrich Schnauss A Strangely Isolated Place
Washed Out Paracosm
Within the Ruins Phenomena

3.7 great
A Lot Like Birds Conversation Piece
Acres Solace
And So I Watch You From Afar Gangs
Apparat Krieg Und Frieden
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Between 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.
Chance The Rapper Acid Rap
Respectable and charismatic, but a bit grating too. It'll grow on you like hell, though.
City Of Ifa Blue Shoes
Excellent music-- inadequate vocals are the only thing holding this release back from being something truly stellar.
City Of Ifa City of Ifa
time for some complicated, riffy feels
Dance Gavin Dance Acceptance Speech
Jesus H. Macy, the production on this isn't half as god-awful as you dudes are making it out to be.
David Maxim Micic Bilo 3.0
Defeater Travels
Drake Nothing Was the Same
When's the last time you did something for the first time?
Fallujah The Flesh Prevails
La Dispute Rooms of the House
Laura Marling Once I Was an Eagle
Moments of greatness, but diluted by the fact that Laura Marling just can't decide on which ideas she should flesh out
Olafur Arnalds Another Happy Day
Opeth Deliverance
Oranssi Pazuzu Valonielu
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk
Russian Circles Memorial
Rx Bandits Gemini, Her Majesty
Sithu Aye Cassini
Groovy 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 Universe
Sithu 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 Creatures
Living Creatures is a promising debut, if nothing more. Some tracks are absolutely killer, and others are
entirely forgettable. The vocals are curiously used here, but 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 North
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath

3.6 great
311 Transistor
311 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 Years
Baths Ocean Death
Cake Pressure Chief
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Foals Holy Fire
Holy 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 Ephemeris
The 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 Is
Light Bearer Silver Tongue
The bookends are great, and the rest can hop off a cliff (whoa, I'm controversial tonight hehe)
Meshuggah Koloss
Noisia Imperial
Norma Jean Wrongdoers
This is good, but I just can't bring myself to care about it that much at all.
Say Anything Hebrews
"MY CAR, AND MY GUI-whoops." - Max Bemis, 2014
Streetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the Between
Streetlight 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 Riala
That title track is all I need.
SZA Z
With each passing day, I become more and more convinced that Chance only belongs on other artists' tracks
Thee Silver Mount Zion Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
Thundercat The Golden Age Of Apocalypse

3.5 great
311 Uplifter
311 Soundsystem
311 Music
A 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.
A Moment's Ornament Swingsets: Dawn Breaks Like First Love Blooms
Animals As Leaders Weightless
Remember 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 Cerulean
Cake Fashion Nugget
Caribou Swim
The 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 Sci-Fi Crimes
Chevelle Vena Sera
CHON Demo 2008
Destined for something phenomenal.
CHON Woohoo!
Com Truise Wave 1
Death Grips No Love Deep Web
This 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 Home
Depth Connection Fever Dreams
Diplo Express Yourself
One of the guiltiest pleasures I think I know
Emery We Do What We Want
Every Time I Die Ex Lives
Fang Island Fang Island
GOOD Music Cruel Summer
"I know Spike Lee gon' kill me, so lemme finish."
Koan Sound The Adventures of Mr. Fox
Koan Sound Dynasty
The catchiness KOAN is known for, fused with more ambition than these guys have ever shown us before
Machinedrum Vapor City
Macintosh Plus FLORAL SHOPPE
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
mewithoutYou Ten Stories
Nils Frahm Screws
Olafur Arnalds For Now I Am Winter
Olafur'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.
Opeth Watershed
Polyphia Inspire
Protest the Hero Volition
The 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 tho
RATKING So It Goes
Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley
Saint Pepsi Hit Vibes
iiii 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]
Shpongle The God Particle
My God, Shpongle have done it again.
Submotion Orchestra 1968
While 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.
Talons New Topographics
Talons has had a few growing pains over the years. 2010's Hollow Realm introduced us to a more immediate Talons, for example, which was best on paper. It leapt into action from the get-go, only to lose its edge to dry production and questionable string arrangements. It all felt too quick, though- these guys are best when they take their time to get where they want to go, after all. And this characteristic is the best one to describe New Topographics, that it trades in the band's prior concision for a newfound longevity in sound. It can take awhile to get going, but it's got planned destination ahead- and functions as Talons' finest work yet.
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Doppelgangaz Peace Kehd
ok this might just be the release that kills me
The Mars Volta Amputechture
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Tides of Man Young and Courageous
TNGHT TNGHT
So much fun.
Trioscapes Separate Realities
Trioscapes is a breath of fresh air for both the progressive and jazz fusion scene, but some confusing lapses in stylistic judgment leave it in an uncomfortable position. Songs are built up far too long only to go nowhere - passages exist that shouldn't - Blast Off gets so irritating after a good 3 listens. If the album hadn't have had anything to do with Dan Briggs, then I would easily give it at least a 4. However, since I know that these guys are capable of much better than this, I find myself rather frustrated with Separate Realities.
Tycho Awake
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestite
BUT WHY WOULD IT NEED A BUILD-UP THIS IS AMBIENT MUSIC

3.4 great
311 From Chaos
311 Stereolithic
Alcest Ecailles De Lune
Alien Ant Farm TruANT
Cake Prolonging The Magic
Cloudkicker Subsume
Death Grips The Money Store
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo Tree of Tongues
Tree 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 Control
Kanye West Yeezus
Noisia Program
Norma Jean Meridional
Periphery 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 Name
Safeplace Little Terror
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
Thrice Beggars

3.3 great
Alien Ant Farm Up in the Attic
Audioslave Out of Exile
bansheebeat Spiral Power
Cloudkicker Let Yourself Be Huge
Defeater Lost Ground
Frank Turner Tape Deck Heart
Friendzone DX
Gold Panda Half of Where You Live
Incubus Light Grenades
Shitty pop singles prevent Light Grenades from being as effective as it could have been, but it's still a fun journey.
Intronaut Habitual Levitations
Cut out the vocal parts, and you'll have a modern masterpiece on your hands.
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Northlane Singularity
Nosaj Thing Drift
Octaves Which Way the Wind Blows
Press to Meco Affinity
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Tides of Man Dreamhouse
Typhoon (USA-OR) White Lighter
Why? Mumps, Etc.
Yelawolf Trunk Muzic Returns
Ever 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 good
Ab-Soul These Days...
Autre Ne Veut Anxiety
Baroness Blue Record
Ben Frost A U R O R A
Cake Motorcade Of Generosity
Cake 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.
Childish Gambino Because The Internet
Elitist Between The Balance
I 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 Talking
Fallujah Nomadic
Maybe 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.
Four Tet Beautiful Rewind
Jon Hopkins Insides
Karnivool Asymmetry
This 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.
Mastodon Leviathan
Opeth Heritage
Say Anything Anarchy, My Dear
Max 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.
Say Anything Say Anything
The Acid The Acid
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
Entertaining, but I honestly don't see the brilliance in it like everyone else does.
Trophy Scars Bad Luck
Wolves in the Throne Room Diadem of 12 Stars

3.1 good
311 Evolver
A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
The 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.
Bexar Bexar Tropism
Emika Emika
FaltyDL In The Wild
Iggy Azalea The New Classic
Main Attrakionz Bossalinis & Fooliyones
Neon Indian Era Extrana
The Dear Hunter Migrant
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza Danza IIII: The Alpha - The Omega
This Will Destroy You This Will Destroy You

3.0 good
311 Don't Tread On Me
Apocynthion Sidereus Nuncius
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Between 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.
CunninLynguists A Piece Of Strange
Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain
Fang Island Major
Fang 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 Angeles
This 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.
Kassem Mosse Workshop 19
Main Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes II
Meshuggah obZen
MGMT MGMT
Protest the Hero Fortress
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You
Sadistik Flowers For My Father
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
Once 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?
ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron
Sianvar Sianvar
This EP is enjoyable for sure, but as Adam Thomas mentioned in his DGD review there are a lot of bands in post-hardcore doing this frenetic, energy-based style, which can be a problem with albums like these. While I enjoyed these songs today, I sure can't promise you I'll remember Sianvar is in a year's time.
Talons Hollow Realm
Teebs Ardour
The Contortionist Intrinsic
I heard there's xylophone in this. In other words, insta-5.
The Glitch Mob Drink the Sea
Tilian Pearson Material Me
Tyler the Creator Wolf
"I got 99 problems, and all of them is bein' happy."
Veil of Maya [id]

2.9 good
A Great Big Pile of Leaves You're Always on My Mind
Harmless and tedious- not what I remember these guys for. Also, irrelevant sidenote: why are this album's cymbal tracks ducked to hell and back?
Alcest Les Voyages De L Ame
Maybeshewill Fair Youth
Shearwater Fellow Travelers
The Color Morale Know Hope

2.8 good
Chevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Cult of Luna Vertikal
Well, this was a chore.
John Frusciante Enclosure
Mount Kimbie Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
Tera Melos Patagonian Rats
This album has no idea what it wants to be... So much wasted potential.

2.7 average
311 Universal Pulse
And So I Watch You From Afar And So I Watch You From Afar
If 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.
Black Milk No Poison No Paradise
Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest
Broken Bells After The Disco
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors

2.5 average
Adebisi Shank This is the Third Album
Anathema Weather Systems
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
Eat your hearts out Periphery and other "progressive metal" bands. You wish you could create music with songwriting half as good as this. Eat your hearts out Periphery and other "progressive metal" bands. You wish you could create music with songwriting half as good as this. Eat your hearts out Periphery and other "progressive metal" bands. You wish you could create music with songwriting half as good as this. r
Dean Blunt The Redeemer
Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes
Everything about Until the Quiet Comes screams grandiose, but it doesn't smack you in the face with its uniqueness like Cosmogramma.
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
When I listen to this album, one word seems to emerge above all others: dry. This album is so fucking dry. It feels so devoid of genuine love and affection. Perhaps I should enjoy Worship and Tribute. Palumbo's gut-wrenching shrieks seem like the type of thing that would speak to me; the explosive instrumentation is exactly my type of thing. Yet, I can't claim to enjoy a damn thing about this enigma of an album. You know what? I could continue to try, continue to keep giving it more chances. But the simple truth is that I don't NEED to. I just don't like it; Daryl annoys the hell out of me, the mixing irritates me to no end, and I can't find a single thing to latch onto. This is one of the moments when one has to consider how they spend their time, and how much time they devote to slaving over albums they don't care one bit for in the first place. Do yourself a favor - the next time you turn on a critically-acclaimed album, and you just aren't feeling the first couple of songs, treat yourself to something infinitely more rewarding and turn that shit off.
Lostprophets Liberation Transmission
Tides of Man Empire Theory
Tycho Past is Prologue
Weezer The Red Album

2.4 average
Milo Milo Takes Baths
THE SONGS WERE ALREADY FINE WHY ARE YOU RAPPING OVER THE MOST MEMORABLE BATHS QUOTES YOU'RE KILLING ME MILO

2.3 average
Balance and Composure The Things We Think We're Missing
I present a retort to this album's title: Memorable Melodies

2.2 poor
Iceage You're Nothing
And people think the Titus Andronicus singer is bad? Really, guys?!?

2.0 poor
Kayo Dot Gamma Knife
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHYYu6uuOU8
Last Chance to Reason Level 3
I should've known there would be quite a few disgruntled fans calling my name in the aftermath!
Mastodon The Hunter
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Nobody would have expected such an excellent band to emerge from this messy piece 'o poop.

0.5
Buckcherry Fuck
Wait hold the press I thought Buckcherry were older than maybe thirteen but I guess that was way off
(whoops, Fuckcherry*)
will.i.am #Willpower
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