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5.0 classic
Birds Of Tokyo Universes
Just like with Karnivool, Ian Kenny masters the mix of his melodic voice with graceful guitar-work. This album perfectly balances transitions between harder and softer rock and it hardly ever has to grow on you like the latter band. With this album, Birds of Tokyo has not only "curb-stomped" the debut LP Day One, but they have created something rock fans simply need to hear in order to fully experience and appreciate the genre. Ian Kenny is one busy and talented mother-fucker to juggle two amazing bands like these. Recommended Songs: Broken Bones, Head In My Hands, White Witch, Armour for Liars, Train Wrecks
Chevelle This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Chevelle Vena Sera
Converge Jane Doe
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
In all likelihood, the most interesting and funnest rock album ever created.
Isis Panopticon
Isis Wavering Radiant
The kind of album that makes you shiver the first time you hear it...and then you realize you've found something brilliant. It's a shame they cut the cord after this, I would've loved to see what else they had in them. But maybe we should be thanking ISIS for stopping before they became tired and stale? All I know is listening to this is the most bittersweet farewell a listener could ask for. Recommended Songs: Hall of the Dead, Ghost Key, Hand of the Host, 20 Minutes/40 Years (the climax at 5:36 almost brought me to tears - only a couple songs can boast that)
Leprous Bilateral
Albums like this don't come along very often. I've personally never heard an album where a band tries this many different ideas and executes them so flawlessly. Leprous combine the wacky vocals and theatricality of a band like Queen with a stylish and sometimes aggressive brand of in-your-face progressive rock. There are even metal influences at work here reminiscent of Opeth and sometimes even Meshuggah (listen to the intro of "Forced Entry"). When Solberg hits those high notes on songs like "Forced Entry" and "Mb. Indifferentia" he is a force to be reckoned with. Once you get used to their weirdness, this band shows itself to be one seriously hot contender in the progressive rock scene. Recommended Songs: Forced Entry, Mb. Indifferentia, Waste of Air, Cryptogenic Desires
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
So comforting when a 10 min track to start the album passes by with no hiccups at all and the rest goes down smooth. This is some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard and listeners will probably ever hear. The one thing I enjoy more than anything in an album is variety. Nothing is more boring than hearing a single and finding out the entire album sounds the same. Here you get progressive rock, metal, poppier rock, piano ballads, fucking tons of shit! Well done you tall spiky-ass plant. Recommended Songs: Shallow, Halo, Arriving Somewhere But Not Here, Mellotron Scratch, Open Car
Red Innocence and Instinct
Yanni Live At The Acropolis
Who can really describe what kind of music Yanni writes? His sound stretches from brass instruments to strings to guitars. It's a goddamn buffet of music genres in one symphony of carefully picked musicians who are adept in their area of music. This is the best live album I've heard, the mood and atmosphere Yanni creates is unparalleled. He is a master craftsman, especially with the piano, the piano ballads are untouchable. Recommended Songs: The Rain Must Fall, One Man's Dream, Nostalgia (unbelievable song - the piano intro is gut wrenching)

4.5 superb
Alexisonfire Watch Out!
Alice In Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Anberlin Cities
Anberlin Vital
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Chevelle La Gargola
Clutch Blast Tyrant
Clutch Earth Rocker
Cog The New Normal
Coldplay Viva la Vida
Converge Axe to Fall
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Cult of Luna Somewhere Along the Highway
Cult of Luna Vertikal
This album shouldn't be as special to me as it is. But with Isis gone, and Neurosis delivering a simply "okay" album last year, I guess it's just nice to know someone out of these top tier post-metal bands can still be counted on. I knew this album would take patience (as do most of their albums). So I wasn't surprised to see that one day at work after several listens, I could put this album on and practically every song has that enormous presence and elegant flow I come to expect from Cult of Luna. It's stellar and so very worth the patience. Recommended Songs: I: The Weapon (the clusterfuck song on "Vertikal"), Synchronicity (go listen to this song a few times and tell me if that drumline and rhythm isn't stuck in your head for days after), In Awe Of (best riffs on the album, instant classic)
Cyanotic The Medication Generation
Dead Letter Circus The Catalyst Fire
Deftones Around the Fur
Filter Title Of Record
Filter The Trouble With Angels
This is that rare rock album that seems mediocre and formulaic at first but after a few listens it steals your heart. Richard Patrick's voice suits the crunchy guitars perfectly and his scream is surprisingly effective on most tracks. The balance of anger and sincerity is also astounding, you can get a pulse-pounding track like "No Love" but also find yourself singing out loud to the very touching closer "Fades Like a Photograph". It goes to show you that you don't always need 50 different sounds and complicated genres at work, sometimes keeping things simple and doing what you do well is all you need to create a masterpiece. Recommended Songs: The Inevitable Relapse, No Love, No Re-Entry, Down With Me, The Trouble With Angels
Gorillaz Demon Days
Isis Oceanic
Isis The Mosquito Control
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
I don't think a single person who's heard of Kanye West (love him or hate him) can say that his heart wasn't 120% in this album. It's difficult for me to rate rap because the music to me is usually a short-lived fad. Kanye West has made something here that will be held as a benchmark for any future modern rap albums. It brings us back to the time when these artists were still emerging and dishing out those legendary historic albums we still hold in high-esteem. It's a celebration featuring countless artists and music styles here to support Kanye through his transition back into sanity. Recommended Songs: Gorgeous, POWER, So Appalled, Hell Of A Life
Karnivool Sound Awake
Karnivool Asymmetry
Koji Kondo The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess OST
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park Meteora
Meshuggah Koloss
Metric Fantasies
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Oceansize Everyone Into Position
Oceansize Frames
Opeth Blackwater Park
P.O.D. Satellite
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Riverside Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Single Mothers Wild Party
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The best DEP has released yet. Even the softer songs are highlights. Any doubts you had about the band are gone. The new drummer is insane, Greg's vocals are as outrageous as ever. In Puciato we trust. Recommended Songs: Farewell, Mona Lisa; Gold Teeth on a Bum; Room Full of Eyes, Parasitic Twins.
The Roots undun
Twelve Foot Ninja New Dawn
Yanni Keys To Imagination
I felt kind of a disappointment when listening to Yanni's recent albums, after "Live at the Acropolis", he lost a bit of why I think I like him: the passion and feeling his music has and what it does to you. His earlier triumph "Keys to Imagination" is aptly named, it is in itself like a key that opens up your mind and makes you dream. You can picture exactly what Yanni wants you to picture even without words, it's actually amazing. "Looking Glass" forces us to take that scary leap and witness the world in a whole new way with its mystifying and curious sound. "Port of Mystery" reminds you of those painful goodbyes you've had to give people, both sad and hopeful. There are also some songs that are the originals of "Live at the Acropolis", my favorite song "Nostalgia" and his most popular "Santorini". Finally, he leaves you with not a soft reflective piece but a fast paced entry into the beyond in "Forbidden Dreams" that is nothing short of perfect. It compliments his message perfectly: at the albums end, the journey is not over, it's never over. Recommended Songs: The North Shore of Matsushima, Looking Glass, Nostalgia, Forbidden Dreams

4.0 excellent
Alexisonfire Old Crows / Young Cardinals
A welcome new sound for the band that could even be considered a little more fun and rowdy than the music we've previously heard from them. "Young Cardinals" will surely top radio hits for a while, but the CD has other songs that even outweigh that track such as their experimental blues/rock masterpiece "The Northern". And, there's always those tracks like "Midnight Regulations" and "Heading for the Sun" that will satisfy those long-standing Alexisonfire fans. It won't top their sophomore album "Watch Out!" as there are a few songs that are quite mediocre, such as "No Rest", "Accept Crime", and "Emerald Street". However, Dallas Green's voice has been taken up a notch and there is a lot more energy in this newest offering. Recommended Songs: Young Cardinals, The Northern, Midnight Regulations, Heading for the Sun
Alexisonfire Dog's Blood
Alice In Chains Jar of Flies
Alice In Chains Dirt
Amplifier The Octopus
Anberlin New Surrender
Anberlin Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place
Birds Of Tokyo Birds Of Tokyo
Not reaching the caliber of its predecessor "Universes" but still so catchy and intriguing. There is a lack of hits, but the overall record is easy to run through without wanting to skip any particularly bad songs. Ian Kenny is still outstanding and one of the best vocalists I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. As of now though, I'm definitely waiting more avidly for the next Karnivool album than the next from this band. Recommended Songs: In the Veins of Death Valley, The Gap, Murmurs, Waiting for the Wolves
Birds Of Tokyo This Fire
Botch We Are the Romans
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Brand New Daisy
Chevelle Point #1
While not nearly reaching the caliber and emotion of their more recent contributions to hard rock, this CD goes back into the roots of the anger and frustration that Chevelle emits in their songs. It is not the best debut album I have heard from a band, and they have definitely evolved from this lower quality sound, but it was a delight to see that their old music has some substance and feel to it. It leads in well to the following albums that build upon the best parts of "Point #1", and listening to it first for any up-and-coming Chevelle fans will make the rest of the CDs just that much more of a pleasure to listen to, as they will have the solid ground that this amazing band was built on. Recommended Songs: Prove to You, Anticipation, SMA
Chevelle Hats Off to the Bull
Crossfade We All Bleed
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles III
Cult of Luna Salvation
Daft Punk Alive 2007
Dark Tranquillity Character
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
Dead Letter Circus This Is The Warning
Deftones White Pony
A very solid Deftones album that is a great listen but a little undeserving of the rating it gets here IMO. Part of what makes a Deftones album so exciting for me is that there are always a few songs that standout from everything else. These songs fuel the album and define it. Here, all the songs are great (with the exception of the snoozefest Pink Maggit) but none ever ascend higher than the others. Where is the "My Own Summer" and "Rocket Skates" here? No where, none of the songs reach that kind of status. Recommended Songs: Back to School (Mini Maggit), Feiticeira, Digital Bath, Rx Queen
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
Dragonette Fixin to Thrill
Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Eminem The Eminem Show
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly
Filter The Amalgamut
Filter The Sun Comes Out Tonight
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
First truly great rock album of 2011. It's been a rough first quarter of the year, but this makes it so much sweeter. I cannot believe there is absolutely no filler here, it's insane. And can you hear just how much Dave Grohl learned from Them Crooked Vultures? Recommended Songs: Bridge Burning, Dear Rosemary, These Days, I Should Have Known
Helioscope Noir
Helm (AU) Vol 3… Panthalassa
High on Fire De Vermis Mysteriis
Intronaut Prehistoricisms
Intronaut Valley of Smoke
Isis Celestial
Janus Nox Aeris
Jolly The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 1)
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
A stellar B-side addition to her successful debut album "The Fame". Although I did not enjoy the debut album as much as most "radio music junkies", with this CD she finally managed to convince me as to why I should consider her "different" from the rest of the mindless, empty one-hit artists I hear on a daily basis. Her music on this CD is complex, compelling, and dare I say, unique??? "Alejandro" proves how effortless it is for her to both enjoy what she is doing and make a beat-heavy, addicting radio hit. At the same time, she demonstrates how she can switch gears and produce a touching and deeper song like "So Happy I Could Die" where she deals with her drug addiction. Simply amazing she managed this. Recommended Songs: Alejandro, Telephone, So Happy I Could Die
Lana Del Rey Paradise
Well honeybun you outdid yourself on this one. How did you know I liked Pepsi-Cola and cherry pies? I mean gawddamn!
Leprous Coal
Limp Bizkit Gold Cobra
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
Mastodon Leviathan
Mastodon The Hunter
Megadeth Endgame
Middle Class Rut Pick Up Your Head
Minus the Bear Omni
Mother Mother O My Heart
Mudvayne L.D. 50
A very solid nu-metal album that's only real flaw is the sheer length of the record. On their own, almost every song is strong. However, when listening in full, my interest fades by track 11-12 due to the fact that the sound is similar in every track and the album becomes basically one 1.2 hr meshed song. It is still excellent and one of the stronger albums of its genre and era. Recommended Songs: Dig, -1, Nothing to Gein, (K)now F(orvever)
Neurosis Enemy of the Sun
O'Brother Disillusion
Oceansize Effloresce
OutKast Stankonia
P.O.D. Fundamental Elements of Southtown
P.O.D. Murdered Love
Git in mah iP.O.D. right meooowwwwww
P.O.S. Never Better
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Ra From One
Rabbit Junk Project Nonagon
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Ahhhhhh, the album that could've been up there with my favorite albums of all time. It's flawless, literally gorgeous music and some of the best stuff RATM has ever written...for the first 75% of the album. The last few songs are depressingly average and a buzzkill. RATM had a slump with "Evil Empire", a very average album living in the shadow of its predecessor. "Battle of Los Angeles" kicks the living shit of that album as well. Recommended Songs: Guerilla Radio, Mic Check, Sleep Now in the Fire, Born as Ghosts, No Shelter (Bonus Song)
Rage Against the Machine Renegades
Red End of Silence
Red Until We Have Faces
You knew it would be difficult to top Innocence & Instinct, but this album somehow stands it's ground. It's a grower. Red has definitely softened up enough to hit radio and generate some new fans, but some moments on here are some of the best of their career. It's just a mature and tight album from a band that knows it's strengths. I honestly got what I wanted, which was another song from them I can play 50+ times without tiring of it (in the form of "The Outside" - such an epic intro). They have to learn to end on a strong note though...none of this 5-minute long piano soft bullshit anymore. They finish every album like this, do something nuts for once geez! Recommended Songs: Feed the Machine, Buried Beneath, The Outside, Best is Yet to Come.
Riverside Out of Myself
Russian Circles Empros
Russian Circles Memorial
Sam Roberts Band Chemical City
This time around, Sam Roberts starts the album off again with a bang, but it becomes much more mellow than his debut LP. The good thing is that he makes his softer songs felt a bit more and they end up being stronger than the softer songs on "We Were Born...". It's a quiet album, but very rewarding once it clicks. Still don't understand why his music is so catchy. Recommended Songs: Bridge to Nowhere, With A Bullet, The Bootleg Saint.
Sam Roberts Band We Were Born In A Flame
Sam Roberts Band Lo-Fantasy
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods
Skillet Comatose
Skyharbor Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos
Sleigh Bells Treats
This band came out of absolutely thin air. They had apparently wowed crowds when they played at the CMJ Music Marathon in 2009, and the debut album was therefore not far behind. They have a truly new sound, a noisy dance-pop tone that resembles cheer leading music with (my goodness!) heavy guitars in the background. The results astonished me from the moment I heard the single "Tell em", weird but amazingly catchy and upbeat. It's fun music, while at times risque. But like all better bands, they are willing to experiment and produced a soft song called "Rill Rill" which pays off so well that it has easily topped my list of best summer songs EVER. I haven't had time to prepare or react to how fast this band has entered my music library. At first I thought the noisiness was a bit much, but the more you listen the more it tones down and you really see how ground-breaking this band is. Recommended Songs: Tell em, Run the Heart, Rill Rill, Treats
The Dead Weather Horehound
The Dead Weather Sea of Cowards
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Dillinger Escape Plan Under the Running Board
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The National Alligator
The Ocean Precambrian
The Ocean Pelagial
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures
There are just so many different songs to enjoy in this album made by a super team of music artists including the singers from both Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age. Them Crooked Vulture's sound is addicting, it sounds crisp and new while at the same time celebrating that old classic rock sound. The songs are cheeky and quirky with unexpected turns and twists in rhythm and riffs. There are also many highlights in the album, particularly the first 1.5 minutes of "Elephants" where the band breaks down into one of the most enjoyable lead-ins to a song I've ever heard. Each song is unique and the songs don't ever really blend much, so you truly see how flexible the band can be. A solid debut album. Recommended Songs: No One Loves Me & Neither Do I, Elephants, Reptiles, Caligulove, Gunman
Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind
Thousand Foot Krutch Phenomenon
Pretty awkward on the first listen, but TFK's sound and cocky pump-up lyrics eventually sneak inside your head. The problem is at some points Trevor McNevan sounds likes he's impersonating a British person and failing miserably. But the music is meant to blow your ears by how wild it is, and it's a great time, finished off by one of their catchiest choruses to date (Break the Silence). Recommended Songs: Step to Me; Faith, Love, and Happiness; New Design; Break the Silence
Thousand Foot Krutch Welcome to the Masquerade
Twelve Foot Ninja Silent Machine
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

3.5 great
10 Years Feeding the Wolves
Alexisonfire Crisis
Alice In Chains Alice in Chains
Alice In Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Alter Bridge Blackbird
Amia Venera Landscape The Long Procession
Amplifier Amplifier
Anathema Weather Systems
Anberlin Blueprints For The Black Market
And So I Watch You From Afar Gangs
And So I Watch You From Afar All Hail Bright Futures
August Burns Red Rescue and Restore
B.o.B The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
Backstreet Boys The Hits: Chapter One
Baroness Blue Record
Baroness Yellow and Green
Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Behemoth The Satanist
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot
Birds Of Tokyo March Fires
Born Of Osiris The Discovery
Botch An Anthology of Dead Ends
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Broken Bells After The Disco
Bullet For My Valentine Fever
Burial Kindred
Cloudkicker The Discovery
Clutch Robot Hive/Exodus
Coalesce OX
Cold Year Of The Spider
Coldplay X & Y
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Converge You Fail Me
Converge/Dropdead Split
Crosses EP
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles II
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Dan Black ((Un))
Defeater Lost Ground
Deftones Deftones
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Drake Take Care
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Earl Sweatshirt Doris
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Feist/Mastodon Feistodon
Foals Holy Fire
Foo Fighters Greatest Hits
Gaza No Absolutes in Human Suffering
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
Helms Alee Sleepwalking Sailors
Hetfield & Hetfield Tidal Wave Dreams
Hurt Volume 1
Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Intronaut Habitual Levitations
Jay-Z The Blueprint 3
Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Kanye West Late Registration
Kanye West The College Dropout
Kanye West Graduation
Karnivool Themata
Kendrick Lamar Section.80
KiD CuDi Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
KiD CuDi Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Lacuna Coil Dark Adrenaline
This album is like a random hookup, fun in the moment but you feel like shit afterwards for listening to it. This band knows how to write a good hook though, I just wish the Dave Grohl look-alike would stop singing. Recommended Songs: Trip the Darkness, Against You, End of Time
Leprous Tall Poppy Syndrome
Linkin Park A Thousand Suns
It's a grower. To enjoy something like this you really have to forgive Linkin Park for completely breaking off what was once their signature sound. You have to open your mind to what they are now, and electronica band. Is that bad? I expect most of you to think so. Sputnik has weird sets of double-standards. Some bands are allowed to change (Brand New, Radiohead), some aren't and Linkin Park happens to fall in that group. It's too bad, the band sounds the most mature they've ever sounded here. Will you like it all? No, there are some craptastic songs (ex. The Messenger), but our tastes change over time, why shouldn't the band be allowed to change too? It's not as bad as you're hearing, this site simply shelters people. Recommended Songs: Blackout, Robot Boy, Waiting for the End
Linkin Park Living Things
Now that the fanboy jitters and adrenaline rush have settled, I can try and sit back and seriously look at this new LP album from an unbiased perspective.

...I'll take it, it's not perfect, but I'll fucking gladly take this energetic bit of fun that brightened my year up a bit from the depressing shit I usually listen to. "Burn It Down" is arguably the catchiest thing they've made in ages...fuck yo couch all of you!
Lupe Fiasco The Cool
Machine Head Unto the Locust
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Megadeth Rust in Peace
In all honesty, some of the tracks are delicious. They have some of the most amazing never-ending guitar riffs I've ever heard. But too many times on this CD, Mustaine's voice kills everything for me. He puts on accents some times (Take No Prisoners) that just drive me nuts. It's all very hit-or-miss, but when Megadeth churns out a good song, it is nothing short of classic. Recommended Songs: Holy Wars...The Punishment Due, Hangar 18, Lucretia.
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Metric Synthetica
Misery Signals Controller
Mother Mother Eureka
Mouth of the Architect Dawning
Mudvayne Mudvayne
Muse Absolution
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
Neurosis Times of Grace
Neurosis Honor Found in Decay
Nirvana Nevermind
Oceansize Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up
OFWGKTA The OF Tape Vol. 2
One Day As A Lion One Day As A Lion
OneRepublic Native
Opeth Damnation
P.O.D. Testify
Periphery Periphery
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
Porcupine Tree The Incident
Protest The Hero Scurrilous
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Ra Critical Mass
Redlight King Something For The Pain
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
A more mainstream album from the band that has always produced the same level of music in all the years they've been together. I have the same goddamn opinion of this as I do with everything they make: solid, a good listen, but just not good enough to cross that line into epic. Recommended Songs: Long Forgotten Sons, Re-Education (Through Labor), Kotov Syndrome, The Strength to Go On
Riverside Rapid Eye Movement
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels
Rush Clockwork Angels
Sam Roberts Band Collider
Saosin Saosin
Shad TSOL
Single Mothers Single Mothers
Skillet Collide
Soilwork The Living Infinite
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Steven Wilson Insurgentes
Steven Wilson's songwriting has always been stellar, and it's nice to see his solo work follows suit. Many of the songs here are actually beautifully sung and written. He has a knack for pacing his songs perfectly. But, here he falls victim to the same issues his recent work with Porcupine Tree had. The last three songs sound stale and boring, and his longer songs here struggle a bit too, just like The Incident did in spots. As side projects go though (often experimental and hit-or-miss), "Insurgentes" is a wonderful listen and it'll be interesting to see what he comes out with next. Recommended Songs: Harmony Korine, Veneno Para Las Hadas, Only Child
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Swarms Old Raves End
TesseracT Altered State
The Almost Monster, Monster
The Black Keys El Camino
The Butterfly Effect Imago
The Devil Wears Prada Zombie
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
The Fray Reason EP
This EP started out like it could be what I was waiting for my whole life. Unfortunately, after "Without Reason" it simply becomes mediocre. Definitely check it out if "How to Save a Life" grabbed your attention, you may find this even better. Recommended Songs: Together, Some Trust, Without Reason
The Gathering Disclosure
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet
The Roots How I Got Over
The Safety Fire Grind The Ocean
The Shins Port of Morrow
The White Stripes Elephant
Thrice Major/Minor
Tool Lateralus
Tyler The Creator Wolf
VESSL Goddess
We Came As Romans To Plant A Seed
Wolves Like Us Late Love
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!
Probably the best album they've released to date (that includes EPs). However, this band has yet to release an album I can listen to without wanting to skip over tracks here and there. Some songs are just not worth being shown the light of day (ex. Skeletons, Dragon Queen). Recommended Songs: Heads Will Roll, Soft Shock, Shame and Fortune

3.0 good
Adele 21
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Anciients Heart Of Oak
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Backstreet Boys Millennium
Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Chevelle Any Last Words
Cog Just Visiting - Part 1
"Moo" is my fucking jam. Best song name in history, fuckin Moo!
Cog Just Visiting - Part 2
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
This gets a 3 simply because "The Saddest Day' is without a doubt one of the best songs in Converge's discography. As has been mentioned in other soundoffs, the other songs on here come off as mere leftovers compared to the opener. They mostly just sound unpolished and some a bit immature, something the band thankfully fixes in later records.
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles
Dead Letter Circus Dead Letter Circus
Devon Tracy Dream Chase
Dinosaur Bones My Divider
Drake Thank Me Later
Oh Drake, how I wanted to hate this album on the basis of how much I dislike you and your cockiness. You would've loved to see my reaction when I started having some songs from here stuck in my head. I still wouldn't consider this a great album, but some songs on here (really just tracks 4-7) are just really good songs. Sneaky bastard. Recommended Songs: Over, Find Your Love, Show Me A Good Time, Up All Night
Drake Nothing Was the Same
A bit of a step down from Take Care. There are some strong songs here, but his sophomore release somehow felt tighter with very few chinks in its armor despite having 18 songs. Nothing Was The Same will keep Drake relevant, but doesn't offer much to prove to us that there's a whole lot left in him. I love the Toronto shout-outs though, I'm from there! Recommended Songs: Started From The Bottom, From Time, Hold On We're Going Home, Pound Cake.
dredg El Cielo
An alright album with a few sparks of genius here and there. Gavin Hayes' voice is remarkably soothing. As a full album though, it contains a few chinks in its armor. It also reeks of pretentiousness, this band clearly thinks very highly of themselves (little 1-2 minute "Brushstrokes" all over the place...get over yourselves). It is very over-hyped in my opinion, but still worth a look. Recommended Songs: Same Ol' Road, Sanzen, Sorry But It's Over, Of The Room.
dredg Catch Without Arms
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem Recovery
Evanescence Evanescence
Fever Ray Fever Ray
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Frank Ocean Channel Orange
Funeral for a Friend Welcome Home Armageddon
Gorillaz Gorillaz
Green Day American Idiot
Hieroglyphics Full Circle
Hurt Vol. II
Hurt The Crux
Intronaut Null
Isis SGNL>05
Jack White Blunderbuss
Jay-Z The Black Album
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kanye West Yeezus
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Lady Gaga Artpop
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
Linkin Park Minutes To Midnight
Lupe Fiasco Lasers
Meshuggah obZen
Metric Old World Underground, Where Are You Now
Middle Class Rut No Name No Color
Minus the Bear Infinity Overhead
Muse Black Holes and Revelations
oOoOO oOoOO
P.O.D. When Angels and Serpents Dance
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Ra Duality
Reflection Eternal Revolutions Per Minute
If only the whole album was as strong as tracks 3-7. Kweli is epic in each of those songs.
Rise Against Endgame
Rishloo Eidolon
Riverside Anno Domini High Definition
Saosin Translating the Name
Shad When This Is Over
Shad is definitely a threatening force in the modern rap scene. It's even more awesome that he's Canadian. Honestly, he starts out this album with some of the freshest and most easy-listening hip-hop I've heard in a while, but it trails out at the end and becomes a little too dull. "I Get Down" is bright and cheery and shows how confident Shad is. "I'll Never Understand" is on the opposite spectrum, one of the saddest songs I've ever sat through and so powerful. Recommended Songs: I Get Down, Out of Love, I'll Never Understand
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
When I first heard this CD, I had only heard "Lazy Eye" like most current fans. I remember getting extremely excited after the first half of the album, thinking I had just hit a goldmine and new top favorite band. "Melatonin" and "Checkered Floor" outdo each of the four singles as the best and most surprising songs on the album. Even the singles though, specifically "Little Lover's So Polite" and "Future Foe Scenarios" are also very strong tracks. But after the latter song/single, the album simply had a sudden heart attack and died in my arms, or so it felt. "Waste It On" stopped the pace completely, and save for maybe "Lazy Eye", the second half of the album contained not a shred of memorable music. I usually like album closers, but "Common Reactor" (a 6 minute track) goes on for far too long, and that's only 5/6 minutes, the last minute is spent listening to a strange annoying sound that I think sounds like an actual industrial reactor you'd see in a factory or something. Their sound is definitely unique and new, but they couldn't hold it long enough to secure my attention. Recommended Songs: Melatonin, Checkered Floor, Future Foe Scenarios
Silversun Pickups Seasick
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
State Faults Head in the Clouds
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
This is a rating I wish wasn't what it is. I get why the album is so highly praised. Really, they are the pioneers. But compared to the newer albums, this album didn't have highlights. How can I appreciate the music when it doesn't give me a reason to return to it? It all sounds like one 40 minute mess. Some good parts, but nothing standout.
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers
The Roots Phrenology
The Shizit The Shizit
Thousand Foot Krutch The Art of Breaking
Thousand Foot Krutch The End Is Where We Begin
Thursday Common Existence
Tool Aenima
Tool 10,000 Days
Trapt Trapt
Tyler The Creator Goblin
Weezer Weezer
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue

2.5 average
12 Stones Potter's Field
Amplifier Insider
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Arcade Fire Funeral
Arctic Monkeys AM
Backstreet Boys Black & Blue
Battles Gloss Drop
Blakroc Blakroc
Blink-182 Blink-182
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Brand New Deja Entendu
Cage The Elephant Cage the Elephant
Cage The Elephant Thank You Happy Birthday
Another average effort by an overwhelmingly average mainstream band. This time though, that mainstream catchiness has had a heart attack and died, and now we are left with some decent filler tracks, but that "filler feel" nonetheless. They have also become that annoyingly happy hippy indie trash that drives me nuts with a little punk rock sound. The strong tracks end up being the ones that kick the album off, with "Always Something" being a very surprising angry tone that works eerily well for the band and "Aberdeen" being a very fun and fuzzy song. Recommended Songs: Always Something (they should sound more like this, I hope that becomes their sound for the future), Aberdeen, Right Before My Eyes
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Apparently Circa Survive, even in 2010, thinks that blending all their songs in an album from start to finish is still considered unique. It's to the point where they start the inter-song blending with 30 seconds left in some of the tracks, so we end up sitting there twiddling our thumbs while the band shows off a skill that's not even impressive (WE KNOW IT'S SYNTHESIZED). After "Strange Terrain" starts the album off both loudly and cleanly, the CD plays out much like Brand New's album "Deja Entendu", very mediocre, tolerable songs with maybe one or two tracks that blow you away. But there's a sacrifice, you need to stay long enough to hear it. This gem takes the form of "Frozen Creek" right in the middle which is such a soft and beautiful song that I'm surprised Anthony Green's helium-filled voice didn't blot it out. The band simply tests out various sounds and beats heard in the background in order to differentiate themselves from the typical rock scene, and it's good alt. rock, just not something you're going to remember in the long run, and the CD shows this as it dwindles down to nothing in "Dyed in the Wool", a laughable, generic album closer. Recommended Songs: Strange Terrain, Imaginary Enemy, Frozen Creek
Circa Survive Violent Waves
Songs 1-3: "Holy shit, this is gold, keep it up! AOTY baby!". Songs 4-11: "Zzzzzzz...oh wut the album's done? Cool...". Typical. Goddammit Circa, here's someone who wants so badly to enjoy your music and you let them down every time with this inconsistency.
City and Colour Little Hell
Converge No Heroes
Cyanotic MedPack Vol. 1
David Guetta One Love
Deftones Adrenaline
Eminem Relapse
Eminem really does not know what he's doing anymore. He just goes for it without thinking. What that strategy does here is provide a long list of hit-and-miss songs. Some work, some suck balls. And that accent? What the fuck is with that, get real. The last song is outstanding though, really one of his best yet. Recommended Songs: Medicine Ball, Old Time's Sake, Beautiful, Underground/Ken Kaniff
Eminem Relapse: Refill
Filter Short Bus
Genghis Tron Dead Mountain Mouth
Greeley Estates The Death of Greeley Estates
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy
Hoodie Allen All American
Incubus Make Yourself
Isis The Red Sea
God that woman's voice is annoying as hell. Holy shit, shut the fuck up!
Isis Sawblade
Jay-Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
K'naan Troubadour
Karnivool Persona
Katy Perry Prism
Lady Gaga The Fame
Unfortunately, like most major pop releases, Lady Gaga may be fantastic for those first few listens, but this CD is, in the end, utterly forgettable. The slightly higher than than average mark is more due to the above average success she had on music charts and sales, because she undeniably topped 2009 sales and even had my ear for a good month before I came to this sad realization.
Little Dragon Little Dragon
Megadeth Th1rt3en
Meshuggah I
Metric Live It Out
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Mudvayne Lost and Found
Our Last Night Age Of Ignorance
Palms Palms
Panda Bear Tomboy
Periphery Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
Rabbit Junk This Life Is Where You Get Fucked
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Redlight King Irons in the Fire
Russian Circles Geneva
Sam Roberts Band Love at the End of the World
Sam Roberts needs to learn that when you intend to have 12+ tracks on an album, you need to ensure listener's attention is kept the whole way through. "We Were Born..." did that, "Chemical City" was short and sweet, yet here he trudges along with a few bursts of speed scattered throughout, but trails off near the end. I also want to see him progress more for the next album, he is becoming stale and predictable even though his music maintains its gracefulness and hooks. Recommended Tracks: Love at the End of the World, Lions of the Kalahari, Sundance (one of his strongest to date).
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror
There is something underwhelming about this album. At some point, I noticed that Sleigh Bells was using that same rapid thrashy drum injection in over 50% of the songs. Yes, it's a nice progression from their earlier subtle percussions, but it shouldn't reach the point of overkill. Reign of Terror succeeded by not being a re-hash of Treats. It did NOT succeed in leaving anywhere near as much of an impression as the 2010 effort. That felt fresh and alive. Here, only a few songs manage to do that, and the last 5 songs pass by like they're invisible. I miss the in-your-face Sleigh Bells I guess. If this album becomes popular, it will be nothing more than a short-lived fad and everyone will forget about Sleigh Bells for 2012. Recommended Songs: Crush, Comeback Kid
System of a Down System of a Down
The Black Keys Brothers
The Knux Eraser
The Lonely Island Turtleneck and Chain
Honestly it has some hilarious songs, but for the most part it's pretty bland compared to "Incredibad". The second Shy Ronnie is just crap, even with Rihanna looking as fine as she does. On the other hand, "Threw It on the Ground" is funnier than anything we heard before, Andy Samberg nails that song. Recommended Songs: Motherlover, Threw it on the Ground, Great Day
Twelve Foot Ninja Smoke Bomb
Tyler The Creator Bastard
Usher Raymond v. Raymond
Usher Versus
We Came As Romans Understanding What We've Grown To Be
We Came As Romans Tracing Back Roots
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones

2.0 poor
Birds Of Tokyo Day One
Birds of Tokyo have definitely improved from this mediocre crap. There are some great songs here, but you can definitely tell the band is in the experimenting stage. What drove me crazy was how annoying Ian Kenny gets when he repeats the same lines 10 times over like in "Violet" or "Get Out", just sounds effortless. The follow-up album a year later makes this album look almost disgraceful and negligible. Recommended Songs: Black Sheets, Minor War.
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Broken Bells Meyrin Fields
Closure in Moscow First Temple
Cog Sharing Space
Quite possibly one of the most disappointing albums I've ever listened to. It's not the worst album ever, but to follow up 2005's gorgeous Aussie rock anthem "The New Normal" with this is really depressing. Where is the energy, the blast of riffs that sound like fog horns signaling shit's about to go down? They even gave us mediocre proggier songs which seemed to be their strength from before and what I was expecting they would lean towards. I can't think of a standout song that will make want to listen to it again, but I also can't think of one I despised. Even the song "Silence is Violence" with it's corny repetitive chorus somehow feels less corny alongside song other songs here that attack governments in some weird attempt at revolution. Before they made their repetitive choruses and harmonies the hooks of the songs, literally begging you to sing a long. Here there's none of that. Iunno, will try it in the future again but I've given it enough tries to sink in already.
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Deftones Covers
Diddy Last Train to Paris
Dragonette Bodyparts
Drake So Far Gone
GOOD Music Cruel Summer
Karmin Hello
Katy Perry One of the Boys
Lacuna Coil Broken Crown Halo
Maroon 5 Overexposed
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Muse The Resistance
Nickelback Here and Now
Opeth Heritage
Periphery Icarus
Periphery Clear
Pillar Where Do We Go from Here
Red Release the Panic
Rihanna Loud
Saosin In Search Of Solid Ground
Silversun Pickups Pikul
Soundgarden Superunknown
The Almost Southern Weather
The Fray Scars and Stories
The Strokes Room on Fire
Thursday No Devolucion
Tokyo Police Club Champ
I'll agree that Dave Monks is talented, but this little punk has maybe the most annoying voice to ever hit the radio stream. Attached to that is the fact that Tokyo Police Club has literally nothing new to offer listeners. They have too many influences going on at once and no set identity. On top of this, their music can be best described as a mentally challenged person trying to sing those annoyingly beachy and groovy tunes that indie fans seem to get wet over. They're catchy at some parts of this CD, but nothing would bring me back to them. I like almost all genres of music and am open to anything but this is painful.

1.5 very poor
Black Eyed Peas The Beginning
Bullet For My Valentine Temper Temper
Design the Skyline Nevaeh
dredg Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy
Gorillaz The Fall
While this mixtape was a welcome Christmas surprise, what could possibly be expected in terms of quality when these songs were supposedly made on the side in between concerts on an Ipad? While it could be argued that "The Fall" is the Gorillaz's most consistent album, it's definitely not going to win any awards for lasting appeal. The album is very mediocre and comes off as a bit of a downer compared to the groovy tunes we fans are used to. Not to mention they recycle beats like crazy (a part of "Hillbilly Man" sounding ridiculously similar to their previous single "Doncamatic"). I will always compare anything these guys do to "Demon Days" because I miss the days when they made both innovative AND catchy songs.
Justin Bieber Believe
Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak
Karnivool Karnivool
Ahhhh heellllppp pleeeeassseee it's agony!!! *plays Simple Boy* "I'm highhhhhhh above the world, why should I feel pain, or feel alooonnneeeee...." whew all better : )
Lady Gaga Born This Way
I'm really disappointed that Lady GaGa dropped a bit of the risque, and just plain raw, personality she had in order to inspire the cult of "monster" followers she has. I was looking forward to this but by the 4th single it was clear this was destined to be the most mediocre and dull big release this year. It's too bad, she had me intrigued after "Fame Monster" but here she presents you with a lengthy 1.2 hours of material with maybe 3 good songs of 17 along the way. Here's the deal though; one is a single (Judas) so it's expected that it's good, one is technically a bonus track (Black Jesus) not on the actual album, and one had to grow on me first (Electric Chapel). Yup...fail.
Nickelback Dark Horse
Rihanna Talk That Talk
Rihanna: "What's that? All the young ppl are listening to techno and house music? Oh...and the producers want me to put some of that in my music too? Whatever gets me popular with the night owls I guess..." Yeah, I can't get behind this, Loud at least had some innovative and catchy tunes (S&M, Only Girl), but here the only thing I actually got excited about was this tiny little snippet called "Birthday Cake" that finished after one minute as if to say "Oooohhh you were enjoying that? My baaaadddd". You're a joke Rihanna.
Rihanna Unapologetic
Sleigh Bells Bitter Rivals
This band has inexplicably forgotten how to make a good song. I can't even find one song on here that sticks out. They need to cool their jets and take their time on the next album, because this was one colossal waste of everyone's time.

1.0 awful
Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)
Painful, repetitive, lazy music is all that this CD emits with all its songs (15 tracks). It's lengthy (1 hr.) and at no point in the album are you rewarded for the time you've put into listening to it. The only songs you may be able to take for the entire play time are the exact same songs you've already heard 40+ times on the radio. That's what singles are for this band, their only worthy tracks on the album. The rest is meaningless party music and beats. The biggest surprise of the year is that "Imma Be", also my pick for WORST song of the year, became another single of theirs. Recommended Songs: Welcome to the E.N.D./Boom Boom Pow, I Gotta Feeling, Party All the Time SONGS ENCOURAGED TO SKIP: Imma Be, Electric City
Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans
It always looks sketchy when anyone gives an album a 1. What could be so bad to warrant this? A year and a half ago, I would've told you I had high hopes for Bruno Mars after hearing him in B.o.B.'s big hit "Nothin' on You". I would've been excited to hear he had his own album coming soon. After listening to him go 0/4 for singles, I still gave this shit a chance. Wow, just wow. This album is what's wrong with music today, he could not have released a more annoyingly sappy album, not many people could.
Kesha Animal
Every time I hear this slutty girl sing, I feel like punching a hole in the closest wall. I realize she's trying to make her mark with a unique (I use that word lightly) style of singing, but does anybody actually understand what she does? Sometimes she raps, sometimes she yells, and sometimes there's music in the background but I'm pretty sure all she's doing is talking not singing. She portrays a raw, tough California girl, thinking she's going to attract the male music fan population, but all she does is turn us all off with her annoyingly effortless and cocky lyrics. "Stephen", "Tik Tok" and "Dinosaur" could each top a list for worst songs of 2010. She also appears in 3OH!3's newest single and makes an already terrible song noteworthy of shittiness. Everything this woman touches turns to shit! No recommended songs from this one people. If you want to hear her in a slightly tolerable song, see "Chain Reaction" which isn't even on her main CD, why it isn't is beyond me.
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
Train California 37
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