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5.0 classic
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
There is rarely ever a time I consider a record to be completely flawless. Seldom is there nothing whatsoever I can gripe about in an album. Relationship of Command is one of the only albums I can legitamitely say there is absolutely nothing wrong with. With such flawless transitions between songs, At the Drive-In perfectly fuses great amounts of emotion into each and every second. The drumming is great and fits with the songs well, the guitars are always original, and Cedric's vocal range, although it would be expanded in The Mars Volta, it is still greatly varied, going from a punk-ish deep voice, to high pitched (such as Pattern Against User), to occasional screams and yells. Off-key, but oh so wonderful sounding. Relationship of Command can't really be compared to any other album, even older ATDI works. It is quite possibly my favorite album of all time.
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else
Circle Takes The Square As the Roots Undo
Converge Jane Doe
Cynic Traced in Air
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Symbolic
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Nas Illmatic
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium

4.5 superb
Andrew Jackson Jihad People Who Can Eat People are the Luckiest People
Andrew Jackson Jihad Knife Man
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am...
Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Bob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Brand New Daisy
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Buckethead Colma
Burzum Burzum
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Cynic Focus
Death Leprosy
Death Human
Defeater Travels
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Elliott Smith XO
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Emperor In the Nightside Eclipse
Fear Before The Always Open Mouth
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Frank Turner England Keep My Bones
Iron Maiden Killers
Kanye West The College Dropout
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Laura Stevenson Sit Resist
Napalm Death Scum
Opeth Watershed
Radiohead OK Computer
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
Sigur Ros ( )
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
The Devin Townsend Project Addicted
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Front Bottoms Talon of the Hawk
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
Vital Remains Let Us Pray

4.0 excellent
Andrew Jackson Jihad Can't Maintain
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
At the Drive-In Acrobatic Tenement
Autopsy Severed Survival
Autopsy Mental Funeral
Batten Down The Hatches Batten Down The Hatches/Random Holiday
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Bomb the Music Industry! Vacation
Brand New Deja Entendu
I have had a love/hate relationship with Deja Entendu ever since teenage girls got it on their hands. It seemed like just another great Brand New album until the Tumblr generation of girls started reblogging its album art and quoting lyrics from it all over Facebook. As unfair to the record as it was, I began to not be able to stand seeing anything involving this album anywhere. "What makes this album so special?" I would ask myself. "Why do girls love this record so much when they would completely surpass it with the next one?" I began listening to it more, and unfortunately, I still don't have an answer. I believe that The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me and Daisy are far superior albums to Deja Entendu, but looking at this record critically finally gave me some time to truly appreciate it. This is the album that took Brand New from being your everyday pop-punk outfit to becoming something truly great, fusing influences of post-hardcore and indie into their songs. Existentialism, loneliness, and other new topics are now discussed. This is the record that would slowly form Brand New into the introspective, dark band they are today. While I may never entirely understand the affinity girls have for this album, I still understand that Deja Entendu would change Brand New completely.
Bright Eyes Lifted or the Story is in the Soil...
Bright Eyes There Is No Beginning To The Story EP
Bright Eyes Fevers & Mirrors
Bright Eyes The People's Key
Burial Untrue
Burzum Burzum/Aske
Burzum Belus
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Converge Axe to Fall
Cursive Domestica
Death Scream Bloody Gore
Decapitated Winds of Creation
DragonForce Valley of the Damned
Earl Sweatshirt Doris
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem Infinite
Exivious Exivious
Fashawn Boy meets world
First Aid Kit The Lion's Roar
Frank Ocean Channel Orange
Frank Turner Love, Ire & Song
Fugazi 13 Songs
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV)
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kanye West Yeezus
Kendrick Lamar Section.80
La Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...
La Dispute shows a great amount of potential with their debut LP, but it almost suffers from too much variation (which is something I rarely ever see as a bad thing). I'm oftentimes left overwhelmed at the huge difference between songs. Dreyer's clean voice also gets somewhat dry. Aside from this, the lyrics are fantastically written and you can tell how much time they put into each song.
Modern Baseball You’re Gonna Miss It All
Modern Baseball look at their problems with Sports and manage to fix many of them with the release of eclectic album "You're Gonna Miss it All". This album may not look much different from Sports, judging by the simple and vintage looking album cover, the vague track titles, and the brief track lengths, but it is miles superior. The band change their direction musically, incorporating a more indie-rock sound in many songs and leaving the punk influence for just a few songs here and there. Tracks such as "Going to Bed Now" are given a folk-inspired tinge, showing us a different, slightly ironic side to the band. The lyrics are more mature, with social networking platforms being mentioned less. You're Gonna Miss it All is an all-around better album than Sports, and will probably quickly make the vinyl library of many skramz kids out there.
Periphery Periphery
Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Scale The Summit Monument
Sigur Ros Takk...
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Faceless Planetary Duality
The Front Bottoms The Front Bottoms
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses
The Red Chord Fused Together in Revolving Doors
The Roots How I Got Over
The Weeknd Echoes of Silence
The Weeknd Trilogy
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History
Veil of Maya The Common Man's Collapse
Wintersun Wintersun
Women Public Strain
Yellowcard Southern Air
You Blew It! Grow Up, Dude

3.5 great
A Great Big Pile of Leaves You're Always on My Mind
Andrew Jackson Jihad Candy Cigarettes and Cap Guns
Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See
Arctic Monkeys AM
ASAP Rocky LongLiveA$AP
Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Between the Buried and Me present much originality here that has never been heard in their previous albums, but it oftentimes sounds too predictable and like they're trying to imitate Colors.
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
I think this album would be one of the best to introduce to your friend to "good pop-punk." If you were a teenager in the previous decade or the current one, you likely had at least one friend who listened to a lot of pop-punk. Some of it make have been good, but it my experience, I remember hearing a lot of All Time Low, Infinity on High and beyond-era Fall Out Boy, and American Idiot-era Green Day. Contained in Brand New's first album are ironic song titles (Jude Law and a Semester Abroad), songs about having a hard time growing up (Failure by Design), and about girls you just can't stand any longer (Mix Tape), but what separates this album from so many others is that it actually contains some originality. The album is very juvenile and immature for the most part, and that is why it is so fun to listen to. Whether you are currently going through the problems mentioned in the album or you are just reminiscing upon when life was that simple, Your Favorite Weapon is an undeniably fun listen. There are little hints here and there as to the dark, much deeper band that Brand New would become in the future such as in The No Seatbelt Song, but as a whole, this album is simple, light, and young.
Childish Gambino Camp
I'm fairly conflicted over Donald Glover's musical project. It is entertaining, to say the least, to a see Community actor and 30 Rock writer rap about girls sucking his dick. The beats overall are good, but as a whole feel pretty sterile. They feel almost too clean, as if they were hip-hop samples found on a website. The dubstep-ish beat in Heartbeat and the speeding up orchestral part at the end of That Power are the most shining moments of the album beat-wise. The lyrics are okay here and there, but it feels like Glover's whole purpose for about half of the album is convincing his audience why they should be his fans. Despite the lack of real meaning within the lyrics, he can actually flow. Other lyrics on this album are about him growing up, his experiences with women, and pretty much why he is an awesome guy. The choruses are interesting because for the most part, he actually sings in them. His singing isn't terrible, but the lyrics he sings never really seem to relate to the song. Choruses such as in "That Power" seem more cringe-worthy than anything. Despite how otherwise talented Glover may be, his skills as a rapper are lacking. My favorite track from the album would have to be L.E.S.
Daughters Daughters
Death Spiritual Healing
Elliott Smith Roman Candle
Eminem Recovery
Fall Out Boy Take This To Your Grave
Fall Out Boy From Under The Cork Tree
Frank Turner Sleep Is For The Week
Frank Turner's debut LP is more than just enough to perform, with catchy riffs, interesting lyrics, and a nice balance of emotion between songs. However, there is a bit of redundancy within the songs after listening to them a few times, so the appeal doesn't definitely doesn't last forever. This album will probably never be looked at as a classic by many people, but is a great, humble beginning for an acoustic musician with a huge amount of potential.
Frank Turner Rock & Roll
How to Dress Well Love Remains
Modern Baseball Sports
Working review summary: This is the album Modern Baseball will look back and cringe at 15 years from now for its confessional tendencies and references to social networking, and it is all the better for it.
Municipal Waste The Art of Partying
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Random Holiday Space to Grow
Saul Williams Amethyst Rock Star
Skrillex Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Sonata Arctica Unia
The Black Keys Brothers
The Damned Things Ironiclast
The Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth
The Weeknd House of Balloons
The Weeknd Thursday
Two Door Cinema Club Beacon
Tyler The Creator Bastard
Tyler The Creator Wolf
Veil of Maya [id]
Whitechapel A New Era of Corruption
Wren Rainy Days
You Blew It! Keep Doing What You’re Doing
You Blew It! by no means offer a whole lot new to the angsty emo table that they hadn't in their previous album, but that isn't the point. Keep Doing What You're Doing is a surprisingly cheery record and while it may seem a bit repetitive here and there, it is a pleasant addition to their discography. Grow Up, Dude may one day be considered a classic in the emo genre, and even though this doesn't quite live up to it, it's an excellent follow-up.

3.0 good
ASAP Ferg Trap Lord
Best Coast Crazy For You
Born Of Osiris The New Reign
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Cursive Mama, I'm Swollen
Fall Out Boy Infinity On High
Frank Turner Poetry of the Deed

2.5 average
DragonForce Ultra Beatdown
Eminem Relapse
Eminem Relapse: Refill
Tyler The Creator Goblin

2.0 poor
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage

1.5 very poor
Black Veil Brides We Stitch These Wounds
Never Shout Never Harmony

1.0 awful
brokeNCYDE I'm Not A Fan, But The Kids Like It!
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