kingsoby1
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Last Active 08-24-14 9:49 am
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Islander Violence and Destruction2.0
The Afghan Whigs Do to the Beast4.0
Robin Thicke Blurred Lines1.5
Thantifaxath Sacred White Noise3.0
Mastodon Once More 'Round the Sun3.0
Migos Young Rich Niggas2.5
Sage Francis Li(f)e3.0
Sage Francis Copper Gone3.5
Amen Dunes Love3.5
Kangding Ray Solens Arc4.0
Kishi Bashi Lighght4.0
Miles Davis Bitches Brew5.0
Miles Davis Kind of Blue4.0
Morgan Delt Morgan Delt4.0
Tim Hecker Harmony in Ultraviolet4.5
Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 19724.0
Tim Hecker Virgins3.5
Tove Lo Truth Serum3.0
Ben Frost A U R O R A4.5
damn this is really good so far
Moodie Black Nausea3.0
マクロスMACROSS 82-99 A Million Miles Away3.5
We Will Fail Verstörung3.5
Marie Davidson Perte d'identité4.0
Fatima Al Qadiri Asiatisch3.0
Sevendeaths Concrete Misery3.0
Shit Robot We Got a Love3.0
Opiuo Meraki2.5
RATKING So It Goes3.0
Gazpacho Night4.0
Gazpacho March of Ghosts3.5
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants3.0
Laibach Spectre2.0
Francis Harris Minutes of Sleep4.0
Downliners Sekt Silent Ascent3.0
Fatima Yellow Memories3.0
Highasakite Silent Treatment3.5
Nicole Atkins Slow Phaser2.5
Mondkopf Hades4.0
feels like a darker boards of canada
Doe Eye T E L E V I S I O N4.5
wow

edit: alex beebe totally wrong
N.E.R.D. Fly Or Die4.0
N.E.R.D. In Search Of4.5
DJ Rashad Double Cup3.0
Ava Luna Electric Balloon4.0
Woods of Desolation As the Stars3.5
Lil Spook Black Silk2.0
lo-fi and lo-skill does not now = cool automatically

this guy seriously sounds and looks like some kind of eccentric sexual predator. like when
he says "pussy" it's like he's never gotten any before and really would like it if offered
(if he's into that kind of thing).
Blank Banshee Blank Banshee 04.0
Blank Banshee Blank Banshee 14.0
Kodak Cameo Riviera3.5
18 Carat Affair Adventures in Schizophrenia3.5
A/T/O/S A/T/O/S3.5
Wild Beasts Present Tense3.0
SZA Z2.5
HTRK Psychic 9-5 Club2.5
SOHN Tremors3.0
Dutch E Germ IN.RAK.DUST4.0
マクロスMACROSS 82-99 SAILORWAVE4.0
i give this a 4. kingsoby1 stamp of approval.
Todd Terje It's Album Time3.5
YG My Krazy Life2.5
very inconsistent and misogynist
Lakutis 3 Seashells4.0
Neneh Cherry The Cherry Thing (w. The Thing)3.0
Neneh Cherry Blank Project4.5
mark it down, the first time ive ever agreed with greg
Thee Silver Mount Zion Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything4.0
Lo-Fang Blue Film3.5
Amazing for a debut. Excited to see what he turns into - hopefully some more electronic experimentation is in the cards as some of these tracks are far too tame.
Nmesh Dream Sequins4.5
Artificial Brain Labyrinth Constellation3.0
Murmur Murmur3.0
Liars Mess3.0
St. Vincent St. Vincent3.5
Krusseldorf Fractal World3.5
Valentin Stip Sigh3.0
Jessy Lanza Pull My Hair Back4.0
Pyrrhon The Mother of Virtues3.0
Very technically solid album. borders more on unstructured noise than tech death (not a bad thing, but maybe not executed as well as it could have been). a placing of head in car engine simile a-la calculating infinity definitely applies here, maybe more-so. Invisible Injury is probably my favorite track here.
Clipping CLPPNG4.5
this is incredible wowowowow

holy shit how can you not like this
Stevie Wonder Innervisions5.0
Marvin Gaye What's Going On5.0
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Pinata4.0
Cult Leader Nothing for Us Here4.0
Elbow The Take Off And Landing Of Everything2.5
Max Richter Recomposed: Vivaldi - The Four Seasons4.0
Armand Hammer Race Music3.5
like a kajillion times better than dour candy.
Madlove White With Foam3.0
Inferi The Path of Apotheosis3.0
Nervosa Victim of Yourself3.0
Morbus Chron Sweven4.5
Every Time I Die Ex Lives3.5
Wyclef Jean The Carnival4.0
D'Angelo Brown Sugar3.5
Bilal 1st Born Second4.5
Audiovent Dirty Sexy Knights in Paris2.5
Earl Sweatshirt Doris3.0
Incubus Fungus Amongus2.5
Breaking Benjamin Saturate1.0
Sun Kil Moon Benji2.5
Jeremih Late Nights With Jeremih3.5
Miguel All I Want Is You3.0
JMSN †Pllajë†4.0
Tinariwen Emmaar3.0
Bombino Nomad3.0
Isaiah Rashad Cilvia Demo3.0
Beck Morning Phase2.5
ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron2.5
7 Days Of Funk 7 Days Of Funk4.0
Cymbals (UK) The Age of Fracture3.0
Snowmine Dialects2.5
Young Fathers DEAD3.0
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues3.7
Beyonce Beyonce3.0
John Legend Evolver2.5
John Legend Love in the Future3.5
Denitia and Sene His and Hers.3.0
Sean Nicholas Savage Other Life2.0
Hiatus Kaiyote Tawk Tomahawk4.5
whoa cant believe i missed this
Altar of Plagues Teethed Glory and Injury3.0
Vangelis Blade Runner Soundtrack5.0
Omar Souleyman Wenu Wenu3.5
cool but extremely abrasive after a while
Strapping Young Lad The Complete Works5.0
pretty awesome too bad i sold mine
Dean Blunt The Redeemer5.0
Julia Holter Loud City Song5.0
Gucci Mane The State vs. Radric Davis3.5
Gucci Mane And Rich Homie Quan Trust God Fuck 123.5
Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest4.0
Frustrator Anther3.5
Danny Brown Old3.5
Letherette Letherette3.0
Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe3.5
Yo Gotti I Am4.0
Young L Enigma Theory4.5
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 22.0
piece of shit garbage betrayal of a sequel.
Entropia (PL) Vesper4.0
Cage Kill the Architect3.0
Carcass Surgical Steel4.0
Anciients Heart Of Oak2.5
The Ocean Pelagial3.0
ugh those vocals. not much in this discog worth listening to since that one about amoebas or whatever
Ulcerate Vermis4.0
Natti Still Motion4.0
liking this way more than CL's typical shtick, plus Natti is my favorite mc from the group
Volcano Choir Repave3.0
Satan Life Sentence3.5
All There All There3.0
The Icarus Line Slave Vows3.0
Cakes Da Killa The Eulogy3.0
Juicy J Stay Trippy4.0
Denzel Curry Nostalgic 644.5
Janelle Monae The Electric Lady4.1
i reviewed this, hark: http://www.byvolume.co.uk/janelle-monae%E2%80%8E-the-electric-lady/
Billy Woods Dour Candy2.5
yeah so Blockhead's beats are fucking terrible what the fuck this isnt even close to as good as history will absolve me

wow that was negative i'm sorry billy woods ur a good rapper
Chevelle Wonder What's Next3.0
The Weeknd Kiss Land2.5
Ceschi The One Man Band Broke Up3.0
Forest Swords Engravings4.0
Semantik Punk abcdefghijklmnoprstuwxyz2.5
Eleanor Friedberger Personal Record2.5
Pure X Crawling Up The Stairs3.5
Laura Stevenson Wheel3.5
Au4 ...And Down Goes The Sky3.5
Sigur Ros Kveikur3.0
O'Brother Disillusion2.0
Pity Sex Feast of Love3.0
Moderat II3.0
Merchandise Totale Nite3.0
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork3.0
SpaceGhostPurrp Mysterious Phonk3.0
Gorguts Considered Dead4.0
Gorguts The Erosion of Sanity4.5
Gorguts Obscura5.0
Gorguts From Wisdom to Hate4.5
Gorguts Colored Sands4.7
Gris A lame Enflammee, lame Constellee3.0
Rhian Sheehan Stories From Elsewhere4.0
Jenny Hval Viscera3.5
Jenny Hval Innocence Is Kinky3.0
Electric Wire Hustle Electric Wire Hustle5.0
Blood Ceremony The Eldritch Dark2.5
Palms Palms2.5
Harm's Way Blinded2.5
Fat Freddy's Drop Blackbird3.5
When Saints Go Machine Infinity Pool4.0
Enemies Embark Embrace2.5
Warm Brew The Ride3.0
Bad Rabbits American Love2.5
Letlive. The Blackest Beautiful2.5
Rorcal Vilagvege2.5
Black Host Life in the Sugar Candle Mines4.0
Nacho Picasso and Avatar Darko Vampsterdam4.0
Not only did Nacho Picasso release three albums in the past year and a half - he released three brilliantly produced records absolutely brimming with the most innovative punchline rapping known to man. But while For the Glory, Lord of the Fly, and Exalted were technical marvels with respect to quality versus volume, they still lacked a certain distinguishing factor to elevate their content beyond gimmickry. The beats, courtesy of Blue Sky Black Death, effectively dabbled in the still-developing tropes of cloud-rap and trap, yet Picasso's rapping lacked enough of a coherent structure to truly enhance this backdrop to its fullest potential. Vampsterdam mostly solves this problem by giving Nacho Picasso the energy of Avatar Darko to, well, feed upon. The interplay between the two is natural, giving room on the mic for Picasso to breathe with ample hooks to transition from - as opposed to filling up four minutes with constant punchlines about drugs or dicks/ using them. Araab Muzik, Raised Byy Wolves, and Clams Casino (among others) man the boards alongside a solitary beat from Blue Sky Black Death; the minor stylistic differences between each producer also help to differentiate Vampsterdam from its predecessors with less slow-tempo monotony. As a whole, the record is a marked improvement that truly showcases Picasso's potential to dethrone Weezy as the king of the punchline (hopefully not too hard now that his brain has been completely transplanted by syzzurp).
Emika DVA3.0
Jon Hopkins Immunity4.3
Umberto Confrontations3.5
Idir Idir3.8
August Burns Red Rescue and Restore2.0
August Burns Red finally succeed in regurgitating their sound into territory that is both boring and exactly the same as all o ftheir other records
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel...2.5
Twelve Foot Ninja Silent Machine1.0
Freddie Gibbs ESGN3.5
solid record, but way too many tracks. cat needs to be more picky about what he puts his name on
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels5.0
el-p is involved it's incredible surprise surprise
Kanye West Yeezus3.3
Pretty good but simultaneously stupid. Posted a review over here: http://www.byvolume.co.uk/kanye-west-yeezus/
Quadron Avalanche4.0
Mount Kimbie Cold Spring Fault Less Youth4.0
Tears For Fears Songs from the Big Chair4.0
Tears For Fears The Hurting4.5
The Besnard Lakes Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO3.0
The Appleseed Cast Illumination Ritual2.5
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here3.0
J. Cole The Warm Up3.5
J. Cole Cole World: The Sideline Story3.0
J. Cole Born Sinner2.5
Thundercat Apocalypse5.0
Jazz, Funk, Classical, Soul, incredible, beautiful, so far ahead of its time. Review here:rhttp://www.byvolume.co.uk/thundercat-apocalypse/
Thundercat The Golden Age Of Apocalypse4.0
Quadron Quadron4.0
Deafheaven Roads to Judah3.5
Deafheaven Sunbather4.5
The-Dream IV Play3.3
The-Dream Love King4.0
The-Dream Love vs. Money4.0
The-Dream Love Hate4.5
Stolas Living Creatures2.5
Jerusalem in my Heart Mo7it Al-Mo7it4.5
wow this record is incredible !! ! ! r
Daft Punk Random Access Memories2.5
Twin Shadow Forget4.0
Twin Shadow Confess3.5
Ride Nowhere5.0
Mikal Cronin MCII3.0
Talib Kweli Prisoner of Conscious2.5
Galaxie 500 On Fire3.0
Slint Spiderland4.5
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden3.5
Talk Talk Laughing Stock4.0
The Flaming Lips Clouds Taste Metallic4.5
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin5.0
The Flaming Lips The Terror4.0
Jeremiah Jae and Oliver the 2nd RawHyde Mixtape3.5
Clipping Midcity3.5
this is way better than death grips
Cassie Cassie3.5
Cassie RockaByeBaby3.0
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze3.0
no matter how many chances i give it, i just cant get into a kurt vile record beyond "oh hey this is cool"
Talk Talk The Colour of Spring3.5
Bibio Mind Bokeh3.5
The Uncluded Hokey Fright2.0
Sir Sly Ghost3.5
Cyrus Malachi Ancient Future3.0
TiRon & Ayomari A Sucker For Pumps4.5
Sole No Wising Up No Settling Down3.5
UGK Ridin' Dirty4.0
Chance The Rapper Acid Rap2.0
Strapping Young Lad Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing3.5
Heaven Shall Burn Veto3.5
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis The Heist2.0
Shlohmo Bad Vibes3.0
Justin Timberlake Justified3.0
Baths Obsidian3.5
Baths Cerulean3.0
Bonobo The North Borders3.5
Scientist Rids the World of the Curse of the Vampires4.0
The Flaming Lips Zaireeka4.5
KiD CuDi A KiD Named CuDi3.5
Thy Catafalque Rengeteg3.5
Thy Catafalque Roka Hasa Radio4.0
WZRD WZRD1.0
KiD CuDi Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager2.5
Sevendust Animosity2.0
Sevendust Sevendust3.0
Sevendust Home3.5
Sevendust Black Out the Sun2.5
Shining One One One3.0
KiD CuDi Indicud3.5
not sure how you could dislike this at all really experimental
Santigold Santogold4.0
Santigold Master of My Make-Believe3.5
Loading Data Double Disco Animal Style2.0
Peter Evans Zebulon3.0
Heiress Early Frost3.5
Dyzlectic Octo The Epee4.0
excellent rapping and solid production for the early 2000s. v solid.
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die4.3
Twelve Reasons To Die is essentially the audible recording of reasons to die, in all of their beauty and rage, and one could not ask for anything more.
GZA Beneath the Surface3.5
Method Man Tical4.0
Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids3.5
Souls of Mischief 93 'til Infinity4.0
Souls of Mischief Montezuma's Revenge3.5
KMD Bl-ck B-st-rds4.0
The Pharcyde Labcabincalifornia4.0
The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde3.5
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us5.0
Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet5.0
Mobb Deep Hell on Earth3.5
Mobb Deep The Infamous4.5
Digable Planets Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)4.5
Themselves CrownsDown2.5
Deep Puddle Dynamics The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel4.5
Black Moon Enta Da Stage4.5
De La Soul Stakes Is High4.0
De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead 4.5
De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising4.0
Binary Star Masters of the Universe4.0
Cannibal Ox Gotham3.0
The Knife Shaking the Habitual3.5
James Blake Overgrown4.6
Killah Priest The Psychic World of Walter Reed3.0
Sannhet Known Flood4.0
Bring Me the Horizon Sempiternal2.0
Senses Fail Renacer2.5
The Doppelgangaz Lone Sharks3.0
Czarface Czarface3.0
Woodkid The Golden Age3.0
Iron Lung Sexless //No Sex4.0
Iron Lung White Glove Test3.5
God Is An Astronaut Age of the Fifth Sun3.0
Long Distance Calling Satellite Bay3.5
Long Distance Calling Long Distance Calling2.5
Long Distance Calling The Flood Inside3.0
Rotting Christ Kata Ton Demona Eaftou3.0
K Sera Collisions and Near Misses3.2
Godsticks The Envisage Conundrum2.5
Tyler the Creator Wolf2.8
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables4.0
Holy Other Held3.0
The Dear Hunter Migrant3.0
His Hero Is Gone Fifteen Counts of Arson4.5
Choking Victim No Gods, No Managers4.0
Maxwell Now3.0
Maxwell Embrya4.0
Maxwell Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite4.5
one of the best soul albums of all time has less than 30 ratings here not surprised come on guys wtf
Maxwell BLACKsummers'night3.5
Kid Dynamite Kid Dynamite3.5
Opeth Heritage2.5
Wave Machines Pollen3.5
Steven Wilson Grace for Drowning3.0
Zozobra Savage Masters2.5
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing3.0
Alice Smith She2.5
The Drones I See Seaweed4.5
holy shit this destroys havilah
Slim Guerilla & DJ Smokey Guerilla Warfare3.0
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside Untamed Beast3.0
Rhye Woman2.0
Kvelertak Meir4.2
Paysage d'Hiver Das Tor3.0
Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio2.0
Bilal Airtight's Revenge4.0
Bilal A Love Surreal4.0
The Doppelgangaz HARK3.0
D'Angelo Voodoo5.0
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds4.0
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience5.0
The Delfonics Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics3.5
Isis and Aereogramme In The Fishtank 144.0
Inc. No World2.7
Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt2.5
Beach Fossils Clash the Truth2.5
The Weeknd Trilogy0.5
what a shit heap of over-production. also the new tracks are fucking garbage.
How to Destroy Angels Welcome Oblivion2.5
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away3.0
Viktor Vaughn Vaudeville Villain4.5
Doldrums Lesser Evil3.5
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo Live and Let Die4.5
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots5.0
The Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics3.0
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo Wanted: Dead Or Alive4.5
How to Dress Well Total Loss4.5
How to Dress Well Love Remains5.0
True Widow As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center3.5
Three 6 Mafia Mystic Stylez5.0
Dawn Richard Goldenheart3.0
Soilwork The Living Infinite2.5
Soilwork Sworn to a Great Divide1.5
Soilwork Stabbing the Drama2.0
Soilwork Figure Number Five2.0
Soilwork Natural Born Chaos3.0
Soilwork A Predator's Portrait2.5
Moodie Black Moodie Black3.5
Autre Ne Veut Anxiety4.3
Boil aXiom2.0
Foals Holy Fire3.0
Brotha Lynch Hung Mannibalector2.5
Omnium Gatherum Beyond2.5
Suffocation Pinnacle of Bedlam3.8
The Fall of Every Season Amends2.0
Alexander Spit A Breathtaking Trip to That Otherside3.5
Handwrist All flesh is grass...3.0
Michio Kurihara Sunset Notes4.0
Nails Unsilent Death4.0
Nails Abandon All Life4.5
holy shit;kasjdfl;kasjdf;
Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst4.5
Emancipator Dusk to Dawn2.5
Rescuer With Time Comes the Comfort3.0
Octaves Greener Pastures2.5
Fall City Fall Victus2.0
Digable Planets Blowout Comb4.0
Child Actor Victory4.2
missed this last year. top notch dream/ psychedelic pop
Heltah Skeltah Nocturnal4.0
Shugo Tokumaru In Focus?4.0
Fire! Orchestra Exit!4.4
Unknown Mortal Orchestra II3.0
Shone Heat Thing2.5
Grayceon Pearl & The End of Days3.5
Widowspeak Almanac2.5
K-X-P II3.0
Lowkey Soundtrack to the Struggle3.0
Sebadoh Bakesale4.5
P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here3.0
Codeine Frigid Stars5.0
Darkstar (UK) News From Nowhere3.7
Unwound Leaves Turn Inside You5.0
Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One4.0
Yo La Tengo Popular Songs3.0
Yo La Tengo I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass3.5
Yo La Tengo Fade3.0
Codeine The White Birch5.0
where has this record been all my life
Buke and Gase General Dome4.0
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt.13.0
Boredoms Vision Creation Newsun4.5
TTNG 13.0.0.0.03.0
DRGN KING Paragraph Nights2.5
The Black Heart Rebellion Har Nevo3.0
Bad Religion True North3.0
Toro Y Moi Anything In Return3.0
Birds in Row You, Me, and the Violence4.0
We Lost the Sea The Quietest Place on Earth3.5
i dont know how you could even suggest the heresy of this being in the same vein of panopticon what a ridiculous statement :[
Jessie Ware Devotion3.5
The Knife Silent Shout3.5
Shai Hulud Reach Beyond the Sun4.0
Goldfinger Hang-ups3.5
Goldfinger Stomping Ground3.5
Polyenso Birth.Eater2.5
Maudlin Ionesco2.5
Baptists Bushcraft3.5
Sadistik Flowers For My Father4.0
Vaura Selenelion2.0
Code Orange Love Is Love // Return To Dust3.0
Reka Renaissance2.5
Terra Tenebrosa The Tunnels3.0
Polyenso One Big Particular Loop4.2
i went back and listened to oceana for the first time after hearing this excellent record. i honestly dont understand how you could possibly enjoy that music, what a shit heap of bro-core cliches
Baptists Baptists3.0
Sulphur Aeon Swallowed By The Ocean's Tide3.0
From Ashes Rise Nightmares4.0
Wartorn Iconic Nightmare3.9
Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse3.0
Sadistik The Balancing Act3.5
Amplifier The Octopus3.0
Real Estate Days3.5
Ducktails Landscapes3.5
Ducktails Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics3.5
Ducktails Ducktails4.0
Ducktails The Flower Lane2.7
Mechina Empyrean2.5
Riverside Shrine Of New Generation Slaves2.6
Main Attrakionz Bossalinis & Fooliyones2.5
Main Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes II3.5
XXYYXX XXYYXX3.0
Half Moon Run Dark Eyes3.5
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan YT//ST4.7
Prince 19994.5
Prince Purple Rain5.0
Big Boi Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors4.0
ASAP Rocky LongLiveA$AP3.8
Bigg Jus Machines That Make Civilization Fun3.5
The Mayan Factor In Lake 'CH2.5
An art rock group from Baltimore, The Mayan Factor have an ethnic sound, using atmospheric percussion (kongas and drums), acoustic guitars, various keyboard samples and tribal bass to an melodic, intense effect. The Mayan Factor could equally be called progressive rock as they could be lumped into the space rock category, one thing setting them apart from most artists in these genres is that the vocalist raps on occasion. Don't let this deter you, because it's an altogether interesting and one of a kind experience.
The Mayan Factor 442.5
An art rock group from Baltimore, The Mayan Factor have an ethnic sound, using atmospheric percussion (kongas and drums), acoustic guitars, various keyboard samples and tribal bass to an melodic, intense effect. The Mayan Factor could equally be called progressive rock as they could be lumped into the space rock category, one thing setting them apart from most artists in these genres is that the vocalist raps on occasion. Don't let this deter you, because it's an altogether interesting and one of a kind experience.
The Mayan Factor Yesterday's Son2.5
An art rock group from Baltimore, The Mayan Factor have an ethnic sound, using atmospheric percussion (kongas and drums), acoustic guitars, various keyboard samples and tribal bass to an melodic, intense effect. The Mayan Factor could equally be called progressive rock as they could be lumped into the space rock category, one thing setting them apart from most artists in these genres is that the vocalist raps on occasion. Don't let this deter you, because it's an altogether interesting and one of a kind experience.
JJ DOOM Key To The Kuffs4.0
Mike Mictlan False Hopes VIII: Deity For Re-Hire1.5
Funkadelic Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow4.5
Funkadelic Maggot Brain5.0
Mike Mictlan Snaxxx3.5
Karriem Riggins Alone Together4.0
Game The R.E.D. Album2.5
Game The Documentary3.5
Game Jesus Piece3.5
T.I. Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head3.5
Heems Nehru Jackets3.5
Kool A.D. 512.5
Circle Takes the Square Decompositions: Volume Number One4.0
Necro Death Rap3.5
Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream4.0
Obsidian Kingdom Mantiis4.0
Amenra Mass V4.0
Deftones Koi No Yokan4.5
Once upon a time there was a man who as a child had heard that beautiful story of how God tempted Abraham and of how Abraham withstood the temptation, kept the faith, and, contrary to expectation, got a son a second time. When he grew older, he read the same story with even greater admiration, for life had fractured what had been united in the pious simplicity of the child. The older he became, the more often his thoughts turned to that story; his enthusiasm for it became greater and greater, and yet he could understand the story less and less. Finally, he forgot every thing else because of it; his soul had but one wish, to see Abraham, but one longing, to have witnessed that event. His craving was not to see the beautiful regions of the East, not the earthly glory of the promised land, not that God-fearing couple whose old age God had blessed, not the venerable figure of the aged patriarch, not the vigorous adolescence God bestowed upon Isaac-the same thing could just as well have occurred on a barren heath. His craving was to go along on the three-day journey when Abraham rode with sorrow before him and Isaac beside him. His wish was to be present in that hour when Abraham raised his eyes and saw Mount Moriah in the distance, the hour when he left the asses behind and went up the mountain alone with Isaac- for what occupied him was not the beautiful tapestry of imagination but the shudder of the idea.
Indian Handcrafts Civil Disobedience For Losers2.5
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city3.8
i dont know guys. it's really tight, but not too much memorable stuff here for me. i think he has potential, just needs better beats. im not really digging this whole TDE scene from the production perspective. i feel like i heard all of these records already somewhere...
Menomena Moms3.5
Menomena Mines3.0
Downfall of Gaia Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes3.0
Dan Deacon America3.5
Rita Ora ORA3.0
troll ratings in the house
Vektor Black Future4.5
Abel (NY) Make It Right4.0
Marijuana Deathsquads Tamper, Disable, Destroy4.5
Creed Weathered2.0
Creed Human Clay3.0
Creed My Own Prison3.5
Insane Clown Posse The Mighty Death Pop!1.0
Narrows Painted3.0
Be'lakor Of Breath and Bone2.5
Gaza No Absolutes in Human Suffering3.5
Converge No Heroes3.0
Jeremiah Jae Raw Money Raps4.0
very influenced by blu's no york!... kind of like what shabazz palaces would sound like if they didn't suck :]

this is growing on me, might 4 it
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra Antibalas3.0
Pariso Nothing Beyond, Everything After3.0
The Alchemist Russian Roulette2.0
The Alchemist sucks as usual
The Gaslamp Killer I Spit On Your Grave4.0
Sudatsuga Blue Moon Saiyeed3.0
Niechec Smierc w miekkim futerku4.5
Album is so good it demotes you for even rating it.
Blue Sky Black Death NOIR3.5
Blue Sky Black Death Razah's Ladder3.5
Blue Sky Black Death A Heap Of Broken Images4.0
Mount Eerie Ocean Roar4.5
Ocean Roar is essentially the audible recording of the ocean's roar, in all of its beauty and rage, and one could not ask for anything more.
Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don't3.0
JMSN †Priscilla†3.5
Nas It Was Written3.0
Nas Life Is Good3.5
Passion Pit Gossamer4.0
Shadow Gallery Carved In Stone3.0
Shadow Gallery Tyranny3.5
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor4.0
Nevermore Enemies Of Reality3.5
Nevermore Dead Heart In A Dead World5.0
Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black4.5
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings3.0
Vanden Plas Far Off Grace4.0
Fliptrix Third Eye of the Storm3.0
Open Mike Eagle 4NML HSPTL3.0
Inga Copeland and Dean Blunt Black Is Beautiful2.0
Shifted Crossed Paths3.0
Monolake Ghosts2.5
Aesop Rock Skelethon3.5
not sure if i like this at all
d'Eon LP3.5
Port St. Willow Holiday3.0
Digital Daggers The Devil Within2.5
House Of Heroes Cold Hard Want3.0
BADBADNOTGOOD BBNG24.0
what the f this is so good
Frank Ocean Channel Orange4.0
Baroness Yellow and Green3.0
The Walkmen Heaven3.0
Meshuggah Koloss3.0
Metric Synthetica3.0
Black Breath Sentenced To Life4.0
Shearwater Animal Joy2.5
Ty Segall Band Slaughterhouse3.0
DIIV Oshin3.0
Mellow Bravo Mellow Bravo2.5
Latitudes Individuation4.0
Laurel Halo Quarantine3.0
Joey Bada$$ 19993.0
kid is very talented with much potential. excited to hear an LP with beats from 2012, not 1999
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Trouble3.0
In Mourning The Weight of Oceans2.5
R. Kelly Write Me Back3.5
R. Kelly Chocolate Factory4.0
R. Kelly Love Letter4.0
Dark Time Sunshine ANX4.5
Continues to establish 2012 as the best year for hip-hop in over a decade
Anathema Weather Systems2.5
Latitudes Agonist3.5
Zelienople The World Is A House On Fire4.0
State Faults Desolate Peaks3.0
hard to listen to the vocals without cringing
DJ Food The Search Engine3.0
Deathspell Omega Paracletus5.0
Deathspell Omega Drought4.0
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo I Have Made My Bed in Darkness3.5
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo Tree of Tongues3.0
not as good as the last record. kind of a poor man's screamo deftones
Atmosphere Overcast!4.0
Rise and Fall Faith4.0
very impressed with this. best metalcore i've heard in a while
Earth The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull3.5
Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I 3.5
Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II3.0
Beach House Teen Dream3.0
Beach House Bloom2.5
Hands Like Houses Ground Dweller2.5
Expire Pendulum Swings2.5
Future of the Left The Plot Against Common Sense2.5
Mgla With Hearts Toward None3.0
Isis The Red Sea4.0
Isis Celestial4.5
Magic Wands Aloha Moon3.0
Ancestors In Dreams And Time3.5
Mount Eerie No Flashlight4.5
Mount Eerie Lost Wisdom4.0
The Microphones Mount Eerie4.5
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 25.0
Mount Eerie Clear Moon4.5
Grand Magus The Hunt3.0
Old Man Gloom NO4.0
omg this is like awesome
Animal Kingdom The Looking Away3.5
Soen Cognitive3.0
The Shins Port of Morrow3.0
Drake Take Care3.0
Usher Looking 4 Myself3.5
Usher Confessions4.0
The Notorious B.I.G. Life After Death3.5
O.C. and Apollo Brown Trophies3.0
Flying Lotus Los Angeles4.0
Flying Lotus 19834.5
J Dilla Ruff Draft3.5
J Dilla Welcome 2 Detroit3.5
Sol.Illaquists Of Sound As If We Existed3.5
Sol.Illaquists Of Sound The 4th Wall Part I2.5
Oh No The Disrupt3.5
Oh No Ohnomite4.0
Soulsavers The Light The Dead See3.0
Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground3.0
East of the Wall The Apologist4.0
Mount Eerie Wind's Poem5.0
Big K.R.I.T. 4Eva N A Day3.0
Hot Water Music Exister3.0
Racing Heart To Walk Beside That Ghost3.5
Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods3.5
Silversun Pickups Carnavas4.0
Jack White Blunderbuss3.0
Chromatics Kill For Love3.5
Hop Along Get Disowned3.0
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet2.5
Ana Kefr The Burial Tree (II)3.5
Old Man Gloom Seminar II: The Holy Rites of Primitivism Regressi3.5
Old Man Gloom Seminar III: Zozobra4.0
Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I4.0
Modern Life Is War Witness4.5
Modern Life Is War My Love. My Way.4.0
Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch4.0
Billy Woods History Will Absolve Me4.0
This is the easiest 4/5 I've ever given. Billy Woods is so good lyrically it's ridiculous, and the beats are consistently great - somewhat glitchy, heavy electronic influence. Only downside is the seriously excessive length. Just plain impossible to focus on a 20 track record.
THEESatisfaction awE naturalE3.5
pretty cool overall, pretty impressed with the production. the vocals are a bit lacking, but solid enough.
Charles Mingus The Clown4.0
Charles Mingus Tijuana Moods3.5
John Coltrane A Love Supreme5.0
Aesop Rock Float3.5
El-P Collecting The Kid3.5
El-P High Water4.0
El-P Cancer 4 Cure5.0
Grimes Visions3.0
Doomtree No Kings3.0
Spawn of Possession Incurso4.0
Storm Corrosion Storm Corrosion2.0
Uhm. *DELETE*
Blu No York!5.0
holy fuck how did i miss this
Ulcerate Of Fracture and Failure3.0
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire3.5
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All3.5
Killer Mike I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II4.0
Killer Mike Pl3dge3.5
Pygmy Lush Mount Hope4.0
Amplifier Insider3.5
Amplifier The Astronaut Dismantles HAL4.0
Das Racist Relax3.5
Mono Under The Pipal Tree3.5
Mono One Step More and You Die3.5
Mono Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered....4.0
El-P Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx34.0
Rufus Wainwright Poses4.0
Rufus Wainwright Out of the Game3.0
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music5.0
I almost shed a tear every time I hear the title track. What a beautiful song. It's everything I've dreamed hip-hop could be.
Jay Rock Follow Me Home3.5
Ab-Soul Control System3.2
Georgia Anne Muldrow Kings Ballad3.0
Nacho Picasso For The Glory3.5
*shels Sea of the Dying Dhow4.0
Old Man Gloom Christmas4.5
Andrew Bird Break It Yourself4.0
Georgia Anne Muldrow Seeds4.0
Madlib is awesome 100% of the time, it only matters to what degree of awesome. And this is probably one of his lower awesome levels unfortunately... which still equates to Muldrow's finest (tied with Umsindo). This time around, Muldrow does a great job condensing her LP - where Umsindo had eleventy billion songs, Seeds takes 11 songs and puts them into a nice, continuous package. Interestingly enough, I find myself missing Muldrow's production - while similar to the Beat Konducta, it is a bit less Fantastic Planet if that makes any sense. Madlib really does a great job emulating 70's funk, and in classic fashion shines a spotlight on Muldrow's performance. But this is the main detractor to Seeds; her preachy, blunted out philosophy takes center stage when it likely shouldn't. Georgia Anne Muldrow is easily one of the most talented musicians around today and is definitely due for a classic one of these days. Seeds isn't it, but is a great record that shows she hasn't yet lost focus since Umsindo.
Meshuggah obZen3.5
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve4.0
Young Widows In and Out of Youth and Lightness3.0
Pelican Ataraxia/Taraxis4.0
The Samuel Jackson Five The Samuel Jackson Five3.5
Maps & Atlases Beware and Be Grateful4.0
Psycroptic The Inherited Repression3.0
First Aid Kit The Lion's Roar3.0
Mark Lanegan Blues Funeral3.0
fun. Some Nights3.5
Death Grips The Money Store2.0
rmakes me think of the pitchfork jet review:rhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gbwjfe5BbGc
The Samuel Jackson Five Easily Misunderstood4.5
Flying Colors Flying Colors2.0
Cloud Nothings Attack on Memory4.0
Amorphis The Karelian Isthmus3.0
Barren Earth Curse of the Red River3.0
Barren Earth The Devil's Resolve3.5
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror3.5
Gangrene Gutter Water3.0
Gangrene Vodka & Ayahuasca2.5
ScHoolboy Q Habits and Contradictions3.5
My initial infatuation wore off slightly (dropped rating from 4 to 3.5)... I can't bring myself to listen continuously to this record, as it's a bit inconsistent. When both Q and the producer are in sync, it bangs, but some of the tracks are just boring/ borderline obnoxious. I really wish Q took his time and released a joint that took the best of H&C and Setbacks; that would have been an excellent record, worthy of top 2012 hip-hop accolades.

My favorite tracks in no particular order:
Sacrilegious
Druggys Wit Hoes Again
Nightmare on Figg St
There He Go
Hands on the Wheel
Grooveline Pt. 1
Blessed


As it stands it seems we'll have to wait for Lamar to best Section.80 to get that Black Hippy dopeness we've been waiting for this year.
Ab-Soul Longterm Mentality2.5
I never realized how bad the beats on this record truly were until I listened to the marginally better Control System
ScHoolboy Q Setbacks3.5
this is pretty great. too bad i missed it last year. black hippy is probably the most interesting hiphop collective right now. Light Years AHead is such a ridiculous track
Thursday Waiting3.5
Thursday A City By the Light Divided3.5
Frank Sinatra Come Fly With Me4.0
The Weeknd Echoes of Silence5.0
Common The Dreamer/The Believer2.5
Grieves 88 Keys & Counting3.0
Grieves The Confessions Of Mr. Modest3.0
Grieves Together/Apart2.5
Together/Apart is a manifestation of Rhymesayers Entertainment's marketing department and their seemingly neverending quest to homogenize hip-hop. Their understanding of the 20-something white male psyche is unrivaled in this industry. It is unfortunate; Grieves has the makings of a multi-dimensional vocalist with a pleasant voice and something of substance to say with it. There aren't technically complex mult-syllabics to be had here, just pure introspection. "On The Rocks" hearkens backs to previous releases and almost recalls what could have been amidst a catcy hook and Budo's (previously) typical electro-funk.

But Grieves presses forward almost too awkwardly with a poorly executed spoken word vibe-come-Brother Ali posturing/preaching made more obvious by their phoned in duet on "Tragic". The production suffers more, taking [mis]cues from nearly every Rhymesayers Entertainment release over the past 5 years. Most of the tracks emulate what could be B-Sides of a post-Lemons Ant, doing nothing so groundbreaking as regurgitating mid-90's soul. Budo was never an incredible producer in the past, but did just enough to shine a spotlight on Grieves' strong personal narrative. It is in that regard that Together/Apart reeks of compromise and mimicry.
The Roots undun3.0
I've been using this term a lot lately, but this is easy listening music. Not nearly as creative as How I Got Over was in incorporating a less hard-hitting, indie approach to their craft. Their time on Jimmy Fallon's show is unfortunately rubbing off on their compositions.

This is the worst Roots record ever made.
Crash of Rhinos Distal3.5
Mastodon The Hunter3.5
Astronautalis This Is Our Science3.5
Sole and the Skyrider Band Hello Cruel World3.5
Pianos Become the Teeth The Lack Long After3.5
Cave In White Silence3.5
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming3.5
Kendrick Lamar Section.803.7
Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost3.5
Little Scream The Golden Record4.0
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors4.0
*shels Plains Of The Purple Buffalo4.5
St. Vincent Strange Mercy4.0
Thursday No Devolución5.0
Foo Fighters Wasting Light4.0
Matana Roberts Coin Coin Chapter One - Gens de couleur libres4.0
The Weeknd Thursday5.0
Vektor Outer Isolation4.5
Vektor are inkredible. Future science and tekhnology and metal.
ASAP Rocky Live.Love.A$AP.3.5
Astronautalis Pomegranate2.5
Danny Brown XXX4.0
Danny Brown The Hybrid3.5
MellowHype BLACKENEDWHITE3.0
Clams Casino Instrumental Mixtape3.5
Shabazz Palaces Black Up2.5
Random Axe Random Axe4.0
The easiest rating you could ever give.
SBTRKT SBTRKT3.5
Astronote Weapon Of The Future4.0
Giles Corey Giles Corey3.5
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver4.5
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore Beileid3.0
Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See4.0
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble From the Stairwell3.5
Eligh Grey Crow3.5
A Storm Of Light As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us...2.5
Curren$y Covert Coup3.0
Trap Them Darker Handcraft4.0
Strapping Young Lad The New Black4.0
Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad4.0
Strapping Young Lad Alien4.5
Strapping Young Lad City5.0
Devin Townsend Project Ki3.0
Devin Townsend Project Addicted4.0
Tyler the Creator Goblin2.5
Death Grips Exmilitary2.5
Guilty Simpson O.J. Simpson4.0
Big K.R.I.T. K.R.I.T Wuz Here3.5
Big K.R.I.T. ReturnOf4eva3.5
The Psychic Paramount II3.0
Pygmy Lush Old Friends4.0
Cave In Creative Eclipses3.5
tUnE-yArDs w h o k i l l2.5
TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light3.5
Stateless Matilda4.5
i dont think the people with less than a 3.5 rating are listening to the same album even. this is incredible music, period.
Grails Doomsdayer's Holiday3.5
Grails Deep Politics3.0
Atmosphere To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy2.5
Atmosphere The Family Sign2.5
Obits Moody, Standard, and Poor3.0
Boris New Album3.0
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues4.0
chugga chugga doo doo bliddle bliddle brawrrrrr lalala
dredg Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy2.0
how do you fall this far from releasing a record like el cielo? what a sad day
Outerspace Blood Brothers3.5
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues4.0
Lo-Pan Salvador3.5
Panda Bear Tomboy4.0
Everything that didn't suck about MPP expanded into an entire album.
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain4.0
James Blake James Blake3.0
Tyler the Creator Bastard3.5
Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra3.5
The Weeknd House of Balloons5.0
Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers1.5
"Ayo 1...this nigga whole style is straight baby thighs son. Straight up. He might got some songs that yall might enjoy n shit but he a straight glitter blooded nigga wit a bullshit ass rhyme book when it come down to it nahmean. The nigga got yall fooled tho so I aint gon step on the nigga toes too much n shit but if you got male genitalia n shit n you listen to this nigga music you a vic nahmean. This nigga done flashed his wand on you. Or you mighta caught a contact off that fairy dust the niggas smokin" -- http://bigghostnahmean.blogspot.com
Raekwon Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang3.5
The Decemberists Her Majesty the Decemberists3.0
The Decemberists The King Is Dead3.0
The Decemberists The Hazards Of Love3.5
Blackalicious Blazing Arrow4.5
Onry Ozzborn Hold On for Dear Life3.5
whoops forgot to review this one.rpsych i didn't forget just too lazy
The Dodos Time to Die3.0
The Dodos No Color3.5
Scale the Summit The Collective2.5
Organized Konfusion Organized Konfusion4.0
Organized Konfusion Stress: The Extinction Agenda5.0
Pharoahe Monch W.A.R.3.0
beats more dated than internal affairs ??? some good stuff, but some of the beats are really boring.r
CunninLynguists Oneirology3.5
I keep trying to see what everyone else sees in this, but can't. Sure, Kno's beats are probably his best since Dirty Acres, but he doesn't really do anything that hasn't been done in the past 10 years. That said, this is a solid record; every track is indeed listenable. If you like this, try out A Piece of Strange... far and away their best.
IMAKEMADBEATS IMAKEMADBEATS3.0
G-Side Starshipz and Rocketz3.5
G-Side Huntsville International3.0
CunninLynguists Will Rap For Food3.0
CunninLynguists Southernunderground3.5
CunninLynguists Strange Journey Volume Two2.5
CunninLynguists Strange Journey Volume One3.0
CunninLynguists A Piece Of Strange4.0
Protest the Hero Scurrilous2.5
The Mountain Goats All Eternals Deck2.0
I just dont get it. Vocals are just terrible and the music is nothing to write home about.
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea5.0
Lupe Fiasco Lasers1.0
Yuck Yuck3.5
OutKast ATLiens4.5
Saigon The Greatest Story Never Told2.5
Sims Bad Time Zoo3.0
TOKiMONSTA Midnight Menu3.5
Blindside Silence3.5
Radiohead The King of Limbs3.0
Glassjaw Coloring Book4.0
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted To Know...4.0
Earl Sweatshirt EARL3.5
Moodie Black Sana Sana3.5
Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows2.5
G-Side The One...Cohesive2.5
Mark Ronson Record Collection4.0
this has nothing to do with hipsters and is incredible
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People4.0
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy4.3
Lady Gaga The Fame3.0
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster4.0
The Republic of Wolves Varuna3.5
El Da Sensei & The Returners GT2: Nu World3.0
Dj Muggs Vs. Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills3.5
Enslaved Axioma Ethica Odini4.0
Diablo Swing Orchestra Sing-Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious1.0
PackFM I F*cking Hate Rappers3.0
Kno Death Is Silent2.5
Celph Titled and Buckwild Nineteen Ninety Now2.0
Sean Price Monkey Barz4.0
Sean Price Jesus Price Supastar3.5
Reks Grey Hairs2.5
Skyzoo The Salvation2.5
Volbeat Beyond Hell/Above Heaven3.0
Kvelertak Kvelertak4.5
The Sword Age of Winters2.5
The Sword Warp Riders3.5
Kylesa Time Will Fuse Its Worth3.0
Kylesa Spiral Shadow4.0
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz4.5
Finger Eleven Them vs. You vs. Me2.0
Finger Eleven Finger Eleven3.0
Finger Eleven The Greyest of Blue Skies4.0
Finger Eleven Tip3.5
Black Milk Album Of The Year3.5
Oceansize Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up4.0
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Dark Night of the Soul4.0
further emphasizes you must kill yourself to earn indie cred.
Mr. Lif Mo' Mega3.0
Mr. Lif I Phantom4.0
Oceansize Home & Minor2.5
Metaform The Electric Mist2.0
autotune use is not good. beats not good. album not good
Kiss Kiss The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left4.0
Kamelot The Fourth Legacy4.0
Fates Warning Parallels4.0
Fates Warning FWX2.0
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite4.0
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death3.5
Iron Maiden Dance of Death3.5
Iron Maiden Brave New World4.5
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise2.5
Four Tet There is Love in You2.5
Shad When This Is Over3.0
Shad TSOL2.5
Caribou Swim2.5
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality3.5
Periphery Periphery2.0
Bonobo Black Sands3.0
Pantha Du Prince Black Noise2.0
The National High Violet3.5
Titus Andronicus The Monitor2.0
Thera If This is the End1.0
Shining Blackjazz3.5
Dead Letter Circus This Is The Warning3.0
Alcest Ecailles De Lune3.5
Immolation Majesty and Decay3.0
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma4.0
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here2.5
Parades Foreign Tapes3.5
High on Fire Death Is This Communion4.0
High on Fire Blessed Black Wings4.0
High on Fire Snakes For The Divine4.0
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis3.0
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot4.5
Big Boi may not be widely considered the star of Outkast, but his first ever (official) solo recording shines an unmistakeable spotlight nonetheless. Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty will by no means leave you pensive with overwhelming metaphysical conflicts post-listen, but be prepared to nod your head to some of the best southern hip-hop since, well, the last Outkast offering.
Maps & Atlases Perch Patchwork4.0
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt3.5
Eminem Infinite3.5
B.o.B The Adventures Of Bobby Ray2.0
a few good tracks and a whole lotta shit.
Nas & Damian Marley Distant Relatives3.0
The Roots How I Got Over3.5
probably about time i posted my review for this
Eminem Recovery4.0
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid3.5
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel4.5
going to be hard to beat this for aoty.
The Ocean Heliocentric3.0
Deftones Diamond Eyes4.0
Meth, Ghost and Rae Wu-Massacre3.0
i wrote an entire review for this and it got lost. fuck it this album isn't that great.
Daughters Daughters4.0
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix5.0
Silversun Pickups Swoon4.0
Flobots Survival Story1.0
LOL
Iron Braydz Devil May Cry3.5
B. Dolan Fallen House Sunken City3.5
straight up hiphop and more entertaining than The Failure. probably as deep too. awesome beats.
Broken Bells Broken Bells4.0
Best record of the year so far.
Freeway & Jake One The Stimulus Package3.0
Emancipator Safe In The Steep Cliffs3.0
Electric President The Violent Blue3.5
BT This Binary Universe4.0
BT These Hopeful Machines3.5
This Binary Universe was not only a defining electronic record of 2006, but it may even be remembered centuries from now - and with good reason, as it far exceeded all expectations fans and colleagues alike had for Brian Transeau (aka "BT"). Mastered in 5.1 surround sound, it was a sprawling, cross-genre piece of epic proportions - jazz, downbeat, house, ambient, and even classical-bent soundtrack influence, it was all there. This alone is the primary detractor from These Hopeful Machines. It's not that BT fails in any sense of the word - quite the contrary actually. His latest machination is bound to have lasting appeal on top of the electronic charts, in the clubs, and all over the globe in places where people actually care about their house music.rRecommended Tracks:r"Suddenly"r"The Emergency"r"Rose of Jericho"r"Love Can Kill You"r"Le Nocturne De Lumiere"
Cars & Trains The Roots, The Leaves3.0
Cars AND Trains...
King Geedorah Take Me to Your Leader4.0
Dessa A Badly Broken Code2.0
hello hubert cumberdale you taste like sunshine.
this is f*cking terrible tbh.
In Vain Mantra2.5
Los Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed1.0
Neon Indian Psychic chasms3.5
this is the kind of record you would think lewis would like, tell him so, and then he would probably say it sucks b/c he's hipsterish :[

oh who called it.

adam downer is a downer.
Primer 55 Introduction to Mayhem2.0
RJD2 The Colossus3.0
Firstly, hip-hop doesn't mean rap...ummm?
Sigh Imaginary Sonicscape4.5
Dangers Messy, Isn't It?2.5
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)3.0
Liars Sisterworld3.5
Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra Take Off!3.5
Oh No Dr No's Ethiopium3.0
Oh No Oh No Vs. Now Again3.5
GETEYE Above the Clouds3.5
Willie Isz Georgiavania3.5
El-Creepo! El-Creepo!4.0
Cobalt Gin4.0
Coalesce 0:12 Revolution in Just Listening4.0
Coalesce OX3.5
The Chasm Farseeing the Paranormal Abysm3.5
Rodrigo y Gabriela 11:113.0
Kidcrash Jokes4.0
Clipse Til the Casket Drops3.0
Easily the worst Clipse record as a whole. Some cool single-quality tracks here and there, but so many cases where either the vocal component or production side is spot on - and not at the same time, unfortunately.

This isn't even close to the level of HHNF.
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect4.5
Sole and the Skyrider Band Sole and the Skyrider Band4.0
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'3.5
50 Cent Curtis2.5
50 Cent Before I Self Destruct3.0
Gaza He Is Never Coming Back3.0
Yonlu A Society In Which No Tear is Shed...2.5
Antipop Consortium Fluorescent Black3.0
Crooked I Mr. Pig Face Weapon Waist3.5
KiD CuDi Man On The Moon: The End Of Day3.0
Felt A Tribute to Christina Ricci2.5
Felt Felt 2: A Tribute to Lisa Bonet3.0
Felt Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez3.5
To any of my regular readers, it's probably no secret that I despise Slug (of overrated Atmosphere fame) almost as much as I do Murs (of also overrated, 9th Wonder-produced 3:16 fame). And with that, I had a real bias going into listening to a record produced entirely by an emcee instrumental in my hip-hop development. Like any aspiring backpacking blogger-come-critic, Aesop Rock was one of my first forays into progressively produced and lyrically existential hip-hop. But while my days as a purely conscious-bent subject matter proponent are over, a sentimentality still lingers over my time spent with Aes. When I saw he would be responsible for the production on Felt's third installment, A Tribute to Rosie Perez, I was excited and apprehensive simultaneously.
Wale Attention Deficit3.5
Wale Back To The Feature3.0
i'm going to stick to my guns here and say "9th wonder is pretty stale"
Royce da 5'9 Death is Certain4.0
Royce da 5'9 Street Hop3.0
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue3.5
Mr. Lif I Heard It Today3.0
Pelican What We All Come To Need3.0
The Beatles Abbey Road4.5
The Beatles Revolver4.0
Oysterhead The Grand Pecking Order3.0
Orphans of Cush White Noize4.0
The Flaming Lips Embryonic2.5
This record is so stupid.
Sole and the Skyrider Band Plastique4.5
This is easily one of the year's finest hip-hop ventures - if only Raekwon delayed his newest another year, Plastique would be sitting on top of all of 2009's releases defecating.
The Eastern Wave All Covet, All Lose3.5
Converge Axe to Fall3.5
There are some really solid tunes here, but unfortunately way too much filler. Sorry dudes.rBetter than No More Heroes for sure and a step in the right direction.
Air Love 23.0
The Postmarks Memoirs At The End Of The World3.5
Some truly remarkable songs, but unfortunately a lot of filler too. What a grand opener... I love the movie soundtrack/ spaghetti western qualities here.
Ne-Yo Year of the Gentleman3.5
Monsters of Folk Monsters of Folk2.5
Ghostface Killah Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City3.0
Tony Starks likes two things, or so it seems according to the subject matter of his rhymes: bitches and blow. Abandoning the latter for a whole record (seriously), he dedicates his trademark crazed flow entirely to the fairer sex with mixed results. Not completely a club-oriented record, The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City dons a multi-faceted mantle of sentimentality, jealousy, and sorrow; this emotional gamut really doesn't click in certain situations (namely the off-target affair that is "Baby"), but there are some incredibly catchy moments here. When the record was initially announced as Ghostface's foray into R&B, it was greeted with disdain and an overall air of negativity - and while fears of 90s radio-soul surmounted, this reaction is largely unwarranted with modern production standards and a collection of excellent featured vocalists. "Not Your Average Girl" and "Do Over" kick things off brilliantly with catchy hooks from Shareefa and Raheem DeVaughn, respectively. Quickly setting Ghost's intended tone amidst updated, soul-laden beats, this one-two punch unfortunately sets the bar quite high for the remainder. Follow-up "Baby" was seemingly written for an audience of peers and not a younger crowd with sappy generalizations for parents to be. As is typical of Mr. Starks, each and every track is mired in the misogynist musings of a man that loves "running trains" and "threesomes every other weekend"; "Stapleton Sex" runs these assertions to a head in what could possibly be a recording of the Wizard actually fornicating. TMI Ghostface, TMI.

Ghostdeini is at his absolute best on the more modern iterations on the radio soul/rap formula, especially on the John Legend assisted "Let's Stop Playing" and a killer trio of album closers. The crooning tenor of Lloyd over a clinic on funk in "Goner" stands out with a particularly absorbing chorus; as a good measuring stick, many ladies in this household have been caught recently with their heads bobbing. Interestingly enough, the two closing bonus tracks are some of the best - Ne-yo and Kanye collabo "Back Like That" may be familiar to some, and the heavily dynamic, autotune-tastic "She's a Killah" brings a unique spin to your typical club tune.

While difficult to expect another killer Wu joint immediately following the brilliant Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II, The Wizard of Poetry is definitely enjoyable even if it is sporadic in its appeal. It's hard not to inflate the rating of a record with some truly incredible joints, yet it's difficult to ignore the two-thirds filler combined with Ghostface's least complicated rhymes in years. Nice try Tony, but let's shoot for a Supreme Clientele II next time around.
Georgia Anne Muldrow Umsindo4.0
Russian Circles Geneva3.0
it's like this:
.........---------^^^^^CRASH BOOM CRASH^^^^^----------.........
BATS Red In Tooth and Claw3.0
GZA Legend of the Liquid Sword3.5
Brand New Daisy2.5
Brand New, Thrice, these names can do no wrong here, predictably. This is probably slightly above average, and all this ridiculous praise is just as unwarranted as that for Beggars.
Brother Ali Us2.5
Porcupine Tree Voyage 34: The Complete Trip2.0
Porcupine Tree The Incident3.0
Tyondai Braxton Central Market2.5
Brother/Ghost Black Ice3.5
Madlib Beat Konducta Vol 1-2: Movie Scenes4.0
Madlib Beat Konducta Vol. 5: Dil Cosby Suite3.5
Madlib Beat Konucta Vol. 6: Dil Withers Suite3.5
Baroness Blue Record3.5
Ok so I finally decided that this isn't as good as the Red Album. I don't know, maybe it's "more mainstream", but Blue Album nearly sheds all sense of identity developed on its forebear.
Baroness Red Album3.5
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II5.0
Essentially the audible recording of the art of cooking fish, in all of its beauty and rage, and one could not ask for anything more.
Jay-Z The Blueprint 33.0
Not even as cool as American Gangster, let alone the original Blueprint
Wale Mixtape About Nothing3.0
Antigua y Barbuda Try Future3.5
The Antlers Hospice3.0
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes3.0
Volcano Choir Unmap3.5
Well, this is better than For Emma after half a listen. Really interesting record that combines the intricacies of post-rock and math with Vernon's standard folk fare; he turns out to be an excellent indie rockstar/frontman. Some might call this "mindless experimentation", but a more accurate descriptor would be "highly dynamic math rock". Much of the more eccentric passages are placed well throughout - doing wonders for the album's pacing; half an hour goes by, yet it feels like merely minutes passed, leaving one with something new each time. This is an excellent outing for Vernon and company that will unfortunately go unnoticed due to Bon Iver fans feeling betrayed. Read: this is not for those that like their music vanilla. Strikey is crazy.

Coincidentally, my lady and I decided that Bon Iver's "Creature Fear" will be our first dance as a married couple. Sue me, that song rules.
Zechs Marquise Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare3.0
Earth to the Rodriguez-Lopez family: you're 35 years too late.

It's a commonplace occurrence these days: guy finds guitar, guy discovers 70s prog, guy imitates said prog. More and more frequently, this process flow delineates the creative process of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, friends, family, and affiliates; if Cryptomnesia, Octahedron, and other recent pursuits weren't enough, here comes the extended jam interpretation a-la Zechs Marquise's Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare. With an all-too-familiar formula mixing equal parts funk, fuzzed out rock, and just enough atmospheric experimentation, one would be hard pressed to find a more faithful era-specific recreation. Blistering instrumental work keeps the group out of the realm of mediocrity; this is definitely a piece made by musicians, for musicians. A certain haphazard flair presents guitar-work analogous to a certain Rodriguez-Lopez brood compatriot - and while obviously not as much of a technician, there is just enough variety to maintain some kind of individual identity. However, the cardinal difference between Zechs Marquise and Omar's solo work lies within the carefully orchestrated ambient passages; they lack the random noodling of Cryptomnesia, the oft-overbearing noisy textures of A Manual Dexterity, and are even reminiscent of Mars Volta atmospherics on a good day. The whirling synths and feedback amalgamate into a kind of darkness that works as an acceptable juxtaposition with the more traditional rock sections.

While derivative to an extent, the Zechs Marquise sub-collective is successful in their aim of contrasting sounds. With more focus, this could be the side-project Mars Volta fans have been expecting - of which Omar has yet to deliver.
Noah and the Whale The First Days of Spring2.5
Passion Pit Manners2.5
Hurt Goodbye To The Machine1.5
Sol.Illaquists Of Sound No More Heroes4.0
shiiiit's tiiiight son
Mew And the Glass Handed Kites2.5
Mew Frengers4.0
Mew No More Stories3.0
The Bloody Beetroots Romborama3.0
Slaughterhouse Slaughterhouse2.5
This is not very good.
Mutemath Armistice2.0
Wow, this is barely listenable, especially compared to their self-titled debut record. Transforming from one of the most interesting alternative pop-rock groups around to the most generic piece of sh*t imaginable is quite the accomplishment. What a travesty.
Black Mountain Black Mountain3.0
As Tall As Lions You Can't Take It With You4.0
Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come4.5
Royce da 5'9 The Revival EP3.0
Young Widows Settle Down City2.5
Kreng L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu3.5
Aesop Rock Daylight4.0
Thrice Identity Crisis2.5
Thrice Beggars3.5
Decapitated Winds of Creation4.0
Charles Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus4.0
Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um4.5
Charles Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus3.5
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse2.0
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us3.0
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security2.5
My Vitriol Finelines3.5
stellastarr* Civilized2.5
Sax Ruins Yawiquo2.5
August Burns Red Constellations3.5
Poison the Well Tear From the Red2.0
Poison the Well You Come Before You3.5
Poison the Well The Tropic Rot4.0
Poison the Well The Opposite of December3.5
50 Cent War Angel LP3.0
Failure Comfort3.0
Cave In Perfect Pitch Black3.5
Cave In Beyond Hypothermia3.0
Cave In Until Your Heart Stops3.5
Cave In Antenna4.0
Cave In Tides of Tomorrow 3.5
Cave In Jupiter5.0
Cave In Planets of Old 4.0
Cage Depart From Me2.5
this is what it would sound like if cage performed the Queen of the Damned soundtrack.raaliyah RIP
Eyedea & Abilities By the Throat2.8
Portugal. The Man The Satanic Satanist2.0
The Alchemist Chemical Warfare2.5
Full Devil Jacket Full Devil Jacket2.5
Rx Bandits Mandala3.5
Sa-Ra Nuclear Evolution: The Age of Love3.5
Gallows Grey Britain3.5
Regina Spektor Far2.5
Her next album I will definitively be able to describe as "more overrated psuedo-intellectual pop".
Big L Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous4.5
Magrudergrind Magrudergrind3.5
Anaal Nathrakh In the Constellation of the Black Widow3.5
Corpses raping animals then fighting other reanimated corpses after being burned alive by fire rain and death angels. Destruction on a colossal scale.
VAST NUDE3.0
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles4.0
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire4.0
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine4.5
The Poor Nobodys The Poor Nobodys [EP]4.0
Amorphis Eclipse1.5
Amorphis Tales From the Thousand Lakes4.0
Amorphis Elegy3.5
Amorphis Tuonela4.0
Street Sweeper Social Club Street Sweeper Social Club2.0
The Mars Volta Octahedron3.0
Okay it's a Mars Volta record. They need to break up and form 2 new bands with one of the bands playing generic prog rock and the other one playing experimental insect noises. That would shake things up.
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's all2.5
Necro The Sexorcist2.5
J Dilla Jay Stay Paid3.5
Mos Def The Ecstatic4.0
The Prodigy The Fat of the Land4.5
Secret Chiefs 3 Traditionalists4.0
Out of the ashes of circus-metal pioneers Mr. Bungle, Trey Spruance took something unique and wonderful, steeped it in a pressure cooker of middle eastern lore and scales, and morphed it into his own entity. Being only one of the dimensions introduced on the Book of Horizons record, this is a welcome explanation of the "Traditionalists" tracks it presented. Heavily Morricone, spaghetti western, and general bombast-influenced, the Secret Chiefs 3 give their interpretation of the cinematic soundtrack genre with an epic theme deconstructed and reanimated over the course of 33 tracks. Don't let the high track count discourage you, this is meant to be a continuous listen, likely only separated out for the sake of listener sanity (or lack thereof). Traditionalists calls life, love, suspense, and chaos to the fore in any given section with dissonant chimes, lush horns and violin, and ominous Italian guitar atmospheres. A very strong (and eccentric) attempt at a soundtrack, the combining factor remains Spruance's trademark surf-rock tendencies and noise experimentation - a boon when implemented properly, these techniques have evolved much from SC3's early Grand Constitution days. Initially immature and largely directionless in their chaotic meanderings, it's very refreshing to see a group grow and come full circle artistically in such grand fashion. Traditionalists is a challenging journey and will not find constant rotation as such - just know that it's a ride well worth the effort.

Here's to further expansion of the Book of Horizons personalities; with five chapters remaining, Secret Chiefs 3 have a bright future ahead of them.
Karnivool Sound Awake3.0
Torae and Marco Polo Double Barrel3.0
Moodie Black The Responsive Chord3.0
Busta Rhymes Back On My B.S.2.0
Jubala Jubala3.0
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest3.5
Portugal. The Man Censored Colors2.5
Portugal. The Man Church Mouth3.0
Portugal. The Man It's Complicated Being a Wizard2.0
Portugal. The Man Waiter: ''You Vultures!''4.0
J Dilla Dillanthology4.0
Estradasphere Quadropus3.5
Estradasphere Palace Of Mirrors4.0
Secret Chiefs 3 Xaphan4.0
Cage I Never Knew You2.0
Taking Back Sunday New Again2.0
Amplifier Amplifier4.0
John Zorn The Crucible3.5
John Zorn Six Litanies for Heliogabalus3.5
John Zorn Astronome3.0
John Zorn Moonchild3.5
I highly reccommend this to any fan of Mike Patton or John Zorn... the premise is that Zorn wrote this for Patton and a couple others (Trevor Dunn is on bass I think). There are no lyrics; it is nearly a more structured Fantomas.
Method Man and Redman Blackout! 22.5
Eminem Relapse3.0
Secret Chiefs 3 First Grand Constitution and Bylaws3.0
Secret Chiefs 3 Second Grand Constitution and Bylaws3.5
Secret Chiefs 3 Book M4.0
Secret Chiefs 3 Book of Horizons4.5
Eminem Encore2.5
Eminem The Eminem Show3.0
Cam'ron Purple Haze3.5
Cam'ron Crime Pays3.0
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading3.0
This is far too long to maintain any shred of interest I had in this album. Builds at far too slow of a pace... and not in an interesting, dynamic fashion. It would be okay if the music was revolutionary, but it's more-so just lame acoustic doodling surrounded by punk-tinged arena c*ck rock.
Closure in Moscow First Temple3.0
The Samuel Jackson Five Goodbye Melody Mountain4.0
Big Business Mind the Drift2.0
Akron/Family Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free3.0
dredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion3.0
It's like if they tried to be even more poppy/mainstream than CWA, but reverted back to the epic-come-concept ideas of El Cielo. If you're a dredg fan, you'll like this. If you're a butt rock fan, you might like this. Overall, I'm really surprised; their new tracks sucked so bad live (cough Ireland cough), but in the context of the album, they work so much better.
Believer Gabriel3.0
Team Sleep Team Sleep4.5
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca4.0
Right now, this is the best album of the year. Almost every tune is crafted precisely and beautifully. Excellent musicians, interesting lyrics, and my girlfriend likes this. Any album my girlfriend likes is usually the next internet indie smash hit.
Japandroids Post-Nothing3.0
De La Soul Are You In?3.5
Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career3.0
Oh No Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms4.0
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below2.5
RPWL World Through My Eyes2.5
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony3.5
Brother Ali The Truth Is Here3.0
EPMD We Mean Business3.5
Big Business Head for the Shallow4.0
Heaven and Hell The Devil You Know3.5
Pretty good for a bunch of really old people. Not that old folks can't rock; I'm just surprised. Dio still sounds like Dio, and Sabbath is still Sabbath... but this is more novelty for me than anything.
Abstract Rude Rejuvenation2.5
Charles Mingus Blues & Roots3.5
Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady5.0
P.O.S. Never Better4.0
Cursive Mama, I'm Swollen3.0
Platinum Pied Pipers Abundance4.0
By now, the consonant "D" undoubtedly inspires euphoria in underground hip-hop heads: unemployment drives its stake deeper into the D daily, yet through this hardship and pain therein lies true beauty and revolution. From the layman rhymes of Guilty Simpson's Ode To The Ghetto, to the break-out release of Elzhi's The Preface, and closing out the year in grand style with Black Milk's epic Tronic... Detroit is the hip-hop epicenter of the millenium. If Waajeed and Saadiq's Platinum Pied Pipers project promises anything, it's that the D isn't done; Abundance kicks off 2009 and the new regime with no ifs or maybes.
Isis Wavering Radiant4.0
Isis In the Absence of Truth3.5
Fort Minor The Rising Tied3.0
Saxon Shore The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore3.5
Pax and Pry A Day at the Office3.0
Long Distance Calling Avoid The Light3.5
DJ Muggs Vs GZA Grandmasters3.5
Spires (USA) Flowers And Fireworks4.0
Kind of similar to the Mesa Verde record from last year, but heavier. John Hanson says this is skramz isis. this will definitely be on my year end top 10.
As Cities Burn Hell Or High Water2.5
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing3.5
Asher Roth Asleep In The Bread Aisle1.5
Mario Kart, munchies, Madden, suburbs, Sublime-posturing, pre-pubescent socio-political musings Asleep in the Bread Aisle has all the ingredients for anthemic frat-party bro-hop. Raised in the suburbs (the far-outlying suburbs to be precise) of Philadelphia, Asher Roth paints a picture one would expect from homogeneous experiences and a biblically allusive name. And theres absolutely nothing wrong with that, especially when delving into the metaphysical or even the mildly interesting. Even then, some artists excel at making light, care-free party music see pre-808s/ Louis Vitton Kanye for a good example. The thing is, Roth tries to do both here but is by no means a renaissance man; instead, he recreates the very essence of Wonderbread through music.
Janelle Monae Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase4.5
Black Milk Popular Demand3.5
Callenish Circle Pitch.Black.Effects2.0
If These Trees Could Talk Above the Earth, Below the Sky3.0
Ra Duality2.5
Ra From One3.0
Finale A Pipe Dream and a Promise4.0
Bat For Lashes Two Suns3.0
Jay-Z The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse2.5
Prefuse 73 Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian2.5
Propagandhi Supporting Caste2.5
World's End Girlfriend Hurtbreak Wonderland3.5
OutKast Aquemini5.0
OutKast Stankonia4.0
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Both Sides of the Brain4.0
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Funk Man (The Stimulus Package)3.0
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Eleventh Hour2.0
Shugo Tokumaru Exit3.5
Mike Jones Who Is Mike Jones?2.5
UGK UGK 4 Life3.5
Wolfmother Wolfmother2.5
toe New Sentimentality3.5
Alice in Chains Dirt3.5
Jerry Cantrell Boggy Depot3.0
Jerry Cantrell Degradation Trip3.5
Moonspell The Antidote2.0
Amesoeurs Amesoeurs3.5
The Faceless Planetary Duality2.0
Micachu Jewellery2.0
What's wrong with the album? Songwriting, coherence, repetition, vocal performance, lyrics, rhythm, artist name, album name... this is really stupid music.
Quasimoto The Further Adventures of Lord Quas4.0
Failure Magnified4.5
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I4.0
Kashiwa Daisuke 5 Dec.2.5
Quasimoto The Unseen4.5
Dynospectrum Dynospectrum3.5
Depeche Mode Ultra2.5
Depeche Mode Music for the Masses4.0
Trophy Scars Bad Luck3.0
Sufjan Stevens A Sun Came2.0
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans4.0
Sufjan Stevens Illinois4.0
Sufjan Stevens Michigan3.5
Zu Carboniferous3.5
MF DOOM Operation: Doomsday4.0
Isis Oceanic4.5
Isis Panopticon5.0
Vast Aire Dueces Wild2.5
Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs4.5
Keri Hilson In A Perfect World...2.0
MF DOOM Born Like This3.5
Depeche Mode Black Celebration4.0
Mastodon Crack the Skye2.3
Imagine if Mastodon continued in the direction of Blood Mountain, with a completely worthless concept, Dream Theater posturing, and a sound that completely lacks cohesion. There are at least 3 sludge/ post metal albums from March you could be listening to instead (namely Zoroaster, Kylesa, and Buried Inside). This is seriously mediocre, lacks a truly heavy punch, and is a complete disappointment coming all the way from Leviathan.
B-Real Smoke N Mirrors2.5
Ernie Watts Classic Moods2.5
Ernie Watts Unity3.0
Ernie Watts Reaching Up4.0
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand1.5
Kylesa Static Tensions3.5
Zoroaster The Voice of Saturn3.5
Buried Inside Spoils Of Failure3.5
Pax and Pry A Day Off3.5
K'naan The Dusty Foot Philosopher3.0
Pure Reason Revolution Amor Vincit Omnia3.0
Mono Hymn To The Immortal Wind4.0
Metallica St. Anger1.0
Atomship The Crash of `473.5
Sinch Sinch3.0
Sinch Clearing the Channel3.5
Common Market Tobacco Road3.0
The Appleseed Cast Sagarmatha3.0
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead The Century of Self3.0
Devin Townsend Physicist3.0
Devin Townsend Infinity3.5
Devin Townsend Ocean Machine: Biomech4.5
Devin Townsend Terria4.0
The Devin Townsend Band Accelerated Evolution3.5
The Devin Townsend Band Synchestra3.0
Devin Townsend Ziltoid the Omniscient3.0
Dan Deacon Bromst3.5
Sholi Sholi4.0
Mastodon Call of the Mastodon3.0
Thursday Common Existence4.0
God Is An Astronaut God Is an Astronaut3.0
God Is An Astronaut Far from Refuge4.0
She and Him Volume One3.5
M. Ward Hold Time3.5
The Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the Synapse1.5
M. Ward Transfiguration of Vincent4.0
M. Ward Transistor Radio4.0
Napalm Death Smear Campaign3.0
Napalm Death The Code Is Red...Long Live the Code3.5
Napalm Death Noise for Music's Sake3.0
Napalm Death Order of the Leech3.0
Napalm Death Enemy of the Music Business3.0
Napalm Death Words from the Exit Wound2.0
Napalm Death Diatribes2.5
Napalm Death Fear, Emptiness, Despair2.5
Napalm Death Utopia Banished2.5
Napalm Death Inside the Torn Apart2.0
Napalm Death Harmony Corruption3.0
Napalm Death Time Waits for No Slave3.5
Napalm Death From Enslavement to Obliteration4.0
Napalm Death Scum3.5
Kenna New Sacred Cow4.0
Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You3.5
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime3.5
Queensryche Q2K1.0
Spiral Architect A Sceptic's Universe1.5
This album sounds like this:
blibble blib blib doodle doodle blib blib blib blib crack crack boom bloob bloob.
Zero Hour The Towers of Avarice3.5
Andromeda Chimera2.0
Andromeda II=I2.5
Andromeda Extension of the Wish3.5
Pain of Salvation Entropia3.0
Pain of Salvation One Hour by the Concrete Lake3.5
Pain of Salvation The Perfect Element, Part 14.5
Pain of Salvation Remedy Lane4.0
Pain of Salvation Be2.5
Pain of Salvation Scarsick2.0
Asobi Seksu Citrus3.5
Asobi Seksu Hush2.5
DJ Sprinkles Midtown 120 Blues3.5
Death Symbolic4.5
Karnivool Themata3.5
Evergreen Terrace Wolfbiker2.5
Planes Mistaken For Stars Mercy2.5
Walls of Jericho The American Dream2.0
The Sound of Animals Fighting The Ocean and the Sun2.5
Funeral for a Friend Memory and Humanity2.0
Minus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like This3.5
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow3.0
Lovage Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By2.0
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends2.5
Doomtree Doomtree3.0
cLOUDDEAD cLOUDDEAD4.0
Gym Class Heroes The Quilt2.5
Opeth Burden2.0
P.O.S. Ipecac Neat3.0
P.O.S. Audition3.5
Cage Hell's Winter4.0
Island Orakel4.0
Intestine Baalism Ultimate Instinct4.5
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion3.0
Sabac Red Ritual3.0
At his best, Sabac Red is merely serviceable; at his worst, his content is pseudo-intelligent, oozing with lame inspiration and socio-political generalities. The production here is extremely hit or miss... Skammadix is terrible, but Blue Sky Black Death and Sick Nature pull off some swell beats. Ill Bill has an uninspired guest appearance that's barely worth even noting in this sentence.
9th Prince Prince Of New York1.5
Copy GZA's flow to a tee, the subdued production style of Pro Tools, then rap about dumb sh*t. Hey look, you're 9th Prince.
John Robinson Who Is This Man?2.5
Dear John Robinson, stop imitating Nas.

Dear MF Doom, release a new album already.

Seriously, this comes off as a phoned-in waste of time on Doom's part... thoroughly decent, but never excellent. Dude needs to stop sending impersonators to shows and pick up the mic.
Madlib Sujinho3.5
Always consistent, madlib put out an interesting album in 2008 that largely flew under everyone's radar. Collaborating with Mamao Conti (the drummer of Brazillian jazz group Azymuth), Sujinho is an energetic romp into redefinition of classic Brazillian standards.
Royce da 5'9 The Bar Exam 23.5
One of the most talent Detroit MCs for years, Royce da 5'9" puts forth a solid, well produced effort on 'The Album'. Fuck Ice Cube, this is a real pyroclastic flow. Detroit is inarguably the hotbed of 21st centry hip-hop... look out for his scheduled March 2009 release.
Dalek Deadverse Massive Vol. 1: Dälek Rarities 1999-20063.5
Sonata Arctica Ecliptica1.5
Sonata Arctica Silence2.0
Brand New Deja Entendu3.0
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me4.0
Gordian Knot Emergent3.0
Gordian Knot Gordian Knot3.5
Oceans of Sadness The Arrogance Of Ignorance3.0
Off Minor The Heat Death of the Universe4.0
Neurosis and Jarboe Neurosis and Jarboe2.5
Neurosis Times of Grace5.0
Neurosis Enemy of the Sun4.5
Tobacco Fucked Up Friends3.5
One of the few interesting anticon projects. Tobacco makes an electronic come industrial trip-hop atmosphere on Fucked Up Friends. Beautiful at times, mediocre at others, it almost feels as if most of this has been done before. This sneaking suspicion keeps FUF from getting a 4, whereas Aesop Rock's verses on "Dirt" solidy its 3.5. Definitely recommended.
Madvillain Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix3.5
Madlib Shades of Blue4.0
Kevin Rudolf In The City1.5
Terribly generic dance rock. I don't know how this album has anything to do with being "In The City", except that it has Nas and Weezy on it. Don't even bother.
Mighty Joseph Empire State3.0
An intriguing, yet ultimately unbalanced effort. Although one of the most unique rappers of the 2000s, Vast Aire is unable to save the album from the mediocre production over a majority of its length. Regardless, "The Uprising" is one of the best tracks of 2008; it's a tragedy the rest of the album doesn't live up to this standard.
Max Tannone Jaydiohead2.0
Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein5.0
The Roots Illadelph Halflife4.0
The Roots Organix3.5
Company Flow Funcrusher Plus5.0
Esham KKKill the Fetus2.5
Insane Clown Posse The Wraith: Hell's Pit2.0
Insane Clown Posse Bizaar1.5
Insane Clown Posse The Amazing Jeckel Brothers1.5
Insane Clown Posse The Great Milenko1.5
Insane Clown Posse Riddle Box2.5
Insane Clown Posse Ringmaster1.0
Insane Clown Posse Carnival of Carnage1.0
Sarah Fimm White Birds2.5
Steven Wilson Insurgentes3.0
OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below4.5
OutKast Idlewild3.0
Depeche Mode Speak And Spell1.5
Depeche Mode Songs of Faith and Devotion3.5
Depeche Mode Exciter2.0
Depeche Mode Playing The Angel3.5
Depeche Mode Violator5.0
Sly and The Family Stone There's A Riot Goin' On5.0
Hollywood Undead Swan Songs1.0
R. Kelly Trapped in the Closet (Chapters 1-12)1.5
Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative3.0
Britney Spears Circus3.5
Dalek Absence3.5
TV on the Radio Dear Science4.5
Lupe Fiasco The Cool3.0
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor3.5
In Every Breath Distrust1.5
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness4.5
Black Mountain In the Future3.5
United Nations United Nations3.5
Young Widows Old Wounds4.0
Arghoslent Hornets of the Pogrom3.0
Keyshia Cole The Way It Is3.5
Keyshia Cole Just Like You4.0
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World4.0
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life5.0
Prolyphic & Reanimator The Ugly Truth3.0
Kidz in the Hall The In Crowd3.0
The Knux Remind Me In Three Days3.0
Snowgoons Black Snow3.0
This is German hiphop production-team Snowgoons' second album, featuring a ton of talent in or associated with the Army of the Pharoahs. The beats are unique from the underground flavor most typified by that Philadelphia scene; that is, the serious/apocalyptic flavor is still there, yet with a distinct European surface coating. Make no mistake, this isn't fluffy electropop; this is full-fledged hiphop that leaves the listener thirsty for more.

It would be interesting to hear a different set up of less aggressive MCs next time around... One can only take so much anger over the course of a 22 track album.
Blu and Mainframe Johnson and Jonson3.5
Blu and Exile Below the Heavens3.5
The Foreign Exchange Leave It All Behind3.5
Reef The Lost Cauze A Vicious Cycle3.5
The Streets Original Pirate Material2.5
The Streets The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living1.0
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill4.5
Thirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars3.0
Jake One White Van Music3.5
Probably one of the most overlooked releases this year, Jake One tears it up on White Van Music and is easily one of the best producers in hip hop today. With an all star guest list, more than half the tracks (of a 20+ track release) are bangers. While not a progressive production genius, he is a brilliant composer, and Rhymesayers made a great move by putting this on their label.
Radiohead Pablo Honey2.5
Radiohead The Bends3.5
Radiohead Amnesiac2.0
Radiohead Hail to the Thief2.5
Radiohead In Rainbows3.5
Radiohead OK Computer4.5
Radiohead Kid A2.5
The Exies Inertia3.0
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die4.5
The Cool Kids The Bake Sale2.0
N.E.R.D. Seeing Sounds1.0
In Pieces Lions Write History4.0
The Drones Havilah4.0
Kings of Leon Only By The Night3.0
Deerhunter Microcastle3.0
An interesting exercise in atmospheric indie-rock, Deerhunter attempts to maintain a creative focus on Microcastle. At times they are truly genuine, yet this also seems to conceal the simplistic nature of their compositions. While not glaringly obvious, Deerhunter would be better for maturation of a creative process. Make no mistake, there is potential for greatness here; it only needs proper channeling.
Okkervil River The Stand Ins3.5
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes3.5
Failure Fantastic Planet5.0
Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple2.0
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere2.5
Off Minor Some Blood3.5
Kamelot The Black Halo4.5
Hum Downward Is Heavenward4.5
Torche Meanderthal3.0
Hum You'd Prefer an Astronaut4.5
Black Kids Partie Traumatic1.0
Pepper In With The Old3.0
Common Be3.5
Common Like Water for Chocolate3.5
Common Universal Mind Control1.5
Atmosphere God Loves Ugly3.5
Atmosphere Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs4.0
Atmosphere Seven's Travels3.0
Atmosphere You Can't Imagine How Much Fun...2.5
Sage Francis Personal Journals2.5
Oh No Dr. No's Oxperiment3.5
Denali The Instinct3.5
Sun Kil Moon April3.0
The Dodos Visiter3.5
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago4.0
Murs Murs For President2.5
Sleep Dopesmoker3.0
2Pac Me Against the World3.5
Mercenary The Hours That Remain3.0
EPMD Out of Business2.5
EPMD Back in Business3.0
EPMD Business Never Personal3.5
EPMD Business as Usual3.5
EPMD Unfinished Business3.5
EPMD Strictly Business4.0
Erykah Badu New Amerykah Pt. 1 (4th World War)4.0
Murs Murs 3:16: the 9th Edition3.0
RJD2 Deadringer4.0
RJD2 The Third Hand3.0
MF DOOM MM.. Food4.0
Ghostface Killah The Big Doe Rehab3.0
Ghostface Killah Fishscale4.0
Ghostface Killah Supreme Clientele4.5
Ghostface Killah Ironman4.5
Intronaut Void3.0
The Streets Everything is Borrowed2.0
Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams2.5
Wu-Tang Clan Iron Flag2.5
Wu-Tang Clan The W3.0
Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever3.5
Ludacris Theater of the Mind3.0
Saosin Saosin2.0
Saosin Translating the Name3.5
Raphael Saadiq The Way I See It4.0
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill5.0
Blue Sky Black Death Late Night Cinema3.5
Blue Sky Black Death Jean Grae: The Evil Jeanius3.5
The Human Abstract Nocturne3.0
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus3.5
Between the Buried and Me Alaska3.5
Between the Buried and Me The Anatomy Of3.0
Between the Buried and Me Colors4.0
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak3.5
The Roots Do You Want More?!!!??!4.5
The Decemberists Picaresque3.5
The Decemberists The Crane Wife4.0
Jay-Z American Gangster3.5
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals2.5
Gutta Heads Will Roll2.5
Mesa Verde The Old Road3.5
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury4.5
Clipse Lord Willin'4.0
Becoming The Archetype Dichotomy2.5
Immortal Technique The 3rd World2.5
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Volume 23.5
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Volume 13.0
Pure Reason Revolution The Dark Third3.5
T.I. Paper Trail4.0
TRUSTcompany The Lonely Position of Neutral2.0
Dela Changes of Atmosphere3.5
Anberlin New Surrender3.5
Cynic Focus4.0
Cynic Traced in Air3.5
The Fall of Troy Phantom on the Horizon3.0
Polkadot Cadaver Purgatory Dance Party3.0
M. Ward Post-War4.0
The Bad Plus Prog3.5
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil2.5
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen3.0
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet2.0
Protest the Hero A Calculated Use of Sound2.0
Protest the Hero Fortress2.5
Protest the Hero Kezia3.5
Brother Ali Shadows On The Sun3.5
Brother Ali The Undisputed Truth3.0
Explosions in the Sky The Rescue3.0
This Will Destroy You This Will Destroy You2.5
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain3.5
Mastodon Remission4.0
Mastodon Leviathan4.5
Mastodon Blood Mountain3.0
Burst Origo4.0
Burst Lazarus Bird3.0
The Ocean Aeolian3.5
The Ocean Precambrian4.5
Into Eternity The Scattering of Ashes2.5
Into Eternity Buried in Oblivion3.5
Disillusion Back To Times Of Splendor4.0
The Used The Used2.0
My Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets...2.5
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge3.0
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade3.0
Maps & Atlases Tree, Swallows, Houses4.0
Maps & Atlases You and Me and the Mountain4.5
Mutemath Mute Math3.5
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso3.5
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice4.0
Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates3.5
Adebisi Shank This is the Album3.0
Modern Life Is War Midnight in America3.5
Converge Jane Doe4.5
311 Evolver2.0
311 From Chaos2.5
311 Soundsystem3.0
311 Transistor3.0
311 3113.0
311 Grassroots3.5
311 Music3.5
Incubus Make Yourself4.0
Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.3.5
Incubus Enjoy Incubus3.0
Incubus When Incubus Attacks, Vol. 12.5
Incubus Morning View4.5
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...1.5
Incubus Light Grenades2.5
Trapt Trapt1.5
Nappy Roots The Humdinger3.5
CunninLynguists Dirty Acres3.5
Scarface Made3.5
Scarface The Last Of A Dying Breed2.5
Scarface The Untouchable3.0
Scarface My Homies2.5
Scarface The World Is Yours3.5
Scarface Mr. Scarface Is Back4.0
Scarface Emeritus4.0
Oceansize Effloresce4.5
Oceansize Music for Nurses3.5
Oceansize Everyone Into Position4.0
Oceansize Frames3.5
Interpol Turn On the Bright Lights1.5
Soulja Boy Souljaboytellem.com1.0
Elzhi The Preface4.0
Scarface The Fix4.0
Scarface The Diary4.5
Heltah Skeltah D.I.R.T. (Da Incredible Rap Team)2.5
Basically, everyone is gay except Sean Price.

Seriously, sexism, homophobia, and a ton of other gangsta cliches galore... this is pretty unnecessary in 2008. Regardless, Jesus Price rocks the mic, and the beats are cool at times (less often than they should be). Roc is really just a bad rapper.
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King4.5
King Crimson Islands3.5
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic4.5
King Crimson Red4.0
King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair3.5
King Crimson The ConstruKction of Light3.5
King Crimson The Power to Believe3.5
Pink Floyd Animals3.5
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here3.5
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon5.0
Pink Floyd The Wall4.5
Rush Caress of Steel3.0
Rush Rush3.5
Rush 21124.0
Rush Hemispheres4.0
Rush Permanent Waves3.5
Rush Moving Pictures4.0
Rush Exit...Stage Left4.0
Rush Signals3.5
Rush Grace Under Pressure3.5
Rush Power Windows3.0
Rush Hold Your Fire3.0
Rush Presto3.0
Rush Roll the Bones3.0
Rush Test for Echo2.5
Rush Vapor Trails2.5
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade3.0
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 33.2
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness3.5
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger3.5
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo3.5
Naked City Naked City4.0
Peeping Tom Peeping Tom3.0
Mr. Bungle California4.0
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....4.5
Burial Untrue3.0
Battles Mirrored4.0
Agalloch The Mantle3.5
Agalloch Pale Folklore4.0
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite2.5
Dream Theater Images and Words3.0
Dream Theater Awake3.5
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons3.0
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity3.0
Dream Theater Live Scenes From New York4.0
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory4.5
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence3.5
Dream Theater Train of Thought2.5
Dream Theater Octavarium3.0
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos2.0
Jurassic 5 Feedback2.0
Jurassic 5 Quality Control2.5
Jurassic 5 Power in Numbers3.0
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come4.5
Amanda Palmer Who Killed Amanda Palmer?3.5
Flobots Fight With Tools1.0
Circa Survive On Letting Go3.0
Circa Survive Juturna3.5
Pulse Ultra Headspace4.0
Frank Sinatra In The Wee Small Hours5.0
David Bowie Low4.5
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...5.0
The Velvet Teen Elysium3.5
Khoma The Second Wave3.0
Camel Mirage4.5
Rise Against The Sufferer and the Witness4.0
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly...4.0
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms3.5
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step3.0
Tool 10,000 Days3.5
Tool Lateralus4.5
Tool Aenima5.0
Tool Undertow4.0
Tool Opiate3.5
dredg Catch Without Arms3.5
dredg Leitmotif4.5
dredg El Cielo5.0
Jedi Mind Tricks A History of Violence2.0
Jedi Mind Tricks Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell3.0
Jedi Mind Tricks Legacy of Blood3.0
Jedi Mind Tricks Visions of Gandhi2.5
Jedi Mind Tricks Violent By Design3.5
Black Milk Tronic4.0
Messiah J & The Expert From The Word Go3.0
Textures Polars3.5
Textures Drawing Circles4.0
Gojira The Link3.0
Gojira The Way of All Flesh3.0
Gojira From Mars to Sirius3.5
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath3.5
The Mars Volta Amputechture2.5
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute4.0
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium5.0
Eyedea & Abilities First Born3.0
Eyedea & Abilities E&A3.5
Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons...3.0
Aesop Rock Labor Days4.0
Aesop Rock None Shall Pass3.5
Tusk The Resisting Dreamer3.0
Jaga Jazzist The Stix3.0
Tortoise TNT3.5
Tortoise Standards3.0
Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt4.5
Jay-Z The Blueprint4.0
Jay-Z The Black Album4.5
Jay-Z Kingdom Come2.5
Madvillain Madvillainy5.0
Dalek Abandoned Language3.5
Game LAX3.0
Dr. Dre 20014.0
Dr. Dre The Chronic4.5
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP4.5
Eminem The Slim Shady LP4.5
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...4.5
GZA Liquid Swords4.5
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)5.0
Nas STILLmatic4.0
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory3.0
Black Star Black Star4.5
Pharoahe Monch Desire4.0
Opeth Orchid3.0
Opeth Morningrise2.5
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse4.0
Opeth Still Life4.5
Opeth Blackwater Park5.0
Opeth Deliverance4.0
Opeth Damnation4.0
Opeth Lamentations3.5
Opeth Ghost Reveries3.5
Opeth Watershed2.5
Porcupine Tree On the Sunday of Life2.0
Ernie Watts To The Point4.0
Porcupine Tree Up the Downstair4.0
Porcupine Tree Signify3.5
Porcupine Tree The Sky Moves Sideways4.5
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream4.0
Porcupine Tree Lightbulb Sun4.5
Porcupine Tree In Absentia5.0
Porcupine Tree Deadwing4.0
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet3.5
Porcupine Tree Nil Recurring4.0
Thursday War All the Time4.0
Thursday Full Collapse4.0
Thrice The Illusion of Safety3.5
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance3.0
Thrice Vheissu4.0
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II3.5
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV4.0
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command4.5
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute4.5
Glassjaw El Mark3.5
Deftones Deftones3.5
Deftones Adrenaline4.5
Deftones Around the Fur5.0
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist4.0
Deftones White Pony4.5
Fantomas Fantomas3.5
Fantomas Suspended Animation3.0
Fantomas The Director's Cut4.5
Fantomas Delirium Cordia2.0
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine3.0
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral4.0
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile4.0
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero3.0
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth2.5
Tomahawk Tomahawk3.5
Tomahawk Mit Gas4.0
Tomahawk Anonymous3.0
Faith No More The Real Thing3.5
Faith No More Angel Dust5.0
Faith No More King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime3.5
Faith No More Album of the Year3.0
Dog Fashion Disco Anarchists of Good Taste3.5
Dog Fashion Disco Committed to a Bright Future3.5
Dog Fashion Disco Adultery5.0
Mono You Are There4.5
Russian Circles Enter3.5
Russian Circles Station3.0
Red Sparowes At The Soundless Dawn4.0
Red Sparowes Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red...3.5
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence3.0
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...3.5
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place3.5
Pelican Australasia3.5
Pelican March Into the Sea3.5
Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon...4.0
Pelican City of Echoes3.0
Neurosis Souls at Zero4.0
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood5.0
Neurosis Given to the Rising4.0
Neurosis A Sun That Never Sets5.0
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm5.0
Cult of Luna Salvation4.0
God Is An Astronaut The End of the Beginning3.5
God Is An Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright4.0
65daysofstatic The Fall of Math3.5
Kanye West The College Dropout3.5
Kanye West Late Registration3.5
Kanye West Graduation3.0
Common Resurrection3.0
Common One Day It'll All Make Sense3.5
Common Electric Circus3.0
Common Finding Forever2.0
Mos Def Black on Both Sides4.5
Mos Def True Magic3.0
Talib Kweli Quality3.5
Talib Kweli Eardrum3.0
Jaylib Champion Sound4.0
Ice Cube Raw Footage3.0
The only thing that keeps this album above average are Ice Cube's pyroclastic flows, obviously. On a more serious note, although his anti-ghetto preachiness does become frustrating at times... Ice Cube remains a bastion of lyrical honor in the hip hop game. The beats are very average, but his flow makes up for that.
Most likely reviewing this soon.
Green City Brand New Money1.5
This isn't the absolute worst album ever; there are maybe 20 albums below this benchmark on the craptacular scale. Mixing equal parts southern cliches and mainstream hiphop yields Green City. All of the lyrics are contrived and sound as if they looked up "gangster" (yes, with the "er") on wikipedia and copied what they saw. Even then, half of the lyrics don't even make sense. The beats are digustingly repetitive, redefining the term unimaginative, and include plenty of high BPM closed-hi-hat passages typical of the genre. Stay away from this album; it's horrible, and the .5 extra points above 1.0 are only given for Scarface's introduction. Speaking of Scarface, he should be quite ashamed to associate his name with presenting this record.

A more in depth review to come, just using this as a forum for my thoughts at work.
GZA Pro Tools3.0
Guilty Simpson Ode to the Ghetto5.0
Dave Weckl Band Synergy4.5
J Dilla Donuts4.5
J Dilla The Shining4.0
Deltron 3030 Deltron 30305.0
The Roots Things Fall Apart5.0
The Roots Phrenology4.0
The Roots The Tipping Point3.5
The Roots Game Theory4.5
The Roots Rising Down4.0
El-P I'll Sleep When You're Dead5.0
El-P Fantastic Damage5.0
Perhaps one of the most overlooked founding fathers of 21st century progressive hip-hop, Jaime Meline's Fantastic Damage is the follow-up to the revered Company Flow classic, Funcrusher Plus. Most notably, the 2002 release acts as a bridge between his hard working, NYC underground roots and his evolution into a successful producer and entrepreneur/owner/CEO of label Definitive Jux. While the chemistry of CoFlow is missed (while label Rawkus is not), El-Ps solo debut is at least as important - a 70-minute exploration in socio-political paranoia.
El-P Weareallgoingtoburninhell Megamix3.0
El-P Weareallgoingtoburninhell Megamixx 23.5
Awesome material from El-P as usual... One of the main highlights here is the last track, beginning with a unique El-P reinterpretation of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" and segueing into a nearly industrial remix of The Mars Volta's "The Widow". This mixtape is available for free from defjux.
Ill Bill The Hour of Reprisal3.5
Nas Illmatic4.5
Nas Untitled3.0
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