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10.12.08 My Most Disappointing Albums10.02.08 My Recent Album Tastes

My Recent Album Tastes

Here is the list of albums I have bought/downloaded recently that I have enjoyed maybe not to the fullest but to the point where I can persistently listen to the album with few complaints.
The Slim Shady LP

Since I enjoyed "The Marshall Mathers LP" so much, I decided to download Eminem's first album "The Slim Shady." I was pleased, but I didn't like it as much as "The Marshall Mathers LP," but I really enjoyed listening to several tracks from the album. My favorite tracks off the LP are "Rock Bottom," "'97 Bonnie & Clyde," and "My Name Is" which is the track that made me want the album in the first place.
2Lamb of God
As the Palaces Burn

People say that the production on this album is poor (the same goes for their release "New American Gospel") but that does not distract the listener from the incredible heavy tracks on the album that Lamb of God is famous for. With "Ruin" as the pounding opener and "Vigil" as the epic ender, I practically have nothing against the album.
OK Computer

I read the many reviews for this album and decided to download this album and see for myself if this album was really that good. I was pretty impressed with this album. Radiohead's style of music had changed significantly in this album although they did keep the same old genre for some of the tracks here. My recommendations from this album are "Lucky," "Electioneering," and "Fitter Happier." "Fitter..." isn't much of a song, but it is one hell of an intense track.
4Led Zeppelin

After listening to the disappointing "In Through the Out Door," I stuck the classics and forced myself not to get anymore of Zeppelin's later stuff. But a review for "Coda" had caught my attention and I decided to download instead of buy the album and test it out. I was impressed because it was such an improvement from "I.T.T.O.D." since they sort of reconnected with their past style of songs. Rather than listening to horrid tracks like "Hot Dog," "Coda" provides solid tracks that will definitely attract any Zeppelin fan who hasn't already heard this album.
MTV Unplugged in New York

After listening to Alice in Chains' "Unplugged" album, I remembered that Nirvana had an "Unplugged" album of their own that I had heard was fairly good. Well, after a couple of listens, it is very good. Their ability to play songs different yet still keeping the original feel of the song is pretty remarkable. I enjoyed the cover of Bowie's "Man Who Sold the World" and Meat Puppets' "Lake of Fire" the most. The rest of the tracks are also great.
Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)

I have heard many things about this album. Either it is too soft or too good depending on who's perspective it is from, I was aching to get this album. Well, I wasn't disappointed; I wasn't that happy either. That's not saying the album wasn't good, it's just that some of the tracks on here were either too similar or way too different. Take "The Virus of Life" for example. Very different from the album, but it isn't very interesting. And there are songs like "Welcome" that sound similar to the repetitive songs from "Iowa." But there is also a lot to like from this album. Both of the "Vermillions" sound amazing. Pt. 2 shows Slipknot's soft side, while pt. 1 shows Slipknot's dark and experimental side (it reminds me of Silent Hill). Both of the songs are immediate successes after the first listen. I also like the large amount of guitar solos on the album. This album is another decent release from Slipknot that is enjoyable and a step forward from the band's past "rap-metal" ways.
The Eminem Show

After the first two LP's, I thought that Eminem could only get better. But I was wrong. The lyrics are lighter, the beats aren't that great and some of the songs are easily skippable. Slim's vulgar lyrics always seem to impress me, but this album has toned down from the first two LP's. Although there aren't many good tracks, there are some impressive tracks like "Business," " Sing for the Moment," "When the Music Stops," and "Hailie's Song" which features Eminem singing instead of rapping. A little disappointing but its way better than his next release "Encore."

I have all of Godsmack's albums, and I have to say that they are the only band that has kept their style of music since the beginning. This may be good or annoying for some. It was sort of repetitive for me since "IV" sounds alike to their past releases. I can find myself listening to this album and I don't even realize that I'm listening to it. It sounds like one big loop except for the softer song "Hollow" which is slightly better than the rest of the songs on the album.

I've listened to this album when it first released in 2002, but then I forgot about shortly after. I decided several years later to rip to my iTune's library. I was surprised by the major improvement from "The Sickness." The album starts strong and ends beautifully. "Remember" is the best track from the album. Even if you aren't a fan of Disturbed (based from your opinions of "The Sickness" probably), try out "Believe" which I think is Disturbed's only album that is actually enjoyable. I haven't heard "10,000 Fists" yet, so my opinion may change.
All Hope is Gone

Slipknot changed greatly in "Vol. 3," but "All Hope is Gone" returns to the bands heavy roots. Although there isn't a lot of rap-metal songs here, this album offers a lot of repetitve songs like their past release "Iowa." I haven't heard this album that many times, what I've heard so far isn't too interesting. But who knows, maybe if I listen to it more I'll grow onto it like I do with a lot of albums. Its gonna be a while since my iPod is broken, but you don't care about that. You probably don't care about my opinions either. This album isn't great but it isn't bad. Give me a while to listen to this and maybe I'll raise it on my list.
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