Reviews 48
Approval 99%

Soundoffs 4
News Articles 5
Band Edits + Tags 13
Album Edits 50

Album Ratings 3984
Objectivity 67%

Last Active 10-31-17 6:51 pm
Joined 07-06-13

Forum Posts 64
Review Comments 1,611

11.14.17 posi vibes07.01.17 2017 Half-time with Daddy
11.09.16 Overlooked jams pt.3 05.05.16 Winter jams
08.25.15 Please give me a classical education06.20.15 More underrated gems
06.02.15 Growers04.26.15 Hiatus pt.2
04.08.15 Vinyl collection03.08.15 Albums that deserve more attention.
01.14.15 Daddy's 100 Songs Of 2014 12.21.14 Holidays
10.26.14 Sputnik Hiatus10.09.14 Lengthy Discographies Worth Exploring
09.17.14 Reeaaallly Specific Recs08.20.14 Rec Me Ska/punk
07.23.14 Albums That Need Reviewing?07.13.14 You Guys Rule
More »

Sputnik, Thank You

I have been lurking this site for years now, I'm one of those people who sees no point to making an account and contributing to a community if I can simply leech off of it's content and other people's effort, which is horrible but I'm a pretty lazy person. But a tinge of guilt has swept through me so now I am here to thank the people who have helped to expand my music taste, and given me bands that have stayed with me. I'm also here to thank the Sputnik community as a whole. I am going to try to review, I've never been the most creative person, or the best writer, but I feel as though it's the least I can do for the staff and contributors on this site who spend endless hours working and have given me the albums I treasure today

Deviant. Before I started using this site electronic music never really appealed to me. About a year after I started lurking, there was a short period of time where Submotion Orchestra and Swarms released albums and Deviant became king. I loved both of those albums, and from there discovered artists like BT and Burial and I am incredibly grateful for that
2Submotion Orchestra
Finest Hour

Submotion Orchestra is also the band I feel single-handedly encouraged me to listen to Jazz. I tried finding similar bands but it just never happened, but in my searches I began to appreciate older jazz like Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck (RIP), and this search also led me to one of my favorite bands:
3Bohren & Der Club of Gore
Sunset Mission

This album is everything I love about jazz.
4 Mono / Worlds End Girlfriend
Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain

BallstotheWall. I don't even remember what it was that led to me liking your writing style, or made me search your ratings for other artists I would love, but doing so gave me this album. This album got me through some pretty tough times, I find myself listening to it at least once every month

It also gave me the first album I had a truly strange feeling with. I fell in love with this album when I first got it, and coming up to tests one day I had it looping for the entire day. When I turned it off... Everything felt really empty. I don't even know how to describe it, but it threw me headlong into the world of drone to try to find that feeling again

Bjork is the queen of the world
7Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

Sowingseason. I already knew Brand New before I started on this site, and they were the first band I started looking for similar bands to. Just seeing your username made me put your opinions above everyone elses when I first started here.

This album. This album made me so happy when I first started listening to it. I find myself listening to it very rarely nowadays, but it's now my go to album for whenever i need a pick-me-up
9Tigers on Trains

A Year in the Garden Shed hit me like a truck the first time I heard it. My first real excursion into folk, which led me to some of my favorite bands now
10 Jack's Mannequin
Everything In Transit

Could never get enough of this album when I started listening. Also gave me something in common with the girl I liked in high school
Mental Vortex

KILL. \m/
Screams and Whispers


The first true prog band I listened to. I used to love Dream Theater, and still really enjoy Scenes but this showed me what prog was meant to be like
The White Birch

Sohbi Youssef. I don't recall why I was scanning your ratings, but it got me this album, and so I will always be grateful.
Things We Lost in the Fire

Searching for similar bands to Codeine also gave me this album, which sits alongside Codeine as my main winter album
Cancer 4 Cure

Hip-hop was probably the last genre I got into properly after starting to lurk this website. I'd never really given it a chance, having always assumed it was trash. I was raised in a religious household and never really had any urge to listen to it. But when El-p and Killer Mike both got 5/5 reviews, I simply had to try them out, and was blown away.
17Dark Tranquillity
The Gallery

Crysis / Kyle Ward. One of my friends got me into Insomnium about when I started using this site. I searched for similar bands and this was the first one I got into after that. Listening to Fiction made me go and get their discography, and to this day they are my favorite Melodic Death Metal band
18 Paysage d'Hiver

I had tried Burzum and didn't really enjoy it, had tried Emperor and just didn't get it. I checked your ratings for Black Metal because I enjoyed any other metal I had obtained from lurking your lists and ratings (Amorphis, In Flames). This album was an hour longer than I thought it should be, consisted of large portions of nothing but noise, and had the worst vocals I had ever heard. And yet I found myself constantly going back to it. This was the first bm album I enjoyed
19Trespassers William
Different Stars

rasputin. This album is easily one of my 5 favorite albums of all time. It is beautiful. Thank you
20The Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs

This album is lyrically perfect. I didn't appreciate lyrics in music nearly as much as I did after listening to this
21 Bright Eyes
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

MynameisChan / Channing Freeman. This is by far my favorite album of theirs, but the song "A Spindle, a Darkness, a Fever, and a Necklace" is one of the most emotional and touching songs I've heard in my life
22The Birthday Massacre
Walking With Strangers

pizzamachine. I come back to this more often than almost any other band. I confess, I listened to this band when I was going through a shitty metalcore phase and thought the Birthday Massacre sounded like an \m/ name, and was initially disappointed when I listened to them. But this album shook me out of that terrible music phase and got me back to expanding my tastes

Acanthus. This album provided me the soundtrack to countless drives to university and work. I was forced to car pool with an old friend who fell into the dubstep craze, and this album provided the bridge from his wub loving to my music taste
Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo

I've missed so many people in this list, simply because I don't remember who introduced me to certain bands, or who wrote the review that convinced me to get an album, but here is a list of the albums I've gotten from lurking this site that I treasure. Thank you Sputnik community, you're a swell bunch
25Kashiwa Daisuke
Program Music I

Electronic / post-rock perfection
26Ozric Tentacles
Waterfall Cities

Prog glory
27The Ruins of Beverast
Rain Upon The Impure

By far the best bm album I've ever heard
Hunger of Elements

Accessible, high quality symphonic bm
29Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
What It Takes To Move Forward

My favorite emo record
30Fall of Efrafa

My favorite post-metal band
31Frank Turner
Love, Ire & Song

Frank Turner is perfect
32Guthrie Govan
Erotic Cakes

My favorite instrumental album
33Have a Nice Life

The album that got me listening to post-punk
34The Cure

You all know one hundred years is perfect
35Ling Tosite Sigure
just A moment

> Inspiration is DEAD
36Ludovico Einaudi

Sits alongside the Blue Notebooks as my favorite modern classical album
37Max Richter
The Blue Notebooks

Another shout out to pizzamachine that I forgot to mention in the first section
39Moving Mountains

Perfect. Anybody who hasn't heard this should listen to this
40 A Bunny's Caravan
Draining Puddles, Retrieving Treasures

And anybody who enjoys Pneuma needs to hear this as well
Metaphorical Music

Nary a bad song in his discography, most consistent artist I know. RIP
42Radical Face
The Family Tree: The Roots

My favorite folk album
43The Smith Street Band
No One Gets Lost Anymore

The best punk album you've never heard
44Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

The best album you probably have heard
Leaves Turn Inside You

This album just pieces together so well
46William Basinski
The Disintegration Loops I

One of the best
47William Basinski
The Disintegration Loops II

Concept album series
48William Basinski
The Disintegration Loops III

I have ever heard
49William Basinski
The Disintegration Loops IV

Ambient perfection
50 Ed Harrison

My favorite electronic album. Lists take a long time to make, I have newfound appreciation for lists
Show/Add Comments (39)


Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Site Copyright 2005-2017
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy