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5.0 classic
A Bunny's Caravan Draining Puddles, Retrieving Treasures
Draining Puddles.... may only be six songs long but I'm certain the impact will be felt for years.rThis is me from three years into the future. The impact is still being felt. Give it that classic rating, son.
Bill Callahan Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
An album about contentment and the mystery that comes after. Something so beautifully human can only be sung the way Bill does here. Give it a little time and those little lyrical nuggets will move the soul. "True love is not magic, it's certainty."
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Bomb the Music Industry! Vacation
Who needs to go on a vacation when you can hear this punk masterpiece instead?
Bomb the Music Industry! Scrambles
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
I remember when the album artwork for The Devil and God first caught my eye. I was browsing a music forum when I saw this creepy cover of a little girl hiding from two masked men on a front porch. That, along with the title of the record, sent my mind alive with stories and questions. Who were these characters and what did they mean in relation to the album's name? Who was the little girl? Was she God? Did the men represent the devil? I had to give it a listen straight away. What I experienced next was one of the most impactful first listens of any album I had ever heard. It's a record I will always cherish along with the rest of Brand New's prolific discography.
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Do you want an example of music at its absolute peak? Look no further than The Boss's soaring, spirited, and beautifully inspirational masterpiece.
Converge Jane Doe
This is the album every other metalcore act looks up to in a quivering heap.
Converge You Fail Me Redux
You Fail Me is a pummeling masterpiece and quite easily one of the most astounding metalcore records of the 2000s.
Daughters You Won't Get What You Want
After eight years of silence, Daughters come screaming back with an unbelievably terrifying and chilling magnum opus. You Won't Get What You Want is a deeply affecting portrait of paranoia and existential dread wrapped up in one of the most awesome sounding records to come out in years.
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
You won't find an indie rock fan who doesn't know or love this album. It's an undeniable classic that moves from bouncy, relatable, and down-to-earth mid-tempo jams to a subtle heartbreak that is as captivating as it is crushing. It's one of the best examples of pacing and album structure you'll ever hear.
Deftones White Pony
Destroyer Kaputt
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Like many others have lovingly stated, Helplessness Blues is an album of sheer beauty and an unforgettable ode to the wonder of music. Undoubtedly one of the most important records of our time.
Green Day American Idiot
And here is the cultural phenomenon that swept away thousands of frustrated and misunderstood teens into a pop/punk bliss that was never again felt quite the same way.
Green Day Dookie
The album that turned punk from the gritty and anthemic music that fuelled many political riots to the fun, catchy, and angsty music that sung to the immature and lonely teenage mind. We didn't have a care in the world, we were just getting through life in our own stupid way.
Hum Downward Is Heavenward
Ichiko Aoba 0%
This is the best live album of all-time. No bright, flickering lights, electrifying instruments, or loud vocals. It's one girl, one angelic voice, and one guitar in the open air and it bewitches you for every small minute.
Jason Isbell Southeastern
I've always said that the best albums are those who ask for some patience. Not work, mind you, patience. First impressions are pleasant, perhaps even lovely, but the more you live with it, the more those vulnerable emotions become as real as your own, all the while never realizing it until tears are trickling down your cheeks. Yeah, this is one of those albums. A stone-cold classic.
Jeff Rosenstock Worry.
Ambitious, reckless, emotional, thought-provoking, and absurdly fun. Worry is everything a good punk album should be. No, Worry is everything a good record should be period. Absolutely essential. This is the best punk album of the 2010s
Jimmy Eat World Futures
Futures is, by no means, groundbreaking. It didn't have a cultural impact nor did it innovate a genre. However, I do believe that it can challenge preconceptions of the genre by being the undeniable pinnacle of it. It's youthful yet profoundly mature. Optimistic yet heartbreaking. If Static and Clarity were probing around for their sound and Bleed American was the joy in finally finding it, Futures was the album that defined it. It was the album that made Jimmy Eat World the band they are today.
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
I remember hearing "The Middle" when I was young and thinking it was a fun song but nothing more than something that occasionally appeared in films about high school. However, a few years later, when I was starting to grow tired of the Christian music I grew up on, I stumbled upon Bleed American for 2 bucks from a used book festival. I picked it up and it not only became the first pop/punk record I fell in love with from front to back it was also the first "non-Christian" record I loved and owned at the time. While not quite as good as Clarity or Futures it holds a really special place in my heart.
Jimmy Eat World Clarity
Has there ever been an emo record as stunningly lovely as Clarity? I can wait for an eternity for the answer and I'm more than certain that I will only see empty hands.
Jimmy Eat World Static Prevails
Static Prevails may be the most overlooked album in the band's discography, perhaps even more so than Damage. In my ears, this nothing short of brilliant. Granted, a lot of that is how this album moves me personally. This album, along with Clarity, reminds me of Christmas and evokes a lot of warm memories. It's impossible for me to rate this on an objective scale, I just can't. I can barely see the album for what it is anymore.
Julien Baker Sprained Ankle
There are a severely limited number of albums I would recommend to anyone, regardless of genre preference, to listen to at least once. Julien Baker's Sprained Ankle is one of those albums. It exposes the fears of self-worth we all hide and it invites us to share them openly. There is a subtle comfort in the unrelenting sadness, a relief in bringing to light a desperate need to share our pain with another. It's a beautiful thing to behold.
Lambchop Is a Woman
Is a Woman is a beautifully nuanced and understated gem of a record. Everything works as a unified whole, from Wagner's soulful vocals and elegant delivery, the subtle sonic texture and wonderfully warm atmosphere, and every little piece of music that enters at just the right time. It's perfect.
Lambchop Nixon
The sound of the best children's book you've ever read.
Lambchop OH (Ohio)
The sound of the loveliest autumn you've ever had.
Laura Stevenson Sit Resist
Laura Stevenson Wheel
A delectably sweet opus and my favourite singer/songwriter record of all-time.
Ling Tosite Sigure Just a Moment
Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Over the past few years I've been growing a real appreciation for country and the emotions/images it can conjure. This may be the best record I have heard yet. Intimate, homely yet full of unsated desire and longing. Every emotion is felt and every note and melody just hits home. As someone who lives in a rural town and has some of those same dreams, this is connecting all too perfectly.
Lydia Illuminate
This takes everything that makes Copeland brilliant and dials up the warmth another ten notches. One of the best pop/rock records I've heard in the indie scene in a very long time.
Macaroom Homephone TE
Magnolia Electric Co Magnolia Electric Co
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
Records like this are ones that turn a good band into a remarkable one. Years down the road, I'm sure this will still be speaking to believers about the nature of humanity and his relationship with God. An absolutely essential record of the 2000s.
Midnight Choir Amsterdam Stranded
Amsterdam Stranded is at once an understated masterpiece and a show of emotions so grand
and poignant that it immediately betrays its subtly. It is nothing short of magical.
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
As my taste has matured and widened over the years I find I'm consistently amazed at what I can find myself liking. I mean *really* liking. When it comes to pop I'm one who loves a smooth, gentle style; Loveless is almost anything but. The guitar is noisy and harsh and any kind of familiarity and accessibility is buried and difficult to find. The vocals can barely be heard and any sense of melody is sparse if it exists at all. It's a record that wants you to listen closely to hear its incredibly intricate sonic landscape yet, at the same time, it's content to be the best darn background noise you could ever hear. The clash between violent and gentle shouldn't work but it does so, so well. It's just intoxicating.
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Nirvana In Utero
The reason the 90s were the peak of music is albums like this. A blistering, innovative, and guttural rock masterpiece drowning in pain and foreboding tragedy. It's in your face, confronting, and just electrifying through and through.
Oceansize Frames
Oceansize Effloresce
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Still Life
Opeth Blackwater Park
Origami Angel Somewhere City
Somewhere City is an emo record full of charm, superbly well-written melodies and out-of-left-field twists, and a genuinely emotional backbone. In the scope of its genre, it's a modern classic.
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pixies Doolittle
The spirit of rock 'n' roll is found right here and it absolutely melts face.
Radiohead Kid A
There's just something about Kid A that few records, if any, have been able to replicate. I'm not sure if it's the beautiful yet eerie atmosphere it wraps itself in or its irresistibly smooth texture. Maybe it's the experimentation that manages to be both strange and unfamiliar yet weirdly listenable at the same time. I can't quite explain why this record has such an effect on me, all I know is that it's amazing.
Radiohead OK Computer
What can I say that thousands, no, millions of others haven't already said? Ok Computer is a timeless and profoundly relevant masterpiece and the music contained therein is a prime example of innovation done right. Do I think it's Radiohead's best? What astonishes me the most is that sometimes I'm honestly not sure.
Radiohead In Rainbows
Took a little time to grow on me but like every Radiohead record (almost every record *ahem* Hail to the Thief) you eventually find yourself wrapped up in its brilliance. Warm, delicate, and soothing are just a few words to come to mind when I spin this masterpiece.
Shiina Ringo Shouso Strip
So this is the best thing ever.
Sigur Ros Agætis byrjun
For many passionate fans, Agaetis Byrjun is hailed as the band's masterpiece and one of the best records of all-time. I honestly cannot find a solid point to argue against them. Agaetis Byrjun is a gorgeous centrepiece in post-rock and one of the best treasures of the 90s.
Slowdive Souvlaki
On one hand, it makes sense why Souvlaki is always compared to MBV's Loveless. They're both seminal shoegaze records anyone who's interested in the genre should hear. But on the other, the two records cover completely different ground and for me, Souvlaki edges its sister out as my personal favourite of the two. Its dreamy, nocturnal atmosphere is utterly captivating from beginning to end. At times euphoric, at others gentle, Souvlaki is a treasure.
Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
Suis La Lune Riala
If you asked me what record has made the biggest impact on my life as a music lover I would give Riala as my answer without hesitation. This is one of, if not the most, gorgeously composed and beautifully written albums of all-time. That it isn't hailed as an emo classic is simply a musical crime.
Sunhouse Crazy on the Weekend
The story of a weathered soul and a man who had seen it all. It's so real it hurts. Bless ya Gav, you legend.
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
The Arrogant Sons of Bitches Three Cheers For Disappointment
Bad day? Spin this and instantly everything is right with the world again.
The Beatles Rubber Soul
Rubber Soul is the perfect album. It takes all the strengths of earlier Beatles records and fine tunes them until they're at their highest peak. The magic is felt in spades as the band shows a wonderful sense of maturity and introspection. And lest we forget the beginnings of their experimental phase that helped them become the greatest band the world of music has ever seen. Rubber Soul is a spellbinding pop record that rightly deserves its place as a classic.
The Beatles Revolver
Revolver is one of those records that just bleeds classic status from the very first note. "Taxman" is a blindingly awesome song, no doubt about it, but this record is stacked with moments of sheer brilliance. It's daring, heartfelt, and brimming with artistic integrity. It's rightly one of the best rock albums of all-time.
The Beatles The Beatles
The White Album is a journey into the human mind like no other. It's all the bright moments, all the inside jokes and silly takes, all the biting insight and criticism of society, all the creative fire and ambition, all the heartbreak, all the anger and aggression, all the romance, and all the passion of a band at the peak of their craft. It might not be their "best" album, but it's certainly their most meaningful, even if it was all but a glorious accident in the end.
The Beatles Abbey Road
.....It's Abbey Road. It's one of most iconic and musically perfect albums ever written. The Beatles were simply an unbelievable phenomenon who crafted the best sounds the popular music world had ever heard. There will never be another band like this. Long live the wonderful legacy of these gentlemen. "You're gonna carry that weight."
The Blue Nile Hats
An album for the romantics, the soft-hearted, the ones who live to inspire others by living for others, and the ones who never fail to have a twinkle in their eyes.
The Chariot One Wing
The Clash London Calling
This album is why Punk is the best genre music has ever conceived and why it should be revered as more than the product of rebellious teenagers ranting through the confusion of a world gone awry. Of course, London Calling has the rebellion, the fiery, inclusive, and impassioned spirit, and the dirty, raw vocals, but there's an artistic ambition that transcends it all. It thus remains one of the greatest records of our time.
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
"The Soft Bulletin really is about despair but....there's no despair in it. I think sometimes you want to sing about despair but I don't think it's like that. It's about being IN despair and singing. It's realizing this despair is not something we're singing about, it's us." - Wayne Coyne. Instant classic.
The National Trouble Will Find Me
The National Boxer
The National High Violet
The Pillows Happy Bivouac
The Pillows Little Busters
The soundtrack to one of the best animes of all-time also turns out to be an utterly blissful and flawless slice of 90s alternative rock and punk. Where is the surprise?
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
One of the most gorgeously human records ever written. It's like sitting on a hillside in the evening, grabbing your guitar, and belting it out at the top of your lungs because at that moment you love life and this earth we've been given more than anything else.
The Violet Burning The Story of Our Lives
The Story of Our Lives is a massive accomplishment for not only Christian music but music in rgeneral. It's a three-part masterpiece that's only resonated stronger with time.
The Weakerthans Left and Leaving
A big part of me believes that Reconstruction Site is the best record Samson has ever written but the emotional gut-punch of Left and Leaving cannot be understated. It's a steadily building atomic bomb. You know something is coming but when it does nothing can prepare you for it. That is "Exiles Among You." Thank goodness it settles down for the final few songs. A masterpiece.
The Weakerthans Reconstruction Site
When people let me down or friends disappear this is the record I turn to. It's like a warm hug that lifts you up after a bad day. You're discouraged, filled with self-doubt and anxiety, and then Samson sings "I know you might roll your eyes at this, but I'm so glad that you exist." We all need to hear words so simple yet so beautiful. And we all need to hear this wonderful little album.
The Wrens The Meadowlands
The Greatest Record of All-Time.....It's a big statement. Heck, it's the biggest statement any professed music lover could ever make. I'm making that claim for The Meadowlands and I've never been more confident in it. This is my favourite record of all-time.
There Will Be Fireworks The Dark, Dark Bright
From the soaring highs of "And Our Hearts Did Beat" and "River" to the sweeping yet solemn sentimentalism of "Elder and Oak" and "The Good Days," The Dark, Dark Bright is a magnificent achievement.
Thrice Vheissu
Yellowcard Southern Air
"This southern air is all I need, breathe it in and I can see canvasses behind my eyes, all the
colors of my life." This pretty much sums up how I feel about this wonderful record.

4.5 superb
ABBA ABBA Gold
Alvvays Antisocialites
American Football American Football
American Football's classic debut is a melancholic tale of youth and heartbreak sung on the balcony of a grandparent's home as the dusk gives way to the night. It's nostalgic and transportive without ever having to require growing up with it. It evokes a feeling that I don't believe will ever be replicated in music again, despite how hard its followers try.
Anberlin Cities
Antarctigo Vespucci Love in the Time of E​-​Mail
This album defines the magic of pop/punk and what it has ever meant to me as a genre. This gloriously hook filled record reaches the heart in all the right ways.
Asobi Seksu Citrus
When shoegaze and pop marry to create a sound that is so lovely, so irresistible, that it almost makes you wonder how you ever enjoyed shoegaze before it.
Bark Psychosis Hex
Beautiful Eulogy Instruments of Mercy
Ben Howard Noonday Dream
You can almost feel the intense heat radiating off the ground as you trudge through this album's desolate landscape and sense the eyes of the vultures as they wait for you to breathe your last. And yet, as you walk on, you feel a sense of peace and comfort in the isolation. This is how it feels to listen to Noonday Dream.
Ben Howard I Forget Where We Were
Big Thief U.F.O.F.
Love everything about this. It's reminiscent of the more traditional folk records that have come out this year ("Cattails) but it's also incredibly versatile and innovative. The way the t/t ebbs and flows, "From's" off-kilter melodies, those stunning low notes on "Betsy," etc. A sense of familiarity mixed with a yearning for adventure. Beautiful album.
Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
Bomb the Music Industry! Goodbye Cool World!
Bomb the Music Industry! To Leave or Die in Long Island
Bomb the Music Industry! Get Warmer
Bomb the Music Industry! Adults!!!: Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing!!!!!!!
Botch We Are the Romans
Like the legendary Jane Doe that came barely two years after, We Are The Romans is another absolute classic record that established just what metalcore as a genre could do.
Botch An Anthology of Dead Ends
Brand New Science Fiction
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brand New Daisy
Breathless Green to Blue
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People
Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town
Burden of Life The Makeshift Conqueror
Power metal has always been hit and miss for me but this album is, to put it in simple terms, next f#!&*ing level. The production is colossal, the ambition is grand, and the riffs.... the riffs are glorious. This is something else.
Burial Untrue
This is the ultimate lonely, rainy day album.
Captain, We're Sinking The Future Is Cancelled
Caspian Dust and Disquiet
Cat Power Moon Pix
Chelsea Wolfe Hiss Spun
Chelsea Wolfe Abyss
Clever Girl No Drum And Bass in the Jazz Room
Cocteau Twins Treasure
Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas
Converge Axe to Fall
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Converge The Dusk in Us
Converge Jane Live
Copeland Blushing
2014 was a big year for me. It was the year I graduated from school for one thing. It was also the ryear I started dipping my toes into genres I, up until then, had never explored. And it was the ryear I first fell in love with Copeland with their gorgeous reunion record, Ixora. That album rplayed a massive role in shaping my musical taste today and I still return to it regularly. Just rover four years later we finally get to hear its follow-up. In short, Blushing is everything I was rhoping for with just enough room to grow and mean as much to me today as Ixora did to me five years rago.
Cult of Luna A Dawn to Fear
Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition
Death Cab for Cutie We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
This is an indie rock album for those cold Autumn mornings, holding the hand of your love and sharing a scarf together. I think it's the near epitome of beauty.
Death Therapy The Storm Before The Calm
Deftones Deftones
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
I've racked my brain trying to put words to the way this album makes me feel. It's intensely claustrophobic and musty, dreamy and ethereal but somehow damp. It's a harrowing look into the psyche of a band on the edge of destruction that is too beautiful to look away from.
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Deftones Koi No Yokan
This might be my favourite rock album of the 2010s....
Deftones Around the Fur
Destroyer Streethawk: A Seduction
Destroyer Rubies
So I'm walking side by side with the love of my life along the River Thames in the early hours of the night. To my disappointment, it isn't everything I dreamed it'd be. The stars are hidden behind a blanket of clouds, the air is kinda stuffy, and the river itself smells a little off. But I say something about it all that makes my girl laugh and I realize that there is nowhere else in the world I'd rather be than beside her. Then I decide that if the scenery isn't going to amaze her then I'm going to do it myself and make her the happiest woman in the world. That's what Destroyer's Rubies is to me. It may not be a traditionally pleasant-sounding record but there's real heart behind it.
Destroyer Poison Season
Come, take my hand as we stroll through the glorious Times Square.
Downhere Wide-eyed and mystified
Emily Scott Robinson Traveling Mercies
An absolutely splendid country offering that wholly deserves to see the same success Musgraves saw last year.
Evan Call Violet Evergarden: Automemories
Every Time I Die Low Teens
Exit North Book of Romance and Dust
Faith No More Angel Dust
Fleet Foxes Crack-Up
Helplessness Blues is the album you play to all of your friends and family. Crack-Up is the album you keep to yourself for those cherished nights when you're alone and pondering the meaning of it all.
Fraction Moon Blood
This is the holy grail of Christian rock. Primal passion married with a sense of coolness that can't be matched.
Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight
One of the most devastatingly human records I've ever heard. Scott, wherever you are my friend, I hope you're well. Your music has touched and changed thousands of lives including mine. We can't thank you enough.
Gang of Youths Go Farther in Lightness
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
Great Grandpa Four of Arrows
We've been saturated by so many artists striving for the same road Pheobe Bridgers took a couple of years back. Somewhere along the line it all became a blur. And then a humble little group named Great Grandpa comes along to eclipse practically everyone who has ever lent their voices to the style since. If these folks don't blow up in the indie scene after this something is terribly, terribly wrong with the music community.
Green Day Nimrod
Hands (US-ND) Give Me Rest
Harmonium L'heptade
The angelic and heartbreaking vocals and the elegant and wistful instrumentation are all wielded by a band whose creativity is as far-reaching as their ambition. What this album delivers can only be described as magical.
Haru Nemuri Haru to Shura
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
A sprawling, ingenious, sometimes depressing, but always magnificent creation.
Honey Harper Starmaker
Hopesfall Arbiter
Hum Inlet
Ichiko Aoba 0 (Zero)
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
Iona The Book of Kells
Iona Open Sky
ISIS Oceanic
James McMurtry Complicated Game
Jars Of Clay Jars Of Clay
The pinnacle of CCM. To this day it remains one of the greatest artistic achievements in Christian music.
Jars Of Clay The Long Fall Back to Earth
Long Fall is not only a superb creative leap in Jars' discography, but it's also arguably their best record since Much Afraid. Every song has its own identity and personality. It's lush, infectious yet melancholy, relatable, and most importantly, human. A pop album worthy of the loudest applause.
Jeff Buckley Grace
Jeff Rosenstock Thanks, Sorry!
Why is Jeff so flippin awesome?
Jeff Rosenstock NO DREAM
Jeff, if you don't stop being so awesome, dropping absolutely brilliant pieces of punk music out of nowhere, no one else is ever gonna have a chance.
Jimmy Eat World Invented
While Invented may not have the hooks of Chase This Light or Bleed American it creates a uniquely gorgeous mix of Future's darker aesthetic with the emotional weight of Clarity and it all makes for one heck of an experience.
Jimmy Eat World Integrity Blues
Funnily enough, this one took the longest to grow on me out of JEW's entire discography. As more time passes the higher I see it climb. Although it's an incredibly cliche thing to say nowadays, I don't think JEW can do wrong at this point
Jimmy Eat World Clarity Live
Jimmy Eat World Jimmy Eat World [EP]
Jimmy Eat World Stay on My Side Tonight
The most emo thing Jimmy has ever released which, in and of itself, makes this essential. That it has one of their top 10 songs in "Closer" makes it stand out that much more.
Jimmy Eat World Surviving
This is the catchiest, most energetic Jimmy Eat World has been since Chase This Light. I'm absolutely living for it. After some of my favourites disappointed me this year, my boys always come around to remind me of just why I fell in love with music in the first place.
John K. Samson Provincial
John K. Samson Winter Wheat
I have no problem with calling John Samson one of the best artists of our generation. His music exudes love, warmth, humility, understanding and compassion, and so on so forth. On Winter Wheat his music dives ever deeper into the vulnerable lives of his characters. It is a behemoth of an album for the folk genre and one to treasure for years, even decades, to come.
John Moreland In The Throes
John Van Deusen (I Am) Origami, Pt. 3: A Catacomb Hymn
When people ask where I want to see Christian music go in the next ten years I'll point to this. I don't think the importance of this album for Christian music has been fully understood just yet.
Johnny Foreigner Waited Up 'til It Was Light
Jon Guerra Keeper Of Days
In days when creativity and theological depth in Christian music has all but dried up, an album like Keeper Of Days is such a refreshing treasure. This isn't merely a good devotional album, it's a magnificent slice of indie-folk that nourishes the soul.
Jon Hopkins Singularity
Jon Hopkins Immunity
Joni Mitchell Blue
King Creosote From Scotland With Love
Kinoko Teikoku Uzu Ni Naru
A shoegaze album that properly rocks the socks off? Why haven't I heard something as awesome as this before?
Kitty Miami Garden Club
Lambchop FLOTUS
Lambchop Damaged
Lambchop Mr. M
Latterman No Matter Where We Go...!
Laura Stevenson The Big Freeze
The Big Freeze takes a far softer and more subtle approach compared to the rock'n'roll anomaly that was Cocksure. To anyone who has already fallen in love with her sweet as honey songwriting, it comes as no surprise to find that this is just as gorgeously delightful.
Ling Tosite Sigure Inspiration Is DEAD
Lorde Melodrama
Melodrama is one of those few pop records that play out as a complete and cohesive experience, from naive love, heartbreak and resentment, to forgiveness and a mature and newfound look at happiness and fulfilment. It's a gorgeous stroke of genius and one of the best pop records in years.
Low I Could Live in Hope
Mae The Everglow
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
Once the sheer immensity of this album hits you'll know it. Simple Math is one of the most monumental rock albums of the past decade.
Mercury Rev Deserter's Songs
mewithoutYou Pale Horses
mewithoutYou [Untitled]
Brother, Sister meet your explosive maker. [Untitled] is a once in a lifetime magnum opus that sounds and feels like a nuclear bomb. Combined with the gorgeously subtle companion ep that foreshadowed something truly game-changing this may become one of the most memorable records of the past decade.
Midwife (USA) Like Author, Like Daughter
Mineral EndSerenading
Endserenading is 90s emo at its absolute best. That it was only Mineral's second (and sadly final) record only provides an extra touch of sadness. Yet their final words tell us that we will all eventually find peace even when our souls are afraid to rejoice.
Mineral February/ M.D.
Mineral The Power of Failing
Modest Mouse This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
MxPx Life in General
Best Christian punk album of all-time. It has none of the cheesiness, cringy Christian-isms, or manipulative inspiration that floods CCM on the daily today.
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Yeah, for many, this is pretty much a cringy emo infused pop/punk album from days past. However, for others, including myself, it's a testament to what the genre can achieve and it holds up extraordinarily well. It proves that sometimes albums you loved in your teens can still be good.
My Epic Behold
Nanci Griffith The Last of the True Believers
There are records that capture a time and place in history and then there are records that transcend history to become, in no lesser terms, timeless. The songwriting and lyricism are just as poignant today as they were thirty years ago.
Neil Young Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Neurosis Souls at Zero
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds No More Shall We Part
Night Verses From the Gallery of Sleep
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Norma Jean Wrongdoers
Wrongdoers is a masterfully crafted record from beginning to end. A ferocious display of Norma Jean's true potential.
Norma Jean Polar Similar
Polar Similar is a beautifully innovative opus that keeps rewarding even years after its release.
Norma Jean Redeemer
O'Brother Garden Window
How do I even begin to describe a record such as O'Brother's Garden Window? For one thing, it's musically untamed and explosive in both its sound and scope, trying out new and innovative styles with every song and managing to pull them all off. This is no doubt a post-hardcore staple of the 2010s.
Oceansize Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up
Oceansize Music for Nurses
Oceansize Everyone Into Position
Oceansize New Pin
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth Heritage
Opeth In Cauda Venenum
Opeth continues to be their daring, adventurous selves, but this time they pull it off with flying colours. This is some of the best material Opeth has written in years.
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Brand New Eyes isn't overly experimental or progressive but an album doesn't need to be to be considered a masterpiece. It managed to perfect everything Paramore had established beforehand and I'm honestly glad they parted ways with this sound on future releases. This closes their pop/punk days in the most satisfying way possible and I will forever look back on it as a highlight of my teenage years.
Paul Buchanan Mid Air
Heard the title track during the credits of the beautiful film About Time, I looked it up, I listened, I realized this was the singer of the Blue Nile, and I fell in love.
Pearl Jam Ten
Phoebe Bridgers Stranger in the Alps
Stranger In The Alps has been a slow burn for me. That isn't to say there was a time I didn't like it, quite the contrary. But it was the kind of record I took for granted, all too content to call it a memorable note in an oversaturated genre. And because of that I missed it. I missed the warmth and the familial intimacy among its snowcapped landscape and towering mountain peaks. Now, I have nothing but a profound appreciation and love for it.
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Portishead Portishead
Prince Daddy and The Hyena Cosmic Thrill Seekers
I haven't been this floored by a punk album since Rosenstock's Worry from nearly three ryears ago. This record could not bring the decade to a better close.
PUP The Dream Is Over
PUP Morbid Stuff
Pure Reason Revolution Eupnea
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead The Bends
One of the warmest, most beautifully nostalgic records around.
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Radwimps Your Name.
I love this film so much. I always find myself going back to the soundtrack whenever I'm studying, browsing the web, or when I'm just in the mood for music to think along with.
Ramones Rocket to Russia
Rolo Tomassi Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It
On Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It, Rolo Tomassi have fine-tuned their sound to perfection. And perfect it is as the result of their hard work over the course of five records is one of the most exhilarating, unpredictable, and utterly beautiful metal albums I have heard in years, quite possibly this decade.
Seiko Oomori Tokyo Black Hole
Seiko Oomori Kusokawa Party
Seiko Oomori Sennou
Seizures The Sanity Universal
Shiina Ringo Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana
Showbread No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical
Sigur Ros ( )
From the soaring yet delicate first half to the despairingly dark and epic second, ( ) is a post-rock masterpiece. Sit back and let your own life fill in the gaps.
Sigur Ros Takk...
What if someone managed to capture the warm, orange glow of a sunrise and inject it into a note, a lyric, or a melody? What if someone made a whole album out of it? I believe someone did and we have the incredible opportunity to hear and experience it for ourselves. Takk.... is that album. It's a sublime wonder that you only get to hear once in a lifetime.
Slint Spiderland
Slowdive Pygmalion
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Sonic Youth EVOL
Split End Deep Love
Spoon Kill the Moonlight
Stars of the Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline
Wanted to find a random ambient/drone record to fall asleep to. I found this. It was the best sleep I had ever had.
Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes Numb
Swans To Be Kind
Perhaps the most monumental album of our time. This is one of those albums where the first listen is revelatory and it only gets better the more you explore it.
Swans Soundtracks for the Blind
Talkie Hablas
Taylor Swift 1989
I'll say it loud and clear and without shame: I'm a massive Swifty. 1989 is pop brilliance. It has some of the best hooks of Swift's career, the 80s throwback is delicious, and the entire record is just one infectious, sugary jam. Quite possibly my all-time favourite modern pop record.
Taylor Swift Speak Now
Taylor Swift Folklore
The moment Taylor goes from a bubbly, polarizing pop singer to an indie darling.
The Antlers Hospice
Quite possibly the most soul-crushing record of the 2000s. You can almost feel the chill of the hospital hallways and the accompanying sadness that looms over each room.
The Antlers Burst Apart
The Armed Only Love
The Bathers Kelvingrove Baby
Magical, romantic, sweet, and endearing. Kelvingrove Baby plays out as a dream that makes your heart soar as you walk along the busy streets of a city bathed in golden lights with the love of your life hand in hand.
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The Beatles Help!
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Gathering How to Measure a Planet?
The Gathering Souvenirs
The Gathering Home
The Gray Havens Fire and Stone
The Horrible Crowes Elsie
The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is There
This has become one of the hardest fives I've ever given. It got me through a really rough time and it has resonated with me like few others have.
The Lawrence Arms The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Maine Lovely Little Lonely
Gotta hand it to the Maine, this is another really solid release and easily one of the best pop/rock albums of the year. American Candy was great yet this takes their sound that much further.
The Maine American Candy
If the world was a good and just place The Maine would be one of the biggest bands in modern music. American Candy is an album that doesn't know when to stop giving. 10 years down the road and these hooks will still be delivering punches.
The Menzingers On the Impossible Past
The Menzingers Rented World
The Mountain Goats Goths
The National Sleep Well Beast
After months of listening it dawned on me that Sleep Well Beast may just be The National's second
best album, sitting comfortably below Trouble Will Find Me. May even make the second slot on my
year-end list.
The National Alligator
The Pillows Please Mr. Lostman
The Pillows Runners High
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Swell Season The Swell Season
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
The Tallest Man on Earth I Love You. It's a Fever Dream.
The War on Drugs A Deeper Understanding
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream
The Weakerthans Reunion Tour
The Weakerthans Fallow
The Weakerthans Live at Burton Cummings Theatre
The Wrens Secaucus
Before the heartfelt masterpiece that is The Meadowlands, The Wrens were crafting some of the catchiest alt-rock of the 90s. Two amazing sides of the same coin.
Theocracy Mirror of Souls
Mirror of Souls is simply one of best heavy records I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. The pummeling aggression of "Laying the Demon To Rest" and the twenty-two-minute epic that is the title track are just two examples of the eight flawless gems on display here. One of the best records of the 2000s, hands down.
Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind
Best summer jam of the 90s? You better believe it!
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Twila Paris He Is Exalted Live
As someone who's rarely a fan of live worship records, this one is a special, not only because rit is the single most nostalgic piece of music I own, but it's also excellent as a standalone live rrecord as well. I have so many vivid memories attached to this thing that a single second of these rsongs is enough to transport me to a certain time and place where I was beginning to find out who rI was as a person. I can't quite put into words how much these songs mean to me.
U2 The Joshua Tree
Vansire Angel Youth
Vansire craft a gorgeously warm and subtle lo-fi dream-pop album that erupts with young adult sentimentalism, melancholy, and childhood nostalgia. All of this they wrap up in a wonderfully cosy aesthetic that sounds and feels like a lazy early morning. I cannot get enough of it.
Wavorly Conquering the Fear of Flight
Hands down the best record Rob Graves has ever produced. Tragically under-recognised.
Weezer The White Album
White is the reason I became a Weezer fan and it's the reason I still have faith in them. In 2016, when I discovered this album, I didn't realize I had stumbled across something that would become one of my all-time favourite summer records. I love this record inside and out. It genuinely shocks me that Weezer was able to create something this profoundly excellent this late in their career and how it seems this brilliance won't be touched on again, possibly ever.
Weezer Pinkerton
Weezer Weezer
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilco Summerteeth
Wolves at the Gate VxV
This is the record that got me into the wonderful genre we call metal so it's a personal classic. rEven if that were not the case it's a near flawless release in its own right. It proved this rrelatively unknown band had the potential for greatness. Massive potential.
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
Yellowcard Paper Walls
Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes
On Paper Walls there was a definite sense that the band had truly begun maturing and honing in on their sound. WYTTSY pushes that evolution further still, adding a marvellous sense of reminiscence and optimism. This is a pop/punk album BY adults, made FOR adults. It's the sound of looking back at youth, remembering the good times ("Do you remember when I said you were my only one?), and actually looking forward to a future just as bright and incredible.
Yellowcard Yellowcard
A beautifully emotional sendoff to one of the most consistently amazing bands to ever come out of the pop/punk scene. Long live Yellowcard. Thanks for the memories.
Yo La Tengo Painful
"I Heard You Looking" is one of the best album closers these ears have ever heard. This is a great album in its own right but that song alone turns this into a classic.
Zao The Well-Intentioned Virus

4.0 excellent
'68 Two Parts Viper
ABBA Arrival
Arrival is not only the definitive ABBA record (apart from Gold of course) I'd contend that it's one of the defining pop records of the 70s. The group was slowly developing their sound on prior records until everything they had been working towards was fully realized on this classic. It just delivers hit after hit after hit.
ABBA The Album
ABBA Super Trouper
ABBA The Visitors
AFI Black Sails in the Sunset
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Alcest Écailles De Lune
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Alkaline Trio Good Mourning
Alkaline Trio Goddamnit
Alkaline Trio Maybe I'll Catch Fire
Alkaline Trio From Here to Infirmary
American Football American Football (LP3)
Anathema Weather Systems
Anathema Distant Satellites
Anberlin Vital
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Anberlin Devotion
Anberlin New Surrender
Andrew Peterson Light For The Lost Boy
Andrew Peterson Resurrection Letters: Prologue
Andrew Peterson Resurrection Letters: Vol.1
Antighost Animal Panic!
Arcade Fire Funeral
Arms (FL) Blackout
As Cities Burn Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest
Astronauts Hollow Ponds
Attalus Into the Sea
Attalus Post Tenebras Lux
Heavy, emotional, epic, beautiful, unique, breathtaking, the descriptions can go on.
August Burns Red Rescue & Restore
Avantasia Ghostlights
Avantasia Moonglow
February has been insane with these releases. Power metal doesn't get much better than this.
Bad Books III
Bad Religion Suffer
Bad Religion No Control
Basement Colourmeinkindness
Basement Beside Myself
Beach Slang The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel
Beautiful Eulogy Satellite Kite
Becoming The Archetype Terminate Damnation
Becoming The Archetype Celestial Completion
Big Thief Two Hands
Blink-182 blink-182
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'
Bomb the Music Industry! Album Minus Band
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy I See a Darkness
Boris Boris At Last -Feedbacker-
Botch American Nervoso
Brandi Carlile By the Way, I Forgive You
Brian Fallon Sleepwalkers
This is one of those albums that I find myself being inexplicably in love with. Sure, it's simple and the instrumentation can be mundane at points, but it's so earnest and confident with what it does. Fallon is a master of melody and romanticism and now that I associate it with a couple of painful and amazing memories it's become a very personal classic.
Brian Fallon Painkillers
The way music can just unexpectedly capture the heart is a mystery I'm not sure I ever want to know the answer to. This man just has it.
Brooke Fraser Flags
Bruce Springsteen The River
Bruce Springsteen Nebraska
There are times to laugh and celebrate love and life (The River) and there are times to mourn, to embrace confusion, and to hope that those joyous times will be just around the bend. That is the sound of Nebraska.
Capital Lights This Is An Outrage!
What a deliciously catchy, summery gem of a record. Why did it take me so long to listen to it when I've heard the name plenty of times before?
Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion
Caroline Spence Mint Condition
Chelsea Wolfe Pain Is Beauty
Chelsea Wolfe Birth of Violence
Children 18:3 Children 18:3
A Christian record that is full of punk energy, amazing hooks, and shockingly creative twists. One of the all-time bests.
CHVRCHES Every Open Eye
Cigarettes After Sex Cigarettes After Sex
There is nothing like turning out the lights, opening the blinds so you can see the town lights in rthe distance, and softly jamming this record before going to bed. It's nearly euphoric.
Civilian You Wouldn't Believe What Privilege Costs
Civilized Creature Steadfast
Civilized Creature's prior records showcased a tasteful blend of electronic music, hip/hop, and organic songwriting without sounding gimmicky or try-hard. On Steadfast, however, our friendly beast fully embraces his electronic side and the results are nothing short of stunning.
Cocteau Twins Victorialand
Coldplay Parachutes
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Colony House When I Was Younger
Common Holly When I say to you Black Lightning
If I had to describe the type of folk music a ghostly apparition would create this would be the album I'd point to.
Converge When Forever Comes Crashing
Converge I Can Tell You About Pain
Copeland Ixora
Copeland You Are My Sunshine
Copeland Eat, Sleep, Repeat
Copeland Ixora Twin
In some respects, this honestly surpasses the original record.
Courtney Swain Between Blood and Ocean
I cannot see anything topping "Sweet Snow" for the song of the year title. I haven't been taken on a rjourney like that in a very long time.
Craig Finn I Need a New War
Crowded House Woodface
Crying Beyond The Fleeting Gales
Cubfires Stay Gone
Cursive Vitriola
Daft Punk Homework
Euphoric and transportive dance beats and ingenious, visceral synths and loops. Album is a masterwork.
Daft Punk Discovery
A sense of childlike wonder and discovery wrapped up in a delectable array of dance and synth-pop. I'm nearly twenty years late to the party and it still sounds modern and absolutely timeless.
Damien Jurado The Horizon Just Laughed
Damien Rice O
David Crowder Band Give Us Rest
David Crowder Band A Collision Or (3 + 4 = 7)
David Kauffman and Eric Caboor Songs From Suicide Bridge
You're on the ground, but not for long. You'll fly again. It might not be the easiest album to sit through but it has every chance of being a life changer to someone who needs it.
David Sylvian Blemish
Deafheaven Sunbather
Deas Vail All The Houses Look The Same
Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs
Deftones Gore
Deftones Adrenaline
The complaints of this album's quality as a debut are valid but....this is a freaking good debut. As soon as you embrace the raw, aggressive, in your face youth of it it's easy to love this as much as many of their classics. And let's not confuse simplisty with underdeveloped songwriting because that is just not what this is. This is Adrenaline and there's nothing else like it.
Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue
Depeche Mode Black Celebration
Derek Webb Ctrl
Derek Webb She Shall and Must Go Free
Dessa Chime
Destroyer Ken
Destroyer Trouble In Dreams
Destroyer Your Blues
Destroyer Have We Met
Have We Met is yet another triumphant showcase of songwriting from Destroyer. It's subtly gorgeous, atmospherically transcendent, and strikingly grand. Bejar only continues to write with a consistency that should leave any songwriter green with envy.
Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me
Drive-By Truckers Southern Rock Opera
Eels Electro-Shock Blues
Elliott Smith Roman Candle
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Emery You Were Never Alone
Envy All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead
Envy The Fallen Crimson
Every Time I Die Ex Lives
Every Time I Die From Parts Unknown
Everything But the Girl Temperamental
Everything But the Girl The Language of Life
Everything in Slow Motion Phoenix
Extol Extol
Failure Fantastic Planet
Failure In The Future Your Body Will Be The Furthest Thing From Your Mind
I think I just saw every era of music flash before my eyes and it was magnificent.
Fair to Midland Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True
Falling Up Hours
Fennesz Venice
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes Sun Giant
Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
Fleshkiller Awaken
Flotation Toy Warning The Machine That Made Us
For Squirrels Example
Foxing Nearer My God
Take the emo sensibilities of Brand New, throw in the vocal eccentricities of Modest Mouse, and douse it all in the sublime atmosphere of The Antlers and you'll have a product called Nearer, My God. In other words, a forceful AOTY contender.
Frank Turner Love, Ire & Song
Frightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Further Seems Forever The Moon Is Down
Ging Nang Boyz 君と僕の第三次世界大戦的恋愛革命
Bomb The Music Industry - Japan Ver. Rating speaks for itself.
Glen Hansard This Wild Willing
Glen Hansard Rhythm and Repose
Glen Hansard Didn't He Ramble
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Goldfrapp Tales Of Us
Good Saint Nathanael Hide No Truth
Gorillaz Demon Days
Grandview Everything Between Paint and a Wall
Grave Declaration When Dying Souls Scream Praise
Green Day Insomniac
Green Day Warning
Green Day 39/Smooth
Greet Death New Hell
This is a stunner. A mixture of emo, shoegaze, alternative rock, and even some Low inspired
slow-core moments. Beautiful album
Guided by Voices Bee Thousand
Gungor Ghosts Upon the Earth
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Harmonium Les Cinq Saisons
Heath NcNease Thrift Store Jesus
Heath NcNease The Weight of Glory
Hop Along Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Hop Along Get Disowned
Hope For The Dying Dissimulation
Hopesfall The Satellite Years
House Of Heroes The End is Not The End
House Of Heroes Suburba
Hum You'd Prefer an Astronaut
I Mean Us OST
Ichiko Aoba Utabiko
Ichiko Aoba Kamisori Otome
Ichiko Aoba Origami
Ichiko Aoba QP
I would very happily get lost in this music forever. This girl has a truly special gift.
Iona Journey Into the Morn
Iona Beyond These Shores
Iron Chic You Can't Stay Here
ISIS Panopticon
Ithaca The Language of Injury
You know those records that make you clench your fist, make you pull a dirty face, rand head bang like it's your last night on earth? Yeah, this is one of those, and rthere's a beauty to it that ties it all together.
Japandroids Post-Nothing
THE BOYS ARE LEAVING TOWN!
Japandroids Celebration Rock
Jars Of Clay Inland
Jars Of Clay Much Afraid
Jars Of Clay 20
Jars Of Clay Who We Are Instead
This album is a thing of sheer beauty and grace. A folk/bluegrass gem that keeps growing richer with time.
Jason Isbell Reunions
Jeff Rosenstock We Cool?
Jeff Rosenstock POST-
Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light
Jimmy Eat World Damage
Jimmy Eat World Integrity Blues Acoustic
Can Jimmy Eat World's music be any more beautiful?
Jimmy Eat World Love Never/half heart
Jimmy Eat World Firestarter
Joe Purdy Julie Blue
John Denver Poems, Prayers & Promises
John Mark McMillan Borderland
John Mark McMillan Live at the Knight
John Van Deusen D-Sides
John Van Deusen (I Am) Origami Pt. 2 Every Power Wide Awake
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
Josh Garrels Love and War and The Sea In Between
Julien Baker Turn Out The Lights
Keane Hopes & Fears
Really pretty pop record and although it doesn't offer a lot more than that,
whoever said just sounding pretty was a bad thing? This can be downright beautiful
and sometimes that's more than enough.
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Kevin Devine Brother's Blood
Kings Kaleidoscope Becoming Who We Are
Kings Kaleidoscope Beyond Control
Kings of Convenience Riot on an Empty Street
Kinoko Teikoku Eureka
Kye Kye Fantasize
One of the most gorgeously lush dream pop records in recent memory. It falls off ever so slightly in its back half but aside from that it's one to keep in the noggin for years.
La Dispute Wildlife
La Dispute Panorama
Lagwagon Let's Talk About Feelings
Lagwagon Railer
If there is any record that has a chance to unseat Prince Daddy for punk album of the year it is this wonderful slab of skater-punk brilliance.
Lagwagon Hoss
Lambchop I Hope You're Sitting Down
It's a debut so there was clearly some room for improvement but there were also a good number of
absolute classic Lambchop songs on this record. And that cover gets me every time.
Lambchop This (is what I wanted to tell you)
Lambchop take their electronic excursion even further on this record and the
results are even more focused, subtle, and free-flowing than their last. Could be yet
another late-career classic for the 'Chop.
Lantlos .neon
Lapalux Amnioverse
Laura Stevenson Cocksure
Laura Stevenson The Mystic & the Master
Leeland Sound of Melodies
Leeland The Great Awakening
Living Sacrifice The Infinite Order
Low Double Negative
The four songs released thus far are sublime. If this ends up being another AOTY
contender....
EDIT: Yep, this is wonderful.
Low Long Division
A stunningly sparse beauty. It'll be a grower for sure but a good handful of late night spins should do the job.
Low The Curtain Hits the Cast
Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams
Luminate Come Home
Manchester Orchestra A Black Mile to the Surface
Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
Metric Art of Doubt
This is how you create an extraordinary synth-pop album. Art of Doubt is a record that blends rinsanely catchy melodies with gorgeous, lush sonic textures and colours it all with a dark, indie-rrock flair. One of 2018's most spectacular releases.
Metric Fantasies
Mew +-
mewithoutYou Catch For Us the Foxes
mewithoutYou Ten Stories
mewithoutYou [untitled] e.p.
This is the calm before the storm. The peace before the catastrophe. The quiet before the blast. It's the feeling of waiting for the calamity that you know all too well is inevitable.
Michaela Anne Desert Dove
Mike Mains and The Branches When We Were In Love
Mr. Mains and the Branches have a fine, fine record on their hands here. A splendid feel-rgood pop record full of romantic sentimentalism and a dash of autumn melancholy.
Millencolin Life On A Plate
Molly and The Zombies Molly and The Zombies
Motion City Soundtrack My Dinosaur Life
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
MxPx Teenage Politics
My Epic Yet
Nanci Griffith Lone Star State of Mind
Neck Deep Life's Not Out To Get You
Needtobreathe The Outsiders
Needtobreathe Live From The Woods
Neil Young After the Gold Rush
Neil Young On the Beach
Neon Horse Haunted Horse: Songs of Love, Defiance and Delusio
New Found Glory Sticks and Stones
New Radicals Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Let Love In
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds The Boatman's Call
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Henry's Dream
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree
Nick Drake Five Leaves Left
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
Ah, Norma Jean's debut with The Chariot's Josh Scogin at the helm. It was a solid start but
not one I see myself coming back to all that often over their later material.

EDIT: Coming back to this a year later and it really jams.
Norma Jean All Hail
Did we really have any doubt that this was going to be the best metalcore album of 2019? Monsterous, melodically captivating, and a conclusion that brings the house down. They did it again. Phenomenal record.
Number Girl School Girl Distortional Addict
Number Girl Sappukei
O'Brother You and I
Elegant, gothic, and refreshingly original. The climax of "Leave Me Out" could give the best moments on Chelsea Wolfe's Hiss Spun a run for its money.
Oceansize Heaven Alive
Oh, Sleeper Son Of The Morning
Oh, Sleeper Children Of Fire
Opeth Watershed
Owen At Home With Owen
If American Football went acoustic I'd imagine it would sound something like At Home With Owen and that is a very good thing indeed.
Owen I do perceive.
Paddy Hanna Frankly, I Mutate
Paper Route The Peace Of Wild Things
Paramore After Laughter
Talk about a grower. Was fairly disappointed with Paramore's latest when I first heard it but it's only grown on me little by little since. At this moment, it's sitting among my favourite pop albums this half of the decade.
Paramore Paramore
In my eyes, this is a quintessential pop/rock record. Every hook is unbelievably infectious, the band's signature spunky attitude rings loud and true, and when it winds down it can be astoundingly beautiful. When you want to hear a musical transition done right you look to this record.
Paramore All We Know Is Falling
Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
PEARS Pears
Perry Blake California
Perspectives Stay For Those Who Care
Petra Beyond Belief
Album absolutely rocks the socks off.
Petra Petra Praise 2
Just a simple, timeless worship record from a great band.
Petra This Means War!
What a classic. Petra's best record and genuinely one of the best Christian rock albums of all-time.
Petra Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out
The golden era of praise is found right here.
Pink Floyd Animals
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Placebo Without You I'm Nothing
Portishead Dummy
Prince Daddy and The Hyena I Thought You Didn't Even Like Leaving
This is what music is all about ladies and gents. Jammin out, having the time of our lives, making memories, just taking in the raw youth of it all.
Prince Daddy and The Hyena Adult Summers
Project 86 Wait for the Siren
Project 86 ...And the Rest Will Follow
Propaganda (Hip-Hop) Crooked
Propaganda (Hip-Hop) Excellent
Proper. I Spent the Winter Writing Songs About Getting Bet
Psallos Jude
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Radiohead In Rainbows: From the Basement
Radiohead The King of Limbs: From the Basement
Ramones Ramones
Red (USA) Until We Have Faces
Red (USA) Of Beauty and Rage
Red (USA) Innocence and Instinct
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
Regina Spektor Far
Relient K Forget and Not Slow Down
Relient K Mmhmm
Rolo Tomassi Grievances
Sara Groves Invisible Empires
Sara Groves Fireflies and Songs
Sebastian Field Picture Stone
Seiko Oomori Zettai Shoujo
Seizures Reverie of the Revolving Diamond
Sherwood QU
Sherwood Some Things Never Leave You
Shiina Ringo Heisei Fuuzoku
Sho Baraka The Narrative
Showbread Showbread is Showdead
Showbread Cancer
Showbread The Fear of God
Showbread Age of Reptiles
Showbread Anorexia Nervosa
Sigur Ros Valtari
Where do you go after releasing your most upbeat and lighthearted work to date? You strip it all away and embrace pure, gentle ambience. Valtari is simple but beautiful. Because of this, it may be the most difficult to enjoy for some. It has more in common with ( )'s second half than it does with their other records (especially Takk....), but in no way is this as dark as ( ). If you accept it for what it is and give it some patience it'll reveal itself to you in its own way. In other words, it follows the Sigur Ros tradition of giving each record its own distinct character and Valtari's happens to be as wonderful as everything before it.
Simon and Garfunkel Sounds of Silence
Sleater-Kinney Call the Doctor
Sleater-Kinney Dig Me Out
Sleeping at Last Atlas: Intelligence
Sleeping at Last Keep No Score
Sleeping at Last Atlas - Space 1
Sleeping at Last Atlas - Space 2
Sleeping at Last Light
Sleeping at Last Darkness
Sleeping at Last Atlas - Land
Sleeping at Last Atlas - Oceans
Sleeping at Last Atlas - Life
Sleeping at Last Atlas: Emotions
Sleeping at Last Atlas: Senses
Sleeping at Last Storyboards
Sleeping at Last Enneagram
Slowdive Just for a Day
Slowdive Slowdive
Songs: Ohia The Lioness
Sons Keep Quiet
Keep Quiet was Sons first and only full-length project before disbanding the following year and, against all odds, it's an indie rock masterpiece. It was also one of the few records that played a part in expanding the boundaries of my musical palette. "Ghost" alone is an all-time best but the opening five cuts are utter perfection. I dearly hope the band reunites and writes another record one day but if that never happens I guess I'll go on refusing to keep quiet about this one.
Spoken Illusion
Spoon Gimme Fiction
Starflyer 59 Leave Here A Stranger
Starflyer 59 Silver
One of the absolute best shoegaze albums of the 90s. Hazy, dreamy, and very, very alien. rHow is this never mentioned?
Starflyer 59 Americana
Starflyer 59 Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice
Starset Transmissions
Starset Vessels 2.0
I truly don't understand why I love this record as much as I do. Alas, this continues to dazzle me rwith each spin and somehow even manages to get better with time.
Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil Goliath
Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide To Earth
Suis La Lune Heir
Sunny Day Real Estate Diary
Swans The Seer
The establishment of mood and atmosphere is greater here than it is on To Be Kind. However, based on pure enjoyment, I adore the bluesy grooves on TBK more than the eerie, droning soundscapes on this record. It's an incredible achievement in its own right, just not quite the monolith To Be Kind is for me.
Swans Children of God
Swans White Light From the Mouth of Infinity
Switchfoot Where the Light Shines Through
A fantastic soundtrack to a family day out at the coast. While not an "objectively" brilliant record it holds plenty of special memories. It's Switchfoot's most open, spirited, and downright enjoyable record of their career.
Switchfoot Hello Hurricane
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
Talk Talk The Colour of Spring
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden
Taylor Swift Reputation
Taylor Swift Red
Taylor Swift Fearless
I'll shout it out fearlessly that I love this record. So sweet, so sincere, and just so lovely.
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
Team Sleep Team Sleep
Tegan and Sara So Jealous
The Antlers Familiars
The Antlers make the most gorgeously evocative and enchanting album of their career. It was love at first sight for me and as time continues to tick by I've only grown more and more fond of it.
The Antlers Undersea
The Appleseed Cast Mare Vitalis
The Appleseed Cast Low Level Owl, Volume I
The Appleseed Cast Low Level Owl, Vol. 2
The Ataris End is Forever
The Bathers Sunpowder
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
The sheer songwriting quality of this album is leaps and bounds above their previous two. Wonderful album.
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles 1
The Chariot Long Live
The Chicks Fly
The Choir Burning Like The Midnight Sun
The Choir Bloodshot
Bloodshot is a stunningly beautiful yet sobering portrayal of divorce and forgiveness. The Choir
masterfully spin a melancholic tale of fading love, broken hearts, and shattered lives picking up
the pieces and, with bloodshot eyes, choosing to look forward.
The Choir The Loudest Sound Ever Heard
The Choir Shadow Weaver
The Church Starfish
The Classic Crime The Silver Cord
The Damn Tracks Second City Is Burning
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The Dillinger Escape Plan Dissociation
The Ember Days More Than You Think
The Gaslight Anthem Sink or Swim
The Gathering if_then_else
The Gathering Mandylion
The Gathering Nighttime Birds
The Gathering Disclosure
The Highwomen The Highwomen
The Innocence Mission Sun on the Square
Everything about this record is sublime. I could listen to it for hours upon hours upon hours....
The Innocence Mission See You Tomorrow
I will see this gorgeous record tomorrow, the day after, the day after that, and the day after that.....
The Jesus Lizard Goat
The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up It's Winter Here
The Lawrence Arms Apathy and Exhaustion
The Maine Forever Halloween
The Maine You Are OK
Took me awhile to warm up to what this album was doing stylistically but given the chance, this just grows and grows and..... This should be the staple pop record of 2019.
The Meeting Places Find Yourself Along the Way
The Menzingers After the Party
The Menzingers Chamberlain Waits
The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree
The National Cherry Tree
The National Boxer Live in Brussels
The Oh Hellos Dear Wormwood
The Oh Hellos Through The Deep, Dark Valley
The Ongoing Concept Handmade
The Pillows Thank You, My Twilight
The Pillows Good Dreams
The Pillows Wake Up! Wake Up! Wake Up!
The Porter's Gate Work Songs: The Porter's Gate Worship Project Vol.
One of the most essential Christian records to come out in the past five years. Porter's Gate is the image of a church filled with people from different walks of life coming together in unity and sharing that love and warmth to those who have none.
The Promise Ring Nothing Feels Good
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
The Smith Street Band No One Gets Lost Anymore
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
The Tallest Man on Earth Dark Bird Is Home
The Tallest Man on Earth Shallow Grave
The Tallest Man on Earth When the Bird Sees the Solid Ground
"Forever Is a Very Long Time" is an incredibly strong contender for the best song this wonderful man has ever written.
The Who Who's Next
Theocracy Theocracy
Theocracy Ghost Ship
Theocracy As the World Bleeds
Third Day Revival
Mainstream CCM hasn't seen an album this good in years. It's a genuine, nostalgic and effortlessly
enjoyable Gospel record that can be played countless times over. Massive respect to Third Day for
closing their career with this rock n' roll treasure.
Thom Yorke Anima
Thrice Major/Minor
Thursday Full Collapse
Tiny Moving Parts Celebrate
Toby Driver They Are the Shield
Tokyo Shoegazer Turnaround
Tokyo Shoegazer Crystallize
Training for Utopia Plastic Soul Impalement
Turnover Peripheral Vision
U2 The Unforgettable Fire
U2 Boy
U2 War
U2 Achtung Baby
Underoath Define the Great Line
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
Unwound Leaves Turn Inside You
Vansire The Rolling, Driftless North
Vansire Reflections And Reveries
Vennart The Demon Joke
Verbena Into The Pink
A lost 90s gem. I'm honestly shocked this has a mere two ratings here.
Warbly Jets Warbly Jets
Waxahatchee Out in the Storm
Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Wilder Woods Wilder Woods
William Ryan Key Thirteen
William Ryan Key Virtue
The king of pop/punk is back yet again but do we finally have a stinker from the dude? Not at all. It's just another brilliant ep. You know. The standard, everyday stuff.
Within Temptation The Silent Force
Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary
Wolves at the Gate Types and Shadows
Wolves at the Gate Captors
Yellowcard Underdog
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds
Yellowcard One for the Kids
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue Acoustic
Yeule Serotonin II
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss
Young Lions Burn
Such a fantastic rock album. Proud of my fellow Brisbane natives. Lads put on a great show as well.
Zao Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest
Zao Liberate Te Ex Inferis
Zao The Funeral of God

3.5 great
A Great Big Pile of Leaves You're Always on My Mind
A Will Away Here Again
Abandon Kansas Ad Astra Per Aspera
Abandoned Pools Sublime Currency
ABBA Voulez-Vous
ABBA ABBA
Adam Watts When a Heart Wakes Up
Air Review How We Got By
Alcest Kodama
Alex G House Of Sugar
Alkaline Trio Is This Thing Cursed?
2018's After The Party? It's definitely in the conversation, that's how good this thing is.rEDIT: Not quite After the Party level of brilliance but a superb punk offering nonetheless.
All Sons & Daughters Live
All Sons & Daughters Poets and Saints
All Star United All Star United
All The Luck In The World A Blind Arcade
All Time Low Don't Panic
Guilty pleasure? Possibly. Either way, this thing has some incredible hooks.
Alvvays Alvvays
AM Taxi Shiver By Me
Anamanaguchi Endless Fantasy
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Anberlin Lowborn
Anberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
Anberlin Blueprints for the Black Market
Anberlin Lost Songs
Anchor and Braille Songs for the Late Night Drive Home
Andrew Peterson The Burning Edge of Dawn
Andrew Peterson Carried Along
Anna Flyaway Tomorrow I Will Take A Knife To Your Confidence
Antarctigo Vespucci Leavin' La Vida Loca
Anthony Quails Before The Bright Lights
Anthony Quails The Man I Thought I'd Never Be
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Archabald Relativity
As They Sleep Dynasty
Asobi Seksu Hush
Astronoid Astronoid
Astronoid Air
Auditorium The First Music
Audrey Assad Inheritance
August Burns Red Leveler
Avion Roe In Separation
Azusa Loop of Yesterdays
Azusa Heavy Yoke
Bad Religion Against the Grain
Bandit Of Life
bansheebeat Lumine
Bayside Interrobang
Beach Bunny Honeymoon
Beach House Bloom
Beast In Black From Hell With Love
Beautiful Eulogy Worthy
Becoming The Archetype Dichotomy
Bellarive The Heartbeat
Bent Knee Bent Knee
Bent Knee Shiny Eyed Babies
Bent Knee You Know What They Mean
Two amazing Courtney Swain led projects this year? I feel spoiled.
Better Oblivion Community Center Better Oblivion Community Center
Big Wild Superdream
Bill Callahan Dream River
Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
Bill Ryder-Jones Yawn
Blake Mills Mutable Set
Bleachers Strange Desire
Bleachers Gone Now
How could you possibly hate something so damn catchy? I liked Bleacher's debut, Strange Desire, well enough, but in my eyes, this is even better. It's fun, diverse, and incredibly imaginative.
Blood and Water In Character
Blurred City Lights Volker
Bob Dylan Another Side of Bob Dylan
Bomethius As Roses
Bomethius Sweet Nothings
Bon Iver 22, A Million
Bon Iver i,i
A beautiful ode to a wonderful career. This sounds like everything Justin Vernon
has been building up to, incorporating every aspect of his sound into a really
tasteful record.
Bon Voyage Bon Voyage
Boston Manor Welcome to the Neighbourhood
Boston Manor Glue
It's weird how Brand New's Daisy started a trend ten years after its release. With this and Microwave's latest album, pop/punk bands morphing into screamo is now becoming a popular move. I'm not complaining.
Boygenius Boygenius
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Brandy Clark Your Life Is A Record
Brian Fallon Local Honey
This one hurts. The first real musical disappointment of 2020. As Sleepwalkers taught me, Fallon is an absolute master of melody and romanticism. On Local Honey those traits that make Fallon's music so endearing just aren't there. The singles in isolation were fine, great even, but they get washed up in the context of an album that is monotone and flat. EDIT: A few weeks later and it's growing on me so there's hope yet.
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Britt Nicole Britt Nicole
Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
Brooke Fraser Brutal Romantic
Bruce Springsteen Western Stars
The Boss is still able to conjure up that Americana magic decades into his career. That ralone deserves praise. That the album is really, really good is just the cream on top.
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle
Built to Spill There's Nothing Wrong with Love
Built to Spill Perfect from Now On
By Surprise Mountain Smashers
Capstan Restless Heart, Keep Running
Captain Kudzu Arboretum
Car Bomb Centralia
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial
Cara Neir Part III / Part IV
Carly Rae Jepsen Dedicated Side B
Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion: Side B
Carly Rae Jepsen Dedicated
This is every bit as consistently excellent as Emotion was. Sure, the highs aren't quite as high as something like "Run Away With Me" or "Your Type," but when the music itself is this stupidly catchy it's easy to call Dedicated another runaway success.
Caroline Spence Spades And Roses
Cave In Until Your Heart Stops
Charli XCX Charli
Charmaine Love Reality
Chase Tremaine Unfall
Chasing Furies With Abandon
Chelsea Wolfe The Grime And The Glow
What an entrancing record. I won't be surprised if it ends up being one of my favs from the goth queen.
Chelsea Wolfe Apokalypsis
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Children 18:3 Come In
Children 18:3 Rain's 'A Comin'
Children 18:3 On The Run
SUMMEEEERRRR IS ALMOST OVEEEEEER!
Chinese Football Chinese Football
CHON CHON
Me and the boys just chilling out with the guitar noodlers.
Christie Front Drive Stereo
Christine Fellows Roses on the Vine
Chromatics Closer to Grey
Citizen As You Please
Citizens and Saints Citizens
Citizens and Saints A Mirror Dimly
Citizens and Saints Fear
City Calm Down Echoes In Blue
Civil War Gods And Generals
Killer band, killer vocals, killer artwork, killer music, killer record!
Civilized Creature A New Heart
Civilized Creature Permission To Feel
Civilized Creature Tales and Tails
Civilized Creature Of The Uncaused Cause
Clem Snide Forever Just Beyond
Cliffdiver At Your Own Risk
Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else
Cocteau Twins Blue Bell Knoll
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Coldplay Prospekt's March
Colony House Only the Lonely
Colour Anthology
colourblind Move Like You
Come Wind Move in Place
Converge No Heroes
Converge Beautiful Ruin
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Cool Hand Luke Of Man
Copeland Beneath Medicine Tree
Copeland In Motion
Count Me In How's Your Heart, Kid?
2018 needed a pop/punk record like this one. Quality stuff in the vein of classic Blink and Yellowcard. Debut records don't get much better than this.
Counting Crows August And Everything After
Craig of the Creek In the Key of the Creek A Craig of the Creek Musi
Crooked Fingers Dignity And Shame
Crosses Crosses
Crowder American Prodigal
Crowder Neon Steeple
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Cyndi Lauper Shes So Unusual
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Damien Rice 9
Dance Gavin Dance Mothership
Dance Gavin Dance Afterburner
Daughters Daughters
David Bowie Space Oddity
David Crowder Band Church Music
David Crowder Band Illuminate
Dazzle Vision Kirari
Dc Talk Jesus Freak
De Staat Bubble Gum
Dead Can Dance Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
Dead Leaves Vultures
Death Cab for Cutie Something About Airplanes
Death Cab for Cutie The Photo Album
Deerhunter Microcastle
Defeater Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
Delirious? World Service
Delirious? The Mission Bell
Delirious? Kingdom of Comfort
Delirious? Glo
Delirious? King of Fools
Delta Sleep Ghost City
Demon Hunter Extremist
Demon Hunter True Defiance
Demon Hunter The Triptych
Derek Webb I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry, And I Love You
Derek Webb Fingers Crossed
Destroyer City Of Daughters
Diamond Youth Nothing Matters
Dillinger Four Situationist Comedy
Dillinger Four C I V I L W A R
Dillinger Four Midwestern Songs of the Americas
Dinosaur Jr. Bug
Dirge (FR) And Shall The Sky Descend
Dirge (FR) Wings Of Lead Over Dormant Seas
Dirge (FR) Elysian Magnetic Fields
Dirge (FR) Hyperion
Dirge (FR) Alma Baltica
Dirge (FR) Lost Empyrean
Disciple (USA-TN) Long Live the Rebels
Disciple (USA-TN) Attack
Disciple (USA-TN) Love Letter Kill Shot
Dorena Nuet
Downhere On The Altar of Love
Downhere So much for substitutes
Dr. Manhattan Dr. Manhattan
Dr. Manhattan Jam Dreams
Drab Majesty Modern Mirror
Dryve Thrifty Mr. Kickstar
Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia
Allow me to jump on this hype train because this is HOT!
Dustin Kensrue The Water and the Blood
Earth Groans Prettiest of Things
Earth Groans Rahab
Ecke Wu 表演 Performance
Edison Glass Time Is Fiction
Eisley I'm Only Dreaming
Eisley Room Noises
Ellie Holcomb As Sure As The Sun
Ellie Holcomb Red Sea Road
Ellis Born Again
Emma Ruth Rundle Some Heavy Ocean
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) What It Takes to Move Forward
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) Home After Three Months Away
Empty Hope and The Loss of It
Empty Country Empty Country
En Attendant Ana Juillet
END (NJ) Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face
Enemy of Satan Enemy of Satan
Every Time I Die New Junk Aesthetic
Everyday Sunday Stand Up
Everyone Everywhere Everyone Everywhere
Failure Magnified
Fair Disappearing World
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Falling Up Falling Up
Falling Up Exit Lights
Falling Up Fangs
Falls of Rauros Patterns in Mythology
Family Force 5 Dance or Die
Wait, this is Family Force 5? Why is this so awesome?
Fenne Lily On Hold
Fever Fever Aftermath
Field Mouse Hold Still Life
Fightstar Behind the Devil's Back
Fishmans Long Season
Floppy [USA] Months
Florence and the Machine High as Hope
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Flyleaf New Horizons
Flyleaf Between the Stars
Fontaines D.C. A Hero's Death
For All Eternity Metanoia
For All Eternity The Will to Rebuild
Finally listened to this two years later. Glad I did!
Foreknown (USA-CA, Hip-Hop) Ornithology
Foxing Dealer
Foxing The Albatross
Francis Marathon
Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better
Friolento Destroy All Bad Luck
From Indian Lakes Everything Feels Better Now
Future of Forestry Awakened to the Sound
Gates Bloom and Breathe
Gena Rose Bruce Can't Make You Love Me
Genghis Tron Board Up the House
Glass Beach The First Glass Beach Album
If this is the first Glass Beach album then the second is gonna be mind-shattering.
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence
Gleemer Down Through
Glen Hansard Between Two Shores
Goo Goo Dolls Greatest Hits Volume One: The Singles
Say what you will, I love this band's sound. This is the best collection around. Melodramatic, nostalgic, and highly listenable.
Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up The Girl
Gotye Like Drawing Blood
Graduating Life Grad Life
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
Green Day Kerplunk
Greg Dulli Random Desire
Group 1 Crew Power
Grouper A I A
Grouper Grid of Points
Gulfer Dog Bless
Got this one free from Topshelf records due to an email mistake. Now, this is what I like! Raw, mathy emo with a punk bite. Thank you, lads!
Haley Heynderickx I Need to Start a Garden
Sit back and let Haley's simple but beautiful instrumentation wash over you. A superb folk record.
Hallelujah The Hills I'm You
If you thought the best of the decade was over you might want to think twice. I'm You is a rich and stunning slice of Americana rock 'n' roll and relatable, earnest storytelling. Fans of early Wilco should be eating this up with glee.
Harker No Discordance
Haru Nemuri Lovetheism
Haste the Day Coward
Haste the Day Attack of the Wolf King
Haste the Day Dreamer
Have Mercy The Earth Pushed Back
Hearts Like Lions If I Never Speak Again
Heath McNease Be Clean Again
Heath McNease Among Thieves
Helms Alee Noctiluca
Hidden In Plain View Life in Dreaming
Hillsong United Of Dirt and Grace (Live from the Land)
Hillsong United Zion
Hillsong United People (Live)
Holly Ann Light And Bloom
This is one of those unfortunate, but rare times where a genuinely beautiful record is stained by
subpar production. 'Tis a shame, although it's certainly not unlistenable.
Hotel Books Equivalency
House Of Heroes Cold Hard Want
House Of Heroes Smoke
Hunter G.K. Thompson No Books About Me
Ichiko Aoba Mahoroboshiya
Ichiko Aoba "Gift" at Sogetsu Hall
Icon For Hire Scripted
Illenium Awake
I guess I'm a big sucker for these techno acts now. Never would have thought it.
Illuminati Hotties Kiss Yr Frenemies
Illyria The Carpathian Summit
Immortal Souls Wintermetal
Indoor Pets Be Content
ISIS Celestial
ITEM Sad Light
Ivoryline Vessels
J Givens Fly Exam
Jack's Mannequin Everything in Transit
Like a mixture of Relient K and Mae. It's a sweet pop/rock album with a delicious summer vibe,
although I would have preferred it kick the tempo up a notch here and there.
James Yorkston The Route to the Harmonium
Jars Of Clay Good Monsters
Jason Gray Where The Light Gets In
Jason Isbell The Nashville Sound
Jeff Rosenstock I Look Like Shit
Jeff Rosenstock Summer Seven Club
Jeremy Camp Speaking Louder Than Before
Jeremy Camp Stay
Jessica Pratt On Your Own Love Again
Jessica Pratt Quiet Signs
Jessie Ware What's Your Pleasure?
Jim Adkins I Will Go
Jim Bryson and The Weakerthans The Falcon Lake Incident
Jimmy Eat World Christmas EP
Jimmy Needham Vice & Virtue
John Foxx Metamatic
John Mark McMillan People With Dreams
Potentially the best album from JMM yet. Sweet melodies, better production than what we heard on Mercury and Lightning (as well as being not as bloated), and a fresh direction make this a definite winner.
John Nolan Abendigo
Joliette Luz Devora
Jon Foreman The Wonderlands: Sunlight
Jon Foreman The Wonderlands: Shadows
Jon Foreman The Wonderlands: Darkness
Jon Foreman The Wonderlands: Dawn
Jon Foreman Fall and Winter
Joni Mitchell Court and Spark
Josh Garrels Home
Josh Garrels The Light Came Down
Josh Garrels Jacaranda
Josh Garrels Chrysaline
Joyce Manor Joyce Manor
Julia Holter Loud City Song
Jungstotter Love Is
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
Kate Davis Trophy
Keaton Henson Dear...
Keaton Henson Birthdays
Keith Green For Him Who Has Ears
Keith Green Songs for the Shepard
Kevin Devine Bubblegum
Kevin Devine Bulldozer
Kevin Devine Between the Concrete and Clouds
Kings Kaleidoscope Zeal
Kinoko Teikoku Time Lapse
Kishi Bashi Omoiyari
Kutless Hearts of the Innocent
Kye Kye Young Love
La Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair
Lacey Sturm Life Screams
Laura Stevenson A Record + 3
Lauren Balthrop This Time Around
Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk Over Land and Sea
Leeland Opposite Way
Let's Eat Grandma I'm All Ears
life (USA-TX) demo 2
Ling Tosite Sigure Still a Sigure Virgin?
Lisel Angels on the Slope
Little Big Town Nightfall
Loathe (UK) I Let It In And It Took Everything
Love and Death Between Here And Lost
Lovelite In Three Persons
Lovelite All Color
Lovelite Nearness
Lovelite Apocalypse Hymnal
Low The Great Destroyer
Low Secret Name
Low Things We Lost in the Fire
Low Trust
Lydia Paint it Golden
No doubting that this is a beautiful sounding record, however, the problem is that it tries too hard to replicate the magic of Illuminate. Rather than sounding like an expansion or exploration of a new direction it comes off as a somewhat poor imitation of their previous treasure.
Lydia Devil
Macaroom swimming classroom
Madeline Kenney Perfect Shapes
Madison Cunningham Who Are You Now?
Mae Destination: Beautiful
MakeWar Get It Together
Makthaverskan III
Really underrated record this year but it has some incredible cuts. "Leda," "In My Dreams," and "Siren" are top picks. They have a heavier Alvvays sound which is a great thing.
Manchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
Mandisa Out Of The Dark
Mandisa Overcomer
Manes Slow Motion Death Sequence
Marietta Summer Death
Marilyn Manson Holy Wood
Marissa Nadler For My Crimes
Mass of the Fermenting Dregs Zero Comma, Multi-Colored World
Mat Kearney Young Love
Mat Kearney Just Kids
Mat Kearney CRAZYTALK
Matt & Toby Matt & Toby
Matt Kivel last night in america
Matt Maltese Bad Contestant
Matthew Perryman Jones The Waking Hours
Matthew Perryman Jones Throwing Punches in the Dark
Matthew Perryman Jones Swallow the Sea
Mayday Parade A Lesson In Romantics
Mayday Parade Sunnyland
After the excellent A Lesson in Romantics, Mayday Parade went on a steady downfall into mediocrity. Thankfully, Sunnyland has finally pulled them back on their feet. The hooks are infectious, the music emotional and varied, and Derek's vocals shine more than they ever have.
Mazzy Star She Hangs Brightly
MercyMe Lifer
MercyMe The Hurt and the Healer
MercyMe Coming Up to Breathe
MercyMe All That Is Within Me
mewithoutYou Other Stories
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
On mewithoutYou's debut record, the rough, abrasive sound doesn't quite affect me the same way the more melodic aspects of the band's sound does on later records. Even so, it's a remarkable debut.
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream! It's Alright!
MGMT Little Dark Age
Michael W. Smith Glory
Michael W. Smith Wonder
Michael W. Smith Live The Life
Michael W. Smith I'll Lead You Home
Michael W. Smith This is Your Time
Michael W. Smith Change Your World
Incredibly cheesy but fun. What can I say, it's Smitty in the 90s?
Michl Michl
Microwave Much Love
Microwave Death is a Warm Blanket
Midwife (USA) Forever
Mike Mains and The Branches Home
Mitski bury me at makeout creek
Modern Baseball Holy Ghost
Modern Baseball Sports
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Mol JORD
Motion City Soundtrack Commit This to Memory
Motion City Soundtrack Go
Mree The Middle
Mrs. Piss Self-Surgery
Nobody wants to play with us! Gotta admit, that gave me a chuckle.
MUNA Saves The World
Muse Absolution
MxPx MxPx
30 minutes of blistering pop/punk from a veteran in the genre? Yes please!
MxPx Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo
MxPx The Ever Passing Moment
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
This was the closest mainstream emo ever got to pure thrash punk. It's a tad melodramatic but hey, you can choose to look at your emo years with a cringe or a proud grin.
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade: The B-Sides
My Epic Violence
My Epic Broken Voice
My Epic I Am Undone
My Epic Viscera
Needtobreathe Rivers In The Wasteland
Needtobreathe The Reckoning
Needtobreathe Forever On Your Side
Neil Young Harvest
Neil Young Tonight's the Night
Neon Beach Billy Miles
Nevertheless In The Making...
New Found Glory Forever + Ever x Infinity
New Found Glory New Found Glory
Newsboys Love Liberty Disco
Newsboys Thrive
Newsboys Take Me To Your Leader
One of my childhood favs and although its cheesiness has come through over the years I still think rit's a legitimately good record overall. And "Lost The Plot" is still one of the greatest songs rever written for my money.
Newsboys Adoration: The Worsip Album
Nichole Nordeman Every Mile Shattered
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Murder Ballads
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away
Night Flowers Fortune Teller
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
No Vacation Phasing
NOFX Punk in Drublic
Noname Room 25
Norma Jean The Anti Mother
Norma Jean O' God The Aftermath
Norma Jean Meridional
Northstar Is This Thing Loaded?
Nothing But Thieves Broken Machine
Novo Amor Birthplace
Numenorean Adore
Nuoro In the Hills
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Of Monsters and Men Fever Dream
OMAM ditch their bandwagoning folk sound for a lush, dreamy pop style that works surprisingly well. Sure the hooks could be stronger and as a pop album, it isn't the most memorable thing around but as an OMAM record? I'd say it's their best effort yet.
Off With Their Heads Be Good
Oneohtrix Point Never Garden of Delete
Opeth Pale Communion
Opeth Damnation
Opeth Deliverance
Oso Oso The Yunahon Mixtape
Oso Oso Basking in the glow
Out of Service Burden
Owel Dear Me
P.S. Eliot Introverted Romance In Our Troubled Minds
Pale Waves My Mind Makes Noises
This is what I wish the 1975 were.
Paper Route Real Emotion
Paramore Riot!
PassCode Clarity
Patrick Watson Wave
Petra Wake Up Call
Ah, what a nostalgic classic. "Sleeping Giant" is the best song ever and will always be fav Petra tune.
Petra On Fire!
Petra Beat the System
Petra Not Of This World
Petra More Power To Ya
Petra Unseen Power
Petra Back To The Street
This is where Petra really began for me. While the Greg Volz era is good, John Schlitt will always be the face of Petra.
Petra God Fixation
The first Petra album I loved. When I heard it off of that old burned CD my friends shared with me this was my immediate favourite. I still think it's a great introduction point to the band. "Falling Up" will never not make my heart soar.
Phil Wickham Cannons
Phil Wickham Heaven and Earth
Phil Wickham The Ascension
Phinehas Till the End
Phoebe Bridgers Punisher
This could be described as the big-budget sequel to the surprise hit (say masterpiece) Stranger In The Alps. A bigger budget means bigger effects and a grander scope. It even ends with a song that could very well be called an epic. However, while Stranger had its embellishments and atmospheric depth, it was a singer/songwriter record first and foremost. Punisher doesn't quite come across the same way as it trades intimacy for flamboyance and as a result, I can't help but feel like it's missing the warmth that made Stranger so memorable.
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Placebo Black Market Music
Playdough Don't Drink The Water
Plumb Plumb
Plumb CandyCoatedWaterdrops
Plumb Need You Now
Pompeii Loom
Poppy I Disagree
Well this slaps....wasn't expecting that at all.
Portrayal of Guilt Let Pain Be Your Guide
Postcards The Good Soldier
Problem Daughter Grow Up Trash
Project 86 Songs to Burn Your Bridges By
Project 86 Picket Fence Cartel
Project 86 Truthless Heroes
Propaganda (Hip-Hop) Crimson Cord
Propagandhi How to Clean Everything
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Radiohead In Rainbows Disk 2
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Anyone who thinks this isn't good because it isn't as experimental or daring needs to hear "Blow Out" immediately.
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Ramones Leave Home
Ratboys Printer's Devil
Rebecca St. James God
Red (USA) Release the Panic
Red (USA) Gone
Red (USA) Declaration
Declaration may just be a new standard for Red. A soaring, aggressive, and visceral record that takes all of their strengths and turns them to eleven.
Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Relient K Five Score and Seven Years Ago
Relient K Two Lefts Dont Make a Right But Three Do
Remedy Drive Commodity
Rend Collective Homemade Worship by Handmade People
Rend Collective As Family We Go
Rend Collective Good News
Gotta give it to the Collective. I've liked their past output but they were still struggling with
that generic shell that permeates most worship music. That's been toned down a lot here. The music
and the emotion feel genuine and it's a well-crafted record overall.
Resurrection Band / Rez Colors
Resurrection Band / Rez Rainbow's End
Resurrection Band / Rez Awaiting Your Reply
Ride This Is Not a Safe Place
Rina Sawayama Sawayama
Rites of Spring Rites of Spring
Rival Consoles Persona
Rivers and Robots Discovery
Such gorgeously dreamy soundscapes on a worship album? Hallelujah!
Robbie Seay Band Give Yourself Away
Robbie Seay Band Rich and Poor
Ron Gallo Heavy Meta
Russian Girlfriends In The Parlance of Our Times
S. Carey Hundred Acres
Sanctus Real The Face of Love
Sanctus Real Fight The Tide
Sanctus Real Say it Loud
Sanctus Real We Need Each Other
Sara Groves Floodplain
Sara Groves Abide With Me
Saving Grace The Urgency
Self Esteem Compliments Please
Semisonic Feeling Strangely Fine
Shannen Moser I'll Sing
Short Fictions Fates Worse Than Death
Showbread Who Can Know It?
Shura Nothing's Real
Shura forevher
Sianvar Stay Lost
Sigur Ros Med Sud i Eyrum vid Spilum Endalaust
Although Med Sud is a step down from previous records (and really, four masterpieces in a row would be tough for any band to pull off) I'd wager that it's the band's most free sounding and fun release to this point. But since the hilarious cover already gave it away I guess that's not too surprising!
Silent Planet Everything Was Sound
Silent Planet The Night God Slept
Sixpence None the Richer This Beautiful Mess
Sixpence None the Richer Sixpence None the Richer
Sleeping Giant I AM
Sleeping Giant end their career with a satisfying bang of hardcore bliss. It doesn't get much better than this.
Sleeping Giant Finished People
Slipknot Slipknot
SNFU The One Voted Most Likely to Succeed
Snowing Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit
Soccer Mommy Color Theory
Sojourner Premonitions
Sol Distorsion Sol Distorsion
Songs: Ohia Ghost Tropic
Soul Embraced Dead Alive
Soutaisei Riron Hi-Fi Anatomia
Spanish Love Songs Schmaltz
Spoken Breathe Again
Spoon Series of Sneaks
Spoon Girls Can Tell
Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Starflyer 59 Gold
Starflyer 59 The Fashion Focus
Starflyer 59 Everybody Makes Mistakes
Starflyer 59 Old
State Faults Clairvoyant
Stereolab Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements
Steven Curtis Chapman This Moment
Steven Curtis Chapman The Glorious Unfolding
Streetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the Between
Strung Out Songs Of Armor And Devotion
Stryper To Hell With the Devil
Stuck Out Here Until We're Each Someone Else
Switchfoot Fading West
Switchfoot's pop record/movie soundtrack has not aged too well. It's Switchfoot so at the very
least it's a step above the majority of mainstream pop and, most importantly, I still love dem
surfin vibes.
Switchfoot Nothing is Sound
Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown
Switchfoot New Way to Be Human
Switchfoot The Edge of the Earth
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
Taking Back Sunday Tidal Wave
Talkie Fundamental Things
Talkie Everything Matters
Another brilliant throwback to the surf rock of the 70s. They've expanded their rsound and taken it to the highest peaks yet.
Tall Ships Impressions
Tame Impala Currents
Taylor Swift Lover
Oh, how I missed this sweet, playful, romantic side of Ms (Mrs?). T Swift. Lover is everything I could want from rher: bops to last for days, touching ballads, and a healthy dose of innocent, silly fun. Oh yeah, and a couple rof absolute blinders like "Cornelia Street."
Tegan and Sara The Con
Telethon Hard Pop
Temperance (IT) Of Jupiter and Moons
Tenth Avenue North Over and Underneath
Tenth Avenue North The Light Meets The Dark
Tenth Avenue North The Struggle
Tenth Avenue North Cathedrals
Tenth Avenue North No Shame
The Afters Never Going Back To Okay
The All-American Rejects Move Along
The Almost Fear Inside Our Bones
The Almost Fear Caller
The Antlers In the Attic of the Universe
The Appleseed Cast The End of the Ring Wars
The Appleseed Cast Two Conversations
The Bathers Sweet Deceit
The Beat I Just Can't Stop It
The Beatles With the Beatles
The Beatles Please Please Me
The Beatles Beatles for Sale
The Bell Jar I Infest, Therefore I Am
Showbread Pt. 2 anybody? Josh's vocals sound as insane as ever and the music is
infectious. It's short, punchy, and it'll infest your mind with its addictive hooks
after the first listen.
The Blue Nile A Walk Across the Rooftops
The Brilliance Brother
The Brilliance All Is Not Lost
The Cast Before The Break Still
The Choir Flap Your Wings
The Choir O How The Mighty Have Fallen
The Choir Chase the Kangaroo
The Choir Circle Slide
The City Harmonic Heart
The City Harmonic I Have a Dream (It Feels Like Home)
The Classic Crime What Was Done, Vol. 1: A Decade Revisited
The Classic Crime Vagabonds
The Cure Pornography
The Damned Things High Crimes
The Dangerous Summer Reach for the Sun
The Dangerous Summer War Paint
The Dangerous Summer Golden Record
The Darling Fire Dark Celebration
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts
The Decemberists Her Majesty the Decemberists
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Districts You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere
The Early November In Currents
The Ember Days Finger Painting EP
The Ember Days Valitus
The Ember Days Emergency
The Famine The Architects of Guilt
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Gaslight Anthem American Slang
The Gaslight Anthem Handwritten
The Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt
The Get Up Kids Something to Write Home About
The Gray Havens Ghost of a King
The Gray Havens She Waits
The Hotelier Goodness
The Hotelier It Never Goes Out
The Innocence Mission The Snow on Pi Day
The Japanese House Good At Falling
The Joy Formidable AAARTH
Holy S#$%!
The Killers Sam's Town
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Kinks Face to Face
The Lawrence Arms Oh! Calcutta!
The Lawrence Arms Skeleton Coast
The Longshot The Longshot
Like a mix of Revolution Radio and 21st Century Breakdown. It's a simple, straight ahead pop/punk jam. Love it.
The Longshot Love Is For Losers
Same as the E.P. this is just a straightforward, fun, garage pop/punk record. Play it, throw up your hands, and let it all go.
The Maine Pioneer
The Menzingers Hello Exile
The album where I struggle to call The Menzies a punk band....and that's not a bad rthing.
The Movielife Cities In Search Of A Heart
The National High Violet Expanded Edition
The National Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
The Night Cafe 0151
The Offspring Smash
The Ongoing Concept Saloon
the peggies Hell Like Heaven
The Pillows My Foot
The Porter's Gate Neighbour Songs
The Prayer Chain Shawl
The Republic of Wolves Shrine
The Rosebuds Birds Make Good Neighbors
The Stargazer Lilies Occabot
The Story So Far Under Soil and Dirt
The Summer Kills Last Night We Became Swans
The Swell Season Once: Music From The Motion Picture
The Swell Season Strict Joy
The Tallest Man on Earth Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird
The The Infected
The Violet Burning The Violet Burning
The Violet Burning This is the Moment
The White Stripes De Stijl
The Who My Generation
The Wooden Sky When Lost At Sea
The World Is a Beautiful Place... Whenever, If Ever
Third Day Third Day
Third Day Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship
Third Day Move
Third Day Revelation
Third Day Wire
Third Day Wherever You Are
Thomas Azier Love, Disorderly
Thornhill The Dark Pool
Thousand Foot Krutch Live At The Masquerade
Thousand Foot Krutch Welcome to the Masquerade
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. I: Fire
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Tides of Man Every Nothing
Tift Merritt Traveling Alone
Tigerwine Nothing is for You
First impressions can be deicieving. The vocals are mostly indistinguishable and vanilla and the post-rock/emo sound is nothing new. But there's a creative depth that's only revealed to the patient. It's a sludgy and atmospheric venture that deserves respect.
Tina Boonstra My Concrete Heart (Will Beat Again)
Tindersticks Tindersticks
Tiny Vipers Life on Earth
It's a super bare indie folk record with some of the most sparse instrumentation I have ever
heard. For those lonely, cold evenings it makes a great soundtrack.
tobyMac Welcome to Diverse City
tobyMac Portable Sounds
Tourniquet Gazing At Medusa
Trading Yesterday More Than This
As incredibly simple as this is I cannot help but fall for its earnest charm. It so clearly tries to be great with everything it has. Its simplicity can taste a little bland at times but overall I'm always moved in some way.
Transit Joyride
Transit Listen and Forgive
Trophy Eyes Chemical Miracle
Troy Baker Sitting In the Fire
Twenty One Pilots Vessel
U.S. Girls In A Poem Unlimited
U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind
Underoath The Changing of Times
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety
Underoath Disambiguation
Utada Hikaru Fantôme
Valleyheart Everyone I've Ever Loved
Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket Det Onda. Det Goda. Det Vackra. Det Fula.
VOLA Applause of a Distant Crowd
Volbeat Rewind, Replay, Rebound
Waxahatchee Saint Cloud
Weeping Hour Hunger and Thirst
Weezer Raditude
Weezer The Green Album
Whale Bones Island Fire
William Tyler Goes West
Window to the Abbey Moving Around Bias
Within Temptation The Heart of Everything
Within Temptation Resist
Here I go enjoying an entry-level pop-metal album again all because I was drawn in by its sci-fi rinspired cover art. Who cares about musical elitism anyway?
Within Temptation The Unforgiving
Worriers Survival Pop
Worriers You or Someone You Know
Write This Down Lost Weekend
Years Of Rice and Salt Nothing of Cities
Yellowcard Lift a Sail
Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes Acoustic
Young Fox Sky Beats Gold
Young Lions Blue Isla
Young Lions Mr. Spaceman
Young the Giant Mind Over Matter
Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson
Zao The Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation
Zao (Self-Titled)
Zao Pyrrhic Victory

3.0 good
13 Crowes Solway Star
65daysofstatic The Fall of Math
A Day to Remember What Separates Me from You
Aaron Sprinkle Real Life
Abandon Control
ABBA Waterloo
Acceptance Phantoms
Adele 25
Agalloch The Mantle
Ages and Ages Divisionary
Aimer Daydream
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
Alex Lloyd Watching Angels Mend
Fellow Aussies will know the Commodor ad that played "Amazing." It was one of those ads I used to wait by the TV for and hope I'd see it again. We've come a long way since. Now I can reach the song in seconds instead of days.
Alice in Chains Dirt
All Sons & Daughters All Sons & Daughters
All Time Low Nothing Personal
All Time Low Wake Up, Sunshine
Allelic The Smoke of Atavistic Fires
Altar Boys Against the Grain
American Football American Football (LP2)
Yeah, this one is pretty disappointing. It isn't that I expected them to replicate the magic of the first, in fact, I'd rather them go in an entirely different direction, but this one just feels like a really watered down and somewhat tedious version of their 1999 masterpiece.
And Then There Were None Who Speaks For Planet Earth?
Anderson .Paak Ventura
Andrew Peterson Counting Stars
Andrew Peterson The Far Country
Andrew Peterson The Resurrection Letters Vol. 2
Angel Olsen All Mirrors
Architects Holy Hell
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman
Artifex Pereo Passengers
Aseul Slow Dance
Athlete Black Swan
Smooth, dreamy, and at times beautiful, Black Swan is an excellent indie rock release that's held back only by its habit of sounding just a little too tame throughout.
Athletics Who You Are Is Not Enough
As much as I love post-rock I just haven't been able to get into this one. It plays around the standard post-rock formula with little risk taken. Although this is fine I wish it had a bit more to it.
Audio Adrenaline Kings and Queens
August Burns Red Phantom Anthem
August Burns Red Guardians
Avey Tare Cows On Hourglass Pond
Avril Lavigne Under My Skin
Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing
BABYMETAL Metal Resistance
Barely Civil We Can Live Here Forever
Basement Promise Everything
Beach House 7
Beach Slang A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Beach Slang Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?
Becoming The Archetype The Physics Of Fire
Bee Gees Number Ones
Belgrado Obraz
Bellarive Before There Was
"Lazarus" and "Save Us" makes this one worth a listen but overall Bellarive took quite a step back with this one and chose to go the generic worship route.
Benjamin Krogh Beck and Call
Better Off Reap What You Sow
Big Daddy Weave Love Come To Life
I thought this record was the bee knees when it came out. Although I don't see eye to eye with my
past self anymore I gotta pay the record my respects because I do remember when this was the best
thing I had ever heard.
Big Daddy Weave What Life Would Be Like
Big Daddy Weave Every Time I Breathe
Big Red Machine Big Red Machine
Big Ups Two Parts Together
Birdy Birdy
Bleach Again, For The First Time
Blindside About A Burning Fire
Blindside Silence
Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan Nashville Skyline
Bon Jovi Greatest Hits - The Ultimate Collection
NO APOLOGIES!!! (no apologies!) WE WILL NOT BACK DOOOOWWWN! WE ARE NOT AFRAID! NOT A DROP OF DOOOOOOUUUUBT!!!
Boston Manor Be Nothing.
Breaking Benjamin Dear Agony
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Brooke Fraser Albertine
Bruce Springsteen Tunnel of Love
Building 429 Space in Between Us
Building 429 Listen to the Sound
I remember when I thought this was the best thing. Ah, the simple days. Honestly, this really isn't all that bad.
Caligula's Horse Moments From Ephemeral City
Camber Beautiful Charade
Capital Kings II
Car Bomb Mordial
Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss
We all know it deep down inside. "Call Me Maybe" is a true bop. If Justin Bieber didn't stuff things up with a tune so sickly sweet it may as well be on Playschool this may be as consistent as Emotion.
Caspian On Circles
Castlebeat VHS
Catch Fire Karma Owes Me A Lifetime of Happiness
Cave In Jupiter
Charli XCX How I'm Feeling Now
Charlie Puth Voicenotes
On the first listen boy was I excited for this record. On subsequent listens the attraction of it started to wane until I realized that this was nothing more than a mildly shallow, albeit catchy, pop/r&b record. Probably won't make the year-end list but it's enjoyable enough to return to if I'm ever in the mood for some pop.
Charly Bliss Young Enough
Chasms The Mirage
Chris Renzema Let The Ground Rest
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
Surprised this is seen more favourably than Every Open Eye. This one is rather boring all things considered. The follow-up had the hooks, the narrative, and was just a stronger project all around.
Cigarettes After Sex Cry
Cinema Stare Hum And The Glow
Circa Survive The Amulet
Code Orange Underneath
Coldplay X&Y
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Comrades Lone/Grey
Convictions Hope for the Broken
Cool Hand Luke Cora
Counterparts Nothing Left to Love
Perhaps my ear for metalcore is not what it used to be but this can't be more than a plain 'ol everyday metalcore record. It's fine, but nowhere close to notable.
Courtney Swain Monstre
Creeper Eternity, In Your Arms
Cultdreams Things That Hurt
Cursive Get Fixed
Dance Gavin Dance Artificial Selection
David Crowder Band Remedy
Dc Talk Supernatural
Dc Talk Free at Last
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
Deathbreaker Disconnect
Default Genders main pop girl 2019
Deluge Unshakable
As a young fellow, I found this record hidden in the closet of the house we were moving into. It quickly became the first album I would call "My all-time favourite!" And in all honesty, although I cannot in good conscious call it that today, seeds of where my musical taste would eventually end up are sprinkled over this.
Demon Hunter Summer of Darkness
Demon Hunter Demon Hunter
Dens Taming Tongues
Derek Webb Mockingbird
Dillinger Four Versus God
Dillon Chase Joyful Loser
Dirge (FR) Down Last Level
Disciple (USA-TN) Scars Remain
Disciple (USA-TN) Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Downhere Ending is Beginning
Downhere Downhere
Dua Lipa Dua Lipa
Earthsuit Kaleidoscope Superior
Eat Your Heart Out Florescence
Elbow Little Fictions
Elder Brother Stay Inside
Elias Dummer The Work, Vol. 1
Emery Eve
Emma Blackery Villains
Eric Stuart Band Lipstick And Barbed Wire
Seto Kaiba fronting a folk/pop band and writing some genuinely good tunes? It's surprising for
sure but I can't deny the knack for songwriting these boys possess. LaBW does overstay its welcome
for someone who isn't head over heels with this genre and the record lacks the versatility that
should justify the runtime (pun intended btw, a fantastic song there!).
Eric Stuart Band My Kind of Danger
Esben and the Witch A New Nature
Eskimo Joe A Song Is A City
Every Time I Die Last Night in Town
Evie Mirror
Fades Away Perceptions
Failure The Heart Is a Monster
Faith No More The Real Thing
Fall Out Boy Folie a Deux
Falling Up House Full Of Caverns
Falling Up Your Sparkling Death Cometh
Fallstar Future Golden Age
Family Force 5 Business Up Front, Party In The Back
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
Fazerdaze Morningside
Fickle Friends You Are Someone Else
When I saw sixteen songs on the tracklist I was worried about how consistent it would really be.
The sound isn't bad and is honestly pretty fun at times but the sheer length is monotonous and the
songs only become more indistinguishable as it goes on. It's a promising debut that needs to be
severely cut down and tightened the next go around.
Fiction Family Fiction Family Reunion
Fit for a King Slave to Nothing
Fit for a King Dark Skies
Five Iron Frenzy Our Newest Album Ever!
Flyleaf Flyleaf
Flyleaf Flyleaf EP
FM Static Dear Diary
for KING and COUNTRY Crave
for KING and COUNTRY Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.
Forevermore Integral
From Indian Lakes Dimly Lit
Fugazi Repeater
Future Islands In Evening Air
Future Teens Breakup Season
Ghost Ship [USA] The Good King
Girlpool Powerplant
Glocca Morra Just Married
Goo Goo Dolls Let Love In
Goo Goo Dolls A Boy Named Goo
Grayscale Adornment
Green Day God's Favorite Band
Green Day Revolution Radio
Gungor Beautiful Things
Haken Virus
Handguns When The Light Burns Out
Why not start the first day of 2020 with a supremely banging punk album? Can't think of anything better, honestly.
Haste the Day Pressure the Hinges
Have Mercy Make The Best Of It
Hawk Nelson Smile, It's the End of the World
HEALTH Death Magic
Heath NcNease Who Knows? Who Cares?
Higher Power 27 Miles Underwater
Hillsong United Wonder
Hillsong Worship OPEN HEAVEN / River Wild
Hillsong Worship For All You've Done
Hodera First Things First
Hope For The Dying Legacy
Hopesfall A Types
Hot Mulligan You'll Be Fine
House Of Heroes Colors
HRVRD The Inevitable And I
Hyland Weights & Measures
I Am The Storm Fight Musik Vol. 1
I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME 1981 Extended Play
iamthemorning The Bell
Imminence Turn The Light On
Interpol Marauder
Iona The Circling Hour
Ivoryline There Came A Lion
Jack River Sugar Mountain
Japan Quiet Life
Japan Adolescent Sex
Jars Of Clay If I Left The Zoo
Jason Gray Love Will Have The Final Word
Jérôme Minière In the Digital Forest
Jenna Kate Brown Covered
Jeremy Camp The Answer
Jeremy Camp Beyond Measure
Jeremy Camp Restored
Jeremy Camp The Story's Not Over
Jess Williamson Sorceress
Jimmy Eat World Singles
John Mark McMillan Mercury and Lightning
John Mark Pantana Love Secrets
John Maus We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Johnny Q. Public Extra*Ordinary
Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins
Jonsi Go
Jordan Feliz The River
Jordan Feliz Future
Definitely a move in the right direction for Feliz. It's a little more pop-focused and has a little less of the generic CCM tendency of his previous effort. Not a bad effort but not all that memorable either.
Josh Garrels Lost Animals
Josh Garrels Over Oceans
Julia Holter Aviary
Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour
Kari Jobe Majestic (Live)
Kari Jobe Where I Find You
Katie Pruitt Expectations
Kayak Jones You Swear It's Getting Better Every Day
Keane Under The Iron Sea
Keith Green No Compromise
Kero Kero Bonito Time 'n' Place
Kevin Devine Instigator
Kevin Max Broken Temples
Kings Kaleidoscope The Beauty Between
Kings of Leon Only By The Night
Kitty Rose Gold
Korn Korn
Kutless To Know That You're Alive
Kutless It Is Well
This is honestly the best record Kutless ever made.
Kutless Sea of Faces
Kyuss Welcome to Sky Valley
Lady Gaga The Fame
Lambchop How I Quit Smoking
Not my favourite Lambchop this one. It's a bit too slow and uneventful, and though it has that
signature Chop atmosphere, it's just a little too subdued to be really engaging. And there's a
massive lack of a piano. It needs a piano.
Landry Cantrell Projections
First five tracks are near perfect bops but it's perplexing how far this drops off in its second
half. From track six onwards it shifts into auto-pilot. The infectious hooks and addictive grooves
disappear and I'm left just scratching my head.
Lauren Daigle Look Up Child
Leeland Invisible
I was wrong about this one, I'll admit it. Is it at times standard flair for the worship genre? rYep. But is it executed as flat and lifeless as everything else out there? Far from it. It's rhonestly beautiful how well this was crafted.
Leeland Love Is On The Move
Leigh Nash The State I'm In
Lifehouse Out Of The Wasteland
Lifehouse Lifehouse
Lifelong Above The Waves
Lightning Bolt Sonic Citadel
Lightworker Fury by Failure
Ling Tosite Sigure I'mperfect
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
As far as nu-metal goes I understand that for many people Hybrid Theory is a classic. However, I'm not a fan of nu-metal so while I can see that it's good I'm definitely not the target audience for this kind of music, at least not in this stage of my life. Hand it to 16-year old me and it may have been a different story.
Linkin Park Meteora
Pretty much the same story here as with Hybrid Theory. I respect it but I'm probably not going to spin it again.
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
This album makes me feel like a young kid again, excitedly browsing the aisles of my local Video Ezy to find the first live-action Transformers film, during which this record would be blaring out the speakers. Is it a good record? Not really. But the nostalgia is just too good.
Liza Anne Fine But Dying
Local Natives Violet Street
Lorde Pure Heroine
Lovebites Clockwork Immortality
Low Drums and Guns
Luminate Welcome To Daylight
Luminate's seemingly final album is a nice pop diversion from Come Home's more stripped back pop/rock sound despite being tainted with modern CCM's plastic inspiration.
Lydia Devil B-Sides
Lydia Run Wild
Macseal Super Enthusiast
Mae Singularity
Mae (m)orning
Maison Book Girl Yume
Manafest Glory
Manafest Fighter
Manafest Stones
Mandisa What If We Were Real?
Marilyn Manson The Pale Emperor
Mark Schultz Mark Schultz
Maroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long
Matchbox Twenty Exile on Mainstream
Mayday Parade Anywhere But Here
Mayday Parade Mayday Parade
McCafferty Thanks. Sorry. Sure.
MercyMe Welcome to the New
MercyMe Almost There
MercyMe Spoken For
MercyMe The Generous Mr. Lovewell
Metric Synthetica
Mew Visuals
mewithoutYou Pale Horses: Appendix
Michael Buble ❤️ (Love)
Michael W. Smith Worship Again
Michael W. Smith Worship
Michael W. Smith Healing Rain
Michael W. Smith Stand
Michael W. Smith A New Hallelujah
Mika Life in Cartoon Motion
Mike Mains and The Branches Calm Down, Everything Is Fine
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Moose Blood Blush
Motion City Soundtrack Even If It Kills Me
Muse Showbiz
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Mutemath Mutemath
MxPx Panic
My Chemical Romance Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Nanci Griffith Little Love Affairs
Nanci Griffith Storms
Neck Deep The Peace And The Panic
Needtobreathe The Heat
Needtobreathe Daylight
Newsboys Devotion
Newsboys Go
This is the first album I ever bought. As a thirteen year old this was everything.
Newsboys Going Public
Newsboys United
NF Mansion
NF NF
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Ghosteen
I want to like this, I really do. After falling in love with Cave's music I was certain I would. But this album....I mean I can kinda get it? It's very lush and emotionally heavy, however, there is nothing there instrumentally. Take away Cave's vocals and you have a fairly unremarkable ambient record.
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Nirvana Nevermind
No Mana Secret Level
Nothing Tired of Tomorrow
Nothing But Thieves What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way?
Number One Gun The North Pole Project
O'Brother Endless Light
O'Brother Disillusion
Of Monsters and Men Beneath the Skin
Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal
Off Road Minivan Swan Dive
Oh, Sleeper Bloodied/Unbowed
The long-awaited Bloodied//Unbowed is finally upon us. Does it live up to expectations? Kinda, sorta? It's a solid return with nothing drawdropping, but then, that shouldn't have been expected. As far as reunion records go it's great.
Old Sea Brigade Ode To A Friend
One Ok Rock Niche Syndrome
OneRepublic Waking Up
Opeth Deliverance & Damnation Remixed
Owel Paris
Pale Waves All the Things I Never Said
Panic! at the Disco Pretty. Odd.
Gotta admit this one was an improvement over their awful debut record. It takes some sweet cues from The Beatles at times which gives it a pleasant and inventive sound overall. It is way too drawn out though.
Paul Colman Trio New Map of the World
Penfold Amateurs and Professionals
Penny and Sparrow Tenboom
Peter Furler Sun and Shield
Petra Come And Join Us
Petra Jekyll & Hide
Petra goes out with guitars blazing in an AC/DC inspired riff fest. It's heavy enough to rival their late 80s material. Newsboys' Peter Furler helped bring them back but his influence on this album is overbearing. It's almost a heavy Newsboys album first, a Petra album second. The ingenious, soaring melodies of of their heyday is replaced by Furler's quicky, occasionally goofy ear for melody ("Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda" is song plucked right out of the Newsboys catalogue. Like Revival, this isn't ever looked back on in career retrospectives.
Petra Never Say Die
Phil Wickham Children of God
Phinehas Dark Flag
Phinehas thegodmachine
Pianos Become the Teeth Wait For Love
Pillar The Reckoning
Pixies Bossanova
Placebo Placebo
Playdough Lonely Superstar
Plumb Chaotic Resolve
Pocket Full of Rocks Song to the King
Project 86 Knives to the Future
Project 86 Project 86
Psychotic Waltz The God-Shaped Void
Purity Ring Shrines
PVRIS All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
PVRIS Hallucinations
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Rachael Roberts Rachael Roberts
Racing Glaciers Caught in the Strange
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
I can kind of understand how someone could enjoy this one but for this music connoisseur, it's rjust one long and tedious venture. There are highlights here and there there (bad pun but it had rto be made) but it's missing its own identity and instead opts to reach for anything and reverything it can. The nostalgic feel of The Bends, the cold distance of Kid A, the twisted, rsinister vibe of Amnesiac, you name it it's here. No wonder it's called "Hail to the Thief."
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Rainbow Kitten Surprise How to: Friend, Love, Freefall
Record deserves heaps of respect but musically, this one isn't for me.
Red (USA) The Evening Hate
Red (USA) End of Silence
Relient K Truly Madly Deeply EP
Relient K The Anatomy of Tongue In Cheek
Relient K Air For Free
Remedy Drive Daylight Is Coming
Rend Collective CHOOSE TO WORSHIP
Rend Collective The Art of Celebration
Riley Clemmons Riley Clemmons
Ritual Howls Rendered Armor
Robbie Seay Band Miracle
Run Kid Run This Is Who We Are
Samestate The Alignment
San Cisco The Water
Sanctus Real Run
Scalene Respiro
Seabird Rocks Into Rivers
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
Had to give this a jam because my girl Nana Osaki praised them. It's a fun punk classic to be certain but not quite for me.
Sherwood A Different Light
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Skillet Comatose
Guess it's time to admit that not all Skillet albums are bad. Comatose is actually pretty great. For the most part, it's mainstream rock done right, and while it certainly isn't perfect I have no complaints spinning this one.
Skillet Collide
Sleater-Kinney The Hot Rock
Sleater-Kinney All Hands on the Bad One
Slipknot We Are Not Your Kind
Slow Coming Day Farewell to the Familiar
Snail Mail Lush
Sobs Telltale Signs
Sorority Noise You're Not As ____ As You Think
Soul Embraced Immune
Spoken IX
Starfield The Saving One
Starflyer 59 My Island
Starflyer 59 Young in My Head
Starflyer is as Starflyer does.
Starflyer 59 I Am The Portuguese Blues
Starflyer 59 Dial M
Steven Curtis Chapman Speechless
Steven Curtis Chapman First Hand
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
Sundara Karma Ulfilas' Alphabet
Suzanne Vega Suzanne Vega
Switchfoot Vice Verses
Switchfoot Learning To Breathe
Switchfoot Legend of Chin
Sylvaine Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone
There is some massive potential here but, unfortunately, Sylvain seems content with scratching the surface just enough to craft something good and serviceable but not enough to form something notable and grand.
Tame Impala Innerspeaker
Tancred Nightstand
Tenth Avenue North Followers
Tenth Avenue North The Things We've Been Afraid To Say
The 1975 A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
The Afters I Wish We All Could Win
The Band CAMINO tryhard
The Beatles Let It Be
The Berries Berryland
The Blamed The Church Is Hurting People
The Chariot Everything Is Alive, Everything Is...
The Chariot Wars and Rumors of Wars
The Chicks Home
The City Harmonic We Are
The Clash The Clash
The Dangerous Summer The Dangerous Summer
The Dangerous Summer Mother Nature
I never knew summer could feel so underwhelming.
The Devil Wears Prada Dead Throne
The Devil Wears Prada Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord
The Devil Wears Prada Plagues
The Digital Age Evening:Morning
The Early November Imbue
The Ember Days The Ember Days EP
The Fold Moving Past
The Gathering The West Pole
The Go-Betweens Liberty Belle And The Black Diamond Express
The Jesus and Mary Chain Darklands
The Killers Day & Age
The Offspring Americana
The Ongoing Concept Places
The Pillows Horn Again
The Pillows Penalty Life
The Pillows Moondust
The Postal Service Give Up
The Preatures Girlhood
The Sky Life Caves
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Starting Line Say It Like You Mean It
The Story So Far Proper Dose
The Strokes Angles
The Weeknd After Hours
The Who A Quick One
The Who The Who Sell Out
The Winter Passing New Ways Of Living
Theocracy Wynter Fever
THICK 5 Years Behind
Third Day Offerings: A Worship Album
Third Day Miracle
Thousand Foot Krutch Phenomenon
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. II: Water
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. III: Air
Thrice Beggars
Thrice Palms
Tigers Jaw Two Worlds
Tim Hughes When Silence Falls
Tiny Moving Parts Swell
To Speak Of Wolves Find Your Worth, Come Home
tobyMac The Elements
Together to the Stars An Oblivion Above
Tool Ænima
Tool Lateralus
Torche Admission
Tourist Everyday
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman
Training for Utopia Throwing a Wrench in the American Music
Transit This Will Not Define Us
Trivium Silence in the Snow
Trivium The Sin and the Sentence
Trivium What The Dead Men Say
Trophy Scars Never Born, Never Dead
Truth Club Not an Exit
TV COMA Body Negativity
Twenty One Pilots Trench
U2 Songs of Experience
Gotta be honest, didn't have high expectations for this one after the terribly mediocre Songs of Innocence in 2014 and for the most part, Experience fulfils every one of them. It's a passable U2 record with some pretty moments spread lightly around.
Ulcerate Stare Into Death and Be Still
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
Volbeat Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie
I can't believe how much some of this sounds like Green Day lol
Vota Love Found Me
If it weren't for "Crying Out" this would be a slightly above average CCM record. However, I respect "Crying Out" greatly for being desperate, honest, and uncertain, something Christian music lacks severely.
Walk the Moon What If Nothing
Walk the Moon Talking is Hard
War of Ages Supreme Chaos
War of Ages Void
We Are Only Human Once The Prettiest Boys in Town
Remember that "main pop girl 2019" album from earlier this year? This is like that but most
of the fun and interesting things about it have been removed.
We Shot The Moon A Silver Lining
We Shot The Moon The Finish Line
Weatherstate Born a Cynic
This has so much potential but the hooks are just not there.
Weezer Pacific Daydream
Weezer Hurley
Weezer Maladroit
Weyes Blood Titanic Rising
Whitacre Seasons
Wilco Ode to Joy
Wild Pink Yolk in the Fur
With Confidence Love and Loathing
Like the title describes, there are moments you'll love and those you'll loathe. A fine release for the moment but fairly forgettable by the end of the day.
Within Temptation Hydra
Women Public Strain
Young the Giant Mirror Master
Zao Parade of Chaos
Zao All Else Failed (2003)

2.5 average
10 Years (How to Live) As Ghosts
A Rotterdam November Past, Present, Future
A.A. Williams Forever Blue
A.A.L. (Against All Logic) 2012-2017
Wish I could get into this more since it's quite a unique project but I found it to be repetitive and rather bland overall.
Aaron Sprinkle Moontraveler
Altar Boys GLM (Gut Level Music)
Amanda Cook Brave New World
American Arson A Line in the Sand
American Hi-Fi Hearts On Parade
Amy Shark Love Monster
Anchor and Braille Tension
This record could be a knockout if there was any substance or dynamic turns. As it is, Christian's side project is still yet to completely win me over.
Andrew Serino The Golden Thread
As Cities Burn Scream Through The Walls
Ashes Remain What I've Become
Ashland Over the Moon
Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria
Avicii True
Avril Lavigne Let Go
Avril Lavigne Goodbye Lullaby
awakebutstillinbed what people call low self​-​esteem is really...
The music itself is fine, great even, but those screams.....I get what she's going
for but....they're really bad.
BABYMETAL Metal Galaxy
Beach House Teen Dream
Beach Slang The Deadbeat Bang Of Heartbreak City
Beartooth Disease
Big Daddy Weave What I Was Made For
Billie Eilish dont smile at me
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Bon Jovi This House Is Not for Sale
A fine new album from Bon Jovi. It doesn't shake things up too much and sticks to what he does
best. Not really in my ballpark but far from awful.
Bon Voyage Lies
Bonny Doon Longwave
Bonsai Trees Learn To Grow
Brandon Heath Leaving Eden
Brandon Heath What if We
Breaking Benjamin Dark Before Dawn
Breaking Benjamin Ember
This or the latest Underoath record? You know what, I think I'd take this.
Brenton Brown Everlasting God
Bring Me the Horizon Music to Listen to...
I'm going to attempt to defend this. Does it tend to scream "Aren't I so weird! I'm not like other bands" at points? Absolutely. That 20-minute long slog? Bin it. But the way they just dropped it out of nowhere makes it a lot easier to stomach. I can always respect an attempt to try something ridiculous, even if the end result isn't too far removed from your average EDM record. This is also the only time I've ever been able to endure something with Halsey in it. And the final three tracks are actually fairly decent nightcore tunes. I might not ever choose to listen to it again but hey, it's good to say something relatively nice about this band for a change.
Building 429 We Won't Be Shaken
Building 429 Building 429
Camila Cabello Camila
Capital Kings Capital Kings
Casting Crowns Come to the Well
Casting Crowns Lifesong
Charli XCX Pop 2
Chris Tomlin Hello Love
Chris Tomlin Arriving
CHVRCHES Love Is Dead
It honestly isn't a surprise that this latest Chvrches record is a disappointment. Unlike Every Open Eye, it gets bogged down by forgettable repetition, an uninteresting aesthetic, and an especially dull final quarter. If more songs were like "Graffiti" and "Graves" this would be far better as those songs are everything a Chvrches song should be.
Coheed and Cambria The Unheavenly Creatures
Whoever is going to make an AMV with those characters will at least have an easy time finding the music for it.
Coldplay Everyday Life
Colony House Leave What's Lost Behind
Colton Dixon A Messenger
Colton Dixon Colton Dixon
Comrades For We Are Not Yet, We Are Only Becoming
Craig's Brother Devil's In The Details
Creeper Sex, Death and the Infinite Void
Somehow they wrote the best track of their career ("Be My End") on a woefully frustrating and inconsistent follow up.
Currents I Let The Devil In
Cynic Focus
Daft Punk Human After All
Danny Gokey Haven't Seen It Yet
David Crowder Band Can You Hear Us?
David Leonard The Wait
Dawn Of Ashes The Antinomian
Dayseeker Sleeptalk
Dead Poetic New Medicines
Death Therapy Voices
In trying to branch out and experiment a little this winds up being an unfortunately
underwhelming and uneven experience. Nothing quite lives up to their brilliant debut.
DecembeRadio Satisfied
Decyfer Down The Other Side of Darkness
Deep Valleys Goldhaven
Deftones B-Sides and Rarities
Delain Apocalypse & Chill
Delirious? Touch
Delirious? Mezzamorphis
Deluge Swell
Demon Hunter War
Demon Hunter Peace
Demon Hunter The World Is a Thorn
Disciple (USA-TN) O God Save Us All
Disciple (USA-TN) This Might Sting a Little
Doe Grow Into It
Dream Theater Distance Over Time
Emarosa Peach Club
Ethan C. Davis Serenade
A glitchy, autotuned EDM worship album. It works well on occasion but it's mostly superfluous and
shrill.
Evanescence Fallen
.........Asleep
Everyday Sunday Anthems for the Imperfect
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Falling Up Crashings
Falling Up Dawn Escapes
Falling Up Captiva
Fallstar Backdraft
Fight the Fade In Love. in Hope. in Peace.
Fireflight Unbreakable
Fireflight Innova
Fit for a King Deathgrip
Five Iron Frenzy Upbeats and Beatdowns
FKA Twigs Magdalene
Where has the "pop" in pop music gone?
Flyleaf Memento Mori
FM Static What Are You Waiting For?
FM Static Critically Ashamed
for KING and COUNTRY Burn the Ships
Foster the People Supermodel
Fountains of Wayne Fountains Of Wayne
Francesca Battistelli If We're Honest
Free Throw What's Past Is Prologue
Gideon Calloused
Gideon Cold
Goo Goo Dolls Gutterflower
Great American Ghost Power Through Terror
Grey Holiday The Glorious Revolution
Hail the Sun Wake
Half Alive Now, Not Yet
Half Alive is an all too fitting name for this group.
Hands Like Houses -Anon.
Dissonants was an awfully bland and lifeless record. This is a step in the right direction and I'd love to hear them tread even further into pop music next go around.
Haste the Day When Everything Falls
Hawk Nelson Crazy Love
Hawk Nelson Live Life Loud
Hawk Nelson Letters To The President
Hayley Williams Petals For Armor
For the most part, this is fine, but it severely lacks colour compared to her work in Paramore. Every vocalist has to stretch out and experiment with their craft on their own at some point, but paired with the unexciting sound and unapproachable layout, it's difficult to be invested with what she's doing.
HEALTH VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR
Hillsong United Empires
Hillsong United Aftermath
Hillsong United All of the Above
Hillsong United Across the Earth: Tear Down the Walls
Hillsong Worship Let There Be Light
Hillsong Worship No Other Name
Hillsong Young & Free III
Holding Absence Holding Absence
Holy Holy My Own Pool of Light
Hot Little Rocket Our Work And Why We Do It
Hyland Finding Our Way
Ian Noe Between The Country
Illenium Ashes
Impending Doom The Sin And Doom Vol. II
In Flames I, the Mask
In Her Own Words Steady Glow
Inhale Exhale The Lost, the Sick, the Sacred
Invent Animate Greyview
ISIS SGNL>05
Jaci Velasquez Heavenly Place
Jars Of Clay The Shelter
Jars Of Clay The Eleventh Hour
Jeremy Camp We Cry Out: The Worship Project
Jeremy Camp I Will Follow
Jeremy Camp Carried Me
Jet Get Born
Jimmy Eat World Jimmy Eat World
Finally gave this a spin and it honestly wasn't all that bad. An average pop/punk/emo record from a band who would become my all-time favourite. Don't think I'll ever return to this but it's always good to know where they started.
Johan Pull Up
John Waller As For Me and My House
Jonezetta Cruel to Be Young
Joyce Manor Million Dollars To Kill Me
A million dollar lullaby
June If you speak any faster
Kanye West Jesus Is King
Kari Jobe Kari Jobe
Katatonia Viva Emptiness
Keane Cause and Effect
I don't hear a whole lot of vomit-inducing tunes here. It's vapid and pretty empty musically but it's a harmless return. Let em keep doing what they do.
Kutless Believer
Kutless Surrender
Kutless Strong Tower
Lana Del Rey Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Norman Rockwell isn't interesting enough to deserve that expletive in the middle of his name. But then, maybe that's why it's there, to compensate for something....?
Lauren Daigle How Can It Be
Daigle has become a big name in CCM and it's easy to see why. The record has
massive musical appeal and Daigle has a strong voice to boot. If the music was a
tad more interesting or innovative I would join the celebration but it's simply far
too vanilla to warrant any kind of frenzy.
Les Friction Dark Matter
Like Pacific In Spite of Me
Linkin Park One More Light
This got a lot of hate when it was released and while I can definitely understand it at the same time I don't think it was entirely deserved. Half of it (read "Battle Symphony" and tracks 8-r10....maybe 7) actually edges towards being good. The rest is run-of-the-mill commercial pop so while it isn't bad it isn't good either. It's average and that's ok if you ask me.
Linkin Park The Hunting Party
Lucinda Williams Good Souls Better Angels
Mae Destination: B-Sides
Mae Multisensory Aesthetic Experience
Manafest The Chase
Mantric False Negative
You can say many things about this album, but you can't say it's falsely advertised. This record sounds just like those woolly bottoms.
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals
Martin Smith Iron Lung
Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You
Matt Maher Alive Again
Matt Maher Empty & Beautiful
Matthew West Live Forever
Matthew West Something To Say
Mayday Parade Monsters in the Closet
MercyMe Undone
Michael W. Smith A Million Lights
Michael W. Smith makes an electronic dance record? Does he pull it off? Kinda. Sorta. Not really.
Moose Blood I Don't Think I Can Do This Anymore
I don't think I can listen to this anymore. What? Too easy of a jab? It's as creative as the music and lyrics are on this thing.
Moriah Peters Brave
Mutemath Vitals
Mutemath Armistice
Mutemath Odd Soul
MxPx Pokinatcha
MxPx Before Everything & After
My Darkest Days Sick and Twisted Affair
"Save Yourself" is a great rock anthem but everything else on here? Standard radio rock that tries to be dirty at times. I'll pass.
My Epic Ultraviolet
Neck Deep All Distortions Are Intentional
Neurosis Enemy of the Sun
There is a lot of artistic merit here, however, I know my tastes and this isn't it. It's unforgivingly dark. It also appears to bear some early Swans influence, which doesn't entice me whatsoever. I hope I never have to meet this enemy of the sun.
New Found Glory Catalyst
Newsboys Love Riot
Newsboys Step up to the Microphone
Newsboys God's Not Dead
NF The Search
Nickelback Feed the Machine
Nickelback's best since All The Right Reasons but that isn't saying much. The music is just as generic and the lyrics can be laughable at times ("the icky of the sticky" and "Humpty Dumpty do your thing") but unlike the slew of albums before it, this isn't bad and may just be the most listenable of everything post-2000.
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
Nine Lashes World We View
OneRepublic Dreaming Out Loud
OneRepublic Native
Onward To Olympas Indicator
Opeth Sorceress
Orville Peck Pony
P.O.D. Satellite
Panic! at the Disco Vices & Virtues
Passion Worship Awakening
Passion Worship Take It All
Passion Worship Whole Heart
Passion Worship Even So Come
Passion Worship Salvation's Tide Is Rising
Paul Baloche Your Mercy
Paul Baloche The Same Love
Paul Baloche A Greater Song
Paul Baloche Glorious
Peter Furler On Fire
Petra No Doubt
They really lost their way with this one. Bland, contemporary CCM. This ain't Petra.
Philmont Attention
Pillar Where Do We Go from Here
Pinegrove Skylight
Pink Hurts 2B Human
Some surprisingly solid pop songs here but half of it is bogged by a needlessly high amount
of slow, acoustic ballads. That's not what I want to hear on a pop album.
Playdough Gold Tips
Plumb Beautiful Lumps of Coal
Plumb Beautifully Broken
Pocket Full of Rocks More Than Noise
Pocket Full of Rocks Manifesto
Polaris (AUS) The Death of Me
Pom Poko Birthday
Preoccupations New Material
Project 86 Sheep Among Wolves
Project 86 Rival Factions
Rammstein Sehnsucht
Rarity I Couldn't Be Weaker
Red (USA) Release the Panic: Recalibrated
Relient K Is For Karaoke
Remo Drive Greatest Hits
Well I guess they were never that good......
Rob Thomas Chip Tooth Smile
Ruth Secondhand Dreaming
Saint Asonia Flawed Design
Sanctus Real Pieces of a Real Heart
Sanctus Real The Dream
Sanctus Real Changed
A pleasant enough change from a childhood staple. The direction the band were going with Matt at the helm wasn't all that great so it's refreshing to have a new vocalist help switch things up a little (heavy emphasis on the little).
Seventh Day Slumber We Are The Broken
Seventh Day Slumber Found
Shiina Ringo Sanmon Gossip
Sidewalk Prophets These Simple Truths
Sidewalk Prophets Live Like That
Sigrid Sucker Punch
Sleepstar Lost Machines
Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter
Something Corporate North
Son Lux Remedy
Sonicflood Sonicflood
Soul Embraced Mythos
Spanish Love Songs Brave Faces Everyone
I never grew to love Schmaltz. It's a fine record and all, just not what I needed at the time. I'm seeing the same pattern here. Solid musicianship, competentant but generic, gruff vocals, and lyrics about the sorry state of our lives. I just don't really see what separates these guys from everyone else.
Starfield I Will Go
Starset Divisions
Stella Donnelly Beware of the Dogs
Stephen Christian Wildfires
Steve Taylor I Want to Be a Clone
Sum 41 Order In Decline
Sunsleeper You Can Miss Something and Not Want It Back
Another punk/emo record that will eventually get lost in the sea of similar-sounding nobodies. They offer nothing new, nothing surprising, and nothing that hasn't been offered by countless others before.
Supercell Today is a Beautiful Day
Swans Filth
I don't like this one bit. But then, that may have been what the band was going for. It's ugly, grimy, angry, and dirty in a way that sticks with you long after. It's a disgusting portrait of evil that we often forget exists.
Switchfoot Oh! Gravity.
Switchfoot Float Remix EP
Switchfoot Native Tongue
Taking Back Sunday New Again
Taking Back Sunday Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday Happiness Is
Tal Bachman Tal Bachman
SHE'S SO HIIIIIIIEEEIIIIIGHHH HIGH ABOVE ME, SHE'S SO LOVELY
The Academy Is... Almost Here
The Afters Light Up The Sky
The Afters Life Is Beautiful
The Afters Live On Forever
The Afters Fear No More
The All-American Rejects The All-American Rejects
The All-American Rejects When the World Comes Down
The Beatles Yellow Submarine
The Beautiful Mistake You're Not Broken. I Am
The Chariot The Fiancee
The Classic Crime How To Be Human
The Classic Crime Patterns In The Static
The Colourist The Colourist
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below
The Devil Wears Prada The Act
The Ember Days Your Eyes Light Up
The Fray The Fray
The Fray Scars and Stories
The Get Up Kids Problems
The Lumineers Cleopatra
This record can be downright dull at times and merely ok at others. The new wave folk movement is pretty much a dead and mostly forgotten fad in the mainstream today and for good reason: it had been run into the ground. Cleopatra is a fine example of a record that tried to fit into that movement but ended up being completely redundant.
The Maine Black & White
The National The National
The National I Am Easy to Find
The Pillows Smile
The Pillows Trial
The Rival The Rival
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Violet Burning Drop-dead
The Wedding The Wedding
The Wedding Polarity
The Wombats This Modern Glitch
The Wombats Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life
The Wonder Years Sister Cities
The Wonder Years The Greatest Generation
Third Day Offerings II: All I Have To Give
Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie
This Beautiful Republic Even Heroes Need A Parachute
Thousand Foot Krutch Untraveled Roads (Live)
Thousand Foot Krutch The Flame in All of Us
Thousand Foot Krutch The End Is Where We Begin
Thousand Foot Krutch The Art of Breaking
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vol. IV: Earth
Thrice To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
Thrice Identity Crisis
Thrice Deeper Wells
Time, The Valuator How Fleeting, How Fragile
Tiny Moving Parts Breathe
So disappointing. Celebrate is one of my fav emo records of the 2010s but this sounds like the band has stagnated creatively. They haven't evolved at all.
tobyMac Tonight
tobyMac This Is Not A Test
tobyMac The Lost Demos
Trophy Eyes The American Dream
Turnover Good Nature
Turnover Altogether
Twenty One Pilots Blurryface
Two People First Body
U2 October
U2 Zooropa
Umbra Vitae Shadow of Life
Underline the Sky Here's Looking At You, Kid
Unspoken [USA] Unspoken
Verbena La Musica Negra
Vota Vota
Weathered Stranger Here
Weezer Make Believe
What We Do in Secret Repose
where is my spaceship Never Unhappy
Wolves at the Gate Eclipse
I'm torn on this album. It has the blood of a full-fledged mainstream rock album so it
feels very watered down and artificial. It also lacks any notable divergences of sound or
approach (T&S had "Hindsight" and the truly epic "Grave Digger," this rarely slows down or
tries anything different). I'm disappointed but I wouldn't say this is a bad album, just
merely a "not as good as...." kind of album. Take it or leave it.
Young the Giant Home Of The Strange
Zao Awake?

2.0 poor
A Dream Too Late Intermission to the Moon
ABBA Ring Ring
All Time Low Future Hearts
All Time Low Last Young Renegade
American Hi-Fi Fight The Frequency
Anthem Lights Anthem Lights
Apollo LTD Out of Body
I didn't know Walk the Moon had recently renamed themselves and cheapened their music. Not the best move gentlemen.
Ariana Grande Sweetener
As I Lay Dying Shaped by Fire
As We Ascend Farewell To Midnight
Bad Wolves Disobey
Beartooth Aggressive
Bethel Music Tides
Big Daddy Weave When The Light Comes
Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Blink-182 Nine
Breaking Benjamin Aurora
Bring Me the Horizon Amo
Camp Cope How to Socialise and Make Friends
Capital Lights Rhythm N Moves
Casting Crowns Until the Whole World Hears
Casting Crowns The Altar and the Door
Casting Crowns Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns The Very Next Thing
Casting Crowns Only Jesus
Casting Crowns Peace on Earth
Chris August The Upside of Down
Chris Tomlin Nobody Loves Me Like You
Chris Tomlin Never Lose Sight
Chris Tomlin Burning Lights
Chris Tomlin Love Ran Red
Chris Tomlin And If Our God Is for Us...
Chris Tomlin See the Morning
Chris Tomlin Not to Us
Chris Tomlin The Noise We Make
Chris Tomlin Holy Roar
Creed Human Clay
Crowder I Know A Ghost
This record saddens me. It saddens me to see what was once one of Christian music's most creative,
exciting, and innovative voices stoop this low into mediocrity. He's become a mere shell of what
he used to be and now seems content to run in circles around his swampy aesthetic and novel image.
Throw in a rap verse here, a latino chant over there to establish that the record's hip and
trendy, an emotional worship ballad, a Christian pub anthem to shake up the stuck up religious
folk, and chuck in some hip/hop beats for the youth. It's a sad, sad mess.
David Bowie David Bowie
Day of Fire Day of Fire
Death Grips The Money Store
Decyfer Down Scarecrow
Decyfer Down Crash
Demon Hunter Outlive
Demon Hunter Storm the Gates of Hell
Destroyer We'll Build Them A Golden Bridge
This album is so sad. Classic Bejar.
Disciple (USA-TN) Southern Hospitality
DNCE DNCE
Erra Neon
Everyday Sunday Wake Up! Wake Up!
Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll
Fall Out Boy Lake Effect Kid
They were so close to getting a good rating from me with the first two tracks but then "Super
Fade" came in to show us that they weren't sorry for the abomination that was MANIA.
Falling in Reverse Coming Home
Falling Up Midnight On Earthship
Family Force 5 Time Stands Still
Feels Post Earth
Fifth Harmony Fifth Harmony
Fiona Apple Fetch The Bolt Cutters
The sheer critical weight behind this album makes it difficult to approach it without bias or fear of being labelled as obnoxiously contrarian. However, I genuinely think this record is distastefully ugly. It's in its own little world, and in the right hands that can be a remarkable trait, potentially introducing new avenues of sound and emotion. But in my experience with this, Fetch The Bolt Cutters does not let anyone else in. There is no listener-artist connection, it's an exercise in self-indulgence and I'm required to sit, watch, and applaud every quirky and unconventional lick she creates. Sometimes, some simplicity can go a long way.
From Ashes To New Day One
Go Radio Close the Distance
Greta Van Fleet Anthem of the Peaceful Army
Gwen Stacy A Dialogue
Hands Like Houses Dissonants
Hillsong Worship Glorious Ruins
Hillsong Worship A Beautiful Exchange
Hollyn One-Way Conversations
Icon For Hire Icon for Hire
Imagine Dragons Night Visions
Jeremy Camp Reckless
John Waller While I'm Waiting
Jonezetta Popularity
I don't like it. That about all the explanation I can be bothered to give ;)
Justin Bieber Purpose
Katy Perry One of the Boys
KIDS (USA) Lost Cities
Korn The Nothing
Kutless Kutless
Kutless Glory
LEDGER LEDGER
Linkin Park A Thousand Suns
How did we get here? What happened between Minutes and this? While I can respect the effort and ambition that was put into this one it's just a painfully poor and puzzling project overall.
Linkin Park Living Things
A slight step up from A Thousand Suns but this one really isn't a lot better. It's a smooth pop/rock album with some screaming to make it seem like the Linkin Park of old has returned. It's forgettable in the end.
LSD (Labrinth, Sia, Diplo) LSD
Lydia Liquor
I've been on board with practically everything after Lydia's opus, Illuminate. Paint it Golden was
a beautiful but somewhat poor imitation of Illuminate, Devil was simply a joy, even Run Wild had
its gems. But with Liquor, this is where I get off the fan train.
Manafest Citizens Activ
Manafest Reborn
Manafest This Is Not The End
Matt Redman The Father's Song
MercyMe The Worship Sessions
Mikal Cronin MCII
Mikeschair Mikeschair
Muse The 2nd Law
Muse Drones
Muse Simulation Theory
I have a sound theory. This record is meant to be a simulation of good music, but a simulation is not a reality, so it's just a theory. This is a theory of good music, but that good music does not actually exist.
Needtobreathe H A R D L O V E
Newsboys Not Ashamed
Newsboys In the Hands of God
NF Perception
NF Therapy Session
Nickelback The Long Road
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Nine Lashes From Water to War
OneRepublic Oh My My
Our Last Night Let Light Overcome
Owl City All Things Bright And Beautiful
Panic! at the Disco Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!
Paul Baloche Our God Saves
Periphery Periphery IV: Hail Stan
Petra Petra
Petra Revival
The beginning of the end. This was the new label's attempt to bring them back into popularity. Sadly that involved following the trend of the joyless, generic shell praise music was becoming. Aside from the genuinely beautiful opener, this is as forgettable as they come.
Phil Wickham Living Hope
Playdough Writer Dye
Plumb Exhale
Portugal. The Man Woodstock
Project 86 Drawing Black Lines
PVRIS Use Me
If your goal is to play quietly on the speakers in Target this will do the job.
Queens of the Stone Age Villains
Relient K Collapsible Lung
Revive Blink
Saves the Day 9
Senses Fail If There Is Light, It Will Find You
Seventh Day Slumber Take Everything
Seventh Day Slumber The Anthem of the Angels
Seventh Day Slumber Once Upon A Shattered Life
Seventh Day Slumber Finally Awake
Seventh Day Slumber Closer to Chaos
Shadow Hunters Avatar
Shawn McDonald Roots
Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes
Sheppard Bombs Away
Skillet Rise
Skillet Awake
Skillet Alien Youth
Skillet Skillet
Sleep Token Sundowning
"I want to taste you better...." yeah, nope.
Snow Patrol Up to Now
Snow Patrol Wildness
Stellar Kart All In
Swans Cop
This is pure suffering.
Sylosis Conclusion of an Age
The 1975 The 1975
The 1975 I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
The Arrogant Sons of Bitches Built to Fail
The Arrogant Sons of Bitches Pornocracy
The Chainsmokers Sick Boy
The Kooks Let's Go Sunshine
The Maine Can't Stop, Won't Stop
The Pillows Pied Piper
The Pillows OOPArts
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Don't You Fake It
The Shaggs Philosophy of the World
It's terrible but at the same time can you really hate it?
The Weeknd My Dear Melancholy,
Thousand Foot Krutch Exhale
Thousand Foot Krutch Set It Off (Remastered)
"Puppet" is a TFK classic but Set It Off just does not work well as an album. It's overly long and stuffed with tracks that try to do something inventive (All The Way We Live, etc.) but ultimately there are few examples of good, congruent songwriting.
Tim Hughes Holding Nothing Back
tobyMac Eye On It
tobyMac Momentum
tobyMac Christmas in Diverse City
tobyMac Dubbed and Freq'd: A Remix Project
Tool Fear Inoculum
Toth Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help
U2 Songs of Innocence
Wage War Pressure
We Are The City Above Club
We As Human We As Human
Weezer The Teal Album
Yellowcard Where We Stand
Zao The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here
This one is just too much. The production sounds and feels like a relentless and sludgy wall of sound. There are no particular highlights here because nothing gets a chance to breathe and reveal itself. It's certainly a heavy record but in the worst way possible.

1.5 very poor
5 Seconds of Summer Youngblood
Against The Current Past Lives
Against The Current In Our Bones
All Time Low Dirty Work
Avicii Stories
Barlowgirl Barlowgirl
Beartooth Disgusting
Bethel Music You Make Me Brave
Bring Me the Horizon That's the Spirit
Building 429 Live the Journey
Building 429 Unashamed
Casting Crowns Thrive
Citizen Way Love Is the Evidence
Citizen Way 2.0
Clay Finnesand Springside
Cody Carnes Run To The Father
The artist bio states "Cody Carnes is a songwriter....who's passionate about creating space where innovative artistry and worship can collide." He has to be having a laugh.
Daughtry Cage to Rattle
Dc Talk Dc Talk
Dc Talk Nu Thang
Disturbed Evolution
Ed Sheeran ÷
Elevation Worship Here as in Heaven
Fall Out Boy American Beauty/American Psycho
Five For Fighting America Town
Girl On Fire Not Broken
Good Charlotte Generation Rx
Green Day ¡UNO!
Green Day iTRE!
Green Day Father of All Motherfuckers
Oh Green Day, how you have changed. I hoped this would be a return to the short, blistering punk of your early days but there's not a hint of that on here. I don't expect another American Idiot ever again and I'm content with that but something with a bit of effort wouldn't go astray.
Gwen Stacy The Life I Know
Have Mercy The Love Life
Hawk Nelson Made
Hillsong Worship Cornerstone
Hillsong Young & Free We Are Young & Free
Hillsong Young & Free Youth Revival
Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors
Janelle Monae Dirty Computer
Jesus Culture We Cry Out
Jesus Culture Love Has a Name
JJ Weeks Band As Long As We Can Breathe
Katy Perry Witness
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Kutless Alpha / Omega
Lecrae Let The Trap Say Amen
Manafest The Moment
Marina LOVE + FEAR
I've seen a strange correlation between grey album art and similarly grey, dull, bad quality music. It's
almost a given at this point. If the art is grey the overly modern music will follow suit. The problem is
that everything sounds so cheaply produced.
Meghan Trainor Treat Myself
What I heard of this wasn't as wholly despicable as her previous efforts. It just sounds like the product of a washed-up pop star riding the trends. She's already a forgotten product of yesterday which is simply a testimony to the timeless truth that lazy, misguided, trend-following music will never have lasting value.
Melanie Martinez Cry Baby
Memphis May Fire Broken
Muse The Resistance
My Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
Newsboys Restart
Newsboys Born Again
Nickelback No Fixed Address
Nine Lashes Ascend
Northlander Forces of Light
Why does this have the absolute worst mastering job I've heard on anything this year? And why does the music have to draw attention to it by being so forgettable?
One Direction Up All Night
Owl City Mobile Orchestra
Owl City The Midsummer Station
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Panic! at the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
This is nothing more than the product of a generic pop/punk band that's trying to pose as an MCR-like "emo" wannabe with some awful theatrical elements thrown in. I truly don't see the appeal at all.
Panic! at the Disco Death of a Bachelor
Panic! at the Disco Pray for the Wicked
Parkway Drive Reverence
Passion Worship Let The Future Begin
Sanctus Real Unstoppable God
Schematic Color (n.) Inside The Lines
Shadow Hunters Black Hearts and Lost Secrets
This should have stayed a secret. A secret locked up in the basement this was recorded in.
Sheppard Watching the Sky
Sheppard is still making bland and vapid pop. No surprises here despite wishing there
were.
Silent Planet When the End Began
"Is it faaaaaaataaaaaaal? Is the fallout inevitaBBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL!?"
Simple Creatures Strange Love
How to live: avoid this album
Skillet Unleashed
Is it possible to be lazier than Nickelback? Yes, yes it is. Well done Skillet.
Skillet Invincible
Skillet Victorious
Is it possible to be lazier than Skill....wait a second.
Stars Go Dim Stars Go Dim
The All-American Rejects Kids in the Street
The Amity Affliction Misery
Misery is what one feels after listening to this Amity Affliction record.
The Chainsmokers Collage
The Fray Helios
The Letter Black Pain
The Used Heartwork
The Wedding No Direction
Thirty Seconds to Mars Love Lust Faith + Dreams
Thousand Foot Krutch Oxygen: Inhale
Thousand Foot Krutch TFK Remixes
Through Fire Breathe
Spoken called and they said they want their album cover (and album title) back. They deserve it too because their album is so much better than this lazy ripoff.
Train Bulletproof Picasso
Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots
Underoath Erase Me
Like its title implies Underoath's big return effortlessly erases everything that made them good during their mid-2000 stretch.
Warren Barfield Worth Fighting For
We The Kings Strange Love
We The Kings Somewhere Somehow
Weezer The Black Album
Weezer The Red Album
Yellowcard Midget Tossing
I can't give this a one because it's Yellowcard but boy oh boy did they have a rough start. Since
it isn't on any streaming or digital platforms the only reason you would ever want to spin this is
to see where Yellowcard started.

1.0 awful
7eventh Time Down Brand New Day
AJR The Click
Has to be one of the most horrendous albums I have ever heard. Every song, lyric, melody, vocal, and note is nearly tormenting to hear. How this thing got the green light is 2017's unsolvable mystery.
AJR Living Room
AJR Neotheater
This band is just rotten. They've made the worst album of all-time yet again and somehow
crafted something even more absurdly wretched than The Click.
Audio Adrenaline Sound of the Saints
Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne
Hello evil, have you come to scar me for the rest of my life?
Avril Lavigne Head Above Water
The most forgettable album of Avril's career and nearly just as awful as the self-titled record.
Bebe Rexha Expectations
Being As An Ocean PROXY: An A.N.I.M.O. Story
Blood on the Dance Floor Haunted
Blood on the Dance Floor Kawaii Monster
Blood on the Dance Floor Scissors
BTS Map of the Soul: 7
Bullet For My Valentine Temper Temper
Charlie Puth Nine Track Mind
Crazy Crazy Awesome Awesome Truth
Deaf Havana Rituals
Man, Train was certainly quick to release
another album after A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat.
Ed Sheeran No. 6 Collaborations Project
Etienne Sin The Metal Sessions
Fall Out Boy M A N I A
The best thing I can say about Mania is that it does live it up its name. It's a confusing, ugly, disorientating, and entirely unpleasant mess of a record.
Family Force 5 III
Fight The Fury Still Breathing
Florida Georgia Line Dig Your Roots
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless
Green Day iDOS!
Green Day Oh Love
Hawk Nelson Diamonds
Hawk Nelson Miracles
Hoobastank Push Pull
I Prevail Lifelines
This is just a plain worthless record. Home brand produced metalcore without an ounce of substance, quality, or conviction. Not even acceptable as a Playstation backing track.
I Prevail Trauma
Icon For Hire Now You Know EP
Imagine Dragons ƎVOLVE
Imagine Dragons Origins
Jake Paul and Team 10 Litmas
Jason Mraz Know.
Judah and the Lion Folk Hop N' Roll
Judah and the Lion Pep Talks
This was tolerable until it hit "Don't Mess With My Mama," where the record decided to fly
off the tracks and kill any poor soul who decided to innocently take the mid-day train to
their favourite town, "Good Music."
Justin Bieber My World 2.0
Justin Timberlake Man of the Woods
Lou Reed Metal Machine Music
It's like a vast expanse of nothingness. It gives you the opportunity to experience an empty and hollow existence with no meaning or purpose whatsoever.
Maroon 5 Red Pill Blues
Meghan Trainor Title
Meghan Trainor Thank You
Miss May I Rise of the Lion
Nickelback Dark Horse
Nickelback Here and Now
I didn't really understand the burning hatred for Nickelback until I heard this album. Here and Now is just so offensively bad it hurts.
Owl City Cinematic
Puddle of Mudd Come Clean
Sam Hunt Southside
Simple Plan Still Not Getting Any...
Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls
Simple Plan Taking One For The Team
Skillet Hey You, I Love Your Soul
Sleeping With Sirens Gossip
Unlike actual gossip what I am about to say is true: this Sleeping With Sirens record is the biggest snorefest I've had in years.
The Chainsmokers Memories...Do Not Open
The Chainsmokers Sick Boy...This Feeling
Good to hear that The Chainsmokers are still donating to the good cause of year-end worst of lists.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Lonely Road
Thirty Seconds to Mars America
Threatin Breaking the World
Train A Girl A Bottle A Boat
A girl.... hmmm, what else is good about this thing? Um, there's a girl on the cover, yeah, let's just stick with that.
Train Save Me San Francisco
"Hey, Soul Sister" is an abysmal trainwreck, as is the rest of this record.
Twenty One Pilots Regional At Best
Veridia The Beast You Feed
Waterparks Double Dare
Waterparks Entertainment
We The Kings Six
will.i.am #Willpower
Wow.... witness the peak of artistic achievement right here ladies and gentlemen. If that hair doesn't convince you that a masterpiece is in your hands I will have to question your sanity.
Zac Brown Band The Owl
AJR, Judah and the Lion, Zac Brown Band. I bring you the 2019 unholy trinity of garbage.
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