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5.0 classic
Air Moon Safari
Converge Jane Doe
Daft Punk Discovery
Gang of Four Entertainment!
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Nas Illmatic
On Illmatic, Nas assembled a dreamteam of producers consisting of DJ Premier, Q-Tip, Large Professor and Pete Rock to create this masterpiece. The beats on the albums are an excellent example of grimey, mid-'90s New York Hip-Hop complete with haunting piano loops and jazz samples which are an perfect companion to Nas' lyrics. While four producers might sound like a recipe for incoherence, the team of producers manage to create a consistent atmosphere while retaining elements of each induvidual's particular style. Lyrically, Nas is in career best form, creating vivid narratives with strong lyrical substance. NY State of Mind is a definite highlight. If there's one Hip-Hop album I would not hesitate in recommending to any music lover, it's Illmatic.
Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Slint Spiderland
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation

4.5 superb
Air Talkie Walkie
Talkie Walkie is right up there with Moon Safari as Air's finest moment. Talkie Walkie is more long-winded than their debut, but makes up for it with a more diverse and varied set of songs, and a far superior production job.
Boris With Michio Kurihara Rainbow
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
Daft Punk Alive 2007
Dirty Three Ocean Songs
Exodus Bonded by Blood
GZA Liquid Swords
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
ISIS Oceanic
Jay-Z The Blueprint
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Judas Priest Painkiller
Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Slowdive Souvlaki
The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy
The Replacements Let It Be
UGK Ridin' Dirty
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

4.0 excellent
Air The Virgin Suicides
Air Pocket Symphony
Arcade Fire Funeral
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Battles Mirrored
Boris Pink
Boris Heavy Rocks
Burial Untrue
Daft Punk Homework
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me
Dirty Three Whatever You Love, You Are
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
Dr. Dre The Chronic
Exodus Another Lesson in Violence
Explosions in the Sky The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
Flying Lotus Los Angeles
Fugazi The Argument
Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove
Gang of Four Solid Gold
Ghastly City Sleep Ghastly City Sleep
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
J Dilla The Shining
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
Kayo Dot Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue
Kool G. Rap and DJ Polo Live and Let Die
Lightning Bolt Wonderful Rainbow
Low Things We Lost in the Fire
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What!
Mercyful Fate Melissa
Mercyful Fate Don't Break the Oath
Minor Threat Complete Discography
Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Mobb Deep The Infamous
My Bloody Valentine You Made Me Realise
Nas It Was Written
It's a shame this is overshadowed so heavily Illmatic. It Was Written sees Nas swapping DJ Premier and Large Professor for Trackmasters and Dr. Dre, creating one of the finest (and definitely the most underrated) mainstream Hip-Hop albums of the '90s in the process.
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Let Love In
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds No More Shall We Part
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Om Conference of the Birds
Pavement Wowee Zowee
Pavement Slanted and Enchanted
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Meddle
Portishead Dummy
Radiohead OK Computer
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Repulsion Horrified
Words cannot describe how intense this album is. From the fuzzy power chords that open 'The Stench of Burning Death' to the closing "Fuck!" of the title track, this album never lets up its chaotic assault on the senses. This album is a milestone in Extreme Music, and has been cited as a huge influence by legends such as Napalm Death, Carcass and Entombed. And make no mistake, this album is fucking fast.
Ride Nowhere
Slayer Reign in Blood
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle
Sonic Youth Sister
Sun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway
Television Marquee Moon
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
The Flaming Lips Clouds Taste Metallic
The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane
The Jesus and Mary Chain Darklands
The Jesus Lizard Goat
The National Boxer
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Stooges Fun House
Tom Waits Rain Dogs
Tortoise TNT
Tortoise Millions Now Living Will Never Die
UGK UGK (Underground Kingz)
Various Artists Lost in Translation OST
Weezer Pinkerton
Weezer Weezer

3.5 great
*shels Sea of the Dying Dhow
Air Premiers Symptomes
Alcest Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Artillery By Inheritance
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
AZ Doe or Die
Big L Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
Great album that's let down by repetitive and somewhat bland production, but Big L's skills are good enough to keep you listening. Could have been a masterpiece.
Black Moth Super Rainbow Dandelion Gum
This is my first taste of Black Moth Super Rainbow, and it's very sweet indeed. On Dandelion Gum BMSR create dreamy, colourful Trip-Hop with some upbeat and cheerful overtones, which is a nice refreshment from Tricky and Portishead's dark and moody tunes. While it's a little long at 15 tracks, it's still an interesting listen. Recommended.
Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to Children
Boris Akuma no Uta
Built to Spill Perfect from Now On
Burial Burial
Busy P Rainbow Man
Can Tago Mago
Carcass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Cassius 1999
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Converge No Heroes
Cursive Domestica
David Bowie Diamond Dogs
Deerhunter Microcastle
Dinosaur Jr. Beyond
Dirty Three Cinder
Dizzee Rascal Maths and English
DJ Shadow The Private Press
Don Caballero What Burns Never Returns
Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst
Elliott Smith XO
Eric's Trip Love Tara
Flying Lotus 1983
Flying Lotus Reset
Four Tet Pause
Fridge The Sun
Fugazi In on the Kill Taker
Fugazi Repeater
Gang of Four Another Day / Another Dollar
Ghost (JPN) Hypnotic Underworld
Ghostface Killah Fishscale
Ghostface Killah Ironman
Ghostface Killah Supreme Clientele
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Interpol Our Love to Admire
ISIS Panopticon
J Dilla Donuts
Jamiroquai A Funk Odyssey
Jesu Why Are We Not Perfect?
Joy Division Closer
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Low The Great Destroyer
M.I.A. Arular
M.I.A. Kala
M83 Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts
Madvillain Madvillainy
Mew Frengers
MF DOOM Operation: Doomsday
Michio Kurihara Sunset Notes
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Minus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like This
Mission of Burma Signals, Calls, and Marches
Motley Crue Red, White, & Crue
If this compilation consisted only of the first disc, then it would an easy 4/5. It contains pretty much all the great songs M?y Cr?ver did, which makes for a light-hearted and fun compilation full of some great hits, but disc 2 on the other hand is full of their weaker '90s songs, which bring the rating down to a 3.5.
My Disco Little Joy
Nas STILLmatic
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Tender Prey
Off Minor Problematic Courtship
Oh No Dr. No's Oxperiment
Om Pilgrimage
Parliament Mothership Connection
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pink Floyd Pulse — The Film
Pixies Doolittle
Primus Sailing the Seas of Cheese
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Red House Painters Ocean Beach
Rodrigo y Gabriela Rodrigo y Gabriela
Saetia A Retrospective
SebastiAn Ross Ross Ross
Sigur Ros Agætis byrjun
Sigur Ros ( )
Sigur Ros Takk...
Six Organs Of Admittance School of the Flower
Sonic Youth Goo
Sonic Youth Evol
Soundtrack (Film) Team America: World Police
Sun Kil Moon April
The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen
The Drones Havilah
The Flaming Lips Transmissions From the Satellite Heart
The Knife Silent Shout
The National Alligator
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die
The Notwist Neon Golden
The Pax Cecilia Blessed Are The Bonds
The Seabellies Wave Your Fingers To Make The Winters
The Stooges The Stooges
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
toe New Sentimentality
Tricky Maxinquaye
Wire Pink Flag
Yo La Tengo Summer Sun
Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Zero 7 Simple Things

3.0 good
Beach House Beach House
Big Black Songs About Fucking
Bjork Post
Bjork Homogenic
Black Moth Super Rainbow Start A People
Boredoms Super Ae
Boris Smile
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
Clipse Lord Willin'
Converge You Fail Me
Daft Punk Human After All
Daft Punk Musique Vol. 1 (1993-2005)
A Daft Punk best-of will always make for an excellent collection of songs, but a couple of glaring omissions bring this one down. The fact that there are four tracks from the lacklustre Human After All compared to only three from Discovery is puzzling, and the absence of Digital Love is just criminal.
Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030
Dinosaur Jr. Bug
DJ Shadow Live! In Tune and On Time
Explosions in the Sky The Rescue
Faust Faust IV
Flying Lotus L.A. EP 1 X 3
Flying Saucer Attack Further
Fugazi 3 Songs
Girl Talk Night Ripper
Girl Talk Feed the Animals
Gregor Samsa Rest
Hallucinogen Twisted
Hot Cross Fair Trades and Farewells
Interpol Antics
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Kavinsky 1986
Solid Electro-House from yet another French DJ. 1986 is a repetitive yet enjoyable romp, with a slightly dark edge and a distinctly '80s vibe. If you're a fan of Justice, SebastiAn (who's remix here is probably the highlight of the EP) or any other artist from the Ed Banger stable then check it out.
Kayo Dot Blue Lambency Downward
Kidcrash Jokes
M83 Saturdays=Youth
Maps and Atlases Tree, Swallows, Houses
Metallica Master of Puppets
Minotaur Shock Maritime
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
Every time I listen to this album, it hurts to think how good it could have been. "Straight Outta Compton", "Fuck Tha Police", "Gangsta Gangsta", "Parental Discretion Iz Advised" and "Express Yourself" are all stunningly good songs, and if they could have produced 5 or 6 more tracks anywhere near as good as these then NWA would have easily made one of the best Hip-Hop albums ever. Straight Outta Compton still recieves that accolade in many places, and while it's certainly one of the most influential albums of the past 20 years, in the end it's just not consistent enough to really warrant it.
Nas The Lost Tapes
Decent compilation. The Lost Tapes starts off quite well, with Doo Rags through to Nothing Lasts Forever all being pretty nice songs, and then it takes a serious dive until the utterly fantastic Poppa Was A Playa. How that song didn't make it onto any of Nas' albums is mystifying, as it's easily one of the best post-Illmatic songs I've from him. Anyway, The Lost Tapes is worth picking up for any big Nas fans.
Pharoahe Monch Desire
Pixies Come On Pilgrim
Radiohead The Bends
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II
Rage Against the Machine Renegades
Rage Against the Machine Live & Rare
Shpongle Tales of the Inexpressible
Shpongle Are You Shpongled?
Simian Mobile Disco Attack Decay Sustain Release
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
T.I. King
T.I. Paper Trail
The Cool Kids The Bake Sale
The Flaming Lips Fight Test
The Game LAX
The Presets Apocalypso
The Smashing Pumpkins Earphoria
Tortoise Tortoise
Wolves in the Throne Room Two Hunters
Yo La Tengo Painful

2.5 average
Air 10,000 Hz Legends
Beat Happening Jamboree
Common Be
El-P I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Infected Mushroom Classical Mushroom
ISIS In the Absence of Truth
Jay-Z American Gangster
Jesu Silver
Joanna Newsom Ys
Kanye West Graduation
Lilys Everything Wrong Is Imaginary
Municipal Waste The Art of Partying
Municipal Waste has predictably provided us with another solid Thrash release. If you're looking for a band evolving and expanding on their previous releases, look elsewhere, but if you're a die hard fan of Municipal Waste's previous efforts you'll probably find it caters to your needs quite nicely.
Muse Absolution
My Bloody Valentine Tremolo
Obituary Cause of Death
Radiohead In Rainbows
Ratatat Classics
Sunn O))) White2
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden
The Flaming Lips At War with the Mystics
The Game The Documentary
The Game isn't a bad Rapper, but really, with the amount of money that must have been thrown at this album in terms of production, along with 50 Cent's (alleged) ghostwriting, anyone could have made this album sound good. The production credits here pretty much read like a who's-who of mainstream Hip-Hop. Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Kanye West, Scott Storch, Just Blaze and even Eminem contribute tracks to the album, along with underground stalwarts Buckwild and Havoc.

As for The Game, like I said, he isn't bad, but he has a tendency to be pretty hit-and-miss. The first half of the album is pretty good, but after the title track the songs become a lot less interesting. It would also help if The Game could resist name-dropping NWA, Tupac or any other Rap legend in every second verse. For a fans of mainstream Hip-Hop you could do a lot worse but despite what The Game says, "Ready To Die, Reasonable Doubt and Doggystyle in one" this is not.
Timbaland Timbaland Presents Shock Value
Venetian Snares Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett

2.0 poor
Cocteau Twins Treasure
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Nas Untitled
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Sunn O))) Black One
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams

1.5 very poor
Panda Bear Person Pitch
The Presets Beams

1.0 awful
Dream Theater Images and Words
Megadeth Rude Awakening
Slayer Christ Illusion
It's definitely a step up from the lacklustre efforts on God Hates Us All and Diabolous In Musica, but yet again Slayer fail to deliver the goods to their legions of loyal fans (something they've failed to do since 1988's South of Heaven, really) Dave Lombardo's presence behind the kit helps, and the occasional Thrashy riff scattered throughout the album has promise. But overall, all but the most rabid of Slayer fanboys will find themselves wanting much more.

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