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5.0 classic
Billy Bragg Back to Basics
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
A stunning album in both concept and execution, it simply needs to be heard. Comprised entirely of vinyl samples, DJ Shadow should be praised for his hoarding and compiling skills before music is even mentioned. Oh and the music is spine-tingling, of course.
Elvis Costello My Aim Is True
Best debut album ever recorded? Quite possibly. It is energetic yet digestible, diverse yet coordinated, and intelligent but exoteric. The album sets the bar high and refuses to lower it from beginning to end. He is witty and sardonic, but the best song is not ferociously biting but rather the beautiful and mellow "Alison".
Jeff Buckley Grace
I don't have the same fawning adoration for Jeff Buckley as many people around these parts have, though I really should. I've never taken the time to really absorb this album, but even with casual listening I've come to recognise it as one of the finest records period. "Lover You Should Have Come Over", "Grace", "Last Goodbye", "Corpus Christi Carol"... it's all beautiful. Everyone needs this album.
Michael Jackson Thriller
This isn't the highest selling album of all-time because people like the album cover. The music is just flat out jaw-dropping. This is pop music at its best. With each new masterpiece of a song, Jackson tops the last one. With each repeated listen, each song improves and you notice something genius hidden in there. But that's not even why this is a 5. The impact that this has had not just on pop music but on music period, on culture period, cannot be calculated. Nevermind who he is now or what he has done, Jackson is an unmitigated genius when it comes to music. Everyone must have a copy of this record, pop fan or not.
Pulp Different Class
When I try to sum up my understanding and recognition of the Britpop movement and the "Cool Britannia" sentiment that dominated the 90s, this is the album that comes to mind as a condensed version of the movement. Not coming from Britain and being relatively young at the time of the Britpop era, I don't really have a first-hand recollection of anything other than "Wonderwall" being flaming huge. But Different Class seems to fill in the holes: the irreverence, the pride, the optimism, the drugs and sex. But perhaps most notably, it has the defining element of Britpop: anthems. "Mis-Shapes", "I Spy" and the anthem to end all anthems, "Common People". A great recapitulation of a generation.
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
To call this album classic doesn't do it justice. A rival with only two or three albums as the greatest album of all time. It is this good. The Beach Boys are one of the greatest bands of all-time, certainly to have ever come out of the 60s. Their vocal harmonies are second to none, and Brian Wilson's compositions and arrangements are nothing short of masterful. Need proof? Listen to Pet Sounds. This is pop rock at it's best. "Wouldn't it Be Nice" remains one of my favourite songs, even after having known it for the vast majority of my lifetime. "Good Vibrations" would have been right at home here (and perhaps should have been), but even without it this album shines.
An absolute must for any collection. I can't describe it here, it has to be heard. Ignore what you think you know about the Beach Boys. Buy this album, if only to appreciate the massive influence they've had over music. The Beatles didn't change the face of music alone, you know.
The Beatles Revolver
Among the musically knowledgeable, Revolver is the near-undisputed best album of all time. I don't hold it in quite such high esteem, and in fact Rubber Soul is my favourite album by this group, but even with this in mind, Revolver is a phenomenal album. Essential listening for anyone with even a passing interest in music.
The Beatles Rubber Soul
My personal favourite Beatles album, Rubber Soul has all the right ingredients. "Norwegian Wood", "Nowhere Man", "Michelle", "I'm Looking Through You", "In My Life" and basically every song rings classic through and through. The only weak track is "Run for Your Life", and considering the album has an above-average 14 tracks, this one probably should have been cut. But it doesn't make Rubber Soul a bad album... it remains in the highest ranks of music history.
The Beatles Anthology 1
The Beatles Anthology 2
The Beatles Anthology 3
The Clash London Calling
This is the album that made me realise the proximity between punk music and alternative. I had always considered punk to be some drunken, slurred, fast-paced ramblings about topics they only grasped at an elementary level, but the Clash made me realise there might actually be something behind it all. Musically competent, politically and socially astute, and a pre-cursor to all the music I had come to know and love? Count me in. The music is great, but it is a 5 for everything else surround it.
The Smiths Hatful of Hollow
Though it is a compilation album, this is my favourite record of all time. It encapsulates everything that was great about the early Smiths. It's great for getting new fans into them (it features some of their best early songs including "This Charming Man", "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" and "Hand in Glove"). It also features alternate versions so it is isn't redundant for people who already own The Smiths. This album is just quality through and through and I would recommend it to any music fan. Read my review for my expanded opinion.

4.5 superb
Depeche Mode Violator
Depeche Mode's finest album, Violator encapsulates every positive aspect of dark 80s pop, despite being released in early 1990. It may not belong to the decade in terms of its release date, but make no mistake, Violator closed the door to the 80s in respectable fashion. Highlight songs include "Personal Jesus" (later covered by Marilyn Manson and Johnny Cash), "Enjoy the Silence", "Policy of Truth" and "World in My Eyes". The album is short and delivers on every song. A definite classic for synth-pop, post-punk and music in general.
Elvis Costello This Year's Model
Gang of Four Entertainment!
Joy Division Substance
Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible
Massive Attack Mezzanine
The ultimate trip-hop album, Mezzanine has only grown in respect and recognition since its release almost ten years ago. The album is alternately ethereal, chilling, subdued, or just plain cooool. Highlights include "Angel", "Teardrop", "Mezzanine" and "Group Four". You've probably heard at least one of these songs before but don't even know it. Whether you're familiar with any of it or not, this is another essential album for fans of all genres.
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Oasis Definitely Maybe
Radiohead OK Computer
Rites of Spring End on End
Ryan Adams Heartbreaker
His first solo album also happens to be his best. While he delved into many other genres on later works, Heartbreaker is the kind of simple, no-frills alt-country which works best for Adams. Highlight songs include "To Be Young", "Oh My Sweet Carolina" and "Come Pick Me Up". Recommended for fans of any of his 2005 records.
Sinead O'Connor The Lion And The Cobra
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles The Beatles
The Kinks The Village Green Preservation Society
The Pogues If I Should Fall from Grace with God
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
The Smiths The Smiths
A raw and unbridled introduction to a band that would go on to singlehandedly reshape British pop music, the Smiths is alternately brilliant and frustrating. The heights of "This Charming Man", "Hand in Glove", "I Want the One I Can't Have" and so on are flat-out jaw-dropping, but there are songs of unabashed mediocrity which weigh the record down ("Miserable Lie", "I Don't Owe You Anything"). The album would have been better served with the inclusion of peerless B-sides like "Handsome Devil" and "Girl Afraid" would have made this album an indisputable classic, but as it stands it is just really, really good.
The Smiths Singles
As with any "classic" band from the past, the Smiths' legacy has been enshrined in countless greatest hits collections in the twenty years since their demise. To keep things simple, there exist three main hits collections available to potential fans of the Smiths. The Best Of... is overlong and unfocused; Greatest Hits is redundant and a shameless cash-in. That leaves Singles, and while its singles-only tracklist omits some fantastic album cuts and b-sides, the chronological album tracks the progress of the group pretty accurately. As long as you avoid thinking the Smiths were purely a singles band, and keep in mind that the Smiths have equal or even better material available within their catalogue, then Singles should be an inviting introduction to a truly "classic" band.

4.0 excellent
Air Moon Safari
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
Andrew Bird The Mysterious Production Of Eggs
Aphex Twin Richard D. James Album
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Backstreet Boys Millennium
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique
Belle and Sebastian The Boy With the Arab Strap
Blur Parklife
Bob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Brian Eno Another Green World
Brian Wilson Smile
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Butch Walker The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker...
Christina Aguilera Back to Basics

Pretend the first disc doesn't exist save for "Ain't No Other Man" and "Oh, Mother", and this is easily one of the best records of the year, regardless of genre. Since that type of selective exclusion could only have been performed before the release of Aguilera's latest record, we'll have to make do with just a very, very good double album.

Inheriting Madonna's chameleonic tendencies, for the third time in her short career Aguilera has adopted a new image and sound, but ultimately it revolves around the same pop pastiche as always. Where she revisits familiar territory, the album falters (as evidenced by the first disc). Where she steps out of her management- directed comfort zone and explores territory beyond over-singing white bread r&b, she shines. Highlights include the bombastic "Welcome", sultry "Nasty Naughty Boy", emotional "Hurt" and "Oh Mother", and the delightfully subtle "Save Me From Myself". While it's not the pre-war jazz epic her marketing promised listeners, it is a refreshingly different attempt at blending the new and old; it is not rooted in the past, present or future; it is simply captivating music - all gimmicks aside.
Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas
Coldplay Parachutes
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Curtis Mayfield Curtis
Damien Dempsey Seize The Day
Damien Dempsey To Hell Or Barbados
Damien Rice O
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper
Dr. Dre The Chronic
Duran Duran Rio
Echo and The Bunnymen Songs to Learn and Sing
Elliott Smith XO
Elton John Honky Chateau
Elvis Costello Armed Forces
Elvis Costello Get Happy!!
Elvis Costello continued his string of superb releases with this sublime album. In his early career, Costello was untouchable. Need proof? Listen to Get Happy!!. "High Fidelity", "I Can't Stand Up (For Falling Down)", "Love For Tender"... song after song of quality. Costello owned this era.
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Eric B and Rakim Paid in Full
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
What's so amazing about this record may not even be the music but the fact that it was even completed, considering all the intraband tension at the time. But as history indicates, friction often leads to some of the best music ever produced. Case in point? Rumours.
George Michael Faith
Handsome Boy Modeling School So ... How's Your Girl?
Iron And Wine Our Endless Numbered Days
Jay-Z The Blueprint
Jay-Z The Black Album
Jeff Buckley Live at Sin-é (Legacy Edition)
Joanna Newsom Have One on Me
Joe Jackson Look Sharp!
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
John Coltrane Giant Steps
John Martyn Solid Air
John Mayer Inside Wants Out
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway
Kraftwerk Autobahn
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Leonard Cohen Songs of Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen Songs From a Room
Lily Allen Alright, Still
Furthering the oh-so-British pattern of coupling vitriolic or irreverent lyrics with blithe pop music, Alright, Still epitomises the apathetic buoyancy of youth, however paradoxical. The record is hardly a triumphant display of musical prowess, but with its cheeky nature and carefree effervescence it doesn't need to be. "Smile" is a sendoff fit to rival "You Oughta Know"; "The Littlest Things" harkens back to the heydays of morose British pop done right. Other highlights include "LDN" and "Everything's Just Wonderful". A perfect summer record due for American release in the most dreary of seasons, if nothing else it should brighten up some days.
Madonna The Immaculate Collection
Miles Davis Bitches Brew
Morrissey Viva Hate
Morrissey Bona Drag
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
New Order Low-Life
Our Lady Peace Happiness...
Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pavement Slanted and Enchanted
Peter Gabriel Melt
Pink Floyd The Wall
Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet
Pulp His 'n' Hers
Pulp This is Hardcore
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Radiohead The Bends
Ryan Adams Love is Hell
Ryan Adams Gold
Ryan Adams Cold Roses
Serge Gainsbourg Histoire de Melody Nelson
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Sinead O'Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Talking Heads Remain in Light
Likely the Heads' most famous album, it also happens to my favourite. The album is funky, unconventional and quirky, and yet it is rooted in unsurpassably catchy new wave pop music. While the obvious highlights are songs like "Once in a Lifetime" and "the Great Curve", the whole album is quality.
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles Help!
The Beatles 1
The Beatles 1962 - 1966
The Beatles 1967 – 1970
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Clash The Clash (US version)
The Cure Boys Don't Cry
The Dears No Cities Left
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Housemartins Now That's What I Call Quite Good
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
The Killers Battle Born
The Last Shadow Puppets The Age Of The Understatement
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
The Streets Original Pirate Material
The Tallest Man on Earth Shallow Grave
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
U2 The Joshua Tree
Probably the most lop-sided record in history. The A-side gets lauded to no end, but no one seems to care for the second half. It may be that it lacks a single, so while the first half of "With Or Without", "Where the Streets Have No Name" etc. is permanently ingrained in our minds, the latter half doesn't have the same punch. But rest assured, the whole album is genius.
U2 The Best Of 1990-2000
U2 War
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

3.5 great
Andrew Bird Weather Systems
Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha
Andrew Bird's Bowl Of Fire The Swimming Hour
This album is infectiously cool. Bird, a trained violinist, makes his fluttering passages seem effortless. He combines jazz and singer/songwriter tendencies for intoxicating effect. He also claims to be a professional whistler, and makes no short use of his talent on this album. Highlight songs include the ininhibited "Core and the Rind" and the sultry "Why?".
Arcade Fire Funeral
Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
Avril Lavigne Under My Skin
Beck Odelay
Bela Fleck and The Flecktones Live Art
Ben Folds Five Whatever and Ever, Amen
Big Star #1 Record
blink-182 Blink-182
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Blondie Parallel Lines
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Bright Eyes Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Bright Eyes Fevers & Mirrors
Butch Walker Sycamore Meadows
Butch Walker I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart
Carole King Tapestry
Carrie Underwood Some Hearts
Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Colin Meloy Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey
Common Be
Corinne Bailey Rae Corinne Bailey Rae
Damien Dempsey Live At The Olympia
Damien Dempsey The Rocky Road
Dashboard Confessional The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Death Cab for Cutie The Photo Album
Doves (UK) The Last Broadcast
Dr. Dre 2001
dredg El Cielo
dredg Catch Without Arms
Echo and The Bunnymen Heaven Up Here
Echo and The Bunnymen Ocean Rain
Echo and The Bunnymen Crocodiles
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Elton John Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
Elton John Songs from the West Coast
Elton John Elton John
Fatboy Slim You've Come A Long Way, Baby
Feist Let It Die
Feist The Reminder
Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Fugazi 13 Songs
Fugees The Score
Gang of Four Solid Gold
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere
Gorillaz Gorillaz
Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five The Message
Great Lake Swimmers Great Lake Swimmers
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814
Janet Jackson Janet.
Janet Jackson Control
Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat
John Legend Get Lifted
John Mayer Room for Squares
John Mayer Continuum

John Mayer might be a pu[font=verdana]ssy[/font], but for every "Your Body is a Wonderland" there is a "Covered in Rain" which effectively nullifies all gripes against him. Continuum is a soft record, but Mayer masters adult contemporary pop to a degree he only hinted at being capable of on his previous hit records Room for Squares and Heavier Things. While his voice is still a hindrance to the enjoyment of his music for many, the musical quality of Continuum deserves recognition. Highlights: "Gravity", "Belief", "Waiting on the World to Change"
John Mayer Trio Try!
Joy Division Closer
Though it would be easy for a cynic to attribute the widespread adulation of this album to Curtis' suicide and subsequent deification, it's even easier to recognise that the album deserves this respect based on its content alone. While it doesn't surpass their debut, Closer is still a fantastically bleak and funereal look into a world to which none of us should have the displeasure of visiting.
Kanye West The College Dropout
Kings of Leon Only By The Night
Kraftwerk Computer World
Local Natives Gorilla Manor
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
Madonna Like a Prayer
Maroon 5 Songs About Jane
Mew And the Glass Handed Kites
Michael Jackson Bad
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
Oasis Don't Believe the Truth
Pavement Brighten the Corners
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Portishead Dummy
R.E.M. In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003
Radiohead Kid A
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
Rilo Kiley The Execution of All Things
Soundtrack (Film) Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture
Flush with personality and spirit, Dreamgirls, the soundtrack to a musical chronicling the woes of a Supremes takeoff act, deserves all the critical praise it has been receiving over the past months. The collection shines from the funky "Steppin' to the Bad Side", Gaye-like "Patience", bubbly "Love You I Do", and the Beyonce showcase "Listen" to one of the most powerful singles of the year, "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going" sung to perfection by Jennifer Hudson. Given depth from stellar performances by Hudson, Beyonce Knowles and Eddie "Party All the Time" Murphy, Dreamgirls is justified in being mentioned in company with the most superior of musical adaptations. Capable of being compared with the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, similar Motown performers, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and so on, the Dreamgirls performers outdo themselves.
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People
Taylor Swift Fearless
Taylor Swift is the latest in a long line of artists to effectively capture the trials and tribulations of youthful life and love. Do not write her off as an airhead country starlet or pop diva - she's just a songwriter building a repertoire laced with outrageously perfect pop hooks. Fearless is a first-hand account of teenage optimism, apprehension and heartache cloaked in infectiously melodic pop. Swift writes like a teenager, there is no doubt, but it nonetheless thoroughly suits the album. Witnesses compositions like Fifteen, You Belong to Me and the hit single Love Story that surely foretell a remarkable future for Swift.
The Beatles Let It Be
The Beatles Please Please Me
The Beatles With the Beatles
The Beautiful South Carry On Up The Charts
The Beautiful South Welcome To The Beautiful South
The Chicks Wide Open Spaces
The Cure Pornography
The Cure Greatest Hits
The Cure Three Imaginary Boys
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Housemartins London 0 Hull 4
The Killers Sam's Town
The Pogues Rum Sodomy & the Lash
The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.
While the album is good, I don't get the "greatest album ever" or even "best Stones album" vibe from it. It is consistent, it's rocking, but there's nothing that really pulls it apart from their average work. "Shake Your Hips", "Tumbling Dice", "Torn and Frayed", "Let it Loose", "All Down the Line" and so on are great songs. But there's a little too much filler and so-so material packed in here for it too be a really remarkable album.
The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet
The Smiths Louder Than Bombs
The Smiths Meat Is Murder
The Smiths Strangeways, Here We Come
The Smiths Rank
The Streets A Grand Don't Come For Free
U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind
U2 Boy
UNKLE Psyence Fiction
Wham! Make It Big
William Shatner Has Been
Wings Band on the Run

3.0 good
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!!! Louden Up Now
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Source Tags and Codes
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'
ABBA Waterloo
ABBA The Album
ABBA Voulez-Vous
AC/DC Highway To Hell
AC/DC Back In Black
Ace of Base The Sign
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic
Air Talkie Walkie
Air Pocket Symphony
Alanis Morissette Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
Alanis Morissette MTV Unplugged
Amy Winehouse Back to Black
Andrew Bird Noble Beast
Anohni and the Johnsons I Am A Bird Now
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II
Arcade Fire The Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Arctic Monkeys Humbug
Art Brut Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Avril Lavigne Let Go
Badly Drawn Boy The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
Barenaked Ladies Gordon
Barenaked Ladies Born on a Pirate Ship
Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill
Beastie Boys To the 5 Boroughs
Beck Sea Change
Beck Guero
Belle and Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Belle and Sebastian If You're Feeling Sinister
Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit
Belle and Sebastian Tigermilk
Ben Folds Rockin' The Suburbs
Ben Folds Songs for Silverman
Ben Folds Five The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
Billy Bragg and Wilco Mermaid Avenue
blink-182 Dude Ranch
Bloc Party Silent Alarm Remixed
Bloc Party A Weekend in the City
Blur Blur
Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish
Blur The Great Escape
Blur Live At The Budokan
Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to Children
Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan Love and Theft
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet
Box Car Racer Box Car Racer
Brandon Flowers Flamingo
Brendan Benson Lapalco
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Bright Eyes Letting Off the Happiness
Bright Eyes Cassadaga
Britney Spears Oops!...I Did It Again
Another inevitable album for a young superstar... the "oh look at me as a sexual being" transformation. As if ...Baby One More Time wasn't enough, Oops! I Did it Again cemented Britney Spears' position as a sex symbol, but the music is actually pretty good too. She missteps with a pretty dumb "Satisfaction" cover, but her own songs are generally catchy and far, far better than the material on her debut album. The title song, "Lucky" and "Stronger" are of particular note. The only terrible song is "Dear Diary", her only co-write on the album. Fortunately, her writing improves with age.
Britney Spears In the Zone
Britney's best album in terms of consistency, it still suffers from too much filler. Fortunately, the better songs more than make up for this. "Me Against the Music", "Everytime" and "Outrageous" are intoxicating, and "Toxic", while equally intoxicating, also happens to be one of the best songs ever. Spears was beginning to hone her co-writing skills on this album, and while she has taken an extended leave from the music business, it is unlikely her continued musical progression will further develop when she does return. So cherish the record while you can.
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People
Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.
Butch Walker Left of Self-Centered
Butch Walker Letters
Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady
Calexico Feast of Wire
Calexico The Black Light
Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride
Chris Brown Exclusive
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay Live 2003
Coldplay X&Y
Colin Meloy Colin Meloy Sings Live!
Controller.Controller History
Crowded House Woodface
Cursive Domestica
Cursive Burst and Bloom
Cursive Happy Hollow
Cursive Mama, I'm Swollen
Daft Punk Discovery
Daft Punk Homework
Damien Rice 9
Dashboard Confessional Summers Kiss EP
Dashboard Confessional So Impossible
Dashboard Confessional Dusk and Summer
Dave Matthews Band Crash
David Bowie Low
David Bowie Aladdin Sane
David Gray White Ladder
Death Cab for Cutie We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
Death Cab for Cutie Forbidden Love
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
Death Cab for Cutie You Can Play These Songs With Chords
Death Cab for Cutie Something About Airplanes
Death From Above 1979 You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
Depeche Mode Playing The Angel
Destiny's Child Survivor
Destiny's Child The Writings on the Wall
Devendra Banhart Cripple Crow
Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Dido No Angel
Dido Life For Rent
Dizzee Rascal Boy In Da Corner
DJ Shadow The Private Press
Doves (UK) Lost Souls
Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst
Echo and The Bunnymen Echo and The Bunnymen
Eels Blinking Lights & Other Revelations
Electric Six Fire
Elliott Smith Figure 8
Elliott Smith Elliott Smith
Elvis Costello Almost Blue
Elvis Costello Blood & Chocolate
Elvis Costello All This Useless Beauty
Elvis Costello The Sweetest Punch: The Songs of Costello and Bacharach
Elvis Costello North
Elvis Costello The Delivery Man
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Fine Young Cannibals The Raw and the Cooked
Foo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to Lose
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better
Gang of Four Return the Gift
Gene Drawn To The Deep End
George Harrison Brainwashed
George Harrison All Things Must Pass
Grandaddy Sumday
Green Day Warning
Green Day International Superhits
Green Day Dookie
Green Day American Idiot
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I
Handsome Boy Modeling School White People
Hot Hot Heat Make Up the Breakdown
Hot Hot Heat Knock Knock Knock
Hot Hot Heat Elevator
Interpol Antics
Iron And Wine The Creek Drank the Cradle
Jack Johnson In Between Dreams
Janet Jackson The Velvet Rope
Jason Mraz Waiting For My Rocket To Come
Jay-Z Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter
Jay-Z The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse
Jenny Lewis Acid Tongue
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
John Lennon Imagine
John Lennon Acoustic
John Lennon John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
John Lennon Double Fantasy
John Mayer Heavier Things
John Mayer Where the Light Is
John Mayer Any Given Thursday
John Mayer Battle Studies
Justin Timberlake Justified
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
When you wait four years between album releases, your audience is going to expect something worth the wait. They're also going to be quick to announce your inestimable failure in producing some remarkable. Predictable then, that Timberlake embarrassingly overexerts himself in attempt to avoid disappointment. His artless Lothario affectation threatens to overtake his abilities and the enjoyable music he has put to record. Fortunately when he does let the music do the talking rather than his juvenile gimmick, it is clear Timberlake has come up with something quite special. Even when aping from every musical legend of the past quarter-century, Timberlake has a way of making their style his own. "LoveStoned", "What Goes Around" and "My Love" are all remarkable pop songs, and a good half-dozen others are more than decent ("FutureSex/LoveSounds", "Losing My Way", "Chop Me Up" and so on). Ignore the thematic blunders, now everybody dance.
Kaiser Chiefs Employment
Kanye West Late Registration
Kanye West Graduation
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Kasabian Kasabian
Kathleen Edwards Asking for Flowers
Kelly Clarkson Thankful
Lady Gaga The Fame
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
M. Ward Hold Time
M.I.A. Arular
Madonna Like a Virgin
Madonna Ray of Light
Madonna Music
Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi
Mariah Carey Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey Emotions
Max Roach, Charles Mingus, and Duke Ellington Money Jungle
Maximo Park A Certain Trigger
Michael Jackson Off the Wall
Morrissey You Are the Quarry
Morrissey Your Arsenal
Morrissey Vauxhall and I
Morrissey Live at Earls Court
Morrissey Ringleader of the Tormentors
Morrissey Southpaw Grammar (Legacy Edition)
Muse Absolution
Muse Showbiz
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
New Order Power, Corruption and Lies
Nirvana Nevermind
NSYNC No Strings Attached
Oasis The Masterplan
Our Lady Peace Spiritual Machines
Our Lady Peace Naveed
Our Lady Peace Clumsy
Patti Smith Horses
Pavement Terror Twilight
Pinback Summer in Abaddon
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
R.E.M. Murmur
R.E.M. Out of Time
R.E.M. Document
R.E.M. Reckoning
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Red Sparowes At The Soundless Dawn
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad
Rufus Wainwright Want Two
Rufus Wainwright Want One
Ryan Adams Demolition
Ryan Adams Jacksonville City Nights
Sea Power Open Season
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
Shania Twain Come On Over
Shania Twain The Woman in Me
She and Him Volume Two
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Simon and Garfunkel Bookends
Sonic Youth Goo
Spice Girls Spice
Spice Girls Spiceworld
Stars Set Yourself On Fire
Stars Heart
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Supergrass I Should Coco
Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Shake The Sheets
The (International) Noise Conspiracy Survival Sickness
The Beatles Let It Be… Naked
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles Past Masters, Vol. 2
The Beatles Love
The Beatles Past Masters, Vol. 1
The Books The Lemon Of Pink
The Boy Least Likely To Best Party Ever
The Breeders Pod
The Cars The Cars
The Chicks Home
The Chicks Taking the Long Way
The Clash Give 'Em Enough Rope
The Clash Live: From Here to Eternity
The Cure Disintegration
The Cure The Head on the Door
The Decemberists Her Majesty the Decemberists
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts
The Decemberists The Hazards of Love
The Delgados Universal Audio
The Divine Comedy Casanova
The Divine Comedy Absent Friends
The Faint Danse Macabre
The Futureheads The Futureheads
The Go! Team Thunder, Lightning, Strike
The Housemartins The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Killers Day & Age
The Kinks Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround
The Postal Service Give Up
The Rapture Echoes
The Replacements Let It Be
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
The Rolling Stones Goats Head Soup
The Strokes Is This It
The Strokes Room on Fire
The Tears Here Come The Tears
The Unicorns The Unicorns 2014
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Velvet Underground Loaded
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground VU
The Verve Urban Hymns
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman
Travis The Man Who
Travis The Invisible Band
TV on the Radio Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
TV on the Radio Young Liars
U2 Achtung Baby
U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
U2 The Best Of 1980-1990
U2 Rattle and Hum
Vampire Weekend Contra
Van Morrison The Best Of Van Morrison Vol 1
Victor Wooten Yin Yang
Weezer Weezer
Weezer The Blue Album (Deluxe Edition)
Wilco A Ghost Is Born
Wilco Being There
Wilco Summerteeth
Wilco A.M.
Wings Wings' Greatest
I got this record for free, shortly after I had digest all of the Beatles career and was ready to absorb the solo material. Based on reputation alone, I wasn't expecting much. McCartney had oft been shrugged off as a composer of "silly love songs" rather than a serious music artist. I personally don't see why the two can't go hand in hand. McCartney set a template for pop songs with his work in the Beatles; he expanded on it with Wings. While Wings were disappointingly inconsistent, their best work is quite good. While one would have hoped that the 1/4 of the "greatest band of all time" (quite possibly an accurate claim) would have created much better material than he did with Wings, their hits, their "greatest" songs, are wonderful. Still, Wings Greatest isn't comprehensive, thanks to an unusually short tracklisting, and it has since been rendered obsolete by the release of Wingspan Hits and History. Ultimately this now stands as a pointless album as many greatest hits albums end up being.
Wire Pink Flag
Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary
Xiu Xiu A Promise
Zero 7 When It Falls

2.5 average
2gether 2ge+her: Again
50 Cent The Massacre
Ace of Base The Bridge
Ace of Base Cruel Summer
Action Action Don't Cut Your Fabric To This Years Fash
Nothing overly original, if one takes only the 80s into account. If you measure this up with the new wave of wave bands, it sinks against the competition. But it's still a decent album, a bit too much filler, and even the best songs (such as "Drug Like") lack any amazing qualities. I would only suggest buying it if you're a big fan of the Killers/Franz Ferdinand/the Bravery/Interpol, and all bands of a similar vein. And even then, this might feel like a weak imitation.
Action Action An Army Of Shapes Between Wars
Aerosmith Big Ones
Alanis Morissette Under Rug Swept
Alanis Morissette So-Called Chaos
All Saints All Saints
Ashlee Simpson Autobiography
Despite getting a lot of (deserved) flack for her lip synching fobbles and vocal shortcomings, Ashlee Simpson's debut album is actually pretty decent. I wouldn't urge anyone to run to the record store to purchase it, but there are some catchy pop tunes like "Shadow" and "Pieces of Me" which are worthy of at the very least being given a shot.
Audioslave Audioslave
Backstreet Boys Never Gone
Barenaked Ladies Maroon
Beastie Boys Hello Nasty
Beck Mellow Gold
Beck Midnite Vultures
Ben Folds Five Ben Folds Five
Beyonce B'Day
Beyonce Dangerously in Love
Beyonce I Am... Sasha Fierce
Billy Bragg and Wilco Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2
blink-182 Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
blink-182 Enema Of The State
blink-182 The Mark, Tom and Travis Show
Blur Think Tank
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Brand New Daisy
Brand New/Safety In Numbers Split
Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music For Airports
Bright Eyes Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time
Britney Spears Britney
Britney Spears Circus
Circus' highlights (If You Seek Amy, Kill the Lights and the title track) are some of the best Britney Spears has put out in almost a decade, but like all Britney releases this album is plagued by uninspiring filler. Unusual You through Mmm Papi slows the album's flow to a halt. The pop fan in me requires providing Britney with the benefit of the doubt, but despite her ridiculously enjoyable singles Spears has yet to release a record I can listen to from beginning to end without feeling slightly shafted.
Carrie Underwood Play On
Celine Dion Falling into You
Chris Brown Chris Brown
Christina Aguilera Stripped
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Conor Oberst Conor Oberst
Conor Oberst Outer South
Craig David Born to Do It
Damien Rice B-Sides
Danger Mouse The Grey Album
Dashboard Confessional MTV Unplugged
Dashboard Confessional A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar
Dashboard Confessional The Swiss Army Romance
Dave Matthews Band Everyday
David Bowie Space Oddity
David Gray A New Day At Midnight
Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs
Dizzee Rascal Showtime
Drake Thank Me Later
Duran Duran Seven and the Ragged Tiger
Duran Duran Notorious
Echo and The Bunnymen Siberia
Elvis Costello Live at the El Mocambo
Elvis Costello Spike
Elvis Costello Deep Dead Blue
Elvis Costello Il Sogno
Eminem The Eminem Show
Faith Hill Breathe
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Foo Fighters One by One
Genesis We Can't Dance
Girls Aloud What Will The Neighbours Say?
Girls Aloud Chemistry
Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death
Gorillaz Demon Days
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
Hilary Duff Metamorphosis
Hilary Duff Dignity
Hoobastank Hoobastank
Jack Johnson Sleep Through the Static
Janet Jackson All For You
Jason Derulo Jason Derulo
Jason Mraz Mr. A-Z
Jason Mraz We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
Jay-Z The Blueprint 3
Jet Get Born
Jonas Brothers A Little Bit Longer
Jonny Greenwood Bodysong
Katy Perry One of the Boys
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Keane Hopes & Fears
Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted
Lady A Need You Now
Lady Sovereign Public Warning
A decidedly hit and miss record. Some songs, "9 to 5" and "Hoodie" among them, are genuine pop gems. Others are clumsy, aimless, and in some instances downright irritating. Her voice itself will probably detract a lot of listeners, if not the irascible and bratty attitude. But Lady Sovereign does have the gift of capable pop composition. At only 20 years old, she has much time to make use of it, even if Public Warning only shows glimpses of proper application.
LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem
Lenny Kravitz Are You Gonna Go My Way
Lenny Kravitz 5
Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You
Madonna Confessions on a Dancefloor
Manic Street Preachers Everything Must Go
Mariah Carey Music Box
Mariah Carey Butterfly
Mariah Carey Rainbow
Morrissey Southpaw Grammar
Morrissey Beethoven Was Deaf
Morrissey My Early Burglary Years
Morrissey Years of Refusal
Muse The Resistance
Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island
New Found Glory New Found Glory
Nirvana In Utero
NSYNC Celebrity
The inevitable "celebrity" album everyone must make once they make it big, Nsync apparently wanted to over-stress the point. But star complaints aside, there are some wonderful pop songs here. "Pop", "Girlfriend" and "Gone" were pretty accurate foretellings of what was to come for vocalist Justin Timberlake. But nothing else is of much note.
Oasis Be Here Now
Oasis Familiar To Millions
Our Lady Peace Gravity
Panic! at the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
I expect it will grow old pretty quickly, but right now A Fever You Can't Sweat Out has just the right amount of catchiness, though it borders on irritating at times. Highlight songs are "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom...", "Lying is the Most Fun..." and "I Write Sins...". If I had to pick a favourite out of the crop of similar sounding bands from the past couple years, it would probably be this band. The album has no longevity, but it's far from terrible.
Pavement Watery, Domestic
Pulp We Love Life
Pulp Separations
R.E.M. Up
R.E.M. Reveal
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Rihanna Rated R
Rilo Kiley Under the Blacklight
Ryan Adams Rock 'n' Roll
Ryan Adams 29
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Stars Nightsongs
Stars' debut album, Nightsongs has none of the charm of their following releases. It never finds a proper direction and the songwriting is very weak compared to their next two albums. This album also features a cover of the Smiths' "This Charming Man", but they don't do it justice.
Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras
Sufjan Stevens Songs For Christmas
Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food
Talking Heads Fear of Music
The All-American Rejects Move Along
The All-American Rejects When the World Comes Down
The Beatles Yellow Submarine
The Clash Combat Rock
The Killers Sawdust
The Libertines Up The Bracket
The Libertines The Libertines
The Stone Roses The Stone Roses
Ian Brown is a terrible singer, among the worst I've ever heard. And I rated this 1.5/5 about a year ago, because after countless replays of the album I was sure his singing did not merit any higher than that. But I still find myself listening to this record on occasion, and enjoying it. You'll get over the voice, and what's hidden below the surface is actually pretty good. Not deserving of being placed on all those "best album ever" lists, but good enough.
The Streets Everything is Borrowed
The Unicorns Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
Thirty Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds To Mars
Thirty Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie
Timbaland Timbaland Presents Shock Value
U2 Pop
Weezer Maladroit
Weezer Pinkerton
Weezer The Green Album
Xiu Xiu La Foret
Not being a fan of cacophony and dissonance, Xiu Xiu always straddle the line between brilliant and unlistenable. On their past albums they always had a strong song base beneath the irregular and odd approach they often adopted. On La Foret, I have yet to really grasp the base underneath. It isn't a bad album, and fans of experimental indie will quite enjoy this album. But it lacks the pop base which made Xiu Xiu so engaging in the first place.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever To Tell
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones

2.0 poor
3OH!3 Want
3OH!3 Streets of Gold
Aerosmith Just Push Play
Angels and Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper
Ashlee Simpson I Am Me
Audioslave Out of Exile
Beck Stereopathetic Soulmanure
Bon Jovi Crush
Bon Jovi Lost Highway
Britney Spears Blackout
Celine Dion A New Day Has Come
Christina Aguilera Bionic
Colbie Caillat Coco
Default The Fallout
The singles received more than their fair share of radio play a few years ago. Rather fitting, considering this album is nothing more than a collection of bland radio rock tunes designed to be just inoffensive enough to prevent commuters from changing the station, but not good enough for anyone to actually be happy with their decision to stick with MOR 99.9. Great for Nickelback and Theory of a Deadman fans. That's about it.
Destiny's Child 8 Days of Christmas
Duran Duran Astronaut
Duran Duran Red Carpet Massacre
Editors The Back Room
Among a sea of similar bands that have released albums in the past two years, there is nothing that sets Editors apart. They're darker than most of their contemporaries, but so are Interpol, British Sea Power etc. Not an explicitly bad album, but I can't encourage anyone to pick this up. If you do, look out for "Munich" and "Bullets" - both great songs.
Elvis Costello Punch the Clock
Elvis Costello Brutal Youth
Enrique Iglesias Escape
Enrique Iglesias Enrique
Faith Hill Fireflies
Fefe Dobson Fefe Dobson
Fergie The Dutchess
Finger Eleven Finger Eleven
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless
Good Charlotte Good Charlotte
Gwen Stefani The Sweet Escape
Hoobastank The Reason
James Blunt Back To Bedlam
Jet Shine On
Jonas Brothers Lines, Vines and Trying Times
Katharine McPhee Katharine McPhee
Kelly Clarkson My December
Lenny Kravitz Lenny
Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Lindsay Lohan A Little More Personal (Raw)
Lindsay Lohan should be an actress. After all, she can morph from an Avril Lavigne to a Kelly Clarkson to a Hilary Duff to an Ashlee Simpson imitator all on one album. Perhaps if she developed some originality her musical career might be destined to more than bargain bins next to The Parent Trap videotapes; until then, she's just another Diet Angst teen.
Louis XIV The Best Little Secrets Are Kept
Macy Gray The Id
Madonna American Life
Madonna Hard Candy
Mariah Carey Charmbraclet
Miley Cyrus Breakout
Morrissey Maladjusted
Alongside Kill Uncle, this stands as Morrissey's worst album. There are some subtly charming songs like "Alma Matters" and "Wide to Receive" and "Satan Rejected My Soul" and the creepy "Ambitious Outsiders", but they only stand out in relation to the other songs on this album. Because the other songs on this album are absolutely terrible. "Sorrow Will Come in the End" doesn't need to be heard by anyone, ever. "Roy's Keen" is retarded, for lack of a more appropriate adjective. Bad album, no need for anyone to hear it. Thank God he followed this with You are the Quarry (albeit 7 years later), or his achievements would have been forever tarnished by this steaming pile.
Oasis Heathen Chemistry
"The Hindu Times" was a great lead single, and there are odd gems tucked deep within the album like "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" and "Little by Little". But other than that, the album is as disappointing as Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. From the time of Heathen Chemistry's release straight through to early 2005, I had completely written Oasis off as a band with no chance of returning to their past glory. Fortunately Don't Believe the Truth redeemed them, and while it wasn't a perfect album it was a step in the right direction. But Heathen Chemistry hasn't improve over the years. Perhaps download a few select tracks or wait for them to appear on a greatest hits compilation, but stay away from the full album.
Pulp It
R.E.M. Around the Sun
Shania Twain Up!
The All-American Rejects The All-American Rejects
Meh might be an exaggeration. I bought this album off the strength of "Swing Swing", and that was as good as it gets. Not a terrible record, but I couldn't in good conscience recommend this to anyone. Good for a few spins, afterwards it all feels like filler. Most likely because it is.
The Magic Numbers The Magic Numbers
The Streets The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living
Billy Bragg jokingly subtitled Talking With the Taxman About Poetry the "difficult third album". Were Mike Skinner to subtitle The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living, the "self-absorbed, humourless third album" might be more appropriate. The production has improved over his first two albums, but the drop in quality in every other area tips the balance. The choruses here are catchier, but the lyrics suffer and the topics are either insincere or lazily approached. Tales of the trappings of fame can be interesting, but Skinner's retellings allow for no sympathy. Hopefully he'll return to form with his next release, but I won't hold my breath. Cherish his first two records, stay away from this one.
The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat
Weezer Raditude
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Yeah Yeah Yeahs

1.5 very poor
Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day
David Bowie Earthling
Eiffel 65 Europop
Elvis Costello Mighty Like A Rose
Elvis Costello G.B.H.
Elvis Costello Terror & Magnificence
Eminem Encore
"Mosh" is ok. "Like Toy Soldiers" is very good. And there the positives end. Eminem never was a very refined or sophisticated artist, but there's a certain line that has to be drawn where you say enough is enough. Written a song like "Puke" or "Ass Like That" crosses that line. Go back to complaining about being famous or your mom or your wife, but enough of this garbage.
Morrissey Kill Uncle
The album has an unfinished feel, which can only be explained by the fact that it is musically incomplete. Or so the story goes. Apparently, Morrissey's musical collaborator on this album presented the singer with some rough ideas of where he wanted the album to go. Musically and socially inept Morrissey, either too compositionally-challenged or sheepish to suggest that the songs needed work, took the demos as the final product and ran with it, resulting in the snooze-fest that is Kill Uncle. Ah, it all comes together. I'll give him credit though - "Our Frank" is a genuinely catchy song, as is "Mute Witness". And "Driving Your Girlfriend Home" has the moments of subdued awkwardness that only Morrissey can reflect. But aside from those relative high points, the real trouble with this album is really the lyrics. They're all stinkers. What a let down.
New Found Glory Catalyst
Oasis Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
These guys recorded "Live Forever"? Honestly? How times can change. This album doesn't even deserve a proper explanation for why it sucks so bad. Run of the mill tripe.
Pulp Freaks
R.E.M. Monster
Spice Girls Forever
The Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business
The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)
The Bravery The Bravery
While initially the album was catchy and fun, this allure wore off after two or three plays. Listen to it, and perhaps enjoy it the first time. Then watch your opinion of it steadily decline. "An Honest Mistake", "Out of Line" and "Tyrant" are decent songs, but their appeal wears out almost as quickly as the weaker songs.

1.0 awful
Deerhoof The Runners Four
Unlistenable, at least to me. I need melody and structure and these guys try their hardest not to give it to me.
The Smiths The Very Best of The Smiths
An unnecessary album if there every was one. From the dreadful artwork to the bloated tracklist, this compilation is proof of music industry greed, as if more proof is needed. The music is fantastically fabulous, don't get me wrong. Just find another compilation to listen to.
Weezer Make Believe
For a band to be capable of descending from the heights of The Blue Album to the troughs of Make Believe is a story for the ages. "Perfect Situation" has its fleeting moments of decency, but that makes up only 15 seconds or so of the entire album. Don't buy this.

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