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5.0 classic
Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Devo is everything punk should be. Devo is fast, quirky, slightly gloomy, but most of all, Devo is unique. I've yet to find any other group sounding remotely like Devo. "Uncontrollable Urge" is one of the most fun songs to just jam along to with a bunch of your friends, "Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)" is a fun, trippy song, and Jocko Homo is just an overall classic.
HORSE the band R. Borlax
Every once in a while a band comes along that just gets it. HORSE the Band is one of these. They know their weaknesses, they know their strengths, and they play to both accordingly. The music is simple, yet very effective, being laden with pure emotion and raw energy. The guitar often takes a back seat throughout the album, allowing for the keyboards, HORSE the Band's most major strength, to shine through as needed. Each song on R. Borlax is quite independent of the others, most of which very rarely following any particular, predictable structure, making it easier to listen to the album, waiting to hear something new and exciting that hasn't been done already. R. Borlax may take time getting into, but once it's in place, it will not disappoint.
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Vanessa Carlton Harmonium
Everything about this album has me truly captivated: the way Vanessa's voice shifts around across the album to give each song a distinct feel; the way that Vanessa pours her soul out through her voice with every song; the way Vanessa plays her piano as not just a vehicle for her voice, but rather as an integral part of her music; the way each song on the album is unique, yet all the while contributing to the wholeness of the album. This album is truly a different kind of pop; it's even a different kind of Vanessa Carlton. In fact, had it not been for Vanessa's distinct voice, the difference between this album and Be Not Nobody is so great that you could almost convince yourself that the two albums were constructed by two different people. Harmonium receives far less praise than its predecessor, but yet it surpasses it in every way possible.
X Japan Art of Life

4.5 superb
Alice in Chains Jar of Flies
Even with a style distinctly contrasting with all their previous works, Jar of Flies still flows with the essence of Alice in Chains. All the while, you can listen to the album and know that this is everything that Alice in Chains has always been, but now they actually put themselves in a position to show this side of themselves. With each casually haunting track, the album unveils itself as the bands apex of creativity and eclecticism, with styles ranging from traditonal sounding Alice in Chains, but with a more relaxed and somber tone, to upbeat bursts of melancholic energy, to folkie ballads. Each track is unique in its own right, and yet at the same time, each flows perfectly with the other, conveying the sense that this album could not function if each track was not placed in exactly the place it was, and performed in exactly the way it is. This is Alice in Chains at their finest.
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Bright Eyes Fevers & Mirrors
Fevers and Mirrors isn't so much music as it is art. It's absolutely incredible the way Conor manipulates all the different facets of his trade to truly capture the essense and feeling of his compositions. Fevers and Mirrors covers an incredible amount of ground for a single album, and yet it's all pitted together very well. Even desipte the fact that this album has several hard to swallow qualities about it (i.e. Conor's voice, the dialogue at the end of "An Attempt to Tip the Scales" and at times the sound quality, such as in "When the Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass"), this is a very accessible album that practically everyone can enjoy.
Burzum Hvis lyset tar oss
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
Envy A Dead Sinking Story
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
La Quiete La fine non รจ la fine
Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine
System of a Down System of a Down

4.0 excellent
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
This is the very first CD I've ever owned, and to this day it's still one of my very favorites as well. While I don't think this is Alice in Chains' best album as far as their musicianship goes, overall, it is still my favorite Alice in Chains album. My favorite part about it is that nothing is overdone. Jerry's guitar playing is reserved, allowing Layne's vocals to take flight, which also in themselves are not his greatest performance. The drums and bass take a backseat through a lot of the album, but surface just at key times to take the song where it needs to go. Their self-titled album also takes the whole gloomy appeal to a whole new level, with songs like "Sludge Factory" and "Frogs".
Alice in Chains MTV Unplugged
At the Drive-In Vaya
At the Drive-In In/Casino/Out
Botch An Anthology of Dead Ends
Botch We Are the Romans
Botch American Nervoso
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Burton Wagner In the Realms of the Unreal
Burton Wagner A Sentinel's Eyes
Burton Wagner 21
Burzum Det som engang var
Envy All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead
Envy From Here To Eternity
Hot Water Music Fuel for the Hate Game
Jay Chou Ye Hui Mei
Jay Chou Common Jasmin Orange
Meshuggah I
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Parliament Mothership Connection
Rage Against The Machine Evil Empire
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Saetia A Retrospective
Scarlet Cult Classic
Semisonic Feeling Strangely Fine
System of a Down Toxicity
System of a Down Hypnotize
The Beatles Revolver
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Mars Volta Amputechture
Vanessa Carlton Be Not Nobody
Vanessa Carlton Heroes and Thieves

3.5 great
Alexisonfire Alexisonfire
Alice in Chains Facelift
Ayumi Hamasaki MY STORY
Devo Freedom of Choice
Disturbed The Sickness
Envy Insomniac Doze
Enya A Day Without Rain
Godsmack Godsmack
Green Day American Idiot
HORSE the band The Mechanical Hand
John Mayer Heavier Things
John Mayer has this awesome ability to take a song that would otherwise be incredibly dull and cheesy, and turn it into something amazing, and, well, still cheesy, but to a lesser extent. Mayer's music gets its appeal from its easygoing playfulness, and its familiar sound. His voice, perhaps unappealing in other works, really compliments his music well, and his guitar playing really consolidates his album into one nice, charming work.
John Mayer Room for Squares
I almost didn't buy this album at the store in fear that I would be disappointed. Lucky for me, I decided to be daring and try new things. Everything about this album is great. It can be a bit on the slow side at times, but it recovers quick enough, and it has enough songs on it to balance those out. The intro to "Neon" is such a good riff. It sounds vaguely like supermarket music, yet it's still fun to listen to.
Johnny Cash American Recordings
Korn Issues
Meshuggah Nothing
I bought this album knowing nothing of Meshuggah beforehand, and for that, I always wonder how my stance on the album would be had I heard any Meshuggah from Chaosphere and prior. Regardless, Nothing is simply an awesome album. I love the way the guitarists combine such hard hitting, low-tuned rhythm sections with insane solos that sound like someone's hitting random keys on a piano (except in this case, they're hitting all the right keys). There's some truly epic giants on this album, and the complete lack of a bassist doesn't bother me at all. In all honesty, I prefer Nothing to Chaosphere.
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Mushroomhead XX
P.O.D. Satellite
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Rage Against The Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe
Staind Dysfunction
System of a Down Mezmerize
The Apex Theory Topsy-Turvy

3.0 good
Alice in Chains Dirt
Alice in Chains Sap
Ayumi Hamasaki Rainbow
Bad Acid Trip Lynch the Weirdo
Bob Marley and The Wailers Legend
Deftones Deftones
FC Five Memories
Godsmack Awake
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless
Green Day Dookie
Korn Korn
Limp Bizkit Significant Other
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
What's so special about Linkin Park? They're not exceptionally ground breaking, nor are they outwardly insanely talented musicians. What they are, though, simply put, is just a bunch of cool guys who write cool songs. Even if you're not a fan of their sound, you'd have to admit that, for their genre, they're pretty good at what they do. Plus, the whole image they put out on this album (the soldier with wings, the grungy look of the album art, and the techno/electronica influences scattered all about) just compliments the whole ensemble.
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Metallica Metallica
Morning Glory The Whole World is Watching
Muse Absolution
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
Pg. 99 Document #8
Rage Against The Machine Renegades
Rage Against The Machine Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium (DVD)
Seether Disclaimer
If you're in the mood for some fairly straightforward rock, then by all means do check out this album. For the most part, this is a very accessible album; it's something interesting to pop into the radio during a road trip, or listen to while working on odds and ends around the house. If you're looking for something deeper than straightforward rock, however, you're going to have a harder time. There's plenty of emotion on this album, but most of it is so contrived that its hard to relate at all. "Fuck It" makes a laughable attempt at eloquence, but fails miserably, and "Driven Under", as well-intentioned as it may be, is yet another failed attempt at moving beyond the straightforward rock edge. That's not to say that the band always fails, as "Fine Again" is a great, lively piece, and the version of "Broken" that appears on this album sans Amy Lee is simply superb.
System of a Down Steal This Album!
Before I bought this album, my friend had given me a copy of all the bootlegged songs that were leaked and helped prompt the realease of Steal This Album! I must admit, some of the unfinished versions of the songs sound way better than the final products. Some songs, like Nuguns, had been reworked to the point where you could almost not even distinguish the working version from the final version. Other songs, however, were reworked in a positive way. Chic 'N' Stu, Thetawaves, and Boom are all great improvements from their original working form. I was a bit dissapointed though that System decided not to rework all of the bootlegged songs and release them on Steal This Album. The songs that weren't released were by far some of the best sounding System songs I've ever heard. Basically, I might have liked this album a bit more if it hadn't been for the drastic reworking of some awesome songs, and the exclusion of a couple of others.

2.5 average
Alice in Chains Live
Disturbed Believe
I actually really like this album. The music, while simple, has a very unique sound to it, and the singing is much stronger than on The Sickness. The problem with it is just after a while it gets repetitive, and about halfway through the album it's easy to just get bored with it and turn it off. This is the kind of album that requires a lot of focus to really enjoy. Not the kind of focus that you'd need to listen to something like, say, The Mars Volta, but rather the kind of focus where you're just completely fixated on listening to a Disturbed album. If you're curious, you should really give this a try, but it's likely it might get boring after a while.
Envy Breathing and Dying in this Place
Every Time I Die Hot Damn!
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
Godsmack The Other Side
Incubus Make Yourself
Korn Untouchables
Linkin Park Meteora
In moderation, I actually really enjoy Meteora - just as much as I enjoy Hybrid Theory, in fact. But with that said, Meteora is a bit difficult to listen to repeatedly. Many of the songs end up indistinguishable, while a few of the "stand-out" tracks are such only for offering a different sound to the album, and not because they are truly great songs. Though, there's still some promise for Linkin Park offering some more diverse material later on, as hinted with "Nobody's Listening", which stands today as one of my favorite Linkin Park tracks.
Meshuggah Contradictions Collapse
Metallica Load
Minor Threat Complete Discography
Mudvayne The End of All Things to Come
Norma Jean O' God The Aftermath
Rob Zombie The Sinister Urge
Slayer Reign in Blood
Slayer God Hates Us All
God Hates Us All is a very average album from a not so average band. As a whole, the songs aren't bad at all, but they are somewhat generic sounding, which is a shame, because Slayer is much more than just a generic metal band. God Hates Us All reaches its apex very early in the album, with "Disciple", with no song really even coming close to it until "Exile". For the most part, this album is fairly consistent all the way through, but at the same time it moves pretty slow.
Staind Break The Cycle
The Offspring Americana

2.0 poor
Ayumi Hamasaki (miss)understood
Breaking Benjamin We Are Not Alone
Every Time I Die Gutter Phenomenon
I've mostly been on the edge about Every Time I Die. On one hand, Hot Damn! is a fairly solid album, but the on the other hand, there's Gutter Phenomenon, which is too solid for it's own good, and grows too repetative way too fast. I do like the guitars on the album though, which sound a bit goofy to me at times, and slightly out of place with the mood of the songs, though still somehow fitting in nicely. I don't like the singer's voice all the much, especially when compared to Hot Damn!
Godsmack Faceless
I'm in a sort of complex with Faceless. A few of the songs on it are really quite good, but on the other hand, a few of the songs are really quite God-forsaken awful. I really liked Godsmack's self titled and Awake, and I really wanted to like Faceless very badly, but Godsmack has mad that very difficult, essentially remaking Awake, but with songs of much lesser caliber. Some songs, such as "Dead and Broken", sound nearly indistinguishable from others on Awake. Some songs though, like "Serenity" and "Straight Out of Line" are actually quite good, with a few others, like "Re-Align" and "Faceless" being above decent songs, all of the aforementioned being what saves Faceless from turning Godsmack God-awful.
Korn Follow the Leader
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
This is truly an album of "had it nots". Had it not been for the band, Wes Borland in particular, this album would have been much worse than it is. Had it not been for Fred Durst, this album would have been much better than it is. There is some truly solid instrumentation going on in these tracks, but this is completely undermined by Durst, who turns practically every song into a Cliche ridden mess. Occasionally Durst's style fits with the song, but for the most part it constitutes a highly destructive force for the album. Overall, this is obviously not Limp Bizkit's best work, but, to date, it surely isn't their worst either. As mentioned, the band is fairly redeeming and warrants the album an occasional, non-linear listen.
Metallica St. Anger
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica Reload
Metallica Garage Inc.
P.O.D. Payable on Death
Payable on Death proved that most of P.O.D.'s appeal came from Marcos. This albums is pretty much just twelve tracks of the same boring song, cut with an equally boring guitar instrumental. It's not quite a disaster in the same way that Limp Bizkit's Results May Vary was when Wes Borland left, but it plays pretty much in a similar mode. This might be cool for more die hard P.O.D. fans, but for a casual listener it's forgettable.
Puddle of Mudd Come Clean
Come Clean really isn't a bad album, but it doesn't have any replay value. After one listen, you're pretty much set for the next few years. There are a few cool songs on here, like, "Drift and Die" and "Blurry", and some other songs have some cool parts to them, but the rest of it is very generic and very forgettable. This album has a lot of potential, but it's very poorly constructed, and as a result it just ends up boring.
Serj Tankian Elect the Dead
Slipknot Iowa

1.5 very poor
Korn Take a Look in the Mirror
I regret ever actually buying this album, and judging from this, it's very obvious I'll never buy another Korn album again. It's not as bad as it could be, but it's sure as hell is by no means at all a very interesting album. The only track that I remotely enjoy is "Y'all Want a Single". Probably the worst part is the hidden Metallica cover at the end. I've got to give Korn props; they did a great job in slaughtering a classic.
Mushroomhead XIII
Ozzy Osbourne The Ultimate Sin
Puddle of Mudd Life On Display
Staind 14 Shades of Grey
I can't understand for the life of me why Staind would go this way. Dysfunction was nothing short of amazing, and Break the Cycle, while taking a step toward a softer side of Staind, was fairly decent as well, but 14 Shades of Grey went way too far with the softness. The only reason I even bought this album in the first place is the single, "Price to Play", which I wasn't completely impressed with, but thought noted another album in the vein of Break the Cycle, yet with its own unique qualities about it. What I got instead was a steaming crapfest of boring, sappy songs. What's even worse about this album is Staind's tribute to Layne Staley, performed in a style similar to an Alice In Chain's song. Not only does this attempt fail horribly, but it's an incredible disgrace to the man its written for. After this album, I gave up on Staind.

1.0 awful
Limp Bizkit Results May Vary
I hear Limp Bizkit's newest album is actually pretty good, but regardless, I don't care. After hearing this album, I have absolutely no faith in the band anymore. I wouldn't even put forth the effort to download anything Limp Bizkit has done following up this album. This albums is awful, awful, awful. Chocolate Starfish was bad, but at least it had some edge to it once in a while. This album, however, is just track after track of boring, bland, generic, crap. Sadly, at one point in time, I was excited for this album to come out. I even went to the store, and bought it the very day it came out. But even more sadly, I was incredibly disappointed. The results don't vary. This album is crap no matter how you look at it. Stay away from this. Stay away from this. For the love of God, stay away from this.
Limp Bizkit New Old Songs
Thousand Foot Krutch Phenomenon

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