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5.0 classic
Arcade Fire Funeral
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
DJ Shadow Endtroducing...
dredg El Cielo
With El Cielo, dredg creates a soundscape of music unparalleled by anything around in the modern music scene. The album revolves around the concepts of sleep paralysis, lucid dreaming, and change. Taking a page out of Dali's book, many songs on the album refer to one of his paintings, Dream Caused By The Flight Of A Bumblebee Around A Pomegrante One Second Before Awakening. The music creates lush backgrounds for vocalist Gavin Hayes to float on top with beautiful melodies. Bassist Drew Roulette plays subterranean basslines while guitarist Mark Engles plays sparse guitar lines, often relying on delay effects. Dino Campanella, drummer and pianist, relys completely on the feel and plays just enough to drive the song, and stands out when needed in songs like Canyon Behind Her. Stand out tracks include Same Ol' Road, Of the Room, and It Only Took A Day.
Elliott Smith XO
Elvis Costello My Aim Is True
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Glenn Branca The Ascension
Jaga Jazzist What We Must
Do you like jazz? Rock? Electronica? Do you like music at all? Then What We Must is for you. Jaga Jazzist's third major album finds them taking their music to a whole new level and redefining their sound with a much more band oriented sound. Guitars take promience over the horns, leaving them to set countermelody and atmosphere. From the stellar "All I Know Is Tonight" to the epic, emotional "Swedenborgske Rom" to the late-night drive visions of "I Have A Ghost, Now What?" Jaga Jazzist spins stories that words cannot express.
Kashiwa Daisuke Program Music I
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Nick Drake Five Leaves Left
Orphaned Land Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)
Radiohead OK Computer
Slint Spiderland
Sol Invictus In the Rain
Sun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt

4.5 superb
65daysofstatic The Fall of Math
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Benoit Pioulard Precis
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Blackalicious Blazing Arrow
Blue Sky Black Death Late Night Cinema
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
Converge Jane Doe
Cougar Patriot
Damien Rice O
Daniel Bjarnason Processions
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
dredg Leitmotif
dredg Catch Without Arms
Has there ever been a more beautiful mix of pop sensibility and intricate, driving, and soulful music in recent memory? Probably not. Dredg's third release, Catch Without Arms, finds another new sound for the band, a long way from the edgy and raw Leitmotif. Catch Without Arms became dredg's album that allowed the band to quietly sneak in the doors of the mainstream, but they still maintained a musical integrity that few current bands can contend with. The album has a typical sound, but that sound never gets old. With the immense sound that guitarist Mark Engles conjures, relying on chorus and delay effects and the unpredictable but always fitting basslines of Drew Roulette, the music hardly needs anything else. But Dino Campanella adds some of the most solid drumming around and Gavin Hayes soars overtop with amazing melodies. Catch Without Arms is a fantastic listen for anybody. Anybody.
dredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
Eluvium Copia
Eric Whitacre Light and Gold
Esmerine Aurora
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band XXL
Hammock Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Jaga Jazzist A Livingroom Hush
James Blake James Blake
I Never Learnt to Share rules. Everything else is pretty good.
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
k-os Joyful Rebellion
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kendrick Lamar Section.80
Kids and Explosions Shit Computer
Lil Wayne Dedication 2
Lindsey Boullt Composition
M. Ward Transistor Radio
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
The kind of album that made me fall in love with post-rock way back when, but it's not post-rock, and it's actually good.
Magyar Posse Random Avenger
Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds of Fire
Miles Davis Filles de Kilimanjaro
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Muse Absolution
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Black Holes and Revelations shows a musical evolution in Muse's sound. Gone are huge piano epics (Apocalypse Please, Space Dementia) and in are Spanish flamenco guitar, U2 synth melodies, and dance-rock singles. Some see this as a downgrade, but it shows the many possibilities Muse have to go with their sound. Songs like Knights of Cydonia and City of Delusion sound truly epic, and certainly more epic than anything Muse has done up to this point. It truly is amazing what Muse creates with only three members. In their 4 album history, Muse has managed to create dance-rock singles to piano-based powerhouses to huge, chunky guitar-driven rock songs.
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Oceansize Effloresce
Opeth Still Life
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Parliament Mothership Connection
Paul Marshall Vultures
Easily the best debut album of the year, Paul Marshall's Vultures presents some of the best quiet folk in a long time. Immediately, he conjures images of Nick Drake, except instead of playing for a corner in the wall, he?s playing to a quiet venue full of avid listeners. Unlike other recent vocal artists, who sacrifice their control for emotional catharsis, Marshall remains under control throughout the entire album, his guitar technique and voice always perfect. Overall brilliance.
Radiohead Kid A
Ray Charles Ray Original Soundtrack
Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch
Shabazz Palaces Black Up
Sigur Ros ( )
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Dodos No Color
The Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
The Heritage Orchestra The Heritage Orchestra
The National High Violet
Honestly, I don't even want to listen to Boxer anymore.
The Weeknd Thursday
Thrice Vheissu
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Tool Lateralus
Tor Lundvall Empty City
Tor Lundvall, primarily a painter, releases Empty City as the most accessible yet still deep and enticing electronica albums of the year. The songs are at a typical pop song length, never stretching over 4 and a half minutes. However, the album flows so well that it doesn't feel that way. The album envisions just as the title describes, an empty city. When thinking about walking through an empty city at night, Empty City sounds nearly perfect. It is quiet and brooding, yet still intricate enough to hold interest for countless listens.
Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra Boulevard de L'independance
Trilok Gurtu and the Frikyiwa Family Farakala
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss
Yusef Lateef Eastern Sounds

4.0 excellent
*shels Plains Of The Purple Buffalo
If I wanted to actually critically analyze this, I'd call it unoriginal, predictable, and perhaps even lugubrious. But sometimes, music should just do what you expect it to and be gorgeous.
65daysofstatic We Were Exploding Anyway
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
Adebisi Shank This is the Second Album
Aereogramme Seclusion
Aereogramme My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go
It's strange that something as tragic as vocalist Craig B's throat infection created something so beautiful. With his inability to sing his heavier vocals, stuck to his clean, high pitched singing, Aereogramme needed to find a way to accomodate. They did so by creating an album full of beautiful strings, piano, and clean guitar that rises and falls as if they've been utilizing this formula for years. The precision by which Aereogramme made this album is stellar and it makes for one of the best albums of 2007 thus far.
Ahmad Jamal The Awakening
Amadou and Mariam Welcome to Mali
Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Arms and Sleepers Black Paris 86
ASAP Rocky Live.Love.A$AP.
Battle Break the Banks
Bell Orchestre Recording A Tape The Colour Of The Light
Recording A Tape... is a post-rock album that incorporates more brass than any other post-rock band around. Drawing from The Arcade Fire's horn section and other prominent Canadian musicians, Bell Orchestre creates a medley of grandiose, folk-inspired epics. Each song on the album has it's own special qualities, whether it be a groove or the prominent voicing of a certain instrument, and it allows the album to never tire. Throw It On A Fire could be played in a random barn on the countryside, while Nuevo saves itself for the aristocratic balls of the Victorian era.
Belle and Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Bersarin Quartett Bersarin Quartett
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot
Bjork Volta
Blonde Redhead 23
Botch We Are the Romans
Boysetsfire After The Eulogy
Boysetsfire The Misery Index: Notes From The Plague
BoySetsFire recently broke up, but this album shows no signs of a band ready to end. It is fiery and emotional, with lead singer Nathan Gray writing political lyrics he truly believes; it is conveyed through his voice. Although their previous albums were more punk/post-hardcore oriented, this album's best songs lie in midtempo hard rock. Requiem and Empire both sound like the best singles the radio could possibly muster, with excellent guitar harmonies and interplay with great, climatic choruses. They still stick to their roots with songs like Final Communique and So Long...and Thanks for the Crutches.
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Bright Eyes Four Winds
Bright Eyes Cassadaga
Buraka Som Sistema Black Diamond
Burst Lazarus Bird
Caina Mourner
Caspian The Four Trees
Chancha Via Circuito Rio Arriba
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Something was up when Coldplay titled their album Viva La Vida. It's just not the same as Parachutes or X&Y. Tack on the or Death and All His Friends, and you've got quite a different outlook on Coldplay. With Brian Eno producing and the slightly edgier (not necessarily edgy for anyone else but Coldplay) album title, I was actually excited for the album. Even in my excitement, however, this album blew me away. From the one of catchiest songs featuring strings since "Eleanor Rigby" in "Viva La Vida" and the enhanced spaced out effects in "Life in Technicolor" and "Lovers in Japan", Coldplay expands beyond the soft rock ballads. Perhaps it won't be so gay to like Coldplay anymore.
Cornelius Sensuous
Cynic Traced in Air
Daedelus Exquisite Corpse
Damien Rice B-Sides
Damien Rice 9
Das Racist Relax
Dizzy Gillespie Afro
DJ Shadow Live! In Tune and On Time
Dntel Life is Full of Possibilities
dredg Live at The Fillmore
Eluvium Talk Amongst the Trees
Much like Brian Eno's Music for Airports, this is not exactly an album to sit down and listen to intensely. Matthew Cooper, the mastermind behind Eluvium, creates an aquatic world of lazy electronic drones and subtle melodies and inflections. Some songs only play for under a minute while others stretch for over ten. All the same, this album will put the listener into a trance that few artists can force a listener into.
Emancipator Safe In The Steep Cliffs
Failure Fantastic Planet
Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove
Ghastly City Sleep Ghastly City Sleep
Girl Talk Feed the Animals
Glassjaw Coloring Book
Aside from the last minute of "Stations of the New Cross", this rules pretty hard. Here's to hoping that they're on a roll and ready to keep going down this path.
Grouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
Hammock Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
Hammock Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions Bavarian Fruit Bread
Imogen Heap Speak For Yourself
Imogen Heap's sophomore album falls into no slump. This woman's vocal power is astounding, but the music accompanying her provides extra warmth to create some of the most enjoyable pop music in a long time. The entire album is accessible and enjoyable at first listen, but it gets better through time. Highlights include the stunning Hide and Seek, where Imogen uses a vocoder and creates some of the most beautiful music on the album with just her voice, and the dramatic closer The Moment I Said It, which grows from pizzicato strings to operatic chords and Imogen's wailing voice. This album is for fans of Regina Spektor and other brilliant pop artists.
Incubus Make Yourself
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
Iron And Wine Our Endless Numbered Days
Jaga Jazzist One-Armed Bandit
Jets to Brazil Perfecting Loneliness
Jimmy Eat World Futures
Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways
The final release from Cash, A Hundred Highways is frighteningly morbid, with Cash seeming okay with the fact that his death was approaching fast. Just as the rest of his American albums, Cash does remakes of a number of his originals as well as many covers. Here, he covers the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Frank Sinatra, but the standout track is a traditional folk song entitled God's Gonna Cut You Down. Cash is found in a new setting, a much more industrial setting. He still goes back to where he's comfortable, simple acoustic country songs and he does it better than anyone, even near death.
Johnny Cash American III: Solitary Man
Jonny Greenwood Bodysong
Ken Andrews Secrets of the Lost Satellite
Ken Andrews, the mastermind of 90s space rock, returns with another post-Failure release, the first under his own name. With two different versions of each song playing at the same time (one Andrews' own electronica compositions and a live band's version), there is so much to listen to in each song, but it never gets too boggled down because of the superb production done by Andrews himself. Not many will hear about this album, but it stands beside many, more popular strong releases of the year. His songwriting is some of the best of his career, with "In Your Way", "Write Your Story", and "Without" standing out.
Kidcrash Jokes
KT Tunstall Drastic Fantastic
LITE Phantasia
It's technical in a math rock sense, cathartic in a post rock sense, and dancey in a Minus the Bear-sense. What makes Phantasia such an incredible album is its ability to show off talent while still maintaining a fun and playful sense about the album. Still, songs like "Solitude" have so much substance to them that there is more to discover besides the album's inherent groove. Unlike many artists enveloped in their own technicality, LITE knows how to make a melody sing and how to pick their moments. One of the best instrumental achievements of the year.
Local Natives Gorilla Manor
Lone Wolf The Devil and I
M. Ward Post-War
Post-War is not nearly as political nor as angry as the title might imply. It is really a great folk album that, even with the use of modern electric instruments, sounds as though it might be from the 40s or 50s. Ward cleverly weaves his lyrics like old story folk songs as he pulls in a full band for the first time in his solo career. Everything from a jazzy Rhodes piano to a Western slide guitar finds their way onto this album. Ward draws many comparisons to Johnny Cash in his singing style, his humility, and his true Western sense of life. But he is no replica. Post-War is surely a standout in modern folk music--accessible and still original.
Maps & Atlases You and Me and the Mountain
Maps & Atlases Beware and Be Grateful
Marmaduke Duke The Magnificent Duke
Max Richter Infra
Meet Me in St. Louis And With The Right Kind Of Eyes...
I do not possess much knowledge about post-hardcore, so my finding this excellent may not appeal to the time-tested fans of the genre, but I cannot stop listening to this debut EP. Its full title And with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark - the place where the wave finally broke and rolled back, along with the lengthy song titles hint at something pretentious and stuck-up, but the band simply rocks. Their energy and cohesiveness are a rare sight in young bands today. The songwriting rules too, with all kinds of math-rock influence showing left and right. From the catchy opening riff of the album to the climatic end of "The Kid Who Had His Ear Slapped by the Druggist", the band shows a powerful sense of where everything is going. Nothing gets repetitive yet everything feels connected, despite the constantly shifting tempo and meter. Check this one out.
Metaform Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Mew Frengers
Michael Jackson Thriller
Miles Davis Miles Smiles
Miles Davis Sketches of Spain
Miles Davis Jack Johnson
Minus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like This
Mojib Whimsical Lifestyle
Motorpsycho And Jaga Jazzist Horns In the Fishtank Vol. 10
My Education Bad Vibrations
Neil Young Unplugged
Nicolas Jaar Space Is Only Noise
Oceansize Frames
Ohana Dead Beat
Olafur Arnalds ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness
Onry Ozzborn Hold On for Dear Life
Patrick Wolf The Magic Position
Paul McCartney Memory Almost Full
Pete Yorn Nightcrawler
It must be nice being a solo artist. Pete Yorn has no obligations to include anyone, yet he still has no limits as to how many people or instruments he can include. This allows for grand pop songs with tons of melody and also allows for stripped down beauty. Yorn has a perfect voice for his settings, melancholic and slurred, while he turns out some fantastic catchy lyrics. Variety makes this album all the better, from the electronic Georgia Boy to the epic grower Ice Age. He has the potential to break out onto the scene at any moment.
Peter Broderick Home
Pg. 99 Document #7
pg.lost It's Not Me, It's You!
Port Blue The Airship
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead In Rainbows
Raekwon Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
Regina Spektor 11:11
Rise Against The Sufferer & the Witness
Robert Glasper In My Element
Robert Miles and Trilok Gurtu Miles_Gurtu
Robyn Body Talk
Russian Circles Enter
S. Carey All We Grow
Scuba Triangulation
Sepalcure Sepalcure
sgt. Stylus Fantasticus
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings I Learned the Hard Way
Shearwater Rook
Shearwater The Golden Archipelago
Shugo Tokumaru Port Entropy
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Silverchair Diorama
Sleigh Bells Treats
Slow Six Tomorrow Becomes You
Sondre Lerche Two Way Monologue
Sondre Lerche Phantom Punch
Soundtrack (Film) Across the Universe
Spokes People Like People Like You
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
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Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People
Sun Ra John Cage Meets Sun Ra
Telescreen The Solar Sea EP
Terence Blanchard A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina)
Finally, the artistic response to Hurricane Katrina has arrived, and how fitting that a New Orleans jazz musician composed it. The idea for the album came after Blanchard composed the soundtrack for Spike Lee's documentary on the hurricane, and some of the music appears on the album. Combining Blanchard's penchant for symphonic orchestra and his jazz background, this requiem covers all bases of the Katrina issue, ranging from the most personal "Dear Mom" to the furthest-reaching "Levees." The Ghost segments of the album serve as retrospectives to the heyday of New Orleans with energetic jazz numbers that anyone might have heard on Bourbon St. Blanchard's trumpet-playing is intensely emotional and musical, and his compositions back up the improvisational aspect of jazz.
The Acorn Glory Hope Mountain
The American Dollar A Memory Stream
The Bronx The Bronx (II)
A brilliant punk album, The Bronx tear apart the sound barriers with a hard-hitting, fast blend of hardcore music. The riffs are fantastic and catchy, with a great singer who actually sings, but maintains a raspiness and intensity throughout the entire album. Even on Dirty Leaves, the album's "ballad", there is a brewing intensity throughout. Although it gets slightly repetitive, each song is fun to listen to and you will want to scream at the top of your lungs to these songs.
The Cinematic Orchestra Every Day
The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur
The Decemberists The Hazards of Love
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The National Bank The National Bank
The Pax Cecilia Blessed Are The Bonds
The Roots How I Got Over
How I Got Over is a cohesive, focused, and timely riff on current events. The group's job on Jimmy Fallon
has encouraged interesting collaborations and fostered a tighter group than ever before, making How I Got
Over the smoothest album of the summer. The progression of the album, a rise out of the darkness,
perfectly encapsulates the hope captured in the new decade of America. Let's hope The Roots have
predicted the future by "rising out of the flames like a phoenix," as Black Thought asserts on "Doin' It
Again." With more projects on the way, The Roots may just be reaching their prime, just in time to bring
society with them.
The Samuel Jackson Five Goodbye Melody Mountain
The Strokes Angles
The Tallest Man on Earth Shallow Grave
The Tallest Man on Earth Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird
The Weeknd House of Balloons
The World on Higher Downs Land Patterns
Unlike most ambient artists, The World on Higher Downs is a collaborative effort of four members, Troy Schafer, Eric Bray, Nathaniel Ritter, and Vincent Wachowiak. Together, they form a luscious blend of shoegaze guitar, keyboards, electronic drums, soulful violin, and varying bass patterns. Each instrument can singlehandedly change the atmosphere of a song. They all have equal influence on the sound and the overall effect is something that one person could not achieve. At all times, multiple ideas swirl around each other, intertwining while still acting as their own entity. "Euclid" is very repetitive at its base, but different melodies from a violin that just barely sings out of its context to an overpowering bassline that ends in a double stopped chord keep the song interesting. The band makes use of repetitive song structures by simply changing the texture and melody constantly. An ever flowing, relentless style emanates from this compositional style.
The-Dream Love King
Thrice Beggars
Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972
Tower of Power Tower of Power
TV on the Radio Dear Science
Tyler, the Creator Goblin
United Nations Never Mind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures
Venetian Snares Meathole
Venetian Snares Winnipeg Is A Frozen Shithole
Vessels White Fields and Open Devices
Via Audio saysomethingsaysomethingsaysomething
Wayne Shorter Native Dancer
Wes Willenbring Somewhere Someone Else

3.5 great
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
Amplive Rainydayz Remixes
Anberlin New Surrender
Araabmuzik Electronic Dream
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Balam Acab Wander/Wonder
Balmorhea Balmorhea
Blue Sky Black Death Jean Grae: The Evil Jeanius
Bright Eyes The People's Key
Britney Spears Femme Fatale
Cam Butler See (Symphony #1)
Caspian You Are The Conductor
Cave In Antenna
Chamillionaire Ultimate Victory
Codeseven Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds
Conor Oberst Conor Oberst
Day One Symphony Aviciouscircle
To describe Day One Symphony with strong adjectives is pretty hard. The EP, all in all, is nice, without much more to describe it. Title track and opener "Aviciouscircle" sounds menacing enough and grooves with tribal rhythms and spacey guitar, and as singer David Knight wails "This is what's to come," it seems like a great segway into what could have been a huge success for the band. However, the rest delves off into a much different world, something more aquatic with synthesizers and vocal effects. While they pull off both sounds well, neither really break any ground. I'd rather listen to dredg, but this is a nice alternative.
Denali The Instinct
Dinosaur Jr. Beyond
Do Make Say Think Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn
Eddie Vedder Into the Wild
Efterklang Magic Chairs
Elliott Smith New Moon
Eluvium When I Live by the Garden and the Sea
Equus Transmissions
Erykah Badu New Amerykah Pt. 1 (4th World War)
Final Fantasy He Poos Clouds
Flying Lotus Los Angeles
Fridge The Sun
Ghost (JPN) In Stormy Nights
Good Old War Good Old War
Grails Doomsdayer's Holiday
Green Day Dookie
Harvey Milk Life... The Best Game in Town
Incubus Morning View
Incubus Light Grenades
Interpol Antics
J. Cole Cole World: The Sideline Story
Jaga Jazzist The Stix
Jaga Jazzist Magazine
Jakob Dylan Seeing Things
Jardin de la Croix Pomeroy
Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne
Jimmy Eat World Invented
Jukebox the Ghost Jukebox the Ghost
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Khoma The Second Wave
Lights Out Asia Eyes Like Brontide
Mahavishnu Orchestra The Lost Trident Sessions
Maserati Inventions for the New Season
Meanwhile, Back in Communist Russia Indian Ink
I heard about this band through the grapevine as an extremely original and creative post-rock band. I got Indian Ink and found them to be a different band than I expected. They played typical of the genre, with simple guitar riffs, atmospheric keyboard and a sense of building throughout to a climax. They use a woman's voice to speak monologues over their music, which creates an eerie effect at some times, especially in the song Now I Am Lifting. She whispers her words over an ambient background, almost playing out of a horror movie. Overall, I found the band very talented. They played just about every typical post-rock sound on the album, ranging from an ambient soother to an epic riff-heavy builder, but they pull it off under 5 minutes per song. They are extremely accessible and a good introduction to many different sounds in the genre.
Midlake The Trials of Van Occupanther
Minus the Bear Acoustics
Minus the Bear Omni
Morcheeba Charango
Mouth of the Architect Quietly
Muse Showbiz
Norah Jones Not Too Late
Oceansize Everyone Into Position
Off Minor Some Blood
On Shifting Skin
Ours Mercy (Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy
Protest the Hero Kezia
PSY/OPSogist Suffused With Static
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Rival Schools United By Fate
RJD2 The Third Hand
Rodrigo y Gabriela Rodrigo y Gabriela
Silverchair Frogstomp
Silverchair Young Modern
Silversun Pickups Pikul
Skalpel Konfusion
Snowman The Horse, the Rat and the Swan
Sol Invictus Sol Veritas Lux
Space (AUS) Exit Strategies
Sparklehorse Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
Spokes Everyone I Ever Met
Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes Numb
Streetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the Between
Sun Kil Moon Admiral Fell Promises
Switchfoot Oh! Gravity.
It's funny that I call myself a music reviewer. I am so detatched from everyday pop culture that I have no clue what the #1 song is right now. I've probably never heard it. But there's certain bands that reach my ears and I like what I hear. Switchfoot is one of those bands. Oh! Gravity. came as a big surprise to me. I expected an album of mediocre to good pop rock songs with a few that really stood out. What I got was about half an album of those and then another half with Switchfoot trying all kinds of new sounds and feels. With songs ranging from an odd-metered blues to a beautiful string-aided rock song, Switchfoot put all their effort into this and they come out shining.
Tegan and Sara The Con
The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen
The Horrors Skying
The Ocean Precambrian
Thievery Corporation The Richest Man in Babylon
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain
Young Mountain is proof that post-rock isn't quite dead yet. The band does not invent any sort of new sound or make any true advancements in the genre, they simply have the most refined and perfected post-rock sound of anyone around. Each member of the band plays with a confidence that very few bands can boast. They contrast beautiful quiet melodies and a huge wall of sound akin to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but they are a much more cohesive unit.
Tool 10,000 Days
Trenchmouth Vs. The Light of the Sun
Tristeza A Colores
Tunturia Maps
Tunturia's Maps is too confusing to guide any listener through any path. Its nearly hour length and meandering focus only hints at coming full circle in the middle with the "Sputnik" sequence: "October 4, 1957" (the satellite Sputnik's launch date) and "Satellites." Otherwise, however, no concept flows throughout the album, despite the album's seamless sonic structure. Anyone with the slightest post rock experience knows how this sounds, beginning with unimposing guitar melodies that dramatically crescendo into huge, chugging chords. Luckily, they're one of those bands that do it well.

Production wise, the album is very interesting. The band loaded it with vocal samples, including one that satirizes the entire post rock genre in a conversation between an old man and a young man recording ambient sound at the end of "Panic Attack." By the end, however, this technique goes on overload, especially when most of the samples are not understandable. "Satellites" reaches a climax only to turn down the master volume five notches to generate "dynamic effect." It sounds more like a last second attempt to make things more interesting.

Either way, Tunturia's Maps is a great listen, especially the uptempo "Panic Attack."
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
Venetian Snares Detrimentalist
We All Inherit the Moon We All Inherit the Moon
Weather Report Heavy Weather
Windmills By the Ocean Windmills By the Ocean
Wynton Marsalis From the Plantation to the Penitentiary
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue

3.0 good
All the Empires of the World ...Will Be Laid To Waste
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Bedouin Soundclash Street Gospels
Beirut Lon Gisland
Ben Harper Lifeline
Black Mountain In the Future
Buraka Som Sistema Komba
Chris Walla Field Manual
Cymbals Eat Guitars Lenses Alien
Danielson Ships
Death Cab for Cutie We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
Eksperimentoj Eksperimentoj
Eluvium An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death
Eluvium Similes
Emery We Do What We Want
Emperor In The Nightside Eclipse
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Funkadelic Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
Glenn Branca Symphony No. 3 (Gloria)
Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple
Green Day American Idiot
Her Name Is Calla The Heritage
I Hear Sirens I Hear Sirens EP
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...
Interpol Our Love to Admire
Jack Johnson Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for Curious George
Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
Jens Lekman Night Falls Over Kortedala
Jimmy Eat World Stay on My Side Tonight
John Frusciante Inside of Emptiness
John Mayer The Village Sessions
Jose Gonzalez In Our Nature
Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Loose Fur Loose Fur
Mae Singularity
Mogwai The Hawk Is Howling
Mutyumu Ilya
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Se Dice Bisonte, No B├║falo
One Day as a Lion One Day as a Lion
Philip Selway Familial
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Saxon Shore The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore
September Malevolence After This Darkness, There's a Next
Sparta Threes
Subtle ExitingARM
Supertramp Breakfast in America
Yellowcard Paper Walls

2.5 average
Architecture In Helsinki Places Like This
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Best Coast Crazy For You
Breaking Benjamin We Are Not Alone
Bright Eyes Letting Off the Happiness
Canyons of Static The Disappearance
Circa Survive Juturna
Donna Summer Crayons
dredg Orph
Dustin Kensrue Please Come Home
El Ten Eleven These Promises Are Being Videotaped
Fugazi In on the Kill Taker
Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death
Kayo Dot Blue Lambency Downward
Linkin Park Meteora
Linkin Park Reanimation
M.I.A. Maya
Midlake The Courage Of Others
Mogwai Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait OST
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Pelican City of Echoes
Sean Lennon Friendly Fire
Sons of Noel and Adrian Sons of Noel and Adrian
Sparrows Swarm and Sing O' Shenandoah, Mighty Death Will Find Me
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
The Field From Here We Go Sublime
The Six Parts Seven Casually Smashed to Pieces
Thirty Seconds To Mars 30 Seconds to Mars
Thirty Seconds To Mars A Beautiful Lie
This Will Destroy You This Will Destroy You
Usher Raymond v. Raymond

2.0 poor
Daughtry Daughtry
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless
Modest Mouse The Fruit That Ate Itself
My Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Norma Jean The Anti Mother
Pain of Salvation Be
The Hylozoists La Fin Du Monde
The Nightwatchman One Man Revolution

1.5 very poor
Depswa Two Angels and a Dream
James Blunt All the Lost Souls

1.0 awful
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
dredg Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy
The worst album I've heard by any band this year. Probably last year too.
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls

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