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5.0 classic
Bob Marley and The Wailers Legend
Catch 22 Keasbey Nights
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Operation Ivy Energy
Radiohead OK Computer
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Notwist Neon Golden
This has become one of my favorite Albums of all time. I can legitimately say there really isn't a bad song on the album. Great music, great vocals, and the album itself flows so well. What makes this album a 5 though is the way they convey emotion. Today's prototype of 'emo' tends to be a pop-punk type band with overly-dramatic lyrics about a breakup with very similar vocal styles. The whole sound has not only become cliche, but in my opinion is not even an accurate depiction of the emotion conveyed in those songs. The Notwist, on the other hand, perfectly portrays a wide range of emotions without being too cheesy, dramatic, or boring. The happy songs are soft, content, and nostalgic; the sad songs are melancholy, numb, and a little detached; and many of the songs cover multiple emotions. "One Step Inside..." for example starts out with a confident sense of independence, but slowly transitions to a vague sense of loneliness. The bottom line is that this album has a crisp, original sound backed with genuine emotion. Buy this album as soon as you can.
Weezer Weezer

4.5 superb
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Source Tags and Codes
Against Me! Reinventing Axl Rose
Arcade Fire Funeral
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Bob Dylan The Essential Bob Dylan
Muse Absolution
NOFX The Decline
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead In Rainbows
It's pretty hard for me to believe Radiohead can come out with anything that can top OK Computer, but they certainly don't disappoint with this new release. After returning a little to their rock roots with Hail to the Thief, In Rainbows bounces back to their darker-sounding, electronically fueled sounds with a result that is somewhere in between Kid A and Amnesiac with its own unique twist. Although its hard to describe a "typical" Radiohead sound, as usual In Rainbows is filled with dark lyrics behind a veil of catchy pop tunes.
The album starts strong with the opening track 15 Step sporting a pretty twisted electronic drum beat that slowly filters to clean guitar riff with a much more mellow sound, building to the song's climax with the original electronic beat. It remains pretty solid throughout with songs like Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, All I Need, and Jigsaw Falling Into Place standing out. I wasn't really impressed with the final song Videotape, but only because I feel there are much better songs on the album. Really though, there is no bad song. This album is definitely worth buying.
Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes Numb
The Blood Brothers ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium

4.0 excellent
AC/DC If You Want Blood You've Got It
Aesop Rock Labor Days
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
It's hard to follow up a full-length debut like Funeral, but the Arcade Fire sure got close, and arguably succeeded with Neon Bible. I was pretty disappointed with the album at first; the undeniably catchy tunes that made up a large portion of Funeral were pretty absent in this album with the exception of a few songs. After a few listens though, I began to appreciate how good this album really is. What the album lacks in catchiness, it makes up with beautiful orchestration, poweful lyrics about genuine struggles, and more mature sound. Win's voice really mellows out in this album, and the musical talent of the band really begins to show itself. Whether or not this album is better than Funeral will basically depend on individual tastes in music, but it will be interesting to see if the Arcade Fire will be able to consistently put out albums this good.
Dead Kennedys Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
Do Make Say Think Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord is Dead
Drive Like Jehu Yank Crime
Incubus Make Yourself
Iron And Wine The Shepherd's Dog
If you were an Iron and Wine fan and knew nothing about this album, you would probably except a typical Sam Beam with an acoustic guitar and his hushed voice whispering cryptic, but beautiful stories to soft, folk-pop melodies. Within the first few seconds of the first song though, it's obvious The Shepard's Dog is different: multiple instruments, regular percussion, and little bit of electronic experimentation. The beauty of this album is that rather than having these added elements completely ruin the classic Iron & Wine sound we know and love, they complement it perfectly. Sam Beam manages to create a new sound while still sounding like himself.
Jimi Hendrix Experience Hendrix: The Best of Hendrix
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Minus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like This
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
I was a little surprised to see the track-listing for Planet of Ice had no silly song titles like older gems such as "Hey! Is that a Ninja up There?" or "Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!" The song titles weren't the only thing that had changed about Minus the Bear. The album's sound is noticeably more solemn, mature, and (dare I say) cold compared to it's older, more playful stuff. Planet of Ice really is the perfect way to describe the new sound. The opening track [Burying Luck] starts the album off with a song about watching as some guy takes his luck, his money, and his girl and the hopelessness of the situation. Most of the album follows this sort of theme throughout: the shock of realizing your best years are gone (cross the border man), replaced by a cold, patterned existence. Though much different, and much more solemn, I feel it is a much more developed sound musically. Planet of Ice seems to trade it's signature upbeat tunes with its unique tapping style guitars for much more developed, somewhat progressive, sounds. The heavier emphasis on the synthesizer and keyboards opens up many new doors musically for the band, and the result is some of the best song-writing they've ever produced. I would have to say this is already my favorite Minus the Bear album.
Nas STILLmatic
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
For me, true art is something that refuses to reveal it's true meaning on its first view/listen. Magnum's lyrics, though slightly bizarre, tell stories of love, death, existence, loneliness, and despair, but are written in a way that doesn't explicitly tell of its details. Though the vocals are certainly not the most talented (and are dislikd by many), I felt that Magnum's vocal style was genuine in its own sense, conveying the emotions of the songs without being too over the top. Definitely a strange album, but worth checking out.
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
R.E.M. In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003
Sonic Youth Sonic Nurse
Streetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the Between
When a band debut's with an album as good as Everything Went Numb, they are usually haunted by it's success, forever being compared to "their old stuff." A lot of people were worried after a pretty disappointed re-release of Catch 22's Keasbey Nights, but Streetlight bounced back hard with this new release. This album is pretty typical Streetlight Manifesto: catchy tunes, anthemic lyrics, and impressive musicianship. Rather than duplicating the sound of Everything Went Numb though, Somewhere In Between has it's own original sound. Though still focusing on themes of betrayal, frustrated rebellion, and tough times, the album generally has a much more hopeful outlook compared to some pretty bleak lyrics in Everything Went Numb. While I feel that none of the songs on this album can't compare to older songs like Point/Counterpoint, there isn't a bad track on this album.
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Bled Pass the Flask
The Blood Brothers Crimes
The Clash Combat Rock
The Clash London Calling: Legacy Edition
The Doors The Doors
The Fall of Troy The Fall of Troy
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow
The Velvet Teen Cum Laude
Unearth The Oncoming Storm
Van Halen Van Halen

3.5 great
A Global Threat Until We Die
Aesop Rock Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives
Against Me! As the Eternal Cowboy
Agent Orange Living in Darkness
Anti-Flag A New Kind of Army
Anti-Flag Die For the Government
At the Drive-In This Station Is Non-Operational
Beirut The Flying Club Cup
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Boston Boston
Dead Kennedys Plastic Surgery Disasters
Dead Kennedys Frankenchrist
Eagles Hell Freezes Over
Face to Face Face to Face
Flogging Molly Drunken Lullabies
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...
Pantera Cowboys from Hell
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead The Bends
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
System of a Down Toxicity
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Offspring Americana
The Shins Wincing the Night Away
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Suicide Machines Destruction By Definition
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
Two Gallants The Throes

3.0 good
AC/DC Back In Black
AM Syndicate Liberation
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
Anti-Flag Mobilize
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Boston Don't Look Back
Coldplay Parachutes
Dropkick Murphys Do or Die
Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island
NOFX White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Streetlight Manifesto Keasbey Nights
Tenacious D Tenacious D
The Mars Volta Tremulant
The Smiths Meat Is Murder
The Velvet Teen Out of the Fierce Parade
These Arms Are Snakes Oxeneers or the Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home
Weezer The Green Album

2.5 average
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Worlds Apart
Aesop Rock Bazooka Tooth
Architecture In Helsinki Places Like This
Bad Religion The Process of Belief
Bloc Party Intimacy
Boston Third Stage
Circle Jerks Wild in the Streets
Coldplay X & Y
Dead Kennedys Bedtime for Democracy
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
Jet Get Born
Minus the Bear Acoustics
Muse Showbiz
Pink Floyd Obscured by Clouds
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Offspring Conspiracy of One
The Vandals Internet Dating Superstuds
Voodoo Glow Skulls Firme
Zao The Funeral of God

2.0 poor
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
Eric Clapton Pilgrim
Sevendust Animosity
Sonic Youth Goo
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
Tom Erak is an incredible guitarist. The bands sound revolves almost entirely around his erratic shredding, and Maniuplator shows some of his and the rest of the bands best musicianship. The album itself though is not fun to listen to at all. A big part of FOT's appeal is their progressive style, but most of the album lacks any focus as they refuse to stay on a single riff or progression for more than a few measures. In some places it's hard to tell when one song stops and another starts. Variation is nice, but this album severely lacks instantly catchy songs like "I Just Got This Symphony Goin," "What Sound Does a Mastadon Make," or "FCP," which are certainly not cliche or unoriginal. It's great to listen to good musicians play incredibly technical music every once and a while, but it gets old fast.
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II

1.5 very poor
Sammy Hagar Red Voodoo
The Slackers International War Criminal
Youth Brigade (CA) Out of Print

1.0 awful
Louis XIV The Best Little Secrets Are Kept
I bought this album because Finding Out True Love is Blind was a pretty catchy song, and I figured this band would have a couple songs that would be at that level. Needless to say based on my rating, I was severely disappointed. The two or three beats played over and over again to the same themes get old very fast. The overtly sexual lyrics in every song have no depth, and the nasaly vocals are anything but appealing. The only positive thing about this album is that it has one beat that will make you dance a little the first few times you hear it. Don't waste your money.
Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls
Soulja Boy

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