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5.0 classic
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Aphex Twin is easily one of the most influential electronica artists ever, and this album is easily one of the most influential IDM albums ever, and is easily one of Richard D. James' best. Despite the name (which implies it is ambient), this album is pure IDM at its best. Much more consistent but less evocative than S.A.W. Vol. II, it's regarded by many as his best, and although I wouldn't feel completely confident saying the same, it is one of his best.
Aphex Twin Drukqs
I have read a lot of negative reviews about Drukqs, and I can understand why. I used to think the same way about this album. It is an album of stark contrast, far beyond anything else Richard D. James has done. One song will consist of minimalistic piano pieces, the next will be hard drum n' bass, and the next will be dark ambient. It's not an easy album to get used to, but, given time and an open mind, Drukqs will reveal itself to be perfected by its contrast. At first it seems like Drukqs is just a bunch of random songs assembled into a two disk set, but it is really far from the truth. Drukqs is a masterpiece of experimental electronica, and is one of James' best albums, and is probably my favorite.
Autechre Tri Repetae
After their first two IDM-based albums, Autechre began to change there sound here, on their most acclaimed and influential album. Tri Repetae++ is what the world would sound like if the machines took over. In ways it is completely desensitized, but in others it retains the human emotion and inspiration from Amber. It's Autechre's middle-ground, between their IDM/ambient works of the early 90s and the harsh glitch that would come about in the late 90s and ealry 2000s, and it represents Autechre's musicianship more than adequately. Although I prefer Amber, Tri Repetae++ is a landmark electronica release that must be experienced.
Autechre Amber
Incunabula may be more accessible, and Tri Repetae++ might be a more complete overlook at Autechre's unique sound (and has gained more critical acclaim), but Amber is my favorite Autechre album. It is probably their accessible and consistent album of Autechre's early years (every album after Tri Repetae++ would prove to be much more challenging), Amber is Autechre's most evocative album. It mixes ambient, IDM, and even some industrial and glitch all into one blissful package. Consistency is an issue here, especially when compared to Incunabula and Tri Repetae++, but this only adds to the overall darker atmosphere of the album. Amber is certainly an experience to behold, and will remain near the top of my electronica albums list.
Bjork Homogenic
Bjork is known as one of the strangest artists in popular music, but strange isn't always bad. Her voice is absolutely sublime and stunning, inspiring awe in the listener as to how she has such a beautiful and soft, yet potent and powerful voice. The music behind her voice is only supplements her beauty, adding texture and atmosphere, helping portray the song's meaning and emotion. Bjork's beautiful voice, wonderful lyrics, and equally wonderful music has made her one of the most well-known artists in the electronica genre, and Homogenic is her magnum opus in my opinion. Every song is a gem.
Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to Children
What can I say about this album? A better question to ask is what can I not say about this album? When I listen to music and decide whether it is any good or not, I tend to look first at the overall texture and atmosphere of the music; the overall quality of the music. Music Has the Right to Children is probably my favorite album of all time because it possesses these qualities many times over. It fills the listeners ears and brain with sounds that evoke a child-like nostalgia, love, mystery, and awe. Every sound is a soundtrack of its own kind. Each piece forms together to make a breath-taking cohesion of perfected sound.
Brian Eno Another Green World
Brian Eno is known as the father of ambient music, and his creation of ambient music begins here. Another Green World is a strange yet beautiful mix of Eno's earlier prog/art rock and of the ambient music he would become even more famous for than he already was. It represents each of these two genres in their prime, which makes Another Green World one of the Eno's best albums.
Emperor Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
Being fairly new to the black metal genre, I have not listened to all the black metal albums that are out there, but I have listened to a few, and Anthems to Welkin at Dusk is easily my favorite of them all. Emperor might not have invented the genre, but they definately changed the sound of black metal with In the Nightside Eclipse. Anthems follows in its predecessor's footsteps, using the same crushing vocals, guitar work, and drumming along with the atmospheric keyboarding that makes for an all-around symphonic black metal masterpiece.
Global Communication 76:14
In Flames The Jester Race
It might not be the most brutal or heavy death metal album to be produced, but Jester Race is definately one of the greatest. This is widely considered to be In Flames' masterpiece, and I would strongly agree with this statement. A landmark melodic death metal release, it fuses elements of death metal, power metal, progressive metal, and folk to form this amazing album. If only In Flames were still this great...
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Trip-Hop isn't a necessarily complex genre when you look at it. Just mix huge bass with some slower electronic beats, add some heavy effects in the background and add either a rapper or female vocalist to the mix, and viola, you have some trip hop. But Mezzanine is so much more than this. Everything about this album oozes quality. From the production quality to the arrangement of beats to the vocals, it all is assembled perfectly. Mezzanine is the essential trip-hop album, and for good reason.
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
If you want to know the definition of angst through sound, just listen to The Downward Spiral. Representing the high school outcast in all of us, Trent Reznor paints a perfectly bleak picture with his industrial sounds. Far better produced than Broken, and in my opinion all around superior album, The Downward Spiral is beautifully chaotic and deranged. It's an extremely emotional album that doesn't let the listener go until the end of one of the most suicidal songs ever written, "Hurt." It's a dark masterpiece of anger and loathing.
Opeth Still Life
Opeth is easily one of the greatest metal bands in existence today, if not the greatest. I could go on forever why, but I'll spare you that for now, and talk about their best album, Still Life. All of their albums are top-notch, but Still Life is my personal favorite. It has a fresher, better produced sound than My Arms, Your Hearse or Morningrise, and set the sound that would be modified on Blackwater Park. It represents the balance between the overall brutality of My Arms, Your Hearse and the atmospheric tunes of Blackwater Park, which makes for a wonderful compromise. The overall balance, beauty, and atmosphere of Still Life makes it my favorite Opeth album, and one of my favorite metal albums of all time.
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Even though Dark Side of the Moon is Pink Floyd's universal hit, Wish You Were Here deserves just as much praise, if not more. It represents Pink Floyd in their prime; such gems as "Wish You Were Here" and "Welcome to the Machine" sandwiched between the 15 minutes opuses of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" pts. 1-5 and 6-9. The overall cohesion of the album transcends that of Dark Side of the Moon, which still is an amazing album... just not as amazing as Wish You Were Here.
Radiohead OK Computer
Tool Lateralus
Words simply cannot describe the depth and complexity of this album. I don't know why Tool is so popular, because most of the people who listen to know don't know anything about the music. Lateralus is probably the most symbolically dense albums that has ever been created. The music that is the vehicle for this symbolism is just as amazing, thanks to the supreme talent of this band. Everything about this album is beautifully textured and composed. I could go on and on about how truly amazing this album is.

4.5 superb
2Pac Me Against the World
2Pac All Eyez on Me
Unlike Me Against the World, All Eyez on Me is not the poetic and reflective look on ghetto life. All Eyez on Me is more about being a "thug," and living life without regard to others or to consequences. This might be why Tupac met an untimely demise, which adds some historical significance to this album, but overall this album is not as strong as Me Against the World. It lacks the depth and creativity of its predecessor. This album is far from being completely devoid of depth, it just concentrates more on the beat production and lyrics portraying the thug life. For that it is plagued by the usual gangsta cliches, but despite this it is still a great album for rap enthusiasts.
2Pac Greatest Hits
2pac is one of the most infamous and prolific rap artists to have ever lived, so an equally prolific compilation album should have been produced to honor his death, yes? Well Death Row's Greatest Hits might not be as prolific as it could've been, and is far from a historical reflection into 2pac's music, but it is still an adequate mix of some of Tupac's great songs. Getting all of his greatest hits was an impossible thing to do on two discs, so this isn't the definitive compilation album, but it serves well to those who just want a compilation of some good 2pac.
AFX Chosen Lords
Agalloch The Mantle
Agalloch Pale Folklore
Alice in Chains Facelift
Aphex Twin Richard D. James Album
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II
Few albums in existence are as beautiful or as haunting as this album is. Unlike S.A.W. 85-92, Vol. II is pure ambient. And just as with Drukqs, this album is an exercise in contrast. The most touchingly beautiful opuses you will probably ever hear are met with chilling dark ambient pieces. Each song presents its own atmosphere, and although this album is not as cohesive as it could be, it still makes for a wonderful whole. I'd give this album a 5 but it just is too inconsistent, but despite this it is still an amazing album that should be experienced by anyone interested in electronica or ambient music.
Aphex Twin On
For a release with only four songs, this EP accomplishes a lot. On #1 can be looked as a very short overview of Aphex Twin's unique sound in the early 90s (circa 1993), which varied from ambient electronica to hardcore acid techno. Each track represents a different sound (whether it be ambient electronica or acid techno). Tracks 1 and 4 are beautifully textured and structured ambient techno pieces reminiscent of Selected Ambient Works 85-92, while tracks 2 and 3 are rougher and harder-edged songs more akin to I Care Because You Do. Overall it's a short but great EP that sums up the early career of Richard D. James better than any of his other much longer LP releases.
At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Slaughter of the Soul seemed to mark the beginning of At the Gates' widespread success, but it actually meant the beginning of the end for the melodic death metal group. Slaughter of the Soul is seen as a landmark melodic death metal album, and for good reason. It is far more brutal than Dark Tranquillity's The Gallery and In Flames' The Jester Race, and what it lacks in creativity it makes up for with its crushing sound. Even dismissing its influence, which cannot be overlooked, this album is a masterpiece of melodic death metal.
At the Gates Terminal Spirit Disease
Slaughter of the Soul may be At the Gates' undisputed hit, but Terminal Spirit Disease is my personal favorite. Not quite as polished as its successor, it is harder edged than SOTS, and it is more diverse in its sound.
Autechre Incunabula
The early 90s was an amazing time for electronica music, as some of the most acclaimed albums were released during this time. Incunabula marked the debut of Autechre in 1993. It followed the IDM/ambient trends of the day, with Autechre's own special IDM sound textured with ambient and even some hip-hop influences. Incunabula is by far Autechre's most accessible release (it was my first, and was my favorite for quite a while), and is one of my favorites. The sound production sounds a bit dated, but Incunabula still stands as one of the great electronica releases on the early 90s.
Autechre Peel Session
Bathory Blood Fire Death
Bathory Hammerheart
Biosphere Substrata
Biosphere Microgravity
Bjork Vespertine
Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll
Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase
Boards of Canada Geogaddi
Boards of Canada Hi Scores
Boards of Canada In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
Boston Boston
Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music For Airports
Burzum Filosofem
Carcass Heartwork
Cradle of Filth Dusk and Her Embrace
Cradle of Filth Lovecraft & Witch Hearts
Daft Punk Discovery
Dark Tranquillity The Mind's I
Dark Tranquillity Fiction
Death The Sound of Perseverance
Death Symbolic
Dimmu Borgir Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Dissection Storm of the Light's Bane
Eagles Hotel California
Eagles Hell Freezes Over
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Emperor In The Nightside Eclipse
Enya A Day Without Rain
Enya Watermark
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Green Day Dookie
Harold Budd and Brian Eno The Pearl
Harold Budd and Brian Eno had already made an ambient landmark release in 1980 with Ambient 2, but in 1984 they created an even greater album: The Pearl. Using the same minimalist ambient formula used in Ambient 2, the duo create a beautifully painted work of art with their soft and atmospheric approach. The Pearl is my favorite Eno/Budd album, and is easily one of the my favorite ambient albums of all time.
In Flames Colony
After Jester Race and Whoracle, it seemed like things couldn't have gotten better for In Flames. Colony proved that this would be an incorrect assumption, as Colony marked the continued progression of the band's sound, without compromising their quality. Colony marks the progression towards In Flames' new sound, which isn't a bad thing, at least for this album. It is still definately melodic death metal, and it is still as great as ever.
In Flames Clayman
In Flames Whoracle
In Flames perfected melodic death metal with The Jester Race, so they had quite a lot to live up to with Whoracle, and although it lacks the influence or overall atmosphere of its predecessor, it is still an amazing album. It has a more crushing, powerful, and epic sound than The Jester Race, and only looses out with the a few weak songs. Other than that, this album is a complete masterpiece of melodic death metal.
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Led Zeppelin Best Of, Vol. 1: Early Days
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Metallica Metallica
Mouse on Mars Autoditacker
My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours
Nas Illmatic
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Nine Inch Nails Still
Nine Inch Nails And All That Could Have Been
Nirvana In Utero
Nirvana Nevermind
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Blackwater Park
Opeth is easily one of the greatest metal albums in existence, successfully mixing progressive and folk elements with death metal (newer works) and with symphonic black metal (older works). Blackwater Park follows the template presented in Still Life, and adds more texture to that sound. What results is a more atmospheric, equally brutal, and less balanced album. For its few flaws it makes up for in far greater measure in terms of beauty, creativity, and brutality. It might not be their greatest album (I would reserve that title for Still Life or Deliverance), but it is one of their best, and is subsequently one of the best releases in the metal genre. Highly recommended.
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Pearl Jam Ten
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Meddle
Pink Floyd The Wall
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Portishead Dummy
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead Kid A
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush Permanent Waves
Sepultura Arise
Soilwork The Chainheart Machine
Squarepusher Go Plastic
Squarepusher Hard Normal Daddy
System of a Down Toxicity
System of a Down Mezmerize
Taake Nattestid Ser Porten Vid
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles The Beatles
The Beatles 1
The Gathering Nighttime Birds
The Haunted The Haunted Made Me Do It
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
The Orb Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
The Orb Orbus Terrarum
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
Tiamat Wildhoney
Tool Ænima
Tool 10,000 Days
Ulver Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Wintersun Wintersun

4.0 excellent
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
AC/DC Back In Black
Alice in Chains Dirt
Alice in Chains MTV Unplugged
Alice in Chains Nothing Safe: Best of the Box
Anthrax Spreading the Disease
Aphex Twin Come to Daddy
Aphex Twin ...I Care Because You Do
Arch Enemy Black Earth
At the Gates With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness
Autechre LP5
Autechre Peel Session 2
Bathory Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Bjork Post
Bjork Medulla
Blue October Foiled
Boards of Canada Twoism
Boards of Canada Peel Session
Boards of Canada Trans Canada Highway
Boston Don't Look Back
Brian Eno Ambient 4: On Land
Bush Sixteen Stone
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Coldplay X & Y
Common Be
Cradle of Filth Midian
Cradle of Filth Nymphetamine
Cradle of Filth Damnation and a Day
Cradle of Filth Cruelty and the Beast
Dark Tranquillity Character
Dark Tranquillity Damage Done
Dark Tranquillity Projector
Dark Tranquillity Skydancer/Of Chaos And Eternal Night
Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger
Death Individual Thought Patterns
Death Human
Deerhoof Milk Man
Deftones White Pony
Deftones Around the Fur
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Delerium Karma
Dimmu Borgir Death Cult Armageddon
Dimmu Borgir Spiritual Black Dimensions
Dissection The Somberlain
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Dr. Dre The Chronic
DragonForce Sonic Firestorm
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater Images and Words
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Emperor IX Equilibrium
Enya Shepherd Moons
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Faith No More Angel Dust
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Green Day American Idiot
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
HIM Love Metal
HIM Razorblade Romance
HIM Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights
Hypocrisy Abducted
Hypocrisy The Final Chapter
Iced Earth Night of the Stormrider
Iced Earth The Blessed and the Damned
Ihsahn The Adversary
In Flames Reroute to Remain
In Flames Lunar Strain
In Flames The Tokyo Showdown
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden Killers
Jurassic 5 Quality Control
Kanye West Late Registration
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Korn Korn
Korn Issues
Korn Follow the Leader
Korn Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin Best Of, Vol. 2: Latter Days
Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar
Marilyn Manson Mechanical Animals
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah Nothing
Meshuggah I
Meshuggah Catch Thirtythree
Meshuggah Chaosphere
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Moby Play
Mouse on Mars Instrumentals
Mudvayne The End of All Things to Come
Mushroomhead XIII
My Dying Bride The Angel and the Dark River
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
Nevermore This Godless Endeavor
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Nine Inch Nails Broken
Nine Inch Nails Further Down the Spiral (US)
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Damnation
Pearl Jam Vitalogy
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd Echoes
Pink Floyd Ummagumma
Placebo Without You I'm Nothing
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Sentenced Down
Sepultura Chaos A.D.
Shadows Fall The War Within
Slayer Reign in Blood
Slipknot Slipknot
Slipknot Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses
Slipknot Vol.3: The Subliminal Verses [Reissue]
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle
Squarepusher Ultravisitor
Squarepusher Selection Sixteen
Static-X Wisconsin Death Trip
System of a Down System of a Down
System of a Down Steal This Album!
System of a Down Hypnotize
The Black Dahlia Murder Miasma
The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Police Every Breath You Take: The Classics
The Smashing Pumpkins Adore
Tool Undertow
Tool Salival
Type O Negative Bloody Kisses
Ulver Kveldssanger
Ulver Themes From William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Van Halen Van Halen
Weird Al Yankovic Running With Scissors
Weird Al Yankovic Bad Hair Day
Weird Al Yankovic In 3-D

3.5 great
311 From Chaos
Alice in Chains Sap
Aphex Twin Classics
Arch Enemy Doomsday Machine
Arch Enemy Burning Bridges
Bathory Bathory
Boston Third Stage
Brian Eno Neroli
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Chimaira Resurrection
Cradle of Filth The Principle of Evil Made Flesh
Cradle of Filth Thornography
Daft Punk Homework
Darkthrone A Blaze in the Northern Sky
Darkthrone Soulside Journey
Deerhoof Reveille
Deerhoof Friend Opportunity
DevilDriver The Fury of Our Maker's Hand
Disturbed The Sickness
DJ Shadow Endtroducing...
Dr. Dre 2001
Drowning Pool Sinner
Eminem The Eminem Show
Gorillaz Demon Days
Green Day Nimrod
Green Day Kerplunk
In Flames Come Clarity
Judas Priest British Steel
Judas Priest Hell Bent for Leather
Jurassic 5 Power in Numbers
Kansas The Best of Kansas
Korn Take a Look in the Mirror
Korn Life Is Peachy
Korn Deuce DVD
Lamb of God Sacrament
Meshuggah Contradictions Collapse
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Mudvayne Lost and Found
Nas It Was Written
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Orgy Candyass
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Placebo Sleeping With Ghosts
Portishead Portishead
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Radiohead Amnesiac
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Sepultura Roots
Slipknot Iowa
Slipknot Disasterpieces [DVD]
Soilwork A Predator's Portrait
Sugar Ray Floored
The Orb Orblivion
The Wallflowers Breach
Tool Opiate
Type O Negative October Rust
Ulver Nattens Madrigal
Weird Al Yankovic Straight Outta Lynwood

3.0 good
AFI Decemberunderground
Aphex Twin Windowlicker
Bush Razorblade Suitcase
Cradle of Filth Bitter Suites to Succubi
HIM Dark Light
Ice Cube AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
Korn Untouchables
Korn See You on the Other Side
Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions
Metallica St. Anger
Moby 18
Mudvayne L.D. 50
Mudvayne The Beginning of All Things to End
Mushroomhead XX
Nine Inch Nails Things Falling Apart
Slipknot Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.
Static-X Start a War
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

2.5 average
Cradle of Filth Live Bait for the Dead
Marilyn Manson Smells Like Children
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Static-X Beneath... Between... Beyond

2.0 poor
Backstreet Boys Millennium
Britney Spears Oops!...I Did It Again
Metallica Some Kind of Monster
Snoop Dogg Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$

1.0 awful
Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz Kings of Crunk

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