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5.0 classic
Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle-Earth
With Nightfall in Middle-Earth, an album based on Tolkien's high fantasy tale The Silmarillion, Blind Guardian strikes gold. Hansi Kursch does an outstanding job of changing his voice to portray the emotions of Feanor, Melkor, Maedhros, Fingolfin and others in the collection of tales preceding The Lord of the Rings books, and the music is right with anything else they've done, making it accessible to those who aren't familiar with the tales (even though they might prefer to skip the dialogue sessions in between). Nightfall in Middle-Earth is a classic album and highly recommended if you're into this type of music.
Claude Debussy Rêverie, L. 8
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
The Antlers Hospice
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The National Alligator
Alligator is where The National went from being a good band to being a perfect band, and it is the perfect set-up album for Boxer. While Boxer is all about coming to grips with newly discovered adulthood, becoming distant from once-close friends and colorless work routines, Alligator reminds us of the more hopeful time of late youth before that when the whole world was on the horizon waiting to be experienced. Even so, despite the unbridled confidence of "All the Wine," the child-like ambition in "The Geese of Beverly Road" and the spontaneous adventure seeking in "City Middle," Matt Berninger's lyrics occasionally hint at a sense of doubt starting to sink in and climaxing in the remarkable closer "Mr. November." Alligator is the perfect prequel to Boxer and High Violet and an outstanding album on its own. I highly recommend it.
The National Boxer
The National High Violet

4.5 superb
Arcade Fire Funeral
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Claude-Michel Schonberg Les Misérables - Original Broadway Cast
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
dredg El Cielo
Eddie Vedder Into the Wild
Ha Ha Tonka Buckle in the Bible Belt
Ha Ha Tonka Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Midlake The Trials of Van Occupanther
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Nick Drake Five Leaves Left
Olafur Arnalds Eulogy for Evolution
Our Lady Peace Happiness...
Parades Foreign Tapes
Passion Pit Manners
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Rome Flowers From Exile
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
The Black Keys Rubber Factory
The Decemberists The Hazards of Love
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The National Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

4.0 excellent
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Bel Auburn Lullabies In A & C
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Claude Debussy Suite bergamasque, L. 75
Claude Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L. 86
Damien Rice 9
dredg Catch Without Arms
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Frozen Silence Frozen Silence
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
Grizzly Bear Yellow House
Ha Ha Tonka Death of a Decade
Henryk Gorecki Symphony No. 3, Op. 36
Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps
Iron And Wine The Creek Drank the Cradle
Iron And Wine Our Endless Numbered Days
Iron And Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
Japandroids Celebration Rock
Jonsi Go
Kings of Leon Aha Shake Heartbreak
LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
M.I.A. Arular
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Owen Pallett Heartland
Philip Glass Einstein on the Beach
Rage Against The Machine Renegades
Ratatat LP3
Ratatat Ratatat
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Regina Spektor Far
Sigur Ros ( )
System of a Down System of a Down
System of a Down Toxicity
The Black Keys Thickfreakness
The Black Keys The Big Come Up
The Black Keys El Camino
The Doors The Doors
The Doors Strange Days
The Flaming Lips Dark Side of the Moon
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Flashbulb Arboreal
The Gaslight Anthem American Slang
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The National Cherry Tree
The Parlor Mob And You Were a Crow
The White Stripes White Blood Cells
The xx xx
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures
Tool 10,000 Days

3.5 great
3 (USA) The End is Begun
Adele 21
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Animal Collective Feels
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
Apocalyptica Apocalyptica
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Bedrich Smetana Má Vlast
Beirut The Rip Tide
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Blind Guardian A Night at the Opera
Blue Man Group The Complex
Bob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'
Bon Iver Blood Bank
Brand New Daisy
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Claude Debussy La mer (The Sea), L. 109
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Damien Rice O
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca
dredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt, Op. 23
Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor
El Ten Eleven Ten Eleven
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Florence and the Machine Ceremonials
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Grizzly Bear Shields
Hugh Laurie Let Them Talk
In Flames Clayman
In Flames Whoracle
In Flames Come Clarity
In Flames Soundtrack to Your Escape
While most of the album isn't up to par with other IF material, this album contains three absolutely outstanding songs in "The Quiet Place," "My Sweet Shadow" and "Evil in a Closet."
In Flames The Jester Race
Iron And Wine The Shepherd's Dog
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Iron Maiden Brave New World
Kings of Leon Because Of The Times
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Ludo Broken Bride EP
Ludwig van Beethoven Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (Für Elise)
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E♭ major, Op. 55
Maps & Atlases Perch Patchwork
Massive Attack Heligoland
Mastodon Leviathan
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster II
Menomena Mines
Mew No More Stories
Midlake The Courage Of Others
The Courage of Others is a step down from Midlake's sophomore album but still a welcome change of pace. Here, we hear a darker side of the band. Gone are the uptempo songs from The Trials of Van Occupanther and in their place are slower, meloncholy selections. My main problem with the album is the lack of variety as it goes on.
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Muse Absolution
Nick Drake Bryter Layter
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Philip Glass Glassworks
Pink Floyd Meddle
Pink Floyd The Wall
Porter Robinson Spitfire
Pyotr Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker, Op. 71
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R
Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
Reward Tree Needy
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
Rise Against The Sufferer & the Witness
S. Carey All We Grow
Sigur Ros Agætis byrjun
Sigur Ros Sæglópur
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Soulwax Nite Versions
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
System of a Down Mezmerize
Tame Impala Innerspeaker
The Antlers Burst Apart
The Avett Brothers The Second Gleam
The Avett Brothers Emotionalism
The Black Keys Brothers
The Doors Waiting for the Sun
The Doors The Soft Parade
The Doors Morrison Hotel
The Flaming Lips Embryonic
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
Frances the Mute vs. De-Loused in the Comatorium: the debate swings back and forth. I've always preferred the latter, and after a recent listen to the former, I still do. Proponents of Frances... point to how each of the five songs sound different from one another and each have their own feel. While this is true, I don't necessarily see this as a strength for the album. "L'Via L'Viaquez" in particular, despite being a great effort, seems out of place. Even within the songs, transitions seems unnatural and even a little forced. Finally, De-Loused... boasts a better and more interesting story. That being said, the excellent moments on Frances... are still excellent, and this is still outstanding.
The Mars Volta Octahedron
The National Trouble Will Find Me
The Octopus Project Hexadecagon
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
The White Stripes Icky Thump
Tool Ænima
Vampire Weekend Contra
Volcano Choir Unmap
Zao The Funeral of God
Zao Liberate Te Ex Inferis
Zao Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest

3.0 good
Adebisi Shank This is the Second Album
Anberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
Animal Collective Prospect Hummer
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Audioslave Audioslave
August Burns Red Constellations
Beardfish The Void
Beirut The Flying Club Cup
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Black Dub Black Dub
Blind Guardian Battalions of Fear
Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side
Blind Guardian A Twist in the Myth
Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time
Blindside Silence
Blindside Blindside
Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan Nashville Skyline
Bob Dylan Oh Mercy
Bob Marley and The Wailers Mellow Mood
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Master And Everyone
Brand New Deja Entendu
Camel Mirage
Chevelle Vena Sera
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains
D-Why Don't Flatter Yourself
Delta Spirit History From Below
DevilDriver The Fury of Our Maker's Hand
DevilDriver DevilDriver
DevilDriver Pray for Villains
DragonForce Sonic Firestorm
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Up From Below
Fairport Convention Liege & Lief
Fireflight Unbreakable
Five.Bolt.Main Venting
Flyleaf Flyleaf
Genius Hired Guns Dutch Mafia
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Good Old War Good Old War
Her Name Is Calla The Quiet Lamb
Ikuinen Kaamos Closure
Imogen Heap Speak For Yourself
In Flames Colony
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind
Iron Maiden A Matter of Life and Death
Iron Maiden Dance of Death
Iron Maiden Killers
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
Joose Keskitalo Tule Minun Luokseni, Kulta
Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
Kings of Leon Youth and Young Manhood
Kings of Leon Only By The Night
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Living Sacrifice The Hammering Process
Ludo You're Awful, I Love You
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
M.I.A. Maya
Man in the Ring Live at the Blue Note
Mastodon Remission
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster III
Metallica Master of Puppets
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Mountain Man Made The Harbor
Muse The Resistance
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Nine Inch Nails Broken
Nirvana Nevermind
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
Norma Jean Redeemer
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & John Frusciante Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and John Frusciante
P.O.D. Fundamental Elements of Southtown
P.O.D. Satellite
P.O.D. Payable on Death
Paramore Riot!
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd Animals
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Ra Ra Riot The Orchard
Rage Against The Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Rage Against The Machine Evil Empire
Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch
Rise Against Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Rome Nos Chants Perdus
Sara Bareilles Kaleidoscope Heart
Serj Tankian Elect the Dead
She Wants Revenge She Wants Revenge
Sigur Ros Valtari
Skillet Collide
System of a Down Hypnotize
The Avett Brothers A Carolina Jubilee
The Avett Brothers The Gleam
The Flaming Lips Transmissions From the Satellite Heart
The Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics
The Flashbulb Opus At The End Of Everything
The Mars Volta Tremulant
The Mars Volta Scab Dates
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet
The National The National
The Noise FM Enclave
The State Lottery When the Night Comes
The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
Unearth III: In the Eyes of Fire
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Zao Parade of Chaos
Zao (Self-Titled)
Zao The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here

2.5 average
Amy Macdonald A Curious Thing
Anberlin New Surrender
Animal Collective Campfire Songs
Animal Collective Centipede Hz
Apocalyptica Worlds Collide
As I Lay Dying Shadows Are Security
As I Lay Dying Frail Words Collapse
As I Lay Dying A Long March: The First Recordings
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
Band of Horses Cease to Begin
Basshunter LOL
Beach House Bloom
Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
Bomb the Music Industry! Scrambles
Burial Kindred
Bury Your Dead Beauty and the Breakdown
Called to Arms Peril and the Patient
Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer
Chevelle Wonder What's Next
Chevelle Point #1
Clubroot III - MMXII
Comus First Utterance
Converge Jane Doe
Demon Hunter Summer of Darkness
Demon Hunter Demon Hunter
DeVotchKa 100 Lovers
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
East West Hope in Anguish
East West The Light in Guinevere's Garden
Evergreen Terrace Sincerity is an Easy Disguise in this Business
Foo Fighters Five Songs and a Cover
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
fun. Aim and Ignite
God Forbid IV: Constitution of Treason
Head Automatica Decadence
How to Dress Well Love Remains
In Flames Lunar Strain
In Flames Subterranean
In Flames Reroute to Remain
Iron Maiden The X Factor
Iron Maiden The Final Frontier
Jay-Z The Blueprint 3
Kaiser Chiefs Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown
Lady Gaga The Fame
Led Zeppelin Presence
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Less Than Jake GNV FLA
Lights Out Asia In The Days Of Jupiter
Linkin Park A Thousand Suns
Living Sacrifice Conceived In Fire
Lukeing Forward Wandering In Urban Fog
M.I.A. Kala
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
MGMT Congratulations
Misery Signals Mirrors
Muse Showbiz
Nile In The Beginning
One Day as a Lion One Day as a Lion
Phosphorescent Here's To Taking It Easy
Pink Floyd Ummagumma
Portishead Third
Protest the Hero Kezia
Rammstein Rosenrot
Rammstein Reise, Reise
Rammstein Mutter
Rammstein Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You
Rise Against Revolutions per Minute
Shadows Fall The War Within
Shadows Fall The Art of Balance
Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods
Skillet Alien Youth
Sky Eats Airplane Sky Eats Airplane
Tame Impala Lonerism
The Absence From Your Grave
The Beatles Revolver
The Offspring Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
The Republic of Wolves Varuna
The Strokes Angles
Thine Eyes Bleed In the Wake of Separation
Three Days Grace One-X
Tides of Man Dreamhouse
Unearth The Oncoming Storm
Unearth The March
Zao All Else Failed (2003)
Zao Awake?

2.0 poor
3OH!3 Streets of Gold
AFI Sing the Sorrow
Alkaline Trio From Here To Infirmary
All Time Low Put Up or Shut Up
Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian
Animal Collective Danse Manatee
Antagonist World In Decline
Audio Adrenaline Underdog
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Blind Guardian Follow the Blind
Blindside A Thought Crushed My Mind
Bob Dylan Under the Red Sky
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Built to Spill There Is No Enemy
Dc Talk Jesus Freak
Dead Kennedys Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
Demon Hunter The Triptych
Demon Hunter Storm the Gates of Hell
dredg Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy
Flyleaf Memento Mori
Hurt Goodbye To The Machine
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark
Iron Maiden Virtual XI
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kesha Animal
Led Zeppelin Coda
Linkin Park Reanimation
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Muse The 2nd Law
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Never Shout Never Yippee EP
Oh, Sleeper Son Of The Morning
P.O.D. Brown
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets
Skillet Invincible
Skillet Hey You, I Love Your Soul
Street Dogs State of Grace
Terrible Things Terrible Things
The Mountain Goats The Life of the World to Come
The Mountain Goats Get Lonely
The Nightwatchman The Fabled City
The O.C. Supertones Supertones Strike Back
The Sword Warp Riders
Three Days Grace Three Days Grace
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Through the Eyes of the Dead Bloodlust
Trapt Only Through the Pain
Trapt Trapt
Zao The Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation

1.5 very poor
3OH!3 Want
Want does not offer much besides the catchy "Don't Trust Me." Even this hit sinks once it gets to the terrible "Helen Keller" bridge.
All Time Low Three Words to Remember in Dealing With The End
Buckcherry All Night Long
Cannibal Corpse Kill
Cephalic Carnage Misled by Certainty
Eminem Recovery
Forever the Sickest Kids The Weekend: Friday
Iron Maiden No Prayer for the Dying
The only thing keeping me from rating this as awful is "Mother Russia," which adds to the great catalog of Maiden album closers.
Kanye West Graduation
Lil Wayne Tha Carter II
Mayday Parade A Lesson In Romantics
Murderdolls Women and Children Last
Never Shout Never Me & My Uke
P.O.D. Snuff the Punk
Panic! at the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Rascal Flatts Feels Like Today
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley
Sick Puppies Tri-Polar
Son of Sam Songs from the Earth
Sonic Syndicate We Rule the Night
The Last Felony Too Many Humans
The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree
The O.C. Supertones Chase the Sun
The O.C. Supertones Loud and Clear
The Used In Love and Death
Tim McGraw Let It Go
tobyMac Momentum
Trivium Ascendancy
Various Artists (Punk) Punk Goes Pop 3

1.0 awful
Brad Paisley 5th Gear
brokeNCYDE BC 13
brokeNCYDE The Broken
Eminem Encore
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Lil Wayne Lights Out
Pillar Fireproof
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Tech N9ne Misery Loves Kompany

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