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5.0 classic
Ben Folds Five Ben Folds Five
Catch 22 Keasbey Nights
Dispatch Bang Bang
DJ Shadow Endtroducing...
Elliott Smith XO
Elliott Smith Figure 8
George Strait 50 Number Ones
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Nirvana In Utero
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Animals
R.E.M. Reckoning
Sublime 40 Oz. to Freedom
The Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I
Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind

4.5 superb
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
Aretha Franklin I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution A Call To Arms
Camera Obscura Let's Get Out of This Country
Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
Coldplay Parachutes
Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River
Dispatch Silent Steeples
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill
Elliott Smith Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith New Moon
Flogging Molly Swagger
Girl Talk Feed the Animals
Iron And Wine The Shepherd's Dog
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
John Mayer Continuum
LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Michael Jackson Thriller
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
My Bloody Valentine You Made Me Realise
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Nick Drake Five Leaves Left
Okkervil River Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You See
Otis Redding Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Quasi Featuring "Birds"
R.E.M. Murmur
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead OK Computer
Radiohead In Rainbows
Real Estate Real Estate
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Raising Sand
Sam Cooke Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964
Slint Spiderland
Soundtrack (Film) O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes Numb
Streetlight Manifesto Somewhere in the Between
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Hearts of Oak
The Avalanches Since I Left You
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles The Beatles
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Clash London Calling
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Dismemberment Plan Change
The Olivia Tremor Control Dusk at Cubist Castle
The Rolling Stones Some Girls
The Weeknd House of Balloons
Yuck Yuck

4.0 excellent
A Wilhelm Scream Career Suicide
AC/DC Back In Black
Air Moon Safari
Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequence
Ambulance LTD. LP
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Bad Brains Bad Brains
Battles Mirrored
Mirrored is from the future, I'm convinced. The band's precise math rock sounds like it was produced by machines being calculatedly operated by other machines. The album is largely instrumental and thrives on paranoia and suspense, creating a futuristic, non-human world that's probably more dystopian than utopian. The sparse lyrics are often indecipherable or decidedly opaque, so the album's "concept" comes from the flickering electronics, mesmerizing guitars, and pounding drums and cymbals which drive the action, altogether saying more than words could. On "Atlas," the effect-ridden vocals of Tyondai Braxton tell us all we need to know: "People won't be people when they hear this sound."
Ben Folds Five Whatever and Ever, Amen
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Built to Spill Keep It Like a Secret
Camera Obscura Biggest Bluest Hi Fi
Circulatory System Circulatory System
Creedence Clearwater Revival Willy and the Poor Boys
Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs
Delorean Subiza
Dr. Dog Shame, Shame
Not much is different for Dr. Dog since 2008's Fate, as the band is still glorifying their '60s pop rock idols, but the formula works better here. The songs distinguish themselves much better and instrumentation is a bit more varied, producing great tracks like "Where'd All the Time Go" and "Jackie Wants a Black Eye". Whether it's something the band have never been able to accomplish after six albums or if it's just in their DNA (I think the latter), Dr. Dog still doesn't have the teeth to make them a breakthrough group. But Shame, Shame is an easy rock pleasure, and sometimes that's really all you need.
Elliott Smith Roman Candle
Fleet Foxes Sun Giant
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac
Free Energy Stuck On Nothing
Fugazi End Hits
Fugazi 13 Songs
fun. Aim and Ignite
Girl Talk Night Ripper
Girls Album
Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up The Girl
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
Guided by Voices Bee Thousand
Guster Keep It Together
Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Iron And Wine Our Endless Numbered Days
Jack Johnson Brushfire Fairytales
Jack Johnson In Between Dreams
Jack's Mannequin Everything in Transit
James Blake James Blake
James Taylor Greatest Hits
Japandroids Post-Nothing
John Mayer Where the Light Is
John Mayer Trio Try!
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
There's no telling where the melodramatic saga of Kanye West will go from here, but My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, his magnum opus, is the culmination of all the hubris, all the contradictions of image, all the public meltdowns, and all the inner demons and paranoia made public from life under a magnifying glass. As someone who was not particularly enthralled by West's antics or music until buzz tracks for Twisted Fantasy started dropping, this album has floored me in its excitement, honesty and boundary-bending ambition. "Power" indulges West's self-glorifying tendencies to startling impact, "Devil in a New Dress" gorgeously samples Smokey Robinson's "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?", and centerpiece "Runaway" closes on several minutes of auto-tuned, destroyed vocals that is riveting in its opaqueness. West raps with a confidence reflected in his music and the guest appearances shine brightly, especially Nicki Minaj's scorched-earth verse on "Monster", John Legend's graceful piano and singing on "Blame Game", and the numerous contributions of Bon Iver's (?!) Justin Vernon, which includes the generous donation of his song "Woods" for West's re-imagining in "Lost in the World". You could say Dark Fantasy is a game-changer in hip hop, and it should be, but perhaps it's not. Instead maybe it's just a stand-alone masterwork from an artist in a league all his own.
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Mad Caddies Just One More
Great great album, and the best from the Mad Caddies. Here the band matures their sound (with better production and more mature subject matters) while incorporating a number of secondary genres that make for a more diverse listen than prior albums. Above all, however, the band remains extremely catchy and sports strong hooks throughout the record, which is unfortunately more than can be said for their more recent outing "Keep It Going." Nostalgic bursts of raw punk, like the regrettable "Contraband" and "Riot," ironically don't fair too well here, as the smarter, more sophisticated slow grooves like "Drinking for 11" and "Spare Change?" steal the show.
Male Bonding Nothing Hurts
Max Tundra Mastered by the Guy at the Exchange
Michael Jackson Off the Wall
Minor Threat Complete Discography
Neon Indian Psychic Chasms
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nick Drake Bryter Layter
Nickel Creek Nickel Creek
Nirvana Nevermind
Nirvana was huge in broadening my musical horizons. It was through this band that I really looked into music that was beyond my comfort zone (which then was mostly country music, which i still enjoy however). I was appropriately introduced to Nirvana through their radio hits and then this album itself, which I love. Beyond just myself, it brought alternative music into the mainstream and generally is a landmark in rock music. Great album, but I would discover that things got even better with In Utero, which I consider a stronger release.
Nirvana Nirvana
Nirvana With the Lights Out
No Age Losing Feeling
O.A.R. In Between Now And Then
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy
Okkervil River The Stage Names
Panda Bear Person Pitch
Pink Floyd Meddle
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pixies Doolittle
Pixies Trompe Le Monde
Portishead Dummy
Q and Not U No Kill No Beep Beep
R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant
R.E.M. New Adventures in Hi-Fi
Radiohead The Bends
Reel Big Fish Why Do They Rock So Hard?
Reel Big Fish Turn the Radio Off
Rogue Wave Descended Like Vultures
Sebadoh Bakesale
Smith Westerns The Smith Westerns
Sublime Sublime
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Surfer Blood Astro Coast
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Shake The Sheets
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists The Tyranny of Distance
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The Beatles Revolver
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts
The Decemberists The Hazards of Love
The Dismemberment Plan The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified
The Dismemberment Plan !
The Morning Benders Big Echo
The New Pornographers Mass Romantic
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Higher Than the Stars
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins Oh, Inverted World
The Thermals The Body, The Blood, The Machine
The Thermals More Parts Per Million
Umphrey's McGee Anchor Drops
UNKLE Psyence Fiction
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend Contra
Weezer Pinkerton
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

3.5 great
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Basia Bulat Oh, My Darling
Beck Sea Change
Ben Folds Rockin' The Suburbs
Ben Folds Five The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
Bibio Ambivalence Avenue
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Built to Spill Perfect from Now On
Built to Spill You in Reverse
Candy Claws Hidden Lands
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
Dewey Cox Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca
Dispatch Who Are We Living For?
Dom Sun Bronzed Greek Gods
Ducktails Landscapes
Dum Dum Girls I Will Be
Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002
Eric's Trip Love Tara
Faraquet The View From This Tower
Feist The Reminder
Five Iron Frenzy Our Newest Album Ever!
Flight of the Conchords Flight of the Conchords
Guster Lost And Gone Forever
Heatmiser Mic City Sons
Incubus Make Yourself
Incubus Morning View
Iron And Wine The Creek Drank the Cradle
Iron And Wine Around the Well
Iron And Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
Jack Johnson On and On
Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking
jj jj n° 2
Jukebox the Ghost Let Live & Let Ghosts
Jurassic 5 Quality Control
KT Tunstall Drastic Fantastic
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Liam Finn I'll Be Lightning
Lily Allen Alright, Still
Little Joy Little Joy
Manic Street Preachers Send Away The Tigers
Marvin Gaye What's Going On
Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You
Matchbox Twenty Mad Season
Michael Jackson Bad
Miniature Tigers Tell It To The Volcano
Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Monsters of Folk Monsters of Folk
Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
Nickel Creek This Side
No Age Nouns
Okkervil River Golden Opportunities Mixtape
Okkervil River The Stand Ins
Paul Simon Graceland
Pavement Slanted and Enchanted
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
R.E.M. Fables of the Reconstruction
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine
Raphael Saadiq The Way I See It
Ride Nowhere
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Pershing
Something Corporate Leaving Through The Window
Soundtrack (Film) Across the Universe
Spoon Gimme Fiction
State Radio Year of the Crow
Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes Numb Demo
Streetlight Manifesto 99 Songs of Revolution: Volume I
The exuberance feels spur-of-the-moment, but each Streetlight release has spent a good while in the incubator under Tomas Kalnoky's care. He and the rest of the ska punk outfit, arguably the most exciting and unique on the scene today, love to tease fans with delayed releases and several years between LPs. So some skepticism could be in order as the band's efforts are now focused on a 99 song, 8 album project of cover songs. Yes, it could be a while until we get original tunes from Kalnoky's pen, but beggars can't be choosers. Besides, it's hard to dislike the project's first installment, as the band's signature frenzy makes for innovative and fun remakes. In particular check out their chaotic take on Radiohead's "Just", a friendlier version of Bad Religion's "Skyscraper", and damn clever retooling of Postal Service hit "Such Great Heights".
Sublime Second Hand Smoke
Sublime Robbin' the Hood
Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Taylor Swift Fearless
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists The Brutalist Bricks
The Black Keys Attack & Release
The Dodos Visiter
The Explorers Club Freedom Wind
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics
The Lonely Island Incredibad
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Let's Face It
The New Pornographers Electric Version
The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
The Pipettes We Are The Pipettes
The Radio Dept. Clinging to a Scheme
"Heaven's on Fire" just floors me every time. Now with that song hitting a perfect balance of the Radio Dept.'s shoegaze haze, catchy hook-reaching and symphonic punch, where does that leave the rest of Clinging to a Scheme? Well, while never touching the success of "Heaven's on Fire," hooks abound, and the album's thoughtful indie pop is both tonally calming and instrumentally propulsive. When the band settles for reflective mood-setting ("A Token of Gratitude", "Memory Loss") the mix can get a bit drab, but when they dish out poppier offerings ("Heaven's on Fire", "David"), their sonic beauty is breathtaking.
The Snake The Cross The Crown Cotton Teeth
The Specials Specials
Toadies Rubberneck
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman
Wavves King of the Beach
Ween The Mollusk
Yeasayer Odd Blood

3.0 good
A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders
AC/DC Highway To Hell
Animal Collective Feels
This is pretty good. I've heard this and Strawberry Jam and prefer the latter. I don't like the album's order with the longer, quieter tracks filling up the second half because they seem to run together too much and become a bit boring. Despite the ever-present freak sound effects and ambient noises that play in their songs that create a cool environment, they don't impress much after a while when not much happens. The first half of the album up to "Bees" and the closer "Turn into Something" are great, but the longer tracks really drag it down. Strawberry Jam is more accessible and exciting.
Bad Religion Stranger Than Fiction
Bad Religion The Process of Belief
Beach Fossils Beach Fossils
It's more lo-fi, lazy summer music in the vein of Real Estate. Guitars jangle and interweave, beach bum vocals echo, and the tambourine rattles with glee. Unfortunately, Beach Fossils is so sun-bleached it virtually dissipates, as there's little substantial about the melodies, lyrics, or any insight on the band itself. The album's psychedelic fog and easy aesthetic are certainly chill to the core (and for that lo-fi summer sound I'm absolutely a sucker) but as each melody meanders by in about the same fashion as the last, the album progresses by walking in place.
Beach House Teen Dream
Belle and Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Ben Folds Songs for Silverman
Ben Folds Supersunnyspeedgraphic
Billy Joel The Stranger
Blue Sky Black Death Late Night Cinema
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People
Burial Untrue
Cap'n Jazz Analphabetapolothology
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay X & Y
Dinosaur Jr. Farm
Dr. Dog Fate
God Is an Astronaut All Is Violent, All Is Bright
God Is an Astronaut Far from Refuge
Gorillaz Gorillaz
This album is pretty good, plenty of strong songs and good trip-hop beats, but there are also a good deal of duds. You can have both here because the album is, unfortunately, too long and a bit repetitive. It is however brought up by few really awesome songs, namely "Re-Hash," "5/4," "Slow Country" (my favorite), and "M1 A1."
Gorillaz Demon Days
Gorillaz G-Sides
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Guster Goldfly
Guster Ganging Up on the Sun
By Guster standards, this isn't that great of an album. Like everyone else is saying, the album is too drab and lifeless. But I think there are some excellent songs on here, and overall the album's mostly just inconsistent in terms of just basic quality. While I hate "Lightning Rod", the first half of the album (especially "Satellite," "Captain," and "Ruby Falls") is actually quite good. From "C'Mon" to "Beginning of the End," however, it's sounds completely lazy and unmemorable. Oddly enough, though, "Hang On" is one of my favorite Guster songs.
Harvey Danger Little By Little...
Horse Feathers Words Are Dead
Jack Johnson Sleep Through the Static
Jack's Mannequin The Glass Passenger
Jane's Addiction Ritual De Lo Habitual
Jet Shine On
Ken Nordine Colors
Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You
Local Natives Gorilla Manor
Lonestar Lonely Grill
Maritime We, the Vehicles
Marvin Gaye Let's Get It On
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Massive Attack Blue Lines
When I first heard this a few weeks ago, I was expecting this to be alot better than it turned out to be. While I respect it for its importance in founding trip-hop, numerous songs themselves leave much to be desired. While the generally soothing groove and instrumentation are good, the singing, despite often being upbeat, is what really brought the rating down for me. Many of the songs, namely "Safe From Harm" (the female's voice), "One Love," "Lately," and "Hymn of the Big Wheel" (which is by far the worst song here), are hurt by overdone vocals that sound very corny and dated. In contrast, "Blue Lines" is far and away the best song here, radiating pure cool with almost whispered rhymes for an incredible ambiance. Other than these songs, the trip-hop grooves are good, but not very memorable to me. Overall, this album has much less musical focus than their other major album Mezzanine, although I find that to be overrated as well.
Max Richter The Blue Notebooks
Medications Your Favourite People All in One Place
Memory Tapes Seek Magic
Metaform Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Millencolin Same Old Tunes
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Nine Black Alps Everything Is
Oh No! Oh My! Oh No! Oh My!
Polvo In Prism
R.E.M. Out of Time
R.E.M. Monster
R.E.M. Document
R.E.M. Accelerate
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Reel Big Fish Monkeys for Nothin' and The Chimps...
Rise Against The Sufferer & the Witness
RJD2 Deadringer
She and Him Volume One
She and Him Volume Two
State Radio Us Against the Crown
Streetlight Manifesto Keasbey Nights
Sufjan Stevens A Sun Came
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Living With the Living
The Dear Hunter Act I: The Lake South, the River North
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Dismemberment Plan A People's History of the Dismemberment Plan
The Dodos Time to Die
The Field Mice Where'd You Learn to Kiss That Way?
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Olivia Tremor Control The Giant Day
The Raveonettes In and Out of Control
The Shins Wincing the Night Away
The Thermals Now We Can See
Title Tracks It Was Easy
Umphrey's McGee Safety In Numbers
Wavves Wavvves
Why? Alopecia
Yeasayer All Hour Cymbals

2.5 average
Ace of Base The Sign
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Augustana All the Stars and Boulevards
Avi Buffalo Avi Buffalo
Bersarin Quartett Bersarin Quartett
Caribou Andorra
Cut Chemist The Audience's Listening
Feral Children Second to the Last Frontier
Fightstar Be Human
Fugazi Steady Diet of Nothing
Gorillaz D-Sides
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Guster Easy Wonderful
Jet Get Born
jj jj n° 3
Live Mental Jewelry
Besides "Pain Lies on the Riverside," which is an absolutely bitchin' song, Mental Jewelry is largely bland and unmemorable. "Pain Lies on the Riverside" is by far the most enthusiastic and exciting track here, reaching epic proportions but remaining serious, urgent, and hard-rocking. "Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)" and "Brothers Unaware" are decent tracks, but the rest of the album, while perhaps piquing interest at times, never yields lasting moments or enduring, enjoyable tunes. Regardless, considering this album directly precedes the band at their commercial (and perhaps critical) peak with Throwing Copper, loyal Live fans will more thoroughly enjoy Mental Jewelry.
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Nirvana Bleach
O.A.R. Souls Aflame
Oh No! Oh My! Between the Devil and the Sea
Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream
R.E.M. Collapse Into Now
Rogue Wave Asleep at Heaven's Gate
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Let It Sway
System of a Down Toxicity
The Flaming Lips Hit To Death In The Future Head
The Good, The Bad & The Queen The Good, The Bad & The Queen
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Most Serene Republic Population
The New Pornographers Challengers
Titus Andronicus The Airing of Grievances

2.0 poor
Belle and Sebastian If You're Feeling Sinister
Christmas Island Blackout Summer
Damian Marley Welcome To Jamrock
El Guincho Alegranza!
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Jedi Mind Tricks Legacy of Blood
Just Like Vinyl Just Like Vinyl
Man Man Six Demon Bag
Man Man Rabbit Habits
Mishka Above the Bones
Sleepingdog Polar Life
Umphrey's McGee Mantis
We Are Scientists With Love and Squalor
Weezer The Red Album

1.5 very poor
Baths Cerulean
So Cow Meaningless Friendly
Soundtrack (Film) Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film.
The Moldy Peaches The Moldy Peaches

1.0 awful
Xiu Xiu Women As Lovers

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