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5.0 classic
Anberlin Cities
As a whole, Cities shows Anberlin coming to a crossroads between youth and maturity and creating an absolute masterpiece of both.
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Fall Be Kind is like sitting in a pile of crunchy
brown leaves, surrounded by squirrels and deer while
playing the pan flute as they start dancing around
you in perfect synchronization under a full moon in
the chill November air as you crush a berry between
your fingers and smear it on your face because
you're a free spirit and one with nature.
Arcade Fire Funeral
Funeral overflows with all the things an album needs to be a phenomenal listen. It is brimming with grandeur. It radiates a sense of triumph while harboring tragic undertones by way of the lyrics, thus working on two emotional levels. It confidently brings several new concepts to the table, while molding and reconstructing any rehashed ideas until they sound fresh and personalized. All these things it does in one tidy, ten song album that could easily be considered among the greatest debuts of any musical act in history. Funeral provided the foundation for one of the best bands of our generation, and one would be foolish not to give this the time and attention that it so richly deserves.
Armistice Armistice
I had to go back and listen to this again before I wrote this soundoff. Almost like doing a double-take, because before this I really didn't believe in love at first listen. But here I am, just 2 listens in and I can say with complete confidence that this is one of the best EPs I have ever heard. Lush and confident, Armistice will sweep over you like a salty beach breeze on a humid evening, watching the sunset with a beautiful woman next to you and a fruity cocktail in the sand, ice slowly trickling from the lime wedge down the side of the glass. It basically sounds like what I'd imagine love would sound like. In the summer. On an exotic beach. Listen to Armistice and believe.
Beach Slang The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel
The perfect album to play loudly all summer long. Soak up the warmth, the feels, and the in-your-face youth of it all.
Blink-182 blink-182
The best blink-182 album, and among the top 5 pop-punk records ever made.
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
An epic folk album. The result of one man confined with his emotions deep in the woods. Listen to this on a snowy day or any time at night, maybe even by the fire. You'll get it.
Bon Iver 22, A Million
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Brand New Deja Entendu
As a whole, I think we are all aware that Deja Entendu isn?t the most musically profound record of our generation. Hell, it isn?t even the best thing Brand New has done in that regard. But very few other albums have identified with us as well as this one. This album is equal parts music and companionship, and it refuses to leave you behind as you go from high school to college to your first job. At this point in my life, it is difficult to say if Deja Entendu will always mean this much to me. As life presents me with new obstacles and different challenges befall me, I may find that I have outgrown it. But even if that is true, it helped me get to where I am now?and ultimately, where I will be if and when I get over Deja Entendu.
Brand New Daisy
Brand New's 4th LP is a grower for sure. Instead of expanding upon the sound they mastered in The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, the band once again (and wisely) chose to persue another path. Daisy is chaotic, loud, disjointed, and abrasive. But it does these things in the best possible way, creating an album that embodies all of Lacey's hopelessness while branching out into a distorted grunge-like sound that suits them quite nicely.
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
The more I listen to this album, the more I am blown away by its sheer magnitude - from the thought provoking lyrics to Jesse Lacey's chilling screams, The Devil and God are Raging inside me is both the magnum opus of Brand New's career as well as a milestone for what modern day rock bands are capable of. It is clear that the band poured their heart and souls into this work of art.
Brand New Science Fiction
Could just be hype adrenaline, but this might actually be better than TDAG. It's at least
close, and that should be enough to warrant an all-out frenzy.
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
The sound of an timeless pop band reaching their creative pinnacle. Viva La Vida is an album full of renaissance-era appeal, modern day relativity, and classic Coldplay charm. This is an album that will still be discussed 30 years from now; even if it is playing on classic rock stations by then.
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Deftones' Diamond Eyes sees the band combine all the best elements of their music. From the opening minute of the title track all the way through the CD, there is a phenomenal blend of screaming and atmospheric rock. One would be hard pressed to find a dull moment on the album. For those who thought they couldn't top White Pony, here you go...
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
The folk album that will define our generation...and I couldn't be happier with that.
Fleet Foxes Crack-Up
Whereas Helplessness Blues seemed to identify and internalize sources of anxiety, Crack-Up feels totally liberated. The stress fractures present on that album have split open into grand ravines, exposing a beautifully entropic landscape of swirling oceans, storm-ridden skies, and golden horizons. It's as if Fleet Foxes have embraced the chaos of life - the anxiety, the internal and external pressures, the troubles of the world - and decided to face them head-on with a wink and a grin because, when it comes to life, it's okay not to have an answer at all. That's the whole premise of Crack-Up: to break free from your own limitations, and make yourself. Fleet Foxes have done that here.
Frank Turner England Keep My Bones
The masterpiece of our generation's most talented songwriter. There isn't a single weak track, everything is an anthem, and everything here, beckons - nay, demands - to be blasted as if it's the world is going to end tomorrow and all that matters is uniting together one last time under rock n' roll.
Gang of Youths Go Farther in Lightness
This is probably the only release this year that has a legitimate chance to unseat Brand New for my personal AOTY.r
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
This is one of the most unique things I have ever heard. From the eerily spoken vocals to the cohesiveness of the entire album, F# A# really differentiates itself from all other music. The music itself is captivating, but the apocalyptic concept is equally as amazing. It is a surprisingly easy listen despite its length, and a must-hear for all fans of post-rock.
Great Northern Trading Twilight for Daylight
Sweeping, beautiful, atmospheric, vocal and instrumental bliss...Great Northern outdid themselves and just about everyone else with Trading Twilight for Daylight.
Green Day American Idiot
Say what you will, but American Idiot is a landmark album for both Green Day and the punk genre. Sure, this album may be the farthest thing from what Green Day set out to be in the early 90's, but it is nevertheless a triumphant rock opera that succeeds on its ability to captivate listeners with catchy hooks and political (albiet annoying to some) themes. While controversial, American Idiot stands as one of the biggest albums from the early 2000's.
Jack's Mannequin Everything in Transit
This is as good as pop music gets. From start to finish, this album embodies everything that a good pop/pop-rock album should. Incredibly meaningful lyrics, soaring hooks, catchy choruses...the whole thing is very listenable in the best kind of way. It is rare to see a pop album truly deserving of a classic rating, but if there is one that exists, look no further than Everything In Transit.
Jimmy Eat World Futures
This is one of those alternative records I just fell in love with. I connected with it after a bad breakup, and since then it has held a special place in my heart.
Jimmy Eat World Integrity Blues
Best thing these guys have done in a long time. Give it a few listens to sink in and you'll be hooked. It's like a more hopeful version of Futures. It's more consistent across the board, but doesn't have any banger singles like 'Work' or 'Pain.' Still, this is worth picking up for anyone who still paid attention to this band after 'The Middle.'
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience: The Complete Experience
Despite the first installment's slight edge over the second, there is no denying that this is an incredible body of work. There are very few mainstream pop records that I consider to be both influential and one of the decade's best works, and this is one of them. JT is an artist truly ahead of his time, and this double album proves it.
Kevin Morby Singing Saw
Singing Saw is like camping out under the stars. It's aurally scenic in its imagery, and the lyrics feel close and personal. Each individual track has something about it to make it feel entirely unique and worthwhile, and they work equally as well together. This is one of the year's top-tier folk records, and I'd venture to say it is a must-own for fans of the genre. Really brilliant songwriting from start to finish.
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
A superb prog rock album with minimal drawbacks. It really captures the mind of the listener, almost like a drug-induced nightmare (especially on "Moonchild"). Flawlessly epic and epically flawless, King Crimson's debut album is easily the best of not only their discography, but arguably all of prog-rock's.
Linkin Park Meteora
Hyrbid Theory perfected. What it lacks in great singles it more than makes up for in songwriting and intriguing lyrics.
Lorde Melodrama
Low Roar 0
2014's atmospheric indie masterpiece. It's a little slow to get moving, but once you are drawn into its sprawling, gorgeous soundscape, you'll never want to leave. Imagine if Bon Iver and Radiohead (Kid A era) combined to record an album. Yeah, it's that good. Recommended tracks: Nobody Loves Me Like You, Please Don't Stop (Chapter 2), Vampire On My Fridge, Easy Way Out...basically everything though, and it's important that you listen in order and in context. If you aren't a fan of downtempo alt rock then avoid this, otherwise, dig in and you can thank me later when you make your "best of 2014" list.
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
Simple Math is colossal is every way imaginable. It takes every hint of brilliance that Manchester Orchestra has subtly displayed in "I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child" and "Mean Everything to Nothing", and nurtures and cultivates it into the single greatest sounding thing that the band has ever and likely ever will create. At times glossed over with heart-swelling strings and at other times perfecting the band's nitty gritty sound from songs like "Shake It Out", Simple Math is the perfect balance of Manchester Orchestra's best traits. It is utterly breathtaking upon first listen, and every subsequent listen will only cause your jaw to drop an additional inch or two. This is simply the greatest album to be released in the past 5 years, and it will be worth every drop of hyperbolic acclaim that it receives.
Manchester Orchestra A Black Mile to the Surface
A stunning return to form. A Black Mile To The Surface feels like the emotional gusto of I'm Like A Virgin Losing a Child filtered through the sleek, bombastic production of Simple Math. It's neither as powerful as the former nor as catchy as the latter, but it feels perfectly settled into its own identity. On the heels of Cope, this will catch a lot of people off guard.
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
All of the existential lyrics and philosophical pondering on this album sound sincere for one reason: Aaron's passion in delivering what he believes via shouted, screamed, spoken, and sung passages. There have been more musically innovative albums, but not many that are this profound lyrically.
mewithoutYou Ten Stories
Recently this has come to be equal to Brother, Sister.
Muse Absolution
Muse's magnum opus. Filled with everything from complicated riffs to classical influences, Absolution covers a wide sonic range. The apocalyptic theme and the urgent sound of each track only adds to the album's intrigue.
Nick Drake Pink Moon
The father of the sound that became modern day indie-folk.
Opeth Damnation
Opeth's Damnation is every bit as masterfully executed as it is somber. Here they take it much slower than they do on any other album, but the results are just as (if not more) moving. Each song contributes something alluring that adds to the album's mystique; a more perfect atmosphere could not have been created. It is certainly a depressing album at times, but it still seems to be as uplifting as it is sad...a masterpiece Damnation is.
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Paul Simon Graceland
Such a joyful, culturally eclectic hodgepodge.
Radiohead OK Computer
Can we all just agree that Radiohead is the definitive band of our generation? They are the most creative, the most intelligent, and among the most talented group of musicians to come out of the post-classic rock era. And this is (perhaps) their best album. Need I say more?
Radiohead Kid A
I used to always think OK Computer was the best representation of Radiohead's talent. However, over time, something strange happened. Kid A, while a great record from the first listen, grew and grew on me. Eventually, the phrase "it grew on me" didn't seem fitting anymore...what happened was more of a complete evolution. Kid A became more than a record to me, it was an experience, a component of my everyday life. It is a sign of the the times - influenced both musically and thematically by technology - Kid A is not only a record with extreme personal significance to me - but also of monumental importance to our generation. Without a doubt, this is one of the most important records of the 2000's, and a bold artistic statement that is sure to stand as one of the greatest albums of all time.
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
This is not Radiohead's most experimental album, but it just might be their best.
Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Regina chirps, buzzes, oohs, and ahhs her way to another splendidly odd but amazing album
Simon and Garfunkel Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
The Simon and Garfunkel album most people forget about might be their most consistent and best overall
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
Beautiful, heartbreaking, and absolutely timeless. You are witnessing the best folk music in generations...treasure it.
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell Live
Carrie & Lowell Live manages to make itself accessible to listeners who bemoaned the
original LP's lack of variety and flair, and all without betraying diehards such as me who
swear that C&L is one of the best albums of the last decade. I feel even more connected to
Sufjan Stevens and his music having heard this, and it's difficult to imagine this live
effort doing anything other than bolstering support for his artistry - regardless of the
particular career juncture that you personally view as his best. Carrie & Lowell Live is
monumental, and it's essential - just like the record itself.
Swans The Seer
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Taylor Swift 1989
The best Taylor Swift album. And that's 100% verified by your local Taylor Swift authority.
The Antlers Burst Apart
I don't care what anyone says this is better than Hospice. Just listen to it for God's sake
The Antlers In the Attic of the Universe
The Antlers create an absolutely ideal portrayal of what it feels like to stare into the stars and ponder the significance, or insignificance, of everything.
The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
The Color Spectrum may not be perfectly executed from a conceptual perspective, but you have to hand it to The Dear Hunter for trying because they end up making one hell of a rock album in the process. In fact, The Color Spectrum may be most appreciated when listened to as nothing more than that; or perhaps when observed as nine individual EPs instead of one cohesive work. Either way, it is difficult to find flaws damning enough to consider this anything other than one of 2011?s premier releases in alternative rock. It is simply too grand - too overwhelmingly impressive in its scope ? not to be enjoyed by fans of all genres. The Dear Hunter present to us their crowning achievement to date; enjoy it.
The Dear Hunter Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
Tied with The Color Spectrum for The Dear Hunter's best. Although this doesn't match it in overall scope, it has better individual moments and is more memorable. 'Waves' is one of the best songs in modern rock.
The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed
The positive attributes that could be assigned to this album are nearly limitless. Days of Future Passed is like awaking from a black and white dream to find yourself in a gorgeous, sprawling world of color. If you don?t want to be a part of that world, you are simply denying yourself one of the greatest feelings that can be evoked from a musical experience.
The National High Violet
The National prevail by being The National; and for those of you who aren't familiar with exactly what that means, there may be no better descriptor than the gorgeously melancholic album that carved one band's niche in a generation forever.
The Republic of Wolves His Old Branches
The Republic of Wolves The Cartographer
Regardless of whether the Republic of Wolves amp it up or take a more mild approach, the one consistent theme throughout The Cartographer is growth. The music is more melodic and accessible, and as a result, it flows better. It may not be as overtly dark and depressing as the band's preceding works, but it still maintains a level of mystique and a shadowy element that appears to be a permanent aspect of their personality. In the meanwhile, other areas of their music have become an open window, with endless possibilities for experimentation.
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
This is the album that every acoustic guitar wielding folkster hopes to - and never will - be able to make. It possesses a once in a lifetime atmosphere full of talented song-crafting and overwhelming depth.
The World Is a Beautiful Place... Harmlessness
Easily one of my new favorite bands
Tigers on Trains Grandfather
Maggio and Van Deurs let the music sweep over the listener, with layers of vocal harmonies that ascend and descend in tone and in mood, leaving behind a dark but completely relaxing aura. The song structures never repeat or mimick each other, allowing each of the ten songs on the album to feel fresh and totally unique from one another. It is a rarity for any band in any genre to display such advanced songwriting ability, but Tigers on Trains show it gracefully and effortlessly on their debut. The result is an album that is truly an experience, one that you can really sink your teeth into from both a musical and lyrical perspective.
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
This album just gets better with every listen. A landmark album to kick off the decade.
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
If you were a teenager when this came out, you get why this is a pop-punk classic. Should be mentioned in the same breath as Blink's self titled, but doesn't get nearly as much attention.
Yellowcard Southern Air
Every time YC releases an album, it always seems to be at a critical juncture in my life. This album is no different. Only time will tell how these songs will tie in with my memories of 2012.
Yellowcard Yellowcard
A befitting and worthwhile finale to one of the most incredible, memorable rides in the history of pop-punk.

4.7 superb
AFI Sing the Sorrow
This is AFI's most controversial album, as many long time fans saw Sing The Sorrow as the band selling out. Yes, they took some steps towards bettering their sound and becoming more accessible, but they also retained their darker elements. The result is a very despressing, yet very infectious, record. It is almost as if they want to bring you into the misery with them. From the haunting drum beats of the opening "Miseria Cantare" to the eerie spoken poem in the 15-minute "...But Home is Nowhere", Sing The Sorrow is the definitive album of the emo genre.
Animal Collective Prospect Hummer
Arcade Fire Reflektor
BORNS Dopamine
Absolutely breathtaking melodies abound, Borns' debut album is one that exceeds expectations. There's so much more to this than just the hit single Electric Love; it's a consistent, engaging indie pop record that has at least 7 songs worth replaying over and over again. Somehow this album managed to slip under the radar in 2015. You can bet that won't happen again with his eventual sophomore release.
Deftones White Pony
It surprised me how long it took me to "get" this album. I always saw it as one of the best nu-metal albums of its time, and its layered sounds and textures created an atmosphere that blew me away from the very first listen. However, something, I'm not quite sure what, kept it from being perfect. Somewhere along the line, I realized how ridiculous I was being. Of course this is perfect.
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
"I Love You, Honeybear" is an album that takes a certain level of cynicism and disdain for society in order to appreciate, but honestly there are few albums that better depict our generation's outlook on the world at large. While it feels like everything is falling apart, Father John Misty gives us the sweet, gooey center told from the perspective of someone who's been around enough to know that most of life is utter bullshit.
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight
Desperate, shattered, and needy. Oh, and one of the most beautiful things you will likely hear in your entire life.
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Kishi Bashi Lighght
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
This is more than the album that contains perhaps the greatest song in history.
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Outstanding album, a landmark for the nu-metal genre. Full of angst and every negative remotion one can connect with a relationship gone sour.
M83 Saturdays=Youth
The kind of album you want to have blasting as you watch over the city skyline at night. Or when you're riding in the car with the roof down, feeling the warmth of summer and holding the hand of the girl you love. It's the kind of record that can highlight and enhance the little nothing moments that when pieced together define who you are.
Manchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
Someone's got the answers but I'd rather think there's nothing to be found, cause if seeing is believing then believe that we have lost our eyes
mewithoutYou Pale Horses
Rating albums after hearing one song is usually the best way to go
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Pink Floyd The Wall
Radiohead OKNOTOK 1997-2017
Treating this as a new release because I have never followed the band's b-sides. If this were released today as such, it would be almost as good as any of their other top tier albums (OK Computer, Kid A, In Rainbows, A Moon Shaped Pool). It's just a shame this is technically a compilation, otherwise it'd easily be in my AOTY running.
Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods
Simon and Garfunkel Bookends
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Styx Pieces of Eight
Taylor Swift Speak Now
Taylor is still on top of her game with Speak Now. It is a combination of everything that made Fearless a standout country album and a few calculated risks/experiments that bolster her sound. The lyrics are fairly pedestrian, but they are extremely sincere and Swift's voice is absolutely angelic. Just do yourself a favor and listen to it.
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
Truly different. Emotional. Powerful. Intriguing. Catchy. The possible adjectives for this album are endless, but The Crane Wife encompasses them all in what is most assuredly The Decemberists' greatest work as well as one of the best albums of the decade.
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Jezabels Synthia
The Killers Sam's Town
The Roots undun
The Shins Oh, Inverted World
An example of what indie music nowadays should be.
Thrice Vheissu
Arguably Thrice's best album, Vheissu marked a change in Thrice's post-hardcore sound. Vheissu is experimental and marked the beginning of an era that now includes some of Thrice's most accomplished work. Songs like "Atlantic" paved the way for their Water Disc in 2007, while heavier tracks like "Image of the Invisible" set up the road to creating the Fire Disc. They also show off some of the folk-style that influenced Beggars, Air, and Earth. This not only makes Vheissu an influential record, but also one that serves as a great starting point for listeners looking to get into Thrice.
Titus Andronicus The Most Lamentable Tragedy
This is what happens when crazy dunk bastards get ambitious
Weezer Weezer

4.5 superb
Ages and Ages Divisionary
Such an infectious indie-rock album. One of 2014's best kept secrets.
alt-J This Is All Yours
An album of raw beauty. It takes patience to overcome the dreamlike pace, but wrapped carefully inside is one of the riskiest, most experimental indie records you'll hear this side of the last Dirty Projectors release.
alt-J Relaxer
alt-J An Awesome Wave
Alter Bridge Blackbird
Brilliant in its own right, Blackbird shows Alter Bridge severing the ties that bind them to Creed. A completely unique record from a band that got a second wind after the more conservative, complacent "One Day Remains."
Anberlin New Surrender
Anberlin's best album shows the band firing on all cylinders. They took the best parts of "Cities" and "Never Take Friendship Personally" and fused them into one grand magnum opus worth more than just one listen from any fan of rock music.
Anberlin Lowborn
Godspeed boys. Thanks for all the amazing songs and inspirational lyrics over the years.
Astronauts Hollow Ponds
A penetrating album emotionally...dark atmosphere gives the album a sense of isolation. The ralbum's only real weakness is that it never changes course from its initial plodding pace. rBut it's the best kind of slow ambiance-driven acoustic folk, so who really cares?
bansheebeat Lumine
I never expected my favorite electronic album to come from a sputnik user.
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Boston Boston
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
No one ever plans to sleep out in the gutter, sometimes that's just the most comfortable place. I have my drugs, I have my woman...They keep away my loneliness. Well I could have been a famous singer if I had someone else's voice. But failure's always sounded better. Lets fuck it up boys, make some noise!
Carly Rae Jepsen Tug of War
Childish Gambino "Awaken, My Love!"
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Coldplay Parachutes
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Better than Jane Doe. You heard me right. This is every bit as passionate and is also more diverse. All We Love We Leave Behind will never get the recognition that Jane Doe currently does, and I'm okay with that. It just makes this record and what it means to me even more personal.
Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy
David Bowie Blackstar
David Gilmour Rattle That Lock
Destroyer Kaputt
Like drinking the finest scotch in a highbrow, exclusive club with your good friend Doofus
while watching the band onstage perform a brilliant fusion of indie and jazz. The
effeminate vocalist makes you feel ever-so-slightly uncomfortable but as the music washes
over you, you simply forget about it. Your feet start moving, your head sways, and before
you know it you're singing along. The moment has taken you away, and it's like suddenly
you're onstage with the band, nailing that saxophone solo while the cutie in the front row
eyes you up. Then you snap out of it and realize you've been blowing into your straw for
the last 9 minutes and occasionally bursting into an off-tune chorus of "I can't walk away."
The band has stopped playing, everyone in the lounge is staring at you, and Doofus reminds
you that your taste in music sucks right before the manager asks you to leave.
Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Farewell Republic Burn the Boats
It isn't always pretty, and sometimes the arrangements will leave you wondering, but that's what makes this such a haunting and daringly original masterpiece.
FKA Twigs M3LL155X
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Florence and the Machine Ceremonials
Wow. I never thought Florence and the Machine would top Lungs but this has the potential to grow into a near-classic
Foo Fighters In Your Honor
Ghost Mice All We Got Is Each Other
I WANT SOMEONE TO WANT TO ASSASSINATE A PRESIDENT FOR ME
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
The diversity present on Plastic Beach, combined with its cohesiveness, makes for a ridiculously infectious album that is undoubtedly the greatest achievement in the Gorillaz catalog. With nary a weak moment, Plastic Beach flows from start to finish delivering one catchy beat after another along with a series of interesting rhythyms.
Green Day Bullet In A Bible
Ingrid Michaelson Slow the Rain
Iron And Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
Iron & Wine's latest effort shows that Sam Beam is capable of expanding and updating his sound into poppier territory without suffering many ill effects - Kiss Each Other Clean is optimistic, laid back, and every bit as personal as his past endeavors. The change in his music is more apparent than ever, and while he may not be as much of an acoustic folk master as what was put on display in his earliest works, Beam proves that his feet fit these larger shoes quite well.
Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light
Jimmy Eat World Clarity
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Lanu Her 12 Faces
Lord Huron Lonesome Dreams
Lydia Illuminate
M83 Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts
Mae The Everglow
Driving to work and need something soothing? Stressing over some bitch who thought you weren't worth her time? Kick back, crank up the volume on your speakers/headphones, and let Mae take care of everything. You will feel better because this is The Everglow, and that's just the effect it has.
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell
It was inevitable. For as much as I wanted to fight giving this a classic rating, it is just too good in all aspects. It is technically sound. It is extremely fun. It really doesn't get old even upon countless listens. This is simply classic rock at its finest.
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Each drum beat seems to echo as if it is traveling through space and time, and each guitar riff is the sonic equivalent of flames demolishing a city. Everything about Black Holes is glorious, epic, and fantastically overdone. It marks a controversial but successful evolution in Muse?s sound that, love it or hate it, offers quite the enjoyable listening experience.r
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus
OneRepublic Native
OneRepublic releases their very own Mylo Xyloto - it isn't quite as slick as the Coldplay album, but it shows a band that is both willing and able to evolve with the times.
Opeth Watershed
Owl John Owl John
Papercranes Let's Make Babies in the Woods
Paul Simon Stranger to Stranger
His best since Graceland
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Queen A Night at the Opera
Racing Glaciers Caught in the Strange
Radiohead In Rainbows
Silversun Pickups Better Nature
Simon and Garfunkel Sounds of Silence
Spoon They Want My Soul
Highly recommended over other types of silverware.
Straylight Run Straylight Run
Styx The Grand Illusion
Sum 41 Chuck
Taking Back Sunday Tidal Wave
Taylor Swift Fearless
Swift?s style lends itself to pop more so than country, although a balance between the two always seem to showcase her at her best. On Fearless, Taylor Swift has found the formula to make her music accessible for fans of either genre, all the while maintaining a certain magical element that has made her into a cultural icon.
The All-American Rejects Move Along
The Antlers Undersea
The Antlers Familiars
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum
This is only a 'best of' collection from the entire collection. The whole album is a far more rewarding listen and offers up countless gems that are absent here.
The Dear Hunter Yellow
The Dear Hunter Red
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
The King is Dead is a beautiful album. The scenic ooh-oohing of Calamity Song is the first moment that really brings the album's picturesque qualities into plain view, but from there they never let up. January Hymn just might be one of the best songs of 2011, with its masterfully executed acoustic atmosphere and sensitive winter-themed lyrics. The album also ends on a strong note, with the uplifting "when we die, we will die, with our arms unbound" during This Is Why We Fight, and the warming Dear Avery. It is easy to underestimate this album initially (just as I did), but give it time and it will find a permanent place in your heart.
The Jezabels The Brink
The Milk Carton Kids Prologue
The National Alligator
The National Sleep Well Beast
The Republic of Wolves Varuna
Varuna is like a folk version of a Brand New album. The music itself isn't heavily folk, per se, but the similarities can be found in the vocalists and some of the slower acoustic material. The screams are probably the weakest point on the album, but they are still quite good. The album is very dark and it has a thick, dreamlike atmosphere that never relents. The technical aspects of the record are raw but very skilled, and Varuna has provided The Republic of Wolves with a debut that proves their artistic ambition and ability to carry it out.
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream
Thursday No Devolucion
Tigers on Trains Foundry
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Wilco Being There
Wolfmother Wolfmother
Yellowcard Paper Walls

4.4 superb
Eminem The Eminem Show
Gold Panda Good Luck And Do Your Best
Incubus Morning View
Justin Hurwitz La La Land (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
The band's rawest and most sincere offering. I dare you to listen to this and not feel feelings.
Nada Surf The Weight Is a Gift
Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Steven Wilson The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
The 1975 I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
Quite a bit better than I anticipated...The opening 6 songs or so are all great and it's never as bad as some people say. The ambient tracks add a level of experimentation and sophistication, but at its core this is just a very strong pop record. Listen to Paris first and go from there. If you loathe this album it's probably because you've spent your life trying to be a hipster and have never gotten laid or learned how to enjoy something for what it is.
The Tallest Man on Earth Dark Bird Is Home
Weezer Pinkerton
Weezer The White Album
Between The White Album and Everything Will Be Alright In The End, Weezer have officially redeemed themselves. It may not be 1994, but this as close as we'll ever get to reliving the Weezer glory days in the present. It's nice to feel genuinely excited about this band again.
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes
I've never been more ready to move on

4.3 superb
AFI Decemberunderground
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman
Avril Lavigne Goodbye Lullaby
Damnit my soft spot for Avril strikes again...this probably isn't that good but it sounds nice especially when I picture her undressing out of slutty cheerleader outfit whilst singing "What the Hell." All I want is to mess around, babe...
Bleachers Strange Desire
Strange Desire is certainly an album that will take the airwaves by storm. However, that rdoesn't mean that it is somehow lacking from an artistic or musical standpoint. Imminent rpopularity is not always the result of recycled formulas and cliches, and if anything, rBleachers proves that here. This isn't an album that will probe your deepest thoughts, but rit will make you want to experience life in the best way possible. Strange Desire is perhaps rthe fullest-sounding and most charismatic indie-pop album you'll hear this year, just in rtime to become the defining sound of your summer. It would be best not to miss out.
Bruno Mars 24K Magic
CHVRCHES Every Open Eye
Circa Survive The Amulet
Converge Jane Doe
It reads like poetry and feels like a jackhammer to the face. Jane Doe is a forceful, sweeping tornado of musical ideas that somehow manages to work together in quite the cohesive fashion.
Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan
dne These Semi Feelings, They Are Everywhere
Explosions in the Sky The Wilderness
Absolutely stunning. Explosions In The Sky go in a different direction and create one of the most raurally scenic records of 2016. Don't let the band's recent output fool you into looking past rthis...it is quite plainly a must hear post rock album in a time when must hear post rock albums barely exist.
Father John Misty Pure Comedy
Foster the People Torches
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
Grouplove Big Mess
By far the best and most enjoyable Grouplove album to date. It's simple and sometimes silly, but it suits these guys well. It's not like they were ever groundbreakingly creative. This is just the perfect album to learn the words and sing along to in the car as summer fades.
Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Jack's Mannequin The Glass Passenger
Joanna Newsom Divers
Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness
M83 Junk
M83 perfects the sound of 80s cheese, stringing one schmaltzy number to the next with no regard for depth or substance. More than just an ironic statement, made out of disdain for modern pop consumerism, it shows the group at its most unabashed and shameless. They cut ties to any sense of obligation here, indulging in an "everything over the top always" philosophy that pays off about 1% of the time. Cheap? Pastiche? Artificial? Yes, it's all of these things by design. And you'd be hard pressed to find an album that is as purposefully surface-level as this yet so fun and memorable that you have little choice but to get swept up in its vast cynicism disguised as a larger than life midnight party.
Mae Singularity
Mae (e)vening
This is a stunning half hour of music. With 5 instrumental tracks and a trio of piano ballads that form Seasons i, ii, and iii, (e)vening is an ambitious EP that shows what Mae is truly capable of. Anyone with a passing interest in alt rock or soft, atmospheric pop needs to check this out right away.
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
O'Brother Endless Light
This caught me totally by surprise. Powerful and sweepingly gorgeous. Reminds me of Thrice, except at times it's even better.
Paramore Paramore
Paramore All We Know Is Falling
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Taylor Swift Reputation
The Black Keys El Camino
The Dear Hunter Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
The Decemberists The Hazards of Love
The National Trouble Will Find Me
The Roots How I Got Over
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice Beggars
Wildhart Shine

4.2 excellent
Agalloch The Mantle
Alice in Chains The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
All Get Out Nobody Likes A Quitter
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Beyond a shadow of a doubt the most ambitious record Dream Theater has ever released. The album is truly "progressive" in all aspects, accompanied by characters and plots that actually make sense within the music. From a technical perspective, the album is flawless. Scenes From A Memory is a must-own CD for fans of progressive metal and/or concept albums.
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
fun. Aim and Ignite
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
Hoobastank Every Man for Himself
Manic Street Preachers Send Away The Tigers
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Nada Surf The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree
This destroyed me.
Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork
Quiet Company We Are All Where We Belong
The way that this album can go from sounding like Titus Andronicus to Crosby, Stills, & Nash on a dime amazes me. It constantly weaves between saccharine, happy-go-lucky choruses and heavier riffs and even occasional screams. Every song is excellently crafted and executed as well.
Radiohead In Rainbows Disk 2
Styx Paradise Theater
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
Contains some of the most gorgeous, lyrically candid moments of this band's career. It's The King Is Dead, matured and aged to near-perfection.
The Killers Hot Fuss
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan Everything Sacred

4.1 excellent
Anberlin Vital
Bomb the Music Industry! Vacation
Broken Social Scene Hug of Thunder
Civil Twilight Story Of An Immigrant
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
The voice in that opening track reminds me of the fucked up bunny from donnie darko
Gates Bloom and Breathe
If Thrice got a little help from Maybeshewill and made their music more twinkly and climactic, they would have made this album before Gates. But they didn't, and that's why Gates' debut album is damn impressive.
Green Day Dookie
Green Day Nimrod
Incubus Make Yourself
Iron And Wine The Shepherd's Dog
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Paramore After Laughter
Rise Against The Sufferer & the Witness
Roger Waters Is This The Life We Really Want?
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Styx Kilroy Was Here
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
The Strumbellas Hope
If you're looking for substance or intricate musicianship, you've come to the wrong place. This is overblown, grandiose folk-pop that comes to us the same vein as The Black Parade, American rIdiot, Paradise Theater, et al. It's intriguing because folk hasn't really had an album attempt rsomething like this yet - everything is epic and bombastic, created for the sole purpose of never rleaving your mind. For as straightforward, stenciled, and glossed-over as it is, it is incredibly rfun and succeeds in its attempt to make The Strumbellas the new face of accessible indie-pop.
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
A very unique record, Air and Earth provide some of Thrice's purest and most organic sounding songs.
Tigers on Trains Antarctica In Color
Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Believe the hype - this really, truly, ACTUALLY DOESN'T SUCK.rIn fact it's great. Those final three songs are one of the most impressive things this band has rever done.

4.0 excellent
Ages and Ages Alright You Restless
Alice in Chains Dirt
Alien Ant Farm ANThology
Alien Ant Farm TruANT
Andrew Bird Break It Yourself
Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian
Animal Collective Campfire Songs
Annuals Be He Me
One of the best and most underappreciated albums of the decade. It's so warm and personal, inviting the listener into a close-knit circle. Definitely a milestone for the 2000's indie-folk scene; future albums in the genre should be measured against this.
Anti-Flag The Bright Lights of America
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Boston Don't Look Back
Boston Third Stage
Brand New 3 Demos, Reworked
Brand New/Safety In Numbers Split
Bright Eyes The People's Key
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion
Coldplay Prospekt's March
Coldplay X & Y
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Converge Axe to Fall
A fierce record that will leave you utterly exhausted, yet filled with emotion over what has just transpired. This album should be listened to as a whole, much like Jane Doe, to acquire the full effect.
Converge The Dusk in Us
Damien Rice O
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Another great release that proves Deftones to be one of the most consistent rock bands out there. Koi No Yokan falls just shy of White Pony or Diamond Eyes, but as amazing as it would have been, we don't need them to catch lightning in a bottle a third time. KNY should hold a special place in the heart of any long time fan looking to open a new chapter in the band's long, astounding career.
Dream Theater Images and Words
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Drive-by Truckers American Band
Dropkick Murphys Going Out In Style
Whoah shit this was a REALLY fun album to listen to.
Eagles Hotel California
EL VY Return to the Moon
Elliott Smith Elliott Smith
Eminem Recovery
While better than Relapse, Recovery shows Eminem floundering in self-pity and trying too hard to become relevant again. The songs feature artists that the Eminem of 10 years ago wouldn't have been caught dead with, and even these efforts yield vapid results. Eminem's song writing may be back on track, but his lyrics are laughable more often than not. This is not The Marshall Mathers LP Pt. 2, no matter how much fans may want it to be. It is just an average record from an artist whose relevance continues to wane.
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Florence and the Machine Lungs
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Freelance Whales Weathervanes
Frightened Rabbit Painting of a Panic Attack
Frog Kind of Blah
For a lo-fi recording that tops out at just thirty six minutes, Frog's sophomore album Kind of rBlah packs an unprecedented punch. It's the kind of record that sounds like it should merely rfloat by, traveling in one ear and out the other without leaving much of an impression. After rall, that's what a large portion of lo-fi music has become - this aimless pursuit of something rethereal or transcendent with no underlying purpose. Kind of Blah doesn't fit into that category. rFor one thing, it was recorded under an old New York City bowling alley, lending it an inimitable racoustic quality. But the appeal of this album, and to a larger extent the band, extends well rbeyond the atmosphere they've created. Frog fills this piece to the brim with strange rinstrumental choices and the most atypical of musings, lending it a robust and refreshingly rforthright personality that's difficult not to relish. Simply put, Kind of Blah is the opposite rof what its title suggests.
Future of Forestry Twilight
Gabrielle Aplin Never Fade
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up The Girl
Gotye Making Mirrors
Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins
Grouplove Never Trust A Happy Song
Hey Rosetta! Seeds
this is really good why aren't you listening to it
Ingrid Michaelson Lights Out
Ingrid Michaelson Be OK
Jason Lytle Yours Truly, the Commuter
Jay-Z American Gangster
Jimmy Eat World Invented
On Invented, Jimmy Eat World is playing their own version of ?hard to get.? They know as well as anyone that they could have hauled their asses into the studio, recorded ten catchy numbers, and called it an album. Instead, they have crafted something that is not immediate, but rather intriguing beyond the music?s polished surface. It won?t hit home as hard as Futures, and it doesn?t have the infectiousness of Bleed American or even Chase this Light, for that matter. Almost nothing about Invented is immediately rewarding, but with patience you will find that the album is sincere, reflective, and every bit as emotionally expressive as the band?s past endeavors. Invented is, for all intents and purposes, the true definition of a grower.
Jon Brion Meaningless
Joshua Radin We Were Here
Julian Lynch Mare
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2
Kansas Leftoverture
Kansas Point of Know Return
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway
Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted
Killing Joke Absolute Dissent
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Mastodon Emperor of Sand
So this is what happens when I pause Bon Iver.
Matchbox Twenty Mad Season
Meg Myers Sorry
Metallica Metallica
Metallica Death Magnetic
Metallica ...And Justice for All
mewithoutYou Pale Horses: Appendix
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Oracular Spectacular has its standout moments (Time to Pretend, Kids, 4th Dimensional Transition) and qualifies as one of the best trippy, mainstream psychedelic rock albums of the decade. It has shortcomings in terms of consistency and lyrics, but all around it is a solid release worthy of a few listens by fans of just about any genre.
Michael Buble Christmas
Miranda Lambert The Weight of These Wings
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
Motion City Soundtrack My Dinosaur Life
Motion City Soundtrack Go
Nada Surf Let Go
Nada Surf Lucky
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Of Monsters and Men Beneath the Skin
At first I thought this was going to be a 2.5 at best. The vocals and lyrics are both improved though, and the instrumentation doesn't follow the same 3 templates that it did on the band's debut. I'm more than satisfied; this exceeded any and all expectations.
OneRepublic Dreaming Out Loud
Paramore Riot!
Perfume Genius No Shape
Pettersson Rift And Seam
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Animals
Pixies Doolittle
PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project
The Hope Six Demolition Project is just like PJ Harvey - always thinking, always moving. Even if it may capture her in a moment between masterpieces, it doesn?t make her music any less enthralling or her cause any less compelling.
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
If you think a more progressive version of Opeth's Damnation that rocks out slightly more sounds amazing, listen to this before you do anything else.
Portugal. The Man In The Mountain In The Cloud
Portugal. The Man Evil Friends
Queen News of the World
Radiohead Amnesiac
Real Estate Atlas
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch
Relient K Mmhmm
Relient K Five Score and Seven Years Ago
Relient K Forget and Not Slow Down
Relient K Let It Snow, Baby... Let It Reindeer
Relient K Air For Free
Remy Zero Villa Elaine
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
Royal Blood Royal Blood
A lot of the riffs here are basically the same, but the band has discovered a winning formula with their debut. If they continue with this sound, they will undoubtedly have success.
Run River North Run River North
People seriously need to start becoming aware of this album. Recommend listening to 'Beetle' first.
S. Carey Range Of Light
A blend of down to earth acoustic guitar play and atmospheric effects. Listening to this feels like walking through the woods, climbing to the top of a mountain, and looking down on the clouds.
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
Seether Disclaimer II
Seether Isolate And Medicate
I actually think this is their most consistent album to date. There's no home run like "Fine Again", but every song brings something to the table and is memorable enough to warrant repeated listens. Prepare yourself for the most unpopular of opinions: this is the best Seether album yet.
Sharon Van Etten Tramp
Accented by moments of utterly breathtaking musical inspiration, Tramp captures an artist at her most vulnerable - drenched in melancholy, yet never begging for compassion.
Shearwater Rook
Shinedown Leave a Whisper
Before the radio hits started overflowing for this band, there was Leave a Whisper. Sure, 45 got its share of popularity, but for the most part this album stays rooted in a type of dark, southern rock. The music crosses genres between emo and Lynyrd Skynyrd with its fair share of heavy moments and somber, thoughtful ballads. Leave a Whisper is without a doubt Shinedown's most wretching, heartfelt album and you can really feel it in both the music and Brent Smith's vocals. A must-own record for any fan of hard rock.
Shinedown The Sound of Madness
Snow Patrol A Hundred Million Suns
The music is atmospheric and at times even transcendental, but if you don?t pay much attention to the words being sung, you are missing out on a large portion of the experience. Best Snow Patrol album, listen to it now if you like Coldplay-esque soft alt-rock.
Snowmine Laminate Pet Animal
I wish I didn't let this slip through the cracks in 2011, because if it came out in 2012 it would be my AOTY. Excellent atmospheres, James Mercer-like vocals, and a psychedelic quality that gives it depth well beyond its indie framework.
Soundtrack (Film) (500) Days of Summer
Soundtrack (Film) Garden State
Soundtrack (Film) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Steve Mason Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time
Steven Wilson 4 1/2
Better than Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Straylight Run Prepare To Be Wrong
Street Chant Means
Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide To Earth
Sufjan Stevens Songs For Christmas
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Sufjan's done it again. Is there any style he can't conquer?
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People
Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown
Symphony X The Odyssey
Taking Back Sunday Taking Back Sunday
Talons New Topographics
Taylor Swift The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection
The Antlers Hospice
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The Beach Boys All Summer Long
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles The Beatles
The Beatles Help!
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
The Black Keys Rubber Factory
The Colorful Quiet The Sun Is Melting
The D Project The Sagarmantha Dilemma
The Dear Hunter Violet
The Dear Hunter Orange
The Dear Hunter Black
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts
The Do Shake, Shook, Shaken
Incredibly basic music, but also incredibly memorable and catchy. Consider this a guilty pleasure indie-pop album; it's ripe with melodies but sparse on substance.
The Flaming Lips 7 Skies H3
Beautiful and at times terrifying, 7 Skies H3 is The Flaming Lips record that you most likely haven't heard but need to. The album takes the best and most representative cuts from the 24 hour long experience and condenses it into an amazing 50 minute experience. If you are a fan of this band at all, this is the novelty item to own.
The Graduate Only Every Time
The Helio Sequence Keep Your Eyes Ahead
The Jezabels Prisoner
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2
The Morning Benders Big Echo
The National Cherry Tree
The Paper Kites Woodland
The Paper Kites Young North
The Postal Service Give Up
The Republic Tigers Keep Color
The Shins Heartworms
The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
The Used Lies for the Liars
The Who Who's Next
The World Is a Beautiful Place... Whenever, If Ever
Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind
This album is, simply put, amazing. I believe Seaanemone stated it best when he wrote, "If you disagree go learn how to have emotions." This may have been specifically referencing the song "Motorcycle Drive By" but it definitely applies to the whole album as well.
Thrice Major/Minor
Tool Lateralus
Tool Ænima
Aenima is everything Tool can/should be wrapped into one tightly crafted album. It is extremely progressive but it also maintains a level of accessibility that allows it to succeed in multiple ways. Aenima is not only Tool's best album, but it is also one of the greatest progressive rock albums of the last two decades.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Trophy Scars Bad Luck
Twenty One Pilots Blurryface
Blurryface is a surprisingly cohesive and emotional piece. It defies the constraints of any single genre - and even though it definitely falls short of mastering anything, it's constantly on the heels of discovery. At the very least, that makes Blurryface an intriguing journey. The best moments come when Twenty One Pilots let loose and show their vulnerable side; "Stressed Out" and "Goner" mark two of the most self aware and heartfelt tracks the duo has ever crafted.
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
Waking Ashland Composure
Wilco Wilco (The Album)
Yellowcard Lift a Sail
Zella Day Zella Day
You already love this EP, it's just time you found out.

3.9 excellent
Arctic Monkeys AM
Bayside Killing Time
Beach House Bloom
Fall Out Boy Folie a Deux
Glass Animals How To Be A Human Being
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Muse Showbiz
My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
Puscifer C is for...
This EP expands upon the musical capabilities of Maynard James Keenan. That alone should get your attention, considering that he has already launched into success Tool and A Perfect Circle. Puscifer's second official release not only brings them into the same category as the aforementioned, but it is also creative enough to make one think that maybe Maynard's best work is still yet to come.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Regina Spektor Far
The All-American Rejects When the World Comes Down
The Last Shadow Puppets The Age Of The Understatement
The Who Tommy
Weezer Make Believe
Wilco Star Wars

3.8 excellent
Alien Ant Farm Up in the Attic
Alter Bridge The Last Hero
Angels and Airwaves Love
Boys Like Girls Boys Like Girls
Bring Me The Horizon That's the Spirit
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Creed Human Clay
David Bowie Space Oddity
dredg El Cielo
Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll
Fall Out Boy American Beauty/American Psycho
fun. Some Nights
Future Islands Singles
Green Day Warning
Hammock Everything and Nothing
Hey Marseilles To Travels and Trunks
Hoobastank Hoobastank
Incubus Light Grenades
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Mimicking Birds EONS
Motion City Soundtrack Commit This to Memory
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal
a strong-willed, beautifully composed piece of modern day indie-folk.
Pink The Truth About Love
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Snowmine Dialects
Styx Equinox
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
The Avett Brothers I and Love and You
Thrice To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
Underoath Disambiguation
We The Kings We The Kings

3.7 great
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
Alter Bridge Fortress
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Zombies on Broadway
Hands down my favorite thing by him since Everything In Transit. So full of life and energy, catchy and bombastic, and decent lyrics. Came in with low expectations and was rewarded.
Animal Collective Feels
Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing
Billy Corgan Ogilala
Black Stone Cherry Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox
Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion: Side B
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
Depeche Mode Spirit
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
First 4 songs off of this are brilliant, the rest of the time is just kind of spent fizzing out from the hot start.
MGMT Congratulations
Motion City Soundtrack Even If It Kills Me
Papercranes Three
Phantogram Three
Shinedown Us and Them
Single Soul cold drone blues expanded
Sixx:A.M. Heroin Diaries Soundtrack
Sleigh Bells Jessica Rabbit
Snow Patrol Eyes Open
Styx Cornerstone
Styx Crystal Ball
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
The Afghan Whigs In Spades
The Afghan Whigs effectively outdo themselves here, topping what was already a markedly successful return from a 16 year hiatus with 2014's "Do To The Beast." "In Spades" feels like the band hitting its stride, perhaps in an even better way than they did during their 1990s peak-form. It's a rock record through and through, with a definitively eastern atmosphere to boot. Rock's not dead, folks, it just needed some time to find its footing. Listeners should find their hands, and place them firmly on a copy of this superb LP.
The Districts Popular Manipulations
The Flaming Lips Oczy Mlody
The Shins Wincing the Night Away
Tycho Epoch
Weezer Maladroit
Weezer The Green Album
Yellowcard One for the Kids

3.6 great
Anberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
Dark is the Way, Light is a Place is the sound of Anberlin gaining momentum, with no intentions of slowing down. It may not obliterate memories of Cities, but it is just what Anberlin needed to show fans that they can mature gracefully while simultaneously bringing new ideas to the table. Best of all, the new ideas they concocted have clearly elevated them to a whole new level of success ? one that will pack arenas while also staying true to the most loyal of fans.
Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
Blue October Any Man in America
You act like you believe it that you're in control, it's just your legal system...I had to be the sole provider, but I'm not allowed to be the dad...fuck the judge, fuck the county, fuck your family too...fuck everyone that took my baby girl
Brand New Leaked Demos 2006
Not really counting this as a new release because it has been around forever, but I'm more than happy to ditch the shoddy quality of my 2006 FOYD download for this version.
Creed My Own Prison
Lanterns on the Lake Beings
Lorde Pure Heroine
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Muse Drones
Considering the depths to which Muse sank over the last decade, Drones is an incredibly pleasant rsurprise. There's still some of the over inflated poppy garbage present, but a lot of this is ractually a return to roots for the band. The riffs in some of the album's middle tracks are rdownright unbelievable. For anyone hoping Muse would attempt to write something in the vein of rAbsolution again, here you are. It's not as good obviously, but it is light years ahead of the rMuse we've been forced to listen to recently.
Seether Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces
Taylor Swift Red
Dearest Taylor,rThe past six years have been some of the best of my life. I remember the first time we met, when your unbridled optimism and fairytale-studded themes of love serenaded my ears. I never liked country artists before, but for some reason you were different. Sure, it took me some time to warm up to the idea, but unlike the other farmer's daughter types out there, I could relate to what you were saying. Heartbreak, relationship drama, and hopeless romanticism all appealed to me more than John Deer tractors and chicken coops. Your voice was a symbol of all that is naive and innocent, something that meant a lot to a guy who could never seem to get the timing right in his own love life. One simple, genuine song after another, you eventually won me over. rSO WHY DID YOU HAVE TO START SHAGGING 6 GUYS A YEAR AND MAKING SHITTY DUBSTEP SONGS ABOUT THEMrOh God I'm sorry please don't write a song about mer/ we're over
The Airborne Toxic Event Songs of God and Whiskey
Every album since The Airborne Toxic Event's debut has been worse than the one preceding it, and it all culminated in the terrible Dope Machines. It's more than a little shocking then that it's twin release - Songs of God and Whiskey - should actually serve up anything worthwhile. It's difficult to totally ignore the gimmicky folk feel that pervades this entire experience, but it's by far the best sound for them right now. There's an earthy sound that stands in stark contrast to recent efforts, and the vocalist actually sounds sincere again. For the casual fan who finds these guys to be hit or miss, this is certainly an album you want to be listening to right now.
Wilco A Ghost is Born

3.5 great
1,2,3 New Heaven
3 Doors Down The Better Life
3 Doors Down Away from the Sun
AFI Crash Love
AFI AFI (The Blood Album)
Every song here is melodically pleasing and well-structured, but Davey sings with almost no passion or conviction of any kind. The last few tracks elevate this album above the point of being average, but AFI has and hopefully will do better. As it stands, this is nice ear candy for AFI diehards.
Alice in Chains Alice in Chains
Alien Ant Farm Always and Forever
Alter Bridge One Day Remains
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Andrew Bird Echolocations: Canyon
It's easy to get lost in this album, even enamored - but the bottom line is that it is too self-indulgent to offer much to the majority of listeners. The replay value is low, too. The premise is interesting, but without much in the way of engaging song structures or memorable melodies, Echolocations: Canyon simply lacks staying power - even if it is beautiful.
Andrew McMahon The Pop Underground
Animal Collective Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
Arcade Fire Everything Now
Overall, I think that Reflektor's b-sides hold up quite well.
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
August Burns Red Sleddin' Hill
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil
Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne
bansheebeat Techo Deluxe
Barnaby Bright Wake the Hero
Ben Howard Every Kingdom
Best Coast California Nights
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Blink-182 California
Blink-182 California (Deluxe Edition)
Boys Like Girls Love Drunk
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Britney Spears Femme Fatale
Britney Spears Circus
Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time
Buckcherry Fifteen
Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial
Case/Lang/Veirs Case/Lang/Veirs
Chronic Future Lines in My Face
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah The Tourist
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Cold War Kids Hold My Home
Creed Weathered
Cymbals Eat Guitars LOSE
Tremendously heartfelt offering. Emotional and occasionally whiny vocal delivery might not be for everyone, but the musical aspect of this album kicks ass.
Dashboard Confessional Dusk and Summer
Dashboard Confessional The Shade of Poison Trees
Daughter Not to Disappear
Daughtry Daughtry
David Bowie Hunky Dory
David Bowie "Heroes"
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
Disturbed Indestructible
Disturbed The Sickness
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Dryjacket For Posterity
Ed Sheeran +
Ed Sheeran x
Ed Sheeran Loose Change
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Elliott Smith Figure 8
Eric's Trip Love Tara
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...
Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Probably Explosions' weakest album to date, but Postcard from 1952 is still more than worthwhile
FKA Twigs LP1
Foo Fighters Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to Lose
Foxing Dealer
Frank Turner Positive Songs for Negative People
Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better
Gabrielle Aplin Home
Gavin DeGraw Chariot
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Luciferian Towers
Goo Goo Dolls Gutterflower
Gorillaz Gorillaz
Gorillaz Demon Days
Gorillaz Humanz
Pitchfork actually said it best when they equated this record to a huge end-of-world celebration, where each room is a different party but there's something for everyone.
Green Day Insomniac
Grouper Ruins
Stunningly gorgeous and minimal at its heart, this is absolutely one of the best albums of the year that will fall through the cracks of most listeners' radars.
Harry Styles Harry Styles
Have a Nice Life The Unnatural World
Horse Feathers House With No Home
Husky Forever So
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...
Ingrid Michaelson It Doesn't Have to Make Sense
Ingrid Michaelson Everybody
Ingrid Michaelson Girls And Boys
Iron And Wine The Creek Drank the Cradle
James Blunt Back To Bedlam
Jimmy Eat World Damage
Keane Under The Iron Sea
Keane's atmospheric sophomore album is the product of excellent musicianship combined with outstanding production. There is not a dull moment, and the album's best moments are breathtaking. Coldplay should be warily looking over their shoulders.
Keane Hopes & Fears
Kesha Rainbow
Killing Joke MMXII
Lady Gaga The Fame
Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Lana Del Rey Lust For Life
Surprisingly, her best album.
Lord Huron Strange Trails
Lostprophets Start Something
Lostprophets The Betrayed
Manchester Orchestra Cope
There's nothing wrong with this album. It will raise your adrenaline more than most indie rock albums out there, and the lyrics (as always) go a step above and beyond. But where is the jaw-dropping moment? That instance where you just know the album is going to be epic? Where is the artistic endeavoring of "Simple Math" or the thoughtful introspection of "I Can Feel a Hot One" or "Colly Strings?" It's just balls-out rock for the sake of making balls-out rock. And that's cool. But Manchester Orchestra just has too many f***ing masterpieces for their own good and nothing here really stacks up.
Maroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long
Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You
Matchbox Twenty More Than You Think You Are
Matchbox Twenty Exile on Mainstream
Maybeshewill I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone
Maybeshewill Fair Youth
Me and My Drummer Love Is A Fridge
Metallica Master of Puppets
mewithoutYou Catch For Us the Foxes
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
Miley Cyrus The Time of Our Lives
Modest Mouse This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Nada Surf The Proximity Effect
Nada Surf You Know Who You Are
New Found Glory Radiosurgery
New Found Glory Catalyst
New Found Glory Not Without a Fight
Nickelback Dark Horse
Nocturnal Habits New Skin for Old Children
Norah Jones Little Broken Hearts
Nothing Tired of Tomorrow
Nothing More Nothing More
Obadiah Parker Obadiah Parker Live
One of the most refreshing albums of the decade. The entire record is live acoustic work - and Obadiah Parker's sound is breathtaking. This is the kind of music that you could hear playing in the background of life's most beautiful moments. It is simple yet powerful, and it is sure to affect the emotional core of anyone who takes the time to listen.
OK Go Ok Go
Every song they present here is upbeat (even the ones with more depressing meanings) and there are plenty of big hits to anchor the album in your library. It may not be highly technical and it certainly isn?t an instrumental wonder, but OK Go has just the right blend of accessibility, catchiness, and underlying meaning to make you want to come back for more.r
Opeth Blackwater Park
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Panic! at the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Parts & Labor Constant Future
Interesting, experimental noise pop.
Passion Pit Kindred
Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt
Pearl Jam Backspacer
Pearl Jam Ten
Peter Silberman Impermanence
Alternates between smooth, classy, lo-fi vocal-centric and totally boring, sleepy, and forgettable. There's not enough of either for me to consider this either great or a disappointment. I always give Silberman the benefit of the doubt though, so for now this gets a 3 with an extra 0.5 of good faith that this will grow.
Pink Funhouse
Queen Queen II
Queen Sheer Heart Attack
Queen A Day at the Races
Queen Innuendo
Racing Heart To Walk Beside That Ghost
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
Regina Spektor Remember Us To Life
Relient K The Anatomy of Tongue In Cheek
Relient K Two Lefts Dont Make a Right But Three Do
Rihanna A Girl Like Me
Rob Thomas ...Something to Be
Royal Blood How Did We Get So Dark?
S. Carey All We Grow
S. Carey Supermoon
S. Carey Hoyas
Sabrina Carpenter EVOLution
Sounds a little like Miley if she didn't whore herself out both personally and professionally.
Saintseneca Dark Arc
Saosin Saosin
Say Anything Say Anything
Seahaven Ghost
She and Him A Very She & Him Christmas
Sigur Ros ( )
Skillet Comatose
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
Soundtrack (Film) Nightmare Revisited
Spoon Hot Thoughts
St. Vincent MASSEDUCTION
Brilliant moments (LA, Johnny, NY, Savior, Slow Disco) sandwiched between some questionable
stuff. Seems more hit or miss than her S/T but this album is also more of a risk.
Steven Wilson To the Bone
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Swans To Be Kind
Swans My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
Let's all take this moment to realize just how awesome "No Worlds/No Thoughts" really is. Oh, and the rest of the album isn't half bad either...is there anything Swans can't do?
Switchfoot Hello Hurricane
Symphony X Paradise Lost
System of a Down Hypnotize
System of a Down Mezmerize
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
Taking Back Sunday New Again
Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour
Teen Daze Themes For Dying Earth
The Afghan Whigs Do to the Beast
The Antlers Uprooted
The Beach Boys Surfer Girl
The Beatles Let It Be
The Beatles Revolver
The Beatles Beatles for Sale
The Beatles With the Beatles
The Beatles Please Please Me
The Black Keys Brothers
The Colorful Quiet Numb Feeling
The Dear Hunter Migrant
The Dear Hunter Indigo
The Decemberists Florasongs
The Format Dog Problems
The Gathering Disclosure
Absolutely gorgeous. This impresses upon first listen, and it's almost certain to grow on you. A haven for fans of alternative, experimental, ambient, and progressive music.
The Helio Sequence Negotiations
The Menzingers After the Party
The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree
The National Boxer
The New Year Snow
The Offspring Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
The Rentals Lost In Alphaville
The celebratory aura that results from the mix of the contemplative heart-on-sleeve male vocals and mesmerizing female chorus/backing vocals elevates this to a level that not many indie rock bands have been able to ascend to. Accessible yet wholly original, not to mention a statement.
The Republic of Wolves His Black Teeth
The Republic of Wolves Covers (Vol. 1)
The Roots Game Theory
The Rosebuds Sand + Silence
The Used Artwork
The War on Drugs A Deeper Understanding
The White Stripes White Blood Cells
The World Is a Beautiful Place... Always Foreign
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Tool 10,000 Days
Tool Undertow
Train Drops of Jupiter
Transatlantic Bridge Across Forever
Twenty One Pilots Vessel
Tyler, the Creator Flower Boy
Ulver The Assassination of Julius Caesar
Vancouver Sleep Clinic Revival
We Shot The Moon A Silver Lining
Weezer The Red Album
Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes Acoustic
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue Acoustic
You, Me, And Everyone We Know Some Things Don't Wash Out
Imagine a scenario in which Max Bemis and Brendan Urie have a child together. They nurture and support him, until one day he approaches his fathers and asks, ?Daddies, how do I make good music?? Now this child (whose name is Ben Liebsch) gets the answer you would expect from the frontman of Panic! At the Disco. ?Son, you need to make your music sound as catchy and confident as possible.? Then, Max chimes in, ?And it doesn?t hurt to sound like a conceited douche; self awareness and sex jokes will be what separates you from ***ty bands like?(awkward pause, shoots a tender look over at Brendan)?well, you know?? Little Ben takes this advice to heart, and as he grows up and surrounds himself with bandmates, you can see all of these characteristics coming into fruition. That is what You, Me, and Everyone We Know?s Some Things Don?t Wash Out sounds like.
Zella Day Kicker
Lana who?

3.4 great
3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down
Even though it has its moments, 3 Doors Down's self-titled release is every bit as disappointing as the band's spiralling decline following "Kryptonite."
Adele 21
Someone Like You gives me chills every time, definitely one of the best songs of 2011. The rest of this album is nearly just as good.
Band of Horses Infinite Arms
Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect
Carrie Underwood Blown Away
City and Colour If I Should Go Before You
Good Charlotte Good Morning Revival
Lifehouse No Name Face
Lucius Good Grief
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream! It's Alright!
Motion City Soundtrack Panic Stations
The All-American Rejects Kids in the Street
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Head And The Heart The Head And The Heart
The Wrens The Meadowlands
We The Kings Smile Kid
Weezer Hurley

3.3 great
AFI Burials
Arcade Fire The Arcade Fire
Ariana Grande My Everything
Bayside Vacancy
Coheed and Cambria The Color Before The Sun
Foster the People Supermodel
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence
Green Day Revolution Radio
Grizzly Bear Shields
Ingrid Michaelson Human Again
James Blake The Colour in Anything
Kevin Morby City Music
This was a bit disappointing, not because the music isn't good, but because it feels like it was rushed out. The thing that made Singing Saw special was the constant, often unexpected twists that were sprinkled across every single track. This feels more like plain old Kevin Morby, and while I could listen to this any day and find it pleasant, not once will my jaw ever hit the floor the way it did when I first heard 'I Have Been to the Mountain" or "Destroyer." Maybe it just needs more time, but for now it's hard to avoid the conclusion that this, while pretty good, just lacks that special sauce.
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Presence
Linkin Park One More Light
Nada Surf If I Had A Hi-Fi
Nine Inch Nails Not the Actual Events
People mad over hyping

It's good though
Opeth Sorceress
I think this is what Opeth has been going for all along with this prog renaissance, and it's good for what it is. One can only hope they got it all out of their system with this album though.
Queens of the Stone Age Villains
Didn't do much for me outside of the beginning and end, unfortunately. Feet Don't Fail Me is an absolute banger though.
Sam Amidon The Following Mountain
The experimental sections of this are great, especially the last track. Not sure I jive rwith his vocals, and the melodies aren't the most engaging. Still, a very interesting rlisten for his first album of original compositions.
Stevens / Dessner / Muhly / McAlister Planetarium
Submotion Orchestra Finest Hour
Sum 41 13 Voices
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Lumineers The Lumineers

3.2 good
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
Bleachers Gone Now
Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Cloud Nothings Life Without Sound
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave
Greywind Afterthoughts
It's like Paramore got heavier and edgier, but clipped their own wings with homogeneous mid-
tempo songwriting. Excited to hear what this group does in the future; an above average
debut either way.
Kelly Clarkson Stronger
Talk Normal Sugarland
Weezer Raditude
Wilco The Whole Love

3.1 good
Ariana Grande Yours Truly
Beach House Depression Cherry
Beach House Thank Your Lucky Stars
Hoobastank The Reason
Imagine Dragons Night Visions
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now

3.0 good
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
Ages and Ages Something to Ruin
Aimee Mann Mental Illness
All That Remains Overcome
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Anberlin Blueprints for the Black Market
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Andrew W.K. I Get Wet
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
Anti-Flag The People or the Gun
Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See
Astra The Black Chord
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Avenged Sevenfold The Stage
Avril Lavigne Under My Skin
Avril Lavigne Let Go
Bad Books Bad Books
Bad Omens Bad Omens
Band of Horses Cease to Begin
Band of Horses Everything All the Time
Black Rivers Black Rivers
Surprisingly dynamic and energetic, the former members of Black Doves might be onto something here. "Black Rivers" is mysterious and upbeat, even if it still succumbs to a lot of trite and overdone indie-pop cliches. At it's best, this shows the kind of promise needed to transform the mainstream indie brand. At it's worst, this is everything that's wrong with the mainstream indie brand. Only the future can tell whether they'll push for something more, or take the easy path that so many similar artists before them have.
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
Blink-182 Dude Ranch
Boston Walk On
Boys Like Girls Crazy World
Breaking Benjamin Dear Agony
Bright Eyes Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Broken Bells After The Disco
Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss
Chevelle La Gárgola
Conor Oberst Salutations
Converge No Heroes
Converge You Fail Me
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Crossfade We All Bleed
Crystal Castles Amnesty (I)
Damien Rice 9
Dance Gavin Dance Mothership
Dashboard Confessional Alter The Ending
Daughtry Leave This Town
Shameless radio-whoring of a sound that actually wasn't too bad for the rock star's debut. Now with his sophomore release, Daughtry has chosen the path of boring mass-produced radio dribble over anything truly worthwhile.
Dawn Richard Redemption
Dead Sara Dead Sara
Deftones Deftones
Deftones Around the Fur
DeVotchKa 100 Lovers
100 Lovers is another solid entry into DeVotchKa?s catalogue. The international approach that they take on this album succeeds in just about every way, and there are countless genre samplings from across the globe to make this an engaging listen from start to finish. It may not flow the best, but the material present is of the utmost quality ? and that is something we have all come to expect from this talented indie quartet.
Dia Frampton Bruises
Disturbed Ten Thousand Fists
Disturbed Believe
Dot Hacker N°3
Dr. Dog Be The Void
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Dream Theater Awake
Dream Theater Octavarium
Dude York Sincerely
Ed Sheeran ÷
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Eminem Encore
Empress Hotel Empress Hotel
Failure Anthem First World Problems
Falls of Rauros Vigilance Perennial
Feist Metals
Field Music Plumb
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel...
Florence and the Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold
Foo Fighters One by One
Fort Minor The Rising Tied
Gates Parallel Lives
Just as twinkly and nice as their debut, just minus all of the emotion and grit that made that album feel more like Thrice ascending into the clouds and less like...well, this. It's pretty but more forgettable than it should be.
Gavin DeGraw Something Worth Saving
Givers In Light
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Goo Goo Dolls Let Love In
Goo Goo Dolls A Boy Named Goo
Green Day Kerplunk
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Grizzly Bear Yellow House
Grooms Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair
A very cool ambient vibe dominates this record, and when it is good (see the title track), it's very good. It has a tendency to get a little samey-sounding, which hurts it's replay value and makes the temptation to skip around all too attainable of a solution. Still, this is an album worth hearing for fans of alt/indie/ambient.
Grouplove Spreading Rumours
Haste the Day Attack of the Wolf King
Highly Suspect Mister Asylum
A lot like Royal Blood, these guys are a pretty straightforward heavy rock outfit. The vocalist
lacks diversity, and the songs don't branch out very far, but it's an above average record within
its niche that offers up a slew of memorable riffs to bask in.
Holy Esque At Hope's Ravine
Hoobastank Fight or Flight
Horse Feathers Cynic's New Year
Incubus 8
Very hit or miss. Some cringey lyrics as well. Overall though, the 3-4 best songs on here make this memorable enough to warrant additional listens, which is more than can be said for their previous LP.
Iron And Wine Our Endless Numbered Days
Jack Johnson In Between Dreams
Jack Johnson To the Sea
James Blunt All the Lost Souls
Japandroids Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
Jeff Loomis Plains of Oblivion
Jenny O. Home
Jeremy Fisher Flood
It may be the poppiest folk album you will ever hear, but it is so catchy and enjoyable that you probably won't care.
Jet Get Born
Jet Shine On
Jewel Pieces of You
If you don't enjoy this, chances are you don't have a soul
Jimmy Eat World Static Prevails
Jordan Klassen Javelin
Joshua Radin Wax Wings
Joshua Thorne Dear Listener
June Divided The Other Side Of You
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Kanye West Yeezus
Karen O Crush Songs
Katy Perry One of the Boys
Keane Strangeland
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
Kishi Bashi Sonderlust
Korn Untitled
Lady Gaga Joanne
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Lamb of God Resolution
Lana Del Rey Honeymoon
LCD Soundsystem American Dream
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Lifehouse Who We Are
Lifehouse Lifehouse
Linkin Park A Thousand Suns
An average album by an average band. Different than all 3 of their previous efforts, but in no way better than any of them.
Linkin Park Living Things
Lost In The Trees Past Life
Lostprophets Liberation Transmission
Mae Destination: Beautiful
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's Rot Gut, Domestic
The perfect blend of messy, loud rock and quiet, contemplative indie. Worth a listen from a fan of either genre.
Martin Courtney Many Moons
Matchbox Twenty North
She's So Mean is the kind of track that conjures images of vintage, early millennium Matchbox Twenty. Outside of a few other select gems though, the album flails about whilst stuck in the slumber of five years of inactivity and ten years without a full-length release.
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
Mew Visuals
mewithoutYou Other Stories
Michael Buble Crazy Love
Michael Buble To Be Loved
Miniature Tigers I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy
Minus the Bear VOIDS
Modest Mouse Strangers to Ourselves
Like all Modest Mouse albums, a mixed bag. However, Strangers to Ourselves has some downright incredible songs. 'Pups to Dust' and 'The Tortoise and The Tourist', for example, are in a class of their own. This album could have been way more consistent and thus better, but it's still on par with any of their post-Moon and Antarctica outings.
Modest Mouse No One's First, and You're Next
Moonlight Bride Twin Lakes
Mount Eerie Clear Moon
Mount Eerie Ocean Roar
Mount Eerie Sauna
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Mumford and Sons Babel
My Morning Jacket Circuital
Nada Surf High/Low
Needtobreathe The Reckoning
Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island
New Found Glory Coming Home
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Nine Inch Nails Add Violence
Now, Now Neighbors
Now, Now Threads
Okkervil River The Silver Gymnasium
OneRepublic Waking Up
Panic! at the Disco Vices & Virtues
Panic! at the Disco Pretty. Odd.
This is the best compilation of Beatles covers there are.
Papa Roach The Paramour Sessions
Passion Pit Gossamer
Patrick Watson Love Songs for Robots
Penpal Penpal
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Pixies Bossanova
Pixies Head Carrier
Pixies Trompe Le Monde
Priscilla Ahn This Is Where We Are
PUP The Dream Is Over
Puressence Don't Forget to Remember
Puscifer Conditions of My Parole
Puscifer Money Shot
Queen Queen
Queen Hot Space
Quiet Company Transgressor
A poppier expedition from "We Are All Where We Belong." This album lacks a lot of the life and energy offered by that album, traded in for stable/consistent mainstream-inclined melodies.
Rachel Grimes Book Of Leaves
Radiohead The King of Limbs
At this point, they can't possibly reach the expectations that everyone has set for them.
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Real Estate In Mind
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway
Rihanna Loud
Rihanna Talk That Talk
Rise Against The Black Market
Rise Against Endgame
To quote Ties, "it's Appeal to Reason without the catchy choruses."
Rob Thomas Cradlesong
Robert Plant Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar
Ryan Adams 1989
Sarabeth Tucek Get Well Soon
Saves the Day Under the Boards
Say Anything In Defense of the Genre
Say Anything Hebrews
Seether Poison The Parish
Serj Tankian Imperfect Harmonies
As a whole, Imperfect Harmonies may very well be Serj Tankians best achievement outside of System of a Down. He takes many of the ideas present on Elect the Dead and perfects them, along with an infusion of new musical influences that place the album a step above its predecessor. The album is somewhat genre-defying, as it seems to cross paths with everything from electronic music and jazz to traditional Armenian ballads. It is also much less rooted in rock, which simultaneously increases its experimental nature and decreases its overall intensity. Despite the chaotic and mad sound created by such a whirlwind of ideas, one thing is clear: Imperfect Harmonies will intrigue listeners until the very last second.
Shearwater Animal Joy
Sixx:A.M. Prayers For The Damned (Vol. 1)
Sixx:A.M. Prayers For The Blessed (Vol. 2)
Sleepingdog With Our Heads in the Clouds...
Slipknot Iowa
Slipknot Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses
Snow Patrol Final Straw
Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising
To put it simply, Bad Moon Rising is no sing-along. It is ugly and abrasive; and even its emotions are expressed with the utmost absence of concern. This is anything but a typical Sonic Youth album, but it is also one of the most intriguing and rewarding listens they have to offer. If you have even a passing interest in dark alternative rock, Bad Moon Rising is an essential addition to your collection.
Stellar Young Vessels
Stone Sour Audio Secrecy
Styx Man of Miracles
Styx Brave New World
Submotion Orchestra Fragments
Sufjan Stevens Enjoy Your Rabbit
Sufjan Stevens A Sun Came
Sufjan Stevens Silver & Gold
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
Summer Fiction Himalaya
SUSTO and I'm Fine Today
Switchfoot Fading West
Taking Back Sunday Happiness Is
Teenage Fanclub Here
Temples Volcano
Terribly Yours A Bloom Beyond
The Airborne Toxic Event The Airborne Toxic Event
The Arcs Yours, Dreamily
Listen to Nature's Child, you won't regret it
The Ataris October in This Railroad Earth
The Beach Boys Surfin' Safari
The Beach Boys Surfin' U.S.A.
The Beach Boys Little Deuce Coupe
The Beatles Yellow Submarine
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Black Angels Death Song
The Black Keys Attack & Release
The Black Keys Magic Potion
The Boxer Rebellion The Cold Still
The Cold Still is extremely consistent, as every song carries its weight in terms of the album?s overarching atmosphere while also contributing something entirely unique from the other nine tracks. Nails that ambiant alt-rock feel without ever becoming boring; a thoroughly rewarding listen.
The Dangerous Summer Reach for the Sun
The Dear Hunter Blue
The Dear Hunter White
The Dear Hunter Green
The Explorers Club Freedom Wind
The Fray The Fray
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Head And The Heart Signs Of Light
The Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth
The National Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
The Paper Kites States
The Roots Rising Down
The Roots Phrenology
The Script Science & Faith
The Script The Script
The Shins Port of Morrow
The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
Third Eye Blind Blue
Thirty Seconds To Mars A Beautiful Lie
Thirty Seconds To Mars 30 Seconds to Mars
Three Days Grace One-X
Three Days Grace Three Days Grace
Thrice Identity Crisis
Train Save Me San Francisco
Train My Private Nation
Train For Me, It's You
Trapt Only Through the Pain
Trivium Shogun
WATERS What's Real
First half has some absolutely immense indie-rock jams, but this is a noticeably front-loaded affair that loses steam very quickly. It's one of those albums with peaks that will make you wonder why the rest of the album doesn't aspire to the same level. Not a bad record, just more of a "singles" album. Check them out if you like Grouplove because they're basically the same band.
Wilco Summerteeth
Wintersun Time I
Wolf Alice Visions of a Life

2.8 good
Animal Collective Centipede Hz
Kings of Leon Walls
Muse The 2nd Law
It's actually pretty decent IMO; the whole album is bombastic and way over the top. It reminds me a lot of how Coldplay said fuck everything and finally decided to embrace all of their eccentricities. I know it's all over the place stylistically, but it's tied together pretty nicely by the sheer fact that it's all completely ridiculous. The riffs, for as few and far between as they are, are worlds better than anything on Resistance bar maybe "Unnatural Selection", but even that was derived from an earlier riff in their discography. The songs are catchier and more well put together, and I think it's because they finally embraced the fact that MUSE IS NOT A ROCK BAND ANYMORE and got down to making what they want to be making. I do think that this direction has limited upside, there aren't many places they can go from here. But at least they aren't trapped in that awkward-as-fuck purgatory between wanting to sound like Black Holes and wanting to do straight up glam-pop that was more akin to Fall Out Boy than it was to themselves. Fucking Twilight soundtracks ruined everything ;)
Shearwater Jet Plane and Oxbow
The Decemberists Her Majesty the Decemberists

2.7 average
Deaf Havana All These Countless Nights
Deftones Gore
HAIM Something To Tell You
Led Zeppelin Coda
Passion Pit Tremendous Sea of Love
Sorority Noise You're Not As ____ As You Think
The Used The Canyon
The xx I See You

2.5 average
The Other Side Of You
3 Doors Down Seventeen Days
About Group Start and Complete
This is one of those albums that will be sure to captivate portions of the indie scene, if for no other reason because it is so unique. Beyond that, we are simply rewarded with a slew of solid to above average tracks, occasionally venturing into brilliant territory, that are exceptionally easy to listen to.
Adele 25
An album full of almosts. Almost good enough to overcome it's refusal to change. Almost interesting, if only it had a little more of a pulse. This is the same old Adele, but falls short of her usual standard presumably because of big time producers who, in search of the next 'Someone Like You', made every single song either an acoustic or piano ballad. This just reaffirms that we have no reason to expect big things from Adele, and that her best days are most likely behind her.
Alter Bridge AB III
There is also no doubt this is the bands heaviest album to date it creates a dark, brooding atmosphere. However, as many critics have pointed out, Alter Bridge does have a tendency to get repetitive with their chord progressions and overall song structures. Just like with the bands returning strengths, it also appears that their weaknesses have returned, except in even greater numbers. Alter Bridge has no doubt created a solid, if not exceptional album technically and vocally. But its lack of memorable moments, combined with excessive length and filler, make AB III boil down to an instrumentally impressive album that does not live up to its potential.
Angels and Airwaves We Don't Need to Whisper
Anti-Flag American Fall
Ariel Pink Pom Pom
Asking Alexandria The Black
Austra Future Politics
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet
Bayside Cult
Beach Slang A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
"The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us" - minus the magic.
Belle and Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
This is Belle & Sebastian's "out there" album. I guess every band is entitled to one in their career. Usually they don't fare so well, and this is no exception.
Bjork Vulnicura
Simply tedious. Even if it is gorgeous in certain spots, Vulnicura is overlong and not varied enough to consistently recapture the interest of its listeners.
Black Lips Arabia Mountain
Black Lips deliver a reasonably good, certainly fun album. But they need to take a risk eventually if they ever want to reach their full potential.
Blink-182 Cheshire Cat
Body Count Bloodlust
Bright Archer Hidden Systems
Can't Swim Fail You Again
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
While strong at points ("Here We Are Juggernaut", "Pearl of the Stars"), Year of the Black Rainbow doesn't represent any major progressive step forward for Coheed and Cambria. The album dabbles in electronic effects and tones down the guitars, ultimately creating an album that is no more or less desirable than the preceding disappointment, "No World For Tomorrow." The record provides enough to hold over fans hungry for more Coheed, but it is starting to appear that the band's best days are in fact long behind them.
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Descension
Colbie Caillat All of You
Brighter Than The Sun, What If, and Before I Let You Go are all good songs, the rest of this is really forgettable
Cold War Kids LA Divine
Dark Suns Everchild
Daughtry Break the Spell
Death Cab for Cutie Kintsugi
Album is full of the kinds of songs Death Cab can churn out in their sleep. That doesn't necessarily mean it's bad, but it feels lifeless compared to comparable efforts that conveyed a little bit of enthusiasm and vigor. 'Black Sun', 'Little Wanderer', and 'Binary Sea' mark the highlights here, but if you're looking for much more than the occasional gem, then you might as well not bother with this.
Deftones Adrenaline
Diego Garcia Laura
Disturbed Asylum
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Dream Theater When Dream and Day Unite
Dream Theater Falling into Infinity
Dropkick Murphys 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory
Eve 6 Speak in Code
Now, now, I know what you're thinking. This is 2012, right? So what is a band like Eve 6 doing around? Their sudden reappearance is kind of like running into an ex-girlfriend that you used to have crazy monkey sex with, only now it's been a long time and you have matured. You have a college degree, a job, and a distinguished personality. Sure, you'd like to go for a romp in the hay for old time's sake, but there's a reason you left her in your past. So why is she here, unbuttoning her blouse and giving you the sex eyes? BECAUSE SHE TOTALLY FUCKING ROCKS!! Take her back, and blast the Eve 6 you won't regret it.
Fiona Apple Tidal
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
It looks like the Foo Fighters are back to going through the motions. It's a lot like Wasting Light, just stripped of its youthful vibe and sense of purpose. This just feels like Grohl and co. hanging out and making 8 songs, and putting them on a CD regardless of their content. Some of the tracks are good, sure, but it's also about 50% skippable.
Foster the People Sacred Hearts Club
Future Islands The Far Field
Gin Blossoms No Chocolate Cake
Goldenboy Sleepwalker
Goo Goo Dolls Something for the Rest of Us
Something for the Rest of Us is a very solid outing for the Goo Goo Dolls. It doesn't have the immediate appeal of Dizzy Up The Girl or Gutterflower, but it is at least on par with Let Love In and above their other works. The album doesn't really branch out, but it continues to give us the Goo Goo Dolls at their best - catchy upbeat tunes and thoughtfully crafted ballads.
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless
Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death
Gorillaz The Fall
Grandaddy Last Place
Green Day 39/Smooth
Green Day ¡UNO!
Green Day iDOS!
Green Day iTRE!
Grimes Art Angels
Guster Evermotion
Guster attempts to make the jump from mainstream pop to Shins-brand indie. At times it works out (Gangway is great), but far too often does Evermotion find itself indifferently floating through echoed atmospheres and forgettable melodies.
Halsey Badlands
Hoobastank For(N)ever
Imogen Heap Sparks
Fans of Speak For Yourself will find this to be a letdown, but it still has its moments. It's not the kind of sit down, listen all the way through album that you want an artist to make every time, but the strong moments are good enough to make the album worthwhile. Just sift through the filler.
Incubus Fungus Amongus
Iron And Wine Ghost on Ghost
How has this not been reviewed yet??? Irving get your slacking ass in front of a keyboard and write the reviews I don't have time to.
Jack's Mannequin People and Things
Jay-Z The Blueprint 3
Jay-Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail
Jimmy Eat World Jimmy Eat World
Jon Foreman The Wonderlands: Shadows
Jon Foreman The Wonderlands: Sunlight
Joshua Radin Simple Times
Kasey Anderson and The Honkies Heart of a Dog
Country influence can be felt in every pulsating stomp and with each twangy riff, but this album also carries the heaviness and swagger of any of your favorite classic rock tunes. It's all very bad-to-the-bone, just modernized. Very accessible yet in no way soft, Heart of a Dog is a worthwhile listen for somebody looking for no frills, straight up rock n' roll with a slight country flavor.
Keane Perfect Symmetry
Kendrick Lamar DAMN.
Lamar continues the downward streak following good kid, which - contrary to popular opinion
- is actually his best record (not TPAB). I'm not sure if he has a God complex now or is
just getting lazy, but this album really doesn't offer much. Lately it's looking more and
more like good kid will be one of my all-time favorite rap/hip-hop albums, instead of Lamar
becoming one of my all-time favorite artists period, which is what I had originally hoped
for.
Landing on the Moon We Make History Now
As a whole, Landing on the Moon presents us an unprecedented tight sound. This may seem logical, considering that that band is made up of, as they describe it, a set of siblings, a pair of spouses, and two friends that are like brothers to the rest. Considering that We Make History Now is the bands first official album released, they come across as seasoned veterans of the music scene with outstanding chemistry.
Laura Marling Short Movie
An album that showed tremendous promise, weighed down by pretentious posturing that's upheld by weak melodies and okay lyrics.
Mae (m)orning
Magic Wands Aloha Moon
Matt Kivel Days of Being Wild
Days of Being Wild is nothing more (or less) than an encore. It shares the stripped down qualities of its predecessor, at times endeavoring to become even less accessible. Kivel is at no point interested in throwing big surprises at his listeners, which is a double-edged sword because his relaxed approach both defines his artistic style as well as puts a cap on its creativity. Strong lyrical content makes the light instrumental treading more captivating, but the album lives and breathes through its quiet, contemplative nature. Matt Kivel?s offering to his listeners is an unadulterated ? even if rather simple ? look at everyday life. Days of Being Wild won?t ensnare your senses or make a concerted effort to win you over, which is okay. All you can do is just embrace it, listen to it, and hope that it grows on you.
Mike Bloom King of Circles
Miley Cyrus Bangerz
Miley Cyrus Younger Now
Mini Mansions Mini Mansions
Moving Mountains Waves
Mr. Zero The Cheshire's Album
Mumford and Sons Wilder Mind
Petition here for Adam Knott to come out of fucking nowhere and write a 1.0 review of this album
New Found Glory Resurrection
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
O.A.R. King
Okkervil River Away
Panic! at the Disco Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!
Papa Roach Metamorphosis
Pixies Indie Cindy
Plain White T's Wonders of the Younger
Poor Moon Illusion
Puscifer Donkey Punch the Night
Relient K Relient K
Relient K Truly Madly Deeply EP
Three cute, if absolutely pointless, jingles.rBump if you like candy hearts < 3
Rihanna Music of the Sun
Rob Thomas The Great Unknown
Rose Elinor Dougall The Distractions EP
Saves the Day Sound the Alarm
Say Anything Baseball
Seahaven Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only
Seahaven Winter Forever
Seether Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray
Shinedown Somewhere in the Stratosphere
Shinedown Amaryllis
Simple Plan Simple Plan
Skillet Awake
Soundtrack (Film) Suicide Squad: The Album
Styx Styx
Styx Edge of the Century
Sum 41 Underclass Hero
The entire album is riddled with songs that sound like second rate Green Day and Blink-182 b-sides.
Switchfoot Where the Light Shines Through
The Airborne Toxic Event All At Once
The Airborne Toxic Event Such Hot Blood
The All-American Rejects The All-American Rejects
The Capsules Northern Lights and Southern Skies
The Dangerous Summer War Paint
The Decemberists Long Live the King
The Decemberists The Tain
The Fray Scars and Stories
The Killers Day & Age
The Killers Wonderful Wonderful
The Last Royals Twistification
The Magnetic Fields 50 Song Memoir
The Mountain Goats Beat the Champ
The slower moments here carry all of the album's weight. 'Heel Turn 2' and 'Hair Match' are great indie-folk songs. There's a lot of standard Mountain Goat stuff going on here with the occasional ascension into something spectacular. An okay listen for hardcore fans, but it mostly just proves that they'll probably never craft another masterpiece like The Sunset Tree.
The Mynabirds Lovers Know
The National The National
The New Pornographers Whiteout Conditions
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Am I the Enemy
The Republic of Wolves No Matter How Narrow
The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
The Roots The Tipping Point
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
The Sword High Country
The Wooden Birds Two Matchsticks
Thievery Corporation Culture of Fear
Thirty Seconds To Mars This Is War
Tim Kasher No Resolution
Titus Andronicus Local Business
Trent Hancock Ghostbird
Troubled Horse Revolution on Repeat
Wilco Sky Blue Sky
Wolf Alice My Love Is Cool
Wolfmother Cosmic Egg
Youngblood Hawke Wake Up

2.3 average
Laura Marling Semper Femina
Muse The Resistance
All in all, The Resistance presents us with crystal clear production and superbly polished songs, but very little substance. There are a few moments that save it from complete futility, but it is still a colossal disappointment for the older breed of fans who enjoyed the likes of Absolution and Origin of Symmetry. To be fair, even the greatest artists of all time have had a regrettable moment. Only time will tell if this is Muse?s one regret, or the start of an overall decline. But for now, The Resistance stands as an unsightly scar on Muse?s otherwise superb discography.
Portugal. The Man Woodstock

2.0 poor
311 Universal Pulse
All That Remains The Order of Things
Angels and Airwaves Love - Part II
Angels and Airwaves The Dream Walker
Animal Collective Danse Manatee
Animal Collective Painting With
Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King
Boston Corporate America
Boston Life, Love & Hope
Breaking Benjamin Dark Before Dawn
Britney Spears Britney Jean
Buckcherry Black Butterfly
Carrie Underwood Storyteller
A pretty big step backwards from her last couple of albums, unfortunately. Still worth a look for country diehards, but there's nothing that special or memorable here.
Chevelle The North Corridor
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Converge Halo in a Haystack
Creed Full Circle
This is hands down creed's worst album. Whatever they had going before the breakup (which wasn't much), they lost it.
Daughtry Baptized
David Bowie David Bowie
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Dream Theater Dream Theater
Dream Theater The Astonishing
dredg Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy
Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy sounds more like names for a girl's breasts than the title of a Dredg album...
Eagles Long Road Out Of Eden
EkoTren The Dead of Night
Lively, generic metalcore that will satisfy the casual fan but fail to impress beyond that.
Eminem Relapse
Flying Colors Flying Colors
What a tremendous underachievement by a group of extremely talented musicians. Words can't describe how frustrating this was to hear.
Foxygen Hang
Alright so this is going to take more getting used to than I thought. The samples had me excited but listening to a full album of this guy's vocals set to a broadway style musical is getting on my last nerve. Hoping this will be one of those things that I find irritating at first and then end up loving.
Goo Goo Dolls Magnetic
Incubus If Not Now, When?
James Blunt Some Kind of Trouble
James Blunt Moon Landing
Joshua Radin The Rock and the Tide
Joshua Radin Underwater
Joshua Radin Onward and Sideways
Kelly Clarkson Thankful
Kelly Clarkson My December
Kesha Warrior
Lady Gaga Artpop
Mae (a)fternoon
Maroon 5 Overexposed
Metallica Load
Metallica Reload
Metallica St. Anger
Miley Cyrus Can't Be Tamed
Miley is her own woman now, and for better or worse, she is no longer a puppet of the Walt Disney corporation. This is not the breakout album of Miley Cyrus? career. But between the catchy beats of her singles, the chilled-out vibes of her ballads, and her new independent image, Can?t Be Tamed manages to hold its own and send Miley one step closer to creating her own unique musical identity.r
Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz
Mount Eerie A Crow Looked At Me
I feel for this guy, but singing (or in this case, talking) about death does not automatically make a work profound or interesting. Nick Cave's record was essential because you could hear the devastation at every turn. Sufjan's was massive because it mastered the sound of modern indie folk. This could have just been a series of poems, and no effort is applied to make this into anything more than that. I understand the goal isn't for this to be an interesting listen for consumers, and it is a cathartic vessel for him or whatever, but there's absolutely nothing here of musical significance and he conveys absolutely nothing emotionally to transform this artistically; it's just someone lost and devastated with a guitar. A classic album that does not signify by default.
Nate Ruess Grand Romantic
Nickelback Here and Now
Nickelback Curb
Nickelback The State
Nickelback The Long Road
Opeth Pale Communion
Once upon a time there was a grand brotherhood of musicians, named Opeth. Opeth ruled a
kingdom known to the musical lands as "Maehtal", later simply shortened to Metal. The leader
of the pack was Mikael Akerfeldt, and it was said that his voice would boom with the
authority of a lion during the day, and calm herds of antelope with his soothing song at
night. Metal all fell under his massive shadow, as he ruled with dignity and grace for over
a decade. Then, one night in his sleep, he was visited by the ghost of an old king - sir
Crimson. Crimson, an apt ruler in his day, managed to continue to sway the tides of the
music world well beyond his grave...an unnatural gift. Crimson poisoned the mind of
Akerfeldt, and told him that he must only play Crimson's music so that the village people
could continue to glorify his name and rejoice in his accomplishments. Thus Akerfeldt
decreed a new law called "Heritage", which stated that he would no longer reign over the
lands with his booming declarations and only would whisper, yodel, and craft poor
transitions. The other members of his brotherhood, Opeth, tried in vain to convince
Akerfeldt otherwise, but soon they succumbed to the curse as well. Three years later, poor
king Akerfeldt's mind remains entombed in the curse of Crimson. His latest decree, Pale
Communion, issues a statement that 70's prog will live on forever through meandering,
extremely derivative 2000's metal. It is said that one day a savior will arrive and unpoison
Akerfeldt's mind; but until then, the kingdom of Metal suffers a great indignity and the
loss of one of its greatest kings.
Opeth Heritage
Pink Floyd The Endless River
Pretty, fluffy stuff.
Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Rihanna Rated R
Say Anything Anarchy, My Dear
Secondhand Serenade Hear Me Now
Almost as if the album ran over from A Twist In My Story, each track is a desperate attempt to get the listener to connect with Veselys emotional state. Had he used more restraint in his songwriting and chosen his climaxes more carefully, the listener would have a much better chance at feeling some kind of empathy or appreciation for what he is going through. Instead, it ends up becoming a chore, like listening to a friend complain constantly about a relationship that he/she should have moved on from two or three albums I mean weeks ago. Nobody likes spending their time that way, so why would they do it on this album? Sometimes in music, no change begets negative change, and Hear Me Now is a prime example.
Simple Plan Still Not Getting Any...
Smoke Or Fire The Speakeasy
Soundtrack (Film) The Hunger Games
Soundtrack (Film) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Styx The Serpent Is Rising
Styx Styx II
Styx Cyclorama
Swans The Glowing Man
The Big Pink Future This
The Black Keys Turn Blue
The Crash Motive Consequence
The Fray Helios
The Hotelier Goodness
The Last Shadow Puppets Everything You've Come To Expect
A vanilla offering following The Age of The Understatement. Not unlistenable or anything, just lacks the intrigue of this project's debut or any track that pops out/ventures into unmarked territory. Everything sort of blends together into a pleasant but boring mixture. For these guys to put out something average is certainly a letdown.
The Weeknd Starboy
Third Eye Blind Dopamine
Thirty Seconds To Mars Love Lust Faith + Dreams
Three Days Grace Life Starts Now
Wall Of Death Loveland
We The Kings Sunshine State of Mind
Weezer Pacific Daydream
It wouldn't be Weezer if they didn't follow up an incredible album with an absolute dud. Onto the Black Album...
Wilco Schmilco
Wolfmother Victorious

1.5 very poor
3 Doors Down Us and the Night
Angels and Airwaves I-Empire
Band of Horses Mirage Rock
Band of Horses Why Are You OK
Disturbed Immortalized
Finger Eleven Life Turns Electric
Life Turns Electric suffers from a lack of originality and a lack of catchiness, two flaws that no mainstream rock album can survive when mixed together.
Goo Goo Dolls Boxes
Good Charlotte Cardiology
This is just another bland album from a talentless band...nothing to see here, folks.
Good Charlotte Youth Authority
Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors
Every bit as gimmicky as their debut "Night Visions", but at least that album had a ton of catchy tunes and some downright massive hooks. This is like Night Visions lite, and feels more like a collection of b-sides than a legitimate effort to craft something worthwhile.
Jet Shaka Rock
Kanye West The Life of Pablo
Katy Perry Prism
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Keane Night Train
Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece
Kelly Clarkson Meaning of Life
Kesha Animal
How anyone thinks this shit is good, or even catchy, is beyond me. This is complete and utter garbage in every sense of the word. No talent is evident from the songs, their lyrics, or Kesha herself; and even amidst a sea of talentless pop-artists and temporary fads, she still manages to look and sound bad.
Lady Antebellum Own the Night
Meghan Trainor Title
This album has all the right junk in all the right places
Morgan Delt Phase Zero
My Chemical Romance Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
This is a huge album...and not because it is groundbreaking or even particularly well done. Don't get me wrong, it will probably become a massive hit among mainstream rock/punk/emo fans, but it is because it is crafted to do just that. Danger Days and the Fabulous whatever-the-fuck the absurd title of this album is contains all glitz, pomp and frills glamour. It is overbloated and tailored for an enjoyable, easy listen for those looking for mediocre background music or maybe for those who have yet to reach the realization that heart and soul is what drives music to be good. In other words, extremely average arena pop-rock.
Nickelback No Fixed Address
OneRepublic Oh My My
Nothing else here matches the magnitude of 'Kids', which is a great pop track. Trades in the atmosphere and mystique of Native for even more common pop tropes, and it isn't even as catchy for all the adverse tradeoffs.
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Panic! at the Disco Death of a Bachelor
Plain White T's Big Bad World
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You
Relient K Collapsible Lung
Rihanna Unapologetic
Rihanna ANTI
Run River North Drinking From A Salt Pond
Say Anything I Don't Think It Is
Shinedown Threat to Survival
Styx Big Bang Theory
Sum 41 Screaming Bloody Murder
This is the worst album I have heard in my entire life.
The Chainsmokers Memories...Do Not Open
"Sputnik hates pop, I bet this is halfway enjoyable."............"nope, nope...you got this one right sput."
The Killers Battle Born
The Lumineers Cleopatra
Pretty bland and uninspired americana/folk. For those who remember The Lumineers' debut it was basically the same thing, but it was bolstered by a handful of great songs - notably "Ho Hey." This is just over a half hour of lazy songwriting and Wesley Schultz being a presumptuous douche that thinks everyone loves whatever shit spills out of his mouth and his bandmates' instruments. Might be okay played in the background of an autumn bonfire or something, but for all intents and purposes this is grocery store music. There's nothing here that Of Monsters and Men/The Strumbellas/insert your new wave folk band of choice doesn't do a hundred times better.
The Script No Sound Without Silence
Three Days Grace Human
At this point they're an irrelevant band anyway so this disappointing release shouldn't impact too many people.
Train California 37
It's not very often that an album makes me mad. I'm not talking disappointed, or even grouchy, I mean completely ready to punch the next person I see in the face. Fuck fuck fuck I need an aspirin.
Train Bulletproof Picasso
Wolfmother New Crown
Yellowcard Where We Stand
Yellowcard Midget Tossing

1.0 awful
3 Doors Down Time of My Life
Take your right hand, lift it up to eye level, and repeatedly flick yourself in the forehead. Dont stopdont fucking stop for forty minutes. Thats what listening to this album is like.
Blackmore's Night Autumn Sky
Good Lord. If I wanted to hear a subpar female vocalist and a bunch of random horns supposedly depicting the Renaissance I would watch Robin Hood on mute and play a Disney soundtrack. I suppose this might be appealing to some but I literally started to feel sick by the time this was over.
Britney Spears Glory
Prophets of Rage Prophets of Rage
fuck this
Simple Plan Get Your Heart On!
Simple Plan Taking One For The Team
The Airborne Toxic Event Dope Machines
Trade in the drums! Burn the guitars! Who needs them when you have all the synthesizers that you
never asked for? Oh, and be sure to emulate Freddie Mercury. Not that talented? It doesn't
matter, because this is Dope Machines, where anything flies! It's a melting pot of falsetto,
electronics, and fun! Join The Airborne Toxic Event for a wild time that you'll never forget!
The Explorers Club Grand Hotel
The Killers Don't Waste Your Wishes
The Script #3
#3 you say? Smells more like #2 to me lolololololol
Train A Girl A Bottle A Boat
We The Kings Strange Love
Just terrible. People keep comparing this to boy bands but this isn't even as good as 5 Seconds of Summer.

0.5
Buckcherry Fuck
Because a 1 isn't low enough. Ladies and gentlemen, gather around and witness the happening rof the worst album in sputnikmusic.com history.
Meghan Trainor Thank You
Some of her best work to date.
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