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5.0 classic
David Bowie Station to Station
Dream Theater Images and Words
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
GZA Liquid Swords
Nas Illmatic
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Peter Gabriel Melt
Possibly the best album ever. It surpasses everything Genesis ever did in emotion, though not complexity. The blending of so many styles pretty much created a new genre of music. World, Jazz, Experimental, Rock and even Pop are all to be found taking leading roles at one point or another in the album, but make no mistake, this is no awful, cheesy 80's pop album. This is what pure gold might sound like if it's worth and beauty was somehow transformed into music. Get this now.
Best Tracks: I Don't Remember, Family Snapshot (must buy), Games Without Frontiers (must buy), Lead A Normal Life, Biko (must buy).
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd The Wall
Radiohead OK Computer
Tool Lateralus

4.5 superb
2Pac Me Against the World
2Pac Greatest Hits
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
Honestly, this deserves a 5. Something about it is just so relatable that, even through the weaker tracks, it manages to be an entirely engaging and rewarding listen. I would most certainly give this a 5 if it weren't for Crimes and Lullaby, two tracks which serve no purpose except to leave the listener feeling a little underwhelmed. Luckily, these are two oddities in an album full of careful and meaningful composition and playing. Fans of MJK will undoubtedly love this, and haters may find something in here that they haven't found with any Tool releases in it's relatability - The lyrical content has gone from being pretentious brilliance to a more straight up, more effective and ever-so-slightly more emotional portrayal of a person struggling through addiction. The drumming is one of Josh Freese's best displays, which is saying a lot considering his near-spotless track record, and the melodic instruments are used to their full potential, often giving a folky sound to the album... If only they hadn't felt the need to include Crimes and Lullaby.
AC/DC Back In Black
AFI Sing the Sorrow
Alice in Chains Dirt
Alice in Chains Facelift
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Anthrax Among the Living
AZ Doe or Die
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Anyone who's been regularly using the site would be forgiven for thinking that this is an entirely flawless record - the only reason that anybody gives it below a 5 is that it's folk. That is to say, simple folk - it's all about the emotion, using simple chord patterns to compliment the multi-layered falsetto singing. It doesn't sound like anything special on paper, but the strength of the album doesn't stem from it's structural and technical complexity. The place where the album shines is in the mood it creates - at only 37 minutes long, the album creates a beautiful soundscape depicting a lonely winter, whilst retaining a sense of familiarity and warmth throughout, keeping you coming back to listen again and again. The only complaint I can make is that the album doesn't really reach it's full potential until the near-7 minute closer 're: Stacks', a song containing all the strengths mentioned above, but in such a way that it really feels like the perfect accumulation of these strengths rather than just a song that is filled with them. A must-buy for anyone even slightly interested in folk.
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
Cynic Traced in Air
David Bowie The Man Who Sold the World
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
David Bowie Hunky Dory
Faith No More Angel Dust
Foo Fighters The Colour and The Shape (Expanded)
Gorillaz Demon Days
Green Day American Idiot
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II
The capacity of human intelligence seems to limit the capabilities to expand upon any possible creative aptitudes. Indeed, if one cannot even notice the facets that the ingenuities around him are comprised of, how can he be expected to fashion a beast of his own? This inveterate sense of constraint is a great blow to the veracity of mankind's abilities. It restrains us and holds our minds to the ground below, averting any possibility of rising above ourselves to something greater; something not fathomed by the conventional mind. This concept of seeking to go beyond one's self, known as 'transcendence', is essentially a gateway to unlocking pieces of ourselves that can lead to some of the most elaborate and significant creations of our world. For many, this quest to transcend and form creations that were once considered unthinkable and overwhelming consumes life. Certainly it is rare to find such people, but when they are found, creative barriers are destroyed.
GZA Legend of the Liquid Sword
GZA Beneath the Surface
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time
John Frusciante Shadows Collide with People
Killswitch Engage Alive or Just Breathing
Killswitch Engage The End of Heartache
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Meat Puppets Meat Puppets II
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Nas STILLmatic
Newton Faulkner Hand Built By Robots
Nine Inch Nails Broken
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Nine Inch Nails And All That Could've Been [DVD]
Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV
Nirvana In Utero
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
Nirvana Nirvana
Oasis Definitely Maybe
Oasis Be Here Now
Pearl Jam Ten
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Protest the Hero Kezia
Protest the Hero Fortress
Queen A Night at the Opera
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Rise Against Revolutions per Minute
Shadows Fall The Art of Balance
Shadows Fall The War Within
Skinny Puppy Too Dark Park
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
System of a Down System of a Down
System of a Down Toxicity
The Doors The Doors
The Living End The Living End
The Rolling Stones Live Licks
Third Eye Blind Third Eye Blind
Thrice Vheissu
Tool ├ćnima
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams

4.0 excellent
AC/DC The Razors Edge
All That Remains This Darkened Heart
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Architects Nightmares
Crazy time signatures, chromatic tapping riffs, heavy screams and great live potential - everything that you could want from a metal/hardcore act compressed into 8 songs. If there's one gripe I have, it's that 'You don't walk away from dismemberment' is by far the most memorable song, and the middle of the album is much more repetitive than the start and end. I try to shy away from the term metalcore, because this is far from Killswitch Engage and Trivium - it's much more on the hardcore side of the scene, especially due to the polyrhythmic textures that dominate the album, combined with the ridiculous technicality of the guitar work in particular. A must-have for anyone who doesn't entirely despise hardcore and metal, and can stand a couple of dull tracks. It's not quite superb, and definitely not classic, but a strong 'excellent' feels like a very fair rating from my point of view.
Architects Ruin
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Bob Dylan The Essential Bob Dylan
Brand New Daisy
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains
David Bowie Space Oddity
Def Leppard High 'n' Dry
Dire Straits Making Movies
Dream Theater Train of Thought
Dream Theater A Change of Seasons
Eminem The Eminem Show
Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits
Filter The Amalgamut
Filter Title Of Record
Foo Fighters Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Foo Fighters In Your Honor
Foo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to Lose
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Fort Minor The Rising Tied
Green Day International Superhits
Jane's Addiction Ritual De Lo Habitual
Jay-Z The Black Album
John Frusciante Inside of Emptiness
John Frusciante The Will to Death
John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer A Sphere in the Heart of Silence
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Lostprophets Start Something
Lostprophets The Fake Sound Of Progress
Mad Season Above
Mammal The Majority
Nas It Was Written
Nas God's Son
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Nirvana Bleach
Nirvana Nevermind
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Oasis Don't Believe the Truth
Opeth Damnation
Pink Floyd Relics
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Radiohead In Rainbows
Red Hot Chili Peppers What Hits!?
Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley
Rise Against Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Rise Against The Sufferer & the Witness
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
Robbie Williams Life Thru a Lens
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Stabbing Westward Darkest Days
Sum 41 Chuck
Supergrass Supergrass Is Ten: Best Of Supergrass 1994 - 2004
Symphony X V: The New Mythology Suite
System of a Down Steal This Album!
The Butterfly Effect Final Conversation of Kings
The Living End State Of Emergency
Not the best, not the worst. The Living End have created something here that can appeal to both fans and casual listeners, despite the relative simplicity of the music in comparison to some of their other albums. Nearly every song feels single worthy, though the title track and Black Cat stand out as the most single-ish, if not the best songs on the album.
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Tom Waits Rain Dogs
Tom Waits Blue Valentine
U2 The Joshua Tree
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever
Yes Close to the Edge

3.5 great
AC/DC Highway To Hell
All That Remains Behind Silence and Solitude
As I Lay Dying An Ocean Between Us
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Bad Religion Against the Grain
Birds Of Tokyo Universes
Blink-182 blink-182
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Converge Jane Doe
David Bowie Reality
Deftones White Pony
Filter Short Bus
Foo Fighters One by One
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy
Jeff Buckley Grace (Legacy Edition)
John Frusciante Curtains
John Frusciante Smile from the Streets You Hold
Kaiser Chiefs Employment
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Linkin Park Meteora
Linkin Park Reanimation
Metallica Master of Puppets
It grew on me. Having utterly hated this the first few times I heard it, the infectious title track began to grow on me, and Battery, Sanitarium and Leper Messiah followed. However, the first half is just clearly so much better than the second half, though songs such as Damage Inc. and Disposable Heroes (great titles both, especially the latter) may take time to grow on me. Orion and The Thing That Should Not Be both feel like lowlights, though neither are particularly bad.
The best way to describe the sound of this album would be your standard, slightly fuzzy and guitar-centric thrash production, love-it-or-hate-it vocals (I fit into both catergories, depending on the song) which are mostly melodic shouts, but never screams, a very underground feel, standard fare thrashy riffs which are nevertheless very well done, great soloing, average-to-bad drumming and mostly inaudible though fairly good bass. It reeks of underground worship, as if it was destined to be praised by metalheads everywhere at some point, but the top-heaviness is inexcusable, although any thrash fan should have this album. Metallica hit their peak in their next, more progressive album, ...And Justice For All, although the production and vocals certainly stepped up for this album, making it a worthwhile purchase for pretty much any metalhead, or indeed anyone who is fairly new to metal.
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Opeth Blackwater Park
The death metal vocals ruin the album for me. Although they're much more tolerable than most other vocalist's growls, they still make it difficult for me to listen to the album.
However, in giving an objective review, I still wouldn't give it a 5. Some moments (The Leper Affinity and Bleak are prime examples) are fantastic, intense and switch back and forth between heavy and clean (which leads me to the point of Mikael's clean voice being one of the best in metal) with fantastic structure and grace. The boring moments, however (which, luckily, aren't all that common), are REALLY boring. To anyone who likes Death Metal and Prog, this is like a goldmine. To anyone who likes only one of the two, this is like apple bobbing, but with more good results than bad.
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Rage Against The Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Rage Against The Machine Renegades
Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
Robbie Williams Sing When You're Winning
Robbie Williams I've Been Expecting You
Shadows Fall Threads of Life
Sum 41 Does This Look Infected?
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
System of a Down Hypnotize
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Trivium Shogun

3.0 good
Audioslave Revelations
Bloc Party A Weekend in the City
Bullet For My Valentine The Poison
Bullet For My Valentine Scream, Aim, Fire
Coldplay Parachutes
David Bowie Diamond Dogs
David Bowie Aladdin Sane
Def Leppard Hysteria
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Kaiser Chiefs Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Kanye West Graduation
Korn Korn
Limp Bizkit The Unquestionable Truth - Part I
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory EP
Lostprophets Liberation Transmission
Muse Absolution
Nas Untitled
Oasis Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Razorlight Razorlight
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Seether Karma And Effect
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
Sum 41 Half Hour Of Power
System of a Down Mezmerize

2.5 average
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Coldplay X & Y
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Def Leppard Pyromania
Eminem Encore
Enter Shikari Take to the Skies
Judas Priest Jugulator
Judas Priest Nostradamus
Limp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill Y'all
Metallica Reload
Metallica Load
Metallica Death Magnetic
My Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
Oasis Heathen Chemistry
Razorlight Up All Night
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Slayer Reign in Blood
Sum 41 Underclass Hero
U2 No Line on the Horizon
Unfortunately, this just doesn't stand up to their previous two albums. Lead single Get On Your Boots is a fun, catchy number with a memorable guitar riff, but very little else actually stands out. The album would be better if it weren't for it's excessive length - while it's only just over 50 minutes long, it could easily have been just as fulfilling in 30-40. The slight return to the style of their somewhat lacklustre 90's efforts is also an annoyance, although the album's closest resemblance is definitely How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. In a sense, it actually plays out as an attempt to be a more epic version of that album, with many similarities songwise - Get On Your Boots could easily be seen as a sleazier version of Vertigo, for example, whilst Moment of Surrender is dismissable as a lengthly take on Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own. That's not to say that they are necessarily clones in a musical sense, but both play very similar parts in the make-up of the album, though the questionable track ordering prevents them from being quite so similar as they could potentially be.
The album isn't bad, just average as a whole, and while a few songs may be sufficient to quench the thirst of any U2 fan when listened to on their own, there's simply no reason to bother looking into the entire album. Here's hoping for a more focused effort on U2's part next time.

2.0 poor
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'
50 Cent Power of the Dollar
Blur Blur
Blur The Best Of
DragonForce Valley of the Damned
Job for a Cowboy Genesis
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Limp Bizkit Significant Other
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Sam Sparro Sam Sparro
Slipknot Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses
Slipknot All Hope Is Gone
T-Pain Epiphany
The Calling Camino Palmero
Trivium Ascendancy
Trivium Ember to Inferno

1.5 very poor
50 Cent The Massacre
50 Cent Curtis
All That Remains Overcome
Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold
Blur The Best Of (Special Edition)
DragonForce Ultra Beatdown
Elliot Minor Elliot Minor
Metallica St. Anger
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Wham! Make It Big
Wham! Fantastic

1.0 awful
DoomThrone Skeleton Veiled in Flesh
DragonForce Sonic Firestorm
DragonForce Inhuman Rampage
Jonas Brothers A Little Bit Longer
Justin Timberlake Justified
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Limp Bizkit Results May Vary
Limp Bizkit New Old Songs
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Soulja Boy
Trivium The Crusade

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