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5.0 classic
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
I owe part of my adoration for Viva La Vida to the experiences I associate with listening to the album (which of there are many), but I do not revere the album solely psychologically - Viva La Vida is a potpourri of terrifically produced and composed pop music that succeeds brilliantly on its own even before you even add emotional attachment to the mix. Expanding in every direction possible from 2005's lackluster X & Y, Chris Martin and gang's willingness to deviate and explore new territories (world music, more Radiohead, weird shoegazey, oriental-esque instrumentals) ultimately succeeds in creating what will likely stand as Coldplay's chef-d'oeuvre for many years to come.
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Tranquil and frantic all at once, Planet Of Ice utilizes every trick in the Minus the Bear book of awesome - it has outlandish freakout guitar solos, ambient and soothing interludes and plenty of sex (no euphemisms here, I mean that quite literally). All of Minus the Bear's earlier work hinted that a classic album was not a novel concept for the Seattle band - but now, the concept has been realized, Planet of Ice is absolutely perfect.
My Epic Yet
NOISIA Split The Atom
Radiohead OK Computer
The belief that Radiohead had made at least one classic album in their ongoing careers is a popular one - in most cases, the album in question is OK Computer. Whilst each and every album following OK Computer can be argued to be just as brilliant (yes, even Hail to the Thief), OK... has time and time again proven itself to be the quintessential Radiohead album in every sense - coincidentally, it's also likely the best album the 1990's managed to see released.
The Decemberists The Hazards of Love
The Decemberists. I truly wonder how they manage to pull it off. They make a harpsichord sound right at home with a children?s choir, they make a 3/4 waltz of a song transition seamlessly into a classic rocker and, most importantly, they make an album with as ridiculous of a concept as The Hazards of Love absolutely incredible. An experience only made possible by listening to the album itself and taking the time to articulate the lyrics, The Hazards of Love is an impeccably crafted work of art that manages to transcend its own pretentiousness and ambitions in order to wed narrative and melody. I don?t know how you did it, Colin Meloy, but the world is surely a better place because of it. Good luck topping this one.

4.5 superb
3 The End is Begun
Alexisonfire Watch Out!
In no uncertain terms, Alexisonfire's Watch Out! is an exhilarating and dynamic slice of post-hardcore that soars higher than any other of AOF's work (and that of their contemporaries too). Absolutely recommended to any fan of music.
Anchor & Braille Felt
As Cities Burn Hell Or High Water
As Tall As Lions You Can't Take It With You
Becoming The Archetype Terminate Damnation
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Butch Walker Sycamore Meadows
City and Colour Bring Me Your Love
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Coheed and Cambria Neverender
Copeland You Are My Sunshine
You Are My Sunshine is unremarkable, but 100% sincere and evocative -- something that is painfully missing from a handful of Copeland's indie-pop contemporaries. An absolute pleasure to listen to.
Dan Mangan Oh Fortune
Evergreen (UK) The Mountain, The Giant, The Sea
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
fun. Aim and Ignite
Iron And Wine Woman King
Iron And Wine The Shepherd's Dog
Joey Eppard Been To the Future
Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You
Mew No More Stories
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Opeth Watershed
A friend once diagnosed me with "firstalbumitis", a terribly paralyzing condition that renders a listener incapable of loving anything more than the first album he/she heard from any given artist. In my case, this rings true with Opeth. I've heard all the Akerfeldt-glorifying testimonies on Blackwater Park, I've trodded through the murky waters in which Opethian devotees leech on to Still Life and I've even frequented the remote mountain ranges of which where Ghost Reveries-enthusiasts reside, scared of rejection from their peers. But even if Still Life or Blackwater Park are "objectively" the best albums ever - I heard Watershed first and, in my generally irrelevant opinion, it is Opeth's best album. It expands on the melodic side presented on Damnation with 'Burden' and 'Porcelain Heart', it continues the proggy rode taken in Ghost Reveries with 'Hex Omega' and 'The Lotus Eater' and it certainly makes good on the heavy promises made on Deliverance with the absolutely gut-churning 'Heir Apparent.' I honestly believe that Watershed is the sound of Opeth coming full circle with their sound and creating a masterpiece. Then again, it's also the first Opeth album I heard - the symptoms of firstalbumitis may have simply made me delusional.
Phil Wickham Phil Wickham
Pinback Summer in Abaddon
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Steven Wilson, as whiny and pretentious as ever, tells the sad story of an oversaturated, commercialized American youth broken up by media influence and ultimate boredom - and as immature as the lyrics and concept seemingly get, Wilson gets his "teenaged society in a coma" message across very clearly on Fear of a Blank Planet. Employing a handful of guest musicians, the incredible girth and dynamic of the 17-minute Anesthetize and an array of surprisingly heavy riffs/patterns, Fear of a Blank Planet paints upon an eery canvas an incredibly bleak but ultimately captivating collection of songs that eclipses all of Porcupine Tree's earlier efforts. Oh, and did I mention the positively explosive drumming a la Gavin Harrison? Fan-freaking-tastic.
Radiohead Amnesiac
I have come up with an infallibly wise and completely objective slogan for Radiohead's "Kid B" - "Amnesiac: better than Kid A." That, my friends, is called honest advertising.
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead In Rainbows
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Rush Permanent Waves
Rush Hemispheres
Rush R30: 30th Anniversary Tour
Rush Rush in Rio
Simon Hoskyn The Seen and Unseen
Submotion Orchestra Finest Hour
The Anniversary Designing For a Nervous Breakdown
The Appleseed Cast Sagarmatha
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
The Dear Hunter Yellow
The Dear Hunter Violet
The Dear Hunter White
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Mars Volta Octahedron
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Worse Than Alone
The Oh Hellos Through The Deep, Dark Valley
Thom Yorke The Eraser
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Trespassers William Different Stars
Ulcerate Everything Is Fire
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation
Vince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown Christmas
The only tangible form of Christmas spirit.
Yes Fragile

4.0 excellent
3 Wake Pig
Aidan Baker and Thisquietarmy A Picture of a Picture
Alexisonfire Crisis
Anberlin Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
It'll be easy for a lot of Anberlin fans who weren't head-over-heels for New Surrender to dismiss
Dark Is the Way, Light is the Place as another mid-tempo'd, half-hearted exercise in sold out pop-rock
balladry but, really, they'd be missing the entire point. See, New Surrender suffered from a suffocating
laziness on the band's behalf; Dark Is the Way does not. By leaving space and truly working together as
a functioning band, Anberlin both accentuate their mid-tempo'd compositions and make the rockin'
numbers even more impressive. I'd reckon, with Dark Is the Way, Anberlin's blown New Surrender
out of the water and jostled the throne Cities sits on a little more convincingly than I would've
Anberlin Vital
best birthday present ever
Andrew Bird The Mysterious Production Of Eggs
Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Antoine Dufour Convergences
Arghoslent Hornets of the Pogrom
bansheebeat Galactics
Baroness Red Album
Baroness Blue Record
Becoming The Archetype Dichotomy
A flawlessly produced marathon of slightly-cliched metal that succeeds on account of it's excellent vocal work and musicianship. Part of me knows that I really should think this album is average, but alas.
Bedouin Soundclash Sounding A Mosaic
Belle and Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Bolt Thrower The IVth Crusade
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Bright Eyes Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Brooke Fraser Flags
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Butch Walker Leavin' the Game on Luckie Street
Carcass Heartwork
Catfight On A Hotdog Men Of The Cloth EP
Celeste Morte(s) Nee(s)
Church of Misery Houses of the Unholy
City and Colour Live
City and Colour Little Hell
As Alexisonfire steadily declines in quality, Dallas Green's solo work simply can't help but be more and more delightful with each release. Little Hell is certainly no exception.
City of Ships Look What God Did To Us
Closure in Moscow First Temple
Coalesce OX
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay X & Y
Colin James Limelight
Colosseum Valentyne Suite
Conor Oberst Conor Oberst
Converge Axe to Fall
Cynic Focus
Cynic Traced in Air
Dan Mangan Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Devics My Beautiful Sinking Ship
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Dustin Kensrue Please Come Home
Ellie Goulding Lights
Ellie Goulding Bright Lights
Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Florence and the Machine Lungs
Four Tet Pause
Four Tet Dialogue
Glass Casket We Are Gathered Here Today...
Glass Casket Desperate Man's Diary
Great Northern Remind Me where the Light is
He Is Legend I Am Hollywood
Hey Rosetta! Second Sight
Hillsong United United We Stand
Horse Feathers Words Are Dead
HRVRD From the Bird's Cage
I Am Spoonbender Buy Hidden Persuaders
Imogen Heap Speak For Yourself
Imogen Heap Ellipse
Ellipse is dense, dark and unknotted; broiling like a galvanized stew of hooks and infallible songwriting. Her voice is smooth and tranquil; her songs are minimalist and serene; her debut 'Speak For Yourself' was superb and her latest release is even better. The combination of the hugely layered digitized vocals, the blips and bloops of synthetic instrumentation and the brooding atmosphere of creative lyricism and songwriting together form the heart that beats rhythmically beneath the glossy studio sheen on Imogen Heap's sophomore album 'Ellipse'. While being a distinctively poppy artist, her individualistic sound resonates clear and uniquely.
Irepress Sol Eye Sea I
Qwe Qwetherington thinks this album has a title track. It doesn't. It does however have an opener that goes by the name 'Diaspora', and it is the post-metal song of 2009. The rest of the album's alright too.
Iron And Wine Our Endless Numbered Days
Isis In the Absence of Truth
Isis Wavering Radiant
Led Zeppelin Mothership
Lisa Hannigan Sea Sew
Local Natives Gorilla Manor
Luke Pickett Blood Money EP
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Mates of State Bring it Back
Mates of State Re-Arrange Us
Maybeshewill Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony
Metric Fantasies
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream! It's Alright!
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Miike Snow Miike Snow
Minotaur Shock Amateur Dramatics
Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Minus the Bear Into the Mirror
Minus the Bear yet again refuses to make bad music. Go figure.
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
My Epic Broken Voice
I haven't words adequate enough to describe Broken Voice nor this band. I'll let the ratings speak for themselves.
Nada Surf Lucky
Necrophagist Epitaph
Neurosis Through Silver in Blood
Neurosis Times of Grace
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Neverending White Lights Act II: The Blood And The Life Eternal
Norah Jones Come Away with Me
Off Minor Innominate
Off Minor The Heat Death of the Universe
Off Minor Some Blood
Oh, Sleeper When I Am God
Opeth Still Life
Orbs Asleep Next to Science
Park It Won't Snow Where You're Going
Pendulum Immersion
Periphery Periphery (Instrumental)
Phil Wickham Cannons
Protest the Hero Kezia
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Ray LaMontagne God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
Reflux The Illusion Of Democracy
Relient K Forget and Not Slow Down
Rosie Thomas If Songs Could Be Held
Rush Vapor Trails
Rush Feedback
Rush Snakes & Arrows
Sam Roberts Band We Were Born In A Flame
Sam Roberts Band Love at the End of the World
Saosin Saosin
Sean Fournier Put the World on Stop
She and Him Volume One
Shugo Tokumaru Night Piece
SikTh The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out
SikTh Death of a Dead Day
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Silversun Pickups Neck of the Woods
Snow Patrol Eyes Open
Something Corporate Leaving Through The Window
St. Vincent Actor
Steve Taylor Meltdown
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Switchfoot Eastern Hymns For Western Shores
The Antlers Hospice
The Classic Crime Seattle Sessions
The Constellation Branch The Dream Life, The Real Life, The Empty Glass
The Dear Hunter Black
The Dear Hunter Indigo
The Dear Hunter Green
The Dear Hunter Red
The Dear Hunter Orange
The Dear Hunter Blue
This is personally the most consistent EP on the entire record. I'm not sure why anybody would find this lacklustre, it's stunning.
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts
The Decemberists The Tain
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
Colin Meloy! Watch him detoxing from a hazardous album of the yesteryear! See him write a celtic song! A country song! An REM song! Hear him and his fabulous Decemberists play sexy tunes on The King is Dead (with 100% less pretense) before you let 2011 get off to a poor start! rAlso, rate the album higher than a four and win the automatic approval of anybody dapper enough to recognise brilliance.
The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
The End (CAN) Elementary
The Envy Corps Dwell
The Essex Green The Long Goodbye
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
The Fall of Troy Phantom on the Horizon
The Februarys Brighter Side of Things
An amalgam of typical indie-rock stylings, Brighter Side of Things doesn't so much succeed on a level of originality as it does by its careful attention to dynamic and melody. 'Charismatica' easily recalls Minus the Bear and many sections from the 'Part 1/2/3' suite take cues from basically any adequate post-rock band in existence - but the strange pacing of the album makes the whole ordeal an engaging journey. Successfully encompassing appropriately cliche folk and frantic alternative rock (clashing cymbals, effect-laden leads, panicked vocals and all!), The Februarys' independently produced and released debut is a well-crafted, strangely organized and altogether pleasant record from Vancouver's best kept secret.
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt
The Mountain Goats The Life of the World to Come
The National Boxer
The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
The Red Chord Fused Together in Revolving Doors
The Red Chord Fed Through the Teeth Machine
The Reign Of Kindo Rhythm, Chord & Melody
The Snake The Cross The Crown Cotton Teeth
The Tallest Man on Earth Shallow Grave
The Weepies Hideaway
Third Day Wherever You Are
Thrice Vheissu
Thrice Beggars
Thrice Major/Minor
A very pleasant surprise. During the infrequent moments on Beggars where I felt there was a little punch missing, this more than makes up for it.
Trenches The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole
Ulver Perdition City
Underoath Define the Great Line
Underoath Disambiguation
VersaEmerge VersaEmerge
Year of No Light Nord
Young the Giant Shake My Hand
South Californian barely-indie group The Jakes are off to an extremely promising and confident start with Shake My Hand: the choruses soar, the composition and production is crystal clear and vocalist Sameer Gadhia knows his way around a vocal hook like no other. Despite a full track hiccup in 'Schizophrenia', Shake My Hand proves that The Jakes are a band to keep an eye on as they prepare for their major label debut in 2010.
Young the Giant Young the Giant

3.5 great
3 Paint By Number
3 Revisions
Joey Eppard steals the show and leaves the rest of the band a bit aimless and confused - but for what it's worth, the band's set of "revisions" is a fun set of old songs and poppy hooks. As good as The End Is Begun? Hell, no. Worth a listen? Obviously.
Akitsa La Grande Infamie
Alexisonfire Old Crows / Young Cardinals
All That Remains Behind Silence and Solitude
Alter Bridge Blackbird
Anberlin Blueprints for the Black Market
Anberlin Never Take Friendship Personal
Anberlin Cities
Finding Anberlin on a creative high, Cities is comfortably precise and exacting. The band's unique combination of soaring vocal melodies, engaging riffs and clever songwriting make up the bulk of what is one of the most stylistically diverse and experimental albums in their niche. But despite Cities tugging on all of the right heartstrings, a cluster of lackluster tracks keep it from being the masterpiece Anberlin record we'd all pretend it is.
Anberlin Lowborn
Andrew Bird Music Of Hair
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep
As Tall As Lions As Tall As Lions
Atheist Unquestionable Presence
Atlas Sound Logos
August Burns Red Constellations
Ah, it's a beautiful thing to witness potential finally being realized -- and that's exactly what August Burns Red do with Constellations. Carrying over the positive qualities and disposing of most of the discrepancies on Messengers, August Burns Red manages to make a varied, relatively technical and generally consistent metalcore album. Color me surprised.
Autumn Leaves As Night Conquers Day
Becoming The Archetype The Physics Of Fire
Blindside Silence
Blindside About A Burning Fire
Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal
Bolt Thrower Realm of Chaos
Bolt Thrower War Master
Bolt Thrower ...For Victory
Bon Iver Blood Bank
Bright Eyes Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Bright Eyes Letting Off the Happiness
Bright Eyes Fevers & Mirrors
Bright Eyes Four Winds
Bright Eyes Cassadaga
Broken Records Until the Earth Begins to Part
Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town
Bruce Springsteen Magic
Celeste Misanthrope(s)
City and Colour Sometimes
Coconut Records Davy
Coldplay Parachutes
Converge You Fail Me
Converge Jane Doe
Copeland Eat, Sleep, Repeat
Cynic Demo 1991
Dance Gavin Dance Happiness
Dethklok Dethalbum II
Doomriders Darkness Come Alive
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
inicialmente no sab?a la verdad. lo siento, sputnik... te amo
Evergreen (UK) March Is Coming
Every Time I Die New Junk Aesthetic
New Junk Aesthetic (appropriate title and all) is a brash, testosterone-enthused, beard-growing, snake-stomping release that is all bark and no bite. Then again, it's also a lot of fun.
Fences The Ultimate Puke EP
Four Tet Rounds
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere
Great Lake Swimmers Lost Channels
Lost Channels will be the same for you the first time you hear and every time after that. It will not grow on you and it probably won't lose any points with repeated listens. What you hear is what you get; banjos, nostalgic production, folk-y Fleet Foxes mimicking. The question for you is, then: will it be love at first sight or will it be be merely a 'like'-affair?
He Is Legend Suck Out The Poison
He Is Legend It Hates You
He Is Legend playing at their worst is still pretty good.
Horse Feathers House With No Home
Inhale Exhale I Swear...
I Swear... is surprisingly fun in it's mediocrity -- it certainly helps that Ryland Raus is one of the best vocalists in the genre. Cue Inhale Exhale's next release Bury Me Alive to find out if the band can progress enough to be truly interesting.
Iron And Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
Sam Beam is as consistent of a songwriter as he's ever been but Kiss Each Other Clean dresses him up polarising fashion. Fans expecting another The Shepherd's Dog may get a bitter taste in their mouths upon tasting the sugary, 70's AM radio treatment his new songs have been given but those eager to move forward with Beam will embrace the change. I feel I stand somewhere in the middle but there's nothing inside me that can deny Beam's infallible songwriting.
Isis Oceanic
Isis Panopticon
Jack's Mannequin Everything in Transit
Jonezetta Popularity
Jonezetta Cruel to Be Young
k-os Atlantis: Hymns For Disco
Lamb of God Wrath
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Luke Pickett For Every Petal Lost, Another Gained EP
Mae The Everglow
Manchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
Mariachi El Bronx El Bronx
Accessible, creative and surprisingly close to authenticity. One of the quirkiest yet most enjoyable surprises of 2009 for me -- and it's not just because I live in Mexico.
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Matthew Good Vancouver
Minotaur Shock Maritime
Muse Absolution
Muse Showbiz
Muse The Resistance
The Resistance is, in a matter of a terms, a passable sequel to Black Holes and Revelations in the sense that it continues to indulge in faux-climactic Queen-isms, electronic pop experimentation and a supreme lack of interesting guitarwork. In what is an expansion and a natural progression from Black Holes..., Muse have simultaneously created some of their strongest and weakest work to date. The Resistance is still Muse and it's still fairly enjoyable, but those expecting another Absolution will undoubtedly be left with a bitter taste in their mouth.
Mutemath Armistice
My American Heart Hiding Inside the Horrible Weather
My Broken Hero Man of Science, Man of Fafith
My Broken Hero Man of Science, Man of Faith
Nada Surf Let Go
Neurosis The Eye of Every Storm
Neurosis A Sun That Never Sets
Neverending White Lights Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies
Noah and the Whale Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
Norah Jones Not Too Late
Off Minor Problematic Courtship
Oh, Sleeper Children Of Fire
An improvement over Son of the Morning in every way possible. Although they haven't quite topped When I Am God yet, Micah Kinard's vocals thankfully sound back to form and Shane Blay's guitarwork has never been so impressive. What the album lacks in creative restraint, it entirely makes up in fun factor - it's not perfect by any means, but it's an entertaining performance from each musician and a welcome return to form.
Opeth Blackwater Park
Opeth Deliverance
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Pan American White Bird Release
Paramore Riot!
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Brand New Eyes sees Paramore rely (once again) too heavily on Hayley Williams' charisma. No amount of huge hooks, power chords and "BA-DA-DA-BA-BA-DUH"s can disguise the fact the band's routine has grown a tad stale. Yet for what it's worth, Brand New Eyes succeeds quite well under Williams' rule, regardless of the record's immediate familiarity.
Phil Wickham Heaven and Earth
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Phrase Clockwork
Poison the Well The Tropic Rot
Prayer for Cleansing Rain In Endless Fall
Protest the Hero Fortress
Pygmy Lush Mount Hope
Regina Spektor Far
Relient K Mmhmm
Rosie Thomas These Friends of Mine
Rosie Thomas Only with Laughter Can You Win
Rush Moving Pictures
Rush 2112
Rush Fly by Night
Rush Rush
Rush Counterparts
Sam Roberts Band Chemical City
Scary Kids Scaring Kids Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Sean Fournier Paper Tiger
Secret And Whisper Great White Whale
Sherwood QU
Shugo Tokumaru Exit
Something Corporate Ready...Break
Steve Taylor I Want to Be a Clone
Steve Taylor On the Fritz
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Switchfoot Nothing is Sound
Telekinesis Telekinesis!
The Clientele Bonfires on the Heath
Bonfires on the Heath is a bit too drowsy. It's pretty, pleasant and beautiful all the same but it's a bit too hard to stay attentive (or awake for that matter) when the entire album is so darn lulling.
The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum
The Devil Wears Prada Zombie
The Earth Bleeds Keepers of Values (Demo)
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Head And The Heart The Head And The Heart
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Nuclear, Sad, Nuclear
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Mongrel
The Weepies Happiness
Happiness is appropriately titled and - unlike other records from The Weepies - it is also appropriately short. Less than half an hour of winsome folk-pop songs make up the barely-LP's body. While it may be underequipped a bit undercooked, it's cute, it's happy and it doesn't overstay it's welcome.
Thrice To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
Thursday Common Existence
Tilly and the Wall O
Towers Full Circle
Underoath They're Only Chasing Safety

3.0 good
3 Summercamp Nightmare
A Plea for Purging Depravity
All That Remains The Fall of Ideals
Alter Bridge AB III
Myles Kennedy sings really high, Tremonti fingerpicks and shreds, everybody tunes down reallll low and it sounds good. Not memorable or lasting, but good. I guess.
Anberlin New Surrender
Arsonists Get All the Girls Portals
Atheist Elements
Atheist Piece of Time
Autumn Leaves Embraced by the Absolute
Between the Buried and Me Alaska (Instrumental)
Backwards Marathon is dependent on Tommy Rogers' vocals and therefore would be useless as an instrumental.
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
As always, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues is chock full of some of the best ideas in music today and - as always - Between the Buried, for the most part, don't know how to string those ideas together. 'Specular Reflection' is a fantastic exception however.
Blindside The Great Depression
Bolt Thrower In Battle There Is No Law!
Bolt Thrower Mercenary
Bolt Thrower Honour - Valour - Pride
Bright Eyes There Is No Beginning To The Story EP
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen The Rising
Bruce Springsteen Devils & Dust
Bruce Springsteen Working on a Dream
Butch Walker This Is Me... Justified And Stripped
Butch Walker The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker...
Caverns Kittens!
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Copeland In Motion
Cryptopsy And Then You'll Beg
Cryptopsy Whisper Supremacy
Cynic '90 Demo
Dan Mangan Club Meds
Dethklok The Dethalbum
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos
Eibon Eibon
Four Tet Everything Ecstatic
Four Tet LateNightTales: Four Tet
Four Tet Ringer
Geddy Lee My Favourite Headache
Hillsong United All of the Above
Hyponic The Noise of Time
Jack's Mannequin The Glass Passenger
John Mayer Battle Studies
Lady Gaga The Fame
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Mastodon Remission
Mastodon Leviathan
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction
Noah Gundersen Carry the Ghost
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Morningrise
Opeth Heritage
Since we've been getting rewritings of Still Life for the past decade, you certainly can't fault Opeth for finally instigating some variety. Those Still Life rewrites were pretty damn good though...
Panic! at the Disco Pretty. Odd.
Passion Pit Manners
Periphery Periphery
Periphery, in more ways than not, is an album that warrants the hype that it receives. The technicality, flow and prowess of the band is astonishing at times - when the band has their shit together, they really make the wheels turn. On the other hand, Periphery also is way too long to stomach in one listen and has an overwhelming amount of aimlessness and repetition - vocal melodies are easily forgettable, Meshuggah chugging gets uninventive and the incessant recycling of ideas tarnishes the sacred name of Bulb. But don't get me wrong, Periphery still rules despite its disadvantages.
Phil Collins Face Value
Protest the Hero Fortress (Instrumental)
Pygmy Lush Bitter River
Radiohead The Bends
Relient K Five Score and Seven Years Ago
Rise Against Appeal to Reason
Rosie Thomas When We Were Small
Rush Grace Under Pressure
Rush Rush Replay X3
Rush Different Stages
Rush A Show of Hands
Rush Snakes & Arrows Live
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
SikTh How May I Help You?
Sky Eats Airplane Sky Eats Airplane
Something Corporate North
Something Corporate Songs for Silent Movies
Sunset Rubdown Dragonslayer
Switchfoot The Beautiful Letdown
Symphony X Paradise Lost
Taking Back Sunday New Again
The Chariot Wars and Rumors of Wars
A pleasantly short brain-beating of a record that provides lots of raw and rough riffs, but little to no differentiation. Not bad at all, Scogin, but a little variation never hurt anybody.
The Decemberists Always the Bridesmaid
The Decemberists Long Live the King
The Fall of Troy The Fall of Troy
The Knife Tomorrow, In a Year
Some of the most titillating moments you'll never hear because you fell asleep during 'Ebb Tide Explorer'. The Knife's latest is a smorgasbord (or lack thereof) of what the fuck; a pretentious stew compromised of a few spectacular moments, the obviously brilliant 'Colouring of Pigeons' and an overdose of aimless ambience. Were it a little less gratuitous in its ambitious approach, I can't tell you how much happier I'd be with Tomorrow, In a Year. As it stands, however, I'm uncertain where The Knife even intended to go with this marathon of purposelessness.

Still very cool on the occasion though, I must say.
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Weepies Say I Am You
The Winter Sounds Church Of The Haunted South
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Underoath The Changing of Times
Why? Eskimo Snow
Yukon Blonde Yukon Blonde

2.5 average
All That Remains This Darkened Heart
Andrew Bird Weather Systems
As I Lay Dying The Powerless Rise
August Burns Red Thrill Seeker
August Burns Red Lost Messengers: The Outtakes
August Burns Red Leveler
If the band admits to not really listening or caring about metalcore anymore, do they still have fun playing it?
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Blessthefall Witness
Let me get it out of the way: Witness is fun. Despite it's incessant, poor breakdowns and the mediocre harsh vocal delivery, the record really isn't bad. It is, however, a white-washed marathon of mixed influences and little-to-no varation.
Blindside The Black Rose
Creed Weathered
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Cryptopsy Once Was Not
Flyleaf Flyleaf
He Is Legend 91025
Headlights Wildlife
Peppy and drowsy all at once, Wildlife is a record with an identity issue and a mixed message -- it's all also been done way too many times before to be taken seriously.
Inhale Exhale The Lost, the Sick, the Sacred
Ivoryline There Came A Lion
Madina Lake Attics To Eden
Madina Lake strives for an edgy, dance-rock record that widely fails to impress. Melodies are repetitive, electronics are awkwardly used and the sugary up-tempo formula wears thin by the end of the first three songs.
Misery Signals Controller
Nelly Furtado Mi Plan
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Noah and the Whale The First Days of Spring
Allow the sincerity of Charlie Fink's lost love tug at your heartstrings for just a moment. Sure, the lyrics tend to be clich? at times and the concept of a heartbreak record is well worn by now - but from the first notes of the climactic, haunting title trick to the closing acoustic guitar patterns of the conclusive 'My Door Is Always Open', The First Days of Spring is an often harrowing, but never hopeless heartbreak phenomenon from a band nobody expected could create something nearly this good.
Panic! at the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Rush Caress of Steel
Rush Signals
Rush Power Windows
Rush Roll the Bones
Rush All the World's a Stage
Rush Presto
Rush Test for Echo
Rush Clockwork Angels
Secret And Whisper Teenage Fantasy
Teenage Fantasy is much like a cave. It's dark, mysterious, and strangely serene. It's also unfortunately completely ruined by the presence of screeching bats. Thanks a lot, Charles Furney, for your incapability to sound like anything but a wailing banshee with no sense of restraint.
Showbread The Fear of God
Story of the Year The Constant
Susan Boyle I Dreamed a Dream
Switchfoot Oh! Gravity.
The Almost Southern Weather
The Black Dahlia Murder Deflorate
Musical reiteration sells and Deflorate buys in bulk.
The Civil Wars Barton Hollow
The Classic Crime Albatross
The Classic Crime Vagabonds
The Classic Crime aimed their crosshairs at simplicity and undoubtedly struck their target with
Vagabonds. After two albums worth of songs that screamed 'we have so much potential, just you wait
until we fulfill it
', The Classic Crime have publicized their unfortunate failure to evolve. Despite having
arguably written their best (and at the very least, most fun) song ever with 'Solar Powered Life', most of
Vagabonds is an unfortunately boring schlop of pop-punk and otherwise that will ultimately disappoint
fans of the band who were hoping for the band to follow up songs like 'Abracadavers' and 'I'm Just a Man'.
The Devil Wears Prada Dead Throne
Dead Throne is a shockingly and strangely decent progression for The Devil Wears Prada. I'll leave that as the compliment that it is and let the rating and the band's back catalogue justify that judgment.
The Fall of Troy In the Unlikely Event
In The Unlikely Event is proof that The Fall of Troy are as instrumentally strong as ever. Even the stubbornest of listeners will be impressed by the many delicious moments of sheer technicality peppered throughout the record. 'Walk of Fame' heralds some of the band's most bizarre time changes and Erak's most impressive guitar wankery to date, 'Dirty Pillow Talk' boasts some catchy guest vocals from Rody Walker (who coincidentally isn't singing about prison guards or beheading mongols) and 'Panic Attack!' illustrates the band finally getting a grip on writing a poppier song that doesn't suck. Yet these gems on In The Unlikely Event are outweighed by a thousand other mishaps. 'Battleship Graveyard' highlights how tone-deaf Erak has finally become, 'Empty the Clip, the King Has Been Slain, Long Live The Queen!' boasts an incredibly terrible/tacky pop chorus and 'Nature vs. Nurture' contains one of the most laughable spoken word parts in modern music - the sad thing is, I could go on and on about In The Unlikely Event's flaws. It really is The Fall of Troy's weakest effort yet and there are very few redeemable qualities beyond the ones I mentioned - take a listen and vindicate me.
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Here at the End of All Things
Thomas Giles Pulse
Don't read into the "average" rating too far, Tommy Rogers is a talented kid. If anything, Pulse finally proves this to anyone who really doubted him: playing every instrument on the record aptly, spanning every genre under his little progressive umbrella and self-producing the whole affair takes a lot of chutzpah and talent - nobody should question this. His songwriting choices, however, are certainly subject to scrutiny; panicked harsh vocals over recycled club beats, dissonant polyrhythmic intros with little to no cohesion and half-rate metalcore jams are hardly the creative vehicle Rogers seemed to have been hoping for. Sure, songs like 'Sleep Shake' and 'Hypoxia' are obvious Pink Floyd-esque highlights and Rogers definitely gets his fifteen minutes of fame in a band where he's not the weakest link (in fact, he's the only link!), Pulse is lacking direction and feels like it maybe needed a little more time in the oven before mama bear squeezed this one out.
U2 No Line on the Horizon

2.0 poor
All That Remains Overcome
August Burns Red Messengers
Becoming The Archetype Celestial Completion
Cryptopsy The Unspoken King
Demon Hunter The World Is a Thorn
With their fifth effort The World Is a Thorn, Demon Hunter churn out yet another collection of blandness that will titillate the nostalgic few who enjoyed the band's earlier work, but deter any onlookers away with its inconsistent songwriting, terrible harsh vocals and surplus of
Desire (POR) Crowcifix
Hawthorne Heights Skeletons
I, Omega Tale of the Complex Circuit
Simply put, Tale of the Complex Circuit is an immature album. Granted, it's a young band with an independently
released debut record but that doesn't wholly excuse poor songwriting and needless self-indulgence. While bright
spots are undoubtedly present, too much of the record is marred by completely unnecessary shredding and gratingly
bad vocal delivery. Yet there is potential: when The Syncope Threshold learn how to write songs and make an album
that does more than scream "look what I can do!", they might have something worthwhile.
Inhale Exhale Bury Me Alive
It Dies Today Lividity
Metalcore as a genre has enough difficulty staying afloat without the help of bands like It Dies Today. I'm sorry Jason Wood, welcome to the scene, but stop making a market for decade-old stereotypes - it's angering fans of intelligent metal.
Jet Shaka Rock
Lawrence the Wardrobe Hush
Linkin Park Meteora
Minus the Bear Omni
Norma Jean Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child
Oh, Sleeper The Armored March
Oh, Sleeper Son Of The Morning
Oh Sleeper aims high with their lofty concept but fall flat on their faces in terms of execution. No amount of technical prowess and catchy moments seem capable to save 'Son of the Morning' from amassing to nothing more than a completely forgettable metalcore release.
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
The question on Scurrilous is as simple as "how much Rody Walker is too much?"
Rudimentary Peni Cacophony
Rush Hold Your Fire
Saosin In Search Of Solid Ground
Most "true" listeners of Saosin have written the band off to a steadied descent into mediocrity ever since Cove Reber replaced Anthony Green. While I didn't find that to be true with their self-titled full-length, their sophomore release 'In Search of Solid Ground' undoubtedly works in the theory's favor. Playing more like a B-sides of the self titled, the record does far too little to differentiate itself from it's predecessor. 'Fireflies' is a self-indulgent "epic" version of 'You're Not Alone', 'It's All Over Now' is a rehashed version of 'I Never Wanted To' and songs like 'Say Goodbye' are much like any other upbeat song on the debut (minus the interesting riffs). The experimentation (screamed vocals in 'I Keep My Secrets Safe' or the shuffling introduction of 'Changing') is too far and few between to be laudable and solidifies 'In Search of Solid Ground's place as the essential step down on Saosin's journey of regression.
Sean Fournier Oh My
Sky Eats Airplane The Sound of Symmetry
Switchfoot Hello Hurricane
Switchfoot Vice Verses
The Almost Monster, Monster
The Devil Wears Prada With Roots Above and Branches Below
It's great for TDWP's standards, but that still doesn't change the fact that it's painfully mediocre compared to everybody else's standards.
The Last Goodnight Poison Kiss
Underoath Survive Kaleidoscope

1.5 very poor
Aiden Knives
Okay, not as bad as it's made out to be, but sweet jones, it is by no means good... or even close to it.
Anberlin Lost Songs
Anullaby Anullaby EP
Anullaby. Ugh. Oh, Sleeper fans have been getting it wrong, guitarist Shane Blay hasn't been holding the average metalcore band atop his capable shoulders - he's been the problem! The poor guy, while certainly a righteously-shredtastic-god-fearing-rastaman, can't write a song for shit. Or beans. Or something else worth writing good music for. Which isn't what he's written here, no, no, no. This doesn't deserve beans at all, no, it deserves all the overzealous scrutiny I'll inevitably be giving it. Blay has written bad music. Again. For goodness sakes, the man can shread and sing, why can't he write music? You lazy schmuck, stop teasing us! That being said, Anullaby might deserve chick peas. And when unprofressional music critics give you chick peas, you make hummis, damn it! You better have a greek buffet prepared when you try to release music again. Fuck.

Attack Attack! (US) Someday Came Suddenly
Boys Like Girls Love Drunk
What did you honestly expect to get from a Boys Like Girls album?
Hawk Nelson Hawk Nelson Is My Friend
Never Shout Never What Is Love?
Relient K Two Lefts Dont Make a Right But Three Do
Saosin The Grey
Skillet Awake
Thousand Foot Krutch Welcome to the Masquerade
Three Days Grace Life Starts Now
Underoath 777 (DVD)
Various Artists (Punk) Punk Goes Classic Rock

1.0 awful
brokeNCYDE I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!
Crazy Frog Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits
Relient K Relient K
Relient K The Anatomy of Tongue In Cheek

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