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5.0 classic
'68 In Humor and Sadness
As Tall As Lions Into The Flood
Absolutely majestic. This is what an EP should be.
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
At The Gates Slaughter of the Soul
Between the Buried and Me Colors
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Converge Jane Doe
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind
Cynic Traced in Air
El-P I'll Sleep When You're Dead
El-P Cancer 4 Cure
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar DAMN.
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
P.O.S Never Better
Porcupine Tree In Absentia
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
The Dillinger Escape Plan Calculating Infinity
The Dillinger Escape Plan Dissociation
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
Thought Industry Mods Carve the Pig
Tool ├ćnima

4.5 superb
As Tall As Lions As Tall As Lions
As Tall As Lions You Can't Take It With You
B. Dolan Fallen House Sunken City
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Brand New Daisy
Seems like it's love it or hate it for a lot of people. On my part, I think this is absurdly good. I'm hesitant to give an album that is not even released yet a 5, but I feel that way. I will refrain, however, until I've given it some more time to sink in.
TDAGARIM was phenomenal. This is better.
Brand New Science Fiction
Bright Eyes Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Circa Survive The Amulet
Converge Axe to Fall
This is absolutely fabulous. It's no Jane Doe, but I don't believe anything can match that. This comes close, at times. Only gets better the more you listen to it.
Converge You Fail Me Redux
Converge The Dusk in Us
Cryptopsy Whisper Supremacy
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Dance Gavin Dance Mothership
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
dredg The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
Put me in the group that thought this was going to suck. It's actually really, really, really good. I would say this is Dredg coming into their own (I hated El Cielo, while Leitmotif was good, and Catch Without Arms was better). I'm really impressed.
I didn't like the songs I heard before hearing the album in full, but that's how this album is -- the flow of the album really makes it. You have to listen to it from start to finish.
El-P Fantastic Damage
Envy On The Coast Lowcountry
Foxing Nearer My God
fun. Aim and Ignite
Glassjaw Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence
Glassjaw Material Control
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I
He Is Legend It Hates You
Really quite fantastic. Whereas "Suck Out the Poison" was a grower, this one hits you right away. This is really the product (not the sum) of IAH and SOTP. But it's not only that, there's plenty of new elements added in that really bring it to a new level.
Call it ((IAH * SOTP) + NEW_ELEMENTS) = Superb Album.
He Is Legend few
Other than "I Am Hollywood", every He is Legend release has taken a few listens to fully digest. They are each interesting enough to warrant more than one listen, and each listen yields a progressively greater appreciation of the record.

The pattern repeats with "few".

Perhaps the reason for this pattern is that every release sounds like He is Legend, but always introduces some small, yet not insignificant variation on their sound. "few" blazes a new path, sounding very much like the spiritual successor to Suck out the Poison, with a little bit of every other record mixed in for good measure (even IAH).

It's hard to judge at this point where "few" falls in relation to all the other releases. In my opinion, It Hates You remains the high point of their career, but "few" pulls everything together so well that it may in time come to eclipse their other efforts.
Intronaut The Direction of Last Things
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
Katatonia Last Fair Deal Gone Down
Kindo This Is What Happens
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's The Dust of Retreat
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Norma Jean Polar Similar
Norma Jean Wrongdoers
Opeth Blackwater Park
Opeth Ghost Reveries
Planes Mistaken for Stars Knife In The Marathon
Portugal. The Man Church Mouth
Portugal. The Man The Satanic Satanist
They did an excellent job on this one. While Censored Colors felt like it would get stuck at moments, this album flows very well and manages to command your attention throughout. Workaholics they are, it still sounds like they're enjoying themselves and having fun. Going along with the silly sounding title, this may be their "funnest" album yet, all while sounding a lot more serious than they have in the past.

"Mornings" is gorgeous.
Propagandhi Supporting Caste
Propagandhi Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
Propagandhi Failed States
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Protest the Hero Volition
Rx Bandits The Resignation
Rx Bandits ...And the Battle Begun
Soilwork Stabbing the Drama
Soilwork The Living Infinite
Sole and the Skyrider Band Plastique
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
Taking Back Sunday New Again
This is actually really, really good. I wasn't even interested in this and hadn't thought about giving it a listen until I saw it getting better reviews here. I decided to try it out and I am glad I did. A very strong effort.
Thank You Scientist Stranger Heads Prevail
The Dear Hunter Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
The Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The Haunted rEVOLVEr
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Worse Than Alone
Tool Lateralus
Typhoon (USA-OR) White Lighter
Ulver Perdition City
Vektor Terminal Redux

4.0 excellent
A Wilhelm Scream Mute Print
Amorphis Elegy
Amorphis Under the Red Cloud
Anathema A Fine Day to Exit
Anathema We're Here Because We're Here
Atmosphere When Life Gives You Lemons...
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Boys Night Out TrainWreck
Converge You Fail Me
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky
Cursive Happy Hollow
Cursive Domestica
Dance Gavin Dance Instant Gratification
Deftones White Pony
Deftones Around the Fur
Deftones Koi No Yokan
Dot Hacker Inhibition
Dot Hacker How's Your Process? (Play)
Emperor Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Frank Ocean Blonde
Grade Under the Radar
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy
He Is Legend Suck Out The Poison
He Is Legend Heavy Fruit
It's more of a grower than the other albums, but after a few listens, it definitely gets there.
letlive. The Blackest Beautiful
Lydia Run Wild
First listen: "This is good, nothing special."
Second listen: "A bit better than I thought initially."
Third listen: "Oh...it's their best album."

I'm probably in the minority because I think Illuminate was weaker than their later efforts. Illuminate was consistently good but nothing wowed me. Paint it Golden and Devil, on the other hand, had some really great songs but occasionally descended into mediocrity.

One of Lydia's problems over all their albums is that while the music just exudes feeling, on each album, that feeling tends to be the same, song after song. While that is still somewhat true, they've broken that mold a bit with Run Wild. The songs here are more varied, helping to keep you interested. The strings and synths help fill out the songs a lot more.

The album is consistently strong throughout, except for 2 songs near the end, Coffee Drips and Watching the Lights, which, while not bad, are just not on par with the rest. The album closes on a strong note with Georgia.

Special attention needs to be paid to Riverman, which is, hands down, the best song they've ever written.

Highlights:

Riverman
The Sounds in Your Dream
When It Gets Dark Out
Paint My Mind

Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Minus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like This
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Opeth Still Life
P.O.S We Don't Even Live Here
Planes Mistaken for Stars Up In Them Guts
Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet
Porcupine Tree Deadwing
Portugal. The Man Censored Colors
Portugal. The Man Evil Friends
Propagandhi Potemkin City Limits
Protest the Hero Fortress
Protest the Hero Kezia
Radiohead In Rainbows
Royal Blood Royal Blood
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels
Rx Bandits Gemini, Her Majesty
Rx Bandits Mandala
Saves the Day Stay What You Are
Soilwork The Chainheart Machine
Soilwork A Predator's Portrait
Soilwork Natural Born Chaos
Spoon They Want My Soul
The Chariot One Wing
The Chariot Long Live
The Dear Hunter Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
The Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine
The Dillinger Escape Plan Irony Is a Dead Scene
The Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
The Haunted The Haunted
The Mars Volta Octahedron
As (almost) always, a very strong effort. I really enjoy the more mellow vibe with this album. The word was out that this was their "acoustic" album; it's not so much acoustic as it's just chilled out a lot more. They manage to create some really moody stuff on this. It's almost the polar opposite of TBIG, which was for the most part balls to the wall. This is a lot more subdued and it works.
Thought Industry Short Wave on a Cold Day
Tove Styrke Sway
Vince Staples Big Fish Theory

3.5 great
'68 Two Parts Viper
A Wilhelm Scream Career Suicide
A Wilhelm Scream Ruiner
Aesop Rock Labor Days
Akercocke Words That Go Unspoken...
Anathema Hindsight
Anderson .Paak Malibu
Aphex Twin Drukqs
At The Gates Terminal Spirit Disease
B. Dolan Kill The Wolf
Boys Night Out Fifty Million People Can't Be Wrong
Bright Eyes Letting Off the Happiness
Bright Eyes Fevers & Mirrors
Bright Eyes Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
Casualties of Cool Casualties of Cool
Cephalic Carnage Lucid Interval
Children of Bodom Hatebreeder
Children of Bodom Follow the Reaper
Circa Survive Juturna
Circa Survive On Letting Go
Converge No Heroes
Cryptopsy None So Vile
Cryptopsy And Then You'll Beg
Cursive Burst and Bloom
Defeater Travels
Dot Hacker How's Your Process? (Work)
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
dredg Catch Without Arms
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo Tree of Tongues
Grimes Art Angels
Handsome Boy Modeling School White People
He Is Legend I Am Hollywood
Iglooghost Little Grids
Lights Midnight Machines
Lydia Devil
Meshuggah obZen
Minus the Bear Acoustics
Opeth Watershed
Portugal. The Man Waiter: ''You Vultures!''
Portugal. The Man Woodstock
Prefuse 73 One Word Extinguisher
Propagandhi Less Talk, More Rock
Protest the Hero Pacific Myth
ScHoolboy Q Blank Face LP
Sevendust Black Out the Sun
Strawberry Girls American Graffiti
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
The Crown Deathrace King
The Dear Hunter Act III: Life and Death
While generally weaker than Act II throughout, this is still a very good album. Considering that, much of my disappointment in this can be attributed to the extremely high expectations I had.
This is a much more cohesive album that Act II, and that is where the problem begins. It seems that Casey has really settled on his "sound" and as such, all the songs exhibit a certain feel. Many of them are overly bombastic, a trait that was featured in Act I and Act II but not to this extent. The beauty of Act II was how erratic it was at times -- bouncing from one genre to another, one mood to another. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of different things going on in Act III, but it all feels toned down and less inspired.
I disagree with some of the other reviewers who feel this gets weaker as it goes along. I believe it starts out weak and actually gets stronger as it goes along.
Possibly a 4.0, but a 3.5 feels more accurate.
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Mongrel
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Nuclear, Sad, Nuclear
The Sound of Animals Fighting The Ocean and the Sun
The Tuss Confederation Trough EP
Tool Opiate
Tool Undertow
Tool 10,000 Days
Ulver Kveldssanger
Vince Staples Summertime '06

3.0 good
Aesop Rock None Shall Pass
Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid
Amen Death Before Musick
American Football American Football
Amorphis Tuonela
Anathema Alternative 4
Antemasque Antemasque
Arch Enemy Stigmata
ASAP Rocky At.Long.Last.A$AP
At The Gates The Red in the Sky Is Ours
Bon Iver Blood Bank
Boys Night Out Boys Night Out
Brand New Deja Entendu
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Cephalic Carnage Anomalies
Cephalic Carnage Xenosapien
Children of Bodom Something Wild
Children of Bodom Trashed, Lost & Strungout
Converge When Forever Comes Crashing
Cursive The Storms of Early Summer
Damiera M(US)IC
Deftones Adrenaline
Deftones Deftones
Deftones Diamond Eyes
Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment Surf
Envy On The Coast Lucy Gray
Flying Lotus Los Angeles
Funeral for a Friend Hours
Gardenian Sindustries
Ihsahn Arktis.
Islands Return To The Sea
Jidenna The Chief
Kacey Musgraves Pageant Material
Katatonia Viva Emptiness
Lupe Fiasco Tetsuo and Youth
Lydia Illuminate
Lydia Paint it Golden
M.I.A. Kala
Mac Miller GO:OD AM
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
A very good album. I can't help but feel that some of the songs on here amount to a type of 'soft' plagiarism, however. They just sound SO much like other bands at times (Nirvana, Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, or Brand New) that it feels like a band that was not only influenced by those bands but more like a band taking parts from those bands.
Still, it's not bad at all.
Mew +-
Minus the Bear Omni
Moth Equals One Tusk
One Day as a Lion One Day as a Lion
Opeth Orchid
Opeth Morningrise
Planes Mistaken for Stars Mercy
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Say Anything In Defense of the Genre
Sevendust Kill the Flaw
Soilwork Figure Number Five
Soilwork Sworn to a Great Divide
Soilwork The Ride Majestic
Taking Back Sunday Tidal Wave
The Haunted The Haunted Made Me Do It
The Haunted Versus
The Hush Sound Goodbye Blues
The Kindred Ms. Mary Mallon
The Number Twelve Looks Like You Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses
The Tuss Rushup Edge
The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
Thursday Common Existence

2.5 average
3 (USA) Wake Pig
3 (USA) Paint By Number
"Paint by Numbers" is incredible. The rest I don't find very interesting.
All That Remains This Darkened Heart
Amen We Have Come for Your Parents
Amorphis Am Universum
Arch Enemy Burning Bridges
Arch Enemy Wages of Sin
As Cities Burn Hell Or High Water
ASAP Rocky LONG.LIVE.A$AP
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Bright Eyes Cassadaga
Children of Bodom Hate Crew Deathroll
Cryptopsy Once Was Not
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist
dredg Leitmotif
Fear Factory Genexus
fun. Some Nights
Gardenian Soulburner
Gwynbleidd Nostalgia
Justin Bieber Purpose
O'Brother Endless Light
Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
Portugal. The Man It's Complicated Being a Wizard
Propagandhi How to Clean Everything
Punch Brothers Who's Feeling Young Now?
Rx Bandits Progress
ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron
Soilwork Steelbath Suicide
Soilwork The Panic Broadcast
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now
The Chariot The Fiancee
The Early November Imbue
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
The Haunted The Dead Eye
The Haunted One Kill Wonder
The Mars Volta Amputechture

2.0 poor
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet?
Cursive Mama, I'm Swollen
Cursive I Am Gemini
Damiera Quiet Mouth Loud Hands
Funeral for a Friend Tales Don't Tell Themselves
Katatonia The Great Cold Distance
letlive. If I'm the Devil...
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1.5 very poor
Cryptopsy The Unspoken King
dredg El Cielo
This album is just...boring. I really like their other stuff, but this one is excruciating to listen to.
Modern American Theatre We Could Make A House
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