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5.0 classic
Nas Illmatic
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
Nirvana Nevermind
Pink Floyd The Wall
Radiohead OK Computer
Radiohead The Bends
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle
The Beatles Let It Be
The Clash London Calling
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
About as perfect as an album can be. It's all there. Angst, earnestness, artistic vision, catharsis, melody, ballads, all out rockers, soaring vocals, and on and on. What I really love is how the music mimics the lyrical content. At times its angry, over the top, almost violent. Other times, its quiet, almost sweet, and introspective. Yet throughout it is engaging and melodic. There isn't a dud track on the album and although Corgan was said to have been disappointed with the final production, I think that few albums have been produced as expertly as Butch Vig produced this one.
It is and always will be one of my favorites.

4.5 superb
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Black Milk Tronic
I felt strangely embarrassed and stupid after listening to Black Milk's Tronic last week. How was it possible that I could be caught completely unawares by an artist who has quietly managed to make the best Hip Hop album of the year? How is it possible that I had not even heard of him until recently? I'm not a hip hop expert, but this was a terrible lapse....unforgivable!
Tronic is everything we want from a Hip Hop album. It boasts fantastic, fist pumping production, thoughtful, well delivered rhymes, and a sense of hunger and earnestness that sadly tends to get lost once artists reach a certain level of stardom.
The other reason for my high review is that the album has consistent quality throughout. We are not subjected to pointless skits or vapid 'filler' songs. I get the sense that Black Milk believes in quality control and probably has a fair amount of material that he deemed not worthy for this release.
From a production standpoint, I hear echoes of so many producers who must have influenced Black Milk. RZA, DJ Premier, Kanye, DJ Muggs are all easily discernable in the production, but Black Milk has also definitely been listening to UK grime artists (I definitely heard echoes of Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Brand New Day’ on ‘Hell Yeah’), old Jazz and Blues records, and Electro/Minimal, displaying that he has an appetite for music which transcends traditional Hip Hop influences.
From a delivery standpoint, Black Milk gets his stylistic cues from Eminem. While he does not yet possess the vocal acrobatics and emotive ability of his Detroit colleague, there is no doubt that Black Milk is more than a producer who raps from time to time.
Get this one. Trust.
Burial Untrue
Creedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle, Vol. 1
Dire Straits Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....
Jay-Z The Black Album
Kings of Leon Only By The Night
Mobb Deep The Infamous
Mobb Deep Hell on Earth
Oasis The Masterplan
Oasis Be Here Now
Oasis Definitely Maybe
Pearl Jam Live On Two Legs
Pearl Jam No Code
Pearl Jam Vitalogy
Pearl Jam Vs.
Pearl Jam Ten
Pink Floyd Pulse
Pink Floyd The Division Bell
Radiohead In Rainbows
Radiohead are truly in fine form with In Rainbows. I had 'All I need' on rotation for ages....love that reverb
Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Sasha Airdrawndagger
Truly a benchmark for progressive EDM. Sasha's ability to mix melody with cathartic peaks and complex yet very danceable beats is second to none.
Silverchair Diorama
The Clash The Story of the Clash
The Roots Game Theory
The Smashing Pumpkins Adore
The Streets A Grand Don't Come For Free
Wait What the notorious xx
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

4.0 excellent
Amy Winehouse Back to Black
Citizen Cope The Clarence Greewood Recordings
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
IMO one of the best Hip Hop releases in 2006 and possibly since. The material is hard edged but diverse enough to be interesting, and the guys definitely have the ability to delve beyond the basic brag and brawl raps that many in the hardcore hip hop scene seem to be unable to transcend. The production is sparse yet well done, props to Pharrell and co.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young 4 Way Street
Eddie Vedder Into the Wild
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Green Day American Idiot
Hot Chip One Life Stand
Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt
Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros Streetcore
Junior Boys Last Exit
Junior Boys So This Is Goodbye
Kings of Leon Because Of The Times
Lou Reed Perfect Night: Live In London
M.I.A. Arular
Manu Chao Clandestino
Muddy Waters Hoochie Coochie Man
Nas It Was Written
Nas Untitled
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine
Oasis Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Pantera Cowboys from Hell
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Radiohead Kid A
Rage Against the Machine Renegades
Rage Against the Machine Evil Empire
Ryan Adams Easy Tiger
Sasha Involver
Saul Williams The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust
Sigur Ros Med Sud i Eyrum vid Spilum Endalaust
Sigur Ros Live at the Icelandic Opera House
Silverchair Frogstomp
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles Past Masters, Vol. 2
The Black Keys Magic Potion
The Game The Documentary
The Police Every Breath You Take: The Classics
The Police Synchronicity
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Streets Original Pirate Material
The White Stripes Icky Thump
The White Stripes Elephant
The Who Tommy
Tool Undertow
Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Forever

3.5 great
Ben Harper Live From Mars
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Brotha Lynch Hung Season of da Siccness
Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club
Burial Burial
Damian Marley Welcome To Jamrock
Flying Lotus Los Angeles
Ghostface Killah Ironman
Ida Maria Fortress Round My Heart
Infected Mushroom Converting Vegetarians
Jesse Malin Glitter in the gutter
Jesse Malin The Fine Art Of Self Destruction
Jonsi Go
Jurassic 5 Quality Control
Kasabian Kasabian
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
Lupe Fiasco The Cool
Lykke Li Youth Novels
Metallica Death Magnetic
Nas I Am...
Nas Stillmatic
Nas Hip Hop Is Dead
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
Nine Inch Nails Further Down the Spiral (US)
Nirvana From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
Nirvana In Utero
Nirvana Bleach
Oasis Heathen Chemistry
Oasis Familiar To Millions
Pantera Vulgar Display of Power
Pinch Underwater Dancehall
Pink Floyd Relics
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
R.E.M. Document
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
Snoop Dogg Tha Doggfather
Stone Temple Pilots Core
The Black Keys Attack & Release
The Game Doctor's Advocate
The Smashing Pumpkins Gish
The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan
The White Stripes White Blood Cells
The Who The Who Sell Out
The xx xx
Vampire Weekend Contra
Wu-Tang Clan Iron Flag
Zero 7 When It Falls

3.0 good
Blackalicious The Craft
Citizen Cope Every Waking Moment
Faker Be The Twilight
Faker Addicted Romantic
Foals Antidotes
Green Day Insomniac
Green Day Dookie
Ian Brown The World is Yours
Jay-Z American Gangster
Kings of Leon Aha Shake Heartbreak
LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
Lily Allen Alright, Still
M.I.A. Kala
M.I.A. Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1
Method Man Tical
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Nine Inch Nails The Slip
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
Nirvana Incesticide
Oasis Dig Out Your Soul
Oasis Don't Believe the Truth
Pantera Far Beyond Driven
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
Pearl Jam Yield
Pearl Jam Pearl Jam
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
Ryan Adams Cardinology
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Snoop Dogg No Limit Top Dogg
The Bug London Zoo
The Field From Here We Go Sublime
The Game LAX
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Roots Rising Down
Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams
Wyclef Jean The Carnival

2.5 average
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Bjork Medulla
Diplo Florida
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere
Green Day Nimrod
Green Day Warning
Kasabian Empire
Nine Inch Nails Broken
Pearl Jam Binaural
Pink Floyd Ummagumma
Pink Floyd More
Public Enemy He Got Game
Silverchair Young Modern
Sleater-Kinney The Woods
Snoop Dogg Dead Man Walkin'
The Good, The Bad and The Queen The Good, The Bad & The Queen
The Streets The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living
Twista Adrenaline Rush

2.0 poor
Eminem Encore
Guilty Simpson Ode to the Ghetto
Nas Nastradamus
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
The Streets Everything is Borrowed

1.5 very poor
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
6) 808's & Heartbreaks: Kanye West

Ok so I got around to listening to this and it is awful I find it bewildering that so many reviewers gave it good to decent marks. The only think I can think of is that they were so taken aback by differences between this and his previous work that they felt intimidated enough to give it critical praise ("I don't wanna look like I don't 'get it' so i'll pretend that I do. I mean, if its like, different, then it must be good, right?"). Let me break it down for them.

i) The production is NOT groundbreaking! It is well within the limits of what many electronic producers have been doing for a very long time. Just because Kanye just discovered the minimal techno sound doesn't make it trailblazing. A lot of it sounds like Kanye just adapted some Junior Boys and Slam beats, threw in a few soul sounds, and called it a day. It's lazy, unconvincing, and disingenuous

ii) For once, 50 Cent was right about something. This does sound like a T-Pain album. Kanye makes the baffling decision to sing rather than rap throughout 90% of the album. Of course the trouble with that is that he can't really sing to save his life. Even the 'ahem' liberal use of Auto Tune can't disguise how below par his singing is. In a sense, it actually makes this worse than a T-Pain album, because at least T-Pain can hold a note. Auto-Tune pitch distortions are ok if they are used sparingly for effect, but throughout the entire album? It doesn't sound 'futuristic' unless your perception of futuristic is Cher circa 1999. It comes as little surprise the the two bearable songs on the album include some rapping by Kanye or Weezy ('Heartless' and 'Tell Everybody That you Know')

iii) The lyrics will make you vomit unless you are an adolescent cretin.

I'm not lovin you, the way I wanted to
What I had to do, had to run from you
I'm in love with you, but the vibe is wrong
And that haunted me, all the way home
So ya never know, never never know
Never know enough, til it's over love
Til we lose control, system overload
Screamin no no no, no no
- Love Lockdown

Do we really deserve to endure this garbage?

We can only hope that Kanye's neurons have been overloaded with post breakup chemicals which have only temporarily rendered his musical ability null and void.

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