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5.0 classic
Andrew Bird The Mysterious Production Of Eggs
Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
Built to Spill Perfect from Now On
This just might be my favorite album of all time. It is one of the most emotionally and musically intense pieces of music that I have ever experienced. Doug Martsch is a master of tension and release, an art that is lost in too much of modern music. Each song is a roller coaster ride, with dark and brooding sections contrasted with lighter, more major-chord sounding sections. Just compare 2:10 of Out Of Sight with the noise guitar solo that ends I Would Hurt A Fly. One is light and almost bouncy, while the other is dark and intense. Each song has many different sections to it, each with a different ambiance, which seems like it shouldn't work, but these sections flow together perfectly. The last 1:40 of Made-Up Dreams is easily one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard. And through all of its intensity and power, beautiful is the best word to describe this album, as it is always laying just under the surface and we may need to look past the noise and loud guitars to find it (in a good way.) This album is a masterpiece, on par with In The Aeroplane Over The Sea or Kind Of Blue or whatever you wish to compare it to. This is what music should be.
Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
Leonard Cohen Songs of Leonard Cohen
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
DSOTM is a masterpiece. Being a well-known band, Pink Floyd's music has been cheapened by radio airplay alongside other "classic" rock bands like Foreigner and Def Leppard. Because of this, we all hear these songs quite often but never realize their power. But after listening to the full album all the way through, it becomes clear that DSOTM is indeed one of the greatest and most powerful albums ever created
Radiohead OK Computer
Rory Gallagher Irish Tour '74
Television Marquee Moon
The Beatles Revolver
The Clash London Calling
The Who Live at Leeds
Some people may never give a live album a 5, but in my opinion this album merits nothing less than a 5. The Who has great studio albums such as Who's Next, The Who Sell Out, etc., but live is really where they shined. The pure energy and power of their performances is astounding, which is why they are, in my humble opinion, both the greatest hard rock band of all time and the greatest live band of all time.
The Who Live at Leeds (Deluxe Edition)
Like the regular Live at Leeds, but more songs! And it's just as awesome, if not more so b/c of the extra songs!
Titus Andronicus The Monitor

4.5 superb
Ali Farka Toure Savane
Arcade Fire Funeral
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Art Blakey Moanin'
Beck Odelay
Belle and Sebastian If You're Feeling Sinister
Bob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
Brad Mehldau Trio The Art of the Trio, Vol. 1
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Built to Spill There's Nothing Wrong with Love
Camper Van Beethoven Telephone Free Landslide Victory
Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um
Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie Bird & Diz
Deerhunter Microcastle
Dexter Gordon Go!
Do Make Say Think Other Truths
Eels Electro-Shock Blues
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Elvis Costello My Aim Is True
Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch!
Frank Zappa Hot Rats
Funkadelic Maggot Brain
Galaxie 500 On Fire
Galaxie 500 Today
Genesis Selling England by the Pound
This is one of the greatest prog rock albums of all time! Why did Phil Collins have to turn Genesis into a pop band?!? WHY!??!?
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
Grant Green Idle Moments
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
This is one of my favorite albums. As soon as I heard it, something just clicked for me and I instantly fell in love with it. Not quite a 5, because of a few weaker moments, but if Grizzly Bear can continue with the upward trend from Yellow House to this, then their next album will be mind-blowing!
Guided by Voices Bee Thousand
Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage
Hudson Bell When The Sun Is The Moon
Iron And Wine The Shepherd's Dog
James Brown Live At The Apollo
Jeff Buckley Grace
Jethro Tull Aqualung
John Coltrane Giant Steps
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Michael Brecker Pilgrimage
Miles Davis Miles Smiles
Miles Davis Jack Johnson
Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island
Nick Drake Five Leaves Left
Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come
Pat Metheny Bright Size Life
Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pink Floyd Animals
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pixies Doolittle
Pixies Surfer Rosa
R.E.M. Murmur
Radiohead The Bends
Robert Johnson King of the Delta Blues Singers
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material
Talking Heads Remain in Light
Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77
Television The Blow Up
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition)
The Antlers Hospice
The Bad Plus These Are the Vistas
The Band Music from Big Pink
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles The Beatles
The Clash The Clash (US version)
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out
The Dodos Visiter
The Feelies Crazy Rhythms
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
The Kinks The Village Green Preservation Society
The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers
The Mountain Goats All Hail West Texas
The National Alligator
The Nels Cline Singers The Giant Pin
The Replacements Let It Be
The Shins Oh, Inverted World
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Verlaines Bird Dog
The Who Who's Next
Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners
Violent Femmes Violent Femmes
Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil
Weezer Pinkerton
Weezer Weezer
Wes Montgomery Smokin' at the Half Note
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wire Pink Flag
Yo La Tengo Painful

4.0 excellent
Andrew Hill Point of Departure
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
B.B. King Live at the Regal
Big Star #1 Record
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Brian Eno Another Green World
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Built to Spill Keep It Like a Secret
Built to Spill You in Reverse
Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady
Camel Mirage
Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else
Charlie Hunter Bing, Bing, Bing!
Chris Potter Follow the Red Line - Live at the Village Vanguard
Clifford Brown and Max Roach Study in Brown
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Derek and the Dominos Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Descendents Milo Goes to College
Dexter Gordon Our Man in Paris
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca
Do Make Say Think Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn
Do Make Say Think You, You're a History in Rust
dredg El Cielo
Eels Beautiful Freak
Elvis Perkins Ash Wednesday
Explosions in the Sky The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die...
Fairport Convention Unhalfbricking
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Freddie Hubbard Red Clay
Fugazi 13 Songs
Grandaddy The Sophtware Slump
Howlin Wolf Howlin' Wolf/Moanin' in the Moonlight
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
Jimmy Smith The Sermon
John Coltrane Blue Train
John Scofield A Go Go (feat. Medeski, Martin & Wood)
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Mahavishnu Orchestra The Inner Mounting Flame
Mike Stern Who Let the Cats Out
Mission of Burma Vs.
Mono You Are There
Neil Young Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Oliver Nelson The Blues and the Abstract Truth
Pavement Wowee Zowee
Pavement Brighten the Corners
Pavement Slanted and Enchanted
Pink Floyd Meddle
Pink Floyd The Wall
Polvo Today's Active Lifestyles
R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant
Radiohead In Rainbows
Return to Forever Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy
Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher
Rush 2112
Rush A Farewell to Kings
Rx Bandits Mandala
Sonic Youth Sister
Sonic Youth Rather Ripped
Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus
Steely Dan Aja
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic
Stiff Little Fingers Nobody's Hero
Streetlight Manifesto Everything Goes Numb
Surfer Blood Astro Coast
Television Adventure
The Band The Band
The Bats Daddy's Highway
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Beatles Let It Be
The Black Keys Rubber Factory
The Black Keys Brothers
The Chills Kaleidoscope World
The Decemberists Picaresque
The Decemberists Castaways and Cutouts
The Mothers of Invention Roxy & Elsewhere
The Mothers of Invention One Size Fits All
The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree
The Mountain Goats The Coroner's Gambit
The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
The Pogues Rum Sodomy & the Lash
The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.
The Sea And Cake The Sea And Cake
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Smiths The Smiths
The Strokes Is This It
The Verlaines Hallelujah All The Way Home
The Walkmen Bows + Arrows
The Wedding Present Seamonsters
The Who Tommy
The Who The Who Sell Out
Titus Andronicus The Airing of Grievances
Tortoise Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Wes Montgomery The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
Wilco Summerteeth
Wilco Kicking Television: Live in Chicago
Wire Chairs Missing
Yes The Yes Album
Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Yo La Tengo I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

3.5 great
Band of Horses Everything All the Time
Belle and Sebastian The Boy With the Arab Strap
Belle and Sebastian Tigermilk
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People
Buzzcocks Another Music in a Different Kitchen
Camel Camel
Can Tago Mago
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Deja Vu
David Gilmore Unified Presence
Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me
Eels Daisies Of The Galaxy
Emerson Lake and Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Focus Focus 3
Focus At the Rainbow
George Benson The George Benson Cookbook
Grandaddy Under the Western Freeway
Grizzly Bear Yellow House
Husker Du Zen Arcade
Jaga Jazzist What We Must
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Jeff Beck Blow by Blow
Jeff Beck Wired
John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
Kansas Leftoverture
Kansas Masque
Luna Penthouse
Maps and Atlases Tree, Swallows, Houses
Maps and Atlases Perch Patchwork
Medeski, Martin and Wood Out Louder (w/ John Scofield)
Naked City Naked City
I would've rated this album much higher, probably a 4.5, if not for the 8 "grindcore" songs in the middle. I just don't really get their inclusion on this album. The rest is some really fascinating jazz fusion though.
Nektar Remember the Future
Ocean Colour Scene Moseley Shoals
Pavement Wowee Zowee - Sordid Sentinels Edition
Robin Trower Bridge of Sighs
Rory Gallagher Deuce
Rush Caress of Steel
Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill
Steely Dan Katy Lied
The Cure Disintegration
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Derek Trucks Band Songlines
The Dream Syndicate The Days Of Wine And Roses
The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America
The Jam All Mod Cons
The Morning Benders Big Echo
The Raconteurs Consolers of the Lonely
The Sea And Cake The Biz
The Undertones The Undertones
The White Stripes Elephant
Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die
Traffic The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Wilco A Ghost Is Born
Yes Yes

3.0 good
Big Star Radio City
Boston Boston
Caravan In the Land of Grey and Pink
Kansas Point of Know Return
Lightning Bolt Wonderful Rainbow
Rush Moving Pictures
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Replacements Tim
The Saints (I'm) Stranded
Tortoise TNT
Weather Report Heavy Weather
Wilco Wilco (The Album)
An extremely disappointing album. After hearing them take chances and make great music on Summerteeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and A Ghost Is Born, I wasn't expecting something like the subdued Sky Blue Sky when jazz guitarist Nels Cline joined the band, but it was still enjoyable. But this album is just plain boring. The songs aren't bad, but there's no feeling of experimentation or trying something new like the other albums, with the exception of Bull Black Nova. A very "safe" album from the last band I'd expect to make one. I streamed it from their site when they put it up prior to release, and found no reason to buy it. It still gets a 3 though, because it is still well-written and performed and Bull Black Nova is a very good song.

2.5 average
Boston Don't Look Back
Ramones Ramones
I can see how this album has become influential, but I think it pales in comparison to other classic punk albums by bands like The Clash or The Modern Lovers. A couple catchy songs, but other than that there's not really that much there in the way of lyrical depth or variety.
Rush Rush

2.0 poor
Boston Third Stage
Van Halen Van Halen

1.5 very poor
Boston Corporate America

1.0 awful
AC/DC Blow Up Your Video
Def Leppard Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection
Van Halen The Best of Both Worlds
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