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5.0 classic
After Dinner Paradise of Replica
gorgeous and sneakily noisy, a deep warm well packed with toy instruments that get strummed once each on the album. a distant satellite of avant-progressive music with a playful nature but with all the spikes shorn off - just half an hour of genuinely beautiful nestbedding music, acoustically-lead with lots of comforting strings and woodwind. Haco's weirdly unknown on a lot of music sites and maybe this is the coolest thing she's on?
Art Bears The World As It Is Today
utterly scathing commentary on the nature of the modern world set to wonderfully floaty arrangements, incidental music performed mostly on acoustic instruments with a free, atonal bite to them. Dagmar's voice is astounding and while her delivery might initially be off-putting it's hard to imagine the lyrics working properly if they were pronounced any less sternly. Frith and Cutler are superb accompanists but we all already knew that
Art Bears Winter Songs
i think it's beautiful that these very well-trained musicians can construct brilliant rock miniatures from spite and incidental music techniques alone. that's all you need baby. the compositions are dramatic and urgent and Chris Cutler's one of the best Fuck You drummers of all time. plus the whole time you feel like you're being skewered by the lyrics, especially as delivered by Dagmar's uniquely piercing voice. Six out of five
Art Bears Hopes and Fears
bleak as hekk but so original they've tempted you out of the act. In Two Minds is this band's one attempt at a rock epic and they still make you navigate entire minutes of augmented chords before you receive any form of release. i respect that
Boris Amplifier Worship
sludge you can walk on, that doesn't bury you but carries you forwards. no glacial movement, no choruses, all perfectly judged and perfectly paced. huge, like the song says. this is a book that's also a five course meal and it stays in your memory forever
Einsturzende Neubauten Silence is Sexy
i swear i'm gonna review this thing someday. its probably the EN disc with the most english on it too, perfect for a monolinguo philistine like yours truly
Einsturzende Neubauten Halber Mensch
on Zeichnungen they master mood... on Halfy Menschy they learn how to hook you in. still madcap but bolstered with focused beats, they're more or less deploying the same instruments and allowing their natural eclecticism to distil them this time into more substantial songs. you can hear exactly what grew Silence is Sexy in the bones of this album, which I think's the best of their 80s work
Fela Kuti Alagbon Close
great place to get on board with Fela and his band, famed for their super-tight mesh-work of muted guitar, reaching bass and inspired drumming which rocks without at all resembling rock drumming. political, energetic and important, Alagbon Close's grooves seem to elevate the listener to a higher state of awareness, not in a narcotic way so much as a paramilitarizing one. the release I bought comes packaged with "Why Black Man Dey Suffer", an earlier LP where Ginger Baker collaborates
Front 242 Front By Front
i can't hold back the max score any more. the felines need to be fed
Henry Cow In Praise of Learning
for a 37 minute album there's a staggering amount of serious writing here. Living in the Heart of the Beast is an extended piece that barely repeats a phrase until its call-to-action coda, preferring to spiral into mockery and tension adding up to one long chromatic nightmare. elsewhere Beautiful as the Moon / Terrible as an Army with Banners is as sweet as can be. and the words? the words are undeniable
Herbie Hancock Head Hunters
*beatboxes the turn-around from chameleon* DAAA-NAAA tak taka dobom do KLAK DAAA-NAAA tak takatabokatadukatadom KLAK DAN-DAAA DAN-DAAA wana DANAWAMAAW MAAAAW dub dubudum
Kayo Dot Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue
floaty and thoughtful, anemone rarely constrains itself to any type of rigid song structure 'cos there's endless beauty to be doodled in the margins. the tunes are cleverly arranged and you'll breathe in harmony with them through every well-earned interval, intense despite their looseness. one of those rare albums that never wears off me, no matter how familiar or recently played
King Crimson Red
always impressive how these guitar skronkers with their dangerously overdriven bass tone have such a melodic sweet spot; they're restrained here compared to Larks and a kinda paranoid melancholy atmosphere pervades everything. not much singing but that means you have to sing along more urgently when the time comes
King Crimson Larks' Tongues in Aspic
king crimson when they weren't afraid to be unapproachable or idiosyncratic. the music boils and spills over, one instrument sprawls into the space of the next and everything gets primal dead quick. they can jam, they can write beautiful little ballads and they can create landscapes which almost deprive you of a place to stand. Larks part one is possibly their best work
Magma Mekanïk Destruktïẁ Kommandöh
Magma Köhntarkösz
Magma Rétrospective Vol. 1 & 2
Two fantastic progressive rock epics back to back! the live sound quality is fine, it sounds like a long form alien hymnal symphony etc, the P-Funk of prawg... MDK has been previously recorded as a studio album but I think the band line-up here is different enough that each version is its own experience
Mare Mare
killer little post-metal/sludge/prog cd, jams like mad, every song provides contrast to the last but suits the whole. just a miniature slice o' genius that never got reprised
Melvins Bullhead
get speechless as the combined vision of Crover and Buzzo unfurls its language-bending wiry riff glaciers all over the room. their best album. doom's best album.
Melvins Eggnog
Mr. Bungle Disco Volante
a comprehensive multi-vitamin of music, always threatening, always seedy; the soundtrack for reading the writing on the toilet walls, in a good way
Mr. Bungle California
Parliament Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome
Public Image Ltd. Flowers Of Romance
Solange A Seat at the Table
FUBU's progression is A++. love the amount of song titles that start with "Don't", it's a good message in 2016
This Heat Deceit
no album better decries our ceaselessly militarized lives than this one, Deceit, a tight and justifiably paranoid web of post-punk tension, laden with variously wry and grave observations about how we've been conscripted from birth. The best album I've ever heard.
This Heat Health and Efficiency
This Heat This Heat
Zan-zan-zawa-veia fran tall ear

4.5 superb
23 Skidoo The Gospel Comes to New Guinea
Art Zoyd Haxan
Art Zoyd Le mariage du ciel et de l'enfer
At the Drive-In Vaya
Bjork Selmasongs
Black Flag Damaged
Blacklight Braille Electric Canticles of the Blacklight Braille
Cabaret Voltaire The Voice of America
Cabaret Voltaire Three Mantras
my fave thing about this album/ep/thing is that people here, discogs and RYM interchangeably call both of the tunes "Eastern Mantra" or "Western Mantra" so working out which side they are actually complaining about is coinflip city
Camberwell Now The Ghost Trade
Can Tago Mago
Candlemass Nightfall
Death Grips Exmilitary
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft Alles Ist Gut
Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Einsturzende Neubauten Alles Wieder Offen
Einsturzende Neubauten Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T.
outdo most serious musicians with this one simple trick! wear leather trousers and decant a boxful of spanners! composers hate them!
Einsturzende Neubauten Kollaps
the sounds of deep frustration and cabin fever unleashed on a scrapyard of possible instruments. side A is anger put to record, while B is reserved for exhaustion. their most chaotic and noisy work yet not totally without structure - you can see the industri-pop arrangement of later EN albums shining through on side B. if I ever come to understand more of the German language you might well see me bump this to a perfect score
Expo (JPN) Expo's Great International Strategy
corporate video package makers turning their nose up at the early high watermark of idiotic chiptune
Fela Kuti Coffin for Head of State
Fifth Column To Sir With Hate
inventive writing, good energy, "modern diseases" is unbelievable, essential
Front 242 Politics of Pressure
fave period of F242. Don't Crash is genius, once in a lifetime tune, which promises brilliance they don't really return to (but that's me being a post-punk nerd more than a rivetnerd and not a real criticism)
Front 242 No Comment
fucking iconic. first four tunes on this are imho flawless. hard hitting yet atmospheric, mega mega-future god band confidently hitting post on very long-form music and then making the repetition into bliss
Genesis Foxtrot
prog genius. best thing about Genesis is their skill with quiet passages; most bands in this vein try to keep it solid but these guys'll break a song down to almost nothing if it helps. Phil Collins can drum like crazy but he's silent for about half this album because composers understand dynamics 'n stuff. Get 'em Out by Friday I think is the overall best Genesis tune
very light but very deep jazzy zeuhl-prog. it's all in the textures and the crescendos; Ikarus have no time for heroic rock composition, absorbed as they are in gorgeous semi-improv games
John Greaves, Peter Blegvad and Lisa Herman Kew. Rhone.
this pisses me off so much and I don't like it at all, it's too coy, giggle, and the music is fucking incredible
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Kayo Dot Moss Grew on the Swords and Plowshares Alike
Killing Joke Killing Joke
before they were ultra-heavy they were adorable and gothy punky and they had some serious tunes, played without feeling busy. definitely feels like a response to those first two Banshees albums, but so much stuff from this period does that it can't really be a criticism. plus it's just hooks all the way through and Killing Joke's DIY minimal approach stays with me more than the next three albums where they practise being heavy and maximal
Killing Joke Night Time
King Crimson The ConstruKction of Light
King Crimson THRAK
King Crimson Starless and Bible Black
Liaisons Dangereuses Liaisons Dangereuses
every electronic subgenre specialist claims Los Ninos del Parque as a valid starting point for their thing and maybe they're right
Magma Šlaǧ Tanƶ
Magma 1001° Centigrades
gorgeous avant jazz with a seriously pissed off gnome
Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible
quasi-perfect album lightly tanked by the brutality of "Yes"'s lyrics... I never know what the manics' angle on sex work, sex positivity etc. is cos on things like So Dead and this they sound 50% supportive, 50% hammer of the fucking witches. like if Diane Abbot was a rock band
Manic Street Preachers Know Your Enemy
this isn't a forgotten gems situation. it's the scrapbook of a lifetime. forget richie's final binder, this is where the good stuff lies, be it too REM-ish, too underbaked after Tell Me Yours's 64 channel symphony, nothing they had done before this point really prepares you for Wattsville Blues, their catchiest song. if only it had been the fulcrum for what happened next. the alternate reality history of the Manic Street Preachers
Mansun Six
Melvins Ozma
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
Napalm Death Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism
their genius just keeps building. goth rock deathgrind, absolutely contemporary in its anger. it's stupid that the best metal band of all time is a punk band but it also makes perfect sense and it's what you deserve
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds From Her To Eternity
Parliament Mothership Connection
Portion Control Simulate Sensual
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom
Silverfish Fuckin' Drivin' or What... E.P.
big bad baby pig squeaaaaaaaaaal. kinda one of the top noise rock tunes, weirdly forgotten
Siouxsie and the Banshees Juju
im listening to this at xmas, trick or treat baby
Skinny Puppy Bites
some of the best gibbering, wailing and gnashing I've ever heard on record. really fascinating how sparse the beats are and how thickly this is wallpapered in unsettling samples. "The Choke" is killer, a ten star track
Slint Spiderland
Super Furry Animals Out Spaced
evolution stops right here with me, my descendents will be fiiiiiiishhhhhhh
Super Furry Animals Guerilla
Super Furry Animals Rings Around the World
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Sisters of Mercy Floodland
The Young Gods L'eau Rouge
Tuxedomoon Desire
strangely orchestral, culturally-knowing post-punk wanderings sitting just slightly askew in teh gap between postcards of holiday destinations and how they actually are - an album that giggles at modern culture and makes me giggle along with it. perfectly strange
Tuxedomoon Holy Wars
tuxedomoon are just so fucking good, just unhoning all my fave types of music and sticking the corners back on the sphere and being gorgeously weird and unstoppable
Unwound Leaves Turn Inside You
Van der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts
Yes Close to the Edge

4.0 excellent
A Tribe Called Quest We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
Aloa Aloa
uwu through the roof 100! try the raspberry icecream track, no wonder prog died! no wonder prog died! no wonder prog died! no wonder prog died! edit: this is a terrible sound-off, what I meant to say was that Aloa make very creative synth, uncommonly harmonic without being film score crap
Appliances Paranoia Rap
holy shit this is actually from 1981? it even has a classic "and ya don't stop" and the funk stomp is unbelievable
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Battles Mirrored
Battles Juice B Crypts
Bjork Post
Bjork Volta
Buzzov-en Sore
Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca
Cabaret Voltaire Extended Play
one of the most forthwrite 'n crucial instructions in music: make as much shit as you can before you fall prey to knowing what you're doing
Cabaret Voltaire Mix-Up
Cabaret Voltaire The Crackdown
Cabaret Voltaire Eight Crepuscule Tracks
Cabaret Voltaire 2x45
Cabaret Voltaire Drinking Gasoline
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Chat Pile God's Country
Cirith Ungol King of the Dead
Cirith Ungol Witch's Game
City of Caterpillar Mystic Sisters
Cloud Rat Threshold
Collectif Incertain Analyze Non Standard
hahaha I massacred the album cover upload. do I look like I know what a jpeg is? do I look like I know what a jpeg is? do I look like I know what a jpeg is? do I look like I know what a jpeg is?
Cybotron Enter
just rec'd this based on how good it was as electronic music based on the famous tune "Clear", rejam the album for old time's sake, half of it is new wave/post-punk. lol. even when I am trying not to rec based on the exact centre of my taste I still do :DDDDDDDDDDDD ps it still rules
Dalis Car The Waking Hour
delightfully strange! you could call this synth pop if you ignored its whimsy and refusal to be locked into the simple rules of songwriting. wanders through some rarely heard melodies, performed on some playfully inspired synthesizer patches. peter murphy sings with personality as ever. it's amazing how many of these tunes feel like they've slid slightly out of time and it's all down to great arrangement
David Bowie Blackstar
Deliluh Fault Lines
owns. amulet owns. lots of different approaches to these downer punk goth genres from minimal synth to big discordant post-punk things, all of it owns
Desert Corbusier Walked Up and Down the Stairs, Searched the Buildi
insanely cool and ignored bit of mood goth, bass high up the nekk, nonpropulsive machine beats, chords used for scene setting, seemingly informed by poetic camp and by industrial. just really fucking good & only 12 minutes long. full title is "Walked Up and Down the Stairs, Searched the Building All Over" but sput had its fill
Devo Mechanical Man
from back when they liked music. i say this with love lol
this is really fucking cool. charismatic weirdo music that's not entirely out on the peripheries, very hooky and sweet
Dun (FRA1) Eros
Einsturzende Neubauten Kalte Sterne
special shout-out to the closing track "Schwarz" which sounds like Blixa adlibbing over the dungeon music from Daggerfall. elder scrolls never die
Fad Gadget Incontinent
a set of vicious and cynical lyrics enhances the dark, mocking atmosphere of Incontinent. all songs are uncommonly well-arranged and if they are a little long, any repetitious feeling is sidestepped by the large and assorted arsenal of instruments their accompaniments bring to bear. underneath all the trappings, this is essentially good pop-rock
Frantic Bleep The Sense Apparatus
Genesis Nursery Cryme
Gentle Giant Acquiring the Taste
Gentle Giant Free Hand
Gentle Giant Three Friends
Gentle Giant The Power and the Glory
George Clinton Computer Games
its so hairy and ridiculous. clinton's already a hype man for his ridiculously talented band at this point but the songs are just fucking drunk and brilliant. apart from track 3 which is absolutely torture hahahahahahahahahsabh bnd c xmksc
Ghost Funk Orchestra A New Kind Of Love
Glenn Branca The Ascension
Godflesh Streetcleaner
the core of my maladjusted being adapted to drum machine
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
Gospel The Loser
Gramme Pre Release
Grauzone Eisbaer
Henry Cow Western Culture
Honningbarna Animorphs
Idles Joy as an Act of Resistance
In Excelsis Ladder of Lust
furious gothic whirring with nary a backbeat to be found, just WADATDATDATDATDATDATDATDATDAT with a guy howling, guitars going where they like, super deconstructed, more disintegrated than any stupid album called disintegration
Iron Maiden Powerslave
Jamiroquai Emergency on Planet Earth
Jean-Michel Jarre Revolutions
Kayo Dot Plastic House on Base of Sky
Killing Joke What's THIS For...!
most solid album with their early sound. side one has the good stuff, four stars for that alone, while the second side just idles along, with tunes running out of lyrics and refusing to change or end. that's fine, though, cos at their best the mood they summon up kinda renders variation unnecessary. i mean im a huge fan of Adorations off of Thousand Suns, and an Outside the Gate apologist from hell, but the first four tunes on What's THIS For are still essential to me, especially the tune "Butcher"
Killing Joke Revelations
they search for new chords on this one because they will never change their powerful repetitive formula so most of the songs feel suspended and weird, which is cool, but usually suspended-sounding music eventually resolves somewhere, whereas Revelations just chugs ahead and revels in the tension. side one in particular sounds strangely like Voivod at times for that reason, super murky, sloganeering and tritone obsessed. original bassist left the band after this one? or because of the critical reception to it? but it's the most experimental of the first three and I cherish it tbh
Kim Gordon No Home Record
King Crimson Discipline
KMFDM What Do You Know, Deutschland?
Kraftwerk Radio-Activity
Kraftwerk Computer World
Leatherette (ITA) Fiesta
on first impressions this is a messy n vibrant combination of hundreds of things I already love, with the added bonus of bearing the best album cover I have ever seen
Lifetones For a Reason
killer weird dub for this heat and african head charge folks, you know who you are
Lindsay Cooper Rags
a mini-Henry Cow reunion takes place on this disc, Frith and Cutler among those accompanying Cooper's wonderful composition. i've always found the way that Cooper can use incredibly modern compositional tricks to evoke folk and everyday dystopia in the modern world and this is a fine example of that, being a tale concerning exploited textile workers, half demonstrative political song, half film score, all gorgeous and thoughtful
Magma Studio Zünd
Magma Kobaïa
Manic Street Preachers Gold Against The Soul
bumped to a four outta five. I love the style so much more than the debut, where songs had to be seriously good to rise out of the murk; here, the production is fine and its down to the songs to disappoint you. Yourself and the closer have gradually revealed themselves to me as killer tunes and La Tristessa Durera has always been one of their top best tunes. Life Becoming a Landslide and From Despair are a bit pub rock
Manic Street Preachers This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
everyone was so devastated that they learned to write pop songs but almost every example here is incredibly well done. the lyrical attack has necessarily changed and the biblical fury simmered off but the manics are still excruciatingly disappointed in you and that owns. The Everlasting is actually very boring though lol
Melvins Honky
Melvins Gluey Porch Treatments
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah Immutable
Minutemen The Punch Line
Mission of Burma Signals, Calls, and Marches
MX-80 Sound Crowd Control
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult Kooler Than Jesus
Napalm Death Apex Predator - Easy Meat
Napalm Death Resentment is Always Seismic...
Nightstick Ultimatum
Slow, sludgy stoner CD with its scant lyrics adding up to a strong criticism of the G. W. Bush years. Menacing enough to not slip entirely into Sabbath worship. Contains three versions of the same song, certainly, but that song has a magickally simple riff which is welcome to repeat as many times as it pleases. Gets freaky in places with squalling saxophone or sound collage to accompany the drone-wall. Vox are not strong but nor are they continually present. Seems pretty obscure for some reason, I hope a few people look these guys up!
P-Model In a Model Room
high energy cutesy riffing n seasick organ in weird keys, punky n silly, have the first half of this album totally memorized and its fun to have in yr head. also cyclotron has 2'd this so you know it's essential
Petrol Girls Baby
Portion Control I Staggered Mentally
primitive, industrial, echoey n dalek-proclamative early electro. feels drum circle-esque, albeit performed on synths and accomps, where the beat is layered, and constant while melodies weave in and out like spontaneous chants. just as cool as cabaret voltaire and throbbing gristle, part of such an essential scene to me. (listed as EBM on some sites but EBM had a slow gestation process which this ain't part of - look at Alles ist Gut for how this could be stripped back into intentional dance music)
Portion Control Hit The Pulse
portion control tipping over from silly synth experiments into silly EBM. tis fun. tbh I feel like I am on ignore on this website or I am going mad and irritating everyone, think I will leave for a long while byee
Queen Greatest Hits
Radiohead OK Computer
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Richard H. Kirk Time High Fiction
blissed out, boomy n all dubbed up. more maxxed than Cabaret Voltaire but even less song-like. creative, diverse and wordlessly miserable
Rosa Anschutz Goldener Strom
Saccharine Trust Paganicons
Savage Republic Tragic Figures
great post-punk bass album with perfectly human vocals. the beats are enthusiastic with no robotic parts, layered with lotsa various African percussive tools. the riffs are tense and often avoid rock intervals which would release the tension. has a song called "Kill the Fascists!". very good
Severed Heads Come Visit The Big Bigot
synth-pop tunes positively cluttered with industrial thinking. everything's great, last three tunes seal the deal as an amazing album. not forthright and focused like Depeche Mode, rather more whimsical and messy like Edward Ka-Spel stuff
SikTh The Trees Are Dead and Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild
Skinny Puppy VIVIsectVI
Social Climbers Social Climbers
First four tunes are some of the best mutant-funk/post-punk tunes ever put to record. Quality tails off from there but the band never loses tension.
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Squid Bright Green Field
irony's back to being the only shit that's funny
Suicidal Tendencies Suicidal Tendencies
Super Furry Animals Ice Hockey Hair
Super Furry Animals Radiator
Talking Heads Remain in Light
The Au Pairs Playing With A Different Sex
addictive, snaky bass serves as a platform for some perfectly true lyrics about exhausted women carry "Playing With a Different Sex". each tune drills its message home through post-punk-ish repetition and confident singing - don't expect great composition or variation, there's more important treasure
The Cure Pornography
The Dillinger Escape Plan Dissociation
The Flying Lizards Fourth Wall
lots of sites list this as an avant-garde album, which may or may not be the case, but what it sounds like is electic rock, with 50s and 60s influences as well as the funk&dub tips typical of the era, except rendered fragile and floaty, flirting with the fairground atmosphere in places, and elsewhere perforated by loud interjections of seemingly inappropriate instrumentation. some of the shorter pieces are gorgeously ambient & a bit "Frippertronic". it's up to you to decide whether the Flying Lizard sound is refreshing or just too out-of-left field for you but Fourth Wall is very definitely worth a listen.
The Specials Ghost Town / Why? / Friday Night, Saturday Morning
one of the best singles of all time and yet it contributed to the band's demise. ghost town's a musically adventurous tune, deservedly famous, speaking volumes despite its vanishingly short set of lyrics. the b-sides have their own stories to tell and don't falter either
The Tear Garden Tired Eyes Slowly Burning
Thinking Plague In This Life
Tiamat Wildhoney
gonna tell future generations this is pink floyd "dark side of the moon"
Trouble Psalm 9
Unknown Gender Exposé
incredibly funky and incredibly sarcastic and slightly no-wave damaged and that's beautiful
Van der Graaf Generator World Record
Van der Graaf Generator H to He, Who Am the Only One
Vaura Vista of Deviant Anatomies
real goth rock is coming back and happy boys are running scared
Virgin Prunes ...If I Die, I Die
sexily, sneakily gothic. virgin prunes don't cling so hard to the fast punk rock formula; the rock's often pushed back behind fx, atmospherics, eclectic instrument choices and pointillist guitar scree. they can party but half of everything that transpires on If I Die is more mantra than song
VR Sex Rough Dimension
Wall Of Voodoo Dark Continent
Wha Ha Ha Shinutokiwa Betsu
bored genius supergroup slotting together experimental pop and jazz with jejune attempts at predicting the game soundtracks of the future. lots of humour and comfy moments
Wipers Youth of America
Yello Claro Que Si
incredibly moody and peculiar for an album by a "pop" band, this! Claro que Si is one of Yello's earliest albums, released on the Residents' Ralph record label for a reason, it retains a touch of the alien - the whole album is saturated in peculiar (and, at the time, maybe revolutionary and astounding) synth noises, sculpted into one perfectly catchy tune after another. unlike Kraftwerk, Yello do not shed their sense of playful rhythm, nor their cultural attachment to nearby forms of music. much more of a world record than the dull Computerwelt from the same year!
Yoo Doo Right A Murmur, Boundless to the East

3.5 great
A Certain Ratio To Each...
wonderful rhythm-obsessed mutant funk from a time when most were more taken by the motorik beat. gets sparse as heck at times - the beat is often accompanied only by resty funk bass and trumpet squawks, and occasionally by sussuration alone. that's a good thing, though
A Guy Called Gerald Black Secret Technology
Adolescents Adolescents
ADULT. Becoming Undone
African Head Charge My Life in a Hole in the Ground
pushes dub towards the avant-garde - this isn't necessarily all chilled-out and smoky, sharp saxes and phasers will push you out of your narcotic mood. interestingly they settle for sub-bass in the era of brutal, loud post-punk bass clunks
Ahab The Coral Tombs
Aksak Maboul Figures
strangely killer for a near 40 year reunion. playful avant-pop with not much skronking or pain, just the joy of music approached from a strange angle
Algebra Suicide The Secret Like Crazy
omnibus of wry little punk poems, oh-so tempting to join in with her lazy-vicious judgments & too addictive not to
Anna von Hausswolff Dead Magic
Art Objects Bagpipe Music
at times garage-y, at times funky rock accompanying good observational poetry. for velvet underground fans? some of the tunes are dud but the lyrics never falter. Who Switches Off the Light should be considered a classic of post-punk but this CD seems to have been brushed aside. Passengers of Fortune is deservingly pretentious - you'll agree it couldn't have been done in a humble manner. a weird little gem
Attrition Smiling, At The Hypogonder Club
i know what they think of meeeeeeee i shot john f kennedyyyyyyyy
Attrition The Voice Of God
with the accompaniment being so monomanic, Voice of God's back-and-forth vox justify this whole EP, strange and confident, EBM toad croaks to vampire opera register runs, nothing professional or refined about any of it (her vox are often leaden and out-of-tune but that rules.) accomps, drum machines and fairly inaudible samples can only cling smokily to the skirtingboards cos of the wailing sphere of force in the middle of the room. really compelling, don't know why
Ayizan Dilijans
silky smooth 'n jazzy. extended songs with hints of afrobeat: those guitar shapes, the interplay between front man and backing singers. read 'em up and saw them categorized as Haitian street-festival music so call me a dabbler cos I have nothing much to compare this with save Fela. just want to say that I really like it
Beyond Dawn Frysh
really pretty n gentle at times, lyrics often seem disconnected or deliberately oneliner-ish, maybe to keep you in a daze? Righteous Underground's beautiful in particular. love their earlier doom metal work too
Black Country, New Road Ants From Up There
Bourbonese Qualk Laughing Afternoon
bass guitar bounce under indust.electronics, project who got in the same time as cabaret voltaire got out? sorta spare and longing, beautiful moments, surreal grooves
Brian Eno and David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Cabaret Voltaire Micro-Phonies
really cool messy punk electro, good bassline of quality but I just never got on with Blue Heat, just really claustrophobic and unenjoyable compared to everything else here. get the version with the 12" version of Sensoria, one of their defining moments, which mashes up the original song with Do Right n gets some good backup vox involved. total singalong stuff
Cassels A Gut Feeling
noice prose-punk like a less pub bloke Art Objects/Blue Aeroplanes. another uk document of administrative misery but i've lived it and the theme never gets boring
Cheer-Accident Here Comes the Sunset
what the heck is dream police ahahahah hahahhahahahahsjhdgjsdbjobkvshidojfjbvzyvuxygsdihn. killer record though, really seductive and Robert Wyatt-ish takes on complicated progressive music
Cocteau Twins Garlands
Commando M. Pigg Commando M. Pigg
spiky and super-tight collection of post-punky new wave tunes with a great, dominating singer. includes the occasional adventurous time-sig but most of the songs are rooted in repetition so you'll groove along no problem. Tom Puss has an all-time simple bass muscle riff
Crass Penis Envy
lyrical tour-de-force, not optimistic feminism but rather a litany of society's atrocities that show little sign of going away. most of the accompaniment doesn't impress, but Systematic Death is a 5/5 song and a punk classic
Crime Cellar Night Lust
Daisuck and Prostitute Shinu Made Odori Tsuzukete
people seem to exaggerate the wildness of this release - the grooves stay focused, and the skronking over the top only awards D&P a little credibility as true, wild rock music, rather than pub rock, stadium rock, indie rock or what have you. perfectly listenable release with lots of enthusiastic playing and kraut-ish deviations
Deaf Club (USA-CA) Productive Disruption
Death Grips Year of the Snitch
Deftones White Pony
Die Krupps Volle Kraft Voraus!
Einsturzende Neubauten Alles in Allem
without a grasp of german this latest EN album just sounds gorgeous and wistful. past the lead single Ten Grand Goldie everything's placid and gently dramatic, musically speaking. 20 years on from Silence is Sexy and not much of the flair has been lost
Eskaton 4 Visions
one of them zeuhl albums, zeuhl being a genre term for a very specific brand of spiritual prog fusion with hypnotic bass and orchestral movements, which tries to hit all the highs that Magma reach without really being willing to indulge in all the crescendo work to get to those points. still, the album is great fun and accessible - just follow the bass if you get lost, it's spectacular!
Executioner's Mask Winterlong
gorgeous 'n goth as heck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! more echoey and produced than some contemporaries, definitely more full than the 80s breed, if you like that sorta thing
Exek Advertise Here
cool vibed-out zost punk with lots of horns and matter o' fact voices. motorik funk sarcasm we love
Experiments With Ice Experiments With Ice
elements of synth pop, mutant funk vie for dominance on this playful disc. relatively rare, hopefully you can buy this in mp3. band is british but the sillier arrangements smack of continental Zolo, if you really think that's a genre dude
FACS Negative Houses
the songs don't do anything but contain this really lovely post-punk dub feel, lots of bass and echoing and snareless beats. pretty sensual
Factrix Scheintot
listen if you want to relive your memories of working in an abbatoire in a half-dreaming state. a psychedelic haze separates you from all the bleakness and squalling and depravity. drum machines. unmentionable lyrics. bizarre, possibly guitar-sourced noises that sound like automated slicing implements. but this record is not harsh on the ears, just on the psyche
Faith No More King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
Front 242 Geography
i respect fat german party boys more than the prev sound-off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this album is gnice, though, still lots of punk and experimentation on it; easily more lush and maximal than DAF and with tougher beats than The Cabs. some of the tunes don't actually do anything though; Geography strikes me mostly as an exhuberant industrial scrapbook with a couple of hits
Front 242 Tyranny (For You)
really solid neurobashing. giggle. they sound a little less exciting here than on the previous album to me, still super confident in their style but experiencing slight narrowing. or like a "thank you for buying our previous album" feeling throughout? after this one they change style a little cos NIN and industrial rock are eclipsing this kinda stuff in popularity
Gang of Four Solid Gold
George Clinton You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish
GGGOLDDD This Shame Should Not Be Mine
Gnod Hexen Valley
In Sotto Voce In Sotto Voce
collects two EPs. first promises howling party EBM, much noisier and less piccolo than the bigger names, but we eventually settle into electro dirges with leather vox, that froggy glossolalic cyber punk feel. and they do it so well. don't expect chords changes this is strictly a procession directly forward
Japan Tin Drum
Jean-Michel Jarre Zoolook
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick
Kelli Ali Psychic Cat
Killing Joke Outside The Gate
messy synth rock magnum opus thing. Jaz's songwriting amps up like crazy but because the music now has stuff like credible transitions and variation it sounds fairly unlike Killing Joke. really inventive but with less power than usual - the mastering's bombastic on the synths and the guitars kinda fuck off (along with half the band members) and a lot of the lyrics are gigabrain stuff which can sometimes sound like pagan construction of a personal belief system and sometimes sound uh libertarian
Kyoto Kyoto Mirror Flexing Jaw
slightly jazzier end of uk post-punk, can feel indie-ish, Interpol-ish and noodl-y all in one song, in a totally different way to the way Squid can do that
Lydia Lunch Queen of Siam
really good gothy-poetic undermining of songstress jazz, lydia's a legend. total mood record. without knowing anything about any of the other performers i can say they're all pretty snapped too, they have the most sarcastic lurch possible
Magma K.A. (Köhntarkösz Anteria)
Magma Kãrtëhl
biggest concentration of "Dezoveloi"s so far!!!!!! too musical-minded to be boring but it's not really a statement album as far as I can tell, just some neat late 70s-ish zeuhl tunes that sound like the original soundtracker for "Last of the Summer Wine" discovered jazz-funk
Malaria! Malaria!
simple n hypnotic n punky. Verfurhung makes the best impression imo
Manual de Combate El Encierro Dentro del Encierro
very furious, seemingly semi-improv'd long form punk dirge, really killer
Marijata This Is Marijata
super loose afrobeat with a groovy rock element. lead singer shrieks like crazy, all the instruments are slightly out of tune with each other, everything's based on a two-chord jam (although the final track has significantly more arrangement), the brass lines are effective without being slick, plenty of solos and good drumming and just all around a really good time
Mark Stewart And The Maffia Learning To Cope With Cowardice
Medium Medium The Glitterhouse
tense and snappy post-punk funk from somewhere in England, as usual, Medium Medium have an ultra-solid rhythm section and a saxophonist who adds all manner of flourishes without pouring on too much cheese
Michael Jackson Thriller
Midnight Oil Place Without A Postcard
essentially just rock with a Clash-y twist, but the songwriting is fairly nuts, guitarists approaching the tunes with a large amount of harmonic abandon! album starts slow but the last four tracks pay off well
Moonspell Wolfheart
Mother Gong Robot Woman
conceptual musickal story about a robotic maid who awakens to the unfairness of the world. Mother Gong is a continuation of the 70s band Gong with some Hawkwind guys added to the mix and they come up with a sort of Gong-lite sound with a little Funkadelia stirred into the cauldron. the lyrics are harsh and blunt but the music is a little too safe in places. weirdo curio you probably need to hear anyway
Nag Human Coward Coyote
lots of feedback and slowly decaying guitarbeams to this punky affair, I like their style a whole lot
Narbo Dacal Narbo Dacal
way better than I originally gave it credit for. well written proggy sludge with places to go, not afraid to go goth
Numb Blue Light
is this the first thing they did? recorded 86-87? I love how there's still some scathingness to it but you can feel the rock arrangement tendencies bubblin' under; it's not "industrial rock", not yet, but it could be if reapplied to different instruments. badass EP, sometimes electro, sometimes industrial, sometimes holding hands with good KICKING throughout
Peter Hammill A Black Box
fogwalking is genius, hammill staying current as a musician and being insanely cool and slightly goth, rest of the album has nice moments
PIG Baptise Bless & Bleed
total soft spot music for me. better than kmfdm themselves right now, the cooler deep voiced blasphemy guy. and he's an edgy lad of course but having "fuck me jesus" lyrics is always cool and always funny
Primitive Man Scorn
Psyche Insomnia Theatre
fairly badass industrial synthpop with a lot of fad gadget influence, i think? combines the power of being fast and brash with the power of not really knowing how to resolve anything or finish the songs at all, entirely carried by exuberance
Queen Latifah Black Reign
Rip Rig and Panic God
brilliant but bitty, lotsa raw potential and talent but a not-entirely tantalizing scrapbook of an album
Robert Fripp Let The Power Fall
gorgeous, and yet imagine what this album could be with just a little dirt or atonal naughtiness
Severed Heads City Slab Horror
Shapeshifter (JPN) Dark Ritual
Shellac 1000 Hurts
hey man i wanna have a fight with you, and from the way that you behave it is clear to me that you'd like to have one [[[to-ooo]]] and that to-ooo is one of the cutest and unthreatening denouements ever and it makes me adore this album even after a bunch of filler
Sinead O'Brien Time Bend and Break the Bower
Slapp Happy and Henry Cow Desperate Straights
Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
over time i've become charmed by his voice. kinda the vox version of trans keyboard smashing
Solange When I Get Home
SOUL GLO Diaspora Problems
Spike Hellis Spike Hellis
get spun round by ebm scaffoldwork n watch the tunes get built around you. loose and old-school, the ultra observant beat
Stern Meissen Reise zum Mittelpunkt des Menschen
prog rock awash with synths of a thousand colours. the composition sounds like it took a lot of work, although some stretches suffer from overly regular changes and the search for something as babby's-first-prog as, you know, a cadence, amongst all the jazzy and disney-esque chord digressions. certainly doesn't fuckin sound like Camel, though, which is a giant plus - closer to the ELP-loving Italian school of prog but with a little more time for funky drum & bassy directions. impressive
Stiu Nu Stiu New Sun
Super Furry Animals Phantom Power
Thank Thoughtless Cruelty
s'nice. starting to be the year of fun abrasive annoying yorkshire punkers lol
The Cure Faith
The Garden Horseshit On Route 66
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Master Scratch Band Dégout
low-res sampler electro is slowly returning to its rightful place as my fave genre ever
The Prodigy What Evil Lurks
The Raincoats Odyshape
gets lumped into the post-punk dub-reggae axis but is far more reminiscent of folk and indie rock. really delicate and thoughtful and feminist - very easy to get lost in all the wanderlust because it's not a catchy record, but it IS greatly rewarding
The Sisters of Mercy First and Last and Always
The Web of Lies Nude With Demon
noisy duo play downer tunes and get hung up on the murky stuff you can do with a guitar. "The Wasp" is a killer tune heyyyyy
Tolerance Divin
i really adore this LP but, uh, nothing happens for the entire length. lots of synth squirts and radio-sourced sounds as rendered in boomy layers of echo floss. call it a precursor to ambient techno and to IDM if you like. album sounds like a series of bubbles bursting into a classic effects unit. has just enough of an industrial edge to bestow a questionable dark nature
Tom Tom Club Tom Tom Club
danceable and smart electro-funk from half of teh Talking Heads. it's a style that, while light, is experimental and eccentric enough to not get dull, but which doesn't exactly tip over into the shambolic brilliance of Parliament/Funkadelic. they tend to stick to one groove and rely mostly on vocals and layering to create variation
Trouble Funk Super Grit
title track is mesmerizing, xtra-fun, xtra-parliamentary go-go funk with a wonderful sense of humour
UK Decay For Madmen Only
a good chunk of gothic bedrock here, with waily, proclaimative vocals and guitar tones you thought you'd only ever hear on Big Black records. not every song is actually good but the songs swagger and all the accompanists get their moment in the black sun
Voivod Synchro Anarchy
well-made and extensive tunes, lacking in a sense of relief or build. don't wanna punish a band for reusing their own iconic style but Voivod sound best here when they're not being as atonal as usual. still fairly brilliant
Warning (GER) Warning
Was (Not Was) Was (Not Was)
World Domination Enterprises Let's Play Domination
searching for this album title is about equally likely to find you abrasive post-punk or a german guy playing an old strategy game in dosbox
Yellow Magic Orchestra Technodelic
they partially throw out the super-earnest melodies in favor of more an urban sampler atmosphere. kinda works! Technodelic has a really warm sense of humour and some great rhythmic moments but the music is rather simple

3.0 good
Anna Orchid Orchids
constantly-peaking zoomerdustrial with its toes in a million squillion annoying genres
Art Fleury The Last Album
inconsistent but all the more fascinating for it. Art Fleury are talented and expressive, pairing *that* gorgeous new wavoid bass tone with all manners of washes and atmospheres. Just makes me wish I knew Italian, I'm very sure there's more layers of treasure in all the gibbering... too bad that the long songs Lilith and Berlin Charlottenburg release the tension by being unhelpfully conventional
Bauhaus Crackle: Best of Bauhaus
i mean i still adore Bela Lugosi's Dead and a few other tracks, the opener and Silent Hedges especially, but a lot of Bauhaus' old tunes reveal themselves to be pretty flimsy and lazy on repeat listens. very cool though
Big Boys Where's My Towel/Industry Standard
interesting punk act with some slow, grooving tendencies. vocalist has lots of personality which enhances the great songs and smooths over the moments where the band over-reaches (there are certain tracks where the Big Boys' lack of musical know-how betrays itself, but never disastrously.) Complete Control is a bit of a dip in an otherwise fun album which stands up for itself
Bone Orchard Penthouse Poultry
god, if only the whole disc was as good as "Can Can't"... they try, though, and their particular style is more expressive than the typical post-punk fare, featuring walking bass, rocky sax and even the occasional solo. BPEOPLE are one of a squillion short-lived bands of the era who demonstrated a quick flash of brilliance
Bursting Into Gloom Coven
psyched out spacegaze doomnsludgers riding one long atmospheric tune, it's cool n sparse. follow the weedian 'n all that
Cabaret Voltaire Code
Cirith Ungol Frost and Fire
happily this is much more insecure than troo metul has any right to be. dominated by loud bass and confused emotions conveyed through some seriously frustrated goblin vox. the instrumental on the end is nothing special, though - stick to the bits that metalheads dislike
Clock DVA Thirst
frustrating, really - the band are clearly great at assembling sounds in an artistic, expansively atmospheric manner but as soon as they start rocking out it descends perilously close to conventionality... maddeningly, they can switch gears in the space of a tape splice. bat these dudes with a newspaper every time they slip in a four chord loop and it all works out fine
Eider Stellaire I
compulsive zeuhl in its strong moments, close to disco when it lapses into laziness
Faith No More Angel Dust
Fontaines D.C. Dogrel
promising. nice spread of indie family genres. needs more lyrics and less overhead cymbal crashing because i don't think the music wants to be hypnotic - keep me engaged! these guys could make an album that'd sit alongside Art Objects "Bagpipe Music" as one of the great, cool post-punk poet discs if they really wanted to
Fred Frith Speechless
Frith backed up with some RIO stalwarts here, but it's easy to question how much effort really went into the songwriting - many of the pieces descend into free improv without bothering to first establish any sort of lure, or sometimes into rather makeshift Beefheartianism in dire need of vocals to pin everything together., at some point, started throwing every slightly abrasive piece of music into their "Avant-prog" section after one cursory listen and you can point the blame at albums exactly like this one - musos with no plan heading into the studio and treating us to their most annoying tendencies. still, thanks to their sheer talent some cuts are, irritatingly, fascinating
Front 242 Official Version
strange how they pushed Masterhit so hard but didn't think to make it all that interesting o:3 definitely my least fave early F242; they sheared off all the cool shit
Give My Remains to Broadway Beyond the Gates of Xouztoth
Hangman's Chair A Loner
reliably goth but a bit too simple. i like their sounds and moods, their songwriting compels way less
Hymn (FRA) Tired
really messy really enthusiastic french goth rock. retains its punk feel cos it's so blurry but also vampy and ambitious
Iron Maiden Killers
Just Mustard Heart Under
Katatonia Sky Void of Stars
Austerity is amazing. other tunes following that sound like Katatonia in a sort of smoothed-over way and their construction doesn't seem to matter so much. great mood but it feels pre-shuffled
King Crimson The Power to Believe
i might think facts of life is the worst king crimson song. the lyrics here are tired in general, would've nice to hear this be instrumental aside from the mantra. musically fascinating as ever, it's KC
King Crimson Lizard
Korn Issues
Their best - the funky and adventurous rhythm section peaks on Issues, where each song distinguishes itself from the next with offbeat, effect-expanded sections amid all the distortion and bassclicking. (aside from Hey Daddy, a one chord jam only saved by hilariously explorative bass playing.) Very experimental in terms of nu-metal - interludes split the disc up into small acts. Lyrics are mostly terrible but what did you expect? The follow up, Untouchables, tips all the way over into lifeless radio rock - stop here, the quirkiest Korn CD.
Lethe (NLD) Lethe
nice instrumental prog LP splitting teh difference between pastoral woodwind things and jazzy blues rock things. just comfy stuff for when yr an elf, not challenging beyond a few jazzy flourishes
Lydia Lunch 13.13
Magma Üdü Ẁüdü
Magma Ẁurdah Ïtah
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard The Harvest (as MWWB)
any point at which this album tries to rock out it loses me. they should amp up the goth elements even more imo
Manic Street Preachers New Art Riot
Manic Street Preachers Generation Terrorists
early Manics lives and dies on the power of the lyrics. here they are fucking lethal! otoh the only musician in this band who does anything is JDB which means there's too much room in these glam rock-finished tunes and not enough accompaniment to fill it
Manic Street Preachers Everything Must Go
immensely important to the band and to the contemporary accompaniment of football coverage. I have come to dislike this album's style, although the opener and closer and Kevin Carter still hit like brick
Manic Street Preachers Lifeblood
Mansun Attack of the Grey Lantern
Mark Stewart Mark Stewart
wow wow! wow! everything with Mark Stewart on it has this sexy dubby indignant mixture of feelings and all the songs wear out half-way through; something about his delivery drags teh perceived bpm down to 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000001
Martha and the Muffins This is the Ice Age
check this fun little new-wave album for the great track "Casualties of Glass"! a lot of the more earnestly pop-oriented writing on this album doesn't measure up to the moodiness of that song but it is all very well performed
Ministry Twitch
Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
Murderbait Nostalgia Like Cancer
long doomy goth epics, really good feeling. songs are pretty similar to each other though
Napalm Death Punishment in Capitals
*screams the name of every track while the crowd giggles*
Nekropolis Musik aus dem Schattenreich
some distinctly gothic ambient cuts, equal time dedicated to simple drones and rock-driven crypt grooves. there isn't a wrong note on this album but that's because there aren't all that many notes at all - very simplistic music! can't beat the moods though
Neonbabies Neonbabies
witty, punky NDW with a bizarre mix, all suffused in saxomophone and lead by a great, confident singer. their cover of Big Spender is perfectly Residential. songs are short and scattershot and as a result some cuts do feel a little inessential
New Fast Automatic Daffodils Pigeonhole
funky manchester indie stuff with good grooves. Fishes Eyes rules but a lot of the other tunes are lesser variations of it - some with bongos, some with psychy strumming - the same set of chords all the time and the dwindling lyrical content gets you bored by the saminess before long
P-Model Potpourri
magazines typically call music like this "spastic" or "herky-jerky" but i consider that really rude
Preoccupations Arrangements
the atmosphere doesn't gel with the songwriting and there's phrases that practically sound like Kings of Leon, agh, plenty of better goth this year where you can hear the bass
Priest Body Machine
cheese electro/EBM but it's fun and all the songs have something gnice about them! wow!
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Radiohead In Rainbows
Radiohead The Bends
RAH Band Going Up
super slick funky arrangements, very musical n sweet, eventually starts to cloy though
Red Krayola with Art and Language Kangaroo?
a lot of the tunes with rockier composition undermine what could be a more powerful statement. at its best Kangaroo reminds of both Crass and Art Bears; if only they'd had a less cavalier approach to the songs!
Robert Fripp The League of Gentlemen
the vocal clips threaten that the album may be something more challenging and radical than what it is - an instrumental combo featuring Fripp's unique way of playing guitar whose basic compositions get whisked into identical pudding by his tendency to lean on those equidistant note math riffs. "Cognitive Dissonance" is at least noisy and strange, would fit on any Crimso album
Shiny Men Again!
it's one of those post-punky puzzle prog albums which is compositionally interesting and relatively varied BUT it has those stupid arch lyrics which wreck everything in the entire genre (f.e. Cardiacs, Diagram Bros, et al as well as, in a larger scope, a good swathe of modern avant-garde rock;) can't you say something which isn't dumb as shit? still nice as an art exercise, but imagine a record this inventive accompanying biting protest lyrics
Suburban Lawns Suburban Lawns
very smart new wave where some of the tunes have that first-LP Devo playfulness while others... don't. the female vocalist is a joy to listen to, I just wish the songs had received more compositional attention.
Super Furry Animals Fuzzy Logic
they have absolutely no idea what they're doing here but it's adorable. Mario Man and Fuzzy Birds are mega keepers and the "Fields of Industry... Death by Misery" line is immortal
Super Furry Animals Mwng
The Budos Band The Budos Band V
really fun extended psyche rock band, horns are the best bit. all instrumental, the tunes sound like they'd add up to a badass soundtrack for some 70s road movie but they're just not that fascinating on their own
The Cure Disintegration
The Legendary Pink Dots The Museum of Human Happiness
more food for my dots compilation tape!!!!! as ever, some of this is luscious n weird psyche, some of it goths, some of it does a secret regrettable third thing
The Mars Volta Tremulant
The Nits Work
these guys have that Beatles-ish talent to paint a complete picture using very simple arrangements and a set of lyrics stripped down to the essentials. the back to basics approach can miss heavily since all the songs go verse-chorus-verse-chorus forever, many receiving no further compositional attention, but about half of these songs are catchy and charming anyway
The Smile A Light For Attracting Attention
"Free in the Knowledge" is torture of the sort that restricts what I can rate this otherwise-gnice set of jams
Tomahawk Tomahawk
Tones on Tail Pop
closing tune is so good it's worth enduring most of the silly stuff beforehand. but it is very silly stuff
Unschooling Random Acts of Total Control
this is somewhere uh between art-punk, math-rock and post-hardcore which is to say the bridges are better than the verses. giggle. semi-talking vox, sarcastic style, some interesting ideas and twists. probably bumpable higher than this rating if I get into this kinda thing more, everything's solid
V-Effect Stop Those Songs
fun, punky, loopy avant-prog/no wave with some good sax skronks, groovier than many of their peers. vox aint that strong though
Vulk Vulk Ez Da
semi-epic semi-indie post-punk things going on here, got big Midnight Oil vibes and it also made me think of that 80s Stormy Six album in places. everything's brash and hopeful, apparently a little political (on the topic of Basque independence?) generally cool but can feel too arena for me cos im a little goblin
Wasted Youth Reagan's In
cool and energetic punk rock but their lyrics are mean i feel a bit upset
Zebulon Pike ...and Blood Was Passion
weird album. it's like stoner doom finger-exercise mastered loud. good playing, some good ideas, but 40 minutes of it wears ya down. transitions often make no sense apart from in a Fuck yeah, harmonic abandon! kind of way. that's OK. from here I think they delve in a more atmospheric direction

2.5 average
(DOLCH) Nacht
Anamanaguchi Endless Fantasy
Asian Glow and sonhos tomam conta dreamglow
Attic [UK] All Plans Exist
gawd I love uk post-punk, new wave, industrial, art-punk dance-punk dub-punk everything but you can't hide an unimaginative song with sneering vox alone. Attic wanted to be cool but too much convention gets in, too much Sparks gets in. check the first tune though, its outro is really good, no problem saying that's a killer tune
Bad Optics Pax Americana
can't get into. got them devolved cardiac touches but the lyrics clunk and everything's *pronouncedly* mocking from the vox to the riffs to the rhythms, to the point of inflicting misery louder than it satirizes the cause
Chris and Cosey Heartbeat
Cola Deep In View
Coldplay Parachutes
Crime of Passing Crime of Passing
lovely desperate goth sound but the songs are scraps, sounds like the whole album was written in one sesh. hunting knife = incredible
De Arma Nightcall
Family Fodder Schizophrenia Party!
daft as hell toy new wave stuff where they're not even trying apart from on the first song, i was kinda into it tbh
Fehlfarben 33 Tage in Ketten
at their best when they play guitar-heavy, minor key songs, all angular like you're witnessing the song just before the scaffolding comes off. Fehlfarben can sneak subtle synthy elements into their music when they're trying; when they're not the music is a little too generic to bear. check Hutschlager and Schlaffos Nachts
Fischer-Z Red Skies Over Paradise
Giuni Russo Energie
a really fantastic and well-trained singer crying out for more interesting song arrangements
Jamiroquai Dynamite
big fan of their first two discs and I can't help but feel disappointed by the total reversal in lyrical stance. i guess i am late on the "Jay Kay doesn't care about environmental and social issues anymore" train by at least two albums but lemme say it anyway. music is still competent and catchy though, just not really superb or meaningful
Jon and Vangelis The Friends of Mr Cairo
Killing Joke Fire Dances
just a relatively dud batch of songs here, less like themselves and more like other post-punkers. you can hear their drummer just get more and more powerful though, guy is never not hitting something
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Magazine No Thyself
Magma Attahk
Massacre (USA-NY) Killing Time
some people see this as a math-rock blueprint but it sounds to me like Fred Frith failing to attune himself to the 80s. like... there is cool stuff occurring here, but most of it has zero groove, some of the songs have no personality and just exist to stop. all the musicians were relatively young here but in places it still sounds like yer dad playing post-punk. maybe my complaint is that it sounds crap musically rather than crap sonically? the improvisation is definitely better than the form on this one
Material Memory Serves
there's some good funky, adventurous music here, but the drummer is having no truck with it, mostly just playing basic rock beats, totally out of character with the, uh, material being played which craves a more minimal, syncopated rhythm - the player sounds very skilled and solid, just not at all willing to allow the rest of the band any space, it's all metronomically hammered hi-hats all day which makes it feel way too fast and ultimately fucks everyone else's efforts in a profound and unsalvageable manner
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Minimal Man The Shroud Of
good tempting slice'o'industrial but it feels a bit tribute-ish, almost a sampler for more defining bands as recreated by a loyal fan, uhhh. would have greatly preferred longer tracks with enough time to build in intensity - shouting rarely achieves a powerful industrial atmosphere in and of itself
Mudvayne L.D. 50
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
Muse Absolution
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality
Paralisis Permanente El Acto
punk rockish, goth-flavoured power pop act with lots of variety between the songs. fun and extravagant but too much rock'n'roll cliche tbh
Peter Hammill Sitting Targets
Portion Control ..Step Forward
something about this one makes me impatient. the track order might be to blame? but I never get to land on this one, just keep orbiting. an ebm scrapbook with less atmosphere than it thinks tbh. some moments sound like carter USM lol
Renaldo and the Loaf Songs for Swinging Larvae
now here's an act that finds their own work absolutely hilarious. there are some decent extra-terrestrial tape experiments and fields of sound on the tape but regrettably there is an equal amount of tweeter-destroying helium-enhanced folk nonsense songs, all too short to evoke much besides annoyance. everyone who said The Residents got boring when they started showing signs of ambition would be perfectly at home with this... stuff
Robert Prince Doom II Soundtrack
Scientist (JAM) Rids the World of the Curse of the Vampires
Seru Giran Peperina
very confident and jazz-tinged pop music, with an occasional passion to rock out rising to teh top of the soup. cheesy though, like the Argentinian Steely Dan. nice one if you can bear to listen to music this sophisticated and perfectionist
Simple Minds Sons and Fascination
Super Furry Animals Love Kraft
Super Furry Animals Dark Days/Light Years
The Korgis Sticky George
in a world of synth and shoulderpads this might still be the cheesiest thing outta 1981. big pop song ballads with suffusive synth-washes EVERYWHERE. singer has the voice of an angel who used to be a cute little mousy. "Can't We Be Friends Now" is Beatles-ish. all the tunes are secretly great but it's impossible to admit
The Neon Judgement Horny as Hell
stupid. a big pitfall of EBM, electro-industrial, sampler electro etc. is that the music is often stupid as sin. ok, this is sex-themed, meant to be fun, taken as tongue-in-cheek, not as self-cutting and philosophical as Deathconsciousness (this is a joke, don't take this seriously) awoo one of the songs here even has a teehee beep-the-swearword moment!!!!!!!!!!! you can't make music like this cool if yr sense of humour works like that. imo. generally the less lyricism you can hear and the less sampled guitar there is the better the tune is; title track is best
The Stalin trash
lost on me - gimmickless punk approaching hardcore, with probably the bulk of the meaning locked away in its lyrics. Not bad or anything, apparently pioneering in terms of being early Japanese hardcore
Tool Lateralus
Type O Negative Life Is Killing Me
Viagra Boys Cave World
Von Lmo Future Language
this is actually really dumb, both lyrically and in terms of monomaniacal composition, with bass, sax and guitar all playing the same note so continuously that when you get a cheesy-ass rock'n'roll noodle solo over the top of something you're thankful for the variety. zero introspection, zero respite, basically a Motorhead album in a silver boilersuit.. On the other hand the frontman is a high-energy psyche lunatic who shouts LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL at the start of the first song which, when in certain moods, might make "Future Language" an essential classic at that moment in time
Whispering Sons Image
decent tribute act to the completely unexperimental end of new wave post punk minor key posing

2.0 poor
Agalloch The Mantle
Agent Orange Living in Darkness
Alex G God Save The Animals
Big Thief Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
Billy Howerdel What Normal Was
pours massive energy into the production but that somehow pushed me away. forgot what this sound like basically. has that I'm Achingly Intelligent feel
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
David Maxim Micic BILO IV
Deftones Gore
deftones don't really have anything left at this point. enjoy Chino and a good drummer doing their usual effortless stuff very lazily
Fleshwater We're Not Here To Be Loved
Fontaines D.C. Skinty Fia
Franco Battiato La voce del padrone
insubstantial attempt to switch to new wave by an old Italian master with a lot of great experimental proggy albums under his belt. the songs are too cheerful and mostly just breeze by - not exactly the best pop album of 1981
Half Japanese Loud
Korn Requiem
Magma Merci
Manic Street Preachers Journal For Plague Lovers
Manic Street Preachers Futurology
Mansun Little Kix
Oingo Boingo Only a Lad
Pantera The Great Southern Trendkill
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Riverside ID.Entity
decided that in 2023 I would listen to everything that got a decent review. mmmm I may already have to alter that policy
Spoon Lucifer on the Sofa
Super Furry Animals Hey Venus!
Tallah The Generation of Danger
The Birthday Massacre Fascination
The Callous Daoboys Celebrity Therapist
The Mars Volta The Mars Volta
The Sisters of Mercy Vision Thing
VOLA Applause of a Distant Crowd

1.5 very poor
Burzum Filosofem
Cult of Luna The Long Road North
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Porcupine Tree Closure/Continuation
Red Hot Chili Peppers Return of the Dream Canteen
Rolo Tomassi Where Myth Becomes Memory

1.0 awful
Daughters You Won't Get What You Want
Deathspell Omega Si Monvmentvm Reqvires Circvmspice
Decapitated Cancer Culture
Dream Theater A View from the Top of the World
virtuosically constructed wall of completely unsurprising shit. these guys have hated music for at least ten years
Ibaraki Rashomon
Manic Street Preachers Send Away The Tigers
Polyphia Remember That You Will Die
wow! completely on top of all their shit, thriving and hydrated, optimal 'til it becomes poptimal, sympathetic and well-lit yet malign agents of Anime Intros (Technical)
The Offspring Let the Bad Times Roll
The Offspring Americana
fuck this garbage! i'm at war with your stupid band

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