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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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Kayo Dot Moss Grew on the Swords and Plowshares Alike
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 This Heat
This Heat Health and Efficiency
Zan-zan-zawa-veia fran tall ear

4.5 superb
Bjork Selmasongs
Black Flag Damaged
Blacklight Braille Electric Canticles of the Blacklight Braille
Blood Incantation Starspawn
Camberwell Now The Ghost Trade
Candlemass Nightfall
Christian Lunch Shark Bait
one of those albums where you can feel frustration with the scene that provoked it. eclectic cos there's so many targets to throw daggers at. christian death's voice becomes addictive and for me I'm willing to be dragged by it through any amounts of coy ridiculousness. fulla classic drum machine stuff and dodgy synths which all feel repurposed for a cooler undertaking here
Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
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
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 Alles Wieder Offen
Emperor Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire...
Expo 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
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
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 Starless and Bible Black
King Crimson THRAK
King Crimson The ConstruKction of Light
Magma 1001° Centigrades
gorgeous avant jazz with a seriously pissed off gnome
Magma Šlaǧ Tanƶ
Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible
Manic Street Preachers This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
Mansun Six
Melvins Ozma
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
Mitski Puberty 2
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds From Her To Eternity
Parliament Mothership Connection
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead Kid A
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
Super Furry Animals Guerilla
Super Furry Animals Rings Around the World
Super Furry Animals Out Spaced
evolution stops right here with me, my descendents will be fiiiiiiishhhhhhh
The Birthday Party Prayers on Fire
The Sisters of Mercy Floodland
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
Viper the Rapper You'll Cowards Don't Even Smoke Crack
Yes Close to the Edge

4.0 excellent
Akiko Yano Tadaima
creative japanese pop which thankfully doesn't tip into the sophistication trap of city pop. middle stretch of the record is dull but bookended by some absolute gems.
Buzzov-en Sore
Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca
Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
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
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
Glenn Branca The Ascension
Godflesh Streetcleaner
the core of my maladjusted being adapted to drum machine
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
Henry Cow Western Culture
Idles Joy as an Act of Resistance
Iron Maiden Powerslave
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
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 Kobaïa
Magma Studio Zünd
Melvins Gluey Porch Treatments
Melvins Honky
Meshuggah Destroy Erase Improve
Minutemen The Punch Line
MX-80 Sound Crowd Control
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult Kooler Than Jesus
Napalm Death Apex Predator - Easy Meat
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
Proswell Gain
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
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
SikTh The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out...
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
Super Furry Animals Radiator
Super Furry Animals Ice Hockey Hair
Talking Heads Remain in Light
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
Thorns Thorns
Unknown Gender Exposé
incredibly funky and incredibly sarcastic and slightly no-wave damaged and that's beautiful
Van der Graaf Generator World Record
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!

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
Adolescents Adolescents
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
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
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
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
Bjork Post
Brian Eno and David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
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
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
Deftones White Pony
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!
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
Gang of Four Solid Gold
Japan Tin Drum
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
Liaisons Dangereuses Liaisons Dangereuses
great little beat-driven, ranty synth experiments from the NDW scene. fairly spare in terms of instrumentation - none of that guitar-driven New Wave influence here
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)
Malaria! Malaria!
simple n hypnotic n punky. Verfurhung makes the best impression imo
Manic Street Preachers Everything Must Go
Manic Street Preachers Gold Against The Soul
Manic Street Preachers Know Your Enemy
Manic Street Preachers Generation Terrorists
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
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
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
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
Solange When I Get Home
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
Super Furry Animals Phantom Power
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 Mars Volta Frances the Mute
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
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
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
Vektor Terminal Redux
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
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
Attrition Smiling, At The Hypogonder Club
i know what they think of meeeeeeee i shot john f kennedyyyyyyyy
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
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
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
Geza X You Goddam Kids!
great, corny rock stuff with more than a hint of theatrical punk. Geza X shared a scene with the Dead Kennedys and the delivery here ain't exactly one million miles away.
Iron Maiden Killers
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.
Kultivator Barndomens Stigar
an entry-level kind of zeuhl - still got the heavy bass and mesmerizing keyboard lines but a little traditional rock spills in. the lone female voice feels somehow insufficient. i'm not saying the singing is *bad* but rather that she deserved to be multitracked. the weakness of the album is that many moments which deserve a melody go without, some remaining bare, others "treating" you to hairy psychedelic guitar solos. i know zeuhl is naturally spiky and chromatic, but the guitar player during these moments is almost strictly innocent of performing in the music's actual key
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
Magma Ẁurdah Ïtah
Magma Üdü Ẁüdü
Manic Street Preachers Lifeblood
Manic Street Preachers New Art Riot
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
Mr. Bungle Mr. Bungle
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
Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead In Rainbows
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 Mwng
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
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 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
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
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
Black Uhuru Red
Chris and Cosey Heartbeat
Coldplay Parachutes
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
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
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
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
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
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
Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
side a is really quite fun but this guy sings EVERY NOTE SHARP =P on a disc about perversion and longing for the night somehow a song about a guy who wants to burn down his workplace turns me on the most
Super Furry Animals Love Kraft
Super Furry Animals Dark Days/Light Years
Swans The Glowing Man
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 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
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
Black Sabbath Master of Reality
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
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
Magma Merci
Manic Street Preachers Journal For Plague Lovers
Manic Street Preachers Futurology
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Super Furry Animals Hey Venus!
The Sisters of Mercy Vision Thing
VOLA Applause of a Distant Crowd

1.5 very poor
Burzum Filosofem
U2 October
Unto Others Strength
heard all these songs before and they felt cool and punk the first time, but not now

1.0 awful
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Daughters You Won't Get What You Want
Deathspell Omega Si Monvmentvm Reqvires Circvmspice
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
Harvey Danger Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
Limp Bizkit Still Sucks
it hurts inside my ear
Manic Street Preachers Send Away The Tigers
Manic Street Preachers Postcards from a Young Man
Manic Street Preachers Rewind The Film
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Radiohead Pablo Honey
The Offspring Let the Bad Times Roll
Tool Fear Inoculum
Weezer The White Album
boring progressions and harmonies you've heard a million times before and can probably predict within the first thirty second. i already tolerate enough "rock" bands who have nothing going for them but their lyrics to care about weezer

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