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Deerhunter Microcastle5.0
Deerhunter Fluorescent Grey4.5
Julius C Julius C Says5.0
This short but very, very sweet EP from the well-grounded Staten Island, NYC band Julius C enbodies everything they stand for with their amazing, energetic live shows: profound and groovy musicianship, dynamic songwriting, and powerful and soulful performances from vocalist Jay Stolar. This EP has everything, from the slap bass opening in "Guilty As Charged" to the playful, eclectic lyrics of "Velveteen Rabbit" to the funk-rock epic "Let It Ride." Barely hitting 20 minutes and leaving you thirsting for more, foaming at the mouth, Julius C are a funky, loud, and downright awesome east coast band that, even already critically acclaimed and festival-honored, haven't even begun to peak creatively yet. The best is definitely yet to come for these guys.
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Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV4.5
Simon Says Shut Your Breath4.0
Radiohead Hail to the Thief4.0
Nine Inch Nails Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D3.5
Tool Undertow3.5
I've been getting into Tool over the past several months, and "Undertow" is the last album of theirs that I've obtained. It's quite interesting to hear the bridge between their hard rock EP and their spiritual, atmospheric brand of metal albums. This is by no means a concept album, but a solid collection of similarly themed songs dealing with abuse, deception, despair, and power struggle with lyrics that range from provocative and intellegent to passionate and off-beat (rather dumb, as some might say). Although the variety on "Undertow" is nowhere near that of "Aenima" from Tool, the songs are tighter and the production is much better. Lead singer Maynard James Keenan's voice is in top form and is more graceful and heartfelt here than on Tool's clever but despondant "10,000 Days" album. It is definitely an album that puts YOU in the mood it wants to.
Saul Williams The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust4.0
Tool 10,000 Days3.0
Radiohead In Rainbows4.0
Radiohead The Bends3.0
Radiohead Amnesiac3.5
Kanye West Graduation2.5
John Williams E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial3.5
John Williams Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones3.5
John Williams Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone4.0
John Williams Jurassic Park3.5
John Williams Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi4.5
John Williams Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back5.0
John Williams Raiders of the Lost Ark3.5
John Williams Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope3.0
John Williams Close Encounters of the Third Kind3.5
John Williams Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith4.0
Staind 14 Shades of Grey2.0
'N Sync No Strings Attached2.0
The Black Eyed Peas Elephunk2.0
Nelly Nellyville2.0
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water2.5
Staind Chapter V2.5
Backstreet Boys Millennium2.5
Trapt Someone in Control2.5
Razed in Black Damaged2.5
Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys2.5
Linkin Park Meteora3.0
Pink Floyd Animals3.0
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless3.0
Tool Opiate3.0
Korn Take a Look in the Mirror3.0
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine3.0
Green Day American Idiot3.0
Slipknot Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.3.0
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning3.0
Limp Bizkit Results May Vary3.0
Metallica Metallica3.0
3 Doors Down Seventeen Days3.0
Korn Untouchables3.0
System of a Down Hypnotize3.0
Mnemic Mechanical Spin Phenomena3.0
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway3.0
Thom Yorke The Eraser3.0
Nine Inch Nails Further Down the Spiral (US)3.0
Audioslave Revelations3.0
The Decemberists The Crane Wife3.0
Maroon 5 It Won't Be Soon Before Long3.0
Metallica Master of Puppets3.5
Metallica Kill 'Em All3.5
Metallica Ride the Lightning3.5
Radiohead Kid A3.5
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen3.5
Slipknot Slipknot3.5
Korn Korn3.5
Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet3.5
Staind Break The Cycle3.5
Korn Issues3.5
John Mayer Room for Squares3.5
Converge Petitioning the Empty Sky3.5
Radiohead OK Computer3.5
Velvet Revolver Contraband3.5
System of a Down Mezmerize3.5
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth3.5
Maroon 5 Songs About Jane3.5
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour3.5
Limp Bizkit The Unquestionable Truth - Part I3.5
Audioslave Out of Exile3.5
Limp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill Y'all3.5
Lacuna Coil Comalies3.5
Smash Mouth Astro Lounge3.5
3 Doors Down The Better Life3.5
Evanescence Fallen3.5
Korn See You on the Other Side3.5
Lacuna Coil Unleashed Memories3.5
Trapt Trapt3.5
Puddle of Mudd Come Clean3.5
The Rolling Stones Forty Licks3.5
Staind Tormented3.5
Richard Cheese Apertif for Destruction3.5
Lacuna Coil In a Reverie3.5
Ludacris Chicken 'N' Beer3.5
Ludacris Word Of Mouf3.5
Stone Sour Come What(ever) May3.5
Mastodon Blood Mountain3.5
Isis In the Absence of Truth3.5
Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor3.5
Santana Supernatural3.5
Various Artists (Hip Hop) 8 Mile OST3.5
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight3.5
Dream Theater Images and Words4.0
Tool Lateralus4.0
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon4.0
Audioslave Audioslave4.0
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory4.0
Metallica ...And Justice for All4.0
Linkin Park Reanimation4.0
System of a Down Toxicity4.0
Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine4.0
The Who Tommy4.0
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV4.0
Slipknot Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses4.0
Alter Bridge One Day Remains4.0
Yes The Yes Album4.0
Converge You Fail Me4.0
Isis Panopticon4.0
Converge Jane Doe4.0
Slipknot Iowa4.0
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)4.0
Korn Life Is Peachy4.0
Korn Follow the Leader4.0
Jay-Z The Black Album4.0
Avenged Sevenfold City of Evil4.0
Staind Dysfunction4.0
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East4.0
Nine Inch Nails Broken4.0
The Beatles 14.0
Kanye West Late Registration4.0
The Allman Brothers Band A Decade of Hits 1969-19794.0
Nine Inch Nails Still4.0
Burton Wagner In the Realms of the Unreal4.0
Eric Clapton and B. B. King Riding With the King4.0
Converge No Heroes4.0
Ray Charles Ray Original Soundtrack4.0
Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell4.0
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band4.0
IAMX The Alternative4.0
"The Alternative" by IAMX (one-man band, excluding performances, Chris Corner) is a great electronica album that doesn't even feel like an electronica album sometimes; I would say that IAMX meshes together the indie, pop, and electronica genres quite well on this album with a mature feel, even moreso than their first album "Kiss + Swallow."
There are some great lyrics to be found in each song, and the songs themselves are catchy and superbly written. There is definitely a lot of experimentation on this album, especially in "Song Of Imaginary Beings" and "Bring Me Back A Dog", where Corner uses interesting instrumentations and does odd things with his high falsetto, cabaret-like voice. Find it if you can! I sure had a hard time doing so.
Scott Joplin The Entertainer (Fine Tune Gold Collection)4.0
John Coltrane Interstellar Space4.0
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero4.0
Sage Francis Human The Death Dance4.0
Tool ├ćnima4.5
Nine Inch Nails The Fragile4.5
John Williams Star Wars OST4.5
The Who Quadrophenia4.5
Slipknot 9.0: Live4.5
John Mayer Trio Try!4.5
Kanye West The College Dropout4.5
John Mayer Continuum4.5
Nine Inch Nails Beside You in Time4.5
Django Reinhardt The Best Of Django Reinhardt4.5
Howard Shore The Fellowship of the Ring4.5
Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral5.0
The Who Who's Next5.0
Danny Elfman The Nightmare Before Christmas5.0
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 1255.0
This, the last of Beethoven's completed symphonies, was composed while Beethoven was deaf. This is no easy task in itself, but when you consider the images and emotions created by this music, hopefully you'll then start to consider Beethoven as one of the greatest musical minds of our history.
A sort of concept piece, Symphony No. 9 represents the struggles and conflicts found in our world and ultimately a triumph of peace and joy. While the German lyrics sung by the choir in the fourth and most famous movement aren't exactly "Joyful, joyful, we adore thee...", they are not only an adaption of Friedrich Schiller's poem about a call to embrace those around you in happiness but one of the first times in composed music where a choir's sung parts were just as powerful, important, and loud as the orchestra (a trend most commonly found in movie soundtracks today).
Although, it was met with mixed criticism when it debuted in 1824, it is now heralded as one of the greatest human accomplishments, the official anthem of the European Union, and can be recognized after only the playing of four notes (F# F# G A...).

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