• Rate The Last Album You Heard
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Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold 7/10 Its got a couple of songs I can't stand. But overall I like it
[img]http://sleepinghedgehog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/feldman-the-viola-in-my-life.jpg[/img] Morton Feldman - the Viola in My Life super avant garde modern classical stuff. scored for viola and symphony. very abstract sounding music, no melody or anything, but very close attention paid to creating colours and texture with sound. doesn't seem to really build to any moment, it's all very ethereal. you can hear a lot of this subtle colourations in Talk Talk's music, so any fan's wanting to trace the classical side of Hollis's musical inspirations (like, me) should listen to Feldman, because as Hollis says, "Yeah, Morton Feldman is a total winner". 8/10
[img]http://f0.bcbits.com/z/33/80/3380553256-1.jpg[/img] [b]BadBadNotGood[/b] - [i]BBNGSINGLE[/i] 9/10 It's actually a single, not an album, but it has a 2 tracks on it so yeah. Rotten Decay starts off with a dark atmospheric intro which reminds me of the intros to Black Sabbath's song Black Sabbath. Later in the song it slowly builds up to even fast piano playing and eventually gives a big drop off. Real rollercoaster of a song. Hard In Da Paint/Wow Rare starts off a bit Odd Future-esque with distorted vocals shouting slang and insults for several seconds then suddenly goes to a series of catchy beats and great piano playing. It's a lot less atmospheric and more exciting. Great single. Would recommend trying it out.
[img]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51UBsCngB+L.jpg[/img] [b]Hurt[/b] - [i]Goodbye to the Machine[/i] 8.5/10 Not my favorite album by hurt, but still amazing. The music is generally slow and has high highs, and low lows. It's a bit reliant on emotions rather than the deep meaning that Tool can throw at ya'. I highly recommend it to any fan of Grunge, Alternative, or general rock. It's really good. If you don't intend on listening to the whole album, then at least check out their single from it, [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ts6BgpSBQ]Wars[/url]
[QUOTE=Eluveitie;33727843]It's from a movie? I heard it on Mythbusters. Third Rosetta album [release] [b]A Determinism Of Morality[/b] Genre: Similar to Wake/Lift but less sluge, most post metal influences. Probably my album of the year for it's beautiful melodies, drumming that sounds as if the drummer is on crack and some seriously crunchy heavy sections. I think it's their shortest album so far, however that's made up by the flow all the songs exhibit and the decidedly unique song structures on a few of the songs. Again, best listened to in it's entirety but with stand out singles. [b]5/5[/b] [/release] Title track and sweeping finisher [b]A Determinism Of Morality[/b] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJBEaoNJz1o[/media][/QUOTE] I bought that album on vinyl without really knowing who they were, and I really only got it because I loved the album art. But damn was I blown away.
I'm continually surprised that Rosetta only have 64k listeners on last.fm. I find plenty of bands that are average compared to Rosetta and have twice the listeners. Everyone listen to Rosetta
[QUOTE=Eluveitie;33748474]I'm continually surprised that Rosetta only have 64k listeners on last.fm. I find plenty of bands that are average compared to Rosetta and have twice the listeners. Everyone listen to Rosetta[/QUOTE] I am enjoying A Determinism of Morality and that cover art is just kickass. You are right about the album being much more enjoyable when played all together.
[img]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/6175ASTTEDL._SL500_AA300_.jpg[/img] Sufjan Stevens - Illinois - 2005 [B]A[/B] *has been lifted 1.5 feet into the air. then again I listened to 95% of this album while on a journey, so this makes sense.
"on a journey" I didn't know you were Native, AK'z.
On My Way by Phil Ochs [img]http://place1.dyndns.org/music/files/images/detailed/1650310.jpg[/img] 4/5, most of the songs are retakes and some have pretty bad quality, but all in all the album is amazing.
Welp, time to bump this thrad, as it has been a great source of music lately for me. And, well, I'll review a couple of albums most of you wouldn't mind listening as they're in spanish. [IMG]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_BN9WQwJtGTM/TJj7-NJOQlI/AAAAAAAAAHc/rkWWSf7aWFo/s1600/Soda%2520Stereo%2520Confort%2520Y%2520Musica%2520P ara%2520Volar%2520Cd%2520%2B%2520Dvd%2520Edicion%2 520Especial%5B1%5D.jpg[/IMG] [B]MTV Unplugged: Comfort Y Música Para Volar[/B] [I](Comfort and music to fly)[/I] The title delivers, this album is packed from the beginning to the end with very relaxing music, probably the best live performance ever recorded of Soda Stereo, perhaps the most influential band in spanish rock. Many of the songs are heavily modified to fit with the "unplugged" style, so the fans get a completely new thing. Definitely deserves a look. [B]8.5/10[/B] [video=youtube;iV8UojqDjGI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV8UojqDjGI[/video] [video=youtube;qNCMvrW5afQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNCMvrW5afQ[/video]
[release] [h2]The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2 (2001)[/h2] [t]http://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/covers/the-glow-pt-2.jpg[/t] [B]4.5/5[/B] The Glow Pt. 2 is a massive, droning, indie-folk album that is considered by many to be one of the best of the genre. I finally got around to listening to it yesterday and not only did I love it but I was almost completely blown away. The music on the album is very hard to describe. It ranges from indie-folk songs with off-time guitar strumming to explosive fuzzy folk songs to haunting droning tracks, all with Phil Elverum's ethereal vocals humming softly on top of them. The songs sort of flow together to give the album a very dream-like quality. One soft droning note is a reoccurring tie in many of the songs that keeps the album flowing until this note eventually swells into the last song which is basically the same note played over and over with very quiet and dreamy acoustic guitar fading in and out in the background, so quiet that sometimes you wonder if its there at all or if you're just imagining it. Adding to the dream-like qualities of this album is the lyrics. They are very surreal but equally relatable once you dig into them. I'm still hesitant about giving this a "perfect" score. I'm sure one day this album will grow to that status for me, but for now I'm just going to explore it some more and see how I feel. [/release] Most fans of the genre have probably heard this but if it sounds interesting to you and you haven't heard it, check it out: [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDZC1Ik3We0[/media]
I love the Glow pt. 2. is it me or are the horns in The Moon the same as the horn part in the chorus of Holland 1945 by Neutral Milk Hotel? [editline]1st January 2012[/editline] it's kindof obvious Phil Everanum has been listening to some NMH looking at the sound of that
[release][h2]Bo Burnham's Words Words Words[/h2] [t]http://0.tqn.com/d/comedians/1/0/g/F/-/-/bo-burnham-words-words-words.jpg[/t] [B]6.5/10[/B] It's a pop album with witty humour, what's not to like? Well, I will tell you. But I will also tell what I do like. Some of the 'songs' like One Man Show require some attention which isn't always good. The album has it's moments however, for example ''Oh Bo'', ''Words Words Words'' and ''Rant'' are both catchy and funny which is nice. I said 'songs' because not every track on the album is entirely music. But the album is quite long and a lot better with the actual performance. All in all quite entertaining but it is a bit long for one sitting. [B]Favourite Song: Oh Bo (Studio)[/B][/release] [editline]23:55, 01-01-12[/editline] [release][h2]Highlights[/h2] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcLFmN7aJe0[/media] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqL2_O8GC4U[/media] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hCQLEIWadk[/media][/release]
[h2]Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O.[/h2] [release][img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7UnBH6ydemA/SmtNg2GWabI/AAAAAAAAAx0/mm3wdMXgnQI/s400/Yanqui+U.X.O.+.jpg[/img] Genre: Post-Rock, Instrumental Rock Honestly, very weak and underwhelming. Nothing on this was particularly eye catching save for a few parts in some early songs. I was actually very, very bored by the whole album, which is something that is saddens me to say about a Godspeed record. I wouldn't say this is unfocused, but it doesn't seem as thematic as their other albums, which I believe was their intention. I just didn't like this direction. Hopefully the new music that is being worked on will be more focused instead of "just raw, angry, dissonant, epic instrumental rock." which even that I failed to see in this album. Rating:[highlight]2/5[/highlight] [/release]
that doesn't sound like a 3/5 review.
Maybe it's not... Gotta think about it. [editline]1st January 2012[/editline] Yeah, it was definitely a 2/5. One song was good and Rockets Fall... was also decent. But it was just really boring. I think 2/5 is a just rating.
[QUOTE=pie_is_good;34001664]I love the Glow pt. 2. is it me or are the horns in The Moon the same as the horn part in the chorus of Holland 1945 by Neutral Milk Hotel? [editline]1st January 2012[/editline] it's kindof obvious Phil Everanum has been listening to some NMH looking at the sound of that[/QUOTE] Its definitely inspired by NMH but its still considerably different and definitely more experimental. The overall feelings of the album are way different too but Phil Elverum is definitely going for a Jeff Mangum style appeal with that album.
[release][b]Phideaux - Snowtorch[/b] [img]http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/2379/cover_315232832011_r.jpg[/img] [b]A[/b] A great piece of prog. The mix of male and female vocals work wonderfully and the whole album gels together really well, which I think is what makes it so good. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czyk-nZzwwY&feature=related[/media] Listen to 6:08 onwards. You won't regret it.[/release]
Last heard the latest Cage the Elephant album and hated every song except for Shake me down. .5/10
[B]Elephant[/B] by The White Stripes [IMG]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AcnI4kkRbbU/TRZBHnSjHSI/AAAAAAAAAIY/5K0_EVcdAuw/s1600/the-white-stripes-elephant-2003.png[/IMG] [B]4.5 / 5[/B] One of the best albums I've heard so far. I feel it's really well balanced, because it's not just their usual garage rock sound (which in this album are enhanced to eleven), but you can also find country, folk and blues. If I'd have to choose a stand-out track, that would be their cover of the pop standard "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself". They awesomely add their epic rocking touch to the song and Jack's voice there is pretty awesome too. 100% recommendable album, even if you're not that into rock music.
[QUOTE=rokknroll4;33996985][release] [h2]The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2 (2001)[/h2] [t]http://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/covers/the-glow-pt-2.jpg[/t] [B]4.5/5[/B] The Glow Pt. 2 is a massive, droning, indie-folk album that is considered by many to be one of the best of the genre. I finally got around to listening to it yesterday and not only did I love it but I was almost completely blown away. The music on the album is very hard to describe. It ranges from indie-folk songs with off-time guitar strumming to explosive fuzzy folk songs to haunting droning tracks, all with Phil Elverum's ethereal vocals humming softly on top of them. The songs sort of flow together to give the album a very dream-like quality. One soft droning note is a reoccurring tie in many of the songs that keeps the album flowing until this note eventually swells into the last song which is basically the same note played over and over with very quiet and dreamy acoustic guitar fading in and out in the background, so quiet that sometimes you wonder if its there at all or if you're just imagining it. Adding to the dream-like qualities of this album is the lyrics. They are very surreal but equally relatable once you dig into them. I'm still hesitant about giving this a "perfect" score. I'm sure one day this album will grow to that status for me, but for now I'm just going to explore it some more and see how I feel. [/release] Most fans of the genre have probably heard this but if it sounds interesting to you and you haven't heard it, check it out: [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDZC1Ik3We0[/media][/QUOTE] I'll have to check that out.
[release] [b]Dream Theater - When Dream and Day Unite[/b] [img]http://www.allflac.com/covers/b_44791_Dream_Theater-When_Dream_And_Day_Unite-1989.jpg[/img] The first studio album from Dream Theater, the prog power-trio Rush's album "Moving Pictures" is an obvious influence in this album, with Charles Dominici's vocals sounding like a slightly lower pitched Geddy Lee (This was made before Labrie replaced Charles as lead singer), and Kevin Moore's playing is very synthy like Rush, but there is something different about them as well, they are faster, more technical, the solos are longer and more frequent. The entire thing is a great 80's prog album with brilliant instrumental work, but after this album the band went another direction with their music, meaning it isn't a good introduction to the band. I must also mention the album art is horrible. My personal favorite tracks are: Ytse Jam (Instrumental) [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5OmzUEm504[/media] and A Fortune in Lies [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l326glc1XQ[/media] I'd give it a [b]8/10[/b] [/release]
[release][img]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tBkpaLAjL._SL500_AA300_.jpg[/img] [b]James Blake[/b]-[i]James Blake[/i] James Blake's debut album is basically a mix between electronic music and soul. Having the vocal and lyrics of a typical soul song while mixing in some dubstep beats is at the least fairly original. Most of the album is fairly boring and uninteresting. Although it sets itself to be a soul-electronic mix album, it's more of "here's some piano and singing" for 30 seconds and then "oh hey here's some electronic". The mixing of soul and electronic is scarce on this album although I will say maybe mixing piano and dubstep at the same time may not be as great at once thought. Most of the time the album seems a bit off beat with the vocals and is a bit awkward. However, when James Blake does get his dubstep+soul formula right, such as in song like [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOT2-OTebx0]Limit To Your Love[/url] and [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEA34ouIgjI]To Care (Like You)[/url] it's very satisfying. [h2]59/100[/h2] Overall it's a fairly decent record. James Blake new sound is fairly interesting, I just think it needs a bit more time to mature. [b][u]FAVORITE SONGS:[/u][/b] [i]To Care (Like You) Limit To Your Love Why Don't You Call Me The Wilhelm Scream[/i] [u][highlight]LEAST FAVORITE SONGS:[/highlight][/u] [i]Unluck I Never Learnt To Share Lindisfame I[/i] [/release]
[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hcq_YHIPakY/TaKwS8X7vmI/AAAAAAAABaU/mCahHlEjFaQ/s1600/battles-gloss-drop-album-art-410x410.jpg[/img] [h2]6.5/10[/h2] honestly (like Mirrored) I really think it sucks, but I have to give them credit for the interesting idea and actually making it look like they had an objective this time unlike with Mirrored... high points include: ice cream, africastle, my machines
What didn't you like about Mirrored?
[QUOTE=AK'z;34036786]What didn't you like about Mirrored?[/QUOTE] like i said, it didn't really feel like they had any real objective going for it. not saying i don't like albums with mixed types of songs or anything, but it didn't feel very... "stable", or like it flew together really well. i haven't heard mirrored in forever, though. it's kind of bias since i usually prefer a much more serious sound in albums, but i have to credit them for not being an identical one-in-the-bunch-band. i liked snare hanger and atlas though
Well it is intentionally abstract, it's a weird album. Maybe repeat listens will help you find enjoyment.
[img]http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/3/2/0/1320.jpg[/img] Esoteric - Epistemological Despondency (1994) Genre: Funeral Doom/Death Metal 9/10 This is slow and long. But luckily there are some well placed tempo changes and strangely spacey sounding effects for Funeral Doom. Surely not what I expected for a Funeral Doom album, it's very interesting. Easily the best Funeral Doom I've heard since Absum.
[h2]SNOWMINE - Laminate Pet Animal[/h2] [release] [img]http://f0.bcbits.com/z/22/74/2274374207-1.jpg[/img] [b]Genre: Indie-Pop, Turbo-Hipster, Post-Seapunk [/b] Saw this on a lot of people's favorites list this year and was curious to check it out. Unfortunately I find this entirely uninteresting and boring. Of 9 tracks there is one good song (which I enjoy quite a lot), "Let Me In". But for a indie-band album it's got pretty solid and clear sounding production. [highlight]Rating:1/5[/highlight] [/release] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIqqcjMzavM[/media] [editline]4th January 2012[/editline] Oh yeah, shit's free [i][url=http://snowmine.bandcamp.com/album/laminate-pet-animal]here[/url][/i] so whatever.
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