A great album I have heard many times before
Really great didn't quite hold my attention all the way through
Fine, would rather listen to Dylan
A new album for me. Particularly enjoyed "Funny Vibe", "Memories Can't Wait", "Which Way to America" and the guitar in "Broken Hearts". Very close to being a 4 for me and maybe it will be after a few more listens.
A pleasant listen. Highlights were "Plastico" and "Siembra" Interesting to hear "Maria Lionza" which was sampled by Major Lazer on "Watch Out For This"
A really great album that is engaging all the way through. It would have been a 5 but some of the lyrics have not aged well and make for uncomfortable listening.
I liked it. It was good. A proper album album. Hadn't listened to it properly with headphones before and I'm glad I have now. Highlights for me are "Running Up That Hill", "Hounds of Love", "Waking the Witch"
A really great album again. It's almost as if this list is full of really great albums! I really enjoyed the experimental and creative nature of it but I know the members went on to much greater things and there wasn't any particular track that really stood out to me so don't think it's quite a 5*.
I really enjoyed listening to this again. I thought it was quite musically straightforward with some pleasing synth sounds. The first half is excellent but I found the second half less interesting. Favorite tracks were Girlfriend and 5 Dollars
I have no idea why I haven't heard this before!? It's really really good. I will be listening to it a lot in the future. Really enjoyed the tension, the dark atmosphere and the spoken lyrics. The album feels like he's on the brink of breaking down all the way through and the tension is finally released in a Wagnerian manner with the screamed "I miss you" at the end of the last song "Good Morning, Captain".
Took a few listens to get into it but it was rewarding once I did. I particularly enjoyed "I think I'm in love" and "Cop Shoot Cop"
I like Neil Young, and I like this Album, but there's too much of him on this list. I don't think it belongs on here despite it being an interesting part of the Neil Young story.
A pleasant listen
I very much enjoyed this album. Particularly enjoyed the blues licks in some of the songs and how they sometimes seemed to completely change genres. For instance on "No Sympathy" and "Till Your Well Runs Dry"
It took a few listens to get into but eventually I quite liked a few songs on this. "Bring the pain", "Funky Fresh Dressed" and "Slide" were quite good.
My ears were pleased with this selection of delightful sounds
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would!
I enjoyed this album but I feel there is better ones to come from Brian Eno. 2/1 & 2/2 were my favorites.
This album was fun to listen to. I enjoyed the classics at the start but as the album moved on I began to feel like I was listening to a guitarist jamming over a backing track or a youtube guitar instructional video.
This album is interesting and engaging all the way through.
Good start and end. It lost me a bit in the middle. The last track was great and clearly influenced Kendrick Lamar
Excellent, will definitely be listening again.
Delicious synthy, guitaryness. Really enjoy the bit at the end of have a cigar where it sounds as if your headphones have come out.
"Blowin in The Wind", and "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" are probably two of the best songs ever written. They are accompanied by other greats such as the protest song "Masters of War". It's amazing to hear one man a guitar and a harmonica create so much colour and atmosphere. I struggled not to give it 5 stars but I need to leave room for Highway 61 and Blonde on Blonde so 4 it is
A really excellent album with some modern classics on them. Can't believe it only came out in 2008. Some of these songs are so ingrained they feel like they have been around for ever. A real pleasure to listen to again.
Amazing! Love the screeching, nearly unlistenable, table saw sounding guitar that appears every now and then. A delightfully surreal atmosphere throughout. Very nearly 5 stars for me.
Really enjoyed "Tooting Bec Wreck" some of the other songs were ok.
Hard to judge as it was played to death when it came out and they recieved a fair bit of criticism for being over the top and I seem to remember they were becoming unfashionable at the time this album came out. I prefer Origin of Symmetry but this album is good too. Despite heavy influence from Radiohead and Jeff Buckley Muse are still very much their own thing (no one ever talks about their Rachmaninov influence though!). This album is a good representation of their epic, stadiumy music. I don't mind the over the topness and I really enjoyed listening to "Starlight" and "Map of the Problematique" again.
Really interesting lyrics and a lovely meandering feel to the album. It's an album that rewards multiple listens.
Nice jazz flute, there were some great moments, but the album feels a bit incomplete.
I understand that this album is important but Bob Dylan wrote the best songs on it and sung them better. Although the development of this sound is really important to music history it didn't really grab me as an album and I prefer the artists that were influenced by them. However there are some moments of greatness on the album and it is really interesting to here sounds emerging that would become REM, The Smiths etc. Some of the guitar parts sound almost like they were written by a prototype Jonny Marr. Really glad I have listened to it but I won't be listening again.
I haven't listened to this since the early 00's. It's still sounding great. It's a nostalgic journey through various genre's that have been run through the Chemical Brothers big beat machine. I particularly enjoyed the housey verging on technoey tracks in the middle which serve as a sort of rest from all the breakbeat & big beat before passing over to the mellower tracks at the end of the album. "The Private Psychodelic Reel" builds and builds and serves as a great finale.
The raw, heavy and powerful sounds of the simple drum machine arrangements and the very occasional synthesizer stab behind the very 80s MCing make for an austere but thrilling listen. I expect this must have sounded amazing in the 80s! "Rock Box" is a strange and jarring interruption in an otherwise outstanding album, without that track I would give the album 5 stars but it ruins it for me. The Jason Nevins remix of "It's Like That" came out when I was 11 and I remember it being my favorite song at the time 😂
A really excellent album full of youthful energy. There are a couple of dodgy lyrics here and there but on the whole, it's a delightful portrayal of a teenage experience.
An excellent album
😭 Make it stop 😭 A thoroughly unpleasant experience. If I have to listen to another Meat Loaf album it will get 1 star. It only gets 2 in this case because I acknowledge that is should probably be included in this list.
Pretty much perfect. I listen to it most months and it never gets boring.
I wasn't really into this when it came out, despite probably being the target age. Lots of friends listened to it and "Wait and Bleed" was frequently played on music tv channels so I came to know the songs through osmosis. I have come to appreciate slipknot later in life. This album is exciting, it's full of interesting and head nodding rhythms layered with powerful and heavy and sometimes screaming guitar sounds. Standouts for me are the Jungle intno to "Eyeless", the classis "Wait and Bleed", the guitar & bass call and response on "Surfacing", the strange, haunting, screaching sounds that somehow are made by a guitar on "Tattered and Torn" There's also some industrial sounds and some walking Jazz bass here and there! If you can look past the Nu Metal rapping and dj scratching that was the style at the time it makes for a great listen.
I can only give this album 5 stars. The amount of teenagers this album was important to demands it. I was obsessed with this album ever since I first heard "Basket Case" as a homesick 12 year old in a new school. I saved up my pocket money and went and bought it from my local music shop. I had most of the lyrics memorised in a few weeks and when I took up the guitar I could play all the songs pretty quickly. I can remember the scrawling font of the lyrics in the cd booklet and examining the photos of the band which provided a glimpse into a world which is depicted so well in the music. Musically this album is simple but great, every song is catchy and tells a short story of part of life as a teenager. There is something special about this era of Green Day. Despite this being in the very broad genere of "Pop Punk" there is something really raw about the sound. It is certainly miles away from the sound of bands they are sometimes lumped in with like Blink 182, Sum 41 etc and I think are more commonly thought of as "Pop Punk". These bands were clearly influenced by Green Day and specifically Dookie but no one in 90s & 00s pop punk has ever managed to equal or top it. The sound and the lyrics are darker, cleverer and more evocative than anything else in that genre. Often when looking back at lyrics from this era you are sometimes left disappointed but this album stands up to that test. There is a feminist song ("She") inspired by a poem shown to Billie Joe by his then girlfriend. There is also a song about coming out as bi ("Coming Clean"). "Basketcase" is about Billie Joe struggling with his anxiety. It's just great, even 30 years on none of the lyrics have aged too badly and it still does a great job of evoking a world which can be escaped into for 40 minutes.
A delightful album I need to listen to more
I haven't listened to this for years! It was nice to listen again. I thought it was fine.
I enjoyed listening to this album. Some of the guitar riffs and vocal style contained elements that reminded me of punk and post punk. Stand out tracks for me were "Three and Nine", "Out of the Blue" and "Bitter Sweet"
It wasn't as good as I remember it. Still quite enjoyable though.
I prefer the greatest hits of Elton John
D.A.N.C.E is quite catchy and somewhat enjoyable. I remember giving this album a go at the time. I didn't manage to get into it this time around either.
Paul Simon was naive, stupid, and arrogant to visit South Africa during apartheid to make this album. However, I don't believe it was done with ill intent, and the musicians he collaborated with clearly love him. Kendrick Lamar said on Sunday night that “imperfection is beautiful”. The result of this imperfect collaboration is a real pleasure to listen to. Every song on this album is full of joy, happiness, and hope. It makes for a superb start to the day! (or end). (or middle).
It wasn't as bad as I had feared
The arrangements and production is superb. The band sounds amazing. Very nearly a 5
This album is excellent. There is not a dull moment on it. It is meticulously crafted, every song sets up the next one perfectly. Every sound is perfectly realised. Billy Corgan pretty much claims the fuzz pedal for himself with this album. The sound he creates with it is thick, gritty but smooth, dense, and immersive but it is never overwhelming and is frequently punctured by beautiful, glassy clean strat-through-valve-amp tones. I first listened to this Album by renting it out from a library and ripping it onto my PC. I played it a lot in my youth. I bought a fuzz pedal pretty much because of this album. One of my favorite guitar pleasures is to play "Cherub Rock" through a cranked fuzz pedal, the feeling of power is immense and uplifting.
I enjoyed some of it.
Everyone had this album in the 00's. There are some nice songs on it. On the whole it's a bit boring though.
A fantastic album very nearly a 5
Pleasant. I particularly enjoyed the opening track "Ode to the Sun God" Some of the rest of the album felt a touch elevatory
A fascinating album, full of clever, cutting lyrics and crystal clear imagery. Highlights for me were the devastatingly dark "Old Man" and the wry humor on "Political Science". The original version of "You Can Leave Your Hat On" takes on a whole new meaning with slurred lyrics evoking a sense of drunken sleaze adding a dimension that is absent from the more famous Joe Cocker cover version. I found the production to be a bit uninspiring at times.
I listen to this album regularly. It has to be one of the best hip hop ever made. I overlooked it for many years as I knew the hits from when I was a child and I didn't notice that they were great and might be part of a spectacular album. It's filled with clever rhymes delivered with a very satisfying and effortless flow. It rewards multiple listens with new discoveries each time and like all great albums it feels like a whole peice of work rather than just a collection of songs.
A fantastic album with intriguing lyrics and musical arrangements that have elements from multiple genres. The songs are never straightforward and go off in unexpected directions which add to a sense of unease and darkness that runs through the album.
It's up against tough competition but this is probably their best album. It contains an outrageous number of powerful and catchy riffs. I love the instrumentals and guitar solos that appear throughout the album and make use of the less common modes. I really enjoy the devastating, chugging riff on "The Thing That Should Not Be" that is so dark and heavy it has it's own event horizon. "Orion" is another highlight for me. An 8 and a half minute metal instrumental that is exciting and engaging all the way through and even has some delicate and vulnerable moments.
Is it a 4 or is it a 5? I had to give it a fourth listen this morning to make sure. It definitely improves with each listen. The album depicts the anger, hurt and frustration of a couple going through a break up and it tells the story very well. It's a great album to get lost in and I love the idea that this is a contemporary version of a song cycle. It's not as good as Winterreise though! A very high 4 for me.
The 2 hits from this album are great and "Walk This Way" is a much more successful blend of rock and rap than "Rock Box" from the previously reviewed self-titled album. I felt the album as a whole was disjointed and some tracks I found to be really quite poor. I much preferred the previous album.
I enjoyed this album very much.
My first encounter with Beck was finding the free track that came with windows media player sometime in the early 00's. I think my experience of his music has forever been tainted by that. I thought this album was ok, I can appreciate the multi instrument use, inventive sampling and production but I just couldn't get into it. I struggled with the second listen. Sometimes you come across a good artist that just doesn't work for you.
Good fun, with enjoyable guitar acrobatics and not as 1 dimensional as I was expecting.
Delicious, medium acidity, still very fresh, will age further.
A fascinating album, that meanders through multiple genres yet somehow they always sound like themselves. At times it even reminded me of 17th-century opera (San Vincente). It's a shame I don't speak portugese!
It was fine with glimpses of good
A fun and enjoyable listen
Nearly as good as Dark Side of the Moon 😁
It's very long so it's hard to judge after only 1 day of listening having only heard the hits before. There are some really great moments on this album. I think it could do with a bit of editing and then perhaps it could be a 4. I will be re listening to this one.
An excellent album. I particularly enjoy the part in "Flying" where it sounds like an HGV is reversing.
An amazing achievement for someone in their 60s. This album is polished and full of catchy riffs. The guitar solos are purposeful and hold interest.
Many classics and some unusual time signatures, mmmmmmm nice 👉
"Any Time At All" & "You Can't do That" stand out in particular for me. The best is yet to come so I'm leaving room with a 4. It's a really great album and if it were any other band it would probably get a 5.
I enjoyed some of this
Virtuosic electric jug playing
A beautiful and creative album full of infectious, hypnotic rhythms and takes inspiration from multiple genres. Rewards multiple listens.
Beautiful songs with well written and moving lyrics. 4.5
Delicious synthy goodness
A really great album, possibly the best of the genre.
Interesting, but I'm not sure it belongs on this list.
It's a real shame about the gammonisation of Morrisey but there's no getting away from it. This album is amazing. The bright, sparkly guitar tone and intricate riffs of Marr perfectly compliment Morrisey's beautiful and meandering vocal melodies. The lyrics are sly, witty, profound, complex and moving. Pretty much every song is a classic.
Not really my thing but it's a great album.
I wasn't in the mood the first time I listened but I enjoyed my second and third listen. It is weirdly beautiful with some very strange lyrics.
Hotel California and Life in the Fast Lane are both really excellent tunes. Sadly the rest of the album is uninteresting.
Really great as long as you try to ignore the hilariously bad lyrics
What an album!
Not as bad as I feared, but it was a difficult listen
Another fantastic album from the Smashing Pumpkins! It has many classics that I know well from "Rotten Apples" but I didn't have this album as a teenager so I don't think I have ever listened to the album as a whole before. Listening to the whole thing is quite an undertaking at over 2 hours in length but the album explores such a wide range of styles that none of the 28 songs seem like filler. At the end of it all, you feel emotionally exhausted (in a good way)
It's amazing to have such a famous and important concert recorded and on an Album. It's a bit of a shame that the famous "Judas", "I don't believe you" exchange was cut from this album although you can make out some other heckling from the audience in some of the songs. You can get a sense of atmosphere and imagine the scene of the band rolling on the drum kit and amplifiers for the second half. 4.5/5
Street life is great and there are some interesting instrumental parts to the other songs including a great guitar solo but some of it feels a bit garden centery. 2.5/5
An interesting blend of genres and an enjoyable album 3/5
Excellent advert music 4/5
Hypnotic and beautiful 3.5/4
An enjoyable album but there's too much of Neil Young on this list
Another fantastic album from Randy Newman that is steeped in American history and explores difficult subjects with his trademark caustic sarcasm. The album opens with “Rednecks” which is VERY confronting. The topic would be tackled in a different way today but the lyrics are clearly spoken by a character tied to a very specific event and time in the past. Like all of Randy Newmans lyrics they tackle the issue effectively and are full of hidden meaning. Unless you lived in America in the 70s and have a good memory of US political events at the time, it really helps to have wikipedia open whilst listening to this album to get the most out of it! 😂 I would like to give Randy Newman himself a 5 but I think the 2 albums on here fall just short of a 5 for me because although I enjoy interpreting and reading up about the songs and I do find them enjoyable to listen to I feel the actual music, is somehow secondary to the lyrics. 4/5
With such vivid imagery, structure, and a compelling story, listening to this album is so enveloping it feels like a piece of cinema. It tells the story of life growing up in Compton but not always from the perspective of Kendrick and not always in order or at the same age. Kendrick's songs never seem to have one angle, there are always multiple ways of interpreting his lyrics. This is an album that requires several listens, it can’t be understood in one pass. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to write about every song but my favorite on this album has to be the the very dark “Swimming Pools”. It is an exploration of alcoholism and in true Kendrick style it not only explores the darker sides of the struggles against inner thoughts and the devastation caused to lives, but also depicts the feeling of escape and release that comes from sating the cravings and giving in to the drink. At the time of this album Kendrick occupied that rare space where someone was properly pushing at the boundaries of their genre and yet still managing to appeal to the masses. I don't think any other artist has existed to the same extent for a long time before and since. 10 years later you can still here the influence in hip hop today on both sides of the atlantic. 5/5
There is some good stuff on here but I found the album to be quite disjointed and unsatisfying. 3/5
U2 was overplayed by others when I was a child, I never since thought to listen to it on my own. A couple of decades later it turns out this is a really great album full of epicness. 4/5
An energetic album that deals full on with the topic of racism in depth and in detail and is sadly still relevant today. Unfortunately it is laced with misogyny. It could have been a perfect 5 otherwise. 4/5
I enjoyed this album 3+/5
There are some great nostaligic tunes on here 3+
Unashamed cheesy goodness. Would pair well with a glass of port. 3.5+/5
A classic, milestone album 4+/5
A spectacular and ambitious album that effortlessly spans multiple genres to tell stories from another world. There is so much to talk about, but I particularly enjoyed the seamless inclusion of Debussey on "Say You'll Go" which arrives halfway through the track and is set up so well it feels inevitable before you even hear the notes. The introduction of a new vocal part to the piece feels amazingly natural and beautiful. 4.5/5
Another classic 4+/5
Another masterpiece from Kendrick. I personally prefer GKMC as an album but this one is perhaps more culturally significant. It contains "Alright", which was then used in the black lives matter movement which started after the killing of Trayvon Martin and others, which is also referenced on this album. The album is densly packed with ideas that will take hundreds of listens to fully un pack. There's so much to discover in here. 5/5
It has some potential to make some excellent vapourwave but as it is I struggled to enjoy it. There were some glimmers of potential interest here and there. 1.5/5
This was one of my favorite albums growing up. It is an amazing piece of work. I would have given it a 5/5, 15 years ago. It is also extremely influential. "Stan" is now a word in the OED and Kendrick Lamar had a track on his latest album that was a clear nod to the track. It's lyrically and conceptually very clever and it's supposed to be provocative, however, looking back I don't think the homophobia and misogyny on it is ok. Even if it's justified as being a commentary on his relationship with the media at the time or as being spoken by a character. The fact is that the homophobia and misogyny on this album was parroted in real life without the context and without any sense of irony and it certainly contributed to the damaging homophobic environment that young gay people had to endure growing up at the time. Because of this, it's hard to rate. I will have to settle on a conflicted 3/5
I did not know this album existed! It is beautiful, dark, and sometimes quite violent. I very much enjoyed the stripped back and austere production. 4.5+/5
Quite good 3.5/5
I preferred this to "Under Construction" and there are some great tracks on here. I particularly enjoyed "Sock It To Me" and "The Rain" 3+/5
An important album filled with beautiful songs with interesting arrangements and production. 4.5/5
What a shame. Another potentially great album ruined by relentless misogyny without any attempt to hide it with irony or as storytelling. On this album Mike D proudly announces that "I like my girlies underage". To add to this, the working title of this album was "Don't be a f***ot" and this juvinile bigotry is threaded through the entire album. Thank god they changed their ways later in their career.
I enjoyed the first two tracks then it all went a bit x factor. Fortunately the album picks up again later on and I found the later tracks quite enjoyable. 2.5+/5