Wed Aug 24 2022
lyrics aren't moving
seems to use a wide array of instruments - bass, twinkly piano, violin (or cello?), classic rock guitar
Standard male indie vocals
Thu Aug 25 2022
Generic pop punk.
Has some good moments, but most of the songs drag.
I do like the political message off of the song american idiot.
The type of album I'd enjoy more if I was 15/16, think I'm too old to enjoy it now (22).
Fri Aug 26 2022
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash
slightly better than arcade fire but nothing impressive
feels very much like an album of its time
it had a gentle feel to it, but none of the songs stood out, and it didn't even gently nudge at any of my emotional buttons.
Sun Aug 28 2022
The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
work of art
very very consistently excellent soundtrack, only a few skippable songs (don't stop, elizabeth....)
really like this, but i'm biased bc this isn't my first listen, or even my 10th
Mon Aug 29 2022
quite different from his tribe called quest days
chill hip hop vibe, good samples and basslines
Tue Aug 30 2022
*NOT A FIRST LISTEN*
Not my favourite Bowie, but still very good.
One of Bowie's best album covers.
Feels very different to every other album he's ever made. Perhaps it would be more accurate to describe this as a combined work of Eno and Bowie's?
Alien sounding. Reminscient of early electronic music.
Weeping Wall particularly captures that alienating, haunting, disturbing quality.
Some songs are bathed in melancholy - be my wife,sound and vision, Always crashing in the same car
Would probably sound ten times better on drugs. I first heard this album when I was about 17 so can't help being biased in my review. Nice to come back to the album again.
The only song I really re-listen from the album these days is Speed of life.
Wed Aug 31 2022
I really wanted to like this. Suzanne Vega has a gorgeous voice, and the guitar playing is really nice.
But most of the songs are forgettable, they're nice to hear but don't do anything for me emotionally. The songs are just 'there'.
Small blue thing was the only memorable song for me.
This was only a first listen, I might have to revisit this one to see if my mind will change. Sorry Suzanne :(
Thu Sep 01 2022
m b v
My Bloody Valentine
Mostly instrumental, with sweet, delicate vocals in the background
The vocals felt more like an additional instrument to the shoegazey/noisey sound, as oppose to 'leading' the songs.
Relaxing album, one you can lay down and listen to in a depressed mood. Also could be used for studying/concentration.
I enjoyed it a lot.
As someone already familiar with mbv (loveless), this was slightly different, but still high quality. Perhaps someone who's never heard mbv before might not enjoy it the same way?
The noisey/drilling/luscious sound has a way of being simultaneously energizing and relaxing.
Sat Sep 03 2022
Meh. Has some cool samples, and was pretty wacky on a first listen. However, I wouldn't go back to this. On a second listen, I didn't enjoy it so much.
Sounds 'cool' but lacks depth.
Nonetheless, I appreciate the variety of samples used in the songs. Stops the listening experience from being too boring.
Sun Sep 04 2022
Rising Above Bedlam
Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart
Really liked this. Spiritual feel to it. A suprising addition was Sinead O Connor's vocals included throughout the album. Her voice, combined with Jah Wobble's addictive basslines made the album.
Personally felt the first half was better than the second half. Nonetheless, great album. Wobble's changed up his style compared with his days in PiL.
Refreshing to hear music using a combination of different cultures.
Mon Sep 05 2022
I Against I
I liked a few songs off this like she's calling you and I Against I.
Maybe after a few more listens it would grow on me more. Gonna have to give it 3 stars bc I didn't dig it too much.
Tue Sep 06 2022
This was my first taste of proper african music.
I like the lyrics, but a lot of the instrumentation was unfamiliar to me. Nonetheless, I liked the general 'vibe' of the album. Politically driven as well.
Don't have much more to say on the album, but Femi is cute.
Wed Sep 07 2022
All Mod Cons
Heard this plenty of times, so another easy 5 from me.
David Watts, Down in a tube station, Bomb in wardour street are highlight tracks
LOVE THE JAM AND PAUL WELLER <3
Thu Sep 08 2022
really, really cool
Blue flowers may have just become one of my favourite hip hop tracks
this album has further reinforced that old school hip hop is best hip hop B]
Unexpectedly good, I went into this knowing nothing about the album or the artist. Perhaps in some way that made the listening experience better. Will definitely be revisiting this, it had humour, witty/dark/clever lyrics, good rapping and awesome album art.
Fri Sep 09 2022
Gang Of Four
a relisten for me. Haven't gone through the whole album for a while, but always love 'damaged goods' and 'i found that essence rare'.
this is a definitive post punk album, each song captures that post punk sound - slashy guitar, gorgeous basslines and politically driven lyrics.
The cover is really good too, perfect visual of what the album is all about.
Very good album but i usually only come back to one or two songs, and there's a few that are filler. nonetheless, a very good album to introduce newbies to the post punk sound.
Sat Sep 10 2022
The Queen Is Dead
The smiths are one of my favourite bands, and I've heard this album countless times - an effortles 5 from me.
Funny how the generator 'convieniently' gave me this album a day after it was announced the Queen died.
I always used to get a kick out of the"TQID" song, but now she's actually dead it isn't particularly enjoyable anymore. Not because I'm grieving over the Queen(news of her death produced only indifference from me). But because the song has lost its edginess now that she's actually gone.
This album will always be great, the perfect album to introduce someone to the Smiths. People who hate on Morrissey are total bores.
Sun Sep 11 2022
Out Of The Blue
Electric Light Orchestra
Had some good moments but I wouldn't listen to it again. Turn to stone and Mr blue sky are bona fide classics, some of the instrumental songs are nice as well. Overall though, not my kind of thing.
Mon Sep 12 2022
Close To The Edge
Getting through this was a drag. Don't get me wrong, it had some good moments. Some of the organ parts were cool, and there were some neat guitar and bass moments in the first track.
Overall though, the songs are too long and I don't enjoy them from an emotional point of view.
Tue Sep 13 2022
Sunday is impossibly beautiful. I'm probably in the minority here in saying this, but for me the best parts of the album are the instrumentals. The gentle soothing flute melodies, combined with delicate, complex fingerstyle guitar makes for a gentle but comforting listening experience. This is Nick Drake's best album imo.
Wed Sep 14 2022
Off The Wall
MJ has a beautiful voice. Nice album to put on during the evening. It's okayyy, but nothing SPECIAL to me.
Thu Sep 15 2022
Great energy. This album surprised me. I ended up really, really liking the song 'Kerosene' and that's made me look favourably on the rest of the album. It has a distinct industrial, heavy feel to it that reminds me a lot of Nine Inch Nails (during their industrial phase of course). I don't usually like industrial music, but this was great. Definitely worth a relisten. Atomizer, allow me to give you a generous 4 stars.
Fri Sep 16 2022
The Marshall Mathers LP
Haha, this is funny af. Edgy lyrics that have a whiff of punk energy about them. Eminem is a blast of the past for me, I grew up listening to him but never checked out an album of his in full.
This was great, and discovered some cool tracks from him I've never heard before.
I preferred the 'funny' ones, but songs like Kim were heavy and it surprised me that I found it so hard to listen to. Maybe because the abusive aspect of the song felt too real.
Overall, 4 stars for Mister Marshall. I'll definitely be revisiting some of these songs.
Sat Sep 17 2022
Pleasant melodies, drenched in melancholy.
Sad boy vibes that remind me of Nick Drake/Elliott Smith.
I also really like the album cover, it's very soothing to look at and fits the mood of the album well.
Not something I'd willingly listen to again all the way through, though may check out a couple songs again.
Sun Sep 18 2022
Done By The Forces Of Nature
Hip hop with soul. Something that feels pretty rare in modern hip hop records.
This is arguably the golden era of hip hop, concious lyrics, nice samples and beats, no gangster bollocks. My kind of hip hop.
Really liked "Doing our own thing" and "Feelin alright".
Mon Sep 19 2022
Dog Man Star
Another one I wanted to like more than I really did.
I think Suede's done better albums than this, despite this being the critic's favourite.
Really incredible vocals, and some decent moments. A lot of the songs were snoozers though. I listened to this one three times but it didn't click. Maybe need to listen more?
3 stars for now, sorry Suede.
Tue Sep 20 2022
God, this is awesome.
The vocals, the keyboard, piano, guitar...so damn funky.
It would be pretty hard NOT to like this.
Wed Sep 21 2022
The Pretty Things
it got worse and worse as i kept listening. basically a rip off beatles-sounding band. perhaps the first song could be described as decent but it got progessively worse after that. no thanks :( BAD!
Thu Sep 22 2022
Kind Of Blue
Good album to read to. Puts one in a calm, concentrated manner.
This is only the second jazz album I've ever heard - being new to the genre, I'm still not sure what to make of this but I think I liked it.
The man knows how to play his trumpet.
Fri Sep 23 2022
Ray Of Light
production is great on this. which is not necessarily great for my ears - i tend to prefer raw kind of songs. regardless, this has some good moments. it almosth as an electronic feel to it, which i wouldn't have expected. easily something to put on and dance to in a club.
highlights (aka decent songs) : Shanti, ray of light
Sat Sep 24 2022
The Beach Boys
This would probably sound better during the summer....(it's autumn right now)
I liked a few songs (don't go near the water, feel flows)
but it pales in comparison to pet sounds. a lot of filler on here. At least it was short.
Sun Sep 25 2022
(What's The Story) Morning Glory
Warm...bursts of nostalgia listening to this. I've done a 360 when it comes to oasis, really liked them then became convinced they were overrated, average and a copy of the beatles (despite never hearing 'beatles' vibes from their songs), and now I realise they're just great.
Good album, introduced me to some songs of their's I haven't heard before.
People, don't be ashamed of enjoying Oasis songs. They are good.
Mon Sep 26 2022
Music Has The Right To Children
Boards of Canada
The best way to appreciate this album is to listen to it at night. It will be a lackluster experience to hear this electronic album during the day.
I've heard this a few times before, and am familiar with this genre, so it was a nice listen for me.
I can imagine people unfamiliar with electronic music might struggle with this a lot. But I dig it.
Roygbiv is so damn good. Happy cycling has crunchy, satisfying drums. Olsen and colour of fire hit at 3am.
Tue Sep 27 2022
Big Brother & The Holding Company
no offence but her voice is really aggravating to listen to. yoko ono over janis joplin anyday of the week, thats what i say.
"Pieces of my heart" was surprisingly decent.
overall, this sound isn't for me. i don't like it and i really, really don't like janis' vocals here. this is a real drag to get through.
Tue Oct 04 2022
Solid. This is my second listen, and I enjoyed it a lot more this time. I missed the rock sound on 'Changes', despite it having 55 million listens on spotify, I didn't fw it. Snowblind and tomorrow's dream were my favs. I'm not blown away enough to give it anything higher than 3, still a reasonable listen.
Love the energy of Supernaut.
Also, wtf is "FX" doing on there?
Wed Oct 05 2022
Used to really like this in 2020. Still do..but not as much as before.
Very good lyrics/sound tho. Something changed is my fav.
Thu Oct 06 2022
The Pleasure Principle
Had some cool electronic moments. I preferred the intstrumental songs.
OK but I used to like Gary Numan more a couple years ago compared to now. I dunno why.
Fri Oct 07 2022
The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails
mate this is sick
it's heavy like metal, but its too 'alternative' to be proper metal. screaming vocals, very good drums
also awesome album art. Some electronic moments too, which are cool.
I can see why this is popular.
Yes...the drumming is a big standout of this album.
Sat Oct 08 2022
Home Is Where The Music Is
I just can't get into this, sorry. Maybe I'm too dumb to appreciate jazz.
It just felt like background music.
Sun Oct 09 2022
Solid Beasties album. Album I dug a lot during my teens, but doesn't hit the same now. Nonetheless, sound of science never gets boring.
Mon Oct 10 2022
Welcome To The Pleasuredome
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
worse than i expected. i've been having a hard-on for the 80s recently - all things 80s music so i was looking forward to listening to this. but it was the definition of lower mid music - some ok songs, most are dull and skippable. i cannot understand how this is an essential album in the slightest.the only interesting song is relax.
Tue Oct 11 2022
I've heard this too many times.
It's good but doesn't hit the same way it used to.
Really consistent quality of songs though, considering the album length. Big up the Clash :)
Wed Oct 12 2022
Not for me. I prefer Thelonious' songs with just piano.
Thu Oct 13 2022
The Next Day
Because I'm familiar with Bowie's great albums, this is very much a dissappointment.
There's nothing special or moving about this.
I hold Bowie to higher standards than I would any other artist, so I'd expect better from him.
I'm glad blackstar was so much better than this, what an awful thing it would be if this had ended up being Bowie's last studio album.
Fri Oct 14 2022
This sucks. Maybe it's something I could learn to love with enough listens. But on a first listen, it is very disappointing.
The songs are boring. Vocals are ok, but mostly the songs are forgettable.
It's weird I disliked this, because usually I like post-punk indie stuff like this. Probably wasn't the best introduction to this band.
Sat Oct 15 2022
Songs For Swingin' Lovers!
Meh, I prefer Chet Baker.
This is ok, feels very much like a late night album.
Kind of a drag to get through it, a lot of the songs are too similar so it gets predictable. But it's a 50s album so I guess I shouldn't judge it too harshly.
Sun Oct 16 2022
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
This was very dark, and many of the songs were story rich, which added another level of interest to the album.
Nick Cave's gloomy, brooding voice, with melancholy piano and choppy guitar is my kind of thing.
Mon Oct 17 2022
Meh, I prefer talvyn singh's stuff...
Tue Oct 18 2022
On a few more listens, I think I could grow to like this more.
Still quite nice. Original lyrics, sung in a gentle voice and accompanied by lovely guitar.
I don't tend to listen to acoustic/folk/country music that much, so this was a nice change. I've also heard good things about John Prine before, so it was nice to check him out for the first time.
Overall OK, but might get better on future listens.
(really liked Spanish pipedream and quiet man)
Wed Oct 19 2022
Nice energy, I fuck with the riot grrrl genre. Having said that, I don't know if I liked all the songs on here. Some felt forgettable. Despite the quirkiness and originality, I can't see myself revisiting this one often. I should relisten to see if I change my mind though.
Also for a band with a french name, they should've sung in french for at least one song.
fave: what's yr take on cassevetes?
Thu Oct 20 2022
I usually like trip hop a lot. Much of this was hit or miss. Some good stuff like you don't or abbaon fat tracks (good lyrics).
Think I'll need to revisit this and have another crack at it. Some good choices with sampling though.
Sat Oct 22 2022
Songs From The Big Chair
Tears For Fears
Head over heels was a nice discovery. Already familiar with the bangers shout and everybody wants to rule the world. the rest of the songs were forgettable and boring - so the album is average overall with a couple of exceptional songs. i reckon their other album was a lot better and more consistent.
Sun Oct 23 2022
I love Kate Bush. This album is more experimental, and makes for a unique listening experience. I enjoyed it a lot, and I respect Kate Bush'es willingless to pursue what SHE wants to do with her music. Very important album to a lot of future creative female musicians (eg Bjork).
Mon Oct 24 2022
Pretty decent. I really liked the track Black Woman/Gypsy Queen. A nice album to enjoy on summer's day.
Mother's daughter was also a standout track. Even though I liked it, I wasn't as impressed with it as I expected to be. Ratings on RYM for this album are particularly strong, but I just thought it was good. Therefore..3 stars.
Tue Oct 25 2022
Dusty In Memphis
It's ok, not really for me though. Nice voice but only Son of a preacher man was thoroughly enjoyable.
Wed Oct 26 2022
Sweet Baby James
No thank you. No..no thanks.
There's genuinely no song on this that I'd consider listening to again.
But I must concede he has a good singing voice, and plays his guitar well. I just wouldn't want to experience this album ever again.
Thu Oct 27 2022
Wild Is The Wind
It grew on me more as I listened. Lilac Wine and Wild is the Wind are outstanding songs (though I confess to preferring the cover versions more, simply because I heard those first).
I don't think this is Nina Simone's best, and I've heard more moving songs from her.
Wed Nov 09 2022
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The guitarist, bass player and drummer are all very good. This deserves 4 stars.
The less we say about the singer, the better (he's a nonce)
Thu Nov 10 2022
To Pimp A Butterfly
There are some good samples on this album. King Kunta and These Walls are OK songs. I just can't understand how this is THE number 1 album on RYM. It's not that good surely, or am I missing something? It feels like a drag to listen to. It's far too long.
[halfway into the album later]
OK, coming towards the end of the album I was surprised by 'i'. Actually quite good. I'll give this album 3 stars for this song.
But there are moments in the songs where I almost like it so I'm torn between 2 or 3 stars.
Considering the hype this album has, I'm majorly dissappointed. Kendrick's done better albums than this.
Fri Nov 11 2022
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Not bad for a jazz album. I usually struggle with this genre, but I enjoyed this. Nice to put on whilst doing something else. I'm tempted to offer 4 stars to this but it didn't make me...feel anything. A good album to put on for relaxation or concentrating on a task. I'd recommend this one to people who don't usually like jazz, this album might make them reconsider. Highlight - Kathy's Waltz and Blue Rondo a la turk.
Sat Nov 12 2022
Elliott's vocals are gentle, pure and comforting. The perfect album to listen to when depressed. Between the bars is exceptionally good. Great, great album overall - I'd recommend to anyone!
Mon Nov 14 2022
There's No Place Like America Today
I want to like this. Curtis Mayfield has a lovely voice, and the guitar/backing band are great as well. But somehow I just dislike the songs. It's a strain to listen to this. I appreciate the message of the album, but it's just not for me. Can't get into it. Maybe I need to try again with it, but for now, it's getting two stars.
Thu Nov 17 2022
Here, My Dear
I recently listened to 'Let's get it on' so can't help but compare it to this album. I don't like Here,my dear as much. I miss the sexiness from the get it on album. This one feels more sleek, more soulful but ultimately not my thing. (Best listened to in hot weather.)
Having said that, it is very good musically. There are still good songs on this.
'Anna's song' was my favourite track. Pretty solid. The rest seemed to blend into each other and didn't stand out.
Mon Feb 27 2023
Public Image: First Issue
Public Image Ltd.
How is this one of the lowest rated albums on here?! You people have no taste. This is one of the greatest post-punk albums ever made, thanks mostly to Mr Keith Levene with the incredible guitar, and Jah Wobble with the gorgeous dub-style bass. Lydon's lyrics give the album an extra kick.
I've heard this album countless time and I love the sex pistols and a lot of other work Lydon has done so of course I'm very biased about my adoration of this album. On a first listen, I don't think I 'got' this album. So in all fairness, it will take time for someone to appreciate just how good it is.
Fav tracks: Religion II. So angry. I love it.
Annalisa and Theme are great. Theme in particular has a great opening bassline. And lydon's screaming on it must have disgusted so many listeners :)
Wed Mar 01 2023
Punk perfection. Easiest 5 ever.
Thu Mar 02 2023
Let's Get It On
A very romantic, sexy album. I'm listening to this in the mild heat of May, and it works perfectly on a hot day. Definitely a seasonal album.
You sure love to ball is...wow. Very sexy. Might also be my favourite. This is also the track persuading me to give this album 4 stars :)
Let's get it on the track is very good. Problem is that it's been used in memes so much I can't enjoy it.
I quite liked Please stay and Distant lover (lyrics mostly) as well.
This is a great album to put on when you're in the right mood. Blissful soul at it's best.
On RYM, one user aptly put it in their list of 'Albums to have sex to'.
Fri Mar 03 2023
Way better than I remember! This is a re-listen, I orginally heard it 3 years ago and thought it was alright. But hearing it now? Very impressed, it was much better than I expected. Nice blend of songs - chill trip hop vibes to more hip hop sounding songs. Exhibits the perfect levels of chill and can almost instantly make you feel calm. I love the songs: weather storm, Protection, Euro child and Sly. Listening to this has revived my appreciated for Massive Attack and made me remember again why I decided to do this whole 1001 album generator thing in the first place. It's worth it :)
Thu May 18 2023
Fire Of Love
The Gun Club
Wow. This is fucking awesome.
I knew from the first track, 'Sex Beat' I was in for a good ride.
I was already familiar with 'She's like heroin to me', one of my favourite songs. Listening to this album in full was long overdue for me. I'm so glad I finally have!
Aside from Sex Beat, I also really liked 'Ghost on the highway'. 'Fire spirit' was pretty good too.
This entire album is just..my kinda thing. It's got nice, raw vocals, with dark and clever lyrics. A real post-punky blues feel to it.
The album cover as well is great. Not that I understand what's going on in it, but I dig it all the same.
EDIT: ooh bit cheeky, I just heard a n=word slur in the song 'black train'. Very edgy. That's what it's all about with this kind of post-punk, I won't hold it against them.
Fri May 19 2023
This has a lovely post-punky sound. Sunday bloody Sunday is the obvious stand out track, strong and emotionally packed.
This album is produced by Steve Lillywhite (same guy who helped produce a very good XTC album called Drums and Wires.). It also has a great album cover. Great lyrics, message. It ticks all the boxes but there were only a few songs that really got me. The others were alright.
Torn between a 3 and a 4 for this. I think if I listen to this more I could really learn to love it.
Other highlights: 40, seconds, refugee,Surrender
Sat May 20 2023
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips
This album oozes creativity and imagination. It's playful, psyechdelic and melancholic. Also, what a lovely album cover.
I must admit I've heard this album once before, about two years ago now. So it was nice to be reminded how good this is. Especially the track 'fight test', my favourite. It's summertime and do you realise are also standout tracks.
I'm also surprised this came out in 2002, I always thought of it as a 90s album.
I'm listening to this in moderate heat currently - this is definitely a summer album imo.
What I will say is that the highs are particularly...high and the lows of this album are...noticeable. What I mean by this is that some tracks are totally skippable, but then songs like do you realise make you aware of how good the album is and make you want to keep listening. So I can forgive this album for the lack of consistency(quality) in places.
Overall...good trippy fun. Take 4 stars from me, Flaming Lips.