Pleasant listen, but wouldn't find myself reaching to put the record on over others. 3.5/5
Pretty groundbreaking stuff for the time. Listening to it in 2022, the sound is a bit thin and I'm not sure when I'd put the album on in my day-to-day life. 3.5/5
Enjoyed this album much more than I thought I would. Time to steal the vinyl from mom & dad.
2/5 - Impressive for the genre, but I have little interest in listening to swing or big band.
It's fine, but not for me. 3/5
Surprising back half to the album unlike the more straightforward rock tracks at the beginning. Both sides good in their own way. 4/5
Decent early rap release, but doesn't reach the heights of some of his contemporaries, like Tribe, De La Soul or Eric B & Rakim.
Country music isn't for me, but I enjoyed this a lot more than anything else from the genre released in the last 20 years. 2.5/5
Enjoyed this much more than I expected I would. Doesn't sound like an album made nearly 50 years ago. 4/5
Pretty catchy early blues rock. 3.5/5
Not my favourite Bjork album, but her stuff is always enjoyable and fascinating. 4/5
Decent grunge/90's rock that I was previously unfamiliar with. 3.5/5
A modern(ish) day classic. 5/5
The Smiths had a near perfect four album run and this might be the best of the bunch.
Personal taste, but I just don't really enjoy anything pre-Help! 2.5/5
A Design For Life is a powerhouse anthem and the rest of the album delivers as well. 4/5
The rest of the album is better than the title track.
Fine background music, but I'm not a big dub guy.
Alright as far as swing music is concerned - 2/5
Thirty years old and it feels as fresh and relevant as ever. 5/5
Fairly enjoyable overall. The title track is a jam. 3.5/5
I nice introduction to Nike Cave, who I'd somehow mostly avoided to this point. 4/5
The first half is classic Dre, but the second half took me by surprise, sounding more like Beastie Boys meets Hieroglyphics meets west coast rap. 5/5
The talent and songwriting is undeniable. 5/5
Far from Martin Gaye's best. 3/5
It was so strange hearing Shook Ones (Part II) and Tha Crossroads samples on a Mariah Carey album. 3/5
Phenomenal album that still has a fairly straightforward rock sound, but provides glimpses of the band that Radiohead would become. Street Spirit (Fade Out) is an all-time great album closer. 5/5
I didn't make it through the album. I don't even dislike the genre, but it didn't work for me. 1/5
This may sound blasphemous to some, but I like this better than any Beatles album. 4/5
This album holds up well. Melodic and eminently re-listenable. 4/5
Solid throughout, but fewer highs than I was expecting. 3/5
I just discovered this group earlier this year and I don't understand how they weren't bigger. Love this dream pop meets shoegaze sound. Strong 4/5.
The Black Keys strike me as exceedingly competent, but boring. 3/5
A powerhouse of an album. Chris Cornell was one of a kind.
Lots to like here, but both sides of the album are a bit bloated. 4/5
Liked it better than I expected. Docking it a point because by all accounts Ryan Adams is a shitty dude. You should look into the allegations, including ones made by his ex-wife. 3/5
Pretty solid throughout, though few highs. 3/5
Better than I expected, but like many rap albums released in the early 2000s, it's far too long.
Pretty solid album from a short-lived band with a stupid name. 4/5
Perfectly pleasant listening experience. Lacks a bit of excitement however.
Some real highlights on this album and I'll never get sick of the Talking Heads, but it falls just shy of a 5/5 album for me.
Disco is underrated and this album is much better than I was anticipating. Nile Rodgers remains undefeated. 4/5
Pretty amazing for a record that is 65 years old, however, I still lean more towards impressive for the time versus a record I want to put on my record player on a Sunday afternoon. 3.5/5
Not offensive, but not really exciting either. 2.5/5
An important album from the early to mid-90s west coast punk scene. Many nostalgic tracks on this record. 4/5
An interesting listen, if a bit rough around the edges. Seems like they would have been amazing to see live back in the early to mid 80s. 3.5/5
Perfectly competent, but I'm struggling to find the appeal. It's just boring. 2/5
Pretty groundbreaking stuff for 1971 that still holds up today. Dig the yazz flute 4/5.
Doesn't hit the highs of Superfly, but a decent listen nonetheless.
It's strange how a band can rip so hard at times and then be completely blah at others. Still, probably more highs than lows.
Classic album. Amazing production and Chuck D's vocals flow with a smooth yet commanding tone. 5/5
Always pleasant, but not often exciting. 3/5
Some serious bangers, but definitely some fat on the album, keeping it from being a 5/5.
Cool trip hop sound, but I found it faded into the background a bit rather than hitting big highs. 3/5
I figured this was going to be a 5/5 album, but I think I love the idea of Joy Division more than I actually love listening to their albums front to back. 4/5
5/5, perfect album with each track being a standout.
While still decent, in my view a significant step back from It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. 3/5
Radiohead albums are either perfect or near perfect and I believe this one falls in the former category. 5/5
Doesn't really feel like they'd become The Who yet. 3/5
Close to a 5/5. ELO still somehow feels very underrated.
I'm shocked that I had never heard of Joan Armatrading before and also how much this album ripped. 4/5
I'm not sure why anyone would think you need to hear this album before you die. 1/5
Usually interesting, but only sometimes enjoyable. 3/5
Some undeniable hits, but too much fluff to garner a higher rating. Should be about six tracks shorter. 3/5
An artist that I knew nothing about before, but I feel like I should have. I'm excited to dig into more. 4/5
Some undeniable high points, but overall the album feels like it has too much fluff. 3.5/5
Sometimes interesting, but boring more often than not. 2/5
I expected more from this album being familiar with some of Newman's work. It fell a little flat for me. 2/5
Pretty groundbreaking stuff. The title track is a classic. Unfortunately I can't find the full album anywhere, but from what I've heard it's a 4/5.
Very pleasant listen with a couple of notable highs. 3.5/5
Some interesting tracks, but didn't catch my ear enough that I'll be seeking out the remainder of their discography. 3/5
Some classic tracks that are both of a particular time, but still sound relatively fresh. Could be paired down a bit. 4/5
Well made for the time and genre, but not for me. 2/5
It's fine, but I don't really understand why this album was so acclaimed when it came out. 3/5
I expected to enjoy this album more. Few highlights outside of American Girl. 3/5
I would vote it higher based on talent and objectivity, but this is my subjective ranking and I'm not likely to grab it off the shelf to put on. 3/5
Interesting at times, but too long. 3/5
Some excellent bass lines on this album. 4/5
Some very solid tracks, but parts of the album are uninspiring. 3/5
Very unique with some bangers (My Girls, Summertime Clothes, Brother Sport), but ultimately not accessible enough for all to earn a 5 star rating.
Perfectly pleasant to listen to, but not really for me.
Near perfect album that still holds up 55 years later.
More listenable than I was expecting based upon prior Cpt Beefheart experience.
Better than I expected. Appreciate the rock and roll sound much more than his later albums.
Half the album is perfect and the other half is above average. 4/5
Surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I can't believe it was released in 1980. 4/5
Chicago is obviously the highlight, but there are lots of little gems throughout. Very enjoyable listen. 4/5
Pretty excellent live album.
Perfectly pleasant, but not exciting yacht rock. 3/5
I appreciate the boundary pushing, but ultimately, it's not that enjoyable of a listen. 2/5
I appreciate the boundary pushing funk/hard rock vibe, but often it feels dated and doesn't totally work for me. Cult of Personality is undeniably a banger.
Not bad, but not for me.
Super soothing album that doesn't feel dated at all. 4.5/5