Bad Brains Bad Brains:
Incredible riffs that flawlessly shift to other amazing riffs, get you going and some of the most intense vocals ever put on album take you over the edge. Of course thats only half the album, the other half is mediocre reggae, that no one has ever listened to more than once.
King Crimson Red:
If not for John Wetton this might have been the best album ever. Fripp’s guitar playing and composing is at its heaviest, most lyrical, and most direct. He flirts with metal, Stravinsky and jazz, but still manages to add something that is definitely him to the mix. Bill Bruford’s drumming is tasteful, but powerful. Its just Wetton. His lyrics and vocals are terrible, and his bass playing isn’t anything to write home about either. Worth it for the incredibly powerful instrumentals.
Rating: 11/15 Fallen Angels
Parliament Up For The Down Stroke:
Doo-wop vocals, funky guitars, horny horns. Lets not forget crazy lyrics, interesting song structures, and amazing improv. Though not as fully awe inspiring as they would become, this album still turns heads and can make even the most introverted wallflower want to shake their ass.
Rating: 13/15 hints of thing to come
Augustus Pablo East of The River Nile:
Laid back reggae grooves decorated by Pablo’s incredible Melodica playing. Completely instrumental, this album does not need vocals to have a voice.
Rating: 15/15 toy instruments
TV on The Radio Dear Science
A well balanced album. TV on The Radio take funk, rock, hip-hop, punk, and even a little shoe-gaze, and make it all their own. Lyrically solid, but the vocal delivery and their seemingly endless supply of cool instrument sounds and production make this disk as kick-ass as it is.
Rating: 14/15 Golden Ages
Cecil Taylor The Dance Project:
Though his technical prowess has diminished slightly due to his age, Taylor’s feel has only gotten better. He can tickle the keys and he can beat them like a hammer, and he knows exactly when to do each.
Rating: 14/15 continued artistic growth points
Aesop Rock None Shall Pass:
Lame beats and lame lyrics seem to be Aesop’s new forte. I prefer his old forte, which was making classic albums, and breaking new ground in hip hop lyricism.
Rating: 3/15 Labor Days
Bob Dylan Modern Times:
Dylan’s voice and lyrics ring true, over well-played, but unexceptional rock numbers. The real issue here is that Dylan’s backing band never loosen up or take any sudden turns. Other than that this is a fitting addition to Dylan’s legacy.
Rating: 12/15 Name dropping Alicia Keys
Brian Eno Another Day on Earth:
Eno’s voice has aged well, but his new age lyrics, pale in comparison to his 70′s works. Musically pleasant, but in the end fairly boring.
Rating: 8/15 stick to ambient points
Lotus Plaza The Floodlight Collective:
Indie pop submerged in an ocean of reverb and echo. The lyrics and vocal delivery fit the music. The only issue here is that the mix can get uncomfortably dense with all the reverb and echo from different instruments running into each other. If the effects were toned down a bit the album would improve greatly.
Rating: 10/15 echo chambers