Bob Dylan-Modern Times

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

The Graham Bond Organization-Solid Bond

The Graham Bond Organization Solid Bond:

A collection of unreleased tracks from an oft forgotten British rocker. The rock and R&B tunes are strong, often reminiscent of The Band. The instrumental, jazzier tunes aren’t so hot, but they’re not terrible. A solid listen I just wish there were less instrumentals.

Rating: 11/15 rock guys trying to play jazz.

Fleetwood Mac-Rumors

Fleetwood Mac Rumors:

Folk influenced Classic Rock album, containing some of the best break-up songs out there. Unfortunately, not all of this album consists of sad material. I say this because any song not completely bitter and depressing sucks. Despite there ability to continually churn out song like The Chain and Landslide, Mac never figured out how to write an even mildly enjoyable fun song.

Rating: 11/15 occurrences of band incest

cLOUDDEAD – Ten

cLOUDDEAD Ten:

Here is a rare album: an experimental rap album that’s good. It’s tough describing this album since it’s constantly changing through out. What I’m going to say is that it is well through out and executed. The beats are at first very minimalist, but upon further listens reveal more depth. The songs change scope from what seems to be pure abstractive poetry to then very direct political or personal messages and then back to the abstract. The vocals are delivered in a variety of styles, from what sound like sound collages to spoken wor to even legitimate rapping. While many albums like this are challenges to listen to, this one flows so well that one can hear the whole album over and over without becoming bored.

Rating: 15/15 not enough songs about hoes

Neil Young-On The Beach

Neil Young On The Beach:

Eight tracks of a man, and his flawless backing band, revealing his life’s most difficult moments, contemplating them, and starting to move on. Inspirational to say the least.

Rating: 14/15 Yellow Shirts

Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band-Safe as Milk

Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Safe as Milk:

A good place to start for anyone getting into The Captain. Its fairly standard Blues rock, but done particularly well. The Captains signature growl and surreal lyrics erupt over a clanking clattering mess of slide guitars and solid rhythms. Good disk.

Rating: 12/15 Zig Zags

The Beatles-Love

The Beatles Love:

The more experimental tracks on this album suck, but on tracks where the remixing serves to complement the original piece, I am the Walrus and Lady Madonna for example, the results are pretty kick-ass. A bit of a stinker over all, but their are a few really good tracks.

Rating: 9/15 the best two are dead points.

Danzig – Danzig III: How The Gods Kill

Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill:

Fuck “Mother” this is what people should think of when they hear the name Danzig. Here Danzig and John Christ fully realize their idea of a blues, metal, and rock fused into one lumbering, swaggering, and evil beast. Danzig belts out the most evil tunes he’s ever written and John Christ backs him with sick riff after sick riff. Defiantly required metal listening.

Rating: 15/15 muscular midgets slaying demonic tang

Isis – Oceanic

Isis Oceanic:

One of the best albums about the sea ever. Isis wrote the book on conceptual, artistic sludge and ever since people have been ripping off this album. But what most copycats fail to do is make their records as engaging as this one. What really sets this album apart is the use of female vocals. Rather than shoehorn it in, they slyly mix these into the back of the mix, making them heard but not the center of attention. It’s a nice juxtaposition to the harsh yells. Perfect for a day at the beach when you’re tripping.

Rating: 15/15 Primordial Sea Beasts

Bane – It All Comes Down To This

Bane It All Comes Down To This:

Whenever I hear this album, I’m always ask “Why aren’t more bands like this?” If any other hardcore band made this album it would be preachy and pedantic, whereas this is instead genre defining and an album that other modern hardcore albums should be measured against. The topics range from the personal, infidelity and suicide, to pondering what it means to be in the hardcore scene. It’s a bold move to call out your own listeners on their shit, but Bane does it so well that it makes you want to jump and do something. Through out the album there are little artistic touches, like the female vocals on “Can We Start Again.” A must have for fans of hardcore music.

Rating: 15/15 Boston accents