1. Post #2641
    En-Guage V2's Avatar
    August 2009
    14,820 Posts
    i can get that across without using a massive wall of text
    a lot of it is superfluous
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  2. Post #2642
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    Take_Opal's Avatar
    November 2007
    11,230 Posts
    Over time, I begin to think that I was wrong about you, En-Guage. That you aren't as retarded as some of your posts make you seem. But there's always that one instance that removes that doubt from my thoughts; and this is one of them.

    ~*~ superfluous as fuck~*~
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  3. Post #2643
    En-Guage V2's Avatar
    August 2009
    14,820 Posts
    thanks bro you seem cool too
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  4. Post #2644
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    Take_Opal's Avatar
    November 2007
    11,230 Posts
    I like you, man. But these posts sometimes...
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  5. Post #2645
    En-Guage V2's Avatar
    August 2009
    14,820 Posts
    dw man i'm not out to gain e cred
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  6. Post #2646
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    Take_Opal's Avatar
    November 2007
    11,230 Posts
    you ain't out to get e cred - but e cred out to get you
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  7. Post #2647
    En-Guage V2's Avatar
    August 2009
    14,820 Posts
    word
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  8. Post #2648
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    Eluveitie's Avatar
    November 2009
    14,450 Posts
    Kokomo - If Wolves



    Good post-rock, again like In Each Hand A Cutlass, but this time the first track stands out a lot. Some excellent riffing.

    4/5.
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  9. Post #2649
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    January 2011
    29,704 Posts


    Ryuichi Sakamoto - Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto - 1978
    A-

    This guy in the last 20 years has put out some really worthy classical albums. But before then, he was really grasping the electronic synth vibes from his group "Yellow Magic Orchestra".

    What we have here is his first record, purely made with synths.
    All I can say is all the energy from the YMO band is here, the really clunky beats with the smooth synthesizers create this vibrant, colourful atmosphere. Definitely different from his other stuff.
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  10. Post #2650
    An airbag saved my life
    Drax-Quin's Avatar
    February 2007
    2,121 Posts
    i never understood why you guys write essays about albums
    you either like it or you dont you, or you can summarise why you liked in a couple of words

    Edited:

    eg the parts you liked best or were different
    Writing a good review can entice someone to check out an album more so then a simple good/bad vote. The only case where I would consider a good/bad vote to hold any weight is if It was from someone who I knew I shared a similar taste with in music, only time that happens is when friends message me with an album suggestion. Generally though a review will also give you a feel of what to expect and typically I can gauge how much I'm going to like the album based on albums I've heard with similar elements/sounds.

    No one here is exactly a professional reviewer but saying in-depth reviews are meaningless makes you seem like a fool.
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  11. Post #2651
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    Dennab
    January 2006
    40,352 Posts


    Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet - 1994
    part of the golden three stereolab albums. it sounds a lot more 90's than the other two (Emperor Tomato Ketchup and Dots & Loops) due to there being a lot of jangle guitar and organ droning compared to the mooging and sampling of later albums.

    basically a catchy selection of indie rock songs.



    four bob moog's out of five
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  12. Post #2652
    A Casual Businessman (or something even worse.)
    Systema's Avatar
    August 2009
    917 Posts
    for a second I thought that was karlheinz stockhausen for some reason

    but yeah that's prob. stereolab's second best album of what i've heard. only listened to that, dots and loops, transient random noise bursts..., and peng!.

    where do i go after emperor tomato ketchup once I listen to it???
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  13. Post #2653
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    Dennab
    January 2006
    40,352 Posts
    hah i should review every album of theirs:

    Peng! - fun but very very early
    Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements - really good lo-fi rock
    Mars Audiac Quintet - probably their 3rd best
    Emperor Tomato Ketchup - their absolute best
    Dots and Loops - their 2nd best
    Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night - nope
    Sound-Dust - not bad
    Margerine Eclipse - pretty good but misses the late backup singer
    Chemical Chords - quite pleasant
    Not Music - too long but not bad

    you can move on to their compilations which contain the great songs that never got released on an LP. Space Age Bachelor Pad Music and Refried Ectoplasm are really good records.
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  14. Post #2654
    A Casual Businessman (or something even worse.)
    Systema's Avatar
    August 2009
    917 Posts
    i have refried ectoplasm simply for french disko but i really need to give it proper listen as well

    also what about the first of the microbe hunters?
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  15. Post #2655
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    September 2008
    38,388 Posts


    Man On The Moon: The End Of Day- Kid Cudi (2009) 8.5/10
    Genre: hip-hop, psychadelia, trip-hop


    Love this album, it's really grown on me with a couple listens, I remember listening to it a while ago and not really liking it but I returned to it like a week ago and listened through it and was like, wait this is actually fantastic. It's a really good album, really unique, great atmosphere to the whole thing, despite being mainly a hip-hop album I get vibes of bands like Pink Floyd, Aphex Twin and stuff, and it's got a lot of singing as well as rapping. The rapping's often got a flow similar to singing as well. It's really mellow, but got some really good tracks that work loud and energetic. Got some good guests as well. MGMT, Ratatat, Kanye West and a few more.

    Definitely worth checking out even if you're not massively into hip-hop because for one thing it's definitely not a straightup hip-hop album and secondly it absolutely doesn't have a hip-hop feel. in fact it almost feels wrong to call this a hip-hop album. Either way it's a fantastic album, but definitely a grower so don't disregard it if you don't like it first listen.

    Favourite tracks- Soundtrack 2 My Life, Day 'N' Nite, Sky Might Fall, Pursuit Of Happiness, My World

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  16. Post #2656
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    Dennab
    January 2006
    40,352 Posts
    i have refried ectoplasm simply for french disko but i really need to give it proper listen as well

    also what about the first of the microbe hunters?
    bad, don't bother
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  17. Post #2657
    ejonkou's Avatar
    October 2009
    5,101 Posts

    White Light/White Heat

    Good album by The Velvet Underground, it is something different compared to all other 60/70 music out there.
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  18. Post #2658
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    August 2010
    1,447 Posts
    i used to hate that album, I thought Sister Ray was unlistenable.But now for some reason I just really enjoy hearing it to the point where I'm GLAD it's a whole side of vinyl, because I don't want it to end. Comforting music somehow
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  19. Post #2659
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    January 2011
    29,704 Posts
    yeah at one point you can think that what Hendrix did was just noise, but then you start to feel something and boom, your experience has changed.
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  20. Post #2660
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    February 2012
    100 Posts
    [release]

    Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill

    Genre: indie rock

    Gloomy and bleak, with an atmosphere that reminds me of Slint's Spiderland even though the two bands/records ultimately have very little in common.
    As humorless and downbeat as the album is, it never descends into self-parody and remains compelling throughout.
    The instrumentation itself is subdued and subtle, trading bombast and technical wankery for mood and sensitivity.
    An essential piece or early 90s indie, back when "indie" still wasn't a dirty word.


    9/10
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  21. Post #2661
    Godline's Avatar
    February 2010
    1,255 Posts
    yeah at one point you can think that what Hendrix did was just noise, but then you start to feel something and boom, your experience has changed.
    The jimi hendrix experience :D
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  22. Post #2662
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    AK'z's Avatar
    January 2011
    29,704 Posts
    Good album. I personally prefer Rollercoaster.
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  23. Post #2663
    ejonkou's Avatar
    October 2009
    5,101 Posts
    i used to hate that album, I thought Sister Ray was unlistenable.But now for some reason I just really enjoy hearing it to the point where I'm GLAD it's a whole side of vinyl, because I don't want it to end. Comforting music somehow
    It was the same for Venus in Furs from VU & Nico album. Sister Ray is a great song, the length of it makes it perfect to listen to on my way to/from school/work. Tough I dislike The Gift because how depressing and brutal it is.
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  24. Post #2664
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    January 2011
    29,704 Posts


    Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball - 2012

    A-

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  25. Post #2665
    ThatCrazyGmanV2's Avatar
    May 2011
    3,859 Posts
    does it sound like his old stuff or not?
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  26. Post #2666
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    AK'z's Avatar
    January 2011
    29,704 Posts
    does it sound like his old stuff or not?
    sounds like Bruce Springsteen.
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  27. Post #2667
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    April 2011
    2,778 Posts


    Metal Gear Solid Original Video Game Soundtrack- KCE Sound Team Japan, TAPPY, Rika Muranaka

    Classic and unforgettable themes in this album. My favorites are Cavern, Encounter, and The Best Is Yet To Come. I really can't think of anything really wrong with this soundtrack.

    10 out of 10
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  28. Post #2668
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    January 2010
    9,783 Posts


    The Protomen - Act II - The Father of Death

    [h2]A+[/h2]

    I was recommended this a long time ago and never got to it. I finally gave the album a listen recently. All I can say is that I regret not listening to this earlier. Everything from the story behind the lyrics to the vocals and the instrumentation is great. It feels a bit cheesy at a few points although it does add a bit of charm as well. This album flows nicely and has a great story behind it.

    High Points: The Good Doctor, Father of Death, The Hounds, The State Vs. Thomas Light, Breaking Out, Keep Quiet, Light Up The Night

    Low Points: N/A
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  29. Post #2669
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    Hakita's Avatar
    June 2007
    20,798 Posts
    Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who didn't think that Act II was amazing.
    I thought that the earlier album was WAY better.
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  30. Post #2670
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    February 2012
    100 Posts
    [release]

    Rapeman - Two Nuns And A Pack Mule

    Genre: noise rock

    So Steve Albini of Big Black/Shellac fame formed a band with two of the guys from Scratch Acid(one of whom would end up in the Jesus Lizard) back in the mid 80s, and this is the result of that collaboration. Needless to say, it is a fine result.
    From the abrasive, metallic guitars and the violent yet controlled drumwork to Albini's trademark wails and lyrics just as heartwarming and sensitive as the ones he wrote in Big Black(which is to say, not heartwarming or sensitive at all), this is an essential piece of 80s underground rock.
    Steve Albini is god.


    8/10[/release]
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  31. Post #2671
    ThisGuy0's Avatar
    July 2009
    2,119 Posts
    [h2]Ash Ra Tempel
    Ash Ra Tempel[/h2]

    [h2]B+[/h2]

    A really nice piece of dark, spacy krautrock. Reminds me of GY!BE and Soundtracks for the Blind in places.
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  32. Post #2672
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    April 2011
    204 Posts


    B.Dolan - The Failure (2008)

    5/5

    And I thought Fallen House, Sunken City was great, this turned out even better.
    Then again I shouldn't compare the two considering how different they are.
    This one has around 2 or 3 songs with rapping while the other 13 or 14 are either spoken words (or yelling if he's pissed off) with some subtle music, or a sound scape with Dolan talking to his computer friend.
    The concept is he is the last man on earth after some sort of apocalypse and has only a computer to talk to. He has tapes around some sort of bunker he lives in and plays the poetry on them.

    It's really something you would have to listen to all the way to get the most enjoyment out of it, since there are only about 7 tracks that work alone while the rest makes the album a good listen.
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  33. Post #2673
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    January 2006
    6,835 Posts
    [release]

    [h2]New Trolls - Concerto grosso per i New Trolls (1971)[/h2]
    Genre: progressive rock, symphonic rock

    One of the most exciting progressive/symphonic rock albums I have ever heard.
    The first track (you can listen to it below) sets off the album in an exciting mood, which then subsides along with the next two tracks.
    But during the later bit of the last track the music just fucking bombards you with everything and after listening you feel exhausted, wanting more.


    fucking amazing/100
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  34. Post #2674
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    February 2006
    2,291 Posts

    Space Art - Space Art (1977)

    Genre - Progressive Electronic

    8/10

    Obviously other people might disagree, given that not everyone has my infinite tolerence for dated synths and cheesy space noises. Well, it's not like anyone likes people who don't like amazing spacy music anyway. Listening to this album makes me feel like I'm in a late 70's cult sci-fi film - one with more in common with 2001: A Space Odyssey than Star Wars. The music is composed of layers upon layers of lush, elegant synths. It's not perfect by any means, a few of the songs are a bit slow and lack the massive orchestral sweep of synthsounds that I really love in old electronic albums, but generally it delivers wonderfully.
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  35. Post #2675
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    March 2008
    2,037 Posts

    Flying Colors - Flying Colors

    8/10

    I really like the idea of this band. Coupling virtuoso musicians (Mike Portnoy, Dave Larue, Steve Morse and Neal Morse) with an alt-rock singer/songwriter (Casey McPherson) brings together the complexity that I love about progressive rock, jazz, and metal and the simplicity and catchiness of alt-rock/pop. There are some really catchy tunes on this album and it's full of stunning guitar and bass solos, dense harmonies, and fantastic choruses. It's not perfect however, certain songs feel like they don't develop enough, and a couple of songs in the middle of the album run out of steam and sound a little the same. But it's still a really good release. Highlights would have to be Blue Ocean, Kayla, The Storm and Infinite Fire.
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  36. Post #2676
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    January 2010
    9,783 Posts

    Kvelertak - Self Titled -

    [h2]A[/h2]

    It's really hard to pigeon-hole Kvelertak's sound with one label, but likely the best way to describe them is a black metal/black'n'roll band with heavy hardcore punk and classic rock influences. Kvelertak's lyrics are all in Norwegian but from what I've heard the lyrics deal with Viking and Norse mythology. This band's music is fast and aggressive but also have a few moments of down time because let's face it, fourty fucking minutes of nothing but hard and fast playing is god damn boring.

    My only complaint is that their music is very eccentric. It lacks a specific sound that caters to a specific audience so it's really hard to recommend this to anyone.

    High Points: Mjød, Fossegrim, Blodtørst, Offernatt, Sjøhyenar (Havets Herrer)
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  37. Post #2677
    q0q
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    February 2012
    699 Posts
    I've been really listening to Onra's Chinoseries and Air's Le Voyage Dans La Lune. Both are albums that you totally need to listen to all at once to get the full effect.

    Air - 9/10
    Onra - 8/10
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  38. Post #2678
    CheeserCrice's Avatar
    September 2010
    1,453 Posts
    [h2]Ash Ra Tempel
    Ash Ra Tempel[/h2]

    [h2]B+[/h2]

    A really nice piece of dark, spacy krautrock. Reminds me of GY!BE and Soundtracks for the Blind in places.
    Are they named after Asherah, the wife of the canaanite god, Baal?
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  39. Post #2679
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    July 2009
    2,119 Posts
    Are they named after Asherah, the wife of the canaanite god, Baal?
    Apparently it's:

    'Ash - (an English word) the ash, the remains, the final curtain? Ra - the Egyptian Sun God, the energy, the source of our lives Tempel - a place for rest and contemplation (written in the German idiom)'

    Edited:

    [h2]Natural Assembly
    Fusion's Origin[/h2]



    [h2]A-[/h2]

    Just a single, but it's damn good. I'm not sure what you'd describe this as, it's synth centric with noise elements. There are pulsing beats hidden under a layer of noise, a strange combination which works really well.
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  40. Post #2680
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    November 2007
    11,230 Posts
    [release]

    Wooden Shjips - West (2011)
    Genre: Psych-Rock

    West is an album that consists of songs I usually don't enjoy. Songs where the musician seemingly
    has no idea how to end it (Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space comes to mind) and it just ends
    with a fade-out or an abrupt ending. However, in context of this being a sort of 70s San Francisco psych-rock
    music thing, I think it works.

    It consists of 7 tracks, all are very similar with a loud distorted guitar pretty much doing the same thing
    the entire song with drowned out vocals and spacey synths doing their thing. You can imagine that for 7
    tracks of the same thing can get quite boring, and it does. There are at least two stand out songs on here;
    Black Smoke Rise, the opener, is probably best suited to summarize the whole album. The second standout
    track is Lazy Bones which is probably the fastest track on the album and was used in an episode of The Walking Dead!

    I can see West being great while tripping on something or stoned, but it's far too boring and repetitive for me
    to bear while sober, and that is a great fault.

    Favorite tracks: Black Smoke Rise, Lazy Bones

    Rating: 6/10
    [/release]

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