Turn On the Bright Lights – Interpol ★★★½

Year Album Atrist Stars Score Genre 2002 Turn On the Bright Lights Interpol ★★★½ 74 Rock Alternative Rock Post Punk Revival It’s nice when you can pinpoint the birth — or revival — of a genre. Interpol’s debut Turn On the Bright Lights might not have technically been the first Post Punk Revival record, butContinue reading “Turn On the Bright Lights – Interpol ★★★½”

The Bravery – The Bravery ★★★

Year Album Artist Stars scoore Genre 2005 The Bravery The Bravery ★★★ 57 Rock Alternative Rock Post Punk Revival The Bravery’s self-titled debut is a boilerplate Post Punk Revival record from a band trying to break into what was the genre’s growing scene in 2005. It’s a well produced album, and the band puts everythingContinue reading “The Bravery – The Bravery ★★★”

The Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1994 The Downward Spiral Nine Inch Nails ★★★★ 85 Rock Industrial Electronic Rock The Downward Spiral has so many things going for it, and really feels like a starting point for making some of the darkest parts of alternative rock and metal music from the 90s more mainstream. Yes,Continue reading “The Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails ★★★★½”

Mutations – Beck ★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1998 Mutations Beck ★★ 43 Rock Alternative Rock The first of Beck’s soft rock, no nonsense efforts, Mutations is almost offensively inoffensive.  The songs are slow, they don’t really go anywhere, and Beck doesn’t do anything to impress or really even show any kind of emotion in his vocalContinue reading “Mutations – Beck ★★”

The Stone Roses – The Stone Rose ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1989 The Stone Roses The Stone Roses ★★★½ 73 Rock Psychedelic Rock Madchester The Stone Roses’ 1989 self-titled debut album is a little disjointed and underwhelming at times, but overall the band brings a lot of good songs to the table and moves in a bunch of different directionsContinue reading “The Stone Roses – The Stone Rose ★★★½”

Brother, Sister – mewithoutYou ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2006 Brother, Sister mewithoutYou ★★★½ 65 Rock Alternative Rock Indie Rock mewithoutYou brings together a nice mix of mid-2000s indie rock styles on Brother, Sister — garage rock, punk, post punk, art rock, some folk, some emo.  I tended to enjoy the punk end of the spectrum here —Continue reading “Brother, Sister – mewithoutYou ★★★½”

6 Feet Beneath The Moon – King Krule ★★★★

Year Album Artist 2013 6 Feet Beneath The Moon King Krule ★★★★ 78 Rock Jazz Rock Alternative R&B 6 Feet Beneath The Moon is full of emotion, coming from a deep, raspy voice sung by an at-the-time 19 year-old, thin, ginger kid from London. It’s sparsely produced, with soft, mostly guitar and drum tracks thatContinue reading “6 Feet Beneath The Moon – King Krule ★★★★”

Unlimited Love – Red Hot Chili Peppers ★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 Unlimited Love Red Hot Chili Peppers ★★½ 45 Rock Alternative Rock With legendary guitarist  John Frusciante– whose contributions in the past had lead to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ best works like Blood Sugar…, Californiacation, By The Way and Stadium Arcadium – again in the fold, there wasContinue reading “Unlimited Love – Red Hot Chili Peppers ★★½”

In Your Honor – Foo Fighters ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2005 In Your Honor Foo Fighters ★★★½ 67 Rock Alternative Rock Double albums are almost always difficult to rate or justify, but Dave Grohl and Co. do a solid enough job to warrant one with In Your Honor, a two-disc, hour-and-a-half project that very clearly separates the band’s hard-rockingContinue reading “In Your Honor – Foo Fighters ★★★½”

Lucifer On The Sofa – Spoon ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2022 Lucifer On The Sofa Spoon ★★★½ 70 Rock Alternative Rock Indie Rock As expected, Spoon’s 10th album and first since 2017’s Hot Thoughts feels almost exactly like their nine previous records. Spoon is likely the most consistent active band. None of their albums are great, but they’re allContinue reading “Lucifer On The Sofa – Spoon ★★★½”