Be – Common ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2005 Be Common ★★★★½ 89 Hip-Hop The concept of a comeback record wasn’t really a thing in hip-hop back in 2005. One reason, and a big one, is that the genre was still relatively new at the time. With only 20 years or so of history — and closerContinue reading “Be – Common ★★★★½”

Finding Forever – Common ★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2007 Finding Forever Common ★★★½ 72 Hip-Hop Finding Forever is the victim of being in the shadow of the classic Common album that came out just a few years prior. The album is a clear step down from Be, both for Common as an emcee and for Kanye WestContinue reading “Finding Forever – Common ★★★½”

Universal Mind Control – Common ★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2008 Universal Mind Control Common ★★ 39 Hip-Hop There was a lot to be excited about in late 2008, when Common was about to release new music. Common was coming off of his two most successful albums, and was about to make the third of his deal with GOODContinue reading “Universal Mind Control – Common ★★”

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West ★★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye West ★★★★★ 99 Hip-Hop My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is one of those albums that, when you throw it on, it’s impossible not to sing along to the entire way through. From the Nicki Minaj introductory monologue and Kanye’s masterful opening verse, toContinue reading “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West ★★★★★”

Best Albums of the 2010s

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale) We’re already six years into the 2010s, so I thought it would be a good time to list my favorite albums of the decade, so far anyway. This is a tentative list, so as I hear new things and change my mind on other albums the  list list will be update. I’ll tryContinue reading “Best Albums of the 2010s”

My Favorite Albums Of The 2000s

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale) A list of my favorite albums to come out in the 2000s (2000-2009). Decade Rank Album Artist Year Stars Rating 1 Kid A Radiohead 2000 ✮✮✮✮✮ 99 2 In Rainbows Radiohead 2007 ✮✮✮✮✮ 98 3 Transatlanticism Death Cab For Cutie 2003 ✮✮✮✮✮ 95 4 Funeral Arcade Fire 2004 ✮✮✮✮✮ 94 5Continue reading “My Favorite Albums Of The 2000s”

YEAR IN REVIEW: My favorite albums of 2013

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale) …Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age  (81/100) “Refreshing” is the word that comes to mind.  …Like Clockwork is definitely the purest rock album we’ve had in years.  No gimmicks, no sell out songs,  just loud guitar riffs, pounding drums, and the occasional piano. Reflektor by Arcade Fire (77/100) ReflektorContinue reading “YEAR IN REVIEW: My favorite albums of 2013”