Deathconsciousness – Have a Nice Life ★★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2008 Deathconsciousness Have a Nice Life ★★★★ 77 Rock Shoegaze Post Punk Deathconsciousness is an atmospheric, muddy, desperate feeling record that draws from the dark, post-punk sounds of Joy Division, the heavy, slowcore plodding of Low, the drawn-out post-rock creativity of Slint and the haunting noise-rock production of earlyContinue reading “Deathconsciousness – Have a Nice Life ★★★★”

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”

Parklife – Blur ★★★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1994 Parklife Blur ★★★★½ 88 Rock Alternative Rock Britpop It’s easy to listen to Parklife for the very first time and dismiss it as basic, or not particularly serious. Blur uses standard Britpop instrumentation, and there’s nothing individually that seems spectacular. Lyrically and vocally the songs are jokey andContinue reading “Parklife – Blur ★★★★½”

Forever and Ever – SALES ★★½

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 2018 Forever and Ever SALES ★★½ 50 Rock Indie Pop Bedroom Pop Forever and Ever by SALES is a stereotypical bedroom pop record, with sweet, dreamy vocals; soft, gentle guitar; do-it-yourself drum programming and production; and teenage diary-style lyrics. For the most part, albums like this are pleasant backgroundContinue reading “Forever and Ever – SALES ★★½”

Horses – Patti Smith ★★★

Year Album Artist Stars Score Genre 1975 Horses Patti Smith ★★★ 63 Rock Punk Rock Art Rock Horses is a nice dose of classic rock a la the Rolling Stones or The Who, mixed with some punk energy and enthusiasm without the blaring distortion. Patti Smith is definitely a good frontman for a band, andContinue reading “Horses – Patti Smith ★★★”

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”