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 +2Posted on Jun 10th, 2014 | re: Rush Albums From Worst To Best (67 comments)

Wow, this was a hefty read…and well written. You can’t write a Rush article and by skimpy about it. As many people know, you either love this band or you hate them. There is no in between. As someone who owns their entire discography, I will actually weigh in on this one:

1. Moving Pictures
2. 2112
3. A Farewell to Kings
4. Hemispheres
5. Permanent Waves
6. Grace Under Pressure
7. Fly By Night
8. Caress of Steel (criminally underrated and WAY too low in the list)
9. Clockwork Angels
10. Signals
11. Snakes and Arrows
12. Rush
13. Counterparts
14. Vapor Trails
15. Power Windows
16. Presto
17. Roll the Bones
18. Test For Echo
19. Hold Your Fire (this album is seriously boring and no matter how many tries I give it, I REALLY don’t like it)

I’m indifferent about Feedback, but it’s a pretty decent album. I always credit the Smashing Pumpkins with inspiring me to pick up a guitar and Rush with actually teaching me how to play it. Their songs are so damn fun to play and I become a tad proud of myself every time I can play one without a mistake.

 +1Posted on Apr 10th, 2014 | re: Smashing Pumpkins To Reissue Adore With 3 CDs Of Unreleased Music (14 comments)

I’m excited for this. More than any other SP album, this one shows Billy’s talent as a composer. The songs are beautiful. I can understand the initial backlash it had, though…alt rock may have been dead and the band wasn’t quiet about moving in another direction but “Eye” and then “Ava Adore” as the first single didn’t really capture what the album was about.

I’m even more excited that now Billy can finally start putting together Machina the way it was intended.

Geez, can’t anyone get the lyrics to “Give It Away” right?

 +2Posted on Feb 13th, 2014 | re: Little Dragon - "Klapp Klapp" (5 comments)

Freaking finally. Ritual Union is probably in my list of top 5 growers. I thought I didn’t like it at all but then suddenly found myself playing it over and over. I’m not sure if it ‘s better than their s/t but it’s way better than Machine Dreams.

 +6Posted on Feb 11th, 2014 | re: Elliott Smith Albums From Worst To Best (66 comments)

Either/Or has to be #1 for me. I think the other albums can fall where they may depending on how and when they were approached (they are all good), but I always felt Either/Or was his ultimate statement as an artist. There is a reason the next album was so extravagant. Elliott Smith was done with the introspective stripped down sound because he perfected it and was ready to explore more. His introspective stripped down sound was also his best work…people get into Elliott Smith because his music is so personal and nothing was as personal and accomplished as Either/Or.

 +2Posted on Dec 18th, 2013 | re: Johnny Marr Disses HAIM, Spotify (24 comments)

It’s not just Spotify that is causing this…it’s the sheer volume of music that is pushed out today. Any Joe Shmoe can record an album in his room with the right equipment, so there is a lot more to sift through. While that means the top 40 crowd will more easily be lead to what the labels want them to enjoy, it also means that a music lover like myself and many who post here will dive into something with even more enthusiasm. Spotify gives me easy access to the overload of music, so if I don’t like something I didn’t just waste money or even my time downloading it. Just the time it took to listen to it. That also means when I find something I enjoy, I find that I enjoy it that much more because 1) I really had to search for that great album and 2) I got to sift through so much crappy music that I understand how hard it must be to make something enjoyable. So I may not be enjoying music the same way I did in high school, but I have evolved with the times and appreciate the new way to listen it.

 +10Posted on Dec 18th, 2013 | re: Johnny Marr Disses HAIM, Spotify (24 comments)

Yeah, that statement is going to have to be about 2000 words longer to compete with the Moz.

 +6Posted on Dec 16th, 2013 | re: The Gummy Awards: Your Top 50 Albums Of 2013 (124 comments)

Man, I kind of thought everyone was being sarcastic about Yeezus. Then it goes and makes #1 on the site’s list and #2 here. I guess everyone actually likes it? I still don’t see it. Run the Jewels was much better. Hell, I even enjoyed Trap Lord more.

Glad to see my pick made #5, though. A lot of my other favorites made it up there as well.

 +1Posted on Dec 10th, 2013 | re: The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2013 (117 comments)

I’ve got a lot in this list to listen to, but I thought Cthonic’s new album Bu Tik was really damn good…their best since Seediq Bale. Not sure how much love these guys really get in the metal community, but I really love em.

 +2Posted on Dec 10th, 2013 | re: Peter Gabriel And Phil Collins Are Both Open To A Genesis Reunion (7 comments)

This is a reunion I would pay good money to see. Foxtrot, Selling England By the Pound, and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway were on heavy rotation during my prog phase and still get regular plays to this day. I’ll even give Peter Gabriel a pass on the costumes.