There is nothing else coming out this year musically that I could
give two lamb testicles about, so here is my month early best albums of
1. Bella Morte - "Beautiful Death" - This
album initially had to grow on me, now I'm addicted to it. It reminds
of of why I got into them to begin with, but with a added heaviness factor.
37 minutes of pure epic goodness.
2. Nine Inch Nails - "Ghosts I-IV"
- A very pretentious album, two discs of nothing but instrumentals split
into 4 sections and recorded in a few weeks out of jam sessions. And somehow
it really succeeds. Some of Reznor's best material in years.
3. Trivium - "Shogun" - Metal done,
for the most part, the way it should be. This album is waay better than
their last one, and reminds me alot of Ride the Lightning/Master of Puppets
Metallica in parts. Not a perfect album, but some of these songs give
4. Hank Williams III - "Damn Right Rebel
Proud" - Great vulgar hellbilly. On par with 'Straight to Hell."
Makes me want whiskey.
5. The Raveonettes - "Lust Lust Lust"
- Noisey sex pop. woot.
6. Rome - "Masse Mensch Material"
- Alot darker than last years effort. I listened to it the other day and
found sounds in it I didn't notice before. That's rewarding.
7. Metallica - "Death Magnetic" -
They finally made a thrash album again. Hetfield's voice is pretty strained,
but that's ok. The production could be better, but most of the songs are
right on target. The 10 minute instrumental is fucking awesome.
8. The Lost Patrol - "Midnight Matinee"
- They have a new singer, who has a more... full voice? More powerful.
A lot cuter. The music is still dreamy surf rock meets 4AD records and
9. Nine Inch Nails - "The Slip" -
What? NIN on here twice? A pretty good album. Not friggin-tastic-classic,
but its nice to see him still being creative.
10. Jenny Lewis - "Acid Tongue"/Portishead
- "Third" - I wasn't sure what to put here, and I might change
it. The album as a whole drags in spots. It's not nearly as good as her
solo debut, but the first half is really solid. I have a feeling her next
album will blow it away.
I had to add Portishead, after giving it more
thought. It grows on you. The listening experience can be unpleasant in
a very effective way.
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