Muse-Black Holes and Revelations (2006)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 42%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 75%

Average Rating: 72%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Take a Bow
  2. Starlight
  3. Supermassive Black Hole
  4. Map of the Problematique
  5. Soldier’s Poem
  6. Invincible
  7. Assassin
  8. Exo-Politics
  9. City of Delusion
  10. Hoodoo
  11. Knights of Cydonia

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Ready for a space odyssey.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Awesome, fits the songs super well.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

I can’t believe I don’t yet.

Final Thoughts:

Black Holes and Revelations is an album that is very dear to me. It’s one of the first albums I purchased that was not “Christian”. I was blown away, Muse absolutely melted my face and added sugar to my earholes. I blasted this thing almost daily from my absolute shit speaker on my flip phone and thought I was the coolest kid in town (luckily, I was). It’s really big sounding, as if you’re taking part in an epic of the cosmos variety. The songs are diverse, ambitious, and take you to planets far far away. I love how instantly classic the album sounded, right away I knew that this album would truly stand the test of time. 11 years have passed and I’m still melting over this album, and I can’t wait to force my nephews and nieces to listen to it (they’d better like it). Shocked by the critical reception but C’Est la Vie.

John Mayer-Continuum (2006)

Record Review Requested By: Matthew Ziegler

My Rating: 83% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 67%

Average Rating: 76.7%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Waiting on The World to Change
  2. I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)
  3. Belief
  4. Gravity
  5. The Heart of Life
  6. Vultures
  7. Stop This Train
  8. Slow Dancing in A Burning Room
  9. Bold As Love
  10. Dreaming With A Broken Heart
  11. In Repair
  12. I’m Gonna Find Another You

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

You want John Mayer at his best.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s okay, nothing special here.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh hell yes.

Final Thoughts:

These John Mayer songs are really close to my heart, it’s what I know him the most for, and what I dream he would revert to. This is one of those albums that I remember fondly but forgot about the dip in quality near the end of the record (Bold As Love, Dreaming With A Broken Heart, and In Repair all being pretty major misses for me). All that to say this is still a solid album that I constantly refer as being Mayer’s best work.

Rock Plaza Central-Are We Not Horses (2006)

My Rating: 88%( A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 84%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 86%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. I Am an Excellent Steel Horse
  2. How Shall I to Heaven Aspire?
  3. My Children Be Joyful
  4. Anthem for the Already Defeated
  5. When We Go, How We Go (Part 1)
  6. Fifteen Hands
  7. Are We Not Horses?
  8. Our Pasts Like Lighthouses
  9. 08/14/03
  10. Our Hearts Will Not Rust
  11. When We Go, How We Go (Part 2)
  12. We’ve Got a Lot to Be Glad For

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You:

Want a folk band that kinda kicks ass.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Love it, it fits their weird style/would look amazing in a collection.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah, I kinda have a thing for good folk on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

I love weird lead vocals, and this lead is all kinds of weird. I love the mix of his voice and the instrumentals. Anthem For The Already Defeated is so friggin’ good. I couldn’t stop listening to it when I first discovered it. Sometimes Rock Plaza Central makes me feel like I’m about to go make a mob hit, sometimes they make me feel like I’m slowly dancing in a dimly lit room.

Jay Reatard-Blood Visions (2006)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 91%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 95.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Blood Visions
  2. Greed, Money, Useless Children
  3. It’s So Easy
  4. My Shadow
  5. My Family
  6. Death Is Forming
  7. Oh It’s Such a Shame
  8. Not a Substitute 
  9. Nightmares
  10. I See You Standing There
  11. We Who Wait
  12. Fading All Away
  13. Turning Blue
  14. Puppet Man
  15. Waiting for something

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Angry/Need to really rock out.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s…uh. Yeah, it’s something. I mean it does really reflect the music, especially tracks like Death is Forming and My Family.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

I almost had my hands on a copy of it the other day, but alas, they were sold out. One day my prince will come.

Final Thoughts:

This is such an incredible album. I love every track on it. There are few albums that I play on repeat but this is one of them. Jay Reatard’s vocals and guitar playing are incredible. This is exactly what I’m looking for in a punk record and I don’t think any other punk album will ever top it for me. RIP Jay Reatard.

Honeycut-The Day I Turned To Glass (2006)

My Rating: 88% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 88%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Day I Turned to Glass
  2. Tough Kid
  3. Shadows
  4. Butter Room
  5. Dysfunctional
  6. Dark Days, White Lines
  7. Polaroid Lullaby
  8. Silky
  9. Aluminum City
  10. Crowded Avenue
  11. Exodus Honey
  12. Fallen to Greed

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling like an uplifting funk/electronic album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Classic. Love the electronic look to it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh, you know I do.

Final Thoughts:

Honeycut was an exciting find for me, I loved Quannum Projects growing up and seeing that they primarily release Hip-Hop/Rap albums I was surprised to see a Funk/Electronic group being introduced, I’m so glad I checked em out!

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