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Consistent Listens

"Consistent Listens" are albums where the songs maintain a high and even level of quality throughout the entire offering. If there are any road-bumps they are minimal; hidden outros (which are disappointing and pointless as hell most of the time) do not count against this.
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Pariah's Child (Japan) - Sonata Arctica

Strange as it seems, Sonata Arctica couldn't have chosen a more appropriate title for this album. It's not that certain tracks on Pariah's Child are initially inaccessible for the listener to get into but it does take some time to realize that everything is in its place for a reason. However, the idea that the album is meant to be throwback to the albums prior to 2007's Unia may confuse those who don't see it that way.

Top Picks: While it may not seem like it at first every track has worth and the album is very consistent, even the Japanese bonus track. I would sincerely urge interested parties to import this one because a track like "No Pain" shouldn't be missed.
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This Time - Dwight Yoakam


While there are plenty of other late 80's/early 90's country albums that I enjoyed when growing up, I think I have to give the crown and scepter to this album. When I consider what it offers and when it offered it I can't help but feel that This Time was and still is an absolute masterpiece. While it probably doesn't need to be said, this record was pivotal in cementing Dwight as one of my favorite country music stars.

Top Picks: "Pocket of a Clown," "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere," "This Time," "Ain't That Lonely Yet" and "Fast As You" but the whole album is great.
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Slave to the Grind - Skid Row

Bizarre as the statement may seem, Skid Row's approach on this album is nothing short of brilliant. It's almost as if they knew that if they made another album in the vein of their debut with that ultra cheesy 80's sound that it would be dead on arrival, so they concocted the 90's equivalent of the same thing and it's just great. Everything about this album screams that it's 1991 and I (expletive) love that.

Top Picks: While some may doubt the validity of the claim, this is a case where the album is so consistent that it's just too damn hard to list favorites. The album begs to be experienced as a whole every time you pop it in if you buy the *clean* version that replaces "So Fucking What" with the vastly superior "Beggars Day."
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Diesel and Dust - Midnight Oil

Released in 1987, Diesel and Dust is one of the oldest albums I can recall owing and seeing music videos for on MTV and I wouldn't want it any other way. This release from the Australian outfit is largely known for the single "Beds are Burning" which tackles the return of land to the aborigines yet this is another album where all the tracks on the album are great and form an essential listening experience.

Top Picks: "Beds Are Burning," "Warakurna," "The Dead Heart" and "Bullroarer"
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Adrenalize - Def Leppard

Without going into it too deeply, I have to wonder what music critics were thinking when Adrenalize hit the scene in 1992. While the album got good reviews, the band was chastised for still being in their 80's "Hysteria mode" which I thought was to be expected since it contains contributions from the late Steve Clark. People need to face it: Def Leppard does one thing and they do it well. Versatility be damned.

Top Picks: "Tonight" is my favorite but all the tracks on the core album are good. I wasn't particularly taken by any of the extras on the two disc expanded edition.
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While it's probably just those rose tinted goggles I wear there was no shortage of great music in the 1990's. However, by saying that at this juncture some might be puzzled that Automatic isn't my favorite R.E.M. album. A few other albums surpass it, and it mainly has to do with the fact that this experience has a slow burn to it. I genuinely enjoy that but I just like the approaches other albums take more.

Top Picks: Every song is good but my favorite is has to be "Man on the Moon."
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Out of Time - R.E.M.


While R.E.M. was no stranger to success prior to 1991's Out of Time, this album and the hit "Losing My Religion" brought them to the attention of myself and many others. I'm sure I wasn't alone in discovering the band in this at this point but as you'd expect this album is no one trick pony. However, we still haven't come across my favorite R.E.M. release which is saying a lot given the strength of this record.

Top Picks: All the tracks are great but in a somewhat surprising twist I'd have to give top honors to "Texarkana" and not something more widely known.
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Off the Deep End - 'Weird Al' Yankovic

Even though Dare To Be Stupid and Even Worse might have the slight edge due to the forces of nostalgia, I can't help but feel Off the Deep End is the most consistent Weird Al release I'm familiar with. There isn't anything included on here that's unfortunate enough to be skipped and the parodies and originals are on even footing unlike its predecessors and successors. Smooth sailing ahead, Al ; )

Top Picks: The whole album flows very well but I have the urge to give shout out to "I Can't Watch This" for some reason.
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After what was, in my opinion, the first mistake of their career with 2008's Tinnitus Sanctus, a release that split the band's fanbase in two (something they avoided for an impressive amount of time...) Edguy returns with the surprisingly consistent Age of the Joker that helped mend the bridge between the them and I. Then, as if on cue, they somewhat broke it again with 2014's Space Police. Eh, can win them all : P

Top Picks: I find the tracks on the standard, one disc release are on par with one another as far as quality. The album is easy to listen to as a single experience.
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Chiseled in Stone - Vern Gosdin

When it comes to country albums, I think Vern Gosdin's Chiseled in Stone has my favorite cover. Album covers from other genres sometimes seem like they are tripping over themselves in their bid to grab your eye while this snapshot radiates confidence even though it's simple and somewhat stereotypical. This picture also gives one a solid idea of what they'll be hearing when the album's in their stereo.

Top Picks: Like most of the country albums on this list, it's really pointless to list the tracks I enjoy because I enjoy most of them.
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Images And Words - Dream Theater


Like Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road it's another unflattering clche that if you're a casual fan of Dream Theater Images and Words is the album you're most likely to own. So, while I'm sure Dream Theater fans are rolling their eyes that this is the only album I currently own you got to start somewhere and for better or worse most people are likely to start with this one.

Top Picks: "Pull Me Under" ...but I kind of hate picking favorite for albums like these because they beg to be heard in their entirety.
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Pyromania - Def Leppard

While I'm not trying to make light of or dredge up memories of a national tragedy, am I the only person that feels they can't talk about Pyromania without talking about the cover? I mean it's just kind of like an elephant in the living room, you know? Anyway, I don't really have too much too say about the album itself other than I approve. I may even like it more than the somewhat overrated Hysteria.

Top Picks: Like most early Def Leppard albums all the tracks are good.
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Biggest Dissapointments

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No Need to Argue - The Cranberries
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Unfortunately, this compilation has helped dive home a negative opinion I've had of the B52's for a long time. I'm not saying that the band can't write a good song... but since their songs are kind of preconditioned to fill the nichest niche nichable I can't help but feel the group is just a glorified novelty band. I really don't like to say something that's loaded like that but I don't think I can avoid it in this case.

Top Picks: "Channel Z," "Love Shack" and "Roam"
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Ecliptica Revisited - Sonata Arctica


2014 was a big year for Sonata Arctica and fans as the band celebrated their 15th anniversary. In an effort to mark the occasion, the group's Japanese record label suggested the band re-record their debut album and it was a rather wasted effort. All Ecliptica: Revisited accomplished was getting me to "revisit" the original 1999 release which was in itself a good thing but probably far from the desired result.

Top Picks: "I'm Haunted" but there's a catch with this one...

Note: If you're even thinking of buying a copy of Ecliptica: Revisited do yourself a favor and buy the Japanese pressing. The bonus track "I'm Haunted," a re-recorded demo song from the band's earliest days, is the only reason to buy this album.
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Use Your Illusion I - Guns N' Roses

I've got to be honest with this one... beyond "November Rain" (which might be the one and only thing I'd be willing to pat Axl Rose on the back for) Use Your Illision I has yet to prove to me that it was worth acquiring and has only added fuel to my unpopular hypothesis that the band's biggest hits are the only thing worth revisiting. Maybe that will change at some point but I sincerely doubt it.

Top Picks: "November Rain"
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Hypnotize - System of a Down


When looking at Hypnotize before purchasing it I had a moment where it felt kind of odd that I couldn't recall any of the songs by name. The reason this is peculiar is this is the only System disc where this has happened to me and after listening to it it's clear why. Some of the songs have their moments yet it clearly feels like the lesser half of the Mesmerize/Hypnotize combo as the material was spread too thin.

Top Picks: I need to listen to this one more to really decipher my favorites as the winners aren't as clear cut as they are on other System of a Down discs.

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Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden


Ugh. I hate to say this but Badmotorfinger seems to confirm a sneaking suspicion I've had about Soundgarden for years... namely that the quality of Superunknown was an exception and not the norm. This album is not bad (and it's way better than Down On the Upside was) but I'm kind of stunned this release sold the numbers that it did. Even my past favorites seemed to fall on death ears when listening.

Top Picks: I would have said "Rusty Cage" but the song is nowhere near as good as I remember.

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Exile on Mainstream - Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty is.... What I mean to say is Matchbox Twenty is.... Ugh. Okay. Do you really want to know what I think of Matchbox Twenty's music? When listening to them I can't help but think that I'm listening to trash and I'm not saying that for the sake of being controversial... I really want to like it (and I do on some insanely small level) but this still ends up feeling like a misfire of a purchase to me.

Top Picks: There's really no point in listing favorites... it all runs together for me. I probably couldn't name the title of a song by listening to it unless the title was highlighted by the lyrics of the song itself.
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Biggest Surprises

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All Hope Is Gone - Slipknot


While it'll definitely become an unflattering cliche before the end of this list, I have to admit that I'm not a huge Slipknot fan. I can respect the first two albums (I'm not familiar with Vol.3) but they just aren't my thing. However, with All Hope is Gone Slipknot has made an album that is very excessible to non/boarderline fans and it's a fantastic experience. The band deserves a lot of credit for this one.

Top Picks: "Psychosocial," "Dead Memories," "Vendetta" and "Butcher's Hook"
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The Sinister Urge - Rob Zombie


To be honest this one was a surprise. I never picked up The Sinister Urge when it came out because I kind of overdosed on Hellbilly Deluxe and didn't really recover from my self-induced Zombie burnout until Educated Horses in 2005... and this is a shame because there's some great songs on here I was unfamiliar with even if the proceedings aren't as consistent as the spook-show international's previous discs.

Top Picks: "Dead Girl Superstar," "Bring Her Down (To Crippletown)" and "Scum of the Earth"

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Somewhat Unloved (but Loved by Me)

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State of Euphoria - Anthrax

Tying to type up a good summary for State of Euphoria is somewhat of a tricky endeavor because my cousin introduced me to this album when I was younger but he unfortunately passed away last year. So as expected the memories of him and this album are pretty much entwined with one another these days. This disc wasn't that big of hit with longtime fans but I'll always love this one.

Top Picks: "Be All, End All" and "Antisocial" even though "Antisocial" is overrated.
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Most Conflicted

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Winterheart's Guild - Sonata Arctica

As curious as the statement may seem, I cannot help but believe that Winterheart's Guild is Sonata Arctica's most divisive release. Given that its production was a "rush job," the end results could have have been ugly and obtuse; however, at the same time, the album feels kind of lazy since it doesn't do much to fight against the preconception that it's just another typical European speed metal album.

Top Picks: In general most of the tracks are good, but for some reason "The Ruins of My Life" has always felt like the odd man out.
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Unia - Sonata Arctica

Being the Finnish word for dreams, Unia is an album I've flip-flopped on through the years. When the album debuted I simply wasn't ready for the change it brought and only started to enjoy it a year or two later. At this point the layer of complexity it added to the formula appeared to be a wise move... but when Stones Grow Her Name and Pariah's Child scaled things back the problems with Unia came to light.

Top Tracks: I like all the tracks besides "Under Your Tree" which has never attracted my attention... but the material I like on here has lost a lot of clout since newer albums have come along.
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Regretful as it's become in recent years, The Day of Grays has fallen into the same exact same trap as its predecessor. While the album contains its own highs and lows the fact that it's a musical continuation of 2007's Unia means it bows to the idea that its complexity has boomeranged back on itself. The tracks are okay to hear one at a time, but album doesn't work well as complete experience anymore.

Top Tracks: The last sentence above really nails how the album should be taken in; the songs are okay one-by-one, but listening to the album the whole way through in one sitting doesn't really do the material any favors these days, especially when you consider how certain tracks stops the flow of the album dead in its tracks.

Note: You may notice that this entry is for the 2-disc, limited edition European pressing and not the standard North American release. This is because this limited European edition, while having some incredibly mundane orchestral renditions of the tracks on the main album, also includes "In the Dark," which is just a fantastic piece whose quality it above and beyond most bonus content. However, at the same time, the North American pressing includes the track "In My Eyes You're A Giant" as a bonus which is also good. I own both since I didn't want to miss out on either track but I didn't see the point of making two separate entries for the album on this list.
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When I purchased Something in Red I fell back in love with an album I hadn't heard in almost two decades. Regrettably this wasn't the case with Leave the Light On which almost fell flat from the outset beyond a few certain tracks. I know you can't win them all (especially when revisiting old albums) but it felt more disheartening than I thought it would.

Top Tracks: "Train Wreck of Emotion" and "Five Minutes"
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Bad Hair Day - Weird' Al Yankovic

Despite the fact that the album is home to some truly memorable parodies like "Amish Paradise" Bad Hair Day is akin to Running With Scissors where I can't help but feel that time has dulled its point and exposed its shortcomings... but that's most likely due to being older when these albums debuted. In sharp contrast to this Al's early 90's work (Off The Deep End and Alapalooza) comes off stouter. 

Top Picks: "Amish Paradise"
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In Utero - Nirvana


Considering the level of attention Nevermind grabbed back in 1991, I think most can understand how its predecessor flew under the radar a little more considering it's angrier and more feisty in nature. Of course, this doesn't make In Utero bad or inferior but it's generally more touch-and-go with me as even the good tracks have their negative side... a few are ironically undone by their Unplugged counterparts.

Top Picks: Pretty much all the no-brainer choices like "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Rape Me." I don't really feel there's a need to listen to In Utero's versions of "Pennyroyal Tea" and "Dumb" when they're much more majestic on Unplugged.

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Contrary to how I felt the first time I heard it, Endless Forms Most Beautiful is not a bad album... I'm just not entirely on board with what it offers. Of course, prior to buying it the biggest worry I had was the change of vocalist but that fear was quickly laid to rest when the direction of the songs became the central issue. I just didn't expect Holopainen to take the route he did with this one: a major surprise.

 Top Picks: I don't really have favorites with this one but I'd go with "Shudder Before the Beautiful," "Élan" and "My Walden"
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Greatest Hits - Styx

This is kind of a hard one to write. I can't deny that Styx has written some good songs but some of these tracks are so structurally bizarre that I'm surprised that they became hits. This doesn't make them quote unquote "bad" but it definitely makes them a product of their time and somewhat limits their viability with me. I don't regret buying this one yet it's clear that it and I are not fully compatible.

Top Picks: "Too Much Time on My Hands," "Come Sail Away," "Blue Collar Man" and "Mr. Roboto"
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Out of Order - Rod Stewart

When looking though old cassettes to jostle up some albums to revisit, one of the more questionable ones was Out of Order. In all honesty I could only remember a few key tracks and when I listened to the CD I remembered why. Again, there are some very good tunes on here... but the experience really has problems when it comes to cohesion, with some terrible albums having more than you'll find here.

Top Picks: "Forever Young" and "Dynamite"

Note: For some reason I feel the need to give a small shout out for "Dynamite" when it comes to the songs contained on this album. I'm not going to act like can challenge "Forever Young" since that's one of Stewart's biggest hits, but the track does help out the situation that album finds itself in.
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Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

I may be a little hasty in asking this... but am I the only one who gets the odd feeling that Red Hot Chili Pepper albums only have one or two really great tracks on them? I ask because when it comes to the albums I'm familiar with this always seems to be the case and is only enforced by the fact that my favorite release from the band is a compilation album and I kind of hate it when that's the case.

Top Picks: "Otherside" and "Californication"
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Prometheus (Symphonia Ignis Divinus) - Luca Turilli's Rhapsody

While the opinion may be unpopular, things haven't been the greatest for either version of Rhapsody since the original band split into two outfits. Overall, Turilli's unit seems stronger and he has some great tools to work with... but he can't quite seem to recapture past levels of greatness. This is what makes so Prometheus so disappointing because he's just so damn close yet can't quite close the deal.

Top Picks: "Rosenkreuz (The Rose and the Cross)" and "Prometheus"
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Savage Poetry - Edguy


An album that's horrendously underrated, even by some of the band's fans, The Savage Poetry is a complete re-recording and re-tooling of the band's original full-length demo of the same name. While it's certainly not as grandiose as the group's other material, I can see how it can be difficult to appreciate this effort if you've unfamiliar with the original recordings. Easily one of my favorite Edguy albums.

Top Picks: "Hallowed," "Misguiding Your Life" and "Frozen Candle"
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The Ultimate Sin - Ozzy Osbourne

Odd as it may seem, The Ultimate Sin brings us to one of the key issues I have with Osbourne: his apparent lack of appreciation towards "Shot in the Dark." Easily my top track from his solo output, what's the reasoning behind not only deleting this somewhat overlooked album from his catalog but not including the track on any of his greatest hits compilations? Not cool Ozzy... not cool at all.

Top Tracks: "Secret Loser," "Thank God for the Bomb" and "Shot In The Dark"
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Warning - Green Day


Even though it had a big hit with "Minority," many critics believed that the cracks in the Green Day formula were starting to show with Warning. I guess when you look at the album the band was drifting away from the sound that made them famous, but I've personally never seen the point of being pessimistic about this album as the songs are still well conceived even if they have a more laid back nature.

Top Picks: I don't really think I have any favorites with this one... the closest would probably be "Castaway"

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Best Self-Titled Albums

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311 - 311

In a certain sense I kind of hate writing write-ups for self-titled albums because for the most part these albums tend to be magnificent. Of course I know some people out there hate it when a band's self-titled album isn't their debut album, which is a pet peeve I understand, but when the results are fantastic as 'the blue album' here I'm not going to lose any sleep over it... this is easily a must-have release.

Top Picks: Picking top tracks in this case would be an injustice because all the tracks are of the highest quality.
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Metallica - Metallica

It probably won't surprise anyone that my relationship with Metallica's music is rather complicated. Despite being born in the 1980's I'm typically fonder of the albums and movies released in the 90's because I was too young to remember the previous decade. Given that it's far from a leap of logic that the self-titled black album is my favorite given I grew up with the cassette in hand.

Top Picks: Picking top tracks for this album would be insanely pointless.

Note: Despite what summary says above I am familiar Metallica's 80's output yet while I enjoy many tracks and have respect for their speed metal roots it's not my thing and I don't have a real desire to buy those albums for some reason.

Note: I have to give a small shout out for the Japanese bonus track "So What." You can obtain this track on a few other Metallica compilations but I like having it play on the tail end of the black album for some reason.
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Favorite Live Recordings

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There's nothing that hasn't been said about this one. The untimely death of singer songwriter Kurt Cobain would make the band's haunting and chilling performance during this event more poignant than anyone could have ever imagined. On top of this the history behind it, namely that the rehearsals were fraught with problems, adds a mystifying sense of unbelievably to how well the final product turned out.

Top Picks: While most of the tracks aren't from Nirvana's catalog they come alive with a solemn grace regardless of that fact.
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The Concert - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bizarre as it sounds, writing about The Concert by Creedence Clearwater Revival means I have to reveal a curious idiosyncrasy about myself and my listening habits, namely that I think most live albums are a complete waste of money. I'm a studio album/recording hound and it's a rare case when a live album makes a compelling enough case to be purchased. As you'd expect this is one of the biggest exceptions.

Top Picks: The entire set-list and performance are amazing.
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MTV Unplugged 10,000 Maniacs - 10,000 Maniacs

Given that MTV Unplugged is the 10,000 Maniacs last recorded performance with Natalie Merchant, it's of little surprise that this album raked in the numbers it did. However, while it's kind of a loaded question (since I obviously haven't heard every unplugged album) are there any bad unplugged albums? The great ones truly are pieces of art due to the work put into them but what about those that fall short?

Top Picks: Most of the tracks are great, but the "Because the Night" cover takes the top prize.
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Successor (South America) - Sonata Arctica

For something as simple as an EP Successor is complicated to talk about because there's four main variations of it in existence. The core, in-studio tracks are always the same but the included live recordings change depending on the territory with the South American pressing containing all seven. Given that I consider Successor to be the band's first live album, at least in a personal and unofficial sense.

Top Picks: "San Sebastian," "Shy" and all the live tracks.

Note: As alluded to above, if you're interested in adding Successor to your collection I'd suggest tracking down the South American pressing to obtain all the live tracks in the most painless way possible. Despite their age they're easily my favorite Sonata Arctica concert recordings.
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King of Fools - Edguy


Even though it was eventually one-uped by 2005's Superheroes EP, the amount of material on King of Fools is still impressive and, in my case, more noteworthy than the album it was meant to be a prelude to. What's ironic about this is people loved Hellfire Club and King of Fools did some things that kind of grated on the nerves of various people like the multitude of f-bombs and a certain lyrical quip about Jesus.

Top Tracks: While the other tracks are good (and "Life and Times of a Bouns Track" is good for a laugh) it's all about "Holy Water" for me with this one... great track.

Note: While I personally didn't find the quip about Jesus to be offensive as I'm not overly religious I defend Sammet in this case because it's clear by the context that it's just a joke used to illustrate the point of the given song.

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Demonheart - Luca Turilli

Demonheart is that telltale case of an EP that would almost be worth skipping but Turilli managed to save the excellent "Black Realms' Majesty" as a b-side for this release... and, well, that track is just as good as the material on the main album, Prophet of the Last Eclipse. Unfortunately, as you'd expect, the remainder of the material (like the two title track radio edits) will more-or-less be dismissed.

Top Picks: "Demonheart" and "Black Realms' Majesty"
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Superheroes - Edguy


Much like in 2004, the members of Edguy recorded too much material for their upcoming album Rocket Ride and released a small, yet insanely satisfying EP ahead of the main course. While only six tracks long, some of the b-sides on Superheroes are of surprising quality and I have no problem suggesting that people supplement their purchase of the massively fun Rocket Ride with this one.

Top Picks: "Blessing In Disguise" and "Judas at the Opera"
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Eagleheart - Stratovarius

With a cover that bounces back between ugly and enchanting, the Eagleheart single comes in two flavors: standard and shaped. Unless you're collecting or going to play it in a laptop computer, I would advise against the shaped rendition. The main idea behind owning this one is it's one of the easiest ways to obtain keyboardist Jens Johansson's "Run Away," a great yet slightly off-kilter b-side.

Top Picks: "Eagleheart" and "Run Away"
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Operation: Mindcrime - Queensrÿche

Despite the fact that I didn't want give an asshole like Geoff Tate any more money, I can't deny that the narrative weaved in Operation: Mindcrime easily fuels this time-tested classic to the peaks of what a concept album should be. However, when you look at the other, more unfortunate side of the coin, did this album really need a sequel? Countless bands have tried this and it never ceases to be disappointing.

Top Picks: Given this is a concept album the tracks gain a lot when you listen to the album as whole, although the tracks do work well as single experiences.
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The Perfect Machine - Vision Divine

For a concept album The Perfect Machine asks a poignant question: what would happen if we could stop the aging of the human body and nullify the concept of death? That may initially seem like a gift... but as time went on would we still feel the same way? Much like their previous album, 2004's Stream on Consciousness these crafty Italians are certainly at the top of their game with this one.

Top Picks: Like most concept albums, all the tracks feel important, so it's advised not to pick the album apart... at least at first.
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A list of all the non-video game music CDs that I own, a little about each and some of my favorite songs from them.

The albums on this list are generally separated into a few categories:

* Mainstream (basically any thing that's popular)
* Euro Metal (more popular in Europe)
* Comedy (spoken comedy albums)
* Classical (classical compositions)
* Scores (movie soundtracks)

The initial posting of this list on 09/30/15 presents the first 200 albums in my collection. I will add new albums as I obtain them.

Note: New additions will always be at the top of the list when added so you don't have to scroll though the whole list. The last album on the list is the oldest acquisition. Addendum: Because Listal has made lists lose track of item order after the 200th item listed (for some reason) only the first two-hundred items are technically in order now : (

Note: If an entry is empty outside of a picture of the cover I haven't had enough time with the album to come up with anything concrete to say about it. I'll add a summary and favorite picks as soon as I'm conformable in doing so.

Last Update: 10/13/15

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