Music Diary: 2011
25 8.3 01. As the Eternal Cowboy - Against Me!
Awesome album, very unique kinda sound.
Best song(s): Sink Florida Sink, Turn Those Clapping Hands Into Angry Balled Fists, Cavalier Eternal
24 8.5 02. Searching for a Former Clarity - Against Me!
I'm quite impressed with Against Me!. They are like a better, improved and much more versatile version of Anti-Flag.
Best song(s): I can't choose!
27 7.7 03. Incredibad - The Lonely Island
Does get boring after a while but and ok record, and the band is quite funny. I like almost all of the featuring artists.
Best song(s): We Like Sportz, Boombox, Natalie's Rap
398 7.7 04. The Fragile - Nine Inch Nails
I finally got myself to check this album out, and I listened to the whole record when I cycled to work and back. THIS is what I was expecting to hear when I first tried listening to NIN. This is the kind of music I was hoping for, and finally I have come across this great album. Based on this album, I am loving NIN. And I'm wondering why didn't I find this record earlier. Both sides of the record are great. As a whole, the album works almost perfectly and it's really hard to pick only few great songs. This record has proven me wrong and The Downward Spiral is NOT the best album from NIN.
Best song(s): The Big Come Down
2 7 05. Broken [EP] - Nine Inch Nails 1992
I decided to give NIN a second chance after someone recommended me to hear certain two NIN albums. I have now managed to take a closer look at the Broken EP. And what I really liked about it, were the lyrics. Even the songs that I didn't like as much as the ones mentioned, had awesome lyrics.
"Slave screams he spends his life learning conformity
Slave screams he claims he has his own identity
Slave screams he's going to cause the system to fall
Slave screams but he's glad to be chained to that wall
Don't open your eyes you won't like what you see
The blind have been blessed with security"
Best song(s): Wish, Happiness In Slavery, Suck
9 6.8 06. Music for An Accelerated Culture - Hadouken!
Actually this is a really good record. I thought it couldn't be as good as For The Masses. I like the singers voice.
Best song(s): Get Smashed Gate Crash, That Boy That Girl, Declaration Of War, Mister Misfortune
7 8 07. For The Masses - Hadouken!
Good, good. Also Hadouken! is way better live but For The Masses is quite a good record. Great party music.
Best song(s): Turn the Lights Out, M.A.D, Mic Check, Ugly, Lost
12 8.7 08. Immersion - Pendulum
I think Immersion is the only good album from Pendulum. The older ones just seem boring or just so bland. If I hadn't seen Pendulum live, I don't think I would like their songs.
Best song(s): Salt In The Wounds, The Island - Pt II (Dusk), The Vulture, The Fountain (feat Steven Wilson)
14 5.9 09. In Silico - Pendulum
Rather awful record. It's like none of the songs pop out in a positive way and they all sound the same.
Best song(s): -
20 7.4 010. Hold Your Colour - Pendulum
An OK record. Nothing special, just something that all Pendulum fans should like at least a little. Pendulum is a good example that it isn't always easy to be an electronic band, and you really got to be innovative with your music.
Best song(s): Hold Your Colour, The Terminal
146 7.4 011. Year Zero - Nine Inch Nails
I actually liked this better than The Downward Spiral. So I guess this is for now the best album from them I've heard. There are loads of great songs, only few weaker links.
Best song(s): The Beginning of the End, Survivalism, The Good Soldier, Me I'm Not, God Given, The Great Destroyer..
575 7.9 012. The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
One of the best albums I've heard from NIN. Sometimes I find NIN really good, but sometimes I can't stand them.
Best song(s): Hurt, Closer, I Do Not Want This
13 7.4 013. The Alternative - IAMX
Only an OK record. The singers voice is actually pretty interesting but the songs just aren't my thing. They kinda sound like Muse and Scissor Sisters combined.
Best song(s): The Alternative, Song Of The Imaginary Beings, After Every Party I Die
10 7.3 014. Kingdom of Welcome Addiction - IAMX
My friend is a huge IAMX fan so I decided to check them out. I have to say, IAMX is not my cup of tea. Both of the albums I listened to, felt very bland and none of the songs really stayed in my mind.
Best song(s): -
33 7.5 015. Wounded Rhymes - Lykke Li
Magical. Great. Awesome. Near perfection. Only few of the songs sound bland.
Best song(s): I Follow Rivers, Love Out of Lust, Get Some
1 4 016. Dead Hearts - Blackhole
Oh, there's even a third Carter brother? Awesome! Unfortunately Blackhole doesn't impress me. Compared to Gallows, Blackhole sounds bland. Dead Hearts has it's moments but it doesn't work as well as it should. Too forgettable.
Best song(s): -
34 8.1 017. Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars
Ahh, the reincarnation of Michael Jackson aka Bruno Mars. The guy has the voice and the looks. And his debut album is really great. I actually felt that the album ends too soon. But even though in "Our First Time" he sound like young MJ, it's an awful song. Just awful. Besides that, the record is perfection.
Best song(s): Runaway Baby, Grenade
8 10 018. Like Blood Like Honey - Holly Brook
Holly Brook aka Skylar Grey is an amazing singer. I heard her first time on Dr. Dre's "I Need A Doctor". She's just amazing, and her ORIGINAL version of "Love the Way You Lie" is way better than the others. But I have to say that Like Blood Like Honey felt kind of boring. None of the songs really popped out and all of them felt the same. And it's really a shame.
Best song(s): I'm not sure yet.
10 7 019. Disc-Overy - Tinie Tempah
Pretty perfect. Every song works, all of them could easily be singles. Great party music with also some deeper stuff.
Best song(s): Pass Out, Written in the Stars, Miami 2 Ibiza, Let Go
42 8 020. Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous ... - My Chemical Romance
I'm glad MCR finally got over all that depressing emo stuff. This new fresh MCR sound way better, and Danger Days is actually a damn good album.
Best song(s): Vampire Money, The Only Hope for Me Is You
5 6.8 021. Kid Named Cudi - Kid Cudi
Works, but sounds too much the same. Day 'N Nite is great but all the other song are just ok.
Best song(s): Day 'N Nite
31 8.7 022. Man on the Moon: The End of Day - Kid Cudi
Awesome. Pure awesome. Love the whole theme of the album. Almost all of the songs work for me.
Best song(s): Soundtrack 2 My Life, Heart of a Lion (Kid Cudi Theme Music), Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part I), Make Her Say
15 8 023. Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager - KiD CuDi
Good album. I found it a bit more mediocre compared to "The End of Day". Songs like "Scott Mescudi vs. the World", "Erase Me", "MANIAC" & "These Worries" make the album sound worth listening.
Best song(s): Scott Mescudi vs. the World, These Worries
90 7.9 024. The Flying Club Cup - Beirut
Immediately became one of my all time favorite albums. Just genious. All of the songs are perfect. I'd recommend this to anyone. "Nantes" just melts your heart.
Best song(s): A Sunday Smile, Nantes, Guyamas Sonora
107 8 025. Gulag Orkestar - Beirut
I read some interview where someone mentioned this band called Beirut. For some reason, I wanted to check them out. And I really fell in love. Gulag Orkestar wasn't as great as The Flying Club Cup but still works.
Best song(s): Postcards from Italy
18 7.5 026. Night Work - Scissor Sisters
Fun, but mediocre. But it's not like I was expecting a masterpiece. I haven't gotten that into Scissor Sisters but I like their fun and sexy sound so I had to check this one out. It's ok, nothing special though. "Fire With Fire" works great.
Best song(s): Fire With Fire, Sex and Violence
8 7.7 027. Jou jou - Asa (Avain)
My all time favorite finnish artist (and rapper) finally made a new album. I actually pre-ordered a record for the first time which is weird cause I'm very skeptical about new albums. When I heard the album, I fell in love. It doesn't compare to albums like "Loppuasukas" and "Terveisiä kaaoksesta" but it's still damn GREAT. There's few songs that are almost perfect.
Best song(s): Jou jou, Tarkasta itsesi, Mökkihullu, Hip Hop Hurraa, Olkoon!
99 8.4 028. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
Hmm. I'm still pondering if this is a freaking genious album, or the most disgusting thing I've ever heard. It really seems to be the kind of record that you either love or hate. At least it has gotten some serious attention, bad and good. But I really love songs like "Gorgeous", "All of the Lights", "So Appalled" and especially "Monster".
Best song(s): Monster, Gorgeous
25 7.5 029. Cage the Elephant - Cage the Elephant
I heard their most famous song "In One Ear" on Bones and I loved it. So I checked them out and both of their albums were great. One of the few problems is that when you you listen to the songs a lot, it starts to sound the same. But that happens with so many others too and you can get past that.
Best song(s): In One Ear, Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, Back Against the Wall
46 6.7 030. Pink Friday - Nicki Minaj
Surprisingly good. I found out about Nicki Minaj when I heard "The Creep". So I gave it a try and actually I kinda like her. The album itself is great. "Roman's Revenge" is a masterpiece.
Best song(s): Roman's Revenge, Did It On'em, Check It Out
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