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Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
Acid Mother Temple New Geocentric World (Squealer) psych-rock 6/10
Barry Adamson & Pan Sonic The Hymn Of The Seventh Illusion (Kitchen Motors) ambient 6/10
Aereogramme A Story In White (Chemikal Underground) Genre 6/10
Air 10.000 Hz Legend (Virgin) electronica 6/10
Alfie If You Happy With You Need Do Nothing (Twisted Nerve) pop 5/10
Alloy Orchestra Masters Of Slapstick (Accurate) avant-rock 6/10
American Analog Set Know By Heart (Tigeerstyle) psychedelic 6/10
Amp Saint Cecilia Sinsemilla (Space Age) ambient 4/10
Anaal Nathrakh The Codex Necro (Mordgrimm, 2001) black metal 7/10
Anathema A Fine Day To Exit (Music For Nation) doom-metal 4/10
Angels Of Light How I Loved You (Young God) gothic 6/10
Aphex Twin Drukqs (Warp) ambient techno 5/10
Appendix Out The Night Is Advancing (Drag City) folk 6/10
Appleseed Cast Low Level Owl (Deep Elm) emocore 6/10
Appliance Imperial Metric (Mute) post-rock 7/10
Arab On Radar Yahweh Or The Highway (Skin Graft) noise-rock 6/10
Arab Strap The Red Thread (Matador) folk 5/10
Arlo Up High In The Night (Subpop) power-pop 4/10
Art Zoyd Ubique (Inpossible) prog-rock 5/10
Ash Free All Angels (Infectious) Brit-pop 5/10
Ass Ponys Lohio (Checkered Past) roots-rock 5/10
Natacha Atlas Ayeshteni (Mantra) songwriter 6/10
Atomsmasher Atomsmasher (Hydrahead) ambient 6/10
Aube Seton (Manifold) avantgarde 5/10
Aube Timemind (Alchemy) avantgarde 5/10
Autechre Confield (Warp) electronica 6/10
Azusa Plane The Highway's Jammed With Broken Heroes (Kraak) instrumental 5/10
Bardo Pond Dilate (Matador) psych 6/10
Basement Jaxx Rooty (Astralwerks) alt-rock 5/10
Steffen Basho-Junghans Inside (Strange Attractors) instrumental 6/10
Beachwood Sparks Once We Were Trees album (Subpop) roots-rock 7/10 R
Beta Band Hot Shots II (EMI) alt-rock 5/10
Bethany Curve You Brought Us Here (Unit Circle Rekkids) shoegaze 6/10
Beulah The Coast is Never Clear (Velocette) alt-rock 5/10
Bevis Frond Valedictory Songs (Rubric) psyc 5/10
Bevis Frond What Did For The Dinosaurs (Woronzow) psych 5/10
Biohazard Uncivilization (Sanctuary) metal 4/10
Biota Invisible Map (Recommended) avant-rock 6/10
Bis Return To Central (Spinart) Brit-pop 4/10
Bjork Vespertine (Elektra) Genre 6/10
Frank Black Dog In The Sand (What Are) songwriter 6/10
Black Crowes Lions (V2) roots-rock 5/10
Black Halos The Violent Years (Subpop) punk-rock 5/10
Black Sun Ensemble Hymn Of The Master (Camera Obscura) psych 6/10
Blake Babies God Bless (Zoe) alt-rock 5/10
Blood Brothers March on Electric Children (Three One G) hardcore 7/10
Blue Mountain Roots (Blue Mountain) folk 4/10
Richard Bone Tales From The Incantina (Quirkworks) ambient 6/10
Bonnie Prince Billy Ease Down The Road (Palace) songwriter 6/10
Boris Flood (MIDI Creative) stoner 6/10
Boxhead Ensemble Two Brothers (Truckstop) instrumental 7/10
Bran Van 3000 Discosis (Grand Royal) alt-rock 5/10
Brand New Immortals Tragic Show (Elektra) funk-rock 5/10
Brother JT Maybe We Should Take (Birdman) folk-rock 5/10
Ian Brown Music For The Spheres (Polydor), songwriter 5/10
BS2000 Simply Mortified (Grand Royal) hip-hop 5/10
Buckethead Somewhere Over The Slaughterhouse (Stray) prog-rock 6/10
Built To Spill Ancient Melodies Of The Future (Warner Bros) alt-rock 6/10
Burning Airlines Identikit (DeSoto) alt-country 5/10
Bush Golden State (Atlantic) grunge 4/10
Butthole Surfers Weird Revolution (Hollywood) Genre 6/10 R
David Byrne Look Into The Eyeball (Virgin) songwriter 4/10
C Average Second Rekoning (Kill Rock Stars) heavy metal 6/10
Cake Comfort Eagle (Columbia) alt-rock 6/10
Califone Roomsound (Glitterhouse) alt-rock 7/10
Calla Scavengers (Young God) alt-rock 5/10
Kim Cascone Residualism (Ritornell) industrial 6/10
Cash Audio Orange Sessions (Orange) blues-rock 5/10
Cathedral Endtyme (Earache) doom-metal 5/10
Nick Cave No More Shall We Part (Mute) songwriter 6/10
Charlatans Wonderland (MCA) Genre 4/10
Vic Chestnutt Left To His Own Devices (SpinArt) songwriter 4/10
Chestnut Station In Your Living Room (Drag City) garage-rock 4/10
Child's View Hoshi No Koe (Thrill Jockey) electronica 6/10
Circulatory System Circulatory System (Cloud) pop 6/10
Kit Clayton Lateral Forces - Surface Fault (Vertical Form) electronica 7/10
Clean Getaway (Merge) lo-fi 5/10
Nels Cline Destroy All Nels Cline (Atavistic) instrumental 7/10
Coastal Coastal (Words On Music) shoegaze 7/10
James Combs Please Come Down (Ubiquity) songwriter 5/10
Bobby Conn The Golden Age (Thrill Jockey) songwriter 6/10
Chris Connelly Blonde Exodus (Invisible) songwriter 6/10
Chris Connelly & Bill Rieflin Largo (First World) songwriter 6/10
Lloyd Cole The Negatives (At Source) songwriter 4/10
Edwyn Collins & Bill Rieflin Largo (First World) songwriter 5/10
Loren Mazzacane Connors The Little Match Girl (Road Cone) instrumental 6/10
Elvis Costello For The Stars (Deutsche Grammophone) songwriter 4/10
Cowboy Junkies Open (Latent) roots 6/10
Cracker Forever (Back Porch) alt-rock 5/10
Cradle Of Filth Bitter Suites to Succubi (Koch) black metal 4/10
Cranberries Wake Up And Smell The Coffeee (MCA) alt-rock 4/10
Cranes Future Songs (Dadaphonic) dream-pop 6/10
Creeper Lagoon Take Back The Universe (Dreamworks) alt-rock 5/10
Crooked Fingers Bring On The Snakes (Warm) songwriter 6/10
Crystal Method Tweekend (Interscope) Genre 4/10
Cult Beyond Good And Evil (Atlantic) hard-rock 4/10
Cult of Luna Cult of Luna (Rage Of Achilles) post-metal 7/10
Current 93 & NUrse With Wound Bright Yellow Moon (Durtro) industrial 5/10
Current 93 The Great In The Small (Durtro) industrial 5/10
Curve Gift (Universal) dream-pop 5/10
Daft Punk Discovery (Virgin) techno 7/10
Danielson Famile Fetch the Compass Kids (Tooth & Nail) lo-fi pop 6/10
Daryll-Ann Happy Traum (Excelsior) alt-rock 5/10
Alana Davis Fortune Cookies (Elektra) songwriter 4/10
Dead Voices On Air Frankie Pett Presents (Invisible) industrial 6/10
Death Cab For Cutie The Photo Album (Barsuk) alt-rock 5/10
Death In June All Pigs Must Die (NER) Genre 5/10
Degenerate Art Ensemble Rinko (Unit Circle Rekkids) prog-rock 6/10
Vladislav Delay Anima (Mille Plateaux) electronica 7/10
Depeche Mode Exciter (Mute) synth-pop 5/10
Dickies All This and Puppet Stew (Fat Wreck) punk-rock 4/10
Dirty 3 Lowlands (Anchor And Hope) instrumental 6/10
Disk Orchestra K (Rather Interesting) electronica 5/10
Dismemberment Plan Change (Desoto) hardcore 6/10
Divine Comedy Regeneration (Parlophone) pop 4/10
Djam Karet New Dark Age (Cuneiform) instrumental 6/10
Julie Doiron Desormais (Jagjaguwar) songwriter 5.5/10
Graeme Downes Hammers And Anvils (Sony) Genre6/10
Bob Drake The Skull Mailbox (Rer) songwriter 6/10
Dropkick Murphys Sing Loud Sing Proud (Epitaph) hardcore 6/10
Drugstore Songs For The Jet Set (Global Warming) psych-rock 6/10
Dumptruck Lemmings Travel To The Sea (Devil In The Woods) roots-rock 6/10
DUnlavy King OF All He Surveys (Fleece) psych 6/10
Dunlavy The Alison Effect (Camera Obscura) psych-rock 6/10
Bob Dylan Love And Theft (Columbia) songwriter 6/10
Tim Easton The Truth About Us (New West) songwriter 5/10
Eat Static In The Nude (Mesmobeat) prog-rock 6/10
Echo And The Bunnymen Flowers (Cooking Vinyl) new wave 5/10
Eels Souljacker (Geffen) alt-rock 6/10
Mark Eitzel The Invisible Man (Matador) songwriter 6/10
Electric Frankenstein Don't Touch Me (Twenty Stone Blatt) garage-rock 4/10
Elysian Fields Queen Of The Meadow (Jetset) alt-rock 5/10
Embrace If You've Never Been (Virgin) pop 5/10
Emperor Prometheus (Candlelight) black metal 6/10
Enslaved Monumension (Osmose) metal 5/10
Entombed Morning Star (Music For Nations) hard-rock 5/10
Alejandro Escovedo A Man Under The Influence (Bloodshot) songwriter 6/10
Melissa Etheridge Skin (Island) songwriter 5/10
Euphone Hashin' It Out (Jade Tree) post-rock 6/10
Ex Dizzy Spells (Touch & Go) Genre6/10
Experimental Pop Band The Tracksuit Trilogy (Swarf Finger) pop 4/10
Jad Fair & Daniel Johnston The Lucky Sperms (Jagjaguwar) lo-fi 5/10
Faithless Outrospective (Cheeky) dance 5/10
Fall Are You Are Missing Winner (Cog Sinister) alt-rock 4/10
Fantastic Plastic Machine Beautiful (Emperor Norton) alt-rock 5/10
Fantomas The Director's Cut (Ipecac) alt-rock 5/10
Jay Farrar Sebastopol (Artemis) songwriter 5/10
Perry Farrell Song Yet To Be Sung (Virgin) songwriter 5/10
Fear Factory Digimortal (Roadrunner) death-metal 5/10
Janet Feder Speak Puppet (ReR) instrumental 7/10
Mike Fellows Mighty Flashlight (Jade Tree) songwriter 6.5/10
Fennesz Endless Summer (Mego) electronica 7/10
Dave Fischoff The Ox And The Rainbow (Secretely Canadian) songwriter 6/10
Firewater Psychopharmacology (Jetset) alt-rock 6/10
Steve Fisk 999 Levels of Undo (Subpop) instrumental 6/10 N
5uus Abandon Ship (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
Flanger Inner Space Outer Space (Ninja Tune) electronica 5/10
Fleshtones Solid Gold Sound (Fantastik Music) garage-rock 6/10
Flies Inside The Sun Le Mal D'Archive (Metonymic) free-noise 5/10
Rosie Flores Speed Of Sound (Rounder) songwriter 5/10
Flying Luttenbachers Trauma (Ugexplode) prog-rock 6/10
Foetus Flow (Thirsty Ear) industrial 6/10
Ben Folds Rockin' The Suburbs (Epic) roots-rock 5/10
Fontanelle F (Kranky) instrumental 5/10
4 Hero Creative Patterns (Talking Loud) jungle 6/10
Paula Frazer Indoor Universe (Birdman) songwriter 5/10
Lars Frederiksen And The Bastards (Epitaph) songwriter 6/10
Friends Of Nina Martinez Wichita Lineman (Glitterhouse) 6/10
Frogs Hopscotch Lollipop Sunday Surprise (Scratchie) folk-pop 6/10
From Quagmire The Tropic Of Barren (VHF) avant-rock 6/10
Front Line Assembly Epitaph (Metropolis) industrial 4/10
Edith Frost Wonder Wonder (Drag City) songwriter 6/10
John Frusciante To Record Only Water For Ten Days (Warner Bros) songwriter 5/10
Fuck Cupid's Cactus (Smells Like) lo-fi pop 5/10
Fugazi The Argument (Discord) hardcore 6/10
Fundamental There Shall Be Loved (Nation) ethnic 5/10
Fushitsusha Origin's Hesitation (PSF) psych-rock 6/10
Garbage Beautiful (Mushroom) alt-rock 4/10
Rebecca Gates Ruby Series (Badman) songwriter 6/10
Howe Gelb Confluence (Thrill Jockey) songwriter 5/10
Howe Gelb Lull Some Piano (Ow Om) psych-rock 4/10
Howe Gelb Down Home (Ow Om) psych-rock 4/10
Go-Go's God Bless (Beyond) girl-group 4/10
Godflesh Hymns (Music For Nations) industrial 5/10
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci How I Long (BEggars Banquet) folk-pop 5/10
Gossip That's Not What I Heard (Kill Rock Stars) garage-blues 6/10
Gravitar Freedom Is Another Word (Enterruption) psych-rock 6/10
Green Pajamas The Carolers' Song (Hidden Agenda) pop 5/10
Green Pajamas This Is Where We Disappear (Woronzow) pop 5/10
Groove Armada Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub) downtempo 6/10
Guided By Voices Isolation Drills (TVT) lo-fi pop 6/10
Gwar Violence Has Arrived (Metal Blade) metal 5/10
Neil Hagerty Neil Michael Hagerty (Drag City) songwriter 6/10
Neil Hagerty, Edith Frost, Smog Tramps Traitors and Little Devils (Drag City) supersession 6/10
Luke Haines Christie Malry's Own Double Entry (Virgin) songwriter 5/10
Luke Haines Oliver Twist Manifesto (Virgin) songwriter 5/10
Keiji Haino Abandon All Words (Alien 8) avantgarde 7/10
Keiji Haino Black Implication Flooding (Inoxia) avantgarde 5/10
Half Japanese Hello (Alternative Tentacles) noise-rock 4/10
Neil Halstead Sleeping On Roads (4AD) songwriter 4/10
Hampster Theatre Carnival Detournement (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
Handsome Family Twilight (Carrot Top) roots-rock 6/10
Ed Harcourt Here Be Monsters (Heavenly) songwriter 7/10
Haujobb Polarity (Metropolis) industrial 6/10
Richie Hawtin DE9 Closer To The Edit (Novamute) dance 6/10
Hefner Dead Media (Too Pure) folk-rock 4/10
H3llb3nt Hardcore Vanilla (Invisible) industrial 5/10
Joe Henry Scar (Mammoth) songwriter 6/10
Her Space Holiday Manic Expressive (Tiger Style) pop 6/10
Herbert Bodily Functions (K7) house 7/10
Heroine Sheiks Rape On The Installment Plan (Reptilian) alt-rock 6/10
Kristin Hersh Sunny Border Blue (4AD) songwriter 5/10
Him In Dub (After Hours) alt-rock 6/10
Him New Features (Bubble Core) jazz-rock 6/10
His Name Is Alive Someday My Blues Will Cover The Earth (4AD) alt-rock 4/10
Hood Cold House (Aesthetics) psych-rock 7/10
H2o Go (MCA) punk-pop 5/10
Hundred Hands Little Eyes (Deep Elm) emocore 6/10
Ida The Braille Night (Tigerstyle) alt-rock 5/10
Idaho Levitate (Idaho) roots-rock 5/10
Illusion Of Safety In Opposition To Our Acceleration (Die Stadt) industrial 6/10
In The Nursery Hindle Wakes (ITN) gothic 6/10
In The Nursery Engel (ITN) gothic 6/10
Incubus Morning View (Immortal) funk-rock 5/10
Tetsu Inoue Firld Tracker (Anomalous) ambient 5/10
Ioscil Triple Point (Kranky) electronica 5/10
Jackie-O Motherfucker Liberation (Road Cone) post-rock 6/10
James Pleased To Meet You (Mercury) dance-pop 5/10
Bill Janowitz Up Here (Beggar's Banquet) 5/10
Peter Jefferies Closed Circuit (Emperor Jones) songwriter 6/10
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American (Dreamworks) emocore 6/10
Freedy Johnston Right Between The Promises (Elektra) songwriter 5/10
Simon Joyner Hotel Lives (Truckstop) songwriter 7/10
Juno A Future Lived in Past Tense (Desoto) post-hardcore 6/10
Damien Jurado I Break Chairs (Subpop) songwriter 5/10 R
Karamasov Divorce Your Loved Ones With Dignity (Satellite) post-rock 6/10
Katatonia Last Fair Deal Gone Down (Peaceville) doom 5/10
Cevin Key The Ghost Of Each Room (Metropolis) industrial 6/10
Khan No Comprendo (Matador) electronica 5/10
Kid 606 PS You Love Me (MIlle Plateaux) electronica 6/10
David Kilgour A Feather in the Engine (Merge) songwriter 6/10
Kill Creek Colors of Home (Second Nature) post-rock 5/10
Kings Of Convenience Quiet Is The New Loud (Source) folk-rock 6/10
Kingsbury Manx Let You Down (Overcoat) folk-rock 6/10
Kinski Be Gentle With the Warm Turtle (Pacifico) psych 6/10
Steve Kirk Pop (Kirk) songwriter 5/10
Knoxville Girls In a Paper Suit (In The Red) alt-rock 6/10
Koenjihyakkei Nivraym (God Mountain) prog-rock 6/10
Thomas Koner Kontakt Der Junglinge (Die Stadt) ambient 5/10
Thomas Koner Daikan (Mille Plateaux) ambient 6/10
Lenny Kravitz Lenny (Virgin) hard-rock 4/10
David Kristian Sawdust Sinedust Squaredust (Pandora) electronica 6/10
DJ Krush Zen (Sony) trip-hop 6/10
Labradford Fixed::Context (Kranky) ambient 6/10 R/A
Ladybug Transistor Argyle Heir (Merge) alt-rock 6/10
Ladytron 604 (Invicta Hifi) synth-pop 5/10
Lali Puna Scary World Theory (Darla) post-rock 6/10
Lamb What Sound (Mercury) trip-hop 5/10
Landing Circuit (Music fellowship) ambient 6/10
Landing Oceanless (Strange Attractors) ambient 6/10
Mark Lanegan Field Songs (Subpop) songwriter 6/10 N
Bill Laswell Cyclops (Emusic) dub 4/10
Le Tigre Feminist Sweepstakes (Mr Lady) alt-rock 5/10
Lenola Treat Me To Some Life (Tappersize) psyc-pop 6/10
Leroy Leroy (Hollywood) songwriter 6/10
Alan Licht Plays Well (Crank Automative) avant-rock 6/10
Lies Resigned (Kill Rock Stars) gothic 5/10
Lightning Bolt Ride The Skies (LOad) noise 6/10
Lightwave Caryotype (Signature) cosmic 6/10
Richard Lloyd The Cover Doesn't Matter (Upsetter) alt-rock 6/10
Lofty Pillars Amsterdam (Truckstop) chamber rock 8/10
DJ Logic Anomaly (Atlantic) avant-rock 6/10
Lord Of Acid Farstucker (Antler Subway) dance 6/10
Love As Laughter Sea To SHining Sea (Subpop) alt-rock 7/10
Low Things We Lost In The Fire (Kranky) slo-core 7/10 R
Nick Lowe The Convincer (Yep Roc) Genre 4/10
Low + Dirty Three In The Fishtank (Subpop) slo-core 7/10 R
Gary Lucas Street of Lost Brothers (Tzadik) prog-rock 6/10
Lucky Boys Confusion Throwing The Game (Elektra) punk-pop 7/10
Lupine Howl The Carnivorous Lunar Adventures (Beggars Banquet) acid-rock 6/10
Lustmord Metavoid (Nextera) electronica 5/10
Magic Carpatians Project Ethnocore II: Nytu (Drunken Fish) pan-ethnic 6/10
Magic Magicians Girls (Suicide Squeeze) roots-rock 5/10
Mainliner Imaginative Plain (PSF) psych 6/10
Stephen Malkmus Stephen Malkmus (Matador) songwriter 6/10
Manic Street Preachers Know Your Enemy (Epic) Genre 4/10
Barbara Manning You Should Know By Now (Innerstate) songwriter 5/10
Manorexia Volvox Turbo (Ectopic Ents) industrial 6/10
Massacre Meltdown (Tzadik) prog-rock 6/10
Matt Marque Get There (Truckstop) songwriter 6/10
Maskit Chamber Heaven Machine (TMC) instrumental 5/10
Maskit Chamber The 4th Wave (TMC) instrumental 6/10
Matmos A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure (Matador) electronica 7/10
Dave Matthews Band Everyday (RCA) pop 4/10
Robert McCreedy Streamline (Safe House) songwriter 6/10
Megadeth The World Needs A Hero (Sanctuary) metal 5/10
Melvins Colossus Of Destiny (Ipecac) grunge 5/10
Melvins Electroretard (Man's Ruin) grunge 5/10
Natalie Merchant Motherland (Elektra) songwriter 6/10
Mercury Rev All Is Dream (V2) psych-rock 6/10
Merzbow Dharma (Hydrahead) noise 6/10
Mice Parade Mokoondi (Fat Cat) drum'n'bass 6/10
Microphones The Glow Pt 2 (K) pop 6/10
Migala Arde (Subpop) alt-rock 6/10
Justin Mikulka Move Toward The Exit (One Mad Son) songwriter 6/10
Robert Miles Organik (Shakti) instrumental 6/10
Minus 5 Let The War Against The Music Begin (Mammoth) pop 5/10
Mira Apart (Projekt) alt-rock 5/10
Mirah You Think It's Like (K) songwriter 6/10
Miriodor Mekano (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
Mogwai The Rock Action (Matador) post-rock 6/10
Momus Folktronic (Le Grand Magistery) songwriter 5/10
Money Mark Change Is Coming (Emperor Norton) funk 6/10
Roy Montgomery Silver Wheel Of Prayer (VHF) instrumental 6/10
Mortiis The Smell Of Rain (Earache) goth 5/10
Motion Picture A Paper Gift (Words On Music) folk-rock 7/10
Motorpsycho Phanerothyme (Stickman) garage 4/10
Mountain Goats The Coroner's Gambit (Absolutely Kosher) songwriter 6/10
Mouse On Mars Idiology (Thrill Jockey) post-rock 7/10
Moviola Rumors Of The Faithful (Spirit Of Orr) alt-rock 5/10
Murder City Devils Thelema (Subpop) garage-rock 5/10
Muse Origin of Symmetry (Mushroom) alt-rock 6/10
My Dying Bride The Dreadful Hours (Peaceville) doom 6/10
Napalm Death Enemy Of The Music Business (Spitfire) grindcore 5/10
Dave Navarro Trust No One (Capitol) songwriter 4/10
Nebula Charged (Subpop) stoner-rock 7/10 N
Nectarine No.9 Received Transgressed & Transmitted (Beggars Banquet) alt-rock 6/10
Neotropic La Prochaine Foix (Ntone) trip-hop 7/10
Neurosis The Sun Never Sets (Relapse) industrial 6/10
New Order Get Ready (Reprise) dance 5/10
New Year Newness Ends (Subpop) slo-core 6/10
Alva Noto Transform (Mille Plateaux) glitch music 6/10
Notwist Neon Golden (City Slang) post-rock 7/10
Heather Nova South (MCA) songwriter 5/10
Tara Jane O'Neil In The Sun Lines (Quarterstick) songwriter 6/10
Jim O'Rourke Insignificance (Drag City) avant-pop 4/10
Jim O'Rourke I'm Happy (Drag City) avant-pop 5/10
Ocean Color Scene Mechanical Wonder (MCA) Genre 4/10
Of Montreal Coquelicot Asleep In The Poppies (Kindercore) pop 4/10
OHGR Welt (Spitfire) industrial 4/10
Old 97's Satellite Rides (Elektra) country-pop 4/10
Old Time Relijun Witchcraft Rebellion (K) lo-fi 7/10
Oneida Anthem Of The Moon (Jagjaguwar) garage-rock 7/10
Orb Cydonia (Island) ambient 5/10
Orbital The Altogether (FFRR) techno 4/10
Ordo Equilibrio The Wedlock of Equilibrium (Cold Meat) gothic 5/10
Outrageous Cherry The Book of Spectral Projections (Poptones) psych-rock 6/10
Oval Commers (Form & Function) glitch music 6/10
Owls Owls (Jade Tree) post-rock 6/10
Oysterhead The Grand Pecking Order (Elektra) prog-rock 5/10
Pan Sonic Aaltopiiri (Mute) electronica 5/10
Papa M Papa M Sings (Rock Action) folk 5/10 A
Papa M Whatever Mortal (Drag City) songwriter 7/10
Peaches The Teaches Of Peaches (Kitty Yo) rap 6/10
Pelt Ayahuasca (VHF) alt-rock 7/10
Pelt Keyhole (Eclipse) alt-rock 6/10
Pennywise Land Of The Free (Epitaph) hardcore 6/10
Pernice Brothers World Won't End (Ashmont) alt-country 5/10
Grant Lee Phillips Mobilize (Zoe) songwriter 5/10
Sam Phillips Fan Dance (Nonesuch) songwriter 5/10
Pinback Blue Screen Like (Ace Fu) alt-rock 5/10
Pinehurst Kids Bleed It Dry (Barbaric) alt-rock 5/10
Plaid Double Figure (Warp) dance 5/10
Pleasure Forever Pleasure Forever (Subpop) glam 6/10
P.O.D. Satellite (Atlantic) metal 5/10
Robert Pollard/ Airport 5 Tower In The Fountain Of Sparks (Fading Captain) lo-fi pop 6/10
Robert Pollard Choreographed Man of War (Recordhead) lo-fi pop 6/10
Portastatic Looking For Leonard (Merge) electronica 6/10
Prefab Sprout The Gunman And Other Stories (EMI) pop 4/10
Primordial Undermind Beings Of Game P-U (Camera Obscura) psych 7/10
Pullman Viewfinder (Thrill Jockey) post-rock 5/10
Push Kings Feel No Fade (LeGrand Magistery) pop 4/10
Quasi The Sword Of God (Touch & Go) Genre 6/10 R
Radiohead Amnesiac (Capitol) alt-rock 7/10
Raging Slab The Dealer (Tee Pee) blues-rock 4/10
Kurt Ralske Amor 0+01 (SubRosa) electronica 6/10
Rapoon Cold War (Caciocavallo) ambient 5/10
Amy Ray Stag (Daemon) songwriter 4/10
Red House Painters Old Ramon (Subpop) folk-rock 6/10 R/A
Reindeer Section Y'all Get Scared Now Ya Hear (Pias) pop 4/10
REM Reveal (Warner Bros) folk-rock 4/10
Remy Zero The Golden Hum (Elektra) alt-rock 4/10
Retsin Cabin In The Woods (Carrot Top) folk-rock 6/10
Reveille Bleed The Sky (Elektra) rap-metal 5/10
Marc Ribot Saints (Warner) prog-rock 5/10
Robert Rich Somnium (Hypnos) new age 7/10
Robert Rich Bestiary (Hypnos) electronica 6/10
Rival Schools United By Fate (Island) power-pop 4/10
Steve Roach The Serpent's Lair (Projekt) electronica 6/10
Steve Roach Core (Timeroom) electronica 6/10
Mark Robinson Canada's Green Highways (Teenbeat) songwriter 5/10
Rockets From The Crypt Group Sounds (Vagrant) rock and roll 7/10
Rollerball Trait Of The Butter Yeti (Road Cone) prog-rock 7/10
Rollins Band Nice (Sanctuary) alt-rock 5/10
Rollins Band Yellow Blues (Sanctuary) alt-rock 4/10
Rovo Imago (Incidental) noise 6/10
Royksopp Melody A.M. (Wall Of Sound) electronica 6/10
Ruby Short Staffed In The Gene Pool (Thirsty Ear) alt-rock 6/10
Run-DMC Crown Royal (Arista) hip hop 4/10
Bruce Russell Painting The Passports Brown (Corpus Hermeticum) avantgarde 7/10
Saint Etienne Interlude (Subpop) dance 5/10 N
Kevin Salem Ecstatic (Future Farmer) songwriter 5/10
Hope Sandoval Bavarian Fruit Bread (Rough Trade) songwriter 7/10
Sandoz Afrocentris (Intone) industrial 5/10
Sanford Arms Too Loud For The Snowman (Pattern 25) psych-rock 5/10
Erik Sanko Past IMperfect Present Tense (Jetset) Genre 6/10
Saturnine Pleasure of Ruins (Motorcoat) alt-rock 4/10
ScannerFunk Wave of Light by Wave of Light (Sulphur) ambient 6/10
Robert Scott The Creeping Unknown (Thirsty Ear) instrumental 5/10
Season To Risk The Shattering (Owned and Operated) alt-rock 5/10
Kevin Seconds Heaven's Near Wherever You Are (Cargo) songwriter 4/10
Sense Field Tonight And Forever (Nettwerk) alt-rock 4/10
Sepultura Nation (Roadrunner) metal 5/10
Brian Setzer Ignition (Surfdog) rockabilly 6/10
Ron Sexsmith Blue Boy (Spinart) songwriter 6/10
Shed Seven Truth Be Told (Artful) Brit-pop 4/10
Shelter The Purpose The Passion (Century Media) hardcore 4/10
Shins Oh Inverted World (Subpop) pop 4/10
Silver Jews Bright Flight (Drag City) songwriter 5/10
Silver Mt Zion Born Into Trouble (Constellation) post-rock 6/10
Simon Says Shut Your Breath (Hollywood) grunge 5/10
Skinny Puppy Doomsday (Nettwerk) industrial 4/10
Nicky Skopelitis Revelator (Innerhythmic) prog-rock 5/10
Slackers Wasted Days (Hellcat) ska-punk 6/10
Slayer God Hates Us All (American) metal 6/10
Sleep Ghostwriting (Metonymic) noise 6/10
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Grand Opening And Closing (Seeland) prog-rock 7/10
Slicker The Latest (Hefty) post-rock 6/10
Slipknot Iowa (Roadrunner) death-metal 6/10
Sloan Pretty Together (Murderecords) alt-rock 4/10
Steven Smith Tableland (Emperor Jones) instrumental 7/10
Smog Rain On Lens (Drag City) songwriter 5/10
Azalia Snail Brazen Arrows (Dark Beloved Cloud) psych-rock 5/10
Sneaker Pimps Bloodsport (Tommy Boy) trip-hop 6/10
Todd Snider Happy To Be Here (Oh Boy) songwriter 6/10 B
Snow Patrol When It's All Over (Jeepster) folk-pop 5/10
Snowpony Sea Shanties For Spaceships (Dead Pan Alley) alt-rock 4/10
Soil Scars (MIA) Genre 5/10
Solex Low Kick And Hard Bop (Matador) songwriter 7/10
Sophia Herbstwerk (Cold Meat Industry) gothic 5/10
Soul Whirling Somewhere Please Sennd Help (Projekt) gothic 5/10
Southern Culture On The Skids Liquored Up And Lacquered Down (TVT) garage-rock 5/10
Spain I Believe (Restless) roots-rock 6/10
Sparklehorse It's A Wonderful Life (Capitol) alt-pop 7/10
Spearhead Stay Human (Six Degrees) alt-rock 6/10
Spiny Anteaters Well Laid Plans (Ba Da Bing) alt-rock 6/10
Spiritualized Let It Come Down (BMG) shoegazing 6/10
Split Lip Rayfield Never Make It Home (Bloodshot) alt-country 6/10
Spoon Girls Can Tell (Merge) alt-rock 6/10
Spring Heel Jack Masses (Thirsty Ear) avantgarde 6/10
Squarepusher Go Plastic (Warp) dance 7/10
Stabbing Westward Stabbing Westward (Koch) industrial 5/10
Staind Break The Cycle (Elektra) metal 4/10
Standard World's Greatest (Barbaric) alt-rock 5/10
Starflyer 59 Leave Here a Stranger (Tooth & Nail) alt-rock 5/10
Stars Of The Lid The Tired Sounds Of (Kranky) ambient 7/10
Static-X Machine (Warner) speedmetal 6/10
Stereo Total Musique Automatique (Bungalow) Brit pop 6/10
Stereophonics Just Enough Education To Perform (V2) power-pop 5/10
Stone Temple Pilots Give A Shangri-La Dee Da (Warner) grunge 5/10
Streetwalkin' Cheetahs Waiting for the Death of My Generation (Triple X) garage-rock 7/10
Strokes Is This It (RCA) alt-rock 6/10
Joe Strummer Global A Go Go (Hellcat) Genre 5/10
Suicide Machines Steal This Record (Hollywood) ska-punk 5/10
Sun City Girls Sumatran Electric Chair (Abduction) psych 5/10
Sun City Girls Handsome Stranger (Abduction) noise 4/10
Sun City Girls Libyan Desert (Abduction) psych 5/10
Superchunk Here's To Shutting Up (Merge) alt-rock 4/10
Superfurry Animals Rings Around The World (Epic) Brit-pop 5/10
Surface of Eceon The King Beneath the Mountain (Strange Attractors) ambient 7/10
Swell Everybody Wants To Know (Beggars Banquet) roots-rock 5/10
System Of A Down Toxicity (Sony) metal 7/10
Systematic Somewhere In Between (Elektra) metal 4/10
Table Beat Science Tala Matrix (Axiom) dub 6/10
Tarentel The Order of Things (Neurot) post-rock 6/10
Techno Animal The Brotherhood Of The Bomb (Matador) industrial 6/10
Jimi Tenor Utopian Dream (Sahko) songwriter 5/10
Territory Band 1 Transatlantic Bridge (Okka Disk) punk-jazz 6/10
They Might Be Giants Mink Car (Restless) pop 5/10
Thighpaulsandra I, Thighpaulsandra (Eskaton) electronica 5/10
Thinking Fellers Bob Dinners (Communion) alt-rock 6/10
David Thomas Surf's Up (Thirsty Ear) songwriter 5/10
Rosie Thomas When We Were Small (Subpop) songwriter 5/10
Thrall Hung Like God (Reptilian) stoner 6/10
310 Nothing To See Here (Desolat) post-rock 5/10
Tied + Tickled Trio Electric Avenue Tape (Clearspot) post-rock 6/10
Tindersticks Trouble Everyday (Connected) pop 6/10
Tindersticks Can Our Love (Beggars Banquet) soul-pop 6/10
Toadies Hell Below Stars Above (Interscopre) grunge 5/10
To Rococo Rot Music Is A Hungry Ghost (Mute) post-rock 6/10
Tomahawk Tomahawk (Ipecac) hardcore 6/10
Tool Lateralus (Volcano Entertainment) grunge 7/10
Jenny Toomey Antidote (Misra) songwriter 6/10
Tortoise Standards (Thrill Jockey) post-rock 6/10
Tram Frequently Asked Questions (Jetset) slo-core 5/10
Transglobal Underground Yes Boss Food Corner (Ark 21) trance/dance 5/10
Travis The Invisible Band (Independiente) pop 4/10
Trembling Blue Stars Alive To Every Smile (Subpop) pop 6/10
Trespassers W Vlucht Over Den Haag (Snowdonia) alt-rock /10
Tricky Blowback (Hollywood) jungle 5/10
Tricolor Nonparticipant + MIlk (Atavistic) post-rock 5/10
Trumans Water Trumans Water (Emperor Jones) post-rock 6/10
Scott Tuma Hard Again (Truckstop) instrumental 6/10
Tyde Once (Orange Sky) psych folk 6/10
Unloco Healing (Maverick) metal 6.5/10
Unwound Leaves Turn Inside You (Kill Rock Stars) psych-pop 6/10 N
US Maple Acre Thrills (Drag City) post-rock 7/10
Ilpo Vaisanen Asuma (Mego) electronica 5/10
Armand Van Helden Gandhi Khan (Armed) house 5/10
Varnaline Songs In A Northern Key (E-Squared) roots-rock 7/10
Vas Deferens Organization Suspension (Beta) psych-rock 6/10
Vaz Demonstration In Micronesia (Load) hard-rock 5/10
Suzanne Vega Songs In Red And Gray (Universal) songwriter 4/10
Victim's Family Apocalicious (Alternative Tentacles) prog-rock 5/10
Vidna Obmana The Contemporary Nocturne (Hypnos) electronica 4/10
Vidna Obmana Tremor (Release) electronica 6/10
Vibracathedral Orchestra My Gate's Open (Roaratorio) drone-music 5/10
Volebeats Mosquito Spiral (Blue Rose) folk-rock 6/10
Vue Find Your Home (Subpop) alt-rock 5/10
Wagon Christ Musipal (Ninja Tune) techno 6/10
Rufus Wainwright Poses (Dreamworks) songwriter 5/10
Walkabouts Ended Up a Stranger (Glitterhouse) folk-rock 5/10
TW Walsh Blue Laws (Truckstop) songwriter 6/10
Wellwater Conspiracy The Scroll and Its Combinations (TVT) grunge 4/10
Whiskeytown Pneumonia (Lost Highway) alt-country 6/10
Jim White No Such Place (Luaka Bop) songwriter 6/10
White Stripes White Blood Cells (Sympathy) blues-rock 7/10
Chris Whitley Rocket House (New Machine) songwriter 5/10
Willard Grant Conspiracy & Telefunk In The Fishtank (Konkurrent) alt-folk 4/10
Lucinda Williams Essence (Lost Highway) songwriter 5/10
Windy And Carl Consciousness (Kranky) ambient 6/10 R
Wipeouters P'twaaang!!! (Casual Tonalities) surf 6/10
Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell Radioaxom (Axiom) dub 6/10
Shannon Wright Dyed In The Wool (Touch & Go) songwriter 7/10 R
Wumpscut Wreath Of Barbs (Metropolis) industrial 4/10
Steve Wynn Here Come The Miracles (Blue Rose) songwriter 7/10
Susumu Yokota Grinning Cat (Skintone) ambient 6/10
Otomo Yoshihide Flutter (Tzadik) noise 4/10
Young Fresh Fellows Because We Hate You (Mammoth) pop 5/10
Thalia Zedek Been Here And Gone (Matador) songwriter 6/10
Zeke Death Alley (Aces & Eights) punk-rock 5/10
Zen Guerrilla Shadows On The Sun (Subpop) garage-rock 7/10 R
Zeni Geva 10,000 Light Years (Neurot) industrial 4/10
Zero and Noto Wohltemperiert (Raster-Noton) electronica 5/10
Rob Zombie Sinister Urge (Interscope) hard-rock 5/10
Ratings: 10=best album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan

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