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Artist Album Title (Label) Genre Rat.
Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
Acoustic Daughters Acoustic Daughters (Kranky) avant-pop 6/10
Air Talkie Walkie (Virgin) post-pop 6/10
All Night Radio Spirit Stereo Frequency (Subpop) psych-pop 6/10
American Music Club Love Songs For Patriots (Devil In The Woods) folk-rock 5/10
Animal Collective Sung Tongs (Fat Cat) psych-folk 6/10
Argentine In Other Fictions (Pehr) alt-rock 6/10
Joseph Arthur Our Shadows Will Remain (Vector) singer-songwriter 5/10
Azita Life On The Fly (Drag City) alt-rock 6/10
Bad Religion The Empire Strikes First (Epitaph) punk-pop 4/10
Badly Drawn Boy One Plus One Equals One (XL) songwriter 4/10
Devendra Banhart Rejoicing in the Hands (Young God) songwriter 7/10
Devendra Banhart Nino Rojo (Young God) songwriter 5/10
Bark Psychosis Codename Dustsucker (Fire) post-rock 6/10
Beastie Boys To the Five Boroughs (Capitol) rap 4/10
Beta Band Heroes To Zeros (Regal) psych-pop 5/10
Jello Biafra and the Melvins Never Breathe What You Can't See" (Alternative Tentacles) punk-rock 6/10
Birchville Cat Motel With Maples Ablaze (Scarcelight) ambient 6/10
Birchville Cat Motel Beautiful Speck Triumph (Last Visible Dog) ambient 6/10
Bjork Medulla (Elektra) songwriter 6/10
Black Dice Creature Comforts (DFA) electronica 7/10
Black Eyes Cough Cough (Dischord) post-hardcore 6/10
Blonde Redhead Misery is a Butterfly (4AD) pop 5/10
Blood Brothers Crime (V2) hardcore 6/10
Boris At Last - Feedbacker (DIW Phalanx) psych-rock 6/10
Broken Social Scene Beehives (Arts and Crafts) alt-rock 4/10
Richard Buckner Dents And Shells (Merge) songwriter 5/10
Buffalo Daughter Pshychic (V2) pop 6/10
David Byrne Grown Backwards (Nonesuch) songwriter 4/10
Cake Pressure Chief (Sony) roots-rock 5/10
Califone Heron King Blves (Thill Jockey) alt-rock 6/10
Camera Obscura Underachievers Please Try Harder (Merge) folk-pop 4/10
Camper Van Beethoven New Roman Times (Pitch-A-Tent) roots-rock 6/10
Cannanes Trouble Seemed So Far Away (Lamingtone) alt-rock 5/10
Tom Carter Monument (Kranky) ambient 6/10
Castanets Cathedral (Asthmatic Kitty) alt-country 6/10
Nick Cave Abattoir Blues/ The Lyre of Orpheus (Mute) songwriter 6/10
Charalambides Joy Shapes (Kranky) psych-rock 7/10
!!! (Chik Chik Chik) Louden Up Now (Touch And Go) disco-punk 6/10
Church Forget Yourself (SpinArt) pop 4/10
Claudia Quintet I Claudia (Cuneiform) jazz-rock 7/10
Coastal Halfway To You (Words On Music) slo-core 7/10
CocoRosie La Maison de Mon Reve (Touch & Go) folktronica 6/10
Leonard Cohen Dear Heather (Sony) songwriter 5/10
Gerald Collier Breakin' Down (Isota) songwriter 5/10
Comets On Fire Blue Cathedral (Sub Pop) garage-rock 7/10
Bobby Conn Homeland (Thrill Jockey) songwriter 5/10
Elvis Costello The Delivery Man (Lost Highway) songwriter 5/10
Adrian Crowley A Northern Country (Ba Da Bing) songwriter 6/10
Crystal Method Legion of Boom (V2) techno 4/10
Cul De Sac & Suzuki Abhayamudra (Strange Attractors) prog-rock 5/10
Cure The Cure (Geffen) alt-rock 5/10
Greg Davis Somnia (Kranky) ambient 5/10
Dead Meadow Feathers (Matador) psych-rock 6/10
Deerhoof Milk Man (Kill Rock Stars) alt-rock 5/10
Delgados Universal Audio (Chemikal Underground) pop 6/10
Ani DiFranco: Educated Glass (Righteous Babe) songwriter 4/10
Dillinger Escape Plan Miss Machine (Relapse) grindcore 6/10
DJ Olive Buoy (Room40) ambient 6.5/10
Donnas Gold Metal (Atlantic) punk-pop 5/10
Einsturzende Neubauten Perpetuum Mobile (Mute) industrial 6/10
Elected Me First (Subpop) lo-fi roots 6/10
Electrelane The Power Out (Too Pure) alt-rock 6/10
Eminem Encore (Shady) rap 4/10
Eno & Fripp The Equatorial Stars (Opal) prog-rock 4/10
Melissa Etheridge Lucky (Island) songwriter 5/10
Ex Turn (Touch & Go) noise-rock 5.5
Faceditch Faceditch (Build a Buzz) prog-rock 6/10
Fantomas Delerium Cordia (Ipecac) ambient 6/10
Far Corner Far Corner (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
Felix Da Housecat Devin Dazzle and The Neon Fever (Emperor Norton) dance-pop 4/10
Fennesz Venice (Touch) glitch-pop 6/10
Fiery Furnaces Blueberry Boat (Rough Trade) alt-rock 7/10
Fireclan Sunrise to Sunset (Noh Poetry) prog-rock 6/10
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (Domino) alt-pop 6/10
Friends Of Dean Martinez Random Harvest (Narnack) desert-rock 6/10
John Frusciante Shadows Collide With People (Warner) songwriter 5/10
Fucking AM Gold (Drag City) metal 4/10
Lisa Gerrard Immortal Memory (4AD) folk-pop 4/10
The Get Up Kids Guilt Show (Vagrant) power-pop 5/10
Ghost Hypnotic Underworld (Drag City) psych-rock 7/10
Giant Sand Is All Over The Map (Thrill Jockey) roots-rock 6/10
Gomez Split The Difference (Virgin) Brit-pop 4/10
Green Day American Idiot (Reprise) punk-pop 6/10
Growing The Soul Of The Rainbow And The Harmony Of Light (Kranky) electronica 5/10
David Grubbs A Guess at the Riddle (Drag City) songwriter 6/10
Guapo Five Suns (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
Guided by Voices Half Smiles of the Decomposed (Matador) power-pop 5/10
Brent Gutzeit Drug Money (Kranky) ambient 6/10
P.J. Harvey Uh Huh Her (Universal) songwriter 4/10
Juliana Hatfield In Exile Deo (Zoe) songwriter 5/10
Hidden Camers Mississauga Goddam (Rough Trade) pop 5/10
Jolie Holland Escondida (Anti) songwriter 4/10
Icarus I Tweet the Birdy Electric (Leaf) drum'n'bass 6/10
Incubus A Crow Left Of The Murder (Epic) metal 5/10
Interpol Antics (Matador) alt-rock 6/10
Ioscil First Narrows (Kranky) ambient 5/10
Indigo Girls All That We Let In (Epic) folk 5/10
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days (Subpop) songwriter 6/10
Isis Panopticon (Ipecac) post-rock 7/10
Joan Of Arc Joan Of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain (Polyvinyl) post-rock 5/10
Johan Johannsson Virthulegu Forsetar (Touch) synth-pop 7/10
Richard Lee Johnson Trio Poetry of Appliance (Cuneiform) folk-jazz-rock 7/10
Glenn Jones This Is The Wind That Blows It Out (Strange Attractors) instrumental 6/10
Simon Joyner Lost With the Lights On (Jagjaguwar) songwriter 6/10
Junior Boys Last Exit (Kin) synth-pop 6/10
Kinski Don't Climb On And Take The Holy Water (Strange Attractors) stoner 5/10
Lali Puna Faking the Books (Morr) alt-rock 5/10
Lambchop Aw Cmon (Merge) alt-country 6/10
Mark Lanegan Bubblegum (Beggars Banquet) songwriter 6/10
Lazy Cowgirls I'm Goin' Out and Get Hurt Tonight (Reservation) cowpunk 5/10
Lightwave Bleue Comme Une Orange (Signature) electronica 6/10
Los Lobos The Ride (Hollywood) roots-rock 4/10
Courtney Love American Sweetheart (Virgin) riot-grrrrl 5/10
Lydia Lunch Smoke In The Shadows (Breakin' Beats) songwriter 7/10
Lungfish Love Is Love (Dischord) alt-rock 4/10
Magnetic Fields i (Nonesuch) pop 5/10
Hannah Marcus Desert Farmers (Bar None) songwriter 7/10
Matt Marque Nothing Personal (Truckstop) songwriter 5/10
Matmos Rat Relocation Program (Locust) glitch 4/10
Mice Parade Obrigado Saudade (Fat Cat) post-rock 5/10
Vinny Miller On The Block (4AD) Genre 6/10
Ministry Houses Of The Mole (Sanctuary) thrash 6/10
Mission of Burma OnOffOn (Matador) hardcore 6/10
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Epic) alt-rock 6/10
Jason Molina Pyramid Electric Co (Secretly Canadian) songwriter 6/10
Mountain Goats We Shall All Be Healed (4AD) alt-rock 5/10
Movietone The Sand And The Stars (Drag City) alt-rock 5/10
Muffins Double Negative (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
Mum Summer Make Good (Fat Cat) alt-pop 5/10
Necks Drive By (ReR) prog-rock 6/10
Nervous Cop Nervous Cop (5 Rue Christine) post-rock 6/10
Neurosis The Eye Of Every Storm (Neurot) industrial 6/10
A.C.Newman The Slow Wonder (Matador) songwriter 5/10
Joanna Newsom The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City) songwriter 5/10
Niobe Voodooluba (Sonig) noise-pop 7/10
Tara Jane O'Neill You Sound Perfect (Touch & Go) songwriter 6/10
Okkervil River Down the River of Golden Dreams (Jagjaguwar) alt-country 6/10
Old Time Relijun Lost Light (K) post-rock 6/10
Oneida Secret Wars (Jagjaguwar) post-rock 6/10
Ooioo Kila Kila Kila (Thrill Jockey) avant-rock 5/10
Orb Bicycles & Tricycles (Cooking Vinyl) ambient house 4/10
Orbital Blue Album (IHT) dance 4/10
P.G. Six The Well of Memory (Amish) psych-folk 5/10
P:ano Den (Zum) chamber pop 6/10
Paik Satin Black (Strange Attractors) drone-rock 7/10
Pan American Quiet City (Kranky) ambient 7/10
Pan Sonic Kesto (Mute) electronica 7/10
Pedro the Lion Achilles Heel (Jade Tree) songwriter 5/10
Grant-Lee Phillips Virginia Creeper (Cooking Vinyl) Genre 4/10
Sam Phillips A Boot And A Shoe (Nonesuch) songwriter 6/10
Phish Undermind (Elektra) alt-rock 3/10
Piano Magic The Troubled Sleep Of Piano Magic (Green UFOs) dream-pop 5/10
Pinback Summer In Abaddon (Touch & Go) alt-rock 5/10
Dan Plonsey Moving About (Limited Sedition) avantgarde 7/10
Poster Children No More Songs About Sleep and Fire (Hidden Agenda) noise-rock 5/10
Preston School Of Industry Monsoon (Matador) country-pop 5/10
Probot Probot (Southern Lord) metal-pop 4/10
R.E.M. Around The Sun (Warner) folk-rock 4/10
Lou Reed Animal Serenade (Warner) songwriter 4/10
Roger Reynolds Process and Passion (Pogus) avantgarde 7/10
Robert Rich Calling Down the Sky (Soundscape) electronica 6/10
Stan Ridgway Snakebite (Redfly) songwriter 6/10
Roitan Roitan (Bulb) garage-rock 7/10
Ruins Of Beverast Unlock The Shrine (Van, 2004) black metal 6/10
Janek Schaefer Cold Storage (DSP) electronica 7/10
Seachange Lay of the Land (Matador) alt-rock 5/10
Secret Chiefs 3 Book of Horizons (Web of Mimicry) instrumental 6/10
Ron Sexsmith Retriever (Nettwerk) songwriter 5/10
Shalabi Effects Pink Abyss (Alien8) post-rock 5/10
Silkworm It'll Be Cool (Touch & Go) alt-rock 5/10
65Daysofstatic The Fall Of Math (Monotreme, 2004) post-rock 6/10
Roni Size Return To V (Thrive) drum'n'bass 6/10
Elliott Smith From A Basement On A Hill (Anti) songwriter 5/10
Solex Laughing Stock Of Indie Rock (Arena Rock) songwriter 7/10
Jon Spencer Damage (Sanctuary) garage-rock 5/10
Slipknot The Subliminal Verses (Roadrunner) nu-metal 4/10
Patti Smith Trampin' (Columbia) songwriter 5/10
Sonic Youth Sonic Nurse (Geffen) noise-rock 6/10
Southern Culture On The Skids Mojo Box (Yep Roc) roots-rock 6/10
Sophia People Are Like Seasons (City Slang) alt-rock 5/10
Spektr Et Fugit Intera Fugit Irreparabile Tempus (Appease Me) post-metal 7/10
Spring Heel Jack The Sweetness of the Water (Thirsty Ear) jazz 6/10
Squarepusher Ultravisitor (Warp) drum'n'bass 5/10
Starsailor Silence Is Easy (EMI) Brit-pop 4/10
Stereolab Margerine Eclipse (Elektra) alt-rock 5/10
Strategy Drumsolo's Delight (Kranky) electronica 5/10
Sunburned Hand of the Man Rare Wood (Spirit of Orr) psych-rock 5/10
David Thomas 18 Monkeys On A Dead Man's Chest (Glitterhouse) songwriter 6/10
Tin Hat Trio Book Of Silk (Ropeadope) instrumental 6/10
To Rococo Rot Hotel Morgen (Domino) post-rock 5/10
Tortoise It's All Around You (Thrill Jockey) post-rock 4/10
Trans Am Liberation (Thrill Jockey) post-rock 4/10
Triosk Moment Returns (Leaf) post-jazz 7/10
Two Lone Swordsmen From the Double Gone Chapel (Warp) glitch 6/10
U2 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (Interscope) pop 4/10
Univers Zero Implosion (Cuneiform) prog-rock 5/10
Jade Vincent Vincent & Mr Green (Ipecac) avant-pop 7/10
Vocokesh The Tenth Corner (Strange Attractors) psych-pop 6/10
Tom Waits Real Gone (Anti) songwriter 5/10
Wilco A Ghost Is Born (Nonesuch) roots-rock 5/10
Bob Wiseman It's True (Blocks Blocks Blocks) songwriter 6/10
Brian Woodbury Variety Orchestra (ReR) post-jazz 6/10
Shannon Wright Over The Sun (Touch & Go) songwriter 6/10
Xiu Xiu Fabulous Muscles (5 Rue Christine) alt-rock 6/10
Yang Une Nature Complexe (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
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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