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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
Ryan Adams Cold Roses (Lost Highway) songwriter 5/10
Ryan Adams Jacksonville City Nights (Lost Highway) songwriter 5/10
Ryan Adams 29 (Lost Highway) songwriter 4/10
Adult Gimmie Trouble (Thrill Jockey) electroclash 6/10
Akron/Family Akron/Family (Young God) psych-folk 7/10
Alkaline Trio Crimson (Vagrant) punk-pop 5/10
American Analog Set Set Free (Morr) alt-rock 6/10
Tori Amos The Beekeeper (Epic) songwriter 5/10
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead World's Apart (Interscope) alt-rock 5/10
Angels Of Light Sing Other People (Young God) alt-rock 6/10
Antony & The Johnsons I Am a Bird Now (Secretly Canadian) songwriter 6/10
Animal Collective Feels (Fat Cat) alt-rock 6/10
Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine (Epic) songwriter 5/10
Arab Strap The Last Romance (Chemikal Underground) alt-rock 6/10
Art Brut Bang Bang Rock & Roll (Fierce Panda) Genre 6/10
Autechre Untilted (Warp) glitch 6/10
Badawi Clones & False Prophets (ROIR) ethnic 6/10
Beck Guero (Geffen) songwriter 5/10
Belbury Poly The Willows (Ghost Box) synth-pop 6/10
Brendan Benson The Alternative to Love (V2) songwriter 6/10
Between the Buried and Me Alaska (Victory) prog-metal 7/10
Chuck Bettis Community of Commotion (North East Indie) glitch 6/10
Jello Biafra & Melvins, Sieg Howdy (Alternative Tentacles) punk-rock 5/10
Andrew Bird The Mysterious Production Of Eggs (Righteous Babe) songwriter 7/10
Bird Show Green Inferno (Kranky) ambient 5/10
Christopher Bissonnette Periphery (Kranky) ambient 6/10
Black Dice Broken Ear Record (Astralwerks) electronica 7/10
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Howl (Red Ink) alt-rock 5/10
Kevin Blechdom Eat My Heart Out (Chicks On Speed) songwriter 7/10
Bloc Party Silent Alarm (Vice) alt-rock 7/10
Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase (Warp) electronica 6/10
Boduf Songs Boduf Songs (Kranky) songwriter 5/10
Richard Bone Saiyuji (Quirkworks) ambient-pop 6/10
Books Lost and Safe (Tomlab) digital folk 5/10
Bright Eyes Digital Ash In A Digital Urn (Saddle Creek) songwriter 5/10
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (Saddle Creek) songwriter 6/10
British Sea Power Open Season (Rough Trade) alt-rock 5/10
Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts) alt-rock 6/10
Chris Brown Talking Drum (Pogus) avantgarde 6/10
Buck 65 Secret House Against The World (Warner) hip-hop 5/10
Buckethead Enter the Chicken (Serjical Strike) alt-rock 5/10
Vashti Bunyan Lookaftering (DiCristina Stair Builders) songwriter 6/10
Kate Bush Aerial (Columbia) songwriter 6/10
By The End Of Tonight A Tribute To Tigers (Temporary Residence) post-rock 7/10
John Cale Black Acetate (EMI) songwriter 4/10
Caribou The Milk Of Human Kindness (Leaf) electro-pop 6/10
Nick Castro Further From Grace (Strange Attractors) acid folk 6/10
Richard Chartier Tracing (Non Visual Objects) concrete 7/10
Chemical Brothers Push The Button (Astralwerks) dance-rock 5/10
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Clap) alt-rock 6/10
Claudia Quintet Semi-Formal (Cuneiform) post-jazz 5/10
Clientele Strange Geometry (Merge) Brit-pop 5/10
Coheed And Cambria Good Apollo (Sony) emocore 6/10
Coldplay X & Y (Capitol) Brit-pop 5/10
Colleen The Golden Morning Breaks (Leaf) electronica 7/10
Comet Gain City Fallen Leaves (Kill Rock Stars) punk-rock 6/10
Constantines Tournament Of Hearts (Sub Pop) alt-rock 6/10
Julian Cope Citizen Cain'd (Lain) songwriter 6/10
Rick Cox Fade (Cold Blue Music) ambient 7/10
Cult of Luna Salvation (Earache) post-metal 6/10
Daft Punk Human After All (Virgin) dance-rock 4/10
Damon & Naomi The Earth Is Blue (20/20/20) psych-pop 5/10
Dandy Warhols Odditorium Or Warlords Of Mars (Capitol) power-pop 5/10
Death Cab For Cutie Plans (Atlantic) alt-rock 6/10
Death Vessel Stay Close (North East Indie) alt-country 6/10
Decemberists Picaresque (Kill Rock Stars) alt-rock 6/10
Ani DiFranco Knuckle Down (Righteous Babe) songwriter 5/10
Dirty Projectors The Getty Address (Western Vinyl) songwriter 6/10
Dirty Three Cinder (Touch & Go) instrumental 5/10
Dream Theater Octavarium (Atlantic) prog-metal 6/10
Earth Hex Or Printing In The Infernal Method (Southern Lord) doom 5/10
Eels Blinking Lights And Other Revelations (Vagrant) alt-rock 7/10
Electrelane Axes (Too Pure) alt-rock 6/10
Brian Eno Another Day On Earth (Opal) pop 4/10
Fall Fall Heads Roll (Narnack) alt-rock 5/10
Fear Falls Burning He Spoke in Dead Tongues (Projekt) droning 7/10
Fiery Furnaces Rehearsing My Choir (Rough Trade) alt-rock 7/10
Foo Fighters In Your Honor (RCA) power-pop 5/10
Forever Einstein Racket Science (Cuneiform) prog-rock 5/10
Four Tet Everything Ecstatic (Domino) electronica 6/10
Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better (Sony) alt-rock 6/10
Green Milk From The Planet Orange City Calls Revolution (Beta-Lactam Ring, 2005) prog-rock 7/10
Headphones Headphones (Suicide Squeeze) songwriter 5/10
Holopaw Quit +/or Fight (Sub Pop) roots-rock 6/10
Jennifer Gentle Valende (SubPop) post-rock 6/10
LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem (Capitol) disco-punk 6/10
Khanate Capture & Release (Hydra Head) doom metal 7/10
Kingsbury Manx The Fast Rise and Fall of the South (Yep Roc) alt-rock 6/10
Larsen Play (Important) post-rock 6/10
Lichens The Psychic Nature Of Being (Kranky) ambient 6/10
Lightning Bolt Hypermagic Mountain (Load) post-rock 6/10
Lil Wayne Tha Carter II (Cash Money) hip-hop 7/10
Lorna Static Patterns & Souvenirs (Words On Music) slocore 7/10
Los Siquicos Litoralenos A Pleno Ritmo Sideral (self) free-folk 7/10
Low The Great Destroyer (SubPop) slocore 6/10
M83 Before The Dawn Heals Us (Mute) alt-rock 6/10
Stephen Malkmus Face The Truth (Matador) songwriter 5/10
Mars Volta Frances The Mute (Universal) prog-rock 7/10
Jasun Martz The Pillory/ The Battle (Under the Asphalt) prog-rock 7/10
Brian McBride When The Detail Lost Its Freedom (Kranky) ambient 5/10
Mercury Rev The Secret Migration (V2) psych-pop 6/10
Malcom Middleton Into the Woods (Chemikal Underground) songwriter 6/10
Monarch 666 (Solitude, 2005) doom 7/10
Bob Mould Body Of Song (Yep Roc) songwriter 4/10
Mrtyu The Burning Ground (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon) industrial 7/10
Necks Mosquito/ See Through (ReR) ambient jazz 6/10
Harris Newman Accidents with Nature and Each Other (Strange Attractors) ambient guitar 7/10
Nile Annihilation Of The Wicked (Relapse) death-metal 6/10
Nine Inch Nails With Teeth (Interscope) industrial 5/10
Nudge Cached (Kranky) post-rock 7/10
Oasis Don't Believe The Truth (Sony) pop 5/10
Oneida The Wedding (Jagjaguwar) post-rock 6/10
Orthrelm OV (Ipecac) metalcore 7/10
Out Hud Let Us Never Speak Of It Again (Kranky) funk-punk 6/10
Aki Peltonen Radio Banana (ReR) prog-rock 6/10
Pinetop Seven The Night's Bloom (Barbary Coast) chamber folk 6/10
Porcupine Tree Deadwing (Lava) prog-rock 5/10
Portastatic Bright Ideas (Merge) punkpop 6/10
Quasimoto The Further Adventures of Lord Quas (Stones Throw) hip-hop 6/10
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Saint Etienne Tales from Turnpike House (Sanctuary) Brit-pop 6/10
Sigur Ros Takk (EMI) dream-pop 6/10
Silver Jews Tanglewood Numbers (Drag City) alt-rock 6/10
Dawn Smithson Safer Here (Kranky) songwriter 5/10
Steven Smith Crown of Marches (Catsup Plate) guitar 7/10
Smog A River Ain't Too Much To Love (Drag City) songwriter 6/10
Smoke & Mirrors Deities (Aural Fixation) prog-rock 7/10
Son Volt Okemah And The Melody Of Riot (Sony) alt-country 5/10
Bruce Springsteen Devils & Dust (Sony) songwriter 6/10
Strokes First Impressions of Earth (RCA) alt-rock 5/10
Subarachnoid Space The Red Veil (Strange Attractors) psych-rock 5/10
Sunn O))) Black One (Southern Lord) doom 7/10
System Of A Down Mezmerize (Columbia) nu-metal 7/10
Teenage Fanclub Man-Made (Merge) Brit-pop 6/10
Terra Ambient The Gate (Lotus Pike) ambient 7/10
Thuja Pine Cone Temples (Strange Attractors) ambient 6/10
Tosca J.A.C. (G-Stone) trip-hop 6/10
Tristeza A Colores (Better Looking) post-rock 6/10
Ulver Blood Inside (Jester) prog-metal 6/10
Chad VanGaalen Infiniheart (Flemish Eye) songwriter 7/10
Laura Veirs Year of Meteors (Nonesuch) songwriter 6/10
Vocokesh Through the Smoke (Strange Attractors) psych-rock 6/10
Keith Fullerton Whitman Multiples (Kranky) Genre 6/10
White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan (V2) alt-rock 6/10
Windy & Carl The Dream House/ Dedications to Flea (Kranky) ambient 6/10
Wolf Parade Apologies To The Queen Mary (Sub Pop) Genre 7/10
Won James Won Theorist Attack (RAIG) collage 7/10
Xiu Xiu La Foret (5 Rue Christine) alt-rock 6/10
Pamela Z A Delay Is Better (Starkland) avantgarde 7/10
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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