#101 – #150

  1. Janis Joplin – Pearl

Genre: blues rock, R&B

Released 01/11/1971

Although it was released posthumously, Pearl appears to be one of the most genuine, effortless, dynamic and raw pieces of classic rock. As a matter of fact, all of the tracks were approved by Janis Joplin before her death in 1970. Considering how well worked this ways it makes me wonder what she would have created all those years after.

 

149.Death Cab For Cutie – We Have The Facts And We’re Voting Yes

Genre: indie rock

Released 03/21/2000

The word “underproduced” is normally associated with a negative connotation but when it comes to this project, “underproduced” is actually perfect. It takes you through various stages of a failed relationship where you can literally feel the emotion seeping through the chords and verses, all while feeling like you’re actually in the studio it’s being recorded at.

 

  1. Rascal Flatts – Rascal Flatts

Genre: country pop

Released 06/06/2000

I’m not the biggest fan of modern country but I do have to admit that I didn’t hate this album as much as I expected. At its core, it really is a mostly average country record but there are some standout tracks such as “See Me Through” and “It’s Not Just Me” that make up for it.

 

  1. Counting Crows – Recovering Satellites

Genre: alternative rock

Released 10/15/1996

“We couldn’t all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns” – “Goodnight Elisabeth”

 

  1. Counting Crows – August and Everything After

Genre: alternative rock

Released 09/14/1993

This record comes off to me as simple, somber, and slightly nostalgic. I initially wrote that it “makes me sad in the absolute best way”.

 

  1. Christina Aguilera – Stripped

Genre: pop, R&B

Released 10/22/2002

This project is rather solid as a whole although it is littered with unnecessarily interludes that break up the flow from song to song. But I can’t deny the absolute talent of Christina nor can I resist dancing to “Dirrty” or “Fighter” whenever they play.

 

  1. Brand New – Deja Entendu

Genre: alternative rock, emo

Released 06/17/2003

Dark yet dreamy moments with amazing melodies make up one of the greatest emo albums of all time. I simply have no words.

 

  1. Kellie Pickler – Kellie Pickler

Genre: country

Released 09/30/2008

Basic country.

 

  1. The Everly Brothers – It’s Everly Time

Genre: rock n roll

Released 03/01/1960

Kind of boring, honestly.

 

  1. Third Eye Blind – Out Of The Vein

Genre: alternative rock

Released 05/13/2003

I like that this record is an evolution of the band but still sounds distinctly like Third Eye Blind.

 

  1. Terror Jr – Bop 3: The Girl Who Cried Purple

Genre: electropop

Released 09/29/2017

Overall, this was a very enjoyable record. It’s chill with extremely smooth vocals and even though most of the songs are pretty similar, I would definitely recommend almost all of them.

 

  1. Poppy – Poppy.Computer

Genre: art pop, synth pop

Released 10/06/2017

Initially, I really disliked this record and have not revisited it since. I do, however, enjoy Poppy’s other discography and must say that she is a very cool artist.

 

  1. Shakey Graves – Can’t Wake Up

Genre: unknown

Released 05/04/2018

With so many influences ranging from country, rock, indie and folk, it’s hard sometimes to keep from getting lost in the sauce through it all. Yet, this remains a very consistent body of work and is a record that I would recommend for any occasion.

 

  1. Good Charlotte – The Young And The Hopeless 

Genre: pop punk

Released 10/01/2002

I would give this album a mixed review, but with that being said, I don’t want to say that it’s bad by any any means. It’s kind of a perfect snapshot of the times and very relatable, which are two things that make up a great pop punk album. It’s also funny at times to boot, giving listeners yet another reason to keep this one playing on repeat.

 

  1. All Time Low – Future Hearts

Genre: pop pun, power pop

Released 04/03/2015

Scattered and out dated. Once a huge fan of this band, this album left me more than a little disappointed.

 

  1. David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

Genre: hard rock, heavy metal

Released 11/04/1970

Fantastic record, obviously.

 

  1. Kevin Abstract – MTV 1987

Genre: pop, alternative hip hop, alternative R&B

Released 07/15/2014

This record is a little messy at times and I can’t say I was interested in every single song, but the experimental nature of it all is absolutely worth the listen if that’s what you’re into.

 

  1. Garbage – Version 2.0

Genre: alternative rock

Released 05/11/1998

Version 2.0 is extremely similar with Garbage’s debut record just with slightly more electronic influences. The lyrics and the vocals are more defined and easier to understand which is step up in terms of production, which also creates perfect artistic progression for the band.

 

  1. Garbage – Garbage

Genre: alternative rock, dance rock

Released 08/15/1995

Garbage was way ahead of other 90’s rock bands with this one. Each song on this record is so easily identifiable on its own yet the entire project reminds one piece of work. That’s really not an easy thing to accomplish, especially with a debut.

 

  1. Fiona Apple – When The Pawn…

Genre: unknown

Released 11/09/1999

For an album three years after her debut, I expected more artistic growth but I found myself thinking that it sounds extremely similar to Tidal at times. However, I can say that this one might be a little more listenable than Tidal in some regards, and I enjoyed it a little more.

 

  1. Fiona Apple – Tidal

Genre: alternative pop

Released 07/23/1996

I found most of these songs to be difficult to sit through considering they’re five or more minutes long. Something about it just didn’t capture my attention.

 

  1. Andrew Bird – Are You Serious

Genre: indie folk

Released 04/01/2016

Cool mix of indie and folk where one genre never overpowers the other. Great vocal melodies paired with pretty instrumental pieces make this a record to remember.

 

  1. Jay Rock – Redemption

Genre: west coast hip hop

Released 06/15/2018

There are some average moments on here but besides that, this is a very well rounded project musically, lyrically and vocally.

 

  1. Travis Scott – Astroworld

Genre: hip hop

Released 08/03/108

This actually is as good as everyone says.

 

  1. Mac Miller – Swimming

Genre: hip hop, jazz rap

Released 08/03/2018

“The grass is always greener till I cut it all” – “So It Goes”

 

  1. Ariana Grande – Sweetener

Genre: pop, R&B

Released 08/17/2018

I expected more from this album.

 

  1. Marina and the Diamonds – Electra Heart

Genre: electropop, dance pop

Released 04/27/2012

Electra Heart received mix reviews and fell sharply off the charts soon after its release, and I find that to be a shame. The way she embodies this character and creates a professional, well rounded record from it doesn’t happen very often and really isn’t easy achievable. Each song is ridiculously fun and there’s a perfect mix of heavy electronica and toned down pieces.

 

  1. My Chemical Romance – I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love

Genre: post hardcore, screamo, punk rock

Released 07/23/2002

This is so rough around the edges and most people wouldn’t consider this “good” music at all. But MCR was onto something huge, and this is where it all began.

 

  1. Kanye West – ye

Genre: hip hop

Released 06/01/2018

I like how this feels like a story if you look close enough.

 

  1. Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface

Genre: alternative hip hop, rock, indie pop

Released 05/17/2015

With Blurryface, Twenty One Pilots soildified the sound they initially had on Vessel.

 

  1. The Waterboys – This Is The Sea

Genre: folk rock

Released 09/16/1985

This is as good as folk rock gets.

 

  1. Led Zeppelin – Coda

Genre: hard rock

Released 11/19/1988

Although this is considered their final studio album, it’s consisted of unused tracks from the previous eight records. Coda is more of a sample platter of Led Zeppelin’s discography than an actual studio album which makes a lot of sense.

 

  1. Led Zeppelin – In Through The Out Door

Genre: hard rock, alternative rock

Released 08/15/1979

Led Zeppelin’s entire discography starts to mesh together for me and it’s hard to distinguish albums and songs, so after getting this far in I didn’t have much to say about any of them.

 

  1. Led Zeppelin – Presence

Genre: hard rock, blues rock

Released 03/31/1976

The opening track, “Achillies Last Stand” is absolutely my favorite track on the record bur things kind of go downhill after that. This one doesn’t seem very specific, it’s kind of just there.

 

  1. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

Genre: rock

Released 02/04/1975

The bands peak. It’s undeniable.

 

  1. Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy

Genre: rock

Released 03/28/1973

After their first four released, Houses of the Holy comes across as very fresh and exciting. You can tell they’re the same band but it’s definitely a step up from their previous material.

 

  1. Nas – Illmatic

Genre: east coast hip hop, jazz rap

Released 04/19/1994

The best part about this record is how you can actually hear how it’s influenced music that came after it. Truly a stunning piece of work.

 

  1. Neck Deep – Wishful Thinking

Genre: pop punk

Released 01/14/2014

This reminds me heavily of Blink-182 but honestly, I’m not even mad about it. It might not be the most original sounding thing but it has good lyrics and melodies, which make it enjoyable to listen

 

  1. Queen – Sheer Heart Attack

Genre: hard rock, glam rock

Released 11/08/1974

Queen is such a well known band and my opinion on them honestly doesn’t even matter, but I do want to say that I really liked this record.

 

  1. Kali Uchis – Isolation

Genre: R&B, funk, hip hop

Released 04/16/2018

Absolutely perfect.

 

  1. State Champs – The Finer Things

Genre: pop punk

Released 10/08/2013

I won’t ever complain about pop punk but I expected this to be a little better.

 

  1. Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes

Genre: pop

Released 05/25/2018

Shawn Mendes isn’t an interesting artist to me and I find that most of his work sounds recycled and repetitive. Despite that, this was a solid record and there are a few great songs that I would listen to again. He is truly talented and I’m hoping one day that all of his potential shows through.

 

  1. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage

Genre: R&B

Released 0/27/2017

I don’t remember anything about this record, but I do remember that I liked it for the most part.

 

  1. Hayley Kiyoko – Expectations

Genre: pop, synth pop, electro pop

Released 03/30/2018

There were a few holes in this record where some things didn’t feel like they fit right but for the most part, this was an enjoyable piece of music.

 

  1. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap

Genre: hip hop, jazz rap

Released 04/30/2013

This was very cool.

 

  1. Moody Blues – Long Distance Voyager

Genre: progressive rock, pop rock

Released 05/15/1981

I wrote in my initial review that “The Moody Blues can do no wrong” and I still stand by that statement. Long Distance Voyager is a perfect balance between progressive rock and pop influences. Even the rather lengthy songs that normally I would skip after a few minutes never feel like they drag on and the entire project from start to finish is wonderful.

 

  1. Christina Aguilera – Liberation

Genre: pop, hip hop, R&B

Released: 06/15/2018

I never listened to much of Christina Aguilera’s music so I really had nothing to base this album by, but it is a damn good record. It’s so mature and the production is immaculately handled; every song flows together without any awkward moments and I do believe this was one of the best albums of 2018.

 

  1. Panic! At The Disco – Pray For The Wicked

Genre: pop

Released 06/22/2018

Ugh, let’s not.

 

  1. Mayday Parade – Sunnyland

Genre: pop punk, pop rock

Released 06/15/2018

Mayday Parade is a band that I’ve been following for a really long time now and they never fail to disappoint. Sunnyland especially feels strangely nostalgic and a little outdated, but they managed to incorporate all of the best aspects of pop punk into one record.

 

  1. The Strokes – Is This It

Genre: indie rock, garage rock revival

Released 07/30/2001

Upon first listen I though this album was “garage band sounding music that’s polished but well put together, I don’t really love it but it’s not terrible either”. I don’t know whether my opinion has changed very much, if I’m being honest.