2019+2018 reviews

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Bonus 2019 blog (when times were good!)
This is the selections of one person: MCS. I hope they can guide you into enjoying the most modern and innovative music today.
MCS’s Festive 40
1. The Crowded Cell – PJ HARVEY
2. The Hanging Man – SWANS
3. 7empest – TOOL
4. Culling Voices – TOOL
5. Token – PANDA BEAR
6. See My Girls – TINDERSTICKS
7. Big – FONTAINES D.C.
8. Not Quite The Same – TEMPLES
9. Dolphins – PANDA BEAR
10. Memorial Day – SHARON VAN ETTEN
11. Bad Guys – BILLIE EILISH
12. Crown – STORMZY
13. Cranked – PANDA BEAR
14. The Night Of Santiago – LEONARD COHEN
15. Holy Horses – TEMPLES
16. Fear Inoculum – TOOL
17. How Many Times – The FLAMING LIPS
18. The Universe Sent Me – The CHEMICAL BROTHERS
19. Comeback Kid – SHARON VAN ETTEN
20. The Howl – TEMPLES
21. Anti-Gravity – THESE NEW PURITANS
22. Inner Monologue – PANDA BEAR
23. Where The Trees Are On Fire – THESE NEW PURITANS
24. Arabesque – COLDPLAY
25. Orphans – COLDPLAY
26. Light Years – The NATIONAL
27. Champion Of The World – COLDPLAY
28. Wiley Flow – STORMZY
29. Ten Good Reasons For Modern Drugs – The TWILIGHT SAD
30. The Arbor – The TWILIGHT SAD
31. Big Black Cloud – JOE JACKSON
32. The Surprise Knock – The NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
33. Falling Down The Stairs Of Your Smile – The NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
33. Colossus Of Rhodes – The NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
34. Exits – FOALS
35. Stay – SHARON VAN ETTEN
36. Vossi Pop – STORMZY
37. Own It – STORMZY feat. ED SHEERAN & BURNA BOY
38. Jogging – RICHARD DAWSON
39. Civil Servant – RICHARD DAWSON
40. For The Sun – MARISSA NADLER

2019 so far… Album releases & * ratings (see further on for fresh posts); thanks for pic by Casper Johansson

Click on group/artist in green and this will take you to their biography; the associated review paragraph is situated towards the end.
Note that I will try my best to review fresh albums ASAP; probably within a week and few days after the UK/US chart positions (Friday nights UK; and Tuesday afternoons US)
Remember to look through the other 2000 acts by clicking on the Q link and inserting the correct artist/group name. See below list of fresh portfolios.
Top 20:-
1. TOOL – Fear Inoculum {*9}
2. The FLAMING LIPS – King’s Mouth: Music And Songs {*9}
3. Sharon VAN ETTEN – Remind Me Tomorrow {*9}
4. The NEW PORNOGRAPHERS – In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights {*9}
5. FONTAINES D.C. – Dogrel {*8}
6. PANDA BEAR – Buoys {*8}
7. The NATIONAL – I Am Easy To Find {*8}
8. GUIDED BY VOICES – Zeppelin Over China {*8}
9. GUIDED BY VOICES – Warp And Woof {*8}
10. Billie EILISH – When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? {*8}
11. FOALS – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 1 {*8}
12. Richard DAWSON – 2020 {*8}
13. THESE NEW PURITANS – Inside The Rose {*8}
14. TEMPLES – Hot Motion {*8}
15. The TWILIGHT SAD – It Won/t Be Like This All The Time {*8}
16. SLIPKNOT – We Are Not Your Kind {*8}
17. Joe JACKSON – Fool {*8}
18. HAWKWIND – All Aboard The Skylark {*8}
19. WHITE LIES – Five {*8}
20. TINDERSTICKS – No Treasure But Hope {*8}
20.= The WHO – Who {*8}
20. = STORMZY – Heavy Is The Head {*8}

A-Z artists (the others…)
AIRBOURNE – Boneshaker {*6}
(ALABAMA SHAKES‘) Brittany HOWARD – Jaime {*8}
The ALARM – Sigma {*6}
ALTER BRIDGE – Walk The Sky {*7}
Jon ANDERSON – 1000 Hands: Chapter One {*7}
The AVETT BROTHERS – Closer Than Together {*6}
Devendra BANHART – Ma {*8}
BASTILLE – Doom Days {*7}
BAT FOR LASHES – Lost Girls {*8}
BECK – Hyperspace {*8}
BEIRUT – Gallipoli {*7}
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN – Days Of The Bagnold Summer (soundtrack) {*7}
BIFFY CLYRO – Balance, Not Symmetry (soundtrack) {*8}
Andrew BIRD – My Finest Work Yet {*7}
The BLACK KEYS – Let’s Rock {*7}
BLACK OAK ARKANSAS – Underdog Heroes {*7}
BLACK STAR RIDERS – Another State Of Grace {*6}
BLACK STONE CHERRY – Back To Blues, Vol.2 {*7}
James BLAKE – Assume Form {*7}
BLINK-182 – Nine {*5}
BLOC PARTY – Silent Alarm Live (live) {*6}
(BLOC PARTY‘s) KELE – 2042 {*7}
James BLUNT – Once Upon A Mind {*6}
BON IVER – i,i {*8}
Joe BONAMASSA – Live At The Sydney Opera House {*6}
BRING ME THE HORIZON – Amo {*7}
Ian BROWN – Ripples {*6}
David BYRNE – American Utopia On Broadway {*8}
CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Social Cues {*7}
CALEXICO AND IRON & WINE – Years To Burn {*7}
Lewis CAPALDI – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent {*8}
Eliza CARTHY – Restitute {*7}
Nick CAVE And The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen {*8}
Michael CHAPMAN – True North {*7}
CIRCA WAVES – What’s It Like Over There? {*7}
CITY AND COLOUR – A Pill For Loneliness {*6}
Gary CLARK Jr. – This Land {*8}
Leonard COHEN – Thanks For The Dance {*8}
Lloyd COLE – Guesswork {*7}
COLDPLAY – Everyday Life {*8}
Edwyn COLLINS – Badlea {*8}
(Alice COOPER off-cut) HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES – Rise {*6}
Alice COOPER – Breadcrumbs {*6}
The CRANBERRIES – In The End {*7}
(CREED’s) Scott STAPP – The Space Between The Shadows {*6}
Sheryl CROW – Threads {*7}
Cherie CURRIE & Brie Darling – The Motivator {*5}
Roger DALTREY – The Who’s Tommy Orchestral {*6}
The DARKNESS – Easter Is Cancelled {*7}
Miles DAVIS – Rubberband {*6}
DEERHUNTER – Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? {*7}
Lana DEL REY – Norman Fucking Rockwell! {*8}
The DIVINE COMEDY – Office Politics {*7}
Peter DOHERTY & The Puta Madres – Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres {*7}
The DREAM SYNDICATE – These Times {*8}
DREAM THEATER – Distance Over Time {*8}
(EAGLES OF DEATH METAL affiliated) DESERT SESSIONS – Vol.11 & 12 {*7}
Steve EARLE & The Jukes – Guy {*7}
808 STATE – Transmission Suite {*7}
ELBOW – Giants Of All Sizes {*8}
Jeff Lynne’s ELO (aka ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA) – From Out Of Nowhere {*6}
(EVERCLEAR‘s) Art ALEXAKIS – Sun Songs {*7}
FKA twigs – Magdalene {*8}
FAT WHITE FAMILY – Serf’s Up! {*7}
FEEDER – Talulah {*6}
Sam FENDER – Hypersonic Missiles {*8}
FOALS – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 2 {*8}
FOCUS – Focus 11 {*7}
Peter FRAMPTON Band – All Blues {*6}
Jon FRATELLI – Bright Night Flowers {*7}
Liam GALLAGHER – Why Me? Why Not. {*7}
GANG OF FOUR – Happy Now {*6}
Howe GELB – Gathered {*6}
Thea GILMORE – Small World Turning {*7}
GONG – The Universe Also Collapses {*7}
GOO GOO DOLLS – Miracle Pill {*6}
(GRANDADDY‘s) Jason LYTLE – Arthur King Presents Jason Lytle: Nylon And Juno {*6}
David GRAY – Gold In A Brass Age {*7}
GUIDED BY VOICES – Sweating The Plague {*7}
Steve HACKETT – At The Edge Of Light {*8}
Sammy HAGAR & The Circle – Space Between {*6}
Peter HAMMILL – Not Yet Not Now (live) {*6}
PJ HARVEY – All About Eve (soundtrack) {*6}
Richard HAWLEY – Further {*8}
Peter HOOK – New Order’s Technique & Republic {*6}
Jesca HOOP – Stonechild {*7}
HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH – Imperfect Circle {*6}
HOT CHIP – A Bath Full Of Ecstasy {*7}
HOZIER – Wasteland, Baby! {*7}
IDLEWILD – Interview Music {*7}
(JANE’S ADDICTION’s) Perry FARRELL – Kind Heaven {*6}
JIMMY EAT WORLD – Surviving {*7}
Rickie Lee JONES – Kicks {*6}
Damien JURADO – In The Shape Of The Storm {*7}
KAISER CHIEFS – Duck {*6}
KEANE – Cause And Effect {*6}
Dermot KENNEDY – Without Fear {*7}
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Atonement {*7}
Michael KIWANUKA – Kiwanuka {*9}
KORN – The Nothing {*8}
(Mark KOZELEK’s) SUN KIL MOON – I Also Want To Die In New Orleans {*6}
Mark KOZELEK with PETRA HADEN – Joey Always Smiled {*4}
L7 – Scatter The Rats {*6}
LACUNA COIL – Black Anima {*6}
LAMBCHOP – This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You) {*6}
Mark LANEGAN Band – Somebody’s Knocking {*8}
Jamie LAWSON – The Years In Between {*6}
Cate LE BON – Reward {*8}
The LEMONHEADS – Varshons II {*6}
LIGHTNING DUST – Spectre {*7}
Nils LOFGREN – Blue With Lou {*7}
The LONG RYDERS – Psychedelic Country Soul {*7}
The LUMINEERS – III {*7}
MADONNA – Madame X {*7}
Stephen MALKMUS – Groove Denied {*7}
MARINA – Love + Fear {*7}
Steve MASON – About The Light {*7}
John MAYALL – Nobody Told Me {*7}
MEAT PUPPETS – Dusty Notes {*7}
MERCURY REV – Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweet Revisited {*6}
Keb’ MO’ – Oklahoma {*7}
MOBY – Long Ambients 2 {*5}
Aidan MOFFAT & RM HUBBERT – What The Night Bestows Us (live) {*6}
Eddie MONEY – Brand New Day {*5}
The MONOCHROME SET – Fabula Mendax {*8}
James MORRISON – You’re Stronger Than You Know {*7}
Van MORRISON – Three Chords & The Truth {*7}
MORRISSEY – California Son {*7}
Bob MOULD – Sunshine Rock {*7}
The MOUNTAIN GOATS – In League With Dragons {*7}
Marissa NADLER – Droneflower {*7}
NEW MODEL ARMY – From Here {*8}
NEW ORDER – ∑ (No,12k,Lg,17Mif) So It Goes… (live) {*7}
Willie NELSON – Ride Me Back Home {*6}
OF MONSTERS AND MEN – Fever Dream {*7}
(Will OLDHAM‘s) BONNIE PRINCE BILLY, BRYCE DESSNER, EIGHTH BACKBIRD – When We Are Inhuman {*6}
(Will OLDHAM‘s) BONNIE PRINCE BILLY – I Made A Place {*7}
Angel OLSEN – All Mirrors {*8}
(The ONLY ONES’) Peter PERRETT – Humanworld {*7}
OPETH – In Cauda Venenum {*7}
PAPA ROACH – Who Do You Trust? {*6}
Alan PARSONS – The Secret {*6}
PASSENGER – Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing At All {*6}
PERE UBU – The Long Goodbye {*7}
P!NK – Hurts 2B Human {*6}
PIXIES – Beneath The Eyrie {*8}
Iggy POP – Free {*7}
(PORTISHEAD’s) Beth GIBBONS – Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No.3… {*7}
Jessica PRATT – Quiet Signs {*7}
(PRETENDERS‘) Chrissie HYNDE – Valve Bone Woe {*6}
QUEENSRYCHE – The Verdict {*8}
RAMMSTEIN – Rammstein {*8}
(RAMMSTEIN‘s) LINDEMANN – F & M {*7}
Gruff RHYS – Pang! {*7}
RIDE – This Is Not A Safe Place {*8}
Freya RIDINGS – Freya Ridings {*7}
RIVAL SONS – Feral Roots {*8}
Alasdair ROBERTS – The Fiery Margin {*7}
Robbie ROBERTSON – Sinematic {*7}
RUNRIG – The Last Dance (Farewell Concert) {*7}
Kate RUSBY – Philosophers, Poets & Kings {*7}
SANTANA – Africa Speaks {*7}
Jack SAVORETTI – Singing To Strangers {*6}
SAVOY BROWN – City Night {*7}
SAXON – The Eagles Has Landed 40 Live {*7}
Leo SAYER – Selfie {*4}
The SCRIPT – Sunsets & Full Moons {*4}
SEBADOH – Act Surprised {*7}
Ed SHEERAN – No.6 Collaborations Project {*6}
The SHERLOCKS – Under Your Sky {*6}
SIMPLE MINDS – Live In The City Of Angels {*8}
SIMPLY RED – Blue Eyed Soul {*5}
Sturgill SIMPSON – Sound & Fury {*7}
(SILVER JEWS off-shoot) PURPLE MOUNTAINS – Purple Mountains {*8}
SLEAFORD MODS – Eton Alive {*7}
SLEATER-KINNEY – The Center Won’t Hold {*7}
SLEEPER – The Modern Age {*7}
SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – How It Feels To Be Lost {*6}
(SLOWDIVE off-shoot) The SOFT CAVALRY – The Soft Cavalry {*7}
(SMOG’s) Bill CALLAHAN – Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest {*8}
SNOOP DOGG – I Wanna Thank Me {*7}
SNOW PATROL – Reworked {*5}
SOAK – Grim Town {*7}
SOFT CELL – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (live) {*8}
SON VOLT – Union {*7}
(SONIC YOUTH‘s) KIM GORDON – No Home Record {*7}
SOUNDGARDEN – Live From The Artists Den (live) {*7}
The SPECIALS – Encore {*8}
Bruce SPRINGSTEEN – Western Stars {*7}
Bruce SPRINGSTEEN – Western Stars: Songs From The Film {*6}
Ringo STARR – Why’s My Name {*6}
(STARSAILOR’s) James WALSH – Tiger On The Bridge {*7}
STATUS QUO – Backbone {*6}
STEELEYE SPAN – Est’d 1969 {*7}
STEREOPHONICS – Kind {*7}
Rod STEWART with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – You’re In My Heart {*4}
STING – My Songs {*5}
(The STROKES‘ offshoot) CRX – Peek {*6}
SUM 41 – Order In Decline {*8}
SWANS – LEAVING MEANING. {*7}
SWERVEDRIVER – Future Ruins {*7}
(TALK TALK’s) RUSTIN MAN – Drift Code {*8}
The TALLEST MAN ON EARTH – I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream {*8}
THIRD EYE BLIND – Screamer {*5}
THUNDER – Please Remain Seated {*7}
Robin TROWER – Coming Closer To The Day {*7}
Frank TURNER – No Man’s Land {*7}
Nik TURNER – The Final Frontier {*7}
Jeff TWEEDY – Warmer {*6}
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB – False Alarm {*7}
UB40 – For The Many {*6}
U.K. SUBS – Subversions II {*6}
UNDERWORLD – Drift (episodes 1-5)… {*8}
The UNTHANKS – Lines: Parts One, Two & Three {*7}
VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Father Of The Bride {*8}
VANGELIS – Nocturne: The Piano Album {*6}
VIOLENT FEMMES – Hotel Last Resort {*7}
Tom WALKER – What A Time To Be Alive {*7}
The WATERBOYS – Where The Action Is {*7}
Jane WEAVER – Loops In The Secret Society {*7}
The WEDDING PRESENT – Live 2017 (Part 2) (live) {*6}
WEEZER – Weezer “Teal Album” {*4}
WEEZER – Weezer “Black Album” {*7}
Paul WELLER – Other Aspects: Live At The Royal Festival Hall {*7}
Kanye WEST – Jesus Is King {*5}
(Jack WHITE’s) The RACONTEURS – Help Us Stranger {*8}
WHITE DENIM – Side Effects {*7}
WHITESNAKE – Flesh & Blood {*7}
WILCO – Ode To Joy {*7}
Robbie WILLIAMS – The Christmas Present {*6}
Ronnie WOOD with his Wild Five – Mad Lad: A Tribute To Chuck Berry {*6}
(YEAH YEAH YEAH’s) Karen O – Lux Prima {*8}
YES – 50 Live (live) {*7}
Thom YORKE – Anima {*7}
James YORKSTON – The Route To The Harmonium {*8}
Jesse Colin YOUNG – Dreamers {*7}
Neil YOUNG & Crazy Horse – Colorado {*7}

December stop press…
Sufjan STEVENS – The Decalogue {*5}
The FLAMING LIPS – The Soft Bulletin: Live At Red Rocks {*8}
IDLES – A Beautiful Thing: Idles Live At Le Bataclan {*7}
MARILLION – With Friends From The Orchestra {*8}
NIGHTWISH – Decades: Live In Buenos Aires {*7}
Gary NUMAN – When The Sky Came Down: Live at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester {*7}
Rick WAKEMAN – Christmas Portraits {*2}

Stop Press: new portfolios from July 2019 onwards:-
A.R. & MACHINES
ABACUS
ACHE
AGITATION FREE
AHORA MAZDA
ALQUIN
AME SON
AREA
Brian AUGER
BADLY DRAWN BOY
BANGLES
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
Mike BLOOMFIELD
The BLUES PROJECT
Jacques BREL
BRINSLEY SCHWARZ
Sandy BULL
Paul BUTTERFIELD
Lewis CAPALDI
CAST
CHICKEN SHACK
Gerry CINNAMON
CIRCA WAVES
Gary CLARK Jr.
COLOSSEUM
Betty DAVIS
DOVES
The DREAM SYNDICATE
808 STATE
Billie EILISH
The ELECTRIC FLAG
EVERLAST
FKA twigs
Georgie FAME
Sam FENDER
FEVER TREE
The FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS
FOGHAT
FONTAINES D.C.
The FREE DESIGN
Serge GAINSBOURG
The GO-GO’S
GOMEZ
GRANDADDY
GREEN ON RED
GREENSLADE
Tom GRENNAN
GRIZZLY BEAR
Buddy GUY
HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH
HOUSE OF PAIN
ICE CUBE
ICE-T
IDLES
Joe JACKSON
JAMIROQUAI
JAY-Z
Dermot KENNEDY
KLAXONS
KOOL & THE GANG
Al KOOPER
Kris KRISTOFFERSON
L7
LACUNA COIL
LIGHTNING DUST
LIVE
The LONG RYDERS
Nick LOWE
John MILES
MINISTRY
MOBY
MOBY GRAPE
Eddie MONEY
James MORRISON
MUD
MUNGO JERRY
Willie NELSON
The NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
OPETH
Gilbert O’SULLIVAN
P!NK
PINK FAIRIES
POCO
Alan PRICE
Maddy PRIOR
RAG’N’BONE MAN
The RAIN PARADE
The RAPTURE
Chris REA
Freya RIDINGS
Minnie RIPERTON
RIVAL SONS
RUFUS / RUFUS featuring CHAKA KHAN
SAVOY BROWN
Leo SAYER
The SCRIPT
The SHERLOCKS
SILVER JEWS
SLINT
SLOWDIVE
SPARKLEHORSE
SPIN DOCTORS
STORMZY
SUM 41
TEMPLES
David THOMAS
TRAIN
TRICKY
The TWILIGHT SAD
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
Melvin VAN PEEBLES
Rufus WAINWRIGHT
Tom WALKER
WAR
Jane WEAVER
Sonny Boy WILLIAMSON (II)
Bill WITHERS
Link WRAY
YOUNG FATHERS
Warren ZEVON
The ZUTONS

note: to access all press Q on bar and type in artist’s name; try other artists also (there are around 2,000 available).MC’s sublime sixty songs/tracks of 2018
1. An Abacus Designed To Calculate Infinity: ADAM STAFFORD
2. Lord Of Love: JOSEPHINE FOSTER
3. Age Of Man: GRETA VAN FLEET
4. Whether: JULIA HOLTER
5. River Search Into The Night: ADAM STAFFORD
6. Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin): DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
7. Everything She Said: J MASCIS
8. Marble Skies: DJANGO DJANGO
9. Tic Tac Toe: DJANGO DJANGO
10. The Rover: INTERPOL
11. Picture Of This Place: JAMES
12. Metamorphosis: JOHN GRANT
13. Sometimes: J MASCIS
14. All The Wild Places: SUEDE
15. When The Curtain Falls: GRETA VAN FLEET
16. Rainier Fog: ALICE IN CHAINS
17. Solara: The SMASHING PUMPKINS
18. Rollin With The Flow: KURT VILE
19. In Your Beat: DJANGO DJANGO
20. Watching Over: GRETA VAN FLEET
21. Merrie Land: The GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN
22. Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts): The SMASHING PUMPKINS
23. Surface To Air: DJANGO DJANGO feat. SELF ESTEEM
24. The Witch Hunt: ADAM STAFFORD
25. Cockcrow: AIDAN MOFFAT & RM HUBBERT with SIOBHAN WILSON
26. Mr. Tillman: FATHER JOHN MISTY
27. Gun To The Head: The GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN
28. Singularity: JON HOPKINS
29. Solid Silk: STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS
30. The New Day: GRETA VAN FLEET
31. Sea Borne: DEAD CAN DANCE
32. Pressure: MUSE
33. Mutinies: KURT VILE
34. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino: ARCTIC MONKEYS
35. Skinny Mini: KURT VILE
36. Tides: SUEDE
37. Coming Home (Pt.2): JAMES
38. Dream In: TUNNG
39. Rose Of Sharon: MUMFORD & SONS
40. Diggin’ A Ditch: RYLEY WALKER
41. Guiding Light: MUMFORD & SONS
42. Crazy: CYPRESS HILL
43. Check Baby: KURT VILE
44. Here On Out: DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
45. Busted Stuff: RYLEY WALKER
46. Liberator Of Minds: DEAD CAN DANCE
47. Loading Zones: KURT VILE
48. Hank: JAMES
49. It’s A Shame: FIRST AID KIT
50. Fireworks: FIRST AID KIT
51. Dance Of The Bacchantes: DEAD CAN DANCE
52. Cheetah Tongue: The WOMBATS
53. Museum Of Grinding Dicks: ADAM STAFFORD
54. Yeah Bones: KURT VILE
55. Donuts: MOGWAI
56. Idea Of You: DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
57. The Invocation: DEAD CAN DANCE
58. Anthem: GRETA VAN FLEET
59. Brave New World: GRETA VAN FLEET
60. I Shall Love 2: JULIA HOLTER

MC’s albums of the year 2018
1. {*9} Bottle It In: KURT VILE
2. {*9} Fire Behind The Curtain: ADAM STAFFORD
3. {*8} Anthem Of The Peaceful Army: GRETA VAN FLEET
4. {*8} Marble Skies: DJANGO DJANGO
5. {*8} Dionysus: DEAD CAN DANCE
6. {*8} Living In Extraordinary Times: JAMES
7. {*8} The Blue Hour: SUEDE
8. {*8} Elastic Days: J MASCIS
9. {*8} Come Tomorrow: DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
10. {*8} Merrie Land: The GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN
11. {*8} Here Lies The Body: AIDAN MOFFAT & RM HUBBERT
12. {*8} Rainier Fog: ALICE IN CHAINS
13. {*8} God’s Favorite Customer: FATHER JOHN MISTY
14. {*8} Love Is Magic: JOHN GRANT
15. {*8} Aviary: JULIA HOLTER
16. {*8} Thank You For Today: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
17. {*8} Performance: WHITE DENIM
18. {*8} From When I Wake The Want Is: KATHRYN JOSEPH
19. {*8} I’ll Be Your Girl: The DECEMBERISTS
20. {*8} Sparkle Hard: STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS
21. {*8} New Material: PREOCCUPATIONS
22. {*8} Hunter: ANNA CALVI
23. {*8} Songs You Make At Night: TUNNG
24. {*8} Ruins: FIRST AID KIT
25. {*8} Dungeness: TREMBLING BELLS
26. {*8} 7: BEACH HOUSE
27. {*8} With Animals: MARK LANEGAN & DUKE GARWOOD
28. {*8} Digital Garbage: MUDHONEY
29. {*8} Wanderer: CAT POWER
30. {*8} World’s Strongest Man: GAZ COOMBES
31. {*8} Babelsberg: GRUFF RHYS
32. {*8} Runaway: PASSENGER
33. {*8} The Art Of Pretending To Swim: VILLAGERS
34. {*8} Move Through The Dawn: The CORAL
35. {*8} LUMP: LUMP (aka Laura Marling Mike Lindsey)
36. {*8} Acts Of Fear And Love: SLAVES
37. {*8} Intruders: The RESIDENTS
38. {*7} Shiny And Oh So Bright…: The SMASHING PUMPKINS
39. {*7} Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino: ARCTIC MONKEYS
40. {*7} Faithful Fairy Harmony: JOSEPHINE FOSTER
41. {*7} Wide Awake!: PARQUET COURTS
42. {*7} Boarding House Reach: JACK WHITE
43. {*7} The Lillywhite Sessions: RYLEY WALKER
44. {*7} KIN: MOGWAI
45. {*7} Ghost Forests: Meg BAIRD & MARY LATTIMORE
46. {*7} Elephants On Acid: CYPRESS HILL
47. {*7} Double Negative: LOW
48. {*7} There’s A Riot Going On: YO LA TENGO
49. {*7} Marauder: INTERPOL
50. {*7} Little Dark Age: MGMT
90s alt-rock acts (post-Britpop)
{*7} And Nothing Hurt: SPIRITUALIZED
{*7} Resistance Is Futile: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
{*7} I Sometimes Dream Of Glue: LUKE HAINES
{*7} Suspiria OST: THOM YORKE
{*7} Phantom Thread OST: JONNY GREENWOOD
{*7} You Were Never Really Here OST: JONNY GREENWOOD
{*7} Revelation: REEF
{*7} Islands: ASH
{*7} Ghost Stories For Christmas: AIDAN MOFFAT & RM HUBBERT
{*7} How To Solve Our Human Problems, Pts.1-3: BELLE AND SEBASTIAN
{*6} Wildness: SNOW PATROL
{*6} Natural Rebel: RICHARD ASHCROFT
US post-grunge/alt-rock
{*7} The Deconstruction: EELS
{*7} All Nerve: The BREEDERS
{*7} Dove: BELLY
{*7} Possible Dust Clouds: KRISTIN HERSH
{*7} Space Gun: GUIDED BY VOICES
{*8} Warm: JEFF TWEEDY
{*7} Back Roads And Abandoned Motels: The JAYHAWKS
{*7} Mark Kozelek: MARK KOZELEK
{*6} This Is My Dinner: SUN KIL MOON
{*6} The Atlas Underground: TOM MORELLO
Techno/dance/ambient (90s…)
{*7} No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds: The ORB
{*7} Monsters Exist: ORBITAL
{*7} No Tourists: The PRODIGY
{*7} Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt: MOBY
{*7} Singularity: JON HOPKINS
{*7} The Now Now: GORILLAZ
{*6} Collapse EP: APHEX TWIN
Hip-hop/rap
{*7} Cocoa Sugar: YOUNG FATHERS
{*7} Kids See Ghosts: KIDS SEE GHOSTS
{*6} Ye: KANYE WEST
{*6} Kamikaze: EMINEM
{*6} Everythangs Corrupt: ICE CUBE
Post-millennium alt-rock/pop
{*7} Big Red Machine: BIG RED MACHINE (Bon Iver & Aaron Dessner)
{*7} Vide Noir: LORD HURON
{*7} Part Of The Light: RAY LaMONTAGNE
{*7} Francis Trouble: ALBERT HAMMOND, JR.
{*7} Virtue: The VOIDZ
{*7} Delta: MUMFORD & SONS
{*7} Invisible Storm: TURIN BRAKES
{*7} The Horizon Just Laughed: DAMIEN JURADO
{*7} I Hope You’re Happy: BLUE OCTOBER
{*7} Be More Kind: FRANK TURNER
{*7} Tell Me How You Really Feel: COURTNEY BARNETT
{*7} In Your Own Sweet Time: The FRATELLIS
{*7} Combat Sports: The VACCINES
{*7} Wrong Creatures: BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB
{*7} Noonday Dream: BEN HOWARD
{*7} Lighting Matches: TOM GRENNAN
{*7} Violence: EDITORS
{*7} Olympus Sleeping: RAZORLIGHT
{*7} Hippo Lite: DRINKS (Cate Le Bon & Tim Presley)
{*7} Cool Like You: BLOSSOMS
{*7} A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships: The 1975
{*7} Trench: TWENTY ONE PILOTS
{*7} Megaplex: WE ARE SCIENTISTS
{*7} Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life: The WOMBATS
{*7} Sounds Recorded By Steve Albini: SPARE SNARE
{*7} The Lookout: LAURA VEIRS
{*7} For My Crimes: NARISSA NADLER
{*7} Passwords: DAWES
{*7} Rebound: ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER (ex-Fiery Furnaces)
{*7} The Well Worn Path: SETH LAKEMAN
{*7} Electric Light: JAMES BAY
{*7} Staying At Tamara’s: GEORGE EZRA
{*7} Bought To Rot: LAURA JANE GRACE & THE DEVOURING MOTHERS
{*7} MassEducation: ST. VINCENT
{*6} Simulation Theory: MUSE
{*6} Always Ascending: FRANZ FERDINAND
{*6} Let’s Go Sunshine: The KOOKS
{*6} Is This Thing Cursed?: ALKALINE TRIO
{*6} VI: YOU ME AT SIX
{*6} Love Is Dead: CHVRCHES
{*6} Pray For The Wicked: PANIC! AT THE DISCO
{*6} Origins: IMAGINE DRAGONS
{*6} High As Hope: FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
{*6} Jubilee Road: TOM ODELL
{*6} Beyond The End: ED HARCOURT
{*6} White Is Relic / Irrealis Mood: OF MONTREAL
{*5} Coup De Grace: MILES KANE
{*5} Mania: FALL OUT BOY
{*5} Politics Of Living: KODALINE
{*5} Tangerine Reef: ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
Punk/post-punk/new wave acts from the 70s/80s
{*7} Call The Comet: JOHNNY MARR
{*7} Walk Between Worlds: SIMPLE MINDS
{*7} True Meanings: PAUL WELLER
{*7} American Utopia: DAVID BYRNE
{*7} Maisieworld: The MONOCHROME SET
{*7} Monster: HUGH CORNWELL
{*7} Burning Cities: SKIDS
{*7} Look Now: ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS
{*7} Evil Spirits: The DAMNED
{*7} No One Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your…: HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT
{*7} Here We Go Love: The BEAT
{*7} Broken Politics: NENEH CHERRY
{*7} Wanderlust: BLANCMANGE
{*7} Down The Road Wherever: MARK KNOPFLER
{*7} Tontine: SPEAR OF DESTINY
{*7} Blow Your Mind: WILKO JOHNSON
{*7} Lightsleeper: NEIL FINN
{*7} Raise Vibration: LENNY KRAVITZ
{*7} Record: TRACEY THORN
{*7} Cloud Symbols: GRAHAM PARKER
{*7} Angry Cyclist: The PROCLAIMERS
{*7} Life: BOY GEORGE & CULTURE CLUB
{*6} The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
{*6} Other People’s Stuff: JOHN MELLENCAMP
{*6} We The Collective: LEVELLERS
{*6} A Lovely Life To Live: JOOLS HOLLAND & MARC ALMOND
{*6} Marchesa: LYDIA LUNCH
{*4} 44/876: STING & SHAGGY
Hard-rock (old-school)
{*7} Thunderbolt: SAXON
{*7} Living The Dream: URIAH HEEP
{*7} Firepower: JUDAS PRIEST
{*7} What Happens Next: JOE SATRIANI
{*7} The Big Bad Blues: BILLY F GIBBONS
{*7} Tattooed On My Brain: NAZARETH
{*6} Lost On The Road To Eternity: MAGNUM
{*6} The Future Is What It Used To Be: The GUESS WHO
{*5} Road To Utopia: HAWKWIND
Nu-metal (90s/00s…)
{*7} Ritual: SOULFLY
{*7} When Legends Rise: GODSMACK
{*7} Holy Hell: ARCHITECTS
{*7} Vicious: HALESTORM
{*7} Eat The Elephant: A PERFECT CIRCLE
{*7} Book Of Bad Decisions: CLUTCH
{*6} Stone Temple Pilots: STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
{*6} Gravity: BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
{*6} Victim Of The New Disease: ALL THAT REMAINS
{*6} Ember: BREAKING BENJAMIN
{*6} All I See Is War: SEVENDUST
{*6} Bad Witch: NINE INCH NAILS
{*6} Evolution: DISTURBED
{*6} Living The Dream: SLASH
{*4} America: THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS
Rock/pop from the 60s (pre-punk)
{*7} Bitter-Sweet: BRYAN FERRY
{*7} 13 Rivers: RICHARD THOMPSON
{*7} The Prodigal Son: RY COODER
{*7} Equinoxe Infinity: JEAN MICHEL JARRE
{*7} Here If You Listen: DAVID CROSBY
{*7} Egypt Station: PAUL McCARTNEY
{*7} Negative Capability: MARIANNE FAITHFULL
{*7} Black Velvet: CHARLES BRADLEY (posthumous)
{*7} Whistle Down The Wind: JOAN BAEZ
{*7} The Tree Of Forgiveness: JOHN PRINE
{*7} As Long As I Have You: ROGER DALTREY
{*7} Out Of The Blues: BOZ SCAGGS
{*7} Not Too Far Away: JOAN ARMATRADING
{*7} The Prophet Speaks: VAN MORRISON
{*7} You’re Driving Me Crazy: VAN MORRISON & JOEY DeFRANCESCO
{*7} ReInvention: GRYPHON
{*6} Blood Red Roses: ROD STEWART
{*6} Warzone: YOKO ONO
{*6} Over And Out: RICK PARFITT (posthumous)
{*6} Our Country – Americana, Act 2: RAY DAVIES
{*6} It’s About Time: CHIC
{*6} On Broadway: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
{*6} Everybody Knows: STILLS & COLLINS
{*6} Piano Odyssey: RICK WAKEMAN
{*6} In The Blue Light: PAUL SIMON
{*6} My Way: WILLIE NELSON
{*6} Dancing Queen: CHER
{*6} Dumplin’ OST: DOLLY PARTON
{*5} Botanical Gardens: DON McLEAN
{*4} Rise Up: CLIFF RICHARD

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