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  • DD
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    #368610

    Here’s our grading scale:

    Metacritic’s 4-star scale

    Their Grade Converts To
    4 = 100
    3.5 = 88
    3 = 75
    2.5 = 63
    2 = 50
    1.5 = 38
    1 = 25
    0.5 = 12
    0 = 0

    Letter Grades

    Their Grade Converts To
    A or A+ = 100
    A- = 91
    B+ = 83
    B = 75
    B- = 67
    C+ = 58
    C = 50
    C- = 42
    D+ = 33
    D = 25
    D- = 16
    F+ = 8
    F or F- = 0

    2011 ALBUM SCORES and RANKINGS:

    95.5 Jill Scott “The Light of the Sun” (2 reviews)
    91.0 Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues” (8 Reviews)
    85.8 Adele “21” (14 Reviews)
    85.0 The Weeknd “House of Balloons” (2 reviews)
    83.7 Beastie Boys “Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2” (3 reviews)
    81.6 Britney Spears “Femme Fatale” (10 reviews)
    81.3 Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (15 reviews)
    80.3 PJ Harvey “Let England Shake” (4 reviews)
    79.4 Lykke Li “Wounded Rhymes” (5 reviews)
    78.5 Radiohead “The King of Limbs” (6 reviews)
    76.7 Death Cab for Cutie “Codes and Keys” (3 reviews)
    76.5 tUnE-yArDs “w h o k i l l” (2 reviews)
    73.0 Marsha Ambrosius “Late Nights, Early Mornings” (2 reviews)
    71.0 Raphael Saadiq “Stone Rollin” (3 reviews
    69.0 Corinne Bailey Rae “The Love EP” (2 reviews)
    67.3 Jennifer Lopez “LOVE?” (4 reviews)
    66.3 Green Day “Awesome As F*ck” (3 reviews)
    65.8 Chris Brown “F.A.M.E.” (5 reviews)
    63.0 James Blake “James Blake” (4 reviews)
    62.9 Jennifer Hudson “I Remember Me” (7 reviews)
    62.0 My Morning Jacket “Circuital” (2 reviews)
    60.0 Tyler the Creator “Goblin” (2 reviews)
    57.0 Foo Fighters “Wasting Light” (6 reviews)
    55.8 The Strokes “Angles” (4 reviews)
    51.8 Avril Lavigne “Goodbye Lullaby” (5 reviews)
    51.7 The Decemberists “The King is Dead” (3 reviews)
    51.0 Keri Hilson “No Boys Allowed” (3 reviews)
    47.0 Kelly Price “Kelly” (2 reviews)
    46.7 Panic at the Disco “Vices and Virtues” (3 reviews)
    46.5 Musiq Soulchild “musiqinthemagiq” (2 reviews)
    46.3 Lupe Fiasco “Lasers” (3 reviews)
    46.3 Beyonce “4” (8 reviews)
    25.0 Stevie Nicks “In Your Dreams” (2 reviews)
    24.5 Jessie J “Who Are You” (2 reviews)
    20.0 Moby “Destroyed” (2 reviews)

    2009-2010 FINAL RANKINGS:

    98 — Kanye West “MY DARK BEAUTIFUL TWISTED FANTASY” (5 Reviews)
    96 — Arcade Fire “THE SUBURBS” (7 Reviews)
    89 — Sade “SOLDIER OF LOVE” (6 Reviews)
    88 — Janelle Monae “ARCHANDROID” (12 Reviews)
    88 — Black Keys “BROTHERS” (5 Reviews)
    88 — Bilal “AIRTIGHT’S REVENGE” (2 Reviews)
    87 — Miranda Lambert “REVOLUTION” (4 Reviews)
    87 — Vampire Weekend “CONTRA” (5 Reviews)
    87 — Robert Plant “BAND OF JOY” (2 Reviews)
    86 — The Roots “HOW I GOT OVER” (2 Reviews)
    86 — Patti Griffith “DOWNTOWN CHURCH” (2 Reviews)
    85 — Melanie Fiona “THE BRIDGE” (5 Reviews)
    85 — John Legend & The Roots “WAKE UP!” (4 Reviews)
    85 — Lady Gaga “THE FAME MONSTER” (11 Reviews)
    85 — Nelly Furtado “MI PLAN” (4 Reviews)
    85 — LCD Soundsystem “THIS IS HAPPENING” (5 Reviews)
    84 — Erykah Badu “NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO” (5 Reviews)
    83 — Sleigh Bells “TREATS” (4 Reviews)
    83 — Gorillaz “PLASTIC BEACH” (5 Reviews)
    83 — Beach House “TEEN DREAMS” (3 Reviews)
    82 — Shakira “SALE EL SOL” (4 Reviews)
    82 — Taylor Swift “SPEAK NOW” (7 Reviews)
    82 — Corinne Baily Rae “THE SEA” (8 Reviews)
    82 — David Gray “FOUNDLING” (2 Reviews)
    81 — Mariah Carey “MEMOIRS OF AN IMPERFECT ANGEL” (9 Reviews)
    80 — Kid Cudi “MAN ON THE MOON II” (2 Reviews)
    80 — Big Boi “SIR LUSCIOUS…” (10 Reviews)
    79 — Arctic Monkeys “HUMBUG” (2 Reviews)
    79 — Robyn “BODY TALK PT. 1” (5 Reviews)
    79 — Shakira “SHEWOLF” (4 Reviews)
    78 — Ray LaMontagne “GOD WILLIN’ & CREEK DON’T RISE” (2 Reviews)
    78 — M.I.A. “MAYA” (8 Reviews)
    78 — Florence & The Machine “LUNGS” (7 Reviews)
    77 — Robin Thicke “SEX THERAPY” (4 Reviews)
    76 — OST “WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE” (4 Reviews)
    76 — Alicia Keys “ELEMENT OF FREEDOM” (8 Reviews)
    75 — Cee-Lo “LADYKILLER (3 Reviews)
    75 — Broken Bells “BROKEN BELLS” (3 Reviews)
    75 — Sharon Jones & TDK “I LEARNED THE HARD WAY” (2 Reviews)
    75 — Rihanna “RATED R” (11 Reviews)
    75 — VV Brown “TRAVELLING LIKE THE LIGHT” (2 Reviews)
    74 — Jazmine Sullivan “LOVE ME BACK” (2 Reviews)
    73 — Jay-Z “BLUEPRINT 3” (9 Reviews)
    72 — Sheryl Crow “100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS” (7 Reviews)
    72 — MGMT “CONGRATULATIONS” (3 Reviews)
    71 — Amerie “IN LOVE AND WAR” (4 Reviews)
    71 — Sarah McLachlan “LAWS OF ILLUSION” (3 Reviews)
    70 — Mary J. Blige “STRONGER WITH EACH TEAR” (3 Reviews)
    70 — Kid Cudi “MAN ON THE MOON” (5 Reviews)
    70 — Wale “ATTENTION DEFICIT” (2 Reviews)
    69 — Sarah Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart (3 Reviews)
    69 — Fantasia “BACK TO ME” (3 Reviews)
    69 — Joss Stone “COLOUR ME FREE!” (2 Reviews)
    69 — David Byrne with Fatboy Slim “HERE LIES LOVE” (2 Reviews)
    68 — Adam Lambert “FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT” (4 Reviews)
    68 — Mariah Carey “MERRY XMAS II YOU” (3 Reviews)
    67 — Kelis “FLESH TONE” (10 Reviews)
    67 — B.O.B “ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY” (4 Reviews)
    67 — The Dream “LOVE KING” (5 Reviews)
    67 — John Mayer “BATTLE STUDIES” (6 Reviews)
    67 — Leona Lewis “ECHO” (5 Reviews)
    67 — Drake “THANK ME LATER” (12 Reviews)
    66 — Lady Antebellum “NEED YOU NOW” (4 Reviews)
    65 — Robyn “BODY TALK PT. 2” (3 Reviews)
    65 — Monica “STILL STANDING” (4 Reviews)
    64 — Maroon 5 “HANDS ALL OVER” (4 Reviews)
    64 — Jakob Dylan “WOMEN & COUNTRY” (2 Reviews)
    63 — Usher “RAYMOND VS RAYMOND” (6 Reviews)
    63 — Carrie Underwood “PLAY ON” (5 Reviews)
    63 — Jack Johnson “TO THE SEA” (2 Reviews)
    63 — Kris Allen “KRIS ALLEN” (4 Reviews)
    63 — Christina Aguilera “BIONIC” (8 Reviews)
    62 — Mumford & Sons “SIGH NO MORE” (4 Reviews)
    61 — Bruno Mars “DOO WOPS & HOOLIGANS” (3 Reviews)
    61 — Brandon Flowers “FLAMINGO” (4 Reviews)
    60 — Chromeo “BUSINESS CASUAL” (2 Reviews)
    60 — Luke Bryan “DOIN’ MY THING” (3 Reviews)
    60 — Floetic Soul “THE FLOACIST” (2 Reviews)
    59 — Kylie Minogue “APHRODITE” (2 Reviews)
    58 — Chris Brown “GRAFFITI” (4 Reviews)
    58 — N.E.R.D. “NOTHING” (2 Reviews)
    57 — Dead Weather “SEA OF COWARDS” (3 Reviews)
    57 — Eminem “RECOVERY” (10 Reviews)
    54 — Ke$ha “ANIMAL” (4 Reviews)
    52 — The National “HIGH VIOLET” (2 Reviews)
    52 — Hot Chip “ONE LIFE STAND” (2 Reviews)
    48 — Natalie Merchant “LEAVE YOUR STEP” (2 Reviews)
    48 — Quincy Jones “Q: SOUL BOSSA NOSTRA” (2 Reviews)
    43 — Rihanna “LOUD” (6 Reviews)
    42 — Young Money “WE ARE YOUNG MONEY” (2 Reviews)
    39 — Linkin Park “A THOUSAND SUNS” (5 Reviews)
    39 — Miley Cyrus “CAN’T BE TAMED” (2 Reviews)
    36 — KT Tunstall “TIGER SUIT” (2 Reviews)
    35 — Katy Perry “TEENAGE DREAM” (6 Reviews)
    35 — Nicki Minaj “PINK FRIDAY” (6 Reviews)
    35 — Kings of Leon “COME AROUND SUNDOWN” (4 Reviews)
    32 — Jason DeRulo “JASON DERULO” (2 Reviews)
    29 — Ke$ha “CANNIBAL EP” (3 Reviews)
    22 — Ludacris “BATTLE OF THE SEXES” (2 Reviews)
    21 — Faith Evans “SOMETHING ABOUT FAITH” (2 Reviews)
    19 — Usher “VERSUS” (6 Reviews)
    19 — Trey Songz “PASSION PAIN AND PLEASURE” (3 Reviews)
    13 — Mike Posner “31 MINUTES TO TAKEOFF” (3 Reviews)
    12 — Lil Wayne “REBIRTH” (3 Reviews)
    01 — 3OH!3 “STREETS OF GOLD” (2 Reviews)

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    Tori Amos Night Of Hunters

    Undecided about this new one from Tori.  Would definitely say its my least favorite cd of hers along with the Bee Keeper.  After a few more listens I may like it more or hate it more. I like Shattering Sea and Star Whisperer.  I’m also beginning to admire Seven Sisters and Edge of the Moon a lot.  Hope Tori just goes her traditional route next cd. 

    Grade: 55

     

    Tony Bennett Duets II 

    Boring set of classics for me, but most are well sung.  Not my music preference, but I can appreciate it.  Favories are Body & Soul and Blue Velvet.

    Grade: 70

     

    Evanescence Evanescence

    Listened to the leak version of their new album and it’s pretty decent.  I would say their debut and sophmore releases are stronger.  It just seems like the same formula and recycled sound over again. Favorites are Sick, Lost In Paradise, My Heart is Broken.

    Grade: 63

     

    Bon Iver Bon Iver

    I enjoyed the haunting, eclectic set of songs.  The first three songs Perth, Minnesota/Wi, and Holocene are my favorites.  Gets a bit monotonous after a while though.

    Grade: 83

     

    Bjork Biophilia

    I have not heard all of Bjork’s past work, but was interesting in hearing the new album.  Bjork’s voice is so unique and haunting.  My stand out tracks would have to be Crystalline, Solstice, Sacrifice, and Dark Matter.  Alot of the songs explode in the closing minute. Some of the production can become much and noisy, but I guess thats what she’s known for.  Cosmonogy would be my favorite track, a very beautiful tale of creation.

    Grade: 78

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    Is anyone compiling the scores from the previous forum?

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    DrJustice
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    Is anyone compiling the scores from the previous forum?

    I already did – the data is saved on my computer.  I’ll post the results sometime soon.

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    DUETS 2 (2011) – Tony Bennett

    It’s hard to disagree with anyone who accuses Tony Bennett of making albums that are merely safe, M.O.R. cover songs. However, Bennett’s latest set of easy listening tunes is easily his strongest album in years thanks to the fresh production and inspired collaborations.

    Bennett’s duets with his female comrades contain the best material here. At 85, Bennett’s voice is still in top form and most of his collaborators have little trouble keeping up. Bennett’s chemistry with Gaga is well played on “The Lady Is A Tramp.” Aretha gives her best vocal in years on “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” and Bennett’s producers give him some gorgeous arrangements and worthy partners on several cuts including “Blue Velvet” (with the always reliable kd lang), “Speak Low” (with Norah Jones), album standout “Who Can I Turn to” (with a ravishing vocal from Queen Latifah) and “It Had to Be You” (with a surprisingly versatile Carrie Underwood). Bennett and Faith Hill even bring something fresh to “The Way You Look Tonight.” And Bennett and Mariah Carey bring the album to a nice close with “When Do the Bells Ring For Me.” And of course “Body and Soul,” the second single with Amy Winehouse, packs a powerful punch.

    The only missteps are the album are the duets with the younger male artists. John Mayer, Michael Buble and Josh Groban are dull and forgettable on  “One for My Baby,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “This Is All I Ask.” The older male artists, Willie Nelson (“On the Sunny Side of the Street”) and Andrea Bocelli (“Stranger in Paradise”) have zero trouble keeping up with Bennett. Despite those missteps, this is one of the year’s better albums.

    MY SCORE: 85

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    EVANESCENCE
    Evanescence

    I love their formula. I love Amy Lee’s voice. I love pianos and keyboards. So I think this album serves well its purpose. It’s better that The Open Door, and showcases Amy Lee’s amazing voice so well, that I can’t see any error or mistep.
    Favourite songs: The Change, My Heart Is Broken, Lost in Paradise, Never Go Back, Swimming Home, Say You Will and Secret Door.

    Grade: 89

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    Coldplay, ‘Mylo Xyloto’ (2011)

    The more I listen to ‘Mylo Xyloto’, the more disappointed I am. It works as a whole, but there are some parts where the album dips, and I personally feel like it’s front loaded with “Hurts Like Heaven”, “Paradise”, “Charlie Brown”, “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”, and “Us Against The World” all being in the first half and offering some of the albums brightest moments. It starts to sag near the end… “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart” is fantastic, though. “Up In Flames” sounds so oddly placed after the surprisingly good “Princess In China” featuring lovely vocals from Rihanna, and it makes the momentum slow WAY down. I also think “Up With the Birds” was a poor choice to end the album on as I don’t feel like it finishes on a very strong note. I love Coldplay, they’re one of my favorite bands, but I expected more from this album. It’s sonically mesmerizing and can be lyrically interesting, and Chris Martin sounds great throughout with the whole band (Johnny Buckland’s guitar work especially) really letting it rip, but I get this feeling listening to it like they were this close to having another masterpiece on their hands on the level of ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’, still their best album. An enjoyable listen, no doubt, but at times a frustrating one. 

    EDIT: After subsequent listens, it’s all starting to really come together. Though I stand by my statement that this album could’ve been a masterpiece with a little more tweaking, I’m very pleased at the direction Coldplay is heading in musically. Also, “Hurts Like Heaven” and “Charlie Brown” are most definitely instant classics. They stand alongside “Clocks”, “The Scientist”, “Yellow”, “Fix You”, and “Viva La Vida” as two of their very best songs. The first 2/3 of the album flow at such an incredible pace, it’s mesmerizing. I’ve been spinning this album at home while I write, while I clean, in the car… It’s a grower, but the best albums usually are. 

    Review Score: 88

    Best Tracks: “Hurts Like Heaven”, “Paradise”, “Charlie Brown”, “Princess of China”, “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart”, “Us Against The World”, and “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” 

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    Kelly Clarkson, ‘Stronger’ (2011)

    On her fifth studio album, Kelly Clarkson attempts to pull from the best parts of all of her previous albums by fusing pop, rock, R&B, and country, and I’ll be damned if she doesn’t somehow pull it off with only a few missteps. On this go around her vocals are front and center with the production supporting it so that she delivers raw emotion on tracks like the gorgeous “Dark Side” and the gritty mid-tempo rocker “Honestly”, and her signature sass on kiss-off’s such as first single “Mr. Know-It-All” and “Let Me Down”. With a little something for everyone, there’s plenty of radio friendly material here (pretty much any of the album’s 13 tracks in the standard edition could be singles), and she’s bound to get riotous responses from arena ready stompers like the electro-rock “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” and the misfit shout-along chorus of “You Can’t Win”, but she still makes room for a few intimate and gorgeous ballads. “Standing In Front of You” is a slow burner where Clarkson, with soft subdued vocals, sings “Take a breath and listen, open up, stop wishing/ All that you’ve been missing… Standing in front of you” to a lover who is fading from her reach, and you can feel the warmth and comfort in her vocals when she coos, “You can close your eyes, don’t worry/ I’ll still be here in the morning.” The lyrics throughout the album are, for the most part, quite strong as Clarkson continues singing about what she knows best, relationships that go sour, but when she writes songs as perfectly realized as “You Love Me”, you can’t really blame the girl for writing what she knows best. Of the 13 tracks, the most generic song and the only blemish on what is otherwise one of the strongest pop releases of the year is “Einstein” with it’s silly chorus of, “Dumb plus dumb equals you”, but perhaps she and fellow Texan Beyonce Knowles just attended the same school of relationship math. I’m willing to forgive her for that dud since the rest of the album totally delivers, and several of the tracks here rank among the best she’s ever done. When the leaks first occurred earlier this year I was afraid that this album would be a disappointment, but I’m more than happy that she’s proven me wrong for doubting her. 

    Review Grade: 85

    Best Tracks: “Dark Side”, “Honestly”, “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”, “You Can’t Win”, “You Love Me”, “The War Is Over”, and “Standing In Front of You”. 

    P.S.- The bonus tracks include her soaring duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Jason Aldean, two other tracks (“Alone” and “Don’t Be a Girl About It”) that are decent, and another country flavored duet titled “The Sun Will Rise” with Kara DioGuardi that would’ve been so much better without DioGuardi’s whiney, nasally vocals. They don’t add a whole lot, but they’re a nice bonus, especially “Don’t You Wanna Stay”. 

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    EVANESCENCE (2011) – Evanescence

     

    Evanescence haven’t released an album in five years, but you wouldn’t tell judging from their latest album. They pick up exactly where they left off and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Amy Lee is the only original member left in the group and that probably has stagnated the group. First single “What You Want” is catchy but lacks impact and urgency and that pretty much describes subsequent album cuts like “Made of Stone” and “The Other Side.”

     

    With that said, there’s some strong stuff here. The album’s centerpiece, “Lost In Paradise,” is a moody, affecting piano ballad. And album closer “Swimming Home” is equally solid. Evanescence could be a great band if Amy Lee evolves musically and incorporates more tunes like the latter two.

     

    MY SCORE: 68

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    Okay, here you go guys.  Nothing fancy this time around, but this is the update as of September 30th.  There have only been a couple of reviews since, so I will wait to include those in the Q4 Results.  Sorry for the delay (just not a lot of time these days).  I hope this thread picks up, but I think the lack of activity is due to the new forum as well. 

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    7

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    92.4

    Artist & Album


    Bon Iver “Bon Iver”

     

    8

    91.9

    Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues”

    5

    87.0

    Foster The People “Torches”

    4

    86.3

    The Weeknd “House of Balloons”

    15

    85.1

    Adele’s “21”

    2

    84.5

    Elbow “Build A Rocket Boys!”

    3

    84.3

    Bjork “Biophilia”

    6

    82.8

    Jay-Z & Kanye West “Watch The Throne”

    2

    82.0

    The Antlers “Burst Apart”

    2

    81.0

    Little Dragon “Ritual Union”

    15

    80.6

    Lady Gaga “Born This Way”

    4

    80.3

    PJ Harvey’s “Let England Shake”

    10

    80.1

    Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale”

    2

    80.0

    Colbie Caillat “All Of You”

    5

    79.4

    Lykke Li’s “Wounded Rhymes”

    4

    79.3

    Beastie Boys “Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2”

    6

    78.2

    Radiohead’s “The King of Limbs”

    4

    78.0

    Death Cab for Cutie “Codes and Keys”

    2

    76.5

    tUnE-yArDs “w h o k i l l”

    2

    76.5

    Matt Nathanson “Faster Love”

    4

    76.0

    Raphael Saadiq “Stone Rollin”

    4

    75.0

    Jill Scott “The Light of the Sun”

    2

    75.0

    Wild Beasts “Smother”

    2

    73.0

    Amos Lee’s “Mission Bell”

    2

    73.0

    Marsha Ambrosius’ “Late Nights, Early Mornings”

    2

    71.5

    Tony Bennett “Duets II”

    2

    69.0

    Corinne Bailey Rae “The Love EP”

    4

    67.3

    Jennifer Lopez “LOVE?”

    3

    67.0

    David Guetta “Nothing But The Beat”

    3

    66.3

    Green Day’s “Awesome As F*ck”

    5

    65.8

    Chris Brown’s “F.A.M.E.”

    2

    64.0

    Demi Lovato “Unbroken”

    2

    64.0

    Evanescence “Evanescence”

    4

    63.0

    James Blake “James Blake”

    7

    62.9

    Jennifer Hudson’s “I Remember Me”

    8

    62.1

    Foo Fighters “Wasting Light”

    2

    62.0

    My Morning Jacket “Circuital”

    2

    57.5

    Alison Krauss & Union Station “Paper Airplane”

    6

    56.3

    Kelly Rowland “Here I Am”

    2

    55.0

    Tyler the Creator “Goblin”

    5

    51.8

    Avril Lavigne’s “Goodbye Lullaby”

    3

    51.7

    The Decemberist’s “The King is Dead”

    5

    51.6

    The Strokes’ “Angles”

    3

    51.0

    Keri Hilson’s “No Boys Allowed”

    4

    49.8

    Lupe Fiasco’s “Lasers”

    2

    48.5

    Nicole Scherzinger “Killer Love”

    18

    47.8

    Beyonce “4”

    2

    47.0

    Kelly Price “Kelly”

    3

    46.7

    Panic at the Disco “Vices and Virtues”

    2

    46.5

    Musiq Soulchild “musiqinthemagiq”

    3

    31.0

    Jessie J “Who Are You”

    2

    29.5

    Matt Wertz “Weights & Wings”

    2

    27.5

    Joss Stone “LP1”

    2

    25.0

    Stevie Nicks “In Your Dreams”

    3

    22.3

    Lil Wayne “The Carter IV”

    2

    20.0

    Moby “Destroyed”

    2

    15.0

    Pitbull “Planet Pit”

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    Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay

    It’s only been a few years, but it seems like it has been so long since Coldplay released an album. Perhaps I’ve missed them that much, which is strange. I am only a recent fan of Coldplay. A Rush of Blood to the Head is brilliant, and Parachutes is a fantastic debut. X&Y is a great third, and Viva La Vida is as epic as it got when it was released. Now we have Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay’s most ambitious record to date, and as per usual, it bodes well with these ears.

    The album starts off elegantly enough with the title track. It flows and crashes straight into “Hurts Like Heaven.” A promising start to an album that seems to be aiming at rejuvination and optimism. That’s apparent in “Paradise”, and “Charlie Brown.” The album seems to start over at “M.M.I.A” which leads into lead single “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.” Thematically, the album gets a bit darker as it progresses.  It also starts to lose quality. There’s “Major Minus”, “U.F.O.”, and “Princess of China” as the rest of the second half doesn’t stand out as much. It’s all a tad of disorganized and repetitive, yet it all works rather well. 

    Musically, this is easily Coldplay’s greatest achievement. More electronically driven then ever, the best way to describe it is epic. This is a grand, loud, and epic piece of artistry. There is greater attention payed to detail and nuance. Most melodies are placed correctly, and I honestly feel younger and jubalant, at least in the beginning. New ground is covered, and the band tries a lot of different things.  The group Lyrically, well I’ve never been a huge fan of the group in this respect, and unfortunately it holds true still. However, Chris Martin sounds great, and adding Rhianna to the mix certainly didn’t hurt them any.

    All in all, Mylo Xyloto is what it is. It’s an album that is fitting enough and decent enough to belong in Coldplay’s catalog. It’s a more or less building off of what was already there. If Christ Martin and co. do this for the rest of their career, then I’m sure that their best has yet to come.

    Score – 91

    Notable Tracks: Hurts Like Heaven, Paradise, U.F.O., Princess of China

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    Coldplay Mylo Xyloto

    After two full run throughs of Coldplay’s new cd, I’m kind of disappointed.  This certainly is their weakest album, in my humble opinion.  I would say this set is definitely experimental and has more of a pop flare.  There’s just something missing, that extra element that made Coldplay addictive and haunting.  My 3 favorite songs without a doubt are Paradise, Hurts Like Heaven, and Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.  Everything else is B to C level, unmemorable, and lacks edge.  Maybe it will grow on me more. 

    Grade: 71

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    STRONGER (2011) – Kelly Clarkson

    What a pleasant surprise. Killer vocals, some nice tongue in cheek lyrics and some addictive choruses make this one of the year’s better pop albums. I wish Clarkson could hook up with some producers who could really give her a fresh sound, but otherwise, there’s some solid material on this new album.

    First single “Mr. Know It All” is passable, but there are far better songs here. “Let Me Down” is an arena ready rocker; “Dark Side” features a nice melody and excellent vocals while bonus cut “Why Don’t You Try” has Clarkson channeling ’60s Aretha over gospel tinged production. And “You Can’t Win” contains some of Clarkson’s funniest lyrics. Most of the bonus cuts and original album closer “Breaking Your Heart” are disposable, but fortunately, the good material here far outweighs the bad.

    MY SCORE: 81      

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    Feist, “Metals”: 90
    Standout tracks: “A Commotion”, “Graveyard”, “How Come You Never Go There?”

    Foster The People, “Torches”: 84
    Standout tracks: “Pumped Up Kicks”, “Helena Beat”, “Call it What You Want”

    James Morrison, “The Awakening“: 88
    Standout tracks: “I Won’t Let You Go”, “In My Dreams”, “Right By Your Side”, “Person I Should Have Been”
     
    Joss Stone, “LP1“: 23
    Standout tracks: “Don’t Start Lying To Me Now”

    Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger“: 78
    Standout tracks: “Mr. Know It All”, “Hello”, “I Forgive You”, “The Sun Will Rise”, “Why Don’t You Try”, “Standing In Front Of You”

    Lady Antebellum, “We Owned The Night“: 80
    Standout tracks: “We Owned The Night”, “Friday Night”, “When You Were Mine”, “As You Turn Away”, “Singing Me Home”

    Lenny Kravitz, “Black And White In America“: 64
    Standout tracks: “Stand”, “Boongie Drop”, “The Faith Of A Child”, “Life Ain’t Ever Better Than It Is Now”
     
    O.A.R., “King”: 74
    Standout tracks: “Heaven”, “Are You Low”, “Gotta Be Wrong Sometimes”, “Gotta Live”

    Pistol Annies, “Hell On Hells”: 75
    Standout tracks: “Hell On Heels”, “Housewife’s Prayer”, “Trailer For Rent”, “Bad Example”     
     
    Tony Bennett, “Duets II”: 72
    Standout tracks: “The Lady Is A Tramp”, “One For My Baby (And One For The Road)”, “Body And Soul”, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, “The Girl I Love”, “The Way You Look Tonight”  
        

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    CEREMONIALS (2011) – Florence + the Machine

     

    What a difference a few years make. While Florence + the Machine’s debut has some promising material on it, the overall album was disappointing due to the inconsistence. However, this sophomore effort shows impressive artistic growth. Flo’s voice is impeccable, the lyrics are original and introspective, the production is memorable and the melodies are strong. First single “What the Water Gave Me” isn’t immediately accessible, but it’s a grower. Album standouts include the haunting “Seven Devils” and the epic “Never Let Me Go.” Unlike Flo’s debut, this one is very consistent. The only flaw is that the latter half of the album isn’t as strong as the first half. With that said, the latter half of the album is still strong in its own right.

     

    MY SCORE: 94

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