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Dez 28 2009, 5h12

I decided to buy a new CD ever month again this year. I got some really good music last year by deciding to get a new album every month last year, so I tried it again this year. My only rule has been that I try to get good music. This years albums were a mix of old and new and mostly rock.

The White Stripes - De Stijl
I've loved White Blood Cells since it came out so I decided to check out more from The White Stripes. I didn't really like Elephant, so I decided to get something older. This album is the one that really got the music industry's attention. It is very gritty, mostly because it was recorded with an 8-track analogue tape-recorder. It has a simple style, but you also notice more use of instruments than more recent White Stripes songs.

Funeral For A Friend - Hours
This is the first full album of FFAF that I purchased. I got it after a pretty good concert they put on at the Metro in Chicago. This one was weird because half of the songs were just subpar, while the others were amazing. I suggest checking out Hospitality and Sonny especially.

Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual
I got this album because of the songs Stop! and Been Caught Stealing, but there is so much more to this album. The second half has a group of songs that can be best described as epic.

Green Day - Dookie
I liked a couple of songs from their American Idiot album so I wanted more. Everyone said the old stuff was so good, so I decided to start there. All I can say is this is a great punk record. My favorite song is probably Welcome to Paradise.

Green Day - American Idiot
American Idiot is really a concept album, so I had to get this in it's entirety. It's really fun to listen to from beginning to end. It has a number of great songs, but I think Letterbomb sums things up nicely.

DMX - It's Dark And Hell Is Hot
This was an album I used to be very familiar with, but never owned. I finally decided to get my own copy. DMX's multi-platinum debut rocked the world of hip-hop when it came out in 1998. His style of story-telling and rhyme delivery was so unique at the time. I feel silly recommending it though since everyone was listening to it when it came out.

Nirvana - Nevermind
This was another album that defined a genre. This album not only put grunge on the map, it put it on the forefront. After I got all of the Foo Fighters albums, I wanted to see what Dave Grohl was working on before doing Foo Fighters. Songs like Smells Like Teen Spirit and In Bloom are well known. I think Come as You Are shows off Kurt Cobain's writing the best.

The Raconteurs - Consoler of The Lonely
There has always been buzzing about The Raconteurs, so I had to get the albums. Since I could not find the first one, I got this (their second album). It has a folksy feel, but in a good way. Jack White seems to do more of the lead singing and it really helps. The songs These Stones Will Shout and Carolina Drama really show off their range.

The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
When I got to purchase the first album by The Raconteurs, I was surprised because it has a slightly different sound. This one seems to focus less on storytelling. It is still a great album. A really great one. But I guess it's not for everyone. You can probably use Intimate Secretary and Blue Veins to make the decision.

Radiohead - Pablo Honey
I've known that Radiohead was good for many years, but had heard only a few songs. I decided to start from the beginning at get their first album. This album is great in ways that I can't really describe. It almost feels like a band was sent back in time to learn to play. Their playing just doesn't seem typical of '90s bands even though the lyrics and vocals do.

Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
This is Dave Grohl's most recent project. That was really enough for me. Since I loved Songs for the Deaf so much, my expectations were probably too high. I didn't even like this the first time (but the same was true for Deaf). This is a good album, but it is not for everyone and not really a follow up to anything (Foo Fighters, QOTSA, Led Zepplin, etc.).

Radiohead - The Bends
This was not my first choice, but Pablo Honey was great. I was initially let down because there were more melodic songs and I wanted something more aggressive. This is a very solid album though. I especially like My Iron Lung.

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