LRP 01; 13 Jun 2011.

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Jun 13 2011, 20h00

Album Cover, if applicable.
Album/Track, Average Rating (out of five stars, rounded to nearest half), Notes.


Gold: Greatest Hits, ★★★½.
Notes: A relic of my childhood and Disney channel, except I knew them through some cover band or something called A*Teens that went quickly by the wayside. Anyway, I have such an unabashed weakness for disco pop, but the majority of this album was pretty meh. I kept making unfavourable comparisons with The Bangles, which, yeah, different era completely, but whatever. This is my music journal, I am entitled to make whichever inaccurate assessments I choose. Some of the tracks were worth a listen, though, and I know that in one of those rare moments I have a desperate need for pop music in my life, I will appreciate this being in my collection. It'll also be one of those buffer albums that I can play around people who don't listen to pretentious hipster trash unlike me. Bonus: I didn't realise that Madonna sampled them until I listened to this album!
Best track: Dancing Queen, obviously.
Worst track: I Have a Dream.

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Various tracks by Abney Park, ★★★★.
Notes: Despite having listened to Abney Park for several years now, the only complete album I own by them is a Christmas album, which I am not rating because hearing Christmas in June is this dorky taboo that not even I can violate. The tracks I own are The Wake, The Only One, Stigmata Martyr, The Wrong Side, The Root Of All Evil, Breathe, Airship Pirate, Sleep Isabella, and The Secret Life of Doctor Calgori. Some of the songs are a little cheesy, especially the steampunk-adherent ones, but others are decent goth club tracks. Ah, high school.
Best track: The Wake.
Worst track: The Root of All Evil.

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Back in Black, ★★★★.
Notes: FUKKIN' YES. I feel like if I were important enough for anyone to have any conscious sense of what my taste in music was, they would not automatically suspect my enthusiasm for. This album is nothing groundbreaking, but it's incredibly fun, and I am a sucker for fun hard rock.
Best track: Back in Black
Worst track: You Shook Me All Night Long, for the simple fact that it's overplayed.

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The Razors Edge, ★★★.
Notes: Not nearly as consistent as Back in Black, but still entertaining. I think the longer I listen, the less merciful I'm becoming with my ratings, because there is no way I should have been more entertained by that ABBA album than this. Or maybe this album is really that bland. I dunno.
Best track: Thunderstruck
Worst track: Mistress for Christmas, although I can guarantee it goes on my next Christmas compilation.

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The Academy, ★★½.
Notes: Turned scrobbling off for TAI because I didn't feel like judging myself for having more scrobbles for The Academy Is... than for Pixies. To anyone who may be saying to himself right now, "That's a ridiculous thing to judge yourself for," my retort goes as follows: I, uh, well. Yeah. Yeah, You're right.
Man, I am so tired of this band.
Kind of interesting to hear the original sound, though, and think about what they would have sounded like if FBR hadn't Fallout Boy-ified them. Reminds me of Brand New a bit. I actually graded this pretty uncharitably, considering that insofar as emo punk goes, this album isn't that bad. But, then again, emo punk.
Best track: Judas Kiss isn't terrible, nor memorable in any way.
Worst track: Dear Interceptor.

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Almost Here, ★★★.
Notes: LOOK GUISE HIGH SCHOOL, Nevermind that it came out six years ago, my Freshman year. Man, I feel old. But I actually still like bits of this album. Not nearly as much as I did five years ago, but yeah.
Best track: Checkmarks.
Worst track: Classifieds.

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Fast Times At Barrington High, ★★★½.
Notes: Actually, I think I like this album better than Almost Here, now. It's unabashedly pop, with no pretense of profoundness. Yet, there's still that element of nostalgia that made Down and Out as good as it was. Also, I didn't skip all of these songs like I did Almost Here. I still enjoy some of them. Unfortunately, I think the song order could have been chosen better. Some of the transitions didn't make any sense at all.
Best track: Rumored Nights, although I may be biased. It was a particular favourite of mine in high school.
Worst track: After The Last Midtown Show.

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From The Carpet, ★★½.
Notes: Mostly just acoustic versions of Almost Here tracks, a few non-album tracks, plus a cover of Working Class Hero, which is a song I honestly could not care less about, John Lennon or no. Yeah, yeah, bite your tongue, etc. I also don't agree with the politics behind it, but that actually doesn't affect my opinion, as you'll probably notice once we get to APC and Green Day and already I hear liberals navigating away from the page and uh, would you believe I identify as liberal, too? Because I actually do. Yeah, whatever, none of this has anything to do with the album.
Best track: Down and Out (Piano Version)
Worst track: Working Class Hero, because really, just why.

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Santi, ★★½.
Notes: To be honest, I never really listened to this album. It's really just nothing remarkable to me. At least I'm not so burned out on it that I can't listen to it all the way through.
Best track: You Might Have Noticed.
Worst track: Everything We Had.

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Various tracks by The Academy Is..., ★★½.
Notes: Winter Passing, and Superman. Miscellaneous single and compilation track. I use Winter's Passing in Christmas compilations some years. It's, uh, well, pretty generic TAI, actually, which is pretty generic in general. The Superman track is the only track I own from that album.
Best/Worst track not applicable. Well, technically it is, but I'm too lazy to set it up, now.

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Emo Kid, ★★★.
Notes: Hey, I still have this in my library! Used to be funny. Now is very very old. Didn't scrobble because I didn't feel like it. Deal with it.
Best/Worst track not applicable.

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For Your Entertainment, ★★.
Notes: Enabling scrobbling at great personal risk to my reputation. Confession: I've never seen an episode of American Idol. Never. I got this album because of Whattaya Want from Me. The majority of this album was very, very bad, and I doubt very much if I will willingly listen to it again. As such, the only track I am keeping is Whattaya Want from Me.
Best track: Whattaya Want from Me.
Worst track: Not sure where to begin. The rest of them?

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Bleeding the False, ★★★★.
Notes: Okay, look, before any serious judging goes down, yeah, I listen to the lyrics, and I know they are completely ignorant and hateful towards Christianity. I also find them hilarious and camp and entertaining, in the same way I would find a comedic misogynist or dead baby joke to be funny. I don't approve of hatred towards Christians any more than I do towards Buddhists or, fuck, Canadians. That said, I love this album. I cherish it, even. It's senseless, nonintellectual fun, and I can get behind that every now and then. So yeah, as juvenile as this band is, it also makes me smile.
Best track: Forever Nailed.
Worst track: Ceno bites, because there isn't enough RAGE.

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Bleeding the False, ★★★★.
Notes: Guess what, bitches. I even own two albums by them.
Best track: Living Sin.
Worst track: Honestly? They all sound kind of the same, and I like them all, so, I don't think I have one.

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Eternal Hate, ★★★★★.
Notes: Only track from their Dark Order EP that I have; probably my favourite track by them.

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All Hallows EP, ★★★.
Notes: Yeah, I haven't listened to AFI in a long time, but, eh. Not the most terrible band ever. Dunno how much of them I will actually enable scrobbling for.
Best track: Fall Children.
Worst track: The Boy Who Destroyed The World.

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Answer That and Stay Fashionable, ★★★.
Notes: Pretty generic punk. It's not bad, only a few tracks are worth listening to.
Best track: I Wanna Get A Mohawk (But Mom Won't Let Me Get One).
Worst track: Half-Empty Bottle.

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