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  • LRP 04; 16-17 Jun 2011.

    Jun 18 2011, 6h09

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


    As I Am, ★★★★.
    Notes: I don't know that I've ever listened to this all the way through! I love Alicia Keys, though, so it was a treat.
    Best track: Wreckless Love.
    Worst track: Like You'll Never See Me Again.

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    Smooth Criminal, ★★★½.
    Notes: One of those few covers that blow the original out of the water. Yeah, I said it.

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    Drive My Rocket Up Uranus, ★★★½.
    Notes: Ah, Alien Sex Fiend. I delight in your completely inappropriate- well- everything, I guess.

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    Singles 1983-1995, ★★★★.
    Notes: I on't really care for compilation albums on the whole, but Alien Sex Fiend is kind of hard to come by in any form. One of the very few deathrock bands I listen to, surprisingly enough; it's pretty much this and Christian Death. I guess I tend towards the post-punk end of the spectrum more.
    Best track: Walk the Line.
    Worst track: Smells Like....

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    Crimson, ★★★.
    Notes: Christ, I'm getting old. This is one of those albums I know every word of every song to, without knowing that I knew them, haha. I don't listen to it as often lately, but, you know. Still fun, in a nostalgic way.
    Best track: Mercy Me.
    Worst track: Prevent This Tragedy.

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    From Here to Infirmary, ★★½.
    Notes: Ehhh. This was an okay album. Not my favourite.
    Best track: Armageddon.
    Worst track: Steamer Trunk.

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    Goddamnit, ★★★★.
    Notes: Favouite Alkaline Trio album everrr.
    Best track: Nose Over Tail.
    Worst track: Enjoy Your Day.

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    Good Mourning, ★★.
    Notes: Pretty much a less catchy Crimson. Ended up deleting.
    Best track: Doesn't matter.
    Worst track: Matters less.

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    Maybe I'll Catch Fire, ★★★.
    Notes: This one is closer to Goddamnit. I like it.
    Best track: 5-3? 10-4.
    Worst track: Madame Me.

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    Various Covers by Alkaline Trio, ★★.
    Notes: Cut Here, a cover of The Cure, and Wake Up Exhausted, a Tegan & Sara cover. Neither of these covers does the memory of the original justice. I used to be in the business of collecting covers. I deleted a large percentage of the ones I had when I went on an AFI-deleting rampage after doing the album reviews the other day.

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    So Wrong, It's Right, ★★½.
    Notes: Not nearly as good as when I, you know, actually liked it. Keeping for the roadtrip. Hoping I don't have to play it too much, though.
    Best track: Remembering Sunday.
    Worst track: This is How We Do.

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    Various Tracks by All Time Low, ★★½.
    Notes: Painting Flowers, Umbrella (Rihanna), Running from Lions, Hello Brooklyn. I WENT THROUGH A PHASE, OKAY.

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    A Lotta Nerve, ★★★.
    Notes: Came with a Drive-Thru Records sampler that came with the Hellogoodbye album.

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    Who Killed Amanda Palmer, ★★★★.
    Notes: Wow, finally an album I still listen to on a regular basis. Kick ass.
    Best track: Astronaut.
    Worst track: Ampersand.

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    Armchair Apocrypha, ★★★★½.
    Notes: An album I should listen to more of, and did somewhat recently. Highest album rating so far, yeh yeh.
    Best track: Simple X. I basically closed my eyes and pointed.
    Worst track: Nothing qualifies.
  • LRP 03; 15 Jun 2011.

    Jun 17 2011, 2h16

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


    After Forever, ★★★★.
    Notes: So, I went through a small symphonic metal phase when I was about fifteen, and then mercifully moved on to new wave because yeah, who even knows. After Forever is one of the bands from that period that I still adore. Don't ask me why; couldn't begin to tell you. But there is still some remnant of that psuedogoth period, I guess, or maybe just my general intrigue with genre hybrids, and anyway, this band isn't bad. Melodramatic? Of course. But still kinda nifty.
    Best track: Dreamflight.
    Worst track: Cry With a Smile.

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    Der Kommissar, ★★★★.
    Notes: So, uh, for some reason I have the After the Fire and not the Falco version. Uhhh. 'Kay.

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    Nightmare Anatomy, ★★★.
    Notes: Oh, look, yet another album I don't listen to anymore. Woohoo.
    Best track: Breathless.
    Worst track: Genetic Design For Dying.

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    Our Gang's Dark Oath, ★★½.
    Notes: Not as good as Nightmare Anatomy. Deleted this album.
    Best track: World By Storm.
    Worst track: I don't even care that much.

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    Rain In Hell, ★★.
    Notes: Not as good as Nightmare Anatomy.
    Best track: The Suffering.
    Worst track: White Wedding. You do not mess with my Billy Idol. There's also a Misfits cover that was kind of lame.
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    On Frail Wings of Vanity And Wax, ★★★★.
    Notes: I still dig this album, actually. Wasn't expecting to. So much of what I loved when I was that age was shit, and maybe this is too and I'm just used to it, but I was singing along and genuinely enjoying this album.
    Best track: Ambrosia.
    Worst track: the last three letters.
  • LRP 02; 14 Jun 2011.

    Jun 15 2011, 21h56

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


    The Art of Drowning, ★★★.
    Notes: Honestly not much to say about this album. It's pretty much the same as any other AFI album. I was crazily in love with them for a spell many moons ago, and now I have to be in a particular mood to enjoy them much, which I wasn't.
    Best track: Days of the Phoenix.
    Worst track: I didn't really note anything as worse than anything else; it really just lacked much variety to begin with.

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    Black Sails in the Sunset, ★★★.
    Notes: Much like the last album, I wasn't partiucularly struck by any brilliance, here, but I do have moments of nostalgia when AFI is good to me, so here it stays, for now.
    Best track: No Poetic Device.
    Worst track: Nothing in particular.

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    Decemberunderground, ★★★★.
    Notes: Now here's an album I can properly review. Love it or hate it, Decemberunderground is certainly AFI's most commercially successful venture. It is extremely accessible to more than just the punk aficianados; as such, it is almost universally reviled by said group. I am never one to protest a band shifting sound as long as the new sound is still good, and I don't think Decemberunderground was bad. Was it as good as Sing the Sorrow? No. But it was catchy, and yes, that can attribute to the enjoyability. So, yeah, I'm giving this album four stars. I enjoy it. Fuck off.
    Best track: Endlessly
    Worst track: The Missing Frame.

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    A Fire Inside, ★★★.
    Notes: Not a bad EP.
    Best track: The Hanging Garden
    Worst track: None.

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    Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes, ★★★.
    Notes: None.
    Best track: Third Season.
    Worst track: None.

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    Sing the Sorrow, ★★★★.
    Notes: Easily the best AFI album.
    Best track: Silver and Cold.
    Worst track: Death of Seasons.

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    Very Proud of Ya, ★★★.
    Notes: None.
    Best track: None.
    Worst track: None.

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    Weight of Worlds, ★★★½.
    Notes: Decent compilation.
    Best track: Mini Trucks Suck.
    Worst track: Nothing in particular.
  • LRP 01; 13 Jun 2011.

    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.
  • Library Rating Project 00

    Jun 13 2011, 12h20

    All right. Starting today, 13 June 2011, I will not download any new music until I can go through all my iTunes music and put the little star ratings next to every song. This serves a few purposes; firstly and foremost-ly, I suspect I have several albums in there which I obtained with full intention of giving a proper listen-through, but never got around to it.

    Secondly, I am fully aware that I am utterly unsatisfied regarding the genre tags that come assigned to music, either because people are retarded and couldn't tag properly to save themselves, or because I listen for a secondary genre that I would rather sort the album in question for than its primary genre.

    Thirdly, I have so many duplicates in my library that the event horizon of 10k songs (the event in question being me having 10k songs in my library, shut up), which at first glance would be a mere three songs away, is probably a good hundred or so off. Won't know how many until I purge my library of them. For songs that reoccur in different albums, I will just alter the album tags to display both albums. The problem with this is that there are songs that have a different track number for different albums, and I haven't worked out my way around that yet. Hopefully the problem won't crop up too often.

    Fourthly, I am pretty certain that there are albums on here I don't even like, mostly because I haven't gotten rid of anything since I started seriously building a music collection in middle school. I'm a musical pack rat, but I am completely certain I can do without the Nightwish discography eating up my precious precious gigabytes. It'll hurt, but I am going to try and get rid of any album that I never listen to, and for good reason.

    According to iTunes, I have 3.1 days of As to get through. Considering sleep and all the time I won't be able to use my iPod, this probably means almost a week at least. I will try not to abandon it or get distracted with other music or add anything new to screw up my progress, but I can't make any promises yet. So anyway, here's the first journal. I'll try to mark my progress daily, along with any anomalies or interesting anecdotes that come up, if any.

    Thanks for reading!
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    Mai 4 2010, 7h57

    Astronaut (A Short History Of Nearly Nothing)

    This song is the musical equivalent to The Bell Jar. Absolutely gripping.