top 10 albums/eps
- in no particular order:Drop Dead, Gorgeous - worse than a fairy tale
i listened to this album on a whim, as i do most of the music i hear, and was a little skeptical upon first listen. however, it eventually grew on me. the concept was hard for me to get at first but as i listened to what mr. stills was actually saying, it all fell into place. there is something in every single song that drags me in. now, i listen to it whenever i need to challenge my mind. it makes me think and not a lot of music does that. talent is evident in every second. the segways betweens songs are often interesting, such as the 'help' repeatedly said at the end of 'donner party of five'. favorites
: 'i want to master life and death', 'donner party of five', 'they'll never get me (word with you)'.Anberlin - cities
i'll be honest when i say i wasn't a huge anberlin fan when i first i heard this record. however, by the second chorus of track two ('godspeed') i was in fucking love. by the third or fourth listen it finally clicked that this was something special and unique in its own way. stephen's lyrics, and the way he delivers them, hit me in ways i've never been hit before. this record has helped me in a thousand different ways and i'll always have a special place for it. favorites
: 'hello alone', 'dismantle.repair.', '(*fin)'.Pierce the Veil - a flair for the dramatic
i first downloaded this record because i would be seeing them at the chiodos show. i listened to it one time, came to the conclusion that i didn't like it, and set it aside. however, once the show was happening and i was seeing them live, everything changed and i loved it. so, i bought their cd and listened to it a lot over the next few days. what stood out most to me was the unique sense of melody that both vic and mike possess, seeing as they wrote the record themselves. vic's vocals are also very unique and different then anything out there. i am positivly looking forward to seeing them on warped this summer. favorites
: 'i'd rather die than be famous', 'wonderless', 'falling asleep on a stranger'.Tegan and Sara - the con
before hearing this record, i had enjoyed a few tegan and sara songs. i listened to the con for the first time with my sister and my first reaction was how catchy the songs were. to me, the vocals had improved since past releases. as i listened to the record on my own, i paid more attention to the lyrics and found that they were excellent. even though some of the songs are quite short, they still pack a punch. possibly one the things i like most about the album is how relatable some of the songs are. favorites
: 'soil, soil', 'hop a plane', 'dark come soon'.Straylight Run - the needles, the space
this record is in a word, eclectic. my expectations were high, and after i listened to this once, they were fulfilled. i'm really happy that michelle got to showcase her talents more on this album than on previous efforts. i feel as though they have progressed tons, and honestly don't understand why they got dropped from universal. however, to each their own. the instrumentation used on some songs really stuck out to me. it's always fun to sing along to ALL the tracks, even if i don't know the words. trying to match michelle's harmonies and/or melodies is a challenge, and i love it. favorites
: 'soon, we'll be living in the future', 'the first of the century', 'who will save us now'.Thrice - the alchemy index, vols I & II
i can still remember the day when i bought this cd. i had no evidence to show that it was going to be fantastic, or horrible. i remember hearing somewhere that it was supposed to be good (absolutepunk, i believe) but i hadn't listened to any songs that were released, so i knew nothing. but hey, 10 dollars for two cds is a great deal - so i bought it. i listened to it when i got home and was immediatly blown away. the idea of splitting the eps up into the... alchemy index (earth, air, fire, water) was brilliant. dustin's lyrics are fucking amazing and the way he delivers them adds to it so much. besides that, the amount of talent in this band is extraodinarily high. favorites
: 'burn the fleet', 'lost continent', 'kings upon the main'.Armor for Sleep - smile for them
i heard this was supposed to be good, so i downloaded it. i figured that since i was going to be seeing them with the academy is... that i would give it a listen to familiarize myself with the music. on first listen, i thought it was good - not great. after seeing them live everything changed. i loved what i heard, so i bought the record that night. i listened to it quite a few times after that and loved it even more. they are straying away from a concept album, such as their previous efforts, and i think it suits them well. favorites
: 'williamsburg', 'smile for the camera', 'chemicals'.Chiodos - bone palace ballet
the second i heard that chiodos was putting out a new record i was ecstatic. the second i heard that you could pre-order it on the warped tour by buying an exclusive shirt, i knew i had too. obviously, i loved all's well that ends well, so it was a no-brainer that i would love bpb. when it leaked, i got it immediatly, however it was an unmastered version and some of the tags were messed up. i only listened to that a few times before the real thing came out. god, i listened to that cd on repeat for the longest time and chiodos took an amazing leap up my last.fm charts to number 1. craig's voice, while some hate it, is one i love. everything else aside, the album is fantastic and i can't help but realize that. favorites
: 'bulls make money, bears make money, pigs get slaughtered', 'i didn't say i was powerful, i said i was a wizard','intensity in ten cities'.Envy on the Coast - lucy gray
let's see, i got this record after reading an article about envy in ap. i had previously listened to their ep and thought it was okay, but nothing spectacular. after listening to lucy gray for the first time i knew that i was going to end up loving it, and i was right. as evident in a lot of my top picks, the lyrics really stood out to me. ryan's voice is one of absolute perfection and it fits... well, perfectly with the music. besides being great musicians, from what i've seen and heard they are amazing people as well, and i wish them all the best in future endeavors. favorites
: 'vultures', '...because all suffering is sweet to me.', 'starving your friends'.Say Anything - in defense of the genre
i wasn't a huge say anything fan prior to this release, and i still wouldn't call myself one. however, this cd is undeniably amazing. i don't even remember the reasoning behind me getting it. it was probably just because i heard about it being amazing on absolutepunk or whatnot. i was a little overwhelmed by all of the guest vocals and things like that, but i happened to like it quite a lot. obviously i liked it, or else it wouldn't have made my top ten. anyways, the lyrics, once again, are great and i really love max bemis' voice. there is obviously a story behind
each song, each moment, and albums that have stories are the best ones. favorites
: 'sorry, dudes. my bad.', 'the church channel', 'plea'.honourable mentions
- RIOT!Mayday Parade
- a lesson in romanticsThe Used
- lies for the liarsEisley
- combinationsAll Time Low
- so wrong, it's rightSullivan
- cover your eyestop 5 voices
stephen christian - listen to 'the haunting'
brooks paschal - listen to 'israel hands'
tegan/sara quin (they count as one) - listen to 'dark come soon', 'relief next to me'
craig owens - listen to 'intensity in ten cities'
ryan hunter - listen to 'starving your friends'top 5 writers (lyrics, otherwise)
dustin kensruemost disappointing albums
- arrivals & departuresAvenged Sevenfold
- avenged sevenfoldTori Amos
- american doll possenew band/break-out band
all time lowbest live show (of those i've seen)
pierce the veilCobra Starshipbest single
all time low - six feet under the stars
envy on the coast - sugar skulls
armor for sleep - williamsburgThe Matches
- salty eyesbest b-side
the used - tunnelThe Academy Is...
- toasted skin
anberlin - the hauntingthe next big thing (2008)
all time low - will get bigger.
the matches - they are one the ap tour, plus they are putting out a new record, plus it's just their time.
mayday parade - i think being on tour with all time low will give them exposure, and the public will react positively.most anticipated releases (2008)
the matches - a band in hope
thrice - the alchemy index (parts 3 and 4)UnderoathEscape the FatePanic! at the DiscoAmanda Palmer
- who killed amanda palmer?From First to Last
- from first to lastTaking Back Sundayfavorite songs of 2007
i want to master life and death - drop dead, gorgeous
(*fin) - anberlin
soil, soil - tegan and sara
paper walls - Yellowcard
invasion - eisley
how far we've come - Matchbox Twenty
rise up - Blessthefall
we are broken - paramore
guilty pleasure - cobra starship
pairs - The Raintree
choice hops and bottled self esteem - Bayside
the bird and the worm - the used
israel hands - sullivan
the church channel - say anything
i'd hate to be you when people find out what this song is about - mayday parade
vultures - envy on the coast
don't let it fool you - Empires
intensity in ten cities - chiodos
hold the door - armor for sleep
six feet under the stars - all time low
neighbors - the academy is...
worst break-outs:Soulja Boybest discovery (of 2007)
eisleysongs not made in 2007, loved in 2007
limousine - brand new
the last something that meant anything - mayday parade
welcome home - tegan and sara
you won't hear this - envy on the coast
you're ever so inviting - underoath
i never wanted to - Saosin
so hard to leave - Aaron Rothealbums i should listen to more
combinations - eisley
under the blacklight - Rilo Kiley
paper walls - yellowcard
direction - The Starting Line
the walking wounded - bayside
santi - the academy is...
cassadaga - Bright Eyessaddest departures/break-ups
sullivan - broke up to pursue other things.
fred mascherino - left taking back sunday to pursue a solo career in the color fred.
craig mabbit - left blessthefall to spend more time with his daughter, among other things.
omar espinosa - left escape the fate, i'm not sure why. he's in a different band now, the black and white city
casey calvert - passed away at the age 0f 26, due to medications interacting in bad ways. rest well, bud.
these lists are opinion and opinion only.