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#1001 Slackmo

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:28 PM

Their weakest album, by far.


This joke was easier.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:30 PM


I didn't realize there was so much Porno love on this board.


The joke is too easy.


I set it up that way.


If you can point out anything on Electric Version that is as good as "The Body Says No", I'll concede.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:32 PM

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Boredoms - Super AE

(1045 Points, 14 Votes, One #1 Vote)

Year
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US Chart Position: n/a

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: n/a

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #52 (year), #552 (decade), #2827 (all-time)

AMG Says: "Surfacing again with an American release after a couple years of absence, the Boredoms showed themselves to still be truly a unique proposition with Super Ae. Taking some more of the prog/Kraut influences that crept into earlier efforts while still firing up the amps all around, Eye and his cohorts (forming a core quintet this time around) once again become the most out-there band in the world. "Super You" is a simply fantastic way to start, with initial whizzing stereo-to-stereo sounds leading into a wonderful collection of slow, ponderous death rock riffs that sound like all the Black Sabbath and Metallica wannabes of the world gathered to create one massive opening fanfare via guitars. Logically the Boredoms spike the punch by interrupting things with sped-up tape sounds and pitch changes, making the proceedings all the more fun. From there, Super Ae continues along to something close to a concept album; each track feels like a perfect lead in to the rest, while the whole sense is of one long, mantra-like piece, faster or slower as the band feels like it. The big change is that the volume is not so much used to stun as it is to maintain a general atmosphere while the rhythm section cranks along in semi-motorik style, a bit like Can with some even freer spirits at play. Not everything is total destruction in the Boredoms scheme of things, admittedly -- "Super Coming" has some hilarious cartoony vocals from all participants. "Super Are" begins with a serene keyboard performance and chanting background vocals before turning into a psych/acid folk drum/singing jam session la Amon Dl or fellow countrymen Ghost. Needless to say, though, the amps and monster sludge kick in soon enough, and quite well at that! "Super Good," the album closer, also has a nicely calm way about it."

Ranked Highest By: Burzum (#1) (also ranked #2 by Cinnamon Pooter)

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:33 PM

I should probably hear this album, seeing how much I like Newsun.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:34 PM

very heartening to see both Boredoms albums in the top 100. Classic stuff.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:47 PM

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Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele

(1049 Points, 15 Votes, One #1 Vote)

Year
: 2000

US Chart Position: #7 / #2 R&B

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: "Cherchez LaGhost" (#98 / #3 Rap), "Apollo Kids" (#32 Rap US)

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #27 (year), #180 (decade), #1464 (all-time)

AMG Says: "Most of the members of rap's Roman Empire, the Wu-Tang Clan, experienced sophomore slumps with their second solo releases, whether artistically or commercially (usually both). The second offerings from Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, GZA, and Raekwon featured some of the old Wu magic, but not enough to warrant a claim to their once total mastery of the rap game. Just as the Wu empire appeared to be crumbling, along came the second installment from the Clan's spitfire element, Ghostface Killah (aka Tony Starks, aka Ironman). Every bit as good as his first release, Supreme Clientele proves Ghost's worthiness of the Ironman moniker by deftly overcoming trendiness to produce an authentic sound in hip-hop's age of bland parity. Some of the Wu's slump could be contributed to Wu-Abbott's (aka RZA) relative sabbatical. This album has RZA's stamp all over it, but the guru himself only provides three tracks. On this effort, the Wu-Pupil producers at times seem to outdo their teacher. RZA's best composition is the piano-driven, double-entendre-laced childhood retrospective "Child's Play." But of the many standout cuts, it's the slew of disciple producers paying homage to the Wu legacy that truly makes this album fresh-sounding: "Apollo Kids" (Hassan), "Malcolm" (Choo the Specialist), "Saturday Nite" (Carlos "Six July" Broady), "One" (JuJu of the Beatnuts), "Cherchez la Ghost" (Carlos Bess), "Wu Banga 101" (Allah Mathematics). While the album is complete and characteristically Wu-sounding, each track is distinctive lyrically, thematically, and sonically. Ghostface's Supreme Clientele is a step toward the Wu-Tang Clan's ascent from the ashes of their fallen kingdom. The once slumbering Wu-Tang strikes again."

Ranked Highest By: Gil-Scott Heroin (#1)

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:48 PM

GREAT album. Got to see them perform the whole thing live a couple of years ago, and it blew my mind.



me too, at the empty bottle. Ulrich Schnauss was supposed to perform too, but he
was sick or something.

they were really into it, the guitarist was gyrating all over the place, as if he thought
they were playing in a stadium and not a footlocker indie club.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:48 PM

I need to hear this album.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:49 PM

nah, not really
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:51 PM

nah, not really

Really? Does this mean you were underwhelmed?
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:53 PM


GREAT album. Got to see them perform the whole thing live a couple of years ago, and it blew my mind.



me too, at the empty bottle. Ulrich Schnauss was supposed to perform too, but he
was sick or something.

they were really into it, the guitarist was gyrating all over the place, as if he thought
they were playing in a stadium and not a footlocker indie club.




Awesome show. Probably the best bang for the buck I have had. Hopefully their next album delivers. Before the Dawn is a great record, but a bit too much filler.
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I see you by your dresser doing your make-up
Fluttering a Chinese fan in a Knoxville fashion
All last night you tossed and turned
Your body was hotter than the night Richmond burned
You say you had a bad nightmare about tractor trailers crashing
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:54 PM

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Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup

(1051 Points, 17 Votes)

Year
: 1996

US Chart Position: #27 Heatseeker

UK Chart Position: #27

Charting Singles: "Cybele's Reverie" (#62 UK)

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #8 (year), #115 (decade), #599 (all-time)

AMG Says: "Stereolab was poised for a breakthrough release with Emperor Tomato Ketchup, their fourth full-length album. Not only was their influence becoming apparent throughout alternative rock, but Mars Audiac Quintet and Music for the Amorphous Body Center indicated they were moving closer to distinct pop melodies. The group certainly hasn't backed away from pop melodies on Emperor Tomato Ketchup, but just as their hooks are becoming catchier, they bring in more avant-garde and experimental influences, as well. Consequently, the album is Stereolab's most complex, multi-layered record. It lacks the raw, amateurish textures of their early singles, but the music is far more ambitious, melding electronic drones and singsong melodies with string sections, slight hip-hop and dub influences, and scores of interweaving counter melodies. Even when Stereolab appears to be creating a one-chord trance, there is a lot going on beneath the surface. Furthermore, the group's love for easy listening and pop melodies means that the music never feels cold or inaccessible. In fact, pop singles like "Cybele's Reverie" and "The Noise of Carpet" help ease listeners into the group's more experimental tendencies. Because of all its textures, Emperor Tomato Ketchup isn't as immediately accessible as Mars Audiac Quintet, but it is a rich, rewarding listen."

Ranked Highest By: Dan (#4)

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nah, not really

Really? Does this mean you were underwhelmed?


yeah, and I liked Pretty Toney a lot. Couple great songs, but nothing mindblowing.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 10:01 PM

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Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele

(1049 Points, 15 Votes, One #1 Vote)

Year
: 2000

US Chart Position: #7 / #2 R&B

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: "Cherchez LaGhost" (#98 / #3 Rap), "Apollo Kids" (#32 Rap US)

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #27 (year), #180 (decade), #1464 (all-time)

AMG Says: "Most of the members of rap's Roman Empire, the Wu-Tang Clan, experienced sophomore slumps with their second solo releases, whether artistically or commercially (usually both). The second offerings from Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, GZA, and Raekwon featured some of the old Wu magic, but not enough to warrant a claim to their once total mastery of the rap game. Just as the Wu empire appeared to be crumbling, along came the second installment from the Clan's spitfire element, Ghostface Killah (aka Tony Starks, aka Ironman). Every bit as good as his first release, Supreme Clientele proves Ghost's worthiness of the Ironman moniker by deftly overcoming trendiness to produce an authentic sound in hip-hop's age of bland parity. Some of the Wu's slump could be contributed to Wu-Abbott's (aka RZA) relative sabbatical. This album has RZA's stamp all over it, but the guru himself only provides three tracks. On this effort, the Wu-Pupil producers at times seem to outdo their teacher. RZA's best composition is the piano-driven, double-entendre-laced childhood retrospective "Child's Play." But of the many standout cuts, it's the slew of disciple producers paying homage to the Wu legacy that truly makes this album fresh-sounding: "Apollo Kids" (Hassan), "Malcolm" (Choo the Specialist), "Saturday Nite" (Carlos "Six July" Broady), "One" (JuJu of the Beatnuts), "Cherchez la Ghost" (Carlos Bess), "Wu Banga 101" (Allah Mathematics). While the album is complete and characteristically Wu-sounding, each track is distinctive lyrically, thematically, and sonically. Ghostface's Supreme Clientele is a step toward the Wu-Tang Clan's ascent from the ashes of their fallen kingdom. The once slumbering Wu-Tang strikes again."

Ranked Highest By: Gil-Scott Heroin (#1)

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man nobody else voted this number 1. shit. yo im happy it beat blueprint
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 10:26 PM

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The Shins - Oh, Inverted World

(1072 Points, 23 Votes)

Year
: 2001

US Chart Position: n/a

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: n/a

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #21 (year), #154 (decade), #1251 (all-time) (lower than Alicia Keys' Songs in A Minor)

Rank on Our All-Time Albums List: #185

AMG Says: "Beginning with "Caring Is Creepy," which opens this album with a psychedelic flourish that would not be out of place on a late-1960s Moody Blues, Beach Boys, or Love release, the Shins present a collection of retro pop nuggets that distill the finer aspects of classic acid rock with surrealistic lyrics, independently melodic basslines, jangly guitars, echo laden vocals, minimalist keyboard motifs, and a myriad of cosmic sound effects. With only two of the cuts clocking in at over four minutes, Oh Inverted World avoids the penchant for self-indulgence that befalls most outfits who worship at the altar of Syd Barrett, Skip Spence, and Arthur Lee. Lead singer James Mercer's lazy, hazy phrasing and vocal timbre, which often echoes a young Brian Wilson, drifts in and out of the subtle tempo changes of "Know Your Onion," the jagged rhythm in "Girl Inform Me," the Donovan-esque folksy veneer of "New Slang," and the Warhol's Factory aura of "Your Algebra," all of which illustrate this New Mexico-based quartet's adept knowledge of the progressive/art rock genre which they so lovingly pay homage to. Though the production and mix are somewhat polished when compared to the memorable recordings of Moby Grape and early-Pink Floyd, the Shins capture the spirit of '67 with stunning accuracy."

Ranked Highest By: Bobandbob (#2)

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 10:34 PM

Chutes won the Shins-off, eh? Oh, non-inverted list. Well done, SOMB.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 10:39 PM

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Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup

(1051 Points, 17 Votes)


Love this album. Big fan of Inverted, too. I must say that I never understood the love for New Pornos... I tried to get into them, really I did, but it didn't happen.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 10:40 PM

Hear hear! Oh, Inverted is very good, but Chutes is amazing.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 10:42 PM

Chutes won the Shins-off, eh? Oh, non-inverted list. Well done, SOMB.

Huh? Oh, wow. That's just gross. Gee. Not well done at all.
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Damo Suzuki: So, um, yeah. Getting older isn't as bad as it sounds. Better than being young & poor (DjDrake) or young & slutty (SG) or young, poor and slutty (Paves); am I right?

Alright, my friends. It's time for another solid little rock jam

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 10:42 PM


Chutes won the Shins-off, eh? Oh, non-inverted list. Well done, SOMB.

Huh? Oh, wow. That's just gross. Gee. Not well done at all.


Easy there, Zach.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 10:44 PM

I hope the Garden State Soundtrack is number one.
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Damo Suzuki: So, um, yeah. Getting older isn't as bad as it sounds. Better than being young & poor (DjDrake) or young & slutty (SG) or young, poor and slutty (Paves); am I right?

Alright, my friends. It's time for another solid little rock jam