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A Small Good Thing Slim Westerns II (Leaf) electronica 6/10
Acid Mothers Temple 41st Century Splendid Man (tUMULt) psych-rock 7/10
Acid Mothers Temple Electric Heavyland (Alien8) psych-rock 6/10
Acid Mothers Temple St Captain Freak Out And The Magic Bamboo Request (Ektro) psych-rock 5/10
Acid Mothers Temple Univers Zen Ou De Zero A Zero (Fractal) psych-rock 7/10
Acumen Nation The 5th Column (Invisible) industrial 6/10
Barry Adamson The King of Nothing Hill (Mute) songwriter 5/10
Add N To (X) Loud Like Nature (Mute) alt-rock 7/10
Agalloch The Mantle (End) folk-metal 7/10
Airport 5 Life Starts Here (Fading Captain) psych-rock 5/10
Alabama Thunderpussy Staring At The Divine (Relapse) stoner 6/10
Alfie A Word in Your Ear (Twisted Nerve) pop 5/10
Aloha Sugar (Polyvinyl) post-rock 6/10
Tori Amos Scarlet's Walk (Atlantic) songwriter 6/10
Amp L'Amour Invisible (Space Age) ambient 6/10
Ampbuzz This Is My Ampbuzz (Strange Attractors) ambient 5/10
Trey Anastasio Trey Anastasio (Elektra) songwriter 4/10
And You Will Know Us Source Tags & Codes (Interscope) alt-rock 5/10
Apples In Stereo Velocity of Sound (Spinart) pop 5/10
Arlo Stab The Unstoppable Hero (Subpop) power-pop 5/10
Art Zoyd Metropolis (In-Possible) prog-rock 7/10
Joseph Arthur Redemption's Son (Real World) songwriter 5/10
Daniel Ash Daniel Ash (Psychobaby) songwriter 6/10
Richard Ashcroft Human Conditions (Virgin) songwriter 5/10
Natacha Atlas Foretold In The Language Of Dreams (Mantra) songwriter 5/10
Atomic Bitchwax Spit Blood (Meteor City) stoner 5/10
Audioslave Audioslave (Epic) alt-rock 5/10
Bad Religion The Process of Belief (Epitaph) hardcore 6/10
Badly Drawn Boy About A Boy (XL) songwriter 6/10
Badly Drawn Boy Have You Fed The Fish (Twisted Nerve) songwriter 5/10
David Baerwald Here Comes The New Folk Underground (Lost Highway) songwriter 6/10
Jessica Bailiff Jessica Bailiff (Kranky) songwriter 7/10
Steffen Basho-Junghans Waters in Azure (Strange Attractors) instrumental 7/10
Steffen Basho-Junghans Landscapes in Exile (Blue Moment Arts) instrumental 6/10
Belle And Sebastian Storytelling (Jeepster) pop 5/10
Bellini Snowing Sun (Monitor) post-rock 6/10
Bellwether Home Late (Rust Belt) alt-country 5/10
Brendan Benson Lapalco (V2) songwriter 7/10
Biosphere Shenzhou (Touch) techno 6/10
Black Heart Procession Amore Del Tropico (Touch & Go) alt-rock 6/10
Black Watch Jiggery-Pokery (Stonegarden) alt-rock 6/10
Brant Bjork Operators (Music Cartel) stoner 6/10
Frank Black Black Letter Days (Spinart) songwriter 5/10
Frank Black Devil's Workshop (Spinart) songwriter 5/10
Black Tape For A Blue Girl The Scavenger Bride (Projekt) gothic 7/10
Boards of Canada Geogaddi (Warp) electronica 6/10
Richard Bone Disorient (Quirkworks) electronica 6/10
Books Thought For Food (Tomlab) electronica 7/10
Boris Heavy Rocks (Fangs Anal Satan) stoner 6/10
Boyracer To Get A Better Hold (555) alt-rock 5/10
Brad Welcome To Discovery Park (Redline) grunge 5/10
Billy Bragg England Half English (Elektra) songwriter 5/10
Bratmobile Girls Get Busy (Lookout) riot-grrrls 4/10
Brave Captain Advertisements for Myself (Wichita) songwriter 6/10
Breeders Title Tk (Elektra) alt-rock 5/10
Brian Jonestown Massacre Bravery Repetition and Noise (Bomp) psych-rock 6/10
Brick Layer Cake Whatchamacallit (Touch & Go) post-rock 6/10
Bright Full Negative (or) Breaks (Ba Da Bing) alt-rock 6/10
Bright Eyes Lifted Or The Story is in the Soil (Saddle Creek) alt-rock 6/10
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People (Arts & Crafts) post-rock 7/10
Brother JT Spirituals (Drag City) folk-rock 5/10
Franklin Bruno A Cat May Look at a Queen (Absolutely Kosher) songwriter 5/10
Richard Buckner Impasse (Overcoat) songwriter 5/10
Buffalo Daughter I (Emperor Norton) alt-rock 6/10
Bugskull The Big While Cloud (Scratch) alt-rock 5/10
Neko Case Blacklisted (Lady Pilot) songwriter 7/10
Cathedral Seventh Coming (Dream Catcher) doom-metal 5/10
Catheters Static Delusions (Subpop) punk-rock 6/10
Central Falls Latitude (Truckstop) songwriter 5/10
Cerberus Shoal Mr Boy Dog (Temporary Residence) prog-rock 7/10
Tracy Chapman Like It Rain (Elektra) songwriter 5/10
Richard Chartier Of Surfaces (Line) concrete 5/10
Chemical Brothers Come With Us (Astralwerks) techno 6/10
Chokebore It's A Miracle (Pale Mule) alt-rock 5/10
Christmas Decorations Model 91 (Kranky) electronica 5/10
Chumbawamba Readymades (Republic) alt-rock 5/10
Church After Everything Now This (Thirsty Ear) alt-rock 6/10
Cinerama Torino (Manifesto) pop 4/10
Cinematic Orchestra Every Day (Ninja Tune) trip-hop 6/10
Circus Devils Ringworm Interiors (Fading Captain) alt-rock 5/10
Nels Cline Instrumentals (Cryptogramophone) jazz 6/10
Clinic Walking With Thee (Domino) post-pop 6/10
Coldplay A Rush Of Blood To The Head (Capitol) dance 5/10
Comet Gain Realistes (Kill Rock Stars) garage-rock 6/10
Comets On Fire Field Recordings From the Sun (Ba Da Bing) psych-rock 7/10
Concrete Blonde Group Therapy (Manifesto) roots-rock 4/10
Congo Norvell Choking Victim (Kunst) songwriter 6/10
Chris Connelly Private Education (Invisible) songwriter 6/10
Consonant Consonant (Fenway) alt-rock 6/10
Cornelius Point (Matador) techno 6/10 N
Cornershop Handcream For A Generation (Wiija) alt-rock 5/10
Elvis Costello When I Was Cruel (Island) pop 5/10
Counting Crows Hard Candy (Geffen) roots-rock 5/10
Graham Coxon The Kiss of Morning (Transcopic) songwriter 6/10
Adrian Crowley When You Are Here You Are Family (Ba Da Bing) songwriter 6/10
Cul De Sac Immortality Lessons (Strange Attractors) prog-rock 6/10
Danzig 777 I Luciferi (Spitfire) metal 5/10
Dat Politics Plugs Plus (Chicks On Speed) post-rock 6/10
Dead And Gone The Beautician (GSL) hardcore 5/10
Dead C New Electric Music (Language) noise 6/10
Death In Vegas Scorpio Rising (BMG) trip-hop 5/10
Delgados Hate (Mantra) alt-rock 6/10
Der Blutharsch When All Else Fails (Tesco) gothic 6/10
Dianogah Millions Of Brazilians (Southern) post-rock 5/10
Julie Doiron Heart and Crime (Jagjaguwar) songwriter 4/10
Tanya Donelly Beautysleep (4AD) songwriter 6/10
Donnas Spend The Night (Atlantic) punk-pop 6/10
Double U White Night Floating Anchor (Emperor Jones) avant-rock 6/10
Sarah Dougher The Bluff (Mr Lady) songwriter 5/10
Doves Last Broadcast (Capitol) dream-pop 6/10
Down A Bustle In Your Hedgerow (Elektra) metal 4/10
Dream Theater Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (Elektra) prog-metal 6/10
E.A.R. Continuum (Space Age) ambient 6/10
Early Day Miners Let Us Garlands Bring (Secretly Canadian) slocore 7/10
Mark Eitzel Music For Courage And Confidence (New West) songwriter 4/10
El Guapo Super System (Dischord) jazzcore 7/10
Electric Wizard Let Us Prey (Music Cartel) stoner 6/10
Elf Power Creatures (SpinART) pop 5/10
Eminem Show (Columbia) white rap 6/10
Alec Empire Intelligence And Sacrifice (Santeria) dance 7/10
Enon High Society (Touch And Go) alt-rock 5/10
Entropic Advance Red Yellow Noise (Symbolic Insight) electronica 7/10
Face To Face How To Ruin Everything (Vagrant) punk-rock 5/10
Faultline Your Love Means Everything (Blanco Y Negro) jungle 6/10
Fila Brazillia Jump Leeds (TwentyThree) electronica 5/10
Filter The Amalgamut (Warner) industrial 5/10
Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Warner Bros) psych-rock 6/10
Flying Luttenbachers Infection And Decline (Troubleman Unlimited) prog-rock 6/10
Fontanelle Style Drift (Kranky) jazz-rock 5/10
Foo Fighters One By One (RCA) power-pop 5/10
For Against Coalesced (World Music) pop 5/10
Burnt Friedman Secret Rhythms (Nonplace) avant-rock 6/10
Fu Manchu California Crossing (Mammoth) hard-rock 4/10
Fucking Champs V (Drag City) alt-rock 6/10
Funky Porcini Fast Asleep (Ninja Tune) acid-jazz 5/10
Future Bible Heroes Eternal Youth (Instinct) pop 5/10
Future Sound Of London The Isness (Artful) electronica 5/10
Fuxa Supercharged (Rocketgirl) ambient 5/10
Peter Gabriel Long Walk Home (Real World) prog-rock 5/10
Peter Gabriel Up (Real World) prog-rock 5/10
Alistair Galbraith Long Wires in Dark Museums (Emperor Jones) avantgarde 5/10
Gallon Drunk Fire Music (Sweet Nothing) pop 6/10
Gordon Gano Hitting the Ground (Instinct) songwriter 4/10
Sue Garner Shadyside (Thrill Jockey) songwriter 6/10
Gay Dad Transmission (London) glam-pop 4/10
Gene Libertine (Imusic) Brit-pop 4/10
Lisa Germano Lullaby For Liquid Pig (Ineffable) songwriter 6/10
Giant Sand Cover Magazine (Thrill Jockey) roots-rock 4/10
Michael Gira What We Did (Young God) songwriter 6/10
Girls Against Boys You Can't Fight What You Can't See (Jade Tree) alt-rock 6/10
Lutz Glandien The 5th Elephant (ReR) avant-rock 6/10
Gluecifer BasementApes (Epic) garage-rock 5/10 B
Go Back Snowball Calling Zero (Matador) pop 6/10
Godspeed You Black Emperor Yanqui UXO (Constellation) post-rock 7/10
Barbara Gogan Wheels (Gogan) new age 5/10
Gomez In Our Gun (Virgin) pop 5/10
Goo Goo Dolls Gutterflower (Warner) power-pop 4/10
Gravity Kills Superstarved (Sanctuary) industrial 4/10
David Gray A New Day At Midnight (RCA) songwriter 7/10
Groove Armada Lovebox (Jive) techno 5/10
Dave Grubbs Act Five Scene One (Blue Chopsticks) avant-rock 5/10
David Grubbs Rickets & Scurvy (Drag City) songwriter 5/10
Guided By Voices Universal Truths And Cycles (Matador) lo-fi pop 5/10
Gus Gus Attention (Underwater) alt-rock 5/10
Guttermouth Gusto (Epitaph) hardcore 4/10
Neil Hagerty Plays That Good Old Rock And Roll (Drag City) blues-rock 7/10 R/N
John Wesley Harding The Man With No Shadow (Mammoth) songwriter 5/10
George Harrison Brainwashed (Capitol) easy listening 3/10
Hayden Skyscraper National Park (Badman) Genre 4/10
Sean Hayes Lunar Lust (Snailblue) songwriter 5/10
Heroine Sheiks Siamese Pipe (Rubric) hardcore 6/10
His Name Is Alive Last Night (4AD) pop 5/10
Reverend Horton Heat Lucky 7 (Artemis) Genre 6/10
Herbalizer Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ninja Tune) trip-hop 5/10
Hey Mercedes Everynight Fire Works (Vagrant) emocore 6/10
Robin Holcomb The Big Time (Nonesuch) songwriter 6/10
David Holmes Come Get It I Got It (13 Amp) techno 5/10
Hot Hot Heat Make Up The Breakdown (Subpop) disco-punk 6/10
Hot Snakes Suicide Invoice (Swami) alt-rock 6/10
Howard Hello Howard Hello (Temporary Residence) post-rock 7/10
Howie B Folk (Polydor) trip-hop 5/10
Danielle Howle Skorborealis (Daemon) songwriter 6/10
Hrvatski Swarm & Dither (Planet Mu) electronica 6/10
Human Drama Cause And Effect (Projekt) gothic 6/10
Human League Secrets (Ark 21) synth-pop 5/10
Hunches Yes No Shut It (In the Red) garage-rock 6/10
Idlewild The Remote Part (EMI) punk-pop 6/10
Ikara Colt Chat And Business (Epitaph) retro-rock 6/10
Immortal Sons Of Northern Darkness (Nuclear Blast) dark metal 6/10
Imperial Teen On (Merge) alt-rock 6/10
Indigo Girls Become You (Epic) folk 5/10
Infinite X's Infinite X's (Chainsaw) alt-rock 6/10
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador) new wave 7/10
Ioscil Submers (Kranky) electronica 7/10
Iron And Wine The Creek Drank The Cradle (Subpop) songwriter 6/10
Isis Oceanic (Ipecac) industrial 6/10
Jets To Brazil Perfecting Loneliness (Jade Tree) alt-rock 5/10
Calvin Johnson What Was Me (K) lo-fi pop 5/10
Mike Johnson What Would You Do (Up) songwriter 7/10
Karate Some Boots (Southern) post-rock 4/10
Tommy Keene The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (Spinart) songwriter 6/10
Kent 3 Spells (Burn Burn Burn) garage 5/10
Khanate Khanate (Southern Lord) super-doom 7/10
Kid 606 The Action Packed Mentallist (Violent Turd) electronica 6/10
King Kong The Big Bang (Drag City) alt-rock 4/10
KMFDM Attack (Metropolis) industrial 4/10
Knotworking Notes Left Out (One Mad Son) songwriter 6/10
Thomas Koener Unerforschtes Gebeit (Die Stadt) ambient 5/10
Korn Untouchables (Epic) rap-metal 6/10
L'altra In The Afternoon (Aesthetics) post-rock 6/10
Ladytron Light & Magic (Emperor Norton) synth-pop 4/10
Lambchop Is A Woman (Merge) alt-country 5/10
Landing Seasons (Ba Da Ding) ambient 6/10
Laub Filesharing (Kitty-Yo) industrial 5/10
Leaving Trains Emotional Legs (Steelcage) glam 4/10
Leels Leels (Emperor Jones) psych-rock 5/10
Legendary Pink Dots Synesthesia (Caciocavallo) alt-rock 5/10
Lenola Sharks & Flames (Homesleep) alt-rock 6/10
Arto Lindsay Invoke (Righteous Babe) noise-rock 6/10
Lo Fidelity Allstars Don't Be Afraid Of Love (Skint) dance 5/10
Lisa Loeb Cake And Pie (A&M) songwriter 4/10
Jason Loewenstein At Sixes And Sevens (Subpop) songwriter 6/10 R/N
Lone Pigeon Concubine Rice (Domino) songwriter 6/10
Looper The Snare (Mute) avant-rock 5/10
Los Lobos Good Morning Aztlan (Mammoth) roots-rock 4/10
Loveliescrushing Glissceule (Sonic Syrup) alt-rock 5/10
Lovespirals Windblown Kiss (Projekt) pop 4/10
Low Trust (Kranky) slo-core 8/10
Luna Romantica (Jetset) alt-rock 5/10
Lupine Howl The Bar At The End Of The World (Vinyl Hiss) psych-rock 4/10
Lycia Tripping Back Into The Broken Days (Projekt) pop 5/10
Magic Carpatians Project Ethnocore II: Vak (Drunken Fish) pan-ethnic 6/10
Main Tau (K-raa-k) ambient 6/10
Makers Strangest Parade (Sub Pop) garage 4/10
Aimee Mann Lost in Space (Superego) songwriter 6/10
Maquiladora Ritual Of The Hearts (Better Looking) alt-rock 7/10
Doug Martsch Now You Know (Warner Bros) songwriter 5/10
J Mascis Free So Free (Ultimatum) alt-rock 5/10
Masters Of Reality Deep In The Hole (Brownhouse) hard-rock 5/10
Dave Matthews Busted Stuff (RCA) alt-rock 6/10
Meat Beat Manifesto RUOK (Run) dance 5/10
Medusa Cyclone Tangier (Small Stone) noise 6/10
Mekons Oooh (Touch & Go) punk 4/10
Melvins Hostile Ambient Takeover (Ipecac) stoner 5/10
Stephen Merritt Eban & Charley (Merge) pop 5/10
Mighty Mighty Bosstones A Jackknife To A Swan (SideOne) ska-pop 5/10
Millencolin Home From Home (Epitaph) punk-pop 4/10
Mini+Boyd Angular Island (Phthalo) techno 6/10
Mirah Advisory Committee (K) songwriter 6/10
Moby 18 (V2) techno 4/10
Monster Movie Last Night Something Happened (Clairecords) dream-pop 6/10
Morcheeba Charango (Reprise) trip-hop 5/10
Alanis Morissette Under Rug Swept (Maverick) songwriter 5/10
Motorpsycho It's A Love Cult (Stickman) garage 4/10
Bob Mould Modulate. (Red Ink) songwriter 4/10
Mountain Goats All Hail West Texas (Emperor Jones) songwriter 6/10
Mudhoney Since We've Become Translucent (Subpop) grunge 6/10
Muffins Bandwidth (Cuneiform) prog-rock 5/10
Mum Finally We Are No One (Fat Cat) post-rock 6/10
Mummydogs Mummydogs (Frontier) folk-rock 5/10
Dorine Muraille Mani (Fat Cat) ambient 7/10
Peter Murphy Dust (Metropolis) songwriter 6/10
Mysteries Of Life Distant Relative (No Nostalgia) folk-rock 5/10
Nada Surf Let Go (Labels) pop 6/10
Nina Nastasia The Blackened Air (Touch & Go) songwriter 6/10
New Bomb Turks The Night Before the Day the Earth Stood Still (Gearhead) garage 4/10
New Christs We Got This (Laughing Outlaw) garage 6/10
New Radiant Storm King Winter's Kill (Rainbow Quartz) noise-rock 5/10
Sheila Nicholls Wake (Hollywood) songwriter 5/10
Nightmare On Wax Mind Elevation (Warp) trip-hop 5/10
Nile In Their Darkened Shrines (Relapse) death-metal 6/10
Noize Creator Deferred Media (Ambush) drum'n'bass 7/10
Non Children of the Black Sun (Mute) noise 6/10
Novex Kleptophonica (Revolver) avant-rock 5/10
Nurse With Wound Man With The Woman Face (World Serpent) industrial 4/10
Sinead O'Connor Sean-Nos Nua (Vanguard) songwriter 3/10
Tara Jane ONeil Tjo Tko (Mr Lady) songwriter 6/10
Oasis Heathen Chemistry (Epic) Brit-pop 4/10
Of Montreal Aldhils Arboretum (Kindercore) pop 5/10
Oneida Each One Teach One (Jagjaguwar) alt-rock 7/10
Orange Goblin Coup De Grace (Rise Above) doom-metal 5/10
Beth Orton Daybreaker (Heavenly) songwriter 6/10
Otep Sevas Tra (Capitol) alt-rock 7/10
Out Hud Street Dad (Kranky) dance 7/10
Pan American The River Made No Sound (Kranky) ambient 7/10
Papa Roach Lovehatetragedy (Dreamworks) rap-metal 5/10
Pearl Jam Riot Act (Epic) grunge 5/10
Pedro The Lion Control (Jade Tree) songwriter 6/10
Pere Ubu St Arkansas (Spinart) new wave 6/10
Pet Shop Boys Release (EMI) synth-pop 5/10
Piano Magic Writers Without Homes (4AD) alt-rock 5/10
Pine Valley Cosmonauts The Executioner's Last Songs (Bloodshot) country 5/10
Planetarium Music Traditional Psychedelic Electronic Music (Strange Attractors) electronica 5/10
+/- Self Titled Long Playing Debut Album (Teen Beat) post-rock 6/10
Polara Jetpack Blues (Susstones) alt-rock 5/10
Porcupine Tree In Absentia (Lava) prog-rock 7/10
Robert Poss Distortion Is Truth (Trace Elements) avantgarde 6/10
Robert Poss Crossing Casco Bay (Trace Elements) avantgarde 6/10
Pretenders Loose Screw (Artemis) alt-rock 5/10
Archer Prewitt Three (Thrill Jockey) songwriter 6/10
Primal Scream Evil Hat (Epic) alt-rock 6/10
Promise Ring Wood/ Water (Epitaph) power-pop 5/10
Chuck Prophet No Other Love (New West) songwriter 5/10
Pulp We Love Life (Island) synth-pop 6/10
Queens Of The Stone Age Songs For The Deaf (Interscope) stoner-rock 7/10
Queers Pleasant Screams (Hopeless) punk-pop 4/10
Radar Brothers And The Surrounding Mountains (Merge) alt-country 5/10
Rasputina Cabin Fever (Instinct) alt-rock 5/10
Red Hot Chili Peppers By The Way (Warner) funk-rock 4/10
Reindeer Section Son of Evil Reindeer (Pias) pop 4/10
Residents Demons Dance Alone (ESD) new wave 5/10
Jonathan Richman Her Mystery Not Of High Heels And Eye Shadow (Vapor) Genre 4/10
Stan Ridgway Holiday In Dirt (New West) songwriter 4/10
Steve Roach Streams & Currents (Projekt) ambient 6/10
Steve Roach Trance Spirits (Projekt) electronica 6/10
Josh Rouse Under Cold Blue Stars (Slow River) songwriter 5/10
Royksopp Melody AM (Virgin) electronica 6/10
Ruins Tzomborgha (Ipecac) psych-rock 6/10
Saint Etienne Finisterre (Mantra) dance-pop 5/10
Scenic The Acid Gospel Experience (Hidden Agenda) psych-rock 7/10
Janek Schaefer Pulled Under (Audioh) electronica 6/10
Scorn Plan B (Hymen) industrial 4/10
Sentridoh Tales from Loobiecore (Repo) lo-fi 5/10
764 Hero Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere (Tiger Style) jungle 6/10
Ron Sexsmith Cobblestone Runway (Nettwerk) songwriter 6/10
DJ Shadow The Private Press (MCA) jungle 5/10
Shalabi The Trial Of St. Orange (Alien 8) post-rock 7/10
Duncan Sheik Daylight (Atlantic) songwriter 6/10
Shinjuku Thief The Witch Haven (Dorobo) electronica 6/10
Sigur Ros ( ) (MCA) alt-rock 7/10
Silkworm Italian Platinum (Touch & Go) alt-rock 6/10 N
Silverchair Diorama (Atlantic) 4/10
Six By Seven The Way I Feel Today (Mantra) Genre 6/10
Sixteen Horsepower Folklore (JetSet) roots-rock 5/10
Roni Size Touching Down (Full Cycle) jungle 5/10
Skeleton Key Obtainium (Ipecac) alt-rock 6/10
Luke Slater Alright on Top (Novamute) techno 4/10
Sleater Kinney One Beat (Kill Rock Stars) alt-rock 7/10
Slipper Zoon Sandwich (Mechanism) electronica 5/10
Steven Smith Lineaments (3 Acre Floor) instrumental 6/10
Smith & Mighty Life Is (K7) trip-hop 4/10
Todd Snider New Connection (Oh Boy) songwriter 5/10 B
Soft Boys Nextdoorland (Matador) psych-rock 5/10
Sol Invictus Thrones (Tursa) alt-rock 6/10
Sonic Youth Murray Street (Geffen) noise-rock 6/10
Songs: Ohia Didn't It Rain (Secretly Canadian) alt-rock 6/10
Sophia Spite (Cold Meat Industry) gothic 5/10
Sotos Platypus (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
Soul-Junk 1957 (Sounds Are Active) alt-rock 6/10
Soulfly III (Roadrunner) metal 5/10
Spaceheads Low Pressure (Bip Hop) prog-rock 7/10
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Plastic Fang (Matador) alt-rock 5/10
DJ Spooky Optometry (Thirsty Ear) avant-jazz 7/10
Spoon Kill The Moonlight (Merge) alt-rock 6/10
Spring Heel Jack Amassed (Thirsty Ear) avant-jazz 8/10
Bruce Springsteen Rising (Columbia) songwriter 6/10
Squarepusher Do You Know (Warp) jungle 5/10
Standard August (Touch & Go) alt-rock 6/10
Steroid Maximus Ectopia (Ipecac) industrial 5/10
ST37 Down On Us (Emperor Jones) psych-rock 4/10
Suede A New Morning (Sony) Brit-pop 4/10
Suicide American Supreme (Blast First) new wave 7/10
Sun City Girls High Asia Lo-Pacific (Abduction) psych 5/10
Sunn Flight Of The Behemoth (Southern Lord) doom 6/10
Sunshine Fix Project Age Of The Sun (Emperor Norton) pop 5/10
Super_Collider Raw Digits (Rise Robots Rise) techno 5/10
Superdrag Last Call For Vitriol (Arena Rock) Genre 5/10
Supergrass Life On Other Planets (Parlophone) Brit-pop 4/10
Sybarite Nonument (4AD) avant-rock 5/10
System Of A Down Steal This Album (American) metal 5/10
Nobukazu Takemura Water's Suite (Extreme) electronica 6/10
Tarwater Dwellers On The Threshold (Mute) post-rock 5/10
Telescopes Third Wave (Double Agent) psych-rock 6/10
Tender Trap Film Molecules (K) pop 5/10
Thaw Holy Cat (Elsewhen) electronica 5/10
They Might Be Giants No (Idlewild) pop 5/10
Thievery Corporation The Richest Man In Babylon (18th Street Lounge) alt-rock 5/10
3rd Strike Lost Angel (Hollywood) rap-metal 5/10
Jonathan Thomas Septimania (Commodity This) prog-rock 6/10
Thuja Ghost Plants (Emperor Jones) avant-rock 5/10
Thuja Suns (Emperor Jones) noise 6/10
Tight Bro's From Way Back When Lend You a Hand (Kill Rock Stars) garage 5/10
Mary Timony The Golden Dove (Matador) songwriter 6/10 N
Tin Hat Trio Rodeo Eroded (Ropeadope) alt-rock 4/10
To Live and Shave in LA The Wigmaker in Eighteenth Century Williamsburg (Menlo Park) noise 8/10
Amon Tobin Out From Out Where (Ninja Tune) jungle 6/10
Today Is The Day Sadness Will Prevail (Relapse) death 6/10
Jenny Toomey Tempting (Misra) songwriter 5/10
Town And Country C'mon (Thrill JOckey) post-rock 7/10
MC Trachiotomy W/Love from Tahiti (Bulb) rap 7/10
Tram A Kind Of Closure (Jetset) slo-core 5/10
Trans Am TA (Thrill Jockey) post-rock 5/10
Trespassers W Sex and the End of It (Somnimage) prog-rock 6/10
Tribes of Neurot Adaptation and Survival (Neurot) industrial 5/10
Tuatara Cinemathique (Fast Horse) world-music 4/10
Mick Turner Moth (Drag City) instrumental 6/10
Twinemen Twinemen (High N Dry) alt-rock 6/10
Ugly Casanova Sharpen Your Teeth (Sub Pop) alt-rock 7/10
Underworld A Hundred Days Off (Junion Boys Own) techno 5/10
Univers Zero Rhythmix (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10 R
DJ Vadim The Art Of Listening (Ninja Tune) hip hop 5/10
Sven Vath Fire (Ultra) techno 5/10
Vibracathedral Orchestra Dabbling With Gravity (VHF) drone-music 6/10
Vida Blue Vida Blue (Elektra) prog-rock 5/10
Viva Death Viva Death (Vagrant) hardcore 6/10
Christian Vogel Dungeon Master (Tresor) techno 5/10
Steve Von Till If I Should Fall To The Field (Neurot) songwriter 5/10
Voodoo Glow Skulls Steady As She Goes (Victory) ska-core 5/10
Wallflowers Red Letter Day (Interscope) roots-rock 5/10
Greg Weeks Awake Like Sleep (BaDaBing) songwriter 6/10
Paul Westerberg Stereo Mono (Vagrant) songwriter 5/10
Keith Fullerton Whitman Playthroughs (Kranky) electronica 6/10
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch) roots-rock 7/10
Windsor For The Derby The Emotional Rescue LP (Aesthetics) post-rock 6/10
Witch Hazel This World Then The Fireworks (Hidden Agenda) roots-rock 6/10
Xiu Xiu Knife Play (5rc, 2002) Genre 7/10
Yo La Tengo The Sounds Of The Sounds Of Science (Egon) psych-rock 6/10
Richard Youngs May (Jagjaguar) instrumental 6/10
Yume Bitsu The Golden Vessyl Of Sound (K) psych-rock 5/10
Ratings: 10=best album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan

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