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Artist Album Title (Label) Genre Rat.
Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
A Sunny Day In Glasgow Scribble Mural Comic Journal (Notenuf) digital pop 7/10
Aesop Rock None Shall Pass (Def Jux) rap 6/10
Akron Family Love Is Simple (Young God) psych-rock 6/10
Aluk Todolo Descension (Public Guilt) post-rock 7/10
Angels of Light We Are Him (Young God) songwriter 6/10
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam (Domino) alt-rock 6/10
Arcade Fire Neon Bible (Merge) electro-pop 7/10
Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare (Domino) Brit-pop 6/10
Adult Why Bother (Thrill Jockey) electroclash 5/10
Aereogramme My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go (Chemikal Underground) post-rock 5/10
Air Pocket Symphony (Astralwerks) art-pop 5/10
Tori Amos American Doll Posse (Sony) songwriter 5/10
Apples In Stereo New Magnetic Wonder (Yep Roc) power-pop 5/10
Devendra Banhart Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (XL) psych-folk 5/10
Battles Mirrored (Warp) prog-rock 7/10
Beck The Information (Interscope) songwriter 6/10
Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse (Jagjaguwar) post-rock 7/10
Between the Buried and Me Colors (Victory) prog-metal 8/10
Biota Half a True Day (ReR) avantgarde 6/10
Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha (Fat Possum) songwriter 6/10
Bjork Volta (Atlantic) songwriter 5/10
Blonde Redhead 23 (4AD) noise-rock 6/10
Richard Bone Infinite Plastic Creation (Quirkwork) ambient 6/10
Jonas Braasch Global Reflections (Deep Listening) avantgarde 6/10
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me (Interscope) emo 6/10
Cadence Weapon Breaking Kayfabe (Upper Class) hip-hop 7/10
Califone Roots & Crowns (Thrill Jockey) alt-rock 6/10
Bill Callahan Woke On A Whaleheart (Drag City, 2007) (Drag City) songwriter 5/10
Caribou Andorra (Merge) electro-pop 7/10
Castanets In The Vines (Asthmatic Kitty) digital folk 6/10
Nick Cave Grinderman (Anti) songwriter 7/10
Vic Chesnutt North Star Deserter (Constellation) songwriter 6/10
!!! Myth Takes (Warp) dance-rock 6/10
Claudia Quintet For (Cuneiform) avant-jazz 6/10
Clientele God Save The Clientele (Merge) pop 6/10
Clinic Visitations (Domino) pop 5/10
Jay Cloidt Spectral Evidence (Starkland) avantgarde 7/10
Coachmen Coachmania (no label) prog-rock 6/10
Cobalt Eater of Birds (Profound Lore) black metal 7.5/10
Jarvis Cocker Jarvis (Rough Trade) songwriter 6/10
CocoRosie The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn (Touch & Go) alt-rock 7/10
Cornelius Sensuous (Everloving) electronica 6/10
Dalek Abandoned Language (Ipecac) rap 6/10
Dear Hunter Act II - The Meaning Of & All Things Regarding Ms Leading (Triple Crown) prog-rock 6/10
Deerhoof Friend Opportunity (Kill Rock Stars) pop 6/10
Deftones Saturday Night Wrist (Maverick) nu-metal 5/10
Dillinger Escape Plan Ire Works (Relapse) metal 6/10
Dinosaur Jr Beyond (Fat Possum) power-pop 6/10
Earlies The Enemy Chorus (Secretly Canadian) electro-pop 5/10
Explosions In The Sky All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone (Temporary Residence) alt-rock 7/10
Lupe Fiasco The Cool (Atlantic) rap 6/10
Field From Here We Go Sublime (Kompakt) techno 7/10
Far Corner Endangered (Cuneiform) prog-rock 7/10
Fred Frith The Happy End Problem (ReR, 2007) (ReR) prog-rock 6/10
Fred Frith Impur (ReR) prog-rock 7/10
Ghost In Stormy Nights (Drag City) avant-rock 6/10
Go Team Proof Of Youth (Sub Pop) Brit-pop 6/10
Gothic Archies The Tragic Treasury (Nonesuch) songwriter 6/10
Kip Hanrahan Beautiful Scars (American Clave) avent-jazz 6/10
Mike Hansen At Every Point (Etude) avantgarde 6/10
Erdem Helvacioglu Altered Realities (New Albion) avantgarde 7/10
Kristin Hersh Learning To Sing Like A Star (Yep Roc) songwriter 6/10
Robyn Hitchcock Ole Tarantula (Yep Roc) songwriter 6/10
Icarus Sylt (Not Applicable) drum'n'bass 6/10
If Bwana An Innocent Abroad (Pogus) avantgarde 5/10
Iron & Wine The Shepherd's Dog (Sub Pop) songwriter 6/10
Jesu Conqueror (Hydra Head) shoegaze 7/10
KTL KTL 2 (Editions Mego) electronica 7/10
Larval Surviving Death (cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (DFA) discopunk 7/10
Jens Lekman Night Falls Over Kortedala (Secretly Canadian) songwriter 6/10
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Living With The Living (Touch & Go) power-pop 5/10
Liars Liars (Mute) alt-rock 6/10
Lngtche Music For An Untitled Film By T. Zarkkof (Etude) electronic 6/10
Annea Lockwood Thousand Year Dreaming/ Floating World (Pogus) avantgarde 7/10
Low Drums And Guns (Subpop) slo-core 6/10
Steve Maclean Bridges (ReR) prog-rock 5/10
Magic Bullets A Child But in Life Yet a Doctor in Love (Words On Music) alt-pop 5/10
Paul Metzger Deliverance (Locust Music) solo acoustic 7.5/10
Joni Mitchell Shine (Hear) songwriter 5/10
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (Sony) pop 5/10
Alfredo Costa-Monteiro Epicycle (Etude) avantgarde 7/10
Mr Geoffrey And JD Franzke Get A Room (Extreme) plunderphonics 6/10
Mrtyu Ritual Terra Continuii (Tipped Bowler Tapes) industrial 7/10
Nina Nastasia On Leaving (FatCat) songwriter 5/10
Necks Townsville (ReR) post-jazz 5/10
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero (Interscope) industrial 6/10
Nonloc Between Hemispheres (Strange Attractors) songwriter 6/10
Okkervil River The Stage Names (Jagjaguwar) roots-rock 7/10
Panda Bear Person Pitch (Paw Tracks) songwriter 7/10
Pere Ubu Why I Hate Women (Glitterhouse) new wave 5/10
Pinback Autumn of the Seraphs (Touch & Go) alt-rock 6/10
Plants Photosynthesis (Strange Attractors) psych-rock 5/10
Radio Massacre International Rain Falls in Grey (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
Radiohead In Rainbows (Radiohead) alt-pop 5/10
Dizzee Rascal Maths + English (XL) rap 5/10
Red Sparowes Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun (Neurot, 2007) post-rock 6/10
Alec Redfearn and the Eyesores The Blind Spot (Cuneiform) avant-pop 6/10
Lou Reed Hudson River Wind Meditations (Gimini Sun) songwriter 5/10
Robert Rich Atlas Dei (Soundscape) avantgarde 6/10
Robert Rich Eleven Questions (Unsung) avantgarde 6/10
Alasdair Roberts The Amber Gatherers (Drag City) folk 5/10
Shellac Excellent Italian Greyhound (Touch And Go) post-rock 6/10
Shins Wincing The Night Away (Sub Pop) pop 5/10
Bruce Springsteen Magic (Columbia) songwriter 5/10
Stars Of The Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline (Kranky) instrumental 6/10
Carl Stone Al-Noor (In Tone Music) avantgarde 7/10
Straylight Run The Needles The Space (Universal) emo-core 6/10
Tarentel Ghetto Beats On The Surface Of The Sun (The Music Fellowship) post-rock 7/10
Terminal Sound System Compressor (Extreme) drum'n'bass 6/10
Throbbing Gristle Part Two The Endless Not (Mute) industrial 6/10
Timeless Pulse Quintet Timeless Pulse Quintet (Mutable) avantgarde 6/10
Upsilon Acrux Galapagos Momentum (Cuneiform) prog-rock 5/10
Alan Vega Station (Blast First) songwriter 6/10
Suzanne Vega Beauty and Crime (Blue Note) songwriter 6/10
Vert Some Beans & An Octopus (Sonig) electronica 6/10
Vocokesh All This and Hieronymus Bosch (Strange Attractors) psych-rock 6/10
Rufus Wainwright Release The Stars (Geffen) pop 5/10
David Watson Fingering An Idea (XI) avantgarde 6/10
White Flight White Flight (Range Life) acid-rock 7/10
White Stripes Icky Thump (Warner) alt-rock 6/10
Bob Wiseman Theme and Variations (Recording Club) songwriter 6/10
Shannon Wright Let In The Light (Touch And Go) songwriter 6/10
Robert Wyatt Comicopera (Domino) songwriter 6/10
Neil Young Chrome Dreams II (Reprise) songwriter 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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