Album Grades 2013

(In Depth Write-Up Here)

Middle Class Rut- Pick Up Your Head– A+
Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle- Perils from the Sea– A
CHVRCHES- The Bones of What You Believe– A
Arctic Monkeys- AM– A
Cold War Kids- Dear Miss Lonelyhearts– A
Iron & Wine- Ghost on Ghost– A
Arcade Fire- Reflektor– A
Paul McCartney- New- A-
The Strokes- Comedown Machine– A-
City and Colour- The Hurry and the Harm– A-
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin- Fly By Wire– A-
Empire of the Sun- Ice on the Dune– A-
White Lies- Big TV– A-
Matthew Good- Arrows of Desire– A-
Panic! At The Disco- Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!– A-

Volcano Choir- Repave– B+
OneRepublic- Native– B+
Fall Out Boy- Save Rock and Roll– B+
Jimmy Eat World- Damage– B+
Yuck- Glow and Behold– B+
Dropkick Murphys- Signed and Sealed in Blood– B+
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Specter at the Feast– B+
The National- Trouble Will Find Me– B+
Big Black Delta- S/T– B+*
Tired Pony- The Ghost of the Mountain– B+
The Boxer Rebellion- Promises– B+
Justin Timberlake- The 20/20 Experience Part 2– B+
AFI- Burials- B
The Weeknd- Kiss Land– B
Pearl Jam- Lightning Bolt– B
Various Artists- Catching Fire OST — B
Alkaline Trio- My Shame is True– B
The Courteeners- Anna– B
Justin Timberlake- The 20/20 Experience Part 1– B
Placebo- Loud Like Love– B-
Daft Punk- Random Access Memories– B-
Various Artists- The Music of Grand Theft Auto V– B-
Wavves- Afraid of Heights– B-
Youth Lagoon- Wondrous Bughouse– B-
Foals- Holy Fire– B-
Moby- Innocents– B-
Autre Ne Veut- Anxiety– B-
The Naked and Famous- In Rolling Waves– B-
Local Natives- Hummingbird– B-
Small Black- Limits of Desire– B-
Capital Cities- In a Tidal Wave of Mystery– B-
!!!- THR!!!ER– B-
Editors- The Weight of Your Love– B-
Balance and Composure- The Things We Think We’re Missing- B-
Kings of Leon- Mechanical Bull– B-

Bastille- Bad Blood– C+
Vondelpark- Seabed– C+
Travis- Where You Stand- C+
Frank Turner- Tape Deck Heart– C+
Bibio- Silver Wilkinson– C+
Wise Blood- id– C+
Stereophonics- Graffiti on the Train– C+
Rudimental- Home– C+
Atoms for Peace- Amok– C+
Toro Y Moi- Anything in Return– C+
Delphic- Collections– C+
Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City– C+
Queens of the Stone Age- …Like Clockwork– C+
Portugal. The Man- Evil Friends– C
Wild Nothing- Empty Estate EP– C
Phosphorescent- Muchacho– C
The Neighbourhood- I Love You– C
Nine Inch Nails- Hesitation Marks– C
Cage the Elephant- Melophobia– C
Guards- In Guards We Trust– C
Okkervil River- The Silver Gymnasium– C
David Bowie- The Next Day– C
Boards of Canada- Tomorrow’s Harvest– C
Caveman- S/T– C-
Palms- S/T– C-
Franz Ferdinand- Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions– C-
Man Man- On Oni Pond– C-
British Sea Power- Machineries of Joy– C-
Phoenix- Bankrupt!– C-
The Polyphonic Spree- Yes, It’s True– C-
My Bloody Valentine- M B V– C-
Ra Ra Riot- Beta Love– C-
The Ruby Suns- Christopher– C-
Free Energy- Love Sign– C-
Biffy Clyro- Opposites– C-
Islands- Ski Mask– C-
The New Amsterdams- Outroduction– C-
The Mary Onettes- Hit The Waves– C-
KoRn- The Paradigm Shift– C-
30 Seconds to Mars- Love Lust Faith + Dreams– C-
Porcelain Raft- Permanent Signal– C-

Noah and the Whale- Heart of Nowhere– D+
Drake- Nothing Was The Same– D+
Hospital Ships- Destruction in Yr Soul– D+
Hands- Synesthesia– D+
Sleigh Bells- Bitter Rivals– D+
Depeche Mode- Delta Machine– D+
Smith Westerns- Soft Will– D+
Surfer Blood- Pythons– D+
Yo La Tengo- Fade– D+
Ducktails- The Flower Lane– D+
Coheed and Cambria- The Afterman: Descension– D+
Various Artists- And I’ll Scratch Yours– D+
Bear Mountain- XO– D+
Various Artists- The Host OST– D+
Esben and the Witch- Wash the Sins Not Only the Face– D+
Filter- The Sun Comes Out Tonight– D
Pink Frost- Sundowning– D
Fitz and the Tantrums- More Than Just A Dream– D
The 1975- S/T– D
James Blake- Overgrown– D
Washed Out- Paracosm– D
Shearwater- Fellow Travelers– D
Alice in Chains- The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here– D
MINKS- Tides End– D
Rogue Wave- Nightingale Floors– D
Avicii- True- D
of Montreal- Lousy with sylvianbriar– D
Glasvegas- Later…When the TV Turns to Static– D
Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Mosquito– D
Lady Gaga- ARTPOP– D
Jake Bugg- Shangri La– D
Marley Carroll- Sings– D-
Cut Copy- Free Your Mind– D-
Houses- A Quiet Darkness- D-
Suede- Bloodsports– D-
Midlake- Antiphon– D-
Holy Ghost!- Dynamics– D-
MillionYoung- Variable– D-
Young Galaxy- Ultramarine– D-
Sebastien Grainger- Yours to Discover- D-
The-Dream- IV Play– D-
TV Colours- Purple Skies, Toxic River– D-
The Love Language- Ruby Red– D-
Bloc Party- Nextwave EP– D-
Superchunk- I Hate Music– D-
Elf Power- Sunlight on the Moon– D-
Eminem- MMLP2– D-
MGMT- S/T– D-

The Appleseed Cast- Illumination Ritual– F
Polar Bear Club- Death Chorus– F
Trapt- Reborn– F
The Flaming Lips- The Terror– F
The Thermals- Desperate Ground– F
Daughtry- Baptized– F
Villagers- Awayland– F
Dirty Beaches- Drifters/Love is the Devil– F
When Saints Go Machine- Infinity Pool– F
Delorean- Apar– F
Western Lows- Glacial– F
No Age- An Object– F
Telekinesis- Dormarion– F
Deerhunter- Monomania– F-