Summer of Davin Albums Listened To & Rated

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  • Mastodon - Crack the Skye [Progressive Metal - 2009] - I enjoyed this, it was heavy, riffy and had elements of doom. B
  • Passion Pit - Manners [Indie Electronic - 2009] - Slightly better then I thought it would be, but it's still Indie Electronic, so it sounds like every other Indie Electronic album ever. C-
  • Van Morrison - Astral Weeks [Folk Rock - 1968] - Still brilliant. Everyone must buy this album, a majestic mix of folk, jazz and rock. A
  • Derek and the Dominos - Layla [Classic Rock - 1970] - Techically good, but way way too long and wanky. Reminds me of why I don't like most early 70's albums. C+
  • Love - Da Capo [Psychedelic Rock - 1967] - The first side is brilliant, filled with gorgeous psych pop/rock songs. The second side is an 19 minute wank that is uninteresting bar Rob Tyneresque shouts and the awesome sax solo towards the end. B
  • Kyuss - ... And the Circus Leaves Town [Stoner Rock - 1995] - Really heavy stoner rock, with a few songs that could almost pass for singles. I liked some of their earlier stuff more though. B+
  • Nick Drake - Pink Moon [Folk - 1973] - Just Nick Drake and his acoustic guitar, and he creates a sparse melancholic suicide note. The short album length helps. A-
  • The Cure - Seventeen Seconds [Gothic Rock - 1980] - The first of the Cure's "atmospheric" albums suffers from having too many uselessly vaporous songs. A Forest is still my favourite Cure song though. B-
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love [Psychedelic Rock - 1967] - As much as I love Hendrix, he never released a consistent album. This one is full of short psych rock songs, and is good, but sort of... plain? B
  • The Cure - Pornography [Gothic Rock - 1981] - Really morose, but slightly better then Seventeen Seconds. Consistent but still formless to an extent. B
  • Can - Future Days [Krautrock - 1973] - Need to listen to this more, but it sounds like a great proto-EDM album that basically invented several genres of music. B
  • Faust - Faust [Sound Collage/Krautrock - 1971] - I doubt you will hear anything weirder then this ever. It's almost the ultimate ambient record, it conjures images of float rides through hell, a trip through America's deep south, and other bizarre shit. All that said, it's completely brilliant. A
  • Motorhead - Ace of Spades [Rock - 1981] - It's ACE OF SPADES! A
  • Kraftwerk - The Man Machine [Krautrock? - 1978] - Kraftwerk's best and most consistent work. A
  • The Cure - Disintegration [Gothic Rock - 1989] - The Cure's best album. Riveting, and they finally get the mix between atmosphere and rhthym right. A
  • King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King [Progressive Rock - 1969] - One of the very few progressive rock albums I like. The whole album is surprisingly un-wanky and Greg Lake is a terrific vocalist. It did lose points for the fiddly crap that is most of Moonchild though. A-
  • Banco De Gaia - Last Train to Lhasa [Ambient Dance/Classic Trance - 1993] - An epic journey to.... Lhasa! Especially like the last three songs. B+
  • Bob Dylan - The Free Wheelin' Bob Dylan [Folk - 1963] - I usually have trouble absorbing Dylan, but this one is growing on me. Love A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall. B
  • Electric Six - Kill [Rock - 2009] - It's the Electric Six, so it instantly kicks ass. I need to listen to it more, but Body Shot is a classic. B
  • Lisa Germano - Geek the Girl [Symphonic Rock? - 1994] - A tender and heartfelt journey into a women's psyche. This is the ultimate late night album. A-
  • The Cure - Boys Don't Cure [Post Punk - 1979] - Pretty different to their later stuff. Boys Don't Cry and Fire in Cairo the standouts, but it's a consistent debut. B
  • Brian Eno & Harold Budd - The Pearl [Ambient- 1984] - Sparse dark piano ambient. I'd listented to too much gloomy stuff recently. B
  • Graveyard - Graveyard [Doom - 2008] - Really good heavy rock, a throwback to Sabbath and Blue Cheer. +B
  • Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin [Hard Rock - 1969] - Even at the start they were good. Communication Breakdown is a classic. +B
  • Devo - Freedom of Choice [Synth Pop - 1980] - A collection of short synthpop numbers punctuated with the early-era Devo sounding Whip It. Not their best effort, but nothings wrong with it either. B+
  • The Byrds - Younger then Yesterday [Folk Rock - 1967] - Good collection of pop songs, punctuated with a few annoying sounds effects, just to be 'different'. Nothing stands out particularly C+
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - The Good Son [Goth - 1991] - A strange mix of gospel, crooning and gothic ballads which works really well. A-
  • Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home [Folk - 1965] - A classic, but I like the second more acoustic half slightly more. A
  • Queens of the Stone Age - Songs For the Deaf [Stoner Rock - 2001] - It's basically a less droning and more mainstream version of Kyuss, but it still rocks! A
  • Patti Smith - Easter [Rock - 1978] - Needs to relisten, but Rock N Roll Nigger is a wicked song. B
  • The Doors - Strange Days [Psychedelic Rock - 1967] - Much darker and more cohesive then the debut, but lacks the punch and overall consistency. +B
  • Love - Love [Psychedelic Rock - 1966] - It's consistent, but no real stand out songs. B
  • Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centuri [Krautrock/Space Rock - 1971] - It's dated as hell, but there is something somewhat interesting about it. C+
  • Eat Static - Implant [Psychedelic Trance - 1994] - Psychedelic trance is psychedelic trance, but this album is better then most B
  • Future Sound of London - Cascade EP [IDM - 1993] - Technically a single, but it goes for 30+ minutes. Because the whole thing is a variation of one song, it can get a bit repetitive, but the fact that the one song is ridiculously good means this is a worthwhile listen. B-
  • Jethro Tull - Aqualung [Progressive Rock - 1971] - Reasonable, but Ian Anderson's voice grates towards the end. B-
  • Santana - Santana [Latin Rock - 1969] - It's all drums, wicked guitaring and crazy synths, and mindblowing. B+
  • Captain Beyond - Captain Beyond [Psychedelic Rock - 1971] - A mix of spacey keyboarding, hard rock riffs and psychedelic motifs, Captain Beyond is awesome. Myopic Void is especially good. B+
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  • Santana - Abraxas [Latin Rock - 1970] B+