• jon ian

    The Alice In Chains is one that needs to be listened to over and over to really get into. Some songs really stand out immediately(Phantom Limb, Voices, title track) but if you keep listening you\’ll realize every track is great. Lab Monkey, Scalpel, and Hung On A Hook are f\’n\’ brilliant. I loved QOTSA but this is by far their weakest album. Can you honestly say this album has anywhere near the balls of the first 2 albums? It\’s not horrible but it\’s just boring. I know Nick was a psycho but he brought a real edge to the music that Josh has lost.

  • Toni

    The Bronx – The Bronx IV

  • Tom Fury

    The Bonnevilles – Folk art and the death of Electric Jesus

  • Kirill

    Roger that….QOTSA has lost it right after SFTD, Josh needs his ol\\’ pal Nick backNine Inch Nails – I like it, at least something different and experimental. Alice In Chains – some songs are great, and other are very boring, I think their previous was a little bit betterPearl Jam – O\\’ Lord, what was the second half of this album all about????? Weakest album ever, right next to Binaural. Arcade Fire – its ok album. Thats the thing with Arcade Fire their albums usually 1st, 3rd albums are suburb while 2nd and 4th are semi-goodSound City – well….Dave could have done it a bit harder, but what, did anyone expect another PROBOT output? Althou, I wish it was PROBOT 2————————-I know this site is all about past grunge acts, grunge wannabees, Pop metal bands like Metallica (althou last album was awesome, cas it was raw and progressive), and new bands where hot female chicks provide vocals ex. Dead Sara and so on. ————————-Honestly, none of the bands that are covered on this site blew me away with their outputs this year. However, I really liked last album by Transplants and this new Stone Rock band from MotherfuckingTexas, called American Sharks. These two albums together combine what this rock music should be all about.

  • grungehero99

    Am i the only one that thinks Chino Moreno’s side project Palms had the best album of the year?

  • Æustin

    Tres Cabrones by the Melvins

  • Ben

    Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt – Great album!

    Good mix of classic Pearl Jam tracks and some new sounds in the mix. I think they also got the balance right between an upbeat album and some darker more atmospheric elements too. I really enjoy Getaway, Infallible, Pendulum, Swallowed Whole and Yellow Moon. While MYM, Sirens, Lightning Bolt are excellent tracks too.
    I hope the next album expands on the new sounds and I would also like to hear more contribution from Stone Gossard.

  • Teldar

    Up through “Songs For The Deaf”. one could really tell Queens of The Stone Age was a collaborative effort. Even if illustrated simply by the three-vocalist live attack of Nick, Josh and Mark. The band took a HUGE hit going from a Dave Grohl to a Joey Castillo. Just a bad move. If you’re going to have such a skilled drummer as Grohl, you better find someone as good, or at least in the same league, after he leaves to rejoin Foo Fighters. Joey was simply not that. The evidence was plain as day when Joey tried to duplicate Dave’s “Songs For The Deaf” drum parts live and could not do it. Josh hired Joey because, and I quote, “He hit the drums harder than anyone else (we auditioned).” Really…? THAT’S why he got the job? A child can hit a drum hard. That’s not at all what the drums are about. Probably the least important aspect of percussion. So QotSA’s beating heart got dumbed-down severely once Joey was in the seat. Even the way the drums were mixed for crying out loud… Then the band took another hit dumping Nick. No judgement on the reason why he was booted (which is understandable and not in dispute), but the band lost the punk fury Nick brought to the table, and the songs Nick sung that Josh now does live, sound silly. “You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar…” has no punch or balls whatsoever anymore, live, with Josh singing it. Then Josh discontinued involving Mark Lanegan. Then the stunt-casting of the new record where you can’t even HEAR any of those ‘guest stars’. This band became the Josh Homme show, no longer a collaborative effort, and steadily incorporating hired guns who would do what they’re told. Everything continued to suffer. The last three records have moments of brilliance, but too much throwaway. It’s an ego way the fuck out of control…

  • Mr.Bungle

    so many great Albums are missing here, it’s a shame:

    Night Marchers – Allez Allez
    The Bronx – IV
    Tomahawk – Oddfellows
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
    David Bowie – The Next Day
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Specter At The Feast
    Mudhoney – Vanishing Point
    Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
    Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – Black Pudding
    Black Sabbath – 13ASG – Blood Drive
    Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer
    Mark Lanegan – Imitations
    Fuzz – Fuzz
    Ty Segall – Sleeper
    Obits – Bed & Bugs