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4.30.2008 | On My 1,000th Post, I'm Sick Of It All

Sick Of It All - We Stand Alone: Upon first listen I can see why they were so influential and highly regarded as this was much better than Blood, Sweat And No Tears (especially the live tracks from that album).

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    Sick Of It All - Just Look Around: Upon first listen I'm starting to think that their studio output will never be as good as their reputation that precedes them.

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    Sick Of It All - Scratch The Surface: Upon first listen this is their best output thus far - even if there are a few wasted tracks.

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    Sick Of It All - Live In A World Full Of Hate: Upon first listen I've never been to a hardcore show with the vocals mixed so much to the front. I really wish I had been though, cause it suits it very well. As does the live setting for SOIA's songs.

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    Sick Of It All - Spreading The Hardcore Reality: Upon first listen these early-years tracks just don't seem to hold up to the rest of their output.

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    Sick Of It All - Built To Last: Upon first listen they inexplicably continue to turn out anthem after anthem.

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    Sick Of It All - Call To Arms: Upon first listen after ten years, SOIA manages to be one of the most consistently good hardcore bands of all time.

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    Sick Of It All - Yours Truly: Upon first listen I think I've finally gone past the point of enjoying SOIA and into boredom.

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    Sick Of It All - Live In A Dive: Upon first listen I really need to see SOIA live.

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    Sick Of It All - Life On The Ropes: Upon first listen what's more to be said about this classic NYHC band?

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    Sick Of It All - Outtakes For The Outcast: Upon first listen it's a nice accompaniment to the rest of their albums, but I don't see myself listening to it as a whole.

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    Sick Of It All - Death To Tyrants: Upon first listen this is one of their better albums and the best in the last few releases. Harder, faster, more direct, they show no signs of slowing down.

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  • 4.23.2008 | Review: Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band - 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons:

    Upon first listen I'm always amazed at how much this outfit continues to grow after each increasingly-better release. This one is no exception as it eclipses everything else they have released.

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  • 4.22.2008 | Review: Silent Drive - Love Is Worth It:

    Upon first listen it's hard to take seriously when he's singing and just as hard when he's screaming.

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  • 4.21.2008 | Review: Sigur Ros - Von:

    Upon first listen I think I have a new Best Album to Fall Asleep To.

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  • 4.18.2008 | Review: Beanie Sigel - The Solution:

    Upon first listen I'm not sure what the problem was, but it was obviously not something that affected me.

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  • 4.17.2008 | Review: She And Him - Volume 1:

    Upon first listen I had very low expectations for this album, which is likely why I liked it so much. Wonderfully sung, beautifully arranged and the covers (You Really Got A Hold On Me and I Should Have Known Better) are a perfect representation of the type of music they were striving to replicate - and did so successfully.

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  • 4.16.2008 | Review: Ron Sexsmith - Retriever:

    Upon first listen it's another album by Sexsmith that's good but not great.

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  • 4.15.2008 | Review: Walter Schreifels - Authur Lee EP:

    Upon first listen another great outing by a great songwriter, though too short.

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  • 4.14.2008 | Review: Scarface - Mr. Scarface is Back:

    Upon first listen I must have been in the mood to hear some old-school hip-hop, because I loved this album. The storytelling, the lack of an annoying hook and traditional backing beats made for an enjoyable listen.

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  • 4.11.2008 | Review: Say Anything - In Defense of the Genre:

    Upon first listen this is way worse than I thought it was going to be. And I thought it was going to be pretty bad.

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  • 4.10.2008 | Review: Chuck Ragan - Feast Of Famine:

    Upon first listen I was a little disappointed in this folk-punk album from someone that will someday (if not already) considered a legend. Perhaps it was his over-emphasis of the final word of every line - but a lot of it seemed unneccessary.

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  • 4.09.2008 | Review: No Harm Done

    Our Day Of Days: Upon first listen this melodic hardcore band stands in the shadow of greats like Gorilla Biscuits, H2O, OMDB and Kid Dynamite, but still manage to keep the faith that they're capable of more.

    Start Of Something New (EP): Upon first listen this is a step in the right direction, but still not quite there.

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  • 4.08.2008 | Review: Nada Surf - Lucky:

    Upon first listen it wasn't as infectious as The Weight, but that could change after a few more listens.

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  • 4.07.2008 | Review: Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride:

    Upon first listen it's no Sunset Tree but it's far better than Get Lonely and a lot of other mediocre music being made these days.

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  • 4.04.2008 | Review: Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster:

    Upon first listen I was not surprised to find out that they could not hold their quirkiness over an entire album - instead they should stick to EPs.

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  • 4.03.2008 | Review: Lee, Ben - Sings Against Me's New Wave:

    Upon first listen I loved Lee's rendition of this album. It has made me appreciate the original all the more - though I'll use this version to get people hooked on the melodies and song writing before hitting them with the better version.

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  • 4.02.2008 | Guru - The Best Of Guru's Jazzmatazz:

    Upon first listen I couldn't get past Slicker Than Most.

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  • 4.01.2008 | Review: GlassJaw - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence:

    Upon first listen this wasn't as bad as my expectations had prepared me for, but it still wasn't great. I'll stick to I Hate Myself.

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