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The continuing saga of a wholly irreverent new way of reviewing albums! It's like sitting in a room with a bunch of jaded music critics and getting a snapshot of how they feel about an album. Honesty and first impressions are the key to the Bargain Basement.
(opinions expressed may not hold true after repeated listenings to albums)

Across Five Aprils - Collapse

Alice
- Half-way decent if they could make it sound original.
Wendy - Not bad, could use a little better balance between the extremes of screaming to singing.
Dorothy - Reminds me of Rage Against the Machine with more vocals and less talent .

The American Black Lung - …And They Rode Their Weapons Into War

Alice
- They hooked me with metal like it's supposed to be played - well constructed riffs in a Sabbath kind of wa.
Wendy - Wickedly addictive, yet not for everyone. Rollins Band with additude.
Dorothy - Very catchy hard rock with some great guitar hooks and varying styles.

Black Helicopter - Invisible Jet

Alice
- Couldn't get past the vocals - music rocked, lead singer was distracting
Wendy - I like it, as disjointed as it is. Could really use the deft hand of a good producer
Dorothy - Dirty, loud rock album with a hint of indie that has decent hooks and makes for a good time.

Burden Of A Day - Pilots & Paper Planes

Alice
- Not too bad for contemporary metal, nothing you haven't heard before though.
Wendy - Some really Jawbox-esque guitars lines. Intense and interesting.
Dorothy - If you love scream metal, these guys are somewhat talented and have decent music.

Chachi Jones - Dymaxion Daydream

Alice
- Electronica for a rainy day.
Wendy - Bland electronica that misses the beat more than hits it.
Dorothy - Somewhat experimental ambient with an Eno-esque style, interesting at times.

Coulier - Vibin'

Alice
- Seems less coherent than their Cool, Cooler, Coulier album. Maybe a step in the wrong direction.
Wendy - This instrumental math rock album just wears on me as it goes on. Not enough common themes.
Dorothy - Terrible 'experimental' rock, but any album cover with nudity goes a long way with me.

Dropgun - Devil Music

Alice
- Hard driving, straightforward Midwest Punk, a variation of the Northeast's Dropkick Murphys.
Wendy - Not too bad, a little on the basic side, but basic done good.
Dorothy - Some similarities to Operation Ivy minus the ska, although somewhat bland.

Catherine Duc - Visions and Dreams

Alice
- Relaxation music straight from Sharper Image.
Wendy - If Kenny G played the pan flute, it might sound like this. Too synthetic.
Dorothy - I feel like prancing with fairies and playing with unicorns after this new age 'journey'.

Endstand - The Time Is Now

Alice
- Just unintelligible enough to like the hardcore scream rock.
Wendy - Good guitar lines almost save this mediocre hardcore screaming match
Dorothy - Not bad for a throatfest of blood curdling screams with decent guitar work.

Escape Grace - II

Alice
- 5 words or less - great, now put out more than an EP! (non-user friendly website)
Wendy - Cool packaging. A little like Strike Anywhere, but with slightly more spunk.
Dorothy - Note to screamers: try to be a little bit original!!! Can these guys even play more than 3 chords per song?

I Farm - So My Kids Won't Have To

Alice
- Not much talent for Punk with a generic agenda (they hate parents, religion, girls, everyone).
Wendy - Decent production can't elevate the blasé writing. A Rancid contender, not bad for punk.
Dorothy - Generic 90's style punk, sounds like they could open for a decent punk act.

Invaders - Invaders
Alice
- Dark, metal charged and certainly a worthy compo of post-hardcore rock.
Wendy - Interesting homage to 70's death metal, with some worthy sections.
Dorothy - Ass rock with some modern hardcore influence, nothing special though.

Los Abandoned - Mixtape

Alice
- Bilingual Blondie; Spanglish Veruca Salt; it works!
Wendy - What's Yeah Yeah Yeahs in Spanish? Simple, clean and fun.
Dorothy - Very original latin-indie pop, great hooks, good times.

Loud Life - Loud Life

Alice
- For some reason the vocal style just doesn't meld with the guitar, seems disjointed.
Wendy - Ani Defranco with a more blues-rock approach. Not bad, but fails to inspire.
Dorothy - Melissa Etheridge style scratchy vocals with a blues/pop feel. Decent, but not great.

Mika Miko - C.Y.S.L.A.B.F.

Alice
- Reminds me of early The Donnas, low-fi and garage-esque.
Wendy - Basic female punk you can't go wrong with; emphasis on basic.
Dorothy - Very raw 80's style punk with terrible vocals….even for punk.

Next Life- Electric Violence

Alice
- Amazing what you can do with a few hours and synthesizer, drum machine and little brother's vocals.
Wendy - Sounds like a Japenese Single Frame Ashtray. More electric than violence.
Dorothy - Unintelligible lyrics, sounds like electronica meets hardcore in an ultraviolent cataclysm.

Parkway Drive - Killing With ASmile

Alice
- Haven't I heard this before? Oh yeah, it's the theme of the year.
Wendy - Loud and obnoxious, definitely has a market with those wiper-snappers of today.
Dorothy - If you enjoy guttural growlers this metal band is for you.

Phathom - Phathom

Alice
- Melodic music with a story; 90's-ish theatrical rock.
Wendy - Reminds me of a more cultured Seven Mary Three, eloquent, decent.
Dorothy - If Soundgarden and Tool had a kinky night in Vegas, their offspring would result in Phathom.

The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower - INRI

Alice
- Lo-fi punk that tries its best to conjure up Bowie-esque homosexual appeal. Best left unheard.
Wendy - Missing the edge TPTBTET usually has, cover song lacks definition.
Dorothy - Two words to describe this album, boring.

Marion Raven - Heads Will Roll

Alice
- Some teenage boys will declare this band hot - but not because of the music.
Wendy - Um, two words: Polished. Crap. Good production can't save bad material.
Dorothy - Pop rock with no unique aspects. It's like all the rest of the corporate recyclery they try to pass off as music.

Various Artists - Release the Bats

Alice
- Indie is all about the differences and most styles are represented well on this compilation disc.
Wendy - All over the map, hard to qualify, definitely some stuff to check out though.
Dorothy - Maybe 1 or 2 good tracks, the rest is guitar wagging, 'experimental' indie crap with no musical quality.

Skyline Rodeo - Long Drive to Iceland

Alice
- A little Indie rock that's likeable enough - nothing to grab you.
Wendy - Kinda bland, but energetic none-the-less. Reminds me of a lesser Phish.
Dorothy - A little too 'experimental' for my taste in indie rock.

Skylines - Identity

Alice
- The vocals are not tight but the guitar riffs and drums are solid. Something to it.
Wendy - Intense and drawn, everything screamo should attempt to obtain.
Dorothy - Decent screamfest but come on, Skylines??? Identity??? I was expecting some new-age-touchy-feely crap.

Various Artists - Take Action! Vol. 5
Alice
- Dichotomy of styles (power pop and metalcore) gives you a choice but not much variety. The emo "Sleepers" is worth noting.
Wendy - Jam packed album with 45 songs, very good intro to some eclectic bands.
Dorothy - For only the cost of not buying this album, you can stop the screaming today. Call now, operators are standing by!

Walking Bicycles - Disconnected

Alice
- Von Bondies??? Really! Wait, I like the Von Bondies.
Wendy - Excellent alternative-rock, like an amalgamation of Dandy Warhols and Blur.
Dorothy - Raw, grunge-like alternative which sounds a bit like Hole.

Your Eyes My Dreams - Weapons Are Useless

Alice
- Didn't death metal die? This genre should be DNR.
Wendy - Machine-gun guitar heavy metal, slightly catchy but as useless as the weapons.
Dorothy - Only the least discerning metal-head could enjoy this barrage of bellowing.

Your Name In Lights - Your Name In Lights

Alice
- Vocally reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine with slight techno edge.
Wendy - On the edge of worth it to me, guitar and vocals don't seem to match styles.
Dorothy - generic whine/scream rock with hardly any originality or talent


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