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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)

Kasey Anderson - The Reckoning

Stalin
: Nice singer-songwriter pop music, low-key & melancholy - Dan Bern or Bob Schneider in reflective mood.
Lenin: Southern Gothic and generic classic rock mixed with Dave making travel plans. Chris Rea.
Breshnev: Professional recording, great range… between Shawn Mullins and… other soulful alt.country.
Andropov: Moderate multiple personality disorder. Luckily most of the personalities are fairly agreeable.

Chris Beirne - Freezerburn

Stalin
: Passable guitar player, horrible vocalist… DO NOT EVER do bad covers of Flying Burritos songs.
Lenin: I've had sidewalk Sallys tighter than this. I'm sure they're lovely people.
Breshnev: I just want it over. Know what you do with freezerburn? You throw it out.
Andropov: Seriously? Really?… You thought making a CD was ok?… Seriously?

Billy Boy On Poison - Sweet Mess

Stalin
: Heavily Bowie-influenced rock, great production and that Ukpop feel. Excellent guitars that span genres. Rock!
Lenin: I liked it up until it stole my girlfriend and drank all my beer.
Breshnev: Everything seems to be blending together tonight. This has more shredding guitar.
Andropov: Playboy indie rock disco beat music.

Lawrence Blatt - Fibonacci's Dream

Stalin
: Beautiful acoustic guitar music with worldbeat textures - bright and splendid music filled with life.
Lenin
: Gorgeous even without the Fibonacci… his next album is "The Mendelbot Set". True math rock.
Breshnev
: Sparked a weird conversation about Fibonacci and I feel like I've learned something I could hardly give a shit about and, much like the Fibonacci sequence, the conversation spirals out of control.
Andropov
: 0,1,1,2,3,4,8,13,21,34,55,89,144,233

Detroit 7 - Detroit 7

Stalin
: So much fuzz! Japanese rock band that rocks solid and low. Beautiful, heavy, THICK.
Lenin
: Coming soon to X-Box: A mess of thrilling tinny noise. Like Shirley Bassey rocking it.
Breshnev
: Big, crappy production, totally cool songs. Fun, sloppy rock'n'roll. Buy this.
Andropov
: Beautiful, muddy, sexy, hard.

Intodown - Brave New World

Stalin
: Mostly instrumental stoner rock… some nice bits & pieces, but a bit misled. What's a flurbatron?
Lenin: Prog-goth like Fallen From Grace replacing the Eastern stuff with surf. Double plus good.
Breshnev: Post-rock. Bleak guitar noodling. You really have to commit to listening to this. Hawkwind.
Andropov: Metal head guitar wanker Goths go surfing, watch out for syringes.
Nikolas: A 37 member gangbang; containing at minimum 3 midgets, 4 orangutans, & lots of cheddar cheese.

Jane Vain & The Dark Matter - Love Is Where The Smoke Is

Stalin
: Slowing indie pop built around dragging strings and the occasional guitar riff… Folky Canadian beep-beep.
Lenin: Why's the guitar out front? Focus please. That is better. Nice vocal phrasing. Arty.
Breshnev: Lost In Translation, Season 2: Ontario.
Andropov: It's kind of breathy… sweet, but breathy.

Kerli - Kerli EP

Stalin
: Aggressive Estonian sample-heavy rock. Really amazing sounds, awesome grooves, pristine production. Dark perfection.
Lenin: Huge production, darkish dance music ala Danielle Dax. Funny Bauhaus cover. Ok, I guess.
Breshnev: She's hot and super produced. Talented. Will be on the radio soon.
Andropov: She's too perfect; sexy, talented, hot, and wonderful. There's only one explanation - robot invader.

Rue Melo - Rue Melo

Stalin
: Soulful light hip-hop with worldbeat flavors and nice raps. Grooves are tight and slower. Nice.
Lenin: Nice big beats. American Idol singing, or YouTube. Do Not Want.
Breshnev: Nelly Furtado-ish. MIA-ish. Will shake ass.
Andropov: Poppy, smooth beats with a little latin love.

Metro Station - Metro Station

Stalin
: 80's beep-beep meets 90's indie… some very cool synthesizers mated to emo harmonies.
Lenin: Power pop new wave emo with fake British accents. Gay in the happy homosexual way.
Breshnev: Jimmy Eat World-ish with early 80's synth treatment.
Andropov: If indie rock went gay anthem.

Siberian - With Me

Stalin
: Mathy indie rock with moments of brilliance and 80's style delay guitar… robust sounds, cool.
Lenin: Coldplay with tiny hints of U2. Great when it soars, dull when it plods.
Breshnev: Radiohead warble, atmospheric, slave work.
Andropov: I guess Siberia is now in Denton, Texas, because these guys sound like Midlake.

Super 400 - 3 And The Beast

Stalin
: These guys stole the good from Big Wreck that they stole from Soundgarden. HOT bassplayer!
Lenin: Three Dog Night/Soundgarden. What do I do with this?
Breshnev: Solid heavy rock with quicker beats. Shades of Jesus Lizard.
Andropov: Don't like where the guy sings. Kind of soulless testosterone whining.

Terra Diablo - Deluge Songs

Stalin
: Possibly the heaviest band out of Scotland since Therapy?… Singer = Placebo guy. Music = Big Wreck.
Lenin: 90's alt-rock. Collective Soul Seether. Singer has a 77's Mike Roe vibe.
Breshnev: Emo nu-metal, meaning this will never get her to take her top off.
Andropov: It's totally Puddle Of Mudd, I don't give a fuck what everyone else says.


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