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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)
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Various Artists- 14 Songs In 28 Days

Felix
- Excellent compilation of eclectic bands and material
Garfield - Great acoustic indie compilation with wide ranging styles from Beck to Tori Amos
Mr. Bigglesworth - Covers a wide spectrum of material, all worthy of listening to.

17 Pygmies - 13 Blackbirds

Felix
- Great, someone put the soundtrack to my trance nightmare on 2 discs
Garfield - A slightly less international version of Transglobal Underground
Mr. Bigglesworth - Electric-infused ambiance, like autchre with a drunk singer

36 Crazy Fists - Rest Inside The Flames

Felix
- Pretty decent screamo-rock in the same vein as System of a Down
Garfield - Rage Against The Machine style screamers which as much as I hate to admit it, are decent.
Mr. Bigglesworth - Balls to the wall rock that is intense and uncompromising

Air - Pocket Symphony

Felix
- Repetitive lines with minimalistic additions that club aficionados fall asleep to
Garfield
- Downtempo style which tries to emulate Zero 7 and falls flat on its back
Mr. Bigglesworth
- 1974 called, they want their styles back

Bonk Against Nothing - Bonk Against Nothing

Felix
- Nothing too bad, but not exactly good either. Never really takes it up that notch
Garfield - AC/DC meets 311 in every non-exciting element of both
Mr. Bigglesworth - Mindless guitar wagging with boring and uninteresting vocals

Converge - No Heroes

Felix
- Man, what happened to Converge? They used to be palatable
Garfield - How do these guys still have vocal chords?
Mr. Bigglesworth - Is the screaming on the album, or is it in my head telling me to turn it off?

Darling - Welcome The Ghost

Felix
- Simple, clean and enjoyable. Tell all your friends
Garfield - Not very sophisticated or imaginative but I guess if you like that sort of thing…
Mr. Bigglesworth - Pop with some punk/grunge influence reminiscent of Blink 182

Five Bolt Main - Live

Felix
- Very good live recording of a good band, wish it was longer
Garfield - Raw, intense and surprisingly not bad
Mr. Bigglesworth - Tool and Sevendust's bastard child, with some incredible stage presence you can hear

Halophile - Panic Bird

Felix
- Sophmoric almost trance-rock that tries to be Pink Floyd
Garfield - The cover art is by far the most attractive part of this album.
Mr. Bigglesworth - What happened here? Maybe a better producer could have straightened out this mess

Mr. Gnome - Mr. Gnome
Felix
- Thrilling rock anthems to nothing in particular. Decent female vocals
Garfield - Decent hooks, sounds like a darker version of Hole with better vocals
Mr. Bigglesworth - Too bad it's an ep, I would like to hear a full album of this

The New Flesh - Vessel

Felix
- Poor low-fi garage rock that aspires to Nirvana's Bleach status
Garfield - God awful mixing in a terrible setting with unfriendly recording equipment
Mr. Bigglesworth - Almost decent songs recorded on a tape player in a sock drawer

Safe Home - The Wide Wide World And All We Know

Felix
- Ethereal and dreamy to the point of putting me to sleep
Garfield
- A less talented female version of Nick Drake with influence from psychedelic rock
Mr. Bigglesworth
- Simple acoustic music reminiscent of times past mixed with traces of electronica

Small Sails - Similar Anniversaries

Felix
- Mood music that is supposed to be relaxing but just pisses me off
Garfield - If Brian Eno and Imogen Heap had a red headed step band-child, this would be the result.
Mr. Bigglesworth - A battle of pop and electronica where nobody wins

The Summer Wardrobe - The Summer Wardrobe
Felix - Lryically inept, but with some good vibes a'la Grateful Dead or Phish
Garfield - Can't decide whether it wants to be Hawaiian or Country, either way not so good
Mr. Bigglesworth - I'm bored out of my mind with this strange concoction of psychedelic rock


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