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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)

Avion - Red Ink

Brian
- Nothing says "status quo" like an indie band on a major label.
Cardinal Biggles - Has some potential, but a little bland and predictable.
Tim? - I can't listen to this. (Ed. Note: Tim? experienced technical difficulties with this album)
Sir Robin - Try a compatible media before you try and market this.

Bill - Bat Man

Brian
- Disturbing in a special way; the stream of conscious, violent narratives are disquieting.
Cardinal Biggles - If I say anything bad about this album, I'm going to hell.
Tim? - Fascinating, in a Wesley Willis-esque sense. More inspired than anything you'll hear on Top 40.
Sir Robin - O.K. - I liked this stuff. Nothing "alternatively challenged" about this guy.

Character - We Also Create False Promises

Brian
- Jangly and complex instrumental album with an eastern sound.
Cardinal Biggles - Dynamic instrumental mood music, nice variations, good vibes.
Tim? - Did you need to hear an album of synthesizer-heavy instrumentals? Me neither.
Sir Robin - Much more palatable if you close your eyes while listening - to avoid the disturbing cover art.

Day of Infamy - Red Autumn

Brian
- I got 2 copies of this, and only one of the songs would play in my CD player.
Cardinal Biggles - Maybe its because they are really young, but they remind me of Silverchair.
Tim? - Not a bad demo, pretty straightforward rock.
Sir Robin - Potential is there if they stick to their "young metal" form.

Distance - 8 Miles to Empty

Brian
- Sounds like Bush gone bland. And that should be telling you something.
Cardinal Biggles - Sounds like early Stone Temple Pilots, but lacks that extra oompf.
Tim? - Rock to be bored by.
Sir Robin - Truly decent metal.

DMBQ - The Essential Sounds From the Far East

Brian - Totally Zeppellin. Channeling Robert Plant with some serious bass and thrashing drums. Far out, man.
Cardinal Biggles - Not bad, but too sporadic. I like the guitar effects, but the guy's voice drove me crazy.
Tim? - Japanese psychedlia, heavily influenced by 70s metal. Feels more like one long jam than actual songs.
Sir Robin - Don't be afraid. Riffs influenced by Zep and Hendrix work for me.

The Firebird Band - The City at Night

Brian
- Seriously somnorific. Has its moments, but drags way too much.
Cardinal Biggles - I like some of it, but it varies too much between edgy and wussy, well just wussy.
Tim? - Lots of electronics, interesting songs - too bad every song drags on til you're sick of it.
Sir Robin - A lot of music, some worth it. Note to the Firebirds: save some for later.

Glory of This - Adoration

Brian
- Half Cookie Monster, half Kermit the wuss. Instrumentals are standard hard-rock fare.
Cardinal Biggles - Good Stuff, but starts to blend together in the end.
Tim? - This rocks pretty hard and the guy can really yell when he wants to.
Sir Robin - Excellent blend of hard driving rock and decent vocals.

Is to Feel - Bending Halos, Dimming Lights

Brian
- Jesus Christ, how many guttural-screaming-emo-metal albums can I be subjected to in one sitting?
Cardinal Biggles - Abrasive, well-orchestrated, but forgettable in the long run.
Tim? - Expecting emo, got metal. I like this guy when he's screaming; when he doesn't, I don't.
Sir Robin - Repetitious rubbish yet disjointed all in one. Don't ask. Don't tell. Don't pursue.

Low Skies - I Have Been to Beautiful Places

Brian
- Interesting complement of title and cover art of porno mag drifting in muddy water.
Cardinal Biggles - Can something be interesting and boring at the same time? I think I may have found it then.
Tim? - Similar to, but even more annoying than, The Cure.
Sir Robin - Listening to this was like being at a funeral on a slowly rocking, sea-sick inducing boat - blech!

Mico de Noche - Balls Deep

Brian
- Like a peyote-mescal trip gone bad. Weird and a little vile. Take me, Mexican caravan…
Cardinal Biggles - You've been dirty, and oh so bad. Naughty boy.
Tim? - Thrash/Grunge/Sludge mix with a little classical guitar thrown in. Me gusta.
Sir Robin - Oooh-Weee. Move over COC. And with flying butt monkey art to boot. Sweet!

Mystechs - ??? (seems to translate from Korean to "It kills")
Brian
- Kind of a cheap thrill joke; unfortunately, the excessive profanity dilutes the satire.
Cardinal Biggles - Yeah, I don't know whether to laugh or throw it in the trash, I'm thinking trash.
Tim? - Bad synthesizers, funny lyrics. Random and bizarre. Good for an occasional listen.
Sir Robin - Stupid crap and that's being kind.

The Reason - Ravenna

Brian
- Judged within its own game, it's pretty decent pop-punk; but seriously, this genre's so dead.
Cardinal Biggles - More of the same, what do they have some machine that mass produces this genre or what?
Tim? - Funky emo with some screaming thrown in for good measure. It's alright.
Sir Robin - Heard this somewhere before but I like it just the same. Well produced.

Ticonderoga - Ticonderoga

Brian
- Stripped down and understated with a small lounge intimacy barely whispered in your ear.
Cardinal Biggles - One word… crap.
Tim? - Starts slow and then decelerates. Just never goes anywhere. They're probably very sensitive guys, though…
Sir Robin - Youch! Straight to Goodwill with this one.

The Valley - The Valley

Brian
- Guitar-crazy garage rock marred only by bad mix-mastering; I'll bet they kick ass, live.
Cardinal Biggles - Cool shit, but a little low on the production end.
Tim? - This album rocks. It's very clear that they're from Seattle - in a good way.
Sir Robin - Keeping it simple makes this work.

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