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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)

The Answer - Never Too Late EP

Madeline
- Led friggin Zeppelin, dude! Great guitar riffs and tone, kind of been done before though.
Condoleeza - Hair metal mania! Led Zeppelin by way of Black Crowes. You knows they gots tight pants!
Hillary - We traded the answer for Chauncey Billups. The answer is somebody else's problem now.
Colin - I could probably tell you which Zeppelin song they were listening to when they wrote every one of these songs.

Matt Duke - Kingdom Underground

Madeline
- Amazing pop record, like Glen Phillips mixed up with Savage Garden. Crisp, perfect production.
Condoleeza - Breathy, hippy soul. Good voice, shitty electronics. Give me Amos Lee or give me death!
Hillary - Remember those three delinquents from Super Troopers? "Snozzberries"? One of them made a good album.
Colin - This guy probably gets all the chicks he likes... and rightly so. John Mayer.

Joel Plaskett Emergency - Ashtray Rock

Madeline
- Modern psych-rock with intense indie flair. Other words: can't sing, but sounds like fuzzy Wilco.
Condoleeza
- Proto-punk power pop. Utopia, Dictators, Ian Drury. Very fucking cool.
Hillary
- This is already two years old and easily the winner tonight. Ween-ish.
Colin
- Psychedelic take on Cake… cool, stupid lyrics, stops-and-starts, awesome production. Timeless.

The Milling Gowns - Diving Bell Shallows

Madeline
- Goth-light with beautiful production. Dude has a nice voice, downbeat and pretty. I like Magnetic Fields, too.
Condoleeza
- If you think Black Tape For A Blue Girl is the shit… something's wrong with you.
Hillary
- Sweet Jesus Christ.
Colin
- This doesn't sound enough like the correct 4AD bands. I'm disappointed. Great lyricism.

The Points - The Points

Madeline
- Really decent pop-punk… like The Ramones without fidelity or originality. Angsty if you're young.
Condoleeza - Fuzzy, yet crisp. How they do that? Very palatable. Ramones simplicity. On the money.
Hillary - Driving punk rock. Drives nowhere, does nothing.
Colin - Borrows from all the punk greats of the late 70s and early 80s. Heavily and solidly.

Rise Against - Appeal To Reason

Madeline
- I also like Bad Religion. And this sounds a lot like mellow Bad Religion.
Condoleeza - Listenable, but punk is reverting to hard rock. Judas Priest minus guitar solos.
Hillary - Super hardcore to the rescue. The insert commands us to read Howard Zinn so we can be enlightened about how sick our society is, because that's what we need now. Testify.
Colin - These guys make a better Bad Religion than The Offspring does.

Gina Sicilia - Hey Sugar

Madeline
- Soulful, bluesy chanteuse with excellent vocal control sings smoky R'n'B with folky influence.
Condoleeza - Dixieland dirges done by Pink. Great arrangements rendered useless by American Idol vocals.
Hillary - Blues, Aguilera, torch music, sirens.
Colin - Susan Tedeschi singing Louis Armstrong… nice band, a bit overdone on the gritty voice.

The Sutras - Those Are Mountains

Madeline
- Smooth, 70's reflective prog rock. Hints of greatness, cool synths, but overall forgettable.
Condoleeza - Can't knock people who want to screw to this. Not my bag of lounge-pop.
Hillary - Seriously. Fuck those guys in Rise Against.
Colin - This is what happens when you listen to the crappy Beatles songs and not the good ones.

Waylander - Honour Amongst Chaos

Madeline
- One look at the art, you know it's going to rock. And it does. Heartily. Metaaaaaaaaaaaal!
Condoleeza - Jethro Tull on amphetamines. Only a matter of time before they focus on Christmas music.
Hillary - "Folk metal". Tap your feet on the double-bass pedals to summon a Leprechaun.
Colin - So, they're the Dropkick Murphys of metal? I'm sorry, folk-metal. Nice tin whistle, though.
Henry - Reign in clover, south of Dublin, seasons in a Guinness.

Yves Klein Blue - Draw Attention To Themselves

Madeline
- The Killers strike! Well-produced jangly pop with hooks galore and NY attitude. Cool keyboards, too.
Condoleeza
- Lighter weight Libertines. Peppy feel, above average lyrics.
Hillary
- Strokes, Fratellis, happy. Very good production. Lead singer sounds a bit like Robert Smith.


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