The Most Disappointing Album Follow-Ups

Don’t you just hate when an artist or band you listen to really rocks your world, and you just can’t wait for that next album, and it just doesn’t compare. Really, this is no reason to hate on the album or the band, for it just means that they have set expectations of the fans so high because they are that good, so really you are just ticked at them for not increasing their songwriting and talent so exponentially that they didn’t top your favorite album, and honestly, if you like something that much, nothing will ever come close.

But anyway, let’s take a look at some albums that really disappointed me. This is sort of the opposite of my Artists Whose Talent Greatly Increased Between Albums posts.

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Avenged Sevenfold

Nightmare

2010

 

 

 

Avenged Sevenfold was really killing it with City of Evil and their self titled album. Then their drummer died just before recording Nightmare and I don’t know, it just didn’t have the same feel to it, on top of the fact that it was missing a lot of the intense energy that usually rips through their albums. It has grown on me quite a bit over the years, however.

Sticking with this band is the follow up to Nightmare

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Hail to the King

2013

 

 

 

The band decided to completely change their music to give the fans a really good metal album…circa the 80’s. Trouble is…no one wanted it. I don’t like 80’s metal all that much personally, so I was very saddened by this album, which lacked just about everything that I loved about the band up to this point. Again, it grew on me over the years, but it certainly is one of my least favorite by them.

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The Great Misdirect

2009

 

 

 

After 3 incredible albums, I guess the charm of their mind blowing talent and unique style wore off on me. That and their songs were now consistently going over 10-15 minutes long for no reason and their bland vocalist and complete lack of rhythm and time signatures just make them a hard band to listen to.

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Killer Inside

2007

 

 

 

After the intense, dark, melodic face smasher that was Built By Blood, their drummer died and the singer, who had the best voice ever for their sound, quit. Thus everything changed. It’s a good album, no doubt, but, it is nothing like the masterpiece before it. Their sound is completely different and the new singer is not so good.

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Encore

2004

 

 

 

This album, while good overall, falls way short of his previous ones. There are some very good tracks on it, but also a number of “what the heck was he thinking?” tracks that are easily the worst, and really, his only bad songs he’s ever made for the most part. Eminem blames this on being on drugs, and you can easily believe that with some of these tracks.

 

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Tales Don’t Tell Themselves

2007

 

 

This is definitely by far the worst album these guys have made. What makes it even worse is it followed up their best album (in my opinion) which also happens to be one of my favorite albums of all time. Over time, it has grown on me…sort of. It completely lacks the amazing talent and nonstop energy the band is known for.

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Renacer

2013

 

 

 

After a string of really amazing albums, they lose most of their members and change their sound to a heavier, bland hardcore/punk sound that is nothing like their old, incredible sound. The guitar tones are muddy, the songs not very creative…and on a typical garage band talent level. Though, it has grown on me over the years…but mostly because their follow up makes this one seem amazing.

Which brings us to…

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Pull The Thorns From Your Heart

2015

 

 

This album is truly bad. The quality is even worse than Renacer, the tones even muddier, the music is terrible, nearly every song is forgettable and/or awful and it’s just a mess, nothing at all like their former glory.

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The Alchemy Index

2007/2008

 

 

 

Thrice doesn’t really make good albums, save for Artist in the Ambulance and the somewhat worse Vheissu. Following the latter was this four disc, two album set that really toned down their music to a slow, melodic, technical (with synths and computer crap) style. It’s okay…but not anything special at all. They’ve only gotten worse from here.

Though they are really good live if you ever want to see them…I highly recommend it.

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Define The Great Line

2006

 

 

 

Following up my favorite album of all time, this had a lot to live up to…and they drop the ball completely. Their sound is nearly 100% different, and it’s just not that great. Even today, it has grown on me, but barely.

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The Few and Far Between

2013

 

 

 

Having lost their lead vocalist in the previous album, it took a big hit, but managed to maintain a Vanna feel to it. In this album, however, they lost their clean vocalist/guitarist, thus resulting in a brand new sound, with a relentless screamer who never shuts up and sounds like a weasel, very rare clean vocals and bland, typical metal music. In short, Vanna went from one of the best post-hardcore bands out there to an okay metalcore band. Highly disappointing. Though their sound has grown on me over time.

 

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Tournament Of Hotties: Pop Singers- Finals

Well we finally made it to the finals. Two of the hottest pop singers to ever live are about to battle it out to see who the hottest one of all time is. So check out the links listed here if you want to see all the scantily clad competitors, and now here’s the hotness!

 

Christina Aguilera VS Katy Perry

Observe, the hotness that is Christina. She is a sexy, sexy, hot, unbelievably sexy woman with an incredible body.

A dream come true.

And now for the final hottie!

Man, have you ever seen such gorgeous women before?

Now the hard part…to see who is hottest…oh boy…

They both dress very sexy in their own ways, but both showing off their sexy bodies, which are both perfect. I don’t know whose is better.

Overall, Christina is sexier, but Katy is more beautiful. It’s a hard call but I’d have to go with…

Victor- Katy Perry

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That’s right, she is the hottest pop singer of all time. She has a great body, beautiful, hot, sexy, cute, gorgeous features, and just looks to be about perfect in every way! A well deserved win. It’s just too bad she had some melt down and cut off all her hair and doesn’t look so hot anymore. But that’s just me.

 

And as always, I will rank the 16 pop singers on how I personally find them, from least attractive to hottest. It’s just an excuse to see some more of all these hotties. The round next to their name is how far they made it in the tournament.

#16 Fergie (Round 1)

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#15 Taylor Swift (Round 1)

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#14 Gwen Stefani (Round 1)

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#13 Janet Jackson (Round 1)

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#12 Ciara (Round 2)

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#11 Carrie Underwood (Round 2)

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#10 Shakira (Round 1)

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#9 Aaliyah (Round 2)

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#8 Jennifer Lopez (Round 1)

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#7 Jessica Simpson (Round 1)

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#6 Beyonce (Round 1)

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#5 Mariah Carey (Semi-Finalist)

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#4 Britney Spears (Round 2)

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#3 Christina Aguilera (Finalist)

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#2 Ariana Grande (Semi-Finalist)

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#1 Katy Perry (Winner)

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Tournament Of Hotties: Pop Singers- Semi-Finals

This is it! We are down to the last four hotties. Only two will advance. Check out who’s been eliminated so far and now, let’s move on to the first bout!

Mariah Carey VS Christina Aguilera

Wow. Talk about two unbelievably sexy women. It’s going to be hard to choose which is hotter. But try we shall!

Mariah, the hottie who doesn’t stop…

I’ve always thought Mariah was super hot, but since this tournament, it’s been amplified. She is everything you would want in a woman rolled into the perfect package.

And here’s the ridiculously sexy Christina!

Oh my God, she is so sexy. She is like the embodiment of lust. Everything from her posture, her expressions, her body…she always looks like she wants to have her way with you, and I doubt anyone would be able to say no.

Both women are perfect and deserve to have made it this far. It’s hard to say who the hottest is, but this one is so alluring…

Victor- Christina Aguilera

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And the last two women are nothing short of perfect hotties.

Katy Perry VS Ariana Grande

Let’s start with the astounding beauty that is Katy Perry…

Amazing body, great features on said body, and her face is perfectly gorgeous, giving an innocent, likeable woman kind of look, but also hinting at a wild side that everyone wants to see. She looks super sexy singing with that mouth of hers hanging open.

And the younger, yet master of hot and cute herself, Ariana Grande!

Everything about her drives me wild. Her small tight figure, those short skirts, especially when she leans forward in that taunting, sexual way. She knows just how to get our attention with her none too revealing clothes, but makes it even sexier than if she was standing in front of you naked.

So who is the winner? I don’t really know. They are both so perfect. Each is very different, having their own unique hot qualities. But Ariana, while being someone anybody would want to spend their life with, just still has a bit of a babyish look to her, despite being ridiculously sexy.

Victor- Katy Perry

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So we now have out finalists! Christina Aguilera and Katy Perry will battle it out for the hottest pop singer of all time!

Tournament of Hotties: Pop Singers- Round 2, Part 2

Here we are, about to decide the two hotties that will move up to the semi-finals! Catch up on everything here, and let’s check out some singers!

Katy Perry VS Ciara

Let’s just look at some pictures, shall we?

Wow…what a hottie…just absolutely beautiful. And that picture of her with that mouth open. It seems like something can be inserted nicely into that…but I just can’t think of what…hmm…

And next up we have the sexy Ciara!

Here’s another woman who looks like something can be inserted into her, but this time in the opening in her legs on those two pictures. But anyway, what a gorgeous woman. She has an amazing body, sexy expression, and so toned and hot, her body is. Truly an irresistible woman. Everyone wishes it was their own hand covering that boob in that one picture. My gosh…just amazing. She even looks like Beyonce in the city shot.

So which of these incredible hotties is going to come out on top? (with hopefully me on the bottom…)

Well if Beyonce was beaten by Katy, and she looks like Ciara, that could only mean…

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And now the last 2 hotties. Who will make it to the semi-finals?

Carrie Underwood VS Ariana Grande

Carrie is a gorgeous woman, the kind you want to marry. She is modest and beautiful, which is always nice if you are looking for a partner, not for a tournament of hotties. But she is cute and glowing, and it grabs your attention nonetheless. Being modest, there aren’t too many sexy pictures of her out there, but here’s what I could scrounge up.

Not the hottest girl we’ve seen, but still has a desirable body and a beautiful face. And that blond hair is gorgeous. Without a doubt a hottie.

And next up is the young and sexy/cute/hot/erotic Ariana teasing us with her good looks and short skirts.

She certainly has a unique style, but that doesn’t make it any less sexy. Perfect, tight body, up skirt pics, and long hair make her something you could only dream of.

This is a no brainer. She wins all the way.

Victor- Ariana Grande

 

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So provocative…

And that’s it. Ariana and Katy move on to the semi-finals!! See you there!

Tournament of Hotties: Pop Singers- Round 2, Part 1

Here we are, back for round 2! Round 1 was already hard enough to pick the hottest hotties, so I dread trying to decide for this one.

Mariah Carey VS Aaliyah

Mariah. Hot her whole life, possibly even hotter now than in her youth. Huge rack, nice body, gorgeous face with an amazing smile. Just a wonderful person. Let’s see how wonderful!

I couldn’t hold back showing this woman’s amazing hotness, nearly as much as she seems unable to hold back showing us her body. And we thank her eternally for it. And I’m sure most of us can think of a few ways to thank her and would absolutely love to do so eternally.

And next we have the amazingly sexy Aailyah!

Mmm…Such an amazingly tight body that no one could resist getting their hands on. There is just something so sexy about her and makes her almost irresistible.

So who is hotter? Well…that’s a tough one. But upon looking at the pictures, I would have to pick…

Victor- Mariah Carey

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I think she has a prettier face with cute/hot expressions, an incredible body when she was young that fills out perfectly as she aged, which gave her some truly nice boobs and butt. Ugh…just everything about her makes me wild.

Next up is a match up I was hoping would not happen…unless in the finals…

Britney Spears VS Christina Aguilera

These two women were the desires of my youth. They are probably the first two women who flaunted their flawless bodies that I ever saw. They showed me the wonders of womanhood and how pleasurable they could be, even just by looking at them. Their thoughtful education on human anatomy was truly something wonderful, and heck, it still is. These women are hot!! So enough chit-chatting, let’s check out those bods I used to worship.

Just look at Britney’s toned, flawless figure. On top of that, she portrays in her pictures not only a superb sense of sexiness, but an adorable cute side as well. Basically, she seems like someone you could take home to your parents and happily say this is the woman you will marry, and your folks would be overjoyed. But that joy and pleasure would be nothing to what she could show you behind closed doors. Quite honestly, the best of both worlds. Britney has it all.

And then we have her sexy sister Christina…

Again, flawless body, long, wild sexy hair, a look that kills…hard… You can’t help but want her after looking at these pictures. She has a sort of mysterious vibe to her, but you know there is nothing but good, hot things deep down…which is exactly where you want to be with this woman. While you are showing off Britney to your parents, Christina is the girl hiding in your closet, waiting for you to have your way with her any and every second you can sneak away. Seriously, you could be locked away with her for days, doing all sorts of fun stuff nonstop, and probably not being able to walk for a week afterwords. That kind of crazy shenanigans.

So which of my child crushes is hotter? I have been avoiding this question for decades, and after all this time. I still can’t decide. They are both gorgeous, and thankfully, in different ways (besides having smoking bodies).

The hottie that shall move on is chosen only because she is just too sexy. There is room for nothing else, and that is what the tournament of hotties is all about.

Victor- Christina Aguilera

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See you next time, where the last four women compete for a spot in the semi-finals!!

Tournament Of Hotties: Pop Singers- Round 1, Part 4

Welcome to the final part of round 1, where the last 4 girls compete to advance! Check out parts 1, 2, & 3, and then feast your eyes on these lovely women!

Carrie Underwood VS Fergie

Carrie Underwood is very beautiful…and adorable and gorgeous. Take a look…

This is a woman you could take home and spend the rest of your life happily with. But she lacks a bit when it comes to the sheer hotness we have seen in some of the women during this tournament, and though her body is very nice, it doesn’t match some of the others. Though, again, she’s beautiful.

Fergie has a nice body and a sexy vibe to her…

So yeah, her body obliterates Carrie’s, but her face isn’t all that great, where as Carrie’s is perfect. Hmm. who should win then?

Really, this woman has such an irresistible glow to her that it’s hard to ignore her, and that’s why she wins.

Victor- Carrie Underwood

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And now for our last two women!

Taylor Swift VS Ariana Grande

Taylor Swift is another one I just threw on here because I didn’t know of anybody else. She is nothing short of attractive, but nothing compared to most of the women here. But let’s take a look at some pictures and let you decide…

She’s got a great body, without a doubt. I just don’t love her face…sort of…it’s pretty…

Ariana Grande is another one I’ve never heard of, but saw her on a magazine and became quite interested. I think it was this photo.

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I found this to be an amazingly hot woman and had to know more!

Upon deeper research.

Holy crap, this girl has it all. She has a small tight body, toned and sexy. Her long hair and dark skin are incredibly perfect. She excels at being both hot and sexy, yet unbelievably cute and sweet, making her literally the best of both worlds. The only downside is she seems to have somewhat of a baby face, which hurts her a tad.

But anyway, there is one clear winner here.

Victor- Ariana Grande

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Darn her and her teasingly short skirts…

Well that’s it for Round 1! Things will really start to get wild in round 2! See you there!!

Tournament of Hotties: Pop Singers-Round 1, Part 2

Here we are with the second part of round 2 where we will see 4 more of the hottest pop singers to ever live battle it out for a chance to make it to round 2. See part 1 if you missed out, and now here we go!

Britney Spears VS Jennifer Lopez

God dang it! 2 more gorgeous women! How will I ever tell which is hotter? Guess we’ll have to check out some photos.

I remember when Britney exploded onto the scene with her school girl outfit…britney spears Baby-One-More-Time-2-optimised

Yeah that one…and some hot gym outfit from the same video. When I saw it…this girl became my goddess. Kimberly from power rangers was pushed to the side for all us kids. For the next few years, Britney treated us with sexy, scantily clad clothing that really let us know what the female body could look like…and we ate it up.

Thank you for your wonderful education, Britney!!

I found out about Jennifer Lopez a bit later on, and she floored me as well. She wasn’t as sexy as Britney to me back then, but what about now?

This woman has been hot since she started out her career and just remains so all these years later. She’s got a great body with some nice abs at times, a cute, yet sexy face and some nice long hair to compliment it.

So which of the perfect beauties is hotter?

Well…it’s a tough call honestly. They both have great bodies and are well equipped, but there is something a bit more alluring about this one.

Victor-Britney Spears

 

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Just gorgeous

And again, two more hard to decide hotties next…

Christina Aguilera VS Jessica Simpson

Seriously…why are these women so perfect?

Christina was brought to my attention shortly after Britney Spears, which further showed me how sexy and beautiful women can be.

 

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I remember seeing a picture similar to this at a library and thought it was the most amazing thing in the world. In fact, it was probably the first topless woman I’ve ever seen.

 

 

Ahh….Good times…good times….

 

 

 

But anyway, here’s some more of this pop beauty’s body.

My…she is certainly sexy. What a wonderful body.

But let’s not forget about the gorgeous Jessica Simpson!

What a sex muffin!

I first fell hard for her after seeing a music video for boots made for walking or something, where she did some of this…Jessica Simpson pink bikini collage

Yeah, it was hot…one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t help that her body if absolutely perfect and her hair so long and sexy.

So I’m left at the impossible decision to find who is hotter. Jessica has like such a sexy side to her, but a cute innocent look as well, which is bonus points for sure, but Christina is just pure sexy, layers and layers of it. It’s a close call, but the winner by a small margin is…

Victor- Christina Aguilera

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That’s it for now! See you in part 3!

Tournament Of Hotties: Pop Singers-Round 1, Part 1

Pop blew up pretty spectacularly in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, which honestly is probably the last time I paid any attention to the genre…yeah either 2000 or 2001 I think.

The music itself was meh…but the great thing about pop singers, (besides their voices I suppose), and particularly the female ones, is that they tend to have amazing bodies, and tend to constantly showcase these bodies, so even if you hate the music, you will always be drawn to it because of these gorgeous babes flaunting what they got.

I’m not going to lie, I really had a hard time finding 16 contestants, for I haven’t followed really anything pop for nearly 20 years, so I’m not entirely sure if some of these gals even call themselves “pop singers,” but who cares, as long as they are hot, right? So without further ado, let’s get on to the first bout. Note that this has nothing to do with how they look now, but at some point in their lives, cuz you can never forget truly great hotness, am I right?

Janet Jackson Vs Mariah Carey

Hoo boy, hotties right out of the gate.

Starting with Janet, her flawless body is only made better by her unbelievably sexy abs…

Dang is she hot. She literally has one of the best bodies I’ve ever seen. The only trouble is she looks a bit too much like her brother, but let’s be honest, your looking at anything but her face anyway.

Mariah is a real treat. She’s been around forever, and despite time being against her, she still manages to make my jaw drop.

Here’s some younger pics of her…

Wow, what a hottie.

And now some of her more recently…

Simply breathtaking. While she was without a doubt better looking when she was younger, she’s still got it in all the right places, far more so than she used to. Plus her smile is adorable.

So which of these seasoned pop artists is hotter?

While, Janet has the better body by far, there’s something about Mariah that is both hot, cute, and sexy all rolled into one, and that’s big…big points…like her boobs…

Victor- Mariah Carey

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Shakira VS Aaliyah

And we are hit with another couple of unbelievably hot women.

Shakira…ooh, it just makes me shake thinking about her. When I was a lad, I saw her on the TV live, and I fell in love. This girl had the best body, the sexiest voice and the most gorgeous…everything…I had ever seen up to that point. She was the first woman I ever saw belly dance and it right away become my favorite dance ever. She moved like an angel of sex, and still does, I might add.

It’s really hard to even listen to her sing when you are distracted by all the perfection she is blasting at you.

These are her at varying ages, but the most consistent part about her is she is consistently gorgeous…like dang…

And then we have Aaliyah…I fell in love with her when I saw Queen of the Damned. She just walked around as the half naked, unbelievably sexy and scary, which somehow made her more sexy, vampire, and I could not get over her long, thin, scorching hot body. There was no flaw on her at all. But don’t take my word for it…here!

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So which of these hotties who successfully demonstrate what a beautiful woman looks like is hotter?

 

I have really no idea. They are both so stinking hot it is near impossible to decide. Aaliyah just squeaks out with the better body. Shakira sometimes doesn’t look all that attractive, and other times looks like the hottest woman in the world.

Hah…I really can’t decide. They are both so hot.

Okay, here’s the test. Whichever is hotter in the next two pictures wins.

Crap. Still can’t decide. It doesn’t help that Shakira is naked.

Okay, okay, I think I’ve got it now…

Victor-Aaliyah

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Well, we’ve got our first two victors! Look out for part 2 coming soon!

Series Ranked: Eminem Albums/Revival Review

A few weeks ago, Eminem released a brand new album and I’ve got to say, it is sort of shocking. He seemed to mellow out a tad, going with slower, more personal songs, a side we haven’t seen from him in a while.

The style of songs are at first listen, very different and take a bit getting used to, much in the way some of his other albums did, but even more so. It is a little startling, but the more you listen to it, the more you see that Eminem at his core is very much present throughout every song. It turns out to be a very good album once you get used to it.

So how does it stand compared with his other albums? Let’s find out.

I am going to rank all his full length albums from my least favorite to most favorite.

Before I begin, however, I just want to inform you that I think his songs from his Shady XV compilation album and the Southpaw soundtrack are definitely his best ever made, but since they are not full albums with just him, they will not be listed, though I highly recommend checking these two out, for it really shows off his mastery of the English language.

 

UPDATE 9/16/18

Might as well add his new album Kamikaze to the list. In short, it’s incredible. It’s shorter than most of his albums, but it has some of his fastest, most creative and best raps to date. He just explodes through the whole album. He doesn’t use a lot of collaboration for the choruses like he’s been, which I miss, and it lacks a little in his awesomely absurd creativity just a tad, but it’s a crazy good album for sure. There’s only one song on it that I don’t really get what he was thinking cuz it’s awful…the rest are incredible.

Find out where that lands on the list as well!

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And now, here we go!

#10

Infinite (1996)

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Eminem’s first full length album. It is quite good, but the low quality hurts it and actually prevents it from being higher on the list.

 

 

 

#9

Encore (2004)

Encore_(Eminem_album)_coverartHis fifth album is also his most disappointing, and the artist himself agrees, I believe, blaming his drug addiction on the poor result of this album. It features some very good songs on it, but also a handful of, in my opinion, the only bad songs he’s ever made. The rest are catchy and kind of good, but also very weird, making it easy to believe he was struggling with drugs at the time he was writing the album.

 

#8

The Slim Shady LP (1999)

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The first major label release of Eminem and the album that brought him world renown. It is really quite strange, but amazing nonetheless.

 

 

 

#7

The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

The_Marshall_Mathers_LPHis third album is his best selling and even holds the record for the fast selling album of all time, last I heard anyway. It is a few steps up from his last album, though lyrically it is more like what you would expect to hear from every other rapper in the world, and I like Eminem when he does he own unique style more so than when he raps about drugs and killing people.

 

#6

The Eminem Show (2002)

The_Eminem_ShowHis fourth album is like a hybrid of the two albums preceding this one, making it quite fun to listen to with some of the catchiest songs he’s ever written.

 

 

 

#5

Relapse (2009)

Relapse_(album)His first album to come out after I and many other believed he had retired. It was quite different than his last few albums, sort of reminiscent of the Slim Shady LP, but with better raps. There are a few too many joke songs and not enough of the emotional ones he usually has on each album though.

 

 

#4

Revival (2017)

Revival_by_Eminem_coverAnd here is where his brand new album stands! That’s right, as of right now I find it to be his third best! Some truly unique songs with plenty of accompaniment from other artists make this truly a one of a kind album for him. A downside to the album is there is a bit too much on his political views in his lyrics, and we all know politics need to stay out of music.

 

#3

Recovery (2010)

Recovery_Album_CoverThis album really shows off what the rapper is capable of, propelling him into a completely different league from all of his previous albums. Every song is unique and full of energy. It’s just awesome.

 

 

 

#2

Kamikaze

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And here’s where his latest effort lands. It’s just so stinking enjoyable. His raps are the best he’s ever done, but it’s short length hurts it a bit.

#1

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)

mmlp2This leaves us with his only “sequel” album and by far his best one. This took all the momentum of Recovery and tripled it. Every song was full of twists and turns, leaving you unable to predict what would happen next. The album has a ton of other artists to add their talents to the songs, the beats are awesome, not those typical rap beats, thus making the album hard to believe it is even rap. And every single song is jaw dropping. You can tell he put a ton of effort into this one.

Revival had the unfortunate timing to follow up his number 1 album, which makes me wonder if it hadn’t, would I like it more?

Who knows? But that is all his albums, from worst to best, though I can’t say any of them are anything but good.

Artists Whose Talents Greatly Increased Between Albums, Part 4

Phew, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. You can check out part 1, 2 and 3 listed here if you’re curious. Now let’s see what other great talents need to be recognized.

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“Common Courtesy” (2013) by A Day To Remember

Genre: Metal, Hardcore, Pop Punk, Screamo, Progressive

A Day To Remember have always been okay to me, with the exception of one of their albums. They had a rocky start for sure, struggling to find a consistent, flowing sound. But their incredibly catchy clean vocals always made them fun and easy to listen to. It wasn’t until this album came out that they really showed what they could do. This is the album that everyone was waiting for, using the perfect blend of hardcore and pop punk that they have been searching for for years. Every song is creative, unique, emotional and just awesome. The music is the best they’ve ever done and there isn’t one dull moment on the album. After fans had to be kept waiting for years due to a legal battle with Victory Records, we weren’t left disappointed. For an album debuting their own, brand new record label, it couldn’t have been more perfect.

 

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“Still Searching” (2007) by Senses Fail

Genre: Post-Hardcore, Punk/Pop

I can still remember the first time I listened to this album, and I still get amazed every time I hear a song off or it 10 years later. Their debut album was a decent, enjoyable album, nothing too special, but good. And I loved it anyway. Then Senses Fail took us by surprise with Still Searching. It was like listening to a completely new and redefined band, yet still having their original central sound mixed in there. Every song is nothing short of amazing. The worst song to me is “Can’t Be Saved” and that is like one of their biggest singles. So take that into consideration to figure out how good the rest of the songs are. The album isn’t over done. It’s straight and simple, with catchy music with nice hardcore and metal riffs blended in…in short, it’s post-hardcore at it’s finest. They aren’t the most talented band out there, but they do the best they could, and the effect was something most bands can ever only hope to achieve.

And while we are talking about Senses Fail, let’s take it further. When Still Searching came out, I was actually kind of sad. I knew nothing could top it. They would only decline from there. The album was just too perfect. But no, Senses Fail proved me wrong.

 Image result for senses fail life is not a waiting room“Life Is Not A Waiting Room” (2008) by Senses Fail

Genre: Post-Hardcore, Punk/Pop

Not even two years after one masterpiece, they release another. I loved this album before I even opened up the case. I mean, look at that awesome cover. I was excited right from there. I went into this album wondering how far it would fall short from it’s predecessor, but was pleased to find out that it took it one step beyond. It was basically the same exact style of song writing and performance, just only done better. Their talents all improved and this album shows it. The lyrics and vocals are so emotional and personal, and fit and blend so well with the music. I could listen to this album every day. Life Is Not A Waiting Room and Still Searching are easily in my top 5 favorite albums. Sadly, the decline I so feared happened after this album. They are now so bad I won’t ever likely buy another album from them again.

Image result for as i lay dying an ocean between us“An Ocean Between Us” (2007) by As I Lay Dying

Genre: Metalcore

As I Lay Dying’s first album was decent for a debut. Their second was worse, using so much uninspired, typical stock metal for music. It wasn’t until their third that they showed the world what they could do.

An Ocean Between Us can only be described as perfect. It starts off with a nice clean instrumental that builds into harmonizing, distorted guitars. This 1 minute long instrumental sets the tone for the whole album. It just builds up and gets better and better. Right after the intro song, it immediately jumps into track 2, and right away you notice an energy and ability the band has never come close to showing before. The guitars, the drums, heck, even the screams are all vastly improved. Each song is intense, never slowing down, just melting your face with some of the best metal riffs and break downs you will ever hear.

The band has come together to perfect a sound we could only dream of. They even threw in a lot more clean vocals that fit in perfect to the high energy mash of metal. It’s just a perfect, wonderful, wonderful album. And they didn’t slow down after this, either. They released two more albums with just as much high, non stop energy and amazing musicianship. All three albums are something that every metal fan needs to here.

 Image result“Recovery” (2010) by Eminem

Genre: Rap/Hip Hop

I am not exactly a fan of rap, but Eminem has always blown me away. His unique take on the genre has enticed me to follow him ever since he exploded onto the scene in the late 90’s. His first three major release albums are nothing short of incredible. He is a truly gifted writer and presents his lyrics in humorous, clever, unmatched ways. Whether he is yelling like a maniac or doing something more personal and serious, you can’t help but be drawn in by it. His fourth and fifth albums were not as good, but still had some memorable songs.

But I didn’t truly start to see just how gifted he is until Recovery. This album was a few steps up from anything he’s ever done before. Everything about it seemed more mature. He wasn’t talking about drugs and killing people, Kim and his mom all the time anymore. It was more down to earth and personal. He’s still got some goofy songs, but they are all so good. He also brings in a lot of guest vocalists to enhance his choruses. Even his beats were infinitely better, mostly consisting of real instruments and actual song structure instead of just the typical 2 measures of a computer created beat repeated over and over for 5 minutes. The way he uses this music and reacts and emotes his voice to match it makes everything that much more interesting. Sometimes I almost forget I am listening to a rap album, instead hearing a band with a fast talking vocalist, which is probably why someone like me who is not a particular fan of rap loves this so much.

This album set the tone for the new Eminem, and he has done nothing but get better and better ever since.