Category Archives: Album Reviews
A few weeks ago, I got an email from the artist Mkaio to review his latest album A Far Off Horizon. I’ve never been asked to do a review before, so I was pretty excited…and yet nervous. What if I totally hated this album? What sort of precedent is this going to set on Quantization? What if I’m just a terrible reviewer? So many questions, but after listening to the album a half dozen times in the last 2 weeks, I decided it was time to put pen to paper and write up my thoughts.
So I got an interesting email the other day…I got my first request to review an album, “A Far Off Horizon” by the artist Mkaio. Most of the time I think my little blog here just sorta floats along in the ether getting a hit here or there…but this was a milestone for Quantization, and pretty special to me. I was absolutely floored! Mkaio provided me a free mp3 copy of his album (much appreciated kind sir), and I just downloaded it tonight. I’m starting to put it through it’s paces, and it has great momentum. I’m looking forward to spending some time with it. I’ll have a full review posted in a few days, but I figured I’d give Mkaio a few posts on the front page to show my gratitude. Check out his press kit after the break.
So this year was a good year for my ever blossoming vinyl collection. I picked up a lot of different albums spanning over 40 years…and some of the records were bought to compliment CD/mp3-albums already purchased. I know it sounds strange, but I want my music on my iPhone, my computer, my car, and on my turntable…and sometimes that requires multiple copies. I’m really happy bands/labels have started to give free mp3-album copies with every vinyl record purchase. It’s a nice bonus.
So my “Best of 2011” list is quite different than my “Best of 2010” list…mainly because I’m ranking the albums I bought in 2011, and not just the albums released in 2011. I can’t tell you how tough it was to rank these albums. This blog post took me multiple days to re-listen, write, and rearrange album order…and even I don’t think I got it correct…but what the hell. Here’s the Top 16 Vinyl Purchases of 2011…
Tomorrow you wake up, and you’re alone on a desert island. What the hell? But a miracle happens, and somehow you have a stereo powered by awesome. But there is one problem…you only have one album. Just one. You only get one…what do you choose?
Last month, I made a post discussing the Top 3 Lost Gems that I found during the Great Import of my CD collection to iTunes. I was so very happy to rediscover those gems, and to tell you the truth, they made it into my rotation…especially the Roni Size.
Well, those CD’s were a pleasant surprise…but the following three CD’s, oh man, I wish I never found. Holy Shit dude, what the hell was I thinking. I’m embarrassed to share these with you, but what the hell…here are the top 3 worst albums that I found in my music collection…