Album Releases by User Score

College Dropout 1.

College Dropout

by Kanye West
February 10, 2004
The in-demand Chicago-based producer makes his debut with the help of guests Ludacris, Jay-Z, Mos Def, Dirt McGirt, and more.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
Louden Up Now 2.

Louden Up Now

by !!! [Chik Chik Chik]
June 8, 2004
This is the second full-length for the dance-oriented Sacramento/New York seven-piece (down from eight), who share several members with the band Out Hud.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.6
Funeral 3.

Funeral

by Arcade Fire
September 14, 2004
The Montreal band founded by husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne make their full-length debut with this highly anticipated disc.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.9
American Idiot 4.

American Idiot

by Green Day
September 21, 2004
Structured as a rock opera complete with 9-minute-plus songs and a somewhat complicated storyline, 'American Idiot' is the Berkeley punk band's first album in over four years.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.9
The Cure 5.

The Cure

by The Cure
June 29, 2004
The follow-up to 2000's 'Bloodflowers' sees Robert Smith & co. working with metal producer Ross Robinson (Limp Bizkit, Korn) for the first time (and apparently, he ate up so much of the recording budget that they couldn't afford an album cover artist).
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.6
MM..Food 6.

MM..Food

by MF Doom
November 16, 2004
MF Doom drops his first solo record (under the MF Doom name) since 1999's 'Operation Doomsday.'
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
Madvillainy 7.

Madvillainy

by Madvillain
March 23, 2004
'Madvillainy' is a collaboration between rapper MF Doom and producer Madlib.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.9
Hot Fuss 8.

Hot Fuss

by The Killers
June 15, 2004
'Hot Fuss' marks the debut for the Las Vegas-based garage rockers led by 22-year old vocalist/songwriter Brandon Flowers.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.5
Uh Huh Her 9.

Uh Huh Her

by PJ Harvey
June 8, 2004
On her seventh album, a sparser affair than her 2000 effort 'Stories From The City?,' PJ Harvey produced, mixed, and played all of the instruments herself (aside from drums, handled by Robert Ellis), with some additional production from Head.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.4
Franz Ferdinand 10.

Franz Ferdinand

by Franz Ferdinand
March 9, 2004
The most hyped band to come out of the UK in early 2004 is Glasgow, Scotland's Franz Ferdinand, an art-rock quartet who make their full-length debut with this self-titled release, the winner of the UK's coveted Mercury Music Prize in 2004.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
Absolution 11.

Absolution

by Muse
March 23, 2004
A commercial and critical success in the UK upon its release in the fall of 2003, 'Absolution' marks the third album for the English rockers (who frequently draw comparisons to Radiohead--but then again, who doesn't?). It also marks their first time working with producer Rich Costey.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.7
Van Lear Rose 12.

Van Lear Rose

by Loretta Lynn
April 27, 2004
It's been over 40 years since she released her first album (and four since her last, 2000's 'Still Country'), but the coal miner's daughter returns to the spotlight with this 13-track effort (all Lynn-penned originals), produced by The White Stripes' Jack White.
Metascore:
97
User Score:
8.4
Encore 13.

Encore

by Eminem
November 12, 2004
The fourth full studio album for the multi-platinum superstar features appearances from Obie Trice, 50 Cent, Nate Dogg and D-12.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
7.5
Medulla 14.

Medulla

by Björk
August 31, 2004
What the Icelandic singer's fifth album lacks in instrumentation (although there is a bit, provided by members of Matmos, Mum, and other collaborators), it makes up for with voices--lots and lots of voices. Think everything from beatboxing (including contributions from The Roots' Rahzel), choirs and Inuit throat-singing to, well, Mike Patton.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
SMiLE 15.

SMiLE

by Brian Wilson
September 28, 2004
Well, better 37 years late than never. Originally intended to be the Beach Boys' 1967 follow-up to their legendary 'Pet Sounds,' 'Smile' was finally recorded as originally intended in April 2004 by Wilson and his current band, including co-songwriter Van Dyke Parks.
Metascore:
97
User Score:
7.9
Seven Swans 16.

Seven Swans

by Sufjan Stevens
March 16, 2004
The indie singer-songwriter's fourth solo album, produced by Danielson Famile's Daniel Smith, follows on the heels of his critically-lauded 2003 effort 'Greetings From Michigan.'
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.7
Talkie Walkie 17.

Talkie Walkie

by Air
January 27, 2004
Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) produced this third studio LP for the French duo, who handle all the vocal duties themselves for the first time.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.5
Futures 18.

Futures

by Jimmy Eat World
October 19, 2004
The Arizona emo band returns with a follow-up to their successful 2001 self-titled effort. Gil Norton produced.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.5
To The 5 Boroughs 19.

To The 5 Boroughs

by Beastie Boys
June 15, 2004
The B-Boys, who have moved back to New York from their temporary home of Los Angeles, return with their first album in six years and their second to utilize the beats of Mixmaster Mike. These 15 tracks are all self-produced by the band (a first) and recall the style of their earliest work.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.6
Musicology 20.

Musicology

by Prince
April 20, 2004
The 45-year-old former squiggle makes a return to form with his first release in three years.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.1
Antics 21.

Antics

by Interpol
September 28, 2004
The New York-based foursome of Paul Banks, Carlos D., Sam Fogarino and Daniel Kessler took indie rockers worldwide by storm (and made Matador a lot of money) with 2002's 'Turn On The Bright Lights,' which introduced their neck-stabbing guitar-rock mix of Joy Division, The Cure, The Smiths, and all of your other favorite 80s bands. That captivating sound returns on this sophomore release, which features many of the new tracks ("Narc," "Length Of Love," etc.) which first debuted live during their relentless touring over the past two years.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.9
A Long Hot Summer 22.

A Long Hot Summer

by Masta Ace
August 3, 2004
9th Wonder is among the producers on the veteran Brooklyn MC's fifth full-length (rumored to be his last), a prequel to previous disc ?Disposable Arts.' Guests include Rahzel, Jean Grae and The Beatnuts.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.5
Scissor Sisters 23.

Scissor Sisters

by Scissor Sisters
July 27, 2004
Although a New York band, Scissor Sisters (as evidenced by this debut disc) are definitely not part of the typical New York scene, eschewing garage and no wave to embrace campier, glammier 70s and 80s rock and dance music sounds. Included here is the band's cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb."
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.9
Boy In Da Corner 24.

Boy In Da Corner

by Dizzee Rascal
January 20, 2004
This is the debut disc for the 18-year-old London-based rapper (born Dylan Mills), who has been heralded by (among others) Uncut magazine as "good as any MC currently active on Earth."
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.8
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb 25.

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

by U2
November 23, 2004
The band's first new album since 2000, a more stripped-down, "classic U2" disc than previous efforts, was recorded chiefly with producer Steve Lillywhite, with Chris Thomas and Nellee Hooper also helming some tracks.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.2
Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts 26.

Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts

by M83
July 27, 2004
The second release from French electronica duo M83 takes shoegaze classics such as 'Loveless' as an inspiration, with synths taking the place of guitars.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.9
From A Basement On The Hill 27.

From A Basement On The Hill

by Elliott Smith
October 19, 2004
The late singer-songwriter was nearly done with this highly anticipated album at the time of his death in 2003.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.9
The Libertines 28.

The Libertines

by The Libertines
August 31, 2004
While some eponymous albums suggest a lack of creativity, the heralded UK rock outfit's sophomore disc is titled 'The Libertines' because it is indeed about The Libertines--or, more specifically, about the ongoing conflict between the band's two songwriters, Carlos Barat and Pete Doherty (the latter of whom was subsequently kicked out of the band after three failed rehab attempts). The Clash's Mick Jones returns as producer.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
Sonic Nurse 29.

Sonic Nurse

by Sonic Youth
June 8, 2004
The veteran New York band, again operating as a five-piece (with Jim O'Rourke still in the group), return with a successor to one of their best albums in recent memory, 2002's 'Murray Street.'
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.9
Under My Skin 30.

Under My Skin

by Avril Lavigne
May 25, 2004
Ditching the production team (The Matrix) who made her first album a hit, Lavigne turned to fellow Canadians Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida to write and produce this sophomore disc.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.8
a ghost is born 31.

a ghost is born

by Wilco
June 22, 2004
When you record one of the most acclaimed albums of the decade, what do you do for an encore? If you are Jeff Tweedy & co., you return with both old (Jim O'Rourke again producing) and new (yet another lineup change) for your fifth studio LP.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses) 32.

Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses)

by Slipknot
May 25, 2004
Rick Rubin produced this third LP for the popular mask-wearing Des Moines-based metal outfit, who are set to headline Ozzfest this summer.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.4
Our Endless Numbered Days 33.

Our Endless Numbered Days

by Iron & Wine
March 23, 2004
Miami, Fla. singer-songwriter Sam Beam (who moonlights as a cinematography professor) returns with his second album, recorded with Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Red Red Meat) at the helm.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
Everybody Loves A Happy Ending 34.

Everybody Loves A Happy Ending

by Tears for Fears
September 14, 2004
A reunited Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal return with their first Tears For Fears album together in 15 years.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.9
Sung Tongs 35.

Sung Tongs

by Animal Collective
June 1, 2004
The Brooklyn-based collective (on this release, reduced to the duo of Avey Tare and Panda Bear) combine vocal harmonies, a pair of acoustic guitars, and diverse influences into a unique sound on this latest release.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.7
A Grand Don't Come For Free 36.

A Grand Don't Come For Free

by The Streets
May 18, 2004
Mike Skinner returns with the inenviable job of following up his genre-smashing debut 'Original Pirate Material,' which was an enormous critical and commercial hit in the UK and paved the way for the success of later acts such as Dizzee Rascal.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.9
New Danger 37.

New Danger

by Mos Def
October 12, 2004
'New Danger' is the second solo hip-hop album (and Geffen debut) for the rapper and actor.
Metascore:
59
User Score:
7.7
This Week 38.

This Week

by Jean Grae
September 21, 2004
The underground New York MC returns with her sophomore LP, with some production assistance from 9th Wonder.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.4
The Hard Way 39.

The Hard Way

by 213
August 17, 2004
'The Hard Way,' co-produced by Kanye West, is the first disc for the trio of Snoop Dogg, Warren G. and Nate Dogg.
Metascore:
56
User Score:
8.0
Hopes And Fears 40.

Hopes And Fears

by Keane
May 25, 2004
Yes, you'll see the word "Coldplay" in nearly every review for this debut disc, but the UK trio stand out from the crowd with their unconventional lineup of vocals, drums, and piano.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
8.6
Patience 41.

Patience

by George Michael
May 18, 2004
Patience is indeed a requirement for fans of the former Wham! member, as this is just his fourth solo album of original material and first in eight years.
Metascore:
60
User Score:
8.6
Panda Park 42.

Panda Park

by 90 Day Men
February 24, 2004
The third full-length for the Chicago-based art-rock four-piece was produced (like its predecessor) by John Congleton.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
Love, Angel, Music, Baby 43.

Love, Angel, Music, Baby

by Gwen Stefani
November 23, 2004
The solo debut for the No Doubt vocalist features an eclectic group of guests, including Martin Gore, Andre 3000, The Neptunes, New Order, Wendy & Lisa and Dr. Dre.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.5
Destiny Fulfilled 44.

Destiny Fulfilled

by Destiny's Child
November 16, 2004
Despite her burgeoning solo career, Beyonce Knowles has rejoined bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for the first Destiny's Child album in 3 years.
Metascore:
52
User Score:
7.6
Good News For People Who Love Bad News 45.

Good News For People Who Love Bad News

by Modest Mouse
April 6, 2004
Produced by Dennis Herring (Camper Van Beethoven), the latest release from the Seattle-based indie rockers sees a return of guitarist Dann Gallucci (last with the band on Sad Sappy Sucker) and a new drummer (Benjamin Weikel) as well as a guest spot from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.8
With The Lights Out 46.

With The Lights Out

by Nirvana
November 23, 2004
This three-disc box set contains more than 50 previously unreleased recordings by the legendary Seattle band, including demos, live tracks, and alternate versions. Also included is an extensive bonus DVD filled with live performances.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.6
Ratatat 47.

Ratatat

by Ratatat
April 20, 2004
This is the all-instrumental (think somewhere in between Out Hud and Daft Punk) debut album for the New York duo of Evan Mast and Mike Stroud (who formerly operated under the name Cherry).
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.3
Confessions 48.

Confessions

by Usher
March 23, 2004
Among the producers and guest vocalists appearing on Usher's fourth album are Ludacris, Nelly, Jermaine Dupri, The Neptunes, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.9
Between Darkness & Wonder 49.

Between Darkness & Wonder

by Lamb
February 24, 2004
The English trip-hop outfit led by vocalist Louise Robinson (nee Rhodes) and producer Andy Barlow return for a fourth album.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
8.5
Body Language 50.

Body Language

by Kylie Minogue
February 10, 2004
The dance-pop diva, still going strong at 35, returns with a new album.
Metascore:
62
User Score:
7.6
Concrete Rose 51.

Concrete Rose

by Ashanti
December 14, 2004
This third album for the Murder Inc. singer includes an appearance from Ja Rule.
Metascore:
47
User Score:
4.6
Around The Sun 52.

Around The Sun

by R.E.M.
October 5, 2004
'Sun' is the 13th studio disc for R.E.M., who are joined here by frequent collaborators Ken Stringfellow and Scott McCaughey. Q-Tip also guest raps on "The Outsiders."
Metascore:
56
User Score:
7.2
Has Been 53.

Has Been

by William Shatner
October 5, 2004
Yes, it 'has been' a long time since the last William Shatner album (and with good reason), but the veteran recording artist returns for this collaboration with Ben Folds. Other guests include Joe Jackson, Aimee Mann and Adrian Belew, but sadly, no Leonard Nimoy.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.9
Blueberry Boat 54.

Blueberry Boat

by The Fiery Furnaces
July 13, 2004
The brother-sister duo of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger return with a second quirky, challenging and eclectic LP.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.4
Houses of the Molé 55.

Houses of the Molé

by Ministry
June 22, 2004
The oh-so-punny industrial rockers return with, believe it or not, their 10th LP (although that does include their early synth-pop releases when they were scary for very different reasons).
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.5
Contraband 56.

Contraband

by Velvet Revolver
June 8, 2004
'Contraband' marks the debut LP for what basically amounts to Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) fronting Guns N Roses (including Duff McKagan and Slash).
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.0
Damita Jo 57.

Damita Jo

by Janet Jackson
March 30, 2004
The nipple-baring superstar's first album in three years features production from Dallas Austin, Babyface, Kanye West, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
Metascore:
53
User Score:
7.4
Cee-Lo Green Is The Soul Machine 58.

Cee-Lo Green Is The Soul Machine

by Cee Lo Green
March 2, 2004
Like fellow Atlanta hip hoppers OutKast, Cee-Lo has trouble sticking to a single genre, as he mixes up styles throughout this sophomore release. Timbaland, The Neptunes and Ludacris guest.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
Regard The End 59.

Regard The End

by Willard Grant Conspiracy
February 17, 2004
The Americana collective founded and led by fronted by Robert Fisher returns with a fifth LP. Co-founder/guitarist Paul Austin is no longer a full-time band member, but he appears on some tracks, as do Kristin Hersh, Chris Eckmen (The Walkabouts) and a variety of other guests.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
Purple Haze 60.

Purple Haze

by Cam'ron
December 7, 2004
Kanye West and Twista guest on the rapper's fourth disc.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.4
Street's Disciple 61.

Street's Disciple

by Nas
November 30, 2004
Nas co-produced this double album along with Salaam Remi, Q-Tip and L.E.S. Also stopping by to lend a hand (or a voice) are Busta Rhymes, Kelis, Ludacris and Maxwell.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.3
Crimes 62.

Crimes

by The Blood Brothers
October 12, 2004
The fourth album for the abrasive, Seattle-based punk-rockers was produced by John Goodmanson (Blonde Redhead).
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
Showtime 63.

Showtime

by Dizzee Rascal
September 14, 2004
The UK rapper follows his Mercury Music Prize-winning debut 'Boy In The Corner' with this sophomore release.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.9
Venomous Villain [VV:2] 64.

Venomous Villain [VV:2]

by Viktor Vaughn
August 3, 2004
On of the many aliases of rapper Daniel Dumile (who is best known these days as the masked MF Doom), Viktor Vaughn is joined by a guests such as DJ Sure Shot and Kool Keith on this second release.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.5
The Tipping Point 65.

The Tipping Point

by The Roots
July 13, 2004
Whereas its predecessor (2002's acclaimed 'Phrenology') clocked in at 79 minutes, 'The Tipping Point' is a concise 45-minute listen, featuring guests Devin The Dude, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Jean Grae and Television's Dave Chappelle.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.9
Afrodisiac 66.

Afrodisiac

by Brandy
June 29, 2004
A ten-year music-industry veteran at age 25, Brandy returns with 15 new tracks, ditching long-time collaborator Rodney Jerkins in favor of producers Timbaland, Organized Noize and Kanye West.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.1
Bright Like Neon Love 67.

Bright Like Neon Love

by Cut Copy
May 18, 2004
This debut by Australian Dan Whitford mixes retro-synth pop with some guitars and live instrumentation.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
You Are The Quarry 68.

You Are The Quarry

by Morrissey
May 18, 2004
Morrissey's first studio release since 1997 (and seventh overall) was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jerry Finn (Blink-182, Green Day) and longtime collaborators Alain Whyte and Boz Boorer.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.8
Final Straw 69.

Final Straw

by Snow Patrol
March 30, 2004
The Scottish band led by Gary Lightbody (also leader of the Reindeer Section) returns with a third LP.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.6
Lifeblood 70.

Lifeblood

by Manic Street Preachers
November 1, 2004
The Welsh band's seventh studio disc was produced by Tony Visconti and Greg Haver.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
7.9
The Futureheads 71.

The Futureheads

by The Futureheads
October 26, 2004
This debut LP from the English band certainly recalls English bands from the early 80s, most notably XTC.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.7
You're A Woman, I'm A Machine 72.

You're A Woman, I'm A Machine

by Death from Above 1979
October 26, 2004
'You're A Woman' is the first album for the Canadian duo of vocalist/drummer Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler. It's a drum 'n' bass album in the literal sense of the term, as those are the only two instruments (aside from a very infrequent synthesizer) on the record.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
9.0
Chuck 73.

Chuck

by Sum 41
October 12, 2004
The Canadian punk-pop outfit returns with a fourth LP, produced by Greig Nori. The disc is named after a UN worker (Chuck Pelletier) who helped the band escape violence in the Congo while they were there shooting a film.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
8.9
Pressure Chief 74.

Pressure Chief

by Cake
October 5, 2004
The Northern California band's fifth album in ten years includes a cover of Bread's "Guitar Man."
Metascore:
52
User Score:
8.0
Real Gone 75.

Real Gone

by Tom Waits
October 5, 2004
Fans of his acclaimed 2002 pair of discs will have to settle for just one album this time out, co-produced by Waits with Kathleen Brennan. Marc Ribot and Les Claypool guest.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.9
Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned 76.

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

by The Prodigy
September 14, 2004
Once one of the top dance/electronica acts in the world, The Prodigy topped the UK charts in 1997 with 'The Fat of the Land' and then... nothing. Until now. After their 2002 comeback single "Baby's Got A Temper" flopped, Prodigy leader Liam Howlett scrapped the album in progress, jettisoned vocalists Keith Flint and Maxim Reality, and took a second stab at recording, enlisting Liam Gallagher, Twista and Juliette Lewis to sing, rap, and howl over what eventually became 'Always Outnumbered.'
Metascore:
53
User Score:
7.2
Rubber Factory 77.

Rubber Factory

by The Black Keys
September 7, 2004
The blues-rock duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney return with their third album, so-named because it was recorded in a deserted rubber (tire) factory.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
Miss Machine 78.

Miss Machine

by The Dillinger Escape Plan
July 20, 2004
The inventive but challenging hardcore outfit returns with their first full-length studio recording since 1999's 'Calculating Infinity.'
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
Borrowed Heaven 79.

Borrowed Heaven

by The Corrs
June 8, 2004
The Irish quartet returns with their first studio disc in four years, which sees them working with producer Olle Romo for the first time. Ladysmith Black Mambazo guest on the title track.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
8.1
D12 World 80.

D12 World

by D12
April 27, 2004
The Eminem-led collective (whose 2001 debut was a huge commercial success) returns with a second full-length, with production from the likes of Dr. Dre, Mr. Porter, Eminem and Kanye West.
Metascore:
58
User Score:
6.8
Fly Or Die 81.

Fly Or Die

by N.E.R.D
March 23, 2004
N.E.R.D., the rock-oriented trio of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo (who also make up the in-demand hip-hop production team The Neptunes) and Shay, return with a highly-anticipated second album. Unlike their previous effort, 'Fly' finds Chad & Pharrell handling the instrumentation themselves.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.5
When It Falls 82.

When It Falls

by Zero 7
March 2, 2004
The mellow UK electronic outfit (who have been compared to artists such as Morcheeba and Air) follows up 2001 debut 'Simple Things' with this 11-track effort.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
7.6
Shadows Collide With People 83.

Shadows Collide With People

by John Frusciante
February 24, 2004
The Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist returns with a follow-up to his 2001 solo release, 'To Record Only Water For Ten Days.'
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.8
Phantom Planet 84.

Phantom Planet

by Phantom Planet
January 6, 2004
Jason Schwartzman has departed, but the Los Angeles band continues on with a third album.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.6
Up All Night 85.

Up All Night

by Razorlight
October 26, 2004
One of 2004's Next Big Things in the UK music press, Razorlight make their full-length debut with this 13-track disc. Compared to the likes of Oasis and The Libertines, the band is led by self-proclaimed songwriting genius Johnny Borrell.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
7.4
Welcome To The North 86.

Welcome To The North

by The Music
October 19, 2004
Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam) produced this sophomore outing for the English quartet.
Metascore:
57
User Score:
8.1
Astronaut 87.

Astronaut

by Duran Duran
October 12, 2004
'Astronaut' marks first album by Duran Duran's original lineup since 1983's 'Seven And The Ragged Tiger.' Dallas Austin and Don Gilmore are among the producers.
Metascore:
52
User Score:
8.3
The Grind Date 88.

The Grind Date

by De La Soul
October 5, 2004
The group's first release on its own AOI label features guests such as Ghostface, MF Doom, Sean Paul, Common and that noted MC Spike Lee. Production assistance comes from Madlib and 9th Wonder.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
Alphabetical 89.

Alphabetical

by Phoenix
July 27, 2004
This is the second album for the French synth-rock outfit, who attracted some international acclaim with their 2000 debut 'United.'
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.8
Hymns Of The 49th Parallel 90.

Hymns Of The 49th Parallel

by k.d. lang
July 27, 2004
The Canadian singer-songwriter's Nonesuch debut features covers of songs by other Canadian singer-songwriters, including Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Ron Sexsmith, Jane Siberry, and William Shatner. (OK, so maybe not the last one.) There's also one lang original for good measure.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.8
The Will To Death 91.

The Will To Death

by John Frusciante
June 22, 2004
The stripped-down 'The Will To Death' is not just the second solo disc in 2004 for the Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, but marks the first of a whopping six planned albums for Record Collection this year.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
8.9
Ta Det Lugnt 92.

Ta Det Lugnt

by Dungen
June 21, 2004
This is the third album of psychedelic-rock tunes from Swedish multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Gustav Ejstes.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.6
Baptism 93.

Baptism

by Lenny Kravitz
May 18, 2004
Kravitz handled virtually all of the instruments for this seventh album, which features a guest appearance from Jay-Z on the track "Storm."
Metascore:
43
User Score:
4.9
Rejoicing In The Hands 94.

Rejoicing In The Hands

by Devendra Banhart
May 4, 2004
The second LP from the New York-based artist/musician/crazy hippie Devendra Banhart (who studied at the San Francisco Art Institute) includes 16 of the 32 lo-fi tracks recorded in the living room of veteran recording engineer Lynn Bridges. The remaining 16 will be released on a separate album later in 2004.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.4
The Pretty Toney Album 95.

The Pretty Toney Album

by Ghostface Killah
April 20, 2004
The former Wu-Tang member's fourth solo album (and first since ditching the "Killah" portion of his name) features contributions from Missy Elliott, Jadakiss and RZA.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes 96.

Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

by TV on the Radio
March 9, 2004
Brooklyn art-rockers TV On The Radio make their full-length debut with this release. The trio consists of vocalist/animator Tunde Adebimpe, multi-instrumentalist/producer David Andrew Sitek (who produced the Yeah Yeah Yeahs debut) and guitarist Kyp Malone.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
Kick Up The Fire And Let The Flames Break Loose 97.

Kick Up The Fire And Let The Flames Break Loose

by The Cooper Temple Clause
February 24, 2004
This is the second album for the Reading, England rock band.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.7
Fabulous Muscles 98.

Fabulous Muscles

by Xiu Xiu
February 17, 2004
This is the third full-length album for the challenging, intensely personal Bay Area post-punk outfit led by Jamie Stewart.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
A Crow Left Of The Murder 99.

A Crow Left Of The Murder

by Incubus
February 3, 2004
The alt-metal band's first album since their 2001 hit 'Morning View' features a slightly different lineup, with Ben Kenney replacing bassist Dirk Lance. Brendan O'Brien produced.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
8.2
Cast Of Thousands 100.

Cast Of Thousands

by Elbow
January 27, 2004
The Manchester band follow their Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut 'Asleep In The Back' with this ambitious 11-track sophomore disc.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.6

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