Newest additions to my album collection and their reviews!

Hey guys, remember when I spent 12 months listening to AND reviewing 303 albums? No? Well, it was a long 2013, but I remember getting it done with just a few days to spare before 2014 began.

However, time has passed and I’ve added a few to my collection over the past 5 years. Heck, a few of these I purchased less than a month after completing my album saga, but I was too busy preparing for the Army so I never posted them here. Without further adue, here are the last 5 years worth of album purchases!

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Zero Signal kicks it old school and reminisces on his early PC library

November 1997 – 7th grade was my first coming of age moment in life; I found out what I enjoyed, who my friends are, and in some cases, who weren’t my friends either. Another big remarkable moment was my family getting our first computer. While I’m hazy on details such as where they got it and how much it cost, I do remember it was a Compaq desktop. Along with that, we also got software to go along with it. Most of this was educational stuff like Encarta and Creative Writer, but my mom also got a game to go with it. This came to me today after talking with a friend on Instagram about the King’s Quest series, and why only focus on one game when you can focus on more!

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s go back to the 90s.

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Returning from exile

It wasn’t until this past month I had came to a sudden realization.

This page still exists. It still exists and it’s been a long five years since I last touched it.

When 2013 ended, I had just finished reviewing my entire album collection, a project I started on January 1st that year and fulfilled my obligations to live up to my word. However, the future was uncertain.

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Hickman’s Album Collection FINAL WEEK: Why did I wait this long to get The Blackening?

Well, we’re finally at the end of our journey, as the final seven albums in my collection are done with only one day left in 2013 to spare!

297) Velvet Revolver – Contraband
Released: 2004
Acquired: 2004, at FYE after class ended
Velvet Revolver is a supergroup that includes Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland, Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner, and former Guns ‘N Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum. Now as of 2012, they are on hiatus, with Weiland out of the band and Slash releasing solo albums, but back in 2004, they were a pretty big deal. Contraband, their debut album, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and went double platinum. The album’s first two singles, “Slither” and “Fall to Pieces” went #1 on the rock charts, while “Dirty Little Thing” made the top 10.
The good: This album not only shows that Scott Weiland can sound a little different from his work with STP, but also that Slash and crew can release music that doesn’t sound like GNR. All three singles are great, as are “Sucker Train Blues”, “Do it for the Kids”, “Headspace”, “Set Me Free”, “Spectacle”, and the album closer “Loving the Alien”.
The bad: For every bit of awesomeness this album achieved, their sophomore effort sure was a downer.
Rating: A+
Best track: “Fall to Pieces”
Worst track: “Superhuman” (I guess)
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Hickman’s Album Collection Week #51: Wow, Bono really is full of himself sometimes

291) Tool – 10,000 Days
Released: 2006
Acquired: Literally the day it came out, at Wal-Mart before work
10,000 Days is Tool’s fourth and most recent album released.  The album name comes from the 27 years that Maynard James Keenan’s mother spent paralyzed until her death, as 27 times 365 equals 9,855 (or relatively close to 10,000 Days).  10,000 Days would debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 and go platinum in the process.  Three singles came from the album, with “Jambi” making the top ten on the rock charts, “Vicarious” peaking at #2, and “The Pot” becoming Tool’s first #1 single released.
The good: There’s plenty to enjoy on this album, but in particular I was a fan of two of the three singles, as well as “Wings for Marie” and the title track (which connect together), along with “Rosetta Stoned” and “Right in Two”.
The bad: I hate “The Pot”.  It is stupidly overrated and I will say that until the day I die.  That being said, the other downer is the final track on here, which is “Viginti Tres”, a five minute track that is mostly a hollow vaccuum and hardly any substance to it whatsoever.
Rating: A-
Best track: “10,000 Days (Wings Part 2)”
Worst track: “The Pot”
Worst track that isn’t a song: “Viginti Tres”

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Hickman’s Album Collection Week #50: Learn to swim, see you down in Arizona Bay

285) Third Eye Blind – Blue
Released: 1999
Acquired: 2011, at a Goodwill store in Florida
Blue is Third Eye Blind’s second album; while it was successful in its own way, Blue wouldn’t match up to its predecessor.  The album did manage to go platinum, despite peaking at #40 on the Billboard 200, and also produced three singles; one of them being a huge success peaking at #14 on the overall top 100 (“Never Let You Go”), one of them charting decently well (“Deep Inside of You”), and two of them hardly charting at all (“10 Days Late” and “Anything”).  After this album, Third Eye Blind only had one more song appear on any chart as a single, which was “Blinded” from their third album in 2003.
The good: Three of the four singles are enjoyable, as are a few other songs like “Darkness”, “Farther”, and the instrumental closer “Slow Motion”.
The bad: Doesn’t come near the quality of their self-titled album; didn’t care too much for “Anything” or “Wounded”, nor did I care for “An Ode to Maybe”.
Rating: B-
Best track: “Deep Inside of You”
Worst track: “An Ode to Maybe”
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Hickman’s Album Collection Week #49: Everyone should listen to Temple of the Dog

281) System of a Down – Steal This Album!
Released: 2002
Acquired: 2004, via BMG Catalog
The majority of the tracks on System of a Down’s third album were leaked online and being listed from an album titled “Toxicity II”.  When this happened, System of a Down released most of the leaked MP3s with slightly different lyrics and named it “Steal This Album!”  The album peaked at #15 and has managed to go platinum.  The only track to chart on here was “Innervision”, which peaked at #12 on the rock charts.
The good: There are a few things to enjoy about STA, such as “Innervision”, “Boom!”, “Roulette”, and “Mr. Jack”.
The bad: Quite a bit of filler on this album, and the final result isn’t as good as Toxicity or their self-titled effort.
Rating: C+
Best track: “Roulette”
Worst track: “36”

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