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Silent
01-01-2004, 04:19 AM
Which album came out that you were sure would be less than sub-par, but turned out to be a really excellent album?

For me it's Blink-182's new album. I really expected the same old stuff from them, but it seems like they are trying to be a bit more serious in their music. I really enjoyed the album.

Triple A
01-01-2004, 04:40 AM
Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue

moshingfreak
01-01-2004, 05:02 AM
Transplants - Transplants

mitchables
01-01-2004, 07:40 AM
I'm going to have to go with blink-182 as well, I was expecting another Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, but I was pleasantly surprised by the self titled. :y:

road doggy dogg
01-01-2004, 09:14 AM
I will also say Blink's new album. Not because I expected it to suck or anything, just because I was surprised at how many times my ears jerked off to it in its short 2003 existance.

mitchables
01-01-2004, 10:16 AM
I didn't expect it to suck, I just didn't expect it to be different.

The Mask
01-01-2004, 12:35 PM
APC - Thirteenth Step

I have their first album, and it's not bad, but it's by no means great except for a few songs like judith, magdelena and three libras. This album was incredible though from start to finish. Stuff like "The Nurse Who Loved Me" going into "Pet"... i thought that was great. There's not really any weak tracks on the album except lullaby, which isn't a song track anyway.

Penner
01-01-2004, 01:49 PM
blink

Ninti the Mad
01-01-2004, 02:42 PM
APC

It just surprised me how great the album is.

Silent
01-01-2004, 02:43 PM
APC would be my 2nd choice. I loved 13th Step :love:

el fregadero
01-01-2004, 03:05 PM
<font color=teal>APC.</font>

asphyXy
01-01-2004, 03:13 PM
<font color=969696>St. Anger. I'm still in awe. How is it possible to suck THAT hard?</font>

YOUR Hero
01-01-2004, 03:50 PM
<font color=969696>St. Anger. I'm still in awe. How is it possible to suck THAT hard?</font>
haha yeah

and for good, I'd say White Stripes - Elephant

El Capitano Gatisto
01-01-2004, 06:48 PM
The Cooper Temple Clause album, mainly because their first album (2002) was innovative and something fresh, yet 2003's release was pretty bland and boring, apart from really only one song. Very disappointing.

I've had the APC album for a couple of months now and haven't really listened to it.

diothoir
01-02-2004, 09:23 PM
APC because it's a big step (ahaha) up from their last one.

Primus because I wasn't expecting anything more from them ever. :$

everyhourdylan
01-03-2004, 12:54 AM
apc sucked compared to their last one

Jason Cage
01-03-2004, 12:57 AM
APC

The Mask
01-03-2004, 01:05 AM
apc sucked compared to their last one

Thus, your band sucks.

Mic Blaze
01-03-2004, 01:43 AM
Soon You'll Understand- Mike Game but it was an underground rap album that got alot of good reveiws.

diothoir
01-03-2004, 02:02 AM
Thus, your band sucks.

"You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to The Mask again." :(


*MARKS DA FOOK OOT INSTEAD*

el fregadero
01-03-2004, 02:27 AM
apc sucked compared to their last one

:rofl:

fonzy
01-03-2004, 01:11 PM
Transplants - Transplants
<center><font color="#0080FF" face="Arial" Size="2">that was 2002.

anyway... yeah, probably blink-182. it's ****ing awesome. a huge change from take off your pants and jacket. i love it. :love:</font>

Fabien Barthez
01-04-2004, 03:16 PM
White Stripes - Elephant. To top WBC was a tall feat for anyone but I surpassed ad ruled.

Strokes - Room on Fire. As above really, Looked like a 1 album Wonder but this album is, well almost as good as Is This It.

Libertines - Up The Bracket. Best New band of the last year. Despite Pete being in court for robbin' Carl's flat, they were awesome live and are just good musicians with good songs. British Music once again pissing on American.

Darkness - Permission To Land. Rules.

Stereophonics - You Gotta Go There To Come Back. First 2 albums were amazing. 3rd was OK, This one is shite. They were good live in Cardiff on the 20th Dec however.

Feeder - Comfort In Sound. Echo Park was wicked but this is better, I didn't think they could top it.

The Outlaw
01-04-2004, 05:09 PM
I dunno.

I loved both APC albums. :$

MVP
01-04-2004, 06:51 PM
I also have to say blink-182.

Downunder
01-06-2004, 09:29 AM
There have been a lot of really good albums this year:
Iron Maiden Dance Of Death
The Living End ARTillary
etc

but they were always going to rule

I've gotta say, Alice Cooper - The Eyes of Alice Cooper. the man rules all, but his last few albums haven't been his greatest. Eyes is almost the best of all (Love It to Death will always win). Anyone who hasn't heard it (I now Funky has) get the ****er. It makes all other music piss (including Kids of Boredom).

everyhourdylan
01-06-2004, 10:38 AM
haha yeah

and for good, I'd say White Stripes - Elephant

man i wish i was as talented as their drummer :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Sephiroth
01-06-2004, 11:33 AM
Jupp Blink-182, all the way :y:

The Destroyer
01-06-2004, 12:17 PM
I had no expectations at all for the Mars Volta album, so I was pleasantly surprised when I actually heard it.

Kane Knight
01-06-2004, 01:50 PM
man i wish i was as talented as their drummer :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

I wish you were too.

I can't believe how good you make Meg White sound...

TheNamelessOne
01-06-2004, 01:52 PM
"Year Of The Spider" by Cold. I heard Remedy from Backlash last year, so that was the only song I had heard from the album.

I threw it into my CD player, and it freaking rules. Some nu-metal mixed with slower, more meaningful songs. I thought it would be straight up, boring nu-metal.

Cactus Sid
01-06-2004, 06:38 PM
Not sure if it was released in 2003 or not, but The Mars Volta album was a surprise for me, as I really wasn't sure what to expect, and it turned out to be brilliant.

El Capitano Gatisto
01-06-2004, 07:22 PM
Permission to Land by the Darkness also surprised me, since I originally thought they were shit. However, the album rules.

Kane Knight
01-06-2004, 07:36 PM
Let's see...

Not released in 2003 but surprised me this year anyways:

Maroon 5--Songs about Jane

Ra-From One

Both are incredibly good, despite both having a kinda mainstream style that generally leads to bland, boringness.

From this year--

The Stone Coyotes--Rise from the ashes:

Why would I be surprised by an act I already love and pimp out like mad? Because listening to the samples on their website, I didn't think I was gonna enjoy the record at all.

Jesse Malin--The Fine Art of Self Destruction:

Well, apparently, some people would already know the guy from his days as part of D Generation, but since I had no fu</>cking clue who he was, he came out of the blue as far as I was concerned. I didn't even really like his stuff at first, but it grew on me with the incredible radio play The River (WRSI) and a couple of friends who were fans, I got hugely into it. He's even got props from Bruce Springsteen on this one.

I don't know how much it sounds like D Generation, because I've never heard it, but some of these songs were written around the writing of their last album.

Nuno--Population 1:

well Hell, it's Nuno F'ing Bettencourt. Still, I didn't expect this after two albums with Mourning Widows. P1 is closer to Schizophonic in all its brilliance. Pop 1 is probably my #1 choice foir this year. Nuno is excellent at creating a sound that is both poppy and catchy, but at the same time, interesting, fun, and worth paying outrageous import tarriffs.

El Vaquero de Infierno
01-09-2004, 11:40 AM
APC - Thirteenth Step

I have their first album, and it's not bad, but it's by no means great except for a few songs like judith, magdelena and three libras. This album was incredible though from start to finish. Stuff like "The Nurse Who Loved Me" going into "Pet"... i thought that was great. There's not really any weak tracks on the album except lullaby, which isn't a song track anyway.

Aye. :cool:

The Nurse who loved me, is a cracking song [/Hobbs]

But I have to say I liked evey song on Mer de Noms as well.

Danny Electric
01-09-2004, 03:08 PM
I'd say Damien Rice - O.
I got the album only expecting there to be a couple of decent tracks but i thought it was excellent.

Champion of Europa
01-10-2004, 06:31 PM
Dave Matthews's Solo Album "Some Devil."

I expected it to sound exactly like his stuff with DMB, but I was pleasantly surprised that it had an entirely different sound.

Sickboy
01-10-2004, 06:58 PM
Finntroll - Visor Om Slutet

I'm not sure if it's because Katla had to quit, but this album was a disappointment after Jaktens Tid. But then again Viso Om Slutet was suppose to be a "very experimental album" so perhaps next album will be a better one.

Kane Knight
01-10-2004, 10:10 PM
Also, Tegan And Sara's newest album.

Mostly because I liked pretty much every song on "Under Feet Like Ours" and "This Business of Art." this album was way downhill.

I expect their next album to net them a job opening for Blink 182 or Good Charlotte (Or any other shit "punk" act out there)

RoXer
01-10-2004, 10:32 PM
Was Audioslave 03 or 02?

BlackRavyyn
01-10-2004, 10:38 PM
<font color=seablue><i>I would have to say Fallen by Evanescence. A friend of mine is a huge fan of Manson, Korn, Disturbed and whatnot. She asked me to pick it up and have a listen. Trusting her judgement, I did and I was surprised that it was anything but what I expected. I enjoyed it thoroughly and I don't have a track that I wouldn't recommend off of it. Not many times can I say that about an album....</i></font>

Downunder
01-11-2004, 08:03 AM
Your friend has no taste Russ :p

Triple A
01-11-2004, 08:16 AM
WTF is APC?

A Perfect Circle?

Downunder
01-11-2004, 09:31 AM
Yeah

bobfinger
01-11-2004, 03:02 PM
Dropkick Murphys- Blackout

Kane Knight
01-11-2004, 03:37 PM
Your friend has no taste Russ :p

Have you licked her? :?:

Kane Knight
01-11-2004, 03:38 PM
Dropkick Murphys- Blackout

that was a damn fine record. I wouldn't say I was surprised by it tho.

The Mask
01-11-2004, 04:41 PM
I had high hopes for the mars volta cause everyone was raving about them, but I think they suck.

That cedric guy can't sing for shit either.

samichna
01-12-2004, 09:28 PM
I've gotta say blink-182 too.

Good shit.

Azriel
01-17-2004, 06:20 PM
I loved Evanescence's album myself. Great stuff.

Ska-Wars
01-17-2004, 07:06 PM
"Anthem" by Less Than Jake. Having heard "She's Gonna Break Soon" I was ready for a fairly average record but it was so much better than I expected.

John la Rock
01-18-2004, 12:18 AM
<font color=969696>St. Anger. I'm still in awe. How is it possible to suck THAT hard?</font>

I feel your pain brother

MVP
01-18-2004, 01:29 PM
I forgot to mention Dashboard Confessional - A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar.

Rob
01-18-2004, 01:37 PM
"Year Of The Spider" by Cold. I heard Remedy from Backlash last year, so that was the only song I had heard from the album.

I threw it into my CD player, and it freaking rules. Some nu-metal mixed with slower, more meaningful songs. I thought it would be straight up, boring nu-metal.

I'll agree with that.

Beyonce's surprised me because I actually bought it and liked it. Evanescence's was awesome but having never heard them before, it's not like it's a surprise. Limpbizkit - Results May Very surprised me content wise and because the three songs I had expected to be on the CD weren't on it and it sounded nothing like them. I didn't think it people would like it but I did. I knew St Anger would suck for some reason when I bought it so that went right back to the shops.