What if we reverse this? Like, albums everyone likes but you don't? Just a thought.
New RHCP album August 30th... 5 years of waiting OVER!
Well, out of the first four Pumpkins albums, I think Siamese Dream is easily the weakest.
Some of my favorite albums by some of my favorite bands are the "ugly ducklings" of their discographies.
Hawkwind - Space Bandits. The reason people hated this record, namely the addition of a female vocalist, is the reason it's my favorite of their albums. Although, to be fair, she only handles lead vocals on one track.
The Mission UK - Masque. All of my Hussey fanboy friends think I'm a blasphemer (including Mr Hussey himself) for liking this record. And then when I tell them that "She conjures me Wings" is my favorite song, they have heart attacks and die. (FYI, it's a song so unpopular that there is NO youtube version. And it's in my top 5 favorite mission songs.)
Skinny Puppy - The Process. This album never had a chance, between all the band drama, revolving producers, heavy metal guitars, and fatal overdoses. It could never live up to expectations no matter how good it is. Which is sad, because it's actually phenomenal. It's like the heaviness of Rabies, the groove of Bites, and the delightful oddity of Last Rites, all wrapped up in the slickest production they had ever managed. It's not their "best album", but it's their most polished and consistent.
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult - Hit and Run Holiday. Every one hates this record with a passion. They followed up the satanic disco rock groove of 13 under the night with this, the soundtrack to an unproduced Russ Meyer film. Big horns, bigger choruses, and best of all, it doesn't sound like any industrial album you've ever heard in your entire life. I actually hated it when it first came out, but then took it on a few road trips and was hooked. It's really the ultimate driving record, especially when you're travelling with someone else who knows that glamour is a rocky road.
Throwing Muses - Red Heaven. Not my favorite TM album (that would be a tie between HTornado and RRamona), but there are a number of standout tracks that make this one not the "Worst thing kristen hirsch ever pooped". The Bob Mould track is especially fantastic, and the track Pearl has been part of my "get stoned, play guitar" setlist for almost 20 years now. There are a few other great tracks on there, but those two are absolutely fabulous.
REM - Green. Yeah, it doesn't reach the emotional high points of fables, nor does it have the poeticism of murmur or out of time, but dammit, it's a great pop record and a great REM record to boot. This album was actually my least favorite throughout the 90's, until they started releasing worse and worse music. A fresh listening brought me immediately back to my senior year of high school, doing the "stand" dance (typically topless, as to evoke the Pop Song 89 video). OMG I'm doing it at work now. Stop me before I take my clothes off.
Swans - The Burning World. First of all, it's a mostly quiet acoustic album, which puts off most swans fans immediately. Secondly, it's damn catchy, and honestly even the saddest song on the album (the not-so-subtly titled God Damn the Sun) makes me giddily happy when I listen to it. Maybe I like that in each verse, his solution to his problems is to get wasted, or maybe it's that rising keyboard melody at the end. In either case, it's hands down my favorite Swans album.
Interesting trivial - I purchased both Space Bandits and The Burning World from a (now defunct, obviously) chain record store for about 99 cents each, new on cassette. I still consider them the best investments I've ever made.
Does anyone chart anymore? le sigh.
People dislike Green? They must be sadly mistaken.
A Thousand Leaves- Sonic Youth
This is in my top 5 SY albums. I don't get the meh on it. Just incredible work really.
Pablo Honey- Radiohead
Hell, I prefer this to Hail to the Theif.
The Red Album- Weezer
Strangely, I still prefer this to everything except their first two. A few horrible lyrics, but overall, really refreshing.
I'm sure there's more, but those are big ones.
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