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Old 07-14-05, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by cdollaz
Did that original list really have Tin Machine on it? Ugh.
Trust me, if this were my list, that Tin Machine album wouldn't have been there...
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Meddle has been my favorite Floyd album for years.
Old 07-15-05, 07:47 AM
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I'll throw a vote in for Recipe for Flavor by Sugarmoney.

Give it a listen. You may agree.
Old 07-18-05, 09:14 AM
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I instantly thought of 2 albums which get panned quite a bit:

Insomniac - Green Day. Twice as good as Dookie and five times better than anything else they put out. The ultimate pop-punk album, because it is very light on the pop and has a lot of heavy edge to it.

Experimental Jet Set, Trash, And No Star - Sonic Youth. This is usually slammed as a bad SY album, but it is one of my favorites. A lot less noise and a lot more typical song structure. There are quite a few SY classics on this one.
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Rumor and SIgh is an excellent album, and Thompson is surely underrated, but I think his work with Linda on Shoot Out the Lights or I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight was better.
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Hiro11, I agree with your inclusion of the Feelies , but I would pick Only Life over Crazy Rhythyms. It's a more complete sounding album, IMO.
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Originally Posted by LurkerDan
Rumor and SIgh is an excellent album, and Thompson is surely underrated, but I think his work with Linda on Shoot Out the Lights or I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight was better.
The thing about Thompson's solo career is that it's very consistent. Amnesia, Rumour and Sigh, Hand of Kindness, these are all excellent albums...

I actually prefer him as a live performer, having seen him five times.
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Originally Posted by Lokimok
Pink Floyd: Meddle & Animals (1971/1977)
Eh. both highly regarded by Floyd fans. & Animals does get some radioplay. I nominate Obscured By Clouds. NOBODY talks about that great album.
outside of classic rock stations doing "pink floyd" blocks, i have never heard anything from animals on the radio (hell, all songs except both "pigs on the wings" are over 10 minutes.
Old 07-18-05, 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by cdollaz
I instantly thought of 2 albums which get panned quite a bit:

Insomniac - Green Day. Twice as good as Dookie and five times better than anything else they put out. The ultimate pop-punk album, because it is very light on the pop and has a lot of heavy edge to it.

Experimental Jet Set, Trash, And No Star - Sonic Youth. This is usually slammed as a bad SY album, but it is one of my favorites. A lot less noise and a lot more typical song structure. There are quite a few SY classics on this one.

Agreed
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I don't have 20 but...

U2: Pop
Jesus Jones: Liquidizer (and Doubt and Perverse, to boot)
David Bowie: Black Tie, White Noise
Prince: Graffiti Bridge (my favorite Prince album of all-time)
Thomas Dolby: The Flat Earth
Arcadia (a.k.a. Duran Duran): So Red the Rose
INXS: Shabooh Shoobah
James: Seven
Living Colour: Time's Up
Men at Work: Cargo (better than their hit-laden debut)
Pearl Jam: Vitalogy (a "love it or hate it" album according to the fans...I say it should be a "love it or get out of the gene pool" album)
Old 07-20-05, 09:25 AM
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Sonic Youth- Daydream Nation
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Originally Posted by MR ROBOTO 9000
Sonic Youth- Daydream Nation

How can the consensus best album of the 1980's (or at least top 10) be overrated?
Old 07-21-05, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Elldubtoo
How can the consensus best album of the 1980's (or at least top 10) be overrated?
I didn't post in an overrated albums thread.
I still think this album hasn't got all the props it deserves.
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Originally Posted by MR ROBOTO 9000
I didn't post in an overrated albums thread.
I still think this album hasn't got all the props it deserves.

Sorry I meant to say underrated.
Old 07-28-05, 02:30 PM
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Black Sabbath - Dehumanizer
Old 07-28-05, 04:08 PM
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The Jesus Lizard - Goat
All Everclear albums.
The Melvins - Houdini
Mudhoney - March to Fuzz
The Melvins - Ozma
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R.E.M. - "Fables of the Reconstruction" (aka "Reconstruction of the Fables")

R.E.M.'s 3rd full length album is frequently listed by critics as one of their worst, but I think it's actually one of their best. (I rank it 3rd, right behind "Murmur" and "Reckoning").

The best songs: "Maps and Legends", "Driver 8", "Life and How to Live It", "Green Grow the Rushes", "Good Advices"
The most popular song: "Can't Get There From Here"

Although "Can't Get There From Here" is the catchiest song on the album, it also is the one that really doesn't fit on it either. Because the rest of the songs create an amazing mood that would be unbroken from beginning to end if not for "Can't Get There From Here". I know members of the band have called this album a bad one, but that's mainly because of the troubles they had while recording it. The music, itself, is pure gold.
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^^ Yep. That's a great album.
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That's probably my least favorite REM album.

Another I think is underrated is:

Megadeth - The World Needs A Hero
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Originally Posted by dhmac
R.E.M. - "Fables of the Reconstruction" (aka "Reconstruction of the Fables")

R.E.M.'s 3rd full length album is frequently listed by critics as one of their worst, but I think it's actually one of their best. (I rank it 3rd, right behind "Murmur" and "Reckoning").

The best songs: "Maps and Legends", "Driver 8", "Life and How to Live It", "Green Grow the Rushes", "Good Advices"
The most popular song: "Can't Get There From Here"

Although "Can't Get There From Here" is the catchiest song on the album, it also is the one that really doesn't fit on it either. Because the rest of the songs create an amazing mood that would be unbroken from beginning to end if not for "Can't Get There From Here". I know members of the band have called this album a bad one, but that's mainly because of the troubles they had while recording it. The music, itself, is pure gold.
I remeber being pretty disappointed in that album when it was released. In retrospect, it was fantastic, considering R.E.M. hasn't released an album half as good since.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
I remeber being pretty disappointed in that album when it was released. In retrospect, it was fantastic, considering R.E.M. hasn't released an album half as good since.
Life's Rich Pageant,Document & Automatic for the People are my 3 favorite REM albums all released after Fables.
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Originally Posted by astrochimp
Life's Rich Pageant,Document & Automatic for the People are my 3 favorite REM albums all released after Fables.
Those 3, along with New Adventures, are my faves as well.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
I remeber being pretty disappointed in that album when it was released. In retrospect, it was fantastic, considering R.E.M. hasn't released an album half as good since.
[big r.e.m. fan] Thems fightin' words! [/big r.e.m. fan]

Seriously though, they have some diamonds in the rough post-Fables that are worth checking out as some here have already mentioned.
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Mad Season-Above would be my number 1,Pearl Jam's Vitalogy,No Code & Yeild should be on there also.
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Big R.E.M fan here.

Fables of the Reconstruction is incredible, perhaps not as immediate as Murmur or Life's Rich Pageant and that's probably why it's "underrated". Their first 4 albums are awesome and then they started to be inconsistent. I hate Document and Monster; Green has its moments and it's pretty uneven. Yet between those three came Out of Time and Automatic for the People, two of my favorites. New Adventures and Up are also great. And then they released two disappointing albums in Reveal and Around the Sun


Here's how I would rank them:


1. Automatic for the People
2. Life's Rich Pageant
3. Murmur
4. New Adventures in Hi Fi
5. Fables of the Reconstruction
6. Up
7. Reckoning
8. Out of Time
9. Green
10. Around the Sun
11. Monster
12. Document
13. Reveal


I'd say Fables and Up are very underrated by the critics.

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