Is it me or is it the case that anything ever farted by Elvis Costello has made it into this list? So this is a protest vote. Yes, I can see how this music would feel the peak of musicness to many, but I find it boring and repetitive. Especially the fifth time around.
I don't know what it is about the sound of contemporary pop, but I just can't stand it. I fully realise I'm at the extreme minority corner, but that does not change my perceptions.
Other than the title song, the music’s rather mundane
A masterpiece from the peak of one of the most talented bands ever. Also, probably the best double album ever.
Nice, but the songs are too similar to one another. Not my kind of thing.
Not bad, mildly boring.
Not even a small album
Classic with a favourite song
Interesting salsa music, but an entire album is too juch
Still original, 20 years later
A classic, but they have better albums
Great voice, some good songs, but not my kind of music...
What is this album doing on this list?
One good song, but - outdated
Never liked this album.
Way worse than I remembered it to be
Kinks have some great songs, but this album is boring.
A proper classic with some really good songs that still kick inside
Not a bad album, but everything Coldplay sounds the same.
Oh Brother music, without the laughs
I used to like this album, but now it sounds so mundane.
I was surprised. This album wasn’t bad at all
Was never able to connect to the genre
Their follow up album is way better
I never liked this album, but I acknowledge some songs are of landmark state.
A proper classic! First 3 songs are incredible, but the album is sort of let down by the subsequent songs.
Nice sound, but it's actually boring.
Not mesmerising, but nice
Not bad, but not a Rush fan
Pretty good jazz!
Too indistinguishable from noise. Never liked that phase of Cure.
Bettered by several other The The albums, this is still a masterpiece. What lyrics!
While I like Orton, I find the album too ordinary.
One great song, the rest - meh.
Not bad, but eclipsed by the band's next release. Since this phenomenon of picking a meh album instead of an artist's piece de resistance seems to be a trend here, I can only conclude this is a deliberate fart-like attempt to make the curator here appear cooler.
Amazed that some of the songs weren't too bad (a couple were actually good). But still, not my kind of thing.
Guess it's OK for background music? Otherwise, nothing special.
Mundane, but that’s Alice Cooper
With 1 exception: boringly boring
Problem with Cardigans is, while they have truly great songs, the majority are fluff. Also: they have a better album than this.
I really have a problem with New Order's sound.
I might have liked them if I knew about them at the time.
A masterpiece, the best Beatles album, and - by my reckoning - the third best album ever recorded.
With the notable exception of a couple of songs, I don't really care for a double album of someone taking psychedelics.
Not the worst thing ever, but rap and hip-hop aren’t my thing. Sorry
Probably Hendrix’ best. Many very good songs, surrounded by too much fluff.
Not worth listening to
I acknowledge the quality, but this is not my thing.
One excellent song (Rent) surrounded by a couple of good songs and much fluff. PSB's compilation album is the better choice.
I liked it when it came out, now all the tracks sound the same.
I already told you I don’t like New Order
Few good songs, much fluff
This is good stuff!
Not bad but too short on tunes
Nice, but far from extraordinary.
Surprisingly good, given my general dislike for the genre. Too much repetition, though: it could have been shorter/better.
Another album that didn't withstand the test of time. I awesome song, another good one, but the rest - meh.
Some nice songs interrupted by too many boring ones.
Guess it's nice background music?
That didn’t age well, did it?
Nice, if repetitive
Quite good. Probably ahead of its time.
Of all the Talking Heads albums they could have picked...
A good album, but far from what I consider the best of Miles Davis (which really is "best").
Don’t get this genre, sorry
Very, very, close to 5 stars
One ok cover, the rest is indistinguishable from noise
Not my kind of music in general, but so many songs here have transcended time
Other than the title song, the music’s rather mundane
Liked it at the time, now I can’t listen to it
Old, but not too bad
Part really nice, part meh - quality varies as it goes
A childhood landmark. The Sun Always Shines on TV is grossly under appreciated.
Ok music made by people taking lots of drugs?
I never connected with this album's style, even though I do like some of Dylan's work. This album does feel outdated, though.
Dated; presentations like that don't cut it anymore. Cohen's later albums are way better, IMO, even if they didn't achieve the same cult status.
Apart from one catchy song, rather too mundane
A masterpiece from the peak of one of the most talented bands ever. Also, probably the best double album ever.
One of my favourite jazz albums!
I like Bruce's music, some of it quite a lot, but this one is just boring.
Of all the Neil Young albums to pick…
Great pick! We love Ginger Baker!
One good song (because it was in Pulp Fiction), the rest - boring
Second boring Byrds recommendation in a week, clearly the algorithm hates us
I find this music quite uninspiring.
Aged badly, and it wasn’t even that great to begin with
Pink Floyd is my favorite band, yet I never really liked Barrett's music.
Some great, original sounds + music. Encumbered by it being a film soundtrack rather than an independent work of music.
Far from Yes' best, but certainly reflective of its general output.
Nice music, but fails to soar. This is Pet Shop Boys past its prime.
Original, but turns into the tedious the longer it goes.
Too indistinguishable from noise, but Closer
Most of the songs are dull, but when she shines, she shines
My favourite Paul Simon album, which says something given the company it has.
Nice, but fails to rise to the inspirational level.
Meh, except for the last song. Also, what's with the awful sound?
Neil Young has way better stuff than this.
File under "what the"
Just, but just, crosses that threshold into “nice music”
OK background music, but despite its length it fails to rise beyond that.
Too eccentric for my taste.
Never got into Waits' brand of music.
I love the variety of music, I love how songs are interconnected, and I love the music. Especially the lesser known songs (eg Broken).
I like the genre, but this one failed to impress.
Not my kind of music
Found the music quite irritating, actually
I love Kate Bush, but this album is just boring!
Interesting, yet failed to inspire me
Ok, I guess? Nothing special
Great singing on the title song, the rest errs way too much towards schmaltz
One of the best debut albums, the best guitar solo ever (though I prefer the live Alchemy version), and a great album that's always been there for me
Good music, lyrics way beyond your average, but failed to truly captivate me.
OK for background music. I'd pick other albums by John Grant over this one.
Can't see anything special there
Gimmick idea (69 songs in 3 CDs of 23 songs each), but I found the results rather meh
Generally nice, but at the same time a bit too indistinguishable from noise (probably due to its rather offensive sound).
What a voice! And what a performance!
I like his wits, but bar few exceptions I don’t like Randy Newman’s music.
Not my kind of music
Not my kind of music
Not bad, though not mesmerizing either.
Just, but just, an OK background music piece. But too close to boredom.
Not the best of Radiohead’s, but nice.
Nice classic blues, but I gravitate towards electric guitar blues.
One of Joel’s best. A personal favourite. Side A is pure excellence, but side B lets it down a bit.
The wailing turned me off.
Angel Dust is way better
I really can’t stand this music
With the exception of Psycho Killer, Talking Heads' albums fail to uplift me. Their "best of" is another story.
Nice, but I'd say there are better representatives of this genre.
I used to love this album, mostly because of Red Alert, but I don't think it aged well.
This is one of those cases where I don't really like the music, but I can appreciate that it's good music.
Guess it’s good enough to serve as quiet background music. But you can’t call me a fan of Drake.
Probably gave the album more than it deserves, on account of not listening to this genre enough. That said, it's hard for me to see how an album like this made this list.
Thumbs up! Good blusey rock!
Ordinary is an understatement
The music isn't that bad, but there's too much of it to the point I got way past fed up.
Mostly dull, but 2 very catchy songs. Never really got in tune with ZZ.
What a voice! Simply Red's best album, by far. It aged, yes, but not too badly.
Sorry, I still can’t stand this genre
I find it amazing how uninspiring this music is.
Not my kind of thing, but one of those things I can accept as good despite that.
An instant classic when it came out, and an album I still regularly listen to.
Not my vote for best Massive Attack album, but an excellent album nevertheless.
Very nothing special
The Nightfly and I go a long way together! I remember it from when it was first introduced in Ad Pop by Ehud Manor as a new album. Love it, and regularly listen to it.
Quite nice, yet just a tad below excellence.
It's good, I can't deny that, but I never aligned with O'Connor. Other than that one truly excellent song, of course.
Nice for the background, but not much more.
While country music isn't my thing, this is obviously far from Harris' best
Ranges from sheer brilliance to the annoying, probably too much. I'm being rather harsh on this album with my rating, but then again my stars never aligned with Zappa.
I have a bit of an allergy to metal, even if Breaking the Law was a Beavis & Butthead hit.
While I generally think that, theatrics aside, Queen's music is overrated, I do acknowledge they have some pretty good material (though rarely pretty good albums). This one, though, is all theatrics.
Barely makes it to the "OK enough for background music". Generally speaking, I only appreciate Enola Gay, and it's not even from this album of theirs...
Alright, but not half as good as the collaboration with Ginger Baker.
Seems to me like Eels' trademark is on an album with one incredibly good song followed by other good but not good enough songs. This album is a bit of an exception: everything is better than average.
A couple of nice songs mired by a collection of what might have once been nice. But most of all, mired by awful sound.
Best Springsteen album by far, and worth 5 stars for its place in personal history. I find it funny how, over the years, the songs I least liked from the album have become my album favourites. But that's just an aside...
A class act, no more words needed
Never got on the Joni Mitchell wavelength, though I can see its appeal (to others)
As much as I think the later Beatles albums are some of the best of humanity's creations, that will still be some of the best potentially in a millennia, I also think their earlier albums are too simple (stylistically speaking) and contain too much fluff amongst the truly good songs.
Proof that not all songs are Stand and Deliver. Truly boring and shrill sounding.
Nothing special. Not bad, but I wouldn't put it in any albums to die for list.
Look, it's nice, and I enjoyed listening to this album, but: is it special? No.
Some nice music there, including some that were stuck in my head for years
Nice, but despite my sensitivity to the genre it failed to rock my foundations.
Never got on the Grateful Dead wavelength. Suspect that requires green stuff.
Noise by any other name. Funny that, though, because I can think of 2 nice System of a Down songs, it's just that they weren't here.
No, I don’t want you. Never did
It's the third time I have to endure Joy Division's drone here. On the positive side, I don't think they any had more albums
My least favourite Dire Straits albums, certainly when compared to its 4 predecessors. Over the years I grew warm to its more mellow, jazzy (?), sound; yet I cannot forgive its original sin.
Funny story, I won this record in a draw but didn't really like it. As the years passed, I learned to appreciate its finer qualities, and - more importantly - learned to recognise Prince for the talent he [sadly] was.
Nice, but with the exception of one song - not that special (hope the band members won't read this)
Definitely not my kind of music, but on the other hand it's not bad at all! I enjoyed this venture into the unknown. Also, the rumours are true: this really is Oh Brother, 20-30 years earlier.
Not the kind of music I'd probably ever ask for, but nice enough to listen to.
We've been through that already: Tom Waits works at a different wavelength to mine.
I like me the occasional Beach Boys song, but frankly, this album is boring
As Homer Simpson said, boring!
I never really liked Madonna’s music, but this one does sound more mature. Still, the album never transcends the level I’d refer to as decent background music.
Some nice stuff in there
Yes, there are a couple of nice songs in there, but overall I don't think this album withstood the test of time.
Nice music, but I got the point of the specific organ jazz sound long before the album was done.
What great music! And what a nice surprise, to find a Miles Davis album I never heard before!
I would have accepted Guitars Cadillacs on account of Terminator 2, but this one?
Some ok music in there, but as is often the case they’re all too similar; as the album went on and on, I was getting sick of it.
I still remember first being introduced to this album by a friend, who left me a very badly produced cassette copy. I listened to it for years. I also remember being reintroduced to the album over another friend's hi-fi. I haven't left Hunky Dory since. As to the album itself, I often argue with myself as to whether it is Bowie's best. And my answer is that this deliberation is pointless; all I should be doing is enjoy the album. And enjoy it I do: while many of the albums featured here are full of fillers, or contain songs that all sound the same, Hunky Dory is an exercise in the exact opposite: a collection of unique songs that coalesce into an album. A great album that's been with me for years and years.
Despite the claim of spiritualisation, I found myself rather bored. The album is good enough as background music while concentrating on other things, but it never gets anywhere.
On one hand, it's the dictionary definition of "classic"; on the other, it fails to deliver as an album. Not that this takes anything away from the awesomeness of the title track.
Some undeniably good music there, but I fail to see a grand vision for an album (as opposed to, say, Ok Computer). Either that or I simply outgrew this album.
An top artist in top form demonstrates what innovation and exploration means. Yet, at the same time, I find I’m unable to connect with the music as much as I can with other Paul Simon stuff.
Are you having a laugh?!
This is not the Bowie album I was looking for (as in: not bad, but Bowie did release some utterly brilliant albums - just not this one)
It's the Gary Numan sound that this album has in its favour (and Cars), but that can only go so far. Which is fine.
There are definitely some excellent songs in this album, but at the same time there are too many fillers. What is undeniable, though, are the qualities of Chapman's voice and singing.
Like a lot of American rock music, I find this a rather uninteresting take on bland noise
Good, but not yellow brick good
Yes, there are some famous songs there, but now I know why you don’t get to hear the other songs
The songs aren't too bad, and I credit the punk, but as an album - too many of the songs sound the same.
Good voice - tick Some good songs - tick But overall, and perhaps (probably!) through my own deficiencies, the album fails to lift me up. Tragedies aside, it needs more noise
While there were some tunes in there, I did find the sound and the vocals rather unpleasing. Sorry
I fail to see why this album made it into this list
I really do like several of MSP’s albums, just not this one; too bland for my taste. Hope that doesn’t mean I lack taste
Far from Beck's best, yet a nice and very melodic (and relaxing) album despite the obvious personal crisis that triggered it. Bit too un-exciting for me, but definitely great for certain moods.
At first I sort of got along with the music, but eventually all the profanities and the demeaning language put me off
I feel there's a lot of promise to this band, and I'm looking forward to seeing what's next for this young lot. More seriously, this is probably the best debut album ever; musicians do not come more accomplished than this to begin with. Hard to believe this is only Zep's 4th best album (by my reckoning, which is widely regarded as the absolute truth by no one).
I don't know what it is about the sound of contemporary pop, but I just can't stand it. I fully realise I'm at the extreme minority corner, but that does not change my perceptions.
There’s only one Metallica album that’s more than just a collection of songs, and it isn’t this one. Also, I don’t get the shrill sound
Nice, yes, but extraordinary? No
Nice, I guess, and not particularly special
Surprisingly good! And quite unlike most of the Elvis music I’m familiar with - less poppy, more serious.
By now it’s obvious this endeavour has listed pretty much anything Tom Waits had ever published. However, this one is a actually good!
Some good songs in there, some good lyrics, but as an album the result is a bit too monotonous. Either that or I just don't dig the sound that much.
It’s obvious they like their distortions and feedbacks much more than I do. Couldn’t stand it by the fourth song
A record breaking album when it comes to blandness and lack of inspiration
Eccentric, but in a nice way
Boring as hell
Noise for noise's sake
I've been very generous with my rating, simply because I love The Clash: while much of the music here is monotonous noise, I cannot deny the allure of some of the lyrics ("Career opportunity, the one that never knocks") and the scattered gems of songs here and there. But yes, The Clash is one of them bands that sounds way better when listened to through a Best Of album rather than its run of the mill albums.
Significantly aged, but despite better songs coming in later albums this is still something special. Chrissie Hynde forever
We like progressive music, but this one is both aged and surpassed. Also, it's not Yes' best.
I do often wonder what passed through the curator's mind when they picked the albums comprising this collection.
Some very good rhythms in there, surrounded by a bit too much fluff to make this a truly great album.
Indistinct generic “alternative” music
Nice music of a genre I don't listen enough to
A bit of a gem that went forgotten over the years. Aged, yes, but there is some good stuff in there - including 2 outright excellent songs.
Instead of joking on this actually being most unwanted, I will say this genre isn't one I normally listen to and point out the excessively profane lyrics as a big turn off.
I like Nina Simone, I like her voice a lot. But at the same time, none of the songs in this particular album truly move me.
Sadly there is no option for 0 stars
Oozes with class
Other than the gimmick of comprising an album full of songs about murder and death, this is a pretty boring album
Yes, there's tons of nostalgia in there, but then again re-listening reminded me why I haven't been listening this whole time
Not too badly aged; some of the tunes, especially the first tracks, are still very catchy. Still, George Michael (RIP way too early!) is better in a "best of" compilation than an individual album; it's not like there's a unifying thread across the tracks here.
Might have been great at the time, but listening to this today I find absolutely nothing of interest in the album.
Guess it's OK background music? Giving it a bit of a credit on account it's not my usual music diet.
Probably REM's best album (and that's saying a lot, given the "competition"). Made even better through John Paul Jones' arrangements on some of the songs, which renders them pure magic.
A bit of a mixed bag: On one hand, excellent tracks that are the very definition of classic rock (see I'm a Man); on the other, what seem to be live recording of wanking with guitars sessions (see Free Form Guitar).
Ok album, but a far cry from the pure excellence of Portishead’s first 2 albums.
I was never a big fan of Talk Talk's, even though I didn't mind its music. This one's not bad at all, yet I can see why, generally speaking, Talk Talk has faded away from public awareness more than some of its eighties compatriots that seem to be back on the public's agenda (for some odd reason or another).
Where do I start? I still remember hunching over the record at the shop, wondering if I should spend all my money on it or not. I chose not to. [Several years later, I bought all The Police on CD.] I still think Synchronicity is the lesser of the better Police albums, with Reggatta de Blanc being significantly superior. But that doesn't mean Synchronicity is a bad album, not in any way; it is clearly the work of mature musicians delivering the goods while also experimenting, which is what stands it apart from the previous Police albums. It's also a story of 2 sides: side 1 is the more experimental affair (Mother stands out in everything, but the two Synchronicity songs as well as Walking in Your Footsteps also stand out for their social statement). Side 2, on the other hand/side, is where magic happens, with songs that are deeply personal and creative. Every Breath You Take was a moment in history, when the whole world listened to the same song for weeks on weeks; such phenomenon doesn't happen anymore, in a world where everyone carries their own personal radio station on them. And can you imagine a song such as Wrapped Around Your Finger charting as well as it did, with all the creativity (here's looking at you, Stewart Copeland) it's bursting with? For side 2, for the history it made, and for the maturity it displays, Synchronicity deserves the perfect score.
Some nice grooves here and there, but they're too camouflaged by noise
I was unable to detect anything particularly special about this album to merit its inclusion to this list
Where do I start with this wonderful parting gift Bowie left us with? What a wonderful fusion of modern electronic, rock, and jazz. How wonderful to hear wind instruments in contemporary pop. How great to listen to lyrics that aren’t afraid of non political correctness yet are also meaningful. Truly original and creative, and probably the best album of its decade. Blackstar the song is easily the best of its decade. Thank you, Bowie. I miss you
I was surprised to find this album to be genuinely good, down to earth, rock music.
It really does sound like a bunch of teenagers masturbating to their guitars and drums. The shrill sound that penetrates the head doesn’t do this album any favours, either. Metallica has released one good studio album, and this one ain’t it.
Other than the name David Sylvian, it doesn’t sound like this album has much to offer. Yes, it’s ok background music, but it never takes off and all the songs sound the same.
Thanks for reminding me why I started detesting what passed for pop music as of the eighties' end. On the other hand, I detest contemporary pop music even more.
While the music is acceptable for background duties, I found the affair a bit too eccentric for me to seek repeat listening.
So I was thinking, I've been handing out too many 5 stars lately, therefore Moon Safari needs to get 4 stars. But then I started listening to the album again after, admittedly, way too long a break. The bass lines on the first track (La femme d'argent) were all it took to make me shiver and recall taking the chance and buying the CD based on an old friend's recommendation. And then Sexy Boy, and then Beth Hirsch's voice, and on and on - each and every song on this album is something special. I'm sorry to say it, but this is "another" 5 stars album. How I loved Air! But I still need a lot of Air.
TBH, I was probably the last to recognise this album’s greatness. At the time I used to think it paled in comparison with Guns N Roses. But it grew on me, eventually. And while not all of Doolittle is sweet, there are multiple tracks whose place in history has been cemented.
Not the worst hip-hop album ever, but also not even close to converting me into the genre
Not the most original of albums, but there’s nothing wrong with adding bongos to familiar tracks!
Not the album that Air should be remembered for (I'd argue there are 3 far better ones). I guess the core difference lies with this one being a movie soundtrack rather than an independent piece of music, but regardless: this is a rather peculiar choice for this list.
They keep sending me stuff I don't like
Sometimes listenable, sometimes just to noisy. Regardless, 40+ years later, it's hard to find it special
A member of the internal core of the very classic of jazz recordings, even if not every track is as good as Take 5
Whiney, all the songs sound the same, redundant
Interesting, because it's so different. I'm old enough to remember when they used to play El Cumbanchero on the radio.
One of those never aging classic albums I can always go back and listen to (which I often do).
I could just give this the 5 stars it deserves and move on, but before I do so I will note there are 3 other Pink Floyd albums I consider superior to this one. Yet Wish You fully deserves 5 stars: For the performances, For successfully doing this themed album (even if I don't necessarily sympathize with the suffering created by the music industry), But most of all for the great music. The title song is, easily, one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Now it's time to sit back, have a cigar, and listen to this great album once more.
I admit I didn't hear of this album before. When it started playing, I thought "great, here's an authentic take on Graceland's themes". However, as songs came and song went, I grew tired of the theme; by the end, I couldn't tell one song from the other.
The cynic is me says this album, that so many folks grovelled over, is more than a bit too eccentric for me
Too repetitive (how many times can a singer use “love” in sentences, line after line) to compensate for the limitations of its recording technology. In other words, this album didn’t age well.
Too close to noise to make this a truly wonderful album, but it has its moments.
Queens of the Stone Age had better albums than this, and while I don't mind it I attribute its inclusion in this list to the "look at me, I knew Queens of the Stone Age would be great way before anybody else noticed its existence" hubris factor.
Try as I may, I couldn't find anything going for this album other than its cover
I recognise the Beastie Boys' originality. I'm well aware of them breaking new grounds in so many areas. But I just don't like their music
For a while, and because of this album, and around the years following its release, the Peppers were probably the "biggest band in the world". I recall recording the album to a cassette. Several months later, when I realised I'm listening to that cassette every day (and despite investing in quality TDK cassettes, these things don't last) I gave up and bought the CD.
Don’t know why, but I was never able to get in sync with Monk’s music, not to the same level I dig many of his compatriots.
Some brilliant songs in there, and I love the orchestral elements of the performance (where did those disappear to over time)? But... ELO is still a band best experienced through "best of" collection albums, on account of the overabundance of fluff between the really good stuff.
Look, I love this pair’s music, but this album errs to much towards folk music for my precious taste. I wonder when I’ll get the opportunity to rate the real thing, Bridge Over Troubled Water.
By now I'm resigned to each and every piece of music having anything to do with Elvis Costello receiving nomination here. However, just like its Elvis Costello predecessors that I've encountered here thus far, Blood and Chocolate offers one good song (though I'd argue The Beatles' I Want You is vastly superior) that sinking in what is otherwise the mediocrity of every other song sounding the same that is the rest of the album. In other words, I'm not sure the person who put so much Elvis Costello in this list would have done so were they to redo this list today.
I get Dylan is/was a genius, that in his time he was some sort of a prophet, and he does have the occasional hit, but generally speaking: I find his music quite boring.
I used to love Deep Purple much more than I do now, a fact I attribute to their simple brand of rock music that got replaced by better stuff since. Still, Child in Time is a great song.
Seriously, out of all the U2 albums, this is what we get? A bland, unoriginal, and uninspiring attempt to recreate former glories that should have been left to rest? Where did the baldness and experimentation of Achtung Baby and Zooropa disappear to, in this failed attempt to rewind time with an inferior Joshua Tree?
Nothing special / not bad I'll probably forget all about this album in a day. Oops, I already did
Define "mixed feelings". On one hand, this really isn't my music. Yes, Girls just want to have fun is catchy is all sorts of ways, but I think I can safely say generic pop music hasn't been my thing back then and certainly isn't my thing today. However, there is a lot of versatility in this album, as well as some undeniable historical impact. So I will err to towards the positive with my rating, if only for the sake of She Bop.
Far from the worst of its kind, but still: I’m not the most suitable person to push hiphop music on
As has been the case before, I fail to see what's so special about this album. At least with this one, it's not from a genre I'm familiar with.
There's a certain quality to Morrissey's voice that I could never stand; it would hit a particular nerve that was just painful. So while there are a couple of OK songs in this album, I cannot rate it favourably.
Dear Mr Wendel, I still don't understand why this list keeps serving me hip hop, I can't stand the genre
Oy Vey, I got 2 hip hop albums in a row. What's next for me, Covid?
By now this is long forgotten music, and as sad as that may be, I can understand why.
Even though this isn’t the kind of music I normally listen to, I loved it! Especially the interesting arrangements for songs that I knew from elsewhere (I guess these are the country and western music songs the title refers to?). I’ll add that It’s gems such as this, about which existence I formerly wasn’t aware of, that brought me here. Pity these are so rare.
I'll start with the usual proviso, "this is not my kind of music, but..." The first but goes out to: I'm calling this purely on the music and the impact that music has had, and not on whether I'd like Jackson to come and babysit. The second one is the main event. There can be no denying of the cultural impact Thriller has had on the world it was released in. First it was Billie Jean, then Beat It with its video, and then the whole world (even those that, at the time, despised Jackson's music) holding its breath and watching the half hour long music video (?) of thriller in a kind of a world premier. These things don't happen anymore, and while the world enjoyed many an improvement over the course of the years I don't know if we're not missing a lot by not having universally shared experiences anymore. So: not my kind of music, but also the music of everyone who lived back then.
A breath of fresh air, as far as versatility is concerned. However, despite some brilliance throughout, a lot of the stuff is also way too much "out there" for me to conclude this is a truly excellent piece of art. No doubt manny would disagree with me in that.
I don’t mine Stevie Wonder at all, but this album is just boring from start to finish
I understand where the anger came from, and I understand the historical importance of this album, but... It's just too close to noise for me. Sorry
For a long while, this won my coveted personal recommendation for "best background music". Not much more than that, but still - being the perfect background for almost everything means a lot. It aged, since, and it has also been overused in too many soundtracks. But it's still good!
Such a soothing voice! Alas, this album doesn't reach half the heights I'm sort of expecting from Gilberto after listening to Girl from Ipanema so many times...
Not the greatest of albums (10cc is yet another band who, these days, is best experienced through a “best of” collection). But I like 10cc and I like their humour enough.
Repetitive, boring, and outright annoying. This may have been clubbers' delight, especially during its decade, but it also helps us understand why said clubbers were always high on drugs - they had to deal with this music.
A bit of a monoculture, and pretty quickly I couldn’t stand the artificial drums, but overall - not too bad, even if Aphex Twin has better stuff out there.
An archeological relic of a genre long gone, and frankly, I'm not in tears.
I'd rather listen to a drill having a go at a concrete wall
First of all, I will mention this album cover is the recipient of my "Best Album Cover Ever" award. I always find it depicts exactly how I feel at any given moment. As for the music... Well, this is as close to 5 stars (but not 5 stars) as an album could get. History wise, this album was with me, then gone from my life, then (through the unforgettable cover) back in my life, rinse and repeat. Music wise, and atmosphere wise, there's a lot of sheer genius in this album. With just a tad of "what drugs were they on".
It’s ok, but not half as special as Born in the USA.
What a fusion of fresh jazz music this album is! I don’t think I need to point out Miles Davis’ genius in creating a new genre of music out of the blue, but I will. One of my all time favourite jazz albums. Thanks for arranging this on Christmas Eve!
As the world’s most famous celebrant of Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us, I’d like to say I’ve been tired of Christmas songs forcibly drilled into my head long before the cheap trick of being pushed on with this album on Christmas Day.
Hooray to my second favourite Radiohead album! I recall a time, during the later nineties, when this album was what you’d play in order to impress others by your sheer coolness.
Not only groundbreaking sound, at the time, but also music that's still very good today.
Is it me or is it the case that anything ever farted by Elvis Costello has made it into this list? So this is a protest vote. Yes, I can see how this music would feel the peak of musicness to many, but I find it boring and repetitive. Especially the fifth time around.
I like BB (not to be confused with a certain ex Israeli prime minister!), but I think that over the years we have received better blues than this.
Nice music, feels like Hendrix took part. Pity they don't do this anymore.
Nice, yes, definitely, but not [half] as good as some of the albums that followed it.
It occurred to me that, while I really like some of Hendrix’ songs, I don’t think they combine into particularly good albums.
Rather boring, other than the 2 hit songs. It was only when Songs of Faith and Devotion came out that I started genuinely gravitating towards Depeche Mode.
Not bad! While there are no standout songs, it's quite a cohesive album. Still, as far as Queen is concerned, call me when you get to News off the World. The stuff before that was just the warmup act.
While I like some of their songs, I found this album failed to set me on fire. It was rather boring…
We’ve been through that already: whether you’re pushing New Order or Joy Division (this is the 4th of those I’m getting here), the music is still annoying. P.S. The awful sound doesn’t improve the experience, either.
Too theatrical to my liking, but there's no denying the singer's presence.
Anything by Creedence is nice, but as far as their albums are concerned, this is one of those that move me less.
I didn't really like the Sugarcubes' music, and therefore wasn't expecting much of this solo debut. Which simply meant the surprise was even more pleasant, with such a variety of music and styles (proving that we should even allow for songs recorded in toilets, while the next song uses harps, and the following song is heavy on the electronics). What an excellent, cohesive, album! And what a voice!
Nice album, no doubt about it, but Massive Attack has done way better since.
A relic of times long gone. Yet, as much as I’m inclined towards much more complex tunes, I will admit it is refreshing to get the occasional dose of some classic Cohen.
Exploding with energy, nice songs (especially the covers...). Ultimately, though, it's hard for "piano driven music" to really get to me.
Nice music, no doubt about it, but ultimately, and especially over the years, this is a forgettable album.
I fail to see much that’s unique about this album.
I wish this list would stop serving me hip hop, because it’s really not my thing. I guess this is a better sample of the genre, but see above.
Way past its expiration date
They sure were angry back then. By today’s standards, they’re mostly noisy.
When they say "they don't make them like they used to", this is what they have in mind. In my humble opinion, Led Zeppelin IV is the second best album of all time. Apart of containing groundbreaking music (which, later, provided some "rejects" to Physical Graffiti) , with songs like Stairway to Heaven, there are plenty of spectacular individual performances here: John Paul Jones on mandolin in Going to California, John Bonham's solo at the start of Rock and Roll, and (of course) his so creatively recorded performance in When the Levee Breaks. Created by four individuals at the top of their craft, this is a masterpiece from start to finish.
Whimsical spirit may improve it a tad, but I still fail to detect any worthy reason for me to listen to this.
While folk music is not my usual cup of coffee, I find one cannot help but be touched by the poignant material in this album. I think we can all agree this is a classic.
Sorry, but no.
I now know what music I'll use for the soundtrack of my next Buck Naked porno. Till then, I know what soundtrack I should use if I want to quickly fall asleep of sheer boredom.
While I never heard of them before, I will admit their music is quite nice. Yet not exceptional enough for me to remember it come tomorrow.
Getting past one’s expiration date is one thing, but this stuff is bland all over. Whiny borefest with tons of feedback.
OK, it's a piece of history, but is it good music with lasting effect?
On one hand, a cutely bizarre and endearing album. An album that's actually original! On the other, I cannot avoid the fact I don't really like the music. Eventually, I found it overstayed its welcome.
Goldfrapp has a way of bypassing my “defences” and getting right through me. And I love it P.S. It’s a pity women are so underrepresented here.
The voice is there, the emotions are there, but… I require more than this from my music. This album might please the masses, but musically it is far too bland and basic for yours truly.
At first I thought “Come On Eileen” is good, but come on... But then I noticed I’m humming the tunes.
A very effective demonstration of why hiphop music doesn’t speak to me.
REM is right up there as one of my favourite bands, but as far as I'm concerned everything they did prior to Green was just a dress rehearsal for the greatness that followed.
I wouldn’t call this anything special, but I will concede it makes for a pleasant afternoon’s soundtrack.
Tons of respect, even if Franklin’s not my preferred flavour of the blues.
One gets the feeling the curators of this list really, but really, love Nick Drake's music. This is the third album of his I'm getting, and as far as I know he had 3 albums released prior to his premature death. Anyway, as far as I'm concerned it's more or less the same as before: music that's OK for a quiet afternoon's background, but nothing that actually "lifts". If anything, I found this album more boring than its siblings.
Listening to the album from the perspective of almost 50 years later, it's hard to find much in the way of special there. There’s not even a single redeeming song.
Not even Been Caught Stealing redeems this album
Nice, classic, jazz
A classy classic. And I really like the album cover
Nice & melancholy Radiohead recreation that I can listen to in the background for forever while, at the same time, complain it fails to take me places.
Not the most puzzling pick in this list, but surely one of the worst?
Obviously a classic, overflowing with energy, but 65 years later we have to admit it sounds rather basic.
Can't say I'm in love with the album, but it passes - mostly because it doesn't sound like everything else.
A mix of several stupidly famous songs (very deservingly so) mixed with numerous WTF tracks. There has never been a better case for a Best Of album than Abba.
Kraftwerk deserves its place in the history books, but this isn’t its best album. Not that it matters: fine music is made of these.
Always regarded Crosby, Stills & Nash's music rather boring and uninspiring, and guess what? Relistening to this album only made me more confident in my opinions.
Clearly not my kind of music (unless I seek to quickly fall asleep)
This would have definitely not been my pick for a Doors album to include in this list, but I won't go over this list eccentricities again. It's not like this one is a bad album in any shape or form, it's just that, you know, LA woman, you're my woman
Frankly, every other Roxy Music album sounds to me like a rehearsal for Avalon. That said, The Bogus Man is a really good track: I'm a sucker for those repetitive, extra unnecessarily long, tunes.
I know this album comes with credentials as long as eternity, but to these ears this album is on the wrong side of the noise to music continuum. And you can’t accuse me of disliking the genre.
It's not that the music is bad as much as it is so unremarkable!
Growing up, a local radio station used to have an hour of music such as this, but a bit less country, every evening. They called that hour Twilight Time, and I used to hate it but my mother would always have it on. Nostalgia may be dreadful, but one cannot deny the yearning for simpler days, days that now seem free of worries (but, in actuality, were anything but).
It's got that typical American hard rock sound to it, that: I don't like, and Makes too many of these albums sound the same to me.
I quite like Count Basie's big band music, but I noticed that I like contemporary renditions much more than the "real thing". I put that to recording quality: my favourite takes on Basie are audiophile recordings. A well made recording turns the visceral impact of the big band is something else. The originals are, of course, still very good, even if their recording quality cannot compare.
The Rod Stewart cover is nice, the rest pretty ordinary. I know it wasn’t ordinary back then, but what can one do, time renders us all old & ordinary
Classic nineties' electronic music, so identifiable by its decade that it's also quite dated by now. Which brings me to ask: In this day and age, would I choose to listen to this album? And the immediate answer is "probably no".
Cheerful, refreshing background music that probably goes really well with a poolside or beach pub setting. But, other than "that famous track", it's not something that shakes the very foundations of music. Indeed, the entire affair sounds like it's just one song that's about an hour long (and clearly, that had been a deliberate creative choice). Not that there's anything wrong with cheery music for the background.
The thing that stands Arctic Monkeys aside is their unique sound, which - generally speaking - I dislike as too noisy. That said, I prefer and even like the added sophistication of AM so much more, but AM is the exception rather than the rule.
Music's that's not too good, not too bad, and generally feels like it's going nowhere
In many ways, I used to regard this as the perfect album: a sophisticated wrapper around Nirvana's music that allowed me to access said music much more often and in a much more relaxed manner than The Real Thing®. And in many ways, I still do. ...Yet I have to reserve a tiny bit of a star, because it just seems as if this music, which I would listen to over and over again and again during its first decade upon this earth, just doesn't "do it" to me anymore. At least not to the extent it used to. I do miss that feeling of being lifted by The Man Who Sold the World...
Brings back memories of being fed up with all the music on the radio sounding like Coldplay. And it's not like that period lasted a day or two: it took years till we got rid of that Coldplay sound. Anthropologists are even suggesting those times never ended, it's just that we don't listen to the radio anymore.
Music that sounds way too simple to these ears. Maybe I could have grown to appreciate it if I grew up with it, but that is not the case (and, I’d argue, for very audible reasons).
Is it enough to simply point out this is, by far, the reference when it comes to thematic, story conveying, music? Or should I point out that, in the field of personal achievement, this is probably the album most responsible for the shaping of my political views? Lyrics don't come more packed than The Wall's. "Probably" worth mentioning The Wall is filled with excellent music from a band at the peak of its maturity (as its implosion, while recording the album, suggests). From Another Brick in the Wall to Comfortably Numb, The Wall has its share of signature pieces; and tracks such as The Trial indicate there are no limits to the band's creativity. I would argue that, in more ways than one, The Wall was THE album that defined the generation that grew during the eighties.
Most definitely the lesser of the better albums from Led Zeppelin (a distinguished list that includes 1 to 4 + Physical Graffiti). But lesser does not mean that it’s anything less than excellent, brimming as it is with classics (Immigrant Song) and signature blues tracks (Since I’ve Been Loving You).
Nice music that's often even better than its Coldplay template, but is never excellent.
A bit into the opening tracks, I was thinking “mmm… this could be interesting”. 50 minutes later, I’m thinking "this is boring".
An accountant would write this down for having 2 exquisite songs, with the rest ranging from nice down to boring. Probably worth mentioning is the fact they don't do music this plain anymore. Things got way more complicated, and while I prefer this evolution I'm still wondering if we're not missing out on something big.
I think they're angry
Really, but really, far from anything I can tolerate
Always found T. Rex' music uninspiring. I suspect one needs to have lived through the period in order to absorb the alleged "glamour effect" the band's famous for.
What an album! Right from the opening track, PJ Harvey hits off firing on all 12 cylinders. Between this album and To Bring You My Love, I argue Harvey brings forth a damn excellent case for best female vocal performance ever in terms of the emotions it triggers in me (which, in my mind, implies best vocal performance ever, period). The fact this performance is closely tied to recording technique does not hinder, but rather further supports to prowess of this multi talented musician.
I have a problem with John Lennon's solo albums: on one hand, they include hugely potent material (say, Imagine - what a culture bomb!, Jealous Guy, or Watching the Wheels if we're allowed to increase the scope from this particular album). But on the other hand, these albums are also full of very forgettable material, too. Given we're looking at the albums rather than the individual songs here, I will therefore go with the harsher interpretation.
Some of the music isn't too bad, but given that I'm judging the album as a whole: There is a significant issue with the shouty-shouty factor ending up on the wrong side of what delicately yours accepts.
A nice blues mix, with some songs definitely rising above the rest (e.g., the Santana collaboration).
I miss Tom Petty. And, I will add, I tend to prefer the extra sophistication that came with later albums (most notably Into the Great Wide Open).
Pretty boring, with the exception of the [famous] final track
The odd nice song is not enough to lift the rest of this album enough for me.
I love Hancock’s music in general, and I was always intrigued by his genre breakthroughs. This one is one of those unique ones, and, more importantly, is still a pleasure to listen to today. I just love it!
I struggled with eighties pop throughout, and this [albeit more sophisticated] reincarnation of the genre is no exception. Only that it lacks the romantic perspective we can now afford eighties pop. Also, this album is way too long.
Suffering from an overdose of that sixties spirit
Turns out there's a good reason why I haven't listened to this album before. Not that it's the worst I've listened to from this list (not by a wide margin), but it does reopen the question of "what are so many of the albums on this list doing on this list?" In other words, I find it hard to see what so special about this album.
The type of music that can pass right under my nose and I wouldn't notice.
Uninspiring noise, all the songs sound the same, pathetic lyrics. A conclusive fail
Breath of fresh air. I should really listen to Brazilian music more.
Nice sort of a recreation, albeit in a thick British accent, of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack
I find it doesn't achieve the same effect on me that this album used to have in its day, but it's still a great and innovative album nevertheless. It literally took me years to be able to get the klezmer inspired Clint Eastwood tune out of my head, and it's not like there is a shortage of breakthroughs in this album otherwise: M1 A1 is an all time favourite I'd gladly point a finger at.
Yet another album in this list that I can only shrug at and move on with my life.
Self Esteem offers much to identify with, yes, but the rest of the album? A collection of bland noise tracks, all uncannily similar to one another.
A bit too sixties spirit infused for my taste, outlives its welcome, but some lovely guitar work (no wonder, given it's Jeff Beck). Also, probably the winner of the ugliest album cover ever competition.
Too archaic (sound quality included) for me to appreciate in any other manner than the historical one.
Sometimes melodic, usually boring, and generally not my kind of music.
A singer that fails to move me performs music of a genre that fails to move me.
Uninspiring (and eclipsed by better performers in the genre)
A bit of an atypical ECM album, yet very typical ECM album: none mainstream jazz packing a punch that makes one wonder why, exactly, it isn't mainstream. Not my typical kind of music, yet made of stuff that could warm a soul on a dark cold night (with the help of capable hi-fi).
While I generally consider T Rex way overhyped, I will admit this album contains some decent music.
No matter how hard this list tries, hip-hop and rap are still not types of music I can tune in to. Sorry (I keep trying, every time)
Some interesting variations on the eighties pop sound, but let's be realistic: it's yet another obscure participant in this curated list.
A generic representative of the kind of generic rock music that flows out of the USA, a kind that is so generic I fail to be able to latch myself to it.
I used to dislike Eurythmics’ cold metallic sound. These days I’m much older and perhaps a tad wiser, and I appreciate the band for its innovative sound and for Lennox’ voice. It’s a pity there’s a bit too much fluff in this album, but overall: noice, if not very much so.
I love Supergrass and I believe the band's grossly underappreciated. However, I also believe the band has peaked and perfected its sound with its self titled album from 1999; I find this one a bit too rough around the edges, despite some great tunes (and I love Sofa of my lethargy!).
A very relaxed and relaxing album to listen to, brimming with Simon's trademark brilliance in its lyrics and influences. That said, I argue it's a bit too relaxed in comparison with Simon's best albums.
I bought this album for that explosive title track, and frankly I hardly ever listen beyond that track: the rest of the album isn't on par. Not that it's bad, just not as good. I will also add that: 1. I prefer 4-Track Demos album over this (they share many of the songs). 2. For an alternative treat, try listening to Juliette Lewis' version of Rid of Me (from the 1995 movie Strange Days). Or, for that matter, Lewis' version of Hardly Wait (another PJ Harvey song, which you can find in 4-Track Demos).
In my opinion, Madness took the ska sound too much better places. Not that this album is bad, but other than Rudy the tracks are not that special (ha!) to contemporary ears.
I could never stand Morrissey’s whiny voice, and this album is no exception. If anything, it has that extra “oh it’s so boring” factor to it.
While I have been known to like bands coming of similar backgrounds during that same era, I find this album rather uninspiring.
So much richness in one [double] album! There's literally every genre of contemporary western (and a bit of non western) music in the mix here, as well as stuff from each individual Beatle. And, for one reason or another, it is all packaged in what I consider a very cohesive album. So much so that even the much maligned Revolution 9 feels like a logical conclusion. For these reasons, while I don't consider The White Album to be the Beatles' best (there's very tough competition there), it does happen to be the Beatles album I listen to the most.
I'll apologise again, but I can't connect with contemporary pop music, especially of the type that's so closely related to hip-hop.
2 points for the ambitious endeavor, but I can't say the music lit my fire.
I don't like this album as much as the more gritty albums PJ Harvey delivered prior to this one (I miss her guitar sound); but that's called being picky, as those are some of my all time favourite albums. Nevertheless, this is a huge album. The narrative driven songs with their ever so relevant anti war message add on top of the great (and very original) music to deliver an album that's much more than the sum of its parts.
Usually, Dylan's music passes right by me. I think this album is the main exception: it's musical enough for me, and it includes several tracks that really penetrate.
Every time this list offers a hip hop album, it’s wasting both our time. Sorry.
I like my punk more musical
Punk served lite (and I like it like that). Besides, I always liked the sealed lips song. Now I can add a wonderful album cover to the list.
Going retro is a legitimate move (especially if, as in this particular case, it means going back to the recent past). However, as an album, it’s a bit of an overdose (overkill?).
A nice representation of UB40's music during their serious One in Ten era, before they went commercial. However, as far as reggae music from that era is concerned, I much prefer The Police's interpretation from Reggatta de Blanc.
I could say I've been waiting for this album all of my life, but that would be lying. But only because I've had it for so long! (What a song, though!) I love The The: for the lyrics that seem to have been written by me (the version of me that can write) and about me, as well as for the creative music (those solos in Uncertain Smile or Giant). Most of all, it's probably the insight gained from someone (Matt Johnson) whose view of the world seems so similar to mine. It's hard for me to convey, but it really does feel like songs written about my most intimate thoughts and experiences. You could argue I grew up with this album. I'd argue it's a hell of an album to grow up with.
Objectively speaking, this is very musical music (you know what I mean). Subjectively, it passes right past me. You know what I mean.
I fell for this album long before it became the hip thing to do. I watched the Smells Like Teen Spirit video a couple of times, noted how I couldn’t get it out of my head, bought the album, and then realised that this most famous of songs is actually eclipsed by the likes of Drain You (my favourite, by far) and, say, Lithium. Personal preferences aside, there are no duds in this album. And then the album broke out to become the phenomenon it still is and mark a bit of a crossroad in the evolution of rock music. There simply is no denying the historical importance of this album. Does it stand the test of time? I’m the first to admit it doesn’t trigger me the way it used to. I will also admit to have grown much mellower and refined. But some landmarks are still worth recognising as the landmarks they are.
Oh, that nineties sound! Generally speaking, I like that type of music, but I do think there are better choices when it comes to the genre and the period (say, Fat Boy Slim?). Regardless, I could do with worse background music, I guess.
There really is no reason I can see for this album to be included in this list.
Oh, how I used to love this album! So many old favourites! So many classics! But that's the catch, though. That past tense. I still think it's an excellent album, but I cannot deny I don't turn to it like I used to. Or as frequently as I used to.
Some nice stuff in there, but - it's no Doolittle.
Not the hottest of Neil Young's albums, but it definitely has that particular Neil Young sound that I like so much.
While the classic Springsteen themes are definitely there, I would argue that as far as his portfolio is concerned, this does not stand out as a particularly special album.
One better song does not a good album make
I find Fleetwood Mac to be a story of two bands (Fleetwood and Mac?). The hit song one, represented best with Rumours, may not align with my tastes, but I totally get its success. The other, which we see more of in this album, can be outright boring some of the time and ordinary at best.
Yet another in a long list of boring albums this list has pushed on me to rate lately.
Some very nice and creative sounds in there, but then the singing starts and I just can't stand hip-hop (sorry).
I got the point of this album by its second track. From then on, it was smooth boring.
Some great songs in there, and there's an undoubtedly great voice in there. But: the entire album is so deeply anchored in that “classic” eighties sound I found it hard to tolerate in its entirety. Way too much of an eighties overdose!
Might have been lovely if I took to the genre, but I don’t.
I tend to find Röyksopp‘a music a bit of a hit or miss affair (including their very latest 2022 release). However, this one is definitely a hit, and Eple is one of those hits that transcend time.
Once the image layer fades, and it fades rather quickly, the music left behind turns out to be blatantly uninspiring, predictable, and shabby.
It doesn’t pack as much of a punch as it did in the nineties, it is eclipsed but Blur’s self titled album, but I’ll still give credit to this album for representing that certain time and place it came from [probably] better than any other album.
Neither then nor now am I able to connect to this music. I don’t know exactly why, but it always made my think of saws.
A lot can be said about this album's artistic merits, but at the end of the day (hold on, I'm developing a pan here) this is an Eno albums of a style I will only listen to when going to bed.
As I have done here before, I will question the wisdom of picking this album for this list. It's pretty obvious this will not be the first album one thinks of when when one thinks Bee Gees. I might be wrong, but none of the hits that gave the band the reputation it rightly acquired can be found here (cough Saturday Night Fever cough). Which leads me to conclude, yet again, that this album was picked as yet another "look at me, I'm so smart, I picked the album you'd least expect" captain's call. Disappointing.
Fun fun fun on the autobahn! I know these are not the lyrics, I know exactly what they're saying, but that's not the point. The point is that this is a creative, relaxing, album of electronic music that I can always go back to (and I do). Now, let us drive, drive, drive, on the Autobahn.
Around the time this album came out, Madness was my favourite band in the whole world. Some of it was to do with its brand of reggae, some to do with their brilliant (and ground breaking, for the time) music videos. Looking back, I can now tell that The Rise & Fall, as good an album as it is, represented the point when Madness was clearly past its peak. Perhaps the best indicator is the fact that there is only one truly brilliant track in the entire album (Our House)... Nowadays, I find Madness is best experience through compilations.
Definitely rough around the edges (which are made of most of the album with the exception of the couple of excellent songs in the middle). But in hindsight, you can see where the greatness of later albums came from.
While I definitely heard worse, I fail to see the special in this album.
Rather too off center for me, but not enough to annoy; instead, I took pleasure on stumbling upon this eccentric (Brazilians might disagree) and enchanting album. It's because of albums like this that I'm still here, despite all those daily doses of mediocrity that this list has imposed on me. And I even recognised a couple of the songs! (As well as the heavy Sergeant Pepper aroma)
As much as I like Bowie (he already got a couple of 5 starts from me over here), I was never able to gravitate towards Aladdin Sane. I wouldn't say it's a bad album, but I will claim it's not a particularly good album, in the sense that it leaves me with nothing to cling to in the uplifting department that makes an album great. Hope I'm making sense... Bring back Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust, I say!
Incredibly unremarkable half an hour of music that's pretty much one long and fairly boring song. Clearly, this list's curator likes their bunnies
Never rises over mere pleasantness. Which, half way through the album, manifests with boredom.
The only good thing about this album is that it's not yet another English speaking artists. There's actually tons of music created outside of the Western music scene, despite what this list is trying to tell us; even this album doesn't go far enough in that department. Other than that one good note, this particular album is just plain weird. It failed to click on any front.
Frankly, I was expecting yet another shitshow given this list's track record with albums I've never heard of before, but... Instead I got a very pleasant surprise of atmospheric, semi psychedelic, dose of music that can best be described as "right down my street". This is the type of music I like to have in the background when I concentrate, but also music I can concentrate on in its own rights. Thank you, dear album generator list, for the nice surprise!
On paper, given the genres, I should have liked this album. But I didn't. Could it be the result of the mumbling for singing? Or is it the overall boring presentation? I don't know, but it's yet another album I'd rather pass.
The first track really captured my attention, being more or less a remake of a Miles Davis' Kind of Blue track. The rest of the album lost me, though. Fine singing qualities aside, I was bored out.
Moody, inquisitive, gets right to me. Probably my favourite Cure album. Also, between Lovesong and Lullaby, it packs some hit heat in addition to its epics (and I'm a sucker for good long pieces).
Muse is one of those bands that ticks the checkboxes but rarely, if ever, achieves true excellence. As to this particular album, I find it OK, but... It offers such an intense presentation that it crosses over to the annoying side of things with almost every track.
Putting the dominant message aside for a moment: I like this album's music, especially some of the bass riffs; on the other hand, I find it inconsistent, quality wise, with some great tracks (Wildfires, Monsters) mixed in with a lot of -alsos. Then there is the matter of the artists' remaining anonymous. On one hand, it feels pretentious; on the other hand, given that message again, I can see why they'd want that extra layer of personal protection. Overall, I like this album, not as much as for its music (I prefer Sault's later albums for a start) as for the artists standing up for a good cause.
On one hand, this is blues that often sounds and feels like John Lee Hooker and at other times sound exotic in that "wow, who could have imagined they make music in non Western and non English speaking countries [hint-hint-nudge-nudge to the curators of this list, who seem to think such music is some sort of an exotic exception]". On the other hand, over the course of an hour, I got the point and frankly got bored, too.
There can be no denying Steve Winwood's talents, and this album's style is right up my street, but... that's all on paper. While I didn't suffer listening to this album, it failed to produce that famous uplifting effect music is so famous for 😜
I always had a bit of a soft spot for Fun Lovin' Criminals, despite my inability to stand rap music. They're just musical enough to pass under my radar and allow me to enjoy their rhythms. Not the world's best album by any measure, but OK to listen to from time to time.
Rikki Don't Lose That Number is a great song, and it's joined by some other original songs (my favourite being East St. Louis Toodle-Oo, with its original and very creative sound). But the passage of time is hard to ignore, and generally speaking Steely Dan is best experienced these days through albums such as "The Very Best of Steely Dan".
Obviously quite a performance from a Brown oozing with passion. But the music is no match to the singer, and the songs themselves are not that special.
One of my favourite Cohen albums (but not his best by any measure). I find the more sophisticated production far superior to his earlier kumbaya albums, even if it’s overtly eighties sounding and the world has moved on since (and we’re better for that). Several really good tracks here!
A very good album by any measure, but: given the similarity with the Led Zeppelin that followed, I can't help but draw a comparison. Namely, I can't help but note that as good as this album is, it's no Led Zeppelin during its prime. Why is that? One obvious answer is that Rod Stewart is no Robert Plant. But there's more to it. I think it comes down to Jeff Beck's ensemble being a collection of talented individuals, whereas Led Zeppelin was a group of talented individuals that functioned as a group.
I find it rather unjust for me to have to pass judgement on an album that’s so far away from my playing field. But given that’s what we’re here for today, I’ll just say the sound is exactly what, I’m led to believe, provided for many an old porn soundtrack.
Wank fest (Or, to put it in more conventional terms, I never understood Rush's charm, nor was I ever able to connect with it.)
Pretty much the only Metallica album that's a genuinely good album (and I'm leaving the definition of "good" ambiguous on purpose, on account of this not exactly representing the bread and butter of my music consumption). Enter Sandman is a truly awesome track, and Nothing Else Matters isn't a slouch either. A bit of a pity about the fillers, but at least they don't overcrowd the affair.
I like Leonard Cohen, but I like him because of the more sophisticated productions that came later on in his illustrious career. As for the rather minimalist folk music of this particular album, it might have been nice at the time and it might have represented the period it came from well, but it's not my kind of thing. To put it another way, I'm not surprised by the genre's disappearance. P.S. Is it me, or does it sound like Cohen plagiarised his own So Long, Maryanne with A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes? I will note this is the 5th Cohen album served to me by this list. I'll use the opportunity to point out the existence of other artists out there (but I will also point out my favourite Cohen album is missing from this list of 5).
File under "a classic that brings back memories". Everyone classifies this as a metal album, but I don't know. It certainly doesn't sound like contemporary metal albums do. As far as I am concerned, this is heavily rocked blues, and I'm quite fine with that. Warning has to be the favourite track here.
This is such a left field album for me that I didn’t know how to digest it. But it grew on me as I was listening: sure, country music isn’t my thing, but there’s good music to be experienced through this album. Call it an interesting surprise, but let’s agree to keep it a one off. P.S. “First thing is matrimony next thing is alimony” (from Wham Bam) surely qualifies for a top cynicism award.
I can’t believe I’ve been handed country albums 2 days in a row, but for now: - Country is definitely not my thing, - This album started well, musically speaking, despite it not being my thing, - But it quickly (3 tracks through) overstayed its welcome, turned boring and unoriginal, thus emphasising my animosity to the genre.
This album can give you diabetes with a single track
What an album this was! One of the hottest to come out that era, packing the energy of a few atom bombs. I still remember the sheer joy of playing FIFA 99 just so I could listen to Rockafeller Skank again and again (the game was great, too; it was the era before loot boxes took over). Add Right Here Right Now and Praise You into the mix, and you have an armada of smash hits with great videos to match. There are too many fillers in the album, and it has dated by now, but it's still good.
Overstylized & boring
The grunge album I never knew existed. Turns out, for a good reason. It's a bit of a shouty-shouty album and, more importantly, through that "all songs sound the same" factor, I found it rather boring.
First, what a great album cover. Bold and beautiful. Second, this album represents the Pixies getting towards their prime time (i.e., Doolittle). Alas, to Doolittle go the spoils: it's way better an album with many more a song that stayed etched in social memory. Surfer Rosa, in comparison, can only claim to achieve that with Where Is My Mind?
This ain't no Thriller; the tracks aren't half as catchy. The whole album is outdated, from the "Bad" inscription on the cover to the music that didn't stand the test of time. P.S. Whenever I hear the track Bad, I can't help but reminisce on the vastly superior Fat by Weird Al Yankovic.
Dark stained music that I actually quite like for running in the background. However, it doesn't manage to grab enough of a hold on me to light the foreground fire.
I really liked Lana Del Rey's first album (2012), and I like her second album (2014) even more. However, since then her music regressed to focus more and more on that retro/nostalgic image Del Rey has, by then, established. The problem is that this regression comes at the expense of the music. It's like she fell for her own marketing; the brilliance and originality of Born to Die is gone, and all we have instead is a fake facade. P.S. I totally approve of a 2021 album making it into this list (even if I don't particularly like this particular choice).
Pretty bland, innit?
It's because of days like this that my streaming service thinks I actually like Morrissey's whiny voice.
Nice, calming music. Nothing more, nothing less, but that's a hell of an achievement on its own. P.S. Is it me, or are the only exceptions to English this list will allow (while pretending the rest of the world doesn't exist) come from Brazil?
I'm not the first to comment on this album being a decade ahead of its time, sound wise. As for my own 2c, I don't care it was ahead of its time; I'm judging by current standards. I'll settle with Blister in the Sun being rather brilliant, and the rest of the album being rather ordinary.
What is mediocrity?
Another boring questionable choice for this list
I never understand what reason anyone might have to pick this over music such as, say, Led Zeppelin’s. To me, Def Leppard always sounded like a vastly inferior wannabe.
Music that doesn’t speak to me at all
A very convincing case for why the mishmash of genres demonstrated by this album doesn't work.
On one hand, it's too experimental (or just -mental, in that good old fashioned drugs infused way). On the other, it is somewhat interesting to listen to, given it's rather extraordinary (not in the good sense of the word, but simply in not being your ordinary run of the mill). Also, as befits the land of freedom and copyrights, I wasn't able to access many of the tracks.
So much good music in this world, yet: How many more times is this list going to force me through the mire of enduring Morrissey's annoyingly whiny voice? Not to mention its bland and boring wrapper. I expect much better than this, 1001 Album Generator.
While I do not object to funk (not in the least), I will raise a complaint at this album's tracks overstaying their welcome, length wise. At the same time, the album can pass for good background music. I'd say it's a force for good. Favourite track: Maggot Brain, because I'm a sucker for lengthy guitar solos (and I know I'm self contradicting here).
Nope, I still can’t stand hip hop. And while I don’t mind swearing, and practice the practice a lot, it does feel like a kitten dies each time this singer utters another salvo of unnecessary swears.
In general, I find Iggy Pop's music OK. Nothing special, not the type of music I actively seek to listen to, but definitely OK. This album has the potential to offer me more, given it was produced by David Bowie. But I don't think it delivers on this promise. China Girl more or less proves the point: while Iggy Pop's music can be nice to listen to, if it's excellence that I seek, I should turn to Bowie, his music, and his version.
Not only is this Soundgarden’s best album, I would say it would have the genre’s tour de force if it wasn’t for Nevermind that simply got there first. Regardless, the album is loaded with original and creative tracks that have become the signature music of the era (and still do very well today, thank you very much). When I fall on black days, this album knows how to pick me up. I will also note my favourite tracks are not your Black Hole Suns, but rather the songs at the album's end (4th of July, Half, Like Suicide). It is as if, by that stage of the album, Soundgarden stopped caring about the hit factor and was just producing groovy (if melancholy) music. P.S. Chris Cornell: what a voice! Probably one of the best modern male singers of recent times.
Indigenous factors do not render ugly music nice
Most, but not all, dance music is shallow. Sadly, this one aligns with the majority. Nothing terribly wrong here, just the definition of "nothing special".
Nice jazz music, no doubt about it, but in comparison to the true big albums of the genre this one feels like a group of very talented musicians sprayed their talent all over the place. The result is nice, yes, but lacking the cohesion of the true greats.
There's no doubt about the voice, but let's be honest: this was a diabetes inducing affair even when it came out, let alone now in old age (and it hasn't aged well).
Not the worst album this list forced me to endure (sadly, there’s an ever growing list of such abominations), but: Despite my undeniable affection to the sound of distorted guitars, I have to file this one under “nothing special”.
It's not that I dislike hip-hop music, I find I detest it. This one, though, isn't hip-hop as much as it is music. And good music at that: very jazzy, sometimes rocky, and yes, occasionally annoying to one extent or another (mostly the so called singing). But always creative and original. I just love it. I wish there were more like it. Favourite track: Sabotage probably gets all the credit, but Futterman's Rule is pretty much my definition of an ultimate track.
This list's maker obviously loves The Fall much more than the general public does, given this is 3rd album from The Fall that I'm getting here. My verdict is similar to the previous two occasions: The Fall's music is very far from being able to hold me interested for an album's entire duration. And as before, I fail to see what's so special about it.
Of the numerous British rock bands coming to age during the same era, I always found The Who rather bland and boring. This album is no exception.
By now I stopped trying to decipher the logic behind the criteria for including albums in this list; there's just too much noise, from the mediocre through to the nothing special, making it impossible to pick up the signal. Which is my way of saying that this is yet another WTF pick for this list, as in - I fail to see what raises this album above the rest. If anything, I can see the opposite.
While this old style country jazz period piece of an album may suit romantic entertainment by the fireside on a cold winter night, I found its initial charm fading away rather quickly. Half way through, I was rather bored.
This could have an interesting deviation from the generally bland and uninspiring albums brought forth by this list. Alas, I couldn’t find much of interest in this particular album. I’m sure worthier representatives of world music are out there in greater numbers.
It was my sister that first introduced me to the charms of The Style Council. As with most of her recommendations, I tended to dismiss her. As with most of her recommendations, I tended to change my mind and appreciate where she came from as I matured (case in point: this band called The Beatles). Anyway, I'm a bit torn about how I should rate this particular album. On one hand, I really like the more jazzy instrumental tracks. I also like the superb vocals on The Paris Match, and I always had a soft spot for My Ever Changing Moods' lyrics. The rest is, how shall I put it, mediocre? Tracks that haven't aged gracefully? On the positive side, the bulk of this album is included in that first group. Thankfully.
The technical achievement of this album's construction aside, I quite like the end result! There's good music to be had here. However, at the same time I find there's a slight but definitive lack of traits to make me go back and re-listen to this album (or, for that matter, DJ Shadow's library in general). It's probably the result of building the entire album out of samples without a spine of its own, but it means the album is more of a curiosity than a pillar in the field of music.
I can clearly see why some [many] of the tracks here have become classics, even if this type of music isn't my regular cup of coffee. Nice detour from the usual!
In my humble opinion, what we have over here are: 1. Elton John's best album, and 2. Elton John's best song (the title track). Both of these say a lot, given Elton John is not exactly a slouch when it comes to producing classics. That said, I do think a shorter version of this album would have packed a bigger punch (and easily deserve the full 5 stars accolade).
First of all, what a voice! But. While I do like Sinatra (and, in previous incarnations, bought a couple of his albums), I cannot claim the same about this particular album. It simply bores me to the point of not being able to distinguish between the different songs. I think this album is as outdated as the cigarette Sinatra is holding in the cover.
A great album, no doubt about it, with a couple of big time classics. Yet, personally, it's a bit too tame for my taste.
Now I know exactly why this album didn’t ring any bells. P.S. I’m very curious as to the justification for including this album in this list. Maybe someone got confused with the Albums to Die From list.
Chicago blues is the best blues* * Not that I have any problems with other forms of blues.
Not my favourite flavour of jazz by quite a margin, but - This is very good jazz, delivered sublimely by an excellent voice. A bit of a heretical anecdote: I much prefer David Lee Roth's Just a Jigolo. Not that there's anything wrong with Prima's.
Pretty much a case of "you can tell an album by its cover": 3rd Who album I'm getting here, and I still find their music uninspiring and bland. P.S. Also, they talk too much.
This is why I have an aversion to hop hop and rap music
First, I'll point out I listened to the USA version, which offers a significantly different selection of songs from the UK version, most notably Paint it Black (my pick for best Stones song ever). With that advantage in mind, I will still say I tend to find Stones music rather uninspiring - with the notable exception of some of their classics (e.g., Satisfaction). This album is no exception.
I like LCD Soundsystem, and I was happy to hear they're back, but: I don't think this album merits inclusion in a list of "records to die for". At the time I listened to it, got the point, and moved on. Now, several years later, it sounds fairly unremarkable. I prefer their older albums.
First, let the record show this is the 4th Waits album served to me by this list. Obviously, its authors hold Waits in very high regard. As for me, this was my usual Waits experience: a left of centre album that works at a different wavelength to mine. Sometimes this is the recipe for a hit, but not this time.
The opposite of music I get along with.
For some reason, I was served with 2 Kanye West albums in a row. Clearly, this list hates me!
Far from the worst albums this list made me endure, but still - I fail to see the alleged specialness this album holds over thousands of others that is supposed to be the trait that sent it into this list. This is the definition of "nothing special".
Really? We're down to the level of "stuff indistinguishable from noise" here?
Simple, really: This is Blur's best album. And, by extension, I'd argue this is the all time winner of the Britpop battle. P.S. The joy that Song 2 used to bring me back when I played FIFA 98 - Road to World Cup!
This shit ain't my gig
Boy George, long hair and makeup included, was a huge cultural phenomenon. No doubt about it. The music, however, was always mediocre.
You’d be giving me a hard time if you were to ask me what’s my vote for best book or best film ever. The torment would come from not being able to compare apples with oranges: there are lots of very good books, but can you really put one book on top of another, significantly different yet undeniably good, book? I can’t. But I can definitely give you my answer for “what is the best album ever”. Not because the same conundrum does not apply when it comes to music, but rather because there is one album that is so exceptionally good that all other albums pale in comparison. An album for which 5 stars fail to suffice. And, for me, that album is Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. Musically speaking, Dark Side holds some other personal records. I cite The Great Gig in the Sky as “probably the most beautiful song ever” (a bit ironic, given its theme of dying). I consider Money to be one of the ultimate manifestations of musical creativity, starting with the trademark cash till sound, then the distinct 7/4 rhythm, which transitions to the more common 4/4, only to go back to 7/4. And I won't mention the lyrics, which are still too relevant to this day (with dodgy countries and oligarchs sport-washing their vile reputation by buying football teams, or billionaires destroying the climate with their private jets, to cite just a couple of examples). Indeed, side B probably qualifies as my favourite medley of songs ever, rivaled only by Abbey Road's side B. As an audiophile, Dark Side always stood out for me as an album that I both enjoy as sheer entertainment as well as an audio experience. Few rock or pop albums can match it in the sound department: just consider the way it provides a "surround" experience even through a conventional stereo system (let alone the real thing). There's a reason I still go back to Dark Side first whenever I try to assess a stereo, hi fi system, or headphones: They don't mix them like that anymore! Whichever way I look at it, Dark Side is the complete album. It takes me from birth through death and back. It's the album I had listened to the most ever, nothing else even comes close. It's my favourite album, it's my best album. Guess we can shut up shop over here now. Nothing else will come close.
A rather incohesive collection of overly eccentric songs. Lucky for us, Peter Gabriel's solo music improved vastly as his career progressed. Let's just say I wouldn't have picked this particular album of his into this list.
There's definitely music in there (not something to be taken for granted, given some of the atrocities sent my way by this list). At the same time, it's clear I'm not this album's target audience.
Too close to noise for my liking.
A vast collection of songs that manage the impressive feat of leaving me utterly indifferent throughout.
I think there's a severe case of under-delivering with this album. On one hand, we have: 1. One of the greatest voices in Karen O (she's utterly sensational), 2. One of the songs of its decade in Heads Will Roll, and 3. A band that, generally speaking, does rock and does it well. But the result just doesn't do it to me. Other than the aforementioned hit, the songs fail to rise above the level of "OK", and the album fails to inspire overall.
I consider this album too edgy for its own good. In my opinion, Alice in Chains peaked in the more toned down and far more melodic Jar of Flies a couple of years later.
A sensational hit in Firestarter - check! Influential legacy - check! Excellent crab on the album cover - check! Yet there is something about this album that fails to lift it, IMHO, to the level of similar albums from the same era (say, Chemical Brothers). It sounds too much as if they use the same synth program throughout the album.
This website should be renamed to "1001 Elvis Costello albums (and also a few other albums)", given this is the 5th album of his I'm served with here. And frankly, I don't think Costello is so good as to merit such recognition. As for the particular album at hand (aka, #5): It's yet another uninspiring, rather mundane, and badly aged album. Just like the previous 4! I'm sure there's a reason for Costello being so highly regarded, here and elsewhere, but I still fail to detect it even in this 5th attempt.
Nice album, yes, but not an album I'd call special in any way. The only thing that stands for it is Groove Is in the Heart being a hit back then, and therefore the entire album's inclusion here can be excused as a sort of "marking the moment in time that was". But should peeing on the post to mark a territory make for a reason that's good enough? I'd argue Deee-Lite is your classic one hit wonder of a band. And there's nothing wrong with that (it's certainly eclipses my personal achievements in the field of music!).
The first question that came to my mind was "would this album be here if it wasn't for Winehouse way too premature a departure?" Curious thoughts aside, there is no denying the qualities of Winehouse's voice. What I will deny, though, is her music: I just don't get along with what passes for pop these past couple of decades (nor am I in the contemporary R&B market).
Quite an achievement, this album: I listened to it from start to finish, and found myself completely indifferent - for better and/or worse. Problem is, this isn't what we seek to get out of our music. [Also, too frequently it felt like this album is a Coldplay emulator.]
Boring through and through
On one hand, I kind of like that drone guitar sound/grind. On the other, the effect is sort of ruined by the vocals. Overall, not the worst album I got here by far, but not an album that can take me places either. Just another mundane album that, almost 30 years later, offers little reason to pay it a visit.
Frankly, I find Lynyrd Skynyrd mildly boring and uninspiring even before we add the "that did not age particularly well" factor.
This album is so forgettable, I truly fail to comprehend why it’s included here.
I argue this album is a bit of a miss. Not because it's bad, but rather because it should have been so much better given the subject matter, performers, and genre. Don't get me wrong, though: I like it!
TLDR: This is not the Pink Floyd album you were looking for. If you woke me up in the middle of the night to ask me who my favourite band is, the answer you'd get is Pink Floyd. However, the Pink Floyd I'd be referring to is the one with David Gilmour (and, preferably, with Roger Waters too); I was never able to attach myself to Syd Barrett's Floyd. Piper at the Gates of Dawn explains why: there's some good music there, yes (Interstellar Overdrive offers a fine example). But the whole thing is way too trippy, lacks cohesion, and frankly I don't understand what the band is trying to say. I don’t think they do, either. Piper is probably as fine a start as one could expect given the circumstances, but it's the landmark albums that came out during the seventies in its post Barrett era that gave Pink Floyd the power of its might.
Over the years I spent a lot of time with this album. I have mixed feelings about it: on one hand, it's got songs I consider proper favourites (Carpet Crawlers, to name one off the top of my head). But on the other hand - 1. It's a bit too prog when it comes to prog rock, at least in my book. 2. Sides 3 & 4 offer nuclear winter levels of desolation when it comes to quality tunes, at least in comparison to the wealth on offer by sides 1 & 2. To sum up, there are some excellent tracks here, but the album itself is far too long for its own good.
By far my favourite U2 album of all time. I know folks argue the band's deviation from the sound that identified them to that point was some form of heresy, but I actually liked it a lot (and lamented them going back to their "normal" sound 3 albums later). People tend to forget this album is a bit of a moment in history, at least as far as the European Union is concerned. These influences are all over the place, in the album's name, cover, or a song that was used for the soundtrack of a Wim Wenders film. I consider Achtung Baby a very accurate snapshot of what Europe felt like at the time. The songs themselves are either a hit or a miss. I always liked The Fly a lot, and One received tons of accolades. But other songs (e.g., Even Better Than the Real Thing) sound and feel like fillers. Regardless, I spent many a fond hour with this album over the years, and I fully expect many more to come.
On one hand, I wonder if this is elevator music that I'm listening to. On the other, it sort of works on me [but what does that imply about me?]. I guess I've been conditioned to like Smooth Operator. P.S. Not the most, how shall I put it, modern album in terms of lyrics, is it?
I approve of the rock music influence, that defied my country music genre expectations and provided for an album I could actually listen to. But that still doesn't mean this is an album I'd like to listen to...
Low quality (in sound, as well as musically and lyrically) noise throughout.
As with the majority of albums served to me here, I fail to detect any qualities that render this particular album special in any way. Unless, of course, it's all about being boring.
It’s nice that they saved this album for this one particular day when it's accurate, but it still reeks of Morrissey.
Is it just me or is it that the only deviation allowed here from the western-English speaking hegemony is Brazil? As for the music, it's of that "clean" non offending electronic genre that's probably best for background duties at one's favourite hang out place.
I have this "problem" with Arcade Fire's music: I appreciate them ticking all the boxes, but their music just fails to uplift me. Can't say exactly why, we don't seem to be working on the same wavelength.
Yet another album that, while not too bad, should have been consigned to the dustbin of history were it not for this website and its peculiar, fetish like, habit of attempting to put lipstick on pigs.
I fully expected this album to be an absolute killer of an album, with 2 such great performers joining hands (and voices). Alas, I find the result rather anaemic, with the performances tending towards the boring and uninvolved. In other words, this album has nothing on Getz/Gilberto.
The gimmick behind this album is the mixing of rock music with Indian style music. The question is, does this gimmick create for a good album? For me, the true test case were the covers for Doors' Light My Fire and Stones' Jumpin' Jack Flash. The answer to the question "would I have liked these [cover] songs if I was unaware of the original versions" was a definite no. Hence why I relegate the album to the gimmick category.
Not my favourite Beatles album (by quite a margin, given their sublime output), but I do consider Rubber Soul a turning point: it marks the point in time when the band stopped offering pure pop music and started their truly creative phase. The one we can now recognise for its creative genius. Rubber Soul offers a bit of a whiff of that, whereas the likes of Sgt. Pepper provide for a blessed overdose. It's the albums that followed Rubber Soul that made the Beatles the great band they are, which therefore make it into a critical turning point.
A reminder I didn't need for why I dislike most of the rock music that originates in the USA (and for why I don't like Muse that much, either).
Kind of shows how much music (and, not less importantly, lyrics) have evolved over time.
Not my kind of music by quite a stretch, and not because it's clearly aiming at horny folks.
Proof that being over the top can be a virtue when done in such a blatantly exaggerated way. Alas, the record is marred by side B taking itself rather too seriously and, thus, being rather boring.
It’s the 7th time Morrissey and/or The Smiths come up here for me. Come on, surely this world has other music makers than this annoying whiny voice?
Live, dead, I still can’t stand the noise
Don’t think I’d listen to this album today (I can state that with 100% confidence...). The band runs out of original tricks rather too quickly. However, I can totally see me listening to it at the time it was released and thinking how new, original, and full of tricks this album is.
As albums go, this one is one of those typical “some songs are awesome, some are fillers”. However. This is one of those albums that make me mourn what had happened to pop music over the years. Why did it deteriorate from this incredibly musical, powerful, wonderful voice and personality powered incarnation, into the dreary repetitive boredom of contemporary pop?
The standard Aerosmith affair: bland and boring. P.S. Does this album really belong in this list? [Nope.]
First impression: "Interesting". Alas, the album is marred by a latter half that's best described as a bad acid trip.
First thing first: this is the 6th Neil Young, solo or not, album I'm receiving here. I like Neil Young, but I think that's over the top. As for the album itself: It feels like an "another" Neil Young album, rather than an essential Neil Young album. The music has aged and not that well. It also feels like the music wasn't that much of a hit back when it was released, either. That is to say, this one is yet another of way too many that should not have been included here.
As with the majority of punk music (everything other than Clash?), this is a bland and rather annoying to listen to album. The best thing about punk music is the world moving on.
If I were to give this 4 stars, it would be because this is a powerful creation from a powerful woman, not because I like the music that much. Musically speaking, I don't mind the album but it's clearly not my cup of coffee. Obviously, Natural Woman and Chain of Fools are standouts.
As with her previous album pushed at me here, Blue, I cannot claim to be on the Joni Mitchell wavelength. I do get why some people love her to bits, but me, I'm much more of a Jaco Pastorius fan than a Joni Mitchell one. All in all: a pretty boring album, even if not offensively so.
I love Kate Bush and this album, despite Stranger Things. Hounds of Love continues to demonstrate Bush's talents, but: 1. I don't think it let her show off her unique vocal talents as much as some of her other albums (The Kick Inside is the example that always pops into my head). 2. The album oozes with originality and innovation (take the first few seconds of Cloudbusting as an example), but at the same time it also carries that eighties dating stamp all over. P.S. Can't wait for the album I consider Bush's best, by far, The Kick Inside. I don't know exactly why, but each of the songs there seems to speak directly to me, in a manner that Hounds of Love doesn't achieve.
My feelings towards this album and its "quieter" incarnation of Nick Cave are similar to the feelings I harbour towards the Led Zeppelin 3 album: I like it, but I prefer the real thing. You got to hand it to Nick Cave, though. Each of his songs feel like he's truly spilling his guts, lyrics wise.
There’s a great voice there. Alas, the music reminds me of the stuff that bored the hell out of me in so many Broadway style musicals (and without the magic of a flashy show to take it down with).
I don't like Alice Cooper, I think he's rather bland. But I'll give this album the credit: it's definitely trying!
4th Byrds album pushed at me here. Someone must have a crush on this band. As for me, I certainly don't share the sentiment. As with the previous 3 cases, this album is a bore-fest.
Oozing with originality, but a tad too eccentric for my taste.
There's so much better music to represent the genre and the period than this bland and uninspiring album.
I used to really like this album (and Deep Purple's music in general). Times have changed, though, and Deep Purple's appeal has faded a lot. Coming back to this album, the performances felt more like the prolonged orgasm of some wankfest festival. So what does it say about me if I were to hint that, eventually, while re-listening to the album after all these years, I sort of fell back for it? Regardless of our opinion about the music, I argue we can all agree on the following: 1. This album represents a pretty unique flavour of a live music act. 2. This is probably the best “best of Deep Purple” album (for better or worse).
Welcome to the 5th Tom Waits album served to me here, proving once and for all that there are only 12 musicians to ever produce music in this world (at least according to the procurers of these facilities). The nice thing about Tom Waits, as opposed to his fellow 11, is that each of his albums are quite different than one another. And while I can't say I like the majority, there are exceptions, and this jazzy one definitely "errs" towards the positive side of things. That pretend jazz club atmosphere reminds me of some of the best live music experiences I've ever had, in both style and ambience.
This noisier version of Daft Punk is ok for the background, but not something I’d bother to take with me to a remote island. P.S. I’ll note that, curiously, there is an inverse relationship between the quality of the songs on this album and their amount of lyrics.
If you happen to be in desperate need for some music for your retro style kids’ show, you might get some ideas from this album. Everyone else need not apply.
Although not offensively bad, I can't say I find this album the least bit inspiring.
Best to pretend this abomination never happened.
I love Blur, but I don't see any particular reason to include this particular album here.
Generic noise (that seems to pass for “rock music” in the USA)
I recognise this album was huge at the time. I also acknowledge that between this album, and Wyclef Jean's subsequent albums, I used to consider myself a fan of the genre. But things have changed: both the world of music as well as my views have evolved since, for better or worse. There are still a couple of songs I consider (Ready or Not, Killing Me Softly); however, I have little patience for the rest, especially the parts that are more like talking than anything else. I'll put it this way: my life upon this earth is way too short to waste on the meaningless bullshit that constitutes such a huge part of this album.
Yet another punk record
Not the worst concept album ever, but still: it's fairly boring.
Allow me to start by pointing out this is the 6th album I'm getting from Neil Young's direction over here. One would think there are other musicians in this world, but obviously not our esteemed curators. (And for the record, I generally like Neil Young's music.) With that in mind, I'll refer to this particular album and point out that while I'd generally describe it "well, nice", I will also add I see little in the way of reason to listen to it again in this day and age.
How shall I put it... "No other album comes even close to this when it comes to originality and innovation"? Not my favourite of the Beatles albums, but - wow, this is such a special album. I can always re-listen and feel as if I'm listening to it for the very first time. P.S. A Day in the Life has to be one of the most beautiful songs ever.
As time passes, it becomes clearer and clearer that Deep Purple’s music tends towards the bland. A simple comparison with Led Zeppelin’s music (same genre, yet timeless music) is all it takes to arrive at that conclusion. However, Machine Head represent DP at its peak, and although bland they do have something to offer. Smoke on the Water is the obvious example.
What you get when you mix three of the best musicians* with their respective instruments together, and throw in a whole lot of drugs. That is to say, a rock/blues classic. * I’m trying to write this without passing judgement on Clapton as a person.
Call emergency, the curator of this list seems to have slipped on banana peel, which caused them to pick an album that really doesn't belong here! [Then again, this is such a frequent occurrence, I wouldn't bother the emergency services]
This album should not be on this list.
I like the song from Vikings because I used to like watching the series, but other than that I'd say this is a pretty ordinary album that's functional for background duties. And that's it.
Yet another album that's so past way expiration it clearly can't qualify for "an album you just have to listen to". And frankly, I doubt it should have qualified even back when it was new.
Bjork is a rather hard to crack case for me (file under "first world problems"). On one hand, I consider her voice one of the better things humanity has going for itself. I also like a lot of her music (please refer to my previous review of her album Debut, a very 5 stars affair). However, Bjork is not the artist to produce the same album twice. She likes to explore. Thus far, I find her explorations, while somewhat interesting, not half as thrilling as Debut was. Vespertine is a clear example of this "problem". Lucky for me, Bjork hasn't put a gun to my head to force me to listen to each and every album of hers. I pick and choose, while she's out there having fun exploring. I will not be going back to Vespertine any time soon, but at the same time I appreciate the artist that tries to be original and say something new with each and every album.
Confirmed: I still can't stand hip-hop. But I'll still add I fail to see why this particular album merits inclusion here (regardless of my lack of appreciation for the genre).
I find this wannabe Dylan music rather boring. Bring on Bryan Adams instead!
As is often the case with the albums listed here, what starts with the promise of freshness quickly deteriorates into the repetitive.
Treads the line between the genius and the eccentric, and not so carefully. It also demonstrates where U2's best albums came from.
This album proves, rather conclusively, that a recording of a bunch of guys talking amongst themselves as they fool around does not make for great music.
The songs err on the side of simplicity, as far as my current tastes are concerned. And while this may have been cutting edge 66 years ago, I judge the music today.
Nice music, I like Steely Dan, but I think that these days their music is best experienced through “best of” collections.
I recognise this album is a landmark, but: I’ve always found Dylan’s presentation rather annoying. And at least in this album, I don’t think this is to the album’s advantage.
Humanity has moved on since this album, and we're better for that.
It's nice that Bowie reinvented himself for each of his albums, but I can't claim to like this particular incarnation. I definitely don't get his Across the Universe, and other than the album's 2 hits I find affairs rather boring.
This album really reminds me of William Shatner's Has Been. Both are [mostly] cover albums, and both feature "singing" that's more like narration. Sure, Cash has the better voice, but Shatner knows how to not take himself too seriously - and thus his is the better album.
A collection of lots of things I can't stand about music
No, I don't get why this album is here. Unless it's for "extreme over-production", which rendered the album unlistenable to these ears.
Didn't realise Eric Clapton is still a thing. Putting racism and general asshole-ness aside for a minute and looking at the music alone (assuming that's even possible), I'd say this album might have been nice, once upon a time, but is now past it. But, yeah, this would be a better place without Clapton in it.
What can I say, other than: they released their first amazing album, and then they released an even better album? Or, if I'm being more analytic: this album is what you get when you take 4 musicians at the top of their game (certainly the top of their respective instruments) and boost the synergy effect to 11. Or should I say that with a whole lot of love, they rumbled on and brought it on home? To which I’ll say, thank you!
Sounds like a standard issue seventies rock album to me.
Not my favourite of Prince's albums. He evolved as he went along, and I regard the albums that followed better.
Rock music for people who don't like rock? Or just: fodder.
I always like Saint Etienne's music: it never knocks me off my chair, but it's always pleasant and relaxing. And that goes a long way! P.S. Their 2021 album, I've Been Trying to Tell You, is quite good, too.
What have I done to deserve this
This album lacks depth. The only thing it has going for it is the voice; but the lyrics are shallow, and the accompanying music is all but non existent.
To the band's credit, the mundane and uninspiring nature of this album is explained by the band's name. Yet another album that doesn't belong here.
Not a bad album, but I doubt it would have featured here if the cover didn’t read “Bob Dylan”.
An OK bluesy album, that's probably a representative of the Stones at their peak. Yet, even at their peak, they could only produce an album that would have been nothing without its opening and closing tracks.
Shallow pop produced with an obviously large budget is still shallow pop music.
Ooh... Just my favourite jazz album of all time. Thinking about the talent concentrating at that recording studio alone blows my mind. For decades now, this has been an album I kept coming back to again and again, always discovering new facades I wasn't aware of before (it helps that the album has been released under different speeds and such, again, and again).
An excellent adventure in core rock music. Something that this world clearly doesn't have enough of! I like the minimalist presentation (though it's no minimalist when it comes to sound levels), creating good music out of rock's core constituents. P.S. Elephant is even better.
One of the more listenable albums of the genre. Alas, I still don't like this genre.
Sheer brilliance, rock music of the type that never fades. File under “what a debut”. Who could have imagined a rock song with such a huge organ solo could light my fire so consistently? Or that The End could provide the such an effective soundtrack to one of the best films ever, Apocalypse Now? My second favourite Doors album, by the tiniest of margins (LA Woman, you’re my woman).
From Revolver and onwards (perhaps with the slight exception of Let It Be), everything coming from the Beatles was sheer excellence. I’ll leave it to others to explain why that was the case, but it seems the band simply matured and stopped trying to please the universe.
Pearl Jam's Ten never took hold of me the way Nirvana's Nevermind did, but I grew to appreciate its qualities over time. Tunes aside, the songs here are very deep + touching. It's just a pity the album's second half isn't half as good as its first. Don't tell me it's been 30 years, I can't be that old
I like how The Flaming Lips reinvent themselves with every album, even if I don't always particularly like the inventions themselves. The peculiar case of Yoshimi is one of those: it's OK, musically, but doesn't exactly knock my headphones off. Do You Realize, however, is one of those songs that do.
Not my kind of music (also, thanks but no thanks for destroying a nice streak of albums here)
Given the benefit of hindsight, this is a pretty ordinary album that doesn't belong on this list. [Hint hint nudge nudge to the curators here, things are not set in stone, you know!]
Oh look, there's that racist again! Why are we allowing the openly racist here, anyway? Did Elon Musk buy this website, too? I thought this place was about creating an open community. As to the music (insert painful segue): It's of the very bluesy rock I used to like a lot, and actually still like a lot (especially in the longer songs, such as Key to the Highway or Have You Ever Loved a Woman). However, one could successfully argue, though, that this album is rather old in the tooth. And then there's Layla, a timeless classic.
This album tried to make the most of the time it was released in, but by now it doesn't really cut it. I can, however, see a future for the band's singer, she has a wonderful voice.
Are you having a laugh? It’s nice to have a diversion from English, but why this???
I like my rock music delivered: 1. Musically, and 2. With actual singing, as opposed to constant shouting. Which is why I'm no fan of this album.
One does wonder what goes through the heads of this website’s curators when they pick their albums. I suspect it’s illegal (and if it’s not, then it clearly should be).
"This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" is one of those sensational songs I can never get out of my head. It's crazy in the best sense of the word. The rest of the album drags on, though, even if I do appreciate the artistic statement it sought to make.