Beastie Boys are iconic for a period in which rap slowly became popular in a broader public. Their controversial crossover with punk was new and exciting, and the lyrics were ballsy. They inspired many artists, but for me I can't help but feel like this was just a joke that got out of hand. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy the joke. I like hearing the album, but next day I've forgotten all about it again.
If you want to listen to some birthday party bangers, I wouldn't go for this album. Eery chords, high pitched voice and very into your face. The first World War is an intriguing subject and she has definitely dived into it. High rating because of the artistic and historic value, but not an album I'll put into my high rotation.
The bebop jazz crossover to makes it easier to digest when you hear it for the first time. It's just so many notes....
The Queen is Dead appeared to be the pinnacle of The Smiths, although people didn't recognize it as such at the time of release. Probably partly because Morrissey felt like they were entitled to this success. Each track has some form of brilliance, the bassline creating a tension, the drums surprising you or the witty lyrics expressing a sense of belonging / not-belonging.
It certainly has some moments of brilliance, but it feels at moments more like a demo album with song ideas than complete songs.
This is one of those albums that took me a few times to really get into. Which I've luckily done already a few years ago. If I had heard it for the first time today, I might've written it off as prog rock that is trying too hard to make as many sounds as possible. The whole fusion of jazz, experimental, latin, sound manipulation and straightup hardcore matches so remarkably well that the whole album feels like a storytelling. The switching between spacy, balladlike singing and fullblown machinegun drumming keeps you on your toes the whole time.
Unmistakable 80's sound with so many songs you forgot you knew. Not every song is as good as "The Look of Love" or "Poison Arrow", but the album is definitely iconic.
Interesting concept album with a controversial topic, so this must have stirred up some emotions back then. It was a very bold move to make a rock opera, but it somehow is a bit tedious to listen to. At many times more of the same, building up tension but it hardly ever comes to a real explosion.
This type of cabaret music requires an acquired taste, I guess. I can't think of any reason for this album being in the 1001 albums list, other than the list of big names that were part of making this album.
bleep bloop, a new era of electronic music arrived, in which Kraftwerk played a huge role. While discovering the possibilities of electronic technology, they still manage to keep a certain elegance in the songs.
Tom Waits has an amazing voice but the songs cant’t awe me.
Always fun to listen to Talking Heads. Their funky signature style gets you dancing every time.
Full of fantastic feel-good songs. Really enjoyed listening to this album.
Listened to it twice while at work, but times I didn't even notice it playing. Nothing on it draws my attention.
Great inspiration for so many rock 'n roll, rockabilly, psychobilly bands.
I started off with the idea I'd hate the blandness of the songs, but I had to admit to myself that I actually enjoyed the relaxing vibe the songs bring. Her voice has a great range and the jazzy arrangements give that voice the right podium.
This album has a few very strong, captivating songs. However if it were not the follow up of Rumours, I don't think it would've gotten as much attention.
A few great songs but then it becomes a bit more of the same. Good disco vibes though.
Love the way The Velvet Underground experimented with styles and technics. The lyrics were very controversial and absurd, especially for that time. They just went a bit over the top with the distortions.
Adam & The Ants blend art-rock, punk and new wave and add some tribal drumming and chanting on top. And that's where it all seems to start feeling plastic and kitschy. It makes it very suitable for movie soundtracks and it might've worked incredibly in concerts, but listening to this album on its own is like you're walking in on a lot of weird theme parties where people used enough substances already and you're the only one sober.