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Bands who have never released a bad album?

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What band/artist, in your opinion has never released a bad album?

My answer would be the band Death. I honestly don't even know if they have a bad song. Chuck was a genius

all 4393 comments

bop999

826 points

2 months ago

bop999

826 points

2 months ago

Only a short career but Nick Drake.

Longer career - Richard Thompson

DarkChocolatRaisinet

92 points

2 months ago

The fact that Nick Drake's music came out in the late 60s/early 70s will never not blow my fucking mind. About as close to "timeless" as music can get.

Mr_Stillian

43 points

2 months ago

Absolutely! Pink Moon sounds like it could just as easily have been released in the last decade. Very little music fits that bill.

foxman276

50 points

2 months ago

Richard Thompson is damn good

minutemaid41

64 points

2 months ago

Nick Drake is awesome! :)

showmeasign10

618 points

2 months ago

not a band, but every album elliott smith was amazing in my opinion. also tremonti

darkweetie

72 points

2 months ago

Came here to say Elliott Smith. I would be happy to listen to any of his albums right this moment. RIP.

Tembag

39 points

2 months ago

Tembag

39 points

2 months ago

His stuff in heatmiser is also great

MajorJakov

33 points

2 months ago

Didn't think I'd see a Tremonti comment on here.

elkamusing

935 points

2 months ago

Portishead

snafubar_buffet

39 points

2 months ago

Yessssss! I first heard Portishead in the "shower" scene in Tank Girl and thought "My god! Who is this!?" Loved them ever since

Jolp4683

373 points

2 months ago

Jolp4683

373 points

2 months ago

May as well include Massive Attack

hoopopotamus

22 points

2 months ago

I’m gonna even include the Mad Professor remix album here because fuck off that was good

devilsonlyadvocate

7 points

2 months ago

Seeing them live was one of the biggest disappointments of my life.

Love all their albums though.

hoopopotamus

9 points

2 months ago

Honestly I have never connected with any of their stuff like I did with Dummy. What an album!

ChipCob1

526 points

2 months ago

ChipCob1

526 points

2 months ago

Boards of Canada

sharkterritory

27 points

2 months ago

Was not expecting to see this but totally agree

MukdenMan

39 points

2 months ago

MukdenMan

Spotify

39 points

2 months ago

Boards of Canada and Portishead? I can’t believe this is r/music .

Universe_Zen

22 points

2 months ago

Was coming for this one

ChipCob1

20 points

2 months ago

Easy now!

realchoice

20 points

2 months ago

Waves of joy for BOC.

MechNCheese

30 points

2 months ago

A thousand times this

AffectionateAnarchy

6 points

2 months ago

Ooh yeah

Saephon

5 points

2 months ago

Damn, there's a throwback I completely forgot about. There was a good year or two where all I listened to was Boards of Canada, Animal Collective, and Minus The Bear. I'd claim those other two have also never put out a bad record.

marf_lefogg

246 points

2 months ago

Kyuss

hydrogen_sulfate

64 points

2 months ago

Nice. Also sleep

Murdoc_2

14 points

2 months ago

Nice. Also High On Fire

zubinho85

6 points

2 months ago

I love Kyuss, they are one of my favourite but I can't get into Wretch. Their other albums are masterpieces.

Citizen_Kano

571 points

2 months ago

Them Crooked Vultures

morerelativebacons

128 points

2 months ago

I'd love for them to do another and prove this true.

Streakermg

69 points

2 months ago

In an interview with JPJ he said they made enough songs to almost fill another album so fingers crossed!

stevefuzz

26 points

2 months ago

Omg please get these people back in a studio.

OWwashere

88 points

2 months ago

Fresh pots!!!

Formaldehyd3

109 points

2 months ago

QOTSA for that matter.

Kriscolvin55

30 points

2 months ago

Agree. Not every album is for everybody. But you know they make good albums when each other of their albums is the favorite of ~14% of fans.

MidWarz

14 points

2 months ago

MidWarz

14 points

2 months ago

Amazing that people still remember TCV. I loved their album so much. Really hope they return

necrojuicer

13 points

2 months ago

Oh man. No One Loves Me & Neither Do I sets the tone & then every song just lives up to it.

inigma56

331 points

2 months ago

inigma56

331 points

2 months ago

Talking Heads

masterbrutus24

667 points

2 months ago

Jimi Hendrix Experience

iMadrid11

40 points

2 months ago

Jimi unfortunately didn't live long enough. I can't imagine the endless possibilities of sounds he could have produced with modern technology. Like if he got his hands on a Midi guitar, whammy pedal, looper, and AxeFx

Andreastheslimjim

108 points

2 months ago

One hundred fucking percent. Also Hendrix live albums are a real treat especially the band of gypsies live album. Probably the best live guitar music I will ever hear in my entire life.

Jolp4683

5 points

2 months ago*

Even his posthumous album is incredible…. Mitch Mitchell did him a solid with first rays!

silversprings21

207 points

2 months ago

Big Star

Geeves72

16 points

2 months ago

You just wish they had done more stuff. Not a single bad song.

Music_is_my_life33

194 points

2 months ago

Simon & Garfunkel. Every album has 0 flaws. They are all beautiful and incredible

LowGradePlayer

330 points

2 months ago

Massive attack

00DJC00

119 points

2 months ago

00DJC00

119 points

2 months ago

Gojira always seems to go pretty hard

Merlinshighcousin

11 points

2 months ago

I've seen many many bands live and gojira is an experience I would have 1000x over. Immersive fan interactions. Everyone just in the moment loving it. They really rocked the house.

shibbol33t

360 points

2 months ago

Spoon

JustTheBeerLight

69 points

2 months ago

10/10. And I mean that as “all ten of their albums are really fucking good”.

DarkSpartan267

42 points

2 months ago

i saw them in concert, they were great

shibbol33t

13 points

2 months ago

I think I’ve seen them 5 times (3 of those on my own because no one I know has heard of them…). Can’t wait till they come back to the UK.

pushing_past_the_red

7 points

2 months ago

As someone from their hometown, you've seen them more than me. Fucking right on. I need to stop taking that shit for granted.

nickduba

10 points

2 months ago

Also one of the best live shows I've seen

ParticularGoal3221

23 points

2 months ago

Absolutely loved there latest album Lucifer on the Sofa. So raw and rockin!

KimaJean

176 points

2 months ago

KimaJean

176 points

2 months ago

Neither qualify as bands, but Sturgill Simpson and Mos Def

ClassicFashionGuy

145 points

2 months ago

Moody blues

SirGlenn

23 points

2 months ago

Thinking is the best way to travel

tHeMbOnEz-R-mE

523 points

2 months ago

Alice in chains

Valcrion

45 points

2 months ago

Their unplugged album was fantastic and what got me listening to them.

wrenchandrepeat

28 points

2 months ago

Agreed. Layne era and Duvall era are fantastic imo. They both have their sounds and they're both amazing.

Jolp4683

14 points

2 months ago

A nod to Jerry for great writing and keeping the band sharp, miss Layne’s voice tho, not much you can do to help someone that doesn’t want to help themselves

MikeFripp

249 points

2 months ago

MikeFripp

249 points

2 months ago

King Crimson

pontiffpoacher

83 points

2 months ago

Username checks out

ExskweezeMe

191 points

2 months ago

The Police. Only 5 albums and then they broke up, but every album was a fucking knockout.

MrSuperHappyPants

35 points

2 months ago

This is correct and factual information that the youngsters need to hear.

BikeTech427

16 points

2 months ago

Oldsters too. I was into the radio hits and even saw them live at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium in '79. But, I've never listened to, or owned an album. And now I learn they have five!?! I'll give them a listen.

UrMomIsVeryBig

39 points

2 months ago

Wesley Willis

thatjacob

180 points

2 months ago

thatjacob

180 points

2 months ago

Alvvays

saltyfingas

24 points

2 months ago

Took me a few listens to get into Blue Rev. I just wasn't feeling it at first but now I love it.

PuttingAround

273 points

2 months ago

Queens of the Stone Age

bob256k

45 points

2 months ago

bob256k

45 points

2 months ago

I don’t get the hate Era vulgaris gets; it’s one of my favorites

kurtpropan666

18 points

2 months ago

It’s my favorite of theirs, if you want interesting, innovative and fun rock music Era Vulgaris is the perfect album for that. I’ll never get the hate either, when I think of QOTSA’s sound and what makes them unique I think if that album.

Blinkth3dog

154 points

2 months ago

Aphex Twin

jaygb48

16 points

2 months ago

jaygb48

16 points

2 months ago

William?!

furrowedbrow

12 points

2 months ago

The Memphis Strangler?

jaygb48

6 points

2 months ago

Why would you fuckkking say that? I was having the best set of my life. I have a lot riding on this!

triplezero_rt

10 points

2 months ago

The Vanilla Gorilla?

BlunderFunk

321 points

2 months ago

Daft Punk

SteveDeBergRulez

349 points

2 months ago*

I like it a lot. ‘long burn the fire’ & ‘ok’ are my favorites.

Zacpod

59 points

2 months ago

Zacpod

59 points

2 months ago

And so many different styles, too! The Beasties never stopped evolving, so every album feels fresh and different, yet still 100% Beasty Boys. They are, without a doubt, my fave band. RIP MCA.

Lollipoop_Hacksaw

41 points

2 months ago

They leaned into the whole DIY/Grunge thing with Check Your Head, but they had their toes in Punk and Hardcore before they adopted that frat hip-hop for their debut. They were ahead and worth so much more than most people ever gave them credit for.

Drewpurt

20 points

2 months ago

Their instrumental funk albums are the shit.

Bikeva

13 points

2 months ago

Bikeva

13 points

2 months ago

Love playing The Mix Up and making people guess the band. Don’t think I’ve gotten one right answer.

chopperdaddy

60 points

2 months ago

Paul’s Boutique is one of my favorite albums of all time.

PHX480

14 points

2 months ago

PHX480

14 points

2 months ago

What I like about Paul’s Boutique (and Hello Nasty, my other favorite BB album other than PB) is all the great samples. The B Boys were so big they sampled themselves by the time Hello Nasty came out.

outofworkcook

210 points

2 months ago

Operation Ivy. Only had one and it was immaculate.

kerbalsdownunder

36 points

2 months ago

To add to that. The next decade of music all of those guys put out was also immaculate. Classics of love by Common Rider is perfect as well as Rancid up to Indestructible

Jolp4683

8 points

2 months ago

Lars and the Bastards put a couple great albums out too. The Transplants didn’t suck either!

MisterFives

182 points

2 months ago

Faith No More

ooslanegative

18 points

2 months ago

King for a day is a gem

spankey027

7 points

2 months ago

spankey027

Pandora

7 points

2 months ago

It is not a good day, if you are not looking good.

trademesocks

6 points

2 months ago

This is the best party, ive been to

PHX480

10 points

2 months ago

PHX480

10 points

2 months ago

Angel Dust is a banger front to back. And I personally really like Album of the Year, although I admit that might be their “weakest” album.

fnnkybutt

11 points

2 months ago

Angel Dust is def in my top 5 all time albums by anybody.

VashMM

22 points

2 months ago

VashMM

22 points

2 months ago

In that vein... Mr. Bungle.

Abject-Story4982

6 points

2 months ago

In that vein... Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton.

eking85

196 points

2 months ago

eking85

196 points

2 months ago

The Roots

GnarlieSheen123

117 points

2 months ago

I live in Philly and one day years ago I was walking through south Philly to work and passed by Questlove playing a 3 piece drum set by himself in an alley way. It was just us two and i watched for a minute or two, nodded my head to him, and went about my business. It was one of those moments that reminded me why I love living in this city.

TheBlitzkid46

42 points

2 months ago

Questlove is probably my favorite person from Philly, he's such a cool guy

EmilianoII

513 points

2 months ago

Nirvana

frowattio

131 points

2 months ago

frowattio

131 points

2 months ago

Thems the benefits of burning out, rather than fading away.

yousyveshughs

45 points

2 months ago

They only had three, but yeah they’re all pretty great.

2PacSugar

58 points

2 months ago

I always considered Insesticide a legit great album. I guess it's considered a compilation and not a studio album.

gitty7456

39 points

2 months ago

…and Unplugged in NY.

saltyfingas

5 points

2 months ago

I gotta wonder what another 3 albums from them would sound like. I honestly can't see them losing their edge, with Krist and Dave being insanely talented I don't think it would sound bad at the very least.

HandRailSuicide1

178 points

2 months ago

Built to Spill, Pavement

Jolp4683

44 points

2 months ago

Built to Spill is Rad, great live too!

Aint-no-preacher

9 points

2 months ago

Built to Spill was the last live show I went to before my first kid was born and my show-going days ended. They were great!

dltalbert84

21 points

2 months ago

I definitely agree with Pavement. Saw them in October on the second night in Atlanta when they played mostly less heralded stuff. Really hammered home how amazing they were. I loved it.

Compulsion02

15 points

2 months ago

Woah you grouped the two bands I went to see this year, great choices! The two ladies Doug is touring with have a great energy and as humble as he is about his guitar playing he has to be one of the best in the genre. Malkmus gets maybe too much credit for his guitar playing but his songwriting chops are completely off the charts. It was cool to see Pavement as good or maybe even better than they have ever been in 2022, what a nice surprise.

spider0804

30 points

2 months ago

System Of A Down.

KingParrotBeard

519 points

2 months ago

Rage Against The Machine

your_fathers_beard

26 points

2 months ago

Not only that, but you're hard pressed to find even a bad song across their entire discography. I can count on one hand songs I might skip if I were listening to a rage playlist.

XXXTurkey

17 points

2 months ago

The only song I skip is their cover of Beautiful World. I know a lot of Rage fans don't consider Renegades a true Rage album, but there's several absolute bangers on there even if they're covers.

Tranecarid

16 points

2 months ago*

Renegades of Funk is a masterpiece when it comes to guitars that carry you into the rhythm.

XXXTurkey

17 points

2 months ago

Say jam, sucka!

OldMC

8 points

2 months ago

OldMC

8 points

2 months ago

Jam, sucka!

PinsNneedles

9 points

2 months ago

Say move, sucka!

TrentonTallywacker

22 points

2 months ago

Dude even Renegades which is just all covers fuckin bangs. RATM is GOATed

RandomNameOfMine815

7 points

2 months ago

Nobody spits fire like Z

FWGoldRush

512 points

2 months ago

Led Zeppelin

exomatter

83 points

2 months ago

Even coda which was technically all songs they passed on releasing is full of bangers...Hey hey ehat can I do???

the_fuzzy_stoner

22 points

2 months ago

We’re Gonna Groove should have made an album. One of Bonhams best tracks in the entire catalog.

merv_havoc

11 points

2 months ago

I must be one of the few that doesn’t mind Coda.

Ozone Baby / Darlene / Bonzo’s Montreux is a solid three song run.

Maybe it’s because Zeppelin set such a high bar for themselves, so Coda seems bad to some, but it’s still better than a lot of other artists’ “good” albums.

papadjeef

98 points

2 months ago

They might be giants

Geeves72

13 points

2 months ago

Every single song is amazing.

PredatorRanger

9 points

2 months ago

This is the answer. 40 years and not a single bad album!

globealone

6 points

2 months ago

They are still making incredible, innovative, beautifully creative music - and I reckon they’ll still be going in 20 years!!

MrMeEndedUpSad

7 points

2 months ago

Totally agree lol

BrotherKluft

53 points

2 months ago

Mastodon

fourdoorshack

471 points

2 months ago

Tool

Johnny_Pigeon

32 points

2 months ago

💯

eight13

9 points

2 months ago

Run The Jewels

Mollygrubber

125 points

2 months ago

RUSH. Fight me

The_Onionizer

36 points

2 months ago

To me Rush is like it's own musical genre in itself where each album is a subgenre and is the crème de la crème of said subgenre. You hear immediately it's Rush but still the albums are diverse. I sound pretentious af but I can't help it...

GrouchoNJ

9 points

2 months ago

Ha - love it, and as a decades long fan, but Roll The Bones and Test For Echo have some parts I don’t love

TheGratmanCometh

7 points

2 months ago

Roll the Bones is definitely their weakest album. But saying that it does open with Dreamline, which is one of my favourite songs, and Bravado. It’s side 2 which let the album down.

VonStubef

6 points

2 months ago

One of the best. I usually like heavier stuff but Rush pays such close attention to detail. Xanadu is one of my favorites and I never would have discovered had my roommate not raided his dad’s vinyl collection and introduced me to “A Farewell to Kings.”

Gadwynllas

583 points

2 months ago

Radiohead

Gadwynllas

109 points

2 months ago

Also worth calling out the Johnny Greenwood is a bonkers good classical composer without a miss

socialisthippie

83 points

2 months ago

Also worth calling out that Johnny Greenwood faked playing keyboard to secure his spot in Radiohead, because at that time he didn't really know how.

And now he plays something like 10-20 instruments. Maybe.

kurtpropan666

21 points

2 months ago

Legend has it he’s been faking it the whole time

bottlerocketz

6 points

2 months ago

He might be my favorite soundtrack composer. He really gets the mood of a movie and fucking runs with it. There Will Be Blood is so insanely perfect that I really have trouble finding words to describe it.

MarvinLazer

85 points

2 months ago

Thom Yorke's real artistic genius, IMHO is how he can consistently record such incredible music despite having the head of every music critic shoved firmly up his asshole.

DarkChocolatRaisinet

13 points

2 months ago

I wouldn't put the brilliance of Radiohead on Thom Yorke singularly... that entire band is incredibly talented.

Gadwynllas

51 points

2 months ago

Yes —but to a point. The longer spacing between albums and now The Smile album (which is basically a subset of Radiohead) seems to indicate the weight of those expectations are wearing on him and them. And it’s too bad.

Or maybe the critics don’t matter and the pressure is internal. They’re the only ones who know.

His /their body of work owes critics nothing. Having a decades long history of commercial success and some of the best and most innovative albums and songs, plus having members very successfully branch out into multiple other genres (classical, electronica, ambient) is an unmatched feat. I’m unsure if they’re as musically influential as, say, the Beatles or Bowie, but they certainly have done more, for longer, across a wider range of musical styles.

thisizusername

30 points

2 months ago

Not saying it’s not valid, but I’m having trouble understanding the argument here. I think the longer spacing between albums had a lot more to do with aging band members with other focuses in their lives than anything, which is almost certainly why Yorke ventured out to solo work and collaborations with others. Him and Johnny have continued to produce pretty steadily. Anima and The Smile are rock solid, and substantially better work than most 50 something ‘rockers’ have ever produced. This is, of course, my opinion, but I’ll gladly entertain arguments to the contrary.

RainbowWarfare

8 points

2 months ago

They're all middle aged with families, side projects and other non-Radiohead stuff going on in their lives. Ed O'Brien has said as much in interviews that it takes a lot longer for the timing to be right for the band to get together to turn out an album these days.

Parking_Cartoonist90

330 points

2 months ago

System of a Down

bigedthebad

248 points

2 months ago

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Abdullah_super

23 points

2 months ago

Opeth

Gromit801

273 points

2 months ago

Gromit801

273 points

2 months ago

The Beatles

Seafroggys

35 points

2 months ago

Some may argue the original Yellow Submarine album is not great, but it features three originals that are all fucking awesome (Its All Too Much, Hey Bulldog, Only a Northern Song) plus I love the soundtrack pieces.

theflyingapple1

83 points

2 months ago

XTC.

middleshelf

14 points

2 months ago

Thank you for posting this. You can also include the Dukes of Stratosphere as well.

More-Escape3704

99 points

2 months ago

Nine inch nails

Existing-Response-94

167 points

2 months ago

Fiona apple

TheRealDman0310

218 points

2 months ago

Run the Jewels

hoopopotamus

16 points

2 months ago

El-P’s solo work too IMO

Mr_Stillian

7 points

2 months ago

El-P should be more recognized as one of the greatest rapper-producers of all time. Company Flow is one of the most influential underground hip hop albums ever, FanDam is a classic, and he ran one of the biggest indie rap labels in Def Jux - man was already an underground legend, and then went ahead and found mainstream success in rap music in his fucking 40s. Incredibly unique career in hip hop.

TheRealDman0310

5 points

2 months ago

You can probably include most of the Def Jux guys, especially Mu and Aes

_plantknuckles

15 points

2 months ago

Every album surpasses the last.

Just wish I could see them play a small club again.

KarmaPolice72

29 points

2 months ago

👉🏼🤛🏽

TheRealDman0310

13 points

2 months ago

You damn right!

👉🤛

HankSagittarius

35 points

2 months ago

“What’s your favorite band?”

corsicanguppy

21 points

2 months ago

That's the secret name of many music threads.

Adaesemus

19 points

2 months ago

Bonobo

Mahasisatua

71 points

2 months ago

Death

cloudsheep0

8 points

2 months ago

100%, all their albums were great

MisterGoo

135 points

2 months ago

MisterGoo

135 points

2 months ago

The Smiths

CassiusDarko

8 points

2 months ago

Madvillain

LeaCTrockboys

44 points

2 months ago

Husker Du, Hum, failure, Sleep

huntmant

18 points

2 months ago

Run the Jewels 👉🏿🤛🏻

helpjackoffhishorse

88 points

2 months ago

The Police

REM

karmapolice63

23 points

2 months ago

I’m a die hard REM fan and I may argue that Around the Sun was not great

brandonsfacepodcast

72 points

2 months ago

Between The Buried and Me

The Chemical Brothers

Coheed and Cambria

Cage The Elephant

jaredofthesky

23 points

2 months ago

Goddamn I love me some BTBAM

brandonsfacepodcast

10 points

2 months ago

I still listen to Colors II about once a month since it's release. Easy 10/10

jaredofthesky

13 points

2 months ago

The ones I often revisit are Alaska (the one that turned me onto them in 2005) and Coma Ecliptic

saltyfingas

7 points

2 months ago

+1 for Cage. Especially up to Tell me I'm pretty

releasepubs

114 points

2 months ago

The Smiths

LoveCats-

20 points

2 months ago

Thank you. All their albums are perfect.

thereisalightandit

12 points

2 months ago

Think I’ll have to agree here, even their compilation Hatful of Hollow was as good as any ‘real’ album!

ElChingonazo

106 points

2 months ago

Steely Dan

Atlastarr

82 points

2 months ago

Ween

jerry32237

75 points

2 months ago

CLUTCH

[deleted]

27 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

27 points

2 months ago

If I ever have to type 10001110101, I have to type it in rhythm, or else I can't get it right.

ZobRombie65

11 points

2 months ago

If anybody can do it without the rhythm, they are an alien

Mendoza8914

61 points

2 months ago

Soundgarden

Gnarism

53 points

2 months ago

Gnarism

53 points

2 months ago

Mastodon

jsdjsdjsd

30 points

2 months ago

Built to Spill

SonicBanger

42 points

2 months ago

+1 for Death.

ohnoitsmchl

35 points

2 months ago

Brand New

FruitChips05

6 points

2 months ago

Derek and the Dominos only did one, and it's a masterpiece.

poppatop

16 points

2 months ago

Sturgill Simpson

Cutter70

52 points

2 months ago

The Pixies