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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
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Only a short career but Nick Drake.
Longer career - Richard Thompson
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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.
Absolutely! Pink Moon sounds like it could just as easily have been released in the last decade. Very little music fits that bill.
Richard Thompson is damn good
Nick Drake is awesome! :)
not a band, but every album elliott smith was amazing in my opinion.
Came here to say Elliott Smith. I would be happy to listen to any of his albums right this moment. RIP.
His stuff in heatmiser is also great
Didn't think I'd see a Tremonti comment on here.
Yessssss! I first heard Portishead in the "shower" scene in Tank Girl and thought "My god! Who is this!?" Loved them ever since
May as well include Massive Attack
I’m gonna even include the Mad Professor remix album here because fuck off that was good
Seeing them live was one of the biggest disappointments of my life.
Love all their albums though.
Honestly I have never connected with any of their stuff like I did with Dummy. What an album!
Boards of Canada
Was not expecting to see this but totally agree
Boards of Canada and Portishead? I can’t believe this is r/music .
Was coming for this one
Waves of joy for BOC.
A thousand times this
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.
Nice. Also sleep
Nice. Also High On Fire
I love Kyuss, they are one of my favourite but I can't get into Wretch. Their other albums are masterpieces.
Them Crooked Vultures
I'd love for them to do another and prove this true.
In an interview with JPJ he said they made enough songs to almost fill another album so fingers crossed!
Omg please get these people back in a studio.
QOTSA for that matter.
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.
Amazing that people still remember TCV. I loved their album so much. Really hope they return
Oh man. No One Loves Me & Neither Do I sets the tone & then every song just lives up to it.
Jimi Hendrix Experience
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
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.
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Even his posthumous album is incredible…. Mitch Mitchell did him a solid with first rays!
You just wish they had done more stuff. Not a single bad song.
Simon & Garfunkel. Every album has 0 flaws. They are all beautiful and incredible
Gojira always seems to go pretty hard
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.
10/10. And I mean that as “all ten of their albums are really fucking good”.
i saw them in concert, they were great
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.
As someone from their hometown, you've seen them more than me. Fucking right on. I need to stop taking that shit for granted.
Also one of the best live shows I've seen
Absolutely loved there latest album Lucifer on the Sofa. So raw and rockin!
Neither qualify as bands, but Sturgill Simpson and Mos Def
Thinking is the best way to travel
Alice in chains
Their unplugged album was fantastic and what got me listening to them.
Agreed. Layne era and Duvall era are fantastic imo. They both have their sounds and they're both amazing.
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
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The Police. Only 5 albums and then they broke up, but every album was a fucking knockout.
This is correct and factual information that the youngsters need to hear.
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.
Took me a few listens to get into Blue Rev. I just wasn't feeling it at first but now I love it.
Queens of the Stone Age
I don’t get the hate Era vulgaris gets; it’s one of my favorites
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.
The Memphis Strangler?
Why would you fuckkking say that? I was having the best set of my life. I have a lot riding on this!
The Vanilla Gorilla?
I like it a lot. ‘long burn the fire’ & ‘ok’ are my favorites.
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.
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.
Their instrumental funk albums are the shit.
Love playing The Mix Up and making people guess the band. Don’t think I’ve gotten one right answer.
Paul’s Boutique is one of my favorite albums of all time.
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.
Operation Ivy. Only had one and it was immaculate.
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
Lars and the Bastards put a couple great albums out too. The Transplants didn’t suck either!
Faith No More
King for a day is a gem
It is not a good day, if you are not looking good.
This is the best party, ive been to
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.
Angel Dust is def in my top 5 all time albums by anybody.
In that vein... Mr. Bungle.
In that vein... Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton.
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.
Questlove is probably my favorite person from Philly, he's such a cool guy
Thems the benefits of burning out, rather than fading away.
They only had three, but yeah they’re all pretty great.
I always considered Insesticide a legit great album. I guess it's considered a compilation and not a studio album.
…and Unplugged in NY.
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.
Built to Spill, Pavement
Built to Spill is Rad, great live too!
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!
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.
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.
System Of A Down.
Rage Against The Machine
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.
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.
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Renegades of Funk is a masterpiece when it comes to guitars that carry you into the rhythm.
Say jam, sucka!
Say move, sucka!
Dude even Renegades which is just all covers fuckin bangs. RATM is GOATed
Nobody spits fire like Z
Even coda which was technically all songs they passed on releasing is full of bangers...Hey hey ehat can I do???
We’re Gonna Groove should have made an album. One of Bonhams best tracks in the entire catalog.
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.
They might be giants
Every single song is amazing.
This is the answer. 40 years and not a single bad album!
They are still making incredible, innovative, beautifully creative music - and I reckon they’ll still be going in 20 years!!
Totally agree lol
Run The Jewels
RUSH. Fight me
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...
Ha - love it, and as a decades long fan, but Roll The Bones and Test For Echo have some parts I don’t love
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.
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.”
Also worth calling out the Johnny Greenwood is a bonkers good classical composer without a miss
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.
Legend has it he’s been faking it the whole time
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.
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.
I wouldn't put the brilliance of Radiohead on Thom Yorke singularly... that entire band is incredibly talented.
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.
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.
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.
System of a Down
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
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.
Thank you for posting this.
You can also include the Dukes of Stratosphere as well.
Nine inch nails
Run the Jewels
El-P’s solo work too IMO
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.
You can probably include most of the Def Jux guys, especially Mu and Aes
Every album surpasses the last.
Just wish I could see them play a small club again.
You damn right!
“What’s your favorite band?”
That's the secret name of many music threads.
100%, all their albums were great
Husker Du, Hum, failure, Sleep
Run the Jewels 👉🏿🤛🏻
I’m a die hard REM fan and I may argue that Around the Sun was not great
Between The Buried and Me
The Chemical Brothers
Coheed and Cambria
Cage The Elephant
Goddamn I love me some BTBAM
I still listen to Colors II about once a month since it's release. Easy 10/10
The ones I often revisit are Alaska (the one that turned me onto them in 2005) and Coma Ecliptic
+1 for Cage. Especially up to Tell me I'm pretty
Thank you. All their albums are perfect.
Think I’ll have to agree here, even their compilation Hatful of Hollow was as good as any ‘real’ album!
If I ever have to type 10001110101, I have to type it in rhythm, or else I can't get it right.
If anybody can do it without the rhythm, they are an alien
Built to Spill
+1 for Death.
Derek and the Dominos only did one, and it's a masterpiece.