What's the least acclaimed album you love?

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Can't really think of a truly panned album I love...

I love Seekers Seen in Green but that may be more overlooked than unacclaimed. Same goes for The Healing Game.

I also love Lulu but that may be more divisive than unacclaimed.

What's the least acclaimed album you love?

niels, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 08:13 (three months ago) Permalink

The Ark Work by Liturgy, probably

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:16 (three months ago) Permalink

every sigue sigue sputnik album i have.

mark e, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:33 (three months ago) Permalink

Have a secret fondness for the ludicrousness of Mansun

I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:56 (three months ago) Permalink

Soap Opera by the Kinks/ concept album era Kinks in general

(unless these have been 'reassessed' or whatever without me noticing? but I get the impression that no-one really cares about post-60s Kinks these days)

soref, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:14 (three months ago) Permalink

How about "Wild Life", Wings?

Mark G, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:27 (three months ago) Permalink

haha, these are great

niels, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:38 (three months ago) Permalink

that is, they're fun to listen to

niels, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:38 (three months ago) Permalink

if you're on RYM this is fairly easy to calculate:
http://rateyourmusic.com/misc/conformity

looks like the biggest difference for me is Datarock - Red. which makes sense, I don't recall seeing a single good review of that album. I still think it's great though.

frogbs, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:47 (three months ago) Permalink

I could probably dredge up a ton of these. Starting with Basia's discography.

The most recent example I can think of is Zero 7's last album, Yeah Ghost, which was lambasted but which I thought and continue to think is fantastic.

Lipbra Geraldoman (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:18 (three months ago) Permalink

Manic Street Preachers - Journal for Plague Lovers, Know Your Enemy

Tom Petty - Long After Dark

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - Global a GoGo

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:38 (three months ago) Permalink

My highest result on that RYM thing is last year's Saqqara Mastabas album by Matthew Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces guy), which I found to be charming and mad, and which literally everyone else on the planet (aka the 25 or so people who heard it) found to be baffling, scrawny and irrelevant

The Ark Work is my third highest though lol

imago, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:48 (three months ago) Permalink

This is a great question. I think for me, most are albums that slipped under the bar before my critical facilities were well formed (and before I cared about acclaim). Things like Dead or Alive (Sophisticated Boom Boom) or the first 3 or 4 Thompson Twins albums.

Sad to say, but my adult listening habits first filter everything through a gauntlet of received wisdom before I even give anything a chance. But this is part of the reason why I like ILM -- for encouraging me to give things like The 1975 a listen.

enochroot, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:02 (three months ago) Permalink

Billy Joel's Attila thing is a contender

Wet Pelican would provide the soundtrack (Myonga Vön Bontee), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:26 (three months ago) Permalink

that dog's "totally crushed out" is near perfect and in my top 20

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:28 (three months ago) Permalink

that dog are great, yeah. i tried looking at the rym thing but since i stopped rating records it doesn't have much to say. maybe "everybody loves a happy ending" by tears for fears? that seems to have been roundly ignored by everyone except me.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:39 (three months ago) Permalink

It seems likely that the answer to this question will be 'album by artist that I continued to follow long after they fell out of critical favor'. Like latter-day Tori Amos, maybe?

Lipbra Geraldoman (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:48 (three months ago) Permalink

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

MarkoP, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:50 (three months ago) Permalink

the Who, Endless Wire

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:59 (three months ago) Permalink

probably these corny "global underground" mix cds from danny tenaglia from the late 90s, they are very dear to me though

marcos, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:00 (three months ago) Permalink

Great thread idea! I'm gonna say 'Once Around The World' by It Bites.

Supposed Former ILM Lurker (WeWantMiles), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:46 (three months ago) Permalink

I've never been a fan of that type of middlebrow/tasteful prog house, but those Global Underground mixes were acclaimed at the time, then fell deeply out of fashion, and I'm sure will do crazy prices in ten years, just like deep house.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:27 (three months ago) Permalink

yes, the ladder

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Word of Mouth, the Kinks

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:31 (three months ago) Permalink

Soap Opera by the Kinks/ concept album era Kinks in general

― soref, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:14 PM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Word of Mouth, the Kinks

― Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:31 PM (seventeen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I won't lie, it's slightly hurtful to have been out-"least acclaimed" like this

soref, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:51 (three months ago) Permalink

probably the last pair of U2 albums (not to mention Rattle & Hum)

Monster by R.E.M.

oh wait:

Rift by Phish

nomar, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night - Stereolab

i was thinking about making a thread about bands where your favorite album is not beloved/rated highly- Cobra has its fans but it always gets overlooked.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:58 (three months ago) Permalink

I've never been a fan of that type of middlebrow/tasteful prog house, but those Global Underground mixes were acclaimed at the time, then fell deeply out of fashion, and I'm sure will do crazy prices in ten years, just like deep house.

― Siegbran, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:27 PM (forty-three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yea most of them are boring as fuck but the two danny tenaglia ones *kisses fingers*

marcos, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:12 (three months ago) Permalink

Goodbye Jumbo, World Party

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:14 (three months ago) Permalink

i really dug some of those sasha and digweed mixes, especially the northern exposure series.

nomar, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:15 (three months ago) Permalink

yea i like that xpander ep by sasha too

marcos, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:20 (three months ago) Permalink

I've always felt that nobody gives the slightest shit about that live Tom Waits record Big Time, but it's astoundingly great and many of the tracks are rendered out much better than their studio versions.

MaresNest, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:22 (three months ago) Permalink

I fucking love Asobi Seksu's last 2 albums (Hush and Fluorescence) but rym seems to think they jumped the shark after Citrus (common complaints seem to be "vocals too high in the mix, too many keyboards, doesn't sound exactly like Citrus, not shoegazey enough to appease the genre fascists"). I should probably stop defining my tastes in opposition to the rym hivemind, huh

progge went a-courtin' (unregistered), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:29 (three months ago) Permalink

I only like acclaimed music

briscall stool chart (wins), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:30 (three months ago) Permalink

For me, probably Toto IV. Although, now that I think about it, there are probably a good few critics out there who show it some love since the yacht rock revival began in earnest.

jon123, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:31 (three months ago) Permalink

Once upon a time it was Miles Davis's On the Corner, but everybody loves that now.
So...Miles Davis's You're Under Arrest.
Oh, and Swans' The Burning World, which Michael Gira himself hates.

Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Violent J (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:34 (three months ago) Permalink

Ha, nomar beat me to Monster. Apart from that, probably the second Best Coast album.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:42 (three months ago) Permalink

Lloyd Cole - Bad Vibes. Objectively very poor but I love it for the "artist tries something outside his comfort zone and fails wonderfully" vibe.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:00 (three months ago) Permalink

i really dug some of those sasha and digweed mixes, especially the northern exposure series.

― nomar

the northern exposure series is totally back

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:02 (three months ago) Permalink

I'd probably have to pay every ILM poster money to listen to this but it's one of my favorite releases of the 90s:
https://www.discogs.com/Folk-Implosion-Nothings-Gonna-Stop-The-Flow/release/1639807

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:22 (three months ago) Permalink

this is a good question

The Fall's Middle Class Revolt album seems to be regarded as somewhat of a failure, but I love it.

sleeve, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:24 (three months ago) Permalink

Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales

i think i have affection for a lot of (what are now) critically unloved albums from the early '90s that received four stars in Rolling Stone.

nomar, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:38 (three months ago) Permalink

"Goodbye Jumbo, World Party"

i'm always interested in the fandom that goes beyond something like goodbye jumbo which is an album people have actually heard of and even heard. is there a thread about rolling really deep with a band/artist? and how lonely that can be? did anyone buy the last prefab sprout album? lloyd cole has, like, ten solo albums.

if there is a thread, i don't know the name of it.

scott seward, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:41 (three months ago) Permalink

i bought the lloyd cole/roedelius album.

i thought about buying the last prefab sprout album and I'm sure it's really good but...

nomar, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:44 (three months ago) Permalink

also think being a fan of preservation act 1/act 2 might be even bolder than being a fan of word of mouth.

i've also kinda been curious about what post-word of mouth albums sound like. don't think i ever heard phobia or u.k. jive.

scott seward, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:45 (three months ago) Permalink

i'm always interested in the fandom that goes beyond something like goodbye jumbo which is an album people have actually heard of and even heard.

I don't know anybody irl who likes this album. Even when it came out I didn't know anyone else who was into it. I think it's fantastic, I return to it regularly and it's Wallinger's best album imo.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:48 (three months ago) Permalink

i've also kinda been curious about what post-word of mouth albums sound like. don't think i ever heard phobia or u.k. jive.

― scott seward, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 2:45 PM (four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I loved U.K. Jive at the time, and considered it their best since Muswell Hillbillies. When I revisited it recently, it mostly held up, but the production is pretty bad (all-digital recording in 1989).

Phobia is garbage, with the exception of the last song, "Scattered," which is one of their best ever. Turns out it was written in 1971.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:52 (three months ago) Permalink

I love Maxwell's Embrya which got panned hard when it came out, but I see some people praising it now so idk

josh az (2011nostalgia), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 18:56 (three months ago) Permalink

also think being a fan of preservation act 1/act 2 might be even bolder than being a fan of word of mouth.

Act 1 is not bad. Act 2 is bad.

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:04 (three months ago) Permalink

Cybill Shepherd's Cybill Does It... To Cole Porter. I was trying to find reviews online without much luck. Christgau gave it a D-, although he did say her voice is surprisingly pleasant. The album features many of the songs from the film At Long Last Love, which was a notorious flop. The record is campy fun, though; I've listened to it way more than Ella Fitzgerald's Cole Porter Songbooks.

I don't really like any of these albums (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:09 (three months ago) Permalink

Bobby Conn - The Golden Age - not sure how people rate it nowadays, if at all

beyond fucking classic

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 21 April 2017 19:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Echobelly - On

nomar, Friday, 21 April 2017 19:29 (two months ago) Permalink

-Roxy Music - Flesh+Blood (probably my fave after Stranded)

you win

sleeve, Friday, 21 April 2017 19:30 (two months ago) Permalink

All of this love for those Kinks albums is making me really happy. Also, I adore The Cure 'Bloodflowers' album, and although it wasn't exactly panned, it was greeted with a giant yawn and then ignored.

Migdalia Amygdala (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Friday, 21 April 2017 19:33 (two months ago) Permalink

huge soft spot in my heart for Metric's Fantasies, which meant a lot to me in high school (really clocking my age with that factoid)—it was tepidly received and it is pretty ramshackle in hindsight, but i can't help but love that middle ground between pop-punky tightness/hooks and late-aughts cosmopolitan indie wistfulness.

austinb, Friday, 21 April 2017 19:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Valentijn - Kinks one was a good call. "Sweet Lady Genevieve" is a good track

― Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, April 21, 2017 3:24 PM (thirty-two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The one time I saw the Kinks, in 1993, Ray opened with a solo acoustic "Sweet Lady Genevieve." About eight of us in the audience went nuts, while everyone else wondered what the song was and why it was making only eight people go nuts.

And last month when my partner and I were out to dinner celebrating our anniversary, I heard it over the restaurant's PA. It wasn't a totally out-of-left-field choice, as I'd heard "Picture Book" there before, but still odd to hear in the wild.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 21 April 2017 20:00 (two months ago) Permalink

^ very cool :)

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 21 April 2017 20:03 (two months ago) Permalink

13th Floor Elevators - Bull Of The Woods:

https://devonrecordclub.com/2014/10/24/13th-floor-elevators-bull-of-the-woods-round-73-toms-selction/

We had this as a theme at one of our meetings.

yugi ex, Friday, 21 April 2017 20:45 (two months ago) Permalink

John Cale - Caribbean Sunset

Not my favorite, but much much better than the consensus says. I've been waiting for a reissue!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 21 April 2017 21:34 (two months ago) Permalink

If you'd said "Manscape" I'd have been impressed.

I always leaned more "stentorian" Graham Lewis fan than "tuneful abstract" Colin Newman fan. Yes, I like his 80s solo efforts more, too. Manscape is a bit too uneven, even for me, but I do remember afternoons with "Torch It" on repeat.

behavioral sink (Sanpaku), Friday, 21 April 2017 21:53 (two months ago) Permalink

xp Valentijn:

I loved Mansun's "Wide Open Space", and I'm not surprised it was embraced years later by the trance community. At the time, though, I was rather prejudiced against Britpop, as I thought the shoegazers and post-rockers (Simon Reynold's early usage) offered a path forward, and Britpop trapped in the past.

behavioral sink (Sanpaku), Friday, 21 April 2017 22:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Another vote for caribbean sunset. I haven't listened to it for years but when i discovered it around 1985 and i loved it as it seemed so badass compared to paris 1919.

Alex in Spree-Athen (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 22 April 2017 08:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Greendale is fantastic, but I don't think it received bad reviews?

niels, Saturday, 22 April 2017 09:46 (two months ago) Permalink

When he toured Greendale, I think there was some negative press, but mainly because it hadn't been released yet, nor had the tour been promoted as "Neil's new shit!" or whatever, and audiences didn't want to sit through 70+ minutes of unfamiliar material.

I love both the album and the film (which I was lucky enough to see in a theater).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 22 April 2017 13:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Wrath by the band Iris is another one. Synth pop by two guys who obviously dig the shit out of Depeche Mode and I think this album is up there with some of DM's best

― Vinnie
Great recommendation!

Siegbran, Saturday, 22 April 2017 14:06 (two months ago) Permalink

the CURE - The Top
clap your hands say yeah - s/t

nicky lo-fi, Saturday, 22 April 2017 14:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is the eponymous debut album by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, self-released in the U.S. on 13 September 2005, and released in the UK on 23 January 2006 by Wichita Recordings. Produced and mixed by Adam Lasus, the album and the band rose to fame after buzz and attention built up on various MP3 blogs and a very positive ("9.0/10") review from influential music website Pitchfork Media. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was listed as one of the 50 most important recordings of the decade by National Public Radio's All Songs Considered.[12]

niels, Saturday, 22 April 2017 14:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Well I hope Im wrong then but I thought opinion changed after the intial buzz. Also thought most of that buzz was due to its DIY success

nicky lo-fi, Saturday, 22 April 2017 14:58 (two months ago) Permalink

aight

it's a great record

niels, Saturday, 22 April 2017 15:07 (two months ago) Permalink

I am possibly the only person who likes the last Lovin' Spoonful album, "Revelation: Revolution '69", which was basically Joe Butler and some session musicians - Joe Butler being the drummer of Lovin' Spoonful, for those not so familiar with them. I always liked the songs he sang when Lovin' Spoonful actually were Lovin' Spoonful.

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Saturday, 22 April 2017 19:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Another one for Bobby Conn...really great album

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Sunday, 23 April 2017 03:19 (two months ago) Permalink

New Radicals - Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too

Neanderthal, Sunday, 23 April 2017 04:44 (two months ago) Permalink

my favorite Flying Burrito Bros record is the self-titled one with "Colorado," don't know if that's rated

flappy bird, Sunday, 23 April 2017 05:28 (two months ago) Permalink

the top is like the best cure album

kurt schwitterz, Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Think that New Radicals record has had enough reevaluation that I know more people who view it positively than negatively. It's a nice album

Vinnie, Sunday, 23 April 2017 06:03 (two months ago) Permalink

my favorite Flying Burrito Bros record is the self-titled one with "Colorado," don't know if that's rated

It is by me.

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Sunday, 23 April 2017 10:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes - Tormato (lots of fun)
Beach Boys - Holland (not particularly disliked but extremely underrated)
Beach Boys - Light Album (not a great album but it has some of my favourite songs on it)

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 23 April 2017 11:35 (two months ago) Permalink

When the Dennis Wilson albums got reissued I was incredibly pissed off nobody ever mentioned "Baby Blue" from Light Album.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 23 April 2017 11:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Don't know who underrates Holland anymore tbh, I think it' might even be overrated now!

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Sunday, 23 April 2017 11:52 (two months ago) Permalink

King Crimson - Lizard (hey, despite Haskell's stroke-y vocals, I dig it)

Neanderthal, Sunday, 23 April 2017 12:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Beach Boys - Love You

this has for real become one of my favorite BB albums

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 23 April 2017 14:47 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm still a fan of the pre-release bootleg version of Lily Allen's first album.

Also, The Streets.

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 23 April 2017 15:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I'll have to have a think about what the actual "least" acclaimed album that I like is, but one that's springing to my mind right now is Ministry's With Sympathy.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Sunday, 23 April 2017 15:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Lizard has it's fans, I thought. I like it a lot more than In the Court... personally.

ultros ultros-ghali, Sunday, 23 April 2017 17:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Prob 1st Remy Zero (s/t) or 1st Kelley Deal 6000 album (Go to the Sugar Altar)

the rockists' red glare (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 23 April 2017 21:57 (two months ago) Permalink

Beach Boys - Love You

A lot of Beach Boys fans like this album.

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Sunday, 23 April 2017 22:13 (two months ago) Permalink

I guess nobody's brave enough to stan for the Beach Boys' '80s outout?

progge went a-courtin' (unregistered), Sunday, 23 April 2017 22:19 (two months ago) Permalink

*output

progge went a-courtin' (unregistered), Sunday, 23 April 2017 22:19 (two months ago) Permalink

I guess nobody's brave enough to stan for the Beach Boys' '80s outout?

well SOME people belonged to Columbia House in the 80s....

Neanderthal, Sunday, 23 April 2017 22:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, Love You is very well regarded in Beach Boys hardcore fan circles. Goodness knows why, I think it's shit.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Sunday, 23 April 2017 22:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes, I tried to get into it based on all the buzz but...

Shpilkes for a Knave (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 April 2017 23:15 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't recall much good on the album, just the silliest tracks.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 23 April 2017 23:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Great album.

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Sunday, 23 April 2017 23:55 (two months ago) Permalink

"Mona" is pretty good.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 23 April 2017 23:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Probably my least favourite track tbh.

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Monday, 24 April 2017 00:04 (two months ago) Permalink

I really just wish someone would write a book about 'Ding Dang'

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shortnin%27_Bread#The_Beach_Boys_version

progge went a-courtin' (unregistered), Monday, 24 April 2017 00:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Some people responded to my mention of Neil Young's Greendale. It's probably true that it was never that badly acclaimed. I got the impression that many weren't wild about it as I have heard from some people/in some reviews that they simply don't have patience for it or couldn't get into the themes.

It's probably more a divisive album than an overall badly acclaimed one. That, I think, might also be true for later David Sylvian albums: Blemish, Manafon. I adore them, I'm pretty sure I'm far from the only one & those albums got good reviews, but I've met three different longtime Sylvian fans who told me that they couldn't listen to it.

Valentijn, Monday, 24 April 2017 19:56 (two months ago) Permalink

More on topic: every album by Echo & the Bunnymen is very, very dear to me. I know that a lot of fans mainly think highly of their classic first four records with the original line-up and are quite dismissive of most of their post-reunion album, some of those later albums didn't get all-positive reviews either. But I have immense love for them all, as well as Ian McCulloch's solo work (even if I would also name Porcupine and Ocean Rain their best).

Valentijn, Monday, 24 April 2017 20:03 (two months ago) Permalink

xp saw Neil play a Greendale show and will never be able to fully forgive him.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Monday, 24 April 2017 20:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh!

Alice Cooper's DaDa! There's another one.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Monday, 24 April 2017 20:28 (two months ago) Permalink


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