Artists who made some of your favorite music and you thought they'd never reach such heights again but then they went right ahead and did something that's possibly even better

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Listening to the new Four Tet album I am amazed at how this guy seems to only get better with age, sounds so fresh and inspired.

The Clientele also just released a new album and since they were on an indefinite hiatus that is in itself great, but turns out it's some of their strongest material ever! What are the odds?

This should be a life-affirming thread.

niels, Sunday, 1 October 2017 08:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

remember when Superchunk came back from a long hiatus and made the best album of their career, Majesty Shredding?

alpine static, Sunday, 1 October 2017 08:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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Artists who made some of your favorite music and you thought they'd never reach such heights again but then they went right ahead and did something that's possibly even better [Started by niels in October 2017, last updated forty-five minutes ago by alpine static on I Love Music] 1 new answer

imago, Sunday, 1 October 2017 09:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Goldfrapp - Tales of Us

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 1 October 2017 16:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

m b v, it took 22 years but it was worth the wait. Portishead's Third is another example of an amazing comeback. The Tindersticks "The Someting Rain" also fell into that category. They reinvented themselves on that one. And the last Apartments album, their most touching release. These days I am waiting for Yo La Tengo to surprise me again, I know they can do it but since "Summer Sun" and the underwater movie soundtrack they have lost me completely. And they used to be my fave band.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 1 October 2017 21:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Vashti Bunyan - Heartleap

J. Sam, Sunday, 1 October 2017 22:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Leonard Cohen maybe not surpassing his best stuff late into his career, but keeping it damn close

rip van wanko, Sunday, 1 October 2017 23:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(kept, I suppose)

rip van wanko, Sunday, 1 October 2017 23:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oxbow - Thin Black Duke after a decade off is pretty inspiring

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 2 October 2017 00:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Scott Walker - Tilt

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 2 October 2017 01:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

David Bowie - Blackstar

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 2 October 2017 02:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, I like a lot of Bowie's late material and The Next Day was a decent comeback record but nothing suggested he was going to do something as strong as Blackstar

Cohen a good example too.

niels, Monday, 2 October 2017 06:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree

heaven parker (anagram), Monday, 2 October 2017 06:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Autechre - I thought the journey was over around the time of Draft7.30 / Untilted, and that they'd stopped making music I was interested in any more. But since Quaristice they seem to have bounced back with increasing returns on every album and I'm just as excited about a new release as I ever am.

Shat Parp (dog latin), Monday, 2 October 2017 07:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Dizzee Rascal - Raskit

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Monday, 2 October 2017 08:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp I never wrote Autechre off completely, but aside from a few highlights I hadn't been really enthused by anything they released since Confield. But Elseq is an absolutely stunning achievement in quality and quantity, and without question some career highs in there.

angelo irishagreementi (ledge), Monday, 2 October 2017 08:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh the other big one is Radiohead on A Moon Shaped Pool. I'd written them off on TKOL, and was ready to reassess a big swathe of their 21st century work as 'a good bunch of songs but mostly awkwardly-formed and wishy washy'. But that album affirmed their status as classic band in my eyes.

Shat Parp (dog latin), Monday, 2 October 2017 08:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I never really "got" AMSP but I'm always happy to hear a lot of people found it so good

niels, Monday, 2 October 2017 10:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

‘The Something Rain’ is a great shout.

michaellambert, Monday, 2 October 2017 10:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wire's '23 Years Too Late' from Read & Burn 03 absolutely floored me when it came out, and I'd still love to see them follow that path... Still time I suppose...

mor frog bs (S-), Monday, 2 October 2017 10:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They'd already put out Read & Burn 1 and 2, and Send, so they'd already come back very, very strong IMO, but yeah 03 is amazing too. fwiw Graham Lewis' solo stuff (especially All Under) does kind of follow that path and he's about to release an album of swirling chaos with Thighpaulsandra as 'UUUU' so he's probably the one to track

imago, Monday, 2 October 2017 11:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

‘The Something Rain’ is a great shout

Nah, like all the post-break-up Tindersticks albums it's a far cry from their best work.

heaven parker (anagram), Monday, 2 October 2017 11:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

gonna say every TMBG disc since from 2007 has been a nice surprise

frogbs, Monday, 2 October 2017 12:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Nah, like all the post-break-up Tindersticks albums it's a far cry from their best work.

i don't think so, it is different, they have finally succeeded in not following their old recipe of "moody late night music with a deep voice". after the second album i really lost interest in them. the "something rain" is fresh and vital, with lots of jazzy vibes. a great return.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 2 October 2017 14:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'd rank the last 2 American Music Club albums among their best. Likewise the latest Mark Eitzel is top form.

Duke, Monday, 2 October 2017 14:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"gonna say every TMBG disc since from 2007 has been a nice surprise

― frogbs, Monday, 2 October 2017 14:37 (two hours ago)"

TMBG??

Duke, Monday, 2 October 2017 14:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Shirley Collins.

Duke, Monday, 2 October 2017 15:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sparks are kind of an obvious answer for this thread, everything they've done from 2002 on has been stellar. Its really the most consistent part of their career and it sort of came out of nowhere.

frogbs, Monday, 2 October 2017 15:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Okkervil River for me too - Away is my favorite of theirs now, and I had almost given up hope after I Am Very Far and Silver Gym

niels, Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Cool topic. I agree with Bowie's Blackstar & Nick Cave's Skeleton Tree, I think both those albums rank with their best.
Niels' mention of Okkervil River intrigues me a lot. I have most their stuff and like it all (also IAVF/SG), Black Sheep Boy remains unsurpassed, but I don't have Away yet.

A band that surprised me a LOT in this regard was Madness, who released their strongest album by far with The Liberty Of Norton Folgate in 2009.

Duran Duran as well: their 2010 album All You Need Is Now is probably my favourite of theirs.

Paul Simon - Rhythm of the Saints remains my no.1 Simon album, but I find So Beautiful or So What thoroughly excellent.

David Sylvian - nothing will top Gone To Earth for me, but I do certainly adore Manafon

I got massively into Joseph Arthur back in 2004, he quickly grew to be one of my most favourite artists of all time. He's very prolific and hasn't ever released a song which I didn't like. I already thought so in the first seven years of being a fan, and then he released the albums Redemption's City followed by The Ballad Of Boogie Christ Act 1 and Act 2: those three are my faves of his now.

Valentijn, Thursday, 5 October 2017 12:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Dylan's Love and Theft

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 5 October 2017 12:37 (one week ago) Permalink

Another one: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - History of Modern. English Electric was very good too. Haven't heard their new one yet.

Valentijn, Thursday, 5 October 2017 13:17 (one week ago) Permalink

English Electric, definitely.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 13:27 (one week ago) Permalink

A Tribe Called Quest
Dylan with Love and Theft
The Go-Betweens with Oceans Apart

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 5 October 2017 13:28 (one week ago) Permalink

In fact a lot of synthpop bands/artists put out some unexpectedly strong work this decade: English Electric, Electric, Splinter, The Minutes, Music Complete (even though I didn't like it at first) and now Depeche Mode with Spirit this year. ABC put out The Lexicon of Love II which was unexepectedly strong, too.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 13:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Before that, Erasure's Nightbird was an unexpected return to form and an album not many people thought Vince & Andy had in 'em at that point.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 13:33 (one week ago) Permalink

New Order's Music Complete, indeed, awesome album.

Valentijn, Thursday, 5 October 2017 13:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Also, in 2007 I assumed Manic Street Preachers were pretty much a spent band until they put out Send Away the Tigers and Journal For Plague Lovers back to back, although in hindsight Lifeblood was nowhere near a mis-step.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 13:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, Manics as well: I'm less taken with Send Away The Tigers myself but Journal For Plague Lovers and Futurology are two of their very best albums to me.

Valentijn, Thursday, 5 October 2017 13:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Peter Gabriel - Up.

Valentijn, Thursday, 5 October 2017 14:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Jay-Z - 4:44

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Thursday, 5 October 2017 14:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Also, I'd like to get a mention of Echo & the Bunnymen in, although I'm totally biased when it comes to them as they're my no.1 band of all time. And while I don't expect them to ever release an album anymore that's on the level of their classic first four '80s albums, I certainly love everything they've done since then and I thought their most recent Meteorites (2014) had several songs that actually even surprised me with how good I thought they were (title track, Constantinople, Lovers On The Run, Market Town, New Horizons).

Valentijn, Thursday, 5 October 2017 14:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Roisin Murphy - gone fishing

Didn't expect she would top ruby blue or overpowered

Week of Wonders (Ross), Thursday, 5 October 2017 14:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Neneh Cherry's Cherry Thing is the best thing she's done by far, and Blank Project is close. Her early career now feels like working hard to fit genres together, but now they just flow.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Thursday, 5 October 2017 14:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Somehow I never got into those late Neneh Cherry albums. For me she reached her peak with Homebrew, what a warm album!

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 5 October 2017 15:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Joe Strummer - Global a Go Go

A great, sprawling record. It's not the Clash, it's its own weird thing, capped by an 18 minute instrumental. The lead song, Johnny Appleseed, is one of the very best things he's ever done.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 5 October 2017 15:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Jayhawks: I find Mockingbird Time (2011) their best album with Mark Olson; Paging Mr. Proust (2016) their best without him.

Valentijn, Thursday, 5 October 2017 15:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Valentijn, you're gonna love Away - it's great on first listen and grows from there. Certainly their best sounding album imo and has a cool Van Morrison feel.

niels, Thursday, 5 October 2017 15:54 (one week ago) Permalink

A band that surprised me a LOT in this regard was Madness, who released their strongest album by far with The Liberty Of Norton Folgate in 2009.

this, and their latest was pretty bloody good as well.

mark e, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future

nomar, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:30 (one week ago) Permalink

it wasn't quite on the level of their trio of '90s classics but surprisingly close

nomar, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Iron Maiden's last one brought me back into the fold for the first time since i was a teenager

nomar, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Underworld are constantly on this level for me, hearing "Scribble" for the first time immediately came to mind when I saw the thread title

frogbs, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Pet Shop Boys' The Pop Kids is one of their best ever singles, just about in their Top 10 even. No one was more surprised than me.

It must have been a shock for 80s Lou Reed fans when the 1-2 punch of New York and Drella happened.

piscesx, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:32 (one week ago) Permalink

immediately thought the same about "Love is a Booshwa Contract"

frogbs, Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:38 (one week ago) Permalink

'The Pop Kids' is great, but then Pet Shop Boys have had a shitload of great singles post-Very, even from their lesser albums.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 17:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Lots of good suggestions here. Nightbird, Tales Of Us and Oceans Apart are great examples.

Glory by Britney. I never thought she'd get near the quality of Blackout again, especially after Britney Jean was such a disaster. A year on and I think Glory is up there as her second best album.

Saint Etienne's Tales From Turnpike House is another one. Sound Of Water is comfortably my least favourite album of theirs and Finisterre was only a slight improvement. Turnpike House fully got me back on-board when my enthusiasm was really low. Easily their best album since So Tough. Words & Music isn't far off that quality either.

kitchen person, Thursday, 5 October 2017 19:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Paul Buchanan - Mid Air

Pataphysician, Friday, 6 October 2017 15:53 (one week ago) Permalink


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