Recent comeback album poll (post 2000)

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Inspired by the recent discussion around greatest comeback records (gaps of >10 years, sorry Boards of Canada) of the past couple decades in this thread: slowdive: classic or dud?

Kate Bush - Aerial
Slowdive - Slowdive
Portishead - Third
My Bloody Valentine - m b v
D'Angelo - Black Messiah
Aphex Twin - Syro
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
Vashti Bunyan - Lookaftering
Swans - My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky
Something else (post in thread)


octobeard, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:18 (two weeks ago) link

Tribe, fairly easily, as intimated

imago, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:20 (two weeks ago) link

Aerial, Third and mbv are great too. Third doesn't really belong here though. Too short a gap.

imago, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:20 (two weeks ago) link

Portishead or D’Angelo, by a country mile.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:21 (two weeks ago) link

Oh yeah Black Messiah is really good as well, sure

imago, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:22 (two weeks ago) link

Of course, perhaps my favourite of all is Wire's whole Read & Burn/Send comeback, but that's a bit less clearly a 'comeback album'

imago, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:24 (two weeks ago) link

K.A. by Magma is my go-to example for this

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:26 (two weeks ago) link

D'Angelo has the best album here but it seems unfair to call it a comeback, that's just how long he takes to make an album

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:26 (two weeks ago) link

Ogilala by Billy Corgan. First solo album in 12 years. Some of the best stuff of his career on that album.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:27 (two weeks ago) link

Third doesn't really belong here though. Too short a gap.

11 years between Portishead and Third. My subjective cutoff for this poll was a decade.

octobeard, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:27 (two weeks ago) link

I realize that most SP albums could qualify as BC solo albums. Different attitude though, which completely changes the character of the songs.
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flappy bird, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:28 (two weeks ago) link

Ugh, I forgot a record: Sleep - The Sciences

octobeard, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:32 (two weeks ago) link

Aerial, still

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:35 (two weeks ago) link

Fwiw I like ‘em all except for the Kate Bush (I don’t get her music, never will) and the Sleep (ditto), had it been included.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:35 (two weeks ago) link

There must be way more of these, I feel like I've heard of so many bands coming back for one more in the last year or two (presumably because it's easier to collaborate & record remotely?)

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:40 (two weeks ago) link

Telefon Tel Aviv put out an album 10 years after the previous one under that name

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:41 (two weeks ago) link

Hum, for instance. It’s a good ‘un, too.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:42 (two weeks ago) link

Slowdive for me.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

Something else: Swervedriver

Of the available options, ATCQ or D'Angelo. Chills comeback also one of the most astounding events of this century.

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:53 (two weeks ago) link

Almost all of the follow-ups listed here are after 2000.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_gaps_between_studio_albums

jmm, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:55 (two weeks ago) link

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f3/UnleashTheLove2017.jpg

jmm, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:56 (two weeks ago) link

hah putting Bjork on that list is kind of cheap

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 21:13 (two weeks ago) link

Royal Trux

it's AG in your faaaace.... (morrisp), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 21:20 (two weeks ago) link

this is a genuinely tough choice. right now, it's a five-way tie between vashti, the valentines, portishead, kate, and slowdive. i would also consider a write-in for the chameleons' why call it anything?.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 21:45 (two weeks ago) link

There must be way more of these, I feel like I've heard of so many bands coming back for one more in the last year or two (presumably because it's easier to collaborate & record remotely?)

Yes there's a lot (see the wiki link posted above) but a select few have not only shown the band in top form, but are arguably among their best works (if not their best). Rare that a comeback can do that, which is why this list is abbreviated.

octobeard, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 21:49 (two weeks ago) link

superchunk - majesty shredding was my first thought but looks like it wasn't quite a decade off

it's either slowdive or it's cynic - traced in air

ciderpress, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 21:53 (two weeks ago) link

Shirley Collins is missing from that wiki list - was a 38 year gap before her comeback record

kites aren't fun (NickB), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 21:55 (two weeks ago) link

How about Black Sabbath (18 yrs)

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 21:55 (two weeks ago) link

Like for example I find Tool's Fear Inoculum and Avalanches' Wildflower would be obvious worthy additions, but are these albums as good as anything they've done prior? Better than? This is the thinking here. Just because a band like Black Sabbath has a comeback album (or other horny old hippies like Roger Waters) doesn't mean they're as good as their peak output (say Iron Man or Animals or something). You can definitely argue that for any of the bands I initially included in the poll.

octobeard, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 22:02 (two weeks ago) link

I like Wildflower more than SILY but I'm probably alone on that

as for the ones on that list - I think the Devo album has held up pretty well. it does something that very few of these albums do, which is sound very much like the year it was released, rather than an "updated" take on what they used to do. the Van Der Graaf Generator one is the opposite, it sounds like it could've come out in 1978.

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 22:09 (two weeks ago) link

also I'm very amused by the fact that the 5th spot on the list belongs to....Gryphon

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 22:10 (two weeks ago) link

VDGG's Present had an extremely good opening track at least, but their follow-up to the comeback was a much better album

Suede did the same - comeback was so-so, but then they got better

imago, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 22:11 (two weeks ago) link

I would nominate Polvo, but it's their second post-comeback LP that I *really* dig

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 22:13 (two weeks ago) link

In a similar vein, Swans The Seer is arguably the best thing they ever did.

octobeard, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 22:17 (two weeks ago) link

We Didn't Say That >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Save the World but Daphne and Celeste

CRVTCHΞS (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 22:44 (two weeks ago) link

Didn't know Linda Perhacs made another record, any good?

CRVTCHΞS (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 22:45 (two weeks ago) link

black messiah, but all of these are damn good.

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 22:48 (two weeks ago) link

Omg! I didn't count Daphne and Celeste (because it's more a Max Tundra record) but of COURSE that one is amazing yeah :D

imago, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 23:29 (two weeks ago) link

anyone else itt prefer 50 words for snow to aerial?

la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 23:31 (two weeks ago) link

Hum, for instance. It’s a good ‘un, too.

Yep, absolutely. I've lived with it long enough now to comfortably consider it one of their best records. (22 years, 4 months, 27 days - for the uninitiated)

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 23:33 (two weeks ago) link

Voting Mission of Burma - ONoffON & Oblierati both pretty great.

BlackIronPrison, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 00:21 (two weeks ago) link

The Pop Group or X.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 00:35 (two weeks ago) link

Mix seems relevant:

https://musicophilia.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/musicophilia_00_various_late_2005-2019_cover-a.jpg?w=1536

https://musicophilia.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/musicophilia_00_various_late_2005-2019_cover-b.jpg?w=1536


Various – ‘Late’
(2005-2019)

01 [0:00:00] David Bowie – “Lazarus” (‘Blackstar’ 2016)
02 [0:06:20] My Bloody Valentine – “In Another Way” (‘MBV’ 2013)
03 [0:11:50] Shelleyan Orphan – “Bodysighs” (‘We Have Everything…’ 2008)
04 [0:16:40] D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “The Charade” (‘Black Messiah’ 2014)
05 [0:19:50] Low – “Fly” (‘Double Negative’ 2018)
06 [0:25:35] Kate Bush – “Snowflake” (’50 Words for Snow’ 2011)
07 [0:35:15] Nick Cave – “Jubilee Street” (‘Push The Sky Away’ 2013)
08 [0:41:35] Sam Phillips – “So Close” (‘World On Sticks’ 2018)
09 [0:45:00] Flaming Lips – “Turning VIolent” (‘The Terror’ 2013)
10 [0:49:15] Portishead – “The Rip” (‘Third’ 2008)
11 [0:53:40] Mazzy Star – “Seasons Of Your Day” (‘Seasons Of Your Day’ 2013)

12 [0:57:15] Bjork – “Black Lake” (‘Vulnicura’ 2015)
13 [1:07:25] Daft Punk – “Motherboard” (‘Random Access Memories’ 2013)
14 [1:13:00] A Tribe Called Quest – “Conrad Tokyo” (‘We Got It From Here’ 2016)
15 [1:16:30] Beck – “Defriended” (‘Defriended’ EP 2013)
16 [1:20:25] Cavern of Anti-Matter – “Kool Boy Narcosis” (‘Blood-Drums’ 2013)
17 [1:23:20] Neneh Cherry – “Soldier” (‘Broken Politics’ 2018)
18 [1:27:40] Rustin Man – “Our Tomorrow” (‘Drift Code’ 2019)
19 [1:32:15] Nine Horses – “Wonderful World” (‘Snow Borne Sorrow’ 2005)
20 [1:38:10] Erykah Badu – “Hello” (‘But You Cain’t Use My Phone’ 2015)
21 [1:43:15] Slowdive – “Falling Ashes” (‘Slowdive’ 2017)
22 [1:51:10] Radiohead – “True Love Waits” (‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ 2016)

[Total Time: 1:55:43]

Download/stream here: https://musicophilia.wordpress.com/2020/08/29/late/

Soundslike, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 02:20 (two weeks ago) link

aerial is my favourite of those but slowdive, third, black messiah, and we got it from here are all excellent too

from the wiki list i hadn't realised that inlet was a slightly bigger gap than slowdive. that's great too

ufo, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 02:26 (two weeks ago) link

No Coast by Braid is one of the only comeback albums I like, although Third is really good. But Braid actually announced a breakup/final show before the interim between Frame & Canvas and No Coast.

Iannis Xenakis double fisting Cutty Sark (Tom Violence), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 22:14 (two weeks ago) link

Definitely voting for D'Angelo, given the options presented. I really find the love for that Tribe album baffling.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 22:18 (two weeks ago) link

Some of these are really good, but it feels like hardly any of them left any cultural footprint. They came out, everyone discussed them online for a day or so, then that was it.

That's how it seemed to me anyway, especially the MBV and Aphex records.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 22:43 (two weeks ago) link

I still listen to m b v regularly and it absolutely bangs

imago, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 22:44 (two weeks ago) link

I enjoyed several of these but Black Messiah stands out

Brad C., Wednesday, 18 November 2020 22:48 (two weeks ago) link

anyone else itt prefer 50 words for snow to aerial?

― la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:31 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink


yes

ciderpress, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 23:09 (two weeks ago) link

Does that just mean you were never smitten with Loveless?

actually-very-convincing (Sund4r), Thursday, 19 November 2020 22:57 (two weeks ago) link

Celtic Frost - Monotheist

Oor Neechy, Thursday, 19 November 2020 22:58 (two weeks ago) link

Are you loveless when it comes to the classic MBV?xp

actually-very-convincing (Sund4r), Thursday, 19 November 2020 22:58 (two weeks ago) link

Indeed I am. Or rather I only love about half of it.

pomenitul, Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:01 (two weeks ago) link

Good shout.

2xp

pomenitul, Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:01 (two weeks ago) link

Two more I liked a lot at least initially

Grace Jones - Hurricane (2008, 19 years on from Bulletproof Heart)
Gil Scott-Heron - I'm Not Here (2010, 16 years on from Spirits)

nashwan, Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:05 (two weeks ago) link

Was the De La Soul comeback album (12 yrs) bad btw? I can't remember hearing it.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:06 (two weeks ago) link

Not bad and I think some people argued it was better than Tribe's but the latter really seemed to eclipse it dropping at pretty much the exact same time.

nashwan, Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:08 (two weeks ago) link

Bill Fay was another comeback from a long long absence that's missing from the wiki list, but I can't say I listened to that album as much as his early works

kites aren't fun (NickB), Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:12 (two weeks ago) link

One I just remembered: trumpeter-composer Jacques Coursil’s Minimal Brass, coming 34 years after his previous record (Black Suite). It’s a pretty amazing record; my first impression was that it sounded like a Miles/Gil collaboration where the only instrument is (overdubbed) trumpet.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:13 (two weeks ago) link

Gil Scott-Heron - I'm Not Here (2010, 16 years on from Spirits)

Good call, this was a really good record.

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:19 (two weeks ago) link

the true winner of this is Scott Walker and Tilt though

akm, Thursday, 19 November 2020 23:50 (two weeks ago) link

Chuck Berry, Chuck - released in 2017, his first album since 1979.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 20 November 2020 00:19 (one week ago) link

listened to Syro this morning and it ruled, but I like Aerial even more

50 Words For Snow isn't a comeback so it doesn't count aiui

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Friday, 20 November 2020 00:53 (one week ago) link

Possessed's reunion album even if it was really just Jeff Becerra "and friends"

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Friday, 20 November 2020 01:08 (one week ago) link

Stephen Fellows' album from this year should be on this list (last album is 1997)

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 20 November 2020 01:27 (one week ago) link

hah putting Bjork on that list is kind of cheap

yeah, it was only 13 years between the self-titled and Gling-Gló

Not sure if Madness counts, as they did some shows (albeit partially under a different name) and released a covers album in 2005, but as for original material, they followed up 1999's Wonderful with The Liberty Of Norton Folgate in 2009 - arguably their best album.

imo The Dangermen Sessions album shouldn't count because it was intended to be released as The Dangermen, not Madness... but they never split up (again) in the '00s so probably not quite the same thing as is going on with most of these. Liberty Folgate is their best though.

Grace Jones - Hurricane (2008, 19 years on from Bulletproof Heart)

Great one.

Was the De La Soul comeback album (12 yrs) bad btw? I can't remember hearing it.

Only seven years between Are You In? and And The Anonymous Nobody. The former was better.

@oneposter (💹) (sic), Friday, 20 November 2020 01:50 (one week ago) link

wild how I voted Black Messiah and it's my least favourite of his three albums

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Friday, 20 November 2020 01:56 (one week ago) link

could os mutantes count too, that was a good record

nxd, Friday, 20 November 2020 14:11 (one week ago) link

Gil Scott-Heron - I'm Not Here (2010, 16 years on from Spirits)

You mean "I'm New Here" .. yeah this was a blatant omission on my part along with the Sleep record.

octobeard, Sunday, 22 November 2020 08:26 (one week ago) link

Didn't Aphex Twin continue to release new music throughout the '00s and '10s under different aliases? Does it really count as a comeback, if he only didn't use that name for 10+ year s?

Tuomas, Sunday, 22 November 2020 10:27 (one week ago) link

Grace Jones - Hurricane (2008, 19 years on from Bulletproof Heart)

Great one.
This one gets my vote too, an amazing comeback album and tour.

Tuomas, Sunday, 22 November 2020 10:30 (one week ago) link

please add to thread the new charles webster https://charleswebster.bandcamp.com/album/decision-time

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 November 2020 15:15 (one week ago) link

None of the albums in this poll supersede the artist's previous work except Third

Would have voted The Drift or I'm New Here-- the latter isn't superior but is such a wonderful departure/final statement

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 22 November 2020 15:26 (one week ago) link

re Aphex - nearly all of the other musicians here also released music under other names in between too; Slowdive, MBV, ATCQ, Swans, Portishead for sure.

huge rant (sic), Sunday, 22 November 2020 15:32 (one week ago) link

Third is going to walk this. #1 in our noughties poll.

pomenitul, Sunday, 22 November 2020 15:33 (one week ago) link

and it wasn't really a comeback, they never officially split?

imago, Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:01 (one week ago) link

it is v good but def overrated here. we really, really love misery

imago, Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:02 (one week ago) link

‘Comeback’ is used veeeeeery loosely itt anyway so let’s just disregard that detail.

pomenitul, Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:02 (one week ago) link

Not enough imo.

xp

pomenitul, Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:03 (one week ago) link

i wonder what the most truly miserable album i love is

imago, Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:04 (one week ago) link

oh lol, 'through silver in blood'

imago, Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:06 (one week ago) link

i mean do you need to split to have a comeback or isn't it possible to come back from dormancy

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:24 (one week ago) link

weird hangups itt

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:24 (one week ago) link

re Aphex - nearly all of the other musicians here also released music under other names in between too; Slowdive, MBV, ATCQ, Swans, Portishead for sure.

― huge rant (sic), Sunday, November 22, 2020 8:32 AM (fifty-two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

lmao at this post

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:26 (one week ago) link

but also it's nine years between the last analord-related release and syro, and seven years between the tuss and syro, idk feels like a long break for a dude that prolific

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:27 (one week ago) link

I would've included The Go-Betweens.

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:28 (one week ago) link

i guess that's at odds with the OP lol xp

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:29 (one week ago) link

hopefully everybody who votes for the rapist will tag themselves so we can get the FPs sorted

Bandscamp Fryday (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:37 (one week ago) link

still think 'spoon and rafter' is a much better album than the latest slowdive

mind you there was 11 years between the last mojave 3 and the comeback so it's still valid

imago, Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:41 (one week ago) link

and seeing as i just listened to the just-released piano version of The Sophtware Slump, Grandaddy did an 11-year comeback album in 2017 that was pretty good actually

imago, Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:43 (one week ago) link

I also think the Black Hearted Brother album is better than Slowdive s/t. Though "Sugar for the Pill" comes closer to an "Alison" type moment.

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Sunday, 22 November 2020 19:57 (one week ago) link

Would like to amend my "Something else" vote to Belly / Neneh Cherry / Chameleons / Go-Betweens (tie)

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Sunday, 22 November 2020 19:58 (one week ago) link

and it wasn't really a comeback, they never officially split?

yeah comeback /= reunion

huge rant (sic), Sunday, 22 November 2020 20:11 (one week ago) link

there are lots of things to come back from. the store, a walk... an appointment

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Sunday, 22 November 2020 20:17 (one week ago) link

being here for years

huge rant (sic), Sunday, 22 November 2020 21:18 (one week ago) link

not mentioned yet: Bark Psychosis with Codename: Dustsucker and Brendan Perry, who did it twice! Ark was 10 years after Eye of the Hunter, and his new one is ten years after Ark.

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Sunday, 22 November 2020 21:39 (one week ago) link

(answer is still Aerial though)

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Sunday, 22 November 2020 21:39 (one week ago) link

Psychedelic Furs!

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 November 2020 12:38 (one week ago) link

The new Furs album is very good but I'd still pick Slowdive over it.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 23 November 2020 18:12 (one week ago) link


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