Acts whose entire album output has always been on the incline, with no exception

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Acts whose entire album output has always been on the decline, with no exception

This must be trickier for any artist: it's easy to start off on a high and decline, but to start off on a low and be given the space to gradually improve is surely rarer.

In which case, Talk Talk must own this thread.

Huey (Huey), Friday, 20 May 2005 09:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

some people might say Basement Jaxx.

$V£N! (blueski), Friday, 20 May 2005 09:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There is a thread like this done before, wait 'til I search for it...

Tuomas (Tuomas), Friday, 20 May 2005 09:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ah, here! Everything Better Than Everything Else.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Friday, 20 May 2005 09:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Basement Jaxx
Aaliyah
Britney Spears

The Lex (The Lex), Friday, 20 May 2005 10:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Japan, definitely.

Trayce (trayce), Friday, 20 May 2005 10:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

cant think of any except for the ones mentioned here. the other way round though, plenty

rizzx (rizzx), Friday, 20 May 2005 10:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Belle and Sebastian

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Friday, 20 May 2005 10:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think the White Stripes just about managed it so far.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Friday, 20 May 2005 10:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(though I haven't heard the leaked copy of the new one yet)

Onimo (GerryNemo), Friday, 20 May 2005 10:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There is a strong case for the Flaming Lips here, depending on where you stand, and perhaps not without exception. But I'd say until Yoshimi this were true: that's a run of 10 albums, each one better than the last. That's the most consistent and unbroken incline of any artist I can think of.

Huey (Huey), Friday, 20 May 2005 10:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'd say the opposite for Belle and Sebatian though I stopped listening after a while. No way albums 2-4 are better then If You're Feeling Sinister, though.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Friday, 20 May 2005 10:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'd disagree with Talk Talk - I like them best in the process of becoming what they turned into, the Colour of Spring bit.

Tom (Groke), Friday, 20 May 2005 11:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Didn't they also turn into the Spririt Of Eden / Laughing Stock bit?

Huey (Huey), Friday, 20 May 2005 11:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

And wasn't therefore Colour of Spring part of that process?

Huey (Huey), Friday, 20 May 2005 11:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think what Tom is saying is that he preferred Colour of Spring to Spirit of Eden/ Laughing Stock. FWIW, I think Spirit of Eden is better than Laughing Stock anyway.

Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 20 May 2005 11:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yes sorry, Dadaismus have it right. Though I like LS more than SoE.

Tom (Groke), Friday, 20 May 2005 11:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh you old contrarian you!

Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 20 May 2005 11:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this is pretty tough. Most of the artists I used to think this about (OutKast, Wilco) broke the streak with their new albums.

I guess Nick Drake works, though.

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Friday, 20 May 2005 11:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

... hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 20 May 2005 11:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Nick Drake, nope, Pink Moon is underdeveloped compared to Bryter Layter, and the songs overall are weaker. But I know this is a massive bone of contention. I'd prob'ly take Five Leaves over PM too.

Belle and Sebastian sounds fair enough to me.

My Bloody Valentine seems fairly obvious.

TV's Mr Noodle Vague (noodle vague), Friday, 20 May 2005 11:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Wrens: Sliver < Secaucus < Meadowlands

Spoon (although there may be a debate between Gimme Fiction & Kill The Moonlight)

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Friday, 20 May 2005 12:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Lghtning Bolt

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Friday, 20 May 2005 13:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Some might say Nirvana.
The White Stripes is correct. Their new album is good. Doesnt seem to have as many hits, however the songs are very great compositions.

elgolfo (elgolfo), Friday, 20 May 2005 14:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

My Bloody Valentine seems fairly obvious.

unless of course you think they peaked with "sunny sundae smile," which they damn well might have.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 20 May 2005 14:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is pretty easy with bands who only made two albums. Arguments could be made for Antony @ the Johnsons, Joy Division and Slint.

More impressive, Stars of the Lid have got better with each of their six albums.

Devendra Banhart? Oh me oh my... < Black Babies < Rejoicing in the hands < Nino Rojo

The National? Sad songs for dirty lovers < Cherry Tree < Alligator

dmun drive-in (dmun), Friday, 20 May 2005 14:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I could make a pretty strong argument for the Ex, although Starters Alternators is probably a bit better than Dizzy Spells...

Douglas (Douglas), Friday, 20 May 2005 14:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yo La Tengo up to I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One - then the downhill slide began.

mike a, Friday, 20 May 2005 15:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Some might say Flaming Lips up thru Soft Bulletin.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 20 May 2005 15:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

& not @, obviously

dmun drive-in (dmun), Friday, 20 May 2005 15:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ha ha, i nomintated both flaming lips and basement jaxx on that other thread (which is a lot longer than this one, i noticed. i can't think of anybody who fits here, at least not yet.)

xhuxk, Friday, 20 May 2005 16:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(i mean, fannypack and hold steady, i suppose, but they only have two albums so far.)

xhuxk, Friday, 20 May 2005 16:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'd say OutKast, but Aquemini bored the shit out of me.

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Friday, 20 May 2005 16:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, for people with two albums it's easy. I second:

Antony and the Johnsons
Devendra Banhart

And add:

Avil Lavigne!
Grandaddy
The Unicorns

This is a tough thread for career artists to 'make'.

Sean M (Sean M), Friday, 20 May 2005 17:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

How about bands that at least made a good run of it? I'd say Royal Trux for five albums, anyway.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Friday, 20 May 2005 17:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

No one agrees with me but I say the Pixies

mitch dub (ano ano), Friday, 20 May 2005 18:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I nominated the Pixies for the straight decline thread.

TV's Mr Noodle Vague (noodle vague), Friday, 20 May 2005 18:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

well then we can never be friends

mitch dub (ano ano), Friday, 20 May 2005 18:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

POSSIBLY Camper Van Beethoven if you discount extra things like their version of Tusk (which I have not heard). Definitely include their grebt reunion album from last year, tho.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Friday, 20 May 2005 18:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

gee mitch *sniff* it's hardly worth breaking up over the Pixies

TV's Mr Noodle Vague (noodle vague), Friday, 20 May 2005 18:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

For a long time I would have said XTC. I liked each successive album better and better from "White Music" through "English Settlement," and the next three only dropped off a bit for me. That's a pretty damn good arc for eight records.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Friday, 20 May 2005 18:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Bersuit Vergabarat
El Gran Silencio (3 albums, kinda cheating) (plus i hope they didn't break up)

Haikunym (Haikunym), Friday, 20 May 2005 19:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


I agree with the Pixies.

dan. (dan.), Friday, 20 May 2005 19:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Teenage Fanclub? (if you ignore The King)

ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 20 May 2005 20:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I agree on the White Stripes, at least through their first four albums.

Gear! (can Jung shill it, Mu?) (Gear!), Friday, 20 May 2005 20:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Jon W1ll1ams

A homunculus of Darby Crash, .... created for the purposes of *EVIL* (ex machina, Friday, 20 May 2005 20:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

he's good!

Gear! (can Jung shill it, Mu?) (Gear!), Friday, 20 May 2005 20:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm tending to think this is impossible, and has never been actually been accomplished. Closest I can come up with is *maybe* Big Black, if you think Songs About Fucking > Atomizer > Racer X > Bulldozer > Lungs, which I don't think I do, but at least I don't think anybody who did think that would be completely nuts.

xhuxk, Friday, 20 May 2005 23:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

As for the Ex, Douglas, don't they have like 50 albums or something? And the early ones were actually pretty good! If they've been going uphill for a quarter-century, they must be the best band in the universe by now!

Also, Camper Van Beethoven seems way, way off to me.

xhuxk, Friday, 20 May 2005 23:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(On the other hand, the only Ex album I actually still own is their most recent one, so who knows? I've always assumed I should have kept my copy of that old *1936: Spanish Revolution* EP with the 50 page book attached though...)

xhuxk, Friday, 20 May 2005 23:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

deftones

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 14:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub) at 11:43 20 May 05

Belle and Sebastian
I know this is 13 year ago, but FYHCYWLAP was already out then, and in no sane world is it even in the same league as Tigermilk

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 14:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Black Flag

MaresNest, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 14:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

God fucking damn, wrong thread, durrrrr

MaresNest, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 14:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

trust fund
sean mccann
youth lagoon/trevor powers
mount eerie
rachel's (during their career)
maybe joanna newsom?

this is tough

meaulnes, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 14:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Black Flag

― MaresNest, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 2:11 PM (eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

God fucking damn, wrong thread, durrrrr

― MaresNest, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 2:13 PM (six minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Please argue the case for it anyway.

GG Allin: The Musical (Matt #2), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 14:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Simon & Garfunkel is a good one

Many xps

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 15:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Paramore

kitchen person, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 16:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Glass Hammer are a good example of a prog band who did this for like, 10 straight albums or so

Lemon Demon/Neil Cicierega is another good one

frogbs, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 16:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Sound

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 17:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Chastity Belt

o. nate, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 17:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the Beatles

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 17:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I agree their early albums are borderline unlistenable, but no.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

maybe portishead

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

maybe not, lol

there are very few "good" answers to this, probably

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

you could say the 1975

i'd disagree with you, but you could say it

austinb, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the Smiths

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A case could also maybe be made for the MC5 (or even the Stooges?), and I think I know people who could make the case. But not me.
― xhuxk, Friday, May 20, 2005 4:28 PM (thirteen years ago)

I would have agreed with the Stooges thirteen years ago (when Chuck posted that), but then other albums came along...

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Daphne & Celeste

frogbs, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 18:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

> the Smiths

No way. High point is either "Hatful of Hollow" or "Meat Is Murder".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 20:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

you could say the 1975

i'd disagree with you, but you could say it

― austinb, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 11:34 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

too early imo

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 20:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

fugazi

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 20:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Meat is Murder has the title track on it, so no

xp

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 20:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hatful Of Hollow isn't an album! basically an early Greatest Hits

Fugazi are contenders for sure but The Smiths S/T 1st one is way better than MIM for me.

sleeve, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 20:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

maybe portishead

― mookieproof, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 1:23 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ding ding ding

galaxy brian (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 20:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this might be a minority opinion but Amon Tobin!

Could make solid arguments for Slowdive, Rival Consoles, Angel Olsen, and Jon Hopkins

octobeard, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 20:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

british sea power are a good answer to this imho

resident hack (Simon H.), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 20:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Aesop Rock, IMO. His older stuff doesn't hold a candle to his newer stuff, and he seems to get better constantly.

days of being riled (zchyrs), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 20:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

can't really get behind Bazooka Tooth as better than Labor Days

President Keyes, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 20:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh wait I'm on the wrong thread. BSP offtm

resident hack (Simon H.), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 20:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp yeah I realized that immediately after posting. I tend to forget about that album.

days of being riled (zchyrs), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Sound
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 9:19 AM (three hours ago)

Gerald, you're my favorite poster here for a reason.

I'm gonna venture outside of the popular music area for a bit and say Gustav Mahler and Franz Schubert.

Trying to think of a jazz person that this could apply to, but those folks all have huge catalogues, so it's hard.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

really the only candidates for this thread are ones with pretty limited/proscribed discographies. Anyone who's been recording for more than a decade is going to have some clearly identifiable peaks and valleys.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

trust fund is a great answer because they split up this year having released an album about splitting up that also happens to be an indiepop monument - i.e. there's an actual arc to their whole recording career

their four albums basically went: decent juvenilia -> again, with stronger tunes and more of a sense of self -> super little weird record -> masterpiece

i basically just wanted to talk about them, but there have been some cool wrong suggestions itt since

imago, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Steely Dan

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

nah

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I mean Gaucho is great but my favorite album is actually the first one lol

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah my favorite atm iis Aja but it's often Gaucho and The Royal Scam is a solid 3rd behind them.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 22:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Steely Dan made more than one album?

(FP ME, IDGAF)

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 22:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

but which one did they make, Austin?

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 22:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Haha, that's what will actually get me FP'd.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 22:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

jesus, is that a Stonehenge made of cars?

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 22:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yep!

Anyway, to answer your question:
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/A1JOM-koWOL._SX466_.jpg

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 22:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Buncha things to respond to itt:

> Meat is Murder has the title track on it, so no

I heard "Meat Is Murder" when I was 17 so I'll admit to some temporal bias but I still love every heart-on-his-sleeve bit of it more than the rest of their catalog. It's full of amazing sounds (especially given that my copy included "How Soon Is Now").

> British Sea Power

Their catalog has been inconsistent for me, and I'll rep for most of it. The debut is great, then a couple of good but lesser albums until "Valhalla Dancehall" which I adore, then lesser returns on the next couple of albums (not counting the soundtrack work, which is fine but not my thing).

> Gerald, you're my favorite poster here for a reason.

Cheers, Austin! The Sound is one of those amazing bands where each album feels like a triumph for very different reasons. "Jeopardy" is a punch in the face, "From The Lions Mouth" tones it down but adds wonderful texture, "All Fall Down" is a left-turn full-on post-punk masterpiece, "Shock Of Daylight" is a perfect pop EP, "Heads And Hearts" takes that pop and inverts it and "Thunder Up" crystallizes everything Borland was trying to accomplish. And then his solo albums almost continue that upward climb but "Brittle Heaven" and "Cinematic" are a bit weak.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 02:21 (one week ago) Permalink

I think 3 albums is the sweet spot:
Vampire Weekend
Janelle Monae
Solange

enochroot, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 03:00 (one week ago) Permalink

potential challop: Jawbreaker

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 03:02 (one week ago) Permalink

post flagged

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 03:07 (one week ago) Permalink

xposts more bands should nick Manic Street Preacher albums for their own.

Mark G, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 12:29 (one week ago) Permalink


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