Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Return of the List

Well we did our favourite albums last week , so now it's time to relive those disappointments. What are the worst albums by your admired artists? Here's that listy again:

AC/DC, Akira the Don, Al Green, Al Kooper, Alabama 3, Ballboy, Barclay James Harvest, Bauhaus, Beach Boys, Beatles, Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Ben Folds, Billie Holiday, Billy Joel, Bjork, Black, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Brian Eno, Bruce Springsteen, Burning Spear, Calexico, Can, Chemical Brothers, Cowboy Junkies, Cream, Culture, David Bowie, Death Cab For Cutie, Deep Purple, Drive By Truckers, Echo & the Bunnymen, Eels, Elbow, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Fairport Convention, Flaming Lips, Genesis, Gil Scott Heron, Gregory Isaacs, Hothouse Flowers, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash, Jonathan Richman, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Kraftwerk, Lambchop, Leonard Cohen, Manic Street Preachers, Marillion, Mark Lanegan, Mercury Rev, Miles Davis, Mogwai, Mountain Goats, Neil Young, New Order, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Nina Simone, Opeth, Outkast, Paul Simon, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Pixies, Porcupine Tree, Prince, Procol Harum, Public Enemy, Quicksilver, R.E.M., Radiohead, Ray Charles, Richmond Fontaine, Rickie Lee Jones, Rolling Stones, Rufus Wainwright, Ryan Adams, Shack, Sigur Ros, Siouxsie & the Banshees, St Etienne, Stereophonics, Steve Earle, Stevie Wonder, Sufjan Stevens, Super Furry Animals, Taj Mahal, Talk Talk, Talking Heads, The Band, The Blue Nile, The Clash, The Cure, The Fall, The Grateful Dead, The Kinks, The Smiths, The Who, Throwing Muses, Tindersticks, Tom Waits, Toots & the Maytals, Toto, Traffic, U2, UFO, Van Morrison, White Stripes, Yo La Tengo

50 comments:

Shoegazer said...

Bauhaus - Most of their albums were patchy for me
Belle & Sebatian - see Bauhaus
Brian Eno - Most of the "Ambient" stuff
CAN - The Rite Time reformation album - it obviously wasn't.
Bowie - Tin Machine anyone? Thought not.
Bunnymen - Reverberation. Not Bunneymen without Mac - even the title blows like Hootie.
New Order - Low Life, Barney's worst lyrics to forgettable tunes.
Pink Floyd - Anything after Roger Waters left
Pixies - Trompe Le Monde, not bad, but not as great as the rest. Kim Deal was pushed to the side.
More like the 1st Frank black solo album.
Radiohead - Pablo Honey
Super Furries - see Belle & Sebastian
Siouxsie & the Banshees - except "The Scream & Juju see Super Furries.
Talk Talk - Everything before "Colour of Spring"
Talking Heads - Talking Heads 77
The Clash - Give Em Enough Rope
The Cure - Stopped buying their albums after Kiss Me
The Fall - Levitate
Throwing Muses - See Siouxsie
Tindersticks - Can our Love, only redeemed by the last track "Chilitetime" that is one of my all time favourites. Should've just put out a single.
White Stripes - Icky Thump.

Apologies in advance for nominating anyones faves.

Shoegazer said...

Forgot Nick Cave, Henry's Dream was a bit of a Nightmare.

DarceysDad said...

I'm off to work now, Shoey, but I'll definitely be on this thread this evening.

Cheers.

DsD

TonNL said...

...any album by Björk....
Everything Bowie did after "Let's Dance"

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Shoegazer said...

Ah Tonnl, think you're breaking the rules already, it has to be an album by someone you like (usually) or liked. Otherwise, we will all slag off the bands we don't like. Folks will be upset. There will be unnecessary apologies etc. etc.

So unless you love Bjork's singles but not her albums, you may need to try again.

Abahachi said...

I really want to think about this one. As usual, I'm imposing a few extra rules on myself - no one else is expected to take any notice, but what really interests me is not the feeble album at the tail-end of the career when half the original band has baled out/been sacked (Purple's Who Do We Think We Are) or the innumerable low points in the career of someone as erratic as Prince (as discussed in the previous thread, did he ever make a wholly satisfying album? but did he ever make one with no merits whatsoever?). And to be quite honest I mentioned Barclay James Harvest as a joke; I like their stuff but make no great claims for their albums, so the fact that some of them are decidely mediocre doesn't really bother me.

No, what matters here is when a band you really love suddenly goes off the rails; when you had every reason to expect greatness, or at any rate respectability, and they turn in a dog turd. Yes, we are looking for the Heaven's Gates of music, the albums that gave us a sinking feeling the first time we heard them...

One which came immediately to mind - despite the band not being in the list - was Ultravox's Lament, which I haven't listened to more than three times since I bought it, as a confirmed fan, in the hope that 'Dancing With Tears in our Eyes' wasn't typical. Another is U2's Rattle and Hum, which had the effect of sending me back to re-listen to The Joshua Tree to see if they'd always been this smug and pompous and I'd somehow missed it. I know that my ranting about U2's political songs was one of the things that aggravated people on the History thread, and a lot of that stems from my original reaction to this album.

Pink Floyd? A Momentary Lapse of Reason, conclusive proof that they really should have called it a day without Waters. On reflection, not sure this counts because I didn't have especially high expectations about it. Bob Dylan: Under the Red Sky, simply because of the absolute proof of decadence represented by a song called, heaven help us, 'Wiggle Wiggle'. Empire Burlesque was a masterpiece by comparison, not least because of the opportunity to spot quotes from Humphrey Bogart movies. REM: Monster, though in retrospect perhaps it was inevitable that they'd try to row back from the critical mauling given to New Adventures..., which I still think is massively under-rated.

On a positive note: I'd nominate Kate Bush and Kraftwerk as artists who have never delivered a duff album...

ejaydee said...

Hmm, last time I took the easy way out with Prince nominating the Hits, so for this one, I'll try to think of something pre-Symbol and go for Come or for You, his very first.
Miles Davis: here it would also be too easy to go for something from the 80's, so I'll go for Collector's Items. Maybe I should give it another chance but it's never grabbed me. I think it's too boppy for me.

Outkast: I'm between the first and last one. Idlewild was quite a disappointment after Speaker... and Stankonia, it still had some good songs though. Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik also has some great songs, but I listen to it less often, but it's more essential in their recording history, so Idlewild it is.

Chemical Brothers: Push The Button. I think all their juices went into Galvanise for that album.

May1366 said...

Tricky one, this - of those listed that I've liked sufficiently to listen to whole albums, it'd be easy to mention (as an example) This Is England by The Clash which I think is easily their worst album but, to be fair, by then I didn't really have any expectations about their music for it to fall short. Similar story with Public Enemy's Muse Sick N Hour Message - not really a negative about the group or artist, just a reckoning that true originals and innovators will inevitably suffer when they're forced to pump new product back onto a landscape they've altered but around which a slicker commercial tier has developed. And artists I've got into retrospectively (anyone with a substantial pre-late-70s catalogue), I tend not to hold anything against the lesser albums, especially if there's at least one great track on there. So fence-sitting on an annoying scale, I'm afraid.

However, if we're talking albums that came out as the Holy Grail, at the height of a love affair with an artist but turned out to be the poisoned chalice, I'd say War by U2. Got it, having loved the earlier stuff; enjoyed it but didn't quite connect with it in the same way as with the first two albums; had gone off them by the time the next (Jericho Tree?) came out; never had any truck with anything by them since...including the (at the time) blameless early stuff.
(though as a footnote, might that have been more because Bono's growling of the single most offensive lyric on the first Band Aid record came in between War and the Jericho Tree?)

May1366 said...

Oops - proves my point, I suppose, about what a U2 agnostic I've become - a agBonostic - calling it the Jericho Tree when Abahachi's simultaneous post shows it to have been the Joshua Tree.

CaroleBristol said...

For me there are some that stand out as being really very disappointing;

Pink Floyd - The Wall, Momentary Lapse of Reason The reason I hate The Wall is because of Roger Waters' angst and self loathing. I don't care Rog, sorry.
David Bowie - all of them after Let's Dance
Led Zeppelin - In through the out door
Grateful Dead - Steal your face, Shakedown Street
Rolling Stones - everything after Mick Taylor left
The Beatles - White album
Jethro Tull - all of them from Thick as a brick onwards
Yes - all the 1980s stuff
Genesis - the post Gabriel stuff, I hate the AOR/MOR crap that Collins sings
The Who - all the post Keith Moon stuff
The Allman Brothers - Win, lose or draw

CaroleBristol said...

Oh yeah, I forgot - I don't like much of Dylan's 1980s output, none of it in fact, with the exception of Oh Mercy

May1366 said...

Me again - not on the list but I was (and remain) fond of a lovely alto saxophonist, Sonny Stitt, and thought I'd uncovered a proper rare gem when I found an album - Sonny Stitt Plays The Varitone! - which featured Sonny playing a sax he had specially designed, which made one sax sound like several saxes. All playing fairly drab solos in a droning unison. Yep, should have wised up when I saw the exclamation mark in the title.

Shoey said...

Loving the thoughts so far. Don't feel constrained by the list, it's just a starting point. Like Abahachi's challenge of identifying the turd in the middle of a string of pearls. Trouble is in the modern era, bands are released by the majors after one miss-step. Don't think Radiohead would exist after their 1st album if "Creep" hadn't taken off.

treefrogdemon said...

I'm with CaroleB on the Who, and I stopped liking Dylan when he got born again...and though I quite like Modern Times it sure isn't a patch on the early ones.

For Fairport I have to say any of their albums that hasn't got Richard Thompson on is of no interest to me...unfair perhaps but there you go.

I like all Springsteen's albums, even the ones that nobody else likes, but if I must pick I'll go for Human Touch.

At the moment I'm in folk heaven, as I've found a site with loads and loads of music from my youth to download. Remember Blimpy's poll about downloading? where I ticked 'too scared to do it'? Well, no longer. And if any of you stopped reading at the word 'folk' - tough, because there's other stuff on there too eg Delaney and Bonnie, whom gf mentioned a while ago; plus (topically) some early Pink Floyd.

And I'm totally getting into Townes Van Zandt who, were he not dead, would share a birthday with me.

www.time-has-told-me.blogspot.com

Blimpy said...

i really liked pablo honey, and listened to it loads and loads. then the bends came out and i listened to that loads too, then ok computer came out and i listened to that loads too, then the one with "pyramid song" came out and i found it too whiney and stopped listening to radiohead.

um, will that do? the greatest story ever told!

@tfg - nice to see the internet working for you!!

CaroleBristol said...

If Radiohead had only ever recorded Pablo Honey, The Bends and OK Computer I'd call myself a fan, because 2 out of 3 is a reasonable average (OK, I like Creep even if the rest of the album isn't too hot) but I really can't be arsed to listen to any of their other stuff, it is just boring, dull and too up itself.

treefrogdemon said...

thank you, Blimpy!

Blimpy said...

rock action paled in comparison to the three that preceded it, not that it's a stinker by any means.

DarceysDad said...

OK – taking on board the idea that this list should really be populated ONLY by actually bought letdowns from otherwise loved bands, my list (edited from Shoey’s) includes:

AC/DC – Oh I gave up after the deeply disappointing For Those About To Rock, so that’s the one I nominate.
Alabama 3 – Power In The Blood, though the recent M.O.R. is beginning to annoy me too.
Bjork – Medulla. Given that it followed Vespertine and having read the advance press about what BG wanted this album to consist of, I *so* wanted to love it … but I don’t.
Black - Are We Having Fun Yet? Sorry Colin, no we’re not. Again, I think it was because it was such a fall from the high pedestal I put the 1991 album on that I never play this.
Black Sabbath – Which one followed Heaven And Hell? That one. Bought it, hated it, sold it, erased it from memory!
Calexico – The Black Light. No justification: I own five Calexico albums and this one just comes fifth, that’s all there is to it.
Chemical Brothers – Push The Button. Well said ejay!
Cowboy Junkies – Trinity Revisited, without a doubt. JUST WHY, ffs?
Deep Purple – Come Taste The Band, though in fairness I only own that, In Rock, Made In Japan, Burn & Bananas, so in that company it’s a no-brainer!
Drive By Truckers – Do I cop out and say Alabama Ass Whuppin’ (their underwhelming live album) or do I grit my teeth and pick a studio LP … I’ll get back to you on that one.
Eels – Souljacker. A bit like Calexico, I just don’t play it.
Elbow – Oh no no no no, I don’t dislike any of the four yet. But if anyone cares, I play Leaders… least.
Genesis – I partly agree with Carole, though I’ve pruned my ownership to Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Trick Of The Tail & And Then There Were Three (the first “proper” album I ever bought on release) and feel like I own enough to hear whatever I need from them (apart from the song Mama, which I have a BIG soft spot for – that and *gulp* Bryan Adams’ Cuts Like A Knife were the heavy-radio-rotation soundtrack to a summer pivotal in shaping my life).
Hothouse Flowers – Piece’o’piss this choice: Into Your Heart. Read my Amazon review here http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R36YNJMHUQ3RCR/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
Johnny Cash / Joni Mitchell / Kate Bush / Lambchop – A bit like I have with Genesis, my collection with all of these has been pruned to only albums I like.
Miles Davis – DEFINITELY not qualified to comment!
Mogwai – dunno. I’ve managed to confuse myself no end here, because after backing the call about Rock Action, I went to play it and realized that the album cover I was expecting to see was actually Happy Songs For Happy People. NNnnngggh - my head hurts!
Neil Young – Mirrorball. Bought on recommendation, played twice, collecting dust ever since.
Prince – Chaos And Disorder. I’ve decided I’m a singles man when it comes to the purple pimple!
Richmond Fontaine – Thirteen Cities. Just D-U-L-L!!! Love the band, close to hate for the album.
Rickie Lee Jones – Pirates, because I wanted the eponymous album MkII, and I didn’t get it.
Ryan Adams – Demolition. I should have taken the hint with that title and the wrecked cassette logo on the cover.
Shack – Whisper it quietly, but I’m not that fond of And Here’s Tom With The Weather. I believe the phrase I’m looking for is damning with faint praise.
Sigur Ros – sorry, can’t do it; love ‘em all.
Stereophonics – Law of diminishing returns ever since the first one. I finally gave up after four albums.
Steve Earle – Washington Square Serenade. BOR—INGG!
Talk Talk – History Revisted The Remixes. Boy did EMI see me coming with that one!
The Blue Nile – It’s a good job I got A Walk Across The Rooftops last or I’d never have bought any more. It’s not bad, it’s just not as good as any of the other three. [Remember: just MY opinion, folks!]
The Clash, The Cure, The Grateful Dead, The Smiths, The Who, Tindersticks, Tom Waits, U2, Van Morrison, White Stripes, Yo La Tengo: all fit the “Don’t own enough albums to comment” profile.
Mark Lanegan – The Winding Sheet. Hindsight has made me realize that there was a reason this was by far his cheapest album on Amazon!!
UFO – Making Contact. The only melted vinyl keys’n’change bowl I’ve ever made.

I was then going to add some more of my own, but as I’ve just seen it’s almost 1am that’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

‘Night all.

Blimpy said...

The White Stripes haven't recorded a bad album yet.

Proudfoot said...

I thinks rules are good. No point slagging something you never liked in the first place or really don't feel strongly about (BJH, The 'Dead and Ryan Adams in my case, to name but three.) Also feel the album should be a standout bummer, not just a 'Scary Monsters-all-the-albums-are crap-after-this scenario.
Donds first. Elbow's 'Leaders' is indeed the weakest link, 'Station Approach' aside.
Led Zep's In Through the Out Door. Still think 'In the Evening' is worthy of a place in the sun, and Bonzo's drumming on Fool in the Rain is deft but seriously heavy. A mate has a recording of him working it out in rehearsal. Public Enemy should sample it and take over the US.
Pirates foxed me too but I've grown into it. Ditto 'Magazine'. My Rickie Lee disappointment has to be Ghostyhead which was hailed as a 'Rickie's still hip' album by critics who didn't realise she always had been. Until this piece of tune-light trip-hop bandwagon-jumping. Probably meant sincerely but vapid nonetheless.

Aside from the title track The Who's Who Are You? doesn't have much going for it. I wasted serious money on that, and really should have bought an album by The Only Ones instead. I can remember the internal dilemma in Plymouth's Virgin Records to this day.
Other albums I shelled out for and remain gathering dust are Dylan's Shot of Love , Dire Straits Alchemy (on Chrome Dioxide Double Cassette! Jeez.
The second Gomez album was a big let-down too.
Can't say I've ever been hugely into U2 but anyone who thinks Rattle & Hum is a band in desperate search of identity, whilst suffering from stadium rock hubris of a hitherto unprecedented scale (The Movie! BB King! Bullet the Blue Sky!)won't get any arguments from me. The fact that they were so huge by then meant that it was foisted upon us throughout 1988. I still can't listen to 'Desire' without wanting to kick the jukebox to death. Sorry.

Proudfoot said...

There's quite a bit of post-OK Computer Radiohead bashing going on. I'm not going to pretend I leap around in the kitchen to 'Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box' or sing along to 'Treefingers' but I did/do admire the effort to move on and challenge their audience. Playing live some of their Kid A and Kid B (Amnesiac) material really was stunning.
'Hail to the Thief' I do find dour and earnest but 'In Rainbows' is still revealing itself to this listener.
Around about 'Creep' time Radiohead were just one of many indie guitar bands on the wave of Britpop. That they never made an album as formulaic and dull as 'Be Here Now' should at least earn some grudging respect. If people want The Bends II there are plenty of bands to choose from whose vaulting ambition is to provide just that.

PS.'Heaven's Gate' is a great film. Who cares if it bankrupted a studio? Not our problem is it?

snadfrod said...

I find this tricky cos, if I love an artist, I find it very hard to hate any of their albums. I'll always try to look positively if I can.

BUT, of albums I've bought by top artists and been really properly disappointed with (as opposed to thinking it is the least good of four or five which I don't reckon is the same thing), there's always:

Ryan Adams - Rock N'Roll. Good as the odd track is, lets be honest. It bites. Horrible, horrible production and pointless, vain posturing from an otherwise fine artist.

Springsteen - Tom Joad. Like Nebraska! Without the tunes!

Neil Young - Greendale. Where every 10 minute song feels like it lasts twenty. Full of warbling about some grandad or other. Toss.

SFA - I have never been able to get into Love Kraft. But I am listening to them now, so might give it another go. The Horn and Ohio Heat have just made the corpse twitch at least...

Plus I really didn't like the new QOTSA album and thought that Do You Like Rock Music? by British Sea Power was a terrible let down all told. I'll try to be more critical and think of more. Its unlikely, though...

snadfrod said...

Oh and re. Mogwai: did you know the new album is currently streaming on their myspace. Its...interesting.

snadfrod said...

Proudfoot - Be Here Now is a great album! Take that back! I alone will defend it, if necessary, but defend it I shall. I honestly think it is a lot better than it is given credit for. It has become shorthand for 'rubbish album' even though about half of it still sounds good to this day.

Proudfoot said...

@abahachi. Monster was before Hi Fi wasn't it? I think both have their moments but before that the REM output was pretty irreproachable. These two I find patchy and then it's diminishing returns for me thereafter I'm afraid. There was a post a few months ago listing late REM gems, which made interesting reading/ listening

Proudfoot said...

Snadfrod I won't take it back. It cost me £13.99 and I really think it sucks in comparison to their first two records (and singles/ B-sides. Oasis did good B-sides don't you think). There's two many guitars playing at once and it lacks those catchy (albeit meaningless)lyrics that Noel is so good at.
I know it's become lazy journo shorthand for 'coke-fuelled let down' (I think most of them gave it a 5-star review before the backlash, mind) but I'll stand by my opinion.

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Proudfoot said...

PS @ snadfrod. I forgot to say I'm quite glad someone stuck up for BHN though. I'm contrary that way.

snadfrod said...

@Proudfoot - I know what you mean, really. I tend to stand up for it as I do think it gets more of a kicking than it should, and I reckon you are spot on that much of that kicking is down to journos being miffed that they got made to look stupid (and still are doing by Oasis albums if OMM's four-start review is anything to go by...) after the fact. Still, though, Fade In/Out, Magic Pie and I hope I think I know are all stonking in my opinion.

You're right about b-sides, though. Isn't The Masterplan basically the best Oasis album?

Also, I'd like to withdraw my SFA vote for Love Kraft. After just listening to it, at least half is excellent, the rest ok, the last two a bit boring. That puts it in the 'least good' category instead, though.

Mnemonic said...

As as lifelong Bob Dylan fan, the biggest let-down in my life (musically) was Self Portrait. I know it has the odd good track but coming from the man who'd done Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde (overrated itself) and John Wesley Harding, I nearly wept.

Abahachi said...

@proudfoot: erm, actually I thought Dire Straits' Alchemy was great... I'd be with you on Be Here Now were it not for the fact that I was rather disappointed by What's the Story?...

You're absolutely right on the REM front, of course, and I'm now busy wondering why my memory was playing tricks. In any case that definitely makes Monster my choice for most disappointing album, with New Adventures..., for me anyway, representing a definite improvement, and then we just don't talk about anything thereafter.

ToffeeBoy said...

Coming very late to this one and there's so much too read up there I can't quite take it all in.

@ carolebristol - in absolute agreement regarding Genesis (although I am quite fond of Trick Of The Tail) but I have to confess that I was a massive fan of both Thick As A Brick and A Passion Play - well I was only 11/12 when they came out and easily impressed. I thought Jethro Tull were very deep and looked down on my Slade/T.Rex loving friends!

@ blimpy - exactly the same Radiohead experience as me - I've struggled on with the later albums but none of them have spoken to me in the way that The Bends and OK Computer did.

@ dsd - spot on with The Blue Nile but we'll have to agree to differ on Shack. For me ...Here's Tom is the peak (so far).

@ snadfrod - "I find this tricky cos, if I love an artist, I find it very hard to hate any of their albums. I'll always try to look positively if I can. - just what I was thinking. If an album doesn't grip me quickly (unless it's from one of my established favourites who I know can do no wrong) I tend to give up pretty soon - so rather than disliking it, I just don't get to know it very well. Sometimes, I might come back to it years later and notice something that I'd been missing before (q.v. The Magical World of Michael Head And The Strands and sometimes perseverance pays off (q.v. The Blue Nile's Peace At Last which left me feeling hugely disappointed on the first few listens.

@ abahachi - REM's certainly a tricky one - Monster was certainly disappointing and most of the material since then has been patchy at best but I've stuck with them for the occassional gem ('Leaving New York' from Around The Sun springs instantly to mind.

Great posts everyone - plenty more Marmite moments to come I suspect...

Blimpy said...

Monster is my fave REM album. The only one I own, actually.

ToffeeBoy said...

Monster/Marmite - Marmite/Monster

TracyK said...

An artist not on here, but has a very disappointing cd for me is PJ Harvey. LOVED all her stuff up to Is This Desire? which made me go "Hmm". fell back in love for Stories From... but then didn't really like Uh Huh Her either. Haven't even bought White Chalk: someone talk me into it, because I liked the idea of it!
Monster was my breaking point with REM too, though I cherish Green still.

Shoey said...

Love the idea of a band who never made a bad album thread. The list will return next week to complete the trilogy.

Shoey said...

Tracey, Haven't listened to all of White Chalk, but think that Under Ether is the most moving song PJ has written to date.

Tim (Kalyr) said...

There are a lot of bands on that list that I only have two or three albums by. I can't really comment on whether "Face Dances" or "It's Hard" is the worst Who album if I've never heard either :) I don't have Metallica's allegedly appalling "St Anger" either.

Genesis - Everything after "Duke", when turned into banal stadium-rock-meets-watered-down-motown

Rush - "Vapor Trails". Rush are a trio, and it doesn't work when one third of the band in the shape of guitarist Alex Lifeson appears to be missing in action.

Marillion - "Marillion.com". Apart from a couple of songs, the album is so utterly forgettable I can't remember how most of it goes.

Radiohead - "Kid A". Sorry, I just could not get into that one, so I made my excuses and left.

Blue Oyster Cult - "Club Ninja". There's been a discussion on BOC-L lately where the consensus seems to be that it would have been better if the band had split after the preceding album and reformed older and wiser a decade or so later.

Deep Purple - "House of Blue Light". After the 1984 reunion album "Perfect Strangers" was far better than anyone expected, the followup sounded like a band bereft of ideas.

Yes - "Tormato". The sound of a disintegrating band losing the plot.

Uriah Heep - "Conquest". See "Tormato". Or worse, imagine "Tormato" with Trevor Horn singing...

CaroleBristol said...

I love Neil Young and I think that generally his experiments are worth listening to, but Trans is a steaming heap of poo.

DarceysDad said...

@ Tracy - don't look at me to plug White Chalk, I find it VERY hard work and simply don't have the patience.

@ Kalyr - UGH! Tormato. I'd forgotten about that. I was with a mate when he bought it, and we'd have been less embarrassed asking the vicar's wife to read the letters page in Razzle than we were even saying the album title that day (in Migrant Mouse in Chester. Wow, that takes me back).

Tim (Kalyr) said...

Nobody's done UFO yet.

Can I nominate the two albums they did before Schenker joined? I think I have a compilation of the two on vinyl somewhere - it's supremely horrible. And if that's the *best* bits of the two...

DarceysDad said...

I have done UFO, Tim. Believe me, I'd rather suffer UFO1 & Flying than Making Contact (or anything between then and Walk On Water) again.

Tim (Kalyr) said...

@DsD: Should have done a Ctrl-F there.

What was wrong with Making Contact? That's not their best, but it's gotta be better than "Flying" or "UFO2". Isn't that the one with "Diesel in the Dust" on it?

alimunday said...

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's relatively recent effort, the name of which escapes me.

Anonymous said...

Chris7572 here: I may join this as it seems much more lively than the new RR thing.
@TracyK: White Chalk is wonderful. I loved the passion and originality of the first few albums but was bored by 'Songs from...' I didn't bother with Uh Huh Her. But White Chalk is beautiful and haunting, adding another major string to her bow of talent (?!)
Grateful Dead studio albums have never caught the GD essence but Built To Last takes that one stage further. They managed to record it without actally being in the same studio at the same time. The Dreadful Dead.

Abahachi said...

I'm getting this strange sense of deja-lu...

Anonymous said...

@Abahachi: yeah, sorry, I got lost!
Chris

Anonymous said...

Personally, I loved the first Blue Nile album. disliked the second both musically and for it's limp production, and didn't even bother buying the third after hearing it a friend's house.