Albums where the last few tracks are clearly the best.
was the first thing that sprang to mind
It's all good but the last three are undoubtedly the best
She Came Home For Xmas
pow pow pow
not to say the rest isn't face smackin' good, but the last few are just the best
it's just a *loaded* album full stop, even if the two singles are the last two tracks
Last 3 tracks...
The Bronze Medal
Still good but not as good as the first 9.
Those are my favourite 3 tracks!
Some tracks were instant favourites, others took longer. Took lots of listens before realising how great those last three were, Quiet Crown in particular.
I MISS YOU
Just if I had to drop a side (for some gun to the head reason), there is no way I'd consider letting the second side go.
First side has three awesome songs! I guess you could argue that the two on Side B are more awesome but I'm not sure if Don, Aman isn't my favourite track on the album these days
I never skip to get there though. The album is a masterpiece.
Washer was my favourite for many years, and the way the low guitar ploughs in at 3:47 is one of the best moments in all of music
and starts very strongly, yes, but the last 4 tracks DARE, Fire coming out of the Monkeys Head, Don't get lost in Heaven, and Demon Days are an incredible end to the album, in my humble opinion
Don't think this will be beaten for me. It's a pretty little inconsequential geek-pop album for 8 or 9 tracks and then boom that last 4
(oh and not forgetting The Teardrop Explodes - Wilder)
Give Up The Ghost
you're thinking of Hail To The Thief
King of Limbs
Hangs head in shame : (
Say It Ain't So
In The Garage
Only In Dreams
My Name Is Jonas
No One Else
The World Has Turned And Left Me Here
Surf Wax America
Think I've grown to love the second half more though.
Ex Cowboy > Chocky > Christmas Steps is a great run, completely different to the first half of the album too.
A Heat Rash In The Shape Of The Show Me State; Or, Letters From Me To Charlotte
The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future
This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
except I'd also add Coda to that - I have a lot of love for that track, for some reason.
First 5 tracks are gash. Then from She's So Heavy onwards it's ALL BRILLIANT. Most startling dichotomy in album history. Without those first 5 it'd be their best album by miles.
I think not sir, I think not
but it doesn't do much for me, and is NOT on the same luminous technicolour kaleidoscope buzz as the rest of the album
She's So Heavy as opening track, Sun and Because to round out Side A, then BANG Side B game over top stuff lads
(You Never Give Me Your Money is probably my favourite Beatles song full stop these days)
come together is the supremely menacing bad vibes comedown flipside to I Am The Walrus. It's possibly the album's best realised, most complete song. Only possibly topped by the Tina & Ike version.
The main problem with AR is too many lightweight, glib McCartney moments like...er, You Never Give Me Your Money. The whole thing would have been vastly improved with *More George*, ie. All Things Must Pass or Isn't It A Pity. Then they might have stayed together, released a series of increasingly bloated, stadium shaggin, cocaine-honking double albums in the early 70s before finally splitting in late 1977.
I think it's their best record
It's a stunning record start to finish. Only drops the ball with Sun King
including "maxwell" & "octopus"? "sun king" is fine.
The Killing Moon
First half is fairly nice ambient, but the 2nd half is full of krautrock thrills which they've never captured again
perfect albums can't be backloaded!
Midnight in a Perfect World, Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain, What Does Your Soul Look Like pt.1: best run on the album. These three tracks hammer home how amazing a sample-only record can be, and the range it can capture.
Mashin' on the Motorway, Blood on the Motorway, You Can't Go Home Again. Then, on the limited edition, Giving Up the Ghost (original). Also outstanding: I'd argue that You Can't Go Home Again is Shadow's best track, and that the whole album builds towards it.
definitely trumps the first but for Entroducing I'm not so sure... With songs like Stem/long Stem earlier on it's kind of difficult for me to go one way or the other... The albums consistently incredible from start to finish
If the run of tracks was from Stem/ Long Stem onwards, then maybe I could agree. But otherwise, no dice.
Blood on the Motorway might be my favourite thing he's ever done.
Yes! Midnight in a Perfect World, Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain, What Does Your Soul Look Like pt.1, all superb songs! Hard to beat that...
OK, the whole album's great but come on- Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs, Saturday Morning Breakfast Show and Long Forgotten are three of the best songs of all time, and they're all at the end!
Oceansize have a habit for this- Everyone Into Position, last two tracks are definite highlights too...
Frames had all the best songs at the start though...
if you don't count Voorhees, and ignore the brilliance of Only Twin and Sleeping Dogs
Granted, the two 10-minute beasts aren't as good as the rest of the album, not sure why or how but there it is
Self-Preserved is TOTALLY frontloaded (first 2 tracks) apart from that really brief Build A Rocket... song
I'd have actually allowed Effloresce but it's got I Am The Morning and Massive Bereavement before it hits track 5 so
the other great song on Self-Preserved is It's My Tail... - I got the titles muddled up. Three of the shortest if not the three shortest songs. Part Cardiac is *so* fucking amazing.
the bassline that underpins the coda of 'Long Forgotten'...<3 <3 <3
two headed boy pt. 2
We Hate You and Dopethrone are clearly the best tracks.
Paranoid Android > Let Down > Karma Place
For me all the good stuff is on sides 3 and 4, starting with Tell You Why Tomorrow.
If you take off ALL the Grant Hart-penned songs off Warehouse except "Tell You Why Tomorrow", it makes a really good single album :)
Looking for Astronauts
Daughters of the Soho Riots
Baby We'll Be Fine
in the first half
All the Wine
Geese of Beverly Road
which is one of the strongest ending runs to any album ever and far superior to the first half
why the fuck is everyone leaving out Friend Of Mine?
It's my favourite. IN an album of stunners it pips the others to the post.
and can devote our time to deciding which half of alligator is the best.
Hate to stir this up again, but no room for High Violet in that argument? It's certainly my most listened to National album.
First half good.
Second half (Heart and Soul- Decades) transcendent.
Nothing wrong with the first half either
Then it loses momentum until Knife Party.
Left Of The Dial
Here Comes A Regular
I might be the only person on earth who thinks this though.
#8 is up there with their best
#5-#8 are all amazing......
#1, #3-4 > #5
#6-8 > #2
#5 > #2
2 is probably my second favourite on the album
Three Days + Then She Did... + Of Course + Classic Girl is the greatest run of songs they ever concocted.
pounding>last broadcast>the sulphur man>caught by the river
<3 sulphur man
Usually like to listen from Memory Boy
Broken Social Scene - S/T
Superconnected -> Bandwitch -> It's All Gonna Break = Amazing
7/4 Shoreline, Fire Eye'd Boy, Major Label Debut, Swimmers, Hotel all before the end... It's a strong finish for sure but it's hardly a tour-de-force compared to the rest of the album.
Source Tags & Codes, but it also has a terrific front three...
Run-Mr Disco-Vanishing Point-Dream Attack. Best side 2 of an album ever.
This wins for me as well
Yes. 4 amazing songs in row.
Black & Blue, Two Of Us, Asphalt World and Still Life.
side one's great, but side two (Mr. Tambourine Man; Gates of Eden; It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding); It's All Over Now, Baby Blue) is on a whole other level
also, The Walkmen - You and Me (last 4 tracks)
and the new Thomas Dolby one too (17 Hills onwards)
Consistent album, bit of a classic and all that - and you could pick any run of songs and come out a winner. But the run of Made of Stone - Shoot You Down - This is the One - I am the Resurrection is like being smacked over and over with bats of melodic gold. Those songs in that order, and you're like, wow, people do sometimes make classic albums, don't they. The album couldn't really finish any other way.
You're right but the first half you have I Wanna Be Adored, She Bangs the Drums, Waterfall. One of the best opening 3 songs sequence.
The album is front-loaded as well, no denying it. In fact, you probably even say that it's mid-loaded with quality album tracks.
No sure if the best ever, but probably the best debut. It's a joy to listen to this album from start to finish.
Devils Haircut, Hotwax and The New Pollution all in the first half.
I'll have to think about the others.
The 15 minutes of Babe I'm On Fire is the only reason this album is worth listening to.
Nothing Left 1 - Nothing Left 2 - Style
Style is basically their best song ever
but backloaded here means song 4 onwards pretty much
Fake Blues to Snow Days is perfect.
Whole album is pretty much perfect (and in fact all three singles come from the first half) but the run of tunes from 'Babylon' to the 'Elevators' remix is untouchable
Black Bird, The Dark Slope/To Tundra/Death Rattle/Light Leaves, Dark Sees Part 2
why dis is a good place
From Suburban War onwards it really is the modern rock classic the critics were hoping for.
House That Heaven Built