let's say four proper studio albums or more only.
i can't think of one.
Without fail, each album has been better than the one that preceded it.
the national is the correct answer.
also just happy to see don lennon's name mentioned in any positive context.
If there's one artist who's lack of recognition baffles me, it's him.
Although Daisy is probably not quite better than Devil and God so ignore that actually.
Erm, Los Camp maybe? No you're right, there isn't any.
Daisy is just better i reckon. If we're talking a full-album experience
Each LC! album is better than the last one.
Well, they certainly don't get any worse. 7 Albums in and not a duff one between them, pretty impressive.
Then I remembered Buzz Factory > Uncle Aenasthesia.
The other three though, class.
Plague Park (great) -> Face Control (excellent) -> Sound Kapital (brilliant)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs comes close. The only sticking point is that I wouldn't call the latest album better than It's Blitz, only almost as good.
hmmm though s/t was maybe a duff
cos everything they've done since drums not dead's been great. i think that might actually be their best. i think of the 3 after that sisterworld's the weakest but still very good.
So much energy.
But I definitely think it's underrated
sometimes i think Brighten the Corners is my favourite, and Slanted and Enchanted, though it has 'Summer Babe' on probably contains some of my least favourite Pavement album tracks, so possibly them, but then Wowee Zowee doesn't have as many standout tracks on, so maybe not. Not really sure i'd include Terror Twilight.
To sum up, not Pavement.
....but they fucked it up with their last release (The King is Dead).
HIUV = HMHMDIA > Mirages = Radio Amor > Imaginary Country > Ravedeath 1972
Ravedeath below Mirages and Imaginary Country? On a good day I'd say only HIUV matches it.
and that includes Instrumental Tourist, Fantasmae Parastasie, Atlas, Norberg and his Jetone stuff. Must be a personal thing. I just find it too dense and depressing.
Either he improved from HMHMDIA up to HIUV (and that's the four album run) or (in your book?) up to Ravedeath which makes Imaginary Country better than HIUV (which it patently isn't).
But Bloom isn't too popular on here so be prepared to be shot down.
Her first 4 studio albums are all brilliant, but each is better than the last.
Debut, Post, Homogenic then Vespertine -an unbelievable run!
It all went steeply downhill from there though...
Medulla's a great album.
The thread asks for 4 albums each better than the last.
I just couldn't take a liking to it, though not through lack of trying.
Vitalic's remix of "Who is it" is unbelievable though
and with a minimum of four albums
Vs. Children > Etiquette > Twinkle Echo > Pocket Symphonies for Lonesome Subway Cars > Answering Machine Music
i've always been a staunch champion of 'Etiquette' (haha), but i think i'm realising that Vs Children sort of usurped it as a body of work. the songs might not be as instant, but it's a better collection of...erm...them.
maybe i've just listened to 'Etiquette' too much, idk.
Though I haven't heard the Daphni record...
Up in Flames is a masterpiece, and The Milk of Human Kindness tops Andorra.
the beatles sort of did
(depending on if you go when written/ recorded to when released
So yeah, this^
though I don't think Laughing Stock is quite as good as Spirit of Eden.
either way, Laughing Stock's only *slightly* less great the Spirit of Eden
I mean, it's not not even close. people bracket the final two records, but Spirit of Eden was still earthbound, still tethered. Laughing Stock stepped off the edge.
Except the Spirit > Stock part, with which I don't concur.
Talk Talk is the answer.
Next - who'd look better with a beard: Tina Weymouth or her out of Beach House.
Colour Of Spring = Spirit Of Eden > Laughing Stock >>> Mark Hollis Solo >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> other two
live albums and oddity collections don't count.
so that makes it 4
Those songs may exist in other forms but they may as well be brand new songs. Arguably one of the best live albums ever.
it's a live album by your own admission. Come on - this is music nerd list-making law. You're better than this. Go away and come back when you've thought about what you've done.
Seems a bit harsh bro.
FWIW those Nirvana songs picked just sound weak acoustically but given 6 of 14 aren't actually Nirvana songs it barely counts as a Nirana album, let alone as a studio one.
up to a point if they'd stopped after and then nothing ...
the pastels improved with every studio album, i think slow summits may be my favourite of theirs. and daniel johnston got progressively better up to his fourth record.
if you turn a blind eye to Nocturama and half of Dig Lazarus Dig, it's been a steady climb.
If the next Foals is better than Holy Fire, I say them as well.
not sure I'd currently put her current album as her best. I think A creature I don't know is my favourite atm
But since I Speak because I Can is better than A Creature I Don't Know, I'm afraid she's out.
ball is in his court for this fourth one. could definitely see him knocking it out the park
I definitel think so. The Argument is the best thing they did. IOTKT is noiser but more widescreen and accomplished than Repeater, Red Medicine is even better with a wider variety in tone and more tunes, and End Hits is darker but still deeply rewarding.
End Hits is fucking amazing.
I came in to say Fugazi, the only real blip is Steady Diet of Nothing
They were ALWAYS at their best. All that changed over the years was the quality of their recording methods, hence The Argument has the best production.
I'd have said Camera Obscura. Deerhunter too. not that I don't like those albums but they've gone sideways.
King of Jeans might just edge Honeys, so maybe not quite.
it's a toss-up, both are superb, but Pretty Daze just edges it for me. I think I could listen to this until the end of time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sznudEEAQ18
Guns is still great though.
but for me they went *marginally* down from the seaside -> a little man. we're talking from sheer naked genius down to sheer slightly overproduced genius but
*of all the albums by anyone
but I think it represents a reasonable dip in quality.
it's definitely the dark horse. for me it is a stunningly weird and inspired piece of supercharged psychedelia. it's also punk as fuck
The new one is certainly their best.
Myth Takes is perfect
The Woods has to be one of the most badass final albums by a long running band, ever
and while I really love The Woods, I'd say it's different, not 'better'.
up to the glow pt. 2. there's a steady rise for ya folks!
but I have no idea how anyone could think this. It sounds so half-arsed compared to the rest of their albums
it's a really flat slope to begin with.
*runs off sharpish*
in terms of my favourites, yeah, each was a slight improvement on the last.
deep down, though, yeah, Queen is Dead's the best, isn't it. just is.
Meat is Murder is the weakest though, regardless of people who pretend there's a difference in the production of The Smiths and Hatful of Hollow.
would have been my answer if you had said three studio albums.
but I think These New Puritans probably fit this bill
the two versions of Free Reign are the best ones since Internal Wrangler.
Wire, for instance, began with three albums that got better and better (from a very good start) and didn't know how to fucking cope, so they went and did some side-projects and got worse for about two decades
and The Cure's first 4 (although I'd maybe have 17 Seconds slightly ahead of Faith)
maybe ignore me
is the main extrapolation here
the only real hiccup is Empires Dance, which I'm not quite convinced is better than Real to Real Cacophony. Maybe equal?
Whether I want to count New Gold Dream as the peak of their run of brilliance and the beginning of their decline is something that changes from day to day.
If you'd said Faith slightly ahead of Pornography, then that'd be fine.
which has a couple of duff tracks.
THE OTHER WINDOW IS ONLY 2 MINUTES LONG
for the full-bore masterpiece of 154. now they're ALL as worked-out and insidiously brilliant as 'french film blurred', 'mercy', 'too late', 'a question of degree'...
Pet Sounds is better than Summer Days (and Summer Nights!) which is better than The Beach Boys Today which is better than All Summer Long
Surf's Up is better than Sunflower which is better than 20/20 which is better than Friends which is better than Wild Honey which is better than Smiley Smile.
Just a pity that they kind of hit the re-set button after Pet Sounds...
They certainly nailed the career defining final album.
then Jason Molina/Songs:Ohia
is the correct answer.
Also, this forum is a bitch to use on the iPad. I swear I ^this every post above mine because this forum (and only this one) has a little fit every time I touch the screen, like I'm tickling it.
It's much easier to think of bands who get worse with every album.
Live at the Witch Trials < Dragnet < Grotesque < Slates < Hex Enduction Hour
Not including Berberian because it is a soundtrack
and also very surprised that no one has mentioned hot chip.
last one wasn't nearly as strong.
Flutes makes it a thousand times better than it is.
Maybe even 5.
Up until Transference
killer mike (this is pretty common with a lot of rappers coming up today. see kendrick lamar and to a certain extent kanye if graduation hadnt happened)
started out as a shitty nme band making idiot student rock, have turned into a serious proposition without ever becoming over-earnest, and to boot they're loads more fun live now than when they were doing all that F!U!N! stuff at the start.
Humbug was packed with filler. And FWN was as good as Suck It And See.
If the singles are anything to go by, this new one will be the best.
man, that buck-buck shit is funny.
I reckon The Drones though:
Here Come The Lies / The Millers Daughter / Wait Long By The River / Gala Mill / Havilah / I See Seaweed
Yep it's The Drones.
Ouch. Can I cheat and say Vampire Weekend? One more to go and they're there.
The Wrens. 3 albums and really not the same band Secaucus to Meadowlands though it is and whatever.
TV on the Radio. Winner! Except that last album was kinda forgettable.
The White Stripes. Had a good run of improvement albums, til they didn't.
Flaming Lips have a big arc of quality to meh. So if this was 1999 and the Soft Bulletin had just come out...
I think I can look back and see a lot of bands who's 3rd and 4th records were best...Blur, the Banshees, the Cult, Radiohead... but no band sustains its quality to the end.
I dunno. The Walkmen? Almost, but kinda not really. Grizzly Bear? Arguably, except the last album wasn't as good as Vecki-dawut.
Nah, quality artists roll the dice and sometimes it doesn't pay off. No quality act continually improves like it's going from algebra to geometry. There's highs and lows and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Like some people think the new National record is better than Alligator. Arf!
if we discount centipede hz.
early stuff rightfully has its admirers but i think its kinda tough to argue that sung tongs represented a step forward and the run from then to merriweather was all pretty stellar stuff. people can maybe have personal favourites but i dont think any album after sung tongs (until centipede) was a step back or regression in any way.
are you saying worse from the very beginning, or from sung tongs?
(whilst still on factory only)
Slanted and Enchanted is the 'worst'.
Pavement totally count.
Which is bananas
it's like a Venus flytrap with some sticky, sticky indie points at the centre
Because they hit their peak with White Pony and then made a bunch of middling soundalike records with fantastic openers. With Chi and without.
I was thinking about this the other week when reading a thing that said The Faint were one of the few bands where they got worse as they went on. ONE OF THE FEW? It was Wikipedia though. I settled for Liars but I think Gang Gang Dance might be correct. Not sure if they can top Eye Contact though.
* would have been* *if* *maybe, but no*
just answer the question
But Wild Beasts are on a pure upward curve.
If you don't include Wavering Radiant.
Celestial < Oceanic < Panopticon < In The Absence Of Truth
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