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Going old Skool, Radiohead coming out with Kid A. Back in the day, the move away from guitars was a big thing.
but Scott Walker's Tilt is pretty dramatically different to his early work.
same with Tom Waits when he made Swordfishtrombones.
my favourite is John Frusciante going from Blood Sugar Sex Magik to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bip6D0edrxo&feature=kp
But I would say he wins it with Young Americans. In the middle of touring Diamond Dogs in America (a dense,twisted glam rock dystopian concept album based on '1984') he slipped off to Philadelphia to record a joyous, slick blue eyed soul record at Sigma Soul studios.
for them to start using drums after their major success with The Creep
once their studio burned down became Doves of course.
should have called themselves Phoenix really
"uncharacteristic of Neil Young"?
got to love that.
just thinking of the face of someone who bought this, expecting another Harvest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgjnHdsQFZM
you don't even need to go all the way to the 80s - his Time Fades Away tour/era (before On The Beach and Tonight's The Night were recorded) shocked a lot of Harvest fans.
still quite like it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vea9WhI_oNM
I guess it's not entirely unexpected as only Brad returned, but it's still very much in-name-only. I haven't bothered with it since.
I also seem to be alone in thinking that Kid A was a very logical follow-up to OK Computer
Certainly the contrast between the first two albums and the last two (with The Colour of Spring as the bridge between them)
is a pretty considerable one. Does that not count? Granted Colour of Spring was already quite 'out-there' for a band who used to basically be Duran Duran, but still...
Started out as hippies making psych-lite, ended up as the behemoths of rock music.
From shouty post-hardcore (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_uwgRzlrNc) to Aesop fables inspired camp fire folk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fRFMkFbH8I) in just four albums.