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Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Sounds piss weak these days
Gold Against the Soul sounds pretty awful for the most part as well.
than the others mentioned.
Has some of his best songwriting but the 80s synths over everything make it virtually unlistenable. Fortunately he goes for much more contemporary arrangements when he performs the tracks live these days...
Time + White Album = Increasing Brilliance
Time + Sgt Pepper's = Increasing Bemusement
That for 30 odd years there was a near critical consensus that Sgt Pepper was hands down the greatest album ever made. It's probably the worst album The Beatles ever made. I think its reputation has been in free fall for some time though as you suggest. The Beatles albums that have held up best have been the early ones and especially Rubber Soul and Revolver.
...ebbed and flowed a little over time in terms of critical acclaim:
But yes, I remember growing up in the 90s that it was routinely in the top 10 greatest album ever lists which is certainly no longer the case. I haven't listened to it for years so might give it a spin and see how I feel about it these days. Apparently Strawberry Fields Forever was initially penned to be on the album but was dropped after it failed to reach number one. Swapping out one of the hackneyed McCartney tracks for that would instantly make the album better.
In the US I believe that The Whit Album has always been regarded as their masterpiece.
Sure, why not...
but it seems like it's held in better regard here than it is elsewhere.
Sgt Pepper's was the big one for a while but it was almost entirely dropped by everyone but Rolling Stone around 1998 or so in favor of either Revolver or Abbey Road.
but also plenty of the Beatles at their most 1960s-twee-music-hall-referencing worst. The idea that it invented concept albums seems ridiculous, seeing as the concept collapses almost immediately. I'm sure it sounded great/radical at the time - as every man in his sixties reminds me almost constantly - but it really is the Beatles album that has aged the most
but for me it's improved with more listens. It sounds like a daft old record at first but if you give it enough time and look into other albums that were released around the same time, it just sounds like the album that gave birth to everything (obviously there are other contenders for this - Velvet Underground, Revolver, Rubber Soul, Blonde on Blonde, Pet Sounds come very very close). The tracks are brilliant because they sound so simple yet their DNA can be found all over the place in subsequent rock. Most people won't like every track but there's something in it for everyone - psychedelia, circus, music hall, Indian classical music etc. There's a fuzziness about it that no other album (apart from Revolver) has captured - that's why it's their best album.
'Circus, music hall, Indian classical music etc'
There are some complete bummers on there. It also lacks flow in my opinion. It sounds like three incredibly talented artists writing solo material. The last Beatles album that was truly great as a unified whole was Rubber Soul, despite them penning some awesome tracks afterwords: (Tomorrow Never Knows, Strawberry Fields, A Day in the Life, Helter Skelter etc) all there albums were a little disjointed and filled with some appalling input from McCartney and Ringo.
I'm having a hard time believing that age is the only thing holding their older albums back from being appreciated now.
Seminal. I went to Best Buy the day it came out and purchased it and thought it was incredible for months. This is why I never trust 16 year old me on anything
I still listen to significant other monthly
Probably not. They are the one of the only bands of that ilk I love though. I'm quite happy to listen to a Bill Callahan or bloody National album and then stick on limp bizkit or blink 182. There is no shame in enjoying daft musical muck that reminds you of being 13.
Overproduced bloated albums by veterans such as R.E.M. and John Cale, and my least favourite Coldplay album.
Drum loops buried under heavily-processed guitars and an overall pristine cleanliness.
Keane Hopes and Fears is a perfect example of this.
not in terms of the songs but in terms of the sound being very 'of its time'. Doesn't mean it's not flipping brilliant, but it does sound very dated when you put it on now.
it does sound of its time, I'm not sure if it falls under the category of 'aged badly' though.
Still an incredible album but so of its time. You wouldn't get away with that level of production now days. But as for the invention and creativity that still stands out today the dated production can easily be forgiven and can add to the overall listening experience.