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On Avery Island
That is valued on DIS. Well done.
Our Endless Numbered Days
hidden cameras - the smell of our own
tony conrad and faust - outside the dream syndicate
ed sheeran and the game - unreleased double LP
jens lekman - oh you're so silent jens
An album I've only recently discovered- strange and beautiful and deep and very different from anything else by them that I've heard.
I like the rockier records but The Hot Rock is something else
But what a record!
The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Boatman's Call
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Cat Power - Moon Pix
Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me
Elliott Smith - Either/Or
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Tender Prey
Slates is possibly my favourite Fall album but you can't argue with Hex
Let Love In maybe.
Tender Prey & Let Love In rank 2 & 3 on my NC & TBS preferences though.
But too 'one note' to be officially recognised as Nick Cave's best
Songs of Leonard Cohen for me.
Just don't say Doolittle
Solid Gold has more edge to it
Their most emotional album (just often quite a desolate one)
or Modern Life Is Rubbish? Please help.
Beetlebum alone makes it their best work
Blur being a very close 2nd
this is silently their best work. All Day Long is exactly where they peaked.
PTMM was the first Replacements album I heard and is still my favourite.
Especially Alex Chilton, The Ledge, Skyway but some of the rockier songs are a bit generic for me and it lacks the messy intensity of Let it Be
Weeder - Blue
lots of you are going to disagree with this but you are of course wrong
but splittin' hairs really
Or All Hail West Texas
The Sunset Tree is great, though as is Talahasse
Hard one, this
It's that good
weird that he's probably my most seen live act but i've never bothered to listen to a single recording
Oh look, Woakes has got Shah and it's time for lunch. Laters.
Fractionally more all-purpose playing than Electro-Shock Blues
Architecture and Morality is great though
Organisation-A&M-Dazzle Ships is one of the best 3-album runs of the 80s.
Really can't decide between Small Change & Alice
By a short head from Swordfishtrombones
Stone wall classic.
I also have a real soft spot for Alice, a really magnificent album.
Suede - Dog Man Star
Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
Can - Monster Movie
Joy Div - Unknown Pleasures
Primal Scream - Xtrmntr
But it's one of Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi or Future Days. We may have to withhold official recognition
I used to think it was 'Ege Bamyasi' but 'Monster Movie' was the first one I got and its still the one I listen to the most. Definitely the most enjoyable for me. The first 7 albums are all great though.
Not sure if it is the 'best' though (not as adventurous as some of the others)
In as much as 'objectively' makes any sense in this context. I do think 'best' sometimes means something different to 'favourite' though.
i said Highway 61 for Dylan, though i usually cite Bringing It All Back Home as my own favourite (it's very close though). i always maintain the latter is the perfect Dylan starting point but it probably lacks the gravitas to call it his absolute BEST (until side 2 at least)
i've been avoiding just naming or thissing favourites in here in favour of ones that are fairly deserving of 'best' status.
SERIOUS MUSIC BOARD BUSINESS.
(deserving = a mixture of personal preference and "objective" (so to speak) quality ofc)
it's why i can't really rank Radiohead albums, Hail To The Thief is one of my favourites despite (and a little bit because of) the fact that it's really a bit of an imperfect mess.
'Best' has to somehow encapsulate what is great about an artist and show them at their most adventurous and exciting as well as at their best. 'Favourite' might be the same record or it might be different- sometimes our favourite is just determined by how we encounter it (like the people on here just citing particular albums because they were the first album by a particular artist that they fell in love with). That's fine of course, but it is different from trying to decide what a band's best work is.
Frankly Future Days is my favourite Can album just because it is the easiest to listen to, for the same reason I also love Soundtracks. They obviously did more original and influential work elsewhere though.
we did this really recently
Comes down to any of One Nation, Standing on the Verge, or Uncle Jam.
And it contains probably all 3 of my most favourite Hawley songs.
Maybe its because its where I discovered him, but Lowedges is very consistent and that 'i've seen and lived a life' voice is used on some quite naive unabashed late 50's / turning into 60's jukebox-diner style pop songs.
When I first heard The Ghost in Daylight, I thought it was one of the best albums I'd ever heard. Then I listened to The Western Lands, and bloody hell, it was even better. Amazing album.
Is a mighty fine second for me too
you didn't say no EP's and this is the best record of all time, so I'm including it. Boo sucks
I think Scott 3, Scot 4, and The Drift are his masterpieces. Those axe solos on Climate Of Hunter are fairly horrid. Has some stunning moments but too patchy for me to be considered anywhere near his best.
is wonderfully odd though. It's as if he'd never heard mid-80s MOR and tried to recreate it after someone tried to describe it to him. All that fretless bass, processed drums and guitar solos, yet it sounds really weird.
For me. He finds his voice and plays with the paradigm of orchestral pop whilst still being fully accessible.
Scott 3 is the right answer
But is let down by 30 Century Man, which is one of his absolute worst songs. Scott 4 doesn't have a duff moment on it.
Julian Cope sustained half his career on copying that song.
They're both amazing albums of course, but I think 4 tails off a tiny bit towards the end and 3 has a little more variety (perhaps in part because of the wonderful Brel covers).
Yeah its a great song. The atmosphere on those first 4 songs on Scott 3 is incredible, the most vivid dreamlike music I've ever heard. I Wish 'We Came Through' was sequenced later in the album so that weightless first third could continue a bit longer. Magic stuff.
Speaking of Julian Cope - Jehovahkill
Is putting the three Brel songs together at the end - it surely would have been better to intersperse them with the self-written songs. You're right about the first 4 songs - Sons Of or If You Go Away would have been brilliant after Big Louise.
But I accept I am in the minority there
Less wanking, more bliss. I like them in Stanley Kubrick EP-esque mood
But the production on Calenture is just a bit too of its time. And lyrically BSD is incredible.
The same applies a little (much less) to Born Sandy Devotional. In The Pines hasn't dated at all (it always tends to be production that dates records and there is no production at all on In The Pines)
In The Pines might still be the right answer though. It always really depends on which of the three I'm listening to at the time.
All the way
Cue howls of derision and protest, but I'm a recovering melancholic and I'm right.
And I'll be a contrary bugger again.
Third and Dummy have their best or most recognisable songs and made the most impact, but this one makes you dance, scared, tearful and an alcoholic all within the space of one consistent, cohesive record.
I just love century of self more - I'm a sucker for songs which have middle sections of sprawling instrumental bits/dual vocals so it ticks all the boxes for me
ABBA - The Visitors
Beach House - Teen Dream
Mac DeMarco - 2
dunno its not come out yet
Harmony in Ultraviolet
Master of Reality
but for me the peaks of 'Sabotage' are a bit higher so I'd go with that as their best.
Perfect From Now On
But Superunknown is excellent.
Also have a lot of love for Down On The Upside
starting at Louder Than Love through to Down On The Upside.
King Animal has its moments. Not sure why but never listened to Ultramega Ok.. might do that today.
Dream River runs it very close though
Closely followed by Pornography
Closely followed by Seventeen Seconds