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    Bad albums released by good bands

    Just about every good or great band has one bad album. What would your picks be?

    Deep Purple- Slaves and Masters, The Battle Rages On
    Def Leppard- Adrenalize, X
    The Rolling Stones- Dirty Work
    John Lennon- Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions, Wedding Album, Some Time in New York City
    Paul McCartney- Press to Play, Off the Ground
    Metallica- St. Anger
    Megadeth- S
    uper Collider, The World Needs a Hero
    Pink Floyd- The Division Bell
    Billy Idol- Cyberpunk
    KISS- Hot in the Shade



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    Van Halen III

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaneSax View Post
    Van Halen III
    I've always considered it to be a "noble failure."

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    Celtic Frost - cold lake
    morbid angel - ilud divinum satanas (or w/e)
    radiohead - pablo honey (ooooo!)
    dead kennedys - bedtime for democracy
    all of audioslave
    sex pistols - great rock n roll swindle
    led zeppelin - houses of the holy (no quarter aside)
    lou reed - metal machine music
    metallica & lou reed - lulu
    Black sabbath - born again

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    I still can't do it.



    Minus two songs the album is mostly shit.



    Many of you know as we discussed...

    There's more but yeah.

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    Radiohead--King Of Limbs
    Slowdive--Pygmalion (aside from Blue Skied An' Clear)
    Ministry--Dark Side Of The Spoon
    Tool--10,000 Days (Vicarious and Jambi...that's all there is)

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    BRMC - the effects of 333 (I have no clue what they were trying to archieve here...)
    Mark Lanegan - imitations (I love this man, but I just can't get behind his cover choices from time to time and apart from 3 tracks I hate that record)
    NIN - year zero (it just doesn't click with me in any way. Good ideas, interesting sounds, 3 to 4 good tracks, but ultimately no good album IMHO)
    A Perfect Circle - emotive (dear lord...)
    the Black Keys - turn blue (they are on a steady downhill ride but this is the first record I just cannot enjoy in any way from them)
    the Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster - blood & fire (only a couple of good tracks and sadly their last record - left me very dissapointed)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhettButler View Post
    KISS- Hot in the Shade
    I actually like HITS, i mean it's no masterpiece or anything but KISS has released far worse than this...

    Metallica St. Anger is an obvious one but it should always be on this list.
    I can't stand "Golden Age of grotesque" and "Eat Me, Drink Me" by Marilyn Manson (already discussed on the threads).
    "Ram it down" by Judas Priest sucks.
    "Blackacidevil" by Danzig is shit.
    "Trans" by Neil Young (but i love "Transformer Man")

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    Yeah I would add 13th step by APC - astounding pedigree but what a snoozer, "the package" is amazing but otherwise zzz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sutekh View Post
    Black sabbath - born again
    No no no no. This is an underrated gem, Ian Gillans overdone vocals are hilarious and infectious

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    lol - I LOVE born again... in the same way I love doner kebab. It's good but baaaad. But always nice to see a fellow member of the born again appreciation society

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    Depeche Mode - Exciter (though after years I started to accept it more...)

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    Another yay vote for Born Again. I actually like it more than the previous two with Dio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sutekh View Post
    radiohead - pablo honey (ooooo!)
    With the exception of Lurgee and Blow Out, the album is pretty terrible.

    led zeppelin - houses of the holy (no quarter aside)
    no way.... Song Remains the Same, The Ocean, Rain Song, Over the Hills and Far Away, No Quarter... That's classic.

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    Wow this thread is so...wrong

    I mean, The Division Bell is my favourite Pink Floyd album,
    Exciter is in my top 4 Depeche Mode albums
    The King of Limbs actually got me into Radiohead
    I don't think Tool ever released a bad album and I'm not even a fan
    Year Zero is on par with The Downward Spiral for me

    I know, I know...you couldn't call the thread "albums we don't like by bands we do like"...to each their own I suppose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indefinite_Cure View Post
    Wow this thread is so...wrong

    I mean, The Division Bell is my favourite Pink Floyd album,
    Exciter is in my top 4 Depeche Mode albums
    The King of Limbs actually got me into Radiohead
    I don't think Tool ever released a bad album and I'm not even a fan
    Year Zero is on par with The Downward Spiral for me

    I know, I know...you couldn't call the thread "albums we don't like by bands we do like"...to each their own I suppose
    Division Bell better than TPATGOD, TDSOTM and The Wall?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jinsai View Post
    With the exception of Lurgee and Blow Out, the album is pretty terrible.



    no way.... Song Remains the Same, The Ocean, Rain Song, Over the Hills and Far Away, No Quarter... That's classic.
    The first 4 are so nuclear amazing, THOTH (lol cool... thelema reference by page perhaps?) always seemed a bit subdued. Plus that reggae type song is baaaad

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    This thread (along with the "controversial" threads) should all be named "I thought I loved you all but you're really just a bunch of bellends"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jinsai View Post
    no way.... Song Remains the Same, The Ocean, Rain Song, Over the Hills and Far Away, No Quarter... That's classic.
    thank you. I don't like D'yer Maker, though.

    Coda and In Through The Out Door, yuck

    I'm not a huge Presence fan, either, frankly.
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    This site did the work for us, although I disagree with Iggy Pop's "Avenue B." "Nazi Girlfriend" is one of my favorite Iggy songs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegro View Post
    This site did the work for us, although I disagree with Iggy Pop's "Avenue B." "Nazi Girlfriend" is one of my favorite Iggy songs.
    I like a lot of those. One Hot Minute, Pop, Chinese Democracy, Yield, to name a few.

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    The Clash...Cut the Crap
    Massive Attack...Heligoland
    Public Enemy..He Got Game
    Jesus and Mary Chain...Stoned and Dethroned
    Public Image Ltd...That What is Not
    Ride...Tarantula
    Nine inch Nails...With Teeth
    Echo and the Bunnymen...Reverbation
    Morrissey...Kill Uncle
    Madonna...Hard Candy
    Chemical Brothers..We are the Night
    Ministry...The Last Sucker
    New Order..Waiting for the Sirens to Call
    Dizzie Rascall...Maths and English
    My Bloody Valentine...MBV

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhettButler View Post
    I like a lot of those. One Hot Minute, Pop, Chinese Democracy, Yield, to name a few.
    Yeah, well, I doubt there's going to be a unanimous "bad" opinion; even those the critics think are turds somebody is still gonna like.

    Liz Phair: White Chocolate Space Egg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sutekh View Post
    lol - I LOVE born again... in the same way I love doner kebab. It's good but baaaad. But always nice to see a fellow member of the born again appreciation society
    I fuckin' love "Born Again", also "Trashed" and "Zero the Hero" are classic tracks, i also love the horrible production and the weird sound effects in the songs (like "The Dark")

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryeatscereal View Post
    I fuckin' love "Born Again", also "Trashed" and "Zero the Hero" are classic tracks, i also love the horrible production and the weird sound effects in the songs (like "The Dark")
    I had heard that the remastered album was a huge improvement over the original 1983 release. I only have the CD (from the late 90's, I think) and it sounds pretty good to me.

    On the subject of Sabbath--pretty much all of the albums from the Tony Martin era, although Cross Purposes has its moments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henryeatscereal View Post
    I actually like HITS, i mean it's no masterpiece or anything but KISS has released far worse than this...

    Metallica St. Anger is an obvious one but it should always be on this list.
    I can't stand "Golden Age of grotesque" and "Eat Me, Drink Me" by Marilyn Manson (already discussed on the threads).
    "Ram it down" by Judas Priest sucks.
    "Blackacidevil" by Danzig is shit.
    "Trans" by Neil Young (but i love "Transformer Man")
    Ram it Down is terrible. Amazing that they were able to come back so strong two years later with Painkiller.

    X Factor aside, I'd add any 90's era Iron Maiden album to the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Suicide View Post



    Minus two songs the album is mostly shit.
    I can't say I agree - mostly due to Sacrifice, See All You Were, Come To Silver (written for Johnny Cash; the acoustic version on Lost Tracks is even better), Bleedangel, Hand Of Doom: Version, Power Of Darkness, and the gloriously dark Ashes.

    The only song from that period I hate is Don't Be Afraid.



    As for my choice, I'll go with Wild Mood Swings by The Cure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan View Post
    I can't say I agree - mostly due to Sacrifice, See All You Were, Come To Silver (written for Johnny Cash; the acoustic version on Lost Tracks is even better), Bleedangel, Hand Of Doom: Version, Power Of Darkness, and the gloriously dark Ashes.

    The only song from that period I hate is Don't Be Afraid.




    As for my choice, I'll go with Wild Mood Swings by The Cure.
    Lyrics are phenomenal, covering his vocals is a crime. That's all a majority of the stuff did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhettButler View Post

    X Factor aside, I'd add any 90's era Iron Maiden album to the list.
    I disagree "No prayer for the Dying" and "Fear of the Dark" are solid albums with great classics, "X Factor" is very underrated, "Virtual XI" is the weakest of the bunch but even that one has "The Clansman", "Futureal" and "The Angel and the Gambler" (i like it a lot..) excluding "Como Estais Amigos", i can't say a bad thing about that album, it's not great but it's listenable...

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