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When were you burned (or pleasantly surprised) when buying an album (CD for you young whippersnappers) for a single?

Asked by SuperMouse (30801points) October 6th, 2009

I was burned when I picked up Fine Young Cannibals for She Drives me Crazy, exactly one good song. I was however, very pleasantly surprised by Spoon’s Gimme Fiction which I bought based on I Turn my Camera On. I love the entire album as much as I love that song. What album album did you waste your money on because of a great single? Which was a gem?

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KatawaGrey's avatar

Ciara: The Evolution. I love “Like a Boy” and I though that the cd would be a feminist/civil rights revelation. Turns out there wasn’t a single other progressive song on the album. My heart just broke. I’ve never bought another cd based on the single again!

FutureMemory's avatar

The Counting Crows “august and everything after” album. Bought it on a whim after seeing them on SNL, became one of my favorite records of all time. This is especially significant to me considering almost all of the music I listen to is very ‘underground’.

gussnarp's avatar

BTO’s greatest hits. This really album really should only have three songs on it for the title to make sense.

Aethelwine's avatar

Burned! by these guys.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@FutureMemory definitely the best counting crows album.I think im going to have to go listen to that cd now.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Pleasantly surprised! Workbook by Bob Mould. So far off from his thrashy Hüsker Dü days, but it’s a beautiful album, almost orchestral in places. “Wishing Well” is a standout track.

Burnt! Monster by R.E.M. I bought it because I’d bought every R.E.M. release from Chronic Town on, but I just couldn’t get myself to like more than one song from Monster, “King of Comedy”. I thought it was a nice stylistic departure with its dance-y beat. However, the rest of it sounded tired to me, like they needed a break, and of course, not long after, Bill Berry left.

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zephyr826's avatar

I bought The Weepies’ Say I am You after hearing one song on NPR. It turned out to be a really excellent choice – I love that album.

whatthefluther's avatar

There have been so many one hit wonders you would think one would learn (thank goodness for Amazon’s preview feature), but I bought a Marcy Playground album (self titled) for the song Sex and Candy. The rest of the album sucks. Pleasant album surprises purchased on the strength of a single: going back some, Starfish by The Church is an all-time classic album bought for Under the Milky Way; I only knew Jumper when I bought the first Third Eye Blind self-titled album but now have the catalogue and am a dedicated fan; the first Trapt album, bought for Headstrong (if I recall) also self-titled was excellent (not so good after that).. See ya….Gary/wtf

drdoombot's avatar

I got a bunch of Iron Maiden albums based only on one song: “Hallowed Be Thy Name” (which I originally heard as covered by Cradle of Filth). Best move ever. I’m pretty sure I bought System of a Down’s Toxicity based off of “Chop Suey,” another great move.

I bought some Three Doors Down album just because of “Kryptonite.” Turned out that was the only good song on the album. I bought a Mudvayne album for “Dig” and hated the rest of it (that one song had a completely different sound than the rest of the album). I also bought a Godsmack album, but I can’t figure out why.

filmfann's avatar

Pleasantly surprised by Queen’s A Night At The Opera. I bought it for one song, and loved everything on it.

Burned by Perennial Favorites by the Squirrel Nut Zippers. I loved the album Hot, but the follow up sucked.

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