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So your favourite music bands/artists, what is an album they released that for you was below par to say the least?

Asked by ucme (45766points) July 1st, 2010

Yeah we can all recall our fave albums from our fave artists, but what about the “difficult second album syndrome” One which upon it’s release you bought only to find that it stunk the place out, at least musically speaking.I’m sure every artist has that one bad album in there somewhere along the line.Celine Dion being the obvious exception, all of her albums are….well you know?

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I love Pink Floyd ,but I am not crazy about “The Division Bell”.

TexasDude's avatar

AFI has been my favorite band since 2000, despite the fact that they are dramatically different in style from just about everything else I listen to.

That said, their album Decemberunderground has some good tracks, but overall is not up to par with Sing the Sorrow, The Art of Drowning, or even Crash Love.

kenmc's avatar

The White Stripes has yet to release an album that is less than fantastic, imo.

Having said that, “Get Behind Me, Satan” was probably their weakest, even though it was still phenomenal

wtfrickinfrack's avatar

I’ve loved mewithoutYou since their inception… but I’m still having a hard time getting into “It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright”.

zenele's avatar

I like Elton John songs. I’m pretty mainstream. I followed his career and bought many of his albums. In ‘79, I bought Victim of Love . Don’t make that mistake, people.

DeanV's avatar

Although I have loved all of their other albums, The Chemical Brothers We Are The Night is an album like that for me. It’s not an awful album, but it’s not nearly as brilliant as their other ones.

It’s pretty common for me to not like the second album of a band just because it’s similar enough to their first one that it just gets a bit much. Vampire Weekend’s newest album, Contra and The Gaslight Anthem’s American Slang are like that for me, just because between the time I heavily played their first one and the space between the second album, I just kind of got burnt out on their sound.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Pretty much anything after Monster for R.E.M. for me is a wash, and most of Monster itself, IMO, stinks as well. The same for any Hall & Oates album past Big Bam Boom.

Depeche Mode’s Playing The Angel should be retitled, Hi, My Name is Martin Lee Gore, I’m Getting a Divorce and It’s Making Me Very Sad, Indeed.

Franz Ferdinand’s You Could Have It So Much Better I was in total agreement with. It was as if Alex Kapranos deflated.

@dverhey – Yeah, Contra‘s sort of more of the same. I’d’ve liked a tweak to the sound, some playful exploration. I mean, we get it, preppy Connecticut guys who dig and can play Afrobeat. Next?

ipso's avatar

Everything after Van Halen’s Fair Warning was complete crap by comparison.

Everything after Metallica’s …And Justice for All was crap, by any comparison.

Everything after Dokken’s Tooth and Nail was ridiculous.

Those are the biggest letdowns.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Everything Elton John and the Moody Blues did after 1977 was disappointing.

Rarebear's avatar

Jethro Tull. Under Wraps.

downtide's avatar

I’ve been a big U2 fan since right back in the beginning when they were a bunch of high school kids. But “Pop” was rubbish, and I wasn’t keen on “Zooropa” either. After that they improved again.

tinyfaery's avatar

DMB’s Everyday and Stand-up have only a few good songs each. I remained a fan in those years due to their touring. Their latest album is stellar and I look forward to many more.

janedelila's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille really? I loved Division Bell. It was just kinda different. And @ipso I hear ya, after Metallica sold out, I lost them.

KatawaGrey's avatar

Weird Al is, in my opinion, one of the most intelligent and talented musicians of our time but Straight Outta Linwood makes me cringe in comparison to all his other albums. It still makes me laugh, but I can tell that he’s getting on in years and running out of ideas.

Seek's avatar

I adore Opeth, but their newest album, “Watershed” just didn’t do anything for me. It’s not that the music was bad, it was actually really well done and there are some parts that are really mindbogglingly good, but I think they overdid it on the keyboards. I’m not into synthetic music.

filmfann's avatar

Elton John: Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy
U2: No Line On The Horizon
Queen: The Game
John Lennon: Life With The Lions
Paul McCartney: Anything since and including Silly Love Songs

SamIAm's avatar

@tinyfaery : i SO agreee, I was concerned that Big Whiskey was going to suck BUT IT DIDN’TTTTT!! yayy

Brand New’s new album, Daisy, blows goat (funny, I once knew a goat named Daisy…)

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

So he’s definitely not my favorite musician anymore, but back in high school I listened to a lot of Marilyn Manson. Don’t laugh. I had all his albums, my favorites being Antichrist Superstar and Holy Wood. When Golden Age of Grotesque came out, I thought it was kind of meh, but it grew on me. Then when his most recent album came out, Eat Me Drink Me, I was pretty excited although I didn’t listen to as much of that kind of music anymore. The album is terrible in my opinion. It has none of the energy or emotional punch of his earlier records. I honestly think he burned himself out with all the crazy partying and drugs, but still wanted to be a rock star. Sorry, Manson, very few people can achieve that, and I don’t think you’re one of them.

zenele's avatar

@filmfann Agree with your list of incredibly crappy albums selections, except for The Game. Loved that album.

Berserker's avatar

Fans may disagree, but Thornography from Cradle of Filth just didn’t have what say Midian or Dusk and her Embrace had.

Also, while Monster from Metallica was indeed quite hard and much more ’‘metal’’ than the stuff before, it was nowhere as deep as the older stuff. I mean, the older stuff may be cheesy by today’s standards, but they had soul, damnit.

filmfann's avatar

@zenele With each queen album, I appreciated the last one more. I felt the Game was mixed inside a video arcade, and lots of sounds from Donkey Kong filtered in

zenele's avatar

I hear you buddy – but I was at that age where it was a major “dance” factor and remember it fondly. Besides, Another one bites the dust will always be memorable for it’s unique intro and sound.

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