Artists for whom you have a firm "cut-off" album

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Minstrel Boy, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. Spsesq

    Spsesq Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    I agree with you. I am a huge Genesis fan. But I cut it off with "We can't dance" and "Calling all Stations" was not even a Genesis album (Congo was a single on the album). It was Rutherford, Banks and a substitute singer's attempt at one last shot that failed miserably. It proved you can only replace Peter Gabriel once and succeed. By the way, not many bands could replace their lead singer even once and succeed. (Notable deceptions, Van Halen and AC/DC had success after a switch. But there are a lot more that did not or are just out their playing oldies for the boomers.)
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  2. melstapler

    melstapler Forum Resident

    1975, the Hank Williams Jr. "And Friends" album is my cut-off point for his output. While Merle Haggard was making all that great music during the 1980s, Hank Jr. was getting too rowdy and I have no use for his later career periods.
  3. basie-fan

    basie-fan Forum Resident

    I tend to just cherry-pick from the albums after these

    Rush - Signals
    Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
    Midnight Oil - Earth and Sun and Moon
    Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park
    Pixies - Bossanova
    Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona
    U2 - Achtung Baby
    Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
  4. babyblue

    babyblue Forum Resident

    Pacific NW
    Not much after Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love has resonated with me at all.
  5. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL, US
    From around that time I rarely like Bruce with bands, but I enjoy him solo acoustic.
  6. pickwick33

    pickwick33 Forum Resident

    All I know is that I have a problem with most funk made after 1975. That's when the disco influence moves in, and it softened many a hard-hitting funk band - the Commodores, Bar-Kays, ESPECIALLY Kool & the Gang.

    In the case of EWF, their better albums were made between 1971-75 and that's all there is to it - for me. Yes, there was always a smoothness, but it went down better on the first seven albums. I'd take "Reasons" over "Fantasy" anyday, and they're both ballads.
  7. U2: I ignore everything after Rattle and Hum
    REM: I stop after Out Of Time
    Sting: I ignore everything after Mercury Falling (even though I did enjoy the Police reunion)
    Moody Blues: For me their career ends after Long Distance Voyager
  8. agaraffa

    agaraffa Forum Resident

    These are bands, I can think of, that I was really into at one time, but have mostly lost interest in since...

    The Cure - Disintegration
    Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses
    Guns N' Roses - Lies
    James Taylor - New Moon Shine
    John Mellencamp - Mr. Happy Go Lucky
    Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon
    R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
    Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales
    U2 - Rattle and Hum
  9. Granadaland

    Granadaland Well-Known Member

    TV on the Radio - Dear Science
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  10. Hardy Melville

    Hardy Melville Forum Resident

    Ones that killed it and I never went back?

    Grateful Dead. Wake of the Flood. Tops the list, big fan of the Dead before this, never bought this or anything after it. Major killer.

    The Who. Squeezebox on The Who By Numbers raised a major red flag for me, but Who Are You was the one that killed it.
    Blondie. Eat to the Beat was the last one I loved, so Autoamerican was the killer. The Hunter was just beating a dead horse, for an encore.
    Ramones. End of the Century. Not a bad album, but I did not like the new direction with Spector, and I never went back (their first four by comparison are in the Pantheon).
    Ohio Players. Angel. Contradiction was a very good album, but not as great as the three before it, and so Angel was so underwhelming it killed it for me.
    The Clash. London Calling. I do not get the love for this mess.
    Bob Dylan. Self Portrait. I know Dylan is said to have had an agenda on this, but put me in the WTF? camp. Never got over it. Probably my loss. but it is what it is.
    Quicksilver Messenger Service. Just for Love. Dino Valenti's return killed it for me, and I don't care how popular this album was.
    Janis Joplin. Pearl. It has some moments, but the album has become unlistenable for me. (Of course if Janis had survived, she may have turned it around, can't rule that out, so perhaps this doesn't belong here.)
    Savoy Brown. Jack the Toad. WTF? A classic case of the killed it off album. Everything before was great, and then bam.
    Fleetwood Mac. Future Games was the turning point, away from their blues base, and Kirwan and even Spencer gone after Green left previously. Ftr I did not hate the later iteration with Nicks and Buckingham, but I didn't buy it, either.
    Rod Stewart. Smiler. It just got even worse after this, but this was so bad. I suppose it deserves some credit for my not even coming close to getting a travesty like Atlantic Crossing.
    Steve Miller. The Joker. Well at least it had a nice cover. But I never went back after hearing the new direction here, and like for Smiler and Rod that helped me avoid even worse efforts later.

    Finally I wish I could say The Stones after Tattoo You, but I did buy later albums of theirs up to Steel Wheels. Some I wish I hadn't. but that's a different question.
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  11. weekendtoy

    weekendtoy Rejecting your reality and substituting my own.

    Northern MN
    Hootie and Blowfish: Cracked Rear View
    Metallica: ...And Justice For All
  12. California Couple

    California Couple Forum Dependent

    Newport Beach
    The Who - Quadrophenia
  13. unravelled

    unravelled Forum Resident

    Hoover, AL
    Live - Secret Samahdi. Decent album but all down hill afterward (dolphins cry :shake:)

    U2 - achtung baby. Great album. Steep drop-off afterwards.

    Fountains of Wayne - welcome interstate managers. Classic album, but the band crossed into self parody on subsequent albums
  14. gramfan

    gramfan Forum Resident

    Ryan Adams-Ashes and Fire...
    His last two lps reek of 80's schlock...
  15. Dorian75

    Dorian75 Forum President

    Hardwired to Self Destruct is a fantastic album, strongly recommend you give it a listen if you haven't.
  16. Paul R

    Paul R Forum Resident

    Escondido, Ca.
    It was all downhill after The Castiles :D
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  17. babyblue

    babyblue Forum Resident

    Pacific NW
    Even though Nebraska may be my favorite Springsteen album, much of his other solo work doesn't do anything for me. Lyrically, the Tom Joad album is perhaps some of his best work, but it's deadly dull musically. I never really connected to Devils and Dust either.
  18. Zep Fan

    Zep Fan Sounds Better with Headphones

    N. Texas
    Rob Zombie --- Nothing after White Zombie
  19. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Lots of folks here really missed some good albums.
  20. Michael P

    Michael P Forum Resident

    Parma, Ohio
    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon. When they changed their U.S. record label they started recycling sounds from their earlier catalog. Since they had a lot of new fans from DSOM that never heard their earlier works it was all new to them. For me it was MEH.
  21. Mickey2

    Mickey2 Forum Resident

    Bronx, NY, USA
    Good question.

    For me, most that come to mind are caused by significant changes in the lineup:

    Black Sabbath - Ozzie years
    Chicago - Kath years
    Alice Cooper - original band
    The Who - Moon years
    Elton John - w/ his classic band lineup
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  22. iwokeinrelief

    iwokeinrelief Forum Resident

    I agree with this. I enjoyed Nine Types of Light on my first listen, but have never made it through a re-listen; and I enjoyed the first 1 1/2 songs off Seeds but give up around song 5.

    The first EP, and the first two albums, are some of the best things to come out of the '00s though, and Dear Science is great as well.
  23. Siegmund

    Siegmund Forum Resident

    England, UK
    I find Genesis' s/t album from 1983 very spotty indeed but it has its moments - Mama, Home By The Sea, That's All is a decent-ish pop song.

    But after that, I'm out. From what I've heard of the next two studio albums, they are unlistenable.

    Don't know Calling All Stations.
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  24. Siegmund

    Siegmund Forum Resident

    England, UK
    Some of the cut off dates listed above are very harsh.

    Quitting Genesis after Gabriel's departure is just plain wrong....they became somewhat more musical when he left (and that's no district to PG, whose work I love).
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  25. Shpongle

    Shpongle Forum Resident

    United Kingdom
    "Now That's What I Call Music Vol 37"
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