Critically lambasted records you love

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by YardByrd, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. YardByrd

    YardByrd Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Expat in Helsinki
    As the title says - records that were derided upon release and have never really been subject to critical revisionism (except among a die-hard handful of weirdos :))

    Me first: KISS "The Elder" love everything about it... except it's too short! Would love it to be a double LP. In my Top 5 KISS records
  2. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    The Elder is my favorite Kiss album (with Destroyer, which got mixed reviews from fans and critics, coming in a close second). I thought the original vinyl release of The Elder was flawed by the record company's resequencing in an attempt to front-load the album with more commercial material. I like it much better on CD with the proper sequencing restored.
  3. gregorya

    gregorya Forum Resident

    Most of the original lineup Chicago albums... Rolling Stone magazine was fairly dismissive.
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  4. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    The completely great Hot Space by Queen.
  5. bloode

    bloode Changing my name to 'The Revealer' this summer!

    Metro Chicago, IL
    Good topic! I'll offer Dylan and the Dead. I just saw a list of "Dead albums ranked" and this was on the bottom and termed 'awful.' Yet, I love it.

    I've also always been a huge fan of Dylan Budokan and Knocked Out Loaded. Both are often termed 'Dylan Fails'.

    Oh, and I just picked up Gene Vincent's 'comeback' album: The Bop They Couldn't Stop. Gene Vincent is clearly a talented singer and made an album that was more 60's folk than 50's rockabilly, so of course people hate it.

    I really like when artists mix it up and offer something unexpected and/or relaxed. Most artists take their personas too seriously, IMO.
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  6. DirkM

    DirkM Forum Resident

    MA, USA
    Empire Burlesque just might be my favourite Bob Dylan album.
  7. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    1. Genuine Imitation Life Gazette - 4 Seasons. Critics mercilessly lambasted this highly experimental concept album and it was a commercial dud. I think it's one of the best and boldest things they ever did.
    2. Their Satanic Majesties Request - Rolling Stones. All the critics hated this one at first. Even the Stones had nothing good to say about it. I think it's a fantastic album.
    3. The Beat Goes On - Vanilla Fudge. One of the most hated albums in popular music history. Even the Fudge hate it. It has its flaws, and of course it was producer Shadow Morton's idea, but I've always loved it. I thought the band made a bold step in not trying to clone their debut album. "Voices In Time" is a chilling and innovative sound collage that came out months before the Beatles' "Revolution 9." The album is in a class by itself. I've never heard another album quite like it, before or since.
    4. Smiley Smile - Beach Boys. Widely derided as a pale remnant of what remained of the aborted Smile. It threw me for a loop the first time I heard it, but that's what it was supposed to do. It didn't take it long to grow on me. I love it for its quirky charm, and it was one of the weirdest and most experimental albums of 1967. And in that highly experimental year, no one can say that was easy to pull off.
    5. Self Portrait - Bob Dylan. Loved it from Day 1.
  8. Picca

    Picca Forum Resident

    Modena, Italy
    Dog Eat Dog by Joni Mitchell
    my favorite JM album
  9. Saul Pimon

    Saul Pimon Man About Town

    I second this, love that record. Imagine if they had pulled off: a massively successful crossover album like Bowie did with Let’s Dance. Then they would’ve been really huge!
  10. JasonA

    JasonA Forum Resident

    Cereal City
    Aerosmith's Done With Mirrors
  11. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Forum Resident

    Tampa, FL
    Led Zeppelin I. At least going by the Rolling Stone review.

    Also, a second vote for Done With Mirrors, the last true Aerosmith record.
  12. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
  13. Ron Stone

    Ron Stone Offending Member

    Deep Maryland
    For me, it's Marshall Crenshaw's FIELD DAY. Robert Christgau loved it as much as I did -- scoring it a rare "A+" -- but everyone else seemed cool to the big, booming Steve Lilywhite production. I thought the album would make him a star, or at least sneak a single onto radio, but it remains in the shadow of the (equally fantastic) debut which has enjoyed multiple reissues.
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  14. Jethro Tull's A Passion Play.
    The Beatles, Beatles For Sale
    Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother
    Fairport Convention's Babbacombe Lee
    Black Sabbath's Technical Ecstasy

    None were critical darlings, but I like each album quite a lot.
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  15. Lightworker

    Lightworker Forum Resident

    Baltimore, MD
    Teenage Fanclub - "Thirteen"
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  16. bibijeebies

    bibijeebies Forum Resident

    Amstelveen (NL)
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  17. bloode

    bloode Changing my name to 'The Revealer' this summer!

    Metro Chicago, IL
    Thread titles need to be created with future searches in mind! Still, it's a topic that can always get good mileage in these parts, I bet.

    Also, to justify this thought, I offer another much hated album: Lulu by Lou Reed with Metallica. I think Lou Reed's brilliance is often subverting the critics by giving them something easy to criticize, but really imaginitive if you give it the right look. Metal Machine Music made this Wikipedia list. Sure, it's hard to 'get into', but it is not 'the worst' of all music. List of music considered the worst - Wikipedia
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  18. schnitzerphilip

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    NJ USA
    Smashing Pumpkins - Machina
  19. Crimson jon

    Crimson jon Forum Resident

    Smashing Pumpkins...adore
    Bush....razor blade suitcase
    Oasis.....standing on the shoulder of giants
  20. arthurprecarious

    arthurprecarious Forum Resident

    North East England
    Lulu - Lou & Metallica
  21. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    They were really huge. The US missed out! Too busy listening to Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and Foreigner!
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  22. Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter Forum Resident

    It's great because most of it doesn't sound like Queen. (I kid... partially ;))
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  23. dartira

    dartira Forum Resident

    I love this:

    And this:

    I believe most people who like these groups hate (well, dislike) these albums.
  24. Mylene

    Mylene Forum Resident

    Go2. It's actually better than Skylarking. :p
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  25. Black Crowes - Lions

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