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List 5 really underrated albums

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by McGrain, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. McGrain

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    But they got to be underrated. So you can't list no Beatles albums, they're all lauded. You might get away with listing Second Coming, maybe, if you were an American, but you couldn't list The Stone Roses. It might not have done 25 billion copies but it's always on these ATG lists. So i mean really underrated - bit lo-fi. But it doesn't have to be lo-fi. So, I mean, if you wanted to say Bridges To Babylon was way underrated that would be in keeping with the thread title because it's "latter day Stones" and they always get dismissed.

    You can list more than five if you want, I won't complain. But I'll probably only listen to five. If you're feeling really brave, list a track from each one! Sky's the limit! Tell me the music!

    I'll list five in a mo. Post went on a bit for me to fucking list them in this post.

    EDIT: Or maybe suggest just one. Fucking doing five was annoying.
     
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    McGrain Diamond Dog

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    1) PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
    PJ Harvey gets mad underrated anyway. Nobody except me and Nick Cave like her. But this one is especially underrated, it's bullshit how little love this record gets. It's genius. Every song is about a different conflict involving British forces. Apparently she's been wanting to do it for years but didn't feel she was up to it, up to doing the job it needed. Well she thought she was up to it there last year (or 2011...) and she absolutely nailed it.


    2) Czarface - Every Hero Needs A Villain
    It was almost magical to hear Inspectah Deck finally hit his solo stride on the first Czarface record, and if he needed a little help to get there, so what. I always felt like he needed a bit of direction and with 7L and Esoteric he found it. The fact that he found it via 1990s cultural references and samples and madness is just a bonus. You know a rap record has gone well when even the skits are brilliant.


    3) Aesop Rock - Skelethon
    Aesop Rock might be the most underrated artist of all time. Nobody seems to love him, he's proper cornered in a mad little corner of the music industry. I get that but still, given how genius this is there should be more love. I haven't heard many better rap records and for me there are no non-Wu hip-hop recordds that I love more.


    4) Tony Joe White - Black and White
    This guy's been around forever and had a minor resurgence in the 00s there, even did some half decent new stuff, but his first album is a total treat. It's very love thy neighbour, i think, but there's a hard dose of reality there too, none of your Jack Kerouac bullshit. The first track of the record, Willie and Laura May Jones is as poignant and heartfelt as anything you'll hear. He also wrote Poke Sallie Annie I think and it's on this record too.


    5) Uncle Tupelo - No Depression
    I always felt like they got swallowed by Nirvana little bit but I also always thought they were a little bit better.
     
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    Aesop the GOAT.

    Skelethon is probably my favourite album of his as well tbg so good shout on that one. I'd probably rank them

    1. Skelethon
    2. Labor Days
    3. Float
    4. The Impossible Kid
    5. None Shall Pass
    6. Bazooka Tooth
    7. Music for Earthworms
     
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  4. McGrain

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    Oh man i haven't heard Bazooka Tooth. I should give that a look. I nearly went for The Impossible Kid though I love that album. It's an amazing album.
     
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    Leak Bros (Cage & Tame 1) - Waterworld
    Early Adopted - A Landlocked Autumn
    Farewell Continental - ¡Hey, Hey Pioneers!
    The Lillingtons - Death by Television
    Silver Sun - Silver Sun
     
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    Blu & Exile - Below the heavens
    Jazzy Jeff - The Magnificent
    Dizzee Rascal - Showtime
    Eminem - The Eminem Show
    Eminem - Relapse
     
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    Lazy list but it's hard without seeing my albums.
     
  8. Ernest Shackleton

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    1) Jessica Curry - Everyone's gone to the rapture
    2) Manu Chao - Clandestine
    3) Witness - Under A Sun
    4) Om - Advaitic Songs
    5) The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
     
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    Finley Quaye - Maverick A Strike
    Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X
    TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
    Tricky - Maxinquaye
    The Vandals - Hitler Bad, Vandals Good
     
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    Maxinquaye - underrated, I take issue with that. One of the best albums of an entire decade.
     
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    Of course it is. I don't think it gets the recognition it deserves.
     
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    After listening to Tupac for what 17 years or so only in the past couple of years have I really started to listen to 2Pacalypse now and give it the credit/time it deserved and realised just how politically motivated Pac was on that album.

    I think it gets lost in the midst of his later and more popular albums but he was spitting real as fuck on that album.
     
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    The PJ Harvey album won loads of awards and was all over the media when it came out to huge fanfare, even think it sold well. Listened to it, it's OK. Self indulgent and a little boring but not a bad album. Can't say I'll go back to it. Seems to be a favorite of ceryain types of friends I have.
     
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    I haven't heard that Polly Harvey album & should probably give it a listen. Also don't think I can keep this to 5

    Catatonia - Way Beyond Blue
    Dub War - Pain
     
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    These Animal Men - These Animal Men


    MIA - Arular


    The Charlatans - Tellin Stories


    Nas - God Son


    and ummmmmm ..... Dubstar - Disgraceful (schoolboy crush getting he better of me)


    Totally fucking random 2 in the morning selection tbh
     
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    double post fucktard
     
  18. One to watch

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    I'd agree with dub war if it's their original EP,that fucking rocks like a motherfucker.

    Urban rock,rap,ragaee done correctly.after that their rough edges were taken away even though they were on earache records.

    They or skindred never did anything as good again.'original murder' is an epic tune,one of my favourites.
     
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    I'd agree with Let England Shake, great album that got limited acclaim.

    The Tricky album was pretty fucking massive at the time so doesn't qualify for me, good as it was.
     
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    i'm going to resist the temptation to list my favourite albums, but in the spirit of the thread, Think Tank by Blur is under rated. Blur were/are a pretty big band, but i would say not many have this album unless you seek it out.

    it's the last album they made before they broke up, the band was falling apart, passed their hey day, the individuals in the group had other interests, the guitarist left the band acrimoniously before the album was recorded. the only record they did as a 3 piece.

    quite dark, melancholy, introspective, sparse in places. but good album, stands up well to the test of time.


     
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    An obvious one in the spirit of the thread, not that it was completely without recognition, would be Pulp - His n Hers.

    Has an argument for being the ultimate 90's album imho.

    Different Class reached number 1 in the album charts on the strength of Common People and the Glastonbury headline fill-in slot but really only had 4 or 5 strong songs on.

    His n Hers was pretty much a masterpiece of the time from start to finish.
     

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