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Fitter Stoke
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Maligned albums: which do you rate?
Feb 18, 2010, 19:29
The most unsung of all albums are those perennially-slagged records (usually by otherwise acclaimed names) which seem to have been universally panned since their release, sometimes by the artists themselves.

I'm thinking initially of The Damned's 'Music For Pleasure', which I've always dug more than anything else that band has done. It's got a unique sound, is choc-full of frantic riffs, sometimes in daft time-signatures (reflecting the Captain's Egg obsession, perhaps?) and just delivers on every level for me. Yet everyone, including its makers, seems to hate it.

I can also cite a real strong affection for things like Beefheart's 'Bluejeans and Moonbeams', Can's 'Saw Delight', The Doors' 'Soft Parade', and our leader's commercial apex 'Saint Julian'. Okay, so none of those records match the impact of their creators' best work, but that doesn't make them bad albums on their own terms. Sometimes I just want entertaining, not having my mind blown.

Anybody got any other examples?
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