19 thoughts on “Question of the Week: Which albums are horribly…

  1. OK, so I’ll be really unoriginal and say The Wall, which to me is a couple of really good songs wrapped in a bunch of bloat.

  2. For me it’s definitely Tricky’s Maxinquaye. I think Christgau gave it an A+. I still have a copy of it, for research purposes only.

  3. I’m sure that once this decade winds down even further there’ll be a lot more lauding of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but I always thought that record sounded dull and pretentious.

  4. On the modern side, that new Animal Collective album, whatever it’s called (Merriweather Pavillion?) that everyone’s slobbering over is cataclysmically bad.

    On the historical side, I’ll agree that pretty much any Pink Floyd album’s only mediocre at best.

  5. I used to be a Tubular Bells man – since it ran for 25 minutes on side one, it was perfect for sex (in my mind, “epic” sex no doubt… oof…), not to mention being a “full doob” (e.g., one could casually smoke an entire joint, sometimes two, without otherwise having to stir) platter. I just got curious about it this week reading the Mojo piece on Mike Oldfield, so I dragged the old LP out and put it on and, uh…. wow. It sucks. Talk about misspent youth. But the sex was epic!

  6. 60s: Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    70s: Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
    80s: Paul Simon: Graceland
    90s: Guided By Voices: Bee Thousand
    00s: The National: Boxer

    Not saying these are bad — only that the kudos were way out of proportion with the actual quality of the music and/or importance of the album.

    And I beg to differ with Tom Lane: Maxinquaye was and still is easily as good as its hype, IMO.

  7. I should have also added There’s A Riot Goin’ On, the last three Dylan albums and a lot of the noisier side of Sonic Youth.

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