Most Underrated Albums

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edited November 7 in Guitar
I was thinking earlier about some criminally underrated albums and would be interested in hearing other peoples favourites. Some bands are generally underrated and have some great albums, other popular bands have some awesome albums that just don't get the attention they probably deserve....

My personal favourite underrated album is Great White's 1992 Psycho City. Guitarist Mark Kendall rips it up with hook soaked guitar awesomeness and amazing blues rock tone, and vocalist Jack Russell ticks all the boxes! This album got totally lost in the post hair grunge years.

Be sure to check out Maybe Someday and Love Is A Lie.... both epics but the whole album is all killer and no filler!





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  • TenebrousTenebrous Frets: 133
    edited November 7
    I'll stick to guitar music as most music I listen to doesn't really fit that criteria anymore, but still...

    I'd love to have been a teenager when this came out. Underrated in the sense that Husker Du get overlooked & overshadowed by similar artists/artists they influenced.


    "Terms of Psychic Warfare" would make it onto any top 50/top 100 playlist I'd make.


    Absolute banger of a tune.


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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 33342
    Duran Duran - Thank You.

    Described as 'the worst album ever made' - mostly by music journalists who thought they were clever by having a go at Duran Duran, I think. Although it's not all brilliant there are some very good tracks on it, and it's nowhere near even the worst album Duran Duran have made, or the worst covers album I can think of...

    So while it might not be a great album it may be the most underrated .
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • gringopiggringopig Frets: 558
    Love Husker Du. 
    This one was one of my favourites for a long time. I made sure to buy 2 copies on vinyl on release just in case:


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  • JerkMoansJerkMoans Frets: 1848
    Stone Roses: Second Coming

    https://youtu.be/WKRQZrJJJCM

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  • dbphotodbphoto Frets: 509
    JerkMoans said:
    Stone Roses: Second Coming

    https://youtu.be/WKRQZrJJJCM

    Yes!!

    Your Star Will Shine and Tightrope are two of my favourite ever songs, and back then I was pretty much only listening to heavy metal.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y-14GN_cy1k

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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 683
    Yes Yes Yes by Elsinore. Less underrated, more completely unheard of.



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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 794
    JerkMoans said:
    Stone Roses: Second Coming

    https://youtu.be/WKRQZrJJJCM

    Thats the only album i listened to and never got into them before, great album
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  • jellybellyjellybelly Frets: 268
    Great thread idea OP, there are a couple above I’m definitely going to check out while I work tomorrow...

    For me its Kaki King’s ‘Dreaming of Revenge’. Half acoustic, half electric, half instrumental, half traditional ‘pop’/indie, fragile vocals (the part that the journos tens to focus on - they thought of them as weak - I think it’s a real shame kaki hasn’t sung on the past couple of records) and some really heartfelt lyrics. Plus some really tasteful tones and a generous splash of EBow. 

    My fav tune on the record “Can Anyone Who Has Heard This Mysic Really Be A Bad Person?” Is below but particularly interesting are the short vignettes about recording the album that you can find on YouTube (one here to get you started!)
    https://youtu.be/5TCDY9lJREg

    https://youtu.be/wnLJ2xdnf7k

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  • AlexCAlexC Frets: 1403
    ICBM said:
    Duran Duran - Thank You.

    Described as 'the worst album ever made' - mostly by music journalists who thought they were clever by having a go at Duran Duran, I think. Although it's not all brilliant there are some very good tracks on it, and it's nowhere near even the worst album Duran Duran have made, or the worst covers album I can think of...

    So while it might not be a great album it may be the most underrated .
    I second this. I would actually say that Duran Duran are underrated as a ‘serious’ band all told. But the musicianship is always superb and the songwriting is often fantastic.
    And on that note I shall say - Arcadia - So Red The Rose. A one off album by Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor which featured such guest artists as Grace Jones, Sting, David Gilmour and Carlos Alomar. A brilliant album and one of the best records of the 80s imo - which is generally a decade I avoid like the plague (even when it was happening around me.)
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7285
    ICBM said:
    Duran Duran - Thank You.

    Described as 'the worst album ever made' - mostly by music journalists who thought they were clever by having a go at Duran Duran, I think. Although it's not all brilliant there are some very good tracks on it, and it's nowhere near even the worst album Duran Duran have made, or the worst covers album I can think of...

    So while it might not be a great album it may be the most underrated .
    Worst ever album according to Q magazine in 2006. Worse then Crazy Hits by Crazy Frog according to that list. 


    There is a very small group of us who see Bernie Torme as one of the overlooked greats in rock. Pilloried by the music press and, let’s face it, made some dodgy records at times and played some shambolic gigs. However, on a good day Bernie offered up rock wisdom and punk attitude in a loud package. So I’ll suggest his 1982 solo debut Turn Out the Lights. 


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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 1077
    I've listened to The Buggles - The Age Of Plastic a couple of times recently and it's really quite good.

    A great album from the late 70s is 1994: (I buoght it at Yanks Records in Manchester in the 80s).

    One of my favourites is Billy Squier, who never really made it in the UK.


     






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  • wesker123wesker123 Frets: 85
    Neu! 1st album.
    Q magazine worst magazine ever. Anybody remember the 5 star review they gave Be Here Now by Oasis?
    My memory may be hazy but I'm convinced they reviewed it without actually listening to it first!
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7285
    prowla said:
    I've listened to The Buggles - The Age Of Plastic a couple of times recently and it's really quite good.

    A great album from the late 70s is 1994: (I buoght it at Yanks Records in Manchester in the 80s).

    One of my favourites is Billy Squier, who never really made it in the UK.


     






    I had that 1994 album, can’t remember a single thing about how it sounded! I liked the cover though. 
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  • TenebrousTenebrous Frets: 133
    JerkMoans said:
    Stone Roses: Second Coming

    https://youtu.be/WKRQZrJJJCM


    100%. Driving South is a killer riff.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 33342

    For me its Kaki King’s ‘Dreaming of Revenge’. Half acoustic, half electric, half instrumental, half traditional ‘pop’/indie, fragile vocals (the part that the journos tens to focus on - they thought of them as weak - I think it’s a real shame kaki hasn’t sung on the past couple of records) and some really heartfelt lyrics. Plus some really tasteful tones and a generous splash of EBow.

    That’s a great album. I like Until We Felt Red as well - I tried to like the first couple of purely instrumental albums but I found them almost unlistenable.

    ICBM said:

    Duran Duran - Thank You
    Worst ever album according to Q magazine in 2006. Worse then Crazy Hits by Crazy Frog according to that list.
    Exactly - that list is complete bollocks.

    It’s an interesting album. Some of the tracks misfire a bit, but there are some real gems - in particular Perfect Day, The Crystal Ship and Watching The Detectives.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1698
    Tenebrous said:
    JerkMoans said:
    Stone Roses: Second Coming

    https://youtu.be/WKRQZrJJJCM


    100%. Driving South is a killer riff.
    It's a great record but it was still disappointing after their 1st one. At the time they were my second favourite band after LZ so this was right up my street. There's also an awkward moment where the song Tears slowly morphs into Stairway to Heaven. Plus there's a lot of soloing going on.

    Usually when we do this thread I mention Warrior Soul and Last Decade Dead Century. 
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  • hairmetal said:
    I was thinking earlier about some criminally underrated albums and would be interested in hearing other peoples favourites. Some bands are generally underrated and have some great albums, other popular bands have some awesome albums that just don't get the attention they probably deserve....

    My personal favourite underrated album is Great White's 1992 Psycho City. Guitarist Mark Kendall rips it up with hook soaked guitar awesomeness and amazing blues rock tone, and vocalist Jack Russell ticks all the boxes! This album got totally lost in the post hair grunge years.

    Be sure to check out Maybe Someday and Love Is A Lie.... both epics but the whole album is all killer and no filler!





    nice call. Mark Kendall is one of my favourite guitar players.

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  • SamgbSamgb Frets: 652
    ICBM said:
    Duran Duran - Thank You.

    Described as 'the worst album ever made' - mostly by music journalists who thought they were clever by having a go at Duran Duran, I think. Although it's not all brilliant there are some very good tracks on it, and it's nowhere near even the worst album Duran Duran have made, or the worst covers album I can think of...

    So while it might not be a great album it may be the most underrated .
    Probably the sheer horror of the idea of them covering Public Enemy terrified everyone. 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 4796
    Chinese Democracy.
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  • SamgbSamgb Frets: 652
    Philly_Q said:
    Chinese Democracy.
    True story. Its a very good, if odd record.
    Ignore the fact that its a follow up to one of the greatest rock albums of all time it is really good.
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  • zepp76zepp76 Frets: 431
    4 Non Blondes - Bigger, Better, Faster, More! I think is a great album and definitely underrated imho.
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1868
    I thought second coming was okay when it came out as a massive fan of made of stone. Over the years I've grown to appreciate it as a great album by a band that had evolved. 

    The las although everyone I know likes it joe public just remembers there she goes. Lots of great songs. 

    First Radiohead rarely gets mentioned following the greatness of the bends and ok computer. Lurgee, vegetable, anyone can play guitar another great album. 
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  • ShrewsShrews Frets: 204
    The Damned - Strawberries

    A great band, still going strong after 40 years and underrated for sure with this album perhaps their most underrated. All these songs I know off by heart, as I've been listening and singing along to them since the early 80's.


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  • shugzshugz Frets: 523
    Some Cities - Doves

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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1698
    In it for the money - Supergrass
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 18865
    Land of the Freaks by Freak Kitchen.

    These guys are incredible- they take time signatures more commonly seen in Indian raga and apply it to hardrock/metal.


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  • mikeyrob73mikeyrob73 Frets: 2195
    Metallica -Load 
    completley panned by critics when it came out, probably still is, because it wasn’t heavy or fast enough and they had all had haircuts. Tracks like Bleeding Me and Outlaw Torn are fucking tremendous though, Hetfields riff towards the end of Outlaw is one of my favourites.

    oh and Second Coming i have loved since the first time I heard Breaking into Heaven and Ten Storey Love Song.
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 11140
    On of my fave ever rock albums is Little Angels - Young Gods. Terrible band name, terrible album title but it's full of killer songs.


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  • JerkMoans said:
    Stone Roses: Second Coming

    That was exactly what I was going to post, it's a fantastic album and often overlooked.
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