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The Rate an Artist's Discography Thread

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  • masterpiece? That piece of watered down trash? Not likely
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    i remember a few years ago when Evan started shitting on Animal Collective and everyone here was like "wait, what?"

    trolling is cool sometimes
  • master piece more like master chief image
  • Sorry guyz i thought i made it clear enough that i love halcyon digest that ppl would know it was joke sawwy
  • Pretty vain of me in retrospect
  • Retrospectacles - glasses that let you see into the past and also look like that nintendo thing that covers ur eyes from like the 90s or whatever
  • edited November 2015
    i knew shooty was joking the whole time i just like watching the lemmings squirm
  • No Age

    Weirdo Rippers - 7.5/10
    Nouns - 8/10
    Everything in Between - 6/10
    An Object - 2fuckthisrecord/10
  • TTKTTK
    edited November 2015
    Beck
    I always resort to saying Beck whenever anyone asks me for my favourite band or artist, as I've heard pretty much his entire catalogue, and enjoy about 80-90% of it. He was one of the first "alternative" artists I got into, and continues to be one of the most interesting figures in the business today.

    Mellow Gold: 10/10 The first Beck album, which sounds like no other Beck album, or anything else for that matter.
    With this one it feels like Beck thought it might be his only chance to make a record, so he throws everything at the wall to see what sticks.
    That's so much of the charm, the tongue in cheek ramshackle feel of it. The bluesy guitars, rattling percussion loops, weird samples, and Beck's vocals at the middle. Mellow Gold is a wacked out and slightly off colour folk/hip hop/rock record without any bullshit. It feels totally from Beck's head onto record, and that's why I love it.

    Odelay: 10/10 If I wanna be lazy, I could say that this is Mellow Gold just cleaned up. But it's more than that, the stronger songwriting, more diverse musical palette, and the overall positive vibe gives this record a day/night feeling to the darker Mellow Gold. Instead of trying to jam multiple genres into one track, Beck gave his influences their own tracks so he could explore them with his own approaches, and despite this it feels totally cohesive.
    On the right day, this is equal with Mellow Gold, the rest of the time it's slightly lesser of the two.

    Mutations: 8/10 Beck's first left turn away from the break beats and the samples, and he creates a pretty, sweet and sincere folk rock album. I love many of the tracks here, but for some reason (I think it might be the style of the music) it feels less exciting than Beck's other stuff. But I always wished he'd do more stuff like cabaret jazz of O Maria or the weird droney folk dirge of Static.Great album nonetheless.

    Midnite Vultures: 9/10 (10 on a good dayThis is the most fun he ever had on an album, and despite the fact he may have disowned some (or all) of the tracks on this record, it's still a vital addition to the Beck catalogue.
    It lacks subtlety in its lyrics or songwriting, but it's a step up in the production value. Vultures is full of sound effects, snappy drum machines, bleeping synths, slap bass riffs and chicka chicka guitars, often within the same song. Tracks like Peaches & Cream, Beautiful Way and Milk & Honey pour extravagant layer upon extravagant layer. 
    It's so jam packed with sound, it's hard to get bored. Even the lackluster Hollywood Freaks works, Beck's rapping is frankly silly, but the song's satirical weirdness fits in with the glitzy over the top glamour which the rest of the record presents. Despite some critical backlash since the record's release, I feel this is one of Beck's strongest works, and maybe his boldest statement to date.

    Sea Change: 9/10 (10 on a good dayOr maybe this might his boldest statement -  at least without Morning Phase as a companion record. Sea Change is everything that Mutations promised he could deliver, and then some. Sea Change isn't musically ambitious or weird, it's not lyrically abstract or out there. It's a stark look into the void, the emptiness which is left after you've had your heart ripped out. My personal favourite, Round the Bend, is like a latenight fever dream brought on by memories of relationships past, it feels vaguely psychedelic with its walls of reverb-laden strings and Beck's mumbled vocals.
    This is the record Beck realised he needed to change, needed to grow up and make some real mature music, not just for us, but for himself. 


    Guero: 6/10 I can't even deny that while it's severly lacking in comparison to other Beck records, this is still an enjoyable listen. It's fun, it's catchy and there's a lot of good energy without sounding like a step back. He brought a lot of the melancholy and mature sounds which he explored on Sea Change into this  The record starts out pretty average, and meanders near the end as well (both Scarecrow and Go It Alone are far too long), but around the middle, there are some really stand out tracks. Missing takes that melancholia and reinterprets it to fit poppier style of the record. As well as Earthquake Weather, which has darker lyrics and feels more out there, but it's grounded by a solid hook.

    Overall, his attempt to go back and make pop music with the same irreverence he once had failed, but there were a few interesting experiments nonetheless. Good, but not great.

    The Information: 7/10 This kind of has the same problem that Guero does. I think it may be stronger overall, but that's only because instead of the really great songs being in one chunk, they're spread across the entire record. The opener, Elevator Music, is one of Beck's best openers. Cellphone's Dead is one of the more imaginative songs of his, production wise at least. The way it starts with the rapping over the Herbie Hancock sample, and then morphs into that weird psychedelic dance section at the end.
    Near the middle of the record we get New Round, which feel like a throwback to his Sea Change days, a sincere and very subtle track in its delivery. The use of a acoustic guitar arpeggio over a quiet break beat, and how Beck's vocals are overlapping each other creates a serene and beautiful environment.

    Apparently Beck was trying to make a hip hop record, despite this it feels lacking in that concept, or any sort of a concept or overarching theme whatsoever. 
    I feel that there's a lot to love here, but the record is overly long and the only thing that holds these songs together is Nigel Godrich's spacey production.
    Outside of that, it just feels like a bunch of songs, some good, some not so good. 

    Modern Guilt: 8/10 Beck's most underrated record. I remember people just kinda passing over this one when it was released, but I feel it's probably the strongest thing he's released in the past 15 years that's not Sea Change. It's a succinct, punchy rock record, with a good dose of 60's psychedelia and tinges of darkness around the frayed edges. This is the sound Guero should have been, this is pop and rock music with the weight of the world on its shoulders.
    Beck was clearly thinking about the different adversities affecting the world as we speak, and it resonates across the music, with the record feeling dusty, worn, and nocturnal.
    It's a melancholic album, but with a beating heart and a sense of hope. He even ties up these worldly thoughts with what seems like an extremely personal closer in Volcano, one of Beck's best tracks to date.

    So I can't really complain about this one, 10 great tracks, 30 minutes, with a consistent theme and tone to the record.
    And to boot, there's a great version where Beck recorded the entire record acoustically.

    Morning Phase: 6/10 It's only been a year since this has come out, but I'm already flip flopping on it. I was listening to it a few weeks ago and was loving it, but now I don't know any more. Morning Phase is Beck's return to the sound of Sea Change, but without the emotional resonance which that previous record brought. 
    Sea Change felt like it meant something, I don't know what Morning Phase is trying to be. Beck has become so apt at turning records into musical statements, and this just feels like he's saying "Oh yeah, I want to make more music like Sea Change". Nevertheless, the song writing here is good (It's Beck), and the production has the same elegance that Sea Change does. Songs like Blue Moon, Wave and Waking Light deserve to exist, and deserve to be listened to.
    It just feels superfluous in its existence, and it might be the first time where Beck's music dips into blandness. I mean.. it's nice sounding blandness, so that's something I guess.

    whew.

    also inb4 hurr durr stereopathic soulmanure and one foot in the grave.
    the former is mostly noise experiments, and the latter is a decent folk album. I've never really considered them to be albums in the vein of the others. I don't know why, sue me.
  • edited November 2015
    Did you purposefully leave off "One Foot in the Grave?" I love that record and think it is hugely underrated. (8.5/10)
  • i added an addendum at the end to address that.
  • La Dispute:

    somewhere on the stupid of my buttcrack - fuckthisalbum/10
    Wildlife - 9.5/10
    Rooms of the House - 6/10
  • somewhere stupid buttcrack - 0/10
    Wildlife - 9.5/10
    Roomz - 7.5/10
  • Weezer 2015 v9.0:
    Blue Album - 9/10
    Pinkerton - 10/10
    Green Album - 6.5/10
    Maladroit - 6/10
    Make Believe - 2/10
    Red Album - 6/10
    Raditude - 1/10
    Hurley - 7/10
    Everything Will Be Alright in the End - 8.5/10
  • that make believe score is alarmingly high
  • also didnt you maintain for years that Maladroit was their worst record and a piece of shit?
  • I did. It's actually fine.

    dumb but fine.
  • Make Believe has 2 really good songs in "Perfect Situation" and "This is Such a Pity". It deserves some credit for that over Raditude, which has maybe 1 or 2 songs that aren't complete abominations.
  • I stopped giving Make Believe credit for Perfect Situation and you should too, put that song in the context of another weezer album and it aint hot
  • lol dude 2/10 ain't exactly a ringing endorsement.
  • THE CURE

    Pornography 9.5/10

    Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me 9/10

    Disintegration 8.5/10

    Faith 7.5/10

    Wish 7.5/10

    The Top 7/10

    Head On The Door 7/10

    Japanese Whispers 6.5/10

    Seventeen Seconds 6/10

    Boys Don't Cry 5.5/10

    Bloodflowers 5.5/10

    4:13 Dream 5/10

    The Cure 4/10

    Wild Mood Swings 3.5/10
  • Disintegration and Head On The Door that low. No.
  • disintegration is so loooooongggg
  • i like the cure because it gives me a reason to wake up in the morning
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  • I like disintegration a lot, but pornography has better overall cohesiveness, and along with KM KM KM, the songs just bleed more emotion and energy. "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" is one of my favourites.
  • edited November 2015
    YOB:

    Catharsis - 8.5/10
    The Illusion of Motion - 8.5/10
    The Unreal Never Lived - 9.5/10
    The Great Cessation - 9.5/10
    Atma - 7/10
    Clearing the Path to Ascend - 7/10
  • @TheGreatNorthern Boys don't cry is their best album though :/
  • Pixies

    Surfer Rosa 9.5/10
    Doolittle 10/10
    Bossanova 10/10
    Trompe Le Monde 9/10
  • The Clash

    The Clash 10/10
    Give 'em Enough Rope 9/10
    London Calling..... one of the best rock albums EVER!!!!
    Sandinista! 9/10
    Combat Rock 8/10
    Cut the Crap (crap)/10
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