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Old 06-17-2015, 01:28 PM   #76
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So maybe an exception to policy here, but one of my favorite "hidden" tracks is Blue Flashing Light from The Man Who. It doesn't fit the album thematically, but it's an interesting departure for Travis.
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Old 06-17-2015, 03:08 PM   #77
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I think "Year Of The Tiger" off Strange Mercy is a particularly underwhelming ending to that album...but "Hysterical Strength", while a good song, is also not a closer.
I love Year of the Tiger personally and think it makes for a great closer, but I will say that Actor should have ended with Just the Same but Brand New. The Sequel just sputters out.

Another album: Elbow's Seldom Seen Kid, which should have ended with One Day Like This.

Blur's Parklife should have ended with This is a Low. Lot 180 is a waste of time.
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Old 06-17-2015, 03:45 PM   #78
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I have a few.

On BloodSugarSexMagik, there's that great instrumental coda at the end of Sir Psycho Sexy, but then it goes into that minute plus of Robert Johnson's They're Red Hot, which for me has the same effect of The End going into Her Majesty. I think it was meant to kind of mirror that, but I just don't think it was really necessary.

I feel like LZIII could've ended with the one-two punch of Tangerine and That's The Way. It's so sublime, and Bron-Y-Aur Stomp and Hats Off seem almost like excess after that.

And finally, I'll just put this out there: Passengers.

I love OS1, but I feel like you could cut the last four tracks off and not lose all that much. EAA is the one track on the album where I think Larry's 'self-indulgent' view of the album might be on point. And the three instrumentals that close the album are interesting, but...I don't know, I just often feel like the album loses steam after One Minute Warning. It's a great record regardless though.
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Old 06-17-2015, 04:18 PM   #79
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Passengers isn't even a proper "album" in the conceptual sense: that they're all supposed to be selections from different films. So to me it doesn't really matter to me if that album ebbs and flows properly aside from United Colours being a killer opener.

I'll say this about Let's Go Native: it's reminiscent of Achtung Baby in ways, and I like how it brings the sound of the band back into familiar territory after the long diversion.
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Old 06-17-2015, 05:08 PM   #80
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Year of the Tiger is one of the best songs on Strange Mercy WTF.
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Old 06-17-2015, 05:47 PM   #81
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I liked cobblers suggestion in the R.E.M. thread that Country Feedback should close Out Of Time. Low would have also been a good album closer
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Old 06-17-2015, 06:15 PM   #82
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Am I the only one who likes Meat Is Murder? Okay the lyrics (and the cow noises) are a bit ridiculous but I think it's one of the better songs on the album musically.
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Old 06-17-2015, 06:46 PM   #83
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I liked cobblers suggestion in the R.E.M. thread that Country Feedback should close Out Of Time. Low would have also been a good album closer
Yes on Country Feedback, not sure about Low. It's a decent track but not impactful enough for a closer.

I really love Me In Honey, both musically and lyrically, but it is an odd choice to end the album.
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Am I the only one who likes Meat Is Murder? Okay the lyrics (and the cow noises) are a bit ridiculous but I think it's one of the better songs on the album musically.
I don't think it's bad, per se, but I do think that the purpose of the song is more to create an atmosphere of dread than to be just another song, and I think it fails in that sense.

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I disagree with most of that. Eliminator Jr. is a nice fuck-off closer. They could be very, very good with closers - Expressway, The Diamond Sea, Death Valley '69, Titanium Expose... And at least half of their albums are structured very well. Dirty was a bit of a mess because it was more song-based anyway.
Well, that's why I like Eliminator Jr. It totally doesn't fit in with the rest of the album - after a double album full of weird arty noise rock, it's a fuck you to any audience that thinks that Sonic Youth are pretentious through rocking out over a dumb, obnoxious riff. I do think it's cool and it works, it's just a song without much substance.

I'm not a Diamond Sea fan, and I just generally don't like Bad Moon Rising at all, but you're totally right about Expressway and Titanium Expose. That manic section at the end of the latter before the long fade out is really inspired stuff.

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Isn't it in keeping with The Smiths to fuck with their own material in that particular way, or perhaps more appropriately to play against expectations like that? I agree that There Is a Light would be one of the best closers ever, but it's also emblematic of the band to keep it out of that context.
Exactly. A lot of people miss that Morrissey is very good at messing with an audience, and coming off as being sincere when he's actually rather insincere.

The melody of "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" is absolutely sublime, though. One of Marr's best works.

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I love Year of the Tiger personally and think it makes for a great closer, but I will say that Actor should have ended with Just the Same but Brand New. The Sequel just sputters out.
This is a very good example. Just the Same but Brand New is really dramatic and grandiose, and then you get a song that's 90 seconds long and ends the album on a wet fart? Blah.
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Am I the only one who likes Meat Is Murder?
Probably not, but I absolutely hate it.
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Sad Songs may be the opposite of this thread for me, since Lucky You is the only song on it that I really like. So...albums that start too long?
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The Beatles album that really ended one song too late was Rubber Soul.

Run For Your Life is the only truly unlistenable Beatles song for me. The lyrics are horrible in a nauseating way. I read an interview from the 70s where John said it was the one song he truly wished he had never written.
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Let's Go Native rules.
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Let's Go Native does rule, but it would be perfectly fine if it came after Corpse or even One Minute Warning. The second half of Passengers mostly sucks.

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So maybe an exception to policy here, but one of my favorite "hidden" tracks is Blue Flashing Light from The Man Who. It doesn't fit the album thematically, but it's an interesting departure for Travis.
Mosquito Song from Songs for the Deaf is a classic example of this. One of my favourite QOTSA songs in general.

To reverse the question and to stick with the same band, The Fun Machine Took a Shit and Died (a song worthy of its title) is on the European CD editions of Era Vulgaris as a closer and the whole album works much better because of it.

Same thing with Going Nowhere and The Cure's self-titled. That album could have used an extra song that's actually good.

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Sad Songs may be the opposite of this thread for me, since Lucky You is the only song on it that I really like. So...albums that start too long?
Hell no. One of their best albums. How can one not like Available?
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Same as the last 2-3 times I stated my unpopular opinion regarding that album.
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