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Old 01-26-2002, 12:31 AM   #1
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Most underappreciated album of the 90's?

Adore - The Smashing Pumpkins

At the time (1998) it was a commercial and critcal disappointment. This album had only one real rock song, the rest was gentle, experimental, and emotional. This album was bound to be a letdown considering it followed their biggest album/tour for Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (The best selling double-CD album of all-time). How do you top an album that punches you in the chest? By allowing the audiences' expectations do it for them. While the lack of powerful songs seems to be the album's downfall, that is the album's greatest strength. Anyone that soaks in the album a few times is struck by the gentle mood and open emotions of it. The instrumentation is sparse, allowing the music and lyrics to breath. This is the closest that Billy Corgan ever came to being a pure singer-songwriter. This is an album that I can listen to any number of times and never ever get tired of, a rarity for me. What really amazes me is I know that 20 years from know this album won't sound as if it aged a day. Timeless music. All in all, an amazing album. Over the public's head for sure and most of the critics as well.

NOTE: NEITHER POP NOR ZOOROPA ARE VALID ANSWERS.

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Old 01-26-2002, 01:24 AM   #2
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And Out Come The Wolves: Rancid

Often considered Rancid's "sell-out" album because of the fact that it was actually played on the mass media air waves. AOCTW is a poignent and evocative album, with driving bass lines and an almost poetic guitar line that hints at the deep sea of ennui and broken promises just behind the face of ever punk. From the very begining of the album "Maxwell Murder" the title track hits in bitingly, forcing you to yell along. Tracks like "Olympia WA" and "Old Friend" almost break your heart with their combination of desperate lyrics and scotch addled love stories gone wrong.
The so called sell out tracks "Time Bomb" and "Ruby Soho" are undeniably catchy as well and the song "Roots Randicals" would become a punk rock anthem that any kid in any scumy club can sing off the top of their head. All this from a bunch of high school drop outs in San Francisco. Way to go boys, punks not dead.

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Amen to that, Johnny!...
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I won't single out any particular album. Instead I will nominate pretty much everything REM have done since (and including) Monster. That one record did it for them, and ever since they seem to have been regarded as somewhat 'tainted', whether it's because of declining album sales, not touring much, losing a drummer or whatever.

IMO every album in question (Monster, New Adventures, Up, and Reveal) contains at least some songs that could rank among the band's best. Examples:

Monster: King of Comedy, Tongue, Let Me In
New Adventures: Ebow the Letter, Leave, Electrolite
Up: At My Most Beautiful, Sad Professor, Why Not Smile, Diminished
Reveal: jury's still out, but there are a few...

I am also not such a huge fan of their early/mid 80s work, generally held up as their untouchable period.
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Wow Johnny. Good call. I think a lot of fans were scared Billy might have been mellowing.
Very good choice.
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Hole--Live Through This, Liz Phair--Exile in Guyville...

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Yay! Someone mentioned Liz Phair. Exile and Guyville is amazing, though most in the know give it the mad props it deserves.
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I'll agree with Kieran - especially on the matter of New Adventures.
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$MDH$ , POP and ZOOropa are the most undrappreciated albums of the 90's . It's U2 at its best , great lyrics , great , very different tunes , much better then other catalog of irish rockers .

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Originally posted by IvanClaytonJnr:
$MDH$ , POP and ZOOropa are the most undrappreciated albums of the 90's . It's U2 at its best , great lyrics , great , very different tunes , much better then other catalog of irish rockers .

I agree
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Old 01-26-2002, 02:11 PM   #13
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The reasons why Zooropa and Pop don't count is that they both sold well worldwide. Zooropa won a Grammy and Pop went to #1 in 27-odd countries. Technically, yes they were both underappreciated but we all know that anyway, consider bands other than U2 for this.

And the reason MDH doesn't count is that it has Milla's ear-rape songs on it, and it's a soundtrack anyway.

I want to hear about albums that were both commercially and criticaly underappreciated.

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I count also albums which were very unpopular/unsuccessful in US of A , this means they didn't fit very well in show-business .
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