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Title: Musical Failures
Post by: voltron on July 01, 2010, 07:54:57 AM
List any bands you can think of that have let you down with a poor album.

Sepultura's Chaos A.D.
(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/sepultura1.jpg)
The reason I stopped listening to Sepultura. A precursor to the slop that was Roots.

Killing Joke  - Outside the gate
(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/killiotg.jpg)
Awful album by a usually great band. Supposed to be a Jaz Coleman solo album, but they slapped the Killing Joke name on it. Jaz raps in one song. Ugh.

Saxon - Rock The Nations
(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/Nationssaxon.jpg)
Saxon goes for a more commercial party metal sound. One song sounds almost exactly like "Hot For Teacher". You know you're in for trouble when Elton John makes an appearence on a metal album. Edit: I bought this on cassette for a friend who's a big Saxon fan. We both listened to it and groaned about how bad it was. My friend was like "I'm embarassed that I own this."

Celtic Frost - Cold Lake
(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/ColdLake.jpg)
The Frosts infamous glam metal album. Quite the change from their black/death/doom hybrid.

Carcass - Swansong
(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/carcass_swansong.jpg)
I'm a HUGE fan of these guys earlier works, but here they go for a death 'n roll sound. It's not the change in direction I minded so much, I just thought the songs were weak and uninspired.

Alice In Chains - Alice In Chains
(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/alice_in_chains.jpg)
Definately AIC's worst album. When compared to their other works, this album is just plain banal. No hooks to be found on this one.
So can you guys and gals think of any others?


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: zombie no.one on July 01, 2010, 08:54:53 AM
good topic...I can think of a few.

Big Dipper - Slam! - their first 3 albums are great, then they signed to a major label and released this which is like a watered down version of themselves. also I had to buy the CD on import and it cost me 30 , so I was not happy.

Metallica - Load - probably not their worst considering what came after, but a definite fall off after Black Album (although I know a lot of Metallica fans thought the black album was a let down)

Nas - I Am... - How did he make one of the best rap albums of all time (Illmatic), then 5 years later make one of the worst. I cannot listen to one track on this album without cringing

Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness - This might not be a popular choice but I thought this had none of what made Siamese Dream such a great album despite being very similar, style-wise. It just sounds lifeless and flat to me. Maybe it's the production. I revisited it recently and thought the same thing....




Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: voltron on July 01, 2010, 09:09:27 AM
.Metallica - Load - probably not their worst considering what came after, but a definite fall off after Black Album (although I know a lot of Metallica fans thought the black album was a let down)

I always thought The Black Album was the beginning of the end for Metallica. Thank god I didn't buy it. But you know what? I thought Reload was decent. At least they were trying to do something different and I think it's a step up from Load, but still, compared to their classics, it's still pretty weak.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: ChaosTheory on July 01, 2010, 11:01:41 AM
.Metallica - Load - probably not their worst considering what came after, but a definite fall off after Black Album (although I know a lot of Metallica fans thought the black album was a let down)

I always thought The Black Album was the beginning of the end for Metallica. Thank god I didn't buy it. But you know what? I thought Reload was decent. At least they were trying to do something different and I think it's a step up from Load, but still, compared to their classics, it's still pretty weak.

For me it was Garage Inc.  Black Album was probably the turning point and Load & Reload were mostly filler but at least there were some bright spots where they showed some of their original fire.  But they lost me for good with that Bob Seger cover.

Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth.  Just so......lukewarm.

Aerosmith - Nine Lives.  This was the point where I realized that these were a bunch of old guys more interested in trying to still look cool and relevant, than in making music (and yeah, Get A Grip really should have tipped me off to that, but hey, I was an adolescent at the time)

Offspring - Conspiracy of One.  Wasn't fun, wasn't angry, wasn't energetic at all.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: zombie no.one on July 01, 2010, 02:10:00 PM
I always thought The Black Album was the beginning of the end for Metallica. Thank god I didn't buy it. But you know what? I thought Reload was decent. At least they were trying to do something different and I think it's a step up from Load, but still, compared to their classics, it's still pretty weak.
I think I only heard Re-Load once, may have to give it another go

talking of your picks, I've heard all Carcass's albums and I agree that one is completely different to their earlier ones. sounded like maybe they were trying to crack America and be a big rock group with that album. (also I only have Revelations by Killing joke, that's the only one I've heard. I think it's pretty good)


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Flick James on July 01, 2010, 03:04:41 PM
List any bands you can think of that have let you down with a poor album.

Sepultura's Chaos A.D.
([url]http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/sepultura1.jpg[/url])
The reason I stopped listening to Sepultura. A precursor to the slop that was Roots.

Killing Joke  - Outside the gate
([url]http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/killiotg.jpg[/url])
Awful album by a usually great band. Supposed to be a Jaz Coleman solo album, but they slapped the Killing Joke name on it. Jaz raps in one song. Ugh.

Saxon - Rock The Nations
([url]http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/Nationssaxon.jpg[/url])
Saxon goes for a more commercial party metal sound. One song sounds almost exactly like "Hot For Teacher". You know you're in for trouble when Elton John makes an appearence on a metal album. Edit: I bought this on cassette for a friend who's a big Saxon fan. We both listened to it and groaned about how bad it was. My friend was like "I'm embarassed that I own this."

Celtic Frost - Cold Lake
([url]http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/ColdLake.jpg[/url])
The Frosts infamous glam metal album. Quite the change from their black/death/doom hybrid.

Carcass - Swansong
([url]http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/carcass_swansong.jpg[/url])
I'm a HUGE fan of these guys earlier works, but here they go for a death 'n roll sound. It's not the change in direction I minded so much, I just thought the songs were weak and uninspired.

Alice In Chains - Alice In Chains
([url]http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/alice_in_chains.jpg[/url])
Definately AIC's worst album. When compared to their other works, this album is just plain banal. No hooks to be found on this one.
So can you guys and gals think of any others?


I respectfully disagree with you on Alice in Chains. I thought it was a one of their better albums. I don't think there's an album they made that I didn't like. Although nothing beats Dirt in my humble opinion.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: HappyGilmore on July 06, 2010, 08:45:05 PM
Polka Party- by "Weird Al" Yankovic.  Weird Al emerged in '83 with a self-titled album, featuring 6 parodies and 6 non-parody comedy songs.  Had albums emerge in '84, '85, and was pretty much forced to do one in '86.  It showed.  His label felt he should 'Strike while the iron was hot", so to speak, as 'Novelty' musicians usually have short-lived careers.  The pop music scene in '86 was not lending itself well to make good "Parody" music, and the songwriting on this album didn't live up to expectations, and sales lagged.  Took a brief hiatus, re-emerged a few years later.  While I liked certain songs off the album, it didn't meet my personal expectations as a fan.



I respectfully disagree with you on Alice in Chains. I thought it was a one of their better albums. I don't think there's an album they made that I didn't like. Although nothing beats Dirt in my humble opinion.
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I very much agree with this.  All of AIC's output is quite good, Dirt being the best, but no bad album.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: retrorussell on July 06, 2010, 09:34:03 PM
Actually, I rather liked Polka Party.  A couple of his "Al-bums" (ugh) that weren't that good were probably Alpalooza and Bad Hair Day (though I love Amish Paradise).  His best?  Probably Off The Deep End.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Allhallowsday on July 06, 2010, 11:38:10 PM
These were not well received critically, or were financially unsatisfactory to label bosses, and compared to the enormity of the acts, were perceived as failures, perhaps both artistically and financially ("successful" usually meaning topping the enormous selling record preceeding it).  These are all records I like and mostly own:  

LED ZEPPELIN Presence  ROBERT PLANT's "car accident" album.    PAUL McCARTNEY and WINGS Back To The Egg
(http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff259/allhallowsday/LEDZEPPresence.jpg)                                          (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/27/BackEggCover.jpg)
PAUL's artistic low point?  I had this on vinyl, found it remarkably thin and fragmented, and liked it nonetheless.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysYqQjru_fM  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42IPlbC9H_Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkAunsJ1TJs

DAVID BOWIE Low  Now, well regarded, but it sure found its way into the bargain bin quick back in 1978... If BOWIE has a masterpiece, this is it.  
(http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff259/allhallowsday/LOW.jpg)


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Flick James on July 07, 2010, 09:30:03 AM
(http://albumnotes.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/b0002iqfea01lzzzzzzz.jpg)

I've been an Elvis Costello fan since the 80's. This was easily the worst album he ever did with The Attractions. He has apologized several times. I think the band weren't getting along very well at all by this point.

(http://www.progreviews.com/reviews/images/PF-tFC.jpg)

Okay, I was big on Floyd when this came out, and I defy anyone to defend it as a good album. First of all, forget Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, this is REALLY Roger Water's first solo album. Dismal, and conceptually just themes explored in The Wall drawn out ad nauseum. It was as if Roger Waters said "I talked about how my daddy was killed in WWII all those years ago and how war is bad at length on The Wall, now I'm really going to bore the hell out of everyone with it." He was so full of himself at that time that I fully believe he expected it to be a critical success and to have everyone fawn over him as being the real creative genius of Pink Floyd. I think I may remember bits of one song from that album, but that's about it. Rubbish.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: zombie no.one on July 07, 2010, 07:55:34 PM
These were not well received critically, or were financially unsatisfactory to label bosses, and compared to the enormity of the acts, were perceived as failures, perhaps both artistically and financially ("successful" usually meaning topping the enormous selling record preceeding it).  These are all records I like and mostly own:  

LED ZEPPELIN Presence  ROBERT PLANT's "car accident" album.  
([url]http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff259/allhallowsday/LEDZEPPresence.jpg[/url])            


I like Presence. the one thing is it seems very stripped down. every track is like guitar/bass/drums/vocals whereas on earlier albums they seemed to have much more varied production and instruments going on. maybe there's a harmonica in one track I think, but not much else


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Allhallowsday on July 07, 2010, 10:48:49 PM
These were not well received critically, or were financially unsatisfactory to label bosses, and compared to the enormity of the acts, were perceived as failures, perhaps both artistically and financially ("successful" usually meaning topping the enormous selling record preceeding it).  These are all records I like and mostly own: LED ZEPPELIN Presence  ROBERT PLANT's "car accident" album. 
([url]http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff259/allhallowsday/LEDZEPPresence.jpg[/url])  
I like Presence. the one thing is it seems very stripped down. every track is like guitar/bass/drums/vocals whereas on earlier albums they seemed to have much more varied production and instruments going on. maybe there's a harmonica in one track I think, but not much else
The "stripped down" production you recognize is because the record was hurried onto the market, with fear the red-hot LED ZEPPELIN would grow cold and not sell millions of records if there was a delay, which there was due to ROBERT PLANT's serious injuries in a "car accident".  The production of this record was hurried, but, as a lifelong LED ZEP fan, I also really like Presence.  In fact, it's one of my favorite LED ZEP records.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: voltron on July 08, 2010, 10:21:23 AM
([url]http://www.progreviews.com/reviews/images/PF-tFC.jpg[/url])

Okay, I was big on Floyd when this came out, and I defy anyone to defend it as a good album. First of all, forget Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, this is REALLY Roger Water's first solo album. Dismal, and conceptually just themes explored in The Wall drawn out ad nauseum. It was as if Roger Waters said "I talked about how my daddy was killed in WWII all those years ago and how war is bad at length on The Wall, now I'm really going to bore the hell out of everyone with it." He was so full of himself at that time that I fully believe he expected it to be a critical success and to have everyone fawn over him as being the real creative genius of Pink Floyd. I think I may remember bits of one song from that album, but that's about it. Rubbish.


Oh no man, NO!!!! This is my second favorite Floyd album after Animals. I actually like it a lot more then The Wall. I find it to be insanely depressing and more emotinal than The Wall. I guess that's why the album flopped - a follow up to a smash hit of an album (which kinda bored me, to be honest).


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Trevor on July 08, 2010, 10:23:46 AM
That stupid Waka Waka song by Shakira and the SA group Freshlyground. Yikes: Epic fail.  :buggedout:


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Flick James on July 08, 2010, 10:48:40 AM
([url]http://www.progreviews.com/reviews/images/PF-tFC.jpg[/url])

Okay, I was big on Floyd when this came out, and I defy anyone to defend it as a good album. First of all, forget Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, this is REALLY Roger Water's first solo album. Dismal, and conceptually just themes explored in The Wall drawn out ad nauseum. It was as if Roger Waters said "I talked about how my daddy was killed in WWII all those years ago and how war is bad at length on The Wall, now I'm really going to bore the hell out of everyone with it." He was so full of himself at that time that I fully believe he expected it to be a critical success and to have everyone fawn over him as being the real creative genius of Pink Floyd. I think I may remember bits of one song from that album, but that's about it. Rubbish.


Oh no man, NO!!!! This is my second favorite Floyd album after Animals. I actually like it a lot more then The Wall. I find it to be insanely depressing and more emotinal than The Wall. I guess that's why the album flopped - a follow up to a smash hit of an album (which kinda bored me, to be honest).


I wasn't a big fan of The Wall either. Probably because it was too dominated by Roger Waters and his whining and pretentious political posturing. It did have a few good songs, mainly the ones Gilmore had a heavier hand in. I saw Roger Waters live for the Radio KAOS tour and was bored stiff except when he was performing Floyd stuff. I do love Animals. That was the last album that was at least somewhat collaborative.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Killer Bees on July 08, 2010, 07:45:40 PM
As much as it pains me to say this:  Tori Amos's Strange Little Girls.

And not so much "failure" as "massive disappointment".  I thought she would do her usual Tori thing (like she did with her version Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit).  But it was just woeful and I remember feeling very betrayed and let down at the end of the CD.

There was one saving grace though: Rattlesnakes.  It was the closest she came to her usual Tori Magic Touch.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Allhallowsday on July 08, 2010, 09:13:17 PM
Paid a huge signing bonus by Elektra, and with an enormous ad campaign, JOBRIATH's first album tanked badly, with a followup that went completely unnoticed. 
JOBRIATH
(http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff259/allhallowsday/JOBRIATH.jpg)


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: zombie no.one on July 09, 2010, 05:28:22 AM
Stone Roses - "Second Coming" was considered a massive disappointment by a lot of Stone Roses fans

there's even a joke about it in SHAUN OF THE DEAD when they're deciding which LP's to throw at the 2 zombies in then garden:

"Second Coming?..."

"I liked it"  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Trevor on July 09, 2010, 05:34:25 AM
Stone Roses - "Second Coming" was considered a massive disappointment by a lot of Stone Roses fans

there's even a joke about it in SEAN OF THE DEAD when they're deciding which LP's to throw at the 2 zombies in then garden:

"Second Coming?..."

"I liked it"  :teddyr:

 :teddyr: I remember that: Simon Pegg said on an audio commentary that they had to get permission from all the artists to chuck their records, including Sade and Prince.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: zombie no.one on July 09, 2010, 07:22:48 AM
hah yeah they both threw the Batman soundtrack without hesitation. wonder what Prince thought about that  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: HappyGilmore on July 09, 2010, 08:56:02 AM
hah yeah they both threw the Batman soundtrack without hesitation. wonder what Prince thought about that  :bouncegiggle:
So...he doesn't mind if someone uses his shi**y records as a weapon against zombies, but gets offended when Weird Al calls and asks if he can do a parody? :question:


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: voltron on July 17, 2010, 01:12:53 PM
Eyehatgod's Dopesick

(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/eyehategod-dopesick-1.jpg)

Sandwiched between two excellent albums (Take As Needed For Pain and Confederation Of Ruined Lives) this is EHG's weakest release. Heavy as f**k, but generally hookless compared to their other works


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Allhallowsday on July 18, 2010, 10:00:34 PM
Eyehatgod's Dopesick
([url]http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/eyehategod-dopesick-1.jpg[/url])
Sandwiched between two excellent albums (Take As Needed For Pain and Confederation Of Ruined Lives) this is EHG's weakest release.
Heavy as f**k, but generally hookless compared to their other works
Sounds like I'd like it.  I'll have to remember Dopesick... I'm into music I can listen to hundreds of times and still find interesting. and tuneless music is reminiscent of ambient music which might turn out to be an eternal soundtrack. 


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Mofo Rising on July 19, 2010, 02:44:36 AM
Faith No More "Album of the Year."

I love this band. They tapped a nerve and found success with their first album "The Real Thing." They then followed up that up with the deliberately obtuse and experimental "Angel Dust." (Proof of concept that good music is good music, my mom really enjoys "Angel Dust.") They then followed up that album with "King For a Day, Fool For a Lifetime." It was ignored, but it's an amazing album.

Several years later, "Album of the Year" came out. It's almost lifeless. Like all of the band members lost interest in the project at the same time. There are songs I like here, but who cares? The band members certainly don't.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: zombie no.one on July 19, 2010, 04:50:42 AM
I agree I didn't like Album Of The Year much, but I know a couple of big FNM fans who think it is their best album, strangely enough. Angel Dust is great though, I don't think they could've topped that no matter what they did afterwards...


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Joe the Destroyer on July 24, 2010, 07:09:30 AM
Metallica- St. Anger
I can take Load.  It actually has some okay tunes on it.  St. Anger on the other hand... Let's not have any solos and let's make it sound like we're recording in a basement and Lars is banging on garbage cans!  Yeah!  Awesome!  Wait a second.  BAAAAAARRRRRF! 

Motley Crue- Generation Swine
You are Motley Crue, not Nine Inch Nails.

Iron Maiden- Virtual XI
It's metal, but do I like it?  No, sorry.  You've had better sessions, Maiden.

Ill Nino- Confession
I'm not the biggest nu metal fan, but I liked the first Ill Nino album.  The second one turned down the roaring vocals, turned up the whining, and turned out irritating. 

In Flames- Reroute to Remain
I can forgive most of their latter efforts.  I liked Come Clarity, didn't totally hate Soundtrack to Your Escape (yeah, you read that right), and even liked their newest album and Clayman.  But RtR?  Oh man, it's a kick in the nuts.

Tool- Lateralus
The more these guys have tried to sound progressive, the less I've begun to like them.  It's sad, because I like prog rock and prog metal.  I'm just not a big fan of the same riffs for two minutes straight. 


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: metalmonster on July 27, 2010, 04:21:48 PM
Did Anyone Know That Ali Lohan (lindsay lohan's younger sister) Had A Short Lived Music Career?

She Made A Short Album Of Christmas Songs That Didn't Sell very Well , And Then She Faded Out Of The Spotlight


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: diamondwaspvenom on July 29, 2010, 08:42:02 AM
Kiss' albums from "Lick it up" to "Hot in the Shade" are what I call major failures. On each of these albums, only one or two songs were worth listening to. The rest was just putrid, half-assed, boring, uninspired, unmemorable, lame, cheesy, awful filler. I'm surprised that they managed to survive during the 80's with that crap.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: voltron on August 09, 2010, 03:36:25 PM
Eyehatgod's Dopesick
([url]http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq64/voltron_014/eyehategod-dopesick-1.jpg[/url])
Sandwiched between two excellent albums (Take As Needed For Pain and Confederation Of Ruined Lives) this is EHG's weakest release.
Heavy as f**k, but generally hookless compared to their other works
Sounds like I'd like it.  I'll have to remember Dopesick... I'm into music I can listen to hundreds of times and still find interesting. and tuneless music is reminiscent of ambient music which might turn out to be an eternal soundtrack. 


Hey, AHD, I'm not sure wether you're into metal or not, but EHG are a great band that're considered to the the godfathers of what we metalheads like to call "sludge metal" - picture Black Sabbath on a mixture of whiskey, heroin, and exhaust fumes and you're almost there. BTW, I also LOVE ambient (ie: Rapoon, Lull, etc...) as well.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Mofo Rising on April 05, 2011, 03:48:30 AM
A Perfect Circle's "eMotive."

I really like A Perfect Circle. I thought there first two albums were great.

Then the released "eMotive." This was an album to protest the Iraq war, released in 2004 when it was in full swing with patriotic support. What they did was cover a bunch of anti-war songs from the '60s in their own style. The results were terrible, a complete throwaway album.

Here's their cover of the much loved John Lennon song "Imagine." (Not loved by me, I think that song is insipid.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ktv2C9vnRKU

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against musicians throwing their politics into their music. I'm actually much in favor of it. Not germane, but I was as against the Iraq war at that time. This album was terrible, though. As a protest it was stupid, and as music it was eminently forgettable.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Killer Bees on April 05, 2011, 04:58:37 AM
As much as it pains me to say it, Tori Amos's Strange Little Girls.

I love it when she takes on other people's songs (Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit is a standout) so I was eagerly awaiting the Tori Treatment.  Alas, I was bitterly disappointed.  The songs were just sh.ite.  The only one that has any redeeming quality to it is her version of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions' "Rattlesnakes".

Okay, I'm ready now to be dragged down into the pits of hell now.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Psycho Circus on April 05, 2011, 06:08:58 AM
Kiss' albums from "Lick it up" to "Hot in the Shade" are what I call major failures. On each of these albums, only one or two songs were worth listening to. The rest was just putrid, half-assed, boring, uninspired, unmemorable, lame, cheesy, awful filler. I'm surprised that they managed to survive during the 80's with that crap.

I have to sort of disagree there. I only thought "Asylum" was weak as far as their 80's output was concerned (but I do like that album). I felt that Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick really gave KISS a shot in the arm and put them back on track as a credible rock n' roll machine after the "Elder" debacle and the poor sales from "Creatures Of The Night". I also think Animalize is one of the best albums KISS ever did, certainly their heaviest.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: claws on April 05, 2011, 06:28:43 AM
As much as it pains me to say it, Tori Amos's Strange Little Girls.

I love it when she takes on other people's songs (Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit is a standout) so I was eagerly awaiting the Tori Treatment.  Alas, I was bitterly disappointed.  The songs were just sh.ite.  The only one that has any redeeming quality to it is her version of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions' "Rattlesnakes".

Okay, I'm ready now to be dragged down into the pits of hell now.

It must have been so bad you posted it twice

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As much as it pains me to say this:  Tori Amos's Strange Little Girls.

And not so much "failure" as "massive disappointment".  I thought she would do her usual Tori thing (like she did with her version Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit).  But it was just woeful and I remember feeling very betrayed and let down at the end of the CD.

There was one saving grace though: Rattlesnakes.  It was the closest she came to her usual Tori Magic Touch.

;)


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Flick James on April 05, 2011, 09:36:55 AM
Well, I've never been big on mainstream music, so I'll throw one out there that a slim majority will probably relate to:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c1/Costellogoodbye.jpg)

Elvis Costello readily admits this was a horrible album. On the Rykodisc reissue he opens his liner notes with: "Congratulations! You just bought the worst album of my career." Costello's career lagging, he had decided to go with a slicker, trendier, more pop-oriented sound with Punch the Clock, which had given him his first big hit in a while with "Everyday I Write the Book." Continuing in that direction with the same producer, he got this trainwreck of pop wannabe music that tries desperately to fit in with what was trendy in the mid-80's but fails miserably because, that's just not who Elvis Costello has ever been. I mean, it's really a baaaad album.

Fortunately, he would return to his true form two years later with one of his finest albums of all time, the gritty and minimally produced Blood and Chocolate, which would also be the last album he would record with The Attractions for many years.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Psycho Circus on April 05, 2011, 12:24:18 PM
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There's quite a few disappointing albums I could mention, either ones that came mid-way through an artists career or attempts at comeback records. There's tons, but the one that springs to mind recently is the above album by swedish outfit Hardcore Superstar. Now HCSS are about the only "modern" band I listen to because they have grown in style and stature from album to album over the past decade, and are frankly awesome. Anyone who's into Ratt or has heard of the German band Victory will love them. They raised the bar so high with "Beg For It" in 2009 (one of the best melodic rock albums you will ever hear) that I pre-ordered "Split Your Lip" in a heartbeat. Alas, the horror set in right from track one; bad, uninspired lyrics, basic riffs, poor undynamic song structures, filler and terrible production from top to bottom. This album for me, is a massive step back for the band even though I've noticed many people who are fans raving about how great this record is. It's not.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: diamondwaspvenom on April 07, 2011, 06:20:03 PM
Kiss' albums from "Lick it up" to "Hot in the Shade" are what I call major failures. On each of these albums, only one or two songs were worth listening to. The rest was just putrid, half-assed, boring, uninspired, unmemorable, lame, cheesy, awful filler. I'm surprised that they managed to survive during the 80's with that crap.

I have to sort of disagree there. I only thought "Asylum" was weak as far as their 80's output was concerned (but I do like that album). I felt that Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick really gave KISS a shot in the arm and put them back on track as a credible rock n' roll machine after the "Elder" debacle and the poor sales from "Creatures Of The Night". I also think Animalize is one of the best albums KISS ever did, certainly their heaviest.

That post was written last year. In the time since then, I've learned to appreciate Kiss' glam albums. Although I'm more forgiving towards them now, I still find them inferior to the band's earlier material.

But, that's just me.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Psycho Circus on April 10, 2011, 09:16:31 AM
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Obvious choice within the metal genre, I should have thought of it earlier. Saxon try their hand at AOR in 1988 and suck a big fat one. The band had already disappointed UK fans by focusing on the American market and for adopting a more commercial sound, then further alienated everybody with the god-awful "Rock The Nations" LP. "Destiny" is a completely lackluster affair, not even very good if you are able to accept it for it's laid back pop-rock stylings and for not being the usual Saxon metallic riff-fest. The only standout tracks are "Ride Like The Wind", which is a stunning cover of the Christopher Cross tune, and "Red Alert" which is a bit more lively than the other material present. Luckily, Saxon went back to basics in the early 90's (albeit with a slight melodic tinge) and have kept getting heavier as the years have progressed.


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: zombie no.one on April 10, 2011, 04:08:47 PM
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the songs on this might be good, or they might suck...it's hard to tell with the production so bad it makes every instrument sound about 50 metres away from the mics, and the bass non existant. the worst ac'dc album by a mile, for this reason IMO


Title: Re: Musical Failures
Post by: Allhallowsday on April 10, 2011, 10:48:17 PM
THE STONES produced Their Satanic Majesties Request themselves.  It's been suggested it was THE STONES revealing a vulnerability, trying to do their own Sgt. Pepper, when in fact THE STONES could never compete with THE BEATLES (except were one to compare labyrinthine mismanagement of both bands and their recorded output).  I liked this album and had it on vinyl, but I doubt I'd listen to it much nowadays.  It is kind of dumb.  
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e7/SatanicRS.jpg)  

Nobody said musical failures can't be fun, or tuneful, but listen to the lyric:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zphAHMPtu4g  

"She comes in colors everywhere!  She combs her hair!"  (But does she wash it?  :question:)
"Have you seen her dressed in BLUE!?  :buggedout:  (I don't think so... :bouncegiggle:)  See the sky in front of you!"   :lookingup: :teddyr:

Oo-oo, spooky! PINK FLOYD built their first 6 albums on this kind of creepy crap:  :wink:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drwM5jQvrpU
p.s. Love it.