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Re: Analyze an album thread!
« Reply #150 on: January 31, 2017, 11:07:03 AM »
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Favorite: What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Runner-up: Crush With Eyeliner
Least Favorite: You
Underrated: King of Comedy
Overrated: Bang and Blame

Score: 9/10

Masterpiece of an album. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? is a perfect opening to the record that illustrates exactly R.E.M. were trying to do with Monster. Hate to choose You as my least favorite, but that's only because every song on here is incredible.

Just like Pop with u2 fans this album is for me criminally underrated....Kenneth was a fantastic single a proper attitude filled rocker and the album is just immense...

Crush with Eyeliner, Circus Envy, Star 69, Let me In....For me REM's best album - but it suffers from taking fans out of the comfort zone that the big commercially successful albums before it had created for their fans.

The Monster tour show at Milton Keynes Bowl was a great day too......great show and great support from The Cranberries and Radiohead....Dolores was top of her game then and they were superb..

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Re: Analyze an album thread!
« Reply #151 on: January 31, 2017, 11:37:29 AM »
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Favorite: What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Runner-up: Crush With Eyeliner
Least Favorite: You
Underrated: King of Comedy
Overrated: Bang and Blame

Score: 9/10

Masterpiece of an album. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? is a perfect opening to the record that illustrates exactly R.E.M. were trying to do with Monster. Hate to choose You as my least favorite, but that's only because every song on here is incredible.

Just like Pop with u2 fans this album is for me criminally underrated....Kenneth was a fantastic single a proper attitude filled rocker and the album is just immense...

Crush with Eyeliner, Circus Envy, Star 69, Let me In....For me REM's best album - but it suffers from taking fans out of the comfort zone that the big commercially successful albums before it had created for their fans.

The Monster tour show at Milton Keynes Bowl was a great day too......great show and great support from The Cranberries and Radiohead....Dolores was top of her game then and they were superb..

I was at the gig the night before when Blur were in support and I won't pretend it wasn't pretty good (once Blur had gone home) if you were near the front, but nothing to write home about further back - the Bowl is not a great outdoor venue.  The show was not a patch on their 1980s live performances.  Then again I did contract Glandular Fever at the 1995 show, and that has perhaps coloured my view of the day  :P

As for Monster... they hyped it as getting back to the raw rock sound of "Document" but their songwriting was too developed and the influence of grunge on the production marred it.  I don't think REM fans underrate it because it takes us out of a "comfort zone".  REM were a far more challenging band in the 80s - Murmur and Fables being particularly obscure on first listens.  I don't dislike Monster but I disappointed by it when it came out - as I was by Pop.  I think both albums could've been much better.  In REM's case I don't think songs like Star 69 and Bang and Blame are up to much - compare them to songs like Exhuming McCarthy and Disturbance at the Heron House on Document, a much better album IMO.  Monster also suffered because it came out the same year as In Utero, which was a more intense and cathartic rock record.

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Re: Analyze an album thread!
« Reply #152 on: January 31, 2017, 12:05:08 PM »
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Favorite: What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Runner-up: Crush With Eyeliner
Least Favorite: You
Underrated: King of Comedy
Overrated: Bang and Blame

Score: 9/10

Masterpiece of an album. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? is a perfect opening to the record that illustrates exactly R.E.M. were trying to do with Monster. Hate to choose You as my least favorite, but that's only because every song on here is incredible.

Just like Pop with u2 fans this album is for me criminally underrated....Kenneth was a fantastic single a proper attitude filled rocker and the album is just immense...

Crush with Eyeliner, Circus Envy, Star 69, Let me In....For me REM's best album - but it suffers from taking fans out of the comfort zone that the big commercially successful albums before it had created for their fans.

The Monster tour show at Milton Keynes Bowl was a great day too......great show and great support from The Cranberries and Radiohead....Dolores was top of her game then and they were superb..
I totally agree. It is very reminiscent of Achtung Baby and Pop. Lots of attitude and bad-assery.

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Re: Analyze an album thread!
« Reply #153 on: January 31, 2017, 01:36:56 PM »
Monster has some great cuts but overall it's probably my least favorite R.E.M. album. I feel like they did the gritty rock sound much better on New Adventures in Hi-Fi and Accelerate. Half of the album is brilliant but the other half is forgettable to me.
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Re: Analyze an album thread!
« Reply #154 on: January 31, 2017, 03:29:45 PM »
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Favorite: What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Runner-up: Crush With Eyeliner
Least Favorite: You
Underrated: King of Comedy
Overrated: Bang and Blame

Score: 9/10

Masterpiece of an album. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? is a perfect opening to the record that illustrates exactly R.E.M. were trying to do with Monster. Hate to choose You as my least favorite, but that's only because every song on here is incredible.

Just like Pop with u2 fans this album is for me criminally underrated....Kenneth was a fantastic single a proper attitude filled rocker and the album is just immense...

Crush with Eyeliner, Circus Envy, Star 69, Let me In....For me REM's best album - but it suffers from taking fans out of the comfort zone that the big commercially successful albums before it had created for their fans.

The Monster tour show at Milton Keynes Bowl was a great day too......great show and great support from The Cranberries and Radiohead....Dolores was top of her game then and they were superb..

I was at the gig the night before when Blur were in support and I won't pretend it wasn't pretty good (once Blur had gone home) if you were near the front, but nothing to write home about further back - the Bowl is not a great outdoor venue.  The show was not a patch on their 1980s live performances.  Then again I did contract Glandular Fever at the 1995 show, and that has perhaps coloured my view of the day  :P

As for Monster... they hyped it as getting back to the raw rock sound of "Document" but their songwriting was too developed and the influence of grunge on the production marred it.  I don't think REM fans underrate it because it takes us out of a "comfort zone".  REM were a far more challenging band in the 80s - Murmur and Fables being particularly obscure on first listens.  I don't dislike Monster but I disappointed by it when it came out - as I was by Pop.  I think both albums could've been much better.  In REM's case I don't think songs like Star 69 and Bang and Blame are up to much - compare them to songs like Exhuming McCarthy and Disturbance at the Heron House on Document, a much better album IMO.  Monster also suffered because it came out the same year as In Utero, which was a more intense and cathartic rock record.

I probably should have explained i meant fans who only really got on board with out of time and automatic...

Which as you will know over here were the first albums of theirs to really make big waves.
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Re: Analyze an album thread!
« Reply #155 on: January 31, 2017, 03:42:05 PM »
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Favorite: What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Runner-up: Crush With Eyeliner
Least Favorite: You
Underrated: King of Comedy
Overrated: Bang and Blame

Score: 9/10

Masterpiece of an album. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? is a perfect opening to the record that illustrates exactly R.E.M. were trying to do with Monster. Hate to choose You as my least favorite, but that's only because every song on here is incredible.

Just like Pop with u2 fans this album is for me criminally underrated....Kenneth was a fantastic single a proper attitude filled rocker and the album is just immense...

Crush with Eyeliner, Circus Envy, Star 69, Let me In....For me REM's best album - but it suffers from taking fans out of the comfort zone that the big commercially successful albums before it had created for their fans.

The Monster tour show at Milton Keynes Bowl was a great day too......great show and great support from The Cranberries and Radiohead....Dolores was top of her game then and they were superb..

I was at the gig the night before when Blur were in support and I won't pretend it wasn't pretty good (once Blur had gone home) if you were near the front, but nothing to write home about further back - the Bowl is not a great outdoor venue.  The show was not a patch on their 1980s live performances.  Then again I did contract Glandular Fever at the 1995 show, and that has perhaps coloured my view of the day  :P

As for Monster... they hyped it as getting back to the raw rock sound of "Document" but their songwriting was too developed and the influence of grunge on the production marred it.  I don't think REM fans underrate it because it takes us out of a "comfort zone".  REM were a far more challenging band in the 80s - Murmur and Fables being particularly obscure on first listens.  I don't dislike Monster but I disappointed by it when it came out - as I was by Pop.  I think both albums could've been much better.  In REM's case I don't think songs like Star 69 and Bang and Blame are up to much - compare them to songs like Exhuming McCarthy and Disturbance at the Heron House on Document, a much better album IMO.  Monster also suffered because it came out the same year as In Utero, which was a more intense and cathartic rock record.

I probably should have explained i meant fans who only really got on board with out of time and automatic...

Which as you will know over here were the first albums of theirs to really make big waves.

Fair point: I think Out of Time (Losing My Religion & Shiny Happy People) and then Automatic (esp. Everybody Hurts) won them lots of new fans.  They're both very good albums, but I can see how fans who came along with those albums may have been disappointed with the dirtier songs/sounds on Monster. 

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Re: Analyze an album thread!
« Reply #156 on: February 04, 2017, 01:36:54 AM »
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Really nice AJ - and thanks for bringing me back to one of my favourite threads. On the back of these posts I remember going back and listening to a lot of the albums, several I'd never listened to in full before so it was great. 

Love the site and the close ups of the vinyls - if you're on twitter let me know your handle, easier to follow then when you have new posts! (@east13melbourne is me)

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Hey, thank you so much! I really appreciate the feedback. Sorry for the late response, school and work have kept me really busy so far this year, I miss keeping up on the forum.

My Twitter is @ajmartin33 and I gave yours a follow, your photography and concert reviews are always fun to read.

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Re: Analyze an album thread!
« Reply #157 on: February 04, 2017, 12:41:16 PM »
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Favorite: Blackstar
Runner-up: Lazarus
Least Favorite: I Can't Give Everything Away
Underrated: Girl Loves Me
Overrated: I Can't Give Everything Away

Score: 8/10

An incredible last effort from Bowie. He is a great example of an artist who never let their fame and fortune get over their head, in terms of music. A weird album that gets better after each listen. The title track is funky, mysterious-sounding masterpiece... probably the best of Bowie's latest works.


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Re: Analyze an album thread!
« Reply #158 on: July 28, 2017, 10:11:39 PM »
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Rush - Rush
Favorite - Here Again
Runner-Up - Before And After
Least Favorite - In The Mood
Overrated - Working Man
Underrated - Here Again

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Rush - Fly By Night
Favorite - Anthem
Runner-Up - By-Tor and the Snowdog
Least Favorite - Making Memories
Overrated - Fly By Night
Underrated - Best I Can

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Rush - Caress of Steel
Favorite - Lakeside Park
Runner-Up - The Fountain of Lamneth
Least Favorite - Bastille Day, not that I don't like it but there are only five songs on the album
Overrated - Bastille Day
Underrated - I Think I'm Going Bald

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Rush - 2112
Favorite - 2112
Runner-Up - Lessons
Least Favorite - Something for Nothing
Overrated - Something For Nothing
Underrated - Lessons

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Rush - A Farewell to Kings
Favorite - Xanadu, my second favorite Rush song
Runner-Up - Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage
Least Favorite - Closer To The Heart (radio overplay)
Overrated - Closer To The Heart
Underrated - A Farewell to Kings

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Rush - Hemispheres
Favorite - La Villa Strangiato, also my favorite Rush song
Runner-Up - Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
Least Favorite - The Trees (still an epic song but there's only four song the album)
Overrated - The Trees
Underrated - Circumstances

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Rush - Permanent Waves
Favorite - Jacob's Ladder
Runner-Up - Natural Science
Least Favorite - Freewill
Overrated - Freewill
Underrated - Entre Nous

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Rush - Moving Pictures
Favorite - Red Barchetta
Runner-Up - Witch Hunt
Least Favorite - The Camera Eye
Overrated - Limelight
Underrated - Witch Hunt

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Rush - Signals
Favorite - The Weapon
Runner-Up - Losing It
Least Favorite - Subdivisions (still awesome)
Overrated - Subdivisions
Underrated - Losing It or Countdown

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Rush - Grace Under Pressure
Favorite - Red Lenses
Runner-Up - The Body Electric
Least Favorite - Between the Wheels
Overrated - Between the Wheels
Underrated - Red Lenses

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Rush - Power Windows
Favorite - Grand Designs
Runner-Up - Territories
Least Favorite - Middletown Dreams
Overrated - There really isn't one. Marathon, I guess, but it's still an awesome song.
Underrated - Emotion Detector

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Rush - Hold Your Fire
Favorite - Lock and Key
Runner-Up - Force Ten
Least Favorite - High Water
Overrated - Time Stand Still
Underrated - Prime Mover

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Rush - Presto
Favorite - Scars
Runner-Up - Red Tide
Least Favorite - Hand Over Fist
Overrated - Available Light, I guess
Underrated - Anagram (For Mongo)

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Re: Analyze an album thread!
« Reply #159 on: July 29, 2017, 02:58:01 AM »
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The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.

Favorite - One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21
Runner-Up - Fight Test
Least Favorite - Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
Overrated - Do you realise (most popular, not Overrated though).
Underrated - It's Summertime

Score 8.5/10

The album works on so many levels, and the lyrics, on face value, telling the anime story of a girl (Yoshimi) fighting alien robots (Pink Robots) to win a prize.

But then

You can listen to it from the perspective of a sick child (Yoshimi) undergoing chemotherapy to battle the cancerous cells (Pink Robots) to win the battle for her life.

One of the best concept albums I've listened to, even if that concept doesn't strictly run for the full album. Well worth a listen, and then another.

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Re: Analyze an album thread!
« Reply #160 on: October 06, 2017, 06:48:04 PM »
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Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life

Favorite: Don't Delete the Kisses
Runner-up: Heavenward
Least Favorite: After the Zero Hour
Overrated: N/A
Underrated: Space & Time

Score: 9.5/10

This album is absolutely phenomenal, the greatest of the year for me. Wolf Alice do a great job of melding many different styles here, with ethereal/ambient elements perfectly complimenting some powerful lyricism.

Visions of a Life is very religiously inclined, thematically. Some other recurring lyrical topics include ones of depression, the inability to find love, and death. Beautiful instrumentation is there to match some haunting vocals performances. There is much variance in Ellie's vocal deliveries, from spoken-word passages to gorgeous falsetto accents. You can truly hear her eagerness in tracks like Don't Delete the Kisses, and share a feeling of despair in both Sadboy and Sky Musings.

A definite improvement over My Love Is Cool, which was a fantastic album in itself, Visions of a Life evokes near-transcendent levels of emotion from me... I don't mean to sound corny, but it genuinely is that good. Truthfully, I couldn't bring myself to label any of these tracks as overrated. Even my least favorite one, After the Zero Hour, is a great song in its own right. Do give this masterpiece a listen!