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Most Misunderstood or Poorly Received Great Album

I´ll start.

REM Fables of the Reconstruction
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I think Paul's Boutique was viewed as a let down upon release and is now viewed as their best record (Beastie Boys)


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Fables did fine. Saw the tour.


How about Nick Drake? He qualifies for this thread.


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Fables did fine.
Maybe in Louisiana.


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Paul's Boutique


Agree with this one. It was such a departure from License To Ill that at first listen I dismissed it.

My cousin kept telling me to listen a few more times and the more I listened, the better it sounded. Still a classic.

Fables of the Reconstruction was the same, I just stuck with that one on my own.


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Stone Temple Pilots 'Shangri La Dee Da'. The two singles that got any airplay were 'Days of the Week' and 'Hollywood Bitch'. I thought it was full of good songs: Dumb Love, Coma, Transmissions From A Lonely Room, and one of their best slower songs - Hello It's Late.


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Fables was well-received and was their best seller to that date. But man, Bill Berry and Michael Stipe have spent 20 years bashing the shite out of this album. They're wrong. It's great.

I'll say Fugazi's End Hits. It was their most poorly reviewed albums, but man... the thing is nigh on perfect and is probably my favorite album of theirs aside from The Argument. It was just people resisting them going in a new direction.


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Paul's Boutique


Where are yall getting this crap from. When Boutique dropped it was pretty much universally hailed by critics as a masterpiece


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Pinkerton

initially at least. i think most people now realize it's a classic.


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The Byrd's "Sweethearts of the Rodeo" turned off many of their long time fans with the country direction... it was favorably received though, by critics...

Dylan going electric

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Upon initial release, Paul's Boutique was alienated commercially for its experimental and dense sampling and lyricism, in contrast to the Beastie Boys' previous album, Licensed to Ill.[11] Music critic David Handelman called the record a "rap opera."[10] While major music publications such as Rolling Stone favored the album's unique name-dropping lyrics and the album peaked at #14 on the Pop Albums chart, Paul's Boutique did not equal its predecessor's commercial success with hip hop fans, as it only peaked at #24 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[22] The album received a gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America on September 22 of its release year.[2] Paul's Boutique would go on to sell over 2 million copies by 1999.[2] In retrospect, the album has also gone on to receive much critical acclaim and has been recognized as a landmark album in hip-hop. In a review of the album for Allmusic, contributor Stephen Thomas Erlewine summed the initial reaction to Paul's Boutique and praised the density that the album contains:
Musically, few hip-hop records have ever been so rich; it's not just the recontextulations of familiar music via samples, it's the flow of each song and the album as a whole, culminating in the widescreen suite that closes the record. Lyrically, the Beasties have never been better — not just because their jokes are razor-sharp, but because they construct full-bodied narratives and evocative portraits of characters and places. Few pop records offer this much to savor, and if Paul's Boutique only made a modest impact upon its initial release, over time its influence could be heard through pop and rap, yet no matter how its influence was felt, it stands alone as a record of stunning vision, maturity, and accomplishment.[11]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers - One Hot Minute (with Dave Navarro)

Incredible album. One of their best, yet one of their most disliked for obvious reasons.

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Pinkerton


Still haven't heard it.


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Fables was well-received
no, it wasn´t.
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their best seller to that date

probably, but the let down was absolutely tremendous (they´re fricked in the head, pompous, what´s with the arrangements?, etc...).
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Dylan was famously booed by folk purists at the Newport festival. Btw the strat he played at that show was featured this year on History's Detectives. But in going electric he widened his fan base and charted.

Sweethearts of the Radio is a good call. Fans didn't know what to make of it. Graham Parsons (what's left of his carcass after it was stolen and burned by a friend at Joshua Tree) virtually took over The Byrds.

Lot of great albums nobody bought but critics recognized. The Modern Lovers. The Velvet Underground. Etc.

Ray Charles doing country was controversial at the time. Same thing later when Elvis Costello went to Nashville to record the "Almost Blue" country album.

Trying to think of other diversions great artists took. Dylan recorded a Christian album entitled Saved. Neil Young recorded some crazy 80s albums that had his own label suing him for not sounding like himself. Ring recorded a regrettable disco album.

Nick Drake is forever the ignored / discovered after death artist. He was at least recorded so he's not the John Kennedy Toole of singer songwriters but he's close.






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Magical Mystery Tour the film was criticized (perhaps rightfully) but the album has great music. For it to have been received poorly by any critic is hard to believe.



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Pinkerton


Still haven't heard it.





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Nebraska is a polarizing Springsteen album. Using home recorders and demo tracks, Bruce stripped away the Wall of Sound-style that broke him to most Americans in Born to Run. Some critics and fans hated it. A few loved. But it didn't have a hit single and was a daring move.



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I remember most people not liking Faith No More's album King For a Day, Fool for a Lifetime but its got some of their best songs. A lot of people say Metallica sold out with the black album but commercial sounding or not, I think its great.


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GNR Lies was poorly received, yet was definitely a great album.


Hootie's second album was better than the first.

Recovering the Satellites was AT LEAST as good as August and Everything After


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Red Hot Chili Peppers - One Hot Minute (with Dave Navarro)


i always hear this album isn't very good, but it's one of my favorites...

but my choice would be Chris Cornell's solo album produced by Timberland, i love it and i think it just didn't find a audience b/c it's a weird hybrid.

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