Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (1969)
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II (1969)
N.B. The below is an extract from an EXTREMELY sarcastic review.
“Shit, man, on this album [Jimmy Page] further demonstrates that he could absolutely fucking shut down any whitebluesman alive, and with one fucking hand tied behind his back too.”
John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone.
Michael Jackson, Bad (1987)
Jacko's follow-up to Thriller was, "a letdown," according to TheLos Angeles Times, though critic Richard Cromelin did concede that it had, "a fair-to-strong array of soul and rock blends".
"Fair-to-strong" enough to shift 30 million copies, so it turned out...
The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses (1989)
"This is quite good. Just."
NME's Jack Barron sounded less than enamoured with this classic album, scoring it a mere 6/10 on release.
The Beatles, Abbey Road (1969)
Oasis, (What's The Story) Morning Glory? (1995)
"So, what's the story? Lots of moments, but too many quarters of an hour in between. Oasis are fallen. Fallen short of the stars. They sound knackered."
David Stubbs, Melody Maker.
Radiohead, Kid A (2000)
The Beatles, Revolver (1967)
Daft Punk, Discovery (2001)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Déjà vu (1970)
Leonard Cohen, Songs Of Leonard Cohen (1967)
The Jam, All Mod Cons (1978)
Simon And Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
Radiohead, OK Computer (1997)
Robert Christgau (remember him from earlier?) rated this album as his "Dud of the month" in the Village Voice. He ends his review by proclaiming:
"I guarantee that it will not occupy the charts for 10 years."
The hugely influential OK Computer last appeared in the Album Chart in 2009. Just saying.
Neil Young, After The Gold Rush (1970)
Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (1970)
Though loved by the contemporary rock publications of the era, jazz purists detested Miles Davis's new, funk-flecked direction on Bitches Brew.
The irascible jazz critic Stanley Crouch (who was once fired by the Village Voice for throwing someone through a window) has never warmed to the seminal double LP, describing it as "Formless" and "The most brilliant sellout in the history of jazz" in a 1991 column for The New Republic.
Talk Talk, Spirit Of Eden (1988)
"Instead of getting better or worse, this band simply grew more pretentious with each passing year," said Rolling Stone's J.D. Considine in 1992, further criticising their, "pointless noodling".
Spirit Of Eden remains a huge influence on modern progressive rock music.
The Rolling Stones, Exile On Main Street (1972)
Sex Pistols, Pretty Vacant (1977)
Spiritualized, Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (1997)
"Yet more tedious, monotonous drones from Jason Pierce's space-rockers."
So read Q's review of the album that beat OK Computer to most Album Of The Year accolades in 1997.