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Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

How many instances can you think of where a band's last (or latest) album surprisingly turns out to be their "best" album?

Only one album immediately springs to mind, and that is Bowie’s Blackstar. I honestly can’t think of another off the top of my head. The next two to mind are Bowie’s contemporaries, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop - but while I love Lulu and Free, and would put them in my top five albums from those artists, they’re probably not my favourite album (which is how I assume “best” is meant to be taken, and why it is inverted commas).

Taking a quick glance through my CDs, I can add only four:

Anathema - The Optimist
The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience - Bleeding Star
22 - You Are Creating
3Ds - Strange News from the Angels

Well, I could add more if I included bands and artists with only one or two albums to their name, but that would seem to somewhat defeat the purpose of the exercise.

It would also be quite easy if I included what is presently the last album released by a band or artist, because in a lot of cases, the most recent album released is my favourite - but so long as the band is still active, chances are that it’s not really the last album.

Even if an album seems to have been the last released, there is really no way of knowing if the band or artist might decide to come back. I found half a dozen albums, for example, that would have been my favourite last albums, had the bands not come back with new material years afterwards.

Alice In Chains - “Tripod”
At the Drive In - Relationship of Command
Crowded House - Together Alone
Faith No More - Album of the Year
Screaming Trees - Dust
Soundgarden - Down on the Upside

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote essexboyinwales Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 02 2021 at 08:42
Originally posted by nick_h_nz nick_h_nz wrote:

Anathema - The Optimist


Wow!  This album was a great disappointment to me after the three that came before it....
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Rednight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 04 2021 at 10:20
Sadly a case of too many psychedelics.
"It just has none of the qualities of your work that I find interesting. Abandon [?] it." - Eno
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 04 2021 at 20:00
Many have said Bowie, and even though I have hardly heard any whole album from him (except Black Star), I have heard some compilations and live albums, and sort of checked out from which albums the songs come from and so on, and it wouldnl't surprise me one bit if Black Star ended being my favourite whole album from him (though there are indeed songs from other albums that I like better than any song on Black Star). As for other artists, I can hardly think of anyone whose last album would be my very favourite, but there are many whose last album has been very good indeed.
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