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Topic: Your Choice in Consistency
Posted By: Kilgannon
Subject: Your Choice in Consistency
Date Posted: February 26 2012 at 18:05
Which artist/band/ensemble (or multiples of any of the previous) do you consider to have a consistently strong output in terms of official, perhaps including unofficial, releases?

My nomination, only one springs to mind for me, is Riverside.

Whichever record of theirs I listen to, I am never disappointed. Every other band for me has a track or album that comes on and I think 'meh, next.' I could happily listen to the entire Riverside discography without skipping a single track.

Who would yours be?


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Posted By: Triceratopsoil
Date Posted: February 26 2012 at 18:26
Faust
Henry Cow
Kayo Dot and Toby Driver in general
Guapo



Posted By: Horizons
Date Posted: February 26 2012 at 18:38
God is an Astronaut
Portugal. The Man
King Crimson
The Decemberists
Russian Circles (Forgot one Colin Wink)


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Posted By: Mushroom Sword
Date Posted: February 26 2012 at 18:59
Tool. Tool. Tool. Beardfish. All of my favorite bands seem to be the opposite, for example, Rush has some amazing tunes, but a ton of filler...

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Posted By: TheGazzardian
Date Posted: February 26 2012 at 19:03
So far Major Parkinson have been pretty consistent, but they've only got two albums thus far. Beardfish come to mind next, although I still haven't heard their first 2. Surprisingly, I can't think of anyone else.


Posted By: PabstRibbon
Date Posted: February 26 2012 at 19:21
Well there a lot of new bands with a small amount of work that I considered flawless for example Beardfish, Anekdoten, Anglagard, Wobbler and Toby Driver's works. But if I look for bands that are 40 years old the first to come in my mind is King Crimson, there not a lot of band with that much consistency around


Posted By: peart_lee_lifeson
Date Posted: February 26 2012 at 20:06
Well, my 3 favorite bands.

Dream Theater
Pain of Salvation
Beardfish


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Posted By: Horizons
Date Posted: February 26 2012 at 20:37
Might want to change that username and profile picture then.. Wink

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Posted By: Ambient Hurricanes
Date Posted: February 26 2012 at 20:41
Originally posted by Mushroom Sword Mushroom Sword wrote:

Rush has some amazing tunes, but a ton of filler...

On the contrary, I think Rush epitomizes consistency.  I can't think of any album besides a couple of the first three which I would rate less than four stars.  
I can't think of a whole lot of others; maybe Iona?
And I concur with Triceratopsoil about Toby Driver (all of his stuff I've heard, anyway).


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Posted By: colorofmoney91
Date Posted: February 26 2012 at 22:10
Berliner Philharmoniker
The Mars Volta
Nik Bartsch
Burial
Ulcerate


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Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: February 27 2012 at 00:05
There was a similar thread in 2010, I think: "Bands that can do no wrong".

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Posted By: Sagichim
Date Posted: February 27 2012 at 00:55
i'll have to say..
orphaned land
king crimson
groundhogs
and pink floyd come very close...


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: February 27 2012 at 01:48
Porcupine Tree
The only thing I've heard by PT that is obviously below 4 stars is Voyage 34.


Posted By: sleeper
Date Posted: February 27 2012 at 05:13
White Willow

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Posted By: AlexDOM
Date Posted: February 27 2012 at 09:14
Neal Morse



Posted By: presdoug
Date Posted: February 27 2012 at 12:29
Dzyan
Atomic Rooster (there are  different periods, but love them all)
Brainstorm (referring to the jazz rock one, there being different groups with that name)                   


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Posted By: lazland
Date Posted: February 27 2012 at 12:40
Marillion - consistently excellent.

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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: February 27 2012 at 16:03
Univers Zero
Henry Cow
Aranis
Future Kings Of England
 
Probably the only bands where I like everything.


Posted By: Blacksword
Date Posted: February 28 2012 at 04:03
I would say Rush. I don't think they've done anything under a three star album, and I would dispute the idea that they have produced loads of 'filler'

I guess it depends on how you define 'filler' For me filler is something that is used instead of actual composed music, to either pad an album out, or to create an atmosphere, and then sustain the atmosphere, for longer than is necessary. To be honest I can't think of one example when Rush have ever done this.

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Posted By: Slartibartfast
Date Posted: February 28 2012 at 13:59
I think the more albums an artist does the less likely there will be consistency and I don't have a problem with that.  I think Ozric Tentacles is fairly consistent but they've done a lot of albums and I don't need every one.

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Posted By: ergaster
Date Posted: February 28 2012 at 16:48
Originally posted by Kilgannon Kilgannon wrote:

Which artist/band/ensemble (or multiples of any of the previous) do you consider to have a consistently strong output in terms of official, perhaps including unofficial, releases?

My nomination, only one springs to mind for me, is Riverside.

Whichever record of theirs I listen to, I am never disappointed. Every other band for me has a track or album that comes on and I think 'meh, next.' I could happily listen to the entire Riverside discography without skipping a single track.

Who would yours be?


You took the words right off my keyboard.

It struck me just the other day that after 40 years of collecting and listening, Riverside is the only outfit I have heard or own that does not have one single track, in their entire discography,  that I am indifferent to or would skip over.  Not one.  And I'm including Duda's Lunatic Soul trilogy in that as well.

That is *quite* a feat, IMHO.


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Posted By: Fox On The Rocks
Date Posted: February 29 2012 at 15:23
For bands that are still making music:
Rush
Porcupine Tree
The Mars Volta
Mogwai
Kayo Dot (and yes, Toby Driver in general)
Anglagard (hopefully the new album is phenomenal!)
Transatlantic



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Posted By: The Neck Romancer
Date Posted: February 29 2012 at 18:46
Neal Morse's stuff is consistently bad.

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Posted By: Earendil
Date Posted: February 29 2012 at 19:49
For consistency, I'd give almost every Rhapsody (of Fire) album 4 stars. 


Posted By: Old King Cole
Date Posted: April 01 2015 at 19:25
I know it's not prog but I have to mention Steely Dan.


Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: April 01 2015 at 19:27
Dungen!

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Posted By: irrelevant
Date Posted: April 01 2015 at 19:34
Originally posted by Old King Cole Old King Cole wrote:

I know it's not prog but I have to mention Steely Dan.
This! Although the more recent stuff I'd call merely 'alright'. 


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Posted By: Barbu
Date Posted: April 01 2015 at 19:41
Radiohead

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Posted By: sublime220
Date Posted: April 02 2015 at 18:16
^ Six out of their eight albums I rate five stars (TKOL and Pablo Honey being four). They are the first band that comes to my mind when I think of consistency. Pink Floyd is really the only one that comes close but sadly The Endless River only got two stars for me. Unhappy

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Posted By: Imperial Zeppelin
Date Posted: April 02 2015 at 18:23
King Crimson
Swans
Magma


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Posted By: LearsFool
Date Posted: April 02 2015 at 19:10
Pink Floyd
King Crimson
Jimi Hendrix
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Swans
Throbbing Gristle
Aphex Twin
Built To Spill
Modest Mouse
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Massive Attack


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Posted By: Blacksword
Date Posted: April 03 2015 at 05:04
Adding to my previous post, I think King Crimson have also been very consistent.

Some hae mentioned Ozric Tentacles and he Decemberists... I would agree with that too.

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Posted By: Upbeat Tango Monday
Date Posted: April 10 2015 at 06:42
ANGRA without a doubt! Even their "worst" album, Rebirth, is awesome.



Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: April 10 2015 at 07:39
Anekdoten.

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Posted By: miamiscot
Date Posted: April 10 2015 at 16:01
Deerhoof
Sufjan Stevens
Neal Morse


Posted By: Metalmarsh89
Date Posted: April 10 2015 at 23:50
Rush.


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Posted By: TeleStrat
Date Posted: April 11 2015 at 00:01
Sensations' Fix
Isotope
Chevelle
Monster Magnet
Down
Jean-Luc Ponty
Secret Oyster



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