Albums with no bad songs on them.

I was driving home tonight listening to Saliva-Every Six Seconds, and when it was done I realized that I enjoyed every single song on the disc. That rarely happens for me. Usually there’s a dog or two on there that I skip over, but not on that disc.

Then I popped in Garbage-Beautiful Garbage. Another disc that had no dogs on it. In awe, I thought about the likelihood of having two in a row that were good the whole way through and decided it was pretty unlikely.

Anyway, that got me to thinking: In your opinion, what discs, let’s say from 1990 on, have been worthwhile the whole way through? Here’s what I came up with:

The aforementioned two discs
Live-Throwing Copper
Queensryche-Empire
REM-Automatic For The People
Really, anything by Garbage. They’re consistently very good.
Pantera-Vulgar Display of Power
Pearl Jam-Ten
Jimmy’s Chicken Shack-Pushing the Salmonella Envelope

Anyone else have any thoughts on the matter?

Tool’s Aenima and Lateralus; Red Hot Chili Peppers’ By The Way; the aforementioned Garbage’s Beautiful Garbage; and Disturbed’s Down With the Sickness.

Nirvana: Nevermind
REM-New Adventures in Hifi - Not all the songs are terrific, but no dogs either
Live - Secret Samadhi (Their newer albums are rubbish, aren’t they?)
Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream
Dire Straits: Money for Nothing (Terribly 80’s, but I like it)

Tool’s Aenima and Lateralus; Red Hot Chili Peppers’ By The Way; the aforementioned Garbage’s Beautiful Garbage; and Disturbed’s Down With the Sickness.

Tool’s Aenima and Lateralus; Red Hot Chili Peppers’ By The Way; the aforementioned Garbage’s Beautiful Garbage; and Disturbed’s Down With the Sickness.

Tool’s Aenima and Lateralus; Red Hot Chili Peppers’ By The Way; the aforementioned Garbage’s Beautiful Garbage; and Disturbed’s Down With the Sickness.

Damned hamsters.

I like every song on the Notwist’s Neon Golden. Manitoba’s Up in Flames. I’ll second (or fifth, depending on how you count it) Lateralus by Tool. And I think Doves’ The Last Broadcast.

I’d agree with Beautiful Garbage if not for “So Like a Rose”. For whatever reason, I really don’t like that song.

I think that Live peaked with their first album, Mental Jewelry (which deserves a mention), and have gotten worse on every album afterwards.

Here are my nominations, in no particular order:

Metallica, Ride the Lightning
Therion, Vovin, Theli, and Secret of the Runes
Power Symphony, Evillot
Leah Andreone, Veiled and Alchemy (her entire discography)
Clare Quilty, Strong
Morbid Angel, Covenant
Symphony X, V, The Divine Wings of Tragedy, and Twilight in Olympus

That’s all I can think of now without my CD collection in front of me.

Ooh, forgot Opeth’s Morningrise. It’s one of the most amazing pieces of art I’ve ever encountered.

And of course who could forget Green Carnation’s Light of Day, Day of Darkness?

They were called perfect albums in this thread which threw up some interesting answers.

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

Hot Rats - Frank Zappa

You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2 - Frank Zappa

Abbey Road - The Beatles (The only weak spot is Oh Darling)

Baron Von Tollbooth and The Chrome Nun - Paul Kantner and Grace Slick

In no particular order, the ones off the top of my head:

Elton John-Madman Across The Water
U2-The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby
Matchbox 20-Yourself or Something Like You
Pearl Jam-Ten
Pink Floyd-Dark Side of the Moon
Beck-Sea Change
Dire Straits-Brothers in Arms
Cat Stevens-Tea for the Tillerman
Alice in Chains-Dirt
Radiohead-The Bends
REM-Automatic for the People

London Calling - The Clash. But of course.

And oddly enough, I’d also have to mention another rather less celebrated punk band:

Dookie - Green Day.

Amazingly enough, Sports by Huey Lewis and the News qualifies. It’s one of those rare albums you can put on “repeat play.” All the rest of their stuff stinks.

The Yes Album is a close second.

Led Zeppelin - IV
At the Drive-In - In Casino Out
Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium
Beatles - Rubber Soul
Jimi Hendrix - “Are You Experienced?” and “Axis: Bold As Love”
A Tribe Called Quest - “Midight Marauders” and “Beats, Rhymes and Life”
Coldplay - Parachutes
John Mayer - Inside Wants Out
Pearl Jam - Vs.
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead - Source Tags and Codes

Guns 'n Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Nirvana - Unplugged in New York

Morphine-- GOOD

“U2-The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby” ---- Amen

Boston - Boston

“Who’s Next” - The Who

“Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” - Wilco

“John Prine” - John Prine

“Warren Zevon” - Warren Zevon
“Excitable Boy” - Warren Zevon

“Sea Change” - Beck