I could probably come up with a bunch of examples, but two that always greatly annoyed me, and immediately spring to mind, were from two different Alice in Chains EPs, *Sap *and Jar of Flies.
If you’re familiar with them, then you immediately know that I’m talking about the closing tracks of both EPs. If you’re not familiar, then you should know that these two EPs were filled with some of the most beautiful music being done at the time - don’t let the band name of “Alice in Chains” fool you. (Interesting bit of trivia: Jar of Flies was the first ever EP to reach #1 on the Billboard album charts. So we’re not talking about some run-of-the-mill, slapped-together EP, here.)
With the noted exception of the closing tracks, the two EPs each deliver a collection of songs even more cohesive than what you would usually find on a typical full album, not to mention a typical EP. In listening to both in their (near) entirety, you enter into a specific mood of musical bliss that can start to put you into a zen-like state of satisfaction you hope will never end… That is, until you get to those two closing tracks that smack you across the face as they commence laying a big, fat, anticlimactic turd (and, in the most egregious case of Sap, complete with fart sounds and insults) in the delicious and intoxicating punchbowl you were just thoroughly enjoying.
For the uninitiated, Youtube conveniently has both EPs available in their entirety, all in one go. If you’ve got the time, and can dig the tunes, I recommend just listening to both of them from start to finish, so that you get the full experience and see what I mean. For those less inclined, or in a hurry, Youtubers have been considerate enough to provide timestamped track listings in the top comments so that, after listening to a sampling of the preceding tracks, you can click on the timestamps of the final tracks and see what I’m on about.
Without further ado, I give you:
Alice in Chains - Sap
Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies