Most Underrated Albums of All Time
The modern age of music has gifted musicians with more resources than ever. With the use of technology, more music is being produced today than ever before. The abundance of new music and easy access through streaming services probably means that we’re missing out on a lot of great music. There are just so many options that it’s almost impossible to hear it all. Here’s a list of some of the most underrated albums of all time:
DANGERDOOM – The Mouse and the Mask (2005)
Hip-hop lovers are sure to get a kick out of this masterpiece that features Danger Mouse’s production ability and MF Doom’s legendary flow. What is most impressive about this album is the way it is organized. The album features voice actors from Adult Swim’s hit show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and all of the show’s characters participate in voice skits that contribute to the album’s narrative. From start to finish, this piece of art tells a story, and if you haven’t heard it yet, then you’re missing out. The music is incredible, and the lyrics are thought-provoking. This is rapping at the highest quality.
Stereolab – Dots and Loops (1997)
Groovy and entertaining, this album is the fifth release by the British alternative rock band Stereolab. The unique combination of experimental sounds and catchy melodies make this album a staple from the decade. Its backbone is anchored by a rambunctious drum set that pairs very well with the tasty guitar grooves and synth lines that slowly fade into a hypnotic beat. The album features English and French lyrics about the bourgeoisie that seem somewhat relevant in today’s politics, and it works as both background music and as a point of focus.
Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire – The Swimming Hour (2001)
Released as the group’s third album in four years, The Swimming Hour was an experiment for the group to garner attention. Andrew Bird plays the violin in ways that have never been imagined before, and he alternates between his unique style of strumming and the traditional style of playing with a bow. While critics seemed to love the album, it failed to gain notoriety, and the album lacked commercial success or recognition. The group was absolutely full of talent at the time, and the members all met through Andrew Bird’s hometown of Chicago. If you like folk, early jazz, swing, rock, pop, and great vocals, then you should consider giving this album a listen.
Paul McCartney – Ram (1971)
When it was initially released, Ram was slammed by critics who thought the album was “incredibly inconsequential” and “monumentally irrelevant.” Maybe they were still upset the Beatles had broken up, or maybe their speakers were broken. Either way, critics could not have been more wrong about Paul McCartney’s second solo release. It features McCartney and his family, along with other musicians who auditioned to play guitar and drums for the record. At one point, McCartney even brought in the New York Philharmonic to play on the tune “Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey.” If you like rock and roll, the Beatles, and confident musicianship, then you are sure to love Ram.