8 under-rated and 8 over-rated albums

A Listmania! list by Grant Huling (Seattle, wa United States)
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Machina: The Machines of God
1.  Machina: The Machines of God by Smashing Pumpkins
The list author says:
  "Even some hard-core Pumpkin fans hate this CD.  There are som  wonderful dirges, if you're someone who's EVER in the mood for that.  I of the Mourning is the most astonishing Pumpkins song I've heard."
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Nakedself
2.  Nakedself by The The
The list author says:
  "People who hear The The love it, but I have no idea why this music isn't better known, especially in the US"
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Great Divide
3.  Great Divide by Semisonic
The list author says:
  "They do middle of the road, poppy rock better than anyone (esp. Matchbox 20, et al).  They are NOT a 1-hit wonder.  All 3 CD's are good."
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I Get Wet
4.  I Get Wet by Andrew W.K.
The list author says:
  "I hate 80's hair metal, which this is compared to.  It's simply one of the funnest albums I own.  Amazing live show.  The tunes are good, I swear!  It's not all the "image"."
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Up
5.  Up by R.E.M.
The list author says:
  "This is their best,  most consistent album.  There, I said it."
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Pablo Honey
6.  Pablo Honey by Radiohead
The list author says:
  "Surpringly consistent debut.  It took years to grow on me, though.  They should have put on the new-wavy Give It Up and Inside My Head, then it'd get some respect."
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Showbiz
7.  Showbiz by Muse
The list author says:
  "I quickly sold this after buying it.  Good thing I gave it a second chance.  Sure they're over the top and not to be taken seriously, but I'd rather have them be huge in the US than Linkin Park, etc."
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Mechanical Animals
8.  Mechanical Animals by Marilyn Manson
The list author says:
  "Manson with tunes is a GOOD thing!  I cannot concieve of why this is considered a letdown after the (overrated) ACSS.  Sure, it's less preachy and harder to wallow to, but it's inventive & even fun."
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Odelay
9.  Odelay by Beck
The list author says:
  "Now the over-rated albums.  Note I still like most of these artists. Not enough tunes, too much gimmickry.  Get any other CD of his."
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The Man Who
10.  The Man Who by Travis
The list author says:
  "Yes, it's pretty, but so empty.  It's full of cliched chord changes, melodies and lyrics."
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Protection
11.  Protection by Massive Attack
The list author says:
  "Most of the songs are just too bland & not enough happens.  Maybe if you're high (see remix album).  The song Protection is a classic, however."
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Highly Evolved-The Vines
12.  Highly Evolved-The Vines by The Vines
The list author says:
  "Utterly vacuous. He has nothing to say. Get Free rips off Nirvana's Negative Creep, though it is certainly harder hitting (if meaningless).  OK tunes, simply not enough."
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Play
13.  Play by Moby
The list author says:
  "Alot of the songs, like South Side and my Weakness, are exceptional.  But it's simply not a classic like most everyone says.  Too repetetive."
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Amnesiac
14.  Amnesiac by Radiohead
The list author says:
  "Radiohead is easily my favorite band.  But there are too many substandard tracks (worse than the B-sides) that make this tiresome.  Other songs, like IMBW and Packt aren't produced well (too lifeless)"
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Lateralus
15.  Lateralus by Tool
The list author says:
  "Aenima is a classic.  This is too slow, unvarying, and the melodys and moods often seem like imitation Tool.  Mysterious doesn't equal brilliant."
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Out of Time
16.  Out of Time by R.E.M.
The list author says:
  "Why is this always on the shortlist of best R.E.M. albums?  Too many bland tracks & melodies. Even Losing My Religion is completely over-rated."
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