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Initial post: Jun 22, 2012, 7:20:56 AM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
Let's take the time frame of 1991 - today.

Which albums from this period have been critically and commercially hailed as modern classics? They can be from any genre: the criteria is that they are Universally Acclaimed.

I'll mention 2 that spring to mind:
Nirvana - Nevermind
Radiohead - OK Computer
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Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 7:52:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012, 7:53:57 AM PDT
Dugan Nash says:
I don't know if it was universally acclaimed or not, but I'll take "Consolers of the Lonely" by Raconteurs over pretty much any other modern rock album. It's a masterpiece to ME. :o)

And actually, it's very new, so not finished making it's full impact, but "Boys & Girls" by Alabama Shakes is a definite 5-star release.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 8:22:04 AM PDT
Alabama Shakes gets 3-and-a-half star rating from All Music Guide, which is probably about right. They try to conjure up the Southern soul vibe, but something's definitely amiss. Mainly, I thinkj, it's the songs; they just aren't there. A major disappointment considering all the hype.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012, 8:37:13 AM PDT
Two Tub Man says:
Southern Rock Opera
Decoration Day
The Dirty South

All by Drive By Truckers.

McG...I had the same reaction to Alabama Shakes. They're very good, and have the potential to be great
a few albums down the road. It took DBT a couple of less than stellar albums, and several lineup changes,
to finally find their voice with Southern Rock Opera.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012, 9:20:05 AM PDT
Dugan Nash says:
Alabama Shakes gets 3-and-a-half star rating from All Music Guide, which is probably about right.

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What i think you meant is that you AGREE with the review (there is no RIGHT or WRONG review).

I respectfully disagree though and in general don't really pay much attn to All Music Guide or any other critic reviews to begin with.

Songs "not there"? I guess they didn't connect with you which is cool, but there's no less than 4-5 that had me hooked instantly, and I'm no easy customer. I can't remember the last time an album pulled me in that quickly, even albums by established favorites of mine. That's me though...

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 11:41:06 AM PDT
zlh67, the OP set the criteria of modern album masterpieces that are "universally acclaimed." You stated that "Boys & Girls" is a "definite 5-star release," yet the reviews that are out there tend to state otherwise. I'm not saying it's a bad record, just that it falls short of classic. And when you're talking about acclaimed 5-star releases, those are the classics in whatever genre the music is in. Alabama Shakes may have a 5-star in them, but this ain't it (at least not to the music world at large).

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 12:21:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012, 12:21:29 PM PDT
The Decemberists "The Hazards of Love" (2009). They pulled off a picture-perfect rock opera with this one. Totally took me by surprise. An indie-folk band suddenly is being discussed as a premier progressive rock band. I wasn't even that fond of their prior albums, but they totally nailed it with that one, and I think general critical opinion tends to agree.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 12:24:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012, 12:25:32 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
That's a 21 year time frame , so there must be MANY candidates. But this is what sprung to mind -

Kid Rock "Devil without a cause". You may like or dislike him, but it is one H*E*L*L* of an album!

Lady Gaga's first two albums "The Fame" and "The Fame Monster".

Alice in Chains "Dirt". (The Be All and End All IMO if I had to pick just one!)

Bush "Sixteen Stone".

Marilyn Manson "Antichrist Superstar"

Pearl Jam "Ten"

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012, 1:34:24 PM PDT
Dee Zee says:
Odelay - Beck

Brand New Tomorrow - Money Mark

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012, 2:46:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012, 2:50:24 PM PDT
Exile says:
"I'm not saying it's a bad record, just that it falls short of classic."

I agree. It's a very promising debut showcasing great potential and I like it a lot, but the songwriting can be a little weak in a few spots. But songwriting, like anything else, takes practice. "Boys And Girls" is a 3 1/2 star release, IMO, which is considered very strong, but not a classic.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 2:48:59 PM PDT
Exile says:
For me...

Siamese Dream, Dirt, and a few Earle releases from the mid-late 90's spring to mind.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 3:26:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012, 3:51:37 PM PDT
Grandpa Tom says:
Lovers Rock-Sade
Move Like This-The Cars
Brainwashed-George Harrison
Into The Great Wide Open-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Come Away With Me-Norah Jones
Wildflowers-Tom Petty
Come On, Come On-Mary Chapin Carpenter
Stones In The Road-Mary Chapin Carpenter
Interiors-Rosanne Cash
December-The Moody Blues
Jethro Tull Christmas Album
So Beautiful or so What-Paul Simon
Human Wheels-John Mellencamp
Surfacing-Sarah McLachlan
Lay It Down-Cowboy Junkies
Nomad Series-Cowboy Junkies
Hell Freezes Over-The Eagles
Analog Man-Joe Walsh
American Recordings 2-6-Johnny Cash

EDIT:
Ghost on The Canvas-Glen Campbell
Concert For George
Blessed-Lucinda Williams
Our Time In Eden-10,000 Maniacs
Cracked Rear View-Hootie and the Blowfish
The Way It Is-Bruce Hornsby and the Range
Scenes From The Southside-Bruce Hornsby and the Range
Perfectly Good Guitar-John Hiatt

There are many others...

GT

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 3:32:32 PM PDT
Exile says:
Mellencamp - Life Love Death and Freedom

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 6:01:59 PM PDT
Eddie H. says:
1-(What's The Story)Morning Glory?-Oasis(1995)
2-The Soft Bulletin-The Flaming Lips(1999)
3-Mass Romantic-The New Pornographers(2003)
4-69-Love Songs-The Magnetic Fields(1999)
5-Odelay-Beck(1996)
6-Working Man's cafe-Ray Davies(2007)
7-Musicology-Prince(2004)
8-Nonsuch-XTC(2004)
9-Chaos and Creation in the Backyard-Paul McCartney(2005)
10-Reality-David Bowie(2004)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012, 6:22:03 PM PDT
Dee Zee says:
10 Song Demo - Rosanne Cash

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 9:10:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012, 9:13:36 PM PDT
@BigBad: as someone mentioned, 21 years is an awful lot of time to cover. Also, are you asking for personal candidates for "modern masterpiece" (which most people here seem to be doing), or critical faves, or fan faves, or albums that have had *both* universal commercial and critical acclaim? I'm going to use the criteria of albums which have had near-universal critical acclaim and also did at least moderately well commercially (you did mention critically *and* commercially, no?):

Nirvana--Nevermind
U2--Achtung Baby
Pearl Jam--Ten
REM--Automatic For The People
The Smashing Pumpkins--Siamese Dream
The Smashing Pumpkins--Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
Soundgarden--Superunknown
Oasis--(What's The Story) Morning Glory?
Radiohead--OK Computer
Radiohead--Kid A
The Strokes--Is This It?
Coldplay--A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Queens Of The Stone Age--Songs For The Deaf
The White Stripes--Elephant
Arcade Fire--Funeral
The Red Hot Chili Peppers--Stadium Arcadium
Green Day--American Idiot
Muse--Black Holes And Revelations (iffy, but just makes it I think)

Albums from the past three or four years, it's too soon to tell, I think. As for the ever-popular (for these forums) Porcupine Tree, "Fear Of A Blank Planet" comes closest but commercially, it's just not in the same league as the above. That also goes for other rabidly critically acclaimed albums I would have liked to have put on here such as "Loveless", "To Bring You My Love", "The Soft Bulletin", "Illinoise", etc., but which haven't sold too many copies.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012, 10:08:46 PM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
@Michael Topper,

You've hit the nail right on the head perfectly with your examples. I did ask for albums that were universally acclaimed, both critically and commercially, not personal favourites.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 10:19:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012, 10:22:33 PM PDT
B. Doshier says:
Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" Has both critical acclaim and is a personal favorite of mine.

OOoooo I have to add Janelle Monae's "ArchAndroid". One of my favorite albums of all time and is very acclaimed. You should check out her first EP/Album as well.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 10:23:08 PM PDT
@BigBad: the one problem with my list is that I decided not to include certain UK albums that received massive commercial and critical acclaim in that country, which kind of fell by the wayside in the US. These albums, which would almost certainly make a Brit's "modern classics" list, would include Blur "Parklife", Pulp "Different Class", The Verve "Urban Hymns", Spiritualized "Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space", Travis "The Man Who" and The Libertines "Up The Bracket".

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012, 10:31:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012, 10:40:04 PM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
I'd most definitely include those UK albums, Michael.

Just for good measure, here are some Australian titles that were highly regarded by both the local critics and the public, despite the fact that they were not necessarily so well-known worldwide:

Crowded House - Woodface
silverchair - Young Modern
silverchair - Diorama
Powderfinger - Vulture Street
Powderfinger - Internationalist
The Vines - Highly Evolved
The Whitlams - Eternal Nightcap
The Cruel Sea - The Honeymoon Is Over
The Living End - The Living End
Jebediah - Slightly Oddway
You Am I - Hourly, Daily
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 10:34:47 PM PDT
Dirt-Alice In Chains
Jar Of Flies-Alice In Chains
Countdown To Extinction-Megadeth
Vulgar Display Of Power-Pantera
Far Beyond Driven-Pantera
Strange Highways-DIO
Oceanborn-Nightwish
Horrorscope-Overkill
Poets And Madmen-Savatage
Arise-Sepultura
Chaos AD-Sepultura
A Different Kind Of Truth-Van Halen

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 10:39:24 PM PDT
Millions Now Living Will Never Die - Tortoise
Emperor Tomato Ketchup - Stereolab

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 10:44:48 PM PDT
@BigBad: very interesting! It's great getting a perspective from another country. The Vines' album did OK over here, as did Silverchair (though not critically) and Jet's debut album (weren't they from Australia?). I've never heard of The Whitlams or You And I.

@Stephen McNary: "Dirt" was a contender for my list, and I think now that I should have included it. On looking at its entry in Wikipedia I see it sold five million copies and received four or five star ratings across the board from critics. I knew it did very well, but didn't know it did *that* well.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012, 10:49:51 PM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
@Michael,
I was thinking of including Jet's debut, but I wasn't sure how well it fared critically.

The Whitlams are a laid-back, piano-based band, and You Am I modeled themselves on being a modern Aussie version of The Who. I'll send you some links...
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