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25 Most Unique Albums

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How Dare You!
How Dare You!
"The last album by the original line-up (until "...Meanwhile", which would come along more than a decade later) was also its best, showcasing all that the band had learned through the preceding years."
Come to Daddy
Come to Daddy
"Aggressive, whimiscal, creepy, and yet, the most endearing electronic record of the decade. After listening to this, you can't fault Richard James for having a personality."
Adventures In Modern Recording - The Buggles
Adventures In Modern Recording - The Buggles
"The first record put The Buggles on the map, but their underrated sophomore album showcased the duo's greater strengths (particularly Trevor Horn's). Unfortunately, by the time it was released, Buggles was already dead."
Ege Bamyasi
Ege Bamyasi
"Can was always a trailblazing (and grossly underrated) band, but "Ege Bamyasi" captured Can at the height of its powers, and needless to say, the results sound stunning even now."
Doc At The Radar Station
Doc At The Radar Station
"It's not Captain Beefheart at his weirdest, nor is it his most accessible outing, but there's something charming about the abrasive alt-rock poetry of "Doc at the Radar Station"."
Shhh
Shhh
"This is an album worthy of study since its unreleased predecessor, "Jesus H. Christ", contained far more samples. Like Beastie Boys' "Paul's Boutique", this record examined how far one can stretch and manipulate the sounds of others to create new music altogether."
From Filthy Tongue Of Gods And Griot
From Filthy Tongue Of Gods And Griot
"Vicious, experimental, sincere; all of these words can be used to describe dalek's sophomore album."
For the Whole World to See
For the Whole World to See
"Unfortunately, this is the only album Death ever recorded, but it remains the earliest indicator of where the punk genre was headed and turned any preconception of black musicianship on its head. Catchy and heavy all at once."
Pills Thrills & Bellyaches
Pills Thrills & Bellyaches
"After the dismal mud-bucket ramblings of "Bummed" (a debatable masterpiece to some), Happy Mondays condensed its sound into a dancey but relentlessly cool record that would wind up being the band's high point."
Rotters Club
Rotters Club
"The Canterbury scene was a bit short-lived. However, Hatfield & The North was able to yield an extraordinary album that reflected the best it had to offer."
Primary Colours
Primary Colours
"The Horror's sophomore album wore a lot of dynamic influences on its sleeve, from "Loveless"-era MBV to the distant cries of the heart that made The Cure's "Pornography" so infamous. You couldn't call The Horrors pop, but they come delightfully close with this one."
California
California
"A lot of critics hail Faith No More (at least the Mike Patton years) for being one of the most eclectic bands around, but I think that title can easily be bestowed on Patton's "side project" if only because Mr. Bungle takes the weirdness of previous outings and filters it through a streamlined lens."
Helter Stupid
Helter Stupid
"Found sound is a tough genre to get into because few bands can do it correctly. Negativland's "Helter Stupid" not only channels warped nostalgia, but also reflects the real-life media chaos that perpetuated its release."
Security
Security
"This album signified the end of Gabriel's experimental phase, but it was a truly groundbreaking work that yielded a mega-hit ("Shock the Monkey") in the process."
Sacrifist
Sacrifist
"It is often said that the best albums are the ones that divide the masses, and "Sacrifist" is a testament to that theory. It's more jarring than most horror films."
Spiderland
Spiderland
"Slint's masterpiece is modest yet epic. No matter how many times you listen to it, there's always a powerful undercurrent threatening to break the instrumental discipline."
There's a Riot Goin on
There's a Riot Goin on
"With "TARGO", Sly and the Family Stone wears a lot of darkness on its sleeve, revealing the band's own inner turmoil and a surprisingly misanthropic view of American society. The music is murky yet engrossing."
Ruby Vroom
Ruby Vroom
"For a debut, Soul Coughing's "Ruby Vroom" proved to be better than subsequent outings and a refreshing take on alt. rock/jazz."
More Songs About Buildings & Food
More Songs About Buildings & Food
"Undoubtedly the best of Talking Heads' burgeoning relationship with Brian Eno. The wizard producer's magic and the band's tongue-in-cheek energy is on full display here."
Deceit
Deceit
"This Heat has been way below the radar for the better part of 20 years, and "Deceit" is an obscure gem in much the same way that "For All the World to See" by Death turned out to be."
Maniac Meat
Maniac Meat
"Imagine if a psychotic robot sent you back in time to a parallel (i.e. evil) universe circa 1985. Plus, Beck makes a couple of guest appearances."
Aenima
Aenima
"Referred to as Tool's "gateway album", "Aenima" finds the band with one foot in the progressive-metal soundscape and the other wedged firmly in the unknown."
Nearly God
Nearly God
"The "Nearly God" album is often referred to as a "good collection of demos" by Tricky himself, and that's what lends this record its charm; "Nearly God" is spacey, rough around the edges, and vaguely unsettling, but it also captured Tricky at his most creative, and most vulnerable."
The Tubes
The Tubes
"The Tubes' debut album is arguably the band's best, if only because it comes the closest to capturing the black humor and relentless energy that made their live act so famous (not to mention loads of fun)."
Out Come the Freaks
Out Come the Freaks
"Was (Not Was) couldn't be judged by first glance (or rather first listen); most of their songs had a mainstream (yet dated) bent on the surface, but the bizarre and witty lyrics put them next to Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart as the music industry's resident R&B weirdo squad. Their debut album is the best reflection of that."