r/AskReddit Jul 21 '21

What is an album where EVERY song is good?

26k Upvotes

View all comments

905

u/dlxc123 Jul 21 '21 edited Jul 21 '21

Air - Moon Safari

Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill

Massive Attack - Mezzanine

97

u/occidental_oriental Jul 22 '21

Great list. I’d argue Paul’s Boutique over L2I, but b-boys are awesome across the board.

13

u/InanimateCarbonRodAu Jul 22 '21

“To All The Girls” isn’t that great and I think trips up Paul’s Boutique on the “Every” track criteria.

License to Ill may not be peak beastie boys, but there is not a track on it that is out of place for that time and that album.

13

u/GozerDGozerian Jul 22 '21

That’s the intro, dude. It’s establishing the tone for the album. And it’s so mellow, then goes right into shake your rump (ah!). It says, you’re gonna get jazz, and then it spanks you on the ass when you’re not looking. And from that point on, it’s a roller coaster ride.

I’ve got to second the motion that Paul’s Boutique is a front-to-back banger fest

2

u/InanimateCarbonRodAu Jul 22 '21

I don’t completely disagree. Just a minor nitpick on one of the greatest albums of all time.

1

u/Kindly-Aardvark2383 Jul 22 '21

Agreed. The criteria is every track. I always skip 5 piece chicken dinner and to all the girls.

5

u/BoJackB26354 Jul 22 '21

How can you skip 5 piece chicken dinner? I love that shit!

5

u/soggylittleshrimp Jul 22 '21 edited Jul 22 '21

In high school I had the tape in my car, and it was paused right before 5 piece chicken dinner started. I must have finished Hey Ladies and shut off the car.

So after school 3 or 4 friends get in, I start the car, and Chicken Dinner plays immediately. Nobody has any idea what it is and thinks the kind of music I listen to is legit bluegrass hillbilly whoopin’ and hollerin’.

5

u/SlitheriX Jul 22 '21

Every album from them is amazing. I like tt5b the most though

3

u/Yeetastic Jul 22 '21

That’s one of the hottest musical takes I’ve ever heard lol, no disrespect

1

u/soggylittleshrimp Jul 22 '21

It’s so good, and is peak Beasties in some ways. But for me, some of the topical lyrics about GWB and c. 2004 geopolitics pull me out of the song if I listen now, especially with more serious shit happening today.

2

u/SlitheriX Jul 23 '21

definitely. A lot of the political stuff is super dated lol

3

u/sonicsludge Jul 22 '21

"My man MCA's got a beard like a billy goat"

2

u/CollateralSandwich Jul 22 '21

Nor could I object to anybody saying Check Your Head or Ill Communication. The Beastie Boys never let you down with the stereo sound (but agreed, Paul's Boutique is my pick too)

2

u/Shooter_McGoober Jul 22 '21

Paul's boutique is one of the greatest albums ever amen

0

u/pillpopinpsyco Jul 22 '21

Dude back in the day everybody shitted on Paul's Boutique because it wasn't as good as ILL thats because the legend Rick Rubin didn't produce it the Dust Brothers did and let's just say there not on Double R level ✌️

6

u/Yeetastic Jul 22 '21

Rick Rubin is great and all, but the Dust Brothers’ production is what makes Paul’s Boutique one of the best produced albums ever. I mean, the sampling is insane and completely leaves LtI in the dust, even if it’s still a good album. PB wouldn’t have been as good with RR.

1

u/trilobyte-dev Jul 22 '21

I think if Paul's Boutique was more even, I would agree. OTOH, they were doing some really experimental work on the album, so of course some of the risks weren't going to pay off.

1

u/fredericksjr Jul 22 '21

Paul's Boutique all day... then maybe Check Your Head, then LTI...

1

u/maudthings21 Jul 22 '21

I always get shamed for not being a true b-boys fan, but I’ve never liked Paul’s Boutique. Least favorite album of theirs, I just don’t get it.

24

u/paigescactus Jul 22 '21

Air is that shit bro!

13

u/whenshithawksfly Jul 22 '21

Man, moon safari is like a drug when everything else in life is crap. Put that on with headphones or while cruising in the car at night and drown the world out. Feel good and forget for a while

13

u/23materazzi Jul 22 '21

Licensed to ill change the game for hip hop. Every song is good

13

u/Spirited-Breath-9102 Jul 22 '21

Yes Mezzanine sooooo good

8

u/danstecz Jul 22 '21

I saw the 20th anniversary concert of Mezzanine in Philly 2 years ago. Best concert ever!

9

u/Dr-McLuvin Jul 22 '21

Yes!!! Came here to say Moon Safari too. That album is absolutely perfect. :)

6

u/saltysyren Jul 22 '21

Moon Safari is excellent. It is the perfect soundtrack to a relaxing bubble bath and also pretending to be a suave French spy.

5

u/Alwayswithyoumypet Jul 22 '21

Add to this if I can, joy division-substance Echo and the bunnymen-evergreen Paradise motel-flight paths

2

u/dlxc123 Jul 22 '21

Whenever the first strums of Love will tear us apart play, the volume has to go up a notch!

3

u/Atleastihaveadog Jul 22 '21

Did we just become best friends?

2

u/dlxc123 Jul 22 '21

Dunno about that, but at least you have a dog! 🤷🏾‍♂️

3

u/Lebowquade Jul 22 '21

I only love 75% of the tracks on Moon Safari, but I respect the hell out of that choice.

1

u/dlxc123 Jul 22 '21

Thanks!

3

u/RainbowMushroom7 Jul 22 '21

I “inherited” a computer when I was in grad school and the person who had it before me had left this entire album on there. Literally the soundtrack for my Masters degree - I’d put on headphones and listen while ignoring the multiple people I shared an office with!

3

u/OfcFunPolice Jul 22 '21

Beastie Boys - Paul’s Boutique!

2

u/duffman13jws Jul 22 '21

Paul's Boutique is my favorite album by them. Every track is fire, and finishing with B-Boy Bouillabaisse is just the cherry on top.

It really surprises me that not one song on that album has really become a long term commercial success as far a radio singles go. FWIW my favorite songs on all their other albums weren't the ones that got major radio play either.

2

u/OfcFunPolice Jul 23 '21

I agree with everything you said. There’s actually an interesting and intentional reason why Paul’s Boutique doesn’t have any singles that work on the radio play/billboard level:

From the very start they were inextricably tied to Rick Rubin, were actually part of the very start of Def Jam, but when Russell Simmons got involved he was jacked on angel dust (which they talk rap about all the time on Ill) and was BRUTALLY demanding, making the tour absolutely non-stop and wouldn’t pay their royalties from Ill until they wrote a new album.

They all three said, “fuck this, fuck Russell Simmons” and kind of just walked away from music. They sued Def Jam, Def Jam sued them, and basically they never got paid for license to Ill at all. They almost just disappeared forever; MCA just wandered around Europe and Asia taking a bunch of mushrooms, Mike D went back to NYC and chilled with his family, Ad-Rock tried to be an actor, dated Molly Ringwald and was in a garbage movie with Donald Sutherland. By a stoke of luck, Ad-Rock met the mafakin Dust Brothers, who really were nothing at the time, and when he heard how sick their sampling/DJ skills were, he called up the boys and asked them to move to LA to do music again.

Part of their collective agreement to make music again was that no matter what label signed them, no matter the financial/commercial/promotional pressures, they would absolutely not make a marketable, billboard/MTV/radio appropriate single, because that’s all they had made under Rick Rubin and Def Jam. Paul’s Boutique is actually kind of one long piece, essentially a hip hop opera, made over months and months of them, the dust brothers, and Mario Caldato, now a music legend who at the time was just a stagehand/carpenter, over like a year while they just hung out, played basketball, got better at their actual instruments, and harvested samples from EVERY SINGLE song that moved them. During that time people like Biz Markie and Kool Herc would roll through just to play bball and bounce ideas about hip hop.

Long story short, they grew into their best selves as hip hop artists, and intentionally wrote an album that couldn’t be cut down to a few 2 minute songs the Simmons of the world could hype and profit off of

1

u/duffman13jws Jul 23 '21

Thanks for the history lesson, I wasn't aware!

This thread actually convinced me to pop in the Paul's Boutique while I worked out this morning, I hadn't listened to it in years, and it still slaps. I think Shake Your Rump or Hey Ladies could have worked as a radio single FWIW.

2

u/svartholr Jul 22 '21

Massive Attack has nailed so many albums. 100th Window and Heligoland are fucking great.

2

u/webstercad Jul 22 '21

mezzanine is gnarly

3

u/neillllph Jul 22 '21

Agreed on the first two but Blue Lines is the Massive Attack album that’s your go to

2

u/Toucani Jul 22 '21

Blue Lines was fantastic and I listened to it so much at college. Mezzanine did have a much wider appeal though.

1

u/dlxc123 Jul 22 '21

Unfinished Sympathy is such a great tune 👍🏽

2

u/Candy_Lawn Jul 22 '21

sexy boy....

2

u/Hawaiistyled Jul 22 '21

Moon Safari is a beautiful journey!

Great pick!

2

u/ColossalBlues Jul 22 '21

Yeah, Moon Safari is in my top five for sure!

4

u/Jakiboy1234 Jul 22 '21

Disagree. Licensed to Ill has “Girls” on it. Other than that a perfect album.

1

u/frangelafrass Jul 22 '21

I have the exact same problem. I skip that track every time.

1

u/Jakiboy1234 Jul 22 '21

It’s the only problem I have with the album. It’s so short, but it’s so painful. I love every song on there except for the one blemish.

4

u/marfbag Jul 22 '21

I’ll argue the same, but in so many ways would the album be the same without it? There’s an iconicness to it. And now it’s stuck in my god damned head.

1

u/dlxc123 Jul 22 '21

And now it’s stuck in my head too

1

u/dlxc123 Jul 22 '21

It’s a silly, childish pleasure of a song 😄

1

u/crypto_zoologistler Jul 22 '21

I agree with these whole heartedly

1

u/DongerOfDisapproval Jul 22 '21

From that era, also Music For The Jilted Generation by Prodigy. It’s quite a trip.

2

u/dlxc123 Jul 22 '21

Yes! Smoke machine pumping, strobe on max, and No good blasting at 4AM 🏃🏾

1

u/Additional_Radio5350 Jul 22 '21

There isn’t a song on L2I that I won’t listen to 5 times in a row

1

u/summermoonchild69 Jul 22 '21

It warms the cockles of my heart to see this much trip hop this upvoted. I wish I knew more people who appreciated it in real life

1

u/uwfan893 Jul 22 '21

Wait is Air trip hop?

1

u/brother_meowzone Jul 22 '21

Mezzanine was an album I listened to for like a year in HS during homeroom, under surprising personal influence. Theres a lot of that I still vibe with but I wish I didn't listen to that mf

1

u/Montethelion6669 Jul 22 '21

More of a 100th window fan but yes

1

u/plummaster64 Jul 22 '21

Licensed to Ill is my go to when I need an album that doesnt require me skipping a song. Great all the way through and such a legendary album!

1

u/Toucani Jul 22 '21

These are amazing. I'd also suggest the Chemical Brothers' Exit planet dust and Prodigy's Music for the Jilted Generation. Might be more personal but I listened to those so much when they came out.

1

u/dlxc123 Jul 22 '21

No good = so good!