It is time for another Album Ranking and this time we are doing the Aussie band Wolfmother. Since they only have 5 studio albums, I threw in the 2 solo albums by lead singer, Andrew Stockdale. I had to since Wolfmother is really just Andrew Stockdale anyway. The band broke on to the scene back in 2005 and brought back the old 70’s style metal with the black sabbath type lyrics, distorted guitars as well as some psychedelic wonderment. The band has had numerous line-up changes and the only constant is Andrew so we might as include his solo albums as they aren’t that too far removed from the Wolfmother sound.
For me, I love their sound as it brings back so many memories of the 70’s metal bands. I dig the distortion and that high pitched howl of Stockdale. The band wore their influences on their sleeves and although not original sounding, their sound felt fresh and alive. As a result, I wanted to bring you a list of how I rank their albums from Worst to First and away we go…
I know what you are thinking, all their albums should be labeled the Worst. However, that is not the case. I am not a huge fan of the band by any means, I am trying to shake things up a little and try different things with my posts and I thought why not really stretch it and tackle Limp Bizkit. I will admit to liking a few songs, but I don’t actually own anything by them so thanks to Apple Music for giving me the means to do a fair assessment without spending any more money that my monthly Apple Membership fee.
Nowdays, a person wearing a “Red” hat is labeled a racist, Trump supporting pig. That is right, the MAGA Hats. Well back in the late 90’s, there was another reason to hate the “Red” hat and that was because people loved to hate the backwards “red” hat wearing lead singer of Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst. Man, people loved to hate this guy.
The band was labeled as Nu-Metal and they brought in elements of hip hop, rap, metal, funk and rock. A whole smorgasbord of sounds. They were all over MTV and a massive success, but that success turned to hate really fast thanks to the controversial Fred. It was worse hate than poor Nickelback get for their success. Anyway, we are going to tackle their studio albums and I will try to let you know which ones I think are the best and in the order I rank them. I am not judging the band or its members, just focusing on the music or whatever you want to call it.
Founding members Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum were in a little band called Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion. When that imploded due to its namesake, they decided to form a new band and they liked Mark’s last name and so it became Slaughter. The decision was easy because the VVI label, Chrysalis, just transferred the Invasion contract to them and let them form a band. Pretty easy!! They added guitarist Tim Kelly who has since passed away in 1998 and drummer Blas Elias.
The band put out 5 albums over their career from 1988 to today. The band showed up on the scene with their first album in 1990 and their second came in 1992. The problem was not the albums, but the timing. The market was so oversaturated with these 80’s Rock bands that the tide was turning. Grunge showed up on the scene and wiped them out of existence on MTV and the radio. But they didn’t stop. The continued to release albums throughout the 90’s and maybe someday we will get a new one. For now, we will discuss and rank their 90’s output. I hope you enjoy.
THE WORST – ‘FEAR NO EVIL (1995):
The band’s third album was called “Fear No Evil” and released in 1995. I had already checked out by this time and didn’t even know they had an album. Listening to this now, it really isn’t that bad. They don’t really have a terrible album. This one sounded like the first two, but I think the biggest problem was Mark’s vocals were a little more shrill then usual. Mark’s vocals are a little different and not for everyone. They never really bothered me except this one was a little too much. Continue reading “Slaughter – The Albums Ranked Worst to First”→
Starting back on August 1st, 2019, we started the David Coverdale Series of reviews. It was a long process and after 36 reviews, we are capping off the series with not one, but two album rankings. The first one covered only the Whitesnake albums. The second one, this one, will cover ALL albums that David Coverdale has done. The list are only studio albums. No E.P.’s, no live albums and no greatest hits.
David started his career back in 1974 with Deep Purple’s Mark III lineup on the album Burn. Through 20 studio albums that cover Deep Purple, David Coverdale solo albums, Coverdale/Page and of course, Whitesnake, there is so much music to cover in his 46 years of music. It was so much fun tackling this David Coverdale series that part of me hates to see it end, but all good things come to end.
Why don’t we get started and let’s see how David Coverdale albums rank from the Worst to the First.
THE WORST – WHITESNAKE: ‘THE PURPLE ALBUM” (2015):
Starting back on August 1st, 2019, we started the David Coverdale Series of reviews. It was a long process and after 36 reviews, we are capping off the series with not one, but two album rankings. The first one, this one, is going to cover only the Whitesnake albums. The second one, next week, will cover ALL albums that David Coverdale has done. The list are only studio albums. No E.P.’s, no live albums and no greatest hits.
Whitesnake started back in 1978 and was a result of David going solo after his stint in Deep Purple and he realized he enjoyed the band aspect and Whitesnake was born after 2 solo albums. The name was taken from the title of David’s first solo album and now David is the only original member. Hell, it was really his band anyway. One of the few bands it doesn’t matter who is in it as long as David is singing. If you want to read the reviews of each album, check out the list at the bottom of the post and click away and go explore each album in more depth. Thanks
The really cool thing I discovered when I went back to compile my list is that no album saw a score of less than a 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars. How many bands can say that. Probably not a lot. Enough chit chat, now let’s get started…
3 Doors Down got together way back in 1996 in the wonderful state of Mississippi and finally got a record deal and they released their first album, ‘The Better Life’, in 2000. They exploded on to the scene with the song “Kryptonite” and went on to massive success selling millions and millions of albums. After numerous band member changes, founder Brad Arnold and Chris Henderson are the only two members left that were on every album. But, that hasn’t impacted anything as they still sound just as strong on their 6th album as they did on their first.
I got in to the band right out of the gate. The debut album was great rock album and for me stood out in a time when boy bands and Britney ruled the charts. The have been labeled as a post-grunge band or alternative rock band, but for me they are a rock band. The band has had their ups and downs throughout their career and have dealt with alcoholism, health issues, vehicular homicide for one member and somehow the band has continued thanks to Brad and Chris.
Enough chit-chat, lets get to the music as that is why you are here anyway. Without further adieu, here the albums for 3 Doors Down ranked from their worst album to their best. I hope you enjoy.
THE WORST – SEVENTEEN DAYS (2005):
The band’s third album was the most inconsistent album for me. The album felt rushed, like there was a lot of filler and it just left me bored. The album title of 17 Days is due to the fact the band only had 17 days from the end of the tour until they had to be back in the studio to record the new album. Not much time to decompress after such a successful tour with ‘Away From the Sun’. There were some highlights as the guitar playing was fantastic, but the songs sounded repetitive and were less than stellar. Continue reading “3 Doors Down – The Albums Ranked From Worst to First”→
Airbourne was founded in 2003 and their first album didn’t come until 2007. They hail from Australia and their musical influences are Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Def Leppard and of course being from Australia…AC/DC. The AC/DC influence is the biggest as they are now doing what they did in the late 70’s and early 80’s. They are delivering some dirty, gritty, sleazy, no holds barred, uncompromising rock & roll.
Airbourne is one of those bands that if you’ve heard one album, you’ve heard them all kind of like with AC/DC. And you know what, that is perfectly fine. When you buy an Airbourne album, you know what you are getting and you aren’t expecting them to change the face of music. You want what you want and if you are buying this, you love that ball busting, blistering speed and some nasty ass guitar licks. You want Rock & Roll. Lead singer Joel O’Keefe is a Bon Scott clone with shades of Kevin Dubrow of Quiet Riot and that me, is pretty damn cool.
Are you ready to rock & roll with this list? Fine, then here we go…
I hate to say it, but the most recent release, ‘Boneshaker’, is my least favorite of the bunch. It is the band’s first album without rhythm guitarist, David Roads. It now had Matt “Harri” Harrison on rhythm guitar, but it isn’t his fault the album didn’t strike the same chord with me. The album had all the same elements as before, it was loud, heavy guitar, thumping bass lines, total destruction from the drums and Joel’s raucous vocals which is everything I love about them. But the songs left me a little flat this time around. Continue reading “Airbourne – The Albums Ranked Worst to First”→
The band Lit actually started way back in 1988. The were first known as a band called Razzle, then they dissolved and back Stain. They released a demo and signed with a record label in 1995, but there was a problem. The name Stain was already claimed, so they changed their name to Lit. Their debut album was released in 1997 and the rest is history.
The members from the classic Lit era (the late 90’s to early 2000’s) was A. Jay Popoff, Jeremy Popoff, Kevin Baldes and Allen Shellenberger. The would make their first 4 Lit albums together before the line-up changed slightly in later years. The members weren’t the only thing to change as did their sound. They went from this Southern California Pop Punk type sound to more of a Pop Rock beachy feel all the way to Country on their last album. Quite a journey.
I have followed them ever since their 2nd album ‘A Place in the Sun’ all the way until today, but I haven’t enjoyed the entire journey. There have been hits and misses as with most bands. If they continue with the Country sound though, I am pretty much done with them. But until we see what happens, let’s go through their catalog and rank the albums from Worst to First.
The Darkness came out of nowhere in 2003 with the song “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” and when I heard that song, I was hooked. It was so 80’s retro and 70’s glam all rolled in to one while at the same time being a little tongue-in-cheek. I didn’t even know if this was a parody of if these guys were for real, but I loved it. Thankfully, it was for real. Lead singer, Justin Hawkins, has this insane falsetto that not many people could ever think of doing and the band is loud and awesome. After their second album, the band hit a rough spot. Justin entered in to rehab and afterwards decided to leave the band. On hiatus they went.
Not knowing if they were ever to return, I was sad not having them on the music scene. Then in 2012, some 6 years later, they returned with their 3rd album “Hot Cakes” and have been on a regular basis about ever 2 years and they keep getting better. 18 years now after the release of their debut album, there is still 3 of the 4 original members in the band which is pretty impressive in today’s world. The members are as follows:
Lead Singer, lead and rhythm guitar – Justin Hawkins
Rhythm and lead guitar – Dan Hawkins
Bass – Frank Poullain
Drums – Rufus Tiger Taylor
With the 2019 release of “Easter is Cancelled” which had my #1 song of 2019 with “Rock and Roll Deserves to Die” and was their 6th studio album, I felt it was time to do an album ranking. So sit back and enjoy The Darkness albums ranked Worst to First!
As you know if you follow this site at all, I am a Matt Nathanson fan. I think he is a fantastic songwriter/singer and an all around marvelous person. I have seen him live only three times and each time he keeps getting better. His live shows are something you have to see as his banter with the crowd is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!! He is witty, funny and damn, the man can sing. Matt is also a lyrical painter. He pays so much attention to the lyrical phrasing that it paints such a vivid picture or touches you in ways that only music can do.
Matt Nathanson, the studio musician, is broken down in two categories for me. The 90’s Matt is is an indie rocker that is still trying to find his voice both lyrically and vocally. But the shades of what is to come is in dimly shining in there. Then there is the Matt of 2000’s that has seen his songwriting and singing grow by leaps and bound. He has a confidence that shows in his music and definitely shows when he is on stage. There are those that find his early stuff more raw and pure and it is that, but as you will see with the list, I find his 2000’s self to be the better half.
So, you now have my overall reasoning behind my picks and with that, we need to dive in and rank Matt Nathanson’s albums from The Worst to the one I think is First! And sorry I don’t have all his albums in the Header photo as the site I use only offers 8 frames otherwise I would have had all 10 included.
THE WORST – PLEASE (1993):
Now here is the good news, there really isn’t a bad choice among all the albums, this is all about preference. I have this as the Worst mainly because it is an album with a rough production and Matt’s vocals aren’t quite what they become. And yes I do know that these are mostly demos thus the explaining the quality. The cool thing about it is that the songs were all written while he was in high school or during his freshman year at Pitzer College in California. There are hints of the Matt I grew to love, but it is the one album I go to the least.