5 Underrated Rock Albums
Mainstream rock has produced a multitude of talented and not-so-talented artists throughout the years; some are well-deserved of their success, whereas some are just … well … not. But what about those artists who are not so recognised? What about those albums that deserved more success than they got? The following list delivers just some of the albums that I feel didn’t get the kudos they deserved.
Let’s kick it off with some space-rock.
- Hawkwind – Warrior on the Edge of Time (1975)
Psychedelic experimental space-rock is always going to create some controversy amongst audiences and critics, and WOTEOT is musical Marmite. Marking the last contribution of the late,great Lemmy Kilmister before leaving to form Motörhead, WOTEOT is an acid trip of an album, blending atmospheric space-rock riffs, thunderous drums and driving basslines with traditional music from the middle- and far-east, all the while lathering on thick layers of synthesizer patterns.
- The Chameleons – Strange Times (1986)
Despite being well-received by critics, the third studio album by post-punk band The Chameleons didn’t really take off and failed to draw many listeners. Strange Times is a departure from the punkier stuff the band had previously released and proved to be the high-point of the band’s career. The record featured fan-favourite “Swamp Thing”, an overwhelmingly well-orchestrated track consisting of instrumentals arranged around an intricate and deeply thought-out rhythm guitar part, a formula repeated throughout the album’s entirety, while still consistently delivering refreshing and thought-provoking music across the ten tracks.
- Soundgarden – Louder than Love (1989)
One of the founders of American grunge, but unfairly losing much of their legacy that the likes of Nirvana and Pearl Jam have retained, the debut album by the Seattle rockers demonstrates the early stages of the intricate yet raw sound they became so well-known for. With Chris Cornell’s versatile and distinct vocals howling over the tuned-down and muddy instrumentals, Louder than Love clearly illustrates why Soundgarden deserve their place amongst the giants of heavy rock and grunge.
- The Subways – Young for Eternity (2005)
A band somewhat unrecognised in their potential, Hertfordshire trio The Subways’ debut album Young for Eternity rips its way through a selection of high-octane, angsty tracks that ultimately prove that Punk wasn’t dead in the noughties. Having featured in an impressive selection of films and TV shows, popular album single ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Queen gives a brilliant tast of the album as a whole;it’s just a matter of exploring the rest of their stuff.
- Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Blood Lust (2011)
If John Lennon had replaced Ozzy instead of Dio, Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell would have sounded a hell of a lot like Blood Lust. A band whose sound is cemented in their influences, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats have managed to achieve the impossible and recreate the transitional period from hippie-rock to early heavy metal. Blood Lust is the band’s second studio album, and does an incredible job of convincing the listener that they’re just discovering a band who’ve been going since the ‘60s.