'They're Like Cream, but Worse': Harsh Early Reviews of Classic Albums

More

When Rolling Stone panned the Rolling Stones, and other great moments in misguided music criticism

banner_OKC.jpg
Capitol

It's a guilty secret that's not especially secret: Everybody likes reading a really nasty review every now and then. And equally, as a critic, there's a perverse pleasure in writing such a review, in being able to sink the boot into an album that you truly despise. The thing is, though, sometimes critics get it wrong. All critics have penned pastings that they've subsequently regretted. Others take pride in spinning out opinions contrary to conventional, consensus wisdom. So in keeping with the tradition of last month's feature on scathing early reviews of classic novels, here's a similar look at some gloriously misguided—or at least, gloriously out-of-step with the rest of society—reviews of albums that'd go on to be acclaimed as classics.

This post also appears on Flavorpill, an Atlantic partner site.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Tom Hawking is an editor at Flavorpill.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Why Do People Love Times Square?

A filmmaker asks New Yorkers and tourists about the allure of Broadway's iconic plaza


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Why Do People Love Times Square?

A filmmaker asks New Yorkers and tourists about the allure of Broadway's iconic plaza

Video

A Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier

Video

What Do You Wish You Learned in College?

Ivy League academics reveal their undergrad regrets

Video

Famous Movies, Reimagined

From Apocalypse Now to The Lord of the Rings, this clever video puts a new spin on Hollywood's greatest hits.

Video

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In