This was deemed "The Perfect Album" by 13 users. The proposition turned into a bit of a flame war though:
rantor » I can't believe how many people have put OK Computer. And since you're first, I'm picking on you (hee-hee). Going on the "every track is a winner" definition, I have to point out: Fitter, Happier. Any time that comes up on a shuffled playlist, I can't reach the skip button quickly enough. In the context of the album, it (just barely) works for me (mostly because I like to say "like a pig...on antibiotics" in a robot voice — that's just me), but taken by itself feels extremely pretentious and boring. [editor's note: two other ppl said similar things about "Fitter, Happier"]
musicgeekmusic » Gotta agree with you on OK Computer. It's OK at best.
Anonymous Idiot » Forgive me for being snobbish, but in my world a person who thinks that, say, Radiohead's OK Computer is a perfect album not only lacks taste, but has failed to even take music seriously.
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I recently came up against a wall. While sorting my albums of music in the MP3 format, I came to the conclusion that for most, if not all, of the albums I own, there are only a handful of tracks per album that I love. Generally there are a few tracks that are passable and almost always several that are forgettable. This makes listening to an entire album or even mixes of albums set to random less enjoyable than if it was just the best songs per album. So I began purging tracks, saving only the best of each album.
Then I ran into a phenomenon, the phenomenon of the perfect album. An album in which every track is great, each one worthy of being a hit. An album with not a single song I would skip past and nothing mediocre or even average.
I'm only part way through my music library and I've only found a handful. But it piqued my curiosity. What albums would you nominate as a perfect album?
I read the comments on this Plastic thread between August 15-19, 2005 and tallied all the "perfect albums." In some cases, people's selections were ambiguous. For example, these are cases that I counted as votes: "Damn... I forgot all about that album. LOVE that. Concur." and "I second The Sundays too!" The following cases I did not count as votes: "Good call." or "every album by.."—users should pick their favorite albums, not artists. I may have missed some albums, so email me if you have any issues.
— Philip Dhingra