Seven art rock albums that deserve more love

From the artists who should have achieved more success than they did

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The Go-Betweens - Tallulah

For no plausible reason, this Australian band never reached the full-on success it fully deserved. The synergy between Robert Forster and Grant McLennan, the band’s main songwriting and singing forces, was by some compared to that of Lennon and McCartney.

With all the praise their albums recorded during the first incarnation of the band, this one from 1987 for some reason got the least, even though it includes some of their most fully-realized and presented songs. After all, who would name one of their songs “The House That Jack Kerouac Built”?

The Divine Comedy - A Short Album About Love

You don’t just qualify to have your music labeled as art rock by using a moniker after Dante Alighieri's all-time literary classic, but going all-out of the rock boundaries incorporating everything from vaudeville to all-time classic pop.

Some have even questioned that the Irish artist (in the true sense of that word) Neil Hannon who stands behind the Divine Comedy moniker can qualify as rock. But, then his music, particularly on this album from 1997 (that is anything but short), is exceptional and crosses as many boundaries as it can.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

When Arcade Fire released its debut album Funeral back in 2004, the band was immediately proclaimed as the next big thing. That album topped many best-of lists for the year.

It was hard to come up with something equally as good, particularly to be seen (and heard) as such. But this, the band’s third album from 2010, at least equaled all the qualities of the early promise, and with a vengeance at that.

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