Best three album run by an artist?


I think my Mountain Goats run would be Tallahassee/We Shall All Be Healed/Sunset Tree!


I agree; though, for my money, you could shift one ahead to OK Computer / Kid A / Amnesiac and it still works.


Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals

Björk: Post, Homogenic, Vespertine

Talking Heads: Fear of Music, Remain In Light, Speaking in Tongues

SWANS: The Seer, To Be Kind, The Glowing Man

Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society, Emily’s D+Evolution, Exposure

The Mars Volta: Deloused in the Comatorium, Frances the Mute, Amputechture

And probably some pick of a given Wayne Shorter or Miles Davis era

I wanna say the last three Talk Talk albums but just to include the last Two

Also Slint and This Heat because they both only put out like 3 albums

EDIT: wait Chamber Music Society came out early oops


I haven’t heard Returnal, but the evolution over the course of the two subsequent Oneohtrix Point Never albums is worth mentioning. Going from Returnal, which - from what I’ve heard of it - is a more developed version of the synthy kosmische sound of Rifts; through the fragmentary (proto-vapourwave?) plunderphonics of Replica; to the MIDI-modernism (self-coined phrase) of R Plus Seven.


Do You Want More/Illadelph Halflife/Things Fall Apart - The Roots

Cloud Nothings/Attack on Memory/Here and Nowhere Else - Cloud Nothings

XXX/Old/Atrocity Exhibition - Danny Brown (I’m not sure I believe this one fully. XXX and Atrocity Exhibition are faves but I’m torn on Old.)

Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes/Return To Cookie Mountain/Dear Science - TV On The Radio


Oh god yes. And, to be fair, the first of those three is a big development on the sort of stuff they’d been doing previously (I believe; not so familiar with really early Talk Talk) and also has ‘April 5th’, which is a beautiful precursor to their later stuff.

Alternatively, you could cheat a little and have the last two Talk Talk albums followed by Mark Hollis’ one solo album (from 1998, I think). If you’ve not heard it, I really recommend seeking it out: it takes the subdued introspection and turns it up to 11 (or maybe it’d be more apt to say it turns it down to -1?)


JULIA HOLTER = pick any three of her four albums, they’re all great. Though Tragedy, Ekstasis, and Loud City Song pretty much span - in a run of three albums in about as many years - an absolute wealth of musical ideas.


Game/Triangle/JPN - Perfume (Nakata GOAT)
Brown Sugar/Voodoo/Black Messiah - D’Angelo
Fleetwood Mac/Rumours/Tusk.
LoveHate/Love vs Money/Love King - The-Dream (yoooo)
For Emma/Bon Iver/22, A Million - Bon Iver (Also has Blood Bank EP in there)
Off the Wall/Thriller/Bad - MJ (feels like cheating saying this)

Prince/Dirty Mind/Controversy/1999/Purple Rain - (Any three album run from that five)
Springsteen’s six album run from Born to Run to Born in the USA.


yeah, honestly choosing between AHWTX and The Sunset Tree is like choosing between my children, I love them both so deeply.


Vows (2011)
The Golden Echo (2014)
Primal Heart (2018)
People sleep on my girl Kimbra
Vows is the GOAT
and having heard most of primal heart live its going to be another best in show


So this Question was designed for Outkast Right?

Southernplayalistic, ATLeins, and Aquemini Is the quintessential pick. It starts from a commercial debut and gets better and better each album. Then the fourth album found huge mainstream success (B.O.B., Ms Jackson), while the 5th has Hey Ya… This is Outkast’s domain hands down.


Everytime I listen to Amnesiac I think I’m going to finally get really into it but I never do. I love I Might Be Wrong as a track though. That’s also not a bad live album


AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock, Powerage.
YES I’m picking Dirty Deeds over Highway to Hell, I know what I’m doing.

Gorillaz - Gorillaz, Demon Days, Plastic Beach
I dunno if you wanna count The Fall? I like The Fall but it was an experimental little thing Damon did on-tour and initially put it out for free to the fan-club. So like. shrug

Daft Punk - Discovery, Human After All, Random Access Memories
I feel like Human After All doesn’t get Nearly as much replay as Discovery but there’s some Ab-so-lute bangers on that thing imho. “The Prime Time of Your Life” just GROOVES in a real good way.

tbh this thread just makes me realize I need to check out more full albums by newer favs of mine!


Roxy Music: Self-titled, For your Pleasure, Stranded
D’Angelo: Brown Sugar, Voodoo, Black Messiah (this is kind of a joke because there is a ~15 year break in between 2 and 3 but… also I’m being for real 'cause each one is a classic)
The Cure: Seventeen Seconds, Faith, Pornography AND/OR The Head on the Door, Kiss me kiss me kiss me, Disintegration


nostalgia ultra/channel orange/blonde - frank ocean
substrata/cirque/shenzou - biosphere
space is only noise/psychic/sirens - nicolas jaar
selected ambient works volume ii/i care because you do/richard d. james album - aphex twin
luxury problems/faith in strangers/too many voices - andy stott

arguments could be made for tim hecker, colin stetson, lcd soundsystem, destoyer, and arca though they never pulled off a clean hat trick for me

oh and los angeles/cosmogramma/until the quiet comes - flying lotus


What would you pick?


never were the way she was/all this i do for glory.
i cant with sorrow


Here’s some of my favs that haven’t been mentioned yet. I included a link to a song from each album to see the progression (and, usually, my favourite song on the album)

Alexisonfire - Alexisonfire/Watch Out!/Crisis
Amon Amarth - With Oden on Our Side/Twilight of the Thunder God/Surtur Rising
Daft Punk - Discovery/Human After All/Random Access Memories (Though you can put Tron in there instead of RAM)
Protest the Hero - A Calculated Use of Sound/Kezia/Fortress
The Tragically Hip - Road Apples/Fully Completely/Day For Night


god loud city song is so good


This is such a great thread. Here are a few more:

  • Wilco: I can’t decide when to start and stop this series: Being There, Summerteeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, A Ghost Is Born is a special run. Should it start with Being There? Or Stop with A Ghost is Born??
  • Rush: Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures. (Though the more contemporary series from Presto to Roll the Bones to Counterparts is a wonderfully good set at a different musical evolutionary period.)
  • Josh Ritter: Hello Starling, The Animal Years, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter. Each of these stand up individually and as a set this trajectory shows him going from singer-songwriter to lyricist and band-leader.
  • New Pornographers: Mass Romantic, Electric Version, Twin Cinema – because damn.
  • Calexico: Feast of Wire, Garden Ruin, Carried to Dust.

I have to go listen to some music, now.