Whenever you go into the studio, no one really goes in to make a record sound bad. No matter whether you're giving your audience the same songs that they're used to or going in a bold new direction, you always are trying to find some sort of audience that will be able to connect with your music in a meaningful way. We will not be discussing any such albums here today though.
For every great album that has come out, there are also several that tend to miss the mark, and these records just happen to have some of the biggest names in hard rock associated with them. As much as they may have tried to brand these as their bold new vision, fans almost universally had a negative reaction to these records, either thinking that the band had sold out or just went in a direction that they wouldn't soon recover from.
Though there are still some bright spots to be found on every single one of these records, those weren't enough to save them from being hated, causing the band to reel back on the ideas and start something completely different on the next album. Some albums can be hit and miss, some albums may be boring, but these albums just have us shaking our heads wondering where it all went wrong.
10. Motley Crue - Motley Crue
For all of their hatred towards each other at the worst of times, Motley Crue always seemed like one glammified heavy metal family. They might fight amongst each other, but they would all come together if any of their bandmates were getting attacked on their own. It felt like a band of brothers, so you can imagine how the fans felt when the family got broken up in the early '90s.
After the massive success of Dr. Feelgood, Vince Neil left the band during the sessions for the next album, leaving the rest of the band to continue on with replacement singer John Corabi. Even though they had a much sharper edge on their self titled release, the writing was on the wall before anything had even been put to tape, with producer Bob Rock being more confused at the prospect of them continuing without Vince in the band. Outside of the red flags, this album is actually fairly decent, tapping into something a lot closer to metal like their one-off songs like Primal Scream with Hooligan's Holiday.
No Vince didn't equate to record sales though, and this record had basically turned into a glorified paperweight when it came out, especially with the alternative scene kicking itself into high gear just a few months later. There may be a few songs that are rough around the edges on here, but if they had continued down this direction just a little bit longer, they may have been able to evolve past the Nirvana generation of rock and roll.