10 Overshadowed Albums By Famous Musicians

The often forgotten gems in the discographies of great artists.

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The word 'classic album' is banded about a great deal in music circles, with overzealous fans promptly jumping to defend any album from their favourite artist as a standard-bearing piece of work despite its shortcomings being objectively clear to see.

Realistically, any band or musician that has the privilege of experiencing a lengthy career in the industry will see one or (at a push) two albums catapulted to the lofty status of an innovative and truly inspiring masterpiece whilst the rest of their catalogue is dotted with a collection of standout tracks to be found over the course of a number of LP's.

In an era where nostalgia is at an all time high and festivals such as Indio's 'Desert Trip' are designed to celebrate the world's most legendary artists as they approach the swansongs of their career, more people than ever are making their way back through storied back catalogues and beyond the records that have been hailed in 'greatest of all time' lists as the artist's crowning glory.

With that in mind, here's 10 overshadowed albums from famous artists that more than deserve your attention.

10. Biffy Clyro - Infinity Land

Long before Biffy Clyro were arena-conquering, festival-headlining goliaths of the modern rock world, they were a humble trio from Kilmarnock that had an unquenchable infatuation with pushing any boundary that they happened to encounter.

Two albums into their career after delivering an excellent debut in the shape of 'Blackened Sky' and the piercing, diverse alt-rock of 'The Vertigo Of Bliss', the band finally allowed every single madcap idea that had banded around their heads to spring forward and produced the utterly captivating lunacy that is 'Infinity Land', an album morbidly named after Jeffrey Dahmer's espoused idea of heaven that Simon Neil had read about.

However the insanity and subversive nature of the album most certainly doesn't stop at its title as its 12 tracks were the site of the the band producing one of the most schizophrenic albums of the 21st century; veering from untainted beauty to all-out carnage on a whim during 'The Kids From The Kibble And The Fist Of Light', 'Wave Upon Wave Upon Wave' and 'Only Word Comes To Mind.'

Attracting a far wider following nowadays than that which awaited Infinity Land's arrival, it's comical to imagine the shock and awe of the uninitiated as they encounter the aural violence of 'There's No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake' for the first time but that doesn't mean that it should be shied away from by any means.

Its pulsating opener 'Glitter And Trauma' is all that remains of this creative zenith in the band's live set but fans of the stadium shaking choruses would do well to head into their back catalogue and find the mind-bogglingly brilliant songs which await on this record.

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