10 albums that are really deserving of the ‘most pretentious’ tag…
British music mag NME likes to cause controversy. After awarding Lady Gaga's smash-hit album Born This Way an eight out of ten review rating back in May 2011, they recently went on to name it "the most pretentious album ever." Topping a list that included a mixture of Lou Reed (in both Loutallica and Metal Machine Music guises), Transvision Vamp and Mansun, Gaga hit back at NME by tweeting "Oh the irony of winning 'Most Pretentious Album Ever' from none other than NME. *eyeroll* I might laugh forever + then return to narcissism."
"Pretentious" is one of those words thrown around the Internet with reckless abandon and whether Born This Way defines the term for any reason other than making headlines remains somewhat dubious. There are much more deserving albums that could have made the cut, if not the number one spot. Join us as we unveil 10 albums that are really deserving of the 'most pretentious' tag...
You’re free to like or dislike whatever you choose, but to call The Wall, Sgt Pepper’s, Nevermind and so on pretentious shows a serious lack of appreciation for what each of them did for music. Stick to writing about stuff you know something about.
I've seen some pathetically weak excuses for music writing on this web site, but I think this one takes the cake by miles.
This might be the worst article of all time. What is pretentious is Emma Jones thinking she knows a damn thing about music. Pink floyd! the Beatles! nirvana! Emma jones you are either very bold or very stupid. I'm gonna say the latter. Where is the internet police when you need them, somebody please silence this idiot, Emma Jones.
OK.. Where to start.
First off, ALL music is good. You may not like it Emma, but what you call pretentious others call revolutionary.
Calling the Beatles pretentious is absurd. (as much as I dislike them *A lot*) they changed music forever and you do not do that by being pretentious, bad or talentless.
Pink Floyd : They are not one of the BEST SELLING ARTISTS OF ALL TIME being pretentious. You are calling an album that in it's time was a master piece and completely different then anything else ever put out.
It is easy to bash Pink Floyd's 30 + year old album ( beetles even older ) while sitting in front of your computer being judgmental and from the sounds of it just wanting to make a buck or two ( and your little list is not worthy of even that ) on the backs of people with real talent.
The points are this. Music is subjective and none is really bad because at least one person ( the person who made the music ) likes it. It is pretentious to call other peoples musical tastes bad or wrong ( which is what you are doing ) and sit there bashing pure talent and not actually walking a mile in their shoes. I would like to hear what you come up with before I ever take what you have to say seriously.
You mentioned many artists ( Some I like and some I do not ) but they are all artists to someone.
Me. I am just a music fan and apparently I like pretentious music.
Pink Floyd, Nirvana and the beattles.....pretentious...... To even have nirvana mentionned in an article with lady gaga is laughable....Nirvana redefined music and you call em pretentious?? He didnt even know what he had done before he died!!! And Pink Floyd's The Wall is on of the greatest albums ever!!! Oh but U2, Britney,new kids and such were all left outta that list though.....
Emma Jones you a waste of poor journalism in the best sense of the word. Try another profession that you might be at least subpar at.
It's so desperate for hits, and comments, I'm angry at myself for perpetuating this!
While entitled to your opinions; they reek of thinly-veiled attempts to garner as much buzz as possible, to stay employed.
Like other comments have pointed out:
1. It's freaking subjective
2. Who the hell are you to make such broad sweeping statements on musicians and artists, that have connected and identified with the millions of listeners/fans upon whom they've impacted in one way or another.
3. The time and context in which said artists created those albums have to be taken into account.
Bottom line, stop disgracing the field of journalism! I'm going to make my own list, the' "Top" msn "journalists" that need to go back to school, and find a real job'.
did msn just say The Beatles were pretentious???! wth?!
The Beatles were the most natural and gifted harmonizing singers ever in a modern band.they never faked anything or came across as anything more than normal people.
later Lennon would get a little odd but,people are just people except for lady goo goo(ga gaagh!) and others that think showing boobs gets them rated as stars.
IT TAKES MUSICAL TALENT! and dedication with a lot of practice! not lip synching or programmed instruments.
Seargeant Pepper sub par? Pretentious?As in pretending to be good when it's no good?
The Worlds greatest Melodies!The first album to use every new creative idea,every new instrument,groundbreaking in everyway,the cause of every creative album since,The Beatles always the First innovators of everything.By the Greatest Songwriters in History.The Wall,brilliant Worldclass Melodies.And Hey!=Want to listen to who is making the most Melodious,Powerful, Creative, Fresh Cutting edge,Biggest Sellling Music in the World today? = RUSH.
Pretentious crap?=most Rap=altho some of them have something to say.God bless the Honest ones for being Real street poets.May we all respect everyones opinion and right to like and dislike what they want!
This has got to be one of the worst articles I've read in a long while. So sad that the internet is a forum for idiots 5 times out of 4. Pretentious ? That's a character trait, not an art trait. Pretentious is an excuse for critics to kick artists in the crotch and say: Stick to what we know, we're so frickin' scared of (pick one) change/evolution/experimentation/talent...
By this article's logic, Radiohead's OK Computer got to be one of the most pretentious albums ever, right next to Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway...
Well you know what, I think I love pretentious albums, bring them on !!!