We7.com asks: what is the most underrated album ever?

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Triffic music website We7.com has put together a poll to try and find out the most underrated album ever, and ’tis an hon and a priv to be asked to contribute to the list of nominees. ‘Tis also very difficile to try and narrow one’s underrated albums down to just two, but done it I did.
You can check out my two picks below, see what eight albums other music peoples have selected here and vote for one of the mothers here.
Charlotte Hatherley – Grey Will Fade
“Wasn’t she the guitarist in Ash?” everyone asks. Yes, she was, but as her debut album Grey Will Fade attested, there’s a lot more to Charlotte Hatherley than a few pretty harmonies and some strumming.

When I bought Grey Will Fade – a year or so after it was released – I listened to it solidly for a whole summer. It’s just one of those albums – mainly upbeat, catchy guitar-pop (just skip “Stop”) which might not stick on the first listen but is hard to shake from your head after two. By listen three it might as well be the only album left in the world.
“Bastardo” has become something of a cult hit, and it’s probably the most immediate track as Charlotte laments her guitar being nabbed by a “two-faced lothario”. It’s even sillier than that makes it sound, and tremendous fun.
“Summer” includes the line “serotonin and the vitamins C, D and E” and thus becomes one of the few songs to acknowledge the biological, as opposed to psychological, benefits of sunshine. Amazing.

Siobhan Donaghy – Ghosts
Ex-Sugababe Siobhan Donaghy created a terrific second album in Ghosts, not that anyone in the world really noticed. With influences including The Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush there is a definite sprinkle of ethereal kookiness, but crucially Ghosts never spins off into self-indulgent pixie nonsense.
Rather, it adds polished pop production and warm, woozy melodies to create a set of such floaty delighfulness that it could soothe every hangover you experience for the rest of your days.
The title track employs backwards vocals without coming over all satanic about it, and “Medevac” gets a tad Vietnam-y about escaping emotional turmoil while almost ripping off Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”.
Neither of those descriptions do the songs justice, as is the drawback of writing about great music no other fucker has heard. Oh, I tell a lie – Ghosts did manage to reach no.92 in the charts. :(

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