Sound Affects (studio album) by The Jam

Sound Affects by The Jam
Year: 1980
Overall rank: 967th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 373 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1980 (20th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (149th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (967th)
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The Jam bestography

Sound Affects is ranked 2nd best out of 21 albums by The Jam on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Jam is All Mod Cons which is ranked number 741 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,416.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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79/100 (from 373 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.6/100, a mean average of 77.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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40/100
From 02/28/2024 22:52
Pleasant enough and there's nothing offensive here, but That's Entertainment is the only standout track
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95/100
From 12/28/2022 10:04
My favourite album by The Jam. They still retain their classic sound from All Mod Cons and Setting Sons but Weller is starting to move on to slightly different styles
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55/100
From 08/30/2022 15:21
A nothing album that feels so empty for the majority of the run time. This is mainly due to the ridiculous number of filler tracks present on here. I think you could cut 7 to 8 songs on here and they would not be missed at all. There are a couple of decent songs which are catchy and then you have one amazing track in That's Entertainment which saves this album from being bad. Every song sounds the same and by the end this repetition just gets so boring that it makes me want to just switch off the record. There doesn't seem to be much experimentation or uniqueness and I feel like I have heard several albums like this before so this just blends into the crowd. Overall, after the several listens I have given this record I have no desire to come back anymore and for some reason this album just doesn't resonate with me at all.
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75/100
From 08/01/2022 18:00
This album is mixed bag, there are ones of their best like Set The House Ablaze and That's Entertainment, but there are some filler ones as well.
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70/100
From 12/02/2021 13:50
decent material. good melodies and song construction. enjoyable soft punk or new wave sound
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90/100
From 08/08/2020 06:30
My top jam Album. Great production, crashing treble zing guitars, shown as recording them surrounded by corrugated steel sheets. High quality tunes with great skill in song crafting on show.
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100/100
From 10/17/2019 18:29
Fantastic album. Their best, in my opinion.
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95/100
From 08/19/2019 18:07
One of three classic Jam albums, maybe not as immediate as All Mod Cons and Setting Sons but gets better and and better with repeated listens
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From 07/23/2019 18:26
Favorite Tracks:But I'm Different Now, Set The House Ablaze, Boy About Town
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From 09/16/2018 20:00
The Jam mastered their sound on this album.
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