Sound Affects (studio album) by The Jam

Sound Affects
Sound Affects by The Jam
Year: 1980
Overall rank: 957th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 295 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1980 (18th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (139th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (957th)
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The Jam bestography

Sound Affects is ranked 2nd best out of 19 albums by The Jam on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Jam is All Mod Cons which is ranked number 645 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,966.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 80 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 295 votes)
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3 days ago TonyF12345  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 3,06075/100
 
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07/04/2020 10:02 Timestarter  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,58889/100
 
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05/31/2020 21:28 Dingerbell  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 2,21062/100

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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 79.2/100, a mean average of 78.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.5.

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90/100
From 3 days ago
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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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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Rating:  
70/100
From 09/16/2018 20:00
The Jam mastered their sound on this album.
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80/100
From 01/16/2018 04:54
Not sure why I like this so much, but more than one song has stuck with me.
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90/100
From 06/01/2016 14:41
The last truly classic Jam album, sound affects in another tour de force from Weller and co. Full of great songs including, that's entertainment, set the house ablaze, and, pretty green. Start, is a good track but how on earth Weller didn't get sued for it's similarity to a Beatles song is simply unbelievable. A great album then, full of energy and melody, as you would expect from The Jam.
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55/100
From 03/25/2016 19:46
This is an undeniably catchy album that manages to make absolutely no impression on me. All the songs have great beats but they seem to be lacking in some way. It reminds me of Gang of Four or Soft Boys, but without the piercing guitars or biting lyrics that both of those bands brought to the table. Additionally, some of these songs seem pretty half-baked and pad out their running times by repeating the same parts over and over again. It's an album I don't want to turn off but one I can't remember anything from now even though I listened to it about 10 minutes ago.
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95/100
From 06/08/2015 18:24
The Jam's best album, a document to the incredible creative and popular peak they were riding at the time, which absolutely holds up to this day. There is an omission: the original (U.S.) release included a bonus 7" of the amazing double sided single "Going Underground/Dreams of Children". It would have been nice to see that included on the later CD releases. Docked 1/2 star for what could have been.
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85/100
From 08/06/2013 18:01
One of The Jam's best albums, every track is great
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