The Modern Lovers (album) by The Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers
The Modern Lovers by The Modern Lovers (1976)
Overall rank: 398th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 495 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1976 (8th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (101st)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (398th)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 82.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 82.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.3.

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From 01/10/2020 05:21
What a strange record. Listed on this site as a 1976 album, which is true in terms of release date, but some of these songs were almost 6 years old. It’s kind of a greatest hits record, but of course none of them were hits. If only they could have stuck around, caught a few different breaks. Oh well, I guess it wasn’t meant to be. At least there is one perfect collection to savor and dream on.
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70/100
From 07/04/2019 01:30
Ahead of its time is an understatement
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90/100
From 08/28/2017 14:18
Here is a list of things Jonathan Richman loves:

-Massachusetts
-Neon when it's cold outside
-The highway when it's late at night
-Modern moonlight
-128 when it's dark outside
-Massuchesetts (again)
-Rock & Roll
-His parents
-The old world
-The 50's
-Your eyes
-This power
-These streets
-The USA
-The modern world

Hippy Johnny only gets a 'like' thrown his way, poor guy. 'I'm Straight' is my favourite track, my interpretation is that it's Richman's faux promise to his girlfriend to get clean and shun his stoner alter-ego.

Musically, the songs are primitive, usually revolving around two chords and a third where adventurous. The recordings give the impression of being lazily rehearsed, which allows for some spontaneous sounding guitar and improvised instrumental sections (usually with an organ solo). The Modern Lovers are bare bones rock and roll at it's most fun, played by your friends band, except they are good. I suppose part of the appeal is that the exciting elements of the Velvet's sound are present here but Richman sidesteps their overt aim of producing art. Instead his main aim is to have fun, and for you to have fun too.

Key tracks: Roadrunner, I'm Straight, She Cracked, Pablo Picasso, Somone I Care About, Modern World
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95/100
From 08/24/2017 00:08
Simple songs but it's incredibly important in the context of rock and punk. Amazing record
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80/100
From 05/16/2017 07:31
I can relate to a lot of these lyrics...very happy this, er, perspective is on record.
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From 03/05/2017 18:38
Favorite Tracks: Hospital, Roadrunner & Pablo Picasso
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85/100
From 03/24/2016 17:40
If this wasn't 421 my feedback would be different
This album is brutally underrated here, Yeezus, Sigh No More, The Black Parade, xx, etc above this one what is happening?
Artist who were influenced by this album: Almost every post-punk band you know .
A rock n' roll must-hear, a masterpiece can't be so lower ranked here.
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From 11/14/2015 07:26
If I had to choose the one album that defined me as a person, this would be it. The only flaw is not including the brilliant "I'm Straight" and "Dignified and Old" in the original release, but perhaps it was being saved for the greatest double A-side that never was.
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From 09/25/2015 22:06
I'd like to have this on my ipod so I can give it a proper listening to. I love JR, my sister had a couple of his albums that were brilliant in parts and this is supposed to be the big one (which she didn't have) but it's not really clicked for me so far.
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From 11/15/2014 06:47
Excellent album. A bit of an underrated classic. Just a bit.
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Best Albums of 1976
1. Songs In The Key Of Life by Stevie Wonder
2. Station To Station by David Bowie
3. Ramones by Ramones
4. Hotel California by Eagles
5. Boston by Boston
6. 2112 by Rush
7. Desire by Bob Dylan
8. The Modern Lovers by The Modern Lovers
9. A Trick Of The Tail by Genesis
10. A New World Record by Electric Light Orchestra
11. Hejira by Joni Mitchell
12. Rising by Rainbow
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14. Rocks by Aerosmith
15. A Day At The Races by Queen
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20. Arrival by ABBA
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