Strange Times (studio album) by The Chameleons

Strange Times by The Chameleons
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 2,085th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 133 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1986 (28th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (319th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,085th)
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The Chameleons bestography

Strange Times is ranked 2nd best out of 12 albums by The Chameleons on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Chameleons is Script Of The Bridge which is ranked number 799 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,234.

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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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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 133 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 79.2/100, a mean average of 78.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.6.

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90/100
From 10/23/2022 15:31
Very underappreciated album. Strange Times should be considered as one of the milestones of post-punk/gothic rock/new wave era. Soul in Isolation and Swamp Thing are hauntingly beautiful tracks.
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From 06/09/2022 15:00
The first half of this record is simply phenomenal with it ending on the groups best ever song in Swamp Thing. It is dark and atmospheric and has some brilliant performances on every track. The vocals throughout the whole record is a massive highlight for me as it suits the style of music they are going for perfectly and the harsher, deeper tone of the vocal appeals to me massively. Instrumentally, it is fantastic with the guitar work being the peak of this. They really take tracks like Mad Jack and Soul In Isolation to another level and it gives the music an edge that is vital for it to stand out. The lyrics are smart as well and are enjoyable to dive into and explore. They deal with difficult and dark themes which suits the mood and environment the group are trying to build. The second half is a little bit weaker than the first and does drag the quality of the record down as the music slows and loses a bit of its punch. Overall, another under rated classic from The Chameleons who deserve more appreciation and this record deserves to be discussed a lot more than it is.
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From 08/26/2013 13:14
i don't know if they wanted to sound like this or it's just bad production but they sound bloated and messy to me and not in a good way. still mad jack and caution are pretty good songs but the whole album starts to drag somewhere in the middle and gets repetitive.
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95/100
From 12/04/2012 15:13
Unfortunately tracks such as "Seriocity" and "I'll Remember" drag it's rating down a little. Still some other wonderful tracks on this album though. Love the guitars & lyrics!
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From 08/17/2012 22:17
Truly excellent example of post-punk with sparkling guitars and intelligent lyrics featuring the epic single Swamp Thing.
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From 10/27/2009 01:37
Shuffle brought this up - listening to it now - this is a great great under-recognized and under appreciated album.
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From 06/20/2009 16:31
I have been listening to this band and this album in particular for about twenty years now... i never tire of them or it... so No 1 for me.
One of the greatest underrated bands
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