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These Artists Hated Their Own Album

Not every musician makes a masterpiece. For artists who've been making music for years, it's inevitable that they won't love every aspect of everything they do. Whether it's production choices, melodies or lyrics, nearly every artist has a song or album that they wish they handled differently.

There are, however, a lot of surprising examples of musicians who truly despise one of their own albums. Some of the albums in question are even considered to be among the greatest of all time, despite disdain from the artists who made them.

Here are some examples of artists who have expressed hatred for their own work. 

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    Noel Gallagher, one of the two infamously outspoken brothers of Oasis, once ranted about his disdain for the band's 1997 album Be Here Now, saying that he feels as though the album is "the sound of a bunch of guys, on coke, in the studio, not giving a f*ck,"

    "All the songs are really long and all the lyrics are sh*t and for every millisecond Liam is not saying a word, there's a f*cking guitar riff in there in a Wayne's World style," he said. Gallagher added that he considers it the band's worst album. 

    Former Oasis member Bonehead criticized Gallagher's comments on the album, saying that it wasn't "sh*t"as the guitarist claimed.

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    Joy Division's groundbreaking Unknown Pleasures is an album beloved by many - except maybe band member Peter Hook, who expressed disappointment over the production.

    "I couldn’t hide my disappointment then, it sounded like Pink Floyd," Hook said before ultimately changing his tune and admitting that he was wrong in his assessment. His bandmate Bernard Sumner was also, at one point, not thrilled with the album. 

    Unknown Pleasures is considered a landmark post-punk album. 

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    R.E.M.'s 2004 album Around The Sun was assembled in starts and stops. The band's third release following the departure of drummer Bill Berry was paused mid-process in order to fulfill a label obligation -a greatest hits tour- then resumed again after the tour

    Members Mike Mills and Peter Buck both attributed that disjointed process to why they ended up not liking it, and agreeing with critics and fans who felt the same.

    "It seemed like we'd turned into one of those bands that just book like a million months in the studio and just beat it to death," Buck said.

    "We ended up pulling in different directions, there was no focus, there was no cohesion, and the record reflects it," Mills recalled


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    Both Paul McCartney and John Lennon criticized Let It Be after the album's release, with McCartney specifically targeting producer Phil Spector and his wall-of-sound technique. Lennon's critique of the album was particularly blunt, but ultimately gave credit to Spector for what he brought to the table.

    "Given the sh*ttiest load of badly-recorded sh*t with a lousy feeling to it ever, he made something of it," Lennon said of the album.