I’m thinking of situations where the bad start or end of an album makes you feel less kindly towards it, even if the overall album is pretty good.
A Weekend in the City by Bloc Party inspired this thread; a good indie rock album (much better than most of the second albums by their contemporaries) with some interesting experiments with electronics and song structures, and some very touching lyrics. However my entire view of the album has been coloured by just how awful, how stupid and how misplaced Song for Clay is. Doesn’t play to the strengths of his voice and is filled with endless lyrical clunkers that make it hard for me to believe I’ve ever enjoyed anything he’s written. Not sure I’ve listened to that song fully since the first time I heard the album.
The newest Waxahatchee album suffered from this slightly too. What I found to be the three weakest tracks were all grouped together at the end of the album, so every time I finish it I’m left pretty disinterested. Then a few weeks later I fire up the first tracks again and get surprised by how great they are.