🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Avalanches

I’m afraid expulsion is the only answer…

Cat Power does quite well:

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
British Sea Power 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Motörhead 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29


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0 voters

  • Since I Left You
  • Wildflower
  • We Will Always Love You

0 voters

  • Rock City
  • Electricity
  • Frontier Psychiatrist
  • Since I Left You
  • Radio
  • A Different Feeling
  • Frankie Sinatra
  • Colours
  • Subways
  • We Will Always Love You
  • Running Red Lights
  • Wherever You Go
  • Reflecting Light
  • Music Makes Me High
  • Take Care In Your Dreaming
  • Interstellar Love
  • The Divine Chord
  • Don’t Forget Your Neighbourhood
  • We Go On

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The break between first album and second album could have been a disaster. I think the fact their debut was so amazing people were willing to stick with them in the hope something new would come. When their second album came I’m sure I was worried that it wouldn’t be good enough but it was. Although a different album to their first it was brilliant and all you could ask for in an Avalanches album. Their most recent is probably their most immediate album and although it’s my least favourite of the three I would still give it a 4 out of 5.
My score for the Avalanches overall is 5.


3 - point for each single I’ve liked by them. Enjoyed the first album a lot at the time and the video for Frontier Psychiatrist is in my top 10 of all time.


Definitely made some great stuff, Since I Left You is a 5/5 song, and really enjoyed the new comeback album

But overall never got the hype, didn’t have the impact on my life they seemed to have for a lot of people here. 3/5

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I can thoroughly recommend this short film.


Gotta be a 5 just for Since I Left You


2.75 for me.
bit gimmicky. theyre fine. never think… ooh I’ll go listen to… but when they pop up theyre alright. problem there is its usually the same songs that get played. Im sure if I sat down and listened to their mixtapes Id dig them. may go find some now :eyes:

Got such a soft spot for SILY, reminds me so much of being young and not having a clue and sunny days and it’s ace. The newer stuff could have been an absolute car crash but I found it surprisingly good (but not in the same bracket as SILY for many reasons)


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Not impressed by artists whose output consists of them sticking bits of other songs together like a high school project. Frontier Psychiatrist is one of tbe most annoying songs made. Have a 1

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wonderful stuff


Loved the first album, not really arsed about anything else. Probably a 4 as SILY is so damn good.


Also, another edition to the first song off their first album is the best gang.


Since I Left You is the best album ever made. 5.

Thought Since I Left You (the single) was a breath of fresh air when it came out but for whatever reason never sought out the album (just wasn’t very engaged with new music at the time) so I came to them really late - basically realised I really should check them out when Wallflower came out.

So maybe that has influenced my opinion but essentially I like the first two albums equally. I think it’s one of those things where I don’t really have much similar mood wise in my record collection, it’s nice just to have something utterly joyful.

Third album wasn’t for me, nothing wrong with it but just went in a direction not to my tastes.

4 from me.

Ooh I’ve never heard of that, just read a little bit about it and will definitely be checking it out.

Good God I love The Avalanches. I still watch the SILY video every so often



I’m quite drawn to the types of records they were pooling from to craft their debut anyway, not the cool stuff just whatever ended up in their local charity shops they could find something in, but the way they mixed all this disparate stuff together and found a fresh soul there is amazing. They inhabit this sweet spot of joy tinged with sadness that I find about the most affecting thing in the world. Since I Left You Was originally going to be a concept album based around a guy travelling the world looking for love, like him I chase this feeling, I’ve found it in early Jens Lekman singles, that wonderful first EP by New Buffalo (produced by one time Avalancher Darren) Air France…I’m always looking for a hit.

The effort that went in to that first album broke them for years, I don’t think anyone really expected a follow up, and I am thrilled really they managed to come back with two albums that are so strong and find a way of working that means they can move forward, I think they’ve done a pretty remarkable job of keeping a consistent feeling across their work, I can’t choose a favourite record

Low key, almost sneakily they’ve become one of my favourite bands, also all their video’s and artwork is top class and for a time all their remixes were incredible too and an event in themselves. I feel I’m going to have to state it at some point so might as well get it off my chest now, Frankie Sinatra is good, imo.

Avalanches, you can have a 5


I too, really like Frankie Sinatra


Oops typo’d the title, my feelings toward Frank Sinatra are much more mixed

I gave them a 3 as they’re not a band I listen to all that much, but I do really like everything they’ve done, so maybe that feels a bit harsh.

Around the release of Wildflower they were supposed to play Ramsgate Music Hall (approx. 120 capacity) and I had tickets. But then there was some visa issues and they cancelled and did a (apparently pretty bad) DJ set at Field Day and our Ramsgate live show was never rearranged. Still gutted about that, it would have been epic!