This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the matter of artists whose final album was a masterpiece.
To be eligible, the given act needs to have more than one record in its opus, as well as to no longer be active in the field of making new music.
Anyhow, we received quite a few votes and over 450 comments, all of which were summed up into a Top 25 rundown.
Before kicking things off, this week's honorable mentions are:
- Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)
- Emperor - Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise (2001)
- The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation (2016)
- Janis Joplin - Pearl (1971)
- Necrophagist - Epitaph (2004)
25. Botch - We Are the Romans (1999)
Years active: 1993 - 2002 Genre: Mathcore, Chaotic hardcore
Our very own N-D explained: "Masterpiece by the band that inspired the mathcore and chaotic hardcore movement (including The Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge among others)."
24. Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime (1994)
Years active: 1990 - 1995 Genre: Post-hardcore, Math rock
Active in the early '90s, Drive Like Jehu were among the post-hardcore acts that "impacted the evolution of hardcore punk into emo."
23. Screaming Trees - Dust (1996)
Years active: 1985 - 2000 Genre: Grunge, Alternative rock
Led by Mr. Mark Lanegan, the Screaming Trees are known as one of the "godfathers of grunge." Their final record, 1996's "Dust," happens to be one of their finest efforts.
22. Slint - Spiderland (1991)
Years active: 1986 - 1990 Genre: Math rock, Post-rock
With only two studio albums under their belt, Slint were among the late-80s acts that paved the way for post-rock and math rock style.
21. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (2006)
Years active: 2003 - 2011 Genre: Soul, Singer-songwriter
As another artist with merely two records, Amy Winehouse makes the list with 2006's "Back to Black," a bonafide masterpiece according to the members of UG community.
20. The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)
Years active: 1982 - 1987 Genre: Alternative rock, Indie rock
As another act that didn't stick around for too long, The Smiths were previously hailed by the UG community as on of the bands with flawless discographies.
19. Type O Negative - Dead Again (2007)
Years active: 1989 - 2010 Genre: Gothic metal, Doom metal
joseph51700 noted: "Songs like 'Profits of Doom,' 'September Sun,' 'Dead Again' really make it stand out. All of their albums were good but this was a great album to end on."
OriginOfFeces added: "YES!! This album is SO detailed and arranged in a way that makes it sound as if there are 20 songs on this album. So many great Sabbath and Beatles references and influences on this one as well. This is THE album that shines those two main influences through. Quite a masterpiece to end with, but not THE masterpiece though."
18. Slowdive - Pygmalion (1995)
Years active: 1989 - 1995 Genre: Shoegaze
17. Nick Drake - Pink Moon (1972)
Years active: 1967 - 1974 Genre: Folk, Singer-songwriter
As another talented soul that left us too soon, late great Nick Drake is up next with his third and final studio record, 1972's "Pink Moon."
16. Porcupine Tree - The Incident (2009)
Years active: 1987 - 2010 Genre: Progressive rock/metal
Mr. Steven Wilson is still churning out quality music, but Porcupine Tree is no more, leaving us with 2009's "The Incident" as the band's final effort ever. A damn fine one too, according to you folks.
15. The Police - Synchronicity (1983)
Years active: 1977 - 1986 Genre: New wave
As one of the bands that left us at their strongest point, The Police are up next with 1983's "Synchronicity," the record that brought us "Every Breath You Take," "Wrapped Around Your Finger," "Synchronicity II," and more.
14. Kyuss - ...And the Circus Leaves Town (1995)
Years active: 1987 - 1995 Genre: Stoner rock, Stoner metal
In related stuff, here's Josh Homme explaining why Kyuss is over and never coming back.
13. Joy Division - Closer (1980)
Years active: 1976 - 1980 Genre: Post-punk
12. Strapping Young Lad - The New Black (2006)
Years active: 1994 - 2007 Genre: Extreme progressive/industrial metal
Hevy Devy is alive and well, but Strapping Young Lad is no more. At No. 12, it's the final SYL record, 2006's "The New Black."
11. At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command (2000)
Years active: 1993 - 2001 Genre: Post-hardcore
These fellas seem to be rising from the ashes, but we'll let it slide for now - at No. 11, At the Drive-In and "Relationship of Command."
10. Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
Years active: 1957 - 1970 Genre: Folk rock
Cracking the Top 10, it's Simon & Garfunkel and their 1970 effort "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
9. The White Stripes - Icky Thump (2007)
Years active: 1997 - 2011 Genre: Alternative rock, Indie rock
Marking The White Stripes' sixth studio effort, 2007's "Icky Thump" is apparently the last we'll see of the mighty duo.
8. Mr. Bungle - California (1999)
Years active: 1985 - 2004 Genre: Experimental rock
garte13 pointed out: "Perfectly eclectic yet consistent all the way through. So many hidden gems on this album: 'Sweet Charity,' 'The Air-Conditioned Nightmare,' 'Vanity Fair,' 'Goodbye Sober Day'..."
7. Queen - Innuendo (1991)
Years active: 1970 - 1991 (Freddie Mercury's death) Genre: Rock
As the final album Queen released while Freddie Mercury was still alive, "Innuendo" is up next at No. 7.
6. Death - The Sound of Perseverance (1998)
Years active: 1983 - 2001 Genre: Progressive death metal
5. The Doors - L.A. Woman (1971)
Years active: 1965 - 1973 Genre: Rock, Psychedelic rock
Despite the three post-Morrison albums, "L.A. Woman" remains widely acknowledged as the final album The Doors as we all know them have ever released. This is the record that brought us "Riders on the Storm," "Love Her Madly," and more tunes.
4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland (1968)
Years active: 1966 - 1969 Genre: Rock, Psychedelic rock
The only music Jimi Hendrix ever released with The Jimi Hendrix Experience came out in just two years - two albums in 1967 and one record in 1968. The latter one, "Electric Ladyland," brings us a step closer to the Big 3.
3. David Bowie - Blackstar (2016)
Years active: 1962 - 2016 Genre: Bowie
As widely acknowledged, Mr. Bowie turned even his own death into a work of art. At No. 3, "Blackstar."
2. The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)
Years active: 1960 - 1970 Genre: Rock
1. Nirvana - In Utero (1993)
Years active: 1987 - 1994 Genre: Grunge
Hailed by the members of UG community as the finest effort in Nirvana's opus, "In Utero" gets the gold this week, fair and square!