This week's edition of the traditional Wednesday Question saw the lovely people of UG community discussing the matter of the most overproduced albums of all time.
We received a solid chunk of votes and over 250 comments, all of which were summed up into a Top 20 rundown.
As always, the goods await right in the section below.
20. Ramones - End of the Century (1980)
Kicking things off, it's the Ramones at the end of the '70s and their collaboration with the "wall of sound" inventor Phil Spector - "End of the Century."
Phil went on to utilize such production techniques as overdubbing and echo chambers, causing a row between him and the boys, who of course wanted more of a raw punk rock recording.
19. Falling in Reverse - Fashionably Late (2013)
Produced by Michael 'Elvis' Baskette, up next is Falling in Reverse's "Fashionably Late."
18. Bring Me the Horizon - That's the Spirit (2015)
As mauheb pointed out, "the dude doesn't come close to sounding like himself," with Gibson_SG_uzr55 adding, "Way too much pitch correction, and the guitars are flat in comparison the the electronica."
17. Blind Guardian - A Night at the Opera (2002)
At No. 17, it's power metal champions Blind Guardian and their 2002 record "A Night at the Opera."
16. Muse - Drones (2015)
IvyRock noted: "Good songs live. It sounds more alive live than in studio. Sounds like a computer made the whole album which makes it boring and almost too 'perfect.'"
15. Oasis - Be Here Now (1997)
In 1997, Oasis were already not in a good place, and their "Be Here Now" effort was marred with arguments, drugs, pure financial motivation to create music, and of course overproduction.
14. Chris Cornell - Scream (2008)
Produced by Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Jim Beanz, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Tedder, up next is Chris Cornell's entrance into the world of electronic pop - 2008's "Scream."
13. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown (2009)
TJ1991 noted: "Some really good songs on there, but the sheer number of layers in conjunction with the ridiculous compression and endless reverb makes the original release physically hurt to listen to," with richard.warts chiming in, "It's as if they thought, ''American Idiot' did well, so I figure if we do twice as much to it, it'll do twice as well... Right?' To me, THAT was the album that completely tore them away from their roots."
12. The Beatles - Let It Be (1970)
11. Trivium - Vengeance Falls (2013)
Produced by David Draiman of Disturbed, Trivium's 2013 effort "Vengeance Falls" is up next at No. 11.
10. Avenged Sevenfold - Hail to the King (2013)
Cracking the Top 10, you folks voted Avenged Sevenfold's latest effort - the Mike Elizondo-produced "Hail to the King."
9. Taylor Swift - 1989 (2014)
In the words of EntropicDiscord, "I still have a hard time telling if her vox are autotuned or just layered an obnoxious amount of times."
8. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet (1986)
At No. 8, it's the album that launched Bon Jovi into the stratosphere, 1986's "Slippery When Wet."
7. Ozzy Osbourne - Scream (2010)
6. ZZ Top - Afterburner (1985)
ErnestoFidel pointed out: "They had changed their sound on 'Eliminator' from the dirty blues sound to a more mainstream studio-like sound and introduced synthesizers. To this day, I still like 'Eliminator' surprisingly well.
'Afterburner,' however, simply took it one step too far. As a huge ZZ Top fan, I find it their hardest album to appreciate. There's simply too much compression, synthesizers and sequenced drum beats to still sound like what ZZ Top was about on the early albums. They then, luckily returned to the rougher sound in the '90s (starting with 'Antenna') after making another mediocre 'Eliminator'-like album called 'Recycler.'"
5. In Flames - Sounds of a Playground Fading (2011)
4. Metallica - Death Magnetic (2008)
3. Blink-182 - California (2016)
2. Def Leppard - Hysteria (1987)
The silver medal this week goes to the staple Def Leppard record "Hysteria." Some of you folks pointed out that this Mutt Lange-produced effort is a clear example of an album that's overproduced in a good way...
1. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy (2008)
At the throne of UG this week, it's the GN'R gang and "Chinese Democracy." Dewitt pointed out: "It's a great album, but it's probably the best (or worst?) example of what a negative effect overproduction can have on the final product. It would be a better album if it was a little more reserved."
And that wraps it up! As always, stay tuned, thanks for stopping by...