Ten Most Underrated Prog Rock Albums
Eno - Another Green World
Brian Eno came out of the glam rock scene as a founding member of Roxy Music, but -- as just noted -- he added so much experimental spice to the mix, the band came across as much more than pretty men wearing makeup and, in Eno's case, feathers. Eno did not last more than two albums before he trekked out on his own as a solo artist.
After two brilliant releases filled with layered, often wacky songs featuring surrealistic lyrics, he presented the music world with his masterpiece, 1975's Another Green World. Eno toned down his delivery for quieter songs that never lacked any luster in their experimentation. Robert Fripp's "wimshurst" guitar solo in "St. Elmo's Fire" is positively transcendent in its evocativeness, creating a sonic equivalent to the sparking electric machine of the same name.
Eno was on a quest to create music that was "visual" and "sensory" beyond sound, and he succeeds in "transporting" the listener in an almost uncanny way.
David Bowie - Low
Pushing forward a bit in time and inching toward dangerously popular territory, but in truth, David Bowie's 1977 Low, his follow-up to an American soul-infused period, was a strange and shocking departure for fans and critics alike. Not many people liked it when it came out. But its progressive stature would prove itself over the years.
Low has long been often cited as one of two or three masterpieces by the glam-rock pioneer turned Kruatrock- and Brian Eno-influenced musician. Bowie once said he heard Eno's Another Green World, and it changed his life. He hired Eno as a co-songwriter, and they went to Berlin and created an album that was one side experimental pop songs that blended surreal atmospherics with sometimes confessional lyrics and the other with ambient-influenced instrumental jams. Low would eventually redefine popular music, and it foreshadowed the new-wave scene by several years.