Two Neglected Greats
What’s the best accessible pop album that never caught on with listeners and buyers?
Of course that’s a funny question. If it never caught on, what makes it so accessible? What makes you think it is so accessible?
Ballad of Hope Nicholls by Muscadine. Two Amazon reviews. Both are incredulous 5-star raves.
What makes them accessible? Imagine an alternate-universe late-90s/early-00s. Much like in our own world, every alterna-pop band tries to sound like the Smashing Pumpkins. But here, the Seattle grunge thing just never took off at all. Rock goes retro-psychedelic, with hints of surf and goth around (opposite) edges.
In that world, Muscadine and The Lost Patrol rule the fading airwaves, with Radiohead as their only real competition.