Let It Bleed - Yeah, this may be my least favorite of the holy quarter of impeccable records they did in a row. It doesn't help that a few of the key tracks are really really overplayed. But... Midnight Rambler boosts it up a lot. It's still a great album. Maybe someday I can enjoy Gimme Shelter again (thanks a lot, The Departed!).
Quadrophenia - I really struggled to get into The Who at my impressionable classic rock deep-dive teenage years. The early singles were great, and so was Who's Next, but their opera stuff took a long time to sink in. Over the years, I've come to love most of the group's output, but Quadrophenia sure takes a lot of buy-in. It's exhaustingly long. It helps to focus on the playing, which is fantastic (especially Entwhistle, who stands out here maybe more than on any other release). But at any rate, I very much understand people not digging this one. You either have to be in The Who cult or just put in a ton of effort for it to sink in.
Everybody Knows - Well you're talking to the wrong guy on this one. Neil is pretty much my favorite 60s/70s artist, and this is one of my top records of his. I've played it into the ground, though; feel like I have Down By The River memorized note by note. If you're not enamored with the lengthy guitar workouts, this isn't going to work for you. I like the shorter songs a lot, though (the title track is a short but sweet masterpiece, and I've always loved the country-fried Losing End). I think Danny Whitten's playing and singing contribute a lot. I can understand the boredom with the quiet tracks; It Won't Be Long is, well, too long... I find Runnin Dry to be hypnotic but it's also maybe a wee bit too long. Love that... is it vibrato? Anyway, I'm a Neil disciple and I doubt I can convince anybody of anything when it comes to him. As for your question about what are the consensus top records for him, hard to say... people like different aspects of him. After The Gold Rush must be up there, but then there's this and the sloppy mid-70s stuff that other people are drawn to. hard to say w/ Neil.
Beautiful Fantasy - I dropped off from Kanye at this point. I appreciate the effort to go beyond the confines of regular hip-hop but... I want regular hip-hop, and Kanye was good at it, especially sampling. I think some of this is bloated, but there's a few great moments. I've always loved Devil In A New Dress, but then again, that's the one track on it that could've been on his first album. I dunno... as abhorrent as the man is, I appreciate him trying to actually be creative even though he doesn't have to. But I admit that my lack of interest in rap these days has led to me not really paying any attention to his subsequent releases. I'm sure it's all at least interesting.
Fresh Fruit - Well I'd guess that I'm the biggest DK fan on the board, and one of the bigger hardcore punk fans, but I admit that nostalgia for my punk/heavy/noise days of middle school/high school color my perception of things. I still stand by DK as the cream of the crop of that era, though. Yes, Jello's points are often blindingly obvious these days (when you're 12-14, it's easy to think that he's a groundbreaking genius), but he's still often funny and a good loopy singer for the group. I think he came off better when he tackled more lighthearted subjects or simply tried to be provocative rather than indict Reagan & Co. BUT what brings me back to this band are the players... East Bay Ray is one of the best guitar players of the genre (nobody sounds like him, not even close), and the rhythm section was excellent. This is the most straightforward of their release musically, but it's still great riffage from back to front, pretty much. I think Let's Lynch The Landlord is a surf-rock classic.