Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister: So good, but so wimpy that you can feel your balls shrink in its playing time, plus some of it is a bit cloying ("kissing just for practice") and entirely too "intelligent" for its own good. There are smart songwriters (hello, Pat Fish) that don't scream "frat rush" or whatever quiet bookish people do instead of rushing fraternities. In short, this is a college act like DMB and Jurassic Five, but much better. I should listen to their albums again; I really liked this one.
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats: Spun some Zappa a few years ago and I really liked this one, though I'd be hard pressed to say why. I remember it being better than the '70s fusion albums. This and Sinister could be switched. It's entirely different musically, of course.
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures: I love Closer but this has always struck me as shallow and repetitive by comparison. I either don't like or dislike most of the songs on here; I guess their two albums are a Sonny Jurgensen/Billy Killer kind of thing, or a Maria Callas/Renata Tebaldi, WWE/AEW, where you're hard for one or the other, and partisans rule the day. I used to think that the waveforms on the cover were supposed to be a mountain range.
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin: One of the biggest disappointments in my musical life. I had heard a little of the '90s Lips, plus the record had been praised to the rafters in reviews and the press. I bought it eagerly, threw it on, and... this? Maybe I'd soften on it with another listen or two. As it is it's massively overrated.