Better Album: Backspacer or Lightning Bolt

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Which album is better?

Better Album: Backspacer or Lightning Bolt 176 votes

Backspacer
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Lightning Bolt
52%
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  • nadahombrenadahombre BrooklynPosts: 444
    Lightning Bolt
    I have very little time for Backspacer. Then again LB is nowhere near their best. I'm just happy that I have found GT IMO their best album effort since Riot
  • cdthomas1981cdthomas1981 KCMO NativePosts: 1,354
    edited May 20
    Backspacer
    I go back-and-forth on these two, but I don't think any of the tracks on LB really stand out for me.  With BS, I can at least say Unthought Known is one of my all-time favorites of theirs.  Both albums are on my bottom 2.
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  • edoconedocon Posts: 180
    Backspacer
    I did a track-by-track listenability comparison. In my opinion:

    1. Gonna See My Friend > Getaway
    2. Got Some == Mind Your Manners
    3. The Fixer > My Father's Son
    4. Johnny Guitar < Sirens
    5. Just Breathe > LIghtning Bolt
    6. Amongst the Waves > Infallible
    7. Unkthought Known > Pendulum
    8. Supersonic == Swallowed Whole
    9. Speed of Sound > Let The Records Play
    10. Force of Nature == Sleeping By Myself
    11. The End  == Yellow Moon and/or Future Days
     
    Backspacer 6
    Lightning Bolt 1
    Toss-up 4
  • iOnlyownMymindiOnlyownMymind Posts: 1,782
    Backspacer
    edocon said:
    I did a track-by-track listenability comparison. In my opinion:

    1. Gonna See My Friend > Getaway
    2. Got Some == Mind Your Manners
    3. The Fixer > My Father's Son
    4. Johnny Guitar < Sirens
    5. Just Breathe > LIghtning Bolt
    6. Amongst the Waves > Infallible
    7. Unkthought Known > Pendulum
    8. Supersonic == Swallowed Whole
    9. Speed of Sound > Let The Records Play
    10. Force of Nature == Sleeping By Myself
    11. The End  == Yellow Moon and/or Future Days
     
    Backspacer 6
    Lightning Bolt 1
    Toss-up 4
    IMO Pendulum is the best song over any others on either album and I like Force of Nature way more than SBM. Those are my only strong opinions from your list.
  • Hawk123Hawk123 Posts: 1,645
    Lightning Bolt
    I went with lightning bolt, to me backspacer is at the bottom but I still enjoy it and think there are some great songs on it
  • Jumb0Jumb0 Posts: 38
    Backspacer
    Backspacer by a nose
  • cp3iversoncp3iverson Posts: 6,678
    Backspacer
    i have Backspacer as my 2nd favorite album of this century by PJ (behind Gigaton).

    Backspacer is lean and fun.  They went for hooks.  Lightning Bolt is kind of directionless to me.   
  • JimmyVJimmyV Boston's MetroWestPosts: 14,582
    There was a time when Lightning Bolt would have been my easy answer, but I don't know how well it has held up over the years. I'd still take it over Backspacer but it is much closer now than it once was.
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  • cp3iversoncp3iverson Posts: 6,678
    Backspacer
    Backspacer is a very easy listen.  It's actually gained a lot of traction with me in the past 10 years.  It's one of the easiest PJ albums to throw on 
  • JPPJ84JPPJ84 Hamburg, Germany Posts: 2,456
    Lightning Bolt
    I hardly ever put on Backspacer. I genuinely like 3 or 4 songs, the rest is bla. Now on LB I like 7 songs
  • E-G-A-GE-G-A-G Posts: 161
    Lightning Bolt
    Backspacer is the only effort of PJ’s that doesn’t connect with me. That’s as nicely as I can say it. I’ll stop there. 

    LB is far from perfect but it has some cool songs I like to hear live on it. 

    I would argue these (Backspacer and Lightning Bolt)are their two weakest albums. I am 44 years old, so factor the OMG 90s into my outlook for sure. 

    All of this said, I am very happy with Gigaton and it has me very excited for the band’s releases moving forward. 
  • KM73780KM73780 Posts: 125
    Backspacer
    This is surprising to me. I always kinda liked Backspacer but didn’t enjoy Lightning Bolt at all. I didn’t realize the perception of Backspacer until I started hanging around the forum. 
  • KM73780KM73780 Posts: 125
    Backspacer
    E-G-A-G said:
    Backspacer is the only effort of PJ’s that doesn’t connect with me. That’s as nicely as I can say it. I’ll stop there. 

    LB is far from perfect but it has some cool songs I like to hear live on it. 

    I would argue these (Backspacer and Lightning Bolt)are their two weakest albums. I am 44 years old, so factor the OMG 90s into my outlook for sure. 

    All of this said, I am very happy with Gigaton and it has me very excited for the band’s releases moving forward. 
    I would agree they are the two weakest. I just always thought LB was weaker, which is why I was curious about the fan’s/forum’s perception of the two. And also agree, very happy with Gigaton. 
  • E-G-A-GE-G-A-G Posts: 161
    Lightning Bolt
    To me, there’s not a single song on Backspacer I’m hoping to appear on a setlist. And frankly there’s a few I’m praying won’t be on there. 

    The overall runtime of Backspacer also speaks volumes to me. It’s under 37 minutes... it just felt uninspired and rushed to me. There’s some quote from and during that time that kinda hinted at not working on those songs as much whereas in the past he’s made more of a time investment to write... I’ll dig it up. 

    I’m still a huge fan. Still go to as many shows as I can every year depending of my life that year. I just dislike that album, entirely. I want to like everything they do but I’m not gonna lie about how I feel. Not to myself or anybody else. 

    When they play those songs live, I take pictures or look around. So it all works out. 
  • rummyrummy Ontario, CanadaPosts: 4,116
    edocon said:
    I did a track-by-track listenability comparison. In my opinion:

    1. Gonna See My Friend > Getaway
    2. Got Some == Mind Your Manners
    3. The Fixer > My Father's Son
    4. Johnny Guitar < Sirens
    5. Just Breathe > LIghtning Bolt
    6. Amongst the Waves > Infallible
    7. Unkthought Known > Pendulum
    8. Supersonic == Swallowed Whole
    9. Speed of Sound > Let The Records Play
    10. Force of Nature == Sleeping By Myself
    11. The End  == Yellow Moon and/or Future Days
     
    Backspacer 6
    Lightning Bolt 1
    Toss-up 4
    I just realized that the best song on both is track 7!
  • vitovito ChicagoPosts: 1,058
    Backspacer
    Neither and Gigaton proves just how average both of those albums truly are. 
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  • PJNBPJNB New BrunswickPosts: 7,198
    edited May 21
    rummy said:
    edocon said:
    I did a track-by-track listenability comparison. In my opinion:

    1. Gonna See My Friend > Getaway
    2. Got Some == Mind Your Manners
    3. The Fixer > My Father's Son
    4. Johnny Guitar < Sirens
    5. Just Breathe > LIghtning Bolt
    6. Amongst the Waves > Infallible
    7. Unkthought Known > Pendulum
    8. Supersonic == Swallowed Whole
    9. Speed of Sound > Let The Records Play
    10. Force of Nature == Sleeping By Myself
    11. The End  == Yellow Moon and/or Future Days
     
    Backspacer 6
    Lightning Bolt 1
    Toss-up 4
    I just realized that the best song on both is track 7!
     I agree too. Also Gonna See My Friend  > Getaway and Force of Nature = Sleeping By Myself? Come on! 
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  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 19,560
    Backspacer
    Like then both more than Gigaton.
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  • BrainofBGABrainofBGA AustraliaPosts: 2,651
    Lightning Bolt
    In a nutshell, I like more songs from LB than I do Backspacer. Don’t dislike either album, don’t necessarily love them either. I rank LB about 7th or 8th. Backspacer probably nearer the bottom. 
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  • Tim SimmonsTim Simmons Posts: 4,676
    Lightning Bolt
    I have to go with which album has me skipping songs more. I skip less on LB than BS. The highs on BS are better, but I’ve gone back to LB more. 
  • KN219077KN219077 MontanaPosts: 806
    Lightning Bolt
    I visit Backspacer for unthought, amongst, and just breathe. Supersonic too sometimes. But I generally stick around for more of the LB album. This is a tough one. I’d put LB slightly ahead but not by much. The highs are less high but the lows are less low for me.
  • rummyrummy Ontario, CanadaPosts: 4,116
    PJNB said:
    rummy said:
    edocon said:
    I did a track-by-track listenability comparison. In my opinion:

    1. Gonna See My Friend > Getaway
    2. Got Some == Mind Your Manners
    3. The Fixer > My Father's Son
    4. Johnny Guitar < Sirens
    5. Just Breathe > LIghtning Bolt
    6. Amongst the Waves > Infallible
    7. Unkthought Known > Pendulum
    8. Supersonic == Swallowed Whole
    9. Speed of Sound > Let The Records Play
    10. Force of Nature == Sleeping By Myself
    11. The End  == Yellow Moon and/or Future Days
     
    Backspacer 6
    Lightning Bolt 1
    Toss-up 4
    I just realized that the best song on both is track 7!
     I agree too. Also Gonna See My Friend  > Getaway and Force of Nature = Sleeping By Myself? Come on! 
    True that!
  • rummyrummy Ontario, CanadaPosts: 4,116
    I gotta admit that I don’t revisit either of these albums. I’ll just enjoy a few songs from each when I hear them in a bootleg.
  • ElEl Posts: 108
    Backspacer
    It depends on the day for me. But currently:  So looks like Backspacer takes the top spot between the two. 

    1. Gonna See My Friend > Getaway
    2. Got Some == Mind Your Manners
    3. The Fixer > My Father's Son
    4. Johnny Guitar < Sirens
    5. Just Breathe < Lightning Bolt
    6. Amongst the Waves > Infallible
    7. Unkthought Known > Pendulum
    8. Supersonic > Swallowed Whole
    9. Speed of Sound > Let The Records Play
    10. Force of Nature == Sleeping By Myself
    11. The End  < Yellow Moon and/or Future Days
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  • HailHailVitalogyHailHailVitalogy Posts: 3,620
    edited May 21
    Backspacer
    Backspacer. This shouldn’t even be a contest. 

    Yield > Vitalogy > Vs > No Code > Ten > BACKSPACER > Gigaton > Riot Act > Binaural > Lightning Bolt
    MSG > everything combined
  • JPPJ84JPPJ84 Hamburg, Germany Posts: 2,456
    Lightning Bolt
    Backspacer. This shouldn’t even be a contest. 

    Yield > Vitalogy > Vs > No Code > Ten > BACKSPACER > Gigaton > Riot Act > Binaural > Lightning Bolt
    In your mind maybe 
  • HailHailVitalogyHailHailVitalogy Posts: 3,620
    Backspacer
    JPPJ84 said:
    Backspacer. This shouldn’t even be a contest. 

    Yield > Vitalogy > Vs > No Code > Ten > BACKSPACER > Gigaton > Riot Act > Binaural > Lightning Bolt
    In your mind maybe 
    Unthought Known, Force of Nature, Johnny Guitar, Got Some, and Amongst the Waves are better than any song on LB
    MSG > everything combined
  • JPPJ84JPPJ84 Hamburg, Germany Posts: 2,456
    Lightning Bolt
    JPPJ84 said:
    Backspacer. This shouldn’t even be a contest. 

    Yield > Vitalogy > Vs > No Code > Ten > BACKSPACER > Gigaton > Riot Act > Binaural > Lightning Bolt
    In your mind maybe 
    Unthought Known, Force of Nature, Johnny Guitar, Got Some, and Amongst the Waves are better than any song on LB
    Sure, in your mind and that’s fine 😎 is it really that hard not to take your opinions as fact?
  • cp3iversoncp3iverson Posts: 6,678
    edited May 21
    Backspacer
    I remember one of the kids was a teen at the time and BS was the first PJ album they connected with.  Their friends too.  It was cool.  The Fixer video was all over VH1 at the time.  Casual fans and non-PJ fans loved The Fixer and Just Breathe.  I will never have a problem with radio friendly PJ songs.  
  • Long RedLong Red NYPosts: 95
    Backspacer
    edocon said:
    I did a track-by-track listenability comparison. In my opinion:

    1. Gonna See My Friend > Getaway
    2. Got Some == Mind Your Manners
    3. The Fixer > My Father's Son
    4. Johnny Guitar < Sirens
    5. Just Breathe > LIghtning Bolt
    6. Amongst the Waves > Infallible
    7. Unkthought Known > Pendulum
    8. Supersonic == Swallowed Whole
    9. Speed of Sound > Let The Records Play
    10. Force of Nature == Sleeping By Myself
    11. The End  == Yellow Moon and/or Future Days
     
    Backspacer 6
    Lightning Bolt 1
    Toss-up 4
    Whoa, hold on. Force of Nature is LEAPS AND BOUNDS better than Sleeping By Myself. 
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