I was thinking the other day about the phenomenon where the young still-developing brain can be considered the most creative. Many inventors and scientist made their breakthroughs in their teens and 20's and this is often attributed to both the young brain and their general ignorance helping them "think outside the box". I have often felt this is true with music. From my experience (and personal preferences), it seems most bands and musicians start their careers around the age of 20 and do their best work within their first 3 albums. After that you end up with songs about being on the road, thier dog that died, how hard it is to be famous and a millionaire, etc. They run out of life experiences we can relate to (other than love) and become less interesing. They also tend to make less musically interesting songs on a technical level. So can anyone tell us about a musical act that they personally feel had their best album at or later than their 4th? Rules: Beatles don't count becuase they are too obvious Must be 4th studio album or later, not including compilations (greatest hits) or Live albums. This is subjective, don't be afraid to say Bob Dylan's Infidels album (I love that one, his 21st). All genre's are welcome, I assume a lot of Jazz musicians peak late in their careers. I'll start off with Elton John's Madman Across the Water. For me this is the best work he ever did and it only took him 4 albums to get there I hope to learn and discover some new albums from this thread.... and also who is actually enjoying the 50 year old versions of the Rolling Stones and their contemporaries that can't seem to retire.