Every year, we get a handful of albums from artists we love and begin anticipating the hell out of those respective albums. This list is pretty simple, and not really that funny. Hit the jump to see grizzly’s 10 disappointments of the past year.
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Patrick Stump – Soul Punk
So this is totally uncool of me, but when Stump left Fall Out Boy and started working with The Roots and doing Bobby Womack covers, I thought he was going to finally use that set of pipes in the way they were always meant to be used. But no, he ended up putting shit like this on the album.
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
I love these Aussies, and In Ghost Colours really put this group on the pop map for me. Zonoscope sucked all the life out of what made IGC so great and left the skeleton to call their follow-up. There’s a few great songs on this album – and that’s the problem.
Radiohead - King of Limbs
I’m sure I’ll be dead to a lot of you for including this on my list, but I’m not sorry. Following up the beauty of In Rainbows with this snoozefest didn’t sit well with me. This albums makes me yearn for the days of Hail to the Thief, and I didn’t even like that record that much.
Gym Class Heroes – The Papercut Chronicles II
The Quilt was a great hip-hop record. But after Travis’ solo stint, he’s turned the poppier cheek and decided to slap The Papercut Chronicles tag on this for the sake of sellin’ a few records and getting some fans back.
Blu - NoYork
This album is a glitchy, electronic mess. The NoYork concept was one of glamour. It started out as his backing band, leading us to believe he was gonna get back to basics, and the sounds of year’s past that allowed his fanbase to be what it was in the first place. But Blu is just doin’ Blu – and that’s acting weird as hell.
Justice - Audio Video Disco
These guys put electronic music back on the map in 2007 with †. And to be honest, I’m not surprised they couldn’t give less of a shit about the fanbase, especially by forgoing hot electro bangers for weird proggy interludes on a Rush album. Doesn’t mean I gotta like it, though!
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV
I could’ve made a “Top 50″ list from this album alone. An embarrassing showing out by a talented artist who’s taking the road with less effort.
Incubus - If Not Now, When?
I’m a Light Grenades apologist. Everyone disliked that album and despite the corny ballads like “Dig” and “Love Hurts,” I made excuses and enjoyed it thoroughly. That being said, the hell is this? It’s like one long, very uninspired song.
Blink-182 – Neighborhoods
This band got me into this genre of music when I was a kid. Their albums up until this point have always been great, but the reunion was in vain. Their tours were sloppy and regardless of what fanboys (Sorry, Mike Damante) believe, this album was boring and uneventful. Should’ve let the self-titled be your swan song, fellas.
Lupe Fiasco – LASERS
Look, I wanted to believe that amidst all the label politics and erroneous bullshit, Lupe would manage to come out on top and release a quality album. But the truth is, he caved and brought his musical integrity down with him. The Cool is one of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time and was the rap album of the year for me the year it dropped, so in all honesty, everything would’ve been disappointing. But “I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now” and “Break the Chain” were misguided efforts at best. Bring the soul back, Lu.
More lists coming next week!