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2012-12-19 02:20:17 AM
I'm officially old. I only recognized 3 names out of the 10 on the list.
 
2012-12-19 02:41:14 AM
Jesus those are some overly harsh reviews, especially Beach House.  Sleigh Bells are overrated but their album wasn't a "disappointment" and I actually thought Coexist was pretty good.
 
2012-12-19 02:45:42 AM

log_jammin: I'm officially old. I only recognized 3 names out of the 10 on the list.


I know what you mean. If Soundgarden hadn't put out a new album this year, I don't think I would have bought any music in 2012.
 
 
2012-12-19 03:27:38 AM
god i wish i was on that list
 
2012-12-19 03:30:45 AM

log_jammin: I'm officially old. I only recognized 3 names out of the 10 on the list.


And all three have careers that trace back to the 80s/90s.
 
2012-12-19 03:36:33 AM

Ishkur: And all three have careers that trace back to the 80s/90s.



quiet you.
 
2012-12-19 03:37:03 AM
What I find surprising is that they expected the Smashing Pumpkins album to be good? Or how bad does it have to be to be a disappointment? I haven't heard, I hope I never will. I suspect it to be terrible just like everything else since Gish.
 
2012-12-19 03:37:51 AM
Green Day's album wasn't disappointing because I assumed it would be shait.
 
2012-12-19 03:45:20 AM
I third the sentiment.
In order for something to be a disappointment, you have to have high expectations in the first place.
 
2012-12-19 03:50:49 AM
I usually like Popmatters, but some of this list really is off base - Reign of Terror isn't as good as Treats, but it's hardly a disappointing album. My two picks for actually disappointing albums this year:

Push and Shove by No Doubt. Settle Down is a fun single. The rest of the album is just meh. I don't think they'll ever make it back to Tragic Kingdom level pop-mastery.

What We Saw From the Cheapseats by Regina Spektor. Better than Far, but jesus christ Regi, get rid of the producers. Patron Saint is one of the best song's you've ever written and it was perfect before the overwrought production. After it's just a weird mid-tempo mess.
 
2012-12-19 03:55:06 AM
After their pretentious Favorite list last week, do I even want to look?

... nah.
 
2012-12-19 03:59:34 AM
Ugh...that whole Uno/dos/tre thing Green Day did this year was unbelievably disappointing. One album's worth of good music and 2 album's worth of plodding, uninspired filler. I never agreed with the whiny douches who said that all of Green Day's stuff sounded the same...until this trilogy of meh.
 
2012-12-19 04:17:23 AM
I found that article to be shallow and pedantic.
 
2012-12-19 04:31:38 AM
I rarely recognize any bands on these 'worst of' or 'best of' lists, but there were a few albums in the article that I had actually really looked forward to before their release (something I thought I'd grown out of).

I loved Sleigh Bells first album, and the preview singles left me really excited, but they turned out to be the best songs on the album and the only ones I could listen to over again. To quote a status I made on facebook about it (and I know how wankish that sounds): "Whar are my kidney thumping fark-anthems, WHAR?"

There was a time when I was the world's biggest Ben Folds Five fan, and I salivated when the latest album was announced. I disagree with the author about Ben being a one trick pony, and there's a few songs on there I really love; clever lyrics that make you laugh, and catchy tunes. The problem is I couldn't hum most of the album, or recognize a song if someone else hummed it, because a lot of them didn't grab me enough to warrant a re-listen.

/end opinion.

Speaking of Billy Corgan, is he still dating one of the Veronicas? I heard him talk up the album he was helping them produce (aaaages ago) and I was really curious to hear the result. Anything ever come of that?
 
2012-12-19 04:34:39 AM
I'm officially old. When do I get my onion?
 
2012-12-19 04:36:01 AM
I have three of the albums on this list and completley agree with the descriptions: Lana Del Rey was just dull and dreary, Beach House regressed from the amazing Teen Dream and The XX sent everyone to sleep with the monotonous Co-Exist.
 
2012-12-19 04:51:27 AM
That Beach House album is wonderful IMHO. But in fairness to this writer, opinions are indeed like assholes. 
 
2012-12-19 05:03:51 AM

thisispete: I know what you mean. If Soundgarden hadn't put out a new album this year, I don't think I would have bought any music in 2012.


Christ that's the only album I've bought in at least 3 years. And it's farking awesome.
 
2012-12-19 05:09:01 AM
I am surprised the Mumford and Sons album did not make that list.
 
2012-12-19 05:13:24 AM
Hey, I found MDNA to be surprisingly good. Maybe that's because I always expect Madonna albums to be really bad.
 
2012-12-19 05:25:27 AM
Do people still get excited about album releases?
 
2012-12-19 05:29:33 AM
I didn't know Smashing Pumpkins had an album this year until I saw the list. Sadly I knew the Green Day EP would be bad after I heard the songs on CSI New York.
 
2012-12-19 05:30:55 AM

SnakeLee: Jesus those are some overly harsh reviews...


I noticed the opposite... especially given the premise of this article, I noticed that one of the contributing authors in particular (Enio Chiola) included some version of "*I* actually like this album, but of course I understand that most of *you* philistines out there were disappointed by it..." in every single one of their reviews on that list.
 
2012-12-19 05:46:57 AM

thamike: Do people still get excited about album releases?


I do, sometimes. Really looking forward to the upcoming releases by Tomahawk and Tool.
 
2012-12-19 05:52:04 AM
We're old.
 
2012-12-19 06:04:20 AM
I'm pretty sure I saw 3 of those albums on a best of 2012 list somewhere
 
2012-12-19 06:04:59 AM

Hetfield: thamike: Do people still get excited about album releases?

I do, sometimes. Really looking forward to the upcoming releases by Tomahawk and Tool.



Yeah, but I'm talking about people who listen to sh*t music.
 
2012-12-19 06:05:23 AM

fusillade762: We're old.



I'm 38 and recognize most of the titles on the list. I still listen to the music I grew up with, and the stuff before my dad ever had a chub for my mom (Beatles, for example). But the great thing about the 'tubes is that music discovery is so farking easy these days. Read some reviews, hear some samples, and there you go. In my day, when I was chewing bark from trees and liking it, you read Rolling Stone or listened to the radio. That was it. 
 
 I'm not even a hipster but half of my 2000 or so albums are from artists I never would have known if not for this here laptop. I mean, there's only so much classic rock or jazz you can fit in your library. 
 
I love the "kid's" music. I think this is the best time in music history. Maybe not for the old media, but for us.
 
2012-12-19 06:10:55 AM

thamike: Yeah, but I'm talking about people who listen to sh*t music.


I see people who listen to shiatty music. Walking around like regular people. They only hear what they want to hear. They don't know they listen to shiatty music.
 
2012-12-19 06:15:41 AM

Ishkur: log_jammin: I'm officially old. I only recognized 3 names out of the 10 on the list.

And all three have careers that trace back to the 80s/90s.


And those three are (come on, anyone who sees that list has to know which three we're thinking of)
 
2012-12-19 06:16:40 AM
It's all shiate since Roy Orbison died.
 
2012-12-19 06:23:34 AM
The one's I'd heard of, I liked enough. Except for Green Day. Won't listen to them anymore, but I can't really imagine it being disappointing if you're still into shiat like Green Day.
 
2012-12-19 06:26:32 AM

flamingboar: I didn't know Smashing Pumpkins had an album this year until I saw the list..


Same deal with the Ben Folds Five for me. But I'm not surprised it's not good, and I really like Ben Folds.
 
2012-12-19 06:40:00 AM
This is insane. Everyone knows Santa can visit all those homes in one night because Rudolph generates a time-dilation field with his nostrils, and any light entering the region of his nose is drastically red-shifted.

Obviously.

Duh.
 
2012-12-19 06:50:44 AM

SwiftFox: This is insane. Everyone knows Santa can visit all those homes in one night because Rudolph generates a time-dilation field with his nostrils, and any light entering the region of his nose is drastically red-shifted.

Obviously.

Duh.


Have you ever accidentally farked your neighbor's wife?
 
2012-12-19 06:54:56 AM

PonceAlyosha: I am surprised the Mumford and Sons album did not make that list.


I like their newest album, but as someone else mentioned, opinions==assholes
 
2012-12-19 06:59:15 AM
Ben Folds Five was not a one trick pony.
Ben Folds however, seemed to become one after his 1st solo effort.
I never knew someone could consistently write music that was geared towards elevators, backgrounds & feel-good commercials.
 
2012-12-19 07:02:04 AM
Eh, I'm bored, I'll check the article.

I saw something on Lana Del Ray on Facebook recently.. hmm, cute pics, wonder what she sounds like.. but her Facebook page won't let me play videos without Likeing her first, which I found to be backwards. Let me know what she's like first.
 
2012-12-19 07:08:57 AM

Alphax: Eh, I'm bored, I'll check the article.

I saw something on Lana Del Ray on Facebook recently.. hmm, cute pics, wonder what she sounds like.. but her Facebook page won't let me play videos without Likeing her first, which I found to be backwards. Let me know what she's like first.


Might I turn you on to an innovation called "Youtube". Google it. You'll be glad you did!
/well not for Lana Del Ray. She sucks. Look up Fiona Apple's new one instead.
 
2012-12-19 07:36:43 AM
Heh, was introduced to Lana del Rey on Fark. Someone said Video Games was the best single of 2011.
 
2012-12-19 07:36:50 AM
I kind of get the disappointment for the new Beach House, but I thought it was good. Most of the biatching seems to be about the group's lack of creative growth than the quality of the music, though I'm not convinced any of the critics really care that much.

Otherwise I think my biggest disappointments are the new Les Discrets and the new Bear In Heaven albums.


yeah_so: What I find surprising is that they expected the Smashing Pumpkins album to be good? Or how bad does it have to be to be a disappointment? I haven't heard, I hope I never will. I suspect it to be terrible just like everything else since Gish.


I was surprised by its inclusion mostly because it seems like the album got a lot of positive reviews, which i think had more to do with the album exceeding low expectations.
 
2012-12-19 07:48:47 AM
Nothing would make me happier than hearing a South African electro-rapper incorporate the sounds and tropes of his nation into a frenetic musical assault. 
 
I believe this was written without any sarcasm or irony, which makes it all the more amusing.
 
2012-12-19 07:49:09 AM
I am disappointed that no Tween-Wave artists are on the list.

Their music is really crappy!
 
2012-12-19 07:56:10 AM

plc5_250: I am disappointed that no Tween-Wave artists are on the list.

Their music is really crappy!


But it doesn't disappoint anyone, everyone knows it will be crappy.
 
2012-12-19 08:02:29 AM

Crudbucket: Nothing would make me happier than hearing a South African electro-rapper incorporate the sounds and tropes of his nation into a frenetic musical assault. 
 
I believe this was written without any sarcasm or irony, which makes it all the more amusing.


It's the typical horseshiat.

Take two totally different genres and sounds and find a way to almost wholly inelegantly smash them together....repeat for a dozen songs until the Producer has heard it so much he's starting to find some sense of rhythm in it and then put it out as the newest greatest fusion of genres.

Which is the basic problem with modern music. Rather than be good at one thing they try and smuggle in two or three or four different styles or genres and make them sound good, which never seems to happen.

Try being good at one thing first. You might be surprised at the results.
 
2012-12-19 08:03:01 AM
i haven't listened to any of the albums on that list so i can't judge. but the two biggest disappointments for me personally are the new albums by marilyn manson and all that remains. manson used to be one of my favorite artists, but his last two albums were both pretty dreadful, i was hoping this would be better but if anything it's worse. all that remains has always walked the line between legitimate hard rock and simple pop rock, but their last album was really solid, i expected this new one to be awesome, but i could barely listen to the whole thing it was so lame. both those albums just really let me down.

there's a few other albums this year that were decent but nothing special, like the new ones by god forbid, high on fire, and in this moment. they're not bad, but i wanted them to be much better. the new dethklok album was also kind of a letdown. personally i think this year was pretty weak for hard rock and metal.
 
2012-12-19 08:20:38 AM
 I totally disagree with their assessment of the new Sleigh Bells album.
 
 It was the first one which I found to be forgettable.
 
 Otherwise, decent list.
 
2012-12-19 08:27:52 AM

enderthexenocide: i haven't listened to any of the albums on that list so i can't judge. but the two biggest disappointments for me personally are the new albums by marilyn manson and all that remains. manson used to be one of my favorite artists, but his last two albums were both pretty dreadful, i was hoping this would be better but if anything it's worse. all that remains has always walked the line between legitimate hard rock and simple pop rock, but their last album was really solid, i expected this new one to be awesome, but i could barely listen to the whole thing it was so lame. both those albums just really let me down.

there's a few other albums this year that were decent but nothing special, like the new ones by god forbid, high on fire, and in this moment. they're not bad, but i wanted them to be much better. the new dethklok album was also kind of a letdown. personally i think this year was pretty weak for hard rock and metal.


Between the Buried and Me was pretty great. The new Agonist was the best yet. The new Eluveitie was a good return to form after the disappointing Everything Remains
 
2012-12-19 08:34:38 AM

yeah_so: What I find surprising is that they expected the Smashing Pumpkins album to be good? Or how bad does it have to be to be a disappointment? I haven't heard, I hope I never will. I suspect it to be terrible just like everything else since Gish.


Gish? Are you trying to be a hipster-cat parody? Oceania is a good album. I think some of the songs are excellent, but they hit low notes a bit more often than older albums. So not great, but good for Pumpkin fans. Which you clearly aren't if you stopped at Gish.
 
2012-12-19 08:35:00 AM
A station here has played a few cuts from Band Of Horses. Not too bad
 
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