Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Most Disappointing Albums of 2011

It's that time of year again.  Time to start the annual list-making.  I decided this year to kick it off with the negative lists, so as to end the year on a happy note.

Today I bring you my most disappointing albums of the year.  These aren't necessarily the worst albums of the year (that would be Living With Lions), simply the one's I expected far more from.

10. Radiohead- King Of Limbs
Count me among those who like most of what Radiohead has done in the last decade has been disappointing. I keep waiting and hoping for something with a spark, but I'm always disappointed by uninspired self-indulgent rubbish.

9. TV On The Radio- Nine Types of Light
After blowing fans away with intense records, they return with this half-hearted effort.

8. Arctic MonkeysSuck It And See
A once promising band slips further and further into irrelevance.

7. The Strokes- Angles
After a slew of solo albums it's becoming clear that this band may be better as individuals (except the wretched Julian Casablancas).

6. Wire- Red Barked Tree
It's sad when a legendary band hangs around too long.  At least we still have Mission Of Burma.

5. Gang Of Four- Content

4. The Kills- Blood Pressures
The Kills have thrived on making sultry, vivid blues rock.  This is none of those things.

3. Kathryn Calder- Bright and Vivid
After debuting with a stunningly personal yet catchy album, this New Pornographer returned with an over-produced mess.

2. Handsome Furs- Sound Kapital
Usually one of the most reliable bands in Canada, they simply never get untracked on their latest.

1. Feist- Metals
It must be daunting to follow-up a mega-hit.  To her credit, Feist doesn't try.  The resulting more experimental record misses the mark though.

Honourable mentions: New York Dolls, Dan Mangan, Dinosaur Bones, Fleet Foxes

Come back tomorrow for my favorite Canadian albums of the year.

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