10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2012

> Dec 19 2012

10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2012
By Josiah HughesFor those of you who don't shut off your computer in an act of rage or careful self control, list season is one that can get emotions high as many debate over which order the same 20 to 30 albums should be arranged in. Well, in your fragile state you might be a little frustrated with this: our list of the 10 most disappointing albums of 2012. But before you ruin your keyboard with salty tears as you clack away a vitriolic response, remember that "disappointing" doesn't necessarily mean anything other than just that. These albums aren't all bad, nor are they even close to the worst albums of the year. They're just letdowns from people who we expected so much more from.

10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2012:

10. Emeralds
Just to Feel Anything
(Editions Mego)



Whether or not its a good album will be a point of contention argued passionately by synth nerds across the globe, but there's no denying that it was a major disappointment for at least half of the A/V club members out there. That's because, after the career-making synth epic of 2010's Does It Look Like I'm Here?, the group decided to add drums, crank up the cheese and move into some dubiously corny '90s sounds. There are some undoubtedly quality moments on this album, and no one's arguing whether it's a well-crafted record. But it's a well-crafted album that flirts dangerously close to feathered-mullet prog territory, an understandable bummer for some.

9. Ben Folds Five
The Sound of the Life of the Mind
(Sony)



For those of us who once rocked ironic ringer T's and horn-rimmed glasses, the announcement of a new album from Ben Folds Five — their first in 13 years, no less — was a cautiously optimistic prospect. After all, aside from some fruitful Weird Al hangouts and some solid turns on Rockin' the Suburbs, Folds' post-Five material was some of the most forgettable on the Starbucks CD rack. And, sure, The Sound of the Life of the Mind did deliver the signature plinking piano keys, fuzz bass and often humourous lyrics, but it also felt as if the Ben Folds Five were simply doing their best Ben Folds Five impression. In other words, they didn't offer anything that you couldn't already find in a half-assed afternoon on Rdio.

8. Kreayshawn
Somethin 'Bout Kreay
(Columbia)



Skeptics rightly saw this flop coming from a mile away, but that doesn't mean we couldn't be at least a little disappointed. After all, Chief Keef's Finally Rich proved that you can take one viral hit and spin it into a listenable, if limited, major-label debut. With Bay Area mainstay Kreayshawn, however, nothing panned out the way it should have. In 2011, she dropped the accidental mega-hit "Gucci Gucci" via YouTube and quickly signed on with Columbia for what would become Somethin 'Bout Kreay. Roping in the likes of 2 Chainz and Diplo, the album could've been huge, but came out a flop thanks to its lack of direction or even passion. It's a weird thing to admit, but perhaps more major-label tinkering would've helped. After all, X Factor UK lab creation Cher Lloyd released a much more fun brat-rap album in the boardroom-designed Sticks + Stones.

7. Green Day
iUno!, iDos! and iTre!
(Reprise)



These three albums aren't disappointing because we had high hopes for them. They're more disappointing in the way that your mom's not mad, just disappointed, when you forget her birthday or kill her plants while she's on vacation. From the story surrounding them that includes Billie Joe Armstrong's pre-rehab anti-Bieber rant (oh, that's right, Billie, you were on The Voice, while he was on The X Factor.... totally different things) to some embarrassingly corny political lyrics to the fact that there's three fucking albums, there was simply too much bad to go with what little good the band may have produced. It's fitting that Billie also made a cameo in Judd Apatow's This Is 40, because these albums double as physical documentation of some punk dads going through their midlife crises.

6. Best Coast
The Only Place
(Mexican Summer)



Depending on who you ask, Bethany Cosentino's school-yard rhyme schemes and borrowed lo-fi aesthetic can come off as immensely manufactured. Crazy for You, 2010's diary-entry set to rudimentary music, felt like a mistaken winner. Then, she signed up with Jon Brion, an endlessly quirky Wes Anderson of sound who could have theoretically added some depth to the whole thing. Instead, it was even more dull. Without the scratchy lo-fi, we're just left with SUV-ready versions of the same bland beach songs.

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Dude, that Nicki Minaj collabo on 'Believe' is awesome. How dare you call it awkward! You pretty much hit the nail on the head with most of these though. Still kinda like the Best Coast album, even though it's an inferior follow-up.
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Totally agree with the Ben Folds Five. Pinback, Brendan Benson and White Rabbits were letdowns for me.
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In comparison to Bloc Party's "Intimacy" and "A Weekend In the City" I didn't find "Four" that disappointing, if anything it was much better.
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I was rather disappointed in Metric and Stars' new albums.
I also forgot the Bloc Party album existed, which kind of speaks for itself.
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The #1 biggest disappointment of the year for me was hands-down Soundgarden. 80% of that album is just godawful.
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Emeralds, Sleigh Bells, and Best Coast were definitely disappointing, and if I didn't already loathe Animal Collective, I'm sure I would have found that wanting as well.

However, you missed The Shins (meh) and Cat Power (why this piece of sh*t is on so many best of lists is beyond me... it's the worst album in her catalog by a country mile... cheesiest eagle sample ever).
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The Temper Trap...god was that an awful album. And i think Port of Morrow helped me realize that I don't really like the Shins all that much, just a few songs here and there,
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let's not forget "Biophilia" from Bjork.
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All these are great choice
, but for me it was Florence+ the Machine and The xx. Both albums weren't bad by any standard but there was no evolution in sound from either, felt like neither had any ambition for these records. Ceremonials felt more like an expansion pack than a successor to Lungs.
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Tim, you should probably stop huffing gas while jerking off to Desperate Housewives.
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I actually loved Animal Collective because of some of the reason listed. It's messy, noisy and suffocating. It's like AnCo made a noise rock album.
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'Biophilia' came out in 2011.
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Also add to the DISAPPOINTED Lists...some of the WORST fucking cover art ever ( all lists included). Is that suppose to be hip now or what?
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