Exclaim!'s Top 10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2011

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2011
7. Lil Wayne
Tha Carter IV
(Young Money)

Everything about Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV set it up as one of the most anticipated rap projects of the year, from his lengthy prison stint prior to its release to the fact that Tha Carter III did so damn well. He didn't hand in a bad record, either, but Tha Carter IV demonstrated Weezy on autopilot in so many places. His punch lines were typically more hokey than funny, and he didn't exhibit any pent-up energy from his stint in the slammer. There are some excellent tracks on Tha Carter IV, including the underrated T-Pain-assisted breakup anthem "How to Hate," but Wayne added very little to his already impressive discography.

6. Radiohead
The King of Limbs
(TBD Records)

Maybe we're spoiled, but a new Radiohead album has always meant an event to change the face of modern music. From OK Computer and Kid A to that zeitgeist-y price model for In Rainbows, a new Radiohead album usually comes with all sorts of excitement. The King of Limbs wasn't really a bad album in any way, but it was also pretty forgettable and even -- gasp -- boring at times. For any other group, this would be no big deal, but Radiohead are at a level where they'll disappoint every time they don't leave our jaws on the floor.

5. Lupe Fiasco
Lasers
(Atlantic)

For years, Lupe Fiasco had promised big things with his Lasers album. He also publicly discussed much of the label drama he was having as the suits tried to interfere with his creative vision in favour of pop potential. One listen to the final product, and it's clear who won. The record is full of unwanted AutoTune and obnoxious choruses more suited to a B.o.B record. Worst of all, "The Show Goes On" took Modest Mouse's "Float On" and turned it into one of the worst pop radio hooks we've ever heard. Here's hoping Lupe made some serious money off this record, because he bankrupted himself creatively.

4. Metallica and Lou Reed
Lulu
(Warner Bros.)

To include Lulu in this list might seem misguided since the album was such an obviously terrible idea doomed to failure since it was first announced, but Metallica and Lou Reed's collaborative album disappointed in a different way. Those looking for a so-bad-it's-good experience were left looking elsewhere. Sure, Lulu is fucking terrible, but the horrendous lyrics and disgusting riffs only pay off in LOLs every once in a while. The rest of the time, it's just bloated and uncomfortably long. The album would have been better if it was just a little bit worse.