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Letdowns of 2013 (Thus Far)

In no order, here are some albums of 2013 from many genres that I found to be sub-par to rrdifferent rdegrees. Share your thoughts, please. Ask questions if you must.

This album is just very lame at times. It has its moments, as does any Extol album, but the production seemed to be the focus
here. Everything shines, but the music and lyrics are often dry and re-hashed. Very average album for me, which is unfortunate,
considering how long we had to wait for it.
2Kanye West

West's flow is messy, his topical choices are dubious, and his music is just... weird. Kudos to him for going a different direction,
but this sounds like if Mike Skinner decided to do an impression of American radio rap.
3The Saddest Landscape
Exit Wounded

I've never been huge on this band. All their material is good to me, but never excellent. This EP, however, shows them taking a
step back due to their refusal to change anything at all about their sound.
4Jimmy Eat World

It had to happen some time. JEW returns after "Invented" with a softer, watered-down version of "Chase This Light." It's
not awful by any means. In fact, there are some fun tracks, but nothing that will stick with you. This album strips all the meat
from the band's bones and reduces them to a pop-punk joy ride. Oh yeah, and the lyrics can induce some heavy facepalming.
Bled Dry

Boysetsfire have been one of my favorite post-hardcore bands. Their heavy, passionate sound showed me just how enjoyable
the genre can be. However, "Bled Dry" definitely shows how the band's sound has, well, [insert album title here]. This
sounds like really aggressive nu-metal more than anything else.
6Fall Out Boy
Save Rock and Roll

Oh, dear. Fall Out Boy and I have had a conflicted relationship. I love individual songs by them, their album are good (well, most
of them), but they have a habit of getting too full of themselves. Though this is all done in an ironic, snidely humorous way, it
still gets really annoying. And this is one big whole album of that. The songs suuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

When I see a band self-titling an album a long way into their career, I'm always skeptical now. It usually shows that they're
very confident about it and that it defines who they are. That doesn't always work out, though (Interpol, Extol, PARAMORE).
This album is poppy dreck that verges on vomit-inducing. What happened to the life they once had? I guess I'll have to
blame it on the line-up change like everyone else does...

Isis, Cult of Luna, Caravels. Which of these things doesn't belong here? Enough said.
9 Pig Destroyer
Mass & Volume

PxDx is always heralded for their lightspeed brand of deathgrind, and I for one think that they are one of the greatest bands to
ever grace the planet. They have great slower material, too, but "Mass and Volume" isn't part of that. Slow, drony, and
generally aimless, with some good moments thrown in, but not enough to propel the whole product to the heights of their other
The Underground Resistance

PURIST ALERT. Just kidding. I am a fan of black metal and I embrace any change that a band wants to bring to the genre.
Lots of changes have been made, for better or for worse, in the genre's history. Bathory, Burzum, and Darkthrone are known
for making some great and awful moves. Where "The Underground Resistance" goes wrong is not where it completely
abandons the band's classic black metal sound and replaced it with classic thrash riffs, but rather where it does not make an
interesting song. The songs seem more like parody than genuine material. Maybe that was intended. Maybe I just don't get it.
Oh, well. I guess I missed the bandwagon.

Oh, Mike Patton. You and your troupe of weirdos have brought the world joy before, but this album is a complete cash-in on all
your oddities. It's just too scattered.
12Biffy Clyro

After "Only Revolutions", I had huge hopes for this Scottish alt-rock trio. However, I was greeted with the opposite. Ahem.
This is sounds like the band all of a sudden decided to put some odd experimental vibes to the music and play it off as
completely normal. Odd trumpet arrangements, vocal lines, and mathy guitar riffs just do not blend well with their sound. Also,
this is supposed to be some sort of concept album...? What?!
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