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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.
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.
|3||The Saddest Landscape|
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.
|4||Jimmy 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.
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.
|6||Fall 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.
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?!
|10 is the first Darkthrone album I've really liked since fucking Panzerfaust.|
|Agree with 2 and 4. Perfect description for 4. Was expecting a return to their older sound. Boy was I let down. |
|@ThyCrossAwaits: "Panzeerfaust" was fantastic, but "Transilvanian Hunger" is my favorite.|
@MasBarHigeuoris21: "Damage" was just painfully decent. Glad to hear someone agrees haha.
|Give 10 another listen|
|@Paracletus96: Interesting pick. I haven't heard it yet, but I don't like "Loveless" at all, so I'm sure that I won't love "m b v" too much, either. Shoegaze, especislly My Bloody Valentine's version of it, is just too grating on my ears and not musical enough for me to enjoy.|
|@DikkoZinner: Giving things multiple listens rarely changes my mind. Pretty much never does. I will eventually listen to it again, though... if I can stomach it.|
|I dunno, if you haven't listened to 10 at least several times then you're missing out on a lot of it. Also I totally disagree with 11, and 100% agree with 1. Extol is boring as shit. |
|@MosesMalone: I've heard individual songs from 10 a few times over, but not the whole thing more than once. They just don't have the nuances and drive that their older stuff did, so I don't feel much when I listen to them, no matter how many times I do.|
|Citizen - Youth was a HUGE letdown. I couldn't even listen to it all the way through. Compared to Young States, it felt like the guys wrote the whole thing in a depressed mood and weren't energized at all.|
|Disagree with a lot of these but thats ok. |
|But 10 is a parody and it is absolutely awesome too. |
|12 is good, Only Revolutions was their worst album imo.|
|Also if you had hopes for 9 you were just kidding yourself. |
|@omik116: I love that album, though. :(|
@skoopy48: How DARE you!
@Cygnatti: It might be, but I still don't like it. At all.
@Surtur: I actually haven't heard of full album of theirs before "Only Revolutions," so maybe there was some big change that went on there.
@MosesMalone: As much as I love PxDx, I can't say that I did. haha.
|10 is one of the best things Darkthrone has ever done come on man!|
|Biffy Clyro used to have like math riffs and weird arrangements on their older releases pre-"Puzzles" era, so it's more of a throwback for the older fans. But I think a lot of the song with the "Only Revolutions" formula on this album are dull and stale. |
|Of course! Why would I expect a fucking moron like yourself to know that 3 is basically a re-rlease of older material?|