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Biggest Let Downs Of 2013

Leading up to my best of the year list, I thought I'd have fun listing the ones rthat disappointed rrrrrrbeforehand. Some still scored a 3/5 for me, which isn't a rterrible score, but I expected so rmuch rrrrrmore from these albums.
10Local Natives
Hummingbird


The more I'd listen to this album, the more I felt like I didn't recognize it. Some real Benjamin Button type shit.
9Washed Out
Paracosm


All this chillwave business needs to be put to an end. It became everyone's favourite thing too quickly. And now you have a bunch of bands making the same album over and over, and I can't tell the difference between them anymore. In 2010-2011, I was very good at that, but my skills have rapidly decreased since.
8The Weeknd
Kiss Land


I only ever loved House Of Balloons. I don't know what I expected to be different this time around.
7Atoms For Peace
Amok


A mind blowing EP would of been sufficient. Here's a few things I didn't like about this album: 1. Too much mystery while promoting. 2. Superstar lineup is invisible. 3. Too much filler for an 8 track album. I never even got feedback from one of their live shows.
6Franz Ferdinand
Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action


I wasn't very excited for a new Franz album to begin with, but I gave it a shot anyway. I can't say it's a bad album. It was surprisingly enjoyable for the first 2 weeks after it was released but it became meaningless quite suddenly. I kind of feel they're an irrelevant thing. Their live show is still incredible, but you're never there to hear the album they're touring.
5Jay-Z
Magna Carta... Holy Grail


I need to admit that tracks 2-5 tracks of this album are still a part of my heavy rotation. The rest of the album, for me at least, bombed big time. Once I get passed the Frank Ocean featured "Oceans", there is so little effort put into each track (exception: Crown). This album was released in a very unusual way, with tonnes of hype, and with no single prior to it's release date. Such characteristics would of had this album ranked and remembered with JAY's best, even if it was a 7-8/10 at best.
4The Flaming Lips
The Terror


I just don't know anymore. Following the release of Embryonic I thought "Wow, shit is going to get crazy!" But ever since, the most exciting thing I enjoyed from the Flaming Lips was a Super Bowl commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLrTPA3a4iQ That song was incredibly promising! But here I was expecting another Soft Bulletin or Yoshimi.
3Toro Y Moi
Anything In Return


People are still telling me I need to give this album another shot. No, thank you. I'm still somewhat interested for future projects of Chaz Bundick though (regardless the comments on my Washed Out description).
2Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Mosquito


With a great single to kick the album off, it was all downhill. I didn't expect this album to be one of my favourites this year, but this band has a very consistent discography (EPs included).
1Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2


With Pt.1 being so strong and the concept of a double album only being announced shortly after Pt.1's release, you can only expect this to be something that was well thought-out and calculated. The final product however just sounds like an outtakes collection. With the exception of maybe 2 or 3 solid tracks, everything about this album falls flat. There is no consistency at all. The exaggerated effort to clash musical genres with one another from track to track leaves no room for consistency. This was Timberlake's year up until the release of this album. Come Grammy time, these songs could of been packaged with Pt.1 as "The 20/20 Experience Super Deluxe Edition". And if you would only have liked a portion of the outtakes, you'd be at the very least reassured that with all the tracks that were able to make the cut, the right ones were handpicked to make ONE great pop album. Then Justin wins pop album of the year, sells more records, makes more shit movies, only to return 5 years later and share with us (in song) more feelings on Jessica Biel.
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