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Disappointments Of 2009

List of let-down albums from 2009.
1Basement Jaxx
Scars


I enjoyed Kish Kash pretty thoroughly, but was a bit let down by Crazy Itch Radio. This one continues in that direction and is just too experimental at times to be enjoyable.
2Dream Theater
Black Clouds and Silver Linings


Admittedly, this is better than Systematic Chaos, but still nowhere near classic Dream Theater quality. Their last 3 or 4 albums have all just sounded much too similar.
3Editors
In This Light and on This Evening


I commend Editors for taking things in a different direction, but instead of finding their own unique sound, they've made a terribly generic 80s-sounding turd.
4Julian Plenti
Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper


While I enjoyed this more than the community as a whole seemed to, it's still pretty bland at times. Check my full review for a more detailed analysis of all the problems to be found here, if you'd like.
5Killswitch Engage
Killswitch Engage [II]


Has a few quality songs, but Killswitch needs to start switching things up, as every album gets more and more repetitive and overdone.
6KMFDM
Blitz


Haven't had a passable album since Hau Ruck.
7Lacuna Coil
Shallow Life


Not that I expected this to be anything but terrible, but the title track is pretty much the only thing worth a listen.
8Muse
The Resistance


Definitely one of the biggest letdowns for me this year. I quite enjoyed Black Holes and Revelations, moreso than most here seem to have, but this is just terrible. I don't think there's a single song here worth mentioning, even Exogenesis was a pretty big flop.
9Placebo
Battle for the Sun


The title track and Kings of Medecine are so great, and the rest of the album is generic and repetitive. Such a letdown after Meds.
10Porcupine Tree
The Incident


Way too ambitious. Not enough quality, full length songs to make it a worthy listen. They were pushing it with Fear of a Blank Planet, but this is just too much.
11Priestess
Prior to Fire


Hello Master was decent. This is not. Pretty forgettable after a couple of listens.
12Riverside
Anno Domini High Definition


It's not bad, but it's not particularly creative, either. A letdown after their last three solid efforts, but I'm glad they're at least trying to move in a slightly more interesting direction.
13Sonata Arctica
The Days of Grays


Maybe I'm just growing out of this style of metal, or maybe Sonata Arctica just isn't good anymore. Nothing here really grabs me like their old stuff used to.
14Wolfmother
Cosmic Egg


Again, I think I enjoyed it more than most, but it's still not good enough to be anything more than a guilty pleasure.
153
Revisions


Taking a bunch of mediocre songs and re-recording them still creates an album of mediocre songs. Only a few saving graces to be had here, but for the most part, a definite pass. Still looking forward to their new album, though.
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