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01.15.10 Top 10 Albums Of 200901.02.10 10 Albums That Are Pretty Much Perfect
12.19.09 Disappointments Of 200911.02.09 10 Favorite Thrice Songs
11.02.09 My Favorite 'Epic' Songs!11.02.09 10 Favorite Alexisonfire Songs
07.25.09 Favorite Electronic Albums07.12.09 10 Favorite Queens of the Stone Age Son
07.11.09 Artists I Discovered Through GH/RB07.11.09 10 Favorite Muse Songs
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Disappointments Of 2009

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

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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
Prior to Fire

Hello Master was decent. This is not. Pretty forgettable after a couple of listens.
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.
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.

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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