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Klap4music's '09 Most Overrated/disappointing

A collection of ten records from the year that I either felt weren?t up to some of the incredible hype they received, were letdowns from a band?s previous release, or just ended up as personal disappointments. It?s been a great year and I couldn?t ask for any more excellent albums, but there?s always going to be some bad with the good, and 2009 wasn?t any different. Comments welcome!
1The Flaming Lips
Embryonic


I can understand what the Lips were trying to do here. I can even praise them for their boldness and persistent pushing of their own boundaries (see my review). But do I have to enjoy it? While I really, really, really wanted to say yes, multiple listens eventually rendered it impossible. A grand album that is undeniable in its scope and ambition, it?s also a schizophrenic beast of a record that shunned my attentions more often than it grabbed me. In trying to redefine music, Embryonic lost me in it?s own meandering world, one that I struggled to get immersed in and which ultimately repulsed me.
2Clipse
Til the Casket Drops


Another fine example of artists at the top of their game coming up woefully short to matching the high standards now expected of them. Til The Casket Drops is, in regards to most drug-happy rap releases of the year, an excellent release, but considering the massive success of Hell Hath No Fury and the three years the Thornton brothers have had to work on a follow-up, it still comes up dreadfully short to what I?ve come to expect from Clipse.
3Grizzly Bear
Veckatimest


A record that immediately drew me in with the fantastic ?Two Weeks? and whetted my appetite for more with ?All We Ask? and ?Cheerleader,? I was ultimately disappointed with the overall results. It?s not that Veckatimest isn?t a good record; I can appreciate the meticulous songwriting and sharp production, as well as the rustic sort of experimental folk Grizzly Bear have mastered. But the album drags on for far too long without the kind of persistent hooks that the above songs promised, resulting in an album far better at lulling me to sleep than anything else.
4Dirty Projectors
Bitte Orca


The hype surrounding this album was immense, but for all its intriguing edges and occasional flashes of clarity, it still remains an impenetrable mess of an album. From the discordant singing and random instrumental flourishes to the hyperactive song structures and lack of anything resembling a natural flow, it?s an album that tries too hard and ends up as merely a confusing jumble of experimental ideas.
5Conor Oberst
Outer South


Fresh off the riveting success that was his first solo album not under the Bright Eyes moniker, Conor Oberst decides to celebrate with his buddies in the Mystic Valley Band, and, less than a year after his self- titled, results in Outer South. And that?s exactly all it sounds like: a celebration that tends to find Oberst and friends fucking around in the studio and throwing together an over-long collection of half-baked Americana. Too much Mystic Valley Band, not enough sober Oberst.
6Jay-Z
The Blueprint 3


Judging from Jay-Z?s habit of following a decent record with a subpar one, it should come as no surprise that The Blueprint 3 doesn?t match up to the American Gangster soundtrack, but it is a bit shocking that this may be Hova?s worst record since The Blueprint 2. Lackluster rhymes, vanilla production, and guest stars who routinely outshine the host, it?s a middling affair by a talent who seems content to let the young guns all pass him by.
7Tinted Windows
Tinted Windows


Tinted Windows debut should?ve blown the roof off power pop, considering all the players involved. Unfortunately it turned out just the opposite, a rote piece of work that is enjoyable for a spell but largely reveals itself to be less than the sum of its parts.
8The Dodos
Time to Die


Time to Die is a good record, but after last year?s ridiculously awesome The Visiter, this release seems more like a stopgap effort or, worse, an attempt to cash in on their blogosphere hype while it still lasts. There?s nothing wrong here, but it pales in comparison to its predecessor and never really brings anything new to the table.
9Peter Bjorn and John
Living Thing


For their fifth album and first proper one after their breakthrough record Young Folks, Peter Bjorn & John inexplicably decided to tone down the sunny Swedish indie pop that made them famous and go all in on a bunch of dark synths and bad drum machine beats. The hooks are still there, but they?re mired under a layer of minimalist bleeps and boops and undercooked lyrics. While an admirable effort, Living Thing ultimately collapses under the weight of its own experimental tendencies.
10Discovery
LP


Hey, I love Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot just as much as the next pretentious indie douche bag, but this side project, between VW?s Rostam Batmanglij and Riot?s Wes Miles, was an ill-advised dip into Auto- Tuned-to-hell pop mania that only reinforced the stereotype that side groups are where bad ideas go to die. Unable to decide whether it wants to be unironic pop or tongue-in-cheek hipster mockery, it fails miserably in both respects.
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