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2008 Disappointments

Disappointing albums in 2008 by bands that I (used to) listen to pretty heavily. No particular order.
1Thrice
The Alchemy Index Vols. III and IV...


While Fire/Water were quite possibly the coolest things Thrice have done, Air and Earth were huge letdowns for me. Air is the most predictable and therefore boring album I have heard in a while. Earth, like Water, is respectable in its genre exploration, however unlike the former, it fails, leaving an equally as boring companion piece to Air.
2These Arms Are Snakes
Tail Swallower And Dove


Easter saw TAAS taking the catchy/heavy formula they had perfected on Oxeneers and adding an element of technicality. Tail Swallower & Dove erases any forward strides by successfully managing to cop multiple riffs from Easter yet make the songs as a whole boring and uninspired.
3Daitro / Sed Non Satiata
Split


While I thought Le Ciel De Notre Enfance was one of the most exciting emo albums of the decade, I found SNS' split with fellow French emo superstars Daitro boring on both bands' accounts.
4Dustin Kensrue
This Good Night Is Still Everywhere


Kensrue doing Christmas music simply does not work.
5Fear Before
Fear Before


Bluntly put, one of the worst albums I have heard in a long time. Particularly by a band that I considered to be one of the most formidable acts of their genre.
6Nas
Untitled


There are a couple good tracks ("Breathe," "N.I.G.G.E.R.," "Hero") but overall, I thought it was weak compared to Hip Hop Is Dead. I will admit it has grown on me and perhaps it still will but come on, "Fried Chicken" is way lame and "Sly Fox" is terrible.
7Animal Collective
Water Curses EP


I debated putting this on the list for a while. I think it's an awesome EP but I was expecting something a little more Strawberry Jam-esque. But considering the monumental pedestal on which Strawberry Jam rests for me, anything was bound to be a disappointment.
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