Lucman
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Lucman's Most Disappointing Albums of 2018

Let the year-end list season begin!!
10for KING and COUNTRY
Burn the Ships


Burn the Ships is an admittedly drab pop release from a band who were once bursting with energy. Maybe it was the misdirection of the early singles (“Amen” promised something grand and epic whilst “Joy” nodded towards a more upbeat venture) that made the remainder of the album disappointing, but by the time “Pioneers” rolled around I realized that I hadn’t been engaged with any of the material past “Amen.”
9CHVRCHES
Love Is Dead


Going from the infectious and surprisingly layered Every Open Eye to the generic, tacky, and repetitive to a fault Love Is Dead was a truly sad fall to witness.
8Weathered
Stranger Here


It was exciting to hear a Christian band going after an alt-rock/emo sound because in an overly worship saturated market it has been sadly avoided. Although the band does achieve that sound to a certain extent the execution leaves plenty to be desired.
7Julia Holter
Aviary


On the surface, this is the kind of music I yearn for but, try as I might, I cannot see the musical value in a project like this. Maybe it’ll do a Kid A and become one of my all-time favourites a few years down the road. For now, however, I sadly have to conclude that this is one for “the appreciate and respect but fail to enjoy” folder.
6Lydia
Liquor


I love me some pop and in the right circumstances Lydia can pull off the transition really well (like they did with Devil a few years back and even on some of Run Wild) but on their latest project, they fail on nearly all accounts. Their music has become tasteless, vapid, and weightless. The very definition of style over substance.
5Crowder
I Know A Ghost


I Know A Ghost is like watching someone attempt to create something new and useful from things one would find in an unkempt garden shed. If you were to be so kind, when he finished you would gently pat his shoulder and tell him that since it was all held together by a piece of coloured twine if he tried to use it, it’d just fall apart.
4Owl City
Cinematic


The purpose behind this record is understandable, commendable even, but it’s a deeply personal release in all the wrong ways. It’s like a diary filled with things that mean the world to the writer but are rather mundane to anyone reading, or in this case, listening. The accompanying music is bland at best and terribly cheesy and campy at worst (i.e. “All My Friends”). Cinematic is a box office failure.
3Phil Wickham
Living Hope


Perhaps due to an overwhelming amount of co-writers, Living Hope sticks out of Wickham’s discography as a regretfully impersonal and creatively bankrupt project from one of the most beautiful voices in worship. It’s a living shame.
2Underoath
Erase Me


Erase Me is a painful listen in just about every way. The honesty that is so praised comes across as petty, the music is terribly banal, and it raises its middle finger to everything the band has accomplished in the past musically. Burn it with fire and don’t ever look back.
1Silent Planet
When the End Began


On Everything Was Sound the band managed to achieve the perfect dynamic balance between the harsh and the melodic, choosing also to mix the formula up in ways most tend to avoid. When The End Began places a much larger emphasis on traditional clean choruses and the majority of them are forgettable and awkward. Throw in some awful, tinfoil sounding production and you have clean vocals that are practically unlistenable. I can only pray these guys will find their footing next time around because this is pure garbage.
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