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The Albums That Let Me Down: A 2019 Retrospective

Every year there are those few records that leave you feeling-for lack of a better word to describe it-betrayed. In some ways, these are the records that hurt more than the worst the year had to offer.
5The National
I Am Easy to Find

I Am Easy To Find has a pretty and colourful sonic palette and gorgeous vocals. But it lacks a memorable melody and aesthetically it’s all very beige and hollow. It’s pleasant but it comes across as a work of performance art and that’s just not what The National is to me.
4Death Therapy

We’re two years removed from Death Therapy’s debut LP, The Storm Before the Calm, and it has become one of my favourite heavy releases of the past few years. It was tightly written, innovative, and wholly original. It was a truly exciting release for Christian metal and Voices is almost its opposite. It’s a bafflingly unfocused record; at once intriguingly experimental and disappointingly generic.
3Tiny Moving Parts

Although breathe is a gentler interpretation of their sound I can’t help but feel the band has come to a bit of a standstill creatively. It isn’t a bad record, merely an underwhelming one that almost makes it certain they won’t top Celebrate anytime soon.

Rob Graves is, by quite a large margin, my favourite producer in rock music. Is it any coincidence then that Divisions is a major step down and perhaps one of the dullest rock albums in recent memory? I was happy to say style won out over substance on Starset’s previous material because the hooks were that well-written but this time I just cannot be as forgiving.
1Wolves at the Gate

From my top five most anticipated albums of the year to the most disappointing, Eclipse is the sound of selling out. The vocal dynamics between Steve Cobucci and Nick Detty are less pronounced and exciting, the production is deceptively sleek, many of the guitars, bass, and drums are drowned by out by the vocals, and the songwriting is cookie-cutter and stylistically cliche.
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