July 12, 2015 at 12:59 pm #411634
I had a conversation with a friend of mine recently about how there are some albums and artists that you feel like you’re “supposed” to like.
For instance, there have been some cool, critical-darling albums that felt like you HAD to love within some elite music circles, or else you’d have to forefeit your ears: “Is This It” by the Strokes, a few albums by Radiohead and Vampire Weekend, “Channel Orange” by Frank Ocean, “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Those felt like kind of litmus test albums where your entire taste is judged based on your opinion of them. (Though I do genuinely love one or two of those.)
Of course this is entirely subjective based on whatever crowd you’re in or the writers you read. What albums, for whatever reason, did you not connect with even though everyone around you was going crazy over them?July 12, 2015 at 2:12 pm #411636
I’m gonna get a lot of hate, but Purple Rain by Prince. Over-indulgent and in my opinion, pretty laughably bad.
Pablo Honey by Radiohead is not good at all besides “Creep.”
Babel by Mumford and Sons. Sigh No More rehash.
In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith. Yes, “Stay with Me” is great but as an album it sucks. It tried too hard to be 21 (Adele album).
Anything by P!nk. She always seems like she plays second fiddle to similar artists and has never estabished a distinct message or sound.
Red by Taylor Swift. A complete mess of an album. The mix of 20 different genres didn’t work for her.
Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine. All sound, overdramatic vocals, no memorable melodies. I prefer the calmer Florence in their more recent album rather than the overwhelming production in Ceremonials. (I do like Shake It Out)
The biggest one I think is the Rolling Stones. I never loved them or their albums.July 12, 2015 at 2:31 pm #411637
Daft Punk – R.A.M. it was just sounds really.
Fank Ocean – Channel Orange – never liked it.July 12, 2015 at 5:32 pm #411638
In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith. Yeah he has a nice voice and all but his album is just alright.July 13, 2015 at 5:25 am #411639
I got that feeling when the last Beyoncé album came out. I though it was a good album, but not as amazing as people claimed. I had the impression that the “surprise factor” played a bigger part in people’s perception of that record…July 13, 2015 at 9:45 am #411640
Adele, 19 (total snoozefest)
Adele, 21 (total snoozefest)
Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway (a hot ass mess)
Lady Gaga, Born This Way (see above)
Madonna, Rebel Heart (Yuck!)July 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm #411641
Definitely Alt J’s 2nd album, This Is All Yours, a personal sophomore slump in my opinion.
Their first album, An Awesome Wave, is one of my all time favorite, if not my FAVORITE album of all time. So that was definitely a disappointment.July 15, 2015 at 8:04 pm #411642
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Great singer but boring material. It felt like he was chasing after GRAMMYs.
Jay-Z & Kanye West, Watch the Throne
The Carter/ROC Nation family always shove themselves down our throats so any release from their clique feels like something we’re supposed to like and acclaim. However, this album was nothing special. I’ve heard mixtapes with better quality.
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience: The Complete Experience
The first release was decent but Part II is one of the most underwhelming albums I’ve heard from a major artist in the past decade. It doesn’t even sound like he was trying. Just rehashed left overs from previous recording sessions.
Beyonce, I Am…Sasha Fierce
Yes it has “Single Ladies” but as a whole, the album sucks. I can’t stand when Beyonce sings ballads as if she’s Barbra Streisand or Whitney Houston. She’s not that kind of vocalist. So Disc I was underwhelming for me and felt very forced.
Kanye West, Yeezus
I know all the critics and fanboys like to jump on the Kanye bandwagon but I’m sorry this was a terrible album from start to finish. When will he realize that auto-tune is out of style and becomes a distraction? It was overly produced and the messages he wanted to convey came off as a hypocritical. I didn’t get the hype.
Drake, If You’re Reading This Then It’s Too Late
Drake is obviously talented but he doesn’t take a risk. He’s too comfortable producing the same record over and over and over and over again. His sound is becoming too predictable and I felt that the mixtape only exemplified his laziness as an artist.July 16, 2015 at 11:42 am #411643
Yeezus, 20/20 Experience, Beyonce.
I never quite got into Yeezus, specially coming after Twisted Fantasy which I think is amazing. And having loved every other album he released.
And I thought because of the look, the feel, the hype, everything that happened or at least how different it sounded at first, that I would end up liking Beyonce very much. But I really don’t care for that album. I didn’t even listen to the whole thing until a year after it came out. I predicted her for that AOTY Grammy, I believe, but when she lost I was like “ok yeah whatever, never even liked it, can’t remember that many songs on it”.
20/20. Man, that was underwhelming. I was such a fan of FSLS, didn’t care for Suit & Tie but appreciated it, and then Mirrors came out which is one of my favorites ever and then….nothing. I just don’t care. Not for Part I, even less for “the complete experience”.
Every Gaga album. Considering how much I’ve liked some singles, some I really love, I just can’t get into an entire album of hers.July 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm #411645
– over-produced crap
– It’s just not very good, 19 was better
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
– Fine voice, but it’s a forgettable cd
Ed Sheeran, X
– It’s a boring full length album
The Weekend, Kiss Land
– lackluster lyrics with no conviction behind his voice