Weak List Wednesday: Top 5 Most Disappointing Albums of 2013

 

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The above picture is a perfect microcosm of how we felt about the albums on our short list today.  We were all excited to some extent or another about each of the disappointing albums found below.  In fact, three of the albums below were on our list at the beginning of the year for the Top Ten Most Anticipated Albums of 2013.  If you look at that list you will see we definitely have some fine-tuning to do in our decision-making of where to place expectations.  I think it may be time to temper expectations so that they are actually exceeded once or twice in 2014.  Enjoy the short list and let us know which albums you found to be the most disappointing in 2013.

5. The Weeknd – Kiss Land

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After a really solid stretch, The Weeknd went on to release this absolute snoozefest in 2013.  With the only collaboration on the album being with Drake, it stands to reason The Weeknd should have gone a little farther outside his comfort zone on Kiss Land.  
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Local Natives Review: Hummingbird

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Hummingbird

Local Natives Hummingbird album cover art

Following their 2011 debut Gorilla Manor, Local Natives ranked high on what I would call the breakout-ability scale. On their debut, the Los Angeles indie rock band combined elements from three other indie rock phenoms making a potent recipe for indie rock success. They mixed the orchestrated anthem rock of Arcade Fire, the woodsy folk harmonies of Fleet Foxes, and the feverish Afro-pop energy of Vampire Weekend to make for one of the most infectious albums of the year. Now most bands when faced with a successful debut album, usually take the ingredients of the first album, double the recipe, and end up with a second album that either breaks them big or makes for mixed results. Instead, the Local Natives have made something very different in Hummingbird, which is instead the album the band wanted to make: a quiet, contemplative, and sparkling effort, in response to two years following the band’s debut filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
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This NOT That: Defeating Relentless Radio-play

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The car that I have recently been driving these days unfortunately does not have a good way to play an iPod. Thus, I have gotten back in the routine of listening to the radio a bit more regularly. And I use the word routine very intentionally. Radio stations are nothing if not routine. They have simply just become a cesspool of the same stinking few songs with their insignificantly tiny and terrible playlists. It is hard to find any sort of real variety or anything of real substance on the air at all. Although this does come in handy when I am in my Ke$ha, T-Swift, Katy Perry moods (which let’s face it, I’m always in the mood for these ladies), the rest of my times on the radio seem to be confusing and frustrating. Even classic rock stations have such small playlists, that it makes them unbearable to listen too regularly. So, in an effort to rid us of these stale, repetitive tunes, I will now direct my frustrations into another segment of “This NOT That”.

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LxListening: Lean Mean 2013

Anticipated 2013 Singles and Albums

Now that 2012 is in the rearview mirror and we have properly summed up all the best stuff from last year, it’s time to push ahead to what awaits us this year. Here are five songs from five upcoming albums we can’t wait for.
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