Most Disappointing albums of 2018

Father John Misty by a country mile so disappointing that you completely forget about it until someone mentions it or it comes up on shuffle.

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wow - i think it’s up there with Honeybear for me, massive return to form after Pure Comedy


Sorry, as a not disappointing album, but a very good one.

Yeah I’m a bit of a fan of pure comedy it has grown on me. Listen to the new one and with 20 minutes of listening to it I forget about it.

Agree that Chvrches was a disappointment. It’s still fucking great but it’s Top 20 rather than Top 5 like the other too.

The Wonder Years, too. I wasn’t hugely into the last album but figured it was one of those transitional albums as a band discovers who and what they are outside of the genre they’ve been pigeonholed in. But Sister Cities is just plodding and self-indulgent and a banger-vortex.

I’m confused that Kanye has not been named in this thread yet (unless I missed it, “Ye” is too short a term to search for).


On first listen to me it felt really half-life baked - like a bunch of demos that were a starting point that the singer mumbled some improvised lyrics over and they couldn’t be bothered working on.

But I actually really like it. It has a couple of tracks that are very close to late 60s/early 70s (psyche?) rock - like Catherine Ribeiro, that aren’t really my thing but the rest feels like a sort of Nico does dystopian 80s electronica vibe.

It definitely feels less formed than the first album and the E.P. it’s just I happen to like the vibe.

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Low expectations?


Yep this. Could not get on with Pure Comedy at all.

No idea what you’re talking about. The Smashing Pumpkins split up in 2000 and never reformed.


Not quite Honeybear standard, but for sure a huge step up from Pure Comedy.
Mr Tillman is one of the best things he’s done imo.

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possibly my song of the year. think about the Jason Isbell line basically daily and have a little chuckle to myself.

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Actually, real answer here. The new Planningtorock album is shite. So disappointing.

Really? I love that album.

I have tickets for her show next week, but fortunately I have to work in bloody Manchester now so can’t go :rage:

I loved her previous but the new one just won’t click. I saw her gigs at Islington Assembly Hall and Oval Space and at the latter had a chat with Miki from Lush which made a great gig night even better.

Hopefully, her EArtH show will be good despite the venue being passable and average at best.

It’s barely an EP. The brass balls to call it an album, and charge £13 for it.

Courtney Barnett.

Didn’t even bother buying it. I still play the Split Peas EP all the time.

Been a few, to differing degrees of ‘disappointing’…

CHVRCHES - Love Is Dead was definitely a disappointment but it grew on me an awful lot, especially when I decided to always skip the dull-as-dishwater Berninger duet and the Imagine Dragons bollocks of Miracle. Best opening track of the year with Graffiti, imo.

Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer is a good pop album, by most anyone’s standards. But it’s by far Janelle Monáe’s weakest album. Some great individual tracks, wonderful visuals to go with it all, but for all its personal meaning, it lacks the zing and inventiveness I fell in love with her for.

Robyn - Honey is, again, a good pop album. Just not a great Robyn album. Some proper bangers, obvs, but it’s weighed down with some seriously undernourished early 90s club-lite tracks that either meander meaninglessly for too long or are so ephemeral they’re basically air.

Orbital - Monsters Exist isn’t bad, it’s just weird that the best music was on the bonus discs on the (many) deluxe versions, and the best track of all was Copenhagen from last year.



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Consequence Of Sound and Line Of Best Fit both have this as their number one album of the year…