My expectations were very high for Preoccupations and initially I was a bit underwhelmed but I’m won round to it now. A strong LP just not the level of the prior material
Seconding the Okkervil River comments. One standout track but overall average at best and I love the band.
J Mascis’ latest got very warm reviews and its decent but nothing really seemed to stick and I prefer his prior solo releases - still a7/10 - but the others are solid 8s.
Mothers had my number 2 LP of 2016 - this LP has some fine moments and is good but misses out on my top 40.
Damien Jurado had my number 1 LP of a few years back off a stellar run of form but the new one left me a little cold. Not bad. Just a bit of a dip from an artist I love.
In all these cases (unjustifiably?) high expecations seem to be the main cause of disappointment