Wednesday, December 27, 2006

2006 Disappointments

Now that I have a best of 2006 done I was thinking of albums that didn't live up to my expectations this year. The following albums range from horrible to decent (but not as good as I expected):

Audioslave - Revelations (For whatever reason I liked their first album but the last two have been generic and boring.)
Boris - Vein (After all the delays this record finally came out and certainly could not live up to the anticipation. Gorgeous slab of wax though.)
Circulus - Clocks Are Like People (I loved their debut so it was hard for them to top it. Not a bad album though)
David Gilmour - On An Island (After hearing Island Jam which was not included on the album, I had high expectations but the songs ended being over produced in places.)
Eagles Of Death Metal - Death By Sexy (I love that there's finally some bottom end but this album didn't have the sloppiness and quirkiness of the debut.)
Isis - In The Absence Of Truth (I don't mind them going in the direction that they are, but the last two albums were epic and this one doesn't have that quality. The rhythm section is getting good though)
Johnny Cash - American V: A Hundred Highways (Definitely the weakest of the series and a return to the more mellow material of the first, but the songs aren't as good.)
Kalas - Kalas (Great music but the vocals just kill this album. If they had a different vocalist this might be on the other list.)
Les Claypool - Of Whales And Woe (One of the worst albums he's put out in a long time.)
Mudhoney - Under A Billion Suns (I really enjoyed the last. The addition of adding horns to the mix was a nice step forward. This lacks the great opening and closing jams that the previous one had.)
Neil Young - Living With War (He obviously rushed this out and it shows. Nothing on here is interesting musically.)
OSI - Free (The debut was a fantastic album but this is just to monotonous and boring. The compositions have no life to them.)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (The curse of the double album remains intact. If they had taken the best from the two discs, it would have been a solid Chili Peppers album. The vocals seem to be in a rut and over produced to a point where everything is radio-ready. Some fine playing by Flea and John.)

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