I know that this article will strike at core of a lot of our readers, but I feel it necessary to really put in perspective some of the most overrated albums that have come out in the last ten years. I beg the question, will you be listening to any of these ten years from now?
The Arcade Fire – Funeral Realistic score: 6.5/10 (The first two songs on this disc are great and I think that a lot of people get drawn in by them, but the rest of the album (besides “Wake Up”) is just drab and boring. This has been hailed as a landmark album but I would argue that it is far from it. I feel their follow up “Neon Bible” was a far superior album, but it seems that people factor in the fact that they put on an amazing live show and somehow equate that to being an amazing album.)
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Source Tags & Codes Realistic score: 3/10 (I really don’t have a lot of nice things to say about this album except that these guys are decent at mediocrity. Words like “gripping” and “raw” get tossed around when referring to this album, I would toss around “repetitive” and “generic”. I remember watching them play “Relative Ways” on Conan which was at a faster tempo and enjoying the song a lot more.)
The Liars – Drum’s Not Dead Realistic score: 4/10 (Sounding like they had listened to a little too much Animal Collective (swell flanger and all) before they wrote this album and I would say after this effort, the drums are in fact dead. The Liars steered away from the “dance punk” movement but also moved themselves further away from making interesting music. Some how this album as bland and noisy as it may be, won some critics over, but I would have a hard time justifying it getting anything over a 4/10)
The Knife – Silent Shout Realistic score: 2.5/10 (Is there high demand for music that sounds like it belongs in the sequel to “Starter for 10”? I never thought the whole “elevator music” meets “80’s employee orientation video” really had a place in modern music. The Knife thought otherwise. I am guessing a lot of the hype from this album came from hipsters trying to further seclude themselves from the rest of the world. One man’s waste is another hipster’s music.)