Every year, there are albums that are hyped up and just fall flat. This is certainly not a “worst albums” list – many of these albums are not that bad. Some of these albums will even be among the most highly-regarded during list season. Ultimately, I just have no intention of listening to them past this year.


Anderson .Paak – Oxnard 

Malibu presented a future pop star that failed to show up just two years later.


A$AP Rocky – Testing 

Rocky has buried his strength (flow) for flashy production and features.


Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel 

A premier songwriter for her generation is less verbose and drowsy in this album that is just good enough to garner praise.


Big Red Machine – Big Red Machine 

A useless collab album should not be surprising, but Justin Vernon usually has that magic touch.

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The Breeders – All Nerve 

The energy is just not there nearly 30 years after their start.


BROCKHAMPTON – iridescence

BROCKHAMPTON have yet to really make a great album as their spaghetti method just gets exhausting.

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Cat Power – Wanderer 

Somber and quiet have been strengths rather than criticisms for Cat Power up until now.


Frankie Cosmos – Vessel 

Frankie is in desperate need of a songwriting reboot.

Empress Of_Us

Empress Of – Us 

The way these songs build and peak is predictable at every turn.



The Cudi/Ye collab received good reviews but cannot come close to either’s best work.

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Lykke Li – so sad so sexy 

A good explanation for Li’s inclusion is that I almost forgot to include this blasé attempt at modern r&b.


Ella Mai – Ella Mai 

There was hope that her breakthrough would be more than one song, but this album is rife with retreads and questionable decisions like a Chris Brown feature.

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Migos – Culture II 

Migos fatigue started last summer with all the lackluster features, so a new 24-track album had no chance of matching its predecessor.


Nicki Minaj – Queen 

It’s very clear that Nicki Minaj can only disappoint with her album releases.


Parquet Courts – Wide Awake! 

The songs are there, but Danger Mouse’s production leaves a purified stench over Parquet Courts’ classic post-punk.

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Princess Nokia – A Girl Cried Red 

She should be an inspiring figure of diverse talents and backgrounds rather than releasing this annoying drivel.


Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods 

The controversy of JT appealing to conservative roots was ultimately overblown, but this album was terrible enough that dunking on him for any reason was okay.

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Kurt Vile – Bottle It In

It’s hard to say anything negative about Kurt Vile; he may just be running out of steam.


Kanye West – ye 

Kanye broke two very important rules this year: 1.) Don’t be a Republican, and 2.) Don’t be boring.


YG – Stay Dangerous 

This album proves you can never make something great on a default mode, even when you’re YG.