What has been your biggest album disappointment?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Ophelia, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. gritty

    gritty Well-Known Member

    Boston, MA
    Chinese Democracy.
    I knew it wasn’t truly GN’R going into it, but still had high hopes due to Axl’s former brilliance.
    Shackler’s Revenge may be the worst song I’ve ever heard, by anyone. Riad and Scraped aren’t far behind.
    The album has it’s brief moments, but sounded dated upon release, and age has done it no favors.
    I do enjoy Better, The Blues demo, and the Catcher in the Rye demo, so it’s not a total loss, but definitely didn’t live up to my admittedly high expectations.
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    SOONERFAN Forum Resident

    Norman, Oklahoma
    At the time, it was the follow up to Hysteria. Don't even remember the album title. Heck, these days Hysteria holds no interest for me. Never bought another Def Leppard album. As an adult, I really only appreciate their first two albums. Pyromania is okay (worshiped it when I was a kid).
  3. sunking101

    sunking101 Forum Resident

    Yorkshire, England
    It exceeded mine. My only issues are that some of the guitar solos are merely competent, and that it should be an Axl solo album (not credited to G'n'R). Chinese Democracy remains the best thing any of them have done since the Illusion LPs IMO.
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  4. HeavensAbove

    HeavensAbove Forum Resident

    A few off the top of my head:

    Simply Red - Life (after Stars) - the moment Simply Red became a Mick Hucknall solo project
    Jamiroquai - A Funk Odyssey (after Synkronized) - the moment Jamiroquai became a JK solo project
    Paul McCartney - Off The Ground (after Flowers in the Dirt) - extremely hokey
    Paul Weller - Stanley Road (after Wild Wood) - the beginning of PW's Dad Rawk phase
    Blur - 13 (after Blur) - besides the 2 decent singles, where are the hooks?
    Daft Punk - Human After All (after Discovery) - sounded like it took all of 3 days to loop/produce
    Beats International - Excursion on the Version (after Let Them Eat Bingo) - way too much reggae influence, not enough hip hop
    Oasis - Be Here Now (after Morning Glory) - simple rock songs rarely need to be 6+ minutes long

    :hide: My apologies to those who enjoy any of the albums listed above.
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  5. Ethan B

    Ethan B Forum Resident

    san diego
    The Great Rock n roll Swindle was a pretty pile of poo.
  6. Juggsnelson

    Juggsnelson Senior Member

    Long Island
    Spot on about Hellacious Acres. I like a couple of tracks, especially Best of Friends, but it was a major disappointment.
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  7. Desolation Row

    Desolation Row Forum Resident

    Springsteen, Working On a Dream. My Bruce fandom has never really recovered.

    The Jayhawks, Mockingbird Time. What happened there?
  8. xybert

    xybert Forum Resident

    I could write some backstory for each of these but they all pretty much come down to this: none of these are objectively bad albums; I was a huge fan of the artist/group/previous album and they didn't live up to my high expectations based on their previous masterpieces. Out of all of these i really like Drukqs quite a bit now.

    Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
    El-P - I'll Sleep When Your Dead
    Aphex Twin - Drukqs
    Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
    Majesticons - Beauty Party (sequel to Infesticons - Gun Hill Road)
    Estradasphere - Palace of Mirrors
    Cool Calm Pete - Lost (following Babbletron - Mechanical Royalty)
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  9. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident

    Livingston NJ
    Im sure this won't be a popular opinion, but after all the hype and everybody raving about it, the biggest disappointment was "Marquee Moon" by Television. I tried at least 2 times and got the same result both times. Great opening song, then long, monotonous and endless. Seemed to go on for hours and then realized that only the 1st side was done! Def. falls into the "I must be missing something" category

    Also overhyped is the Who Sell Out, which was pretty disappointing. Their best album by far is Whos Next

    After his brilliant first solo album, "Stephen Stills 2" is a dud as well, though not nearly as terrible as the critics said.
  10. MDW

    MDW Howard The Duck's Biggest Fan

    Bob Dylan - Triplicate

    I was hoping the standards would be a phase...
  11. opiumden

    opiumden Forum Resident

    Yes - Heaven & Earth

    I think that pretty much sums this thread up. If you ever had a bigger disappointment, quote me.
  12. gritty

    gritty Well-Known Member

    Boston, MA
    Cool. Yea I was expecting it to be the best of post GN’R, but it just didn’t work out that way for me.

    Izzy’s Juju Hounds, and 117 Degrees are my picks. Even though I wasn’t high on Velvet Revolver at the time, I can listen to both full lengths for what they are. Solid, cohesive band efforts.
    Chinese just sounds so disjointed to my ears. It always sounded to me like Axl was short on inspiration, and so he took half baked ideas, and tried to complete them by sprinkling endless amounts of effects and random guitar noodling on top, when he probably should have been devoting that time to the roots of the song itself. Of course we later found out that this was essentially the case. The songs were pretty much written in 2000, and tinkered with for 8 years before seeing release.

    I probably enjoy The Blues, and Catcher in the Rye demos as much as anything the alumni have done since, but overall it was my biggest letdown, because of my expectations.
    He had set the bar pretty damn high.
  13. sunking101

    sunking101 Forum Resident

    Yorkshire, England
    I don't think it's a 5 star album or anything but it did exceed my expectations. Buckethead excepted I found the guitar solos a letdown more than anything else. Give Slash a couple of years to fill that record with his magic and it would sound a lot more like Use Your Illusion 3.

    As for Izzy, I was on board until the LPs stopped coming. It was interesting stuff rather than essential IMO and Velvet, Slither aside, were plain rubbish to these ears. A supergroup without the songs. Slash ain't a songwriter, his solo offerings over the years have proven this and the less said about his partnership with Myles Kennedy the better. I'm one of the few who hate that guy's voice and what's more he can't write a good song either. Duff? Well he's a very nice guy but his musical offerings outside of Guns have been laughable. Yep for me Axl has produced the best effort. Chinese Democracy gets four out of five stars.:angel:
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  14. Bill Hart

    Bill Hart Forum Resident

    This goes back more than 45 years ago, but I was a big fan of The Cream, and dug the Blind Faith album. The next one with Clapton was with Delanie and Bonnie on Tour, and I didn't get it. Bought it new on release, played it once and put it away.
    Now, I "get it." And I have a nice clean, unplayed original pressing.
    Sort of a question of perspective.
  15. pobbard

    pobbard The CD is a pretty good format (ducks)

    Andover, MA
    For me, it's Bowie's Hours.... I grew up knowing the hits, but had only gotten "bit" by the Bowie bug in 1993, when I was in college and Black Tie White Noise was the new LP. My fan-dom built to a peak over the next few years, but was really setback by Hours..., which never clicked for me (not even to this day, despite revisiting it at least annually). I got back on-board with Heathen and enjoyed everything that followed, but the impact of Hours... was that there were a few years in there (1999-2002) when I passed-up a number of opportunities to see DB live, as I was living in NYC at the time. Foolish me, in retrospect!
  16. bherbert

    bherbert Forum Resident

    South Africa
    The Kinks - Village Green Preservation Society. I can maybe get through 2 songs.
  17. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

    Boston MA
    Todd Rundgren A Wizard a True Star...I have the new SACD. I couldn't get through it once. The recording itself sounds terrible and was produced poorly. The music was "interesting", but it didn't pull me in. I doubt I will ever listen to it again.
  18. mad man with a box

    mad man with a box Active Member

    The Killers - Battleborn

    Was onboard with the first three songs (Flesh and Bone, Runaways and The Way It Was) which are pretty good - Runaways in particular is a corker.

    Then it hit me that the rest of the album sounds all the same and I got totally sick of it before it's (overlong) runtime was over

    In late years I have gained some appreciation for it but more just cause I love the band. As it is there are five songs that I am a fan of - the three previously mentioned, Ms Atomic Bomb and Battleborn
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  19. TimM

    TimM Forum Resident

    Dayton Ohio
    Chicago - VIII
    Beach Boys - 15 Big Ones
    Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
    George Harrison - Dark Horse
    Paul McCartney - Wings Wild Life
    Elton John - Leather Jackets
    Elton John - Victim Of Love
    U2 - Pop
  20. nosliw

    nosliw Azunyan! にゃーーー!

    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus
    Cryptopsy - The Unspoken King
    Metallica - St. Anger, Death Magnetic (absolutely terrible sound), and that Lulu album
    Celtic Frost - Cold Lake
    Machine Head - The Burning Red/Supercharger
    Pitchshifter - Deviant and PSI
  21. Bob Y

    Bob Y Member

    OK this is going back almost 50 years but when Jethro Tull released Stand Up I was very disappointed. I loved their first album "This Was" and thought that "jazz-rock" was going to be a big new thing and they were unbelievable at it with Mick Abrahams on guitar. When I first played the album "Stand Up" (bought it on 8 track) even though some of the tunes on it reminded me of the first album for ex. "Nothing is Easy", I really hated the British folk stuff on it and and realized they were headed in a different direction that i hoped. I also bought Benefit which confirmed for me they were heading off in another direction. I did like Stand Up and Benefit though but I was very disappointed they had changed directions and changed their guitar player. that first album had a verve and swing that they never approached again. It was all downhill for me after "This Was" Listening to it today I realize it was uneven and some of the stuff on that album also wasn't wonderful, the stuff that was more than made up for the less exciting stuff. This was definitely my biggest album disappointment in my life. I still feel let down to this day.:D
  22. Havoc

    Havoc Forum Resident

    Sam's Town has become my favorite Killers album after the initial "Huh?" I think retrospective reviews are much kinder to it and it's considered a very unerrappreciated album. That said, "Horses for courses"......we all bring a unique ear to the conversation.
  23. Interpolantics

    Interpolantics Forum Resident

    Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire (or anything post Cardinals)

    Blur - Magic Whip (underwhelming but not without its charms)

    Radiohead - King of Limbs (Codex aside a turd of an album)

    Arcade Fire - Reflector (the moment they disappeared up their own asses)

    Pink Floyd - Endless River (a damp squib)

    Kings of Leon - Because of the Times (KOL sellout)
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  24. a customer

    a customer Forum Resident

    Planet waves dylan
    American dream csny
    The byrds 1973
  25. Derek Slazenger

    Derek Slazenger Specs, rugs & rock n roll

    Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head. Loved 'Parachutes', hated this at a cellular level. Never bothered with them since.

    The Killers - Sam's Town. Floored by the brilliance of their first album and floored by how awful this was in comparison.

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