Friday, January 12, 2024

The biggest disappointments in music releases for 2023, part 2

Continuing with my year-end music favorites, I'm starting it off with the less favorites. You can check out the first part of my biggest disappointments of 2023, and take a look at the rest here:

  • I've been a fan of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, but Sticks and Stones doesn't have much to grab me. 
  • I loved the movie, but other than Lizzo and Dua Lipa's contributions, Barbie The Album isn't very good. 
  • Carly Rae Jepsen's The Loveliest Time has a few catchy pop numbers, but it breaks a surprising string of excellent bangers with a more meh affair. 
  • Sufjan Stevens’ Javelin has one or two really good songs - and it's near the top of a lot of year-end best-of lists - but it’s mostly boring and not as much of an event as his usual releases. 
  • Drake's For All the Dogs has a handful of strong songs but it's mostly an over-loaded and overly hateful mess. 
  • I really like Ash, but half of Race the Night is awesome and half is unlistenable. 
  • The Streets' The Darker the Shadow the Brighter the Light shows a rapper I used to love not having grown much. 
  • Car Seat Headrest's Faces from the Masquerade is a live album that doesn't add anything of value to the band's fairly impressive catalog to date.
  • I like the title track, but I can't imagine when I'd ever need to listen to Peter Gabriel's i/o ever again.

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