10. DJ Khaled: Suffering from Success
Suffering from Success? I tend to think this album was suffering from a little more than that like mediocre singles dispersed around album filler.
09. Childish Gambino: Because the Internet
Just because the internet said it was a good idea to release a follow up to Camp doesn’t mean it was.
08. Arcade Fire: Reflektor
Do the math. Arcade Fire=awesome. James Murphy=awesome. Arcade Fire+James Murphy=huge let down.
07. Destroyer: Five Spanish Songs
Half of Destroyer’s appeal is his lyrics. Instead on Five Spanish Songs, he offers five cover songs in not his native language–not exactly the most accessible follow up to the critical success Kaputt!
06. MGMT: MGMT
After the disappointing Congratulations, MGMT’s self-titled album was supposed to help them rediscover their mojo. Instead it somehow ended up being their worst album to date.
05. Fitz & the Tantrums: More Than Just a Dream
Fitz & the Tantrums’ neo-soul debut record seems like just a dream when listening to More Than Just a Dream. The album’s bland synth pop misuses everything that made the band great.
04. Phoenix: Bankrupt!
Led by two hit singles Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix was one of those albums equally loved by critics and fans. Led by two hit singles Bankrupt! was met with tepid responses by both. Next time they should try some actual entertainment.
03. Dizzee Rascal: The Fifth
Let’s just break it down: the Fifth wasn’t as good as the fourth which wasn’t as good as the third which wasn’t as good as the second which wasn’t as good as the first. The downward spiral continues Dizzee.
02. Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
If you are going to release a follow up to a critical touchstone like the 20/20 Experience the same year of its release, you should at least make sure it holds a candle to the original. The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 was TKO from the start.
01. Jay-Z: Magna Carta Holy Grail
Jay-Z’s real name is Sean Carter so calling your album Magna Carter would actually be funny; instead calling it Magna Carta Holy Grail seems to be turning your nose up at puns. Unless the whole album is a joke, in which case you got us Jay-Z. We just thought it was bad.