The worst/most overrated albums of 2008

December 16, 2008


Thought I was done with lists, but I was asked to come up with one more by WNYC's "Soundcheck" show: the worst/most overrated albums of the year. (Why, when there are more rock critics per capita in New York than anywhere on earth, this show continually comes to me for this task, I'm not sure--I refute the notion that I am the grinchiest critical voice in the biz, and refer you to my list of the BEST 50 albums of the year elsewhere on this blog.)

In any event, here is my tally of the worst--as much for the fact that they were so relentlessly crammed down our throats as good instead of bad--ranked in no particular order because, let's face it, they are all rank enough already.

Common, "Universal Mind Control"

Britney Spears, "Circus"

The Killers, "Day & Age"

Brian Wilson, "That Lucky Old Sun"

My Morning Jacket, "Evil Urges"

The Breeders, "Mountain Battles"

Vampire Weekend, "Vampire Weekend"

R.E.M., "Accelerate"

The Raconteurs, "Consolers of the Lonely"

Janet Jackson, "Discipline"

"Souncheck" is available via podcast here.