Top Ten Most Disappointing Albums of the 2010s

Martin_Canine
Albums that didn't match the high expectations. For whatever reason it may be.

The Top Ten

1 Artpop - Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, propably the greatest pop artist since Madonna.
Gifted songwriter, talented singer, knows to appreciate both pop appeal and avang garde and mixes them equally. She treasures gimmicks as well as rough emotions, bright as well as dark soundscapes.
Ironically, out of all her albums, it is the one called "Artpop" that is the least memorable, the most monotonous and boring. "Aura" and "Applause" stand out, the rest are knock offs of "Aura" that don't sound all too exciting. - Martin_Canine

2 The Ride - Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado is one great pop artist that constantly re-invents herself and draws inspiration from so many different genres and cultures her music is always fresh and different. She has tried out pop, RnB, Latin, bollywood-esque soundscapes, disco, indie, folk, hip hop, gospel, electronica and more - while always keeping the ability to make the music pleasant to listen to. She always succeeded.
5 yeaes after the amazing and way too underrated "The Spirit Indestructible" she releases her next album "The Ride". And... yeah.
She tried to make an artpop album like Rihanna, Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus did in 2016 and 2015 respectively, yet it is her who delivered the least interesting out of all of them despite being the best artist out of the four. Her artpop has little to hold on to, the first and the last few tracks sound simply weird yet not in a very pleasant way. Lack of melody and strange instrumentals kind of make this a lackluster. Experimenting is great, but don't experiment ...more - Martin_Canine

3 Kenneth allein zu Haus - Kay One

Kay One was a newcomer in German rap back in the early 2010s, but he was one of the most acclaimed battle rappers back then. He has an amazing flow, much energy, creative use of words and simply sounds unlike other rappers of the nation. It was very refreshing. So everyone was waiting for his first album.
What they finally got was mediocre party pop rap, bragging about money and luxury and not very credible love songs.
He kept that style for his first three albums.
His 2015 fourth album was the first that actually sounded as good as his battle rap. This is where he left off the superficial pop and finally got his fire back. The 2016 follow up was awesome too, and a bit deeper than before. - Martin_Canine

4 Carlo Cokxxx Nutten III - Bushido

Carlo Cokxxx Nutten (2002) by Bushido and Fler is an influential classic of German rap that was partly responsible to make German rap a big part of mainstream. It also introduced Bushido, who would go on to become the most successful German rapper and still is as of 2017.
The two teamed up again for a sequel in 2009, and it was a hit again.
In 2015, Bushido is still considered something like the grandfather of German rap, so he still is relevant, but also outdated. Rappers like Kollegah, Shindy or Farid Bang are simply lyrically superior and more inventive, but they wouldn't be successful if Bushido weren't there before them.
In that year, he announced CCNIII and of course that was big news and was widely participated. But it ended up being a regular Bushido album with little memorable content. Yeah, dark beats, yeah, gangsta rap, yeah, The Godfather attitude. We've heard that before, and much better. Also, why did he have to call it CCNIII, if it's not even a collaboration ...more - Martin_Canine

5 No Fixed Address - Nickelback

I like Nickelback really much. The hate is simply stupid beypnd compare.
Their albums from Curb to Dark Horse were awesome. Energetic, catchy, memorable, the sound is simply awesome.
Then Here and Now was released and it was already just an okay album. It still had that sound, but nothing really outstanding. There was no song that left any further impression.
But it was okay.
Then No Fixed Address was released and it didn't even have such a great sound. It was way tamer, calmer and less melodious than any of their albums before. It was just.. nice. Nothing more. - Martin_Canine

6 4 - Beyoncé

Beyoncé has an incredible voice. Like her music or not, her voice is simply mind blowing.
Her first two albums already hint at what she can do, but musically, they don't reach their full potential. Pop music can be more exciting, more guilty pleasure-like. But they were pretty good.
Then with I am... Sasha Fierce she reached her full potential. One disc contains ballads that give her the opportunity to show off her great singing ability, and the other disc is pure pop pleasure.
I was looking forward for 4, but it ended up being simply boring and not much fun. There are few highlights (most notably Best Thing I Never Had), and most of it is forgotten as the next track kicks in. - Martin_Canine

7 This is What the Truth Feels Like - Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani's first two solo albums are simply awesome. Fun pop, perfectly produced, weird yet easy to listen to, memorable, performed with soul and personality, and with many different moods and influences.
Exactly ten years later her third album was released... and it isn't in any way bad, but there's little distincting her from other contemporary pop and RnB artists. - Martin_Canine

8 Lotus - Christina Aguilera

Miss Aguilera has as much soul in her voice as divas from the 60s, plus she has songwriting talent and knows how to mix pop and soul perfectly. Also her first electronic album Bionic was much fun.
It is absolutely sad hearing her sing over such generic Pitbull-esque club beats. - Martin_Canine

9 Evolve - Imagine Dragons

I'm a huge imagine dragons fan... they never disappoint me.. but the only weak song here is yesterday - Th3Zm0nst3r

10 Loud - Rihanna

Music of the Sun & A Girl Like Me: uplifting summer hits
Good Girl Gone Bad: one of the most memorable pop albums of the 21st century. Pure guilty pleasure. That's the stuff.
Rated R: a worthy follow up to GGGB, with a few deeper songs.
Loud: generic, repetitive, like everything else on the radio. And again, house club beats - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 Hardwired... to Self-Destruct - Metallica
12 One More Light - Linkin Park

This is better than Living Things, yet it is much more disappointing for me.
Why's that?
Because it is the follow up to The Hunting Party. An album where they went back to the roots with a heavier and more powerful sound.
This is where Linkin Park sound most comfortable with. The problem with Living Things wasn't per se that it was electro pop, but that it felt as if they didn't know what to do in that genre. If you compared them to other pop artists, Linkin Park ended up sounding a lot weaker. In fact, that Recharged remix album sounded better than the original versions, simply because the vocals of Bennington and Shinoda sounded better in front of wilder Drum'n'Bass and dubstep beats.
I was happy when they went back to heavy rock with The Hunting Party, because you immediately felt the energy of a band making the music they are best at.
And now we have a rather short ten track electro pop album again. Why? Fans and critics liked their previous record best and as far ...more - Martin_Canine

13 Bossaura - Kollegah

Sure, Kollegah still is the greatest German rapper, also on this album. Al of his raps are on point and advanced.
But the production simply prevents it from being as great as it could be.
It sounds homemade, the beats come off as cheap and not professional, and there is heavy use of autotune and phaser on some of the vocals which end up sounding trashy. Especially the phaser. What happened here?
The album before this one was Zuhältertape Vol. 3, which had awesome and perfectly produced beats. What happened between 2009 and 2011? This is not Kollegah's fault, he's not a producer, but really, couldn't they get a professional to produce this work? - Martin_Canine

14 Blackstar - David Bowie

This was a good album. Why's it on here?

15 The Next Day - David Bowie
16 Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
17 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

What? This is a masterpiece. - Fiend

18 Damn - Kendrick Lamar
19 No Plan - David Bowie
20 The Endless River - Pink Floyd
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