Top 10 Signs an Album is Going to Suck

The Top Ten

1 It's an old band/artist desperately trying to sound young/modern

Risk - Megadeth
Diabolus In Musica - Slayer

E.g., Father of All... by Green Day - LoveMusicLoveLife

2 The artist changes his/her usual genre

E.g., One More Light by Linkin Park (2017), which transitioned them from alt-rock/metal to electro-pop, to a widespread negative reception from fans. - LoveMusicLoveLife

Steam Powered Giraffe - KRX

E.g., Liz Phair by Liz Phair (2003), 0304 by Jewel (2003) - LoveMusicLoveLife

3 It touches on politics

E.g., Revival by Eminem - LoveMusicLoveLife

4 It's an album by a non-singer

E.g., Playing with Fire by Kevin Federline (2006) - LoveMusicLoveLife

5 It has a lot of guests

E.g., No. 6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran (2019) - LoveMusicLoveLife

6 The release date keeps being pushed back

E.g., Chinese Democracy by Guns N' Roses - LoveMusicLoveLife

7 It has poor producer/songwriter choices

E.g., Hard Candy by Madonna, where she teamed up with Timbaland and the Neptunes. Coming from her it was seen as a disappointing choice considering she would always choose producers that were relatively unknown (Mirwais, William Orbit, Stuart Price, etc.). - LoveMusicLoveLife

8 The promotion is very aggressive

E.g., Changes by Justin Bieber - LoveMusicLoveLife

9 It's a follow-up to a masterpiece

Not really it might seem worse by comparison with it's predecessor but in general I don't think the follow up to a great album is more likely to suck see the list about the greatest album runs of all time as a counter example. - Powell

Also counts for "sequels" to great albums such as Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II, Bat Out of Hell II, etc. - LoveMusicLoveLife

10 The album is announced shortly after the previous one

Luckily some didn't disappoint such as Ariana Grande with Thank U, Next - LoveMusicLoveLife

The Contenders

11 The lead single disappoints critically and commercially

E.g., "Yummy" by Justin Bieber (this song still went #2, but it didn't go #1 like JB wished) - LoveMusicLoveLife

More importantly it quickly fell down the charts after that and is already down to number 94. - Powell

12 A handful of songs are released before the album

It just ruins the pleasure of discovery and makes the album sound like a compilation. - LoveMusicLoveLife

13 The singer is or collaborated with Justin Bieber

For example, Justin Bieber changes. - Mitja

I feel like this is an unfitting item to be honest. I feel items shouldn't be things about specific artists but I guess the creator didn't say that. - Powell

14 The singer is very active on social media

That can be included in the "aggressive promotion" part - LoveMusicLoveLife

15 The last few albums released were terrible

I think this is a better sign than the previous album being a masterpiece. - Powell

I agree, especially when it comes to artists who have been releasing bad albums in a consistent basis these past years such as Nickelback, Limp Bizkit or Chris Brown. - LoveMusicLoveLife

True - LoveMusicLoveLife

16 Review embargoes put in place on release date
17 Every song released before the album has a featured artist
18 3 or more songs on the tracklist feature samples of well-known songs
19 It's a covers album

E.g., "Vanilla Ice Is Back" by Vanilla Ice (2008) or "Thank You" by Duran Duran (1995) - LoveMusicLoveLife

20 The lead single was released more than 2 years ago

I can't think of any albums that do this. - Powell

A clearer example is Sam Hunt's new album, South Side, which was just released while its lead single "Body Like a Back Road" was released in 2017. This is a clear sign that the album will lack cohesion, and turns out this album did lack cohesion. - LoveMusicLoveLife

21 The title has a pun based on a another album
22 It's a "comeback album" after a long hiatus
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