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Old 12-31-2007, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Most OVERRATED albums of 2007

I guess any music forum at the end of the year ought to have a thread like this, eh? I'm sure there'll be a few matters of contention, but this is Music Banter after all and it's all in good fun.

The following albums get my nod. Note, I do not mean by this that these are bad albums. Merely that they've received an awful lot more credit and acclaim than I believe they deserved:

Burial - Untrue
The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
Battles - Mirrored
Kanye West - Graduation
Jay-Z - American Gangster
and finally...
LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver (and particularly the song All My Friends)

A note on the final choice: I do like this album a whole lot, but I firmly do not believe that it is even top 5 material in 2007 and the way it has been received is, imo, suspect to say the least.
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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MIA - Kala

Just sounds like a chav talking over someones record collection.
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Year Zero by NIN.
Also one of the best albums of 07
But the way it was received by NIN fans was near disgusting.
They hailed it as the greatest album ever made, that all Reznors other work wasn't a patch on Year Zero. All of this within a week of first hearing it.
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Just sounds like a chav talking over someones record collection.
maybe because that's what it is.





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Old 12-31-2007, 04:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Just sounds like a chav talking over someones record collection.
lol

personally I thought the world of this album, though I can't help feeling that it was overrated by all the mags at the same time.

What's with the overrating process anyway? It seems that some special group somewhere or other decide that such and such an album is going to be the big craze, and all the mags and websites suddenly jump on the bandwagon like a bunch of mindless zombies. Hell, look at Pitchfork Media - they're one of those publications often credited with creating trends. This year they've clearly fallen for unduly-raved-over act after unduly-raved-over act, and elsewhere done the purely predictable by their standards (i.e. dropping their jaws over The Animal Collective and any member who happens to release an album).

It makes me wonder: is it more important to half of these publications that they give off the impression of having "guessed" right what the big record of the year would be, than that they actually try to say something new, original, unique?

Since I'm on the topic of Pitchfork Media, it's a laugh that Ghostface's The Big Doe Rehab and Wu-Tang's 8 Diagrams can make Pitchfork's top 50 albums of 2007, yet albums that they themselves rated significantly higher and that imo are way better, like Prodigy's Return Of The Mac and Blitzen Trapper's Wild Mountain Nation, don't even get a nod. And so, I ask...just what is a top 50/100 end-of-year list about half of the time?
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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8 Diagrams and The Big Doe Rehab were both a million times better than American Gangster, Graduation and Da Drought 3 all of which were ranked in the top 20 and in nearly every list. I don't see why you single out two of the only albums I think were really worthy of being on the list, not even that high on the list, when there are even more overrated and worse rap albums higher up.
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LCD Soundsystem-Sounds Of Silver
Hot Chip-did that come out this year?
Justice -cross
Arctic Monkeys-Favourite Worst Nightmare.
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LCD Soundsystem-Sounds Of Silver

Yea, i hear poeple RAVING and constantly saying how amazing this is. I feel its simply average for the genre. Nothing to out there or progressive for the genre. Just another album.
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