Presented with limited aggrandizing, a short list of albums due or rumored for release in 2012 that we think could potentially let us down (but we really hope they don't). From confirmed to rumors, we've picked out five of the albums we're anticipating and realized some of them are bound to be disappointing (if they even appear). Here's why.
1. The Shins - Port of Morrow
(due in March)
The Shins has always been the James Mercer show, and this record will certainly be status quo in that department (he played most instruments and wrote all songs, the rest of the band is completely different). The question is: will this be an odd hybrid of his recent side work? Will the five year space between albums be too long? And what of the recycled backing band?
Check out more context from our show attendance
2. The National
(pure conjecture here)
Some new songs at recent live performances indicates we might be seeing some new material soon. The scary thing is only how good they've been up till now. Is there an experimental album due which could alienate some fans?
Again, more context from our show attendance
3. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
If her EP was indication of what the full length will have in store, it will most likely be a let down (and if you've snagged a leak, you've already got somewhat of an idea). Her manufactured name and look and uncompelling singing style has a lot to live up to given the unusually large amount of buzz surrounding her. Her recent performance on Saturday Night Live
did not help her case-- just saying.
Her most recent remix offering
isn't all that comforting, despite its quality.
4. Anything by Odd Future - The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2
Easily the most overhyped band (collective?) in recent memory. I can leave out the fact they're misogynist and homophobic. That they assault photographers trying to take pictures of them that will inevitably lead to them selling more albums. What I can't get past is that their music to me is on the terrible side. Delivery is weak, beats are blah and lyrics... well I already mentioned that above.
5. The Beach Boys
Wow. Everyone will want these guys to capture the magic that they've bestowed on us for 50 years. The reunion, new album and 50th anniversary tour has been a long time in the making. Problem is how can any band live up to this? Brian Wilson joining the boys again will be tantalizing but I fear it won't be satisfying.
We did enjoy The SMiLE Sessions
, for what its worth, but how could you not?
What albums are you worried about in 2012? Leave us a note in the comments.