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The Seven Worst Albums of 2004

There can't be a list of best albums of 2004 without a list of the least essential and least favorite. Here are my picks for the seven worst albums of the year:


Linday Lohan "Speak"
I met Lindsay briefly at the MTV Movie Awards in June and I was charmed by her enthusiasm and down to earth manners. But this album was a let down. Her fifteen minutes are almost up.

Tears For Fears "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending"

I'm still wondering what they came back for.

Courtney Love "America's Sweetheart"
We all love some good drama, but too much self-indulgence stinks.

Soundtrack Will & Grace: Let The Music Out
Sorry guys. You know I love Will & Grace but this album is such a missed opportunity. Megan duetting with Carly Simon? Come on.

Lenny Kravitz "Baptism"

This is so bland, it makes my toes curl. Even a flashy GAP commercial can't make this album sell.

Ashley Simpson "Autobiography"
Mediocrity rears it ugly head.

The Prodigy "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned"

Okay, I didn't get this album. It is too loud, over the top and meaningless. (Cool sleeve art though.)

Honorable mentions: William Hung "Inspiration," Fantasia "Free Yourself,", Cherie "Cherie."

December 28, 2004 | Permalink


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Arjan! How can you say Lohan's 15 mins are up when her next film is the epic OScar '05 contender "Herbie The Love Bug"!?

I disagree with the Courtney Love choice - I thought it was half'n'half. "Hold On To Me" was classic and there is something intriguing about the musical meltdown on "Life Despite God." Really "Damita Ho" is much worse! :)

Keep up the excellent work in 05 - hope you'll be covering Tori and Kate Bush! :)

Posted by: xolondon at Dec 28, 2004 2:17:36 PM

I kinda liked the Tears for Fears album... but I'm weird.

Posted by: Loser at Dec 29, 2004 11:22:35 AM

100% agreed. I was so disappointed with The Prodigy...

Posted by: Noranna at Dec 30, 2004 2:01:01 AM

Lindsay Lohan Sucks- A manufactured, untalented ugly little skank...the last thing the music world needs is another one of those...I'm waiting for all of them to be extinct!

Posted by: Jasmine at Jan 1, 2005 6:28:42 PM

TFF was one of my fav albums of the year.

Posted by: Torr at Jan 3, 2005 8:54:56 AM

It just goes to show you have to hear the new Tears for Fears album. People either love it or hate it, but most people seem to love it, BY FAR.

Glib dismissals without analysis like this just reveal the prejudice of the reviewer.

Posted by: Ron at Jan 7, 2005 9:56:24 AM

Are you kidding? "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending" is a masterpiece and should be a Album of The Year candidate!

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