Worst music of 2012: Mumford & Sons, Lana Del Rey, Gotye and more - Reverb

Worst music of 2012: Mumford & Sons, Lana Del Rey, Gotye, “Glee,” Bob Dylan, fun. and more

Denver Post pop music critic Ricardo Baca and Reverb managing editor Matt Miller have a civil discussion about the worst music of 2012, even though they don’t really agree on much. The two discuss the polarizing Lana Del Rey, that over-played Gotye song, “Glee,” Bob Dylan and fun. They both agree that Mumford & Sons is pretty bad, though. Join the conversation in the comments.

Ricardo Baca, Denver Post pop music critic: So we’ve talked about the best music of the year already. The best songs and the best albums and the best Colorado artists. There was so much goodness out there. But there was also some awesomely overrated crap.

Matt Miller, Reverb managing editor: Oh, no doubt. And how about all those songs that have been drilled into our collective consciousness this year?

Baca: Like your favorite Aussie? Gotye? Eh, Matt? Eh?

Miller: The number of times I’ve sung along with that song makes me sick. This video is a perfect depiction of how I feel about it.

Baca: So true!

Miller: Mostly, though, I feel bad for anyone who bought that album and had to listen to the rest of the songs.

Baca: I’ve come out and said it before. It’s a great song. I also love his voice. It got played deep, deep into the ground. Like so many others. But speaking of great songs being buried with airplay and exposure, how about fun.?

Miller: Ugh, fun. I know you’re somewhat of a fan, so I won’t be too harsh. But the best thing about “Some Nights” is the band kindly made it easy to stop listening after the first couple of songs. There’s no way you liked the whole album, did you?

Baca: True. Very true. But in 2012, four great songs on an album is a pretty big deal – especially when they’re as grandiose and gorgeous as “Some Nights” and “We Are Young.” That said, what albums and artists can we agree had bad years in 2012. Dylan? Father John Misty?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542118972 Frank Munafo

    How do I get a job here??? You want to talk about bad albums, how about Muse’s The 2nd Law, The Lumineers, Maroon friggin Five or that steaming pile of crap from Of Monsters and Men???

    • http://www.denvereverb.com Ricardo Baca

      Agreed on the Muse record, but I didn’t expect much from it in the first place. Same with Maroon 5 – no good, bum show, though I will admit I like Adam Levine on “The Voice.” But I love the Lumineers record. It’s one of my favorites of 2012, in fact. Of Monsters and Men, I’m torn. There are some really fun, even great songs on there. But after seeing them live, it confirmed for me that they’re a bit of a one-note act. It all sounds the same/runs together/horns/shouting/HEYs … Maybe their next record will be great?

    • http://heyreverb.com/ Matt Miller

      Ahhh I wish we had talked about Of Monsters and Men — EVERY song sounds the same. Nothing fresh there. As for Maroon 5, that’s so obviously a bad album why waste precious life writing about it?

  • Morgan

    Lana Del Rey’s album really surprised me. My daughter bought it for me and I put in the rotation in my car. Usually I get bored after I listen to a CD about three times. I just can’t take LDR’s off. Of course, the same thing is happening with Ke$ha’s new disc. It could be me :)

  • Lavinia

    Happy, so happy to see your evaluation of the Mumford machine, and also glad to see you did not push Dawes into the trash with them although they have toured together a lot this year. Dawes is a band worthy of your attention and esteem, btw.

  • Larry Martin

    Mumford and Sons is the equivalent of a bad Photoshop job.