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

Miller: I could never call any Bob Dylan album bad.

Baca: C’mon. Try it. It’s quite freeing!

Miller: Do I prefer vintage Dylan? Yes. Do I hate old man Dylan? I just can’t. The thing about “Tempest” is, while I can’t connect to the twangy country, the storytelling and the lyrics are as strong as ever. Did you hate the entirety of it?

Baca: I agree, it is hard to hate the man. I do hate him getting a pass, though. Did he release one of the best albums of the year? Of his career? Of his late-career, even? Nope. So to all the folks who praised his “newfound youth” or his “refreshing approach,” I call bullshit.

Miller: Also, that “Duquesne Whistle” music video…

Baca: What’s the matter? You don’t like Gap commercials?

Miller: I think I’d prefer a Gap commercial to that. What didn’t you like about FJM? It’s hard to differentiate the album from any Fleet Foxes music, which doesn’t bother me at all.

Baca: It’s not that I expected more from FJM. It’s that I was so severely (almost offensively) bored by the record. And I’m a fan of that quiet breed of folk-inspired gooeyness. It never connected with me, and I gave it multiple tries after so many of you kept telling me how great it was.

Miller: Yeah it’s not a great album by any means, but his voice, his melodies and the gentle atmosphere of the record just makes for an enjoyable listen. I probably won’t remember it a year from now, though. And you love any good vocalist, too. I’m surprised you can’t connect to that with FJM.

Baca: I might have to try. Again. One more time. For you, Matt. Only for you. Ha. But hey, let’s talk about Passion Pit. What happened there — from the sheer indie pop brilliance of “Manners” to … “Gossamer”? Were you ever a fan? Did you dig the new record?

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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.