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

Baca: You don’t think she did? The way I see it, she sucked an egg on “SNL.” But how many awards shows has Taylor Swift ruined as she’s learned her public voice? So many. And while I have no idea if LDR ever finally achieved a decent public voice (haven’t seen her yet), I still believe it didn’t matter. “Born to Die” is so unstoppably strange and beautiful.

Miller: That faux melancholy that she’s all about gets old really fast. Also, her vocal inflections (speech impediment?) starts to grind after listening to a whole song.

Baca: I dig that. Somehow I’m on the complete other side. I can’t get enough. She’s that artist for me this year where I’m devouring everything — dance remixes, crappy YouTubes, old yearbook pictures.

Miller: Ha ha I’d like to see more from her. I’m not ready to completely write her off, but I don’t think she’s earned the obsession status yet.

Baca: So here was something strange that happened in 2012. I started watching both “Glee” and “The Voice.” I have to ask it — What the hell happened to me? — when I find my self Spotifying “Glee” arrangements of R.E.M. and Bowie as I’m prepping to watch Adam Levine and Blake Shelton kiss some mediocre artist’s ass on national television. You ever watch either of those shows?

Miller: Well, I haven’t had a TV for a while, which is good because I can stay clear of the heroin that is “Glee” and “The Voice.” I can see how it could be easy to be drawn into that stuff, but I’m looking for something fresh from music, and not wanting to be part of the commercial repackaging of what I love. That being said, I couldn’t stop listening to that “Glee” version of “Born to Run.” What is it that you connect with on shows like that?

Baca: “Glee” is fun and progressive and zany and well-meaning and solid entertainment for kids. “The Voice” is (dare I say) smart entertainment — a game show dressed up as a legitimate singing competition. Neither of them are great, but sometimes it’s enough to be really, really entertaining.

Miller: That sounds like why I love “How I Met Your Mother,” so I totally understand. So what’s your list of worst music of 2012? Could we possibly agree on a list?

Baca: I don’t see that happening anytime soon, ha. And that’s why we publish individual best-of lists — and I think that’s a better service to our readers. Shall we leave it with me hating on Dylan, FJM and Passion Pit while you’re feeling down on LDR, Gotye and fun.?

Miller: Haha I’m kind of a hater.

Baca: It’s all part of the job!

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and editor at The Denver Post.

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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.