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The most disappointing albums of 2017

Yardbarker Logo By Evan Sawdey of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 25: The entirety of 2017's pop music output can be boiled down to one simple concept: it was the year of the comeback. And what a joy it was: acts that either had been off their promotional cycles for a good while (Taylor Swift, U2, Arcade Fire) or existed in a nebulous space as to whether any new songs were going to come out (LCD Soundsystem, Kesha, Gorillaz) suddenly decided that 2017 was the year to make it happen. Some had long release date buildups, some were outright surprises. It was a constant stream of excitement across all genres, leaving many people feeling elated and happy about something for once – a sharp contrast to how we felt about the rest of the year. Yet 2017 is a cruel mistress, as for every welcome and surprising return (think Kendrick Lamar or, yes, that excellent Kesha record), the glow of the new faded off of a majority of these releases rather quickly, leaving us with an overwhelming sense of disappointment. Here, we round up some of the most disappointing albums released in 2017 and dig in to why they left us feeling so cold.

In 2017, some comebacks fell flat

The entirety of 2017's pop music output can be boiled down to one simple concept: it was the year of the comeback.

And what a joy it was: acts that either had been off their promotional cycles for a good while (Taylor Swift, U2, Arcade Fire) or existed in a nebulous space as to whether any new songs were going to come out (LCD Soundsystem, Kesha, Gorillaz) suddenly decided that 2017 was the year to make it happen. Some had long release date buildups, some were outright surprises. It was a constant stream of excitement across all genres, leaving many people feeling elated and happy about something for once – a sharp contrast to how we felt about the rest of the year.

Yet 2017 is a cruel mistress, as for every welcome and surprising return (think Kendrick Lamar or, yes, that excellent Kesha record), the glow of the new faded off of a majority of these releases rather quickly, leaving us with an overwhelming sense of disappointment. Here, we round up some of the most disappointing albums released in 2017 and dig in to why they left us feeling so cold.

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