VICE Names Their 50 Worst Albums of 2013

While we’re being pummeled with year-end best-of lists, it’s refreshing to see someone go at things from the other direction. There’s a whole lot to disagree with on this list, but I think it’s more fun to fight about what’s worst vs. what’s best.

Among the albums panned:

  • Bad Religion, Christmas Songs:  Yep.  I just don’t get it.
  • Yamataka//Sonic Titan, UZU:  What?  Seriously? I LOVE this record!
  • Miley Cyrus, Bangerz:  Duh.
  • Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City:  Really?  That’s a bit harsh.
  • Muse:  Live at Rome Olympic Stadium:  I guess it all depends on your thoughts regarding the need for live albums.
  • The National, Trouble Will Find Me:  Uh-oh…
  • Kanye West, Yeezus:  Yes!  Thank God I’m the only person who doesn’t get it.

As for their Worst Album of 2013, I’m afraid I can’t even bring myself to list it.  They’re way, WAY off base.  You’ll have to scroll through the list here.

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4 thoughts on “VICE Names Their 50 Worst Albums of 2013

  • This list appears to be solely made for people to be snarky.

  • Just click-bait. At least it was somewhat humorous; his comments on The National were hilarious. I’m surprised he didn’t put m b v on there.

  • I agree with Andy and Markosaar. As far as a legitimate ‘I didn’t like this album’ list goes – that was trash.
    Want proof? Read the stupid reason that someone didn’t like Tegan And Sara.

    I’d be more interested in Alan’s and his readers thoughts. What album did you really dislike this year, or failed to live up to your expectations?

  • Yeah, both this and the companion 50 best albums are snarky and pedantic “I”m better than you because I like/dislike this album and you don’t.” Kanye’s album was on both lists with just one word changed. I don’t trust either list.


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