Not every album is memorable – in fact many albums can be like “watching paint dry.” Yeah that’s harsh, but true. Some of the albums on this list have earned their title as the most forgettable albums of 2015, while others are forgettable with some redeeming qualities. Regardless, these albums could’ve stood to have stepped their game up just a bit.
1) Chris Brown & Tyga, Fan of a Fan The Album
Not many fans have been on this one – just keeping it real. Personally, something told me “don’t go there” when I shelled out $10 and after listening the regret came full circle.
2) Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind
Who would’ve ever thought we’d be asking for the banjos to return? This album just didn’t bring much to the table. Honestly, how many alternative bands have released an album like this one, though perhaps more distinctively?
3) Jamie Foxx, Hollywood: Story of a Dozen Roses
Easily the most blasé Foxx release since his lucrative period beginning in 2005. Honestly, Foxx’s quality has diminished since Unpredictable, but save for a few solid records such as “Like A Drum” and “Baby’s In Love,” Hollywood might’ve been completely lost.
4) Ne-Yo, Non-Fiction
Was Ne-Yo’s last really accomplished album Year of The Gentleman? You could argue that Libra Scale and even Red had their moments, but Non-Fiction just lacks a certain oomph. When the album begins with “Run,” surely Ne-Yo and Schoolboy Q were referring to this boring affair.
5) Shawn Mendes, Handwritten
This kid has great potential – that can’t be taken from him. BUT Handwritten is no masterpiece, regardless if “Something Big” is happening according to 16-year old Mendes. The “Aftertaste” isn’t 100% satisfying in other words.
6) Josh Groban, Stages
Groban’s voice is celestial – he must be angel trapped in a man’s body –but Stages like so many of Groban’s album is middle of the road. Yes, “All I Ask of You,” a duet with Kelly Clarkson is fantastic, but much of the album while ‘good’ isn’t particularly distinctive or memorable.
7) Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece
Clarkson sings her face/butt/everything off as always, but Piece By Piece doesn’t have the same magic as Clarkson’s last studio effort, Stronger. It definitely doesn’t have the caliber of hits or overall ‘fit and finish’ of her juggernaut, Breakaway. “Heartbeat Song” is not >= “Since U Been Gone” or “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).”
8) Imagine Dragons, Smoke + Mirrors
Smoke + Mirrors is by no means a bad album – overall it’s solid. That said, save for the biggest hits like “Shots” and “I Bet My Life,” Smoke + Mirrors isn’t, say, among the best or most notable albums of 2015. Again it’s worthwhile, but not “the second coming.”
9) Madonna, Rebel Heart
This is one of Madonna’s better albums in years. To quote Sarah Vaughan, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” Still, Madonna is past her lucrative prime and even with Rebel Heart being a respectable album, it’s not necessarily among the most memorable. Even being an “Unapologetic Bitch,” and asserting her preeminent status on “Bitch I’m Madonna” and “Iconic” just isn’t quite enough.
10) Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife
Some will hate this pick and others might agree. There is certainly a ‘memorable’ factor about Rae Sremmurd given the distinct quality of their voices. Also there’s hits like “No Flex Zone” and “Throw Sum Mo.” Still, is this really the best or most memorable rap album of 2015? Compared to Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Snoop Dogg, or Kendrick Lamar? The answer is No. No shade, but maybe I’m just not into the Sremmlife like others are.