We're already half way through the year and there have been some notable albums released. While we still have some great music to look forward to in the second half of 2014 from Ministry, Foo Fighters, Judas Priest, The Cure, and Queen, there are some records that won't be making any waves in the music scene. Whether these albums are from long forgotten artists, musicians trying too hard, or just bands that haven't had a hit since their debut, these are the upcoming releases that no one was asking for and will make you go "WTF?"
“Paula” - Robin Thicke (July 1)
Whether you like him or not, there's no doubt Robin Thicke has found great success over the past year, but with it came endless controversy. From the popular single “Blurred Lines” to his scandalous dancing with Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV VMAs, Thicke kept people talking. These events may have also led to his separation from his wife of nine years, Paula Patton. What does he do next? Release an entire album and name it after her. With tracks like “Get Her Back,” “Too Little Too Late,” and “Time of Your Life” it sounds like he's trying to win her back in the creepiest way possible. The album is already out and has received some less favorable reviews. With this release, Thicke holds his title as Scumbag of the Year.
“Beautiful Goodbye” - Richard Marx (July 8)
To be fair, Richard Marx has been consistently releasing albums throughout his career, but with his 11th LP on the horizon one question remains: is anyone actually listening to this stuff? There's no doubt there are many out there who still love his classics like “Right Here Waiting” and “Satisfied,” but are these hits enough to drive someone to buy a new album by him? Maybe hardcore nostalgia will convince some to purchase this upcoming release. Don't be surprised is you find it in the clearance aisle by the end of the year.
“In Technicolor” - Jesse McCartney (July 22)
For those who may not remember, this former heartthrob got his career started in the sub-par boy band Dreamstreet. In 2004, he starred in the TV drama “Summerland” and also released his solo album “Beautiful Soul.” McCartney scored a hit with the title track, which got major play on "TRL." Though he kept releasing albums through the 2000's, he couldn't match the success of his previous single. 2014 will see the release of his fourth LP “In Technicolor.” While there may be some who are still following McCartney's career, most have moved on, leaving McCartney behind. Nostalgia is a great marketing ploy, but it's not enough for most to pick up this singer's new album.
“Lines and Circles” - O-town (August 3)
Remember those guys from first season of "Making the Band?" Well, they have reunited with the exception of Ashley Angel Parker, who is still trying his hand at a solo career. The other members, Trevor, Erik, Dan, and Jacob, have been in talks about reuniting since 2011 and will release their third album “Lines and Circles” August 3. That's right, it's an album from a boy band no one really liked in the first place. Since Backstreet Boys, NKOTB, and 98 Degrees have all reunited for successful tours, they figured they might have a chance but it doesn't exactly work when your band is as underwhelming as theirs is. This is one release of 2014 that no one asked for and will probably disappear quietly like they did in the mid-2000s.
“Stampede of the Disco Elephants” - Limp Bizkit (TBA)
Limp Bizkit has to be one of the most hated bands out there, right next to Nickelback. They saw some success in the late '90s, but the more they made music, the more audiences began to deride them. Just when music lovers thought they were done for good, Fred Durst and crew announced a new album for this year. Some will scoff, others will roll their eyes, while most will just ask “why?” The people who actually found them entertaining in the '90s are now old enough to see that maybe they didn't have the best taste in music when they were younger. Rather than aging gracefully, the band seems like they're still trying to be cool, but haven't gotten the memo that ending words in “z” don't make them edgy (see “Lightz"). No one can stop Fred Durst from making new music, but maybe someone should tell him weird album titles and using the same tricks from his first album won't make the band better.
“X” - Chris Brown (TBA)
With all the controversy Chris Brown's been involved in over the years it's hard to believe he still releases albums and that there are still people who buy them. His past two efforts released after the Rihanna incident were flops, so it's surprising he thinks a double disc filled with a total of twenty songs will do any better. The LP was originally set for a May release but is now delayed due to his most recent prison sentence. Brown doesn't do any favors by having a duet with his ex-girlfriend on the LP. For someone reason it makes him look like a scumbag even more. No matter how hard he tries, Brown will never be viewed the same way. Maybe it's best if he takes a break from music and try to let people forget his bad behavior.