Nicole Atkins - Slow Phaser
Nicole's 2007 or 2008 debut Neptune City was fantastic, and I was getting ready for (finally!) a female Springsteen. Alas, its follow-up Mondo Amore was a let-down and the new one's only marginally better. It's Only Chemistry is a kick-ass song, but a rather lonely one, surrounded as it is by mediocrity.
Blondie - Ghosts of Download
I was hardly expecting another Parallel Lines, but this is actually not even The Hunter. Bland bland bland, from start to end.
Future Islands - Singles
It's not bad, but after reading all the extremely positive reviews I was expecting a masterpiece, not a routine excercise of eighties nostalgia, sung in an irritating voice. And the sleeve is just ugly.
Kylie Minogue - Kiss Me Once