There are two things about being a music writer that make the job enjoyable. One of them is, quite obviously, when a great record comes along and I can't help but share my love for the music. That is what carries me through the dry periods, and makes the time put into this endeavor worth it. But there is also something to be said for music that is not just mediocre, but offensively bad. Records that pool the bile in me are thoroughly enjoyable to write about, in their own way. There isn't anything quite like an album that offends you to the point where words flow out of your mind in a torrent of bewildered anger.
This year had an abundance of those kinds of albums. I narrowed the list down to the five that sparked the harshest criticism from me, but others could have easily been included to make this list even longer. For instance, I would have easily thought The Jayhawks would be on this list, given my reaction to their troubling return from another hiatus, and I was sure that Weezer would make an unprecedented run at their third worst album of the year crown, but neither of those happened. The well was so deep they didn't even make the cut, despite not being remotely close to acceptable.
Here, then, are the five worst albums of the year:
5. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
4. Operation:Mindcrime - Resurrection
3. Headspace - All That You Fear Is Gone
2. Megadeth - Dystopia
1. Meat Loaf - Braver Than We Are