A.V. Club's "Least Essential Albums of 2009" Right on the Money

Yes, that is Billy Bob Thornton's band. No, we didn't need to hear their latest album.
Yes, that is Billy Bob Thornton's band. No, we didn't need to hear their latest album.

I have nothing at all against their number one pick, Everclear's

In A Different Light

. Art Alexakis, lead singer and only original member of the band, has since retooled things and turned the once formidable alternative rock band into a pathetic covers band. Gone are the glory days of "Santa Monica" and

So Much For the Afterglow

-- they have been replaced with unimaginative cover songs. What makes

In A Different Light

 so awesomely bad is that the album is full of covers of Everclear songs. If the sentence, "The latest Everclear album features covers of Everclear songs" isn't the most asinine and ridiculous sentence you hear today, then good for you. Oh well, Alexakis is apparently content covering his own songs at

glorified Scottsdale beer festivals

. Rock on, pal.

As I mentioned earlier, there is one little album that could have been on this least essential album list. If you know me well enough, you probably already know what's coming. That's right -- I wholeheartedly believe that Bob Dylan's Christmas in the Heart should be included. It seems people think I don't "get" Bob Dylan, but seriously, what is there to "get" about him releasing Christmas music? Christmas music already sucks enough, why do we need his grizzled warble set to "Here Comes Santa Claus?" It was another album released this year that just didn't need to happen. "Must Be Santa" is one of the most atrocious songs I have heard all year. I maybe don't "get" Bob Dylan,  but I "get" how truly unnecessary him releasing a Christmas album -- in October, mind you -- was amongst this year's releases.

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