December 9, 2009
There’s been no shortage of great new artists in 2009. Unfortunately though, you also have craptacular artists like Owl City and Asher Roth sucking up the airwaves with their disgustingly awful “music”. For this special 2009 version of Who’s Worse, I’m pitting these artists, which I consider to be the two worst newish artists of the year, against each other.
Asher Roth‘s rose to popularity this year rapper as a suburban, privileged white boy that makes hip-hop for the frat-boy / Myspace crowd. Just imagine a watered-down Eminem (or maybe Vanilla Ice?) with garbage, sophomoric lyrics and generic samples and you’re getting close to the ear-gouging monstrosity that is Asher Roth. “I Love College” is absurdly horrible, it seems like it is gunning for LFO‘s “Summertime Girls” as the ultimate douchebag’s theme song. If you enjoy rap songs where the hook is chanting “Freshman, Freshman” and “Chug, Chug, Chug” over and over, you also probably think that Smash Mouth was the pinnacle of musical greatness.
Owl City has succeeded in showing that even with a complete and utter lack of originality, cringe-worthy lyrics, and the worst type of sloppy, half-baked electronica, you can still make a No. 1 hit. Calling this a really poor Postal Service rip-off (which you have every right to) is still not giving credit to the complex and intelligent production that Jimmy Tamborello and Ben Gibbard created which this talentless hack took for a cheap ride. Add in vomit-inducing lyrics like “Golf and alcohol don’t mix and that’s why I don’t drink and drive” and you artificial, squeamish vocals and there you have Owl City.
Oh, and just so this post isn’t completely negative, here’s my 10 favorite new artists of 2009: Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Antlers, Japandroids, The xx, Fanfarlo, Passion Pit, jj, Harlem Shakes, Fever Ray, fun.