Taken out of context, these 10 examples of staggering suckitude may not actually be 2006's worst albums - K-Fed's flop is nowhere in sight. But when we weighed expectations against the crappy product, the following CDs rose to the top of the shit heap.
BADLY DRAWN BOY Born In The U.K. (Astralwerks/EMI)
One James Blunt is more than enough, thanks.
BEYONCE B'Day (Columbia/Sony BMG)
Not quite as good as LeToya.
ELVIS COSTELLO My Flame Burns Blue (Deutsche Grammophon)
The ever-ambitious Mr. Krall tries to outdo the missus and fails miserably, taking a huge orchestra down with him.
GNARLS BARKLEY St. Elsewhere (Downtown/Warner)
The song of the year and 13 tracks of solid filler.
JAY-Z Kingdom Come (Roc-a-fella/Def Jam)
Don't quit your day job.
PAUL McCARTNEY Ecce Cor Meum (EMI)
JOANNA NEWSOM Ys (Drag City)
Van Dyke Parks may have been able to drag Brian Wilson out of the sandbox, but even Parks couldn't make sense of this critic boys' crush's self-indulgent twiddling.
OUTKAST Idlewild (Sony BMG)
Everyone makes mistakes.
SCISSOR SISTERS Ta-Dah (Universal)
Elton John can't even release a good Elton John album any more. Give it up.
GWEN STEFANI The Sweet Escape (Interscope/Universal)
SWAN LAKE Beast Moans (Scratch/Jagjaguwar)
The three-way nerd pop hookup of bloggers' dreams turns out to be everyone else's worst nightmare.