This compilation serves to somewhat explain Randall Abrahams' fury at the bungled attempts of Idols contestants to actually sing. And there are some great singers, and great songs on this collection of tracks.
But often it's more a case of great singer, dodgy song, revolting arrangements and tasteless production. Whitney Houston's rendition of "All at once" with its cataclysmic theme and even more cataclysmic build, is a case in point. Whitney has better songs in this vein, like "Didn't We Almost Have it All." If you want your vocal histrionics (and Idols fans probably do) then "Didn't we almost" delivers them better.
Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" may be one of the best pop songs ever recorded. But is Britney really a "great" singer? No, she's just pretty good. Would you really describe the Beach Boys as "great" singers? Their whining vocals have their charms, but that deadened sound is nothing if not dated.
The key to a good compilation is not just ingredients, it's also... wait for it... compiling! Randall hasn't done an outstanding job here. The tracks, rather than being surprising in their combinations, are matched rather obviously - the Beach Boys follow the Everly Brothers. Anyone with a CD burner could have thought of that song sequence. No Randall required!
So yes, there are some great singers, and some great songs on this CD, and now and again a great singer does a great song.
But there's really no reason to buy it, unless you're making an informed choice, between an Idols winner's efforts and this. If you find yourself in that highly unfortunate position, Great Singers, Great Songs may be the more rewarding option. Which isn't saying much for it.
- Jean Barker
WHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID
Abrahams must've been influenced by some divine force when he put this one together... Mmm, must've been love.- Bulelwa Languza for iAfrica.com
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