Well, not always. There are some great people out there working for record companies. South African artists are getting serious attention from the marketing budget. But there have been some truly horrible CDs released this year. Without any further ado, here they are! The worst, worst CDs of 2004. They're arranged in no particular order, and yes, there may be some missing. Let us know what those are when you post a message below this story. Or be justifiably furious that your favourite favourite artist is the subject of my loathing!
Kim Lian - BalanceWhy do we bother importing this soggy pop fluff? Months after her big splash, no-one can remember who she was.Review and sound clips from the CD
Mike and the Mechanics - RewiredThey're back! Whether you'll welcome them or recoil in horror depends largely on whether you grew up on 80s radio, and whether you've moved on or just replaced your vinyl collection with the same stuff on CD.Review and sound clips from the CD
Wilson Phillips - CaliforniaA very slick collection of covers from the wholesome pop trio. You can imagine it making a perfect soundtrack for a slow-plotted chick made-for-TV flick about mother-daughter bonding. Incredibly insipid.Review and sound clips from the CD
Eastlife - Some HeartsIt's all for a good cause - the proceeds go to Cochlea Implant Foundation, who, ironically, restore people's hearing. I'd suggest you just donate to the foundation directly but it's a free country. Review and sound clips from the CD
Kristine W - Fly AgainJust what Ms. W is doing on prestigious rap label Tommy Boy remains utterly perplexing.Review and sound clips from the CD
Idols - All the hits by your top 10It's true! TV rots your brain! And ruins your CD collection if you aren't careful.Review and sound clips from the CD
Various - Under CoverAvoid this slapdash collection of tired pop hits - most so badly mangled as to obliterate all their previous charm. With 22 tracks of aural torture, only masochists need apply.Review and sound clips from the CD
Hugo - Deur die StraightsThis release is sponsored by Klipdrift. Perhaps that's what it takes to decide to record a one-man pub band and publicise his album - a lot of Dutch courage. MWEB readers rated it four stars. I wouldn't give it one.Review and sound clips from the CD
Davina - DavinaThis CD sounds ok if you're standing on your head. Review and sound clips from the CD
- Jean Barker
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