Monday, August 1, 2011

Worst Album Ever

It would be selfish of me to keep this to myself. Please listen to the first song and an "exclusive Burning Wood" mix from Barb Jungr's "The Men I Love" CD, an album of covers that made my jaw drop so hard and so quick, I scraped my chin.

Now I understand "cabaret." I don't actively seek out singers of this genre, but I understand it. This misguided collection of tunes makes last week's covers release by America sound like "Abbey Road."

Look at this:

01. Once in a Lifetime (David Byrne/Brian Eno)
02. I’m a Believer (Neil Diamond)
03. Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache (Sandy Linzer/Denny Randell)
04. Night Comes On (Leonard Cohen)
05. Can’t Get Used to Losing You/Red Red Wine (Doc Pomus/Neil Diamond)
06. The River (Bruce Springsteen)
07. I Saw The Light (Todd Rundgren)
08. This Old Heart of Mine/Love Hurts (Holland-Dozier-Holland/ B&F Bryant)
09. Everything I Own (David Gates)
10. You Aint’s Going Nowhere (Bob Dylan)
11. My Little Town (Paul Simon)
12. Wichita Lineman (Jimmy Webb)

Seriously, words fail me, except for a few like...horrible, hilarious, and "are you kidding?" How about the genius of an Isley/Everlys medley? I mean, she even sings Bruce Springsteen's "The River" in first person.

Am I being mean?

Well, YOU listen to it.




Spookywolffe said...

Not going to spend too much time finding out if I agree with you, but the cover of Once in a Lifetime is so randomly assembled and inappropriately performed that "signs say 'yes'".

FD13NYC said...

Yes, very hilarious. But as Larry David might say, pretty, pretty bad.

Where did you dig up this mineral?

Todd Haugen said...

OK, its the fact that she is taking herself so seriously that made me crack up. I am telling you if you interviewed this lady, now that would be a bitchin' post, she would have a whole theory and process behind picking and performing songs.

I would actually love to see you post some interviews come to think of it, I could see you having a unique style that really added value.

Les said...

If there is something to "understand" about this, I'm just going to go ahead and enjoy being ignorant.

*Les runs away with fingers in her ears singing "boobopshaloobop" in her outside voice

Noam Sane said...

Truly, deeply bad. Of course, one look at the album cover and you have to question her judgement.

I will save the Heads cover for my home ITunes mix, of course, and enjoy its awfulness whenever it randomly pops up, hopefully just before or after Julie London's cover of "Yummy yummy yummy I've Got Love in my Tummy".

Anonymous said...

You're being too hard on her. i like her voice, and she can obviously sing. The instrumentation is nice too; warm, spare, acoustic. The problem is the material just doesn't suit her or the genre (cabaret, which I too have problems with). So, yeah, her taste is highly suspect. Daniel Lanois or Rick Rubin could extract a decent record from her methinks.

Jeff in Denton TX said...

As a follow-up, perhaps you should post a couple of tracks from Mrs. Miller.

Charlie said...

I notice she's from England. May I apologise on behalf of the nation.
I've got a feeling I saw her live with The Three Courgettes supporting Alexei Sayle back in the early eighties. My only memory is of everyone being bored to death.

Anything Should Happen said...

Charlie, you are absolutely right and she was awful.

I haven't dared to listed to this, perhaps we should have a post to find our favourite cover albums and then we can all get the chance to listen to Val Doonican Rocks But Gently.

By The Way Salster, you've won a prize in Sles's quiz.

Anonymous said...

Was this a vanity project or did some record company signed off on this? They would be the true villains in this.

Where did you find this?


Sal Nunziato said...

Barb Jungr has beem making music for some time. Apparently, some of it has gotten good reviews.

draftervoi said...

"Once In A Lifetime" is just ridiculous; but I like ther version of "I Saw The Light." I can listen to anything once. I wouldn't BUY it, though.

Ken D said...

What I imagine the entertainment is like in the piano bar on a cruise ship at 1am. The only thing better might be a live album including between-song patter.

Glenn S. said...

I don't know. That version of "Once In A Lifetime" is just odd enough that I actually kind of like it.

wilfofhove said...

You think this is bad? And, yes, it is dire beyond belief. Try her album of Bob Dylan covers and lose the will to live...

mingfrommongo said...

"What doesn't destroy me, makes me stronger." And I feel so much stronger now, thanks.