William Hung, a 21-year-old engineering student, was brutally rejected by the judges on “American Idol.”
Despite being marked as “the worst American Idol contestant ever,” he won the hearts of millions and got a record deal. Subsequently, Tylenol sales have been soaring.
Although it is easy to criticize the horribly out-of-tune pitches and destructive timing, it is harder to criticize the man. Three of the 15 tracks are “Inspirational Thoughts,” where Hung takes an opportunity to give his fans words of guidance. On one such track, entitled “Passion,” Hung says, “I may not be the best singer in the world, but I sing from my heart, and I sing with passion…” The subsequent track is Hung’s version of the R. Kelly song “I Believe I Can Fly.” It is…uh…passionately revolting?
If you are not already running out the door to buy this album, then you will when you learn that “Hotel California,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and “Circle of Life” all are included on the CD. It even comes with a bonus DVD that features “Brand New, Never Before Seen William Footage!”
In all honesty, this album is a compilation of great songs gone bad, but Hung knows by now that he is not the best singer in the world. While he tries to reach that goal, the listeners can appreciate the comedic value of his work.
Therefore, instead of the usual letter grade, I am resorting to the form of grading known as “Pass/Fail,” which simply relies on grading the amount of effort demonstrated by an individual as apposed to ability.
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