Worst of Song

updated 12/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

THE ROLLING STONES
Voodoo Lounge
The most distinctive sounds coming from rock and roll's aging Bad Boys aren't these stale riffs and cliché
-laden ballads but the KA-CHING! of their tour cash registers racking up $50 million in tickets and tie-ins. (Virgin)

TAMMY WYNETTE
Without Walls
Though she capably swings a few partners on this duet-dominated album, Wynette stumbles with others like Sting and Wynonna. (Epic)

PINK FLOYD
The Division Bell
A lot of time and money went into this, and you can hear it in the craftsmanship and finely shaded musical textures. What's harder to discern, though, is a hint of inspiration or a memorable melody. (Columbia)

SPIN DOCTORS
Turn It Upside Down
A self-indulgent knapsack from this neo-hippie band, crammed with obscure lyrics ("These sketches of an infinite architecture are ink and unconfirmed conjecture") and spineless melodies. (Epic)

ANITA BAKER
Rhythm of Love
The R&B chanteuse's long-awaited return is anticlimactic. Her alto is lovely as ever, but it can't override the forgettable material. (Elektra)

ROGER CLINTON
Nothing Good
Comes Easy On his first effort, the President's sibling displays a rank, not-ready-for-the-shower-stall pop singing style. (Pyramid/Rhino)

RICHARD MARX
Paid Vacation
Marx has a knack for nailing a decent hook, but these radio-ready ballads are painfully lacking in punch. After this lost holiday, it's time for him to get back to work. (Capitol)

BOYZ II MEN II
Once was enough. The quartet's flawless harmonies are so frustratingly pristine they sound like they must have been concocted in a laboratory. (Motown)

SANDRA BERNHARD
Excuses for Bad Behavior, Part One
No excuses, please. This once-outrageous comic misses on easy targets like phone sex and psychic hot lines. (Sony/550)

PUBLIC ENEMY
Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age
It isn't only the title that's labored. After nearly three years, Chuck D and his crew return with a dismal collection of stale rap set to weak, clunky grooves. (Def Jam)

FURTHER FOLLIES

•FRANK SINATRA Duets II (Capitol)
•EDIE BRICKELL Picture Perfect Morning (Geffen)
•DAVID LEE ROTH Your Filthy Little Mouth (Reprise)
•JOHN MELLENCAMP Dance Naked (Mercury)
•GLORIA ESTEFAN Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (Epic)

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