Various Artists (RCA)
One listen to this disc brings to mind the wrathful words of American Idol judge Simon Cowell
: "That was extraordinary. Unfortunately, extraordinarily bad." Featuring studio versions of songs performed on American Idol by the 10 finalists—as well as winner Kelly Clarkson
's dull dual singles "A Moment Like This" and "Before Your Love"—this compilation was put together in a mere two weeks to cash in on the FOX show's popularity. And with its cheesy production, it sounds like a rush job. Vocally, Jim Verraros's amateurish cover of the Commodores' 1977 hit "Easy" gives one new appreciation for the song stylings of Lionel Richie. Runner-up Justin Guarini's yearning "Get Here" and Christina Christian's aptly bleak "Ain't No Sunshine" are the only decent moments.
Bottom Line: Deserves the hook