I came across this MSN piece on the 41 Worst Albums and wanted to see if any of them were in my vinyl collection or in my Apple Music stream. Mostly no with one interesting exception – in my ever so humble opinion – One by Dirty Vegas. Released in November 2004, it ranked as the 36th worst album based on the Metacritic score.
Metracritic aggregates critics’ scores from a variety of reputable web sites. To be in the list, there had to be at least seven scores provided. Here’s more details about how the scores are created for the truly nerdy among us.
One landed a score of 35. Now a guy named Phil Collins had an album on the list at number 37 with a score of 34 – worse than the Dirty Vegas score and Phil did have a pretty successful career.
Blender called the album “Exhaustingly awful” and gave it a score of 10 – Ouch.
From Rolling Stone (a publication I rely on) “The limp rhythm section and layered guitars expose the rote melodies, ridiculously dull lyrics and cruise-control tempo” with a score of 20.
Even PopMatters good review really wasn\t so much “What Dirty Vegas has really accomplished with this release is a completely unpretentious piece of work designed to move folks who want nothing more than something fun and catchy to listen to.”
For me, its an inoffensive listenable album. No, its not going to challenge you, but sometimes that’s ok. And it also peaked at #7 of the US Dance and Electronica chart.
So, how many of these are in your collection?
Melodia The Vines
The Entrance Band The Entrance Band
Imperial Blaze Sean Paul
The Weirdness The Stooges
Generation Audio Bullys
Charmbracelet Mariah Carey
Crown Royal Run-D.M.C.
The Rebirth Of Venus Ben Lee
Memories: Do Not Open The Chainsmokers
I Am Me Ashlee Simpson
Baptism Lenny Kravitz
Scream Chris Cornell
Jewellery Quarter The Twang
It Had to Be You… The Great American Songbook Rod Stewart
iSouljaBoyTellem Soulja Boy Tell Em
Cosmos Rocks Queen + Paul Rodgers
Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay Kreayshawn
What The… Black Flag
Super Collider Megadeth
All The Right Reasons Nickelback
14 Shades Of Grey Staind
A Day Without Rain Enya
A Lively Mind Paul Oakenfold
Never Gone Backstreet Boys
Liz Phair Liz Phair
Jagged Little Pill Acoustic Alanis Morissette
Graffiti Chris Brown
United Nations of Sound Richard Ashcroft
(One) The Panic Channel
Fortune Chris Brown
Life On Display Puddle Of Mudd
Slick Dogs And Ponies Louis XIV
Nine Track Mind Charlie Puth
Rebirth Lil Wayne
One Dirty Vegas
Testify Phil Collins
Famous First Words Viva Brother
Results May Vary Limp Bizkit
Playing With Fire Kevin Federline