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Friday, January 21, 2011

Five Attempted Pop Comebacks Even More Annoying Than James Blunt's

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

It came to my attention that James Blunt is back with a new album this week.

Considering that the mere sight of his face evokes my inner rage, the

thought of his actual music is enough to make me want to drive off a cliff.

If you remember, he was that guy in 2006 with the song "You're Beautiful"

where he wailed on the chorus about -- you guessed it -- a girl being beautiful.

Now Blunt's back with his latest album, Some Kind Of Trouble, which

might even be worse than I thought it would be, and got me thinking of all the other annoying pop artist comebacks from the last few years that I wish never happened. Here are five of those:

Enrique Iglesias

If he wasn't stomach-churning enough in the late-'90s and early-'00s with

Latin-tinged pop tracks like "Bailamos" and melodramatic ballads such as

"Hero," Enrique Iglesias devoted last year to attempting to ride the Jersey Shore

popularity wave with his bi-lingual dance album, Euphoria. The end

result of all that work pandering to the Miami club crowd? A single ("I

Like It") that briefly peaked at No. 5, an album that debuted at No. 10 before

plummeting on the Billboard, and a complete loss of dignity.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera's celebrity has been in decline since the early-'00s.

After her 2006 album, Back To Basics, MERELY went platinum, Aguilera

attempted a comeback in 2010 with Bionic. Despite embracing a more

electronic sound and enlisting the services of Le Tigre and Nicki Minaj, the

final product was kind of a trainwreck, as it failed to even go Gold.

Aguilera's tendencies for the grandiose didn't quite mesh with the

left-field sound she was trying to capture.


I thought the world would have had enough of the prominently-beared Hasidic

reggae-ish rapper Matisyahu after his hit album, Youth, came out five

years ago. I was wrong. Sort of. His 2009 album Light attempted to

recapture the buzz that the Gold-certified Youth garnered, but came

up considerably short, peaking at No. 19 on the Billboard. Maybe now we can all

move on from these perfectly-average reggae songs.

New Kids On The Block

Do I even need to go into specifics about why a 2008 comeback from an '80s

pop boy band is annoying? I'm still trying to forget this ever happened.

Sugar Ray

The regrettably-titled Music For Cougars was the album that nobody

asked for. Coming six years after Sugar Ray's previous album, 2003's In The

Pursuit Of Leisure, featured captivating song titles such as "Love 101" and

"She's Got The (Woo-Hoo)". I'm sure Mark McGrath & Co thought this would be

their big ticket back to their  pop-rock peak in the '90s, when "Fly" was out, but it

sputtered out at No. 80 on the Billboard chart. Well at least McGrath still has

that TV gig hosting "Extra," or whatever it's called. Wait, no, he left that

in 2008 to work on this album. Fail.


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