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« on: April 15, 2004, 02:16:05 PM »
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2004, 02:22:47 PM »
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The people at IGN wrote this about "Inspiration":

William Hung: Inspiration

If by inspiration, you mean crap.
 
April 13, 2004 - These days, it seems like any appearance on "American Idol" leads to a record contract. Even people with questionable talent (i.e. Josh Grayson) have inked deals and fill the airwaves with more cheesy, watered-down pop than should be legally allowed. But that's to be expected when agents and marketing departments start salivating over the largest television audience (with the most disposable income) ever assembled.


What wasn't necessarily expected was the rise to power of one Mr. William Hung, an "American Idol" outcast who captured the heart (or at very least gut) of the nation with his rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs." William's quirky but genuine delivery, combined with herky-jerky dance moves led to more appearances on the show, and sparked a media blitz that transformed the unassuming Berkeley student into an international sensation/laughing stock.

Normally, with these things, it's a few weeks in the spotlight, and then a quick fade into obscurity. But somehow, William Hung has outlasted the original push, and thanks in large part to the Internet, is still going strong. Hoping to stretch the fifteen minutes into twenty, Hung recently released his first album, ironically entitled "Inspiration."

Let's get this out of the way right off the bat, because the rest of this review is going to be pure bile—William Hung seems like a great guy. His attitude is a perfect blend of self-awareness and bravery, and his infectious positivity is what makes him a star. In short, if he weren't so damn nice, no one would put up with him. That's both a blessing and a curse. While his personality is somewhat inspiring, his voice is not. Therefore, as a musical effort, Hung's debut album "Inspiration" is a disaster.

Since Hung really made his name with "She Bangs," that song leads off the album. It's also the record's best track… but that's like saying a tetanus shot is the best kind of injection you can get. It still sucks, but it may sting a little than other shots. William Hung has no rhythm, no pitch, and almost zero charisma when singing. In fact, there's probably someone on Earth that could belch the songs in a more pleasing manner.

Hung hits the most correct notes (maybe a dozen) on "Bailamos," a cover of the sultry Enrique Iglesias track. However, Hung kills all sensuality the song might have had to offer. In fact, his rendition of this song may cause immediate flaccidity, so be warned. Do not attempt any heavy lovemaking in the presence of this record—it's an immediate libido-killer.

The rest of the album is a smattering of other people's hits, and Hung takes the time to carefully destroy each and every one. Perhaps your favorite song is "Hotel California," by the Eagles. After listening to William sing it, you may wish you were on a dark desert highway far from your stereo.

Elton John's hits are thoroughly represented, which is curious, because his songs usually require decent range and soulfulness to pull off. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "Rocket Man" and "Circle of Life" are all covered here, and they're all equally awful.

But the biggest offense is "I Believe I Can Fly." Think of what two cats screwing on a blackboard might sound like, while a dying vulture sings harmony, and you start to approach the aural abuse you'll endure by listening to Hung's rendition.

All in all, "Inspiration" is a crime against music. It's a shame that artists who've struggled for years to realize their vision and bring their songs to the public have not succeeded and William Hung has. While his stance on life might be inspirational to some, his music is a cacophony of wrong-notes, stoic delivery and shoddy rhythm. Please do not buy it.


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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2004, 02:37:31 PM »
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He should have called his album:

Will Hung - It ain't pretty

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2004, 09:28:18 PM »
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The used CD stores will soon be flooded with copies of this.

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2004, 12:14:37 PM »
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HA HA HA HA HA HA....i saw this guy in the American Idol casting , jesus!
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2004, 03:28:00 PM »
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I kind of feel bad for this dude. I mean has anyone heard the album? Is Mr. Hung in on the joke, or does he take this seriously? How cruel.
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2004, 03:35:25 PM »
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He looks like he has Downs Syndrome. And from all accounts, apparently sings like it, too.
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2004, 02:28:28 AM »
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HA HA HA HA HA HA....i saw this guy in the American Idol casting , jesus!
The USA is a very interesting country...


Haha, I saw that too. Based on the amount of ironi and sarcasm on this board, I predict that this CD will do well on the xixax-chart.

USA is a interesting country.

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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2004, 03:55:54 AM »
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Is Mr. Hung in on the joke, or does he take this seriously? How cruel.

no. he's not. i saw an interview where he said he hoped to be respected as a real singer eventually.

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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2004, 04:29:02 AM »
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Has to be the ugliest cover I've seen in ages. "Measure of a Bang"?! What the fuck is that?

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He looks like he has Downs Syndrome. And from all accounts, apparently sings like it, too.

Well..

If he looks like it....

And he sounds like it....

And he signs record contracts like it....

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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2004, 09:54:10 AM »
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Has to be the ugliest cover I've seen in ages. "Measure of a Bang"?! What the fuck is that?


Actually, that's not the real album cover. That's a fake, fan-artwork playing with Clay Aiken's "Measure Of A Man" album cover (see below) and Hung's infamous "She Bangs" rendition.




This is the real cover:



Listen here.
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2004, 11:37:01 AM »
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Yeah, I remember you posting that Inspiration cover ("Inspiration" REALLY beats the gimmick over people's heads), but I thought the bastard had some OTHER CD out.  :?

I hate that man...

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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2004, 11:40:26 AM »
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Yes, his arms do look a little large.
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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2004, 09:02:00 PM »
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he needs to see an orthodontist..

corrective teeth surgery..

i guess with those crooked teeth his friends liked having him around to open bottles of sake if they didn't have a bottle opener........

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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2004, 09:30:25 PM »
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I'm going to go out on a limb and say that he doesn't strike me as any more atrocious than any other American Idol contestant or "winner." When you have Paula Abdul and the man behind the Spice Girls on the panel, you know that anything they consider a "winner" is going to be a whole lotta nothing at best.
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