The Countdown Singers

Hits From the 80's

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The best part of the three-CD Hits From the 80's happens during the first song on the second disc. The Countdown Singers cover "Flashdance...What a Feeling" almost perfectly, with only one minor problem. When the song reaches its emotional highpoint, the anonymous singer simply can not handle it, and her voice wavers hilariously while the song desperately tries to keep together. It is moments like these that can make the Countdown Singers one of the most endearing (if painful) session groups in music. The 30 versions of '80s songs are below the standard for the Countdown Singers; their efforts on other cover albums are far more impressive. For whatever reason, they cannot get the vocals right on any of the songs here. Although some people really do not care who sings as long as it sounds like the original, most listeners would probably have a hard time swallowing the awful Cindy Lauper impersonation found within. For what it is worth, the Countdown Singers can at least re-create the background music almost note perfect, but maybe they should avoid material from this time period if it ends up sounding like this. Those who usually count on these Madacy budget albums will probably be disappointed this time around, as these songs are lifeless and hard to listen to. But to fans of unintentionally bad music, this may be of interest. There are some karaoke-quality covers here that are quite fun to pick apart.

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