George W. Bush Singers

Songs in the Key of W

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Maybe it sounded like a good idea. Take some of George W. Bush's notorious malapropisms, then write mock easy listening songs around them, getting a chorus of singers straight out of Mitch Miller to sing those verbal fumbles. Maybe it sounded funny on paper. On record, it's excruciating. Since each track has the original Dubya sound clip followed by the George W. Bush Singers' vocal interpretation of it, it's gratingly repetitive, hammering its point in with little charm or humor. That alone would make for a bad listen, but what makes Songs in the Key of W a monumental exercise in irritation are the smarmy, self-satisfied lounge arrangements that plead for the listener to realize how clever-clever the musicians are. They're not clever -- this is an obvious joke, not only told poorly but told ineptly. Regardless of your political persuasion, it's easy to agree that this is about as bad as comedy albums can get.

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