You have to twist your brain a little in order for the title to make any sense. The Album of the Year, Vol. 1: okay, so if there's a second volume, how can it be the album of the year as well? The Album of the Year, Vol. 1 is meant to represent 2004, so odds are pretty good that Album of the Year, Vol. 2 will cover 2005. Got it. Here, Drew's Hit Crew take on 15 of the biggest pop hits of 2004, and just to make sure you recognize the songs listed on the back, Drew often adds parenthetical phrases -- "Confessions, Pt. 2" becomes "(These Are My) Confessions, Pt. 2," "Crazy in Love" becomes "(Got Me Lookin' So) Crazy in Love)," and so on. These note-for-note covers are routinely abominable, often little better than what you might hear at a karaoke bar.
AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman