David Hasselhoff

This Time Around

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Among David Hasselhoff albums, This Time Around is distinguished by its unabashed old-school theatricality. Apart from its crystalline digital production, this is an album that could have been released in the thick of the '70s, back when "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" -- a Bacharach cover that anchors the album -- was an oft-covered standard. Hasselhoff sounds a bit ragged and worse for wear, the excesses that have kept him in the tabloids reaching the limits of his voice, but he also embraces his hamminess, something that's suited for the material he covers here, and the whole thing should please the listeners who are still blissfully unaware of the kitsch at the core of the Hoff.

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