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Worst of Song

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Bridges to Babylon THE ROLLING STONES

We love ’em in concert but fervently wish the age-impaired lads would save some fire for the studio. Here they’re caught sleepwalking. (Virgin)

You Light Up My Life—Inspirational Songs LEANN RIMES

By the time she recorded her third album in 14 months, the 15-year-old country phenom was running on empty.

May she make a quick and full return to Blue’s exquisite form. (Curb)

Pop U2

Not even Bono’s vocal passion keeps this half-hearted bit of electronica from short-circuiting. (Island)

Everywhere TIM McGRAW

Country fans can always take a touch of corn, but McGraw overdoses on the sorghum in this cloying collection of love songs. (Curb)

Evolution BOYZ II MEN

Tight harmonies soaring nowhere, lush productions signifying nothing. Bring back the Temptations. (Motown)


Whitney Houston’s main man can’t seem to muster the energy that once made him R&B’s sexy, smooth operator. (MCA)


When founding member Dawn Robinson walked away from the quartet, the group’s spirit and spunk apparently also took a hike. (EastWest)


Here we have cookie-cutter R&B at its most formulaic, performed by an Orlando-based quintet whose confections range from bland to sticky-sweet. (Jive)

Animal Rights MOBY

He had the good humor to take the name of his great-great-granduncle’s white whale, but the former Richard Melville Hall founders with this misguided mix of techno-pop and heavy metal. (Elektra)

Generation Swine MÖTLEY CRÜE

Despite the return of lead Crüe-ner Vince Neil and an inspired CD title, the metalists sound bloated and inert. (Elektra)