December 31, 1999 12:00 PM

Millennium BACKSTREET BOYS

New kids on the schlock: Their lovely voices drown in the sticky string-sweetened sentiments and numbing drum-machine beats of written-by-rote love songs. (Jive)

Bury the Hatchet THE CRANBERRIES

Ireland’s ‘Berries abandoned their dreamy pop and went sour. (Island)

Forever PUFF DADDY The platinum-plated producer should stick to what he does best; as a rapper, he’d best call it a wrap. (Bad Boy/Arista)

Timbre SOPHIE B. HAWKINS

The New York City chanteuse’s voice is resonant enough; it’s the self-indulgent philosophizing of the songs that gives this album its grim sound. (Columbia)

Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida VARIOUS ARTISTS

Roll over Beethoven and tell Verdi the news: This popmeister version of his 1871 opera is a tragic bore. (Rocket/Island)

I’d Rather Eat Glass BIJOU PHILLIPS

And so would listeners, upon hearing this collection of angry and self-pitying songs from the model-singer daughter of the Mamas and the Papas’ John Phillips and actress Genevieve Waite. (Almo Sounds)

The Summit: In Concert FRANK SINATRA, DEAN MARTIN, SAMMY DAVIS JR.

The knights of the nightlife had a lot more fun onstage in a Chicago-area club in 1962 than CD listeners would have 37 years later. (Artanis)

…Baby One More Time BRITNEY SPEARS
Call it Filler, and her CD probably would have sold as many millions, thanks to a title tune promoted by a sexy, self-exploitative video. (Jive)

Karma RICK SPRINGFIELD

A comeback CD by a B-list ’80s rocker raises one question: Why? (Platinum)

By 7:30 VONDA SHEPARD

“I feel so lame,” the musical muse on TV’s Ally McBeal sings on this depressing, irony-free confessional. (Jacket)

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