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Album Review

To some, no bad singer on American Idol has ever been as bad or endearing as William Hung. It's an American Idol tradition to load up the early weeks with singers who are clearly, hilariously bad. Sometimes, they make enough of an impact to stay around for a couple of weeks — you'll remember that girl from the first season who was ubiquitous until the competition actually got underway and now you can barely remember her name — but usually once the competition swings into high gear, most of the laughably bad singers are gone. William Hung, somehow, defied expectations and turned into a phenomenon. There were other singers who were worse — how about the girl who tunelessly scatted through "Route 66" — but Hung was special, probably because he had so little range and was maniacally driven, not even noticing when the judges had broken down in laughter. It also could have been due to his absurd choice of audition material, the atrocious fluff of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs," the flop sequel to "Living La Vida Loca." Hung sang it as if the song meant something to him even though he didn't understand the words, which gave the Berkley civil engineering student an aura of innocence. All of this fed the phenomenon as American Idol brought him back repeatedly on clip shows, and then he started appearing all over the place, most notably on Keith Olberman's Countdown on MSNBC, who plugged him incessantly. Koch leapt at the opportunity to sign Hung and quickly churned out an album, Inspiration, since a phenomenon like this is clearly short-lived, as are all novelty records. Another key to novelty records is that they're at their best when they are short, which is why they're usually singles, not full-length albums, and Inspiration would have been much better as a four-track single or EP since there are really only four tracks of note and that's about all that anybody could take of this anyway. That's not just because Hung is a terrible, terrible, terrible singer — not only incapable of hitting notes, he can't stay in key within his own range and he mangles every word he sings — but because this is nothing more than bad karaoke captured on record, from the instrumentals to the vocals. For those ready to laugh, this is still worth a chuckle or two since it has some of the worst singing ever captured on record. If you're one of those people, skip over "She Bangs," which has been polished a little bit and sounds conventional, and head right toward "Hotel California," fast forward to "Rocket Man," and then double back and end with "I Believe I Can Fly," easily the worst moment on the album, which means it's also the best; the wordless vocalizing on the last minute alone defies all expectations. Those three songs are so awful that they will indeed transcend Hung's brief moment in the spotlight to stand as novelty classics.

Customer Reviews

I Give It 3 stars

Yes, I do agree that there is a large quantity of people that view William Hung as an absolute joke. But there are those who sincerely, genuinely were inspired by his American Idol performance and his relentless motivation. Ever since he uttered the words "I did my best, i have no regrets" I was absolutely intrigued by William Hung. I mean, such confidence in oneself is so rare, so venerable..I can't imagine ever being so sure of myself, and I am certain that few of you reading this have rarely been as confident as him. I don't look at William Hung the same way I would regard Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston, I see him as a common person, with a normal voice with a spectacular sense of who he is. Say anything you want to him, he won't take it to heart...he is so self assured that he won't be brought down by people's disparaging remarks...How many people would like to feel like that? I mean truly feel like that? Many of you I assume....People should stop judging the quality of his voice and notice his strenghth as a person. So i purchased his C.d....and ever since listening to his first track, i began to feel inspired. And on top of that....i truly feel that his voice is not that bad..its actually kind of catchy and it has flair, personality and a lot of warmth and determination...... and as he strains to reach the high notes, i can just imagine his squinting eyes and the tense muscles of his face while he stands on his tippy toes...and with a little bit of voice training, he could actually have a pretty decent voice. Actually, i truly like his renditions of "rocket man" and "free" better than the originals. Whether you like Hung's music/voice or not, please do not disregard his strength as a person and what an inspiration he has been to people like me, not by preaching but by being an example. Next time you feel dismayed about something in your life, just remember Hung's words "I did my best, i have no regrets at all" i Dont ThInk people Sould Laugh At Him, hes trying GUYS COMEON GIVE HIM A BREAK! OK! Its American Idol's Fult for making a stupid thing about to see whos the wost singer of them all and make them a SINGER! I MEAN COME ON THAT IS LIKE THE MEANIST THING EVER! I FEEL SORRY FOR HIM REALLY I DO! ITS NOT FAR TO SEE SOMEONE LAUGH AT YOUR WORK! NOW IF IT WAS ANYONE YOU PEOPLE WHO SAID " OMg you got to be joking!!!" LIGHTEN UP U TARD! GEEEZ! AND IF IT WAS YOU WITH THE BAD VOICE WOULH YOU WANT TO BE LIED TO AND BE A BAD SINGER AND MAKE EVERYONE THINK YOUR A JOKE!? I DONT THINK SOO! William Hung i give you the best of luck that come your way!

Poor Hung

This music sucks, But i do feel bad for William Hung i mean he really takes his music seriously the record company is horrible for letting him record something they know will be laughed at I mean i know this is him realizing his dream but really, poor guy when he sees people laughing at his stuff.

I'm giving him credit

This guy actaully put himself infront of millions of people, now I dont see you up there with the mic, I'm willing to buy anything from the people that put a effort and that try.


Born: January 13, 1983 in Hong Kong

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Like Charles Atlas before him, William Hung is an example of American spirit and tenacity, someone who can turn his weaknesses into an inexplicable strength that won over the hearts of millions of viewers who first fell in love with him on Fox's hit television show American Idol. Prior to his 15 minutes of fame, Hung was an engineering student at the University of California-Berkeley who won over his classmates and fellow dorm residents at a university talent show. Ripe with confidence and a set...
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