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This post was published more than 14 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I didn’t expect much from G4. And I didn’t get much.

Bizarrely, the sound levels on the tracks are set so that the music is far too loud, so that the loudest notes sound no more impressive than any other pop singer mumbling along to some trashy hit. And their version of Nessun Dorma, possibly my favourite aria of all time, is horrendous. It’s awful. It has about as much feeling as an anaesthetised slug.

The highest this album ever soars is to the dizzy heights of mediocrity. The group sound deeply uncomfortable with some of the stuff they’ve had to sing, and it seems like it’s an attempt to please a very wide range of people. And they succeed in impressing no-one. At least, not me.

This 414th post was filed under: Reviews.

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