Leeks Gone Wild

Sain 2572

If you think Americans have the market cornered on really bad ideas, consider—but by all means don’t listen to--Showstoppers. It’s a product of Celtic music’s occasional post-Riverdance descent into tasteless excess, this time featuring ten Welsh male choirs. They perform show tunes from old productions such as South Pacific and Porgy and Bess and more recent extravaganzas such as Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. Never mind that the dignified nature, restrained arrangements, and harmonic styles of Welsh choirs are totally inappropriate for such histrionic material. Did this project begin as a Monty Python routine? The Brits invented the term “naff” to describe utterly goofy and poorly conceived projects like this one.

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