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Worst R&B Albums of 2011

The Bottom 5 ...


There was quite a bit of good music released in 2011. Plenty of artists dropped singles and albums that earned high marks for their passion and creativity. But on the flip side of the coin, there was also a handful of albums that simply stunk. And here's the About R&B/Soul picks for the five worst albums of 2011. If you haven't heard them, count your blessings. But if you have, we offer our condolences.

5. 'K.I.S.S.,' Mya

Release Date: Dec. 20.
On her first U.S.-released album since 2003, Mya proves that not all comebacks are deserving or welcome. Her latest project, K.I.S.S., which stands for Keep It Sexy & Simple, is simple alright. What it is not, however, is an album that needed to be made, or something that you or anyone else should feel that they need to hear. Even though K.I.S.S. was released on Dec. 20, 2011, it's a safe bet that this mediocre piece of work was completely forgotten by music fans by the end of the year.

4. 'Tha Funk Capitol of the World,' Bootsy Collins

Release Date: April 26.
Singer-musician Bootsy Collins is undeniably a music legend and one of the greatest Funk artists of all time. So that makes it even more disappointing that he'd put out a weak, meandering, unfocused album like Funk Capitol. The album, which features over two dozen guest performers, including Musiq Soulchild, George Clinton and Bobby Womack, is more like a compilation than a real album, and goes in too many directions at once.

3. 'Fly on the Wall,' Bobby V.

Release Date: March 22.
There's some good things that can be said about Bobby V. Among them: he's a smart businessman who runs his own label, he's a hard working artist who releases a new album every couple of years and he likes singing songs about love (and lovemaking). But unfortunately, not one of the nice things that can be said is that he's a highly skilled vocalist. As his latest album, Fly on the Wall proves, Bobby has managed to stick around and stay semi-relevant not through talent, but sheer force of will. And this is just the latest in a long string of mediocre music from him.

2. 'LP1,' Joss Stone

Release Date: July 26.
Joss Stone has always had one of the smokiest, most soulful voices around, so it's definitely disappointing that she chose to virtually abandon R&B and Soul music on her fifth album, LP1. On the album, she migrated over to the kind of bluesy rock that Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones were known for in the 1970s. And LP1, which was recorded in only a week, suffers from many ailments, including lazy, bland instrumentation and occasionally sloppy vocals.

1. 'A Ginuwine Christmas,' Ginuwine

Release Date: Oct. 11.
As far as holiday albums go, A Ginuwine Christmas by R&B singer Ginuwine is all over the map. The album has songs that range from traditional holiday music to warm love songs, to mildly inappropriate sex jams. And oddly enough, the best of the 10 tracks isn't even a Christmas tune at all, but a song about kicking a lousy girlfriend to the curb. The lack of focus would be easier to handle if the songs themselves were tight, but unfortunately Ginuwine's knack for making hits, which was at its height during the mid-to-late 1990s, has pretty much abandoned him in recent years. And this release makes that painfully obvious.

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