Compilation discs of mediocre artists hit the scene as often as Britney Spears’ vagina is captured by the paparazzi. Big Shiny Tunes 11 stays the mean as the 11th disappointing collection by MuchMusic, achieving the usual target of sub-par production aesthetic and talent. This 19 artist, 72 minute audio abortion hurts like a running drop-kick to the chest.
Big Shiny Tunes 11 scores itself a spot in the “easy listening radio-pop crap” aisle, even though it will be mistakenly placed in the rock section of the local music store and advertised as such. This is because it features such “rock” artists as Nickelback, Three Days Grace, Blue October and Billy Talent. Song after song of commercialized garbage floods the album. There is no rhyme or reason to the artist selection, except that each of them gave up some dignity for 15 seconds in the spotlight.
A few bands, such as Alexisonfire, Underoath and Sam Roberts somewhat redeem this collection, however their combined efforts don’t outweigh the rest of the crap. Buyer’s remorse is guaranteed to set in after one listen.
Take a date to the movies, get a haircut, buy a cheap stripper for a frat party–spend the cash on something worth it, even if it’s only for a few minutes.