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Singstar RnB and Singstar Rock Ballads

Author: The Hack
Monday, 3 December 2007

RNB – 7/10
Rock Ballads – 6/10

There are two things you need to know about reviewing Singstar games. The first is that, basically, you’re just reviewing the song selections they’ve picked for each disc, as pretty much everyone knows about the whole karaoke-sing-along-don’t-have-to-be-a-great-singer-but-just-able-to-fake-it vibe of the series. The second thing you need to know is that Singstar games are very difficult to play and review when you’re both sober and playing by yourself. And your housemates keep coming downstairs at inappropriate times and sniggering.

So onto the song selections in the latest two of the Singstar series, RNB and Rock Ballads. Strangely enough, I’m digging the RNB disc more than the Rock Ballads one, but that’s probably because their definition of RNB is pretty broad, running from your contemporary RNB poplets like Amerie and Pussycat Dolls to original Motown RNB from The Supremes and The Four Tops. It’s also got Salt n Pepa’s Push It, which has possibly the greatest film clip ever but proves that turntablism is very hard to karaoke along to.

Rock Ballads, on the other hand, wasn’t quite as gold as I was expecting. Sure, Mr Big’s To Be With You is one of all the all-time karaoke greats, and if you’ve got a big enough (air) supply of hair spray then there’s plenty of ’80s soft rock classics to keep you going, but Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Anastasia and Tina Arena do nothing for me.

Really, it just comes down to your taste in music / cheese and your singing abilities. Personally I reckon the Legends and 1980s discs are the goods and the Original and Anthems discs are absolute pants, but you may disagree. Who cares- Get them all, get drunk and piss off your neighbours at 2am with your full-throated rendition of I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) – that’s what it’s all about.