Week's Worst: Duncan Sheik / The Watson Twins

By Chris Parker
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No matter how expensive the tools on your workbench, it doesn’t make you a mechanic. By the same token, the Watson Twins and Duncan Sheik may be talented musicians but they’re hardly artists. Both have displayed a load of promise without ever elevating their craft. They’re hardly hacks, but given their gifts, disappointment’s been their bounty. At this point, Sheik’s future’s “Barely Breathing.” A gifted pianist with a gentle baritone croon, he’s never progressed beyond his ’96 hit, sinking into the smooth distinction-less morass of adult contemporary pop and paved over by an endless procession of similarly colorless, disposable soft rock wannabes (see Gavin DeGraw, James Blunt). The Watson Twins have beautiful voices but it remains to be seen whether they’re able to progress beyond “potential American Idol contestants.” Sure, give them “Just Like Heaven” or line them up behind Jenny Lewis and they shine, but their own material’s proven exceptionally uninspiring.

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1. Anonymous said... on Jan 14, 2012 at 08:51AM

“Chris Parker never progressed past writing for a novice publication in ratty Philadelphia. He may be a talented typist but he's hardly a writer. He had promise in junior high as the yearbook editor but never elevated his craft. He is now sinking into a critical and judgemental space among wannabe writers for garbage local papers.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 29, 2012 at 03:32AM

“Duncan Sheik is not an artist. He is illuminati and he is their worker.
He is instructed to dumb down the masses by not working very hard on anything and ending up in rehab. He is a party boy. He takes pictures with Samatha Ronson and she is holding a bottle of booze. He works for them. Their interest is to dumb the masses down so why would you expect that he would be above the average person? His music sounds like beginner music.”

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