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Christina Aguilera and the Hideous Cult of Oversouling

John Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Eskow

The horrific part of Aguilera's National Anthem rendition was not her mangling of the words, but of the tune. Singers like Aguilera don't know when to stop, as if running through the entire scale on every word is somehow a token of sincerity.

Real Good Pop Singing, American Idol-Style

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Something to remember about this year's singing is that it's only part of an evolving notion of what popular singing is.