- Edwin McCain
McCain's latest, Scream and Whisper, neither screams nor whispers -- it's a 14-song monotone of cloying lyrical pap set to generic roots-pop arrangements, guided by a producer who obviously knows where the "Remove Soul Here" button is on the studio console. McCain croons cringeworthy romantic clichés by the bucketload ("I'll put all the stars back in your sky," "I couldn't love you more if I tried," etc.). And yet he manages to out-insipid those with clunky attempts at capital-I-Important tunes about illegal aliens ("White Crosses") and Jim Crow-era black musicians ("Good Enough"). Recommended only if you find Matchbox Twenty and Shawn Mullins too challenging.