OVERRATED: The actor-singer boomlet

First <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000662" title="Jeff Bridges" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/jeff-bridges-PECLB000662.topic">Jeff Bridges</a> follows up "Crazy Heart" with a record on Blue Note, and now "House's" <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002945" title="Hugh Laurie" href="/topic/entertainment/television/hugh-laurie-PECLB002945.topic">Hugh Laurie</a> (pictured) tries his hand at New Orleans blues on "Let Them Talk." Though these records have  flashes of affable charm, this trend needs to be reined in before it spreads into more dangerous waters. Maybe a Roseanne-level national anthem meltdown could bring this trend back to Earth. Who will fall on that sword?

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First Jeff Bridges follows up "Crazy Heart" with a record on Blue Note, and now "House's" Hugh Laurie (pictured) tries his hand at New Orleans blues on "Let Them Talk." Though these records have flashes of affable charm, this trend needs to be reined in before it spreads into more dangerous waters. Maybe a Roseanne-level national anthem meltdown could bring this trend back to Earth. Who will fall on that sword?

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