Various artists

One problem with enlisting a bunch of local acts to cover hits by teen idols is that, as an old studio rat once told me, a turd is a turd—you can polish a turd, but what you’ve got at the end of the day is, well, a highly polished turd. And certain songs here, by such contemporary hitmakers as NSync, Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Ricky Martin, qualify as poop. You can make them unrecognizable, as Luxt did with Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle,” or you can give a straight reading a la Willnots take on NSync’s “Bye Bye Bye,” but you’re still stuck with fecal matter. Then there’s the matter of the older stuff—Magnolia Thunderfinger cover of Osmonds’ “Yo Yo” and Red Top Road’s version of the J5’s “ABC” are thematically consistent, but Brand X Savior’s testosterone-poisoned take on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” is not. Nice idea, but the deity—or lack of—is in the details.