Singing actors: We rate the vocal talents of Kevin Bacon, Terrance Howard, and others

By Oriana Schwindt
Updated November 21, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

Second Act?? Singing actors have ? long delivered CDs both decent and abysmal. Here’s a look at ? some of 2008’s double-?threat wannabes.

Not Bad!
The Bacon ? Brothers?
New Year’s Day
Kevin and his bro Michael serve up alt-country that’s fine in moderation. Kind of like bacon.

Kevin Costner and Modern West?
Untold Truths?
Costner twangs about “long hot nights,” avoids ?another ?Waterworld.

In Between
Wayne Brady?
A Long Time ? Coming?
Honestly, Wayne? We could’ve waited a bit longer for this generic adult contemporary.

Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters?
The Boxmasters ?
Substandard country with ? a sprinkling of? misogyny.

Terrence Howard?
Shine Through It
The pseudo-soulful ballads are painful enough. But two tracks with pan flute? Seriously?