Discumentary: Dar Williams "End of the Summer"
For Dar Williams' long time fans, hearing this album must have been rather shocking, like when Dylan went electric. Williams set aside her acoustic singer-songwriter side and released this more "plugged in" album that features drum machines and electric guitars backing up her soprano voice and colorful songwriting skills.
The Breeders second full-length album is considered to be among the best of the 90's. The band originally was formed by Kim Deal as a side project from her work in The Pixies. Released in 1993, after the break-up of the Pixies and during the height of the "Alternative Rock" phenomenon.
The Beach Boys came of age with this album, which represented a new direction for the group. Filled with the Boys' perfect harmonies and Brian Wilson's obsessive production, Pet Sounds is considered one of the greatest albums of all time.
Oasis' second album came somewhere between the band having the fastest selling debut in British history, and their declaration that they were bigger than the Beatles. This album is often considered one of the greatest albums in British rock.
The Talking Heads grew out of the New York punk scene playing alongside Patti Smith and the Ramones. For their third album they teamed up with Brian Eno for a darker approach to their quirky post-punk music.
In 2003, The Jayhawks returned to their country-rock roots on their seventh album, "Rainy Day Music." It also features guest performances from Jakob Dylan, Chris Stills and Matthew Sweet.
Recorded in a humid basement in France, the Stones created this masterpiece without their pants on. Some have called it more of a Rock and Roll "field recording" than a studio album. Upon its release it received a lukewarm reception, but the album is now known as a classic.
By the time XO had come out, Smith had disbanded his group Heatmiser and earned a good reputation as a solo artist. His contributions to the film "Good Will Hunting" earned him notoriety and made XO his major album debut.
Upon its release, Interview Magazine called Exile in Guyville "folk rock that could make you blush". This is Liz Phair's response to the Rolling Stones classic Exile in Guyville -- a pretty big undertaking for a debut album.
Throughout her career Angelique Kidjo has combined modern music styles with traditional African music. On Black Ivory Soul, Kidjo adds the sounds of Brazil. Some Brazilian artists perform on the album, including guitarist Vinicius Canturia.
Armed with more than two turntables and a microphone, Beck's sophomore effort mixes various genres of music together, resulting in an album that bridges the gap between country and hip hop. Produced by the Dust Brothers, this is Beck's most talked about album.