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.
This collaboration between Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo was many years in the making. Spiraling off the success of the single "Crazy", the album was considered among the best of the years due to it's hybrid of rock, soul and hip-hop.
Marcia Ball mixes the blues with country honky-tonk and a little boogie on this album. This is the first album to showcase Ball's songwriting skills and it also features her notorious piano playing, that at times would make Jerry Lee Lewis jealous.
Translated to "With A Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly", Sigur Rós' 5th album was one of many changes. They developed it with a different process and recorded it outside of Iceland with a different producer (Flood).
For Nick Drake's second album, Bryter Later, he re-teamed with producer Joe Boyd to produce a more upbeat and lush record. This CD also features musicians from Fairport Convention, The Velvet Underground, and The Beach Boys.
Harry Nilsson was already a Grammy winning artist by the time he released "Nilsson Schmilsson" but this record is regarded as his crowning glory by critics and fans.
McKeown's third album, features songs all written by her. She along with producer and musician David Chalfant and drummer Brian Jones, played all the music on this album.
Part glam rock, part progressive rock, Bowie's classic redefined himself in the UK and gave him a hit for the first time in the U.S. Bowie's fifth album follows the story of his androgonous extraterrestrial alter-ego, and is considered among the greatest rock albums of all time.
Although it was not his most popular album, Springsteen released this one just as he was winding down from the success of "Born to Run". With more than 30 unused songs written, he picked these 10, each tell stories of life in working class America.
The Police's fifth studio album is revered as their best. Its first single, "Every Breath You Take," earned two Grammys and pushed the album to the number-one position on the Billboard charts.
Sgt. Pepper's was released in June of 1967, solidifying the Beatles new style introduced in their 1966 album Revolver. The complex and arrangements along with Martin's innovative production style recreated rock music in an album that Rolling Stone considers to be the greatest of all time.