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.
University of Georgia dropouts Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Michael Stipe recorded "Lifes Rich Pageant" in 1986, their fourth album on IRS Records. The album produced the single, "Cuyahoga" and solidified them in the college rock world.
Released in December 1965, "Rubber Soul" signified a change in approach for The Beatles. The group wasn't making teen pop songs anymore, along with George Martin as producer, this album began to show the group's experimentation with folk-rock and other instrumentations.
The third release by the White Stripes showcases a more polished and refined sound than their previous efforts. The songs on the album show the range of the groups influences, from Led Zeppelin to early Delta Blues. The music takes elements of these influences and fuses them with new trends.
The Pixies second album was released in 1989 and was the album that helped them break out in the United States. The album conquers a diversity of subject matter (love, religion, surrealism) amid a variety of musical styles with elements of surf rock, punk and pop.
Steve Earle's 1986 debut was hailed by critics as an instant classic. Earle's writing style incorporated elements of Townes Van Zandt's mournful ballads and Springsteen's depictions of small town life.
Featuring hits like "Rolling in the Deep", "Someone Like You" and "Rumour Has It", Adele's smash sophomore release chronicles the aftermath of a break up.
Grant Lee Buffalo's 1994 album is probably their successful in the United States. Anchored on the songwriting and singing of Grant Lee Phillips, the album was recorded after a year's worth of touring for their debut album. It includes their most well-known song "Mockingbirds".
Calexico's 6th album loosely tells the story of an out of work writer travelling through the desert.
Of the many live albums Nina Simone released, this one stands out as her greatest. Recorded over three nights at Carnegie Hall in 1964, it was the first time she put her feelings on the struggle for civil rights in her music.
The Blues legend's 1977 "comeback" album teamed him up with many Blues greats like James Cotton, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Pinetop Perkins. Produced by Johnny Winter, and winner of a Grammy Award, "Hard Again" captures 63 year-old Muddy Waters and his band in a raw, firey performance.