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 Shins 3rd album was released in 2007, just a few years after Natalie Portman declared that The Shins "...will change your life" in the film "Garden State".
Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack to the 1972 blaxploitation film "Superfly" is considered to be a classic. It was also a huge commercial success and set a new standard for film soundtracks.
Known as Lennon's most important work, this album features its anthemic title track, Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound", scathing lyrics about Paul McCartney, and the guitar playing of George Harrison. Released in 1971, it was the first of only three of Lennons solo albums to hit #1.
Greg Brown is definitely a leader in today's modern folk movement, He is the founder of Red House Records and has released many albums in the genre. Further In is one of his best efforts, in which brown delivers a solid performance backed with his descriptive lyrics.
Considered one of the greatest rock albums from the 80's, "Let it Be" is The Replacements' third release. A coming of age album in its own right, it's fun and disjointed, complete with a Kiss cover and songs about their bass player getting his tonsils out.
The band's sophomore effort is considered one of the greatest albums of the nineties. With elements of power pop, psychedelia, and rhythm and blues mixed in with their signature sound, Being There shows Wilco's evolution from being just a country-rock band.
Going out on a limb, country radio hitmakers the Mavericks traded in their scaled down production for horns, a string section and a latin-inspired sound. This Discumentary includes excerpts from a WYEP interview with frontman Raul Malo.
Taking close to three years off between his debut album and Poses, this album features Rufus Wainwright with a soaring full band, and in scaled down acoustic numbers. His theatrical-style is enhanced with elements of opera, rock and electronica.
The The is the concept of its leader, Matt Johnson, the bands line-up varies from album to album. This time around his band featured Johnny Marr of the Smiths.
In spirit of the singer-songwriter tradition that was beginning to resurface, Chapman's debut album sits comfortably alongside such names as Natalie Merchant and Suzanne Vega. The album is largely political in nature, dealing with issues such as racism, violence against women, and poverty.