Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre , which arrives over a decade after his album, , will be out Friday on Apple Music, Dr. The record is bananas. It only took me 15 years, but now I'm in love with one of the late s great lost albums.
No drag in that. What about Madonna? My actual favorite album for is Madonna's "Ray of Light. Julian Lennon's "Photograph Smile. When I first moved to St. Cloud in late , I made a number of new friends. With new friendships came exposure to music I hadn't tried. It goes something like this. The copy desk was talking about key albums and artists that meant a lot to them for whatever reason. The copy editor, a good dude named Ryan, spoke of "The Fragile.
And folks, the proper etiquette when sharing favorites with each other always is to at least try the favorites given by others in the conversation. That give-and-take is part of the fun. Some music, you're just going to dislike for whatever reason. If you hate rap, you hate rap. If you hate country, you hate country. If you hate industrial music, you hate industrial music.
And Nine Inch Nails is heavily rooted in industrial music, but it has a heavy rock vibe to it. If you like pop or lighter fare, this is probably not for you. But oh, seriously, just listen. It's avant garde, artsy, multifaceted, complex, almost symphonic, a truly layered work. Is this prog rock? What I know for sure is that it is experimental and pushes the envelope of what Trent Reznor had done on previous albums.
It can alternate from airy to suffocating, chillingly isolated and then overheated and claustrophobic. I mean, how do you zigzag like that, sometimes just one moment to the next on the same track?
It's like capturing wind and trying to shape something from it, powerful and frightening and then gone. And it's angry. It is so angry. But let you think this is some atmosphere album, no, it has songs. It has lyrics. While all the pieces fit together as a disjointed and compelling whole, you can pull out individual tunes.
But it almost feels a disservice to talk about individual songs when the impact of the album is from its totality. You can thrash and wail, or you can hug yourself and chant. You feel eerily alienated and disturbingly understood. Sound frightening? It is. But the best art grabs you and doesn't let you go. And "The Fragile" refuses to let you go, it lingers, and it draws strength over the years. It isn't that it is lyrically inventive or sonically original, but there's this cumulative effect that blows you away.
It isn't for the faint of heart, but it is an album worth experiencing. In the summer of , I was working at a store that sold music, movies and books. I really enjoyed that job and the people I worked with, and we had our regulars as customers — the folks who'd come in every day and would chat about their favorite music, concerts they'd gone to, celebrities they'd met, that kind of thing.
One day, one of our regulars a guy in his early 40s came in wearing a Led Zeppelin T-shirt, and he headed right over to the music section. I figured there'd be some classic rock or maybe some metal coming up to the register with him.
I asked him about it. Was he a fan? What got him interested in buying the album? Had he heard much Eminem before? It turns out that he'd never heard an Eminem song before, but he was buying it for his son and had heard and read that it was a very strong album, with adult themes and language, but that it also was very artistic and intriguing.
Fair enough. He bought it, and that was that. I hadn't actually heard the record. In fact, it would take another year before I'd hear more than a few tracks you couldn't really get away from "Stan" or "The Real Slim Shady," as they were on TV and everyone was listening to them.
I had friends who listened to hip-hop regularly, and they talked about how revolutionary the record was, and they played me select tracks. As a narrative piece, the album hangs together really well. Eminem's conflicts with authority, with fame and with his wife and mother, as well as his anger, his drug use and his violent outlook, didn't come across as gimmicks or stereotypes.
Sincerity is a quality that can add quite a bit to art, and you'll find quite a bit of sincerity throughout this record — some of it quite scary. But there's a lot of humor sometimes dark, but humor nonetheless on this album.
The themes jump from the kind of material that could make horror movie fodder or content for a "CSI" episode, then jump to songs that deflate the situation and basically ask the listener, "Are you actually taking this seriously? If you have a preconceived notion of Eminem as a violent, foul-mouthed thug, "Stan" still stands as one of the best challenges to that image.
It gives you a glimpse behind the public face, demonstrating the fan expectations, the pressures of fame and the downsides of adulation brilliantly. Eminem knows who he is, and what he is. He's the real Slim Shady, sometimes. He's Marshall Mathers, sometimes. He's who he needs to be, what he has to be, and this album is just an early part of an important musical and cultural legacy. He's released some great albums since, too. And if you've never seen his film "8 Mile," give it a shot.
Give all his records a shot. Maybe you'll glean some understanding from all the material. Or maybe you'll be entertained. Or maybe you'll find it disturbing, or vulgar, or obscene. I'm sure Eminem would welcome any of those views. He's heard it all, been called it all. That's just the way he is. The White Stripes' "De Stijl.
After being introduced to Weezer's "Blue Album" and taking a while to really embrace sophomore effort "Pinkerton," I was finally primed for a new Weezer release when it was announced that a third album was on the way. Power pop, huge bursts of guitar riffs and catchy hooks, an album seemingly created to be a summer masterpiece.
This was what Weezer gave us for album No. Another self-titled effort, like the group's debut, this one has taken to being called the "Green Album" because of the vivid green background on it. Also like the debut, the group members are lined up on the cover though the band's personnel had changed, with a new bassist in the group. But that's about where the similarities end. Whereas "Blue" had an alt-rock feel with some pop sensibilities, "Green" is pure pop sweetness with a tendency to rock.
And "Green" is short; it runs less than 30 minutes. In the end, though, the length didn't matter, nor did the style. I didn't find myself disappointed by "Green. It came out in the middle of May , and I bought my first copy after finishing a couple of my more-challenging college finals of the school year.
The relief I felt at being done with those classes was nicely boosted by the mostly happy feeling to the majority of the songs. Even the sadder sounds felt upbeat. Nothing wrong with simplicity, folks. And then there's the Sumo wrestlers in "Hash Pipe" and that song has a wicked groove, I still get grabbed by it. My favorite from the album then, as now, is "Smile.
Beyond the drug references in "Hash Pipe" or the word "knickers" in the song "Crab," it is the kind of music that 8-year-olds and year-olds would find pleasing to the ear. Sound awful? Sound like a sellout? Sound like commercial fluff? Get over it.
Pop it in a player, crank it up and have some fun. You might just find that you like it. Maybe you'll find that it makes you feel better. Heck, maybe it will even make you feel happy. Who knows? Maybe it'll make you feel so fine, you can't control your brain. Hip hip. What about Bob Dylan? My actual favorite album for is Bob Dylan's "Love and Theft. The Dixie Chicks get a lot of crap thrown at them. Too pop to be country. Too country to be pop. Their brashness, their fierce "we don't care what you think or what you want, we'll be us and you can take it or leave it" stance on things which would likely be celebrated if they were men instead of women But damn, do they have a sound.
Whether it is Natalie Maines' vocals or the combined instrumental and harmony sounds with bandmates Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, there's a powerful combination of sweetness, determination, mischief and joie de vivre that is as compelling as the guitar strums and fiddle flourishes. I was walking between two dorms on the University of Missouri campus in autumn when I first heard them.
It was this bouncy and laid back, at the same time track, it almost reminded me of Civil War music but was way, way too modern.
What the heck was it? I was talking to a friend about songs we liked, and out of the blue she played "Travelin' Soldier. Well, forget the Civil War. A bus, Army greens, this was definitely a more modern setting Vietnam. But the sound and sentiment leaps generations, and the words ring true no matter the age. OK, so I knew the song. I knew the artist. Now to add the album to my collection.
I hit a music store, and there it was: "Home. Picked up, purchased, mine. Mission accomplished I trust you'll forgive the situational humor. And it was love from first listen. It sounded so natural. It had more of a folk and bluegrass leaning, heavy on acoustic instrumentation and sounding fantastic. Honestly, it sounded like a classic album that had been around for decades but was freshly discovered somehow. It was warm and comfortable and exciting, something I hadn't really thought possible for a country music album at that time.
College is a good time for getting over biases. With "Home" and my exposure to Johnny Cash's "American Recordings," I started to set aside biases of songs about pickup trucks, drinking and "she done me wrong" stereotypes and started to acknowledge the depth and artistry within the genre.
And "Home" by itself was quite an education. The Dixie Chicks even took on Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" and covered it admirably, standing tall right up there against Stevie Nicks' own definitive performance. And the instrumental "Lil' Jack Slade," wow, really, that's a headphones track.
I enjoy every listen. Sure, on "Home" you still get some traditional country music references song titles like "White Trash Wedding" and "Tortured, Tangled Hearts" sound tailor-made for jukeboxes at honky tonks , but I like that.
It's history, it's part of the genre, it's part of the tradition. It's fun, it pulls on nostalgic heartstrings that you may not even know you had until the sounds pluck them.
Setting aside the politics and the situation, this is a great American album, an important entry in country music and is my favorite Dixie Chicks album by a wide margin and I've since picked up and enjoyed all the Maines-era Chicks records. Turn it on, let it play. See if you'll shed a tear with the pretty little girl with a bow in her hair.
The Streets' "Original Pirate Material. Gosh, is there anyone older than 18 who hasn't heard "Seven Nation Army? For quite a stretch there, it seemed to be everywhere.
It's one of The White Stripes' signature songs, and it kicks off their album "Elephant" with insistent, undeniable, unavoidable energy.
And it is one of those earworms that you just cannot get out of your head. I know. I've tried. It isn't a bad song. In fact, it's a pretty cool song. But like all cool songs that have been overplayed, one may find oneself skipping the track to get to other goodies. The blessing of "Elephant" is that there are many goodies worth skipping to.
And with all respect to those versions, The Stripes' rendition is my favorite. It has a snarling, carnal quality that is both seductive and bombastic. And the video, well, it didn't hurt things either. One of the cool touches on "Elephant" is the use of antiquated equipment during the recording and production of the album. No computers, no modern processes. What does this mean to the casual listener?
Maybe not a whole lot though I suspect you'll sense some undefinable something that you can't articulate. For dedicated students of sound and those who spend some time with headphones, the old equipment adds a dimension and sonic quality that conjures the live energy and excitement of earlier recordings.
There's a spark, a crackle, a fuzz, not an imperfection but an enhancement, a "you are here" buzz that can suck you right into the music. Earlier White Stripes albums had several good songs, and the garage rock sound was well established. But "Elephant" was where Jack and Meg White really kicked things up a notch, cranked the volume to 11 and blew the doors off garages near and far.
If you like you rock a bit loud and bluesy, if you like some slashing guitars and your drums to feel like thunder, "Elephant" has those qualities in spades. You want things a bit more toned down, intimate, you want to be coaxes through songs? There's such a variety of styles, I never get bored with "Elephant. Snoop Dogg was 20 when he recorded most of his tracks for The Chronic and was still four years away from his infamous acquittal on murder charges.
The gap between the release of Compton and the release of The Chronic appx. Taylor Swift released her debut album seven years after came out. ET on Wednesdays. The Cosby Show had been off the air for eight months. Dre 2Pacalyspe Now came out Nov.
Napster will be just a few months old the last time Dre released an album. Speaking of cassettes, they were still outselling CDs when The Chronic came out. If you listen closely, you can almost hear Dre behind the mixing desk — smiling with deep satisfaction. Read Next. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis get all syrupy about a baby girl This story has been shared 1,, times. You know it went from four track to eight. You know you would write songs over whole records, I wrote. I was.
I mean I. I listened to R and B. Then you know I heard like. You know I have melodies in my head that are. I have no idea where they have come. I just love music. I know I am writing. You know I feel cheated by the game.
I know this is just a stepping. I know I have potential because I am a persistent. You know even though I mention all the names in that song. You know I can. Dre: Oh man we were at a recording studio here in LA about six or seven. We just started cutting it up and we found. You know his birthday is two. You know we were talking back and forth about music. You know we exchanged numbers and shit. Then we. You know and he is family now, you. You know it. Pawnmower , Aug 8, Location: St.
I remember this well! I used to listen to the Beatles on cassette nearly every day after school, some of those running orders are still stuck in my head.
One Louder likes this. Location: Franklin, TN. Revolver must start with Taxman End of Message. Location: Texas, USA. Texastoyz , Nov 2, Location: Ann Arbor, MI. I tried the cassette running order for Let It Be--an enjoyable change of pace. A Side 1. Two Of us [A1] 2. I Me Mine [A4] 3.Apr 17, · Cassettes are making a comeback. A quick look at a music website showed a vinyl album can range between £12 and £20, while a cassette album can be as cheap as £5.