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  • Dave K. 2:00 pm on 2018/04/01 Permalink
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    The Best New Vinyl to Spin This April 

    This month, the Barnes & Noble Vinyl Store adds a ton of great soundtracks, including The Greatest Showman, Lady Bird (a B&N exclusive on cherry red vinyl), and Love, Simon. We’ve also got new records from long-time favorites including Jack White, and new records from all-time greats, like the final live collaboration between jazz legends Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

    The Greatest Showman Original Soundtrack
    You’d expect the soundtrack to a musical about P.T. Barnum to contain some bombast, but The Greatest Showman exceeds even our grandest assumptions. A heady energy is sustained throughout by the impressive cast of singers, including Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron (stellar in “The Other Side”) and fellow cast members Michelle Williams (don’t miss “Tightrope”) and Zendaya (wonderful in “Rewrite the Stars”). The standout track, naturally, is the award-nominated “This Is Me;” singer Keala Settle’s heartfelt, bombastic performance will blow up your speakers.

    Both Sides of the Sky, by Jimi Hendrix
    Most of the track list of this new Hendrix retrospective has never been released, making it a unique piece of the legend’s lore. Produced by Janie Hendrix and Eddie Kramer, this record features a Stephen Stills cameo on “Woodstock,” and Johnny Winters shows up in “Things I Used to Do.” Both tracks are great, but Jimi didn’t need special guests to help him rock out; “Mannish Boy” opens the record with undeniable groove and power, and “Lover Man” is driven by one of Jimi’s best licks, with a surprisingly heavy bridge that beat Black Sabbath to the punch.

    Ultimate Dirty Dancing
    Ultimate Dirty Dancing is a remastered version of the classic 1987 film’s soundtrack, with the tracklist arranged in the order of each song’s appearance. The soundtrack is as much a piece of American pop culture as the movie, featuring a mix of classic 1960s pop like the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” the Surfaris’ “Wipeout,” and the Five Satins’ “In the Still of the Night,” as well as more contemporary tracks. The most famous, of course, is “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” but Eric Carmen’s “Hungry Eyes” was also a big hit. Patrick Swayze even got a song in, performing the quintessentially ’80s ballad “She’s Like the Wind.”

    The Last Jedi Original Soundtrack
    John Williams returns to the composer’s chair for The Last Jedi (because really, who else could have done it?), with predictably fantastic results. Over the course of twenty tracks, Williams controls mood and tension with ease, with clever allusions to both The Force Awakens and Terry Gilliam’s 1985 dystopian film Brazil (referenced in “Canto Bight”). Williams also builds musical identities for interactions between Rey and Luke Skywalker, as well as the Resistance’s escape from the First Order, meaning there are still plenty of surprises to be found in The Last Jedi‘s score. This record is a must-own for soundtrack collectors and Star Wars fans alike.

    I’ll Be Your Girl, by the Decemberists (B&N Exclusive on purple vinyl)
    I’ll Be Your Girl is the Decemberists’ first album in three years, and like a lot of recent pop records, it’s in part a reaction to the 2016 presidential election. Vocalist Colin Meloy describes the album’s mindset as “finding the balance between real rage and humor,” and more generally as a celebration of absurdity. In keeping with that, some of the songs on this record have a synthpop feel that echoes New Order or Depeche Mode, a style at which Meloy and company excel. Lead single “Severed” is a ready-made example; the interplay between the synth melody and Meloy’s voice is pitch perfect.

    Lady Bird Soundtrack (Barnes & Noble Exclusive on cherry red opaque vinyl)
    Film soundtracks (as opposed to scores) have the potential to be more eclectic and interesting than conventional compilation albums, because while each song was chosen for a specific purpose, that purpose isn’t always clear to the listener without the accompanying visuals. Such is the case with Lady Bird; the soundtrack is a delightful romp through several divergent pop genres: Alanis Morrisette (“One Hand In My Pocket”), Reel Big Fish (“Snoop Dog, Baby”), Bone Thugz-N-Harmony (“The Crossroads”), and Dave Matthews Band (“Crash Into Me”) all make appearances, as does Ani DiFranco (“Little Plastic Castle”) and even the Adolf Fredrik Girls Choir (“Panis Angelicus”).

    Love, Simon Original Soundtrack
    The first major studio film centered on gay teenage romance, Love, Simon has the same heart and vulnerability as John Hughes’ teen romcoms of the 1980s, a trait also shared by this film’s soundtrack. Featuring tracks from Bleachers, Troya Sivan, the 1975, and two classics by Whitney Houston and the Jackson 5, the songs reflect the film’s timelessness. Bleachers actually contributes four songs, one of which is the lead single, and their late-’80s/early ’90s pop style is best and most obviously expressed in “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song).” Troya Sivan’s quieter, folksier “Strawberries & Cigarettes” is another standout.

    Final Tour: Copenhagen, March 24, 1960, by Miles Davis & John Coltrane 
    The final collaboration between jazz legends Miles Davis and John Coltrane has been pressed onto limited edition red vinyl, and it is glorious. Titled Final Tour: Copenhagen, March 24, 1960, this record captures a 1960 concert in which Davis and Coltrane—backed by pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones—held nothing back. That special, volatile mix of Davis’ skillful melodies and Coltrane’s world-burning solos was once described by critic Ira Gilter as “sheets of sound,” but it’s more than that. Perhaps more than any other two musicians, Davis and Coltrane define the spontaneity and structure of modern jazz, and this record is them at their best.

    Boarding House Reach, by Jack White 
    Jack White’s retro obsessions are well-known to fans of the White Stripes and the Raconteurs, but Boarding House Reach is his most modern-sounding record yet. As expected, White is the principal musician here, handling vocals, guitars, drums, organs, and synthesizers, and he produced and co-mixed the record, too. Can’t fault the guy for a lack of ambition. His hard work pays off in a really interesting album, featuring odd vocal flourishes (“Over and Over and Over”), stormy composition, (“Connected By Love”), shades of jazz and funk (“Ice Station Zebra”), and no shortage of catchy, straightforward riffs and synth melodies (“Corporation”).

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  • Dave K. 7:30 pm on 2018/02/01 Permalink
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    The Best New Vinyl to Spin in February 2018 

    The year is off to a great start for vinyl fans. February comes in strong with a brand new record from Justin Timberlake, the original soundtrack to the Justice League, the special collector’s edition of Kendrick Lamar’s Damn, a new Bob Dylan hits compilation, and a compilation of Nina Simone’s early years sold exclusively through our Vinyl Store. Check ’em out, and keep your eye out every month for more great records and exclusives.

    Man of the Woods, by Justin Timberlake
    Timberlake has described Man of the Woods as a “Southern American [and] modern” album influenced by the outdoors and his own Tennessee upbringing. Performances with Chris Stapleton, who cameos on this record, hinted at the direction this album would take, and Timberlake is definitely onto something here. There’s still a dominant hip-hop influence on this record, as evidenced by “Supplies,” but the Neptunes’ production choices mesh well with the acoustic guitars and clap percussion of “Say Something.” Alicia Keys also guests on this album, appearing on the track “Morning Light.”

    Always Ascending, by Franz Ferdinand
    Gritty pop rockers Franz Ferdinand return with their first new album in more than four years, and the first to feature new member Julian Corrie. The music scene has changed while the group was off collaborating with Sparks (on FFS), and the band has too—lead single and title track “Always Ascending” is a etherial slow burn that seems to channel the spirit of the late David Bowie—right before it kicks in with the beats you’ve come to expect from this energetic quintet. “Feel the Love Go” sees the group delving into electropop in the vein of LCD Soundsystem, and the combination more than works. Fans who have been waiting years for this record won’t be disappointed.

    Little Dark Age, by MGMT
    There has also been a long gap between records from MGMT, and this followup to their 2013 self-titled album finds the group sounding older and wiser, with beats a little less pounding, but no less funky—at least on lead single “Little Dark Age,” with brooding guitars that recall the gothic pop of the Cure. But don’t worry too much that the band has completely transformed: second single “When You Die” presents them at their psychedelic best, with a throwback ’60s feel and darkly ironic lyrics (“We’ll all be laughing with you when you die”). “Hand It Over,” meanwhile, is a slower jam. We’re excited to see this band continue to stretch itself on this album, their fourth.

    Justice League OST
    Comic book and vinyl collectors alike will love the Flash edition of the Justice League original soundtrack, sold exclusively through Barnes & Noble. Scored by Danny Elfman, is easily the best soundtrack in the DC cinematic universe thus far, and one of the best things about a divisive film. Elfman uses elements of the 1989 Batman theme as well as John Williams’ 1978 Superman theme in several parts of the Justice League score, and incorporates versions of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” and the Beatles’ “Come Together” by Sigrid and Junkie XL (the film’s original composer) respectively. The White Stripes contribute “Icky Thump” as well.

    Mood Indigo, by Nina Simone (B&N Exclusive)
    Mood Indigo is a retrospective of Simone’s time with Bethlehem Records, the jazz label that released her first album in 1958. At the time of these recordings, Simone was an aspiring concert pianist in her mid-20s, recording songs written by Duke Ellington (“Mood Indigo”), Count Basie (“Good Bait”), and Rodgers and Hammerstein (“You’ll Never Walk Alone”). But even then, the Nina Simone who would become an unstoppable soul powerhouse was present, and her tastes for classical music are evident in her playing. These songs are important not just because they, and Simone, are great; they’re important because you can hear her future in her past. Her incredible voice sounds even smoother on vinyl.

    Damn (Collectors Edition), by Kendrick Lamar
    One of rap and pop music’s more cerebral figures, Kendrick Lamar intended his groundbreaking 2017 album Damn to be a concept album. Little did we know that the tracklist works just as well, if not better, in reverse. For the collectors edition of Damn, Lamar reverses the tracklist and puts a brand new cover on the album, which is an absolute vinyl must-own. Lamar’s lyrics carry impressive weight and depth for someone so young; “Duckworth,” for example, is about the unexpected consequences Lamar’s music has had on other people in his life, and “Humble” has a trap/grime beat that perfectly suits the song’s authoritative, controversial tone.

    Greatest Hits, by Bob Dylan
    Greatest Hits is ideal for collectors who want a proper introduction to Dylan’s body of work, but aren’t sure where to start. This compilation album’s tracklist gathers together the best of his most popular songs—“Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and so on—along with some songs that aren’t as well known by title, like “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and “Just Like a Street.” The idea is to get people hooked on the more famous songs while suggesting that the deeper cuts (and the albums they’re on) are also worth exploring. Getting into Dylan’s music has never been easier.

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  • Dave K. 6:00 pm on 2018/01/02 Permalink
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    The Best New Vinyl to Spin in January 2018 

    As 2018 spins up, we welcome a handful of great new titles to our vinyl store, ringing in the new year in grand style! We’ve got new albums from Neil Young, Fall Out Boy, and Maroon 5, along with a double-LP release from Whitney Houston, recognizing the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard. So go ahead, treat yourself to something nice to start of the year.

    The Visitor, by Neil Young
    Canadian rock legend Neil Young has a catalogue an astonishing 39 records deep as of The Visitor, which is also his second with American rockers Promise of the New. Two of the band’s members are Willie Nelson’s sons Micah and Lukas, whose friendship with Young led to their present-day collaborations. If you’re unsure why Young is sometimes called “the godfather of grunge,” this record will set you straight; the guitars have a solid crunch, the lyrics are sharp (especially Young’s anti-Trump anthem “Already Great”), and the drums convey that gut-bucket blues feel that define his work. Conversely, “Children of Destiny” has both tender folk interludes and triumphant horns.

    Mania, by Fall Out Boy
    This album—the band’s seventh—was originally scheduled for September 2017, but was postponed. The extra time the band took with it was well spent—Mania is great, and exactly the kind of “hard restart” record that Pete Wentz hoped it would be. Unlike most bands from humble punk rock beginnings, Fall Out Boy keeps progressing their sound; “Young and Menace,” for example, incorporates elements of EDM and voice alterations, and “Hold Me Tight or Don’t” bounces headlong into pop, and “The Last Of The Real Ones” is a full-stop club hit. Singer Patrick Stump is in especially fine form too; his vocals seem to improve with every record.

    Red Pill Blues, by Maroon 5
    Named after the red pill/blue pill choice from the film The Matrix, Red Pill Blues is Maroon 5’s latest, much-anticipated album. Multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar finally joins the band as an official member for this record, and SZA and ASAP Rocky make cameos on “What Lovers Do” and “Whiskey,” respectively. Even without additional star power, the band’s blend of soft rock, pop, and funk continues to impress. “Wait,” one of the singles, is likely the song you won’t be able to stop listening to (or replaying in your head) all year, and “Whiskey” will top everyone’s chill-out Spotify playlists (if it hasn’t already). For that full visualize-a-sunset-in-California listening experience, get it on vinyl.

    I Wish You Love: More from the Bodyguard, by Whitney Houston
    It’s been 25 years since the release of the soundtrack for the 1992 film The Bodyguard—still one of the best-selling albums of all time. It’s been reissued as I Wish You Love, and at Barnes & Noble, it’s sold with an exclusive cover. The album includes all six of Houston’s contributions to The Bodyguard–“I Have Nothing,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Run to You,” “Queen of the Night,” “Jesus Loves Me,” and of course, “I Will Always Love You,”–augmented by remixes, a capella recordings, and live performances. The live tracks taken from Houston’s Bodyguard tour are the high point, and showcase the late singer at her glorious best.

    What new records are you spinning this month?

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  • Dave K. 4:00 pm on 2017/12/01 Permalink
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    Great Gifts for Vinyl Fans 

    As we roll into December and close out 2017 (can you believe it?), Barnes & Noble welcomes a bunch of awesome new records into our Vinyl Store! We’ve got new hotness from Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift, Green Day, Sam Smith, and Beck, plus the soundtrack to the film Baby Driver. Best of all, we’re offering a great holiday deal on a Crosley turntable system so you (or the budding vinyl aficionado in your life) will have something to play all these records on. Whether you’re buying gifts for yourself or the special people in your life, we have what you need to keep spinning wax into 2018.

    Crosley T150
    Before you go spoiling your friends and family (and yourself) with so many great records, you’ll want to make sure everyone involved can actually listen to them. That’s where the Crosley T150 comes in. Sold exclusively through Barnes & Noble, the T150 is a complete turntable system that comes with 30-watt stereo speakers. If you’ve already got speakers you like (most vinyl junkies do), don’t worry; the Crosley’s RCA inputs are compatible with most audio systems. And should you feel the need to go digital, the Crosley has a Bluetooth receiver built right in. Whether you’re trying to get someone else started on vinyl or upgrading your own system, you can’t go wrong with the Crosley T150.

    reputation, by Taylor Swift
    Fans of Taylor Swift’s 1989 are going to love reputation, since it picks up where that album left off musically. Not only that, it’s an evolution of Swift’s synthpop sound—rather than drawing from 1980s aesthetics a second time, these songs are more brash and modern, and could even be called industrial pop. Just as Swift’s image became more sophisticated, songs like “Call It What You Want,” “Look What You Made Me Do,” and “Delicate” are more ambitious in both lyrical content and composition. Swift also collaborates with Future and Ed Sheeran on “End Game,” and proves to be a much better rapper than anyone, including her fans, would expect. We’ve got it on December 8, a full week before anyone else, so lock in those preorders now.

    From a Room Volume 2, by Chris Stapleton
    The second part of Chris Stapleton’s new record, From a Room Volume 2 comes out a few months after Volume 1. If you have any country music fans on your holiday gift lists this year, this album is perfect. Stapleton’s approach to country music is tuneful and unpretentious, with great vocal harmonies and folk-inspired arrangements that aren’t crowded with pop embellishments. His cover of Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire” is a standout example of Stapleton’s talents (it was one of the lead singles for a reason), as is “Scarecrow in the Garden.” And just in case you’re curious about the album’s name, Stapleton is honoring Nashville’s RCA Studio A, where it was recorded.

    God’s Favorite Band, by Green Day
    This greatest-hits album, named in reference to a joke Stephen Colbert made when the band performed on his show, shows that Green Day is as irreverent as ever. The tracklist draws from all of Green Day’s studio albums as of press time, with the exception of their debut album 39/Smooth and their ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! records from 2012. As one might expect, Dookie and American Idiot provide the most songs, all of which are great selections. While there’s only one song here from Insomniac, it’s the most memorable from that album (“Brain Stew”), and Nimrod is well-represented by “Hitchin’ a Ride” and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” As a bonus, previously unreleased song “Back in the USA” is included here too.

    The Thrill of It All, by Sam Smith
    Sam Smith, who found fame in 2014 with his hit single “Stay With Me,” spent most of 2016 working on new material, and released his second album, The Thrill of It All, in November. Sam worked with classical crossover group Clean Bandit and Timbaland for this record, with the latter producing Smith’s second single, “Pray,” inspired by the singer’s experience with the War Child charity. “Pray” is an awesome song, by the way, with plenty of gospel heft stabilizing Smith’s voice. The album’s other single, “Too Good at Goodbyes,” will make you miss your ex-, even if you don’t have one.

    Baby Driver OST
    Very few films are as soundtrack-dependent as 2017’s Baby Driver; much of the character action is specifically choreographed along with the music. So it’s no surprise that the official Baby Driver soundtrack is so well curated. It’s a mix of guaranteed crowd-pleasers—the Damned’s “Neat Neat Neat,” Queen’s “Brighton Rock,” the Beach Boys’ “Let’s Go Away for a While”—and some deeper cuts, like Dave Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance.” Not only is this soundtrack a good starting education in the arcs of American pop music (covering soul, jazz, and rock), there’s some hidden wit in the individual song placement. T. Rex’s “Debora” is followed by Beck’s “Debra,” for example.

    Colors, by Beck
    Beck’s music is so timeless that it’s easy to forget how long he’s been around—Colors is his 13th studio album. Thanks to his touring schedule, it took four years to write and record Colors, and he and producer Greg Kurstin play most of the instruments. How Beck sustained that level of energy for so long is anyone’s guess, but this record is the most fun music he’s released in years. The central melody of “Wow” is a potent earworm, and “Dear Life” is as bouncy as the hipster lounge funk that made him famous in the first place. Similarly, “Up All Night” was made for the dance floor, and is a sign that Beck is still having fun with his music.

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  • Dave K. 7:00 pm on 2017/09/01 Permalink
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    The Best New Vinyl to Spin This September 

    September is turning into one of our best months for vinyl yet! We’ve got one of the best Jimi Hendrix retrospectives coming in this month, along with new Foo Fighters and Van Morrison albums, plus records from Jack Johnson, the National, Steve Martin, Beyoncé, and Gregg Allman’s final album, plus the soundtrack to box office smash Wonder Woman. Be sure to check them out, and keep your eye on Barnes and Noble’s Vinyl Store for more great records every month.

    All the Light Above It Too, by Jack Johnson
    Jack Johnson’s newest album pairs his mellow, soft rock style with sharp, often political lyrics inspired by surfing, camping, and the documentary Smog of the Sea. The album’s lead single, “My Mind Is For Sale,” was specifically inspired by (and is overtly critical of) Donald Trump’s public statements concerning pollution and global warming, and “Fragments” is about ocean pollution and environmental responsibility. Johnson promotes stewardship of the environment in both his creative and personal lives, but this album never gets preachy, and Johnson never drops his laid-back vocal style. In fact, he sounds downright relaxed on “Sunsets For Somebody Else.”

    Concrete and Gold, by Foo Fighters
    Foo Fighters are officially nine studio albums deep with the release of Concrete and Gold, the band’s first album since their hiatus following Dave Grohl’s 2015 leg injury. Originally planning to take a year off from music to heal his leg, Grohl started writing songs for this album after six months of physical therapy, eventually collaborating with pop producer Greg Kurstin. Because of this, and their decision to record at EastWest Studios, this album has a lot of pop music cameos; Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman, Inara George, the Kills’ Alison Mosshart, and Paul McCartney (who drums on one track) all appear on this fantastic return to form by the Foo Fighters.

    Wonder Woman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Wonder Woman wasn’t just a commercial and critical success, it shattered records for films directed by women and renewed fans’ enthusiasm for the DC cinematic universe. Obviously, a film this impressive needs a soundtrack to match, and Wonder Woman has got the goods. Composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams—who also worked on several projects for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions—the soundtrack keeps to the moody, melodic, and broad gestures of other recent DC films (especially Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), but doesn’t rest on those laurels. The proud, majestic “No Man’s Land” and “Hell Hath No Fury” are already fan favorites, as is Sia and Labyrinth’s “To Be Human.”

    Roll with the Punches, by Van Morrison
    Van Morrison’s newest album, which features retired professional wrestler Billy Two Rivers on the cover, is largely a collection of the singer-songwriter’s favorite soul and blues classics. Morrison curated the tracklist down to songs he enjoys performing live, and the effort shows: there’s an undeniable passion in particular in his version of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me” and Bo Diddley’s “I Can Tell” and “Ride on Josephine.” He does a great job with Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Automobile Blues,” too, showing particular skill with that era of blues. In addition to these standards, the album features five new original compositions.

    Sleep Well Beast, by the National
    This album is the National’s seventh studio effort, and they’re slowly introducing electronic elements to their rootsy, Americana-tinged indie pop sound. If you’re worried those changes might make their music colder and more obtuse, don’t be; there’s still plenty of emotion and clever songwriting on this album. “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” chosen as the album’s lead single, is a tense, piano-driven song with a surprisingly gnarly guitar solo, while “Carin at the Liquor Store” is influenced by Leonard Cohen in the best possible way. The same can be said for “Guilty Party,” which will very likely be the post-breakup anthem of 2017.

    The Long-Awaited Album, by Steve Martin
    Legendary comedian/actor/playwright Steve Martin has many interests, and playing the banjo is one of them. Martin has released a few bluegrass music albums over the years, but he’s never sounded better than on this record, where he’s backed by the Steep Canyon Rangers. As one would expect, Martin is a clever, tongue-in-cheek lyricist—“Caroline” is all the proof you need of that—but he’s a very talented banjo picker as well, and the Rangers provide vocal harmonies and lush instrumentation that complement, rather than crowd, his abilities. The curiously titled “Office Supplies” is another standout track that shows off how well Martin and the Rangers work together.

    Southern Blood, by Gregg Allman
    Sadly, Gregg Allman’s eighth studio album was his last one, as the legendary country rocker passed away from liver cancer in May 2017. The album became a very personal one for Allman, and is a collection of songs written by his friends, who includes Bob Dylan’s “Going Going Gone” and the Grateful Dead’s “Black Muddy River,” as well as blues standards like Willie Dixon’s “I Love the Life I Live” and Jackson Browne’s “Song for Adam,” which features a cameo by Browne himself. Allman’s trademark honey-sweet guitar tone and homespun vocals lend an unexpected optimism to this album. Rather than sing about death, Allman is, in his own way, explaining his life as it reaches the end.

    Lemonade, by Beyoncé
    Lemonade took the pop world, and specifically the internet, by storm when it was released in April 2016. It has the rare distinction of being both a concept album and a visual album, given that it was accompanied by an hour-long film on HBO. Unsurprisingly, it’s up for Album of the Year, based on both the strength of singles like “Freedom,” “All Night,” and the Grammy-nominated “Formation,” and because of its obvious ambition. With Lemonade, Beyoncé showed the world she’s more than just a mega-successful pop culture star who makes radio-friendly R&B music. She’s also making deeper, more genuine art.

    Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
    There are a lot of Jimi Hendrix compilations out there, which is to be expected for one of the most influential guitarists of all time. What makes Experience Hendrix unique is that it looks beyond 1968, including unfinished tracks that reveal the R&B/soul-oriented direction Hendrix was going in before his death. But don’t worry, it also has more popular, and still timeless, songs like “Foxy Lady,” “All Along the Watchtower,” “Hey Joe,” and his unkempt rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Really though, the Cry of Love-era tracks are the standouts here, and not just because they’re more obscure; they prove Hendrix was A talented and creatively limber musician who was just getting started.

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