Discumentary: The Shins "Wincing the Night Away"
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". Following up on the new-found recognition the band had received, James Mercer experimented with the band's sound adding some electronica elements. Even though it was leaked on the internet a few months before it was released, the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts.
Considered by many to be one of the most influential albums of the nineties, Urban Hymns remains timeless in content.
John Lee Hooker was already a legend before the making of this album. Produced by Van Morrison and Los Lobos, it features new songs a few classic remakes, further cementing his legendary status.
Norah Jones' debut album took the world by storm, a jazz-inspired disc that started out as a favorite of critics. The album went on to sell more than 18 million copies. It also earned Jones eight Grammy Awards.
Coldplay rose to stardom with their debut album. The British quartet redefined the Brit-rock sound. This album is not only appreciated by music fans, but by music critics as well.
By 2007, The Dap Kings were rising stars in music, due to their appearance on Amy Winehouse's "Back in Black" a year earlier. With Sharon Jones on vocals, the group released their 3rd album that year.
Blur's 3rd album placed them at the forefront of the mid-90's Britpop explosion, but also demonstrated the band's musical depth. It also gave them their first bit of success in the United States, especially with the dancefloor-ready single "Girls & Boys".
Janis Joplin died during the recording of this album, leaving the project to be finished by her band and producer. It demonstrates Joplin's amazing vocal ability, and is considered a classic. It includes Joplin's only #1 song, "Me and Bobbie McGee".
"Heroes" was David Bowie's second release of 1977, it was also the second installment of his collaborations with Brian Eno known as the "Berlin Trilogy". Recorded in a studio in West Berlin that overlooked the wall, the album is influenced by German bands of the time like Kraftwerk and Neu!.
Although not commercially successful, this album is a Kinks classic. A "concept" album about Ray Davies' desire for the nostalgia of "Olde England" is played out with songs about Village Greens, Steam Trains and Photographs.
Eddie Vedder and Company were coping with the new found fame from their debut album when they recorded this follow-up. This album sealed them a hardcore fan base with seven of its twelve songs becoming hits.