Discumentary: Kirsty MacColl "Tropical Brainstorm"
A worldwide smash hit and winner of multiple Grammy Awards, the "neo-soul" of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" made her a household name. A great combination of her lyrics and voice, plus music from The Dap-Kings and the production skills of Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson.
"Nina Simone Sings the Blues" was released in 1967. She was trained as a classical pianist while growing up, and embraced jazz early in her career. This album was unlike anything she had recorded at that point in her career, a raw and rough approach to the Blues.
Disappointed with the music industry and recovering from a divorce, Kirsty MacColl, took six years off before recording "Tropical Brainstorm". During her break, she spent a lot of time in Cuba and Brazil, which inspired the album's many tropical influences.
Upon its release, Interview Magazine called Exile in Guyville "folk rock that could make you blush". This is Liz Phair's response to the Rolling Stones classic Exile in Guyville -- a pretty big undertaking for a debut album.