By the time XO had come out, Smith had disbanded his group Heatmiser and earned a good reputation as a solo artist. His contributions to the film "Good Will Hunting" earned him notoriety and made XO his major album debut.
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.
Throughout her career Angelique Kidjo has combined modern music styles with traditional African music. On Black Ivory Soul, Kidjo adds the sounds of Brazil. Some Brazilian artists perform on the album, including guitarist Vinicius Canturia.
Armed with more than two turntables and a microphone, Beck's sophomore effort mixes various genres of music together, resulting in an album that bridges the gap between country and hip hop. Produced by the Dust Brothers, this is Beck's most talked about album.
This collaboration between Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo was many years in the making. Spiraling off the success of the single "Crazy", the album was considered among the best of the years due to it's hybrid of rock, soul and hip-hop.
Marcia Ball mixes the blues with country honky-tonk and a little boogie on this album. This is the first album to showcase Ball's songwriting skills and it also features her notorious piano playing, that at times would make Jerry Lee Lewis jealous.
Translated to "With A Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly", Sigur Rós' 5th album was one of many changes. They developed it with a different process and recorded it outside of Iceland with a different producer (Flood).
For Nick Drake's second album, Bryter Later, he re-teamed with producer Joe Boyd to produce a more upbeat and lush record. This CD also features musicians from Fairport Convention, The Velvet Underground, and The Beach Boys.
Harry Nilsson was already a Grammy winning artist by the time he released "Nilsson Schmilsson" but this record is regarded as his crowning glory by critics and fans.
McKeown's third album, features songs all written by her. She along with producer and musician David Chalfant and drummer Brian Jones, played all the music on this album.