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Hard Candy (Album of the Day)
Madonna pulled out all the stops for her 11th – and final – Warner Bros. studio album, HARD CANDY. Enlisting a team of A-list producers including Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams (all of whom also contribute vocals, along with Kanye West), the performer created a tough-but-sweet confection that was “like 'Holiday' with an R&B groove,” in Timbaland's words. The urban-oriented dance-pop of the 2008 set shines as brightly on LP-only tracks like “Candy Shop” and “Devil Wouldn't Recognize You” as it does on singles “Give It 2 Me,” “Miles Away,” and Top 10 hit “4 Minutes.” Needless to say, HARD CANDY was a smash, reaching No.1 on the U.S. album chart 10 years ago today and racking up more than 4 million sales worldwide.
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album of the Day)
Some thirty years after its first big screen adaptation, Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY got darker and weirder in the hands of director Tim Burton, star Johnny Depp and composer Danny Elfman. The fresh approach is audible on the 2005 film's soundtrack, which mixes orchestral themes with vocal tracks as distinctive as the movie's characters - “Augustus Gloop” recalls a Bollywood musical, while “Veruca Salt” channels 1960s sunshine pop (Elfman sings all the songs, his voice modulated to sound different on each). By turns zany, mysterious and joyful, the CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK is Danny Elfman at his best, and we'll give the collection another spin now to celebrate his birthday.
Banda Larga Cordel (Album of the Day)
“When I was only two or two and a half,” Gilberto Gil once recalled, “I told my mother I was going to become a musician or a president of my country,” and the Brazilian star's ongoing career includes long stints as both recording artist and politician. Gil's forward-thinking work as a performer features socially conscious lyrics and an ear for new sounds to blend with traditional ones, an approach he began in the 1960s as a pioneer of tropicalia and continued to explore on 2008's BANDA LARGA CORDEL. These 16 Portuguese-sung songs embrace contemporary technology as firmly as vintage samba and bossa nova rhythms, and Gil's mellifluous voice illuminates such highlights as “Amor de Carnaval,” “Cano” and “Máquina de Ritmo.” As we mark its 10th anniversary, the Grammy-nominated BANDA LARGA CORDEL embodies the vitality of both Brazilian music and one of its greatest exponents.
Hotel Paper [Deluxe Edition] (Album of the Day)
After an impressive 2001 debut, singer-songwriter Michelle Branch made a strong return two years later with HOTEL PAPER; the Maverick collection debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart and has been certified platinum. Its baker's dozen originals show the young performer - not yet 20 at the time of release – taking her success in stride, with such songs as “Breathe,” “'Til I Get over You” and the Grammy-nominated “Are You Happy Now?” seeking out balance in a hectic world. The digital Deluxe Edition adds several bonus tracks, including non-LP sides “Wanting Out” and “Lay Me Down,” as well as a fine cover of Joni Mitchell's “A Case of You.” This is Michelle Branch's birthday, and we'll wish her a happy one with HOTEL PAPER.
SONG OF THE DAY - "Bad Day" (Album of the Day)
“My granddad used to say to me, 'There's better people who are worse off than you,' and I always remember that,” noted singer-songwriter Daniel Powter of his “Bad Day.” “It's a song about trying to make people feel better.” The global smash certainly struck a chord, topping the Billboard singles chart, earning triple-platinum sales status and becoming European radio's most played song of 2005. The centerpiece of Powter's self-titled album, the track was inspired by his struggles to succeed as a musician (“Bad Day” was rejected by labels for two years before Warner Bros. signed the performer), which shows what can happen when you don't let adversity stop you. We'll make it our Song of the Day in the hopes that your Friday the 13th isn't a “Bad Day.”
Absolution (Album of the Day)
“I think that absolution is not necessarily a religious word,” noted Muse frontman Matt Bellamy of the title of their third studio set. “I think it's just suggesting that the act of making music is a way of understanding things.” By the sound of the 2003 album, the British trio was grappling with some heavy issues - the Iraq War, fears of societal collapse and more among them. Counterbalancing the intense lyrics are epic arrangements mixing art rock, progressive metal and orchestral flourishes on such highlights as “Stockholm Syndrome,” “Time Is Running Out,” “Butterflies and Hurricanes” and “Hysteria.” Listeners responded to the band's towering ambition; it topped the U.K. album chart and went gold in America, establishing Muse's fanbase stateside. Anyone who enjoys dark, dramatic music played with go-for-broke grandeur should seek ABSOLUTION.
Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham (Album of the Day)
A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 3-time Grammy winner, Lindsey Buckingham is best known as the producer, guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter for Fleetwood Mac and as a widely celebrated solo artist. The latter aspect of his illustrious career is the focus of the 3-disc set SOLO ANTHOLOGY: THE BEST OF LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM. The new collection includes album, live and alternate versions drawing from 1981's LAW AND ORDER, his 2017 collaborative album with Christine McVie and all points in-between. The set also highlights the performer's film work (like “Holiday Road” from National Lampoon's Vacation) and live versions of Fleetwood Mac favorites. Even more exciting for fans, Buckingham's SOLO ANTHOLOGY features two new songs, “Hunger” and “Ride This Road.”
SONG OF THE DAY - "Driving Home for Christmas" (Album of the Day)
“Driving Home For Christmas” took Chris Rea down a long road, but at its end was a holiday classic. Following a December 1978 recording session at London's Abbey Road Studios, the British singer-songwriter was headed back to his home in Middlesbrough; to save money, his wife picked him up in her car. As traffic slowed to a crawl, inspiration struck when Rea saw frustration on the faces of surrounding drivers; as he recalled, “whenever the street lights shone inside the car, I started writing down lyrics.” It was years later before a melody was paired to the words, and later still before the song was committed to tape – it charted in the U.K. when released as an A-side in 1988, and again in 2007 and 2017. For those of you planning to travel during the holidays, we'll make seasonal favorite “Driving Home For Christmas” our Song of the Day.
50 Years - Don't Stop (Album of the Day)
Fleetwood Mac celebrates a half-century of music with a new 50-song collection that is the first to explore the group's entire career, from its early days playing the blues, to its global success as one of the most-enduring and best-selling bands in rock history. The 3-CD set 50 YEARS-DON'T STOP offers a deep dive into the band's expansive catalog by bringing together essential tracks released between 1968 and 2013. The first disc revisits Fleetwood Mac's beginnings as a blues-rock combo, a six-year period ending in 1974; among the U.K. Top Ten hits included is “Albatross.” The second disc focuses on the group's most commercially successful period with music from multi-platinum releases FLEETWOOD MAC, RUMOURS and TUSK. The final disc explores songs the band released between 1982 and 2013, including such U.S. Top Ten hits as “Hold Me,” “Big Love” and “Little Lies.” Today we wish bassist John McVie a happy birthday with 50 YEARS-DON'T STOP.
Legacy (Album of the Day)
The Eagles created an indelible musical legacy over an extraordinary career that spans more than 40 years and includes six number one albums, more than a dozen Top 40 hits and six Grammy Awards. The new LEGACY brings together all the music that made the Eagles one of the best-selling bands in music history in one extraordinary collection. The 12-CD boxed set includes all seven of the band's studio albums, three live albums and a compilation of singles and b-sides, housed in a handsome slipcase and accompanied by a 54-page hardbound book filled with rare photos, memorabilia and artwork. Encompassing the band's entire career, LEGACY follows the Eagles' flight from the country-rock of early albums like DESPERADO and the superstar success of HOTEL CALIFORNIA to the band's 1994 reunion HELL FREEZES OVER and its most-recent studio album, 2005's LONG ROAD OUT OF EDEN.