Saturday, January 25, 2014
10 decade-old albums worth revisiting
Without a doubt, 2004 was a great year for music.
2004 was a great year in general for all forms of media, including movies, TV shows and even video games. The amount of outstanding albums released that year was absolutely staggering: Eminem, Usher, Cee Lo Green, N.E.R.D., and Kidz Bop Kids, if you’re into that sort of thing. Many of the music today, throughout all genres, were, in part, influenced by the music of 2004. The meld between genres became prominent in this year of music. While I could be able to pick out a ton of album from the year that needs a revisit, here are 10 albums from 10 years ago that are worth a revisit.
10. Los Lonely Boys by Los Lonely Boys — There’s nothing that brings a smile to my face then when "Heaven" comes on the radio or on the intercom on many department stores. There hasn’t been much of Los Lonely Boys today, but travel back 10 years to give this a listen.
9. Cee Lo Green…Is the Soul Machine by Cee Lo Green — Cee Lo wasn’t as popular 10 years ago as he is today, but he still managed to sell some records. Coming off of Goodie Mob, and two years after his solo debut, Soul Machine contained two hit singles including "The One."
8. Destiny Fulfilled by Destiny’s Child — After the supposed breakup of Destiny’s Child, Destiny Fulfilled was released. The album was a huge success with huge singles like "Lose My Breath" and "Soldier." It was also the final album of the trio, but we can all wish for another, right?
7. Elephunk by The Black Eyed Peas — The Black Eyed Peas were known in the hip-hop community but not really in the mainstream culture until the introduction of Fergie. With hit songs like "Hey Mama" and "Shut Up," Elephunk remains the best album of BEP history.
6. Hurt No More by Mario Winans — Mario Winans was the other brother of the Winans Christian group. Mario, however, released an R&B album under Bad Boy Records. This wasn’t a great album, but one you should listen to.
5. Love. Angel. Music. Baby. by Gwen Stefani — The solo album of Gwen Stefani after coming off of No Doubt was a huge hit. "Hollaback Girl" still rings in the heads of twenty-somethings running on the treadmill at the gym.
4. In the Zone by Britney Spears — 2004 was the year that Spears began her controversial transformation. "Toxic" is still one of her biggest hits of her career, but In The Zone may just be her best album. The album may have been overshadowed by her minute-marriage and her breakdown for all to see.
3. D12 World by D12 — Two years before the death of Proof, D12 World reintroduced the world to who D12 are. "My Band" was a comedy song but the album had deeper tones that dealt with death and passing away.
2. Encore by Eminem — Encore is Eminem’s worst album, but going back and listening to it you realize that some parts are really misunderstood. Listen again to "Yellow Brick Road" or "We As Americans."
1. The College Dropout by Kanye West — The College Dropout is the best album West has done by far. The entire album is worth a listen in one sitting. He was -- still is -- a smart lyricist and musician and was having fun doing it.
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