September 11, 2009
New Albums: The Beatles and Jay-Z
The time has come for The Beatles to release remastered albums, and boy have they ever. There are fourteen remastered albums, and they were released on September 9 along with The Beatles Rock Band game. The only flaw in this release so far is that the albums have not been made available digitally—they are not on iTunes, Amazon, or any other digital media outlet. They are only available on hard copy.
Sir Paul McCartney (along with labels and other music executives) has stated his reluctance to have the songs and albums go digital until they are completely revamped and remastered. Was that not the idea for this album(s) release? It has taken years of work to get these albums out (conveniently on the same day as a Beatles-themed video game), so why not give them to iTunes or Amazon, too?
Personally, I do like the idea of hard-copy CDs these days. It’s nice to have the actual album art, maybe some lyrics, and also the credits: no one seems to look at the writers of songs. You think Britney Spears writes her own stuff? Yeah right. Good one. So for me these remastered copies are great—it’s nice to see vintage artists, too. You know, back when they were probably all happy with each other. Check out all fourteen remastered albums!! How can you go wrong with The Beatles?
Jay-Z- The Blueprint 3
It’s been a few years since Jay-Z has released an album. But, whenever he does, he goes big. On The Blueprint 3, you can see practically every big name in the rap/hip-hop genre that’s out there right now. He works with and features artists like Rihanna, Kanye West, Pharrell, Drake, Alicia Keys, and others.
There are fifteen new songs on the album, and the first single was “D.O.A. (Death of Autotune).” This song is hilarious. It pokes fun at artists like T-Pain who rely on the work of auto-tuning in order to sound good on a record. That’s all T-Pain does. The problem is, though, that everything sounds fine in auto-tune. Heard “Blame It”? That’s another one. Actually, I think the song features T-Pain. Or how about Auto-Tune the News? Point taken?
The second single off the album is “Run This Town,” featuring both Kanye West and Rihanna. The song has actually grown on me: at first, I thought it was kind of boring. But really, it’s difficult not to like a song featuring Rihanna. Her voice is so unique and great that she could really sing anything and it would be a hit. The combination of the three of these artists, though, makes for one intimidating song.
The rest of the album follows Jay-Z’s hip-hop style and it’s a decent 11th studio album. Think he should have featured Beyonce, too?
Posted by Shaane at 6:16 pm