Song of the Day #2,696: ‘Come Away With Me’ – Norah Jones

norah_jones_come_awayUnlike the other albums I’ve featured this week, I’m very familiar with today’s artist, if not the specific tracks on the record.

Norah Jones rocketed to stardom following the release of this jazz-folk record, which sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. and 26 million worldwide. Come Away With Me earned eight Grammys and showed up on plenty of critics’ year-end lists (even as others dismissed the album as sleepy and bland).

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Song of the Day #2,695: ‘Obstacle 1’ – Interpol

interpol_turn_on_bright_lightsInterpol is a post-punk alternative band out of New York City that has been off my radar completely. They are often compared to Joy Division, but I have to admit I’m not very familiar with Joy Division either.

2002’s Turn On the Bright Lights is Interpol’s debut album and remains their best received, both commercially and critically.

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Song of the Day #2,694: ‘No One Knows’ – Queens of the Stone Age

queens_stone_age_songs_deafToday’s entry is a good test of my basic musical preferences. I like to think of myself as a well-rounded music fan, one who can find enjoyment in many different genres and many different sounds. But one genre I have never liked, and suspect I never will like, is hard rock/heavy metal.

Sure, I’ve enjoyed some harder-edged detours by otherwise “quiet” bands (R.E.M.’s Monster comes to mind) but those are definitely exceptions.

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Song of the Day #2,693: ‘Work It’ – Missy Elliott

missy_elliottThe rap album with the best showing on critics’ 2002 lists was Missy Elliott’s Under Construction, her fourth and most successful record.

I have no real association with Elliott’s music. I’m familiar with her as a pop culture fixture, through commercials and television appearances, but I can’t say I’ve listened to any of her songs in full.

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Song of the Day #2,692: ‘The Way We Get By’ – Spoon

spoon_kill_midnightOver the last two weeks I counted down my ten favorite albums of 2002. Over the next two, I’ll feature ten critically acclaimed albums from the same year that somehow escaped me.

Spoon is an Austin indie rock band that’s been recording since 1996. I first learned about them following the release of 2005’s Gimme Fiction, their fifth album. Since then I’ve picked up 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and 2014’s They Want Me Soul, somehow missing out on 2010’s Transference.

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