Hip-hop superstars Jay-Z and Kanye West have billed their new album, Watch the Throne, as an "event record," meant to be listened to from start to finish. But are the days of thorough listening over? Has digital music changed the way we experience an album?
Ann Powers’ picks for albums that must be listened to as a whole:
Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea
Eric Church - Chief
Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
Lady Gaga - Born This Way!
Steve Almond’s picks:
Abbey Road by The Beatles
Fuse by Joe Henry
Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan
Paradise Theater by Styx
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Almond gives shout out to former local band The Hold Steady. "They create an entire experience."
Caller Ron: Best album since Thriller that I have to listen to the whole thing: Lady Gaga "Born This Way."