This year’s Album of the Year nominees include Beck Morning Phase, Beyoncé Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran X, Sam Smith In The Lonely Hour and Pharrell Williams GIRL.
In the spirit of staying positive, below are ten examples of artistic risks that did pay off.
Taking a page from the video for the track, which features Kristen Stewart, Brie Larsen and Anne Hathaway and was directed by Ms. Lewis herself, she brought a long a few female dancers wearing tracksuits and mustaches.
It’s been six years since Jenny Lewis released a proper solo album. While the record isn’t set to drop until July 29, thanks to NPR, you can listen to it a whole week early.
Day 3 was all about rule breaking for Arcade Fire and Beck, while Lana Del Rey took it as an opportunity to debut her new single.
“It’s about ad executives in the ’60s? They’re going to make a show about that? Really? Um, I don’t think so,” he remembers saying. “Yeah, just like the best show ever made!”
Of the new album, Beck says “I think at one point we realized there was nothing faster than 60 BPM.”
Beck delivers a torpid and melancholy cover of the John Lennon classic.
You won’t be seeing this compilation on the rack next to the breath mints and Madeleine cookies for a few months now, but when you do see it at the front of Starbucks, it’ll be pretty enticing.
After five years of various one-off gigs, large-scale composition projects, covering entire Yanni albums, and writing albums out on sheets of paper, the Beck is back.