Last week on this very blog and of course, our Twitter account, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Lupe Fiasco’s “The Cool” by naming our favorite tracks from one of the best hip hop albums of 2007.
Due to the fact that we only have five days left in 2017, I decided to use this column space to share five anniversaries of albums that this blog missed out on celebrating in 2017
25th anniversary of Norman Brown’s Just Between Us
Released in the summer of 1992, this album, which featured both Stevie Wonder and Boyz II Men, was one of the first albums issued on the MoJazz imprint of Motown Records. Brown would release two more albums with the label After The Storm (1994) & Better Days Ahead (1996) before moving on to Warner Brothers Records in 2000.
Must Listen Tracks: “Too High”, “Love’s Holiday”
20th anniversary of Sarah McLachlan’s Surfacing
Growing up, I was probably the only black guy that religiously listened to Sarah McLachlan, especially when I had my first girlfriend in middle school. Released in the summer of 1997, Surfacing was arguably one of the best albums from my middle school days and probably one of the essential albums that every hipster white girl had in rotation back in the day.
Must Listen Tracks: “Adia”, “Building a Mystery”, “Angel”
15th anniversary of KRS One‘s Spiritual Minded
KRS-One is one of the greatest MCs of all time. So when he decided to release this album, one I remembered seeing in the Pop Tunes on Faronia Road in Whitehaven, I thought it was a “good job, good effort” album. However, the album reached #4 on the gospel charts, so there’s that.
Must Listen Tracks: “Come to the Temple”, “South Bronx 2002”
10th anniversary of Harry Connick Jr’s Oh My NOLA
One of New Orleans’ favorite sons, Harry Connick’s Oh My NOLA was a love letter to his hometown in the wake of the federal flood that wreaked havoc in 2005.
Must Listen Tracks: “Let Them Talk”, “Jambalaya”
5th anniversary of Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die
Released not long after the death of Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey’s debut album was if anything, a haunting portrait into a young woman’s life.
Must Listen Tracks: “Video Games”, “Summertime Sadness”