Thursday, February 21, 2013

Music - The Grammys

All Samuels Public Library cardholders are eligible for three free downloads a week from Freegal, a massive online database containing over 500,000 songs.  Sifting through such an enormous selection of music can be a daunting task, so we here at Samuels have decided to offer a few suggestions for the overwhelmed (or new) Freegal user.  This week we recognize this year's Grammy winners:
Mumford & Sons
“I Will Wait”
From Babel

English folk rock band Mumford & Sons won album of the year for Babel, their follow-up to 2009’s popular Sigh No More.  Hit single “I Will Wait” is a standout track, containing great harmonies and the best banjo picking of the year.  “So I’ll be bold/ As well as strong/ And I’ll use my head alongside my heart,” sings Marcus Mumford, though the words equally apply to his plucky band and their inspiring music. 
From Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel won best R&B song for “Adorn,” a smooth yet funky track from the singer/songwriter/producer’s critically acclaimed second album.  With a style that echoes both Prince and Marvin Gaye, the extremely talented Miguel is a young man poised to become a big star.  On “Adorn,” Miguel combines his old school influences with hip hop beats, creating a sound that’s simultaneously classic and modern.

Kelly Clarkson
“What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)”
From Stronger 

Has it really been ten years since Kelly Clarkson won American Idol?  With Stronger, winner of the Best Pop Vocal Album award, Clarkson shows why she’s still a household name when so many other Idol winners have disappeared into oblivion.  The defiant title track is an undeniably transcendent testament to her resilience and a well deserved smash hit.      

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