What Amazon singles should I get?
February 7, 2012 9:54 AM Subscribe
What Amazon singles should I get? Help me find great individual tracks.
posted by kristi to media & arts (4 answers total)
Every now and then I buy a CD at Amazon and get one of their promotional credits for a free mp3.
I never know what to get - mostly because I figure, if I like an artist or album, I'll probably want the whole album at some point, so buying a single track would be a waste.
So I'm looking for individual tracks I would like that are not ALSO part of a full album I'd probably like to own. So good candidates would include:
* individual tracks not released as part of an album
* tracks that are only available as part of an album I probably wouldn't like - for example, one great song on a compilation by multiple artists
Things I like include:
* rock-folk singer-songwriters like Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, Holcombe Waller, and Dar Williams
* 70s R&B like "You're Still a Young Man" (Tower of Power), "I'll Be Around" (Spinners), "Oh Girl" (Chi-Lites), "I'll Be There" (Jackson 5)
* vocals-plus-piano torch songs and jazz, like Wesla Whitfield and Nat King Cole
* intelligent power pop, like Crowded House, Jonathan Coulton, and They Might Be Giants
I am a total fan of intelligent lyrics, especially if there's the kind of word play that doesn't get old. I tend to be turned off by sexist lyrics.
Extra bonus points for female artists and for avoiding Sony releases. (I don't like companies that install evil rootkits.)