Top Ten Thursday: Best Solo Careers

Han Solo, solo career

After dropping our Review Royale of the new Justin Timberlake album this week, we thought it would be a good idea to tackle artists that have gone solo for our list this week.  We already broke down the best albums released by an artist after going solo in honor of Jack White releasing his first solo record.  So we thought, “Why not just look at solo artists career as a whole, after leaving their band/group.”  Easy enough to find plenty to pick from, but exceedingly difficult to pick just ten for this particular list.  We had to axe a couple that simply didn’t have enough solo material to justify putting them above more established solo musicians (Dan Auerbach and Jack White).  We just can’t be sure which direction people with just one solo album will go.  Back to the band or keep going on their own.  Either way, there were some very tough cuts, but we think we came away with a list worthy of your attention.  Enjoy, and let us know who we missed, left off, or shouldn’t have included at all.

10. Justin Timberlake

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Following the “hiatus” of ‘N Sync in 2002, JT quickly released his solo debut Justified.  I know of at least a few sophomores and juniors in high school who couldn’t resist the former boy-bander’s cool pop sound.  Little did we all know, Justified would serve as merely a bridge to even more progressive and layered pop sounds.  FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience have done more than show off JT’s love of the backslash, affirming Timberlake as pop icon.
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Top Ten Thursday: Oldies, But Goodies

In honor of The Boss’s newest release, Wrecking Ball, we decided to list out our favorite albums from the old timers that can still pull together good albums. More often than not, artists that try and push themselves past their prime ultimately end up fizzling out very slowly, leaving most of the general public annoyed with their insistent presence (i.e. Cher, Ringo Starr, Michael Bay). It is rare to see an artist come out with something 20+ years after the release of their debut, that doesn’t warrant them spending the rest of their career performing nightly on the Vegas Strip. However, as is with everything, there are a few exceptions. Thus, our rule for this list is born … the album must have been released 20+ years after the debut. Below are what we consider to be those old-timer exceptions:
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Paul Simon Show Review

Paul Simon

IU Auditorium

Bloomington, IN

11/20/2011

Paul Simon Live
Still Crazy Good After All These Years

Catching a music legend past their prime can be a mixed bag. The sheer presence of someone who has played such an important role in music history can be awe-inspiring, but often the performances fall quite flat and it can even be borderline sad seeing them as just a shell of who they used to be. Some legends seem to almost get better with age (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young), while other’s  rock ‘n’ roll lifestyles have gotten the best of them over time (Bob Dylan, The Who).
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