- Metallica is a band that broke barriers when they first came on the music scene in the eighties. They brought heavy metal/thrash rock to the masses, and the masses loved it - especially 1991's The Black Album, which debuted at No. 1 in ten countries. Following a legal dispute with Napster and some unfavorable press in the early aughts, Metallica released St. Anger, meant to go back to their garage-rocking roots. The attempt didn't quite work out. The album got mixed reviews but most critics agreed that the lo-fi production was more noisy than raw and real, and Metallica took a lot of shit for abandoning their signature sound.Agree or disagree?
- Pop and R&B star Robin Thicke's rise to fame was a slow burn. He spent the beginning of his career writing for other artists before his own single, "Lost Without You," was released in 2006 and Thicke became known for his sultry, white-boy R&B sound. His 2013 single with Pharrell, "Blurred Lines," catapulted him to superstardom. After a highly-publicized cheating scandal and subsequent separation from his wife, Paula Patton, Thicke released Paula as an attempt to win her back. The whole album was sappy, semi-creepy, and slightly stalkerish - a total turn-off for fans.
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- Age: 41
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
The members of Coldplay are soft rockers and we love them for it. They saw a lot of commercial, Top 40 success, but their music still felt authentic. That is, until 2009’s Mylo Xyloto. A concept album, Xyloto attempted to merge electronic sounds with pop sensibilities and fell flat. Frontman Chris Martin explained, “We have Justin Bieber and Adele to compete with and they're much younger than us.” Coldplay should’ve let Bieber be Bieber and stayed true to their piano-ballad roots.Agree or disagree?
- Blue-collar hero Bruce Springsteen abandoned his usual material - the problems of the American everyman - for 2009's Working On A Dream. The uncharacteristically upbeat collection of songs received mixed reactions, from 5-star ratings to "exhilaratingly bad" reviews. Although it did debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, Dream is definitely Springsteen's least "Springsteen"-y album to date.
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- Age: 69
- Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, USA