Robyn Is Here

June 24, 1997


Before her late 2000s rebirth as the choice pop artist for sophisticates, and while under the thumb of a record industry she found creatively oppressive, Robyn still managed to punch her way through and deliver some all-time dance-pop classics on her debut. She may not perform these songs anymore, but they live on in their recorded incarnations.

- Chris Steffen

Shelby Lynne

I Am Shelby Lynne

January 25, 2000

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Shelby Lynne's previous albums had a more contemporary country feel, but this Bill Botrell (Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty)-produced record had a booming southern R&B vibe reminiscent of Dusty in Memphis with its lush arrangements and string section accents. The album ended up earning Lynne the Grammy Award for Best New Artist (despite the fact that she had released six albums over the thirteen years of her music career).

- Zac Johnson