Sly segues

Keep your fin­ger off the ‘skip’ but­ton to em­brace th­ese al­bums in their en­tirety.

Esquire (Singapore) - - MUSIC -

Be­fore the days of stream­ing, an al­bum’s track list could be found at the back of the insert found in ev­ery case that housed a com­pact disc or cas­sette tape. Each song was pre­sented in a de­sired se­quence and what you saw is what you got. On cer­tain al­bums, how­ever, mu­sic buffs who stayed on track and ac­com­pa­nied ev­ery deci­bel were re­warded. There’s white noise but the

al­bum hasn’t come to its end yet? Be pa­tient, a con­cealed tune awaits. Janet (1993) Janet Jack­son Jack­son’s now-iconic top­less Rolling Stone magazine cover was cropped for the al­bum cover. But that’s not the only recog­nis­able trait of the multi-plat­inum cer­ti­fied record. Eight sin­gles were spawned from the 28-track al­bum, which in­cludes the hid­den clos­ing track, ‘Whoops Now’. The song was re­leased as a sin­gle and reached No. 9 and No. 1, re­spec­tively, on the UK and New Zealand sin­gles charts. The Mise­d­u­ca­tion of Lau­ryn Hill (1998) Lau­ryn Hill

Hill’s de­but and only orig­i­nal al­bum to-date is a neo-soul stan­dard that pro­pelled hip-hop into main­stream promi­nence. Hooked onto ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’? The for­mer Fugees vo­cal­ist’s cover of the Frankie Valli clas­sic ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ was one of two hid­den tracks on the al­bum and held the hon­our of be­ing the first hid­den tune to be nom­i­nated for a Grammy.

Think Tank (2003)

Blur

This Banksy-sten­cilled al­bum is hailed as the most com­mer­cial record made by Blur, which led lead singer Da­mon Al­barn to be crit­i­cal of it over time ( Park­life can’t be topped). Be­sides con­tain­ing the bril­liant ‘Out Of Time’, hid­den track ‘Me, White Noise’ is un­ortho­doxly placed in the pre-gap of the first track on first presses or at the end of ‘Bat­tery In Your Leg’ after about 90 sec­onds of si­lence on the two-CD deluxe edi­tion. Re­flek­tor (2013) Ar­cade Fire The Grammy-nom­i­nated dance art-rock dou­ble al­bum is in­spired by Haiti’s rara mu­sic and was con­ceived with LCD Soundsys­tem’s front­man and pro­ducer James Mur­phy. Beyond its fixed 18 songs, Re­flek­tor con­tains a hid­den 10-minute in­stru­men­tal med­ley of re­versed sam­ples of songs, in the pre-gap be­fore the first track on disc one and a five-minute sound­scape fol­lows ‘Su­per­sym­me­try’ on disc two.

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