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2008-04-29 - 12:56 a.m.

It seems that one of my favorite songwriters and one of my favorite film directors have collaborated on a beer commercial...I ain't gonna link to it, but if you go to YouTube and look up "Chris Knox" it's one of the first search results. The song is a good'un from his wonderful album Beat.

A co-worker and I were talking (or talk-talking) about Talk Talk's final album, which was a fairly large stylistic shift from their first (though perhaps not such a leap from its direct predecessor).

I was thinking about albums that represent a big leap for the artist, like the aforementioned on these pages Village People album where they suddenly went New Romantic, or that bizarre Bad Religion prog record that stunned all the skate punks in 1983.

What other examples do you have of this phenomenon? And was the leap permanent, temporary, positive, negative? Discuss.

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