2012 Grammy Nominees (CD)
First released in 1995, the Grammy Nominees series of CDs is an annual feast of some of the biggest tracks of the year - as well as a surprising number of little-known songs.
This year's offering includes the signature track from the night's big winner Adele (Rolling in the Deep) and songs by artists most of us in Hong Kong have only heard of since the nominations were announced (Skrillex, The Band Perry), if at all.
Compilation albums let you discover new artists and sounds without investing too much time or money on new music.
The problem with 2012 Grammy Nominees is that it 'came out a little bit country', as a lyric in Blake Shelton's Honey Bee goes; eight of the 22 tracks are country, or, in the case of Mumford & Sons' The Cave, country-inspired.
There are several songs that may convert you to genres you've never given the time of day. Lady Gaga's You and I is a surprisingly unfussy rock track if you think she's more about style than substance. Mean is Taylor Swift's upbeat nose-thumbing to her small-minded critics, and The Black Keys' brilliant Dearest should send you running to the record store for their album (or racing to legally download it).
As for Body and Soul, by Tony Bennett and the late Amy Winehouse, it's a great reminder of why jazz is still so relevant.