Does anyone else feel that the Grey Album was, surprisingly, Jay-Z's most infectious album?
I still think of those Danger Mouse mixes from time to time though it's been years since I listened to this album.
Remixing an album is usually done by the studio as a monetary grab; it takes little effort and brings in good money for the name recognition. In this case, since Danger Mouse created the remixes himself, and without authorization, the artistic intent of the remixes is arguably greater than one created by the studio. While I myself am not a Jay-Z fan, I would support the album specifically on its merits of being a personal work of passion, instead of a money grab by a studio.
I would suggest the fact that Jay-Z included music from The Beatles' White Album certainly could have influenced some to listen simply to hear the infusion of the two.
As for infectious, I would have to disagree (my personal feeling). I love the idea of it being a tribute, but beyond that, not really my thing.
Well, how would you compare the Black Album to the Grey Album?
Personally, I liked not only the samples that Danger Mouse used to make the Grey Album, but the rhythms he incorporated into the music. The Black Album was a bit heavy for my taste and some of that was cancelled out in the re-mixes.
I would also have to disagree I am afraid with this album being "infectious." Whilst it was certainly very popular in some circles, it definitely was not one of my favourite albums, I am afraid. The Danger Mouse mixes were rather amusing, though.