At First Listen

At First Listen

There's so much great music that it can be overwhelming to try and keep up with what's coming out today, let alone important music from years past. Each week on 'At First Listen,' cohosts Andrew and Diamond dive deep into an album that at least one of them has missed along the way to broaden their musical horizons and (hopefully) discover some new favorites. Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! Connect with 'At First Listen' on Instagram @AtFirstListenPodcast.


April 18, 2024 38 mins
For At First Listen's first true rock album, Andrew picked The White Stripes hit 2003 LP, Elephant.

The band's fourth album overall, Elephant contains the most iconic rock anthem of its generation in "Seven Nation Army" and earned the band a Grammy award for 'Best Alternative Music' album. But Elephant contains no other bonafide hits, and is on the whole kind of an odd record.

While Diamond was nervous about listening to an album wit...
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On March 29, 2024, Beyoncé released her eighth studio album, Cowboy Carter, to worldwide acclaim. 

After taking a week to listen, Beyoncé superfan Diamond and Beyoncé ambivalent Andrew jumped into a studio to record a bonus episode on At First Listen and to find out whether or not they agreed on anything about the new album.

(Note: We curse many times on this episode.)

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Songwriters Hall of Famer Nile Rodgers is our inaugural guest on the At First Listen podcast!

On this episode, Andrew and Diamond dive into Chic's 1978 sophomore album, C'est Chic, with Nile himself as their guide. Nile offers recollections from creating legendary hits like "Le Freak," "I Want Your Love," "Chic Cheer" and others, as well as memories of his close relationship with fellow Chic co-founde...
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Diamond invites Andrew to visit her childhood with Usher's most iconic studio album, Confessions

One of the best-selling albums of the 2000s, Confessions contains a parade of classic Usher singles, including "Yeah!," "Burn," "Caught Up" and "My Boo." It's also one of the most gossiped about albums of all-time, as its revealing concept and scandalous lyrics had fans asking questions for years after it was released.

What will Andrew ...
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Andrew introduces Diamond to Elton John with one of Elton's classic albums from the '70s, Honky Chateau.

While Elton and collaborator Bernie Taupin were widely regarded as hitmakers prior to 1972, Chateau marked a turning point in the duo's career, as the first of seven consecutive U.S. number one albums they co-authored from '72 - '75.

But more than 50 years after it hit number 1 on the pop charts, will Honky Chateau strike a chord ...
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Dearly beloved, Andrew and Diamond thought they knew 'Purple Rain,' but did listening to the album in its entirety for the first time raise more questions than answers?

On the first episode of 'At First Listen,' our cohosts grapple with one of the most iconic albums of the 1980s, 40 years after it became a global phenomenon that made Prince legend. But does 'Purple Rain' hold up? Do Andrew and Diamond dare critique the Purple One? I...
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