Ruth Bader Ginsburg's highly anticipated album debuts at #1 on hip hop, classical, and jazz charts
MANHATTAN -- Moderate Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's highly-anticipated album debuted at #1 across all music charts this week.
In the lead up to the album drop, Sony's marketing campaign hyped Ginsburg's debut LP "Notorious RGB" as the "best record of the century," and "so good it should be illegal," causing record industry executives to fear the album was in danger of being overhyped.
But based on early reviews, fears of critical backlash were baseless.
"If anything, Sony's admittedly hyperbolic promotional campaign understated the magic, propulsive sexuality and fierce musicality at work in Ginsburg's freshman effort," wrote New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica in a glowing review.
Caramanica's colleague, jazz critic Nate Chinen, was similarly effusive, writing, "Ginsburg seamlessly weaves together rap, classical, jazz, hip hop, ska, emo, opera, heavy metal, Brazilian dance music, classic rock, techno, and afropop into an album that manages to be a searing commentary on post-colonialism, tort law, and misogyny, while still being both spiritually uplifting and utterly danceable," wrote Times music critic Nate Chinen.
Commercial appetite for "Notorious RBG" is stunning, with record sales expected to surpass Adele's "25" within days. Ginsburg lends her vocals, along with her jazz flute and famous slide trombone skills to 32 tracks.
In legal circles, Ginsburg's former colleagues are supportive and unsurprised by her outsized success. "As soon as I heard the demo for the song, "I Speak the 'Ruth," I knew this was going gold," said Merrick Garland.
Justin Timberlake produced the album. Although there have been rumors of a romantic involvement swirling around the two after they were seen getting cozy in a Miami nightclub, RBG biographers Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik say thus far, "they're baseless."