Charlie Jefferson said:
I'll get back to you on other artists as varied as Albarn. If I can think of any that is but for starters, Elvis Costello springs to mind.
I know what you're saying with the Costello nomination, but I haven't heard enough of him to either agree or disagree, but my gut tells me that his output is neither as varied, or tuneful.
I'll leave "tuneful" to one side for now. As for varied, I'll throw the following into the ring:
The original run of four new-wave albums, the Beatles-y concept album (Imperial Bedroom), the one with Presley's session band (King Of America), the string quartet album (The Juliette Letters), an opera, a swing jazz LP, an album with Alain Toussiant, the recent one with The Roots, a torch song LP on Deutsche Gramaphon and above all the demented beast that is Blood & Chocolate. Maybe it's simply that I'm more of a Costello fan.
This thread will become something of a deleted scene/paragraph from High Fidelity. Long live music. And debate. And ranting.