Casual Listening snags 5 Grammys
Permit me a moment of self-congratulation. After scanning through the Grammy winners, I realized that in five categories, I had reviewed the winning album with a starred review or better. One of these was also album of the year, and if I do say so myself, Herbie Hancock was the most deserving winner of the night. I’d challenge you to find another critic as predictive in such a diverse array of categories. Here’s the list:
Best R&B Album: Funk This, Chaka Khan
Best Rap Album: Graduation, Kanye West
Best Contemporary Jazz Album: River: The Joni Letters, Herbie Hancock
Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album:
Ray Davies – Working Man’s Cafe (rock) deluxe release, originally 12-07
A solid, interesting album from one of the original Kinks. Davies is a vivid lyricist, and these country-tinged rock songs tell stories of hard times in an age of globalization.
Time Again – Darker Days (rock)
Straight-up hardcore punk. Rock on.