Friday, January 6, 2006

Grammy Central: Best Rock Album

Hey, it's Albert from the SGN again. In continuing our "Grammy Central" feature, here's a look at the nominees in the Best Rock Album category along with my prediction and personal pick to win the award. I neglected to mention in previous postings that the 48th Annual Grammy Awards take place February 8 in Los Angeles.

Best Rock Album nominees

X & Y - Coldplay
In Your Honor - Foo Fighters
A Bigger Bang - The Rolling Stones
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - U2
Prairie Wind - Neil Young

This is a solid race, featuring a veteran lineup and Grammy darlings all around, with the exception of rock pioneer Neil Young who has never won before.

My prediction is that U2 will add another Grammy to their trophy case for an album considered to be one of the best of their career. Coldplay or The Rolling Stones could pull off an upset, but don't count on it. Grammy voters love U2 and lead singer Bono is highly respected for his humanitarian efforts as much as he is for his musical contributions.

My personal pick is U2, just slightly over Coldplay. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb came out in late 2004, making it difficult for music critics to warm up to it before filling out their top ten lists for the year. But it's one of the best written albums in U2's catalog, and song-per-song outmatches Coldplay's latest effort.

Photo of Coldplay, courtesy of Capitol Records.

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