Album of the year

 

Radiohead’s In Rainbows has been nominated for “Album of the Year” in the year’s Grammy Awards.

Here’s who they are up against:

Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
Ne-Yo – Year Of The Gentleman
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
Radiohead – In Rainbows

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I am biased in who should win album of the year, being an avid Radiohead fan for the last 8 years or so. But consider the precedent the band set in late ’07 in giving it away/demanding fans to set the cost they deemed worthy. Radiohead is clearly at a stage where money takes the backseat to questioning the whole record institution outright. It speaks to how music is becoming more of a blog accessory, movie trailer add on, and background ad. device in general. I think the opportunities for bands to showcase their music is ever expanding, it’s just finding the hot niche market or creating a marketable promotion tool like Radiohead has. The record industry was always about putting out the next best single from an established artist on the radio then waiting for huge “record” sales to come in. But the “record” is quickly being replaced by the flavorful “single of the week”. So in order for “In Rainbows” to be viable as a record, Radiohead must have seen this as a no brainer.

Not to mention the striped down/universal appeal (research the song “knives out” and you’ll understand their own production standards) the album sustains from start to finish. Just today I read an article about how Joe Satriani is suing over Coldplay’s song “viva la vida” for plagarism. This doesn’t surprise me, especially considering how on their last album they admitted to ripping off a Kraftwerk melody note for note.

The British Boys and Mens clubs.

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One thought on “Album of the year

  1. None of those albums are really that great… Well I never heard of Ne-Yo and Lil Wayne, but the Robert Plant and Allison Krauss album was a huge disappointment with little passion or excitement. Coldplay puts out their worst album to date and I know people rant about Radiohead’s In Rainbows but honestly I wasn’t that impressed. This must have been a real shit year for music.

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