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February 11, 2008


Filed under: Music — Tom @ 3:22 pm

Well, that was, as usual, mostly disappointing, and, unsually, weird. Obviously, Herbie Hancock taking Best Album was a surprise but it’s probably more due to Kanye West and Amy Winehouse splitting votes than a nod to quality – not to dismiss Winehouse (and, indeed, the fine Mr. Hancock,) whose album I think was one of the year’s brighter spots. Not on my very top favorites list but definitely on my runners-up list.

While we’re on the topic of Ms. Winehouse, I was glad to see her actually perform. As the curious choice of Cuba Gooding Jr. put it (and I paraphrase,) “We were unsure if the next artist would be able to appear on the show tonight” and I filled in after him “because she might otherwise be incapacitated, incarcerated, or just plain dead.” Or maybe just visa problems. Regardless, she performed and it was . . . okay. She’s done better than this – she’s really worth the hype, vocally. It’s pretty obvious that she’s put her body through hell. The drugs have ravaged her vocals but she actually looked healthier than in a long time. Let’s hope the rehab sticks and she gets back to what she used to be: worthy of awards.

I just wish her backup singers could have sounded a little better. I’m not sure if that was the Dap-Kings as her backing band or not, but if so, that was not a great performance by them. Those dudes sounded like they were an old, slowed-down tape – “nooooo, nooooo, nooooo.”

And Natalie Cole, you should be ashamed of yourself putting down Amy Winehouse simply because of her drug problems. Should she win for the music or her lifestyle?

But . . . Foo Fighters. Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters. Listen, guys, we have to talk. I really love your music, really I do. Except for Echoes, etc.. It’s just not a great album, guys. In fact, it’s easily your worst. I don’t want you thinking this win is some kind of validation for this album rather than you, which is what it really should be. Because aside from “The Pretender” I can’t remember a thing off of – because I haven’t had the desire to listen to it in months. Let’s go away and try again with the next album, shall we?

I gotta say it. Alicia Keys: hot. Really, really hot.



  1. […] Grammies are over and gone, thankfully, and I have a few thoughts over here. Not to mention some news about the next round of U2 remasters that some may find exciting, like I […]

    Pingback by Insert clever Monday-related title — February 11, 2008 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

  2. Alicia Keys: hot. music work listening to? not.

    Comment by Mark Saleski — February 13, 2008 @ 8:55 am | Reply

  3. The man speaks the truth.

    Comment by Tom — February 15, 2008 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

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