GRAMMY AWARDS: Best Alternative Album Nominees
By: Maura O'Malley
The GRAMMYs make for arguably the biggest night in music, and with Sunday’s show quickly approaching, we introduce the nominees for Best Alternative Album:
22, A Million, Bon Iver: Blackstar, David Bowie; The Hope Six Demolition Project, PJ Harvey; Post Pop Depression, Iggy Pop; A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead
Preview the 59th Annual Grammy Awards by watching the lead singles off each Grammy-nominated album below.
22, A Million- Bon Iver
Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, already has two GRAMMYs under his belt from back in 2011—Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album. This year, it’s all about 22, A Million. The album was met by rave reviews, and you can get a feel for why that is after listening to the single below.
Blackstar- David Bowie
While up for Best Alternative Music Album, 3 other GRAMMY noms stemmed from Blackstar this year (Best Rock Performance, Best Engineered Album: Non-Classical, and Best Rock Song). Below, listen to Blackstar’s title track—its experimental sound gives off an eerie feel, which feels darker knowing that the album was released just two days prior to his tragic death.
The Hope Six Demolition Project- PJ Harvey
The Hope Six Demolition Project draws from PJ Harvey’s experiences in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington, DC. And while the album speaks out against poverty and war, “The Wheel” focuses specifically on the children who died in the Kosovo War. The deep political lyrics and folksy sound are reminiscent of Bob Dylan, and you can catch the track below.
Post Pop Depression- Iggy Pop
“Gardenia,” the lead track off Post Pop Depression, has a dreamy feel, and even though it’s about being completely in love with a woman—Gardenia—it’s not your average love song. It’s actually about bossing said woman around. Lyrics aside, this, and the entire album, for that matter, proves that Iggy Pop is still cranking out solid tunes. Listen below.
A Moon Shaped Pool- Radiohead
Radiohead fans went nuts last May upon the release of “Burn the Witch.” And rightfully so. It’d been a minute since the three-time-GRAMMY-winning band released anything prior to A Moon Shaped Pool, and this one was a complete surprise. With its combination of electronics, strings, and signature vocals, the below track washed fans in an unexpected wave of giddy anticipation for A Moon Shaped Pool.
The GRAMMYs air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12 on CBS.