GRAMMY AWARDS: Best Rock 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 Rock Album:
California, Blink-182; Tell me I’m Pretty, Cage the Elephant; Magma, Gojira; Death of a Bachelor, Panic! At The Disco; Weezer, Weezer
Preview the 59th Annual Grammy Awards by watching the lead singles off each Grammy-nominated album below.
Blink-182’s had a pretty consistent sound throughout the years, and that’s something many fans appreciate. California is no exception, and while the album’s first single, “Bored to Death,” is another teen anthem, it’s one that older Blink fans can still relate to, for sure.
Tell me I’m Pretty- Cage the Elephant
Tell me I’m Pretty marks a new era for Cage the Elephant, especially with the help of new producer Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys). A Black Keys influence can be heard in tracks like “Mess Around,” but CTE cited Outkast as a major influence for the song. You be the judge after listening below.
Tragically, a death in the family had a profound influence on Magma, but Gojira persevered and created something beautiful. The French metal band trimmed up their tracks in Magma as a way to cater to shorter attention spans—and they didn’t skimp on quality in doing so. Check out “Stranded” below.
Death of a Bachelor- Panic! At The Disco
The first release off Death of a Bachelor is somewhat of a gospel-rock jam. “Hallelujah” comes from the band’s praise, awe, and general gratefulness for their fans. In fact, Brendon Urie said to his fans at the release of the track “And you make me want to scream 'HALLELUJAH!' from the top of my lungs with every bit of fervor and strength I possess.” Hear his gratefulness in song form below.
“Thank God for Girls” throws fans for a loop with its nonsensical lyrics, but we’re brought back to familiarity with a signature Weezer chorus that’s fun and catchy. It’s definitely different, and if you need a refresher on what it sounds like, check it out below.
The GRAMMYs air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12 on CBS.