Producers - Jim Abbiss, Adele, Paul Epworth, Rick Rubin, Fraser T. Smith, Ryan Tedder & Dan Wilson
Engineers/Mixers - Jim Abbiss, Philip Allen, Beatriz Artola, Ian Dowling, Tom Elmhirst, Greg Fidelman, Dan Parry, Steve Price, Mark Rankin, Andrew Scheps, Fraser T. Smith & Ryan Tedder
Master Engineer - Tom Coyne
Nominated - Album of the Year
I finally got around to listening to this album, mostly so I'd know what they are rewarding when they hand her the Grammy. I will not argue that Adele has a beautiful voice and a knack for writing songs. The arrangements are pleasant and each song has a unique sound which is always good. But here's the thing (you could tell this was coming, right?) it's just not really my cup of tea. By no means am I saying this is a bad record, quite the contrary. When I listen to it, I know it's good, but it just doesn't get to me. Don't get me wrong, I love "Rolling in the Deep" - that song is all over me, but that's really the only one. My test of the awesomeness of an album is how many songs on it compel me to skip back and listen to them again. "Rolling in the Deep" is the only song on this record that I want to listen to multiple times in a row. It's not her fault though, few and far between are the female musicians who can keep me rapt for an entire album (read: Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morissette, Amy Winehouse, Shirley Manson, Paula Kelley, Lita Ford, and...that's about it).
That being said though, I still believe this is going to be the album that takes the big Grammy.
Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars
Mastering Engineer - Stephen Marcussen
However, if I was handing out the Grammy, this is the album it would go to (of the ones nominated, that is)...well, this or Wasting Light, I haven't decided. This one came out in October, 2010 and I got it sometime the middle of December and I have played the shit out of it. It's just really good. I love his voice, I love the catchy upbeat songs, I love the ballads, the whole thing. It gets to me and that's all I ask from the music I listen to. "Runaway Baby" and "The Lazy Song" are fun songs to sing along with, "Our First Time" is a groovy little sexy time song, and "Talking to the Moon" makes me cry every. Single. Time. "Just the Way You Are" is the only song on this record that I'm not inclined to listen to over and over. I could seriously listen to "Liquor Store Blues" ten times in a row nad be perfectly happy (and it features Damian Marley - awesome!) Needless to say, I was pretty happy to see this one show up on the list of nominations. Sadly, I don't think it stands a chance against Adele (but you'll probably hear me cheering at your house if Bruno or Foo Fighters take this category!)