Much of the aegis of the Academy of Whoever Does the Grammys I have no frame of reference for. I do not like country, rap or R&B, by and large. OTOH, I’ve been listening to a larger than usual amount of pop music lately, so when I saw the list of Best Record nominees, I said to myself, “Hey! Here’s something I can review that will generate no comments!” Which is the goal, of course.
Rather than do this in order of my preference, I’m going to do the reviews in order of chronology. Not when the songs were recorded, when the songs sound like they were recorded:
1970s — “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk is a love letter to disco. If I loved disco, maybe I would like this ridiculously repetitive song more. As it stands, snore.
1980s — “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars feels like a rejected track from Synchronicity. And all that that implies.
1990s — “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke I’m sure has roots in some sort of R&B classics, but to me it just sounds like mediocre Prince.
2000s — “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons is easily my favorite of the bunch. The buzzy digital sounds and the angsty, post-9/11 message resonate with me.
2010s — “Royals” by Lorde is the only song here that really feels “of the moment”. Both the sound and the message are truly topical. A fun listen.