17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I love the diversity of songs on this album. My favorite track on this CD is Over My Head by The Fray. I love the beat of this song, and I think the piano playing is excellent. Put Your Records On is a light soothing track from talented British singer Corrine Bailey Rae. This song makes me want to kick and relax. Another highlight on this album is Jesus Take The Wheel by Carrie Underwood. I love her beautiful voice. Black Horse and Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall just makes me want to get up and dance. Be Without You is a heart wrenching R and B love song by Mary J. Blige. Save Room is a very smooth R and B love song from John Legend. Waiting On The World to Change is an excellent track from John Mayer. I love his vocals and guitar playing on this track. I'll admit that some of these tracks like Bad Day and You're Beautiful are a bit overplayed on the radio, but I still enjoyed this CD very much.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2007
Grammy is back and better than ever with this 2007 CD. Or at least this is the best GNCD in the past two or three years. [...] Luckily this time around we got some favorites here. There's Gnarls Barkley aka Cee-Lo. Totally different from anything that was on CHR airwaves last summer. No doubt "Crazy" is worth nomination. Mary J. Blige (or queen of Soul/R&B) is featured with "Be Without You". Not my favorite song of her's, but then again most of these nominations are for the artist and not quite the song. Macy Gray alike Corinne Bailey Rae is picked with her jazzy hit "Put Your Records On", and laid-back John Mayer gets his guitar on and gives the world the middle-finger in a peaceful way with "Waiting on the World to Change", even though that's one of my least favorite tracks by him. For some reason he changes up his voice for that certain track. Otherwise, rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers get some nod's, along with over a decade old Dixie Chicks with their wanted return single "Not Ready to Make Nice", and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood with "Jesus Take The Wheel". Also long time artist Sheryl Crow makes the Grammy cut once again. And for some artists that have changed their style up a bit, there's Christina Aguilera with the catchy jazz-swinger "Ain't No Other Man", and other pop acts include the UK-diva Natasha Bedingfield with the soft-pop hit "Unwritten". Not to mention newcomer to the music game K.T. Tunstall is featured with her pop-country single "Black Horse & The Cherry Tree". We've also got two similar male soft-pop artists James Blunt and Daniel Powter, both with catchy tracks of "You're Beautiful" and "Bad Day". Also three soft alternative bands make the cut; and those would be The Fray, Death Cab for Cutie, and Keane. And for some solid R&B you can look up "Save Room" by John Legend or "Stickwitu" by Pussycat Dolls.
For the most part this disc is pretty solid if you're looking for a good overall few of 2006. Only two songs cross my mind and those would be first "My Humps" by Black Eyed Peas. Yes, a catchy number indeed, but what more does it have than Fergie's humps and a will.i.am production? And Justin Timberlake was huge this year, but I've never found myself enjoying "SexyBack" one bit. As a matter of fact my favorite single of his so far is the mellow "What Goes Around Comes Around", maybe they couldn't find the radio edit in time. To replace those cuts, Lupe Fiasco or Prince would've work fine with me. But still, a good solid disc of what 2006 had to offer, and its much more solid than the past few dissappointing discs. 4 stars.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I buy real cds as opposed to downloading them on services online because real CD's don't have the "unhearable" sounds filtered out by the MP3 type compression.
For some reason it sounds like this CD was made from MP3's. The bass just isn't as clean and as present as it is on a few of the original CD's I have of the artists I have from this CD. Not sure what's up with it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2007
I have all of the Grammy CDs back to 1995 -- "2007 Grammy Nominees" is the best collection yet! Considering that early CDs in this series contained only a dozen cuts, with 23 tracks, this year's edition is a real value. But quantity without quality would not earn this 5 stars, right? IMHO, nearly every song in this collection is a winner. On the strength of Corinne Bailey Rae's "Put Your Records On" and KT Tunstall's "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree", I immediately ordered their CDs. I already had the Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Pussycat Dolls, and Paul McCartney albums, but I appreciate collections of great songs such as these. The tracks by RHCP, Gnarls Barkley, Imogen Heap, James Blunt, Death Cab For Cutie, and The Fray speak to the diversity of today's music and add to the strength of this collection. "My Humps" by Black Eyed Peas was a good choice given that Fergie's solo album didn't get nominated (why not?). While I'm not usually a fan of favorites Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake, I have to admit their included cuts are very catchy. [Does anyone else think that John Legend's "Save Room" sounds an awful lot like "Stormy" by the Classics IV?] Highly recommended.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2007
I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to this album. I was expecting a lot of rap and more unlistenable tunes. Instead 2006 featured a bunch of very nice ballads, some light rock and just a few rap. For me, the high points were 'Bad Day' by Daniel Powter and the chilling 'Jesus Take The Wheel' by Carrie Underwood. On the down side was 'My Humps' by 'Black Eyed Peas' and 'Jenny Wren' by Paul McCartney. For someone who is not into FM radio, this album was an eye opener and shows some direction where the new music is going. Let's hope we can have more of the same for 2007.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2007
With 23 tracks totalling 79 minutes, this is a great way to keep up with today's artists without having to buy their albums individually. It's also a good way to familiarize yourself with some artists you may not have heard of before. Interestingly, James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" appears here in its clean version while the version of The Black Eyed Peas "My Humps" is not.
I've had every Grammy Nominees album since '00 and this ranks as one of my favorites. You don't have to be a fan of the Grammys to appreciate this collection.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I don't have a lot of time to listen to popular music any more and frankly much of what is played in my town is high hop and rap on the radio (yuck). But a few years ago I discovered this CD series and I keep up to date with it. A good way for me to get a feel for the music without having to suffer through a lot of trash. Of course, I don't like all the music on it but it gives me a bit of variety. They could make it more varied though to reflect the Grammys better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I ended up with this CD by accident, having forgotten to cancel my monthly selection with BMG. I decided to keep it though and I'm so glad I did. If you are like me and love a good mix tape, and you are still enjoying the Top 40 Grammy winners of this year, then definitely pick up this CD.
It starts with Gnarls Barkley's Crazy, a song I found my mistake on someone's MySpace page, but I added it to a mix tape (CD) and played it nonstop for months. Next up is the oh so hot Mary J. Blige with Be Without You. She could sing the alphabet, and I'd probably buy a copy. The smooth sounds of Corinne Bailey Rae's Put Your Records On rounds out this trio.
Next up is John Mayer, providing a great transition to a few rock and pop songs from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Justin Timberlake. Prefer a bit of country? The Dixie Chicks (who took home a ton of awards this year) and Carrie Underwood are up next.
Imogean Heap's Hide and Seek takes us into the next genre of music. This is such a great song...it's a mix of Enya, Bjork, and Tori. This song alone made me have to have her album. Shocked that she was up for Best New Artist. Her CD came out in 2005 and still isn't getting radio time. But oh well, you sometimes have to look past the popularity contest that radio stations force us into.
The next round of music is a set of hot women singers who have been rocking the stations all summer long. Christina Aguilera, Natasha Bedingfield (another noteworthy new comer), Sheryl Crow (long time fav), Pink (still amazing us with this album), and KT Tunstall (another great newbie getting air time).
As you can see, the placement and order of all of these songs is superb and really provides you with a fun listening experience. James Blunt is up next with a song I was just about sick of hearing every five minutes in the car, You're Beautiful. This album made me fall in love with it all over again. John Legend follows, someone I had not yet heard much from. I will definitely be checking out more of him soon. Good ole Paul McCartney is next followed by Daniel Powter (his song is one I'm definitely sick of hearing thanks to American Idol. I'm so glad they didn't use it this year.)
So if you are like me, skip Powter and get ready to pick up the beat again with The Black Eyed Peas, Death Cab for Cutie, The Fray, Keane (one of my all time favorite bands), and end with a bit from the PussyCat Dolls.
This album has it all. No jazz or classical here, but the Grammys has a reputation of throwing those guys on the back burner knowing the younger crowd won't listen. Although there were some excellent performers left off this album, the 23 songs you will find hear offer up something for everyone. Like I said, the arrangement of the songs definitely helps and makes this CD one worth buying and popping in the car for long road trips.
Most of these songs are still getting air time on the radio because of their wins, but if you like having the option of skipping over a few and repeating the ones you like best then by all means, buy this CD!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2007
This is absolutely the best collection of Today's music. Suprisingly, These people who have won-MJB, The Dixie Chicks, JT, & Carrie Underwood have all display their best in this great album.
My Favorite tracks on this album are:
Be Without You
Jesus, Take the Wheel
Ready to Make Nice.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2007
wow! this cd rocks. i have always wanted to buy the albums of james blunt, cristina aguilera, justin timberlake, and johnny legend because their lead-off singles are all great. then one day, i saw this album and i immediately bought it! it has all the tracks i want and more.
i love mary j's "be without you" and i bought her great hits compilation just recently. her inclusion in the album was great. the first track "crazy" was just awesome. then there are tracks from black-eyed peas, keane, pussycat dolls, and all the kinds of music you are suprised they are all in one album.
i checked out the other grammy album compilations and the only one that may rival this years compilation was that in 2003. the others are not that great and they dont have - 23 TRACKS! - in one album...my gosh!
go buy this album and proceeds will go to charity (musicares). this album is even so cheap at $13.00! go buy it now and enjoy!