Annal: 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album

Results of the Grammy Award in the year 2004.

Album:American Idiot

American Idiot

Green Day

For its first new set of music since 2000’s Warning, Green Day tears up the blueprint and comes up with something unexpected: a punk rock concept album built around elaborate melodies, odd tempo changes, and a collection of songs that freely reference classic rock warhorses like the Beatles and Pink Floyd. “She’s a Rebel” and “St. Jimmy” might sound like vintage Green Day, but the rest of the disc finds the Northern California trio trying on a variety of different guises: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” is a cliché-strewn Foo Fighters-style power ballad;…



Velvet Revolver

Contraband, the debut album from Velvet Revolver (who include three ex-members of Guns ‘n’ Roses>, arrives with both a great deal of expectation and a great deal of baggage. That’s the trouble with “supergroups”: there’s always the difficulty of stepping out of the shadows of the members’ previous bands, and keeping old fans happy while appealing to new ones. Lead singer Scott Weiland gets off easy: he used to be in Stone Temple Pilots, widely regarded as an adequate, second-string rock band (in spite of selling millions of records in their native USA) due…

Album:The Delivery Man

The Delivery Man

Elvis Costello, The Imposters

Take one part This Year’s Model, mix with a bit of Almost Blue, and top off with a healthy sprinkling of King of America. Voilà, The Delivery Man! Elvis Costello’s first album for Lost Highway finds the musician deftly exploring American roots music, from rock ‘n’ roll to country to soul, with assistance from the Imposters (stalwart Attractions Steve Nieve and Pete Thomas plus ace bassist Davey Faragher) and thrushes Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams. It also finds him back digging around in the ashes of a failed relationship. One of…

Album:Hot Fuss

Hot Fuss

The Killers

The Killers match postpunk guitars with a synthesizer overlay that recalls ‘80s New Wave without burying their sound in nostalgia. On their debut, Hot Fuss, frontman Brandon Flowers plumbs his imagination for tales of murdered lovers (“Jenny Was a Friend of Mine,” “Midnight Show”), voyeurism (“Mr. Brightside”), and sexual confusion (the single “Somebody Told Me”), Flowers and his mates are obviously canny students; the total effect is of a playacted obsession, but one made irresistible by their skillful, catchy songs. If there’s an occasional misstep (the…




The Reason, the second album from clean-cut Californian mall-rockers Hoobastank, is a massive improvement on the band’s eponymous 2002 debut. It’s a thoughtful and passionate alt-rock set that consigns many of the band’s more obvious influences to the dustbin and proves that even rock’s most transparent copyists deserve a second chance to make a first impression. Frontman Doug Robb has shaken off his rather Brandon Boyd-esque vocal affectations and now sounds very much like his own man, riding bruising rockers such as “Just One” and “Let It Out” with a…

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