Annal: 2005 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album

Results of the Grammy Award in the year 2005.

Album:Breakaway

Breakaway

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson could have played her American Idol-propelled career much differently, languishing in the role of dippy ingénue or shunting her musical development by leaning too heavily on overnight stardom. Instead she dug in her heels and allowed good sense (or a good manager) to steer, and somewhere Simon Fuller and the rest of the TV gang ought to be smiling. Credit Breakaway, which couldn't be more aptly titled--the sophomore effort represents a seismic split from the thin if pretty debut, Thankful. Here we encounter Clarkson as…

Album:Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

Paul McCartney

Sir Paul is an elder statesman now, but Chaos and Creation in the Backyard finds him in considered and tastefully restrained form, penning songs worthy of his finest hour. McCartney crafts this collection of songs with exquisite balance, lining up haunting chimes and heartfelt lyrics (“Riding to Vanity Fair”) alongside pounding “Hey Bulldog”-esque chords and eerily Beatles-ish multitracked vocals (“Promise to You Girl,” “Fine Line”) and, most impressively, distinctively new yet timeless gems of songcraft (“Anyway,” “Jenny Wren”).…

Album:Extraordinary Machine

Extraordinary Machine

Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple, brooding, brainy belter and capital-A artist of near forbidding depth, begins her much gossiped-over third CD on a lark. The title track, one of two songs produced by Jon Brion before the label dispute that prompted hip-hop producer Mike Elizondo (50 Cent, Eminem) to step in, sounds like a Judy Garland number slathered with irony or something Rufus Wainwright might have had a hand in—strings soar, beats bump around skittishly, and notes require a ladder. But playful as it is, by the time the chorus kicks in it’s clear why the world has missed Fiona…

Album:Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

Gwen Stefani

In her own unique way, Gwen Stefani has managed to shift our culture since coming onto the scene as the lead singer of No Doubt. With years of defining style and 30 million in record sales under her belt, she will again turn heads with this debut record that is as fresh as it is retro and as progressive as it is feel-good familiar.

With this project, she has enlisted some of the biggest names in music (Dr. Dre, Eve, The Neptunes, Andre 3000, Nellee Hooper, Dallas Austin, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Linda Perry and Tony Kanal) to create a genre bending masterpiece that is guaranteed to be one of the most talked about records of this year (2004) and beyond.

Album:Wildflower

Wildflower

Sheryl Crow

Since her 1993 debut, Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow has been churning out unassailably appealing CDs in an unassailably appealing voice. Which means, according to the rules of the pop music cosmos, by album six it’s about time for a misstep. Natural law, fortunately, will have to keep checking its watch. Wildflower moves Sheryl Crow one step closer to Hall of Fame status as she shunts the established rock star’s impulse to get all experimental, but instead sprawls, rambling rose-like, across the substance-spiked pop landscape she helped…

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