1997 In Review
Best album 1997:
Julia Fordham, East-West -- long awaited, and a triumphant
Then there are those that have potential and need to keep trying:
Then there were those whose 1997 albums weren't up to the mark, perhaps due in no small part to the exceedingly high standards set by their earlier albums.
Texas, White on Blonde -- fading into pleasant obscurity
Trisha Yearwood, Songbook (HDCD remastered compilation) -- this is a very good sounding compilation album, just as Alison Krauss' grammy winning compilation was in 1995. Is Nashville getting the recording right?
Holly Cole -- keeps on churning out those albums with no end in sight. Since they sound pretty good, not that I mind.
Oh dear, my favourites won. Does that mean that my music tastes are now in line with the mainstream? (and I thought I was different:)). My favourite album of 1996, A Few Small Repairs and my fav album of 1997, Surfacing won big. Congratulations to Shawn Colvin and Sarah McLachlan for winning 2 grammies each. It took both of them about 10 years (folk grammies don't count :))
Alison Krauss won again too, but no much competition in the Bluegrass category eh? Dylan won too, but just like Joni Mitchell did for Turbulent Indigo, I think the award was for past achievements as his latest clearly isn't his best work...
Also, I'm glad to see Trisha Yearwood's version of How Do I Live get the nod over LeAnne Rimes' version. Trisha's version is far better. On the MTV awards, LeAnne sounded awful, but at the Grammies, her singing clearly improved. LeAnne is young, and she'll improve, but now, we all salute Trisha.
Worst Song of 1997?
Some songs are not 'bad', just 'overplayed' and 'overhyped'. Some songs are just plain bad. My Heart will go on is just plain bad. I don't listen to radio much so I was spared it. But to assess it, and perhaps give it the benefit of the doubt, I borrowed the CD from someone. While I was playing it in my office, my colleagues yelled at me to turn it off and play something good like Credence Clearwater. I didn't need much encouragement to turn it off...