More than two decades after “Loser,” Beck Hansen shows no sign of relenting in his quest for new vistas to explore and new thoughts on the human condition to share, all of which led voters to reward him with the rock album Grammy for “Morning Phase,” his first studio album in three years.
Something of a companion to his 2002 album “Sea Change,” the album features “a far lusher sound, with stronger melodies, deeper grooves and more expressive singing,” Mikael Wood wrote in reviewing “Morning Phase” for The Times.
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Beck took the category that also included Ryan Adams’ “Ryan Adams,” the Black Keys’ “Turn Blue,” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ “Hypnotic Eye” and U2’s “Songs of Innocence.”
Beck and the rest of the nominees might well have doff their caps to the Foo Fighters, cribbing Paul Simon’s celebrated shout-out to Stevie Wonder when Simon won best album in 1976, thanking Dave Grohl & Co. for not releasing an album the previous year. The Foos have taken the category four times in the last decade and a half.
Last year’s category winner was “Celebration” by Led Zeppelin, which broke up more than 30 years ago, and before that the rock album Grammy had gone to the Black Keys’ “El Camino” in 2012, the Foos’ Wasting Light” (2011), Muse’s “The Resistance” (2010) and Green Day’s “20th Century Breakdown” (2009).
Grammy Awards are determined by about 13,000 voting members of the Recording Academy, a body comprising musicians, producers, engineers and various music industry executives. Recordings released from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014 were eligible for award consideration.
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