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The slate of Grammy nominees may skew young, but that doesn’t mean boomers clinging to their Beatles and Motown albums won’t find new works to love as much as their oldies. Here are 10 nominated albums that are sure to captivate the 50-plus music buff. And watch the 60th annual awards live on CBS at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Jan. 28.
Break away from the oldies with these 2018 Grammy nominees
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The Hawaiian native, 32, draws heavily from soul and funk influences on his third album, a follow-up to hit machine Unorthodox Jukebox and its global smash single "Uptown Funk!" A product of his heroes Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, the singer-songwriter wraps his versatile tenor around nine tightly arranged tunes, including such keepers as "Perm," a nod to James Brown’s raw chemistry, and the humorous "Calling All My Lovelies," featuring Halle Berry
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The hugely popular British singer-songwriter, 26, built a broad following by binding his sensitive-dude lyrics to a variety of styles: pop, folk, dance, rock
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The Philadelphia indie rock band is led by 38-year-old singer, guitarist and songwriter Adam Granduciel, who founded the group in 2005 with Kurt Vile (who soon departed for a solo career). The greatest mystery about the War on Drugs is why it hasn’t hijacked charts the world over, especially in light of rock’s continuing drought. Understanding’s big guitars and synthesized clouds lure listeners into a dreamy soundscape that is both soothing and melancholy.
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Misty, aka Josh Tillman (formerly with Fleet Foxes), follows up 2015’s I Love You, Honeybear with this more spare and nuanced collection, steeped in gloom and beauty. The messages of alienation, doom, corruption and societal apathy are delivered with brass and brazen wit, then served up
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Ledisi Anibade Young, 45, lives up to her reputation for powerhouse vocals and empowering tunes on her ninth studio album, Let Love Rule. The 15 tracks, ranging from old-school soul to modern R&B, get assists from John Legend, Kirk Franklin and a variety of hotshot producers, especially longtime collaborator Rex Rideout. The album’s core strengths are Ledisi’s strapping voice (which won her the role of Mahalia Jackson in Ava DuVernay’s Selma) and her positive perspective in tunes, from the gospel-tinged "If You Don’t Mind" to the huge ballad "All the Way."
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Don’t let the shaggy beard — or even the category for which he’s nominated — fool you. Chris Stapleton is a soul man. The Kentucky native, 39, went from penning tunes for Nashville royalty to enjoying his own coronation with his 2015 solo debut Traveller. The nine songs on the first volume of From a Room cement his credibility as a sterling songsmith and potent singer. The foundation is Nashville, but Stapleton takes on
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At 26, the Dallas-born songbird has already wowed the jazz world with an artistic dignity and vocal command that draw comparisons to Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson. Horn won the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and lives up to the honor’s promise on this impressive debut, a sophisticated set of standards that showcase her warm, limber voice and plucky personality. While Horn remains loyal to
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Founded in Bogotá in 2005 by Simón Mejía, the electro-cumbia band puts a psychedelic spin on tropical music. English for “stereo bomb” and Colombian slang for a "cool party," Bomba Estéreo lives up to its name, cranking out fiery punk-spiked dance music with Colombian and African roots. Mejía's fifth studio album, Ayo, builds on the band’s old-new fusion with abandon. Spanglish lyrics overlay bouncy dance tunes that incorporate indigenous sounds, like the flauta de
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The alt-country sensation, 38, spent six years with the Drive-By Truckers before launching a solo career in 2007. His sixth studio album, and the first with his 400 Unit band since 2011, enhances his track record as a top-drawer songwriter and storyteller who continues to exceed expectations, whether relating a boozy tale about a dying Appalachian coal mining town in rock blast "Cumberland Gap" or vowing eternal love in the poignant "If We Were Vampires," a duet with Amanda Shires, his fiddle player and wife. "White Man’s World" sends a strong warning to society’s patriarchy, and "Last of My Kind" wrestles with isolation and mortality.
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