With the 2010 Mercury Prize shortlist being announced this week, we take a look at almost all of the finalists. Not bad, 11 of 12 finalists have been played on this show. But, there are some glaring omissions from the list.
This prize has been under scrutiny for years for some of their shortlist finalists and winners. Consider that Blur, Oasis, Verve & Radiohead all have been nominated but never won. They are responsible for some of the most influential albums of the last 15 years, not to mention sales numbers. In fact, Damon Albarn has become so disillusioned with the prize that he has withdrawn one of his albums (Gorillaz debut) and not allowed any other of his albums to be even nominated.
This year is no different. My question is where is the electronic album? That must be The XX nod. After all they did nominate 3 indie-folk albums instead of a traditional folk album.
With that, the blogosphere is alight with the omissions of their favourite albums. So in that spirit here's the albums I think they overlooked;
We Have Band - WHB (perfect electronic representative)
These New Puritans - Hidden (maybe the title confused the judges..lol)
Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History (just because I love it)
Lonelady - Nerve Up (sorry Laura M. but a more deserving album)
Nedry - Condors (inventive, fusing indie and dubstep to perfection)
With that field of finalists, I think The XX are shoe-ins. But they have gone leftfield for a winner in multiple previous years, so who knows.
Who's your pic or what albums do you think they missed. Post them I'd love to see them.
Next week will be another installment of Rewind! I'm thinking lots of 80s and 90s new wave and indie bands this time around. What do you think?
Then stick around for a special guest host on Earwax at midnight, ME!
Alex has a previous engagement so he asked me to bring my unique choices and share them with you. There will be lots of stuff I don't get to play on a British themed show.
So tune in next Saturday night for both shows.
delphic - this momentary
mia - space
the bees - silver line
larsen b - marilyn
yu(c)k - daughter
stornoway - i saw you blink
broken social scene - art house director
2010 Mercury Prize Finalists
the xx - basic space
dizzee rascal - bonkers feat. armand van helden
wild beasts - we still got the taste dancing on our tongues
corinne bailey rae - feels like the first time
biffy clyro - that golden rule
paul weller - 7 & 3 is the strikers name
mumford & sons - the cave
foals - this orient
laura marling - devil's spoke
villagers - the pact (i'll be your fever)
i am kloot - i still do
(plus kit downes trio not played)
still corners - endless summer
visions of trees - sometimes it kills
cymbals - summer job
teen daze - saviour
the clientele - jerry
fran healy - buttercups
sky larkin - still windmills
liechtenstein - passion for water
solar bears - crystalline (be again)
arcade fire - month of may
weird dreams - hurt so bad
fjord rowboat - we both know
polka party - korean cinema
renaissance dolls - simone
states of emotion - the unsung
school of seven bells - windstorm