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Mercury Prize nominations announced

July 22, 2008

The prize which recognises the best music out of Cockneywood, The Motherland, or The Former Islands of Posh n’ Becks (that’s the UK just in case you had no idea what I’m talking about) has been announced. Yes, The Mercury Music Prize which has had its fair share of controversy through its history. The latest shortlist has just been announced as per every July.

And so (drum roll etc etc) here they are:

British Sea PowerDo You Like Rock Music?

ElbowThe Seldom Seen Kid
The Last Shadow PuppetsThe Age Of The Understatement
Laura MarlingAlas I Cannot Swim
Neon NeonStainless Style
Portico QuartetKnee Deep In The North Sea
Robert Plant & Alison KraussRaising Sand
RadioheadIn Rainbows
Rachel Unthank & The WintersetThe Bairns

Personally, I’ll be hoping that either the groundbreaking dubstep of Buriel or the quant and beautiful vocal stylings of Rachel Unthank & The Winterset come through with the goods, and there are some formidable entrants as well (Neon Neon and British Sea Power brought out releases which really sounded fresh). Radiohead have this sewn this years prize up already though I reckon. Game, set and match. It would be a brave man or woman to bet otherwise.

You never know with those Poms though. Judge for yourself and see what you think with the below tracks, all from the above releases.

Adele – Chasing Pavements
British Sea Power – Waving Flags
Burial – Archangel
Elbow – The Bones Of You
Estelle – Come Over
The Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next To Me
Laura Marling – Ghosts
Neon Neon – Raquel
Portico Quartet – Knee Deep In The North Sea
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Polly Come Home
Radiohead – 15 Step
Rachel Unthank and The WintersetBlue’s Gaen Oot O’the Fashion

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Alexandra permalink
    July 22, 2008 2:55 pm

    I want Laura Marling or The ‘head to win.
    Basically anyone but Adele will satisfy me though.

  2. Philippe permalink
    July 22, 2008 3:00 pm

    I can’t say I’ve heard much of Adele. Looking at her website, it looks like she’s one of those entrants of The X Factor or something.

    Off to wiki I go

  3. Nick permalink
    July 22, 2008 3:44 pm

    Go Burial!

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