The nominees for the 2010 Mercury prize get announced, we dissect

  • 21 Jul 10

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Man the girlish squeals! Everybody’s favourite credit card sponsored music award is back for yet another year of nail biting anticipation and endless articles about what the chances are of winning (this happens to be one of those articles). So in the name of good spirited ‘me too’-ness Misc.Music is proud to present it’s very own run down of the candidates. Have a good time.

Biffy Clyro: Only Revolutions – Impossibly average band with an impossibly large and devoted fan base = hate comments. 3/10

Corinne Bailey Rae: The Sea – So get this, hairdresser favourite and all ’round sunny personality Corinne Bailey Rae lost her husband between her first and second albums which means that the second album is all sad face. This of course means sympathy votes but really, she doesn’t belong on this list. 2/10

Dizzee Rascal: Tongue N’ Cheek – Cheeky brit-rapper does more of the same, somehow deemed worthy of anything but pity. 1/10

Foals: Total Life Forever – Foals took their math-rock awkwardness and threw (most) of it into the nearest heaping pile of faeces where it belongs, only keeping enough to smother their faces in every so often when they feel like a treat. Total Life Forever is a vast step forward for them, featuring ‘Spanish Sahara’ which frankly deserves it’s own Mercury Prize award. 7/10

I Am Kloot: Sky at Night – Only 7 albums in, boys! 2/10

Kit Downes Trio: Golden – I know absolutely nothing about this man (I actually thought it was a woman) but he looks like this. I’m willing to bet he’s the best human being alive. ?/10

Laura Marling: I Speak Because I Can – Totally could actually possibly maybe win this, it is her second album though. And although I know no statistics about how many second albums have won it, I’m going to guess that it’s proportionally less. Everybody loves a newbie. 6/10

Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More – Boring. Haters gon’ hate. 2/10

Paul Weller: Wake Up the Nation – He’s the fucking mod father. 9/10

The xx: The xx – It’s so obvious that The xx are this years winners they may aswell have given them the £20,000 prize money already for them to spend on more black clothes and earrings 9/10

Villagers: Becoming a Jackal – Gorgeous debut album from wee Irish lad Conor J. O’Brien and his band means that it’s position as runner up is perfectly cemented, although this does mean it’ll get a shit load of coverage, which is great. 8/10

Wild Beasts: Two Dancers – Wild Beasts second album is even better than their first, honing the astonishingly odd vocal talents of  Hayden Thorpe into something of a rare beauty. Even if it doesn’t win, you need to hear it. 9/10

Oh boy, I can hardly wait.


  • Joe

    why so alternative?