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BlackSwan
07-21-2009, 12:04 PM
Mercury Prize Shortlist Announced

Bat for Lashes: Two Suns
Florence and the Machine: Lungs
Friendly Fires: Friendly Fires
Glasvegas: Glasvegas
Lisa Hannigan: Sea Sew
The Horrors: Primary Colours
The Invisible: The Invisible
Kasabian: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
La Roux: La Roux
Led Bib: Sensible Shoes
Speech Debelle: Speech Therapy
Sweet Billy Pilgrim: Twice Born Men

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scoop49er
07-21-2009, 12:05 PM
bat for lashes: winner! :)

gaypalmsprings
07-21-2009, 12:09 PM
Speech Debelle: Speech Therapy - for the win!

MissingPerson
07-21-2009, 12:13 PM
Of those, I preferred Bat For Lashes, but it's not a strong year for the Mercurys.

And WTF, Kasabian...?

miscorrections
07-21-2009, 01:09 PM
This list is pretty weak.

BlackSwan
07-21-2009, 01:17 PM
I agree. La Roux? Really? They might as well put Little Boots on there too.

Boourns
07-21-2009, 01:40 PM
Terrible list except for bat for lashes.

sonofhal
07-21-2009, 01:47 PM
I was going to start a thread about this earlier (IE - when you lot were all asleep), but i really didn't think it was worth it. There are a couple of albums i like a bit on the list, but nothing award worthy.

MissingPerson
07-21-2009, 01:48 PM
Totally agree, SOH.

Guess they've got to pick somebody.

Sushov23
07-21-2009, 01:49 PM
THE HORRORS.

BlackSwan
07-21-2009, 01:49 PM
They should just give it to Elbow again.

sonofhal
07-21-2009, 01:50 PM
I'll wait for DrownedinSound to announce their Pluto awards shortlist.

MissingPerson
07-21-2009, 01:50 PM
I was impressed with the dramatic change of direction for The Horrors, but haven't listened to the thing for ages.

Still-ill
07-21-2009, 01:53 PM
THE HORRORS.

Qft.

Easily the strongest on this list.

bleep
07-21-2009, 01:58 PM
maybe Mercury should start taking into consideration albums hailing from the former colonies of the British empire. ha.

sonofhal
07-21-2009, 02:00 PM
There were plenty of great British albums released within the qualifying period. They just ain't on the list.

Sushov23
07-21-2009, 02:01 PM
There were plenty of great British albums released within the qualifying period. They just ain't on the list.

like what?

bleep
07-21-2009, 02:04 PM
list 'em. seriously though, i'm drawing a blank as to great British albums that may have qualified.

Still-ill
07-21-2009, 02:04 PM
There were plenty of great British albums released within the qualifying period. They just ain't on the list.

Yeah it seems that way, because I always thought UK albums were very consistent... this list and lists past haven't really demonstrated that.

dorkfish
07-21-2009, 02:23 PM
at least Lisa Hannigan is a looker

sonofhal
07-21-2009, 02:42 PM
list 'em. seriously though, i'm drawing a blank as to great British albums that may have qualified.

12 i'd rather listen to from the last 12 months (some are even great).

The Answering Machine - Another City, Another Sorry
Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
Dananananaykroyd - Hey Everyone!
Doves - Kingdom Of Rust
Dutch Uncles - Dutch Uncles
Fanfarlo - Reservoir
Future Of The Left - Travels With Myself And Another
Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling
The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage
Sky Larkin - The Golden Spike
Video Nasties - On All Fours
James Yuill - Turning Down Water For Air.

At least White Lies were not on the list, i suppose.

MissingPerson
07-21-2009, 02:43 PM
Kingdom of Rust, damn, yes.

dorkfish
07-21-2009, 02:48 PM
Bombay Bicycle Club's album is also better than a lot of that list.

BlackSwan
07-21-2009, 02:48 PM
I was disappointed with the new Doves album, but it is waaay better than most of the current list.

bug on your lip
07-21-2009, 03:13 PM
The Horrors album kicks fukkin ass
everything else on that list will be forgotten in 2 years

MissingPerson
07-21-2009, 03:14 PM
Dude, I'd forgotten Primary Colours the week after.

TallGuyCM
07-21-2009, 03:19 PM
Dude, I'd forgotten Primary Colours the week after.

Yeah I didn't care for it either.

Still-ill
07-21-2009, 03:37 PM
Sonically Primary Colours is super brilliant.

Bat for Lashes :nono

Boourns
07-21-2009, 05:14 PM
Bat for Lashes destroys The Horrors. Saw both last month. Only one I would watch again.

BlackSwan
07-21-2009, 05:15 PM
Bat For Lashes is clearly going to win.

Still-ill
07-21-2009, 05:18 PM
Bat for Lashes destroys The Horrors. Saw both last month. Only one I would watch again.

We already knew where your allegiance was.

MissingPerson
07-21-2009, 05:31 PM
Sonically Primary Colours is super brilliant.


Sonically brilliant, and it still sounds shite, which is a hell of a trick.

BlackSwan
07-21-2009, 05:36 PM
That's what happens when you borrow said brilliance.

miscorrections
07-21-2009, 05:45 PM
I think it's the best album on the list, frankly. One of the only ones whose presence I agree with.

MissingPerson
07-21-2009, 05:48 PM
I liked the first song. And then the other songs were all the same songs too, and the novelty wore off.

I can concede, however, that

a) It's a huge leap from the last one.

and

b) It's worth mentioning that Faris Rotter just pisses me right off, partly due to the really absurd degree of overexposure he gets in NME, so it's entirely possible that I'm being unfairly critical of a band who at least had the guts to do something new.

rskapcat
07-21-2009, 06:01 PM
I find the Friendly Fires album immensely enjoyable, but it's really just a pop record. I don't know that I would put it on a list to be considered for artistic merit.

Still-ill
07-21-2009, 06:04 PM
That's what happens when you borrow said brilliance.

I think it should be borrowed more often...

BlackSwan
07-21-2009, 06:06 PM
It totally seems like a great fit for me, but I can't get into the Friendly Fires album.

faxman75
07-21-2009, 06:08 PM
Glasvegas expects to wrap this prize up.


Glasvegas frontman James Allan says he expects his band to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009 with their 2008 self-titled debut album.

Speaking to NME.COM at the awards' launch in London's Covent Garden this afternoon (July 21), Allan said that his band deserves to win the 20,000 prize because of amount of effort they put into recording 'Glasvegas'.

"You've got to understand that with the euphoria [and] the heartbreak that you put yourself through making a record…I really did have nothing left in me," he explained about the record. "I was on my fucking knees by the end of this thing man, more than you'll ever be able to fucking imagine. So with that then, I expect to take it [the Mercury prize]."


So I guess that's that.

Still-ill
07-21-2009, 06:10 PM
That's embarrassing

rskapcat
07-21-2009, 06:18 PM
It totally seems like a great fit for me, but I can't get into the Friendly Fires album.

"Paris" & "Jump In the Pool" are the 2 tracks that stick out in my mind as the best tracks on there. I've only consumed that album a few tracks at a time...never listened to it front to back.

rskapcat
07-21-2009, 06:20 PM
And I think B-Flo has some serious competition in the overconfident frontman category. Way to go, Glasvegas guy. You win. Or lose. Whatever.

MissingPerson
07-21-2009, 06:29 PM
Brandon Flowers has a thousand times that fucker's charisma, however you choose to interpret that.

That guy from Glasvegas is an arsehole, skin to bone.

TallGuyCM
07-21-2009, 07:03 PM
Brandon Flowers has a thousand times that fucker's charisma, however you choose to interpret that.

That guy from Glasvegas is an arsehole, skin to bone.

Definitely, I didn't really care for the song they did on one of Jimmy Fallon's first shows, not to mention the black tank top the lead singer was wearing.