21 July 2009

The finalists for the 2009 Mercury Prize were announced today. The Mercury Prize is some sort of prestigious honor given to a British performer for having the best album of the year. The award is voted on by a group of British music critics and music industry heads. The winner gets something like 20,000 pounds which is kind of neat. Apparently, every year the nominees are all over the place. It's not just a bunch of big bands up for the nod, and at the same time its not just a gaggle of indie bands competing either. Last year, Elbow beat Radiohead for top honors and in doing so also edged out Burial as well as Grammy faves Adele and Robert Plant/Allison Krauss so this isn't one of those deals where you can call the winner weeks in advance. The winner won't be determined until September 8th, but here are the nominees. Lily Allen was noticeably absent from the list, although she did tweet that she was rooting for La Roux. Truth be told, I've only heard of half the bands on this list and the only one I actually listen to is the fabulous Ms. Khan, also known as Bat for Lashes who was nominated in 07 but lost out to Klaxons. However, this may be the year. One can hope, and it probably won't even require that much. I mean, have you heard the album? Beyond good. One of the best of the year, period, and since Dirty Projectors and Grizzly Bear aren't from England or Ireland then chances are still pretty good.

2009 Mercury Prize Nominees:
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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