Review: Mercury Prize 2009

By on Tuesday, 8th September 2009 at 10:39 pm

When the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize album nominations were announced back in July, I was truly taken aback – and couldn’t have been more chuffed. Not just one or two, but several of the nominees up for the gong this year were bands I not only recognised and whose albums I actually owned, but were also artists that I feel actually deserve the recognition (including several acts that are favourites here at TGTF).

True: the winner of the Mercury Prize receives a hefty £20,000 prize that would come in real handy. But you just can’t put a value on the increased profile and album sales that result from winning, and of course the actual musical industry prestige of winning the award.

And tonight, the 8th of September, the winner of the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize was announced by Jools Holland at London’s Grosvenor Hotel. With his BBC 6music compadres, Steve Lamacq was on-site and on hand at the awards show to talk up and talk to the nominees before the announcement was made. 6music Music Week programme presenter Matt Everitt commented that this year’s show was one marked by illness: James Allan of Glasvegas was too poorly to perform with his band (a Jools Holland telly appearance replacing their planned live performance), and a feverish, just-discharged-from-hospital Jack Savidge (drummer for Friendly Fires) showed up last minute to play with his bandmates.

Speech DebelleA hearty congratulations to Speech Debelle who won the gong this year!

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the nominees for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize were:

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’ – the winner

Sweet Billy Pilgrim – ‘Twice Born Men’

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