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Review: Mercury Prize 2010

 
By on Tuesday, 7th September 2010 at 10:25 pm
 

When Lauren Laverne revealed the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominees in July, I was truly shocked by the lack of true ‘pop’ and the abundance of folk albums given a nod. Despite that, I was pretty happy to see several of the nominees up for the award in 2010 were we’ve featured here on TGTF. Just in case you haven’t heard, the winner of the Mercury Prize receives a hefty £20,000 prize.

Surprisingly (or not?) the Modfather himself Paul Weller and his 10th solo album ‘Wake Up the Nation’ made a late dash in the betting over the weekend before the awards. Rather unsurprisingly, the xx and their debut album ‘xx’, one of the heavy favourites to win from the get-go, continued to be heavily favoured.

Unlike last year, BBC Music News decided to go with a (possibly) clairvoyant rabbit named Matilda to do some prognostication before the big unveiling. This was no doubt in response to the winning reaction to Paul the psychic octopus living in a German aquarium who was 100% accurate in guessing all the winners for every match in the 2010 World Cup. Hours before the winner was announced, Matilda sniffed around the food bowl placed in front of Biffy Clyro‘s image but finally settled on Mumford and Sons. (Evidently, the BBC rabbit isn’t as good as the predictopus.)

Congratulations to the xx who won this year’s prize!

In case you missed them earlier, read Mary Beth’s earlier post for the 2010 nominees.

 

Mercury Prize 2010: TGTF Writer’s Choice

 
By on Monday, 6th September 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Tomorrow night we will finally find out which album will be crowned the winner of the 2010 Mercury Prize. I’ve asked each of our writers to choose which album they think should win the gong this year, as well as which album they think was criminally absent from the 2010 shortlist. Hopefully you have watched the scene in the film ‘On the Waterfront’ where Marlon Brando says those iconic lines, “I coulda been a contendah! I coulda been somebody!” If not, watch this and you’ll get my meaning:

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Like all good music reviewers, we’re an opinionated bunch here at TGTF. Continue beyond the cut for our picks…

Continue reading Mercury Prize 2010: TGTF Writer’s Choice

 

Mercury Prize Shortlist 2010

 
By on Thursday, 22nd July 2010 at 10:00 am
 

The shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2010 Albums of the Year were announced Tuesday in a ceremony at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden. Chair of Judges Simon Frith said of the twelve nominees: “This year’s Mercury list includes musicians from all stages of their careers and from contrasting parts of the British Isles. It features music that is urban and rural, light and dark, joyful and profound. The records have wit, an abundance of musical energy and their own distinct voices. There is music here to make you laugh, cry, dance and sing.”

Biffy Clyro start off the nominations with their platinum 5th studio album ‘Only Revolutions,’ featuring the hits ‘Bubbles,’ ‘Mountains’ and ‘that Golden Rule.’ Another 5th album that’s up for the coveted prize is Manchester band I am Kloot‘s “Sky at Night,” produced by Guy Garvey and Craig Potter of Elbow. Though 5 albums may seem like a lot, that’s nothing compared with Paul Weller, who is nominated for his 10th solo album, ‘Wake Up the Nation.’

Dizzee Rascal, who previously won the Mercury Prize in 2003 for his debut album ‘Boy in Da Corner,’ is nominated again this year for his fourth album, ‘Tongue ‘N Cheek,’ which is the first album to be released on his own label, Dirtee Stank Recordings.

Leeds-based singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae is nominated for her 2nd album, ‘The Sea,’ featuring the singles ‘Paris Nights / New York Mornings’ and ‘I’d Do it All Again.’ Other nominated 2nd albums include Foalss ‘Total Life Forever,’ Laura Marling‘s ‘I Speak Because I Can’ and Wild Beasts‘s ‘Two Dancers.’

Rather impressively, four of the 12 bands on the shortlist for this year’s Mercury Prize are nominated for their debut albums. In addition to the relative unknowns Villagers (‘Becoming A Jackal’) and Kit Downes Trio (‘Golden’), are two TGTF favorites: the xx and Mumford & Sons. The xx‘s eponymous debut features the singles ‘Crystalised,’ ‘Basic Space,’ ‘VCR’ and ‘Islands,’ and Mumford & Sons‘s masterpiece ‘Sigh No More’ contains the singles ‘Little Lion Man,’ ‘The Cave’ and ‘Winter Winds.’

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards show will take place on Tuesday, 7 September, when the overall winner of the 2010 prize will be decided and announced.

 
 
 

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