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Final guesses for who will win and who should win?
Will win: Laura Marling
Should win: Elbow
should win easily he his head and shoulders above everyone on the list.
or because it's the Mercury Prize?
there's been a PJ Harvey or Arctic Monkeys. I don't think it'll adversely affect him that much if he does win anyway
why do you say that?
he seems grounded and just about making the kind of music he loves. He has already had massive props from the main stream press for everything he has done. This is just more of that really.
it's more about who i really don't want to win than who i do want to win. On that note, i hope it isn't
British Sea Power
Last Shadow Puppets
Burial doesn't win? Mr Douchebag
and the whole idea of the mainstream press blabbing on about him and throwing out the tired old cliches with all the wit and verve of rotten fishfinger - well, it's something i could do without
INDIE TIL I DIE
the press getin on his case and all that.
It is a pretty mad album to get main stream press and recognition but I quite like that. Its really diffrent form the rest of the list.
The mercury is pretty pointless though I'm only vaugly interested as I'm so bored and I get to talk about Burial...
i think the whole him being favourite thing is pretty false, a Guardianista study in cultural willy-waving. It's my favourite album on the list (not that i've heard many) but it's prime position seems like an attempt to show off how "edgy" and "contemporary" and "web 2.0" everyone is. I might sound like a massive snob (and i am) but i don't think that many people ACTUALLY like it
it is pretty mad
I'm not sure that many people like it and have heard it.
but then it is the mercury and its some random journalists that decide on it.
I agree with the: 'Guardianista study in cultural willy-waving' quote and it makes me giggle
he likes to do a kiss too...
Should win: Radiohead
Estelle is ludicrously long odds at 44/1, would be an awful choice but female + not NME indie band might tick boxes.
I think that it's between Burial, Radiohead, Elbow and Laura Marling to be honest. A good performance could swing the choice.
I guess kode 9 will do a DJ set of Burials stuff or something he has done some really wicked ones before.
Radiohead will no doubt do a wicked performance.
with an extended repeat on Friday night at some point.
Also, Radiohead have a habit of not turning up to award ceremonies, so there'll probably be clip from Later... or something used instead.
remember them playing it in 2003, 2001 or Yorke in 2006.
If Rachel Unthank... do "Sea Song" I think their odds will shorten, could see the same for Laura Marling (doing "Night Terror")
Did a great version of Analyse
Anyway, they should all play each others song's instead for a laugh.
or something that would be well funny
it's supposed to be about The Album, but then you go and let all the contestants perform for you just before you decide the winner. If i was a scientist i'd say something like "ni very fucken scientific, izzit?"
saying that, Klaxons won last year despite being one of the worst live acts ever
that will be a sad day indeed.
why hasn't anyone said M-People yet?
I liked it when Burial was annonamus and you could make jokes about him already being the Stereo MC's :(
we almost got through an entire Mercury thread without someone mentioning M-Peeps
but then I thought no god damn it...
they need to be reprazented!
Shovel is needed for a Burial after all...
as the mastermind behind Burial?
I would have believed it
I think I may have said it once on here but I couldn't get the idea off the ground and in the press unfortunatly.
up for this?
That album rocks and may win.
But Radiohead should win.
are up for it. Good album but can't see it winning though.
I remember when I used to think it was quite an interesting thing I did care about. Have I got older or has it lost some of its appeal?
are fairly uninspiring. I mean, three side-projects of otherwise massive artists and THE BIGGEST BAND IN THE WORLD TM. And British Sea Power
should probably win, purely because of the new way they released it and yeah, it's a good album.
Have they ever one a mercury?
The mercury is terrible crap anyway, I dont know why I commenting, anyways.
Radiohead have not won a Mercury. OK Computer lost to Roni Size, Amnesiac lost to PJ Harvey and Hail to the Thief lost to Dizzee Rascal
Last year's list was really awful though (and to be honest last year I struggled to think of more than one or two acts they should have nominated anyway).
I can't even see why they were nominated otherwise.
your logic there
is actually really good this year.
Last year was total gash.
Really is a wonderful album as well. I'm surprised there isn't more love on here. I listened to it properly last night and its rather wonderful, if you can get past the 'hey nonny nonny' type lyrics.
that radiohead win. idesperately want them to win. mostly because i stand to win £65 if they do, wholly because of this
not just because they deserve to finally win a Mercury, I genuinely prefer 'In Rainbows' to all the other records on the list.
£100 if laura marling wins
£5 Rachel Unthank
The album is great and the way they went about releasing it "changed the music industry" (©Everyone)
Burial, yeah its a good album, but anyone who was around in the 90's can hear where he's coming from really fucking easily.
So if Radiohead don't win it this year it will truly become an entirely pointless award in terms of what its supposedly about, because it was a ground breaking album. Like proper.
And if anyone claims, "well its not supposed to be about the way it was released or anything outside of it" why do they perform on the night? And why do the judges watch?
Awards are fucking stupid anyway.
you were supposed to pick the album was the best, regardless of how it was released. And I really like In Rainbows, but I'd prefer Elbow to win as I love The Seldom Seen Kid even more. I don't think how Radiohead released the album should make any difference.
Yes you're right, it supposedly is.
But it isn't at the same time. I have heard judges interviewed saying stuff like "they played really well on the night"
They do take these things into account, do you remember all they stuff that was said about the Arctic Monkeys being the band of the year and all that.
As I say, awards are bollocks.
they perform on the night because it's a ceremony with only one award to create a bit of an event. i don't think anyone with an ounce of sense would be persuaded that one album is better than another after 2 months listening on the basis of hearing one live track in an unorthodox environment.
I have no complaints if Radiohead win, they're my favourite band - but they deserve to because it's a great record, it has so much depth and soul, and yet it still leaves you wanting more.
No complaints from me though if Burial wins it - whether you like it or not, it does give an almost cinematic feel of walking around outer london late at night in recent years and is certainly more than 90s throwback.
I'm surprised no-one here has mentioned Portico Quartet. I know the jazz albums offen seem tokenistic - but I gave this a listen after seeing it's nomination and it's a very strong album.
timed short stories at the Booker.
"Burial, yeah its a good album"
I like it, I just don't quite have the same "OMG, I've never heard anything like it" as most seem to. Mainly because I have heard alot of things like it.
Saying that "In McDonalds" from that album is stunning.