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Because they're shit.
Burial or Radiohead deserved it more. Although elbow aren't shit...they're just really dull.
rather Elbow won rather than estelle and adele. which doesnt make them bottom of the pile...
the bottom of the pile definitely, far better a half decent band like them than those mentioned above win. Just if the award is going on the album nominated, Elbow's last album i found really dull, especially compared to Burial and Radiohead's efforts...
....even though estelle's record is actually pretty great
much rather Estelle had won.
Burail was the best in my eyes second was Radiohead or Laura Marling the rest doesn't float my boat.
Elbow aint shit they are just dull.
The British Sea Power album is even worse.
naaahh mate ! i like DYLRM but it shouldn't have won purely because The Decline of... is probaly one of the greatest albums of all time
there are some good songs on there, they have been going since the beginning of time, and he does a weekly radio show for the bbc, which he's also been doing for a good while. Doing things for a while gets results.
the panel decided they should be bigger than Coldplay/Doves/all the bands who would kill to be like them but are massive for some unexplained reason.
doves are far better than elbow.
Everyone knows they sound exactly the same.
now you mention it
is it a Elbow side project?
Doves aint bigger than Elbow are they? I mean they are both probibly very simular in stature aint they, surley?
i saw elbow open for doves once. elbow blew 'em away actually. but that was years ago.
maybe..though i'd say doves are just a bit bigger, they are similar but i think doves just do it better where as elbow can be dull at times (though i do like them). The last broadcast by doves is a brilliant album.
top 10 albums of all time
Anyway, all this talk of Elbow being rewarded for all their hard work and career so far is just silly. They explicably said again and again the award is only judged on the album and nothing more.
In my opinion Burial, Radiohead, Rachel Unthank and Laura Marling all made better albums.
two #1 albums so yes they were bigger. They are playing Oxford CA tomorrow night.
i am not convinced any of the records on the list deserved to win it really.
either havnt written good enough records to deserve it, arnt interesting/progressive/'envelope pushing' etc to deserve it, or are too well established/rich to desrve it. Last year and the year before that i thought were fair competitions (although if im honest i do think this award reeks largely of bullshit, but its quite nice to be able to have geeky indie conversations with people you wouldnt normally, which this award seems to allow). That Burial album is not even the best Burial album! and frankly Estelle is a poor attempt at the token 'hip hop' entry. Infact, the more i think about it, the more shameful this year seems to have been.
and the rest of it suggests to me that you are talking out your bum.
buy the album and prove yourself wrong.
Or go home and dust it off and give it another chance.
Or just ignore me...
and they're not dull, and they're one of the best British bands around.
One of the only decent things NME has done over the last few years is give every Elbow album 9/10.
especially an award that M People can win, but the Elbow album is ace.
Didn't Gomez win this thing years ago? Bloody awful.
you just haven't got a heart or a soul
Elbow, but I just somehow find it impossible to believe that the judges honestly reached their conclusion on the grounds they thought it was the better album, feels like a diplomatic choice/reward for Elbow's hard work or something
it was a genuinely great album, like a fair few people seem to do (hence it's not out of the realms of impossibility).
If you don't like the album, fine. But all these suggestions that the album got chosen because of rewarding their career to date etc is a bit patronising. It'd be like me pompously saying if Burial had won that it was because the judges just wanted to look up to date rather than liking the album. They just liked the album, that's why it won.
I pity you fools!
elbow at latitude this year and by the end i wanted to cave someone's head in
but then sigur ros came on and made the world alright again
people thinking it's a bit like scorsese finally, finally winning an oscar.
i think they might have won because they made the best record; i'd be interested to know how many people slating them have heard the record in full. they're an easy band to write off, especially if the only track you've heard from the record is 'grounds for divorce', with the kind of 'whoa-oh-oah' refrains and bluesy licks that immediately scream 'SHITE', but is a stylistic standout on an otherwise extremely elegant, powerful record.
i bum radiohead nightly but 'in rainbows' is far from their best; wonderful in places but largely so humble and understated that songs expected to soar remain flat (i was SO disappointed with arpeggi after seeing the live versions, likewise with videotape). it's very pretty, but it's also without question the dullest thing they've ever made.
i've not heard many of the other records on offer if i'm honest, so i might be way off the mark in saying they were deserving winners, but i think it had more artistic merit than the radiohead release and it would take something bloody outstanding to top it.
if burial had won then the same people whinging here would be dismissing it as a toekn effort or an attempt to jump on the dubstep bandwagon, or just general griping of the sort that happens when "the man" acknowledges something that's supposedly underground. Don't think you'd be happy whoever won really...
whoever won your right.
but you are no where near going to make everyone happy with an award like this.
can i get a t-shirt with this printed on it please? :oD
is the bestest thing ever
I know Radiohead won't win it ever, but to keep telling us it's about the album and nothing else. Lies.
If this were the case then Radiohead would have won.
I have no problem with Elbow winning but don't try convincing us it's about this album being the best and nothing else is taken into consideration.
the elbow album feel a stronger emotional connection to it than they those might enjoying the radiohead album. i'm pretty sure that's what got it the win if that makes sense.
and change to 'those that enjoy....'
for really exciting, inspired music.
dull as dishwater.
then again, i'm not sure who deserved to win, the radiohead and british sea powers albums were turd, and i've not heard the rest.
been a good year for BRitish music. that's basically the crux of it
. i'm not being negative for the sake of it, my honest opinion is that the harvest hasn't been great this year
it's just that the mercury prize don't pick up on any of the good bands/records.
haven't heard the right records. quick recommendations?
Charlottefield - What Are Friends For
Frightened Rabbit - Midnight Organ Fight
An Emergency - Wrecked Angles.
and then buy the Lovvers EP when it comes out in a few weeks.
so it serves its purpose. Unlike the godawful smug fest that is the Brits.
This years competition caused me to search out the Laura Marling and Burial albums.
Sadly, they ain't very good. But the idea was right.
as are the Marling and Radiohead efforts.
Think about it this way, whoever did win it was always going to be around 167 times more deserving than last years
Really fucking bored.
They're not. They're really not. Stop saying it. It's making me angry.
You won't like me when I'm angry...
HULK SMASH ELBOW HATERS!
very good point about the basic premise of the mercurys to be about sort of new music. I suppose after a while certain business influences do tend to dictate these things and make the outcome more predictable, so elbow winning is a worthy result as they released this album on fiction after years on V2 and critics labelling them as 'could have been big', hopefully it'll give their career the boost it needs. Perhaps they'll be able to fit all of their touring band on stage comfortably now...!
Seriously though, I can understand how payola dictated adele and estelle getting on there, it's the same forces that have made the Q and NME awards indistinguishable...