As you may be aware, DiS is throwing our second alternative Mercury Music Prize.
Yesterday, the nominees were announced on DiS but before you rate the albums, we thought you might like to listen to all of them or at the very least give the ones you've not heard a cursory listen. You've got until 8th of September to vote so take your time, form your opinion and then score them out of 10. You can change your vote at any time.
Oh and remember that 0 is unlistenable, 1 is rubbish, 2 is horrible, 3 is pretty terrible, 4 is bad but not without merit, 5 is average, 6 is vaguely liked it, 7 is ok, 8 is really liked it, 9 is brilliant and 10 is perfect. I like to think of 10 as unattainable, apart from works of universally connecting, era-defining, utter genius and 9 is usually what I award my album of the year. Basically, this award isn't about comparing the records to each other, it's about rating each on it own merit. We'll soon be introducing the ability to rate all albums on the site (building charts of the best & most rated albums of the Noughties, Emo/Punk/Dubstep records and/or albums by individual artists) and we thought these 12 would be a good place to start.
The Twelve Nominated Albums (in no particular order) are as follows:
- Manic Street Preachers Journal For Plague Lovers
- Emmy the Great First Love
- Late Of The Pier Fantasy Black Channel
- The Phantom Band Checkmate Savage
- The Maccabees Wall of Arms
- Super Furry Animals Dark Days/Light Years
- Patrick Wolf The Bachelor
- PJ Harvey & John Parish A Woman A Man Walked By
- Micachu Jewellery
- The Week That Was The Week That Was
- Grammatics Grammatics
- Rolo Tomassi Hysterics
Listen: Neptune Music Prize albums