Your fellow nominee Paul Weller recently said in an interview with The Guardian that "I wouldn't put that [songs about grief] on people. Grief's bad enough without a whole fuckin' album about it." How do you feel about this comment and was it a hard decision to write songs about your late husband?
His rich voice, ambient production and sometimes heavy-handed but always lush songwriting can't halp but compliment each other. His best yet, should be at least an 8. Really melancholy, and it will most likely see me through the winter as I snuggle up by the fire. One of my favourites of the year.
Yeah, it is subjective, it's still probably the 'best' award out there, it emphasises Britain's musical diversity and can cause great debate (like it has done again now). But as you said yourself, it's subjective, and in my opinion this is perhaps the weakest shortlist they've ever put together.
I think the arrangements and production is all over the show, there's just far too much going on and it often becomes a little bit crowded and messy. Still, a lovely album all the same, but that holds it back from being as good as it should be.
Crap review. I love the score though! Can't wait to hear it.
And the lack of, sucks. Especially Laura Marling - album of the year for many and leading the way of a really big new scene of nu-folksters. She would sum up 08 for me.
But if they do get together, they must record more stuff, otherwise I'll be pissed off. I will always love Blur.
Mystery Jets - Young Love
Guillemots - Get Over It
Wild Beasts - Devil's Crayon
Laura Marling - Night Terror
Johnny Flynn - The Box
Elbow - Grounds for Divorce
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
Guillemots - Red
Wild Beasts - Limbo, Panto
Johnny Flynn - A Larum
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
The Wave Pictures - Instant Coffee Baby
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
I would love for Laura Marling to get in. A chance for Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip as a respectable NME band (there's usually 3-4 on the list)?
I definitely see Elbow getting in, so yeah...
Foals (heaven forbid)
Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip
Maybe some more popular stuff like Coldplay, Paul Weller etc... It would be really nice for Frightened Rabbit to get in