Happy complain about the Mercury Prize shortlist day!

It’s that time of year again where everyone is a music critic and everyone loves to hate on the Mercury Prize shortlist.

This year’s shortlist has been revealed:

Lo and behold keyboard warriors have been unleashed. Questionable decisions? Check (Ed Sheeran, Blossoms). Token jazz? Check (Dinosaur). A dash of grime to seem down with the kids? Check (Stormzy). Former winners looking to do a PJ Harvey? Check (Alt J and The xx). Something “a little bit different”? Check (Kate Tempest). The classic tropes have been adhered to. People have already asked Where Is The Metal? Someone has already talked about how many years Radiohead were nominated without winning.

Personally I think I See You is banging album, but I suppose it wouldn’t be so bad if Loyle Carner or Sampha got a crack at the prize. With judges including Ella Eyre and Marcus Mumford though I wouldn’t be surprised if a M People-level controversial winner is picked, after all what is the Mercury Prize if it isn’t just a provocative PR stunt.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: