Mercury Music Prize Nominations

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Mercury Music Prize Nominations

The nominations for the 2005 Mercury Music Prize are out and, as you would expect, it's a mixed bag (all quotes are from the Mercury judges):

The Magic Numbers – The Magic Numbers

"The Magic Numbers celebrate the joy of singing pop harmonies so fervently that it’s impossible not to cheer along."

M.I.A. – Arular

"Hip-hop, ragga, dancehall, pop and electro never sounded such perfect soulmates."

Polar Bear – Held On The Tips Of Fingers

"Held On The Tips Of Fingers reaches across musical boundaries – adventurous, unexpected and engaging."

Kaiser Chiefs – Employment

"Employment bristles with wit, melodies and eloquence."

Maximo Park – A Certain Trigger

"Spiky, smart and frenetic – welcome to Maximo Park."

Hard-Fi – Stars Of CCTV

"Streetwise guitar music fuelled by ska-inflected songs of suburban frustration and ambition.”

KT Tunstall – Eye To The Telescope

"A wonderfully assured exhibition of the art of the singer-songwriter – an enticing musical journey."

Bloc Party – Silent Alarm

"Edgy, exciting and assertive – compelling rock songs performed with swagger."

Seth Lakeman – Kitty Jay

"Drawing on the dramatic songs and tales of his native Dartmoor, Seth Lakeman makes music that is urgent, thrilling and haunting."

Coldplay – X&Y

"Coldplay take on the world...and win."

Antony And The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now

"Pianist and torch singer Antony has a voice to pin you to the wall – and songs that send shivers down the spine."

The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike

"A joyous carnival of sound – exuberant and vital."

Right now the clever money seems to be on the Kaiser Chiefs (currently at 4/1 with the bookies), while Coldplay and Bloc Party are next in line at 6/1.

Feel free to use the comments section to argue with the Londonist music reviewers about who should win.

Last Updated 19 July 2005


M.I.A.! M.I.A.! M.I.A.!

But it will just be some dreary indie band as usual.

And why the hell aren't Roll Deep on that list?

Album of the Year! Who's with me?


'Embalmed Madness' by Prostitute Disfigurement didn't make the shortlist then?



ooh, I'd go for tear-inducing Antony and his invisible Johnsons - even if they are from New York. Must be becuase they're signed to Rough Trade?


The Gorillaz and The Duke Spirit should certainly be in there. I'll swap you for Hard Fi and KT T. And yeah, what the hell is Antony doing there? Doesn't it feel like the judges have been brushing up on their NME / XFM indie cred recently?

To be honest I think M.I.A. and the Numbers are in with the shot, but the Go Team get my vote.


go team get my vote. Really cool album.

saw them a couple weeks ago in a festival ireland, they were great. but the sound was really bad.


Ah, Antony (of the Johnsons fame) was in fact born in Chichester according to Auntie. Problem solved.


Hard-Fi should win, KT Tunstall a close second. Mark (above) is talking rubbish - neither the Gorillaz or Duke Spirit albums should even be close to the shortlist!


You are winding me up aren't you Ben? If you're not we'll have to send Mike round with his copy of 'Embalmed Madness'. Good to see the judges have ignore the 22 years Antony has spent being a New Yorker.


I think Bloc Party should win it, but I would *love* it if The Go! Team won.

I wouldn't be surprised, however, if the judges decided it was time Coldplay actually won it, having been nominated for each of their 3 albums.

It's a tough call though. Prior to Franz Ferdinand last year, the winners were quite maybe they'll shy away from Bloc Party and go Maximo. Oh, I don't know.

Joao Diniz

I love Antony's music but M.I.A. really got my body and soul dancing since the day I've bought the cd .

Joao Diniz

the url was wrong in the last post , anyway my blog is in portuguese so there's no point in you trying to read it ...


High hopes for M.I.A. Although in the current climate a pro-Tamil Tiger stance might not sit well with corporate sponsors...

My vote: go, Go! Team, go!


Agreed M.I.A may have politicised herself out of the runing, but then again it was short-listed to begin with. What are the chances of the jazz / folk contingent getting a look in this year? Votes on Polar Bear??? Anyone know who Polar Bear are?


Polar Bear are a top-drawer young jazz/electronica outfit who share two band members (Pete Wareham and Seb Rochford) with jazz-punks Acoustic Ladyland. I'm listening to their album right now and it's fantastically rough, direct and potent stuff. I hope they get a few extra sales out of being the token 'unpopular' act on the Mercury list. Londonist readers - why not go listen at


RE: Polar Bear. It would be amazing if they won, they are playing at the ealing jazz fest this weekend I think, the album features electronica nut Leafcutter John and is very good.