Nationwide Mercury Prize Nominees announced

By London_Phil Last edited 131 months ago
Nationwide Mercury Prize Nominees announced

About half an hour ago this week’s Mercury Music Prize nominees were announced. As could be expected, they included a selection of some of this year’s biggest records along with a few more obscure ones that will keep everyone guessing.

At the moment William Hill have last year’s winners Arctic Monkeys and also Amy Winehouse as joint favourites to win (at 4/1), though with the Mercury's you never know who could win. Jamie T, Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascall and New Young Pony Club all hail from London so it looks like it could be a good night for London's music scene...

The nominees are... *opens envelope*

Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

Jamie T - Panic Prevention

Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

Young Knives - Voices of Animals and Men

Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future

Bat for Lashes - Fur & Gold

Fionn Regan - The End of History

Dizzee Rascal - Maths and English

The View - Hats off to the Buskers

Maps - We Can Create

Basuiat Strings with Seb Roachford - Basquiet Strings

New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom

The Mercury Music Prize winner is announced on Tuesday 4th September at Grosvenor House Hotel.

Photo of from Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner taken from Frida Borjeson Photography's flickr stream.

Last Updated 17 July 2007


The only ones I've not heard are Basquiet Strings, Fionn and Maps so count those out of what I'm about to say BUT:

1. Amy is the only album that will be remembered as a seminal album in 10 years time.

2. The View are the worst band of the last 12 months.

3. NYPC? A sure case of let's stick someone "cool" on if ever there were. A pretty mediocre album piled with filler. There are maybe 2 or 3 GREAT tracks, however they all came out in 2004 and have only just been thrown on an album.


What a depressing list.

Although there are some very good albums there such as Dizzee Rascal's "Maths and English", he has already won the prize. Either they are already well known (Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys) or utter crap (Jamie T, Klaxons) It should definitely go to someone who has as yet evaded public conciousness and could benefit from the publicity.

Fionn Regan is amazing and should win.


Hmph. I'd hoped to have seen Patrick Wolf in that list. But I guess he still has a long career ahead of him, with plenty of time to create an album even better than The Magic Position.