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