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Mercury Prize/ Polaris Prize 2008 shortlists announced

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A couple of weeks ago the shortlist for this year's Mercury Prize was announced. The annual goal of the Mercury Prize is to highlight the best 12 UK albums of the year (June to June) with an overall winner being announced in September.

Last year, the heavily underdog Klaxons won the prize ahead of favoured competition like Amy Winehouse's 'Back in Black'.

Here are this year's nominees in alphabetical order:

Adele- '19'

Cold Shoulder

British Sea Power- 'Do You Like Rock Music?'

Waving Flags

Burial- 'Untrue'


Elbow- 'The Seldom Seen Kid'

One Day Like This

Estelle- 'Shine'

American Boy

Laura Marling- 'Alas I Cannot Swim'


Neon Neon- 'Stainless Style'

I Lust U

Portico Quartet- 'Knee Deep In The North Sea'


Rachel Unthank and the Winterset- 'The Bairns'


Radiohead- 'In Rainbows'

House of Cards

Robert Plant & Alison Kraus- 'Raising Sand'

Gone Gone Gone

The Last Shadow Puppets- 'The Age of the Understatement'

The Age of the Understatement

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Not sure if it was mentioned around these parts but the Polaris Prize (Canada's equivalent to the Mercury) shortlist was recently announced too.

Black Mountain – In the Future

Basia Bulat – Oh, My Darling

Caribou – Andorra

Kathleen Edwards – Asking For Flowers

Holy Fuck – LP

Plants and Animals – Parc Avenue

Stars – In Our Bedroom After The War

Shad – The Old Prince

Two Hours Traffic – Little Jabs

The Weakerthans – Reunion Tour

I've been listening to them all recently as one of my co-workers (the brilliant James Stewart Reaney) is on the Grand Jury.

I think it's a pretty weak crop. I'd have to begrudgingly pick the Kathleen Edwards album as it has a number of distinctly Canadian elements and is quite well produced. I'd only give it three and a half stars though.

I bet Reaney picks the Basia Bulat album.

"In Rainbows" is a shoe-in for the Mercury.

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I was going to do a seperate thread for the Polaris awards, but might as well kill two birds with one stone.

I still haven't heard all the discs involved, but for Mercury I must vote for Burial's 'Untrue' over Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' as it is simply one of the most original discs I have ever heard.

For Polaris I'll say Plants and Animals' 'Parc Avenue' for now, but I have not yet heard most of the other entries. The Holy Fuck EP is pretty great, but it will never win simply because of the name.

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For those wondering, here are the nominees for the Polaris Music Award and a sample tune:

Black Mountain- In The Future


Basia Bulat- Oh, My Darling

In The Night

Caribou- Andorra

Melody Day

Kathleen Edwards- Asking For Flowers

I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory

Holy Fuck- LP


Plants and Animals- Parc Avenue


Stars- In Our Bedroom After the War

Take Me To The Riot

Shad- The Old Prince

Brother (Watching)

Two Hours Traffic- Little Jabs


The Weakerthans- Reunion Tour

Civil Twilight

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woah...looks like I hijacked this thread...nice work Low Roller. That totally deserves a thread of its own.

I found the Burial a tad too esoteric. High-end shit for sure though.

Love the clips! In a Mercury vs. Polaris battle, our gals would easily out-cute the Brits'.

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I am not familiar with Kathleen Edwards in the least, so is her catalogue fairly represented by that song "I Get the Dough, You Get Glory"?

Yes, but as AD said, usually better than that.

There's a lot of meh in the Polaris list this year. I think most would agree that the Weakerthans, Kathleen and Stars albums are below their respective career standards. Should come down to Black Mountain and Plants & Animals imo.

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