Mercury Prize 2017


#101

2000 - Badly Drawn Boy - The album’s a shambles but it’s a lovely shambles and some of the songs are excellent.*
2001 - PJH*/ Radiohead - Stories probably hols up as an album better but Amniesiac is more interesting.
2002 - The Streets - Absolutely of its time. The Ms Dynamite album had some better songs but it had more dross filler too.
2003 - Dizzee Rascal* - I love the Martina album but it isn’t anywhere near as exciting.
2004 - Dunno - Weak year.
2005 - I have to admit I haven’t heard I Am A Bird Now (I find their voice a bit too overwhelming most of the time) so it’d probably be Arular.
2006 - Arctic Monkeys* - Again, totally of its time and very accomplished.
2007 - Klaxons*/ Arctic Monkeys - Full of inventive pop songs/ full of better songs than the debut. I love Basquiat Strings but it’s not the best album of the list.
2008 - Burial - Don’t think it’s an amazing album (I preferred Burial) but from that list streets ahead in terms of originality.
2009 - Florence? I like Two Suns but it drifts a bit; I love The Invisible but some of the album is a bit boring. There was definitely an identity to Lungs.
2010 - Laura Marling/ The xx* - LM does narrative songwriting so well. The xx have a really clear vision for what they sound like but it gets a bit dull after half the album.
2011 - I have no idea. LES was the last PJH album I bought and it really saddened me - the politics bored me to tears. Quite like some of Anna Calvi and Ghostpoet but neither changed my life; James Blake didn’t really deliver.
2012 - Jessie Ware? - I’m struggling now.
2013 - Laura Mvula is the only one I’ve heard.
2014 - Young Fathers* - Exciting and excited.
2015 - Wolf Alice is really weak in places and Jamie xx disappears into Popclub a bit too often. Really didn’t rate Syro.
2016 - If all of The Bride sounded like Sunday Love, that’d be my favourite album ever. Konnichiwa is fucking weak and I think Kano should have retired before Made In The Manor was a realistic album. The Comet Is Coming is good but jazz will never the Mercury.

This was hard.


#102

I just got back from Spain. We had a hire car over there. There was a song that was heavily featured on the radio station we had on in the car. That song was Youth by Glass Animals. I’ve never heard the album but Youth is a good song. As for the rest of the list I don’t like any of the featured albums. Is British music really this bad at present?!


#103

No but that’s because I’m an adult


#104

Awful, awful list. Worst I can ever emember.

Congratulations all round to the voting panel.


#105

I hope I never grow up enough to stop being excited about records I love.


#106

KELLY LEE OWENS


#107

Hold on a minute… has she not made the short list!? Ah well fuck it, not interested anymore, as you were


#108

Holy fuck! Blossoms!!!

Sampha is the only one on there I have any time for. Sampha for the win


#109

Their best list since Kid A


#110

No, there’s plenty of good music around (as there always is)


#111

‘_’


#112

Can’t say it better than this.


#113

You know what, I completely missed J Hus on there. Definitely a good album and have been on it all summer. Very much “of the moment” in UK music with the bashment influences.

Seems to have a had a lot of crossover appeal in the US and general hip-hop circles too, dunno if that will sway the judges but it probably helped Skepta last year.

Still Sampha for me though, Clive.


#114

This tweet is very yr da or maybe yr bf


#115

Wasted valuable minutes reading that…


#116

good to see rockist attitudes alive and well in 2017


#117

Mmm…yeah I find the Sampha record a bit …earnest ?

J Hus record is loads of understated fun & some really sharp lyrical couplets

Don’t imagine either of them will win though


#118

Sampha has a fair chance, debut album, good reviews.


#119

Fits the Mercury winning profile of ‘urban’ but not TOO ‘urban’. Better him than some of the dire landfill indie and posh boy alt-rock that makes up a lot of the list.


#120

2000: Leftfield - Rhythm and Stealth (really poor list)
2001: Radiohead - Amnesiac
2002: The Streets - Original Pirate Material
2003: Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons
2004: Franz Ferdinand -Franz Ferdinand
2005: MIA - Arular
2006: Artic Monkeys - WPSIATWIN*
2007: Jamie T - Panic Prevention
2008: Radiohead - inRainbows (good year tho)
2009: The Horrors - Primary Colours (awful tho)
2010: The XX - XX*
2011: PJ Harvey - Let England Shake* (that King Creosote album tho!)
2012: Alt-J - Awesome Wave* (fuck the haters!)
2013 Jon Hopkins - Immunity
2014 FKA Twigs - LP1 (very good year tho)
2015 Aphex Twin - Syro
2016 Anohni - Hopelessness​

This year seems pretty on par actually. Not great but no way near as bad as some people have been saying. Probably level with last year.