🎤 Mercury Prize - Best of the rest (2010) 🎤

Previous winners from these threads…

1993 - PJ Harvey - Rid of me
1995 - Tricky - Maxinquaye
1999 - Blur - 13
2001 - Radiohead - Amnesiac
2002 - The Streets - Original Pirate Material
2005 - Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
2006 - Hot Chip - The Warning
2008 - Radiohead - In Rainbows
2009 - The Horrors - Primary Colours
2011 - Metronomy - The English Riviera
2013 - Jon Hopkins - Immunity
2015 - Aphex Twin - Syro
2017 - The xx - I see you
2021 - Sault - Untitled (rise) / Mogwai - As the love continues

Apologies for not running this for a few days.
It’s the same format as normal. This time it’s 2010. In 2010 the mercury prize was won by The xx - xx
but if you could pick the runner up who would it be?

  • Corinne Bailey rae - The sea
  • Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions
  • Dizee Rascal - Tongue n’ Cheek
  • Foals - Total Life forever
  • I am Kloot - Sky at night
  • Kit Downes Trio - Golden
  • Laura Marling - I speak because I can
  • Mumford & sons - Sigh no more
  • Villagers - Becoming a Jackal
  • Paul Weller - Wake up the nation
  • Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
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Two Dancers by a million billion miles


Mumford & sons - Sigh no more

How. Was 2010 really that bad a year for British music?

There was some good stuff definitely - Forest Swords, Sandwell District, Hype Williams and Actress all had amazing albums out that year and looking back all of them are pretty big records. In fairness though don’t think any of them would have been on the Mercury Prize radar at the time. Quite surprised Field Music didn’t get a nod though - the rest of that list apart from Wild Beasts and Laura Marling is pretty rancid*.

*Haven’t heard the Corinne Bailey Rae one

Violently bad list, bar Laura Marling.

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There’s sometimes a big hitter on the shortlist regardless of quality, I mean they shortlisted Ed Sheeran one year

They nominated Plumb a few years later to make up for it I guess

haven’t listened to two dancers in a hot minute, lovely record

not arsed on the rest

So they did. Should have won too…

Give it to the criminally overlooked and underrated I am Kloot.

Horrific nominations on the whole, though, that year.

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Ooof what a stinker of a year. I should probably vote for Dizzee, as even though it’s far from his previous two, it’s still the best on this list and it’s not even close.

Total Life Forever, & nothing else on that list comes anywhere close so I didn’t vote for any of them.

Laura’s best album, so that

I Am Kloot are grand so them too, and I’ll given Biffy one just for national pride reasons

First one of these where i don’t know any of the albums

Just copped that HIther Thither by O Emperor was nominated for the Choice Prize this year (and somehow didn’t win.) That pisses over every album here, including token shit Irish album Becoming A Jackal.

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lol good album imo

If you haven’t listened - don’t make assumptions - Corinne Bailey Rae’s The Sea is incredible, heartbreaking stuff and I’ll hear nothing else. The first two tracks still get me.

Anything he puts out gives me the fucking heaves unfortunately. Just can’t handle how desperately sensitive it all is.

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I’d slip Foals and Villagers a couple of courtesy votes but the truth is hardly anything this year remotely touches Two Dancers.

Wild Beasts

In. That. Order.

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