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    Mercury Prize 2006

    The nominations for this year's prize have been announced:

    Arctic Monkeys ‘Whatever People Say I Am, Thats What I'm Not’
    Thom Yorke ‘The Eraser’
    Muse 'Black Holes And Revelations'
    Editors 'The Back Room'
    Guillemots 'Through The Window Pane'
    Hot Chip 'The Warning'
    Sway 'This Is My Demo'
    Richard Hawley 'Coles Corner'
    Isobelle Campbell & Mark Lanegan 'Ballad Of The Broken Seas'
    Scritti Politti 'White Bread Black Beer'
    Lou Rhodes 'Beloved One'
    Zoe Rahman 'Melting Pot'

    No prizes for guessing what my thoughts on who should win are. To be fair I haven't heard many of these so I can't really say for sure, but I believe that they would have to be extremely good to compare to Black Holes and Revelations, and it is my opinion that in a few years time it will be looked at as an album that is a class above most of them. But in history that doesn't seem to mean much, as in 1997 OK Computer was overlooked in favour of Roni Size (who?) and in 1994 the likes of Pulp, Blur and The Prodigy had to stand back in shocked silence and applaud the M People.

    The Arctic Monkeys are considered the favourites, and with all the sales records they've broken with their debut album you'd have to say deservedly so. Even though it's not my cup of tea (despite the fact that it should be my type of music), you have to respect them for the following they've got.

    And I'd quite like to see it go to Thom Yorke after the poor bloke's band have been losing nominees on at least three occasions in the past. Haven't given the album enough time to comment on its quality yet though, but it does seem, as some have labelled it, to be a bit of a Kid B.

    Your thoughts please.

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    I only own two (Editors & Monkeys), so bit of a narrow field for me, but I'd go The Monkeys of the two.

    EDIT: I'm sure Mark Lanegan was a yank the last time I looked too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _Ed_
    The nominations for this year's prize have been announced:

    Arctic Monkeys ‘Whatever People Say I Am, Thats What I'm Not’
    Editors 'The Back Room'
    Guillemots 'Through The Window Pane'
    Hot Chip 'The Warning'
    Isobelle Campbell & Mark Lanegan 'Ballad Of The Broken Seas'
    I've heard these....I'd personally go for the Guillemots to win seeing how they've done the best song out of the bands on the list. Closely followed by Hot Chip. The Isobelle Campbell album is distinctly average. I fail to see what's so special about the Editors when frankly the Rakes were far far better when they played live together. Arctic Monkeys are just hyped to death as it is.
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    The Editors album is.....meh.....total carp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anna
    The Editors album is.....meh.....total carp.
    Ouch. Harsh.

    Derivative (Joy Divsion by way of Interpol, pretty much), but not carp IMHO. I was pleasently impressed when I saw 'em live.

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    Hmm. I don't own a single one of those albums, funnily enough. Might say something about my music taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    I was pleasently impressed when I saw 'em live.
    Take it you didn't see them with the Rakes and Franz Ferdinand?
    Editors were easily the worst out of the 3 on the night IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh
    Take it you didn't see them with the Rakes and Franz Ferdinand?
    Editors were easily the worst out of the 3 on the night IMO.
    Nope. Last year @ The Junction (Cambridge). Supported by We Are Scientists & someone else who I can't remember. The Editors were the best band by some distance.

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    The only two bands I've even heard of on that list are Muse and Arctic Monkeys.

    And since Arctic Monkeys are crap, i hope that Muse win it.
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    haha, ditto.. and they are chavs

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    Well, they gave it to Antony & The Johnsons last year, so presumably it's time for a record-selling album this time around. So I wouldn't be surprised if they gave it to the chimps.
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    Guillemots are crap live. Surprised Elbow didn't get a nom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave
    Guillemots are crap live. Surprised Elbow didn't get a nom.
    Hadn't even occurred to me, but yes, robbery actually.

    Although what time period do the nominations cover? Wonder if Leaders of The Free World was released last year's slot.

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    Pure pap
    i would say they are more crap that pap, just, seeing as their music isnt really enjoyable on any real level.

    hopefully thom yorke will win, as from the rest of what i have heard from there is either crap or overated. No doubt it will be the arctic monkeys or muse who emerge with the award.

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