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.