Mercury Music Prize 2013

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Who will be named the next Speech Debelle…

When a Mercury album shortlist contains a strong David Bowie effort, and you still aren’t sure that he deserves to win it, we know we’re dealing with a vintage year kids. After some dodgy selections since 2008, the winner of the 2013 Mercury Music prize will really merit an award.

The critics may argue the entire thing is a sell-out these days. And is the list too mainstream and indie-rock-dominated this time around? Perhaps – but dance music is crap anyway, so who cares.

Bowie would be a fitting winner, and not just because his album is a corker right up until that haunting last track. In a year when the Rolling Stones headlined Glasto, and the Stone Roses played the gigs of the summer, it is clear why ‘the Dame’ is favourite at 3s with our friends at Betfair.

If you fancy an outsider, don’t look at Laura Marling. She has missed out twice before, and also discount 2006 winners the Arctic Monkeys, who are now far too populist for the Mercury snobs.

Sing to the Moon from Laura Myula wouldn’t be an undeserving choice, but the judges rarely opt for a debut album twice running, and following Alt-J’s triumph last year, she should therefore be out of luck. And let’s not forget, after the 2009 nonsense choice of Speech Debelle, the favourite won the following year.

So back Bowie – it’s a great album, and it will be great publicity for the prize/sponsors/suits etc.

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