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Not to embarrass Rob but I recently revisited his review of XX in the light of their Mercury prize and I must say that for me he nails it better than any other review I saw. ItТs good but only half good. Little minimalist guitar picks are something they do quite well but other songs seem half interested and it shows. Is this really prize winning stuff?
Probably IMO. What was it up against? The new Paul Weller. No brainer.
The xx are a breath of fresh air. They do blend to create something new (or at least largely new). VCR is a great tune. None of the others managed that. But, yes, not all of it was great. I gave it 8.5/10 on review day. I was being generous. I would retrospectively probably still give it 8 however for the above reasons. I'm far more concerned it's only just won the Mercury. How long has it been out exactly - must be 12 months minimum.
EDIT: This was its competition - and my very quick thoughts on them
Biffy Clyro Ц Only Revolutions - the best Britain has in the way of emo. Says it all really.
Corinne Bailey Rae Ц The Sea - not my cup of tea at all. Smooth nonsense.
Dizzee Rascal Ц Tongue n' Cheek - his worst. And his others were bad.
Foals Ц Total Life Forever - Boring retread of first boring album.
I Am Kloot Ц Sky at Night - Ridiculously overrated. What year is it? Judges are stuck in the late 90s.
Kit Downes Trio Ц Golden - dunno it. In to tick some industry box or other.
Laura Marling Ц I Speak Because I Can - Acceptable album. In because she didn't win last time. One great tune.
Mumford & Sons Ц Sigh No More - In because of sales. Boring.
Paul Weller Ц Wake Up the Nation - Inexplicable lifetime achievement inclusion. Boring.
Villagers Ц Becoming a Jackal - Token Irish entry. Acceptable. Boring.
Wild Beasts Ц Two Dancers - Great album. Could also have won.
ItТs funny but it often happens that I drop upon an old review of mine, especially when doing the links, and I often find the score somewhat confused but the words always hold up. Which is precisely the way around that it should be. I stand by the words 100% Scores have always been a bit silly IMHO.
And yep, not much there in the way of competition. The Mercury is, after all, the industryТs prize to itself.
Perhaps we need a [sic] award.
I know virtually none of these artists, so I've nothing to contribute to the actual thread, but:
Brett Spaceman wrote:
Perhaps we need a [sic] award.
Totally! You could call it The Fully [sic] Award.
(I dunno if people say that anywhere else, but 'fully sick' is in common usage here - pretty much just means the same as 'totally awesome' ).
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Eh I was never a big Beatles fan. They have a few I dont mind listening to, but they get old really fast. Id listen to Zeppelin over The Beatles any day.
lol, and its not that i dont know about how much they have influenced music today or how they evolved, its just that I dont really care for the music they play. The only 2 songs Ive ever really cared for are LSD and Come Together