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17 July 2007 @ 03:26 pm
Sweet Hell - Mercury 2007  
This year's Mercury Nominations have been released, and ho-hum:

Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Dizzee Rascal - Maths and English
The View - Hats Off to the Buskers
Maps - We Can Create
Bat For Lashes - Fur and Gold
Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future
Jamie T - Panic Prevention
The Young Knives - Voices of Animals and Men
Fionn Regan - The End of History
Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford - Basquiat Strings
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom


Needless to say, Arctic Monkeys and Whinehouse are favourites. It's an annoyingly mainstream list - normally the Mercurys is the one award that will nominate more obscure genres/acts, but this year, it could be the index of the NME. And quite possibly is.

I'm gunning for Bat For Lashes or Young Knives myself.
Current Music: What's A Girl To Do - Bat For Lashes
amilyn_kin on July 18th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
She did? You mean, more than just the general "sounds like every soul song from the 50s/60s" generic music thing? Interesting.
caligari1caligari1 on July 18th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
I saw her live a couple months ago (not on purpose - she was playing with the Pipettes, and we stayed to see whether she'd do something funny-drunk onstage). And there were at least 3 songs that we could identify as lifting whole melodic sequences from other songs. It wasn't as close as, say, "Car Song"/"Three Girl Rhumba", but pretty close nonetheless.

The most offensive thing, for me, is that she sings soul without any, you know, soul.
caligari1: Guitar Girlcaligari1 on July 18th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I mean "Connection," not "Car Song." I am so ashamed.
amilyn_kin on July 18th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Gasp! You're banned from Elastica!

Part of me thinks how good it is that a female solo artist is so successful...but I just wish it wasn't Winehouse and her faux-American accent. I swear "You Know I'm No Good" is either a cover, or the most obvious melody ever.
caligari1caligari1 on July 18th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Nooooooooooo! [/clings to Elastica.]

Well, she looks and sounds like Janice from "Friends," doesn't she? And I'm all about more successful female artists, but, yes, it would help if it were someone better than AW. (I also rather hate the mountain-from-molehill drama, a la Pete, that has been spun from her life - I think the lack of any real, identifiable problems is one of the things that separates her from real soul singers.)