Choice Music Prize 2010 Shortlist

Today saw the release of the 10 albums in the running for the 2010 Choice Music Prize. This is the first year the co-founder Jim Carroll isn’t involved in the selection process, the beautiful headache of chairing the Prize has been passed onto Jim’s Irish Times colleague Tony Clayton-Lea. He and the rest of the panel arrived at the following:

Adebisi Shank – This is the Second Album of a band called Adebisi Shank
The Cast of Cheers – Chariot
Cathy Davey – The Nameless
Fight Like Apes – The Body of Christ & The Legs of Tina Turner
Halves – It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever)
Imelda May – Mayhem
James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning
O Emperor – Hither Thither
Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal

Considering the landmark year in Irish music that was 2010 it was always going to be difficult to pick ten albums out of the crowd of sumptuous LPs. As expected the list has already been subjected to the “I can’t believe _ wasn’t included” treatment. For my part I’m pretty happy with the list. The sad fact is the list of Irish albums I missed out on in 2010 is too long, hence the lack of an ‘Irish Albums of 2010′ list on this blog. I would love to be in a position to support all the great Irish acts out there but the reality is on a student budget it’s just not possible, what with my penchant for food and shelter and all. Somadrone, Meljoann, Thread Pulls, Halves, Strands, Windings, Fight Like Apes, these are just some of the albums that have eluded me. With that in mind I’m not in a position to say what 10 should have been listed.

I will however, say that were I to make a top 10 of the Irish albums I did encounter last year Adebisi Shank, Villagers, Two Door Cinema Club, Cathy Davey, James Vincent McMorrow and The Cast of Cheers would certainly all appear. The lack of recognition for the considerable quality of Irish electronic albums last year will not go unnoticed by punters. Personally Solar Bears’ She Was Coloured In was my pick of home-grown albums in 2010 and Nouveaunoise were not far behind with Paraphrase Accolade. The post-rock jem We’ve Been Talking from Enemies was another personal fave.

Villagers not winning is about as likely as Paul McShane clinching the Ballon d’Or in 2011.

Good list and a great year for Irish music, let’s just hope the list in 12 months time is just as hard to compile for the very same reason.

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2 comments so far

  1. Paula Healy on

    I’m besotted with Chariot, but Villagers will undoubtedly win.

  2. Ian on

    It would be a nice surprise if one of the others won but we can hardly say Becoming a Jackal is undeserving.
    In recent weeks James Vincent McMorrow has been on repeat on my iPod and would probably be my pick at this stage but I’ll be pretty happy with whichever album wins…well, maybe not Imelada May.


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