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Old 10-23-2010, 06:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Mercury Prize Winning Band, 'The xx'. Did they deserve it??

This year 'The xx' won a Barclays Mercury Prize award for their eponymous 2009 album. I personally love The xx, and although I didn't see the other nominees, I assume they deserved the award. I've had the album for around a year now and I still haven't really stopped listening to it. But I've seen posts around the internet saying that they should not have won, and that 'the underdogs always get the award'.

What do you guys think? Do you like 'The xx'? Should they have won the award?
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Old 10-23-2010, 07:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes.

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Old 10-23-2010, 07:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That is good to hear ...somebody must have an interesting view on this?
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I think they did.
An interesting band that can still appeal to the masses.
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Old 10-23-2010, 07:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The fact that it appeals to the masses suprised me at first, but then I could see how after a while. When I first heard them I though that it would the type of band that stays unpopular for a while. Do you think their sound is more indie than mainstream or vice-versa?
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I think it's more mainstream tb. But that's quite a good thing, I have a few friends who like them so it's good medium ground. The other candidates this year were **** anyway.
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah I suppose it's probably because of the acceptability of their sound... it isn't like metal where you need a certain level of tolerance before you can begin to appreciate it. I remember hearing one of their songs used in a video on the bbc website sometime last year, and now their songs are on a few tv adverts... channel 4 I think?
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They may be "mainstream", but damn me if they don't deserve it. If only for the fact they manage to pull off sounding so good with such minimalistic arrangements.
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They did to rock music what Yann Tiersen did to the piano.

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Old 10-26-2010, 11:39 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I wouldn't say so. They weren't my least favourite of the nominees by far, but I think Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons and Biffy Clyro had stronger, more consistent albums. I only like half of The XX.
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