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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 14, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    Choice Music Prize

    Fiona McCann

    Looky, it’s the Choice Music Prize shortlist, and frankly, that’s often the best bit of the Choice race. After that it’s all horse-trading and faux controversy (ooh! who got up the wrong side of the bed this morning?). Anyway, below I have kindly assmbled a YouTube for each artist, so we can all make our own minds up. Amn’t I generous? So, Ladies, Gentlemen, and readers of this blog, I present to you, the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2009 shortlistees:

    And So I Watch You From Afar And So I Watch You From Afar

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    Bell X1 Blue Lights on the Runway

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     Codes Trees Dream in Algebra

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     Adrian Crowley Season of the Sparks

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     Dark Room Notes We Love You Dark Matter

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     The Duckworth Lewis Method The Duckworth Lewis Method

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    Julie Feeney Pages

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    Valerie Francis Slow Dynamo

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    Laura Izibor Let The Truth Be Told

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    The Swell Season Strict Joy

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    • 127.0.0.1 says:

      Very kind of you, there are a few on there I had not ventured to explore.
      Personal I am punting for ASIWYFA, mainly because their live show is so fantastic, and I have a penchant for the inner ear destroying glories of ultra loud guitars and crashing cymbals.

    • Cheers for putting this together! You’re right in saying that the shortlist is frankly the best bit of the Choice race.

    • Séamus says:

      I liked the ASIWYFA video the most, reminded me of early Yes music, perhaps some of the band are fans, guitar player and drummer perhaps.

    • mise says:

      Bell X1, please, for the ironing-board. Is it just me sighing for the good old days of PJ Harvey or is this choice of music a bit wet and whimsical? Then again, we probably live in wet and whimsical times. Thanks for the round-up; it would have gone right by me otherwise.

    • conor mcmahon says:

      Laura Izibor! I’d like to see her win. smart, ‘up!’ music, two things we don’t do much of (well… with integrity anyway). Otherwise – from the selection above – this choice thing already needs change. It’s in danger of becoming as much an ‘institution’ as the rest of the scene, and it’s associated paraphanalia.


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