Results tagged “PJ Harvey” from Sunday Mercury - Paul Flower
I have regularly commented upon the Mercury Music Prize, usually at some point around the nominations or event and if I wasn't suffering from post-holiday-lethargy I'd probably link to those pieces here. To summarise them all though, I've generally been fairly dismissive about the random nature of it all and the dubious prospect of comparing different genres within one award.
Some of that critique possibly still holds water and you wouldn't compare carpet with chocolate, but since they would obviously argue that all music is an audio art form perhaps you can make a judgement on which is the best, or most artistic.
In retrospect it was a bit like shooting fish in a barrel or punching Piers Morgan in the face, too easy and too obvious. Indeed with the 2011 award going to PJ Harvey you might think that a pattern is starting to emerge where I'd initially claimed there was none. If the 'MMP' has a function it may be in recognising music that challenges, that has an artistic purpose beyond sell-out-commerciality.