The xx win Mercury for “record of its time”

Posted on September 9, 2010


It was hardly a surprise to see The xx pick up the Mercury Prize this week, with the coveted award rewarding the south London band for a fine album. Though they have already built up a solid fanbase and wowed fans at festivals this summer, the greater attention lavished upon them should lead to even greater things. Album sails are already have already soared.

This years shortlist was probably weaker than usual, but there were still several high quality albums nominated. In reality, though, a win for The xx was a no-brainer, and it relieves me that the judges have chosen so wisely. Though Elbow and Klaxons have scooped the award in recent years, some had lost faith in the process after last year saw rapper Speech Debelle pocket the £20,000 prize for her album Speech Therapy, when most people expected the award to go to The Horrors or Kasabian. But this years selection signals a return to form for the Mercury.

The band seemed genuinely surprised and honoured, with suggestions that the money may be used to invest in a new studio.

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