Much to choose from

This year’s Choice Prize nom­i­nees in­clude first timers and old hands, folkies and met­allers, favourites and out­siders, writes Lauren Mur­phy

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

THE CHOICE Mu­sic Prize has al­ways cast its net over a wide va­ri­ety of gen­res – but this year, it’s re­ally lived up to its opin­ion-cen­tric name. Next Wed­nes­day, 10 records – èn­com­pass­ing un­der­ground folk, in­die-rock, main­stream pop, mind-blis­ter­ing post-rock and more – will bat­tle it out to claim the cov­eted Ir­ish Al­bum of the Year ti­tle. Who will pre­vail? That’s any­one’s guess – sev­eral past win­ners have been deemed “con­tro­ver­sial” by some dis­grun­tled mu­sos, while oth­ers have been peeved by the ap­par­ent “omis­sions” on the short­list.

Those who have been fol­low­ing the event since 2005, how­ever, know that a bout of self-righ­teous fist-shak­ing is all part of the fun, and would ar­gue that the cyn­ics are miss­ing the point some­what.

The Choice is both a cel­e­bra­tion of Ir­ish mu­sic not nec­es­sar­ily cov­ered by its glitzy con­tem­po­raries, and an event that fre­quently kick­starts a healthy dis­cus­sion on the un­tapped un­der­ground. Let the games be­gin.

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