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 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.