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Was tick­ing, The xx marked the top spot, Lit­tle Green Cars sped ahead and a Scot­tish neu­ro­sci­en­tist opened your minds – the Ticket Awards were (mostly) a tri­umph of good judg­ment, writes Jim Car­roll

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKETAWARDS2012 -

IIt’s all Cleis­thenes’ fault. Bloody Cleis­thenes, why couldn’t that aul’ Greek bol­lox keep his oar out of things all those years ago? Ev­ery­thing was tick­ety-boo in an­cient Athens – well, some peo­ple were fum­ing, but you’ll al­ways get that in Greece – un­til that dude came aloud spout­ing off about democ­racy and giv­ing power to the peo­ple. You can blame ev­ery­thing from the cur­rent Government to The X Fac­tor on Cleis­thenes and his flam­ing democ­racy.

There­fore, QED, you can blame Cleis­thenes for the re­sults you’ll see on th­ese pages. We, the motley crew of crit­ics and re­view­ers who sing for our sup­per with The Ticket, are also cast­ing as­per­sions on that an­cient Athe­nian at this time of year as we see what you, the read­ers, have to say about the year in pop.

It’s a bit of a salu­tary les­son. Week in and week out, we run the rule over the new re­leases and acts which come our way. We sup­ply 150 or so pithy words for a re­view, award a cou­ple of stars and move on to the next batch of fresh pop al­bums. We’re the ones who set the bound­aries for 51 weeks of the year so this once-a-year ex­cer­cise in democ­racy and choice is some­thing we sniffily put up with.

In some ways, it’s clear that our week-inweek-out ed­u­ca­tion of the masses (known in some quar­ters as brain­wash­ing) has worked won­ders. It’s great to see the read­ers giv­ing the love to The xx (Best Band), Elec­tric Pic­nic (Best Fes­ti­val) and Bruce Spring­steen (Best Roots Act – yeah, I know, Bruce is about as roots as Don­ald Clarke). Psy’s Gang­nam Style gets the Best Video nod be­cause there’s prob­a­bly no one in the coun­try who has not seen it at this stage. And he looks a bit like Pat Rab­bitte in a cer­tain light.

It’s also quite re­as­sur­ing to see a hell of a lot of votes for Lit­tle Green Cars, who com­fort­ably took the Best Ir­ish Act cat­e­gory. The band are also on that BBC Sound of 2013 poll longlist that is go­ing to be get­ting a lot of at­ten­tion in the coming weeks, but ac­tu­ally win­ning a Ticket Award is a much more pres­ti­gious shiz­zle. Patti Smith’s star turn at the Elec­tric Pic­nic is your choice for Gig of the Year, kick­ing Jack White and Watch the Throne’s asses in the process. It’s an­other vic­tory for fem­i­nism.

Then, we come to the more, er, in­ter­est­ing de­ci­sions. It ap­pears that it’s not just the TV edi­tors re­spon­si­ble for pick­ing the mu­sic to use over sports’ high­lights who have that Emeli Sandé al­bum on the brain. The Scot­tish neu­ro­sci­en­tist was ubiq­ui­tous in 2012 and that prob­a­bly ex­plains why she trumped Grimes, Cat Power, Frank Ocean and Ken­drick La­mar for the Best Solo Act ac­co­lade. Let’s hope she doesn’t turn out to be an­other Tasmin Archer.

Julie Feeney’s third al­bum, Clocks, is your choice as Best Al­bum for 2012 beat­ing off a whole host of much more fan­cied re­leases from Deloren­tos, Django Django, Jessie Ware and Frank Ocean (no love in Ticket read­er­land for ol’ Frank). Is Clocks really the best al­bum re­leased in 2012? Well, The Ticket’s read­er­ship say so. That’s democ­racy for you, as Enda Kenny and his men in the pin-striped suits know all too well.

Speak­ing of democ­racy, here’s an­other re­sult which will have you go­ing WTF? and en­sure an­other slew of let­ters to the ed­i­tor query­ing the pa­per of record’s con­tin­ued use of “WTF?”. The win­ner of the gong for Track of the Year is Carly Rae Jepsen for Call Me Maybe. WTF? in­deed. Yes, read­ers of The Ticket take their cues from Justin Bieber. Who knew? The word from the ed­i­tor’s of­fice is that we’re to suck it up so we shall suck it up and say no more. Ex­cept WTF?

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