Is The Mercury Prize Passé?

“The Mercury Music Prize is on the way to becoming the wounded beast of music awards ceremonies. Its raison d’etre is to reflect the best in British music, not just that which sells, but perhaps it has not yet recovered from Alan McGee’s lambasting of the 2000 shortlist as a bunch of ‘bedwetters’… But a bigger problem for the Mercury is the public’s dwindling trust in it as a recommendation of what to buy. It seems ages since a Mercury victory could propel a relatively unknown artist to national success, but the panel has only itself to blame for rewarding a series of worthy but unlistenable albums.”