Today's Critical List was a special comprising just those albums nominated for this year's Mercury Music Prize.
The favourites are, not surprisingly, the Kaiser Chiefs - their
faux-indie style (pop in the style of popular, but still not mainstream, contemporary music) is very comparable to last year's winners, Franz Ferdinand (whose stated aim was
to make the girls dance).
Also on the programme was Move On Now, from Hard-Fi's album Stars of CCTV, the style of which is vastly removed from that of their four singles to date. This song is a soft piano ballad, essentially down-tempo lounge music.
Here's another, this time from Wearside.
My immediate response to this was
Oh, he is going to get shot!.
After the song Stuart carried on, saying that Maxïmo Park are one of two indie acts from Sunderland this year, the other being the Futureheads (who are actually from Sunderland). I don't think he should visit any music venues in Newcastle any time soon. Or ever.