Time, as those sharp-suited soothsayers Muse once observed, is running out. You only have until Friday to make your voice heard in the polls for the NME Awards 2015, with Austin, Texas, the most important vote this side of the General Election. One of the most hotly contested of all the prizes at the ceremony on February 18 will be for ‘Best Album’, and this year there are six corkers to choose from.
Hot favourite will surely be St Vincent’s ’St Vincent’ after Annie Clark’s alter ego was given the nod by NME’s critics at the end of last year. But did you, the readers, agree with our writer Ben Hewitt when he said: “No other record summed up the chaos and confusion of these fractured times, and no-one turned themselves from songwriter to icon-in-waiting like Clark did with St Vincent”? Now’s the time for you to have your say.
Perhaps you’d rather the award went to Royal Blood’s world-conquering ’Royal Blood’? The Brighton duo have already seen the album top the charts and pick up a Mercury Prize nomination, so will you choose to honour them and put the cherry – or rather the iconic metallic middle finger – on the cake?
Then again, if you’re looking for an album with something to say, look no further than Run The Jewels’ ’Run The Jewels 2’. The year’s best rap record wasn’t released by the biggest names on the planet, but by Killer Mike and El-P. Forget Jay-Z and Kanye, as NME’s Tom Howard said of ‘RTJ2’: “El-P and Killer Mike aren’t just watching the throne – they’ve nicked it and taken it for a joyride.”
Is it just us or are bands getting lazier with album titles? That’s two self-titled records and then a sequel to a self-titled record in a row. Meanwhile Kasabian just jotted down their track times. Still, that was the only straight-forward thing about ’48:13’, which was full of Technicolor ideas, mind-bending lyrics and, of course, absolute bangers like ‘eez-eh’.
Alternatively, perhaps you’d like to use your ballot to reward one of the year’s two big comebacks. ’Carry On The Grudge’ somehow managed to fill the gaping Jamie T-shaped hole we’d all been left with – and then go on to exceed expectations. Meanwhile La Roux’s ’Trouble In Paradise’ was largely ignored by radio playlisters despite being packed with tunes – will you use your vote to help Elly Jackson show them where they went wrong?
The destiny of the prize for Best Album at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas is up to you, so get voting now and make your voice heard.Tickets for the ceremony at o2 Academy Brixton on February 18 are on sale now.