Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Polaris Music Prize Finally Gets It Right


After two years of misguided and misinformed winning picks for the annual Polaris Music Prize, the 2008 Polaris Grand Jury finally made the right choice this year selecting Caribou's Andorra as the top Canadian album of the past year. The selection process has been somewhat questionable during the prize's first two years of existence. In 2006, Final Fantasy's He Poos Clouds beat out much more deserving albums such as Broken Social Scene's self titled third disc, The New Pornographer's Twin Cinema, Malajube's Trompe L'oeil and Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen Mary. The 2007 prize saw an even bigger shock, as Patrick Watson's Close to Paradise beat out the Arcade Fire's Neon Bible, Feist's The Reminder, and the criminally underrated Junior Boys' So This Is Goodbye.

Andorra won out over a number of other good albums from this past year including Holy Fuck's LP, Black Mountain's In the Future and Plant and Animals' Parc Avenue, however it would be hard for one to argue that any of these albums were able to accomplish as much as Caribou's Andorra. Andorra saw Caribou's Dan Snaith build on his past records and fully realize his hazy, 1960s, sun kissed pop without losing the rythmn and instrumental prowess which initially made his work so engrossing. Andorra was easily one of the best records of 2007. Congrats to Dan Snaith and Caribou.

Oh and is it just me, or does it make entirely no sense for Rogers, a company soley dedicated to the creation and retention of wealth, to be the major sponsor of an award that aims to "recognize albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected critics and experts"? Seems kinda fucked up.

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