No Rustie (yes, he won the Graun first album award, but that's no excuse), no Actress, no Lone, and no bass except for the odd track on the Jessie Ware album. Of those actually nominated, Field Music's album is dull as dishwater, the Maccabees' third effort is dismal, and any artist who cites Jack Johnson as a major influence, as Ben Howard does, needs a kick up the arse. Django Django's debut is decent but not a best of the year, Roller Trio are the token jazz entry, and the less said about Plan B and Alt-J the better. As such the nominees pretty much reflect the state of mainstream music in 2012: in the toilet.
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