MTV2 Presents: Shortlist 2004 Nominees

MTV2 Presents: Shortlist 2004 Nominees

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Founded in 2001, the Shortlist Music Prize aims to honor the most creative and artistic albums of the year, as chosen by a panel of musicians and music-industry insiders. Like Britain's Mercury Prize, it's become a badge of honor even to be nominated -- past winners have included Damien Rice, N.E.R.D., and Sigur Rós. This 15-track disc offers a track apiece from each… See more details below

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Founded in 2001, the Shortlist Music Prize aims to honor the most creative and artistic albums of the year, as chosen by a panel of musicians and music-industry insiders. Like Britain's Mercury Prize, it's become a badge of honor even to be nominated -- past winners have included Damien Rice, N.E.R.D., and Sigur Rós. This 15-track disc offers a track apiece from each of the ten finalists for 2004, along with songs from Muse, Jem, the Secret Machines, Café Tacuba, and Ryan Adams. The offerings vary from the edgy hip-hop of Dizzee Rascal and Ghostface to the billowy electronica of Air to the heady pop-punk of Franz Ferdinand to the garage-laced country of Loretta Lynn. As such, the disc acts as a snapshot of some of the year's most daring music.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
MTV2 Presents: Shortlist 2004 Nominees features songs from each of the competition's ten Shortlist finalists, plus a handful of tracks from the Longlist of nominees. This year's list is admirably diverse, ranging from Ghostface's Pretty Toney album (represented here by the fun "Save Me Dear") to Wilco's A Ghost Is Born and Loretta Lynn's stellar Van Lear Rose, even if it features a surprising amount of music from already-established acts such as Air. TV on the Radio's aching "Staring at the Sun," Nellie McKay's "David," and the fierce, alien garage of Dizzee Rascal's "Fix Up Look Sharp" reflect some of the newer music chosen by the Shortlist's panelists (who included Robert Smith, the Dixie Chicks, and Jim Jarmusch in 2004). The Streets make a return to the list after 2003's nomination for Original Pirate Material (and for which they probably should've won) with A Grand Don't Come for Free, as represented here by "Dry Your Eyes." "Michael," the most daring track on Franz Ferdinand's massively popular self-titled debut, is another highlight, even though Franz Ferdinand surpassed the Shortlist's "less than 500,000 copies sold" rule shortly after it was nominated. Some of the Longlist inclusions are more unusual than many of the Shortlist picks, although Ryan Adams' "Hotel Chelsea Nights" sounds like a kissing cousin to Wilco's "Hell Is Chrome" and MUSE's soaring "Time Is Running Out" once again explains why they share so many fans with Radiohead, Coldplay, and U2. Café Tacuba's "Eres" is a somewhat strange pick for this collection, considering that there are plenty of other tracks on Cuatro Caminos that capture the album's freewheeling creativity. Secret Machines' "Nowhere" is also a welcome reminder of how strong their Now Here Is Nowhere is. Still, it's too bad that the collection didn't take the opportunity to reflect some of the Longlist's more interesting artists, like Blanche, Blonde Redhead, the Fiery Furnaces, Electrelane, or Bebel Gilberto. Without a doubt, MTV2 Presents: Shortlist 2004 Nominees features some of the year's best music, and actually works pretty well as a sampler of such; it's just that it doesn't feel quite as adventurous or exciting as it could.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2004
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018292627
catalogNumber:
82926

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Loretta Lynn   Composer
Geoff Emerick   Producer
Elliott Federman   Mastering
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Jim O'Rourke   Producer
John Porter   Producer
Gustavo Santaolalla   Producer
Jeff Tweedy   Composer
Wilco   Producer
Muse   Producer
J.M. Griffiths   Composer
Ghostface Killah   Producer
Rich Costey   Producer
Air   Producer
Craig Balsam   Executive Producer
Cliff Chenfeld   Executive Producer
Jean-Benoît Dunckel   Composer
Nicolas Godin   Composer
Tom Sarig   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Tore Johansson   Producer
Ryan Adams   Composer,Producer
E. Del Real   Composer
Mike Jorgensen   Composer
Mike Skinner   Composer,Producer
Ge-ology   Producer
Kevin Mangini   Executive Producer
Chris Wolstenholme   Composer
Matthew Bellamy   Composer
Dominic Howard   Composer
Secret Machines   Composer,Producer
Jack White   Producer
David Andrew Sitek   Producer
Yoad Nevo   Producer
Dizzee Rascal   Producer
Jem   Producer
Alex Kapranos   Composer
Nick McCarthy   Composer
Nellie McKay   Composer
Killers   Producer
Brandon Flowers   Composer
Ronnie Vannucci   Composer
Rich Browd   Art Direction
Holly Schomann   Executive Producer
Greg Spotts   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Sarah James   Packaging Manager
Jeffrey Saltzman   Producer

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