As we get close to June, it means that I’ve got to start eliminating the pretenders from the contenders for the 2012 Polaris Prize. There are countless records that deserve to be on my ballot and won’t get included, and like any subjective vote, there will be adoration showered on records I can’t stand. So be it.

I try to keep an active list of my “favorite records” but the Polaris mandate asks for more than just good records. The goal is to find a record that is as close to perfect as an artist can get. It’s not about a few great songs, and can’t just be a collection of thoughts. Ideally, this record should be a start-to-finish vision executed with skill, and show true artistic merit.

As of today, I have a list of fifteen records that could make the final ballot, but need to spend a few weeks with these records before I make the final decision. Here are the second five.


Artist: Joel Plaskett
Album: Scrappy Happiness
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2012/04/reviews-joel-plaskett-emergency-scrappy-happiness.htm

Joel Plaskett Emergency - You’re Mine by Joel Plaskett
Web:: http://joelplaskett.com/


Artist: Cannon Bros.
Album: Firecracker/Cloudglow
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2012/02/favorites-of-12-cannon-bros-firecrackercloudglow.htm

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MP3:: Cannon Bros. - Out of Here
WEB:: http://cannonbros.bandcamp.com/


Artist: Kathleen Edwards
Album: Voyageur
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2012/01/favorites-of-12-kathleen-edwards-voyageur.htm

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MP3:: Kathleen Edwards - Change the Sheets
Web:: kathleenedwards.com


Artist: Eric Chenaux
Album: Guitar & Voice
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2012/03/favorites-of-12-eric-chenaux-guitar-voice.htm

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MP3:: Eric Chenaux - Amazing Backgrounds
WEB:: http://cstrecords.com/eric-chenaux/


Artist: Sandro Perri
Album: Impossible Spaces
Review: http://www.herohill.com/2011/09/best-of-11-sandro-perri-impossible-spaces.htm

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MP3:: Sandro Perri - Love & Light
WEB:: http://cstrecords.com/cst085/