Now, I don't have a problem with someone from Ladbrokes saying Alt-J are favourites to win the Mercury Prize. It's just... this bit:
The band's debut album 'An Awesome Wave' is currently the even money favourite to win the yearly £20,000 prize. A representative from the high street bookies told NME:Really? Ladbrokes doing music criticism? Are we to expect HMV to start telling us about fetlocks and the like?
The four-piece have brought something different and innovative to the party which punters have latched onto. It will be a huge upset if anyone else picks up this year's Mercury Prize and it won't be long before Alt-J are considered as the 'new Radiohead'.
What does "it won't be long before Alt-J are considered as the new Radiohead" mean anyway? Why, if they're going to be the new Radiohead, are they not already being considered the new Radiohead? Do they have to complete a slightly stuttery start to win that title?
Or are they set to be the new Radiohead in the 'never actually winning the Mercury Prize' sense? But that can't be the case, because the man from the bookies says they're going to win.
It's all very odd. But would you take a bookie's word for it?