Mercury Prize 2010

Ahhhhh, the Mercury Music Prize, or what is now known as the Mercury Prize but should technically just be called Prize as the Mercury part stems from its first sponsor - a now defunct mobile phone brand. Annnnyway, it’s that time of year again where some muso’s in a darkened room pick the best British album of the last 12 months, and this year’s shortlist has just be announced. AWOOGA!

As is always the case with the ‘Prize’ the list doesn’t actually make for interesting reading due to the predictable nature of music and marketing today. Bands with a hefty PR budget have all fared well. Paul Weller gets a nod for his album ‘Waking Up The Nation’, as does The XX’s self titled debut album, Dizzee Rascal’s Tongue n Cheek’ and Mumford & Sons’ ‘Sigh No More'. But enough of the chitter chatter, here are the top 12.

Paul Waller ‘Waking Up The Nation’
The XX ‘The XX’
Laura Marling ‘I Speak Because I Can’
Dizzee Rascal ‘Tongue n Cheek’
Mumford & Sons ‘Sign No More’
Wild Beasts ‘Two Dancers’
Corinne Bailey Rae ‘The Sea’
Biffy Clyro ‘Only Revolutions’
Foals ‘Total Life Forever’
Villagers ‘Becoming a Jackal
I Am Kloot ‘Sky At Night’
The Kit Downes Trio ‘Golden’

PS: If you’re wondering why your favourite album of the last 12 months isn’t on the list it could be because they deliberately chose not to be entered, hence no nomination for Gorillaz and ‘Plastic Beach’.

PPS: The winner of the Mercury Prize 2010 is announced on September 7th. The XX and Dizzee Rascal are the bookies early favourites; our money though is on Laura Marling.

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