Barclaycard Mercury Prize Shortlist Announced
The XX, Biffy Clyro and Foals are among this year’s nominees.
The shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize has been announced. Following intense speculation over the past few weeks, the shortlist features no real surprises. The twelve albums also feature a few from the leftfield, as per the Mercury panel’s usual predictable unpredictability.
The full list is as follows:
The Ayrshire trio's fifth album and an assured slab of emotional power rock.
Download Only Revolutions from iTunes
Corinne Bailey Rae
Lush pop 'n' soul to be found in the singer's second album.
Download The Sea from iTunes
'Tongue N' Cheek'
Dylan Mills returns with his fourth outing, featuring production duties from Calvin Harris.
Download Tongue 'n' Cheek from iTunes
Kit Downes Trio
The obligatory jazz album, from this Norwich pianist and his two mates.
'Total Life Forever'
Oxford five-piece's dreamy follow-up to 2008's 'Antidotes'.
Download Total Life Forever from iTunes
I Am Kloot
'Sky At Night'
Fifth album of delicate songmithery from the Mancunian trio, produced by Guy Garvey of Elbow.
Download Sky At Night from iTunes
'I Speak Because I Can'
Second album from the nu-folk diva, featuring contributions from Mr Marcus Mumford.
Download I Speak Because I Can from iTunes
Mumford And Sons
'Sigh No More'
Impressive debut from the Londoners at the forefront of the folk revival.
Download Sigh No More from iTunes
'Wake Up The Nation'
Tenth studio album from The Modfather, featuring former Jam colleague Bruce Foxton.
Download Wake Up the Nation from iTunes
'Becoming A Jackal'
Dublin-based band signed to the influential Domino Records.
Download Becoming a Jackal from iTunes
Second album from the Kendal band, featuring the distinct vocals of Hayden Thorpe.
Download Two Dancers from iTunes
Critically-acclaimed debut and recipient of the Xfm New Music Award 2010.
Download xx from iTunes
What do you think? Is this a fair list? Or a very real sign that this uninspired shortlist is ringing the award - and indie rock's - death knell? Tell us below...
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