Mercury Prize shortlist announced
It’s about that time of the year… Yes, the Mercury Prize nominations have been announced.
The 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year have been announced.
Albums among the list include Plan B’s ‘Ill Manors’, Jessie Ware’s ‘Devotion’ and The Maccabees’ ‘Given to the Wild’.
The nomination leaders face stiff competition from LPs by Django Django, Alt-J, Ben Howard, Field Music, Lianne Le Havas, Michel Kiwanuka, Richard Hawley, Roller Trio, Sam Lee and The Maccabees to win the prestigious award.
Simon Frith, Chair of Judges, claims the line-up represents an “exhilarating soundtrack to life”.
He said: “This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist showcase a wonderful variety of musical voices, emotions and ambitions.
“There are eight debut albums on the list and four albums from more established artists. The sheer range of music here celebrates the abiding ability of British musicians to find new ways to explore traditional themes of love and loss while making an exhilarating soundtrack for life in 2012.”
Last year PJ Harvey won with her album ‘Let England Shake’, beating competition from Katy B and Adele.
The winner will be announced at the Roundhouse in London on November 1.
The 2012 nominated Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums:
Alt-J ‘An Awesome Wave’
Ben Howard ‘Every Kingdom’
Django Django ‘Django Django’
Field Music ‘Plumb’
Jessie Ware ‘Devotion’
Lianne La Havas ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’
Michael Kiwanuka ‘Home Again’
The Maccabees ‘Given to the Wild’
Plan B ‘Ill Manors’
Richard Hawley ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’
Roller Trio ‘Roller Trio’
Sam Lee ‘Ground of its Own’
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