By John Curley
The shortlist for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize was announced this past Tuesday, July 20th, at The Hospital Club in London. BBC 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne did the honors. The Mercury Prize is an annual event that honors an album picked by a committee of music-business people as the top album in the UK. This year’s shortlist runs the gamut from albums by long-established artists like Paul Weller to those from young newcomers such as The xx. This year’s shortlist is as follows:
Biffy Clyro—Only Revolutions
Corinne Bailey Rae—The Sea
Dizzee Rascal—Tongue N' Cheek
Kit Downes Trio—Golden
Foals—Total Life Forever
I Am Kloot—Sky At Night
Laura Marling—I Speak Because I Can
Mumford and Sons—Sigh No More
Paul Weller—Wake Up The Nation
Villagers—Becoming A Jackal
Wild Beasts—Two Dancers
The winning album will be announced on September 7th in London.
As a longtime Paul Weller fan, I would really enjoy it if Weller took the prize. (This is Weller’s first Mercury Prize nomination.) But I believe that the prize will go to Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons, or The xx. Given that last year’s prize went to the little-known London rapper Speech Debelle (who has since apparently faded back into obscurity), I just can’t see the Mercury Prize committee going 180 degrees in the other direction and awarding the prize to Weller.
To watch a video of Lauren Laverne presenting the shortlist, click below:
Absolute Radio interviewed some of the Mercury Prize nominees after the shortlist was announced. To watch the interviews, click in the appropriate places below:
Corinne Bailey Rae:
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