Mercury Prize Shortlist 2010

By on Thursday, 22nd July 2010 at 10:00 am
 

The shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2010 Albums of the Year were announced Tuesday in a ceremony at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden. Chair of Judges Simon Frith said of the twelve nominees: “This year’s Mercury list includes musicians from all stages of their careers and from contrasting parts of the British Isles. It features music that is urban and rural, light and dark, joyful and profound. The records have wit, an abundance of musical energy and their own distinct voices. There is music here to make you laugh, cry, dance and sing.”

Biffy Clyro start off the nominations with their platinum 5th studio album ‘Only Revolutions,’ featuring the hits ‘Bubbles,’ ‘Mountains’ and ‘that Golden Rule.’ Another 5th album that’s up for the coveted prize is Manchester band I am Kloot‘s “Sky at Night,” produced by Guy Garvey and Craig Potter of Elbow. Though 5 albums may seem like a lot, that’s nothing compared with Paul Weller, who is nominated for his 10th solo album, ‘Wake Up the Nation.’

Dizzee Rascal, who previously won the Mercury Prize in 2003 for his debut album ‘Boy in Da Corner,’ is nominated again this year for his fourth album, ‘Tongue ‘N Cheek,’ which is the first album to be released on his own label, Dirtee Stank Recordings.

Leeds-based singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae is nominated for her 2nd album, ‘The Sea,’ featuring the singles ‘Paris Nights / New York Mornings’ and ‘I’d Do it All Again.’ Other nominated 2nd albums include Foalss ‘Total Life Forever,’ Laura Marling‘s ‘I Speak Because I Can’ and Wild Beasts‘s ‘Two Dancers.’

Rather impressively, four of the 12 bands on the shortlist for this year’s Mercury Prize are nominated for their debut albums. In addition to the relative unknowns Villagers (‘Becoming A Jackal’) and Kit Downes Trio (‘Golden’), are two TGTF favorites: the xx and Mumford & Sons. The xx‘s eponymous debut features the singles ‘Crystalised,’ ‘Basic Space,’ ‘VCR’ and ‘Islands,’ and Mumford & Sons‘s masterpiece ‘Sigh No More’ contains the singles ‘Little Lion Man,’ ‘The Cave’ and ‘Winter Winds.’

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards show will take place on Tuesday, 7 September, when the overall winner of the 2010 prize will be decided and announced.

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