Mercury Prize Shortlist 2013

The time of year has come again for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize to reveal its shortlist of nominees for best British album of the year. Of the 12 albums, one winner will be chosen next month and awarded the £20,000 prize and some major bragging rights. And the nominees are…

  • Rudimental – Home
  • Foals – Holy Fire
  • Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  • Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
  • Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon
  • Villagers – Awayland
  • Savages – Silence Yourself
  • David Bowie – The Next Day
  • Disclosure – Settle
  • Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle
  • James Blake – Overgrown
  • Arctic Monkeys – AM

The winner will be announced 10/30. Previous winners include Primal Scream’s Screamadelica, Pulp’s Different Class, Portishead’s Dummy, and not Radiohead, not even once.

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Comments (15)
  1. Gonna have to go with Disclosure here. With James Blake right behind.

  2. Bowie? Really?

  3. For me, it’s between Savages and Disclosure

  4. I feel very lucky for not having to choose between Disclosure, Foals, James Blake and Arctic Monkeys. all have delivered amazing albums this year.

  5. I just checked out Rudimental, and I’m not surprised I hadn’t heard of them. They’re massively British sounding Drum-and-Bass, which isn’t really popular here in the states.

  6. *British and Irish

  7. Disclosure has to be the frontrunner…that album, and specifically the singles, has been THE sound of 2013. At least the representative sound of British music across the world…I’ve heard young people in Iceland+Scandinavian nations are obsessed with it.

  8. Laura Marling. Always and forever.

  9. Some OK albums there, although the Disclosure and Savages albums did nothing for me, and the inclusion of AM is highly dubious, given that it’s only been out for five minutes. But where the hell are the These New Puritans and British Sea Power albums? They knock all of the nominees into a cocked hat without even breaking a sweat! Ho hum…

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