Mercury Prize 2008 Shortlist Announced For Your Gambling Pleasure

Another year, another shortlist for the Mercury Prize, another exciting way to tap your line of credit with the bookie. 2007 belonged to Klaxons’ Myths Of The Near Future, who went on to collaborate with Rihanna, so you know this prize has clout. This year’s Mercury Prize — brought to you by Nationwide, honoring the best UK album of the year — offers a fairly classy shortlist, with a special nod of approval from us for the inclusion of Burial’s great Untrue album. And it gets even better for the anonymous DJ: Not only is he (she?) shortlisted, but according to the oddsmakers at William Tell, he (she?) is the odds-on favorite. Here’s a full list of odds and noms (amazingly it does NOT include Portishead):

  • Burial – Untrue (7/2)
  • Radiohead – In Rainbows (4/1)
  • The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement (6/1)
  • Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid (6/1)
  • Laura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim (10/1)
  • Estelle – Shine (10/1)
  • British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music? (10/1)
  • Adele – 19 (10/1)
  • Robert Plant And Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (12/1)
  • Neon Neon – Stainless Style (12/1)
  • Rachel Unthank And The Winterset – The Bairns (14/1)
  • Portico Quartet – Knee-Deep In The North Sea (16/1)

It’s the fourth nomination for Radiohead (every studio album back to OK Computer, but for Kid A), the second for Elbow (Asleep In Black got a nod in ’01), the second for Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals’ Rings Around The World was shortlisted in ’01), and it notably continues the Mercury Prize’s crush on Alex Turner, who’s received a nomination for every album he’s released (both Arctic Monkeys records, winning for their debut, and now again in the ring with The Last Shadow Puppets).

Winners are announced September 9th. Place yer bets.