Diverse List of Mercury Prize Nominees Revealed

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mojo-photo-mercuryprizelogo.jpgHey, at least it’s slightly more diverse than usual. You’ve got the pop-R&B of Estelle, the vintage rock of Robert Plant, the abstract dubstep of Burial and the modern jazz of Portico Quartet; throw in a little Radiohead, and that sounds to me like the list of the annual Mercury Prize nominees, an award given out to the best British or Irish album of the last 12 months. One of the judges called this a “remarkably rich year for British music,” and while he may say that to all the years, it does seem like a pretty good list. Indeed, a spokesman for bookie William Hill (who puts odds on the nominees each year) said this year’s odds are the “closest ever”: Radiohead are first at 4/1 odds, The Last Shadow Puppets are next at 5/1, with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elbow and Burial tied at 6/1. Of course, just like the Emmys, some great work must get inexplicably overlooked: both Portishead and M.I.A. are conspicuously absent, although Portishead won for Dummy in 1995. The full list of nominees, William Hill’s odds, and a video each, after the jump.

Radiohead – In Rainbows (4/1)
“All I Need” “House of Cards”

The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement (5/1)
“The Age of the Understatement”

Burial – Untrue (6/1)
“Archangel” (Audio Only)

Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid (6/1)
“Grounds for Divorce”

Robert Plant And Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (6/1)
“Please Read the Letter”

Adele – 19 (8/1)
“Chasing Pavements”

British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music? (8/1)
“Waving Flags”

Estelle – Shine (8/1)
“American Boy”

Laura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim (8/1)
“New Romantic”

Neon Neon – Stainless Style (10/1)
“I Lust You”

Portico Quartet – Knee-Deep In The North Sea (10/1)
Live in Paris:

Rachel Unthank And The Winterset – The Bairns (10/1)
Live in London:

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