The Mercury Music Prize – Discuss

Yesterday saw the shortlist for this year’s Mercury Music Prize announced.  As a reminder, this is what it is about (from the website):

The Mercury Music Prize promotes the best of UK and Irish music and the artists who produce it. This is done through the celebration of the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’, recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres.

The winner is announced in September.  There is a good pedigree of past winners and only one artist has won it twice; PJ Harvey in 2001 and 2011.  Both The XX and Alt-J have been nominated this year, both have won it before, so we could see another multi-nominated winner in 2017.

Here’s the announcement as made on BBC 6 Music – for those who can’t play that, check out the website linked above.  Previous winners are also listed.

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Does anyone fancy reviewing any of these?  or perhaps giving a view of any of the nominated albums over the coming weeks?

For today though…

Yet again ‘Spillers I come to you to discuss this issue.  What do you think of the nominations?  Are there any obvious omissions? What’s your favourite previous winning album etc etc.