Mercury Prize for Album of the Year

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So, it is coming around to that time of the year where critics from across the world start making bids for their best album of the year, and every last one has their personal favourite. But the fact of the matter is, there is one award that beats the rest: The Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. This award has been the biggest accolade a band can get for some time and the 12-album shortlist has just been announced!

 

Looking at the shortlist, one thing has become apparent: the team that put this whole thing together really do know how to please everyone, as everyone from Jon Hopkins all the way to Arctic Monkeys appear on this list. It is really good to see DJ's being put alongside acoustic singers for a change, and it makes for a truly unique and hard to choose group of albums. 

 

The list goes as follows: Jon Hopkins' 'Immunity' (think seriously trippy techno); Foals' 'Holy Fire' (nice, melodic rock); Arctic Monkey's 'AM' (catchy, fast rock); Laura Mvula's 'Sing to the Moon' (poppy, happy goodness); Disclosure's 'Settle' (high flying DJ'ing); James Blake's 'Overgrown' (laid back musical experimentation); Rudimental's 'Home' (radio friendly dance); Laura Marling's 'Once I Was An Eagle' (sheer acoustic joy); Villagers' 'Awayland' (romantic singer/songwriting at its best); and David Bowie's 'The Next Day' (if you don't know who David Bowie is, then leave). This is definitely one of the strongest shortlists this prize has had for years!

 

William Hill has David Bowie and Arctic Monkeys out as favorites at 4/1, and to be honest, I can see why. Not because of how good their albums were, but because of how big the names are. If you ask for my opinion it should go to either James Blake for doing something with music that not many people have ever done before, or Laura Marling just for having the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. But regardless of my opinion, this shortlist is full of very good albums, and come the 30th of October one musician's life will become much more enjoyable; this prize is truly one of the biggest in music today. Combine this with live performances from all these artists leading up to the awards show at the best venue in England - The Roundhouse in Camden - and it is clear that the following month in music is going to be a very enjoyable one for everyone involved.

 

Mark Wiglesworth

I am a student at the University of Portsmouth doing a Journalism and Media Studies degree who has an absolute passion for anything involving films or music. Give me any piece of media, I will do my best to review it.

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