Mercury Prize shortlist all over the place

    The Mercury Prize shortlist was just announced, which honors the best release from a band from the British Isles of the past year. It’s quite an eclectic list, but whether or not that will reaffirm faith in the album or in the Mercury Prize itself is debatate. A look at past Mercury Prize nominees reveals a list that has aged poorly, even when going back just 2 or 3 years. Idolator cracked wise about the list being the source of future bargain bin releases, and they do have a point. In any event, here are the nominees:


    Adele – 19
    British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?
    Burial – Untrue
    Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
    Estelle – Shine
    The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement
    Laura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim
    Neon Neon – Stainless Style
    Portico Quartet – Knee-Deep in the North Sea
    Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
    Radiohead – In Rainbows
    Rachel Unthank and the Winterset – The Bairns


    The path seems clear for Radiohead, with Elbow, Burial, and British Sea Power looking like the only real options for an upset. Coldplay was shut out of the list. But if Anthony and the Johnsons and Klaxons could surprise everyone, it’s certainly not out of the range of possibility that someone could beat Radiohead.