UPDATE: Bookies assess Mercury Prize odds

    So in England, you can bet on pretty much anything, be it the weather for the day, political developments, or the Mercury Prize results. That’s right, almost as soon as the Mercury Prize shortlist was announced, Bookmakers in England have given odds to each nominee. The odds are:

     

    Radiohead – In Rainbows: 5/1

    The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement: 5/1

    Robert Plant and Alison Krauss –  Raising Sand: 6/1

    Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid: 6/1

    Burial – Untrue: 6/1

    Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim: 8/1

    Adele – 19: 8/1

    British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?: 8/1

    Estelle – Shine: 8/1

    Neon Neon – Stainless Style: 10/1

    Rachel Unthank And The Winterse – The Bairns: 10/1

    Portico Quartet – Knee-Deep in the North Sea: 10/1

     

    Pretty tight odds, considering the range of genres covered. It seems parity in British rock is better than even in the NFL or MLB, or Kentucky Derby. There’s no chance for a Sarava this year.

     

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