GAWK: This years Mercury Prize nominees are revealed

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  • 12 Sep 12

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In what has become something of a tradition over here in the cool, dry space commonly referred to as Misc.Palace, I find myself questioning the decision making skills of the Barclaycard™ Mercury Prize (2010, 2011) judges. This seemingly capable bunch of professionals are tasked with choosing 12 albums which represent the best musical output over the course of twelve months. Of course, this is a prize initially devised by the head of Virgin Music to flog records during the post summer lull, which means that choices typically range from the “platitude heavy singer songwriter” through “alternative rap artist”, all the way to “NME poster kids of the year”. Ideally, the nominees should gently scrape the edges of inoffensive songwriting; you know, your Nan shouldn’t dig it, but your Dad will have it in his CD collection, held upright by a renewed sense of smug relevancy.

It is, therefore, my ever deepening pleasure to present to you the nominees for the 2012 Mercury Prize. Judge their suitability for the Misc.Music Archetypal Mercury Prize Nominee of the Year™ yourself, below.

  • Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  • Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
  • Django Django – Django Django
  • Field Music – Plumb
  • Jessie Ware – Devotion
  • Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
  • Maccabees – Given to the Wild
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
  • Plan B – Ill Manors
  • Richard Hawley – Standing at the Sky’s Edge
  • Roller Trio – Roller Trio
  • Sam Lee – Ground Of Its Own

It’s all up for grabs.

Alec