The shortlist for this year’s Mercury Music Prize was announced today in London.
Here is the list:
Adele – 19
British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial – Untrue
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
Estelle – Shine
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 Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement
Token Folk – Rachel Unthank (Who happens to be good). Token Jazz – Portico Quartet. Covered
So what is criminally missing? What genuinely good British albums deserve to be on the list? Jamie Lidell’s Jim? Foals – Antidotes? A glaring omission is Portishead’s – Third in our book. Will Burial run away with it? Will he turn up?