by / September 8th, 2009 /

Mercury Prize – Place Your Bets

Tonight sees the annual awarding of the Mercury Music Prize with its now traditionally eclectic list of nominees. Following the victory of bookies’ favourite Elbow last year, the judges may well plump for something a little more left field but the general consensus seems to be that the prize will go to a female artist in general and Florence Welch in particular. What do you think? To remind you here are the albums in contention, plus links to State’s reviews of and features on some of the records up for consideration and video evidence of their merits. Dig those crazy Led Bib guys and go Lisa….

Bat For Lashes – Two Suns


Bat For Lashes – Daniel on MUZU.

Florence and The Machine – Lungs


Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over on MUZU.

Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires


Friendly Fires – Jump In The Pool on MUZU.

The Horrors – Primary Colours


The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea on MUZU.

Glasvegas – Glasvegas


Glasvegas – Geraldine on MUZU.

The Invisible – The Invisible

Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum


KASABIAN – Where Did All the Love Go? on MUZU.

La Roux – La Roux


La Roux – Quicksand on MUZU.

Led Bib – Sensible Shoes

Lisa Hannigan – See Sew

Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy


Big Dada – Speech De Belle – The Key on MUZU.

Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men

  • If I was a betting man I’d go for Florence and her machine, though personally I think it’s all hype, especially after seeing her live performance at Reading on the BBC (hugely out of tune).

    I’d like to see Friendly Fires win it. Who knows with these judges though. I rarely feel they get it right, but what do I know!

  • Keith

    I remember thinking on a similar page on this site last year that Radiohead were a shoo-in, but Elbow took the plaudits that day, I think its Florence and the Machine all the way this year though!

  • Patrick Conboy

    For some reason, I get the feeling Glasvegas might take it…

  • Sean C

    Gotta go with Friendly Fires here, personally.
    Can see Florence and her machine taking it though.

    Then again, looking at the list of pervious winners, I wouldn’t agree with any of the choices since Gomez’s win.

  • I’m thinking it’ll be either Florence and Friendly Fires; although you never know, the fact that La Roux and Kasabian were nominated is rather questionable.

  • The Horrors for me, it’s my album of the year so far. I like Florence but hype + a half decent album doesn’t beat a work of greatness.

  • BP

    Reckon it’s gonna be La Roux. Florence is just a little too much of an obvious choice. Think I might stick a few bob on that, though I do think the Horrors album is great.

  • Patrick Conboy

    Okay, hands up who thought Speech De Belle would win it?

  • Sean C

    Wont lie – havnt heard of her until tonight, so can’t say if she was a worthy winner or not.

  • *Hand firmly down*. That was far from predictable! Don’t know her either, but I’ll give her a whirl later.