Mercury Prize Shortlist Offers A Glimpse Into Used-CD Bins Of The Future

Dan Gibson | July 22, 2008 10:45 am

Fresh off last year’s coronation of the Klaxons as the best band in Britain, this year’s Mercury Prize nominations feature quite a range of popular music, from summer jam tournament runner-up Estelle to a few acts that will send you scurrying to Google.

Here is the shortlist:

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

Rachel Unthank & The Winterset – The Bairns Radiohead – In Rainbows Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement

Radiohead is the likely favorite, especially considering the idea of giving an award to Elbow or British Sea Power instead is too difficult to imagine. However, the Mercury Prize does throw its share of curveballs; the Klaxons beating Amy Winehouse last year, Antony & the Johnsons beating out Coldplay, Bloc Party and M.I.A. in 2005. If nothing else, looking through shortlists of the past is an amusing flashback to my poorly chosen music purchases of previous years. MJ Cole! Gemma Hayes! Artists for War Child! What do these artists have in common? Their CDs are all stored in my garage. Forget the prize, who from this year’s nominees will join that prestigious group?

Mercury Music Prize 2008 nominations announced [Guardian]