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Mercury Prize Nominations - To Die By Your Side

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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 13:14 UK time, Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Third up on our look at what the online music community is writing about this year's Mercury Prize is To Die By Your Side's Coxon Le Wolf. Wolverhampton's Le Wolf has been blogging about music for four years, and counts last year's winner Elbow as one of his top albums of 2008.

twodie.jpgCoxon points out the complexities in selecting one album over another but also highlights the Mercury Prize's particular skill of having "a positive effect on the career's of deserving, up and coming, left field bands." Nevertheless, the writer has added a further dimension to his piece by marking his nomination selections with a grade for how likely they are to make the judges' final twelve.

Toping this marking scheme are the Kate Bush compared exploits of Bat For Lashes' Two Suns and Florence & The Machine's Lungs, while the previously tipped Manic Street Preachers and The Horrors also score well with their critically acclaimed spring releases.

To Die By Your Side favourites which Coxon holds less hope for include solo returns from Morrissey, scoring 0 out of 10 with February's Years Of Refusal, and Jarvis Cocker's second album Further Complications, which scores only one better on the To Die By Your Side scale.

Le Wolf also points our gaze at the previously overlooked creations from Blur's Graham Coxon on The Spinning Top, impressive debut Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down from Twickenham's Noah And The Whale and How To Get To Heaven From Scotland from former Arab Strap man Aidan Moffat and his Best Ofs group.

Read Coxon Le Wolf's full article at To Die By Your Side

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