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Mercury Prize 2009 - Place Your Bets Now

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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 15:32 UK time, Monday, 13 July 2009

With little over a week to go before the nominations are announced for this year's Mercury Prize the music world has put festival fever aside for a few moments and begun to look back at the past twelve months of recording output from the fair shores of Britain and Ireland.

Since Elbow's triumph in September 2008 we've had welcome returns from the likes of Super Furry Animals and the Manic Street Preachers, hotly tipped chanteuses like Florence & The Machine and La Roux and moody rock from Scotland's Glasvegas and London's White Lies.

All of which has fuelled early discussion amongst the bookmakers as they make the first attempts to fathom what is on the minds of the judging panel. NME point out that Doves and Little Boots are the frontrunners, commanding early prices of 3-1 and 4-1 respectively. The Quietus on the other hand tip the 50-1 outside chances of Morrissey and the Manics.

Forward Russia's Whiskas has cast his net wider, recognising the leftfield possibilities of The Bug and wildcard chances of Fanfarlo and The Leisure Society, before narrowing it down to twelve of his own favourites that may or may not pop up on next Tuesday's list.

Over the next few days we'll be asking a few of our favourite music blogs and websites to do the same. Casting their minds back through Michael Jackson memories, SXSW buzz and end of the year best ofs, to share their views on the current state of the UK album and enlighten us on the great releases that may have passed under our radar.

Together we may be able to foretell this year's final twelve. Well, maybe not all of them.


  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Rory,

    Normally wouldn't do this but most of our editorial team are at Latitude already.I wrote a piece on this year's nominations for Muso's Guide to be found here

    Sorry about the self-promotion, I find the run-up to the nominations and the discussion fascinating!

  • Comment number 2.

    For me it's got to be Doves, truly brilliant comeback album. Very similar in stature to how Elbow were. A great band who deserve a lot more attention and at least a nomination would do that. For me House of Mirrors towards the end is a hidden gem amongst the many albums released by modern British rock acts in the last year.

    If the judges were to go for a more mainstream record, they usually stick one in their every year, eg Arctic Monkeys, then Franz Ferdinand could be in with a shout but in my opinion Kasabian's West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is the one that really has to make the final 12.

  • Comment number 3.

    Cheers for the heads up Mitchell. I'll be sure to include a post about the Muso's Guide predictions at some point today.

  • Comment number 4.


    Am I the only one surprised by how much their '09 debut album Checkmate Savage has been overlooked in all this speculation? From the moment I heard it I thought it would be a dead-cert for a mercury shortlist. I'll be very disappointed if they are not in the 12 this year, after the response their album got from press and blog communities - without the need for cheesey TV adverts and billboards everywhere. To me they (and a few others) are the real sound of new British music - not naff pastiche music like Glasgvegas (we've heard it before - Spector-esque drums, loads of reverb- The Jesus & Mary Chain did it better, without the embarrassingly pretentious working class heroics) or cheesey unoriginal pop rubbish like Little Boots or the ok-but-just-plain-boring Doves. I really think the originality of new British music should be recognised - come on the underdogs!


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