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The Mercury Prize Shortlist of Shortlists

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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 22:53 UK time, Monday, 20 July 2009

So here we are, this year's Mercury Prize nominations are upon us, but who will make the final list? Over the past week the collective minds of music bloggers throughout the UK, Ireland and Canada (thanks Chromewaves) have been digging through the past twelve months of their collections in the hope of uncovering the gem of an album that had slipped our minds or passed under our collective noses.

We've had celebrations of shouty-ness, dubstep, female-fronted folk and lots and lots of Scots. But are we any closer to the truth? Even at this very moment Keep Hope Inside's Saam Das has weighed in, with the first post on his new Faded Glamour blog, to remind us of great albums by Fight Like Apes, Grammatics and Dan Black.

I've done my calculations, checked them again just to be sure and behold, I can now present you the Mercury Prize albums of the year 2009 (as chosen by music bloggers):

1. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
Recommended by eight different websites overall, surely Natasha Khan must be on her way to another nomination.

2. The Horrors - Primary Colours
Topping the list of impressive second albums in 2009 with seven votes.

3. Florence And The Machine - Lungs
Fresh out of the box and eager to please. Camberwell's Florence Welch makes it on to shortlists by six of our bloggers.

4. Dananananaykroyd - Hey Everyone!
It would surprise some and delight many if the Scots make the Mercury Prize judges' list.

5. Doves - Kingdom Of Rust
7/2 favourites at the bookies and like Dananananaykroyd chosen by five of our blogs.

6. Micachu And The Shapes - Jewellery
More than a few of our writers couldn't resist the inventiveness of the Surrey-born songwriter.

7. Fanfarlo - Reservoir
Their inventive sales strategy and the sheer quality of the music led to four votes for this debut.

8. Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
It may seem like an age ago but the quality of the tracks, not to mention the dancing, won the Fires' a quartet of new fans from our list.

9. Glasvegas - Glasvegas
Another self-titled debut, another autumn 2008 release but the Scot foursome never left the minds of their blogging fans.

10. Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers
Their "best album in many years" according to blogger Frank Yang.

Which leave us with two spots, which could be taken up by anyone from Late Of The Pier to The Mummers, Little Boots or The Phantom Band, either way we couldn't decide. Not that it will be any easier for the Mercury Prize judges.

We'll all find out how close our guesses were around 11.30am tomorrow. At which point we recommend you make your way to our shiny new Mercury Prize website, where we'll be updating you on all the events of the day with breaking news of the nominations, interviews, reviews and all you need to know about the twelve lucky artists.

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