The Mercury Prize Shortlist of Shortlists
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):
7. Fanfarlo - Reservoir
Their inventive sales strategy and the sheer quality of the music led to four votes for this debut.
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.