John Humphrys' Guide to the Mercury Prize 2013
30 October 2013 Last updated at 08:33 GMT
The Mercury Prize ceremony takes places tonight, celebrating the best new album by a British or Irish band.
Twelve shortlisted artists are vying for the £20,000 prize.
Which lads have "got their swagger back"? Who stands out for their "spidery bass lines"? And who can be deemed a "cult classic"?
The Today programme's John Humphrys delivers a unique rundown on this year's shortlist.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 30 October 2013.