Adele, James Blake, PJ Harvey Nominated for 2011 Mercury Prize
Published Jul 19, 2011Now that the argumentative hubbub over the Polaris Music Prize shortlist has died down, we're happy to incite some more passionate debate with the shortlist of the UK's Barclaycard Mercury Prize. Similar to the Polaris, the Mercury aims to put the music first over sales or hype when picking the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Now, the coveted British prize has unveiled the 12 records that made its shortlist.
There are undoubtedly some heavy-hitters on this list, from Adele's chart-destroying 21 album through James Blake's self-titled robo-crooner and PJ Harvey's return to form on Let England Shake. Thankfully, they aren't all obvious choices with left-field submissions from King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Metronomy, Ghostpoet and Gwilym Simcock. Check out the full list of nominees below.
"This year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist highlights the remarkable possibilities of what can be achieved with music -- the grand gesture and telling detail, albums that are dramatic, ambitious and artful, emotional and affectionate, funny and profound," said Simon Frith, chair of judges, in a statement. "Much of the music here evokes a sense of place and time, providing a wonderful snapshot of Britain's varied musical life."
The winner of the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize will be announced on September 2. Feel free to place your bets in the comments section below.
Mercury Prize 2011 Albums of the Year:
Anna Calvi Anna Calvi
Elbow Build A Rocket Boys!
Everything Everything Man Alive
Ghostpoet Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock Good Days at Schloss Elmau
James Blake James Blake
Katy B On A Mission
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins Diamond Mine
Metronomy The English Riviera
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
Tinie Tempah Disc-Overy