It’s the time of the year for both debutantes and acclaimed stars of the British music scene to battle it out for the most profile raising arts prize Europe has to offer. Having taken place annually since 1992 the competition has consistently drawn attention to the most exciting and original prospects throughout the UK.
In recent years previously lesser known winners such as Anthony and the Johnsons and Talvin Singh enjoyed a thoroughly deserved boost in coverage. More widely known darlings of the UK music scene Klaxons, Franz Ferdinand and Dizzee Rascal can attribute their growth in international acclaim to the exposure the Mercury’s enshrined on them.
In order to celebrate the prize this year, Clash is offering you the chance to win all twelve of the nationwide Mercury prize nominated albums along with a Bose® SoundDock™ Digital Music System to enable you to appreciate the year’s most innovative music with the highest style and quality.
This artists battling for the prize this year are:
Adele ‘19’ – A plethora of styles have been attributed to this teenage singing sensation, blues, folk and jazz. However critics differ in their attempts to define her, all seem in agreement that she’s been one of the brightest sparks of the year.
British Sea Power ‘Do You Like Rock Music?’ – A flowing album of melodic and esoteric waves signals the return of the Cornish four piece’s return to form.
Burial ‘Untrue – The artist behind Burial remains anonymous but this nomination adds further weight to why this pioneering record has been widely talked about in the dubstep scene.
Elbow ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ – Understated yet beautiful, Elbow’s fourth album could finally see them gain the credit they have deserved as one of the UK’s prominent bands.
Estelle ‘Shine’ –With a little help from production by John Legend, ‘Shine’ saw Estelle finally make headway into the US RnB scene with this album of bangers and beauties.
Laura Marling ‘Alas, I Cannot Swim’ – Reading hasn’t always been known for its production of folk prodigies, but 18 year old singer-songwriter Laura Marling’s debut has shocked with its maturity and meaning.
Neon Neon ‘Stainless Style’ – Perhaps the most avant-garde album in this years nominations, this concept album about the life of automobile mogul John DeLorean brings together Gruff Rhys and producer Boom Bip and a host of other unlikely collaborators.
Portico Quartet ‘Knee Deep In The North Sea’ – Having elevated themselves from buskers to signed recording artists as recently as 2007, this four piece band’s use of new instruments such as the Swiss hang has attracted a swathe of attention.
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset ‘The Bairns’ – This second album from two sisters from the North-East comprises adaptations of traditional songs with their own style of magical sea songs.
Radiohead ‘In Rainbows’ – Pioneering in so many ways, this was the first ever album to be primarily released as download only and took Radiohead in yet another new direction.
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss ‘Raising Sand’ – Rock superstar teams up with country beauty to create an album of indefinable seismic soul.
The Last Shadow Puppets ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ – Alex Turner bids to add to his one Mercury award he won with Arctic Monkeys with this duo with The Rascals’ Miles Kane.
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