'Let England Shake' claims prize

PJ Harvey has won the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize with her album 'Let England Shake'.

For once, the bookmakers got it right. When the shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize was announced earlier this year, PJ Harvey was immediately installed as the odds on favourite.

Despite some ferocious betting and widespread discussion, PJ Harvey's odd never slipped. Tonight (September 6th) the singer claimed the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize, the second of her career, for 'Let England Shake'.

The second time she has won the award, PJ Harvey beat off a shortlist which contained entries from commercial big hitters such as Adele, Tinie Tempah and Elbow.

However judges appear to have been won over by the sheer depth of PJ Harvey's songwriting. Miticulously researched, 'Let England Shake' is a fascinating dissection of war, Imperialism and the evolution of the English national character.

Released earlier this year, you can find ClashMusic's initial review of the album HERE.

PJ Harvey previously won the Mercury almost exactly ten years ago. Her album 'Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea' claimed the trophy, yet the singer was unable to accept her award in person after being caught up in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Watch PJ Harvey's video for 'Let England Shake' below...



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