Mercury Rising

The winner of the 20th Mercury Music Prize will be announced later tonight and the victor will come from one of a dozen albums released by British and Irish bands during the last year. PJ Harvey has received her fourth nomination for Let England Shake and she previously won it in 2001 for Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea. It’s the third time that Elbow have made the list and they won it three years ago. The only other previous nominee is Adele who lost out to Elbow with her debut album. The remaining acts are up for the award for the first time and the self-titled debuts from James Blake and Anna Calvi are both tipped to do well. Anna Calvi’s is my own favourite album from the list, the one I’d like to see win, and the one I think will come out on top tonight. Anna is a pretty impressive guitarist, but is an even more amazing singer who has released a consistently fine album that rewards repeated listens. Here are seven of the nominees taking on some new and older songs. I guess there’s more than a 50/50 chance that the winning album will come from one of these acts

Highway 61 Revisited (Bob Dylan cover) – PJ Harvey

Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover) – Adele

Jezebel (Édith Piaf cover) – Anna Calvi

Let Me Go (Maverick Sabre cover) – Katy B

Teardrop (Massive Attack cover) – Elbow

I’ve Been Losing You (A-ha cover) – King Creosote & Jon Hopkins

A Case Of You (Joni Mitchell cover) – James Blake


2 thoughts on “Mercury Rising

    • I’m afraid it’s all over, Emma, and it was PJ Harvey who won it. But Katy B’s young and will surely have more success ahead of her

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