The shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize contains no “standout” albums
because none were made this year, according to the chairman of the judges.
Simon Frith said the past 12 months had produced no records with an obvious
claim on the list.
The 2012 shortlist is arguably the most obscure in the history of the prize,
featuring only one big seller in Plan B’s Ill Manors.
This year’s chosen acts include Sunderland band Field Music, folk artist Sam
Lee and jazz musicians Roller Trio.
Explaining the absence of such big names as Kate Bush, Coldplay or Florence &
the Machine, Frith said: “I suppose there was nothing that seemed to be an
absolute must and so the field became much more wide open.
Read the full comment here at The Telegraph.
2012 Albums of the Year
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
Django Django – Django Django
Field Music – Plumb
Jessie Ware – Devotion
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Plan B – Ill Manors
Richard Hawley – Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Roller Trio – Roller Trio
Sam Lee – Ground Of Its Own
The Maccabees – Given To The Wild