Mercury Prize 2012: no standout albums this year, says judge

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

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