A lot of people mentioned the White Lies album, but that feels wrong somehow for the Mercury. Without giving in to all those Sub-Editors/Boy Division jibes – well, not much anyway – they’re not a band who particularly need the profile boost that a Mercury nomination can provide.
The Mercury, if it’s about anything, should be about turning people on to something new and (vaguely) challenging. Which is why – after the jump – we’ve put together an alternative list of twelve albums which, with the exception of Little Boots and Doves, didn’t exactly trouble the charts, and could do with a reviving oxygen-blast of publicity.
Submit your own alternative lists below. Keep to Mercury rules – twelve albums, please, released in the past 12 months by British or Irish artists.
Our alternative Mercury shortlist:
Camera Obscura, ‘My Maudlin Career’
The Maccabees, ‘Wall Of Arms’
The Veils, ‘Sun Gangs’
Little Boots, ‘Hands’
Late Of The Pier, ‘Fantasy Black Channel’
Graham Coxon, ‘The Spinning Top’
Bombay Bicycle Club, ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’
Metronomy, ‘Nights Out’
Doves, ‘Kingdom Of Rust’
Jack Penate, ‘Everything Is New’
Blue Roses, ‘Blue Roses’
Manic Street Preachers, ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’