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Crystal Castles, Broken Social Scene and Caribou among Polaris Music Prize nominees

Holy Fuck and Owen Pallet also up for Canada's equivalent of the Mercury Prize

Crystal Castles' self-titled debut album heads up our reviews section this week, which also sees the NME verdict on Scarlett Johansson's debut record and Sam Sparro's new effort. PIc:Tom Oxley
Crystal Castles, Broken Social Scene and Caribou are among the nominees for this year's Polaris Music Prize.

The annual award, which is Canada's equivalent of the Mercury Prize, goes to the "best full-length Canadian album, judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales".

Voted for by almost 200 music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada, the initial list comprises of the jury's top 40 albums released between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010.

A short list of 10 albums will be revealed on July 6, with the eventual winner also set to receive $20,000.

Last year Fucked Up scooped the coveted award and prize money for their album 'The Chemistry Of Common Life'.

The full list of nominees for this year's Polaris Music Prize is:

Apollo Ghosts - 'Mount Benson'
Bahamas - 'Pink Strat'
The Besnard Lakes - 'The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night'
Blue Rodeo - 'The Things We Left Behind'
Brasstronaut - 'Mt. Chimaera'
Broken Social Scene - 'Forgiveness Rock Record'
Basia Bulat - 'Heart Of My Own'
By Divine Right - 'Mutant Message'
Caribou – 'Swim'
Jason Collett - 'Rat A Tat Tat'
Crystal Castles - 'Crystal Castles' (II)
Amelia Curran - 'Hunter Hunter'
Fred Fortin - 'Plastrer La Lune'
Frog Eyes - 'Paul's Tomb: A Triumph'
Hannah Georgas - 'This Is Good'
Ghostkeeper - 'Ghostkeeper'
Holy Fuck - 'Latin'
Karkwa - 'Les Chemins De Verre'
LeE HARVeY OsMOND - 'A Quiet Evil'
Greg MacPherson - 'Mr. Invitation'
Dan Mangan - 'Nice, Nice, Very Nice'
Misteur Valaire - 'Golden Bombay'
The New Pornographers - 'Together'
Owen Pallett - 'Heartland'
Plants And Animals - 'La La Land'
Radio Radio - 'Belmundo Regal'
Justin Rutledge - 'The Early Widows'
The Sadies - 'Darker Circles'
Shad - 'TSOL'
Elizabeth Shepherd - 'Heavy Falls The Night'
The Slew - '100%'
Meaghan Smith - 'The Cricket's Orchestra'
South Rakkas Crew - 'The Stimulus Package'
Tegan And Sara - 'Sainthood'
The Wooden Sky - 'If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone'
Hawksley Workman - 'Meat'
'You Say Party! We Say Die! - 'XXXX'
Young Galaxy - 'Invisible Republic'
Yukon Blonde - 'Yukon Blonde'
Zeus - 'Say Us'

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