It’s that time of year again. The winner of the Mercury Prize will be announced on September 7. To jog your memory, here are the 12 nominated albums – and the latest odds. Starting with Wild Beasts’ ‘Two Dancers’, which bookmaker William Hill has down as third favourite to win, at 7/1.
Thanks to a last-minute surge in votes, Paul Weller’s tenth LP ‘Wake Up The Nation’ is currently the bookies’ strong favourite to win, at 1/10.
Weller’s late surge means he’s overtaken The xx, who were previously favourites to claim the prize. Head over to the blogs and let us know who you want to see win.
Mumford & Sons’ album ‘Sigh No More’ is one of the biggest selling albums on the list, having shifted over 1 million copies worldwide. However, it is by no means a favourite to win the Mercury – William Hill are quoting 8/1.
What do you mean you’ve never heard of the Kit Downes Trio? They’re this year’s token jazz nomination, on the strength of their nice-if-you-like-sort-of-thing album, ‘Golden’. Unsurprisingly they’re an outside bet, at 33/1.
Put a tenner on Foals’ ‘Total Life Forever’ now at 16/1 and you’d get £160 if they won. Worth a punt, surely? Head to NME.COM/video for an interview with the band in which they reveal what they’d do with the Mercury cash if they won.
Villagers have something of the sleeper hit about them. Hailing from Malahide near Dublin, they’ve been picking up a following over the year and played a stunning set on Glastonbury’s Park Stage. Their debut, ‘Becoming A Jackal’, is up for the award, and is 16/1 to win.
Dizzee Rascal is a surprise outside bet at 33/1 – perhaps because he’s already won it, in 2003 with ‘Boy In Da Corner’, and the judges aren’t likely to single him out again… are they?
Biffy Clyro receive a nod for their fifth album, ‘Only Revolutions’. The LP has achieved platinum status in the UK and features six singles including ‘The Captain’ and ‘Bubbles’. The band won Best Video for the former at this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards. They’re 16/1 to win the Mercury.
Manchester band I Am Kloot are in with a chance this year – William Hill has them at 10/1. Their fifth album, ‘Sky At Night’, is on the list. Interestingly, the album was produced by 2008’s winners Elbows’ Guy Garvey.
Laura Marling’s second album ‘I Speak Because I Can’ is on the list. We called it “a stunning performance” on its release; read the full review here. Marling is 7/1 to walk away with the Mercury prize this year.
Corinne Bailey Rae released her second album, ‘The Sea’, on 20th January this year. It was conceived after a hiatus following the death of her husband. The album is an outside choice to win the Mercury, at 25/1.