NME.COM READERS SAY ELBOW WILL WIN MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE

The Mancunian band pip PJ Harvey by one vote in our poll. And poor Tom McRae and Susheela Raman don't even get a single vote between them...

ELBOW‘s ‘ASLEEP IN THE BACK’ will win this evening’s MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE, according to the readers of NME.COM.

Elbow, who are the 11-2 fourth favourite to win the industry award later this evening in London, beat PJ Harvey‘s ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’ by a single vote in a poll which has been running on NME.COM over the last week.

Third in the poll were acoustic duo Turin Brakes, whose ‘The Optimist LP’ narrowly beat the Super Furry Animals‘ ‘Rings Around The World’. Bookmakers favourite, Zero 7‘s ‘Simple Things’, came sixth in the poll behind Radiohead‘s ‘Amnesiac’.

50-1 outsider Tom McRae, who didn’t receive a single vote in the NME.COM poll, has confessed he doesn’t think his eponymous album has a chance.

He said: “Realistically I don’t think I have a chance of winning. Last year Badly Drawn Boy got it so I think the singer-songwriter bit has been done.

“I would like it to go to PJ Harvey. She’s good and ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’ is a great album.”

This year’s Mercury Music Prize will be announced this evening. The final bookmakers odds are:

Zero 7 – ‘Simple Things’, 11-8F

Basement Jaxx – ‘Rooty’, 7-2

PJ Harvey – ‘Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea’, 5-1

Elbow – ‘Asleep in the Back’, 11-2

Turin Brakes – ‘The Optimist LP’, 7-1

Super Furry Animals – ‘Rings Around the World’, 9-1

Goldfrapp – ‘Felt Mountain’, 10-1

Ed Harcourt – ‘Here Be Monsters’, 25-1

Radiohead – ‘Amnesiac’, 25-1

Tom McRae – ‘Tom McRae’, 50-1

Susheela Raman – ‘Salt Rain’, 50-1