60 Albums That Could Win The Mercury Prize

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Everything Everything – ‘Arc’ (Sony RCA).
After a previous Mercury nomination in 2011 for their debut ‘Man Alive’, Everything Everything will be hoping for another nomination for the brilliant follow-up ‘Arc’.

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New Order – ‘Lost Sirens’ (Rhino Entertainment).
New Order’s ninth studio album, featuring tracks recorded during the production of ‘Waiting For The Siren’s Call’, finds the band looking for a second nomination, following 1993’s ‘Republic’.

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The Joy Formidable – ‘Wolf’s Law’ (Atlantic).
Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable released their second full length album in January, containing the singles ‘Cholla’ and ‘This Ladder Is Ours’.

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Biffy Clyro – ‘Opposites’ (14th Floor).
Biffy Clyro released their sixth studio album ‘Opposites’ in January. The first single from the album, ‘Black Chandelier’, reached number 14 in the Singles Charts.

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Delphic – ‘Collections’ (Polydor).
Delphic released their second album ‘Collections’ in January, with production coming from Ben Allen and Tim Goldsworthy, co-founder of DFA Records.

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Funeral For A Friend – ‘Conduit’ (The End Records).
Formed in 2001, Funeral For A Friend released sixth album ‘Conduit’ earlier this year. The band replaced long-term drummer and vocalist Ryan Richards with former Rise To Remain drummer Pat Lundy.

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Frightened Rabbit – ‘Pedestrian Verse’ (Atlantic).
Frightened Rabbit’s fourth studio album ‘Pedestrian Verse’, their debut on a major label, was their highest charting album to date, peaking at number 9 on the UK Albums Chart.

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – ‘Push The Sky Away’ (Bad Seed LTD).
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds released their fifteenth album in February. However, although the band have worked here for decades and one member, Martyn P. Casey, was born in England, they may not be eligible as most of the band were not born in the UK.

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Johnny Marr – ‘The Messenger’ (Warner Bros., Sire Records).
The former Smiths man released his debut solo album in February, following stints in bands such as The Cribs, The The and Modest Mouse.

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Palma Violets – ‘180’.
The debut album from Rough Trade’s Palma Violets, named ‘180’, received an 8/10 from NME. This follows their single ‘Best Of Friends’ being selected as ‘Best Song of 2012’ in the magazine.

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Ed Harcourt – ‘Back Into The Woods’ (CCCLX Music).
Londoner Ed Harcourt will be hoping for a nomination for sixth studio album ‘Back Into The Woods’. His debut, ‘Here Be Monsters’, was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2001.

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Atoms For Peace – ‘Amok’ (XL).
Super group Atoms For Peace, featuring Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, amongst others, released their debut album ‘Amok’ in February.

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Stereophonics – ‘Graffiti On The Train’ (V2 Records).
Stereophonics returned with ‘Graffiti On The Train’ in March, narrowly missing out on the top spot of the UK Albums Chart, reaching number 3. It is the band’s eighth studio album.

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Katie Melua – ‘Secret Symphony’ (Dramatico).
Katie Melua’s fifith studio album ‘Secret Symphony’ was released in March, reaching number 8 on the UK Albums Chart and going Platinum in Poland.

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Hurts – ‘Exile’ (RCA).
Synthpop duo Hurts returned with their second album ‘Exile’ in March. The album contained singles ‘Miracle’, ‘Blind’ and ‘Somebody To Die For’.

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David Bowie – ‘The Next Day’ (ISO Records, Columbia).
Ten years since his previous studio album, David Bowie shocked fans with an unexpected return in February with ‘The Next Day’. It entered the UK Album Charts at the Number 1 spot.

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Eric Clapton – ‘Old Sock’ (Surfdog, Duck).
Legendary rock guitarist Eric Clapton’s 21st studio album ‘Old Sock’ contains covers of his favourite songs, and two new compositions. Paul McCartney and JJ Cale also guest star are amongst a host of guest stars.

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Peace – ‘In Love’
March saw the debut album from band Peace, who released ‘In Love’. The album received a glowing 9/10 score from NME, with singles such as ‘Wraith’ praised.

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Wire – ‘Change Becomes Us’ (Pink Flag).
Wire, formed in 1976, returned with their thirteenth studio album in March. The album features songs based on ideas from 1979 and 1980, which were originally meant as quick sketches for live performances.

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Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Sempiternal’ (RCA).
The fourth studio album from Bring Me The Horizon was met with critical acclaim, receiving an 8/10 from NME. The first single ‘Shadow Moses’ reached number 2 on the UK Rock Singles Chart.

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British Sea Power – ‘Machineries Of Joy’ (Rough Trade).
Nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2008 for album ‘Do You Like Rock Music?’, British Sea Power will be looking for another nomination for April’s ‘Machineries Of Joy’, which NME gave 7/10.

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Wiley – ‘The Ascent’ (Warner).
London grime artist Wiley may be hoping for his first nomination for his ninth studio album in as many years, ‘The Ascent’. The first single ‘Heatwave’ debuted at number 1 on the Singles Chart.

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James Blake – ‘Overgrown’ (A&M, Polydor).
After a nomination for his debut album, James Blake will be hoping for continued success with his follow-up ‘Overgrown’. The album features guest spots from electronic producer Brian Eno and rapper RZA.

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Rudimental – ‘Home’ (Asylum).
Rudimental saw their debut album ‘Home’ rocket to the top of the UK Albums Chart, when released in April. The album has two number 1 singles so far, ‘Feel The Love’ and ‘Waiting All Night’.

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Little Boots – ‘Nocturnes’ (IAMSOUND, 679, Atlantic, Elektra).
‘Nocturnes’, Little Boots’ second studio album was released in May 2013. It features production from Andrew Butler, James Ford, Tim Goldsworthy, Jeppe Laursen and Ariel Rechtshaid

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Gabrielle Aplin – ‘English Rain’ (Parlophone).
After gaining a slot on the 2012 John Lewis Christmas advert with her cover of ‘The Power of Love’, Gabrielle Aplin gained much attention. Her debut album ‘English Rain’ was released in May 2013 by Parlophone, reaching a peak of number 2 on UK album charts.

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Primal Scream – ‘More Light’ (Ignition Records).
After winning the first Mercury award in 1992 with their third studio album ‘Screamadelica’ , Primal Scream went on to be nominated again in 1997 with their fifth studio album ‘Vanishing Point’. ‘More Light’, released in May 2013, features singles ‘2013’ and ‘It’s Alright, It’s OK’.

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Laura Marling – ‘Once I Was An Eagle’ (Virgin).
Laura Marling has been gaining critical success since her debut. Twice a shortlisted nominee for the Mercury award, starting with her first album ‘Alas, I Cannot Swim’ in 2008, then with her 2010 album, ‘I Speak Because I Can’, her success continues with her most recent album ‘Once I Was an Eagle’, released in May 2013.

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Tricky – ‘False Idols’ (!K7).
Previously shortlisted for the 1995 Mercury award for his debut album, ‘Maxinquaye’, Tricky returns with his tenth studio album, ‘False Idols’, released in May 2013. It gained many positive reviews, including a 3.5/5 stars from Uncut, and 6/10 from NME.

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Disclosure – ‘Settle’ (PMR, Island).
‘Settle’, the debut studio album from the Disclosure pair was released in May 2013, gaining vibrant critical success. Featuring hit singles such as ‘Latch’ and ‘White Noise’, the album gained numerous positive reviews. NME’s Eve Barlow coined ‘Disclosuremania’, which will go on to ‘sweep the nation’.

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Miles Kane – ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ (Columbia).
Miles Kane’s second studio album ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’, released in June 2013, could be edging towards a Mercury nomination, due to the album’s many positive reviews, which include NME’s 8/10 and Allmusic’s 4/5 stars.

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Boards Of Canada – ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ (Warp).
Boards of Canada could be beckoning towards a Mercury award nomination for their fourth studio album ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’, released in June 2013 via Warp. Successful reviews include a 4.5/5 stars from Allmusic, and a solid 8/10 from NME.

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Beady Eye – ‘BE’ (Columbia).
Released in June 2013, Beady Eye’s second studio album could be heading towards Mercury Award nominations. General positive reviews include Allmusic 4/5 stars, and NME’s 7/10, where ‘BE’ was said to be ‘an improvement’ on Beady Eye’s debut.

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Black Sabbath – ’13’ (Vertigo, Universal).
‘13’, Black Sabbath’s nineteenth album was released in June, gaining positive reviews. These include Allmusic’s 4.5/5 stars, and NME’s 7/10, where ‘13’ is suggested to be ‘everything you’d want from a new Black Sabbath album featuring three of the original members.’

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Tom Odell – ‘Long Way Down’ (Columbia).
Released in June 2013, Odell’s debut ‘Long Way Down’ is far away from being nominated for a Mercury Award, guessing from its many negative reviews. NME dubbed the album a flat 0/10, much like The Independent’s rating of 1/5 stars.

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Editors – ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ (PIAS).
Editors fourth studio album ‘The Weight of Your Love’ released in June 2013, includes singles ‘A Ton of Love’ and ‘Formaldehyde’. The album received mixed to negative reviews, including Virgin Media’s 3/5, and NME’s 4/10.

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Pet Shop Boys – ‘Electric’ (x2, Kobalt).
Released in July 2013, Pet Shop Boys’ twelfth album ‘Electric’ could be heading towards a Mercury award nomination, due to many positive reviews. These include NME’s 8/10, Allmusic’s 4/5 stars, and The Telegraph’s 5/5 stars.

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Fuck Buttons – ‘Slow Focus’ (ATP).
Released in July 2013, Fuck Buttons’ third album ‘Slow Focus’ could be said to be heading towards a Mercury award nomination, if guessing by the many positive reviews. These include NME’s 8/10 and Allmusic’s 4/5 stars.

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Swim Deep – ‘Where The Heaven Are We’ (Chess Club).
Swim Deep’s debut studio album ‘Where the Heaven Are We’, released in August, could be beckoning towards a Mercury award nomination due to positive reviews. These include Q’s 4/5 stars and NME’s 6/10.

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Ellie Goulding – ‘Halcyon’ (Polydor).
The second album from the English popstar was well received, debuting at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart and at number 1 on UK Download Albums Chart. The singer later released an extended edition of the album, ‘Halcyon Days’, with single ‘Burn’ reaching the number 1 spot on the UK Singles Chart.

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The 1975 – ‘The 1975’ (Dirty Hit/Polydor).
The self-titled debut of the Manchester group was released in early September. It was produced by Mike Crossley, the man behind the Arctic Monkey’s first two albums.

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Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’ (Domino).
The Arctic Monkey’s fifth album has gained a considerable amount of buzz around it, already being proclaimed as the best album of the year. The band won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’.

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Adam Ant – ‘Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter’ (Blueblack Hussar).
Adam Ant’s sixth solo album received mixed reviews on its release, peaking at 25 of on the UK Albums Chart.

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Jake Bugg – ‘Jake Bugg’ (Mercury).
Jake Bugg’s debut album was widely well received, and reached number 1 in the UK Albums Chart. We gave it 9/10, tipping the Nottingham teenager for big things in the future.

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The xx – ‘Coexist’ (Young Turks).
The xx scooped the Mercury Prize in 2010 for their eponymous debut album. They are well placed to receive another nomination, their second album having ben widely acclaimed and reaching number 1 in the Album Charts.

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