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.
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.
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.
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?
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.