Now that Canada is done with the Polaris Music Prize for another year, it’s time to turn our attention to Britain’s Mercury Prize.
Just as we saw with Canada, some 200 albums have been voted down to a short list of 12. The winner will be chosen by a grand jury consisting of music wonks from across the UK and Ireland. The goal is to name the best album of the last year regardless of genre or commercial success.
Here are the finalists in alphabetical order. The winner will be named Thursday night (September 20).
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
Everything Is Recorded – Everything Is Recorded
Florence & The Machine – High As Hope
Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
King Krule – The Ooz
Lily Allen – No Shame
Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built The Moon?
Novelist – Novelist Guy
Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile
Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life
Naturally, the bookies are taking bets on who will win.