I have to say that the real Mercury Prize shortlist this year is a bit of a disappointment this year in the respect that it’s a bit on the vanilla side. Thankfully this means that everyone can get all in a strop about *their* faves not getting a mention, and this is the real spirit of the competition. Frankly, I wouldn’t have it any other way from an award named after a telecommunications company that went bust in 1999.
So, to join in with the doings, here’s an almost shortlist of my favourites that weren’t nominated keeping to a couple of mild criteria:
- Released within the real prize’s qualification period (July 12 2011 – September 10 2012)
- Artists involved are at least partly from the UK
- Artists not actually shortlisted (although for the purposes of this list, only Richard Hawley – see below for comedy gold in 2006 – is omitted from this thingy)
- Something from qualifying album is on Spotify, just to make it easy for me. BTW, if you like something here or elsewhere on the various playlists, please buy it – no artist will ever make a living from the tiny streaming royalties they receive.
Hope there’s something you like, or violently disagree with.