Mercury Music Prize 2016 logoIts time to pick the album of the year or at least the the best album from the shortlist.

According to the judging panel,

“This is music to make sense of our unsettling times – heartfelt, angry, thoughtful and thrilling. The 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ are marked by their musical ambitions, unexpected instrumentation and breathtaking arrangements.”

The Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ celebrate and promote the best of UK music, recognising artistic achievement across an eclectic range of contemporary music genres. The shortlist was revealed at a Launch event, hosted by 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny on 4 August. It was also announced live on Lauren Laverne’s show on BBC Radio 6 Music.

A first for this year, music lovers will have the chance to select the first of six finalists via an on-line vote from midday on Thursday 4th August.

The final choice for Album of the Year will be selected by the Hyundai Mercury Prize Judging Panel, based (allegedly) on artistic merit. This will take place on Thursday 15th September.

My choice would be Radiohead, but I think the judges will go for something edgier… Which is your favourite?

Vote for your favourite

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The Nominees

  • Anohni: “Hopelessness” (My verdict: 3 Stars (3 / 5))
  • Bat For Lashes: “The Bride” (My verdict: 3 Stars (3 / 5))
  • David Bowie: “Blackstar” (My verdict: 2 Stars (2 / 5))
  • Jamie Woon: “Making Time” (My verdict: 0 Stars (0 / 5))
  • Kano: “Made in the Manor” (My verdict: 0 Stars (0 / 5))
  • Laura Mvula: “The Dreaming Room” (My verdict: 0 Stars (0 / 5))
  • Michael Kiwanuka: “Love & Hate” (My verdict: 0 Stars (0 / 5))
  • Radiohead: “A Moon Shaped Pool” (My verdict: 5 Stars (5 / 5))
  • Savages: “Adore Life” (My verdict: 5 Stars (5 / 5))
  • Skepta: “Konnichiwa” (My verdict: 0 Stars (0 / 5)
  • The 1975: “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it” (My verdict: 3 Stars (3 / 5))
  • The Comet Is Coming: “Channel the Spirits” (My verdict: 0 Stars (0 / 5))

I have still to listen to some of the nominated albums and will update the 0 Stars (0 / 5) rating as appropriate.

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