The 2010 Mercury Music Prize shortlist was announced earlier today. Amid the teeth-gnashing and question-asking (who are the Kit Downes Trio and what the hell is Paul Weller doing on there?), it’s wonderful to see Laura Marling nominated for her album I Speak Because I Can. The 20-year-old has a huge future ahead of her, whether she wins or not.
The full shortlist is here and the winner is announced on September 7th. As Jim Carroll has pointed out predictions are pointless with the Mercury. It would be wonderful to see Villagers win, but my money is on The XX or Marling’s bloke’s band Mumford & Sons.