2009 Mercury Prize nominations in

We’ve often found the Mercury Prize – the UK’s de facto “best album” award – quite interesting and often of real quality, with electronic artists regularly recognized with a shortlisting, if not the prize itself (Portishead’s win in 1995 an exeption to the rule); when Maps were shortlisted two years ago for their debut album We Can Create, Softsynth had to doff its metaphorical cap in appreciation – an awards process that includes the likes of the awesome Maps is one Softsynth can get behind. (Worth noting the prize has included some downright bizzare nominations like the Spice Girls in 1997, but overall, for a mainstream award, the quality has been consistently solid.)

This year it’s nice to see two of the nominations in particular, self described electropop duo La Roux for their high-quality self-titled album, and particulartly hybrid artist Bat for Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) for their (her) awesome, awesome album Two Suns. We haven’t yet written about Bat for Lashes on this blog to our great shame but suffice it to say it ranks very highly in our “what will make the Softsynth Top Ten Albums list this year” discussion and would be our pick for the prize this year. Good on the Mercury folks for recognizing the good stuff, no matter the genre.

Full nominations:

Bat for Lashes – Two Suns
Florence & The Machine – Lungs
Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires
Glasvegas – Glasvegas
Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
La Roux – La Roux
Led Bib – Sensible Shoes
Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew
Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men
The Horrors – Primary Colours
The Invisible – The Invisible

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