A significant year for musical creativity and excellence is confirmed by the 12 Albums of the Year shortlisted for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
This year’s shortlist celebrates a fascinating year for British and Irish music, marked by a wonderful range of musical voices – urgent, reflective, upbeat and tender, acoustic and electronic, and all with something intriguing to say.
Last year’s winner was Alt-J’s debut album, An Awesome Wave, while past recipients include the likes of Primal Scream, Portishead, PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys and The xx.
Here’s a full list of the nominees below:
Arctic Monkeys, AM
David Bowie, The Next Day
Foals, Holy Fire
Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg
James Blake, Overgrown
Jon Hopkins, Immunity
Laura Marling, Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon
Savages, Silence Yourself