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Mercury Prize 2010

Mercury Prize 2010

Everyone will be trying to tip the winner but here at Any Decent Music we think the albums have already been judged.

Of the 12 albums shortlisted 11 have featured in the ADM chart over the last 12 months. The only exception being Kit Downes Trio who were not reviewed by the majority of our sources.

So get your money on The Modfather now.

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8.13

Paul Weller

Wake Up The Nation

Weller has jettisoned the more folkie elements that gave 22 Dreams its reflective tone, reinforcing instead the rock and soul core of his music


The Independent

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8.10

The XX

XX

For a debut album it's brilliantly realised and contains not an inch of flab across its 11 songs. Debut album of the year? It's beyond doubt.


musicOMH

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8.02

Laura Marling

I Speak Because I Can

Her first triumph: a collection of literary and emotional songs to have you whooping with joy or fighting off tears, with tunes that deliver new riches with each listen

The Guardian

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7.89

Villagers

Becoming A Jackal

A marvellous showcase for O'Brien: not only his voice and his way with a tune, but also the way he weaves together words and images in a way that simultaneously please and - yes - slightly frighten the listener

The Line Of Best Fit

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7.66

Wild Beasts

Two Dancers

Doesn't so much follow up their debut as announce Wild Beasts as one of our genuinely special bands, one that can compete - in terms of both musical and lyrical ingenuity as well as sheer pop nous - with any US act

Drowned In Sound

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7.66

The Foals

Total Life Forever

In broadening their horizons they've not sacrificed quality, every note and sound is perfectly executed. Foals have made impressive strides forward, and you'd be mad not to follow them

musicOMH

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7.41

I Am Kloot

Sky At Night

Sky at Night is the sound of a band that have never been more comfortable in their own skin

State

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7.33

Biffy Clyro

Only Revolutions

Keeping up this level of creative, powerful and outlandish melodic hard rock isn't just going to keep the band's head above water - from here, they could part the Red Sea if they wanted to

FasterLouder

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7.25

Corinne Bailey Rae

The Sea

The Sea is simultaneously sweet, poignant and, more than anything, quietly inspiring

Eye Weekly

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6.77

Dizzee Rascal

Tongue N' Cheek

If it's less wilfully uncommercial than his earlier oeuvre, which frequently made the listener feel like they were being mugged in the middle of an amusement arcade, its distorted synthesisers are still edgily thrilling.

The Guardian

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6.19

Mumford And Sons

Sigh No More

Angst-ridden indiscretions aside, 'Sigh No More' is a fine debut from a band that's patiently picked up the tools of its trade, and chosen the right moment to give them full rein

NME

 

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