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Mercury Prize 2016: how the ADM sources judged the nominations

8.37

Radiohead

A Moon Shaped Pool

"A Moon Shaped Pool is the best album we could expect from a rock outfit already into its third decade of existence, and a superb work from the last important band left in the universe."
Pretty Much Amazing

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8.35

David Bowie

Blackstar

"It's an album that sums up Bowie as an artist - restless, audacious, constantly looking forward to the next new idea."
musicOMH

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8.06

Michael Kiwanuka

Love and Hate

"Beautifully captures the artistic power of vulnerability."
The Line Of Best Fit

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8.05

Anohni

Hopelessness

"The most profound protest record in decades".
The Guardian

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7.84

Skepta

Konnichiwa

"A landmark in British street music, a record good enough to take on the world without having to compromise one inch in the process."
NME

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7.80

Savages

Adore Life

"With fearless approach and razor sharp delivery, Adore Life is so bruisingly intimate that it feels like a surgical hand taking grasp of your gut. When Savages speak, you listen."
The Skinny

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7.65

Laura Mvula

The Dreaming Room

"Her music has been described as "gospel-delia", and that's exactly what you get: gorgeous soul hymns as if sung in under-ether dreamtime."
The Irish Times

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7.42

The Comet Is Coming

Channel The Spirits

"The raw beauty of the ambitious 42-minute album is a joy to behold."
The Line Of Best Fit

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7.36

Bat For Lashes

The Bride

"With The Bride, Khan has created a sublime tale of sorrow and recovery, of accepting loss and working through pain to become a stronger person."
No Ripcord

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6.88

Kano

Made In The Manor
"Lyrically Kano's as good as he's always been, sonically his flow is good and there are a few killer hooks to get addicted to."
The Arts Desk

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6.79

The 1975

I Like It When You Sleep...

"An album that fancies itself as a challenging work of art, but turns out to be a collection of fantastic pop songs full of interesting, smart lyrics, but also peppered with self-conscious lunges for a gravitas it doesn't really need."
The Guardian

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6.73

Jamie Woon

Making Time

"He's matured both as a singer and a songwriter, and the tracks now have the hooks to make them linger in the memory rather than fade away instantaneously."
Clash

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