So, I'm totally going to repeat this on my radio show blog here, Internet connection wiling. but here are is the shortlist;
Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
The Horrors - Primary Colours
Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires
Glasvegas - Glasvegas
La Roux - La Roux
Florence And The Machine - Lungs
Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
Lisa Hannigan - Sea Sew (stream of the whole album)
The Invisible - the Invisible
Led Bib - Sensible Shoes
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Twice Born Men
Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy
To hell with impartiality, I hope speech debelle gets it, with florence coming in second, she doesn't really need the mercury effect. but check out led bid anyway cos they, like, rock, yeah.
Barclaycard Mercury are streaming a 30 second clip of each artist, which is why I'm linking you places where you can hear the whole of the albums in question for free, well the one's you're least likely to have heard anyway.
isn't it nice when the banks are sponsoring a music prize, i'd like to think they met at the "we're all doomed but it's your fault" club.