The 2009 Mercury Prize shortlist has been announced. And it's a shocker.
La Roux - La Roux
Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Florence And The Machine - Lungs
Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
Glasvegas - Glasvegas
The Horrors - Primary Colours
Lisa Hannigan - Sea Sew
Led Bib - Sensible Shoes
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Twice Born Men
Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy
Given the reviews of Lungs, I am surprised to see Florence And The Machine who are tipped to win this year, on the shortlist. Before the it was announced, and in a BBC 6music interview, Kasabian proved their aggogance over charm yet again by tipping themselves and saying "What else is there?". Given the quality and consistency of West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum just about anything else is worth a shout. In particular I would have placed Little Boots, White Lies and Doves who were all left out this year. And Lisa Hannigan's Sea Sew is a gorgous piece of work but horribly inconsistent.
The only saveing grace for Mercury is Bat For Lashes and Glasvegas. Both albums are brimming with quality and effort.
It is a shocking list.