Mercury Music Prize

Tomorrow night sees the announcement of the winner of the 2010 Mercury Music Prize. The nominees are:

Biffy Clyro ‘Only Revolutions’
Villagers ‘Becoming A Jackal’
Corinne Bailey Rae ‘The Sea’
Mumford & Sons ‘Sigh No More’
Paul Weller ‘Wake Up The Nation’
Wild Beasts ‘Two Dancers’
Kit Downes Trio ‘Golden’
Laura Marling ‘I Speak Because I Can’
Dizzee Rascal ‘Tongue N’ Cheek’
Foals ‘Total Life Forever’
I Am Kloot ‘Sky At Night’
The xx ‘xx’

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I think the Mercury prize seems to work best when they go for originality rather than just the best album. If it was a best album prize then surely Biffy would win by a country mile. If it’s for originality, or perhaps most effective originality (as we hope), then it must be The xx. What do you think?