News just in: the shortlist for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize was announced mere minutes ago from The Hospital Club in London. Among the nominees were Laura Marling, whose recent album I Speak Because I Can nets the young singer-songwriter her second Mercury Prize nod, The xx, and Corinne Bailey Rae.
The list of nominees in full:
Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea [review]
Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
Foals – Total Life Forever
I Am Kloot – Sky At Night
Kit Downes Trio – Golden
Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can [review]
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Dizzee Rascal – Tongue N’ Cheek
Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
Paul Weller – Wake Up The Nation
Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
The xx – xx [review]
The winning album will be announced at a ceremony to be held in September.