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The Mercury Music Prize shortlist has been announced:

Athlete - Vehicles and Animals
Eliza Carthy - Anglicana
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
The Darkness - Permission To Land
Dizzee Rascal - Boy in Da Corner
Floetry - Floetic
Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Soweto Kinch - Conversations with the Unseen
The Thrills - So Much for the City
Martina Topley-Bird - Quixotic
Terri Walker - Untitled

I know less records on this list than I did last year (only Coldplay, Radiohead and Athlete, although I've at least heard of The Thrills, The Darkness and Lemon Jelly). And I knew less records last year than I did the year before. Sigh. So whilst my heart would like Radiohead to win - they've never won before, and Hail To The Thief is a fine album - my head knows that I can't really make a fair judgement. On the upside, no terrible omissions immediately spring to mind.
Yay!! Yay for Athlete and Lemon Jelly, my two faves of the year!! (God, I'm rarely hip :-)
the Lemon Jelly album is really quite special