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lisa hannigan nominated for mercury music prize

210709_lisahanniganLittle Boots nowhere to be found

The biggest surprise for us in this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominations was lovely Lisa Hannigan, whose debut solo album Sea Sew was finally issued in the UK in May, 8 months after she self-released the album in Ireland to rave reviews. Not that we’re suggesting for a moment that she doesn’t deserve it – it’s just we forgot it was even in the running according to the eligibility rules. Less surprising inclusions on the dozen-strong list were Florence + The Machine, La Roux and Bat For Lashes, all of whom have turned in some of the year’s most memorable albums. Last but not least, for the women anyway, is young Speech Debelle, whose debut album Speech Therapy had us completely engrossed. The other seven places went to Kasabian, The Horrors, Friendly Fires, Glasvegas, The Invisible, Led Bib and Sweet Billy Pilgrim. Whither the ‘Sound of 2009’, Little Boots? She could have really used the sales boost.

According to bookies William Hill, Florence + The Machine and Kasabian are current favourites to win with odds of 5/1. Full list of nominees and odds below.

5/1 Florence + The Machine, Lungs [review]
5/1 Kasabian, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
6/1 Bat For Lashes, Two Suns [review]
6/1 Glasvegas, Glasvegas
6/1 La Roux, La Roux [review]
8/1 Speech Debelle, Speech Therapy [review]
8/1 Friendly Fires, Friendly Fires
8/1 The Horrors, Primary Colours
8/1 Lisa Hannigan, Sea Sew [review]
10/1 Led Bib, Sensible Shoes
10/1 The Invisible, The Invisible 
10/1 Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Twice Born Men 

Alan Pedder


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Great to see Lisa Hannigan in the running, I also like Bat For Lashes & thought they might be nominated (again). I’d like either of them to win, but Lisa winning would be more of a surprise!

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