🎤 Mercury Prize - The best of the rest (2013) 🎤

Current winners:

1995 - Tricky - Maxinquaye
2001 - Radiohead - Amnesiac
2009 - The Horrors - Primary Colours
2011 - Metronomy - The English Riviera
2017 - The xx - I see you

For those of you not familiar. The Mercury prize is an annual award celebrating the best of British and Irish talent.
The idea of the thread is to pick the album that deserves second place!

This time we are looking at 2013

In 2013 the award was won by James Blake for Overgrown but who made the album worthy of the runner up prize?
You can choose up to 3 albums…

  • Arctic Monkeys - AM
  • David Bowie - The next day
  • Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
  • Disclosure - Settle
  • Foals - Holy Fire
  • Jon Hopkins - Immunity
  • Laura Mvula - Sing to the moon
  • Laura Marling - Once I was an eagle
  • Rudimental - Home
  • Savages - Silence yourself
  • Villagers - Awayland
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Hard to pick between Jon Hopkins and Savages for me with Bowie in third

laura mvula not marling

Bowie’s the only one I like

AM is turgid, don’t let it win

Fixed it. apologies and thank you!


There’s a lorra Lauras

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No Jazz nominee in 2013??

Bowie runaway number 1, Hopkins 2, Blake 3.

Had really enjoyed Laura Marling’s first two albums but this one (unless I’ve missed one) lost me completely, so boring, never really recovered to the extent I could enjoy new material from her.

The right album won. The rest are a big bag of meh. Apart from Bowie. Which I may have listened to once and forgotten.

Christ, uninspiring list

Laura Marling way ahead of the pack, her second best album imho (but she’s not made a bad one, such a strong run)

Villagers and Marling.


that bowie album is crap

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savages and marling are both really good imo, arctic monkeys, bowie, and disclosure albums are all fine. decent year

Savages, can’t give a point to anything else (maaaaaybe Jon Hopkins)

It’s a shame you can only vote for yer man once

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That’s a pretty bleak list.

Banger imo


Field of Reeds woz robbed


Jake Bugg for the win here!

not really


best Villagers album imo