Is it how coherent it is? How it all holds together and every moment, let alone every song, feels like it’s part of a whole? Or is it about an atmosphere? Or just loads of truly great catchy songs? Definitely feels like there’s a big difference between acts who do a sort of brilliant singles collection and those who make what feels like a ‘body of work’.
Last year, I quizzed two of the Mercury Prize judges about this on the DiS podcast, alongside learning more about the judging process. With the awards happening on Thursday thought some of you might find this semi-interesting http://dispodcast.tumblr.com/post/133335143634/5-mercury-prize-judges-help-us-ponder-what