Mercury Prize 2011
And the winner of the 2011 Mercury Prize is…
… Let England Shake. Yes, a decade after she scooped the award for Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea, PJ Harvey has claimed the honour with her seventh studio album, fighting off some stiff competition and making history by becoming the first nominee ever to win twice. It’s a result that will not only please the bookies – who had Harvey down as favourite from the off-set – but the legions of listeners who’ve been enjoying her truly extraordinary record since its release.
Albums of the Year 2011
"A beautifully realised electro-pop dream about growing up on an imagined English Riviera – sparkling, sophisticated and full of intrigue."
"An extraordinary achievement. An emotional set of remarkable love songs brilliantly performed."
"An exuberant musical adventure. A thrilling clash of electro, guitar pop, tight rhythms and smart wordplay."
"Mesmerising homemade hip-hop: endlessly inventive beats, laid-back delivery and rueful stories. Completely engaging."
"Anna Calvi marks out a unique dramatic territory with powerful vocals and formidable guitar. A passionate and atmospheric debut."
"A brilliant new voice in British urban music. Witty, eclectic and charismatic – ‘Disc-Overy’ is completely irresistible."
"Another compelling collection of songs from one of Britain’s greatest bands. Generous in spirit, brilliantly observed and musically uplifting."
"On his first album as a solo performer, internationally acclaimed pianist Gwilym Simcock takes listeners on a spell-binding, lyrical and absorbing musical journey."
"A strikingly original album. Late night songs, delicate sound fragments, intimate and haunting."
"PJ Harvey confirms her status as one of Britain's most creative artists with another landmark album. Musical meditations on history, war and Englishness: gripping and profound."
"Katy B fashions a wonderfully fresh and vivid pop album from the sounds and encounters of contemporary club culture. Immediate and exhilarating."
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