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David Bowie, Disclosure among nominees for U.K.'s Mercury Prize
David Bowie, Disclosure among nominees for U.K.'s Mercury Prize

Nominees for the 2013 Mercury Prize were announced Wednesday in London, and though Pop & Hiss was totally prepared to moan about the award's tragically blinkered view of British pop, the short list of a dozen titles turns out to be -- dare we say it? -- kind of OK. Intended to recognize "recorded music of all genres by British or Irish artists," according to its website, the Mercury Prize hasn't always lived up to that catholic ideal; it tends to privilege the cerebral and the handmade at the expense of the bright and the shiny. More disconcerting, it somehow let the dreadfully boring Alt-J win last year for its album "An Awesome Wave" -- a mere four...

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