“Like carrying a dead albatross round your neck for eternity.”

That’s how Damon Albarn is reported to have described potentially winning the Mercury Music Prize when Gorillaz withdrew from the shortlist in 2001.

And as some critics may see Mercury as “a pointless exercise”, the Dead Albatross returns…

The Dead Albatross alternative music prize, timed to coincide with Mercury, is back for a second year. You can take a look at the shortlist here. And if you fancy yourself a music lover (or critic), you can also get involved and sign up to help give your two cents on who your favourites are (I already have).

Mighty music blog Dukla Prague Away Kit does it more justice than I ever will.

The winners will be announced next month. Now get listening!

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