Neil McCormick believes that PJ Harvey could be the first two-time winner of the Mercury Prize. And it would certainly be a deserving winner too.
Already joint favourite for the prize (with Adele), I think, in all likelihood, Harvey will become the first two-time Mercury winner. Let England Shake is a masterpiece, a profound and serious meditation on mankind’s apparently endless appetite for self-destruction, filtered through the Dorset native’s complex feelings of love, pride and disappointment in her own country.
Steeped in the language and imagery of the First World War, but rife with contemporary resonance, rich with the ancient sonic ambience of folk yet unarguably modern, this is an album about war and the state of the nation that evokes an emotional response rather than preaching from polemical positions.
P.S. Anna Calvi has been nominated too!