This year's winner: The xx.
With only their debut album as a resume, The xx have produced something special already. In my opinion they were clearly the best new band of 2009, and now the mixed blessing of the Mercury may have us holding our breath with a little more urgency as we await the followup. Please let it be a step forward. Please. We love them and want to love them forever without a wistful look back.
News - Barclaycard Mercury Prize
Pitchfork: Album Reviews: The xx: xx
The xx Profile at Metacritic.com
(The picture shows three Americans who are as cool as The xx: my wife Susan [center] and Bill and Fran Woodruff. Since The xx are from London, is is appropriate the picture is of the gang on the Great 2010 London Vacation).