Interestingly (for those interested in such things), they're split equally between major label and indie releases, with six apiece. The most nominated major, Columbia, scores a pair of nods with Kasabian and Glasvegas, while frontrunning indie XL sees The Horrors and Friendly Fires join the race for the prize, which will be awarded on 22nd September.
Click the links to read our reviews of the albums set to suddenly make quite a lot more money, which are:
Today (21st July) sees the 2009 Mercury Prize nominees break cover. This curious award, given annually to an album released over the 12 months to July by an artist born in the UK or Ireland, is picked by mysterious judges with no recourse to public voting. Representation from online media on the panel remains sparse, too.
So whose pockets will suddenly deepen today?
Doves' Kingdom Of Rust and Manic Street Preachers' Journal For Plague Lovers are the established meat-and-two-veg indie rock standard bearers, with some suggesting a punt on Kasabian's West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum too, but debutants Glasvegas are also widely expected to make an appearance.