This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize, awarded annually by a panel of industry insiders to the UK and Ireland’s most excellent LP (or Roni Size/Reprazent’s New Forms), goes this year to the xx for their makeout masterpiece xx, and someone owes me a case of Dos Equis. Romy, Oliver, and Jamie will take home £20,000 for denying Mumford & Sons and Corinne Bailey Rae the honor, a pot to which I too would contribute on those grounds. (Others the xx kept at bay with this win include Wild Beasts, Dizzee Rascal, Foals, Villagers, and Paul Weller.) Congrats kids, if you’re looking for a night not to wear the pangs of young love and existential burden on your faces, this might just be it. You did it!
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