Originally released in 2005, this is Elbow’s third album and for me their best to date. Guy Garvey has a wonderfully emotive vocal, very distinctive and ideally suited to the band’s music. Picks on here are the title tack and ‘Forget Myself’, plus ‘Station Approach’ which is a moving tale of the homecoming of Guy Garvey to his native Bury. ‘Mexican Standoff’ is about the meeting between you, your partner and your partner’s ex set to a musical backing of flamenco handclaps! The band cite Genesis, Radiohead and Talk Talk as influences and you can certainly hear bits of these bands throughout the album.
Elbow are now an arena straddling beast and I must admit I didn’t take to their last album, however they have a fine catalogue of music and this album is a good a place as any to start if you are new to their music.