All my senses on overdrive

I’m writing this post to express my sheer joy that Elbow is back to making great music again.

Their debut, Asleep in the Back, is one of my favorite albums of all time. It was a clear nod to Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel art rock, but was groovier than both, with songs that had a strange and magical combination of intimacy and take-flight energy. Their two albums after that were comparatively underwhelming. Cast Of Thousands had couple good songs, but Leaders of the Free World, I’m sorry, was a dog, a sign of a band slowly eroding under its own high expectations.

But their new one, The Seldom Seen Kid is fantastic. I can’t stop playing it. It’s got great pop songs like “The Bones of You” and “Grounds for Divorce” with quieter, cinematic pieces like “Mirrorball” and “The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver.” In fact, every song is great. That was the problem with the last two; they were filled with filler. Not so with this one.

Here’s a cool video of the first single “Grounds for Divorce”:

And, for context, “Any Day Now,” the lead-off track from Asleep In The Back:


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