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Topics: Music | 2 CommentsBy admin | October 31, 2008

You’ll need some sharp elbows to queue up in my music collection…

If you care about me, stop introducing me to music I like. I’m rapidly running out of time and hard drive space. The other day, a friend sent me a link to some British band’s web site, asking me what I thought. I think my remark at the time was something like “it’s a good thing their web site’s so pretty, ’cause they’re a fugly bunch of fellows”. After giving their music obsessively repeated listens, I now officially retract anything unkind I’ve ever said about Elbow. Their newest release, The Seldom Seen Kid, is one of the solidest recordings I’ve heard in a while. Elbow somehow manages to maintain a fairly consistent “downtempo” vibe without actually sounding gloomy. Singer Guy Garvey’s voice is often compared (legitimately) to Peter Gabriel, but their style on this recording meanders from prog-rockish to jazzy to almost Brechtian, and the lyrics are simply brilliant. The video at left, for the song One Day Like This, captures one of my favorite feelings – staying alive and enthused in the face of the mindnumbingly mundane – with brilliant simplicity.

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  1. Posted by Dojo Nick on 10.31.08 10:28 am

    It is good stuff, darn it. Compare “One Day Like This” with “Haus am See” by Peter Fox and you find out a lot about what Ian likes… incisive but philosophical lyrics, a novel take on one or more musical styles, a beat underlaid with dreamy orchestral musings, an honest, expressive vocalist.

  2. Posted by admin on 10.31.08 3:01 pm

    I am so busted. Pretty spot on, Dojo Nick. My greatest frustration with the music I’ve been writing lately is that it’s already crowded in my bedroom with the keyboard, the guitar stands and the laptop, but once the drum line and string section show up, there’s no room left for the dang groupies…